Police investigating the Yorkshire Ripper murders questioned Jimmy Savile as a potential suspect more than thirty years ago, according to a retired detective who worked on the case.
In an exclusive interview with ITV Calendar, John Stainthorpe, a senior officer on the inquiry, said Savile became a suspect after an anonymous tip off from the public, and was interviewed. He said:
One of the killings took place close to Savile's mother's house in Leeds.
Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe was found guilty of killing and mutilating 13 women and is currently serving his sentence in Broadmoor High Security hospital. Sutcliffe spoke out to defend Savile. He told The Sun Newspaper:
Former detective Stainthorpe dismissed Sutcliffe's comments, saying he is a "liar."