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.