The ad that was axed when British Rail heard rumours Savile was a necrophiliac
The now-defunct British Rail is the latest company to be caught up in the Jimmy Savile scandal after a lawyer working there during the 1980s claimed that it axed Jimmy Savile from its 'Age of the Train' campaign over rumours he was a necrophiliac.
The lawyer has told police that British Rail bosses made the decision after hearing Savile had had sex with bodies at a morgue in Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Bucks.
Savile was then dropped from the TV campaign promoting the InterCity 125 service.
The lawyer said he came forward with the information following the same claim from BBC presenter Paul Gambaccini on Radio 5, saying: “It struck a chord.”
“I remember having a discussion about this in the 1980s and I thought the police should be aware of it.”
“If there was a cover-up I wonder who else might have known. The explanation I had was that the revelations were intended to run in a newspaper but in the end they didn’t because of the damage this could cause to Savile’s charity work.
“When Savile continued to have a positive public profile I assumed I’d been given false information but recent developments made me reconsider.”
Savile denied these accusations in the 1990s, declaring: “Some people get hold of the fact that Jim likes looking after cadavers and say, ‘Aha, Jim’s a necrophiliac!’. I'm not a necrophiliac.”