The last two notorious cases have never been fully exposed. In the one, Gladys filed a paternity suit against Elijah Muhammad. Her photo blazed across the front pages of all the newspapers in the U.S. for weeks. In the photo, she wore a wide black sombrero. Gladys had been hired by Elijah Muhammad’s mistresses, who, mightily pissed off, wanted to drag him into court to destroy his career and reputation. Not surprisingly, Malcolm X was behind the entire episode. His plan worked. Because of the scandal, Elijah Muhammad faded and the Nation of Islam looked to Malcolm X as its leader.
In the other, Gladys defended Robert Clayton Buick, the CIA’s bullfighter-turned-spy-turned-bank robber. The case was rife with conspiracy and cover-up and people who knew too much but weren’t saying what they knew.