In yesterday's Blog, we reported how the public relations firm of Leslie Perrin and Associates had been hired to conceal the true origins of Radio Caroline, by publishing misinformation which relied upon the magician's trick of misdirection. The audience was told what to observe, and what they observed was misinformation. Consequently, because their intake of information was false, the actual event being witnessed by them at the time was false, and to subsequent analysis years later, it does not make sense.
It was magic!
Over the years this same trick involving misdirection has been expanded to the point that late last year, it was repackaged by its author and self-publisher as a 'bible' in order to hoodwink a quasi-religious cult which claims Ronan O'Rahilly as its 'messiah'. Their religion depends upon a theology of multiple lives to the point where anything calling itself 'Radio Caroline' is a part of a sort of quasi-Holy Spirit representing eternal life. One troll even posts the claim on his submissions to an Online forum: ".... There are a few FOOLS that think Caroline, will soon be over.... They will be forever - WRONG."
Radio Caroline was a station that broadcast between 1964 and 1967 and limped off the air at the beginning of 1968. Other people came along and used the same name. But the original station was lethally injected on August 14, 1967, and then died on March 3, 1968, and consequently all other uses of that name are unrelated to the original version, which is what we are analyzing on this Blog.
Because this Blog is following academic standard guidelines and the same methodology used in a court of law where foundations must be laid for the introduction of new evidence, several of our Blog editions have been quite lengthy, and to a casual observer, somewhat tedious to read. This in turn has even prompted calls to "get on with it". But we can't do that if we are to stay within the boundary lines of academic and court room guidelines relating to the introduction of new evidence.
So yesterday, as was to be expected, a leader of the brainwashed religious cult of 'Caroline' trolls popped up, and, without making any comments whatsoever about the evidence presented so far, wanted to know whether we have talked to Ronan O'Rahilly or any member of the O'Rahilly family. We replied that we have not. For the troll, that was proof that we did not have anything worthy of knowing about, and even if we did, so what? It was all long ago and far away and no one cares. That is, except for the trolls and the publisher of their 'bible'. The trolls feel that the past is a settled matter, even if it is settled on misinformation.
This work is an analysis of claimed existing events, and not the pronouncement of something that no one has ever heard about. In brief, we want to know, is whether what we have all been told by Ronan O'Rahilly himself, is true, or is it false? In other words, it is in one sense the personal testimony of Ronan O'Rahilly that is on trial in this Blog! The fact of the matter is that Ronan O'Rahilly left behind many audio, video and print depositions of his testimony which he freely gave and while not under any form of duress.
Those words of his are now on trial!
You the readers are the jury, and you are the ones who will decide:
Was Ronan O'Rahilly guilty of deception; or not guilty of deception?
As readers are probably aware, Ronan O'Rahilly recently died of a form of dementia, and at his memorial Mass, the priest conducting it was handed a script to read. Which he did, and out loud, and on a televised event. But they were scripted words that constituted fraudulent claims by and about the life and times of Ronan O'Rahilly. He took his own lies with him to his grave with the blessings of that priest, and in the Church with a faith to which Ronan himself rarely showed any connection. In other words Ronan was a con man to the end of his days on Earth.
Ronan O'Rahilly is the son of Aodogán O'Rahilly who is also now deceased, but Ronan's father left behind a wealth of information, which over the years was reported in a variety of contemporary publications. That information today stands as a testimony to the life and times of Aodogán O'Rahilly, and to the life and times of Ronan O'Rahilly where it interacts with events involving his father. In the majority of instances, we believe these reports to be true, unlike the claims involving his son.
What we now know is that the former Danish ferry called mv Fredericia was obtained from DFDS by the Dutch firm of Wijsmuller. It was first taken to a dock in Rotterdam where it remained for 44 days, which is a longer period of time than the vessel spent at Greenore, Eire.
Because the events at Rotterdam and Greenore have simply been skipped over and never analyzed in depth before this Blog was created, that is one of the tasks that is being undertaken right here, right now. One reason is that claims have been made about the history of the property at Greenore where the mv Fredericia was taken, and those claims which were made to support the mythology surrounding Radio Caroline, it will be revealed in this Blog that those claims are bogus.
Then there is the apparent mystery of why the Fredericia was briefly renamed 'Iseult', before being renamed again as 'Caroline'. Regarding the reason for the latter name, a wealth of misinformation was created around the Spring of 1965, to falsely claim a linkage to the 5 years old daughter of President John F. Kennedy. He was murdered in 1963 at Dallas, Texas.
In fact, a lot of the key events surrounding Radio Caroline in the early days, link to events in Europe and several locations in Texas, USA. But when these events took place, neither the Internet, not the World Wide Web or related Search Engines, were in existence. Consequently, past editions of books; magazines, and especially newspapers, were not readily available to anyone at anytime, any where in the world. Source documentation was bound-up, and either placed upon dusty library shelves accessed by card index files at local libraries; or on microfilm which required access to a microfilm index; the microfilms, and special machines upon which to view them. Getting printed copies of those microfilms involved yet another process. It was all very time consuming and expensive.
Those conditions were made for a liar's paradise, and they provided a con man's tool-in-trade. Because getting information to refute claims made; especially if they were about events that were not recent and had taken place in another country; it often made the process of debunking the liars with proof, downright impossible.
All of that has changed now, and that is due to both modern technology and our team of investigators who straddle the formerly geographical divide between Europe and the USA, with an emphasis on the State of Texas. In the 1980s we did come to the personal attention of Ronan O'Rahilly who demanded to know who we were, and why we were snooping into his background of claims. At the time, two individuals connected with a new 'Caroline' organization in the UK and unrelated to the original Radio Caroline, had asked for our help with research in the USA. We assisted them, as well as Radio Netherlands concerning a related inquiry.
Tomorrow we will continue with an account of our foray into the clashing misinformation promoted by Ronan O'Rahilly, as it collided with the factual account of the life of his father.