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