Former boxing champion Frank Bruno says he’s been haunted since 1991, when Jimmy Savile, who he thought was his friend, tricked him into shaking hands with the Yorkshire Ripper.
Bruno was at the Broadmoor psychiatric hospital to open a gym, when Savile took him over to meet one of the patients. Bruno’s photo was snapped while he shook hands with the bearded man. And after Bruno was introduced to Peter Sutcliffe, aka the Yorkshire Ripper, Savile sneered “You’ll never guess who that was,” said Bruno.
Savile planned it. It was not a nice thing to do to me. If I had known it was the Ripper, I’d have tried to get out of it.
The man, as arrested “on suspicion of sexual offenses, and is the third person to be arrested in the investigation, sparked by a TV documentary in Britain accusing the late Savile of sexual abuse.
“Exposed — the other side of Jimmy Saville,” gave detailed accounts of sexual assault on girls as young as 14 or 15, with one girl claiming Savile raped her when she was 16.
Last week, a former detective who caught the Ripper said Savile was questioned about the killer’s crimes, and was even brought in for questioning after members of the public called the police and named him as a possible suspect.
It also was reported a dentist made a cast of Savile’s teeth to check against bite marks found on the breasts of two prostitutes killed by the Ripper.
Sutcliffe even mentioned Savile in police interviews, when he was asked why he placed a victim’s boots over her legs before he left her.
For two reasons. One, because I could hear voices from I don’t know where and a car had just driven into an entrance just behind the building — that was the block of flats I found out later where Jimmy Savile lived. Secondly I was surprised to see how luminous she appeared in the dark.