Once upon a time, there was this really weird looking guy named Jimmy Savile. He was a major act here in the UK once upon a time. Very major.
He died last year an old man and almost immediately, stories began to surface about his abuse of and sexual attacks upon youngsters of both sexes, as well as teens and a few women too. There have been people now coming forward from 30 and 40 years ago who claim to have been abused by him. The numbers grow day by day.
It has been written that his influence was such, that even though there were some who were aware, they said nothing. Police have been accused of not listening to the few who did tell stories of abuse, but either were not believed, or were told to “belt up” as nobody would believe your story.
Savile apparently was a law unto himself, or so the story now being told goes.
As more and more people come forward to claim victimhood, the police have shifted into high gear and have been arresting all sorts of former big name entertainers who are “suspected” of sexual harassment. That could be nothing more than a grope or pat on the bottom, unwelcome as that may be. Almost anyone who may have worked with Savile or might have been a friend or a friend of an acquaintance 100 times removed, is under suspicion and arrest and bailed.
Please note dear reader, NONE of those pulled in so far have actually been found to be guilty of anything as yet. In other words, the continuing investigation of Jimmy Savile has spread the net wide and is snaring all sorts of everyman.
One poor fellow, a weatherman, was off on holiday with family. Somehow his name came up and the kops in several cars like something out of Hollywood, went to his house at 6:30 one fine morning, and battered down the front door. Ooops. Nobody home.
Savile had done a lot of charitable work and raised millions for various causes. No doubt he had his own agenda, if even half of what’s being published is true.
He had very popular TV shows back in his heyday, and so naturally youngsters were attracted to him and his fame. One of his shows was aimed at the young in fact, and the format called for some lucky kid to appear with him to have a problem fixed. That show was called, “Jim’ll Fix It” and ran on the BBC from 1975 to 94. And here’s where things really get interesting. You see ….
Some of the abuse is supposed to have taken place on BBC premises. Did any of the management know what he was doing? Did anyone suspect and keep quiet?
Do any of you hear the footfall of the gathering lawyers? I thought you might.
A year ago when he died the nation was almost in a state of national mourning, with tributes and remembrances. But then, then some voices were heard. Faint at first. Only the odd one or two and then three. Soon the number grew and there were a dozen as the storm gathered strength. And then more and then more yet until, the numbers grew to a hundred – two hundred – and before we knew it there were 450 reported cases of sex abuse carried out by the fallen hero who it is now claimed, used his work as a volunteer celeb in a children’s hospital to have access to the vulnerable. And this went on for 50 years, many claim. Ah yes. the claims.
His estate is valued at something like 4 plus million pounds. In American dollars that’d be about $6,435,657. You will not be surprised to learn that the estate funds have been frozen pending possible payouts for lawsuits. You also will not be surprised to know that the numbers of accusers continues to grow.
Once upon a time, Jimmy Savile was knighted. Oh yes. A very big man indeed. SIR, Jimmy Savile.
And now things get totally bizarre and totally stupid but then I must remember where I am these days.
The powers that be want him stripped of his knighthood. Should be easy enough. Ya think?
Here’s the headline from today’s paper. And the story.
Revealed: Bizarre plan to give Jimmy Savile a second knighthood so he can be stripped of it publicly
· An OBE or knighthood expires when a person dies but title ‘Sir’ is still used
· Honours Forfeiture Committee may award Savile another knighthood so he can be stripped of it publicly
By Tara Brady
Sir Jimmy Savile could be awarded a posthumous knighthood – so he can then be stripped of it.
The bizarre plan is being considered by the Honours Forfeiture Committee because knighthoods cannot be removed from people who have died.
Those given a knighthood are awarded lifetime membership to a ‘living order’ and the title no longer exists when the holder dies.
A Whitehall source told The Sunday Times: ‘The forfeiture committee is certainly looking at the issue.’
The TV host, who died last year aged 84, was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 1990 - an award which followed the OBE he was given for services to charity and broadcasting in 1971.
The Queen has the power to remove honours after they have been recommended by the forfeiture committee.
A report published this week by Scotland Yard and NSPCC said he DJ spent ‘every waking minute’ thinking about abusing children and used his celebrity status to that end. Eighteen girls and ten boys aged under ten were abused – the youngest being a boy of eight targeted at his school.
Allegations of sexual assault have been made by 450 individuals, aged up to 47, and some have yet to be interviewed.
The 214 confirmed offences included 34 rapes and stretch across 28 police force areas. The most recent was in 2009 but they date back as far as 1955.
Lawyers for the victims have already instigated compensation claims against the BBC, NHS and education authorities for failing to stop the serial predator. The payouts could run into millions of pounds.
Victims said it was shocking it had taken so long to expose the DJ’s predatory behaviour.
They said senior managers who missed opportunities to stop him should be named and shamed.
Hang on there. If they give him another one and take it away, would that not still leave the original? So his dead body would still be?
A dead knight?
OK, by this time you might think that’s all there is. And probably so, for now.
But read this take. And Mr. Glover is I think, quite right. With all that’s come out, guilt isn’t in question but … here.
Forgive me asking, but how do the police know Savile spent ‘every waking minute’ planning abuse?
It always amazes me that people feel this need to punish the Dead. I assume it gives them closure but its pointless really. Sounds like there is a general wave of “somebody has got to pay” going on here and most likely Scapegoats will be found. Funny how lynch mobs take shape, even in supposed cultured societies. Savile joins a long list of those who got lucky in there infamy and lived to die without persecution. Ted Kennedy would approve I’m sure. And Stalin, Castro, Idi Amin, they all got to die without a come uppance. It really make you understand why Folks all want some kind of vengeful god in there lives to give them that closure on the evil ones.
Phew, too many words,Later.
Well said Rich and I wouldn’t say too many words at all.
You nailed it tho.
Will there be a parallel ceremony on the other side?
They could get Natalie Wood to sing ...
“Two knights, two knights,
We’re going to make it right ...”
Perhaps Savile might appear in a future Download City episode....