Suspect? Dentist ‘cast Savile’s teeth’
‘A dentist made a cast of Jimmy Savile’s teeth to check against the bite-marks found on the bodies of the Yorkshire Ripper’s victims, it has emerged. It is now clear that detectives went to some lengths to find out if Savile was connected to the shocking serial killing spree in the 1970s. His teeth were examined in 1980, a year before Peter Sutcliffe, now 66, was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven others.’
‘On 2 January 1981, Sutcliffe was stopped by the police with 24-year-old prostitute Olivia Reivers in the driveway of Light Trades House, Melbourne Avenue, Broomhill, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. A police check revealed the car was fitted with false number plates and Sutcliffe was arrested for this offence and transferred to Dewsbury Police Station, West Yorkshire. At Dewsbury he was questioned in relation to the Yorkshire Ripper case as he matched so many of the physical characteristics known. The next day police returned to the scene of the arrest and discovered a knife, hammer and rope he had discarded when he briefly slipped away from the police after telling them he was “bursting for a pee”. Sutcliffe had hidden a second knife in the toilet cistern at the police station when he was permitted to use the toilet…. After two days of intensive questioning, on the afternoon of 4 January 1981 Sutcliffe suddenly declared he was the Ripper.’
Can we then deduce that Jimmy Savile had a cast of his teeth made – so was therefore a credible suspect – before Peter Sutcliffe was arrested in the first few days of 1981. It should also be noted that he wasn’t even suspected until they started questioning him for a completely unrelated crime.
Sutcliffe was convicted in May 1981, which would place the time of Jimmy Savile’s ‘teeth cast’ as May 1980. Sutcliffe was awaiting trial for a drunk driving offence from April 1980, and hadn’t committed an attack since September 1979. His next attacks would all come after August 1980.