It began with a work of fiction in 1990 about a man named Jim Shaw, but the author, Ian Cowper Ross then began claiming in 1991 on a BBC-TV documentary, that it was not fiction, but concealed fact!
In 1992 along came Robert Chapman with a prestige book publisher who claimed for an academic audience that C.E. Ross - who is Charles Edward Ross, the real life birth father of Ian Cowper Ross - was on the "original board of directors" of Radio Caroline.
That is funny because there was NO company called 'Radio Caroline' and there wasn't a board of directors for "C.E. Ross" to be part of!
But Chapman went further!
He also claimed that "C.E. Ross" was "owner of the Ross group of companies, and (with) John Sheffield, Chairman of Norcros .... controlled 83% of Radio Caroline shares.".
This led Chapman to wax on with information about Jocelyn Stevens.
It led the fools who believed this nonsense to then plaster it all over Wikipedia and suggest that Ian's father was the head of Ross Frozen Foods; or MacFisheries, or even CarPhone Warehouse! They had to try to bash those square pegs into round holes. Moral of that episode: take what you read on Wikipedia with the credibility of a con man's journal for fools who will believe anything they hear, see or read.
But what was Robert Chapman's own source for this wonderfully precise ("83%") information?
Robert Chapman did not cite a source, and whoever told him this bogus tale was not at all credible because that tale lacks any foundation in fact!.
From Chapman the story got more twisted when it reached the hands of Keith Skues. Then along the way Ray Clark got hold of Ian Cowper Ross who really fed him a load of rubbish about how his tale was true. By the time it got to Paul Rusling, he was ready to believe anything, and so were the gullible anoraks who read his 'bible'.
From there, Rusling helped Malcom Smith to convince the press and the British government that his tiny community radio station was in fact the latest manifestation of 'Radio Caroline' dating back to 1964. Then, with the icing on the cake in the form of their own 'bible', the anoraks devoured every morsel published about Ian Cowper Ross' work of fiction - because it focused upon the blarney of Ronan O'Rahilly, their hero. It was O'Rahilly who claimed to have invented and created 'Radio Caroline' all by himself, and now Ian Cowper Ross is telling the world that he was really the source of all of this nonsense - which he calls the true story!
The only way to stop this nonsense is to expose all of it as a pack of lies spread by hack writers for gullible fools to obtain money from them!
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