Venables is now on suicide watch in a prison's sex offenders' wing following his arrest last week.
However, he developed drinking and drugs problems, and he compromised his identity at least twice by telling friends he was a convicted murderer.
When a probation officer visited his home in Cheshire in 2010 to discuss his fears that he could be in danger, he was attempting to destroy the hard drive of his computer.
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The hard drive was later examined by police, who discovered that it contained dozens of indecent images of children.