As the list if charges against former Top Of The Pops presenter, Jimmy Savile, mounts daily, in a shocking twist to the already horrific tale that has emerged, the former TV star has been sensationally linked to notorious British serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, so the Sun newspaper reports.
According to the publication, Suttcliffe not only murdered his third victim Irene Richardson just yards away from Savile’s penthouse, but also became a friend of the late Jim’ll Fix It star after he was moved to the secure hospital, where Savile volunteered.
Savile’s penthouse , which had floor-to-ceiling windows, a private lift to hide the identity of visitors and secret cameras and mics to hear what was said about him, is currently up for sale at £325,000.
Professor David Wilson, who is Britain’s top expert on serial killers, has now come and said that he believes police should now investigate whether the bizarre friendship began before Sutcliffe was caught, and whether Savile was at all involved in his killing spree, or helped cover any of his murders up.
This motion is seconded by another crime expert, who believes that if the alleged crimes of Savile are authentic, then his characteristics make him susceptible to have turned into a killer in order to satisfy his craving for more and more perverted thrills.
And the families of Sutcliffe’s victims have also called for the police to investigate these incredibly serious theories, in particular those of Irene Richardson, who was killed by Sutcliffe by three hammer blows near toilets in Roundhay Park, Leeds, on February 5, 1977, a park which was overlooked by Savile’s flat in Lakeview Court, at the time, having been purchased by the late presenter, who is accused of abusing over 300 young girls and boys throughout his 50 year career, in September 1971.
Prof Wilson said: “At first sight the suggestion that Savile might be connected with the crimes committed by Sutcliffe will seem far-fetched.
“Yet predatory paedophiles and serial killers are the awful products of common forces which, in their case, were allowed to develop unchecked.
“So the links aren’t that far-fetched at all.
“Savile and Sutcliffe came from the same area and some of Sutcliffe’s crimes took place very close to where Savile lived.
“Both inhabited a world where men were encouraged to take what they wanted by force and where girls and women were seen as things to be used and then discarded. They used sex and violence instead of intimacy to express their inner demons — the need to be powerful and to control girls and women.”
Prof Wilson, head of criminology at Birmingham City University and a former prison officer, went on to say how police investigating the Savile scandal might want to know if he and Sutcliffe were “renewing an acquaintance from some years previously” when they became friends in Broadmoor, a secured Berkshire hospital, which Savile had keys to.
Prof Wilson said: “Savile may have died, but Sutcliffe lives on and might be willing to talk about the circumstances in which he first came to know Savile.
“The coincidences between predatory paedophile Savile and serial killer Sutcliffe seem to be mounting daily.”
The son of Sutclife’s first victim, Wilma McCann, who was five when his mother was hits with a hammer and stabbed 14 times by the monster in 1975, has also called for Savile to be investigated with regards to his mother’s death, saying: “If Savile was party to any murder the public and the families of the victims have a right to know about it. It should be investigated. If an expert has said this needs looking into then there should be an investigation into their relationship and I would welcome police findings.”
Mr McCann had met Savile just before his death last year, and commented how the former Radio One DJ had similar traits to Sutcliffe, saying: “I found him to be somebody almost lacking in any feelings. He just talked about himself.
“I was going to have a chat with him about my work with young people and maybe get some words of wisdom. But I could not get a word in. I thought this was a person who couldn’t give a s*** about other people. When I think about the way he was with me it’s similar to how I’ve heard the Ripper described when he was interviewed by the police.”
However a spokesman for the investigation refused to comment on this development yesterday, saying: “We are not giving a running commentary on the investigation.”
But Labour MP Steve McCabe, a member of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, said: “Police should be more transparent. There have been far too many secrets and cover-ups in the Savile story already.
“If police are pursuing or considering this as a line of inquiry, people have a right to know.”
Watch an interview with Richard McCann in the clip below: