Health investigators say deceased BBC television and radio presenter Jimmy Savile might have sexually abused dead bodies in hospital.
Enquiries were conducted at 28 healthcare facilities across the UK.
“We heard an account from a former nurse in Broadmoor who.. had a conversation with Savile at night. It was a quiet night, and Savile was talking to this student nurse about what happened when it was quiet at Leeds General Infirmary and said that he went to the mortuary at night and played with the bodies and committed sex acts on them,” said Doctor Sue Proctor, who led one of the investigations.
Proctor said that these allegations could not be verified.
“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,” Britain’s Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told parliament.
“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.”
Savile’s former BBC radio colleague Paul Gambaccini claimed in 2012 that it was known among staff that the late presenter targeted vulnerable, “institutionalised” young people.
And he alluded to claims Savile had been involved in “necrophilia.”
Jimmy Savile had unsupervised access to multiple hospitals as a celebrity fundraiser.
The reports are the latest to have been commissioned into how Savile was able to get away with his crimes and why victims were ignored or disbelieved.
The authority which monitors the police has said it is seriously concerned about mistakes made by police forces, while an inquiry in 2012 cleared BBC bosses of covering up allegations against Savile but said they had missed warnings.
Savile’s crimes also prompted a large police operation which has led to the arrest of numerous high-profile ageing British celebrities.
In May, Britain’s best-known celebrity publicist Max Clifford became he first person to be convicted in the operation, for indecently assaulting teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s.