[The following is a revision of our original text due to the correction noted in our Blog entry for 3/28/2021.] The fake story about 'Radio Caroline' began as a simple misdirection that employed Ronan O'Rahilly, and that was back in 1964. In fact, back then there were elements of the true story that did find their way into print, but they quickly disappeared under an avalanche of misinformation.
But the real mischief, the fleshing out of the fake story about the creation of 'Radio Caroline' did not begin until decades later in 1990. That was 10 years after the demise of the motor vessel Mi Amigo, which means that it was also ten years after the international criminal theft of money obtained by defrauding Thomas J. Morrison in Pennsyvania, USA.
It was Morrison's money obtained by false pretenses, which was then mixed with money conned out of a drug dealer and murderer, which actually paid for the outfitting of the 'Ross Revenge'. Paul Rusling never told you that, and Paul Rusling also had business and personal dealings with James Ryan, the man at the center of the 'Radio Caroline' criminal case in the USA! (This is not to imply that Paul Rusling was part of that criminal conspiracy, because as far as we presently know, he was not. As far as we know right now, Rusling's involvement with Ryan came later as part of a business arrangement with Ray Anderson.)
This is the 1990-1991 timeline:
May 14, 1990: Ian Cowper Ross and the directors of publisher William Heinemann 'launched' a book called 'Rocking the Boat'. Its venue was the drawing room of an upmarket home belonging to Ian Cowper Ross' aristocratic mother-in-law, Jacqueline Lady Killearn. We have a copy of the hardbound edition of this book which does not explicitly say that this book is a novel, or that it is a work of part-fiction, or that the characters and events in the book are not intended to be construed as references to actual human beings or real events. In fact, on the inside back cover under a picture of the author it says:
"Ian Ross was one of the founders of the pirate station Radio Caroline, was briefly manager of the pop group the Animals, then, in the early 1970s, built a rag-trade empire which collapsed. After that he went to California, opened Flippers, a roller-disco, which was a spectacular but short-lived success, following which he was for two years a butler to a with his wife and six children. He is working on his second novel."
November 5, 1990: The last transmission was made from the mv Ross Revenge, anchored off south-eastern England, in the North Sea.
February 1, 1991: The new UK Broadcasting Act 1990 became law.
It enabled the UK authorities to seize vessels such as the Ross Revenge, which are used as a base for offshore transmitting stations directed at the United Kingdom.
March 1, 1991: BBC TWO first televised the independent 'Arena' production of 'Caroline 199 - A Pirate's Tale' (see https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0080t61 ). The script use in that documentary, and the sourcing of copyright material; the lining up of locations and receiving access permissions, plus securing dates for people to appear in the program, had to be planned long before its first airing on March 1, 1991. At this time we do not have access to the production timeline.
November 21, 1991: After the now silent Ross Revenge drifted on to the Goodwin Sands and a tug pulled it off, the ship was towed into the Eastern Docks at Dover, England.
Of importance to this recital is the fact that whatever Ian Cowper Ross' book of 1990 was supposed to be, his key appearance in the 1991 television program was made abundantly clear: Ian Cowper Ross was one of the main narrators on camera who provided continuity to its sequencing from scene-to-scene. Ian Cowper Ross also made it abundantly clear that this was not a work of fiction; it was intended to be viewed as fact.
On the BBC web site (listed above), it states that this 1991 television show was about: "....Radio Caroline, founded in 1964 by Ronan O'Rahilly", and that 'Radio Caroline' "gave many DJs their first break, including Tony Blackburn. Arena traces the origins of this broadcasting phenomenon of the 60s which is threatened with extinction by the government's new bill."
This timeline raises many new questions about the involvement by Ian Cowper Ross in the termination of offshore broadcasting to the European nations.
It also raises big questions about his reason for creating a bogus 1964 storyline involving his father, because the 1991 television show fleshes out a series of events into a full-blown story, none of which is true.
Ian Cowper Ross suddenly reappeared in 1990, first with his Heinemann book, while making himself available for many interviews conducted by a number of different authors. These writers then began quoting Ian Cowper Ross concerning the start of 'Radio Caroline' in 1964. Once the BBC aired its 'Arena' produced show in which Ian Cowper Ross had blatantly lied on camera by turning his obscured book narrative into real names; places, and dates of a factual nature, then the floodgates of 'pirate' book publications was opened.
The version of events as told by Ian Cowper Ross was accepted as fact beyond doubt. But everything that Ian Cowper Ross has claimed is false, and we will prove it!
Since the entire 'Radio Caroline' story as told to date is fake, and that includes the fraudulent listing at Companies House for the operative of a British license to broadcast under that name today (2021) as a tiny community radio station, then it is time for everyone who has any interest in this subject to snap out of their daydreams and face the cold, hard facts now appearing in evidence on this Blog, and soon to be in the book 'Dial 999 for Caroline: the girl who never was'.
We originally offered to host a symposium to be attended by all interested parties, but that only resulted in the theft of our work by Paul Rusling, and the overnight swing from cooperation to backstabbing by Garry Stevens!
That is why we have taken a totally independent approach that owes nothing to anyone, except for the genuine research we have previously conducted with certain individuals who wish to remain unnamed, for now.
Tomorrow: What Ian Cowper Ross has claimed in his verbal and textual explosion of misinformation about the start of 'Radio Caroline'.
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