The revelations about the late TV presenter and DJ Jimmy Savile continue today with radio personality Paul Gambaccini claiming that Savile had an “unhealthy” interest in dead bodies.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Gambaccini – who has admitted he was fully aware for decades about Savile’s alleged paedophilia, but did nothing about it – said Savile was well known to be a necrophiliac, which is of course someone who is sexually attracted to dead people.
The Daily Star reports, “He claimed Savile’s interest in corpses dated back 50 years.
“Savile is known to have made unaccompanied visits to the morgue at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where officials have launched an inquiry into his past activities.”
And it seems that the radio show’s host Nicky Campbell was so shocked by what Gambaccini said, he tried to stop the conversation…
Campbell said, ‘That particularly lurid accusation you have brought to people’s attention is one that has not been in the public domain.”
Gambaccini replied, “Why not?” before adding, “Who vetted the knighthood? Coco the clown?”
Of Savile, Gambaccini continued, “The expression I came to associate with Savile’s sexual partners was either one used by production assistants or one I made up to summarise their reports … under-age subnormals.
“He targeted the institutionalised, the hospitalised, and this was known. Why did Jimmy go to hospitals? That’s where the patients were.”
Savile was of course a volunteer at Stoke Mandeville hospital, which is near Aylesbury, Bucks, however, a recent statement from the hospital’s management stated that it had never had reports that Savile “inappropriately interacted” with corpses.
In 1990, Savile had an interview with Q magazine, during which he said of his visits to the morgue, “You can look after somebody, be alone with somebody who has lived a whole lifetime, and I’m just saying goodbye and looking after him.
“That is a privilege and an honour. Some people get hold of the fact that Jim likes looking after cadavers and say: ‘Aha, Jim’s a necrophiliac!’ I’m not a necrophiliac.”
Scotland Yard are currently investigating Savile’s conduct, and believe there are at least 200 victims over six decades.