or heaven, Mr Sin's gone, by D.D. McNicoll - 16th
(Credit: The Australian)
Saffron, the man tagged for decades as Sydney's Mr
Sin, has died at the age of 86 after a lifetime of
running nightclubs, strip joints and pubs.
ran almost every successful shady enterprise in Sydney's
Kings Cross in the 1960s and 1970s and continually
pushed to have the city's drinking laws, which prohibited
the sale of alcohol in such establishments, overhauled.
best known club was Les Girls, the famous Kings Cross
landmark which featured a floor show of transvestites
and female impersonators.
was the favourite haunt for groups of men and women
from suburban Sydney who were seeking a ``wicked''
big night out in sinful Kings Cross.
various premises were raided by police on a regular
basis -- but not before a call was made to ensure
that Saffron could clear out any politicians or well-known
businessmen who might be enjoying a night out.
it was clear that many of Sydney's leading detectives
and senior police were on Saffron's payroll, he was
never charged with corruption.
first successful venture into the world of adult entertainment
came when he opened the Roosevelt nightclub in Kings
Cross in the 1950s.
publicity photograph of him seen through the fishnet
stockinged leg of one of his dancers became famous.
at the Roosevelt were served whisky or gin in teapots,
cups and saucers.
1956, during a raid on the club, police found an unlicensed
pistol and Saffron was arrested and photographed with
a mug-shot board around his neck. The charge was later
was dubbed Mr Sin after he hosted what was described
as a ``youth-corrupting pyjama party'' with near-naked
strippers at Kings Cross in the late 1950s.
reputation suffered further damage when he was charged
in 1956 with committing an unnatural act with a woman
and of scandalous conduct at a house in Palm Beach.
Why Jean, a robustly built country girl, pressed charges
is not clear. The case failed, but details of Saffron's
fur-covered whip and the six banned books found in
his apartment (including Marquis de Sade's 120 Days
of Sodom) provided juicy tabloid headlines. The prosecutor
described Saffron as completely depraved.
when Saffron appeared at a coronial inquiry into four
suspicious fires at eastern suburbs brothels, a radio
2JJJ reporter described him as ``a short pudgy bloke
... [with] a thick gold bangle on his right hand and
a nice little gold ring on his left pinky''.