Bill Cosby, Jimmy Savile and Gerrit Achterberg lived in different periods, in the US, UK, and the Netherlands. They were heroes because of what they accomplished during their professional careers but all three turned out to have committed serious crimes. Disclosure is painful, not only for the hero who comes to fall but also for the community that finds itself redefining moral standards when losing a celebrated insider. For this reason, the crimes of these three men have been concealed and kept secret for years. In comparing the three cases, this article tries to find out who decides on keeping the hero on his feet, how this is done, and if this changes over time.
|Translated title of the contribution||A hero doesn’t fall - moral dilemmas when a celebrated insider goes astray|
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Tijdschrift over cultuur & criminaliteit|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|