Our research work continues to unravel two distinct storylines:
One of them is fake and it is the storyline promoted by Malcolm Smith and all those who worship the deceased anarchist Ronan O'Rahilly (who cadged coffee and cake of his gullible victims according to Malcolm Smith), and the other one is the true storyline about the creation in 1964 of 'Radio Caroline'. They are two different stories.
Until about the year 2014 and the investigation into the text of the IEE book 'Radio Man', 'The Trio' accepted the fake storyline about Ronan O'Rahilly as being true. Now 'The Trio' know that it is a lie and why it is a lie. But 'The Trio' also know now the framework of the true story as well.
However, 'The Trio' still label their published work as precursory due to the information that began to come to light after 2014, and this includes both the fake and the factual versions.
This is pointed out due to the attempt by supporters of Malcolm Smith to intentionally mix the past with the present and claim that the past is the present. This work is the result of an ongoing investigation and subject to change. However, the fraudulent past as represented by Ronan O'Rahilly and repromoted by Malcolm Smith, has absolutely nothing to do with the true story about the 1964 birth of 'Radio Caroline', and all of which you can read here - free of charge - during this ongoing investigation stage.
Belief systems are based upon laziness because they can't be challenged and they require no analytical engagement of the mind. All that belief systems require is believers. Malcolm Smith is an example of this process in action.
Malcom Smith is someone who is duping as many dopes as possible.
Malcolm Smith's belief system is that his entire operation calling itself 'Radio Caroline', IS 'Radio Caroline', even though any analytical person who hears his self-proclamation knows that it is not, because 'Radio Caroline' ended at twelve midnight on August 14, 1967, and that is now a long, long time ago.
Think of 'Radio Caroline' as an apple coming from one tree which is then chopped down and destroyed in a sterile environment. There were no seeds that could germinate to produce new trees of the same species. The species died on August 14, 1967, and all attempts to revive it from bits of old bark failed.
Why? Because the seed that manifest itself as 'Radio Caroline' was a product of its time and place as an event taking place on this Planet called Earth. It had its own raison d'être, and that purpose did not originate with Malcolm Smith. Its purpose was the invention of its Creators (plural).
Malcolm Smith has a basic raison d'être of his own, and that is to play old recordings on the airwaves. He calls it 'free radio', which, when used by Malcolm Smith is a meaningless term because it has no meaning in the context that Malcolm Smith is using it. Anyone within earshot of Malcolm Smith's own plaything can hear old records being played on any number of airwaves free of charge.
But Malcolm Smith claims that his version of 'free radio' is special. Why is that? What is he providing free of charge that others charge money for?
Malcolm Smith claims that his mentor is a self-proclaimed anarchist, which by the definition of that word means an anti-social individual who promotes chaos. A true anarchist veers away from supporting any kind of order in society. Order requires some form of governmental structure among human beings, and anarchists do not subscribe to governmental order because it requires regulation, and regulation requires enforcement, and enforcement requires government to create order out of chaos.
Malcolm Smith's mentor is Ronan O'Rahilly, a now deceased anarchist.
Malcolm Smith has already described Ronan O'Rahilly as a person who cadged a cup of coffee and slice of cake. Malcolm Smith's duped believers had to quickly redefine Malcolm Smith's words as sarcastic humor in order to protect not just Malcolm Smith from exposing his program of use and abuse of others, but from allowing Malcolm Smith to totally destroy his entire reason for being: his own raison d'être.
Malcolm Smith also falls into the trap of exposure by denouncing those who expose his raison d'être, but in so doing, he gives more exposure to his own fraud of duping the dopes.
Malcolm Smith is stuck.
The moment his dopes respond to the exposure, the ratings for the exposure sites shoot upwards. But that is not what 'The Duper' wants at all. However, if the exposure of Malcolm Smith's fraud is not challenged, then there is the danger that the mainstream press will take note and begin to ask if Malcolm Smith is also duping mainstream journalism as well as his dopes. Of course the answer is "Yes!". That is exactly what Malcolm Smith is doing.
Malcolm Smith's "solution" is to then attack his perceived 'enemy', the individual doing the exposing. Malcolm Smith attacks a messenger but not the message brought by a messenger. But that is a fatal mistake made by Malcolm Smith, because there is more than one messenger telling the world that Malcolm Smith is trying to attract dopes to support his own venture that he has called 'Radio Caroline'. But common sense tells everyone with a mind to reason, that what Malcolm Smith is promoting cannot be 'Radio Caroline' because the real 'Radio Caroline' died on August 14. 1967.
So, if Malcolm Smith's toy is not 'Radio Caroline', then what is it?
It is his attempted creation of an ethereal Ronan O'Rahilly.
In the mind of Malcolm Smith's duped dopes, the spirit of Ronan O'Rahilly has risen from the grave!
"Ronan be Praised!"
Aldous Huxley in his novel 'Brave New World', based his dystopian society of the future on Henry Ford and his 'Model T'. Malcolm Smith bases his society of dopes upon Ronan O'Rahilly and his rusty hulk called 'Ross Revenge', which was never used by the original 'Radio Caroline'.
This entire fantasy is a sort of pantomime of imitation paedophilia because it is based upon the life of a real six years-old girl named Caroline, but in this fantasy world of dopes, this fictitious 'Caroline' if more akin to 'Peter Pan' - because she never grows up. She never ages beyond six years old. But this make-believe 'Caroline' is indeed a phantom. She is not the real six years-old girl alluded to. Malcolm Smith's 'Caroline' is untouchable and always unobtainable.
As Garry Stevens defines this belief system, it is a cult which he calls the 'Church of Caroline', and he should know, because he is but a heretical self-defined offspring of this same belief system. However, Malcolm Smith has taken this religion to a new level by embracing Ronan O'Rahilly as his ethereal savior from what anoraks call 'Borg' radio, and he has enshrined his ghost of Ronan O'Rahilly within a rusting hulk called 'Ross Revenge'.
'Ross Revenge' is the holy temple, the place of worship and a training seminary for new priests who can also send out a message challenging the 'Devil of Borg' who rules the airwaves. Indeed, 'Ross Revenge' is now recognized as charity, "an organization set up to provide help and raise money for those in need."
But, as the saying goes: "charity begins at home", and since "god helps those who help themselves", it must mean that Malcolm Smith's 'Caroline' version of 'god' is Malcolm Smith himself, because Malcolm Smith is certainly helping himself to the charitable contributions of those he is fleecing with his fictitious message.
If Chris Edwards is the Anorak mis-information chief for print, then Paul Rusling is merely a wanna-be Anorak vanity publisher who Chris Edwards disowns, while Malcolm Smith is the imitation station owner who cringes at the mere mention of his name. But the doyen of rubbish is Ray Clark.
Ray Clark obviously sees himself as the self-appointed official BBC-ANORAK spokesman charged with spreading mis-information on the airwaves.
Listen to Ray Clark tell BBC listeners that Ronan O'Rahilly's wealthy dad provided the money in 1964 for 'Radio Caroline', but forget the fact that it was this same Ray Clark who dragged Ian Ross out of the woodwork with his 'Jimmy Shaw' story about the financing of 'Radio Caroline'.
What a bunch of very confused liars.
Listen now as BBC-ANORAK spokesman Ray Clark drags in the kitchen sink (minus "Jimmy") in order to drown himself in confusion while sending the noisy but tiny anorak audience out in Malcolm Smith's own begging-bowl hulk of deception ....
This is all about an admission made by Chris Edwards.
It is also about the united attack that Chris Edwards obviously supports, which is by a hoard of anoraks led by their leader Malcolm Smith who calls himself 'Peter Moore'.
To set the stage: Malcolm Smith is trading upon the 1964 legacy of 'Radio Caroline' by trying to pretend that his little venture that he calls 'Radio Caroline' is a continuation of the same venture that began in 1964 under the promotional blather of Irishman Ronan O'Rahilly.
But Smith has a big problem in keeping his band of dithering anoraks continuing to surrender their time and cash to preserve a hulk that had nothing to do with 'Radio Caroline' in 1964, and which still holds Ronan O'Rahilly as their figurehead. He has a problem because he has already denounced O'Rahilly as a sponger, while O'Rahilly described himself as an anarchist. So they seem to be in agreement. But denouncing the mystical O'Rahilly is a dangerous thing to do when the anoraks revere his name and treat his image like a religious icon.
However, the real issue is money.
In 1964, O'Rahilly was given the job of misdirection away from that topic, so when the press asked who gave O'Rahilly the money to start 'Radio Caroline' in 1964, there was silence until Jocelyn Stevens stepped forward and admitted to being a contributor. But a contributor to what?
The UK Board of Trade investigated 'Radio Caroline' in 1965 and it discovered that 'Radio Caroline' was not a registered UK company, and neither was there a single UK company behind the venture. In other words, O'Rahilly was a mere carnival 'barker'. References were made to O'Rahilly's industrious father, but O'Rahilly's father had nothing to do with financing 'Radio Caroline'.
Today, there is only one group that has thoroughly investigated the origins of 'Radio Caroline' and the source of its funding, and that is THIS group which calls itself 'The Trio'. All others feed of recycled press stories and interviews with old disc jockeys who in self-promotion and vain glory tell stories that have no foundation in fact. Johnnie Walker is a prime example. But the publicists mainly sprang out of the woodwork after 1990 when a fellow called Ian Cowper Ross, nicknamed 'Flipper', sprang on to the bookshelves with a novel which was published thanks to his wealthy and aristocratic mother-in-law.
Note, Ian's financial prop was his mother-in-law, and not his father. His mother-in-law was behind Ian's 1990 novel, and that is an interesting story which we will not address here.
Following the publication of that 1990 book came a 1991 BBC-TV 'documentary' comprising cameo appearances by people such as Ronan O'Rahilly and Jocelyn Stevens. But the main speaker on camera was Ian Ross, while the other two main characters were never in the same room to be televised with Ian.
Ian Ross blabbed about "Daddy" who he never named. "Daddy" was just 'Daddy", a man who knew some people with money. But back before 'Radio Caroline' in 1964, "Daddy" had paid for Ian to attend the same public school as his step-brother. His behavior was reckless as a teenager and he first wrecked an expensive motorcycle, and then he crashed a Jensen car head-on into a bus. That landed him in court, and before that he spent months in hospital. Doctors only managed to save one his feet from amputation by surgically creating a foot that resembled a flipper. That is why and how he gained that eponymous nickname.
In his novel of 1990, Ian Ross cobbled together a lot of his experiences into a fable. He gave the main character the name of "Paul Shaw", but it was a loud mouthed Irishman that Paul Shaw met in a coffee bar on Kings Road in Chelsea, who called Paul Shaw's father "Jimmy". No surname, just "Jimmy". But since he was the fantasy father of Paul Shaw, then his name would have been "Jimmy Shaw", although Ian never mentions those two names together as the fantasy father of the fantasy Paul Shaw.
But back in 1963, the real Ian Ross, by his own admission, was an irresponsible kid and a headache for his real father named Charles Edward Ross. So Ian was palmed-off on to Jocelyn Stevens as a kind of a junior in the Stevens' advertising department. Ian became a kind of "dogsbody".
Stevens had assembled several publications under his company banner, and 'The Queen' magazine was just one of them. Stevens did not buy that magazine as such, he bought the existing publishing company that owned that magazine, and later, he renamed that company Stevens Press Limited.
Now this is where Chris Edwards and 'Offshore Echos' comes into this narrative. Years ago when investigating the origins of 'Project Atlanta Limited'; 'Planet Productions Limited'; and a book called 'Radio Man', we worked with Chris Edwards until we ran into a problem with Chris Edwards. Our own investigation was open-ended, meaning that it had no starting point or ending point, and neither did it have any sort of mandate to make or discover research that would conform to any known existing story.
Not so with Chris Edwards and his 'OEM'.
'OEM' was and is an anorak magazine singing the praises of Ronan O'Rahilly who 'OEM' has assisted in transforming into a mythological sort of high priest of the Malcolm Smith 'Caroline Cult'. It is entirely bogus and as Garry Stevens has claimed many times, it is indeed a quasi-religion. But Garry Stevens also stumbles into accepting earlier fake stories about Ronan O'Rahilly, while denouncing the new Malcolm Smith version. Consequently there is now a 'Church of Caroline' (to use Garry Stevens' description), which is divided in a similar way to the Roman Catholic Church with its believers in the Old Mass and the New Mass.
So when Chris Edwards recently posted on the Dave Martin Anorak Forum the following admission, he really blew his entire credibility out of the water: Pardon the pun.
On 18/5/2022 at 21:28:09, this is what Chris Edwards wrote: ... "We've also been told that Charles Ross had a dry cleaning business - although I don't see how relevant that is."
Chris Edwards admits that "I don't see how relevant that is."
How relevant what is, Chris?
"a dry cleaning business" replies Chris Edwards.
Chris Edwards tells what he has been told: "We've also been told that Charles Ross had a dry cleaning business ...."
Who told you that Chris?
Chris Edwards tell us in a mocking tone on 18/5/2022 at 10:14:20 that is was a "forensic investigator" who he identifies in his various posts as "MH", and in real life under a real name he is one of 'The Trio' investigating the origins of 1964 'Radio Caroline'.
So let's establish this once and for all time: MH, a forensic investigator who is one member of a trio investigating the 1964 origins of 'Radio Caroline', has told Chris Edwards, which means that Chris Edwards did not know this before he was told, that Charles Edward Ross was in the dry cleaning business.
Chris Edwards wrote that "Charles Ross had a dry cleaning business", but that is not what we discovered or claimed. Chris Edwards put that spin on our words.
What we discovered was that Charles Edward Ross was the sales promoter of franchising for an existing dry cleaning business. It was a local laundry taken over by someone else, renamed, and then turned into a dry cleaning business which was then franchised by Charles Edward Ross.
"So what?" scoffs Chris Edwards.
That is one part of the puzzle regarding the creation of 'Radio Caroline', the part that joins Charles Edward Ross to Jocelyn Stevens via John Sheffield who owned a holding company called 'Norcros' spelled with one 's' and not two.
A-ha! cry the anoraks, so Charles Edward Ross did finance 'Radio Caroline', but the anoraks are WRONG! He had nothing to do with the financing of 'Radio Caroline'!
Norcros was a holding company that split into several sub-companies, each one incorporated, and in one of them, Jocelyn Stevens was a shareholder. That was long before 'Radio Caroline' came on the scene!
So what about Charles Edward Ross?
Well, Norcos being a holding company for purposes of raising combined capital for individually managed and incorporated small companies, also had under its umbrella the manufacturer of dry cleaning equipment. In fact, at the time, it was the largest manufacturer of dry cleaning equipment in the United Kingdom.
But, that dry cleaning manufacturer of equipment that was a member of the Norcros group (not owned by Norcos), did not perform dry cleaning services. However, the company that Charles Edward Ross represented as its franchising sales agent did exactly that!
Then what about the small merchant bank called Close Brothers? Well that bank financed the franchising of the dry cleaning company.
So how does this tie together?
Well to know all of that you have to know a lot more about this jigsaw puzzle that we have been uncovering. But what we can tell you is that Ronan O'Rahilly was what Americans used to call a 'bum', and he described himself as an anarchist. He was out for himself, and that is all. An MP even accused Ronan O'Rahilly in the press of being a drug pusher and he used a low-end club owned by Peter Rachman as his base. In other words, while Ronan O'Rahilly had the gift of the gab, he was a person without integrity. He used and abused people, which is ironically, just what Malcolm Smith claims. Consequently Malcolm seems to be learning from Ronan while disassociating himself from Ronan!
Ian Cowper Ross was just a kid who was aimlessly drifting through life and living off hand-outs from his real father who was an enterprising individual and he had gradually accumulated some wealth after his second marriage.
Jocelyn Stevens owned shares in one of John Sheffield's Norcros associated holding companies, but Stevens' company was not a part of any of the subsidiary companies managed by Norcros.
None of these connections provided the money to fund 'Radio Caroline' with the exception of Jocelyn Stevens who owned a publishing company.
There are two other major components in the financial story behind the funding of 'Radio Caroline' of 1964, and they are NOT related to Charles Edward Ross and dry cleaning!
These two key components explain the source of the money and both why and how that money was provided. It had nothing to do with Ronan O'Rahilly and neither did the name 'Caroline'.
We will reveal these other two components and how they unlock the mysteries behind both 'Radio Atlanta' and 'Radio Caroline', but not here, not now.
Athough Chris Edwards does know some of that information, he dares not go down that road, because if he does, OEM will result in telling its readers that it has been knowingly pumping out absolute rubbish and that 'The Trio' have been telling readers the truth!
Chris Edwards is on both a personal and business collision course with that truth.
Once the true story is published in detail, and at the present time, only 'The Trio' knows the complete story, then either OEM becomes a fairy tale book for Garry Stevens' "Church of Caroline', and it joins the ranks of Paul Ruslings' 'The Radio Caroline Bible' as material only fit to be pulped and recycled. or, unlike Paul Rusling, Chris Edwards turns around and apologises to 'The Trio' for attacking the people who have, and who are bringing you the true story - free of charge!
You admitted it Chris.
Chris, you are now on record as having admitted that you did not know what you now know, before you read it here.
If you claim that you did know, then you got it from 'The Trio' and you have been hiding it from your readers to whom you have been spreading Ronan O'Rahilly misinformation - just like Malcolm Smith and the other anoraks.
Your call Chris.
Are you going to admit the truth that you now know, or are you going to now claim that you are Jimmy Ross?
The jokes on you, Chris.
Yesterday we told you about our road to discovery, and we also answered Chris Edwards of 'Offshore Echos' and his false and contradictory claim to having helped to identify the father of Ian Ross. Anoraks claim that Ian Ross' father was the primary source of funding in 1964 for 'Radio Caroline', and they base their claim on a convoluted 'history' that makes no sense whatsoever and is 100% fiction!
It is primarily based upon a 1965 brief newspaper item which claims that the primary investor behind 'Radio Caroline' in 1964, was a man named 'Jimmy Ross'. As you will note, this news item was published after the fact in 1965, because 'Radio Caroline' first appeared on the airwaves in 1964, and when it did so, it was cast upon a sea of mysteries and questions.
The first question being: "Who is behind this 'pirate radio' station?"
A London-based public relations agency answered that is was a young Irishman named Ronan O'Rahilly. Then 'Radio Atlanta' came on the air, and another public relations agency with its headquarters in Australia began to promote the name of Australian music publisher and record producer Allan Crawford. Many news items followed on with rumors of a 'merger' and even suggestion that Ronan O'Rahilly had taken Allan Crawford's ideas to create his own station.
But all of this caused more questions about Ronan O'Rahilly.
Lawyers for Allan Crawford had registered a company called 'Project Atlanta Limited' in London during the closing hours of July 1963, but there was no mention of any company behind 'Radio Caroline'. So where did the money come from?
The first person to own up to being an investor was publisher Jocelyn Stevens. We explained with illustrations the story behind that event on February 15, 2021, although we have since learned a lot more since then. 'Radio Caroline' came on the air during March 28, 1964, but the press announcement by Jocelyn Stevens did not appear until April 10, 1964, approximately thirteen days later.
The news report claimed that a company called 'Planet Productions Limited' had been registered in Ireland "two weeks ago" and that Jocelyn Stevens and Ronan O'Rahilly were "joint managing directors" of 'Planet Sales', a "wholly owned subsidiary" of 'Planet Productions Limited', and that 'Planet Sales' operated from the offices of 'Queen' magazine in London. However, when the UK Board of Trade investigated the ownership of 'Radio Caroline', it drew a blank. No operating company had been registered under any name as either a British company or a 'foreign' company legally registered to do business in the United Kingdom.
Now we jump ahead to 1965 when there were many reports that 'Radio Atlanta' had "merged" with 'Radio Caroline' for sales purposes, but not for purposes of ownership. It was during that time period that the name of "Jimmy Ross" first appeared as the primary financial investor in 'Radio Caroline'. But again, no mention was made of any operating company that existed prior to 'Planet Productions Limited'.
So who was this "Jimmy Ross"?
For the answer to that question you have to know about Ian Cowper Ross, because he is the person who began to create this phantom.
Ian Cowper Ross was a disaster to his real father, a dry-cleaning sales promoter named Charles Edward Ross. His father had succeeded in taking a small dry-cleaning shop and turning it into a franchise with outlets in Scotland and England. He was so successful that its owner of that business moved to England in order to improve the social standing of his family. Charles Edward Ross also moved around and upgraded his own lifestyle as a result.
His son, Ian, was a disaster.
Ian Cowper Ross went to the same public school as his step-brother, also named Charles like his father, but unlike step-brother Charles who went on to create several business on Kings Road in Chelsea, Ian dropped out of school. Ian then managed to crash a vintage motorcycle and then an expensive Jensen car head-on into a bus. That landed Ian in court and it almost cost him a foot, and surgery on it gave Ian the nickname of 'Flipper'.
Ian's next move from being just a reckless youth, was to be given a job as a junior employee with a company that was renamed Stevens Press Limited. It owned several publications, including 'Queen' magazine. The boss was Jocelyn Stevens, and he created a 'front' for 'Radio Caroline' using a convenience address on Regent Street in London. Ian was given a token job as assistant to a sales representative working on commission.
It was either Jocelyn Stevens or Ian himself who invented the name of "Jimmy Ross". Jocelyn Stevens had to produce a name other that his own, and he did not want to create a situation where Ian Cowper Ross would replace the professional public relations agency and begin talking to the press. But by implying that a 'Ross Senior' was behind 'Radio Caroline' he gained credibility since 'Ross Junior' (Ian), was working for Jocelyn Stevens. In that way the idea that another person named 'Ross' had secured a job for his young and reckless Ian, would not prompt more questions from the press. So no one bothered to ask who this "other" Ross was,, and therefore no one had to come up with an explanation.
However, many years later, a number of anoraks began to write books and so they initiated questions about the identity of "Jimmy Ross". Their interest was sparked by the re-emergence of Ian Cowper Ross in 1990 when he wrote a novel that was financed and published with the help of his wealthy and aristocratic mother-in-law.
There was just one big problem.
The book was a novel that some suggested was a thinly disguised autobiography about Ian, and Ian's creation of 'Radio Caroline' with the help of his father.
Problem: Ian's father is named Charles Edward Ross and his nickname would have been "Charlie", not "Jimmy".
Another problem: In his novel, Ian's main character was not named Ian Cowper Ross, in fact the fictitious character did not have the surname of "Ross", he was called "Shaw". In his fictitious work, Ian gave his fictitious character's father the first name of "Jimmy"!
Ian Ross' novel was published in 1990, and one year later, a cobbled-together 'documentary' was aired on BBC-TV in which cameos of Ronan O'Rahilly, Jocelyn Stevens and Ian Cowper Ross all appeared, but not in the same room at the same time. In the video it appears as though Ian is licking his fingers and giggling while demonstrating other mannerisms of a person who could be imbibing cocaine, or something similar.
What Ian does in the video is to imply that the story in his novel is true. In fact, he goes so far as to assert that certain sections are true.
What Ian does not do is mention the name of his father.
Ian only refers to his father as "Daddy".
He certainly does not say that his father went by the name of "Jimmy".
However, when this novel of 1990 began to revive interest in the anorak cult community, Ian Cowper Ross began to 'cash-in' on his newly acquired fame. He began by giving interviews to anoraks, and the more interviews he gave, the closer he got to linking his "Daddy" with the made-up name of "Jimmy".
But "Jimmy" never belonged to Charles Edward Ross, in Ian's 1990 novel it belonged to "Jimmy Shaw".
Anoraks went wild and posted on Wikipedia that Jimmy Ross founded MacFisheries and CarPhone Warehouse as well as 'Radio Caroline'. This was not the work of Ian Cowper Ross, it was the work of immature anorak cultists who love to make-up conspiratorial stories which lack any foundation in fact.
When it came to the name of 'Caroline' they disputed what Ronan O'Rahilly said about 6 years-old Caroline Kennedy, and switched for a time to one-time would-be model and actress, Caroline Maudling. The anoraks did not, and never have had a clue as to the origin of that name when applied to an offshore radio station. They are just a dying cult of ludicrous individuals who feed each other with silly stories. But then there are some like engine mechanic Malcolm Smith who use this quasi-religious bunch to render their labor and money to support his own ventures that he has also branded 'Radio Caroline'.
So if the entire 'Jimmy Ross' story is a phantom spread by people like Chris Edwards who we know for a fact knows better, and who agrees with Malcolm Smith that Ronan O'Rahilly was a flake who cadged everything and was never in a situation to finance anything, then who was behind the 1963 creation of 'Radio Caroline'? It was Jocelyn Stevens who put the start date of 'Radio Caroline' as a project, somewhere around September-October of 1963, and that does indeed fit-in with supporting documentation as being the true time period.
This is why we can be so dogmatic in dismissing the anorak community as being either gullible fools or participatory con-men on a small scale. The fact that they don't like it, or that they hate (loath) Mervyn Hagger who few have actually met, is just silly behavior on the part of either immature individuals, or individuals like Chris Edwards, Paul Rusling and Malcom Smith who are using the anorak base as a means to further their own financial interests.
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To see our earlier video about Ian Cowper Ross and the "Jimmy" myth, please click the image above.
To our readers. We are now working on the second volume in a series of books about three people who identify themselves as 'The Trio', and who have dedicated themselves to record a combined account of their individual lives as lived.
This project began with a radio theme, but it has now expanded into the sphere of international geopolitics while maintaining its original idea of investigating and documenting the story of freedom of speech and expression via mass communication. It is told from the view points of three individuals.
This story is akin to three separate pebbles being dropped, at different times, into a body of water. Each pebble impact sets off a new chain of ripples which radiate in all directions, and thus those ripples interact with other ripples created by other pebbles dropped into the water. The 'water' referred to is life as lived on this Planet, within the contemporaneous experiences of other individual human beings.
While this story is about three people, three individuals, it is also influenced by other individuals who the primary three have come into contact with, either directly or indirectly. What this story does not do is indulge in conspiracy theories as opposed to documents accounts where numerous individuals have conspired in secrecy to bring about a particular course of events.
This research relating to a 'Trio' casually began to come together around 1985 when Don Pierson of Eastland, Texas gave them his collection of legal and financial papers. Those documents had not been seen before by the world at large. They all related to Don Pierson's offshore broadcasting activities that took place during the Nineteen Sixties off the coastline of the island of Great Britain. They also relate to the aftermath of those stations; especially to one of the ships that Don Pierson used.
Various radio and television programs were subsequently produced by 'The Trio' as a result of having read these documents. That programming grew out of a new series of ventures in both publishing and broadcasting by Don Pierson.
At first, Don Pierson wanted to revive one of his offshore broadcasting ventures, and then he wanted to address the bogus stories about him which had been put into commercial circulation by individuals within the United Kingdom. However, there was a red line that Don Pierson did not want to cross, and it concerned exposing the 'guiding hands' of finance which had assisted him. One of those 'hands' related to such a sensitive matter that Don Pierson suddenly became adamant that he must never, ever be asked about it again by 'The Trio', or there would be an immediate termination of friendship and further contact.
This sudden and dramatic event came about due to a recorded interview with Don Pierson in his living room. When the question was asked, his hand signal immediately demanded that the recording cease. It was then that he made his feelings known, and they included any questions about the reason for his abrupt demand to stop the recording. With this understanding in place, the recording resumed.
A friend in Norway heard both the recording and the explanation. It puzzled him and so he began plugging away at 'The Trio' to uncover the reason for Don Pierson's sudden reaction. Years later, the story behind that story began to emerge as one in which that interview had been on the verge of delving into the fringe of CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) geopolitical activities by asking about a specific individual and his relationship to Don Pierson's broadcasting projects.
This was no 'conspiracy gossip' from afar, this was an investigation by three individuals based in the Dallas and Fort Worth of Texas, who were primarily interested in offshore radio broadcasting in the United Kingdom which had been orchestrated by Don Pierson. That fact is significant in itself. In the Nineteen Sixties Don Pierson established his family home on quiet street in a tiny town called Eastland which is situated approximately 100 miles from Fort Worth.
Back in the Nineteen Sixties there was no freeway (motorway) that connected Texas from north to south and from east to west. Texas is so big that you can drop two islands the size of Great Britain into its land area. So talking to a man from Eastland about his business interests in British broadcasting from ships at sea, was not exactly something that any other person under similar circumstances would be doing. That is, unless what appeared to be a straightforward business venture was really something entirely different.
Two things need to be kept in mind. The first was the time period in which the CIA were trying to topple the regime of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. The CIA venture was a disaster. The came the Cuban Missile Crisis in which the USA and the USSR came close to engaging in a nuclear World War. Hot on the heels of that event came the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas.
Back to the friend in Norway and his repetitious single question: What was the big secret that Don Pierson was hiding? For a long time that repetitious question was just shrugged off until one day this same 'needling' friend received an email. It came from the manager of a golf course in Canada.
Our friend received this email in response to his obsessive hobby about American broadcasting in general, and one of Don Pierson's radio ships in particular. It was his hobby which seems to have been a safety valve to relieve the stress encountered during the course of his normal day-to-day professional life. We need to add that this person is very sincere, very honest and extremely dedicated to his calling in life, which goes hand-in-glove with his extremely kind and caring personality.
However, it was his own web sites that posed questions about the fate of one of Don Pierson's radio ships which triggered an enquiry from Canada. But the writer in Canada did not say what information he had, only that he had information which connected Don Pierson's radio ship to CIA activity.
Years went by and eventually the Canadian correspondent sent a copy of a declassified CIA document about Don Pierson's radio ship to our friend in Scandinavia. He then sent it to us. From this document, which covered events prior to Don Pierson getting hold of this ship, we learned that it had come into service of a faction within CIA that was managed in secret by U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. It was a secret affair because Bobby Kennedy was managing a disguised CIA base that was located at a hitherto disused complex of buildings on the southern campus of the University of Miami. At one time it been a helium balloon refueling station.
'The Trio' then joined several professional organizations to gain paid access to all CIA declassified documents concerning the ship. 'The Trio' also paid to join several newspaper and other archives in order to build a library of books. From this new beginning it emerged that President John F. Kennedy was telling the USSR that the USA would not invade Cuba again, and that the CIA would be brought under strict control. But meanwhile, his brother U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy was doing the exact opposite.
Later, we also were advised by George Saunders, who as a young man had worked for Marconi and was then hired by two individuals with strong connections to both the BBC and UK diplomatic and propaganda broadcasting, that an obscure book published in Australia also contained declassified CIA documents about Bobby Kennedy and his links to the ship that became known as 'Mi Amigo'. The chain of investigation began to focus upon all of these CIA connections.
Later still, in the Nineteen Eighties, while working with Don Pierson on a new commercial broadcasting and publishing venture, the door of the office opened and in walked ex-CIA Director William Colby. This was the same Bill Colby who had been CIA Director, and the same CIA Director who testified before the U.S. Congress about the secret CIA assassination plans. Colby told the U.S. Congress all about the CIA 'Family Jewels', which are those secrets that only a few at the very top were aware of, because they concerned the assassination of world leaders by CIA 'assets'.
Now 'The Trio' not only had information about CIA connections to the vessel called 'Mi Amigo' which began the UK offshore broadcasting story, but details of CIA interests in a ship called 'Olga Patricia', that for a time was used by Don Pierson as the floating home of his twin commercial radio station venture called 'Radio England' and 'Britain Radio'.
'The Trio' began to delve deeper and deeper into the murky world of geopolitics as directed by U.S. and U.K. secret intelligence agencies. This investigations travelled back in time to World War II, and here our Scandinavian friend offered more surprises. He had built up his own account of how the U.S. American Forces Radio, (later known as AFN), had begun with scores of small radio stations placed all over the United Kingdom.
All of these investigations about broadcasting ultimately led back to Texas, but that was not all. A Texas firm constructing offshore oil and gas rigs had also become entwined in the story of European offshore broadcasting.
When Britain's first commercial offshore station called 'Radio Caroline' was launched, this amazing story was concealed from the eyes of the British public, and of course from the press at large. To throw everyone off the scent, a young Irishman with the "gift of the gab" was hired to misdirect and mislead by spinning various yarns that gave the immediate impression that he was the creator of 'Radio Caroline'. The few press sources that began to dig deeper, were soon discouraged to continue with their investigations.
'The Trio' are three friends who began asking questions that others should have been asking for years. Along the way 'The Trio' did encounter individuals such as John Burch and Christopher England who had their own interests in mind when they contacted to investigate the ownership of a vessel called 'Ross Revenge'. As a result of their activities, the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) contacted us requesting the same information. Needless to say our research led to the constant exposure of Ronan O'Rahilly as a fraud, and this angered him. He wanted to know who the members of 'The Trio' are, and why they were conducting this long-running investigation.
Then yet another side-bar event occurred involving Paul Byford who lived in Chelmsford, Essex, England. His saga led to another chain of high level contacts with British Crown authorities. A lot of people in very high places now began to have an idea of who 'The Trio' is, and why 'The Trio' seemed to be forever stumbling around in the vaults of darkness looking for something, 'The Trio' was merely following one lead after another lead, but until recently, 'The Trio' had no idea of what the 'big' picture is, and how it impacts the lives of millions of people alive today.
In 2000 another major event took place in the story of 'The Trio'. That is when monologues and academic books documenting the activities of 'The Trio' were published under the imprimatur of various by university publications. In 2014 another major event took place which sent 'The Trio' down the path to new discoveries, and this phase required professional assistance which 'The Trio' had to paid for.
When 'The Trio' began their 'Caroline Investigation' newsletter it was circulated free-of-charge on a regular basis to over twenty individuals. Its purpose was to seek assistance with this research project. But by sharing information in this way, 'The Trio' exposed themselves to plagiarism.
One individual took the original research work product paid for by 'The Trio', and then used it for self-promotion. He twisted it to create a totally bogus narrative which he then sold as a 'vanity' publication for his own financial gain. That individual is Paul Alexander Rusling. It was mistake number two in trusting the wrong people. Back in the Nineteen Eighties 'The Trio' had shared copies of some of the information that Don Pierson's archives revealed, and that information was stolen and republished as the work of an individual who called himself 'Chris Elliot'.
In 2020, 'The Trio' embarked upon yet a new phase of research and discovery, and it is being published on this Blog. With a rough draft of the first volume completed, the second volume is now underway within a series working title of 'Pebble Theatre'.
However, yesterday a person that a member of 'The Trio' has worked with in the past, and who had been on the distribution list of the now terminated 'Caroline Investigation' Newsletter, has made a misleading public statement about this work. His name is Chris Edwards and he is the publisher of Offshore Echos magazine. In the past a member of 'The Trio' contributed articles about Don Pierson, and a lengthy but often interrupted period of communication concerning common subject matter has been engaged in with Chris Edwards.
Last evening at 18/5/2022 at 21:28:09, Chris Edwards wrote and published a totally false comment concerning one of 'The Trio'. The item written by Chris Edwards, appeared on an Internet forum operated by a person named David Martin. It concerns the question of who financed 'Radio Caroline' in 1964?
Since that year, various stories have been put into circulation concerning an Irishman in his twenties who it is alleged, arrived in England during 1961 with about £100 in his pocket. In 2022, a person named Malcolm Smith has begun to claim that his tiny broadcasting venture called 'Radio Caroline', is the inheritor of a work begun by Ronan O'Rahilly back in 1964.
However, this same Malcolm Smith has described O'Rahilly as a person who solicited a free cup of coffee and a free slice of cake, was anti-social, and by his own admission, an anarchist. Yet this same O'Rahilly has been hailed as the person who bought a ship; bought broadcasting equipment; outfitted the ship with that equipment and then began an operation in 1964 from off the East Coast of England using the call-sign of 'Radio Caroline'.
No serious explanation has been offered as to how O'Rahilly who had arrived in London during 1961 with about £100 in his pocket, and described by Malcom Smith as a person who 'sponged' off others to get free coffee and cake, and who described himself as an anti-social anarchist, was able in late 1963 to buy a ship and broadcasting equipment, outfit it, and then move his office into a Mayfair mansion. No 'serious explanation', but there is a really stupid explanation which others cling to.
'The Trio" asked those who promote the fake story to name the source of the money that O'Rahilly suddenly had access to. Their response begins with a man named 'Jimmy Ross'.
In 1965, this bogus story was put into print by a London newspaper. Over the years this fable has been clung to and yesterday it brought about this statement by Chris Edwards on the 'Dave Martin Forum':
"MH has certainly seen the 1965 newspaper. He's told us that he'd hired a private detective at great expense (he's also mentioned he'd split some research costs with me - I think that cheque must have got lost in the post!) to obtain a copy of Ian Ross's fathers birth certificate, that showed fathers name as Charles Ross, so he couldn't possibly be called Jimmy. Clearly never heard of nicknames. We've also been told that Charles Ross had a dry cleaning business - although I don't see how relevant that is.
As to the question of someone, that we've repeatedly been told never existed, and whose name only appeared in a work of fiction in 1991, could actually have existed in 1965 - no that hasn't been addressed."
Yes, Mervyn Hagger is well aware of that 1965 newspaper reference. It is bogus. There never was such a person as 'Jimmy Ross' in the context described by Chris Edwards with reference to that newspaper report. Mervyn Hagger has continuously stated that the newspaper report is false, and he has demanded of those who push this bogus story to explain what a 1965 story has to do with a 1963 event concerning the claimed sudden wealth of Ronan O'Rahilly. No answer has been forthcoming.
It is true that a private detective was hired and paid for by Mervyn Hagger. He was hired to establish who the father of Ian Cowper Ross is, since it is to the real person of Ian Cowper Ross to whom this fake story about 'Jimmy Ross' attaches itself. The people pushing this story claim that 'Jimmy Ross' is the father of Ian Cowper Ross.
No attempt was made to obtain the birth certificate of the father of Ian Cowper Ross, because 'The Trio' did not know anything about this man, except that he was born in New Zealand. The key to tracking the father of Ian Cowper Ross was the marriage certificate of Ian Cowper Ross. 'The Trio' knew when he was married; who he married and where he was married, so, on behalf of 'The Trio', Mervyn Hagger bought a copy of the Ian Cowper Ross marriage certificate. It was purchased from the same private detective who was hired to discover the real names of Ian Cowper Ross' father and mother. From this beginning, 'The Trio" was able to track his mother's genealogy. Her first name is Phyllis, and she is the second wife of Ian Cowper Ross' father whose name is Charles Edward Ross. Ian has a step-brother named Charles and his mother is the deceased first wife of Ian's father.
Chris Edwards had no part in this investigation.
But to this day, Chris Edwards tries to intimate that the nickname of Charles Edward Ross is 'Jimmy'. Not only is there no truth in that statement, but there is no source for that claim other than a bogus tale that was later fleshed-out in a novel published in 1991 by Ian Cowper Ross with an interesting twist.
Chris Edwards added this to his comment: "We've also been told that Charles Ross had a dry cleaning business - although I don't see how relevant that is." The fact that Chris Edwards does not "see how relevant that is" relates to the fact that Chris Edwards has no idea of what 'The Trio' has uncovered. Chris Edwards made up his explanation of a shared investigation.
However, 'The Trio' did engage in another investigation regarding the origins of text in the book called 'Radio Man'. It is that book, on one page and in one paragraph which names John Stanley, son of Charles Orr Stanley who built-up the Pye Group of companies, as the Project Manager behind the 1964 station called 'Radio Caroline'. That information totally undermined everything that 'Offshore Echos' magazine has ever claimed, so rather than admit that terrible and devastating fact of truth, Chris Edwards broke with 'The Trio' and began trumpeting the lie about 'Jimmy Ross'!
Chris Edwards has now resorted to promoting a fabricated and malicious lie in the hope of salvaging the coming destruction of the reputation built up by 'Offshore Echos' magazine. Edwards cannot save the magazine because it is built upon a lie concerning Ronan O'Rahilly.
There never was a 'Jimmy Ross' who supplied Ronan O'Rahilly with money.
'Jimmy Ross' is a myth and Ronan O'Rahilly was a con man.
It is a very disappointing to read the blatant lies and distortions written by Chris Edwards, because once our investigation is published, all of the childish, immature, ludicrous statements made in support of a con man named Ronan O'Rahilly will be exposed for all to read.
As to whether anyone will care to read what 'The Trio' have now uncovered, that question is best answered by looking at the world headlines of today and the rising cost of oil and gas.
The story that 'The Trio' have uncovered goes way beyond 'pirate radio' or even the war in Ukraine, it goes to the source of both censorship powers regarding the war in Ukraine, and the worldwide frenzy over access to oil and gas at whatever its price to the average consumer.
Their first question is: "who is responsible for this mess inflicted upon my life?"
'The Trio' has the answers.
Why does Mike Wilson know the answers to the questions that Garry Stevens' and Dave Martin's air-heads keep asking over and over again? How is it the Mike knows, but these anoraks who drool over the mere mention of the man who cadged a cup of coffee and a slice of cake, don't know?
Round and round they go, still asking the same questions and still finding the same old tired newspaper clippings and videos, which of course only tell them what they have been told by the same old tired newspaper clippings and video recordings many, many times before.
They are the anoraks who are fast heading for the exit to life. Oh won't that be a relief as more and more of them pop off to oblivion. Not one of them came up with answers, not one of them.
Sad bunch that Garry Stevens and Dave Martin and Malcolm Smith have herded together to fight each other about absolutely nothing at all.
If you had the power reincarnation, would you reincarnate that bunch?
Yes, if your name is Andy Holmes, because he wrote the following in response to the original comments above ....
"Posted by Andy Holmes on 18/5/2022, 19:39:55 .... Wishing people dead does seem rather extreme."
The first question is this: Can Andy Holmes read?
There is no "wish" expressed, only a statement about reality.
The problem seems to be that Andy Holmes thinks that he should never die, never mind be 'reincarnated'.
Well Andy, you can take up the issue of life and death with God, and I don't mean Ronan O'Rahilly, or for that matter with Ian Anderson to whom your comments were directed. Ian is a nice guy, a little too narrow in his thinking on some issues, but a nice guy, except that he cannot give you the eternal life you seem to believe is your entitlement.
Isn't it funny how you could zero in on part of the paragraph, twist it and still ignore its main point?
The main point is in the words that followed those you reinterpreted. These are the words that followed: "Oh won't that be a relief as more and more of them pop off to oblivion. Not one of them came up with answers, not one of them."
The fact of the matter is that not one of the anoraks has come up with answers. What they have done is produce people like Paul Rusling who takes (steals) from us and then twists our research to fit his own half-baked and childish storyline in support of Malcolm Smith. That is a fact. Malcolm Smith meanwhile calls the already deceased O'Rahilly a bum, in American slang. Malcolm wrote that O'Rahilly scrounged around for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake, but the anoraks think that this anti-social idiot had the money to buy and equip a radio ship with the help of 'Jimmy' who never existed. (O'Rahilly was accused by an MP of pushing drugs to kids at about the time that this useless individual was bumming around for coffee and cake.)
In response to that facts, Andy Holmes wrote: "No wonder he has alienated just about everyone, and it really is a shame when he clearly needs help to resolve his issues. I hope he finds it."
Well Andy, the reason why it will be a good thing when the last of the close-minded and cult-like anoraks shuffle into oblivion, is because while we continue to resolve issues without their help, if the anoraks are no longer around, we won't have to worry about them stealing our research, will we? So the more of them who pop off into oblivion, the better off this entire world will be, and we can continue to resolve issues without becoming the victims of anorak theft, once again.
Thank God that Ronan has already departed: he won't be missed in the radio library marked 'truth telling'.
But the gutter crawling of these anoraks now casts around with this by self-appointed "Board Expert RogerT on 18/5/2022, 20:04:57 .... : I believe that some of his behaviour can be attributed to him losing a daughter in suspicious circumstances and being convinced that there was a cover up. No proof of this, just remember it being reported on a forum last year."
RogerT, the "Board Expert" reveals how vile these anoraks are. He now implies that a family related matter explains why Ronan O'Rahilly was a con man, and Paul Rusling is a thief. No, it doesn't. Malcolm Smith described O'Rahilly as a bum, and Paul Rusling has spewed out volumes of words in print to show why he was entitled to steal.
Keep it coming RogerT your words are condemning you.
Then there is an absurd question posed in response to nonsense posted by "Chris Edwards on 18/5/2022 .... : A December 1965 newspaper reports that as well as John Sheffield, one of the other financiers was Jimmy Ross. But if you believe a "forensic investigator" then Jimmy didn't exist and was only created in 1991 as a character in a ficticious book.''
This is followed by another anonymous anorak question from "Zeezender on 18/5/2022 .... Hi Chris. Was that 1965 anomaly ever addressed by MH?"
Of course, Chris should respond that this issue has been explained over and over and over and over again .... "Jimmy Ross" was a made-up name. No such person ever existed in 1965 or in 1991.
Never means never. Fake means fake.
You lot really do need to be terminated as soon as possible.
Please note: Comments by Ian Anderson are in regular black typeface and Commentary is in red.
"Posted Online by Ian Anderson on 16/5/2022, 9:28:19 .... I have to say something in mitigation of the criticism of Mervyn, for reasons I will now explain. Between 2015 and 2018 there was about 25 of us from the UK, to Norway, to Australia, to the United States and so on that were circulated regularly by Mervyn. Many had a pedigree in offshore radio going back to 1963 or in writing about offshore radio, and radio in general, going back to the mid-sixties, some who contribute to this forum."
(Ian): "The format was one of us asking a question and others answering or debating, so whatever we wrote was effectively being peer-reviewed."
"Even if Mervyn asked a rather silly question, I always thought of this being devil’s-advocate-like and worth answering seriously."
Up until this point no commentary is necessary because Ian's words are accepted as a reasonably accurate, balanced and general description!
(Ian): "For instance when he suggested that there was a radio receiver in the engine-room of the Bon Jour off Stockholm to monitor Iron Curtain radio traffic, it was explained that was just about the worst place to have such a radio. However I took up the challenge to identify all of the antennae on the Bon Jour up to the summer of 1962."
Our involvement with the issue that Ian is referring to comes from a book written by Bill Weaver. Suffice to say at this stage, that Bill Weaver claimed that the mv 'Bon Jour' was a CIA-funded operation, but it turned out that what Weaver actually wrote and claimed, is not what appeared in that book. We will provide more details about that in our continuing response in a later paragraph, rather than here, because we want to mention another book by another author.
In 2013 or thereabouts, a book called 'Radio Man' published by IEE came to our (TRIO) attention. It was about the life of Charles Orr Stanley who built PYE into a massive conglomerate of various companies engaged in a vast number of products and services. Not all of them were broadcasting related such as the Pye 'Fish Finder' that someone told Ronan O'Rahilly about. O'Rahilly used that information and twisted it into a misleading obfuscation regarding the purpose of the antenna being erected to the mv 'Frederica' by Harry Spencer. (O'Rahilly is on video footage laughing while he is describing it. The Pye 'Fish Finder' was sonar and it did not entail a mast, but it did scan the sea floor looking for fish. So there was an element of truth in what O'Rahilly said, but not what he related it to.)
On one page of 'Radio Man' (276) was a single paragraph which totally contradicted the accepted story the 1964 advent of 'Radio Caroline'. Up until then the Trio had been documenting material and events in a series of academic monologues, newspaper articles and books that began when Don Pierson (who we worked with in Texas), gave us his financial and legal records about 'Radio London', etc. So we just went along with the known 'Radio Caroline' story. (Our 2009 monologue with the old information is still available to read at http://foundthreads.com/PDF%20FILES/08-A-CAROLINE.pdf )
Unfortunately for Mervyn Hagger, he read the 'Radio Man' book shortly before he was due to give a speech before an audience at a Communications Museum. An apology ensued to the 'live' audience with an explanation about what had occurred. Then the TRIO began an investigation into the story behind that paragraph in that book. We teamed up with Chris Edwards of 'Offshore Echos' magazine and split the costs.
Chris performed the leg work, and Mervyn Hagger pursued the people responsible for writing and publishing that book in order to discover the authenticity of its text. Unfortunately, in that one vital section there were no documented footnotes or endnotes. Then we discovered that IEE no longer existed as such, and both the author and his technical writer co-author were deceased. This led to a very involved story which has been explained in detail elsewhere on this site in past editions of this Blog.
We discovered that Ronan O'Rahilly was lying, and that his sidekick Ian Cowper Ross had spun and published a fictitious story both about the funding of 'Radio Caroline' and the identity of his father. Years later we have been able to establish the true identity of Ian Cowper Ross' father and grandfather and create an unpublished (to date) biography. In a similar manner we have now compiled the biography of the girl behind the name of 'Caroline' which in reality should be written as 'Carolyn'.
This explanation leads into Ian Anderson's comments about the mv 'Bon Jour' because another book with another misleading storyline is also involved. That book is about the Kennedy Assassination, and its author is listed on the cover as Charles W. Weaver - but he did not write that book!
Back in the 1970s, Mervyn Hagger met Charles William Weaver who was known to everyone as 'Bill'. It was at a place called McAllen in the Texas valley leading down to the border with Mexico. Bill had retired, but he had been McLendon Sales Manager for all of Gordon McLendon's radio stations, while managing KILT in Houston, and the mv 'Bon Jour'. Back then he introduced Mervyn Hagger to the Texas engineers responsible for getting the ship and outfitting it. He even told Mervyn Hagger about meeting Ronan O'Rahilly in June 1963 and provided details about where O'Rahilly stayed in Houston, and about the cowboy boots that O'Rahilly bought. Ronan O'Rahilly was sent to Houston on behalf of Allan Crawford who Weaver had met in London back in 1962 when Crawford wanted to lease the ship. (See our video at http://yesterdayneverhappened.com/ for more details.)
Years went by and during the same time we were working with Chris Edwards we had established a contact with Bill Weaver's widow and daughter who sent us all of Bill Weaver's original manuscripts. It was Bill who took 'Radio Nord' off the air, and it was Bill who wrote a manuscript linking Gordon McLendon to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. But what Bill wrote is not what was published after his death, and the real author of the 'fake' version is not on the cover of the book!
Now back to Ian Anderson (with Ian's uncorrected typos):
(Ian): "When Mervyn asked what equipment on the Bon Jour, and in the Stockholm land studios, ended up on the Mi Amigo on the return from Texas, I was able to convince myself of finally reaching a level of accuracy, subject to further correction, to turn this into an article of Offshore Echos Magazine."
"Others of the group contributed the findings of thorough research and discoveries from the national archive at Kew. This was sterling work by everyone. While it is true that all this was in the past, of little consequence, and of diminishing public interest, that could be said of many things that engage small groups, and not so small groups, for instance the quest of who killed the princes in the tower."
Ian's words are again accepted as a reasonably accurate, balanced and general description of events!
(Ian): And so it went until about November 2018 when it became obvious that Mervyn was repeating himself and was rejecting input for no good reason, other than political, and we had a blow- up. It seemed to me, and, it emerged, to others in the group, that the rise of Trumpism, something he admired, had encouraged his coarser side at the expense of courtesy and reason. That was a shame if only because he had previously challenged us to search the past and to get things down in writing before it was too late. That will stand.
Ian's words do not cover what has been explained above about the two books ('Radio Man') and the book about 'Radio Nord' with connections to the assassination of President Kennedy.
The interjection regarding "the rise of Trumpism" would require a lot of time to explain and it is not directly connected to this subject. In fact, the attack on Donald Trump was launched from London using an agent for MI6 whose services were paid for with money provided by the political campaign of Hillary Clinton. The investigation into that matter is and has been ongoing in the USA at US Justice Department level for several years. One person has been indicted, but the investigation is still ongoing, although it is possibly reaching its conclusion. It is rumored several people could be facing criminal prosecution.
However, in order to keep this topic on focus. nothing more will be added about that at this time.
The 'blow-up' that Ian mentions did occur, but it stemmed from yet another part of this investigation that involved George Saunders. George was a Marconi man who became the Chief Engineer on board the mv "Mi Amigo' during the initial phase when it was home to 'Radio Atlanta', and then to 'Radio Caroline South'.
Mervyn Hagger exchanged a lot of written material and had many long accompanying phone conversations with George Saunders. George is a proud engineer who had contempt for most of the 'pirate' djs and disputed what Ian Anderson was claiming about the technical installations on board the mv 'Mi Amigo'. Mervyn Hagger became 'man in the middle'.
When he was originally hired, George Saunders went to Greenore, but he somewhat exaggerated what he did there. He was also was sent to sort out the mess created by Ove Sjöström on board the mv 'Fredericia'. George says that he sacked Ove on orders from his engineering boss at Chesterfield Gardens. In response, Ove Sjöström has responded with a version that does not check out.
Then another problem arose involving Chris Edwards. That dispute came with the methodology of telling our story using 'Caroline Brooks' as narrator. Chris says that he wanted only the story of fact, but the problem is that 'Offshore Echos' magazine has continued to publish the fake blarney spun by Ronan O'Rahilly and others about the totally false origins of 'Radio Caroline'.
This has been our response to what Ian Anderson has written. Ian is of course free to add further comments, but unlike the majority of anoraks on Dave Martin's Board, Ian has a professional life running a professional radio station. Outside the scope of this work, Ian also acquired prior experience helping to run offshore broadcasting stations. Ian is married, has children and generally seems to be a well-balanced human being.
SO WHAT WENT WRONG?
The answer is Paul Alexander Rusling.
Rusling was added to the 'Caroline Investigation' newsletter mailing list, but he contributed absolutely nothing, and took as much information as he could.
Rusling visited our original premises, and then he stole as much as could in the way of intellectual property and with the endorsement of Hans Knot, he hammered together a mixture of fact with fiction to create 'The Radio Caroline Bible' which he then sold to gullible anoraks with the blessings of Garry Stevens.
Rusling's purpose seems to have been two-fold. 1) Make money for himself, and 2) Create a bogus story that linked the start of the real 1964 'Radio Caroline' with the fraudulent affair calling itself 'Radio Caroline' that is run by Malcolm Smith who calls himself 'Peter Moore'.
The reasoning by Rusling and Moore seems to be that having a tiny and insignificant new radio station would not generate support, but if it could be shown that this tiny and insignificant radio station was in fact a continuation of the original 1964 'Radio Caroline', Malcolm Smith would gain a lot of free publicity, and he has. Along the way, Paul Rusling could sell his fraudulent work based upon plagiarism.
It was then that Garry Stevens who gave Rusling free promotional advertising, and for months Stevens refused to explain his actions - after fully endorsing this work. Eventually Garry Stevens merely made supporting comments about Rusling while disparaging this work and, strangely enough he began a sneering campaign launched against the mostly insignificant actions of Dave Martin's Board - which, among other names, Garry Stevens called the 'Church of Caroline'.
This sorry saga brought an end to the 'Caroline Investigation' newsletter and the present work began.
Details will follow.