Rocky Ryan

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"Rocky Ryan" directs here. For the American football player, see Rocky Ryan (American football).

Michael "Rocky" Ryan (30 December 1937 – 15 January 2004) was a British media hoaxer, who became well known in the UK for providing newspapers with a number of stories that turned out to be completely false. Duncan Campbell writes in The Guardian that Ryan's stories included that the kidnapped racehorse Shergar was alive and well and living in Jersey, and that the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, was being allowed out of Broadmoor to attend discos.[1]


  1. ^ Campbell, Duncan. "Rocky Ryan", The Guardian, 21 January 2004.