Justice Scalia spent his last hours with members of secretive society, BBC missed opportunities to stop Jimmy Savile, Gadsden toddler ‘ritual’ killing trial, Paid Family Leave Reduced Number Of Child Abuse Cases In California
February 26, 2016 Comments Off on Justice Scalia spent his last hours with members of secretive society, BBC missed opportunities to stop Jimmy Savile, Gadsden toddler ‘ritual’ killing trial, Paid Family Leave Reduced Number Of Child Abuse Cases In California
– Justice Scalia spent his last hours with members of this secretive society of elite hunters
– BBC missed opportunities to stop sexual predator Jimmy Savile, inquiry finds
– BBC faulted for its handling of sexual predator Jimmy Savile
– Testimony begins in Gadsden toddler ‘ritual’ killing trial
– Stopping Child Abuse: Paid Family Leave Reduced The Number Of Child Abuse Cases In California
Justice Scalia spent his last hours with members of this secretive society of elite hunters
By Amy Brittain and Sari Horwitz February 24
When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died 12 days ago at a West Texas ranch, he was among high-ranking members of an exclusive fraternity for hunters called the International Order of St. Hubertus, an Austrian society that dates back to the 1600s.
After Scalia’s death Feb. 13, the names of the 35 other guests at the remote resort, along with details about Scalia’s connection to the hunters, have remained largely unknown. A review of public records shows that some of the men who were with Scalia at the ranch are connected through the International Order of St. Hubertus, whose members gathered at least once before at the same ranch for a celebratory weekend.
Members of the worldwide, male-only society wear dark-green robes emblazoned with a large cross and the motto “Deum Diligite Animalia Diligentes,” which means “Honoring God by honoring His creatures,” according to the group’s website. Some hold titles, such as Grand Master, Prior and Knight Grand Officer. The Order’s name is in honor of Hubert, the patron saint of hunters and fishermen….
The society’s U.S. chapter launched in 1966 at the famous Bohemian Club in San Francisco, which is associated with the all-male Bohemian Grove — one of the most well-known secret societies in the country.
In 2010, Poindexter hosted a group of 53 members of the Houston chapter of the International Order of St. Hubertus at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, according to a Houston society publication. A number of members from Mexico were also part of the ranch festivities that included “three days of organized shoots and ‘gala’ lunches and dinners….
From Houston, Scalia and Foster chartered a plane without the marshals to the Cibolo Creek Ranch airstrip. In a statement after Scalia died, the U.S. Marshals Service said that Scalia had declined a security detail while at the ranch….
Law enforcement officials told The Post that they had no knowledge of the International Order of St. Hubertus or its connection to Poindexter and ranch guests. The officials said the FBI had declined to investigate Scalia’s death when they were told by the marshals that he died from natural causes. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-scalia-spent-his-last-hours-with-members-of-this-secretive-society-of-elite-hunters/2016/02/24/1d77af38-db20-11e5-891a-4ed04f4213e8_story.html
BBC missed opportunities to stop sexual predator Jimmy Savile, inquiry finds
Thursday February 25, 2016
An inquiry clears the BBC of wrongdoing but points out serious failings in its handling of Jimmy Savile, a celebrated TV presenter revealed to have been one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders.
An investigation into the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal cleared the BBC of wrongdoing Thursday, even as it painted a damning portrait of an institution where employees were afraid to raise even serious concerns about sexual misconduct for fear of upsetting celebrity talent or making the corporation look bad.
Savile, a BBC television presenter and popular charity figure who died in October 2011, is believed to be one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders, often targeting minors.
The review initiated by the BBC blamed the institution’s internal culture for being behind the failure to sound the alarm on Savile’s predatory activity. It was only after Savile’s death that the extent of his crimes became clear — touching off a national shock wave of rage and introspection about how best to deal with sexual abuse charges, particularly involving the famous.
“Celebrities were treated with kid gloves and were virtually untouchable,” said Janet Smith, a former Court of Appeal judge who conducted the inquiry, describing a BBC culture of not wanting to “rock the boat.”…
Smith’s review said the Savile abuse incidents dated all the way back to 1959. She identified 72 victims of Savile, both male and female — and one was only 8 years old.
But girls who raised concerns about Savile were treated as a “nuisance.” In one case in 1969, a girl who was molested on the “Top of the Pops” program while standing next to Savile on the podium was “ejected from the building.”
The inquiry also concluded that another BBC star, sports presenter Stuart Hall, 86, also used his celebrity to shield his activities, often plying his victims with alcohol.
The Hall investigation was carried out by another former Court of Appeal judge, Linda Dobbs, because Smith had a conflict of interest. Dobbs found 21 victims of Hall, who was jailed in 2013 after pleading guilty to multiple charges of indecent assault…. http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-britain-bbc-jimmy-savile-20160225-story.html
BBC faulted for its handling of sexual predator Jimmy Savile
Thursday February 25, 2016
An inquiry clears the BBC of wrongdoing but points out serious failings in its handling of Jimmy Savile, a celebrated TV presenter revealed to have been one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders. http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-bbc-jimmy-savile-video-20160225-embeddedvideo.html
Testimony begins in Gadsden toddler ‘ritual’ killing trial
William Thornton February 25, 2016
Etowah County prosecutors today told jurors that the body of a 20-month-old girl, hacked to death, was found in 2013 in a duffel bag cast among trash in a field next to a dead dog.
Today saw the beginning of testimony in the trial of Stephon Lindsay, 38, accused of killing his daughter, Maliyah Tashay Lindsay, almost three years ago in what some family members termed a “ritual” killing.
Gadsden police discovered the body of Maliyah Lindsay in a wooded area at the dead end of Plainview Street in Gadsden on March 12, 2013 after Stephon Lindsay was arrested in connection with the child’s disappearance.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Marcus Reid said testimony would show Stephon killed Maliyah in accordance with his religious beliefs, using a long knife while the child’s mother was sick following giving birth a few weeks before….
Stephon would occasionally read and write in a dark green binder that he called his Bible, she said. He had a passion for horror, zombie and martial arts movies, she said, and would occasionally run outside into the rain to “do the stuff they do in the movies.” He collected knives and swords, she said, but also had a sense of humor and helped cook and clean and care for Maliyah…. http://www.al.com/news/anniston-gadsden/index.ssf/2016/02/testimony_begins_in_gadsden_to.html
Stopping Child Abuse: Paid Family Leave Reduced The Number Of Child Abuse Cases In California
Feb 25, 2016 By Justin Caba
In 2004, California introduced its Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, which allows for up to six weeks of paid leave for the birth of a newborn or to take care of a sick family member in a 12-month period. Despite there being proven benefits to having paid family leave, a number of other states have not followed suit. A recent study published in the journal Injury Prevention aimed to compare to the impact of the PFL program in California to states that have not enacted any parental leave laws.
Researchers from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gathered data on the number of children hospitalized from deliberately inflicted head injuries between 1995 and 2011 in California. They compared this data to that from seven other states without any paid leave policies: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin.
Admission rates for abusive head injuries dropped significantly among children under the age of 2 following the PFL enactment. When researchers incorporated influential factors, like unemployment rates and low education levels, the PFL program led to a drop of 5.1 admissions per 100,000 children under the age of 1. The policy also led to a 2.8 per 100,000 drop in admissions among children under 2…. http://www.medicaldaily.com/paid-family-leave-stopping-child-abuse-375161
June 29, 2014 Comments Off on Recap: Jimmy Savile had sex with dead bodies in mortuary, shocking hospital report reveals
Recap: Jimmy Savile had sex with dead bodies in mortuary, shocking hospital report reveals
Jun 27, 2014 By Anthony Bond, Steve Robson
An investigation into Savile’s abuse at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) heard the now-dead entertainer claimed to have “interfered with the bodies of deceased patients”
Jimmy Savile boasted about having sex with corpses and had jewellery made from glass eyes he removed from their bodies, it was revealed today.
The sick paedophile also gloated to others that he enjoyed “posing” the corpses and that he would “wheel them around” at night at Leeds General Infirmary.
The twisted crimes were revealed in 28 NHS reports published today….
Sickening extent of Jimmy Savile’s full depravity laid bare in shocking NHS report
By Andrew Gregory, Tom Pettifor, David Collins Jun 26, 2014
The sex beast, free to roam hospitals abusing victims at will, boasted of having sex with corpses while he continued to abuse until he was 82
Police are probing claims sick Jimmy Savile was involved in the death of a young girl.
The former DJ was allegedly seen dragging away a child at a care home who was later said to have died.
The sickening extent of his depravity was laid bare today as damning NHS reports revealed the pervert was free to roam hospitals abusing victims at will – even targeting the dead.
The mass of NHS papers revealed vile Savile boasted about having sex with corpses in a mortuary, posed with bodies and wheeled them around at night, stole glass eyes from the dead and made them into rings and abused teenage patients in their beds as they recovered from surgery.
And it is said the paedophile targeted at least 103 men, women, boys and girls aged between five and 75 for his attacks in hospitals and state institutions, which included three rapes….
He bragged about having sex with corpses at Leeds General Infirmary. A former nurse at Broadmoor said Savile told her about his appalling activities at the Yorkshire hospital, where he was a charity fundraiser and volunteer porter.
He said he would “muck about” posing with dead bodies of men and women together before taking photographs.
The nurse added: “I was a little bit upset because I had no concept, in those days, of… while I’d heard of necrophilia… but I didn’t understand what it meant.”
It is claimed former Top of the Pops frontman Savile told her he sexually assaulted the bodies as well, something he sickeningly dubbed “garamoosh”.
A former patient at Barnet General Hospital in North London said nurses told her in 1983 that Savile “liked to have sex with dead bodies”….
Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus Survivors of Abduction Act, Jimmy Savile NHS abuse probe: ‘Up to 30’ hospitals involved
October 15, 2013 Comments Off on Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus Survivors of Abduction Act, Jimmy Savile NHS abuse probe: ‘Up to 30’ hospitals involved
Lawmakers’ schedule includes bills on Ariel Castro victims’ compensation, feral hog roadkill
Jeremy Pelzer, Northeast Ohio Media Group
October 14, 2013
….HB 197, the Survivors Abduction Act, may be voted on by the House Health and Aging Committee on Wednesday. The measure would give state compensation to the three women held captive by Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro, as well as others held in “involuntary servitude” for eight years or more. The bill would also provide such victims free college tuition and health care for life.
130th General Assembly
H. B. No. 197
Representatives Barnes, Grossman
Cosponsors: Representatives Antonio, Mallory, Patmon, Schuring, Wachtmann
To amend sections 2743.51, 2743.59, and 2743.66 and to enact sections 3333.27 and 5111.82 of the Revised Code to award at least twenty-five thousand dollars per year from the court of claims victims of crime fund to any survivor of abduction who was abducted for a period of eight years or more; to award free tuition at any state university or college to any such survivor of abduction; to seek a waiver from the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services for medical assistance to be provided for any such survivor of abduction for the duration of the survivor’s lifetime; and to name the provisions of this bill the Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus Survivors of Abduction Act.
Jimmy Savile NHS abuse probe: ‘Up to 30’ hospitals involved 14 October 2013
Up to 30 hospitals are now under investigation as part of the inquiry into Jimmy Savile’s alleged abuse of patients at NHS hospitals, the BBC understands.
Inquiries had originally just focused on Broadmoor and Stoke Mandeville and Leeds General Infirmary, with a further 10 trusts added in January.
A final report will be published in 2014.
The late DJ is believed to have abused hundreds of victims.
The former BBC presenter of Top Of The Pops and Jim’ll Fix It, who also worked as a Radio 1 DJ and received a knighthood in 1990, died aged 84 in October 2011 – a year before the allegations were broadcast in an ITV documentary.
Revelations that Savile had sexually abused children prompted hundreds of victims to come forward, including those who said they were attacked on BBC premises and at a number of other institutions.
Savile had a bedroom at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, an office and living quarters at Broadmoor, and widespread access to Leeds General Infirmary….
The director of public prosecutions is also reviewing decisions not to prosecute Savile in 2009.
The Dame Janet Smith Review
….In connection with investigating Jimmy Savile, the Dame Janet Smith Review has been in contact with approximately 600 people and has had over 310 telephone conversations with witnesses, all of which have been noted. 120 witness interviews have now taken place and a number of these interviews have been with individuals who were subject to inappropriate sexual conduct by Savile. Witness interviews are continuing. http://www.damejanetsmithreview.com/updates/
Top British publicist charged with 11 sex assaults, Disgraced Jimmy Savile was ‘sex mad’ during 1970s Irish trip, Cult leader on the run over baby’s ritual bonfire killing in Chile as four appear in court including the child’s mother
April 29, 2013 Comments Off on Top British publicist charged with 11 sex assaults, Disgraced Jimmy Savile was ‘sex mad’ during 1970s Irish trip, Cult leader on the run over baby’s ritual bonfire killing in Chile as four appear in court including the child’s mother
Top British publicist charged with 11 sex assaults
LONDON Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:10pm EDT
(Reuters) – Celebrity publicist Max Clifford on Friday became the first high profile figure to be charged in a wide-ranging investigation into a sex scandal that has grabbed front page headlines in Britain in recent months.
Clifford, 70, was charged with 11 counts of indecent assault, prosecutors said, including on two underage girls, after being arrested in December as part of an investigation into sex crime allegations against the late Jimmy Savile….
Clifford, whose clients have included “The X Factor” reality TV creator Simon Cowell, is best known in Britain for selling “kiss and tell” stories about the rich and famous to scandal-hungry tabloid newspapers.
“Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Clifford to be charged with 11 offences of indecent assault relating to seven complainants,” the Crown Prosecution Service’s Alison Saunders said in a statement….
Disgraced Jimmy Savile was ‘sex mad’ during 1970s Irish trip
Fellow celebrities arrested in sweep are a who’s-who of 70s pop
By IrishCentral Staff Writers, Friday, April 26, 2013
Jimmy Savile, once the biggest star in the BBC’s pop pantheon, was obsessed with sex and that fact came to light during his many visits to Ireland in the early Seventies.
According to the Daily Mail the disgraced media personality who was revealed to be a pedophile after his death was heard making suggestive comments to young Irish girls he met, sometimes in front of their own parents. Later he bounced young girls on his knee without challenge.
The star, most famous for his turns on Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It, was a regular visitor to Ireland throughout his decades long career and for the first time an eyewitness has come forward to document his behavior.
RTE’s former head of entertainment David Blake Knox, who was paid to spend a day with Savile while he attended a charity event in Ireland in the 1970s has come forward with a shocking portrait of the British DJ and charity fundraiser.
‘My abiding memory of Jimmy Savile is that he talked about sex the whole time. I was actually quite shocked because I wasn’t used to hearing adults talking about sex as crudely as he did. The way he talked about young women was shocking. I remember him making suggestive comments to young girls sometimes in front of their parents, and even priests,’ Blake Knox told the Evening Herald….
Cult leader on the run over baby’s ritual bonfire killing in Chile as four appear in court including the child’s mother
Mother, 25, told police she is ‘devastated’ but sect members said it ‘had to be’ because it was ‘her karma’
Three-day-old infant placed on board with her mouth taped and thrown into the flames
Ringleader last seen heading for Peru to buy hallucinogenic drug
By Daily Mail Reporter 27 April 2013
A cult leader was being hunted today over the horrific ritual killing of his three-week-old baby as four of his followers appeared in court – including the child’s mother.
Natalie Guerra, 25, hid her face in a coat as she attended a hearing into the killing of her daughter who was burned alive on a bonfire.
She put a hand over her mouth as she sat alongside sect members Carla Franchy, Maria del Pilar Alvarez and David Pastene during the tribunal in Quilpe, 70 miles west of Santiago.
Jimmy Savile sex crime police ‘to arrest more celebrities’ in Operation Yewtree probe, Ex-Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis arrested over fresh sex abuse allegations, Church Sex-Abuse Victim ‘Surprised’ by Pope
March 15, 2013 Comments Off on Jimmy Savile sex crime police ‘to arrest more celebrities’ in Operation Yewtree probe, Ex-Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis arrested over fresh sex abuse allegations, Church Sex-Abuse Victim ‘Surprised’ by Pope
– Jimmy Savile sex crime police ‘to arrest more celebrities’ in Operation Yewtree probe
– Ex-Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis arrested over fresh sex abuse allegations
– Church Sex-Abuse Victim ‘Surprised’ by Pope
Jimmy Savile sex crime police ‘to arrest more celebrities’ in Operation Yewtree probe Thursday 14 Mar 2013
Police investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal are preparing to arrest more celebrities within weeks, it has been revealed.
Some ‘very high-profile figures’ are said to be among the new names reported to Operation Yewtree detectives by alleged victims.
The police promise comes as former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis was arrested for the second time over alleged sexual offences – though he again proclaimed his innocence.
Operation Yewtree was set up last year amid revelations of how the late TV presenter and DJ Savile had escaped prosecution despite decades of allegations against him.
Among those already arrested since the probe was launched are Travis, comedian Jim Davidson, PR consultant Max Clifford and disgraced pop star Gary Glitter.
All have declared their innocence.
Nazir Afzal, from the Crown Prosecution Service, has now told a child abuse seminar in London that more arrests are imminent….
Ex-Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis arrested over fresh sex abuse allegations
Wednesday 13 Mar 2013
Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis has been re-arrested on a string of new sex allegations, Scotland Yard has confirmed.
The 67-year-old was questioned when he answered bail on Monday about 11 new ‘incidents’ that have come to light.
According to sources, the claims date back to the 1970s and 1980s.
Mr Travis was originally arrested in November of last year. At the time, he strenuously denied any wrongdoing.
Speaking outside his home in Bedfordshire today, the former Top of the Pops host told reporters: ‘I have been into a police station and I have had a chat with them and that is it.
‘They have told me they will make a decision in April.
‘I have not been charged with anything and that is it at the moment. I have to wait until they make up their minds.’….
Church Sex-Abuse Victim ‘Surprised’ by Pope
Udo Strutynski says Pope Francis’ message to the church is “no more business as usual.” 03/14/2013
Teenage sex slave raped 90 times in one weekend, Report suggested that Savile could have been stopped decades ago
March 13, 2013 Comments Off on Teenage sex slave raped 90 times in one weekend, Report suggested that Savile could have been stopped decades ago
– Teenage sex slave raped 90 times in one weekend despite authorities saying she wasn’t at risk
– UK Police Had Jimmy Savile Abuse Records In 1960s: Report
– Jimmy Savile police ‘reluctant to investigate because of celebrity status’
– Jimmy Savile investigator offers to help round up 1980s paedophile ring
Teenage sex slave raped 90 times in one weekend despite authorities saying she wasn’t at risk
Girl gave evidence to committee despite still being ‘deeply traumatised’
CSJ report claims efforts to tackle slavery in a state of crisis
More than 1,000 adults and children trafficked into or within UK in 2011/12
By James Rush
10 March 2013
A teenage girl was raped 90 times in one weekend it has been revealed, in a shocking report into modern-day slavery in the UK.
The report, due to be published tomorrow by the Centre for Social Justice, contains evidence from the girl, who was 16 at the time she was taken into slavery and raped by 90 men.
The girl, who gave evidence to the committee despite still being ‘deeply traumatised’ by the attacks, did not come from a background which put her at risk, but became enslaved after befriending girls vulnerable to abuse, it has been reported….
UK Police Had Jimmy Savile Abuse Records In 1960s: Report
LONDON — An independent report into how British police handled allegations against disgraced late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile said Tuesday that police held records that connected him to sexual abuse as early as 1964, but failed to carry out an investigation.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, an independent police oversight group, found that police recorded five allegations and two pieces of intelligence against Savile during his lifetime.
Once one of Britain’s most popular entertainers, Savile’s reputation took a dive after his death in 2011 at age 84, when hundreds of witnesses and victims came forward accusing him of sexual abuse. Police have since described the television and radio presenter as a serial sexual predator who used his fame to target young victims across Britain.
Tuesday’s report suggested that Savile could have been stopped decades ago.
The earliest found intelligence record held by the pedophile unit at Scotland Yard dates from about 1964, but was only uncovered last year, the report said. The record, which just contained brief notes, referred to Savile as a “well known disc jockey” and to sexual abuse involving students at a children’s home. No investigation was carried out as a result of that intelligence, the report said.
“Its existence suggests that, by 1964, Savile was known to (police) officers investigating sexual offences against children,” the report said. “On the basis of what we know now, there appears to have been, at the very least, an opportunity to investigate his behavior then.”
The second intelligence record was an anonymous letter sent to police in 1998. It urged Scotland Yard to stop Savile’s activities, but police marked it as “sensitive” because of his celebrity status. It was never investigated and not shared with other police forces….
Jimmy Savile police ‘reluctant to investigate because of celebrity status’
Watchdog highlights failures in information sharing between forces and reveals DJ could have been stopped in 1964
Josh Halliday and Haroon Siddique
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 12 March 2013
Jimmy Savile’s celebrity status contributed to the police’s failure to prevent him sexually abusing hundreds of young people over five decades when they could have stopped him in the 1960s, the compiler of a highly critical report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has said.
The watchdog’s inquiry into the police’s handling of Savile revealed that the disgraced DJ, who died in October 2011, could have been stopped as early as 1964 but police mishandled evidence and dismissed victims.
Drusilla Sharpling, from HMIC, said police appeared to be reluctant to investigate Savile because of his high public profile….
The inspectorate described a “cultural mistrust” of evidence from children, warning that procedures adopted by various agencies over many years had left vulnerable young people unprotected by the criminal justice system….
In 1963, a Cheshire man was told by a police officer to “forget about it” and “move on” when he reported an allegation of rape by Savile, according to HMIC.
Another man who tried to report an assault his girlfriend had suffered at a recording of Top of the Pops was told by police he “could be arrested for making such allegations” and dismissed….
Jimmy Savile investigator offers to help round up 1980s paedophile ring
Tuesday 12 March 2013
Mark Williams-Thomas, the child protection expert who exposed Jimmy Savile, has offered to help catch an alleged establishment paedophile ring that used its connections to escape justice decades ago.
The former police officer – who researched and presented ITV’s documentary on the dark side of the BBC star – said that victims reluctant to report the abuse they experienced at Elm Guest House in London could contact him directly. Mr Williams-Thomas said he would consider making a documentary about the case if a new police inquiry, Operation Fernbridge, turned out to be unsuccessful.
He stressed that he had “100 per cent faith” in the inquiry into claims that children in care were abused at the property in Rocks Lane, Barnes, in the early 1980s by powerful figures from across public life.
But he urged anyone who felt able to report their experiences to come forward, saying it was crucial for Scotland Yard to collect more evidence before making any further arrests.
He also divulged that he had already passed evidence to the police about the case, adding that the stories he was hearing about it were “horrendous”.
November 7, 2012 Comments Off on JANET STREET PORTER: Your tragic Savile letters show this isn’t just hysteria
JANET STREET PORTER: Your tragic Savile letters show this isn’t just hysteria
By Janet Street Porter
5 November 2012
The BBC has decided not to broadcast repeats of Top Of The Pops hosted by Jimmy Savile, as if belatedly culling the evil court jester from our screens constitutes an act of cultural cleansing.
Since I discussed the scandal on Question Time on October 4, the day after ITV broadcast their shocking documentary, I have received a huge number of emails and letters.
Every day brings more revelations — involving hospitals, prisons and places where vulnerable people thought they were safe….
Stories of abuse going back half a century are being told for the very first time, and there are calls for previous investigations into abuse at children’s homes in Wales and in Jersey to be re-opened.
The initial exposure of Savile has uncovered abuse that seems to have permeated every aspect of society, unacceptable behaviour that those in authority accepted for decades. Only last week, Rick Parfitt of Status Quo blithely told a female journalist ‘everybody was at it’ at Top Of The Pops ‘…there was a lot of groping’.
Yesterday, a newspaper asserted that the unit investigating sexual misconduct at the Corporation has received complaints involving 29 BBC staff and presenters.
Let’s be clear, the media are not pursuing a witch hunt against the BBC (as Jonathan Dimbleby asserts), but responding to the righteous indignation of the mistreated, ordinary men and women who were never believed up to now.
When I said on television that my hairdresser touched me inappropriately when I was about ten or 12, and my mother just slapped me and called me a liar, loads of you recounted similar stories.
They describe being abused as teenagers, never able to tell their stories, or if they did, they were routinely disbelieved. One man kept quiet about being abused by a group of older boys at school until he was in his 60s, and then had a breakdown.
Men and women have written to me who worked in television make-up and costume departments when they were young, who endured routine molesting from big stars with fragile egos as part of the job. This isn’t mass hysteria — we are at the start of a healing process, and the tragedy is that many of the perpetrators are dead.
November 3, 2012 Comments Off on Jim fixed nothing: Growing up in 1970s England with Jimmy Savile
Top of The Pops producers who first signed up Jimmy Savile in the 1960s thought he was ‘dodgy’ because of his background on the club scene in Leeds
Savile’s background sparked initial concerns among the show’s bosses
It is claimed he was thought of as ‘dodgy’ and ‘you didn’t cross him’
But despite that the BBC hired him and he went on to be a regular Top of the Pops presenter for 20 years
The Corporation now embroiled in a sex scandal after scores of women claim they were abused by the DJ
By Leon Watson 2 November 2012
The BBC producers who first signed up Jimmy Savile to present Top of the Pops had doubts over whether he was suitable and thought he was ‘dodgy’, it was claimed last night.
Savile’s background as a club DJ and manager sparked initial concerns among the show’s bosses in the early 1960s before the allegations of sex abuse that have now engulfed the BBC emerged.
Paul Jackson, the producer of hits shows Red Dwarf and The Young Ones, and a former head entertainment at both the BBC and ITV, said BBC entertainment producers initially rejected Savile….
Jimmy Savile was an emperor with no clothes – and a celebrity cloak
Savile’s invisible but dazzling cloak of fame stopped everyone from suggesting he was exactly the scary, child-catching creature he seemed to be
Deborah Orr The Guardian, Friday 2 November 2012
It’s part of the grooming process to persuade the victim it’s wrong to think badly of the abuser. In that respect, Jimmy Savile groomed the nation. Children rarely said the emperor was naked – sometimes all too literally. But even when one did, the cry was never taken up. Adults also kept their suspicions quiet, even when they were strong. It seemed wrong to think badly of Savile, though many secretly did.
It’s telling, this collective failure to point at Savile and suggest he was just the scary, child-catching creature of nightmare he appeared to be. People tend to believe what’s easier to bear. Sadly it’s easier for a child to bear the idea that they deserve abuse than it is for them to believe the adult world does not protect the innocent….
Jim fixed nothing: Growing up in 1970s England with Jimmy Savile
Magical figure now accused of widespread abuse
Chris Jones Theater critic November 4, 2012
….There have been so many claims made against him — many of which entail stories of abuse involving girls, barely in their teens — that Savile’s estate was frozen Thursday by bankers who have realized that they will likely need to pay compensation. If Savile’s knighthood had not officially died with him in 2011, that would likely be gone too. His name has been stripped from buildings. An honorary degree has been rescinded. Even his gravestone has been broken up and sent to a landfill.
As with the Jerry Sandusky affair at Penn State University — with which the Savile affair has many horrible similarities — there has been a great deal of fallout from what appears to have been a multi-decade sequence of abuse by a TV star, cloaked in philanthropic good works, who had his own keys allowing him access to children’s hospitals and so much power that nobody dared take him on. There is the question of why his bosses and colleagues at the BBC, many of whose careers are now besmirched, did not confront him, given the repeated rumors of his attraction to young girls. As at Penn State, Savile’s bosses did nothing for, it seems, much the same reasons: It would be messy; it wasn’t entirely clear, if you didn’t want it to be; it might upset bigger bosses; and the brand of the organization (both, strikingly, are nonprofits) would be hurt by the finding out of the truth.
If the Sandusky affair revealed much that was disturbing about the culture of college sports, the Savile affair has done the same for the British media, especially in those tightly controlled pre-Internet days, when personal brands were carefully protected, bad behavior was laughed off as good showbiz fun and outside reporters could easily be manipulated or purchased. Savile, it now is clear, was a master of such manipulations, maintaining distinct private and public personas with formidable care. So potent was his brand and so associated was it with the unassailable, he just had to dangle a few threats about charities and money he raises for children, and the nosy reporter would look elsewhere for those rumors about underage girls. Ordinary pop stars didn’t raise all that cash for kids. Easier to bring them down.
October 28, 2012 Comments Off on BBC in a spin as sex scandal escalates – Jimmy Savile
BBC in a spin as sex scandal escalates
October 27, 2012
A long list of blunders over its treatment of molester Jimmy Savile is haunting the broadcaster, writes Jane Wheatley.
He was the biggest television star in Britain, courted by prime ministers, princes and the Pope. And now the millions of people who had watched, laughed at and grew up with the late Sir Jimmy Savile, OBE, KCSG, are trying to come to terms with the fact that he had been sexually abusing underage girls for 50 years. It was shocking, people agreed, and yet somehow not surprising: when you watch old clips of him fondling star-struck children, it all seems so obvious – and shameful. Why hadn’t they realised?
More to the point, why did the BBC fail to investigate the rumours that we now know were rife in the ’60s and ’70s: that their golden goose, kingpin of top-rating shows Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It , was entertaining young girls from studio audiences in his dressing room and at post-show parties, delivered to him by program assistants. Or that when he was out on the road running for charity he took young fans to bed in his campervan.
And after Savile’s death last year, why was an investigation into his predatory activities by the BBC’s flagship current affairs show, Newsnight, suddenly dropped – to be followed a month later by two fulsome tribute programs? And why did the BBC file away incendiary evidence gathered by Newsnight producer Meirion Jones and reporter Liz Mackean, only to see the same material used by its arch competitor, ITV, in a report screened a year later, which delivered compelling testimonies from more of Savile’s alleged victims….
The allegations are bad enough: that Savile not only cherry picked young fans for sexual favours, but targeted the most vulnerable – in hospitals, at Broadmoor secure psychiatric institution and at Duncroft, an approved school for emotionally disturbed girls. As a celebrity volunteer and fund-raiser he was often given his own flat or dressing room where he took his ”victims”. “The younger the better,” was Savile’s motto, according to his biographer, Dan Davies.
But Savile was not particularly secretive about his activities – staff at those institutions now seem, at some level anyway, to have known what he was up to. So why did nobody do anything?
One by one, Savile’s former BBC colleagues and producers were hauled out of retirement as Panorama presenter Shelley Jofre asked that question.
As a young reporter, Martin Young joined Savile on a charity run and found him lying on the bed in his campervan with a teenage girl.
“I thought he was a pervert,” Young told Jofre. Did he think about reporting it? “No, it never crossed my mind, and I take my share of blame for that.”
Reporter Bob Langley saw girls – “12, 13, possibly 14, definitely not 15” – coming out of the campervan. “[Savile] indicated to me in a nudge-nudge sort of way that he had just had sex with one of them … Should I have reported it? What would have happened? He would have said it was a joke and that would be the end of it.”
On one show Savile brought his friend Gary Glitter – later a convicted paedophile – onto the set, where they both sat cuddling young girls. “I’m giving girls away here,” Savile chortled. “We’ve got them from everywhere, we’ve even got some from Broadmoor.” He was routinely filmed in clinches. “The BBC bought into Savile’s sexually suggestive style big time,” Jofre said….
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Sexual Abuse Scandal Turns the Tables on BBC
By SARAH LYALL October 17, 2012
LONDON — The story seemed perfect for the British Broadcasting Corporation’s hard-hitting “Newsnight” program: a nationally beloved television host, it seemed, had also been a pedophile who for decades preyed on young teenagers in hospitals, in children’s homes — and in the halls of the BBC itself.
“Newsnight” found women willing to go on air to declare that the host, Jimmy Savile, who died last year, had abused them when they were young. But last December, as the segment neared completion, it was abruptly canceled by the editor in charge, who said there was not enough evidence to justify going ahead.
That decision, and the BBC’s earlier failure over four decades to investigate rumors about Mr. Savile’s behavior, is now the subject of three independent investigations. But they are just the latest and most explosive elements in a scandal that seems to widen by the hour, fed by a ferocious British tabloid press angry at the BBC’s coverage of the hacking scandal and eager, for a change, to write about misdeeds other than its own….
The Savile affair is by no means restricted to the BBC, drawing in some of Britain’s most important institutions. Scotland Yard has opened an investigation involving 14 other police forces and no fewer than 340 “lines of inquiry”; it said that from 1959 to 2006, Mr. Savile might have molested 60 or more underage girls.
But politically the primary focus is on the BBC. “Everyone has been sickened by the vile abuse perpetrated by Jimmy Savile,” Harriet Harman, deputy leader of the Labour Party, said in the House of Commons. “What has deepened the revulsion is that this happened at the BBC, an institution so loved and trusted it is known as Auntie. This has cast a stain on the BBC.”
Even more embarrassing for the corporation is that in December, right around the time it canceled the Savile segment on “Newsnight,” it broadcast three separate programs praising Mr. Savile. BBC executives have said that there was no relationship between the decisions to cancel the critical program and to broadcast the laudatory ones….
It is hard to convey exactly what place Mr. Savile occupied in British public life. Known for his outlandish costumes, his fancy cars and his bizarre appearance — he had peroxide-blond hair that he wore in a kind of aging-pageboy, Prince Valiant-style cut — he was as familiar a presence as Johnny Carson or Dick Clark, and as odd a character as Pee-wee Herman. He was knighted by the queen; he was a friend of Prince Charles. Four thousand people attended his funeral last year. His obituaries described him as a national icon.
Mr. Savile worked as a radio disc jockey when disc jockeys were just being invented. On BBC television, he was the first host of the “Top of the Pops” show, which counted down hit records each week. He also fronted the hugely popular “Jim’ll Fix It,” in which he solved the problems and granted the wishes of viewers, most of them children.
He was also a tireless fund-raiser, credited with raising as much as $75 million, whose work took him into hospitals, children’s homes and schools. Many of the accusations against him have come from hospital patients who say he molested them while they were literally in bed….
Rumors of Mr. Savile’s behavior swirled around the BBC, in the music business, on Fleet Street. He was even confronted by tabloid reporters and BBC officials, but always denied everything. In 2007, the Surrey Police Department investigated complaints from hospital patients dating from the 1970s, but prosecutors failed to bring charges.
“I heard massive stories about Jimmy Savile being a dirty old man who kind of touched up anything in a skirt,” said a BBC reporter who began working there in the 1980s. She spoke on condition of anonymity because BBC employees are not authorized to speak to outside reporters.
Savile’s hospital access to be examined: Health officials announce inquiry into abuse at three institutions
By Sam Greenhill 17 October 2012
Health chiefs yesterday belatedly announced an inquiry into Jimmy Savile’s reign of abuse at three NHS hospitals. But it will be run by the Department of Health itself, raising fears it cannot be truly independent. Former barrister Kate Lampard will oversee the investigation to provide ‘independent oversight’, Downing Street pledged.
It will examine why the paedophile presenter was given the keys to Broadmoor mental hospital, a bedroom at Stoke Mandeville and free rein at Leeds General Infirmary. He allegedly raped and molested young victims for decades without anyone stopping him.
There are suspicions a blind eye was turned to the abuse because the hospitals reaped millions of pounds through Savile’s fundraising. Labour is still calling for a full independent inquiry into the scandal.
Deputy leader Harriet Harman said: ‘I think what we need to do is get to the truth….
Savile, who raised £40million for the hospital in his lifetime, boasted that he ‘lived’ in a bedroom managers had given him at Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, and said he could do as he pleased….
Astonishingly, he was even allowed to take young female patients out of the supposedly top-security hospital for rides in his Rolls Royce. And Savile boasted that he was actually responsible for getting some mentally ill patients – among them murderers – freed from their sentences.
Claims: Dozens of people have come forward to say they were abused by Savile at all three hospitals. He called himself the ‘Governor’ of the hospital and was inexplicably made chairman of a hospital taskforce by the Department of Health in the 1980s.
He grabbed me very tightly and said: This is my special move
Sue, 16, on Jimmy Savile cruise ship attack
Grinning beast … Savile pulls liner victim Sue on to bed in friend’s snap
By CHRIS POLLARD October 18, 2012
A VICTIM molested by Jimmy Savile on a cruise liner told last night how the star DJ lured her to his cabin and abused her when she was a starstruck 16-year-old.
Holidaymaker Sue Southgate was with a girl pal when he approached the two teenagers promising autographs.
The unsuspecting pair followed him giggling to his first class quarters on the P&O liner SS Canberra where he startled them by casually taking off his trousers — even though Sue’s friend had her camera.
Begging Sue for a “quick cuddle” as her chum took souvenir photos, the Top Of The Pops… — then aged 51 — pulled her on to his bed….
She said: “He was prancing up and down the corridors, introducing himself to everyone. He was obviously on the lookout for potential targets.”
Savile was kicked off the ship after a distraught couple accused him of inappropriate behaviour with their daughter aged just 14.
The captain said: “I told him he disgusted me and I wanted him off my ship when we reached Gibraltar. I told an officer to make sure he remained in his cabin. He was not allowed to leave it under any circumstances short of shipwreck.”