I’ve not blogged on this to date, as the media has been all over it. But the sheer scale of the revelations are worth commenting on.
Saville, or Sir James as he was a Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory (Papal Knight). He was also a member of Mensa.
A journalist tweeted that the UK Police has 10 officers investigating his alleged 400 cases of sexual abuse, and over 100 officers investigating journalists for listening to voicemail messages!
He is dead now, but the question is how he got away with it for so long. The Police interviewed him in 2007 oevr allegations, and in 2000 he talked about how some people claim he is a pedophile. A pity his denials did not get investigated. Likewise his defence of Gary Glitter in 2009 should have rung warning bells. He was first investigated back in 1958 it seems!
The BBC first heard of the rumours in 1973, and asked for a report on them. Nothing happened. And of course the BBC canned one of its own programmes in late 2011 that would have reported on the allegations.
There are half a dozen different investigations into Saville, the BBC and the health service (he has access to young patients and often abused them). I suspect in today’s Internet age, he would have been called out much sooner on.
Tags: BBC, Jimmy Savile, paedophiles