The Yorkshire Ripper has apparently accused sex abuse victims of Jimmy Savile of "jumping on the bandwagon", calling the accusations of paedophilia against the former Top Of The Pops host "a load of crap".

Serial killed Peter Sutcliffe, a resident of high-security hospital Broadmoor - which was visited frequently by Savile - made an impassioned defence of Sir Jimmy on a tape leaked to The Sun newspaper.

He said on the tape: "I can’t fault him from my experiences of what he was like. I don’t care what these people who are coming out of the woodwork are saying.


Jimmy Savile with Frank Bruno and Peter Sutcliffe

"Coming forward after 40 or 50 years or whatever, they are jumping on the bandwagon.

"It only takes a couple of rumours and then it goes like wildfire. I don't believe he raped anyone. I think he kissed quite a few young women but that’s as far as he's gone.

"It's just going crazy, they love to savage people who are dead, people who can't hit back — or prisoners who can’t reply."

In 1991 Savile introduced boxing legend, Frank Bruno, to Sutcliffe at Broadmoor, when Bruno was there to open a new gym.

Broadmoor Hospital, which is managed by the West London Mental Health Trust, told The Huffington Post UK they were considering their response to the leaked tape.

Sutcliffe, who murdered 13 women in the 1970s, continues: “Coming forward after 40 or 50 years or whatever, they are jumping on the bandwagon.

"It only takes a couple of rumours and then it goes like wildfire. I don’t believe he raped anyone. I think he kissed quite a few young women but that's as far as he's gone.

"It's just going crazy, they love to savage people who are dead, people who can’t hit back — or prisoners who can’t reply.”

Sutcliffe said on the Sun's tape that he did not believe it would have been possible for Savile to have molested a patient in Broadmoor. He said: "People were always there. He was never alone with anybody, there were always people about. He never did anything at Broadmoor.

Former Broadmoor nurse Richard Harrison told Channel 4 News previously that paedophile patients "gravitated towards" Savile and that he had a "severe personality disorder and a liking for children.”

Police are following 400 lines of inquiry as part of the investigation into Savile's activities, and the BBC has launched an inquiry into the culture and practices at the broadcaster during the era of Savile's abuses.

Christine McFarlane, the director of nursing and patient care at Stoke Mandeville in the 1980s and 1990s, said she was unaware of the allegations against Savile, but told ITV News: "He walked through the doors everywhere because he was Jimmy Savile, nobody argued with him.

"There was a fine balance for them [staff] to reach in not upsetting Jimmy to the point where he was likely to walk away or try to take his money away.”

On Monday night, family members of Savile said they believed the "heartbreak" of the allegations had caused the death of Savile's nephew two weeks ago, according to the BBC.

Vivian Savile, the last male member of the family to share the DJ's surname, had "hero-worshipped" his uncle, and was devastated by the accusations.

"At the height of the media blitz, he became quiet and withdrawn, leading to a lack of interest in almost anything including food," the family said in a statement.

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    • Jimmy Savile in 1961 around the time he was working for Radio Luxembourg. He is at London Airport with Pan American stewardess Birgit Johansson with two gold discs; one is for American singer Elvis Presley for having sold one million copies of "It's Now or Never" in the UK, and the other is for Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker

    • Cilla Black and Jimmy Savile before a Variety Club Luncheon at the Savoy Hotel. Taken in 1964, the year Savile became the first presenter of Top of the Pops

    • Two women have come forward with allegations from the 1960s, one who was 14 and another who was a teenager when she claims Savile sexually abused her in Scarborough

    • Savile in 1969 with Physically Handicapped and Able-Bodied (PHAB) member Erika Mentz from Germany and other PHAB members at a dance at Devonshire House

    • 1969 also saw Savile begin volunteering at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital for specialist spinal injuries. He would later be given a room there

    • Jimmy Savile presenting a cheque to children on behalf of the NSPCC in 1969

    • The 1970s saw Savile start volunteering at Leeds General Infirmary and...

    • ... Broadmoor secure high-security psychiatric hospital. Allegations by former patients have been made against Savile although ex-workers have disputed the idea that he could have been left alone with anyone whilst working there

    • The 70s also saw the start of Jim'll Fix It. Allegations from this period include Caroline Moore, a 13-year-old patient at Stoke Mandeville hospital in 1971, who says Savile "rammed his tongue" down her throat and another allegation accuses Savile of molesting a brain-damaged teenage patient at Leeds General Infirmary in 1972

    • The 1980s saw the continuation of Top of the Pops and Jim'll Fix It as Savile became a much loved household name. Two allegations relating to this time include one from a then-15-year-old girl (not pictured) who made a complaint of abuse by Savile in Lancashire. Pictured is 12-year-old Rebecca Heap

    • Savile at the Stoke Mandeville hospital with injured children from Beirut in 1987

    • Savile was knighted in 1990 and continued his charity work throughout the decade

    • Savile was questioned in 2007 by police about allegations of sexual abuse but the Crown Prosecution service says there is not enough evidence to warrant a prosecution

    • A 2008 police report into abuse at the Haut de Garenne children's home in Jersey names Savile, although this is never made public

    • Savile re-united with his Jim'll Fix It chair in 2009. The previous year Sussex police received a complaint of sexual assault but went on to say the victim was "unwilling to co-operate in any investigation"

    • Jimmy Savile is found dead at the age of 84 in October 2011. He is buried in Scarborough

    • In December 2011 the BBC drop an investigation by Newsnight into the allegations of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile. Three tribute programmes are aired instead

    • ITV airs a documentary, 'Exposure, the Other Side of Jimmy Savile', in which a number of women claim they were abused by Savile as youngsters, including Karin Ward (pictured)

    • Within days of the documentary, many more allegations surface. By the 9 October Peter Spindler of the Metropolitan Police tells the BBC: "It is quite clear from what women are telling us that Savile was a predatory sex offender"

    • 11 October 2012 and George Entwistle, Director General of the BBC, asks journalists why the Newsnight programme was dropped as police from Tayside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and North Yorkshire police say they are investigating allegations going back to 1959

    • 12 October and police reveal they have 340 potential lines of inquiry

    • 15 October sees a man come forward alleging that Savile abused him when he was a nine-year-old boyscout

    • Savile's family removed his headstone from his grave and broke it up in the wake of the furore

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