In between that biographical jigsaw fragment where Hagger was working in Birmingham as an industrial editor and moonlighting as a freelance writer to document a feature story about the offshore radio stations of 1966, is another piece in this puzzle that is connected back in time to his work at Arthur Sanderson in London. That is where he invented a reusable wallpaper that works with static electricity, instead of glue.
His father thought enough of his idea which his son had invented outside of company hours, to register a company called Stay Decor Limited. With a portable display unit they both arrived at 47 Dean Street, the home of Allan Crawford and his numerous business interests. Crawford joined the Stay Decor company and on the same day he entertained Hagger and his father with his own account of what had recently taken place in his office.
It concerned the shooting death of Reginald Calvert, the boss at 'Radio City', and the gunman Major Oliver Smedley, Crawford's former Chairman of Project Atlanta Limited. Before the killing, Smedley had formed a new company that Crawford was not a part of, but the events that led up to the violent end of Calvert were related to an imported transmitter which had been part of a former business relationship initiated by Project Atlanta Limited with Reg Calvert.
In the week preceding Hagger's meeting with Crawford, Calvert had been standing, according to Crawford, in front of his desk and on the very spot upon which the chairs seating Hagger and his father were now occupying. Those events were all very new, very fresh and very topical, and therefore still of interest to the media.
Crawford explained to Hagger and his father how he became involved with offshore broadcasting beginning with 'Radio Atlanta', and how that station had then become 'Radio Caroline South'. Like a lot of people that Hagger would come to meet in various ways, Crawford was one of many who told told Hagger his own version about how and why 'Radio Caroline' came into existence.
It seemed that a lot of people knew about pieces of a puzzle but they really had no idea about what the puzzle really represented. At the time that these individuals became involved, they thought that they knew what they were doing and why they were doing it, but as time went on and Hagger met more of the key players, it soon became obvious that they did not know what they had got involved with. Their stories did not match and neither did they make sense.
One story and one individual remained a constant factor. His story concerned a five years old American girl who was the daughter of the assassinated President John F. Kennedy. It was the same story told to many people, over and over again by Ronan O'Rahilly. The same Ronan O'Rahilly who tried to get a recording made for singer Georgie Fame. The same Ronan O'Rahilly whose father owned the only private port in Southern Ireland, just over the border from Northern Ireland.
The papers, magazines, radio and television documentaries all repeated Ronan O'Rahilly's story as if it was the true story. Hagger repeated this story and so his colleagues who became the 'Trio'. Part of that story even appeared in an academic paper written by Dr Gilder with Mervyn Hagger. It was peer reviewed and published in a university journal of higher education.
But as you will discover, as time went by and this investigation continued, various factors eventually led up to the discovery that everything that had been published about Ronan O'Rahilly and 'Radio Caroline' being his creation, was and is a hoax designed to hide the real story which had nothing to do with broadcasting. In fact, it had more to do with Ronan O'Rahilly's father than it did with Ronan O'Rahilly as a person. Only now is it possible to reveal the true story, or at least the major portion of it that has now been uncovered.
It is neither straightforward nor is it of limited interest today to a few old men who still remember the Nineteen Sixties. It is part of an ongoing and very involved geopolitical game that concerns the lives of millions of people, not just in those living in the UK or the USA, but everywhere that the shadow of the British Crown has fallen across the nations and the seas of the world.
It just so happens that the story of 'Radio Caroline' is like a stray thread of a fraying garment. It you are lucky enough to spot that thread and you pull on it, all of a sudden the garment comes apart and it is as if that saying about the emperor having no clothes, is also proved to be true.
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