JIMMY Savile was quizzed by detectives investigating the Yorkshire Ripper murders, a former Huddersfield detective who worked on the inquiry said.
Long-serving officer John Stainthorpe said the disgraced presenter was a suspect in the notorious case more than 30 years ago.
Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe has jumped to the defence of Savile, who he claims is innocent and befriended him during visits to Broadmoor high security hospital.
Mr Stainthorpe, who spent 40 years in the force, said: “When the Ripper was really active, one of the suspects put forward by the public was, in fact, Jimmy Savile.
“Obviously, it was not he, but he was interviewed along with many others.”
Mr Stainthorpe said the person who gave police the anonymous tip-off was “aiming in the right direction”.
“Child perverts soon become child killers,” he added.
Peter Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women in 1981 and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
He is held at Broadmoor and has been told he will never be freed.
Sutcliffe yesterday claimed Savile regularly visited him in custody and the pair became friends.