Sgt. Pilcher steps forward
Norman Pilcher of the drug squad was the officer who raided John Lennon’s and George Harrison’s residences and found drugs in both places. John was tipped off beforehand and had his rented apartment cleaned by his mate, Pete Shotton, knowing that Jimi Hendrix had been the previous tenant. Still, the cops found the dreaded cannabis resin.
George was keeping his own drugs in his stash box, but that’s not where the cops found the incriminating substances. «I’m a tidy man,» said Harrison to Pilcher on being shown an enormous stash of marijuana hidden in a shoe. «I keep my socks in the sock drawer and stash in the stash box. It’s not mine.»
Sgt. Pilcher was finally exposed as a bent cop in 1974, and sentencing him to four years imprisonment, Justice Melford Stevenson told Pilcher: «You poisoned the wells of criminal justice and set about it deliberately… What you have done is to provide material for the crooks, cranks and do-gooders who united to blacken the police whenever the opportunity offers.»
London, England, 1967. An explosion of recreational drugs has resulted in the emergence of an anti-establiment hippy culture, worsening crime rates and an increasingly paranoid tabloid press. A young and ambitious police officer joins the Metropolitan Police Drug Squad determined to right these emerging cultural wrongs. His method? To tackle head on the most high-profile examples of wanton drug abuse. His targets? The celebrities, musicians and dilettantes all exploiting Britain’s burgeoning drugs trade, glamourising illegal activity and promoting their untouchable wealth and fame to an impressionable generation.
Bent Coppers is the electrifying true story of Norman Pilcher, the most infamous police officer in British law enforcement history. Truth and justice were the tenets of Pilcher’s war against crime in the capital, but they soon collapsed in a landslide of scandal, perjury and blazing newspaper headlines. The man who arrested The Beatles and The Rolling Stones would pay the ultimate price for his service. Finally he sets the record straight.
Bent Coppers: The Story of The Man Who Arrested John Lennon, George Harrison and Brian Jones Paperback – September 29, 2020
by Norman Pilcher (Author)
Print Length: 198 pages
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing (September 29, 2020)
Publication Date: September 29, 2020