Clair McAlpine, a dancer on Top of the Pops, was just 15 when she took her own life by swallowing two bottles of sleeping pills on March 29, 1971. Vera had discovered her daughter’s body lying on the floor of her bedroom at their home in Watford in Hertfordshire.
Beside the corpse were the empty bottles and Clair’s red diary; a diary that contained disturbing claims written in the girl’s own hand that suggest she may have been a victim of Sir Jimmy Savile’s alleged sexual predatory instincts.
Savile, almost a year after his own death at the age of 84, now stands accused by more than 40 women of rape or sexual assault. Most of his victims were at the time of the alleged offences still teenagers; young, impressionable girls whom Savile groomed and preyed upon. When he passed away last year, Savile’s death was mourned by a nation.
The Metropolitan Police have launched a formal inquiry following the string of allegations being made by victims too afraid to come forward when Savile was alive. Other broadcasters may become embroiled in the scandal. It emerged yesterday that another BBC employee, who is alleged to have procured girls for Savile and others, is himself being accused of rape. Gary Glitter, the pop singer, convicted in Britain of possession of child pornography and jailed in Vietnam for child sex abuse, is said to be a member of the same child sex ring.
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