Former BBC star Jimmy Savile was one of Britain’s “most prolific” sex offenders, committing at least 214 sex crimes against victims aged as young as 8, police said Friday.Investigators released a report cataloging more than 50 years of rapes and indecent assaults. It accused the late television and radio host of using his celebrity status to gain access to vulnerable children in hospitals, nightclubs and even a hospice for the terminally ill.
Almost all the allegations have been made since Savile’s death in 2011, even though the offences date back as far as 1955.
The revelations have triggered a scandal in Britain and prompted a string of public inquiries into how some allegations were not properly investigated while Savile was alive.
“It is now clear that Savile was hiding in plain sight and using his celebrity status and fundraising activity to gain uncontrolled access to vulnerable people across six decades,” the police-led report said. “For a variety of reasons the vast majority of his victims did not feel they could speak out and it’s apparent that some of the small number who did had their accounts dismissed by those in authority including parents and carers.”
Savile, who raised an estimated $55 million for charity, achieved fame on BBC shows including "Top of the Pops" and "Jim'll Fix It." In 1990, he was given a knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth and received a Papal Knighthood at the Vatican.
The number of people Savile victimized “simply beggars belief,” Peter Watt, co-author of the report [PDF link] and director of children’s charity NSPCC told ITV News.
“He is without doubt one of the most prolific sex offenders we have ever come across and every number represents a victim that will never get justice now he is dead. But with this report we can at least show his victims that they have been taken seriously and their suffering has been recognized.”
In total, more than 450 have people have come forward to police with allegations of abuse involving Savile. Most but not all victims have been interviewed and to date 214 criminal offences have been formally recorded. They included 34 rapes or serious sexual assaults, according to the report. The last incident recorded occurred in 2009. His victims ranged in age from 8 to 47.
“The details provided by the victims of his abuse paint the picture of a mainly opportunistic individual who used his celebrity status as a powerful tool to coerce or control them, preying on the vulnerable or star-struck for his sexual gratification. Sadly, this type of behavior is not uncommon in any society - sexual abuse, whether in street gangs, though trafficking or within families and institutions, often involves the use of powerful coercion, intimidation and manipulation to exploit the vulnerable."
The earliest incident of abuse recorded by the police, which took place in Manchester, where at the time he managed a dance hall.
In one of the handful of example cases given by police, a 10-year-old boy asked Savile for his autograph outside a hotel. Savile took the boy inside and seriously sexually assaulted him.
• 1 January 1964
Savile presented the first ever Top of the Pops for the BBC. He had previously become a DJ at Radio Luxembourg in 1958.
The first recorded abuse by Savile took place at the BBC, at Leeds General Infirmary, where Savile was a long-term volunteer porter, and at Stoke Mandeville hospital, where he also volunteered.
The start of what police have identified as Savile's peak period for abuse, which lasted for a decade.
The first recorded abuse at Duncroft girls' school near Staines, Surrey, where Savile was a regular visitor.
In another example offence listed by police, Savile groped a 12-year-old boy and his two female friends who were attending a recording of Top of the Pops.
At some point in the decade a female victim is believed to have told the Metropolitan police she had been assaulted in Savile's camper van in a BBC car park. The police file cannot be located and the investigating officer is now dead.
Savile was knighted, also receiving a papal knighthood.
• April 2000
In a TV documentary presented by Louis Theroux, Savile acknowledged the rumours about him being a paedophile, but denied it.
• 26 July 2006
Savile co-presented the final Top of the Pops, an occasion that gave rise to one of the allegations made to police.
• March 2008
Savile began legal proceedings against a newspaper that linked him to abuse at the Jersey children's home Haut de la Garenne.
Savile was interviewed under caution by Surrey police investigating an alleged indecent assault at Duncroft school. The CPS advised there was insufficient evidence to take any further action. This was the year of the last offence recorded by the current investigation.
Another example offence, in which a 43-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by Savile on a train journey between Leeds and London, dates from this year.
• 29 October 2011
Savile died aged 84. A Newsnight investigation into Savile's alleged abuse was dropped, and the BBC broadcast a tribute programme to him.
• 4 October 2012
An ITV documentary featured five women who recounted being abused by Savile during the 1970s. Operation Yewtree, the police investigation into offences by Savile and others, began the next day. Police initially based their investigations on the assumption he abused up to 25 victims. So far around 450 have come forward.
In a separate development, Britain’s most senior prosecutor apologized to some of the women abused by Savile, revealing that police missed three chances to take him to trial while he was alive.
Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions, said police had been "unjustifiably cautious" investigation four allegations involving girls as young as 14 who said they were abused by Savile in the 1970s.
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"Bottom line, this beast was able to get away with this crime because of BBC and other under-world masonic demons that protected him while he lived. They covered his sin and hide his shame from the world.
The world is sick and filled with demons like this man. They prey on children and abuse them while others of the same masonic brother-hood protect them as victims are left to deal with the pain of sexual abuse never to really recover. This is what the elite are allow to get away with as the helpless suffer in pain with no voice against predators like this beast.
The Most High will repay this man and all that protected him on the day of judgement.
1 Corinthians 6:9,10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of Yah? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of YAH.
Ephesians 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of the Messiah and of Yah.