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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sordid Celebrity, 19 July 2014
This review is from: In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile (Kindle Edition)
This book is about a revolting man. Savile's sexual exploits demonstrate once more how easily people are taken in. You can fool most of the people most of the time, particularly if the joker is a so- called celebrity.
This reviewer can say with complete honesty that I could never understand the adulation showered on this awful freak. My views drew the expected comments from those taken in. The author spent some 25 years researching this creature's sordid behaviour, it was time well spent for this depraved individual's activities demand a wide audience.

Those taken in included members of the royal family such as Prince Charles who was upset when Savile died, Margaret Thatcher who tried very hard to get him a knighthood ! Members of parliament, Cardinal Basil Hume who praised the monster's 'devout Catholicism' (but then he would be all too familiar with child abuse in his own church)and well-known media persons who have recently become very reticent about their love of this monster. Recent convictions of other celebrities demonstrate that Savile was not a lone predator of young girls, not by any means was he a lone sexual creep.

As for politicians, those holding political power have long sought the aura of being associated with celebrity. Think Tony Blair, for one.

So many people seem to be unaware that very, very few media celebrities bear any resemblance to their screen persona. They are all, of course, putting on an act. several adored film stars turn out to be wife beaters, drug addicts and generally disolute characters. Some of the best loved comics led and lead disgraceful lives indulging in drugs, numerous affairs and worse. Tax evasion is par for the course for many celebrities, as recent revelations have confirmed. Yet still people utter gibberish like 'isn't he /she a lovely person', despite knowing nothing whatsoever about the celebrity in question save what their PR team pours out in Sunday supplements. Of course, there are, thankfully, exceptions.

Perhaps we would also do well to remember 'dear, kind Dr Harold Shipman' who delberately murdered hundreds of his patients. Yet another 'unbelievable crime', by a very popular man, as The Times put it. No one believed rumours about him until it was too late. As a leading psychiatrist has written 'one major reason why these criminals get away with it for so long is because neighbours and colleagues, even friends, just 'don't want to know'. The quiet life desire overcomes all else. It is easier to look the other way. As a result, children are abused, some cruelly murdered.

Savile was a revolting creep and a jabbering bore of weird appearance, his teeth alone would have kept a dentist in clover for years. Unfortunately, and they still exist in droves, this friend of politicians and prostitutes had silly, immature screaming girls desparate for 'a chat with Jim'. He even paid some to fawn over him on his tv show. Later he fawned over many of them in his caravan or in a BBC room.

His charitable work, lauded by many in high society, was a front to cover his sexual activities. He also pocketed thousands from commercials and sponsorship deals from, for example, British Rail.

His behaviour in hospitals was deplorable and obscene. He got away with his foul activitiies because, and this is crucial, no one dare report him for fear of losing their jobs. Who would have believed anyone who revealed what he was doing. The more monstrous his behaviour the less likely it was that a whistle blower would have been given the time of day. It was Kant who said: 'It is not difficult to tell the truth; the problem is having it believed'.

Another reason why Savile persisted in his activities was, and this is common, his resort to threats. He claimed, for example, he had friends in the IRA. Very expensive lawyers also frightened off critics. Libel and slander laws were frequently cited to deter. The behaviour of the BBC and several of its very well-known employees was deplorable. It beggars belief that his behaviour was not known to these people. I believe many, some in high places, knew what he was up to. There is, of course, a possibility that some BBC colleagues kept quiet for fear Savile would reveal their own pecadillos.

The author paints a very disturbing picture of another group who pandered to Saville's disgusting activities, the Police, that once respected force for law and order.Coffee mornings with the police were held on a regular basis in Leeds. Complaints about JS were 'lost' or supressed. The police have aquired an unsavoury reputation over the past 25 years for 'losing' crucial files and fabricating evidence. Davies says that many senior police left more money in their will than they had earned in their entire service. We now know why. Their behaviour is a scandal and they ought to be named and shamed. The Times has reported recently that on average 20 policemen are dismissed the force each month for various reasons that include bullying, poor behaviour in general and lack of competence. Clearly, there is inadequate screening of applicants. Training also needs an overhaul.

It comes as no surprise to learn that this freak was an admirer of Ian Brady and Peter Sutcliffe.Interestingly, his brother also had a record of sexual assault.
Claims that JS and his brother were abused by their father have not been substantiated.

This is a superbly written account of an evil person. It ought to be compulsory studied in every school, let alone by the general public. It is unlikely that Savile was/is the only sordid monster on the loose. No wonder this book is entitled 'In Plain Sight'. Recent court cases reveal that sexual assaults on young, some very young, children is all too prevalent in our society, and that those who commit such dreadful crimes are to be found in every corner and niche of that society. No profession is excluded, no reputation however exalted, is a guarantee that the person can or should be above suspicion if the evidence warrants it. Recently, the Bishop of Gloucester has been questioned about assaults on young persons. As a result, he has stood down. There is a certainty that in the coming weeks there will be several more household names of stage, film and tv who will be exposed.

The National Crime Agency estimates that over 50,000 people in GB are viewing nasty child abuse images routinely online and that the scale of abuse is so vast that it will never be possible to arrest every suspect. Some 14 men have commited suicide in recent months after being investigated as part of Operation Notarise. 660 men have been arrested so far. More will follow. For all too many adults pornography has become an addiction that in all too many cases results in activities like JS.

It is highly likely that in the coming weeks there will be many more revelations involving well-known people. Meanwhile, 50 Catholic Priests have been defrocked in the UK this week for crimes against children. There is a growing view that this repulsive behaviour by those purporting to be christians is in some ways even more disgusting and repugnant than those committed by others. Unfortunately, this church acts like a magnet for sick men, and will continue to do so until those at the very top of the hierarchy show the will and desire to prevent these men becoming priests in the first place.

There is without question a sickness in our society that must be eradicated, and quickly. The media bear a heavy responsibility for the avalanche of programmes laden with sexual themes that drench the air waves daily. No film today can apparently be made without appalling language and loads of sex. Why? We know why, money. Anyone who doubts this should read the outstanding book 'Family Newspapers' by Bingham. A brilliant account of how the UK press have dealt with sex in the past 100 years.

Those individuals who engage in these sordid activitie, must be outed and punished irrespective of the powerful positions they occupy in our society. That the crimes may have taken place in the past is irrelevant. The fact that social mores were different is also irrelevant. Children must be protected outside the home, and also in the home where many such crimes take place.

A disturbing thought. If Saville had been charged would he have been acquitted because of the public adulation that was showered on him? Think of the character witnesses he could have called in his defence. Would any jury have believed stories of what he did in his motor caravan and in hospital wards? l have my doubts given the vagaries of the jury system. One thing for certain, if he had been convicted he would have taken some other household names with him to the cells. They must be having sleepless nights.

Towards the end of August, Professor Jay's independent report on the shocking abuse of young children in ROTHERHAM over a period of 16 years by a non English ethnic group of men will be published. It will again reveal the appalling scale of torture and sexual abuse of hundreds of young children in our major cities. As I wrote above, there is a terrible sickness in our society that demands urgent, very urgent, attention. The problem is we do not have politicians or social services or police capable of doing this.

Read it. It has added to a can of worms that was already wide open. It will open much wider.
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Initial post: 19 Jul 2014 20:17:57 BDT
Twinkly says:
If Rolf can be found guilty, I'm sure Saville would've been.

Posted on 20 Jul 2014 19:16:05 BDT
His secretary still thinks he is innocent!
After reading this book I want a stake driven through his heart, his body burned and flushed down the nearest toilet. All the gutless bystanders alright Jack merchants and opportunists who let this rat destroy countless lives make me sick.

Posted on 22 Jul 2014 13:49:16 BDT
Another excellent review

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2014 10:29:34 BDT
Moor Larkin says:
If his secretary thinks so, he must be. She's backed up by both Savile's long-term Producers so far as I can tell by the way. he is certainly innocent of many of the allegations. You should read some of the NHS Reports. They deal with the allegations passed on by Operation Yewtree and the allegations are bizarre and in some cases quite mad-sounding. In more than one case, notwithstanding their desire to "believe" the Report still categorically says the incident could not and did not happen.

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 15:33:24 BDT
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Posted on 27 Jul 2014 14:16:19 BDT
Excellent review, thank you!

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In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2014 11:50:59 BDT
Damaskcat says:
JS was following his own agenda when he gave interviews to the author. Difficult to tell who was the prey and who the predator. In my opinion there is too much evidence against JS for him to have been innocent.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2014 17:08:40 BDT
Many thanks.
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