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Savile - The Beast: The Inside Story of the Greatest Scandal in TV History
 
 

Savile - The Beast: The Inside Story of the Greatest Scandal in TV History [Kindle Edition]

John McShane
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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When Sir Jimmy Savile died in October 2011 he was celebrated as a prolific charity fundraiser who dedicated his time to worthy causes. But on 3rd October 2012, ITV broadcast an investigation into Savile's behaviour called Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile. In it they revealed the true, predatory and evil man behind the popular TV persona. In the documentary, several women alleged he sexually abused them when they were under age. This sparked a flurry of allegations in the following days and weeks from other alleged victims.So far Police have been called to investigate reports of abuse on young children from as long ago as 1959 and anticipate the number of victims to be in the region of 300.

But how Savile was allowed to get away with such monstrous crimes for so long has been the subject of immense debate and has led to the investigations of several British Institutions. The BBC has been criticised and is hosting an internal investigation into how Savile's behaviour was never called into question and how abuse allegations during his long career at the corporation failed to be flagged up. An investigation is also underway into the cancelling of a Newsnight programme in 2011. The Department of Health has also said it will investigate its own conduct in appointing Savile to lead a "taskforce" overseeing the management of high security psychiatric hospital Broadmoor in 1998. Abuse is also alleged to have taken place at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary, where Savile volunteered.

This is a well researched and informative look at how a predatory paedophile was allowed to go unnoticed for so long and to breach the nations trust is such a cruel and evil way. An extraordinary case that has shocked the nation, and left many questioning how it went unnoticed for so long. With several investigations underway this book will bring them all together into one comprehensible narrative.

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John McShane is the author of "Heath Ledger" and "Susan Boyle."

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Regurgitation of what we read in the papers 25 Oct 2013
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Oh dear, after starting rather well this disintegrated into a summary of all the news articles written about this man. Nothing insightful or new, nothing we did not already know. Very disappointing indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Look Elsewhere 15 Nov 2014
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Readers might suspect that this book exists to tap into Savile-related tabloid gossip. They would be right. Mr. McShane has written a collection of quotes and details thoughtlessly stripped from police reports and from newspapers. There is nothing wrong with compiling pertinent information, provided that it serves a greater purpose. Mr. McShane has none. This book means only to shock and to disturb the reader without informing them of the deeper, systemic problems that allowed Jimmy Savile to commit his crimes.

True Crime is a genre often thwarted by sensational writing and to ghoulish fascination. Fortunately, there are enough well-conceived, well-informed, and well-crafted examples to save the genre from denunciation. 'Savile - The Beast' isn't one of them.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetative 4 Aug 2013
By caz
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Two chapters stretched into a book. The information was repeated time and time again. Not a particularly good read for me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 16 Feb 2014
By Kate
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Basically the book was full of information you already knew from the papers. Kept repeating the same quotes. Do not buy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE BEAST 19 Oct 2013
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A reasonable Description of the Savile Story. Nothing much more than covered by the Media. Ideal for a catch up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jan 26 Sep 2014
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A interesting and disturbing book. Saville not only groomed and abused children and young girls but also the general public who despite his strangeness took him to their hearts. The pity is he never like some of his contemporaries had to face the consequences of his actions. His public humiliation given his love affair with fame and celebrity itself would have been crushing. These terrible people destroy childhood for their perverse sexual gratification .
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stomach churning. 16 Dec 2014
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I managed one chapter this made me physically sick. I am not saying it was written badly it's the subject matter that was too much for me to bear. I have read many books on crime etc but I couldn't stomach this one. It does make you think though so I suppose that is the point of it. If it's made into a film I'm not going to watch it.
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By bardel
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I wish he had been punished in his lifetime, he got away with causing so much grief and pain, this book gave a lot of insight into his behaviour....if only more people had stood up to him, " It only takes good men to stand by and do nothing for evil to thrive"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 12 days ago by Louis
1.0 out of 5 stars very interesting- very pleased so thank you
Just what I wanted, very interesting- very pleased so thank you.
Published 1 month ago by tinkerbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Delighted with it
Published 1 month ago by mlchael child
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sorry to say very good read on very sad subject
Published 1 month ago by peter amura
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Terrible read.
Published 2 months ago by tinkerbell
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and Money
Unsure how this can be considered complete as it seems to have been written well before all the true details of the case came out, along with other facts about Savile. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bdt1978
3.0 out of 5 stars AN APT TITLE .. ' THE BEAST'
What wonderfully apt title for a book about this truly evil human being.

It's such a pity that he can't be postumously stripped of his knighthood ! Read more
Published 6 months ago by READINGNANNY
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring boring boring
Incredibly boring book to read, far too much waffle a very disappointing book, too many references from people that prob have no idea what their talking about or maybe they do n r... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kelly
2.0 out of 5 stars If you read newspapers don't waste your money!
This book was namely about the statements made by the various authorities who allowed Savile's behaviour to go unchecked. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dave Williams (MA US)
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