We are trying to put together a true biography about the life and times of Ian Cowper Ross, because he holds some of the keys to debunking the latter-day mythology about Ronan O'Rahilly. Well, we have just stumbled across something in plain sight that makes Paul Alexander Rusling look pretty stupid indeed!
We found this gem as a result of trying to assemble known and provable facts in evidence using contemporary newspaper accounts prior to 1990, which is when Ian Cowper Ross published his novel. That book called 'Rocking the Boat' was published with help from his aristocratic mother-in-law.
But it was that same novel of 1990 which was then turned into a claim of reality one year later on BBC-TV. After an interval of time in which other hack writers jumped in to write their own 'true' and 'real' stories about the start of 'Radio Caroline', it was the turn of Ray Clark to put his icing on the cake. That is what happened when his 2015 interview with Ian Cowper Ross was published Online.
We had determined that Ian Cowper Ross was born on October 25, 1943, and that on November 3, 1961, when he appeared in court to answer charges of crashing a Jensen sports car head-on into a bus, he was 18 years, 6 months and 9 days of age.
We have confirmation from Allan James Crawford that he first met Ronan O'Rahilly around March 1, 1963, and then Ian Cowper Ross told Ray Clark in 2015, that he first met Ronan O'Rahilly during that same time period in 1963. On March 1, 1963, Ian Cowper Ross would have been 19 years, 4 months and 7 days old.
But since Ian Cowper Ross has morphed his work of fiction called 'Rocking the Boat' into claimed fact, we have been researching the life of his father Charles Edward Ross. The beginning of that book states that the year when events begin in his storyline is 1963, and then, it goes back in time to the year 1959.
In 1959 Ian Cowper Ross would have been approximately 16 years of age, and he was with both his mother and his father who was on a business trip to Beverly Hills in California. It is important to note that Ian was accompanied by his mother, because that is the key to unmasking the absolute and total bilge that has been unleashed by Paul Rusling in his 'bible', as you will soon discover for yourself!
In 1959 the Jensen Motor Car Company was taken over by John Sheffield's Norcros financial holding company. The Jensen company was in a financial bind at that time. In 1966, Sheffield kicked Jensen out of his Norcros group and eventually the car company went bankrupt. So we are trying to discover who or what, Charles Edward Ross was working for during the time that the supposed financial birth of 'Radio Caroline' was taking place.
We know from a referenced court record that his son Ian Cowper Ross was living at home in 1961, and that he had just crashed an expensive Jensen sports car into a bus. The court report said that his father was a company director of a sports car manufacturing firm. But nowhere have we found anything to say that the sports car company in question made Jensen sports cars, or to put it bluntly, the sports car that his son was driving when he collided with a bus belonged to the firm his father worked for. We know that the Jensen factory was in Birmingham, but so far, we have not found any reference to an employee or company director of Jensen named Charles Edward Ross.
We are still looking!
But what we have noticed, quite by accident, is a line at the very bottom of Ian Cowper Ross' novel on page two, and this is what it says with regards to the subject of automatic car washes:
'My mother said, "They don't have those in England, do they Jim?"'
Now this is a line from the 1990 novel by Ian Cowper Ross where the main character is named Paul Shaw. His mother is not identified by first name. But the family name is Shaw, and a person called Liam O'Mahoney begins calling Jim Shaw, "Jimmy".
Where the blindsiding comes from to cause misdirection, is in the idea that a young Irishman who has never met the more senior and serious father of Paul Shaw before, should begin by calling him by his first name as if they were pals, while hitting him up for serious money. But that is part of the old Steve Martin trick who revealed how to ask a question and provide an unrelated answer. Politicians do this all the time!
This is a novel about Paul Shaw whose dad is Jim Shaw. It is not about Charles Edward Ross. It is not about Ian Cowper Ross and Ronan O'Rahilly never went by the name of Liam O'Mahoney.
But to get around all of the awkward questions and to sell his 'bible' to gullible fools, Paul Alexander Rusling wrote this on his page 51: "While Ross senior's Christian name was Charles, many of his close friends and colleagues knew him simply as 'Jimmy'."
Oh really? Where did you get that idea from?
Rusling obviously thinks his readers are fools for buying his book, so why shouldn't he wax on, which he does: "The fast-talking young Irishman's [sic] had all the answers and his knowledge was impressive and Jimmy Ross hoped that a family involvement in this exciting new venture might give his errant son Ian something useful to do."
Then, on page 52, Rusling writes about John Sheffield and his Norcros financial holdings company: "He was well known to Ian Ross' father Jimmy, who worked for the trouble car manufacturer ...."
Rusling just made this stuff up and extended the 1990 to 1991 to 2015 mythology about 'Jimmy Ross' into 2019 in order to support an equally fraudulent and tiny licensed radio station calling itself 'Caroline'. They all conned gullible supporters to give them money, so it seems that they all reasoned: why not - if they can get away with it. So far no one has stopped them, or even tried to stop them.
Our job is to stop them all dead in their tracks by confronting every one of them with the truth and exposing their lies and fraud in order to gain monetary benefits.
The plug also needs to be pulled on those fraudulent broadcasting licenses.