Jimmy Savile is one of the prolific predatory sex offenders in the UK and is believed to have around 500 victims
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Pedophile Jimmy Savile admitted to using his hair as a “smoke screen” to make him appear “friendly” in an interview decades ago.
The disgraced TV personality is one of the most prolific predatory sex offenders in the UK after hundreds of sex abuse allegations were brought against him following his death in 2011. There are believed to be around 500 victims.
Despite the accusations that have been made throughout his life, whistleblowers are either ignored, not believed or Savile sometimes take legal action against them.
A new Netflix documentary shares how Savile was able to evade justice through the power of fame, carefully built relationships and his ‘odd’ TV personality.
But his looks are also clearly part of his disguise, including his infamous tousled white hair.
Speaking in an old clip shown in the documentary, he said: “You could say the hair is a gimmick. I call it the smokescreen.
“It’s easy to recognize with hair and things like that, immediately people see you, they turn to see who you are, and because the picture on TV is 99.999%, and I haven’t met anyone else yet. 1%, people are very friendly.”
Tina Davey, a former BBC secretary who worked with Savile, described him as a “very smart man” and that he was “not emotional about anything”.
She said: “He’s a very smart man. He knows that fame buys strength. His popularity has opened all doors for him. Hie wants his fame. far beyond anything and anyone….he doesn’t get emotional about anything.He told me, which is his most profound statement, ‘I am a machine’.
“And he was. The only time I saw him show any emotion, he lost his mother. I said to him, ‘I’m so sorry.’ He was crying. Never seen it before. Deep down, he’s not on the same path as us, in terms of boyfriends, girlfriends, moving on to spouses and children. He really isn’t there. in that path.”
Among the people he flirted with during his lifetime were the royal family and Margaret Thatcher, who was prime minister at the time.
Lord Robin Butler, who was the Iron Lady’s chief personal secretary, said that she was persistent in pressing Savile to be knighted.
“Their relationship is pretty close,” he said. “He’s writing to her, she’s invited him to the prime minister’s mansion in his hometown, Checkers. Stoke Mandeville [Hospital] right on Robinson’s doorstep, it was around the corner. Margaret Thatcher particularly likes Jimmy Savile because he doesn’t rely on what the state can do. His entrepreneurialism, his initiative. Her vision is for a society, a thriving economy, based on successful people who can then support those less fortunate than themselves. “
After Savile’s death, hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse and recollections from eyewitnesses surfaced.
The allegations include children under the age of two and patients of Stoke Mandeville Hospital where Savile, who has donated millions of dollars to charity that allowed him to avoid charges, volunteered to do the porter work.
At the infamous Broadmoor mental hospital, a nurse told of an investigation where the presenter bragged that he had “hidden” several corpses in the morgue. An inquest found his concern for the dead was “not within acceptable boundaries”.
* Jimmy Savile: British Horror Story is now on Netflix
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