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This review is from: In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile (Kindle Edition)
Really informative book from an author who obviously did his research and spend years interviewing Savile. The focus of the book is more on Savile as a person and how he got away with so much, rather than focusing on the lurid details of him say being a necrophiliac that the tabloids like to linger on. There is mention of Savile having a fascination with dead bodies, the happiest time of his life was apparently the time that he sat by his Mother's corpse and finally had her all to himself as he put it, and he was (obviously!) very troubled in his relating to the living and the dead, but there was no proof offered up for him supposedly having sex with dead bodies. I would imagine that those rumours started up because of his public fascination with the dead, but from what the author found out it seemed more likely to be about Jimmy Savile's personality disorder and lack of humanity. He lacked the capacity for normal human emotion, even at the time when he was a national treasure he was openly admitting to being odd and not feeling emotions the way that others did. As well as liking being around the dead, Savile also frequently mentions relating to "sub-normals" as he puts it
I'm a bit too young to remember Jimmy Savile well, so it reads like a work of fiction at times how this vile man in his 40's and 50's was charming parents into letting him date their 16 year old daughters, how he was openly admitting a liking to young girls to the media, and apparently countless teen girls were throwing themselves at him. The author himself dwells on how revolting Jimmy Savile was and how he was struggling not to be sick at the way he ate with egg yolk dripping down his chin, so it's almost beyond belief that such a man managed to charm the establishment so much so that he was a close friend of the Royal's, the police, and political figures such as Margaret Thatcher. It's just bizarre to imagine someone like that charming anyone, let anyone bonding with Prince Charles and Princess Diana!
It wasn't just interesting for giving more insight into Jimmy Savile the person, it also really made me think about how the world used to be, that just 30-40 years ago parents would apparently happily let their 16 year old daughters go off in cars with Jimmy Savile, that nurses in hospitals would turn a blind eye to a 12 year old girl complaining of abuse, that he would be offered up 5 young girls to stay with overnight in a tent as part of his demands for appearing at an event (and one of those teenage girls has spoken of it since and makes it clear that none of them were happy about it and it wasn't consensual, but she wouldn't give any details of what was done to them out of respect for the other girls involved). You're left feeling that it wasn't just Jimmy Savile that was depraved, but that he got away with as much as he did because British society was just as twisted, so many figures in charge were happy to smile and indulge Jimmy Savile in taking what he wanted
The book itself was fascinating and extensively researched, I have given it five stars for that reason, but there were one too many typos in the kindle edition that will hopefully be corrected in future editions