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Jimmy Savile, who was born in Leeds, England in 1926, rose to prominence as a media personality, hosting shows such as “Top of the Pops” and “Jim’ll Fix It.” Savile, however, would go on to become one of the most abhorrent alleged pedophiles and sex criminals of the twentieth century, as The Guardian reported three years after his death in 2011, after scores of victims reported claims of abusive behavior. The Metropolitan Police Service and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) could not file formal charges against Savile because he had already died. However, a 30-page report released in 2013 by the Metropolitan Police Service and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said that Savile’s guilt was “more or less a foregone conclusion.”
According to The Guardian, one of Savile’s first alleged victims was abused in 1955 while he was managing a dance club. Savile began working as a DJ for Radio Luxemburg in 1958. Around 1960, Savile began to cash in on his celebrity. Another of the earliest reported claims against Savile was made by a 10-year-old child at the time of the crime in 1960. Following the child’s request for an autograph, Savile took him to his hotel room and sexually assaulted him. But, because the public was unaware of his crimes for decades, Savile’s career flourished, peaking in 1964 when he became the host of the BBC’s “Top of the Pops.”
HOSPITAL PATIENTS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN WERE TARGETED BY JIMMY SAVILE.
According to The Guardian, Jimmy Savile committed a staggering number of crimes in the 1960s. Apart from his work at the BBC, Savile used his volunteer work and philanthropic endeavors at hospitals, including Leeds Hospital and Stoke Mandeville Hospital, to find victims. According to the BBC, he also gained access to the Duncroft Approved School for Girls in the 1970s, where female minors with emotional and behavioral issues were sent to live apart from their families. Over a five-year period, Savile was given unrestricted and largely unsupervised access to the Duncroft campus, which British authorities described as “unrestricted and largely unsupervised” to the BBC. He even went so far as to stay there overnight on occasion.
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According to the U.K. Mirror, Savile’s mother, Agnes Savile, died in October 1972, and while her son ostensibly had a close relationship with her and even shared a residence with her, there appears to be more to it than meets the eye. Savile claimed in one interview that he spent five days with his mother’s body after her death, describing them as “the best five days of my life” because Agnes was “all mine.” (An article from 2014 in The Guardian said that Savile was later suspected of messing with dead bodies at Leeds Hospital, if not necrophilia.)
THE SHOW OF JIMMY SAVILE JIM’LL FIX IT WAS USED TO COVER HIS CRIME.
However, as The Guardian pointed out in 2016, it also provided Savile with access to even more victims. In this 19-year-long reality show, Jim would read letters from children asking Savile to grant their wishes. Then, Savile would grant the wish of one child. For example, he might bring the child on the show to meet a celebrity guest or let the child do something fun that the child had asked for.
The children’s show aired once a week for twenty seasons, providing Savile with a steady stream of victims. According to a BBC report from 2016, Savile’s actions were not well-hidden by the presenter, prompting Roger Ordish, the producer of “Jim’ll Fix It,” to warn staff that “he [Savile] should not be left alone with children.” At the same time, Savile remained a mainstay at children’s homes and residential schools, while at the same time, he rose in popularity with the British public as the program’s host. Savile’s favorites were Northways Residential School, near Leeds, and Duncroft Approved School for Girls, which catered to “troubled” minors. According to a 2014 report released by Leeds City Council, Savile invited children to visit him at his home, with some staying overnight.
JIMMY SAVILE WAS HONORED FOR HIS CHARITY WORK.
According to The Guardian, Jimmy Savile was still popular in the 1990s among fans of “Top of the Pops” and “Jim’ll Fix It,” both of which had large audiences. Savile was also knighted by the Pope during this decade, specifically in 1990. The New York Times reported shortly after Savile’s death in 2011 that he held fundraisers that raised tens of millions of dollars for hospitals and added to his reputation as a respected person. It also meant he crossed paths with former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the British royal family — though, according to The New York Times, Savile’s own claims about how close he was to Thatcher and the Windsors aren’t entirely reliable.
In 1994, Savile’s TV show “Jim’ll Fix It” came to an end, as did his primary cover of plausible deniability for working with children. Four years later, when making his 2000 documentary “When Louis Met… Jimmy” about Savile, filmmaker Louis Theroux asked Savile if he was a pedophile. Savile denied it (via NME).
KEYS TO ANY ROOM IN THE HOSPITAL WERE CARRIED BY JIMMY SAVILE.
Jimmy Savile continued to frequent schools and hospitals while hosting “Jim’ll Fix It,” including Broadmoor Hospital, a psychiatric institution best known for housing convicted inmates deemed criminally insane in its high-security facilities. According to The Guardian, Savile had keys to any room at Broadmoor, a privilege he had for over 30 years. He abused children as young as five years old, as well as elderly victims as old as 75.
He enjoyed watching female patients do mandatory clothing changes in front of staff members, taking advantage of his star power that could get him into any room. As the women showered, Savile would stand in the doorway of the restroom and make inappropriate remarks in their presence (via the Independent). He could follow the women wherever they went because he had his own set of keys.
People who worked at Broadmoor at the time said there was a permissive culture that allowed staff and patients to have relationships, according to a report later released by the United Kingdom’s Department of Health (via The Guardian). In 1988, Savile was promoted to the position of General Manager at Broadmoor. Many of these victims reported Savile’s heinous abuse to the hospital, but they were ignored. According to The Guardian, he only stopped visiting the Broadmoor hospital in 2004 because stricter security measures were put in place to protect patients.
WHAT HAPPENED TO JIMMY SAVILE?
If the crimes of an alleged serial killer like Jimmy Savile had been discovered sooner, he might have served time in prison. But, sadly, Savile never faced any consequences for his actions, dying in 2011 at the age of 84. (via The New York Times). In June 2014, the National Health Service and the Department of Health in the United Kingdom put out 44 reports about the investigations into Savile’s many cases of abuse. These reports gave details about what happened and what was found.
As the case was investigated, it was discovered that many people were unaware of the risk of pedophiles at the time, particularly in places like schools — though, as a result of the Savile case, many schools updated their security policies (via the BBC). According to the BBC, there have been 589 alleged cases of abuse at the hands of Savile as of this writing, with the majority of victims being female minors. Leeds Live said that Savile’s life of sexual assault, abuse, and other bad things was so terrible that his tombstone had to be taken down.
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