An excellent essay on the James Bulger case, written by Blake Morrison, who attended the trial of Thompson and Venables as a journalist, and went on to examine the case at length in his book.
The book's dust jacket contains the following quote from John Major:
"We need to condemn a little more, and understand a little less."
Morrison's book takes the opposite view: he attempts to understand the case, as best as he (or anyone) can. This is in direct contrast to the British media, which unfortunately has a vastly wider audience. 'As If' is a much-needed rational voice in the Bulger debate.