This is where two branches of the same investigation arrive at the same questions: if the morphing of "Jimmy Shaw" into "Jimmy Ross" is not a true event, then how was 'Radio Caroline' financed; who financed it, and why did they finance it?
With publication dates of 2014 and 2019, we have previously reviewed portions of the two editions of Ray Clark's book about 'Radio Caroline' on this Blog. That book is based upon an interview with Ian Cowper Ross concerning the involvement of his father, Charles Edward Ross. This is all part of the continued storyline by Ian Cowper Ross that began as a work of fiction first published in 1990 as 'Rocking the Boat'.
That novel introduces the fictitious character of "Jim Shaw", who is also referred as "Jimmy" in the 1990 book. One year later in 1991, and on a BBC-TV documentary, Ian Cowper Ross who appears on camera began to morph the fictitious character invented by him and called "Jim Shaw", into the person of his real birth father Charles Edward Ross.
On that TV show, Ian Cowper Ross does not make the identification that plain and simple. Instead he hints that the 1990 novel is actually a true story.
In this way the main character in the novel who is named "Paul Shaw" is gradually morphed into Ian Cowper Ross by association, which by logical extension would transform "Jim Shaw" who is also called "Jimmy" in the novel, into Charles Edward Ross, and he is the real birth father of Ian Cowper Ross. But it is in his later interview with Ray Clark where Clark, not Ross, connects the dots with the silent approval of Ian Cowper Ross.
This is the key issue in this entire mystery, because it is where a fictitious character in the 1990 novel called Liam O'Mahoney, is likewise morphed into the real life person of Ronan O'Rahilly, and since Liam O'Mahoney is the fictitious person who addresses the fictitious character of "Jim Shaw" as "Jimmy", so by extension, Ronan O'Rahilly is assumed to have addressed Charles Edward Ross as "Jimmy". Once those mind connections have been made, then the guessing game began as to who "Jimmy Ross" worked for.
It is all very clever and devious.
Ian Cowper Ross never made that connection directly from "Jimmy Shaw" to "Jimmy Ross", he let others do that, and they did so with gusto. All kinds of silly associations to businesses ensued, and these silly connections found their way on to Wikipedia, which resulted in even more silly identities being proposed.
Therefore if the bogus connection is disposed of, and if Ronan O'Rahilly did not start 'Radio Caroline' by getting a large amount of cash being handed to him via his meeting with Charles Edward Ross, then how was 'Radio Caroline' financed, and who financed it?
That is what this Blog and the Blog called 'All About Radio Caroline' are now going to address from two different perspectives.