Jimmy Savile

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Jimmy Savile

Savile in 2006
James Wilson Vincent Savile

(1926-10-31)31 October 1926
Died29 October 2011(2011-10-29) (aged 84)
Leeds, England
Cause of deathPneumonia
Occupation(s)DJ, dance hall manager, author, presenter, writer
Years active1940–2006

Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile OBE, KCSG (31 October 1926 – 29 October 2011)[1] was a British predatory sex offender and paedophile who throughout his life gained fame and celebrity status in Britain as a DJ and television presenter. He was the initial host of Top of the Pops and the host of Jim'll Fix It. In 2012, a year after his death, he was accused of many counts of child sexual abuse and rape, which he committed from 1963 to 2009, and which many BBC employers are thought to have had awareness of for decades and covered up, which kept his sex abuse unknown to the public. This ultimately caused a scandal at the BBC following the allegations in which Savile was posthumously exposed for his crimes, with the police ultimately concluding that he had been a predatory sex offender. He is thought to have been one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders of the 20th century.

Early life[change | change source]

Savile was born in Leeds the youngest of seven children. His siblings were Mary, Marjory, Vincent, John, Joan and Cristina. His parents were Vincent Joseph Marie Savile and Agnes Monica Kelly.[2] He died in Leeds of natural causes. He was a devout Roman Catholic.[2] He presented Jim'll Fix It and Top of the Pops.[1] Savile was also a professional wrestler and cyclist when he was young and during World War II he was conscripted to work as a Bevin Boy in the coal mines.

Career[change | change source]

Savile started being a DJ at Radio Luxembourg in 1958. He stopped working for them in 1967. In 1968 he joined BBC Radio 1. On New Year's Day 1964 he presented the first edition of the BBC music chart television programme Top of the Pops. In 1971 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

Honors[change | change source]

Savile was also an honorary life member of the British Gypsy Council and the first non-gypsy to be an honorary life member.

In 1990, he was made a Knight Bachelor for his charity work.

Death[change | change source]

On the night of 29 October 2011, Savile was found dead in his home at the age of 84, just 2 days before his 85th birthday. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances to his death. A year later his crimes were revealed by victims. He had been in hospital with pneumonia, and his death was not suspicious.

Due to his sex abuse remaining unknown to the public at the time of his death, many tributes were paid to him, a large funeral took place for him and he was initially praised in obituaries written in the immediate aftermath of his death.

Characteristics[change | change source]

Savile had expensive tastes. He was known to own several cars including Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz, and smoked expensive Cuban cigars. He was a heavy smoker.

Savile was close friends with Edward Heath. Most of his sexual abuse was against young girls.[3]

Sex offences and crimes[change | change source]

In 1963, a boy told police that Savile had raped him.[4]

Since he died in 2011, 589 people have made complaints about Savile to the police. 31 said that they were raped by Savile. 16 said they were under 16 when Savile raped them. Police called Savile "Britain's worst paedophile".[5] In March 2013 Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary reported that 214 of the complaints that had been made against Savile after his death would have been criminal offences.[6]

It was also revealed that Savile also committed some child sex offences in his silver Rolls-Royce Corniche.

On 3 October 2012, a television programme called Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile was shown on ITV. In it several women said that Savile sexually abused them when they were teenagers. Exposure Update: The Jimmy Savile Investigation, was shown on ITV on 21 November 2012.

An investigation codenamed Operation Yewtree was launched and several arrests were made. People arrested included Gary Glitter, Rolf Harris, Dave Lee Travis, William Roache, Wilfred De'ath, Max Clifford, Stuart Hall, and Paul Gambaccini.

Savile was the subject of an episode of Louis Theroux's When Louis Met! where Theroux asked him if he is a paedophile in 2001 and Savile laughed off the question and told him that those were just claims.

In June 2014, MP Jeremy Hunt apologised to Savile's victims after it was revealed that Savile had also abused dead bodies while at Broadmoor Psychiatric Hospital and he was a regular visitor and stalker.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Sir Jimmy Savile". Archived from the original on 14 April 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Obituary: Sir Jimmy Savile". BBC News. 29 October 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  3. Greer, Chris, and Eugene McLaughlin. "The Sir Jimmy Savile scandal: Child sexual abuse and institutional denial at the BBC." Crime, media, culture 9.3 (2013): 243-263.
  4. Casciani, Dominic (12 March 2013). "The missed chances to get Jimmy Savile". BBC News. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  5. Lines, Andy (6 November 2013). "Pervert Jimmy Savile manipulated BBC security staff so they would allow girls into his dressing room". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  6. http://www.hmic.gov.uk/media/review-into-allegations-and-intelligence-material-concerning-jimmy-savile.pdf
  7. "BBC star Savile 'committed sex acts on dead bodies'". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2016.

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