Rapes, abuse, possible necrophilia: DJ Jimmy Savile's hospital horrors detailedBy Laura Smith-Spark, CNNUpdated 11:31 AM ET, Thu June 26, 2014Photos: The life of Jimmy Savile 15 photosThe life of Jimmy Savile – British radio disc jockey, television star and charity fund-raiser Sir Jimmy Savile poses for a photo at Buckingham Palace, London, after receiving the Order of the British Empire in 1972. Since his death a year ago at age 84, Savile has been knocked off his perch as a national treasure, accused of being a predatory pedophile who used his fame and position to abuse youngsters, sometimes on BBC premises.Hide Caption 1 of 15Photos: The life of Jimmy Savile 15 photosThe life of Jimmy Savile – Dancers on the BBC TV show "Top of the Pops" adjust Savile's track suit top for him during the making of the show in 1973.Hide Caption 2 of 15Photos: The life of Jimmy Savile 15 photosThe life of Jimmy Savile – Savile poses with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at a National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children fund-raising presentation in 1980.Hide Caption 3 of 15Photos: The life of Jimmy Savile 15 photosThe life of Jimmy Savile – Savile pours a cup of tea.Hide Caption 4 of 15Photos: The life of Jimmy Savile 15 photosThe life of Jimmy Savile – Savile calls from the Wren House International Telephone Exchange in London in 1975 as part of a "Fun And Happiness Weekend," organized by the National Association of Youth Clubs.Hide Caption 5 of 15Photos: The life of Jimmy Savile 15 photosThe life of Jimmy Savile – Savile arrives in London in 1972 on his way to Buckingham Palace, where he is to be awarded the Order of the British Empire.Hide Caption 6 of 15Photos: The life of Jimmy Savile 15 photosThe life of Jimmy Savile – The first presenter of long-running music program "Top of the Pops," Savile poses by a portrait of himself in February 1965, while enjoying his regular breakfast of Coke and a cigar in a central London hotel room.Hide Caption 7 of 15Photos: The life of Jimmy Savile 15 photosThe life of Jimmy Savile – Savile and his mother pose outside Buckingham Palace in London, where he receive his Order of the British Empire in 1972.Hide Caption 8 of 15Photos: The life of Jimmy Savile 15 photosThe life of Jimmy Savile – Savile shows off his Order of the British Empire to members of the "Second Generation" song and dance troupe.Hide Caption 9 of 15Photos: The life of Jimmy Savile 15 photosThe life of Jimmy Savile – Savile stands on the sidewalk with his motor home.Hide Caption 10 of 15Photos: The life of Jimmy Savile 15 photosThe life of Jimmy Savile – Savile holds a newly-printed "Lucky Jim" poster. The posters feature a portrait of the DJ, along with a text reading: "The Lucky Jim poster can bring you health, wealth, happiness. This is a genuine duplicate signature and what's more Jimmy has actually touched YOUR poster!"Hide Caption 11 of 15Photos: The life of Jimmy Savile 15 photosThe life of Jimmy Savile – British Secretary of State for Social Services Norman Fowler presents Savile with a check for half a million pounds in 1982 as the government's contribution to an appeal for a new spinal injuries unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.Hide Caption 12 of 15Photos: The life of Jimmy Savile 15 photosThe life of Jimmy Savile – Savile waves with Jersey Holiday Queen Gaynor Lacey at the Jersey Battle of Flowers carnival in 1972.Hide Caption 13 of 15Photos: The life of Jimmy Savile 15 photosThe life of Jimmy Savile – Days before his 80th birthday in 2006, Savile prepares for the Great North Run in Newcastle, northern England. Hide Caption 14 of 15Photos: The life of Jimmy Savile 15 photosThe life of Jimmy Savile – The funeral cortege of Savile arrives at Leeds Cathedral for a funeral service on November 9, 2011, in Leeds, England.Hide Caption 15 of 15Story highlights28 hospitals release reports into abuse by Jimmy Savile of patients and staffHealth secretary: "Savile was a callous, opportunistic, wicked predator"Reports detail rapes, abuses and claims of sexual behavior with dead bodiesTV star used his popularity "to perpetrate and cover up his own evil acts," health secretary saysDJ and TV host Jimmy Savile was a larger-than-life personality. And a report released Thursday confirms he was also an extravagant sexual predator, using his access to hospitals as a volunteer porter and fundraiser to abuse victims aged from 5 to 75.The review of Savile's behavior at 28 hospitals across the United Kingdom makes shocking reading, detailing a catalog of abuses against some of Britain's most vulnerable people over the course of decades.Protected by his celebrity and exploiting a network of relationships he built in hospitals, he carried out rapes, other sexual abuse and displayed an unhealthy interest in dead bodies in a hospital mortuary.Worse, the abuse went unchecked and unpunished, since the BBC entertainer died before the allegations against him were made public.UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt apologized in the House of Commons on Thursday to all the victims abused by Savile while in the care of the National Health Service -- and said the system had let down those who were brave enough to raise the alarm but had their complaints ignored.Just WatchedUK PM handed 'pedophile' list on live TV replayMore Videos ...UK PM handed 'pedophile' list on live TV 02:00PLAY VIDEOJust WatchedBBC star raped dozens, police sayreplayMore Videos ...BBC star raped dozens, police say 03:05PLAY VIDEOJust WatchedTV icon sex abuse scandal rocks the BBC replayMore Videos ...TV icon sex abuse scandal rocks the BBC 02:40PLAY VIDEO"Savile was a callous, opportunistic, wicked predator who abused and raped individuals, many of them patients and young people, who expected and had a right to expect to be safe. His actions span five decades -- from the 1960s to 2010," Hunt said."The family favorite loved by millions courted popularity and used it to perpetrate and cover up his own evil acts."Victims who complained were "time and again" ignored, or if heard, little or no action was taken, Hunt said. "People and institutions turned a blind eye.""As a nation at that time we held Savile in our affection as a somewhat eccentric national treasure with a strong commitment to charitable causes," Hunt said. "Today's reports show that in reality he was a sickening and prolific sexual abuser who repeatedly exploited the trust of a nation for his own vile purposes."Victims' ages from 5 to 75'Abused and raped patients without scruple'For a generation who grew up watching Savile on TV's "Top of the Pops" and his children's program "Jim'll Fix It," the revelations that first emerged in 2012 were deeply disturbing.Thursday's report into the full extent of his offending against children and adults, patients and staff, in 28 hospitals -- particularly Leeds Infirmary and Broadmoor Hospital, a high-security psychiatric institution -- will do nothing to reassure them.The Leeds Infirmary report reveals a sexual predator who, while volunteering as a porter, "abused and raped patients without scruple," said Hunt. Some 60 people reported abuse to the Leeds investigation, including a teenager who believed she was pregnant as a result of Savile's actions, he said."Two witnesses told the investigation Savile claimed to have had jewellery made from glass eyes taken from bodies in the mortuary," Hunt added, saying that other claims were too horrific to recount in parliament.The report cites one witness who tells how Savile recounted making trips to the hospital mortuary, where he claimed to have manipulated bodies before rigor mortis set in, taken photographs and performed sex acts on them.The report's authors say they have "no way of proving Savile's claim that he interfered with the bodies of deceased patients in the mortuary." However, it is established that he "publicly declared his interest in the dead," that he visited a friend who worked in the mortuary and that controls were lax for many years."In light of the claims about the glass eye jewellery and Savile's interference with the bodies of the deceased, it is evident his interest in the mortuary was not within accepted boundaries," it concludes.'Very manipulative'The report from Broadmoor said 10 people had alleged they were sexually assaulted by Savile, plus a case of indecent exposure involving a minor. The investigation concluded that at least five people were sexually abused and a sixth was more likely than not to have been. Five other victims could not be contacted for detailed accounts.The report gives an insight into how Savile was able to gain a position of influence at the secure institution that included giving him keys to wards and allowing him to watch female patients undress to bathe."Savile could be charming and persuasive, at least to some, but at the same time he was grandiose, narcissistic, arrogant and lacking any empathy," it states. "He was also very manipulative, and many staff were convinced that he had close connections in high places and had the power to have them dismissed."Una O'Brien, permanent secretary of the Department of Health, said in a statement that "inadequate processes" had allowed Savile to gain the position of authority at Broadmoor that aided his abusive behavior."While much has changed in the intervening years we will leave no stone unturned to make sure such appalling actions can never be repeated; our thoughts today are with the people who suffered and continue to suffer from these terrible crimes," she said.The UK's NSPCC children's charity said more must be done to safeguard children and ensure that an apparent "culture of turning a blind eye" to abuse is not repeated."To hear that some hospital staff may have actively facilitated Savile's abuse of children is sickening and takes the scandal of his crimes to yet another abhorrent level," said Peter Watt, national services director for the charity. "Savile escaped justice because people didn't want to hear or believe what children were saying. Ministers now need to be satisfied that this could never happen again and that children and vulnerable adults in hospitals or any government facility are safe today."Savile died in October 2011 at age 84, soon after being treated in a hospital for pneumonia. 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