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Jimmy Savile and the Yorkshire Ripper

It just gets stranger and stranger. This photo would be surreal if it wasn’t quite so disturbing. It captures the moment when Frank Bruno was introduced to Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper under the not even remotely benevolent gaze of Jimmy Savile.

As the investigations concerning Savile, his access to vulnerable people, and the astonishing scope of his predatory weirdness continue to delve deeper through the murky layers, this photo is ringing a whole new set of alarms.

Sutcliffe, a lorry driver from Bradford butchered 13 women, mostly prostitutes during a sickening murder spree between 1975 and 1980. The Yorkshire Ripper case became one of the most notorious in recent criminal history, and had a huge impact on the national psyche. Sutcliffe was sentenced to Broadmoor where this photo was taken in 1991, and has apparently been a friend of Savile for many years. Sutcliffe claims that Savile visited him regularly and has taken on the poisoned mantle of becoming one of Savile’s only defenders since the scandal broke saying, “It’s a load of rubbish. People are just getting carried away.”

The plot curdled further as Former West Yorkshire Police detective John Stainthorpe revealed that Savile had been interviewed during the course of the original investigation, with a tip apparently coming from the public that he could in fact be the Yorkshire Ripper. His association with Sutcliffe after the suspicions of the original inquiry seems to bear all the hallmarks of a man who was addicted to flaunting both his dark side and his untouchability.

Savile seems to have been given an extraordinarily free rein at Broadmoor, and while various media organisations prefer to concentrate on the BBC’s role in the affair, his association with convicted murderers and imprisoned patients on a cocktail of prescription drugs under the guise of charity and outreach has added an exceedingly sinister dimension to an already disgraceful story.

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