We have been explaining in detail how this investigation began and how it evolved through a series of events into one story investigated by the 'The Trio'.
For most of the past 55 years since Hagger wrote his letter to "Don Pearson" (sic) on August 16, 1967, the center of this story had been Don Pierson of Eastland, Texas. It was Pierson's 'Radio London', not O'Rahilly's 'Radio Caroline' that the BBC tried to copy in order to create BBC 'Radio One'. But beginning sometime just before Saturday, October 25, 2014 and the lecture at the Communications Museum at Burntisland in Fife, when a mysterious claim made in one paragraph of a book came to our attention, we have had to rethink our original premise.
The lines that appeared on one page of the book 'Radio Man' were published in 2002, and they were part of a biography of Charles Orr Stanley.
Our attention was drawn to Don Pierson when we should have been following Charles Orr Stanley and his son John. Eleven years had elapsed between the time that this book had been published and when our revised review was published on December 5, 2013.
With the help of Chris Edwards of 'Offshore Echos' magazine, whose attention we drew to the text in that book, we set out to discover the foundational reference material that led to its inclusion, because although a lot of the text had source references, that paragraph did not.
It was then that we began to realize that if the information contained in that paragraph is true, then 'Mister Big' was not Jocelyn Stevens, and it certainly was not Ronan O'Rahilly who was but a fraud; a misdirect who managed to fool Don Pierson in a major way.
But although we had made some progress before a scheduled lecture in Scotland on October 25, 2014, as this revised review makes plain, we were still a long way from knowing the true story.
We are now much closer to knowing exactly who was behind the 1964 creation of 'Radio Caroline' and why it was created. Its real purpose has a much more relevant impact on millions of people alive today, than it did on the lives of its first listeners in 1964, and the real purpose of that ship had little to do with broadcasting.
This is what Mervyn Hagger wrote in his revised book review of 5 December 2013, that is still available to read on Amazon under the heading 'A MISLEADING BOOK!'
"I need to revise my review yet again, because I have now discovered that one very important part of this book that deals with the subject of the introduction of both commercial television and radio into the British Isles, has been presented in such a way that it misleads the reader into accepting a false version of events.
It was not until my associate [Chris Edwards] found the transcribed notes of a key interview produced for this book, that I realized that the writers (Frankland and Busey) had not done their own research, but had relied upon what they were presented with. As a result they produced a very misleading work.
In the instance of the section dealing with the Isle of Man and the creation of the offshore station Radio Caroline, information was redacted to remove the source of the original information, and then that information was further redacted to conceal both the name of an individual and the name of a company, while misleading the reader by changing the words of the interviewee.
I have discovered that this book cost over £92,000 using the funds of a British registered foundation and administered by the person conducting the core research about which I am complaining.. I am now wondering what the ulterior motive was in producing the book.
Did its promoter fear that the truth would one day emerge unless this particular book was produced first to mislead academic researchers?
This book has been cited by Adrian Johns in his equally misleading book called 'Death of a Pirate" which also contains bogus information that even casual research can immediately disprove.
We need a proper biography about Charles Orr Stanley and his son John, but this is not that book.
I give it two stars for alerting me to the fact that there is a concealed and bogus widespread history about Radio Caroline that is in general circulation.
The story of PYE and the stories about radio broadcasting on the Isle of Man as well as the advent of British offshore radio in 1964 are all part of one story, but that story is not told in this book.
Finally, I must add that it was after a three year search for the original source material for this book under circumstances made intentionally difficult by the repository holding them, that by sheer luck and chance, or serendipity, my colleague [Chris Edwards] found the 'smoking gun' that blew the lid off this deception.
After tracking down the family of the deceased source [Alan Bednall], we were informed by his daughter that he was never shown a copy of this book, and his loaned artifacts were never returned to him. As a result of these findings I have therefore downgraded my rating for this book."
Our research began with a letter mailed on August 16, 1967, by Mervyn Hagger in Birmingham, England. It was addressed to "Don 'Pearson (sic) Eastland, Texas, USA."
That was over 55 years ago.
That same letter was recovered by its sender on Sunday, May 21, 1983.
That was over 39 years ago.
This has been a long and exclusive journey and it is still ongoing, and so are the lies and intentional deceit!
It has not been a journey funded or directed by a philanthropic institution or individual.
But it is a true story, and that is why it is being told through the lives of the three people who have made it part of their life work to find the answers to questions that others have clearly not wanted others to know.