Jimmy Saville is still making the headlines after is death but for all the wrong reasons. The former Radio 1 DJ, children’s presenter and tireless charity worker was highly respected by the public during his living days and seen as a shining light for disenfranchised children the world over.
Now however, after allegations of child abuse by many former employees at the BBC it turns out that dear old Jim may have had a penchant for stiffs as well. While working voluntarily at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital (where he was afforded his own private room) he had a set of keys to the mortuary and he often spoke of the ‘privilege’ of saying goodbye to someone personally, occasionally stating that people thought he was a necrophiliac.
In an interview with Q Magazine he talked about his time wheeling corpses down the the mortuary for cold storage and made the defensive claim without prompting, in the exact same way he joked about people calling him a paedophile long before any allegations were fielded.
Experts are now saying that Saville fits the profile of a predator who used their public profile to hide in plain sight; his ‘victims’ too scared to come forward because of his stature and the fear that nobody would believe them.
His hit tv show, “Jim’ll Fix It”, in which children wrote to him asking him to ‘fix’ their wishes and he duly obliged (provided they fitted in with the BBC’s meagre budget and were available for a rummage after the show) was a smash success and he spent his entire career in the company of minors, allegedly grooming them. In fact, undoubtedly doing so; after all, he’s dead now so he can’t exactly sue me for saying so, can he?
I always suspected Jimmy wasn’t on the level; his persona too good to be true and his eccentricity too obvious a mask for something darker. His love of children was a little too emphatic and he was certainly no Peter Pan.
His addiction to the young and deceased doesn’t come as a shock; the only shock being that he wasn’t outed when he was alive. He has escaped the consequences of his actions and no amount of taking back OBEs will do anything to change the fact that he was a first rate fiddler who targeted young girls who were already damaged goods and used them for his own debauched and nefarious ends.
Perhaps British comedian Jimmy Carr summed it up best when he said, “I see Jimmy Saville is dead. Must have got my letter at last.”