Perhaps you remember publicist Desmond Slattery from Paul Coates' Aug. 22, 1957, column. In brief, he was selling crickets as pets.
This time, however, his problem is roaches--or rather, a roach.
Slattery and his roommate, actor Scott Brady (real name Gerald Kenneth Tierney), were arrested at 8929 Hollywood Hills Road in a major LAPD raid in which four officers, acting on a tip that drug parties were being held at the home, recovered: the butt of a marijuana cigarette and, yes, a single joint.
Aside from the humorous situation of Sgt. Marty Brennan from "He Walked by Night" being busted for drugs, there's a serious point here and not just the relatively minuscule amount of drugs, compared to today's arrests.
The district attorney's office dropped the case because it would reveal the identify of one of the narcotics details' "most reliable informants," The Times said. You might be asking why the police didn't think of this before they staged the raid. Me too.
"All I can say is a woman is the cause of it all," Slattery mourned, according to The Times. "You can't shake down every woman who comes into your place."
OK, here's how it went down. Promise not to laugh:
Brady "invited two girls up to blast some tea and get high," Sgt. John E. O'Grady said. (Right daddy-O. Let's throw on some hip platters and groove to Kerouac. He is a real gone cat).
Slattery said neither he nor Brady knew the women, but that one of them called and arranged for Brady to meet them in Hollywood.
Brady came home with a blonde and a Eurasian. When Slattery went into the kitchen, he found the blonde jiggling the shutters as if she were signaling police.
"They came in like the Russian army," Slattery said despite Brady's warning against "talking too much," The Times said.
Police rejected the men's allegations implicating the women. "The girls had nothing to do with the narcotics charge," O'Grady said. "They were brought there by Scott Brady from someplace in Hollywood. We released them after we were perfectly satisfied that they had nothing to do with the narcotics charge."
In December, however, an officer told prosecutors that to "disclose the identity of the two women would be to unmask one of his most reliable informants." The officer said he could not do that "in good conscience," The Times reported.
In other words, police got complaints that Brady and Slattery were throwing drug parties at the house. They had an informant contact the men, go to the home, get the men to smoke some dope and signal the police. The cops release the women and bust the men. Any lawyers in the audience want to weigh in?
Brady, who died in 1985, had a long career in TV. The Social Security Death Index lists a Desmond Slattery, born Sept. 19, 1914, who died in Houston, Jan. 4, 1977.
Sgt. John O'Grady apparently became a private investigator and wrote the 1974 book "O'Grady," in which he recounted being a bodyguard for Linda Lovelace. Later on, according to The Times clips, he was hired by relatives to find out what became of missing "Cotton Club" promoter Roy Radin. California death records list two men named John E. O'Grady, one of whom died in in Los Angeles County in 1990 at the age of 68.
As for the two women, we don't know. But you hipsters watch out for a blonde and a Eurasian. They're with the fuzz.
Bonus fact: John O'Grady also took part in the drug raid involving Saundra Maazel.