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Depraved monsters like Jimmy Savile take sick pleasure from hiding in plain sight

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Among all the contemporary interviewees and archive footage in Netflix’s masterful documentary Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story, it’s a Northern Irish contributor — among several insightful inclusions from here — who gives the most chilling assessment of the star’s dark psyche as well as a damning indictment of the culture in broadcasting and society that permitted him to run amok.

Forensic psychotherapist Carine Minne identifies how Savile, who died in 2012, revelled in getting away with it. Hiding in plain sight became part of his sick pleasure, something he did with a brazenness that through the all-too-useless prism of hindsight is sickening to observe.

Minne says: “What happens to the person who commits crime over a hugely long period of time [is], I would say, that they’re actually triumphant at getting away with it. That there’s something terribly exciting about being able to pull the wool over people’s eyes, to be able to deceive people. It fuels the sense of triumphalism, the omnipotence.”

Savile’s sense that he could control public opinion saw him offend on an industrial scale. By 2016, 400 people had made allegations of sexual abuse against him. Offences, including rape, occurred in schools, children’s homes and hospitals. Victims were aged from five to 75.

But this predatory paedophile had been spotted. Rumours about him abounded in media and political circles for decades. Nothing was done. Instead, he was free to assault youngsters at the BBC, pushing them into an alcove in his dressing room. Free to molest a disabled girl and injured boy in hospitals where he volunteered as a porter.


© Belfast Telegraph

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