Thursday, 5 December 2013

Jimmy Savile: the Caravan and Canal


On July 20th 2012, I was standing next to the Rochdale Canal in the picturesque town of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, after having given a lecture at a cafe in the town the previous evening. It was lunchtime and myself and some good friends sat there talking and looking across the dark waters of the canal from the vantage point of the towpath where customers of the pub we just had lunch in, sit outside to drink and smoke. It was a glorious Summer's day, and as I stood there sipping my pint, I was constantly drawn to the canal beside me. As picturesque as it appeared, having grown up next to the Royal Canal in Dublin I was more than aware that canals, with their slow moving body of water, often contain secrets which will eventually give themselves up to the world over time. Canals are powerful communication conduits of human energy. Built by human energy, exclusively for human energy, and because they do not flow like rivers to the sea, we are especially sensitive to the messages they carry.

There is something sad and mysterious about the town of Hebden Bridge, perhaps this is why it attracts Bohemian types and other non-conformists from the nearby cities of Manchester and Leeds and which Hebden Bridge acts like a pivot between these two large former industrial metropoli. The landscape and moors around Hebden Bridge contain the bones of the tormented American poet Sylvia Plath, along with seemingly endless, wind-swept moorlands which stretch out into infinity. The same spectral landscape where Emily BrontĂ« released the ghosts Cathy and Heathcliff to wander among from her nearby Hawoarth. However, the ghosts and spectres which haunt this beautiful part of the north of England are contemporary as well as Victorian in nature. 

On April 12 1995, the body of a British thirteen-year-old girl Lindsay Jo Rimer of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire was discovered in the Rochdale Canal a mile away from where she was last seen alive on November 7, 1994, after she went out to purchase a box of cornflakes from a shop in the town. Before she arrived at the Spar Supermarket to pick up the breakfast cereal, she went into the nearby Trades Club where her mother was drinking with friends. Leaving the Trades Club, Lindsay failed to return home that night, and when she did not turn up for her part-time job the following morning, the police were informed of her disappearance. 

By many accounts - including those given to me by a close friend of Lindsay Jo Rimer in Hebden Bridge - her family life was not happy (although this was understandably disputed at the time by the family possibly to avoid being made suspects in her murder) and this initially led the police to suspect that she had run away from home. This is indeed a real possibility and considering that psychopathic serial killers often target young runaways as they seem to possess an uncanny ability to spot 'unhappiness' in their faces and overall body language. Psychopathic killers pretend to perform the act of 'an understanding friend' (or substitute, concerned father figure) in order to lure the victim into their clutches. Jimmy Savile, then 68 years old was reported to be staying in a caravan very nearby at the Hinchliffe Arms in Cragg Vale where the multimillionaire TV and radio superstar often frequented, and could been seen wandering around the moors and secluded woodlands at strange hours. 

The pathologist's report concluded that Lindsay's weighted down body - which was found by two local workmen in the Rochdale Canal within easy reach of Savile's nocturnal wanderings - had issued a verdict of probable strangulation. The voice box had been crushed against the spinal column and there appeared to be no signs of sexual assault. Lindsay was from accounts (given first hand by her friends to me) a spirited girl who was often seen in the company of a wealthy family who regularly left their house vacant and which Lindsay and her friends would spend time drinking and smoking weed. To any serial killer in the area, she would have been seen as a perfect target and would have been identified very easily within the tight-knit population of the Calder Valley. 

In October 2013, the Reverend Graham Kent, a former Methodist minister along with his parishioners  had urged police to investigate Jimmy Savile in relation to the murder of Lindsay Jo Rimer. He told the Sun newspaper. ‘It should be investigated. If he (Savile) was involved it would put her family’s minds at rest.’ Clearly from such a statement we can see that Savile may have been a suspect (and known to the police) in Lindsay Jo Rimer's murder probably from the start, but like so many sex killings, assaults, necrophiliac acts and other manifestation of Savile's insatiable pathological drive, such cries for investigation were either ignored or swept under the carpet. Jimmy Savile was untouchable and he knew it. 

Esther Rantzen worked in the BBC for decades hunting down paedophiles, con-artists 
and anti-Semites, yet she some how missed Jimmy Savile... 

Public Image Ltd (PiL) and former Sex Pistol, John Lydon speaking to Hot Press
about the scandal surrounding the former Top of the Pops presenter, Lydon said:
"I've been saying stuff about that lot for quite a few years. When the BBC were banging
on about 'family values' and banning the Sex Pistols, those cunts were getting up
to unspeakable wickedness on their premises."


The local police didn't even bother to question Savile – a multimillionaire who had the means and wealth to stay in any luxury hotel –  but who chose instead to spend his time in the gritty confines of caravan in the car park of a remote Yorkshire pub. Yet they interviewed five thousand non-famous residents who were in the area at the time of Lindsay Jo Rimer disappearance and subsequent murder. It wouldn't be the first time that Savile was in extremely close proximity to the murder location of a young woman. Jimmy Savile seemed to have a gift for being in and around the locations of such killings. A network of the damned protected by police under orders issued from parliaments and palaces. 


  1. "My mother always said there are no such things as monsters but there are Ripley, aren't there? Yes Newt, there are!"
    James Cameron's Aliens.

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