Paul Rusling did not invent the lies, he merely promoted them as part of his own vanity publication for personal profit.
Rusling's later sources in his 'bible' are many, but it is the first part of his book that we are primarily concerned with, although he also took and used other material from us without our permission. However the first part of his 'bible' is derived from source material that we were examining, and then sharing with him, and several other people, via our 'Caroline Investigation' newsletter.
The trouble began when Paul Rusling tried to use our research to support his own agenda relating to Malcolm Smith's new project. That involves a rusting hulk and a tiny licensed radio station operating in a corner of southeast England which had been given the name of 'Radio Caroline'.
Rusling conceived of an idea to link all uses of the name 'Radio Caroline' from 1964 onwards to a single fictitious thread, and thereby gain thousands of Pounds worth of free media coverage that would parrot the fake idea that 'Caroline continues'. All of this to aid Malcolm Smith's radio project.
In reality, 'Radio Caroline' was given the death sentence on August 14, 1967, and as a result, after a new law came into effect on that date, 'Radio Caroline' was given a death sentence, and what was left of 'Radio Caroline' finally uttered its last gasp in March of the following year. But for all intents and purposes, by then it was already dead as a viable project.
Much of Rusling's source material for the first part of his audaciously titled 'bible' resulted from our own research, and as yet (at that time), unresolved questions which had arisen about the book 'Radio Man'. It took us a long time to find those answers, but we did find them, although Rusling did not know what to do with this new information, and so he stuck to the original mythology as spun by Ian Cowper Ross and, Rusling then tried to assimilate fact into fiction.
It was Ian Cowper Ross who began to fill in details of a mythical story that first appeared in his new book, and then on a supporting BBC-TV program. All of it originated from the mind of Ian Cowper Ross. This is what the cover of his book looks like:
Aside from the trouble that the book 'Radio Man' caused us (before we discovered what its text was concealing), it was 'Rocking the Boat' by Ian Cowper Ross that sent us off on a wild goose chase looking for the true details behind his work of fiction. But because his book is a novel, and because it was intended to mislead by misdirection, there is no true story to be uncovered!
However, Rusling swallowed Ian Cowper Ross' mythology, hook, line and sinker. In fact, it has been quite funny to read over the years various claims about the identity of 'Jimmy Ross' (who never existed.) Some linked him on 'Wikipedia' to Ross Fisheries, and some to the man behind Carphone Warehouse, which all goes to reinforcing the advice that students should never put their trust in anything that they read on Wikipedia!
The reason why 'Wikipedia' is unreliable as a source is demonstrated by the extract we have reproduced above, which is a part of its article about 'Radio Caroline'. If you are on 'Wikipedia' (see extract above) and click on (7) as a point of reference, you will discover that the page it references no longer exists.
If you track down its source via the Internet 'Wayback Machine', as we did, you first find that the people who ran the source site have packed it in, and second you find that what they wrote has nothing to do with Carl Ross! Worse still, if you click on (9) to discover the source of the silly claim that 'Radio Caroline' was named after Caroline Kennedy (which it was not), the source is none other than Malcolm Smith's own web site for his tiny radio venture that he calls 'Radio Caroline'. In other words you are led on another silly trot into nothingness.
'Wikipedia' as a source of information is an unreliable joke at its best, and a dangerous foil for the truth at its worst.
By the time that John Venmore-Rowland was commissioned to write his book about 'Radio Caroline' that was published in 1967, the station was already at death's door, and the author spent as few words as possible explaining where the money to start it had come from. His book also contains some basic errors concerning other matters.
Why it took Ian Cowper Ross until 1990 to publish his book called 'Rocking the Boat', remains somewhat of a mystery, except that it appears to have coincided with a need for Ian Cowper Ross to reinvent himself by using his loose association to 'Radio Caroline' in its early days via a connection to Jocelyn Stevens. However, since he was very much on the fringe of the story he had to rewrite events to make himself into one of the prime movers and shakers of the project.
Because of the connection between Christopher Moore (the club DJ), and Ronan O'Rahilly (who was at the time a stand-in gadfly acting as manager for another club), Ian Cowper Ross had to invent a role for himself by using his father's name. His father had been mentioned in the press as being C.E. Ross, and even then his name came up mainly due to his son seeking self-publicity during the very early days of 'Radio Caroline'.
It was in that scenario where Ian Cowper Ross took the name of a Jimmy who did exist, and applied to a Jimmy who did not exist. The Jimmy who did exist was Jimmy Deterding and he was on the board of directors of Project Atlanta Limited.
So Ian Cowper Ross applied the first name of Jimmy to his own father whose real name was not James, but Charles, in which case he would have been known as Charlie. But Jimmy Deterding's first name is James, and James Deterding was always referred to as Jimmy.
However, in his book, Ian Cowper Ross calls himself Paul Shaw, and he says that he has an older half-brother named Melville. Therefore Paul Shaw's father in this fictitious account has to be a Mr. Shaw who is only referred to as "Daddy" on page one, and not by Ian's father's real name of Charles Edward Ross.
Ian Cowper Ross does use the real location of Hindhead for his make believe family home, but it is not until page 3 that he identifies his first own fictitious name as 'Paul'. So now he is 'Paul Shaw', but we still don't know his father's first name because he keeps referring to his father as "Daddy".
This Paul Shaw then meets Johnny Meadows in a club where Meadows is a DJ. There is some indication that Johnny Meadows is supposed to be a cover name for Christopher Moore who then introduces Paul Shaw to an Irishman named Liam O'Mahoney who is supposed to be a cover name for Ronan O'Rahilly.
In this work of fiction, the three of them go to see Paul Shaw's father who the Irishman has never met before, and who is supposed to be senior in years to O'Mahoney. As unlikely as it seems, O'Mahoney begins to address the senior Mr Shaw with these words: "This is a fantastic set-up you have here, Jimmy. Absolutely fantastic." (See page 11.)
Ian Cowper Ross the author of this work of fiction, then says that O'Mahoney kept calling his father 'Jimmy'. But remember, we only know Paul Shaw's father as "Daddy", so he could be Jimmy Shaw, after all, this is a work of fiction.
To confuse things a little more, Ian Cowper Ross drops in real names of other people, even though he has renamed the motor vessel 'Fredericia' as the steam ship (page 56) 'Anastassia', and 'Radio Caroline' is known as 'Radio Camelot'.
This is where the story of 'Jimmy' bursts onto the scene in 1990, and to make matters worse, in various interviews, Ian Cowper Ross begins to tell everyone that this story is true. Not only that, but Ian Cowper Ross draws attention to the part where O'Mahoney (O'Rahilly), calls his father Jimmy, rather than Mr Ross or even Charles.
But of course this story is not true, it is fiction.
'Jimmy Ross' is a name never used by Ian Cowper Ross, it was dreamed up by the fools who started to write for 'Wikipedia' and then married fact with fiction. Ian Cowper Ross' book seems to have become the first in a deluge of latter-day books which then began to emerge from the printing presses. Each one claimed to be telling its readers the true story of 'Radio Caroline', but to date, not one of them has done so. Every new book in this genre seems to lift mythology cited by other books, and then embellish their texts with even more fiction.
The first make-believe story of 'Jimmy' was launched by the aristocratic mother-in-law of Ian Cowper Ross:
But to know how and why this book is the cause of so much mischief, it is necessary to know who Ian Cowper Ross is, and why he wrote this book in the way that he did. It was not just 'launched' with the string-pulling made possible by Lady Killean, it was also promoted by a BBC-TV program in which an older, and real-to-life Ian Cowper Ross, together with Christopher Moore, and accompanied by cameo appearances from both Jocelyn Stevens and Ronan O'Rahilly, all aimed at creating a totally fake history of 'Radio Caroline'. It seems as if together they put a ribbon around the 'Jimmy Ross' lie and then placed a huge bow on top of it for fools to admire.
The anoraks fell for this story and began to repeat it everywhere and anywhere and as often as the opportunity presented itself. Others commented upon their comments as if they were true, and soon the lie about 'Jimmy Ross' had been chiseled into the minds of a tribe of O'Rahilly worshipping clowns.
Thanks to Paul Alexander Rusling this lie has now been extended, because Rusling embarked upon his own mission to find another source to support the original lie. This is the Hitler doctrine of telling big lies to be believable, whereas small lies get brushed aside. Therefore it is necessary to explain both the original lie as told by Ian Cowper Ross, and that is what we have done in this edition of the Blog.
In fact, if Ian Cowper Ross had just launched his novel and left it at that, then it would stand or fall on its own merits as a story. But Ian Cowper Ross insisted on telling everyone during interviews that it is a true story!
It is not as if Rusling did not know that it was a lie, he did, but what he did not have access to is the information we now have about the motivation behind Ian Cowper Ross' original lie! To discover that information we had to know all about Ian Cowper Ross and his real father. So we investigated all of that and then discovered that his father as portrayed in Ian Cowper Ross' book 'Rocking the Boat', is not just fiction, but it is fiction that has been reinterpreted as fact, by Ian Cowper Ross!
It is ironic that for a long time we thought that the entire 'Jimmy' story was fiction, and so Rusling went out of his way to find another source that would agree with him that the "Jimmy Ross" story was not a fake. However, we knew the back-story about the life of Ian Cowper Ross, but we did not share that with Paul Rusling.
Quite recently we discovered that the missing pieces in the real story about the creation of 'Radio Caroline' in 1964, and that is one reason why we changed the focus of our research when we discovered that a real 'Jimmy' did exist. The real Jimmy is 'Mister Big' in this story, although Jocelyn Stevens said that there was no such person.
As described by Stevens, that is true. But in the true story about the creation of 'Radio Caroline', there is a real 'Mister Big' and his name is James Deterding who was always known as Jimmy who was hidden in plain sight. His name is on the letterhead of Project Atlanta Limited as one of its board of directors. It is also on the letterhead of the combined 'Radio Caroline'!
Ronald James, or R.J. Deterding is the grandson of Sir Henri Deterding, the man who built the Shell Oil conglomerate and then backed Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist agenda. Henri's grandson R. J., or Jimmy, nervously told a U.S. TV show audience that his grandfather had helped the British win World War I, and that as a result of Allied victory, he had been knighted for his services to the British Crown.
But Jimmy would rather excuse his grandfather's adoption of the Nazi cause by glossing over that 'unfortunate phase' in the life of the Shell Oil group of companies where it assisted Adolf Hitler. In one sense, Jimmy Deterding was lucky that his grandfather Sir Henri Deterding died before World War II began. But, even so, when he died he was given a full blown Nazi State funeral with all of the attending honors and glory that the Nazi State could bestow upon his corpse.
Jimmy Deterding had reasons for joining the board of Project Atlanta Limited, after it had been formed, and those reasons had nothing to do with broadcasting. They were affiliated with the same quest for offshore natural gas and oil that Shell was trying to discover. Jimmy Deterding had good reason to keep his head down and out of sight as much as possible. Just think what would have happened if the tabloids had learned of the Nazi and Irish connection to 'Radio Caroline'.
Ireland claimed to have sat out World War II as a neutral State. But if the tabloid press had dug a little deeper, then it is possible that both 'Radio Atlanta' and 'Radio Caroline' could have appeared on page one of a tabloid like the 'Daily Mirror'. It might have been seen by millions of readers draped with a swastika. This would have been a death blow, just as these offshore stations were beginning their offshore life!
There is more to this Nazi story relating to the birth of offshore broadcasting in the Nineteen Sixties than you might have ever imagined, but then why would you imagine such a thing? No one else has ever told you the truth. But we will continue to strip back more of the curtain of lies surrounding the 1964 birth of 'Radio Caroline'.
It will happen right here on this Blog!
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