The Unreported Outcome of the 1937 Missing Person Case of Amelia Earhart

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Herein find the results of a recently completed, long-term Amelia Earhart Forensic Research and Human Comparison Study.


This 'first of its kind' study was first developed over twenty-years ago. It has existed organically on the World Wide Web since 2007 and throughout its recent completion.


"While truths are at times subdued by people, universally they are impossible to over-challenge." TS  



Tod Swindell

The information displayed here is part of a copyrighted forensic research and human comparison analysis originally designed and orchestrated by filmmaker-investigative journalist, Tod Swindell. Most Amelia Earhart afficianados have heard of him; some of them whom operate Earhart cottage industries have tried to downplay the unique nature of his study and what it managed to accomplish. This recently completed analysis, however, the first to include a human comparison study, spanned two decades and shed a new, revolutionary light on the Amelia Earhart disappearance conundrum. 




Amelia Earhart: The Forensic Truth
The following information details what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing prior to the start of World War Two. You may not believe it, but it's true.
Most of today's history buffs are not aware that what became of Amelia Earhart was actually discovered in 1965, before it was revealed fifty-years ago, in 1970. The reason it remained subdued was because the U.S. federal government's Smithsonian Institution was guided to condition the public not to recognize it. This led what became of Amelia Earhart to exist as one of the more noticeable cover-ups in U.S. history. At the same time, the unreported facts about her 1937 world flight ending, that evidenced the cover-up, did not result from a conspiracy in the classic sense of the word. Rather, the withholding of the truth was a prudently made White House decision dating back to the pre-World War Two years. Here, consider the following:
"What happened [to Amelia Earhart]..." "It isn't a very nice story." "I hope I've just got to never make it public." 
Above are the May 13, 1938 words of Henry P. Morgenthau Jr., from a recorded White House transcript (discovered decades later) that pertained to the withheld from the public outcome of Amelia Earhart's failed world flight attempt. At the time, Morgenthau was responding to a third-party request that questioned Amelia's actual fate and asked the White House for its full report on the matter. The request had come from Amelia's former flight trainer, Paul Mantz, and was originally delivered to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Mrs. Roosevelt, who had been a friend of Amelia's, forwarded her own query letter to Morgenthua about it. Below is an excerpt from the transcript showing Morgenthau rejecting Mantz's request, along with his response to the First Lady about it, as relayed from her secretary, Malvina Scheider:


"Orders" that Amelia Earhart, a civilian pilot, "absolutely disregarded" begs the question; what orders? It's worth noting that ten people were present during a White House meeting being held by Morgenthau at the time his exchange with Malvina Scheider was recorded. Below is Ms. Scheider's conveyed response to the First Lady.



The transcript further included Morgenthau's mention that the outcome of Amelia Earhart's world flight and what actually happened to Amelia, "wasn't a very nice story", and that if people were made aware it would irreparably, "damage Amelia's reputation." Thus, official silence from the executive branch all those years ago formed the basis for what later became, 'the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance.'


Above: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his long-time friend, confidant, and his administration's Secretary of the Treasury, Henry P. Morgenthau, Jr.
FDR's administration managed to gather pertinent information that left it aware of the fact that Amelia Earhart did not simply 'disappear' or end up 'lost at sea.' Ultimately, as a result of a post-World War Two pact, Amelia's ongoing existence as a non-public figure became classified information. That notwithstanding, it is now easy to identify the former Amelia Earhart as she looked after the war years:


Accredited Digital Face Recognition programs
arrived in the Twenty First Century



Amelia Earhart


Amelia Earhart



Digitally Combined


Digitally Combined


The Former Amelia, 1965


The Former Amelia, 1977


Above, Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart, 1933. The two became friends after they met. Below, the 'Amelia' image from above is digitally combined with who she later became:


...digitally combined
with the person
she used to be.

000001icbbwAB.jpg the former
Amelia Earhart
in 1965


Above is an old newspaper photo of the former Amelia Earhart with her husband, Guy Bolam, of England, who she wed in 1958. The photo was taken in Japan in 1963. Below, she is digitally combined with who she used to be: 



Amelia Earhart, age 30 

To reiterate, ever since Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence with a different name was made public in 1970, the Smithsonian Institution has unendingly persuaded those who inquired about it not to take it seriously. It wasn't until the Twenty-First Century arrived that a forensic comparison analysis (the first one ever done) displayed the reality of Amelia's post-loss existence as, "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile." How it came to be certain that this was always true, had everything to do with the study surfacing of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who looked nothing like Amelia Earhart:  



In May of 1933, when the above mention appeared in a Brooklyn newspaper, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile had just received her pilot's license.

From the comparison analysis, above left are Charles James Craigmile and his wife, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, in a 1930 dated newspaper photo. Both were gone by the time World War Two began. (Charles died of a sudden illness in 1931.)

Although she came from a prominent family, the analysis evidenced how clear photos of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, showing her in the 1920s and 1930s, were removed from circulation as part of the former Amelia Earhart's protective cover after World War Two. Naturally, the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, AKA "the former Amelia Earhart" appears nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two.

Further down is a 1932 newspaper group photo featuring both Amelia and the original Irene Craigmile, who was briefly a pilot Amelia was acquainted with. The post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who was compared to Amelia in the analysis was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Rather, she was the former Amelia Earhart, as proved by complete head-to-toe and character trait comparative alignments.



Above is a cryptic handwritten line from a 1967
note penned by the former Amelia Earhart. She
actually wrote about two people who, 'knew us 
both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile'.
Below is Amelia's own 'Amelia M Earhart' signature
the way it appeared on a form she filled out when she
was a young adult. The likeness of both cursive styles
is no coincidence since the same hand produced them. 


Below, Amelia is digitally combined with her future 'Irene' self in 1970.



Amelia Earhart, age 38 in 1935...


...transitions into...


...her future self in 1946, marking the 
return of, "the pilot in pearls." Her
different post-war look was essential.

"Twenty-two years ago I wrote a review of Susan Butler's new Amelia Earhart biography, East to the Dawn. Her book had commemorated Amelia's 100th birthday and the 60th anniversay of her disappearance. Note the last paragraph of the article. The time has arrived." Tod Swindell







 A Brief Look at the Life

of Amelia Earhart


Amelia Earhart was a remarkable, if not incredible individual human being. Her superior intellect left her doing well as a pre-med student at Columbia University before she optioned to become a pilot. She also spoke several languages, and during her fame years she was a welcomed guest of world leaders. Yet she was very hard to pin down, a habit she developed during her upbringing as she constantly relocated around the country with her attorney father, headstrong mother, and her only sibling and sister, Muriel.

Amelia was born in Atchison, Kansas in 1897, where her maternal grandfather was a prominent judge. After living in a stately house on the Missouri River during her early childhood years, her father accepted a position as a railroad attorney that left his family relocating coast to coast around the country, all the way to Amelia's adult years. Then on her own afterward, Amelia kept moving. In fact, she never really settled down anywhere, and as a pilot she developed the habit of flying all over the country and at times beyond it throughout the 1930s, until 1937, when she broadened her horizon by attempting to circle the globe at the equator. As she approached her fortieth birthday, though, amid odd circumstances, she fell just short of completing her world flight and was said to have, "vanished without a trace."

Except she did not vanish, nor was she, "lost at sea" as was widely promoted. Instead, the following represents the true story of what became of Amelia Earhart, after she was declared 'missing' in 1937:









Above is Amelia Earhart at various stages of her life and flying career. She was constantly photographed during her world famous career that spanned nine years, from 1928 to 1937. 


Below is a less publicized photo of an exhausted Amelia Earhart during the final days of her 1937 world flight attempt.  



Amelia, just before she went missing.


A film-still of the last time Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10E was seen [according to United States history] as it took off from Lae, New Guinea on July 1, 1937, with Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan on board.

U.S. history awkwardly recorded that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, "vanished without a trace" in their plane while flying over the Pacific Ocean in the South Sea Islands region, and they were presumed, "lost at sea." Yet ever since the event of their loss occurred, people from the South Sea lslands conveyed a different story about what actually happened to them:



The above 50th anniversary commemorative stamp series issued in 1987 by the Republic of the Marshall Islands shows Amelia's 1937 takeoff from Lae, New Guinea; her failure to spot Howland Island; her ditching in the lower Marshall Islands; and Amelia, her plane, and her navigator, Noonan, being retreived by Japan's Imperial Navy. Years before, in 1965, Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet during World War Two, who was placed in charge of the Marshall's in 1944, confided to CBS radio news journalist, Fred Goerner, that such a thing was true that Earhart and Noonan were picked up by Japan. At the same time, Nimitz added that there were reasons the post-war U.S. government did not want the public to ever know about it.
While the U.S. government has never officially commented on it, let alone endorsed the reality of Amelia Earhart's and Fred Noonan's ongoing survival beyond the date they were declared missing, [July 2, 1937] South Sea Islanders never stopped insisting that the duo went down in the Marshall's where they were picked-up by Japan's Imperial Navy.
Here, consider the following 2002 quote to the Associated Press from the U.N. Ambassador to the Marshalls, Alfred Capelle:


Where such certainty about Earhart's flight ending always remained from the pre-World War Two years on among the Marshallese and other South Sea Islanders, many of whom shared their accounts with U.S. soldiers stationed in the Pacific during World War Two, it begged the question: If Amelia and Fred continued to exist after they were declared 'missing', what became of them?

In the 1960s, after a variety of corroborating eyewitness testimonials became public information -- that described Amelia Earhart's and Fred Noonan's survival after they ditched in the Marshall Islands -- some unsubstantiated rumors surfaced that suggested different ways they might have died after they were rescued. Of course, none of them rang true. An example of the kind of spin that was placed on them, though, could be found on page 53 in Robert Gorlaski's World War II Almanac 1931-1945 published in 1982:  




Page 53 detailing July of
1937 [See the enlarged
excerpts on the right.]


Above, the "they were executed by Japan for spying" rumor surfaced in the 1960s. Another rumor offered that Amelia ended up dying from medical neglect. Note as well in the final sentence, no explanation of how the duo might have "perished" beyond a crash-landing in the Marshall Islands was given. Hindsight reveals that history was careful to impress upon people, with no evidence to support it, that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan did not survive after they were declared missing.

Below, it is barely realized today that Japan refused to allow the U.S. to search the Marshall's for Earhart and Noonan, or, how at the exact same time witnesses claimed Earhart and Noonan were "picked up" or "rescued" by Japan's Imperial Navy, the Marco Polo Bridge incident was taking place -- triggering the start of the Sino-Japanese War that the United States strongly opposed. So much provided a strong case for stating that the flying duo inevitably ended up, 'lost in the abyss of pre-war political turmoil.'


While Fred Noonan's ultimate fate remains an enigma, as mentioned, in 1970, it did manage to surface that the identity of a 1930s' flying friend of Amelia's, that of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, proved instrumental in delivering the privacy the once world famous pilot desired after World War Two.

Below, Amelia Earhart and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile are displayed in the same 1930s' group photo:


In this 1932 Akron Beacon news photo with Amelia Earhart, who is outlined in white, is the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who is outlined in black. [When this photo is enlarged it is noticed that among everyone featured in it, only Irene's facial features are entirely non-detectable.]

What ended up being left unrealized in a public way, because the Smithsonian Institution has perpetually declined to acknowledge it, is that by the late 1930s, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile no longer appeared, thus leaving her identity available for Amelia Earhart's later life use. Today one will not find a clear photo image of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile from prior to the World War Two years. Those whom have a hard time believing this, keep an open mind and keep going to see how it all equates.

To better expound on how Amelia Earhart continued to live-on unnoticed after she went 'missing' in 1937, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's life story was thoroughly examined and reviewed.



The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
[One of Amelia Earhart's 1930s' pilot friends.]
The material presented here is dedicated to Dr. Tom Crouch, Dorothy Cochrane,
Amy Kleppner, Grace McGuire, Clarence Alvin "Larry" Heller, Peggy O'Crowley,
Elgen Long, Richard Gillespie, Alex Mandel, and Mike Campbell, with special
thanks to Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, the late Leonard Hirshan, and Clint Eastwood.

"Your work relating to Amelia Earhart and Irene O'Crowley Craigmile is absolutely outstanding. There is no other way to describe it." Author-Amelia Earhart historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, USAF (Ret.) in response to Tod Swindell's Amelia Earhart versus Irene O'Crowley Craigmile forensic research and comparison analysis.


Digitally combined with who she used to be is
the former Amelia Earhart, living as Irene in
1976, having dessert in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia.
[Croatia today.] Note the pendant she wears.


"Decades ago it became known that the 'key' to unravelling the mystery of Amelia Earhart existed by way of tracking the full life story of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. How this ended up being so broadly dismissed in the 1970s, after the reality of Amelia's changed identity first surfaced, is a testament to how convincingly people were encouraged not to pay attention to it." Tod Swindell 





Above, for decades gone by, Dr. Tom Crouch, and later, Dorothy Cochrane, of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, have dutifully been steering news media outlets in other directions about Amelia Earhart's fate, persuading them at the same time not to pay attention to the assertion of Amelia's post-loss existence as "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile." It is worth noting here, the Smithsonian itself has never conducted its own investigation into Amelia Earhart's disappearance and missing person case, and in the meantime, as mentioned, it has never strayed from the practice of automatically rejecting the assertion of Amelia surviving and changing her name -- even though it was always backed by the most convincing evidence. Dr. Crouch and Ms. Cochrane, their positions aside, have demonstrated little to no accountability on the Earhart disappearance matter. 


Joe Klaas


Robert Myers


Col. Rollin Reineck


W. C. Jameson

Prefacing what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937, it is worth noting how over the years four Amelia Earhart book authors; Joe Klaas (1970), Robert Myers (1985), Rollin C. Reineck (2004), and W. C. Jameson (2016), acknowledged that Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence as "Irene" was a reality that history chose to ignore.  


Above and below, the post-World War Two only "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile" is digitally combined with Amelia Earhart. 







Amelia's sister, Muriel
Morrissey, in the 1990s.
After the war she knew
her sister as 'Irene' and
collaborated with her so
she could keep living the
private life she wanted.

Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who continued to know her sister, Amelia, as 'Irene' in her later life years, refused to endorse the reality of who her friend, Irene, used to be--to her dying day in 1998. In the 1980s, Muriel even insisted there was, "no physical resemblance" between her later life friend, 'Irene' and her gone-missing sister, Amelia. This of course, was well before the first forensic comparison analysis took place that proved Muriel wrong.
Muriel's protective opinion doesn't matter anymore, for the forensic comparison study, one that used modern digital referencing and full body alignment techniques, determined there were no less than three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile [see the panel below] and the one Muriel knew, who was only identified that way after World War Two, was the former Amelia Earhart. Thus far, however, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, Amelia's family, and the family of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile have been hesitant to endorse the study results. Their reluctance has to do with wanting to leave the published history of Amelia Earhart's life in place as it is. That history being: Amelia Earhart went 'missing' on July 2, 1937, and after not being found in a timely manner, in January of 1939 she was legally declared "dead in absentia." Except it is now certain, notwithstanding the many diversions that kept people from embracing the reality of it: Amelia Earhart definitely survived well beyond July 2, 1937, and while doing so, in pursuit of her desired future anonymity, she made some adjustments to her appearance and changed her name.
Here are the three different Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile" identity: 


Above is Charles James Craigmile and his wife, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1930. To date, no one is aware of what became of the original Irene. It is known she gave birth to a child in 1934, who ended up being raised by a surrogate mother (shown on the right).


Above is the surrogate mother of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son. She also went by the name of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. This is the way she looked in the early 1940s, according to the original Irene's son, who identified her within the 'Amelia to Irene' comparison analysis.


Above, the former Amelia Earhart in 1946, newly living as the post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Coming out of World War Two, she marked the third person to have the same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile identity attributed to her.


The former Amelia Earhart in 1965, living as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, with the new surname of 'Bolam' added by marriage in 1958. Her past identity was determined by way of a comprehensive, Twenty First Century comparison analysis that proved her to be a complete forensic match to Amelia Earhart both physically and character trait wise. She may not look like Amelia here, but that was the person she used to be. [Note the above image digitally compared to Amelia in the panel below.] 


Amelia Earhart, 1937


Post-War Irene in 1965 &
Amelia digitally combined.
Digital Face Recognition
concluded that their images
marked the same person.


Note the way the posturing
also aligns shoulders on up.

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur Schopenhauer


U.S.  Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr.

"I have carefully studied your presentation. Your conclusion that there was more than one Irene O'Crowley Craigmile has completely convinced me that this was indeed the case. You have also convinced me that one of them used to be Amelia Earhart. Incredible. You have quite an impressive package there. Keep charging - Gene."  Part of a response note forwarded to Tod Swindell from retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr. a past member of the Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers that existed from 1989 to 2014. Tissot's father, Ernie Tissot, served as Amelia Earhart's head plane mechanic during her 1935 Hawaii to Oakland flight. 


Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart in 1933

Note: Again, the material presented here conveys the legitimate forensic truth pertaining to what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937. And to reiterate, for decades the general public has been persuaded by the Smithsonian Institution not to believe it, just as it had persuaded people not to believe that Charles Lindbergh led a double-life, even though he did. True, it wasn't until 2004, thirty-years after Charles Lindbergh died, that it was independently confirmed he was known by a different name as an international CIA operative from the 1950s to the 1970s, that of, "Careu Kent."
The truth about Amelia Earhart's double life is simplified here for the viewer, although her 'plural identity' equation must be studied and understood in order to comprehend the veracity of it -- and the high-level concocted stratagem issued by the governments of the United States and Japan in tandem with the former Amelia Earhart herself -- that deftly kept her ongoing existence with a different name from being publicly recognized after World War Two.


Above is the former Amelia Earhart in 1977.
Below is the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1918.


The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile is shown here when she was fourteen years old. As an adult in the 1930s, she was a pilot who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart. Yet by the end of the 1930s, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was no longer evident. A recent, indisputable forensic study detailed this on its way to solidifying a decades old assertion, one that averred how after Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937, she quietly lived-on and in time assumed the leftover identity of her 1930s pilot friend, who was the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Below is another 1977 photo portrait of the former Amelia Earhart when she was living as 'Irene' in her later life years. 




The former Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart's name after she went missing became, "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile" until 1958--the year she married Guy Bolam--an international businessman from England. In 2003, for the first time the above photo portrait of Amelia's later-life self appeared in the Los Angeles Times. The general public had never seen it before and it was suppressed afterward, so the only place it has broadly appeared since then -- along with other photos of the former Amelia Earhart in her later life years -- has been on this website.

"After all she had been through, she didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." 1987, the words of Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996). The well known monsignor was one of the former Amelia Earhart's closest friends in her later life years.





The above mention came from a 1982 New Jersey Tribune article. Publicly, Msgr. Kelley was reluctant to disclose what he knew about is later life 'close' friend, the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. Privately, he did confide to several people that she used to be known as Amelia Earhart, and that he had helped her assume her new 'Irene' identity after World War Two.



1970s photos of the former
Amelia Earhart with 
Monsignor James 
Francis Kelley



Repeated from above, this pose struck by the former Amelia Earhart was her favorite, according to a later life friend of hers, Diana Dawes, who in the 1990s affirmed her own awareness of her friend's famous past as 'Amelia Earhart' well before the human comparison study legitimized it.
After 1970, the year the former Amelia Earhart was caught off guard and outed for who she used to be, she dogmatically denied her true past leaving people to continue-on with being conditioned by history itself, to believe that the mystery of Amelia's disappearance was not real because Amelia likely died 'on or around' July 2, 1937 -- the day she was declared missing. Of course, there was never any 'proof' that Amelia died back then and today it is clear she didn't. [Note two of the comparison samples from the study directly below.] As well, few realized there was an original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart in the 1930s, that played into the famous pilot's ability to assume her leftover identity for her later-life use.


Amelia Earhart
Below: The post-war
only Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, FKA Amelia,
digitally combined with
her former self.



Amelia Earhart
Below: The post-war
only Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, FKA Amelia,
digitally combined with
her former self.


Beauty is truth, truth beauty,
that is all ye know on earth,
and all ye need to know.




Above: 1976, in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia.
[Dubrovnik is now part of Croatia.]




Top Row: Amelia turns into her post-war 'Irene' self.
Bottom Row: The post-war Irene turns
back into her former 'Amelia' self.


Senator Hiram Bingham
& Amelia Earhart



The post-war Irene, Cocoa Beach, Florida, 1965
...her former self in 1935...
...Amelia Earhart


Above, looks wise, it is hard to recognize her former 'Amelia self' without the digital combinations. John Bolam, the half-brother of Englishman, Guy Bolam, (the former Amelia Earhart's later-life husband who she wed in 1958) took this picture of his sister-in-law near to his home on Merritt Island, Florida. The day before, she had visited the NASA facility at nearby Cape Canaveral, AKA 'Cape Kennedy.' [Note the same pendant she wears that is seen in other photos her, including the one below on the right.] John Bolam, who did not come to know her until the 1960s, was convinced his sister-in-law used to be known as Amelia Earhart. People in general refused to believe him. He died in 2008. 




Above, the 1965 'Joseph A. Gervais' photo of Guy Bolam of England,
next to his wife by their 1958 marriage, the post-war Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile-Bolam, who used to be known as, Amelia Earhart. This photo
first appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives, that was quickly
dismissed out of hand, chiefly by the former Amelia Earhart herself.


1970, the former Amelia Earhart, AKA, the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam), faces the press to defend her honor and dignity, and her right to keep on living the private life she preferred and had grown accustomed to. That's easy enough to understand and accept, yet the bottom line was she was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.





In the decades that followed 1970, Joseph A. Gervais (above) continued to be interviewed on television, all the while insisting, no matter what anyone else believed, that the Irene who he met and photographed in 1965, most definitely was the former Amelia Earhart. He died in 2005, having never disavowed his certainty about it, and in the end he was proved to have been correct.


The "Key"

Once again to reiterate, for decades now, and especially after the human comparison results were recently made public, the Smithsonian Institution along with the families of Amelia Earhart and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, (and a few other other Earhart status quo devotees) have influenced both the press and the public not to take the 'Amelia became Irene' equation seriously. Their objective while doing so was to steer the curious away from recognizing the "key" to solving the mystery over what became of Amelia Earhart after she was declared "a missing person" in 1937. This "key" is expounded on directly below. 



Since 1970, the "key" to unlocking the 'mystery' of what became of Amelia Earhart could be found by identifying the plural life-story of a 1930s' pilot friend of Amelia's, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile



Charles Craigmile, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
and Richard Joseph O'Crowley in 1930. 

A Brief Look at the Curious Life
of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile

Birth and Upbringing:
According to record, the original Irene nee O'Crowley Craigmile was born in New Jersey in 1904. She was an only child whose mother died when she was twelve, at which point her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley, sent her to be further raised by her paternal grandmother and aunt in Newark.
Irene was known as 'Beatrice' in her teen years, and was informally nicknamed, 'Bee' since her father's sister (her aunt) was also named 'Irene.'
Bee's grandmother and aunt raised her well. Her grandmother, Sarah nee Rutherford O'Crowley, who was Irish, came to America in the 1800s and was part of the namesake family that the Rutherford and East Rutherford, New Jersey boroughs were named for. Bee's aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who primarily raised Bee from age twelve on, was a prominent New York-New Jersey attorney. Bee also grew close to her uncle Clarence O'Crowley, a physician, and his wife, her aunt Violet, who lived next door.
Bee was placed in good schools by her aunt in her teen years. She was also taken to Europe as a young adult, and was endorsed to become a member of the League of Women Voters. She did enroll at Columbia University for a time, where her uncle Clarence had attended, except she became pregnant there and did not continue with her studies. 
At age twenty-one, Bee had a 'family secret' child, a son, who was adopted and raised by her uncle Clarence and aunt Violet. Both were into their forties at the time so the boy would be their only child who they named, "Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr." The O'Crowley's were good catholics and the arrangement spared Bee the stigma of being an unwed mother and enabled her to remain close to her child. 

Below, separated from her husband, Richard J. O'Crowley, the 1910 Census listed Bridget (nee Doyle) O'Crowley, the original Irene's mother, living with she and Richard's five-year old daughter, the original Irene, (listed by her wrongly spelled middle name, "Madiline") at the home of Bridget's parents. Bridget died seven years later.


Below, at 12 Lombardy Street, the 1920 Census listed 65 year old, Sarah J. (nee Rutherford) O'Crowley as Head of House, her daughter, 35 year old, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, a lawyer, is listed under her, followed by her granddaughter, Irene (Bee) O'Crowley, who is listed at age at age 14. (It should have listed her at age 15. The census records a person's age at their last birthday.) Alice Hill was also listed as a house servant.


Marriage and Life After Marriage:
In late 1928, at the home of her uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley, Bee, (the original Irene) married Charles James Craigmile, a New Jersey Civil Engineer whose father was an Illinois Judge.



The same 1930 newspaper photo
of Charles J. Craigmile, Irene 'Bee'
O'Crowley Craigmile, and Irene's
father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.
Below, clearer of Irene.


Below, the 1930 U.S. Census showed "Charles J. Craigmile" age "40" living with his wife, "Irene Craigmile" age "25" in Pequannock, New Jersey.


Sadly, Charles Craigmile, who was fifteen years older than his bride, became ill and died suddenly in 1931. 



Coming out of her bereavement, and inspired by one of her aunt's Zonta organization friends, Amelia Earhart, who her aunt introduced her to, the widowed original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile decided she wanted to become a pilot. She went all-out and purchased a plane with some of the life insurance money she received from her husband's passing, dedicated herself to learning to fly, and she earned her pilot's license in mid-1933.  



Again, outlined in white above is Amelia Earhart in this September 1, 1932 news photo. Outlined in black is the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who had just begun her pilot training, seen listed as "Irene Craigmile" between pilots Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz.

Her Brief Days As A Pilot:
Close to the same time she was awarded her pilot's license, the original Irene learned she was carrying the child of her last flight instructor, Al Heller. Her flying days tapered off after she and Al eloped to be married, and she gave birth to their son in early 1934. Except it turned out that when Al eloped to marry Irene, he was still legally wed to another woman he'd also had a child with. So in 1937, with their relationship having failed anyway, the original Irene decided to have her marriage to Al Heller annulled--and Al relocated by himself to Buffalo, New York.
With her stint of flying planes behind her, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did not renew her pilot's license after 1937. Strangely enough as well, after the 1940s arrived the original Irene was no longer evident--and she and Al Heller's son was being raised by a surrogate mother, shown below as she looked in the early 1940s. 
Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, the 1934 born son of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, identified and confirmed this person to have been the 'mother' who raised him from childhood to adulthood:


Above: This was the surrogate mother of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son, Clarence Alvin "Larry" Heller. To date no one knows who this person really was or where she came from. She definitely was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, nor was she the individual attributed to the same 'Irene' identity after World War Two, who was the former Amelia Earhart.

Below, observe the progression of how false history recorded Irene O'Crowley Craigmile the way she looked from age 14 to the way she looked in the 1970s. An inconsistency should be detectable here by keen observers. This is expounded on further down.



Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, age 14 


Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, 
profile and straight on
at age 19 in 1923.


Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 
her late 30s; in the early 1940s. 


Irene O'Crowley Craigmile



The Positive ID Placement Made By Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's Son:

BELOW is the 2014 written exchange between Clarence Alvin (Larry) Heller, the 1934 born son of the original Irene Craigmile, and Tod Swindell. The woman Mr. Heller positively identified as his "mother" was not the same woman whose image appeared in the 1970 McGraw-Hill book, Amelia Earhart Lives, even though according to history she should have been.


Tod Swindell: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Subject: Verification


Hi Larry,

I want you to know that I am in full agreement with you that Amelia Earhart was not your mother. Your mother, as you identified her in these younger and older version photos, led a very different life than Amelia and bore little resemblance to her physically. Our agreement on this matter is pertinent to the correct presentation of the facts.  

My conveyance is that you have positively identified these images as those of your late mother, and that she absolutely was not, and never possibly could have been Amelia Earhart. I agree with this 100%, and understand that you do too. If you could you send back a simple ‘I agree’ for verification I’d appreciate it.




Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller: Friday, February 21, 2014
Subject: Re: Identity Verification

The attached pictures are of my mother and she was not Amelia Earhart.  C. Heller.  Proof is available.

"EARLY 1940s"


The original Irene's son was correct when he insisted the mother he knew was was not Amelia Earhart. Below, when the younger and older images Mr. Heller identified as his 'mother' were digitally combined they did equate the same person.




One of the important discoveries Tod Swindell's forensic study has been credited for making, was that even though they were attributed to the same "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam" identity, the images below do not depict the same individual human being. The photo on the memorial dinner program was supplied by the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's son, who verified her to have been his 'mother' in the study. (His mother's death was recorded on July 7, 1982.)
To this day it remains uncertain when the former Amelia Earhart's death actually took place. Rumor had it, according to a late private detective by the name of Jerome Steigmann, that the former Amelia lived to her late 90s before she died in McClean, Virginia, and that she was interned at Arlington National Cemetery. 



Above: Two different people, the former Amelia Earhart (left) and the surrogate mother of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's son, (right). Both were attributed to the same identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.

Below: From the Amelia-to-Irene forensic comparison analysis, here are two more images of the former Amelia Earhart, the way she looked in 1977. (Note the digital combinations further down.)





Digitally combined with Amelia Earhart is... 



...the former Amelia Earhart,
in 1977



The following realities apply to Amelia Earhart's continued existence after she was declared 'a missing person' in 1937: 

1.) While the American public was led to believe that Amelia became lost in her plane and likely crashed into the ocean; in the region of the South Sea Islands where she was last known to be it was a different story. Many people there claimed to be privy to the reality of Amelia continuing to live beyond July 2, the date of her described disappearance. Not long ago, the U.N. Amabassador to the Marshall Islands, Alfred Capelle, told the Associated Press that Amelia Earhart, "definitely came to the Marshall Islands in 1937" and that his fellow Marshallese citizens recognized it as part of their country's history. Earlier, in 1965, U.S. Navy Admiral, Chester Nimitz, admitted to CBS Radio journalist, Fred Goerner, that it was, "known and documented in Washington" that Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were "picked-up by Japan" after they went down in the Marshalls.

Below, the same plate from above showing the Marshall Islands "50th Anniversary stamp" (1987) commemorating the rescue of  Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan and the retrieval of Amelia's Lockheed Electra plane.


2.) While it has long been perceived by historians that the U.S. government's executive branch under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration knew yet did not want to make public certain details it withheld pertaining to Amelia's flight ending circumstances, a basic 'official silence' toward what actually happened to the famous pilot greeted the curious ever since the event of her disappearance took place.





Amelia Earhart


Amelia Earhart

It would not be until after the Twenty First Century arrived that a human comparison analysis finally displayed the reality of Amelia's life after World War Two--with a different name applied to her person. Various samples from the analysis are shown throughout


What Digital Face Recognition Determined 


Digital Face Recognition equated Amelia and the post-war only Irene as the same person in younger and older forms with different names applied. 



Amelia Earhart

Again, in 1970, after the former Amelia Earhart was discovered living as 'Irene' in the U.S., she smartly denied who she used to be in favor of maintaining her post-war private life existence. In other words, while she aware of her famous past, she wasn't about to go back to being Amelia Earhart again. She was always proud of who she used to be, though, as observed in her 1977 photo-portrait sittings.
Below, expounding on the inconsistency of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's life-long photo images who was not the former Amelia Earhart:


Age 19


"Early 1940s"
Age, late 30s




It should strike anyone odd that the '19' year old image of this Irene O'Crowley Craigmile differed so much from her "late 30s" image, and then somehow aligned perfectly with her "1970s" image. This is because the age "19" image was forged from the "1970s" image. It would otherwise be hard to believe she could strike the exact same pose fifty-years apart while looking like she had hardly aged at all. Take a closer look: 






See the problem here? Or put it this way: As displayed in the panel below, would you believe that a person could go from looking like she did at age 19 in 1923--to the way she looked in the early 1940s--then back to the way she looked in the 1970s? You shouldn't. Especially where the original Irene's son averred he had never seen the "1923" dated image. This is because it was determined the 'surrogate mother' who raised him was actually a generation younger than both his biological mother, the original Irene, and Amelia Earhart. There is also reason to believe, based on some information that did manage to surface, that the "early 1940s" image depicts a person who was actually born as late as 1924, that would have meant she turned "22" in 1946, so the estimated "early 1940s" photo image would have actually been taken a few years later. That would have put her at "58" years old in 1982, when the memorial dinner progam cover appeared with her photo image on it, three months after the death of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam was recorded in 1982.  




"Early 1940s"



Note: None of the images the the three panels directly above depicted the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and none of them depicted the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam) who was the former Amelia Earhart.  

Since 1970, when knowledge of Amelia's ongoing life as 'Irene' first slipped into the public realm, the U.S. government's Smithsonian Institution has never stopped persuading anyone who inquired about it, not to take it seriously

In more recent times, after the reality of Amelia's post-war life as 'Irene' was rejuvenated in the 2000s through news media outlets, a Dr. Alex Mandel, who is part of the systemic conditioning process that continues to detour the public away from recognizing and embracing the truth about Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence, launched a deceptive Wikipedia page labeled "Irene Craigmile Bolam" that falsely claimed the Amelia became Irene conveyance was disproved by a detective hired by the National Geographic Society. [This never happened. The conveyance was never disproved by a National Geographic 'hired' detective nor any other entity.]
Here's the reality of it all:

The analysis results--the first ever achieved--confirmed that Amelia Earhart did live-on after she went missing in 1937, and coming out of the war years she was further known as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--again a name that had previously belonged to one of her 1930s' pilot friends. [What became of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--shown outlined below--has never been publicly divulged.] While examining the lives of the post-World War Two Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia Earhart, their physical bodies and character traits were evaluated and compared as well, enabling a natural realization that equated one in the same human being going by different names in different eras.


Charles and the original Irene.
Charles suddenly died in 1931.


The Original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
On the left again is Charles Craigmile and his wife,
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, in 1930.
While it is now understood that Amelia Earhart
assumed the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's
identity for herself to use after World War Two,
at the same time it exists as a general consensus
that nary a soul from within the public realm
is aware of what became of the original Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile. Clear photo images of
her person were surreptitiously removed from 
circulation many years ago. Family photos, school
photos, wedding photos, any and all photos clearly
depicting the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
the way she looked before the World War Two era
are virtually non-existent today. Even so, from the
photos of her the study did manage to locate, it
was plain to observe the person she was before
the war wasn't the same person who went by her
name after the war. That person was the former
Amelia Earhart, who ended up using the original
Irene's name after the war--for the rest of her life. 


The original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile with her plane, 1933.
A 1933-34 pregnancy ended her
brief stint as a pilot. Read more
about her further down, and the
'surrogate' mother who ended
up raising her 1934 born son.

1970: The Year The Controversy First Surfaced


From the study:Amelia & her
future self, the post-war Irene, 
digitally combined


Amelia Earhart,
age 31


Amelia Earhart, 1935


The post-war Irene,
FKA 'Earhart' in 1970

Caught off guard in 1970, the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, AKA 'Mrs. Guy Bolam', FKA Amelia Earhart, quieted the press when she held a major news conference (above right) and sternly quipped, "I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart!" She had her own good reasons for denying who she used to be. As mentioned the biggest one being, she wasn't about to go back to being Amelia Earhart again. That would have caused problems not only for herself but for others as well. To shore-up her post World War Two identity, a newspaper article that ran the day after she made her denial statement included her following quotes:



Above shows the former Amelia Earhart claiming the original Irene's surnames of O'Crowley and Craigmile for herself, even though she knew that Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was not her name before the 1940s. Below, (repeated from above) recall how the full name of the original Irene was listed in her late husband, Charles Craigmile's 1931 obituary:


Note: In the above news article clippings that quoted Mrs. Bolam claiming for herself the past surnames of Craigmile and O'Crowley, the name of "Gervais" also appears. It referred to Joseph A. Gervais, who in 1965, first recognized the post-war Irene for who she used to be -- and after thoroughly investigating Mrs. Bolam's life long existence he infamously blew her cover by exposing her as the former Amelia Earhart.

Backing up for a second, from the moment Amelia Earhart was declared 'missing' in 1937, her loss was viewed as suspect. This same viewpoint continued to remain even after she was declared "dead in absentia" in 1939. As well, during the war years, U.S. military personnel stationed in the Pacific repeatedly heard accounts that Amelia did not perish at the time she went missing. Then after World War Two ended in mid-August of 1945, people were still trying to close the book on what really happened to her. An example of this is found in the below United Press newspaper article from August 20, 1945, a week after VJ Day: 


No matter, the more that people inquired about what really happened to Amelia, the more they were greeted by official silence

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Washington and Tokyo, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." 1982, aviation historians, Marylin Bender and Selig Altschul on the 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person cases of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, quoted from their book, The Chosen Instrument.


In 1974, four years after the former Amelia Earhart was discovered living as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in the United States, the headline for the article below was remarkably left unchallenged. Within the article itself, it stated "the courts had yet to decide the matter" when it came to whether or not the post-war Irene, the person in question, used to be known as Amelia Earhart. In the end the courts never did decide, and the assertion of Amelia's post-war life with a different name remained unchallenged from that point on. 




"The courts have yet to decide the matter once and for all."(?)
Even in the 1970s, it would have been simple to ascertain that the U.S. court system was in a lot of trouble if it could not determine within a week, (let alone, "four years") by way of tracing family records, interviewing family members, and by scouring clear, life-long photo images of ANY person--if that person was genuinely who he or she claimed to be. The record shows the courts did not do that more that superficially in the former Amelia Earhart's case. If it had, it would have realized the following reality in no uncertain terms: There were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile" identity, and the former Amelia Earhart, who was identified nowhere as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two, was one of them. 

Stifling A Rejuvenation
In the early 2000s, the individuals below [top row: Ronald Reuther, Tod Swindell, I. Elaine Bolam, John Bolam; bottom row: Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, Joe Klaas, and Joseph A. Gervais] combined their efforts in order to surface the withheld truth about Amelia Earhart's life as 'Irene' in the United States after World War Two. However, while relying on the naivety exuded about Amelia Earhart's loss by the general public, (and its lack of a more thoroughly educated awareness about itthe Smithsonian Institution continued to persuade the curious to accept that Amelia Earhart did not live much, if at all, beyond the date of her disappearance. It did so knowing Amelia was legally declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, and that most history books listed her death date as, "on or around July 2, 1937." In the meantime, however, the first Amelia-to-Irene human comparison analysis was already underway--with Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais leading the charge. 


Ron Reuther, Tod Swindell, I. Elaine & John Bolam, Ann
Holtgren Pellegreno, Joe Klaas, Joseph A. Gervais in 2000


Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002.
Joseph A. Gervais discovered Amelia Earhart's
ongoing life as 'Irene' when he encountered her
in 1965. He died in 2005 never disavowing it.


Above: The former Amelia Earhart in Jamaica in 1976,
living as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam'. 

"Major Gervais, I once had a public life. I once had a career in flying. But I've retired. I've given all that up now."  The post-World War Two Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, FKA Amelia Earhart, as spoken to Major Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) Above photo taken in Jamaica in 1976. (Courtesy of the Diana Dawes collection.)


Repeated from above, below left, is the Amelia Earhart 'selfie' photo she took while looking into a mirror six years before she suddenly became famous at the age of thirty. To the right she is digitally combined with her future self in 1977.


Did we really know Amelia Earhart all that well? Years before the human comparison results were finalized, people were reading the following words about her:


"She drifted into adulthood with only vague ideas of her future. When she did become famous, she didn't like it much." Author-historian, Adam Woog on Amelia Earhart


"Over the nine years spanning her first and last transoceanic flights, Amelia Earhart became one of the most famous women in the world. The Private Amelia disliked that fame intensely." From author-historian, Doris Rich's 1989 biography on Amelia Earhart.


"Yet to this day, the authors affirm that they are correct." Author Vincent Loomis refers to the ongoing claim of Joe Klaas and Joseph A. Gervais that stated Amelia Earhart lived to become known as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and later 'Bolam'. The Loomis book came out in 1985, fifteen years after the former Amelia Earhart denied her famous past.


"One tantalizingly persistent account has Amelia returning to the U.S. and assuming a new identity." Author-Historian, Randall Brink. His 1994 book, Lost Star, is considered by many Earhart aficionados to be the most cohesive investigative account of Amelia's failed world flight attempt from its buildup to its aftermath.


After World War Two, Only A Select Group Of Individuals In The United States On Military And Government Intelligence Levels Were Aware That Amelia Earhart Not Only Survived Her Storied 1937 Disappearance And Missing Person Case, But That She Survived The War Years As Well--And Seeking Privacy, She Further Became Known As, 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile

Amelia became known as Irene.
Here's the Story:

Ever since the two week search effort for Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan was called off in mid-July of 1937, neither the U.S. Federal Government nor its Executive Branch (the presidency) has ever offered an official follow-up statement about it. The failed search effort left the public to assume the duo was, 'lost at sea' and were given up for dead. It always remained that way as well, even though the later discovered facts of the matter detailed a completely different scenario on what happened that is expounded on further down.
Beyond coming to terms with what actually happened to Earhart and Noonan the day they were declared 'missing', it is time for people to know the full life story of Amelia Earhart as well; who she was... and who she became. 



A significant breakthrough the study achieved came by recognizing that the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile shown above in 1965 and 1977, was not forensically identifiable as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. The discovery solidified the reality of knowing--that she could only have been the former Amelia Earhart. The significance of the Digital Face Recognition grid below is found here as well, where the only person the post-war Irene shown above aligned with before the 1940s... was Amelia Earhart. 


"Of the many assertions that attempted to solve the so-called 'mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance' over the years, the only one that people were strongly persuaded not to take seriously by the federal government's Smithsonian Institution, was the 'Amelia became known as Irene' assertion. Now it has been forensically proved that it was the only one people should have taken seriously." Tod Swindell



"It aint over till it's over." Yogi Berra



Poor Uncle Sam. So far, 2020 has been a rough year for him. The revealed truth on how his government covered up the Amelia Earhart debacle seems minor when compared to the Covid pandemic that exposed his country as ill prepared; the realities of racial inequality and police brutality in the United States that reared its ugly head for all the world to see; not to omit his inability to fully comprehend the motivations of the person he placed in the White House. Maybe he should just call it a day and welcome Amelia home with open arms for who she used to be--and who she went on to become. Why not? The timing seems appropriate--and no doubt people would welcome the distraction. Take a look:






"Too cool to be forgotten." (From
a Lucinda Williams song title.) 
Above is Amelia Earhart in 1932, 
adorned in her leather and boots
after landing in Ireland. She had
just become the first woman to
fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
She was cool when she was Amelia
...and later, she was cool as Irene.


Amelia Earhart's thoughts on racial injustice(?) Read her words from ten years before a man of color was permitted to play Major League Baseball: 
"What have we in the United States done to these proud people, so handsome and intelligent in the setting of their own country?" Amelia Earhart's observation about the people of color she observed during her 1937 world-flight stop in Dakar, Senegal on the west African coast. From her final book, Last Flight.


Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred
Noonan, in Dakar, Senegal, June 1937.



Twenty-seven years later: 


Above left, the post-World War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, FKA "Amelia Earhart" in 1964 at a Zonta gathering. Above right, she is digitally combined with her former 'Amelia' self.

The Person Amelia Became
In her later life years, the former Amelia Earhart was president of an international company with clients around the world, the main one being Radio Luxembourg, a free-airwave station with huge broadcast towers--that helped introduce the music of the Beatles to Russia. 


The former Amelia Earhart's support of Radio Luxembourg helped enable listeners beyond the Iron Curtain to not only hear the Beatles, but other free-world music and programs as well.

Amelia Earhart and Amelia as Irene:
"Too Cool To Be Forgotten"


The word "Beatles" in Russian 





Charles Craigmile and his wife,
the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, in 1930. 

Again above is the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Amelia Earhart assumed her left-over identity to use for herself after World War Two. Read about the original Irene further down, and her 1930s friendship with Amelia that ended up playing a private, yet pivotal role in Amelia's full life story.

"Where unadulterated synapses are firing correctly, it is quickly noticed within the comparison study results that the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who Amelia Earhart had known, did not look anything like Amelia, yet the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile looked exactly like her." Tod Swindell



Amelia Earhart, 1937


Post-War Irene in 1965 &
Amelia digitally combined.
A Digital Face Recognition
program said their faces
were of the same person.


How Verification Of The 'Amelia Earhart

Disappearance Cover-Up' Began To Take Form:

In 1966, Fred Goerner, a CBS Radio news journalist based in San Francisco, had his new book, The Search For Amelia Earhart  published by Doubleday. It was based on his six-year investigation of Amelia's 1937 disappearance. Few recall it today, yet it was top-ten New York Times best seller--one that marked the first study to shed a bright light on the original White House cover-up of Amelia Earhart's loss--dating back to FDR's administration during the pre-World War Two years. 



Fred Goerner



Fred Goerner And Some Less Recalled Amelia Earhart History: 

 It is barely noticed by any of today's historians that a direct correlation existed between the July 2, 1937 premature ending of Amelia Earhart's world flight attempt--that left her a missing person--and the Marco Polo Bridge incident that took place in China from July 7 to July 9, 1937.


The caption under this photo reads: "The Marco Polo Bridge incident (July 7, 1937) was a conflict between Chinese and Japanese troops near the  Marco Polo Bridge outside of Beijing, which developed into the warfare between the two countries that was a prelude to the Pacific side of World War Two."

The Marco Polo Bridge incident marked the start of the Sino-Japanese War that was instigated by Japan and ultimately pitted the United States against Japan. How this correlated to the hidden fate of Amelia Earhart is hinted at in a passage from a 1966 letter Fred Goerner sent to Amelia's sister, Muriel:

  "I want you to know that I decided to go ahead with the book last December at the advice of the late Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz who had become my friend and helped me with the investigation for several years. He said ""it (the book) may help produce the justice Earhart and Noonan deserve.""

   The Admiral told me without equivocation that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan had gone down in the Marshalls and were taken by the Japanese and that this knowledge was documented in Washington. He also said that several departments of government have strong reasons for not wanting the information to be made public." 

What Fred Goerner didn't know, was that both Muriel and her still living sister, (the 'former' Amelia Earhart, who Muriel was in touch with) also had strong reasons for never wanting people to know the true outcome of Amelia's 1937 failed world flight attempt.

At the time of Amelia's world flight, the Marshall Islands were forbidden Japanese territory and the U.S. Navy was not permitted to search there for Amelia. Later, beyond the words of Admiral Nimitz, who was placed in charge of the Marshalls when the U.S. occupied it in 1944, Fred Goerner (and numerous others) learned about many additional reports that emanated from the Marshalls and Saipan during and after the World War Two years--that stated Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were picked-up (or rescued) by Japan in the Marshalls at the same time the Marco Polo Bridge incident was taking place, and the two henceforth became pawns in a swiftly developing political chess match--that featured a stalemate ending.

In an official May of 1938 White House transcript located in FDR's Hyde Park Presidential Library in the 1970s, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. commented, "I hope I've just got to never make it public... it isn't a very nice story" in reference to the Roosevelt administration's withheld circumstances of Amelia's loss from nine months prior. As war approached, Amelia's disappearance became lost in the shuffle of it all, leaving the White House to never make public the facts it withheld pertaining to it. The bottom line though, is that Amelia did not die back then.




Above: President Franklin D. Roosevelt with his long-time public office associate--and his administration's Secretary of the Treasury--Henry P. Morgenthau, Jr.

Was Fred Goerner onto something? Absolutely.

Where 'official silence' toward the loss of Amelia Earhart and Frcd Noonan has always reigned in the United States and Japan, to this day it remains common history in the Marshall Islands and its surrounding region, that the flying duo went down on a land spit adjacent to Mili Atoll of the Marshalls--where Japan's Imperial Navy retrieved them, impounded Amelia's plane, and then chose not to publicize it amid its war-readying atmosphere. Below again is the 1987 "50th anniversary" Marshall Islands stamp showing a Japanese naval vessel recovering Amelia's Lockheed Electra--as Amelia and Fred Noonan stand-by with a Japanese naval officer. (People don't make stuff like this up.)



Below, notice the date of this official telegram sent from Tokyo, July 5, 1937, just two days before the Marco Polo Bridge incident began on July 7. 


In mid-July, Japan's ambassador in Washington was asked about a July 13 Tokyo news dispatch that reported Amelia Earhart having been picked up by a Japanese boat, something the ambassador, after checking with his government about it, refuted had occurred. However, later reports from the Marshall Islands conveyed that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were retrieved by Japan's Imperial Navy some time between the dates of July 6 and July 11, 1937. While sounding cordial enough, the above telegram was sure to emphasize Japan's offer to search the Marshalls for the downed fliers, stressing at the same time that U.S. merchant and 'fighting' ships were not to come too close to the Marshall Islands during their own search efforts. Japan's cordial tone lessoned after July 7, and it eventually withered completely leading up to the World War Two conflict.


Above, a May of 1938 note to Eleanor Roosevelt from her personal secretary, Malvina Scheider, explains the reason for Henry P. Morgenthau Jr.'s reluctance to make make public the full report on what happened to Amelia Earhart nine months earlier. The "man" referred to in Morgenthau's response was Paul Mantz, Amelia's former flight trainer, whose letter requesting more details on what happened to Amelia had recently been forwarded to Morgenthau by Mrs. Roosevelt.

Three decades later, Fred Goerner's groundbreaking book about Amelia Earhart's disappearance virtually exposed the ongoing cover up in Washington. As detailed and revealing as it was, however, the U.S. federal government, primarily its executive branch, offered no opinion about its contents.

In 1970, four years after Fred Goerner's book came out, a new claim describing Amelia Earhart's continued existence in the United States with a different identity applied to her person made national news. When he was asked about it, though, President Nixon dryly replied, "We don't discuss that subject around here." [That 'subject' being 'Earhart' and  'around here' being 'the White House'.]
Below: President Richard Nixon in 1970



Below, a page from Robert Gorlaski's book, World War II Almanac 1931-1945 (Perigree, 1981) included a mention of the enduring 'mystery' of Amelia's 1937 disappearance, and what people generally suspected had happened to her. While it cited the Marshall Islands as a place where many considerd Amelia ended up--that was controlled by Japan at the time--where so it left all to assume she perished there. The idea that she might have survived and continued to live-on was not even remotely entertained. Also notice how right below the Amelia Earhart paragraph, the "July 7-8" Marco Polo Bridge Incident is referenced.


 Below on the left is one of the last photos taken of an exhausted Amelia Earhart in 1937, just before she went missing. She was a few weeks shy of her fortieth birthday at the time. It is difficult to recognize her famous visage here, especially when one compares it to the photo of Amelia on the right from a few years before. 



The recent years forensic analysis, the first one to ever compare the post-war Irene to Amelia Earhart, clearly displayed the reality of the famous pilot's new life in the United States from the mid-1940s on with a different name applied to her person.
For decades prior to the study taking place, the United States Federal Government permitted dissenting opinions about it and ignored the invention of false theories about Amelia's loss [three examples; she was executed by Japan's military; she died of medical neglect while in Japan's custody; she ditched on a desert island far away from the scene of the crime where she died and was devoured by crabs] that proved to be non-truths, but successfully steered people away from recognizing the profound reality of Amelia's ongoing existence as a renamed person. These diversions were merely the result of a post-World War Two 'pact' made between the United States and Japan where it was agreed that going forward, Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence in any way, shape, or form after July 2, 1937, was never to be officially recognized or at all addressed by either country. Ever.
Yet Amelia did survive, and she did change her name, and after she married Guy Bolam in 1958, during the decade of the 1960s and continuing on throughout the 1970s after Guy's passing, the former Amelia Earhart, living as Irene, lived her life as a consummate Where's Waldo like world traveler--to go along with fulfilling her duties as an international business executive.  
Below to the left is another digital combination sample. Note the same flower pendant she is wearing in both of the photo images displayed here: 


The former Amelia Earhart in
Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976.
(Digitally combined images.)




Above, a cryptic handwritten line from a 1967
note the former Earhart sent to Joseph A. Gervais.
She actually wrote about two people who, 'knew us 
both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile' here.
Displayed below is Amelia's own 'Amelia M Earhart'
signature as it appeared on a form she filled out when
she was a young adult. The likeness of both styles is
 no coincidence; they were penned by the same hand. 


Beyond Digital Face Recognition, full body comparisons, and character traits aligning Amelia Earhart with the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, additional forensic research surfaced the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's person as well, who Amelia had known in the 1930s: 


The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
next to her plane in 1933. Briefly a
 pilot, she was commonly referred to
as, 'Irene Craigmile' as listed below:

MAY 1933


Charles Craigmile and his wife,
the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, in 1930. 


Amelia Earhart in 1921. In 1928, when she was thirty years old
she suddenly became famous. Soon after that she met the original
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. In 1937, Amelia was declared a 
missing person. In 1939, to release her estate to her next of kin,
she was legally declared, 'dead in absentia' since no evidence 
of her person or physical remains could be produced.

After World War Two, Amelia Earhart surfaced in the
U.S. reidentified as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. It was later
learned that the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was
no longer evident by the time World War Two began.


U.S.  Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr.

"I have carefully studied your presentation. Your conclusion that there was more than one 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' has completely convinced me that this was indeed the case. You have also convinced me that one of them used to be Amelia Earhart. Incredible. You have quite an impressive package there. Keep charging - Gene."  Part of a note forwarded to Tod Swindell from retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr., a past member of the 2014 disbanded Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers. Tissot's father, Ernie Tissot, had served as Amelia Earhart's head plane mechanic during her 1935 Hawaii to Oakland flight. 
Note: In 1970, when it first controversially surfaced that the post-war Irene used to be known as Amelia Earhart, federal government influencetraceable to then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and President Richard M. Nixon, helped to divert the press and the general public from recognizing it with disinformation.
Today, even though U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz admitted in 1965 that the truth about Amelia Earhart's post-lost existence was "documented in Washington"--and that it is obvious in a forensic way anymore that Amelia lived-on and became known as Irene--some high-level, truth distorting stalwarts continue to honor the same disinformation spreading tradition. The main influencers today are go-to individuals who for years have dominated the news media when it comes to ideas on what happened to Amelia Earhart. Two employees of the federal government owned, Smithsonian Institution mostly lead that charge; Dr. Tom Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane, shown below: 



It is imperative to realize that because the Smithsonian is run by constituents of the United States Federal Government, the people who work at the Smithsonian are by default, federal government agents. It is also important to understand that what happened to Amelia Earhart was never the mystery it was made out to be. The mystery came to exist the way it did because it was guided there by official government silence toward the matter, that led to increased false-lead disinformation about it to accumulate as the decades passed--ever since the event of Amelia's loss occurred. 


dis-in-for-ma-tion; noun


"False information which is intended to mislead, especially propaganda issued by a government agency to the media."

Make no mistake, the Smithsonian Institution is and always has been a government agency.



Lonnie G. Bunch III
Head of the Smithsonian


To Lonnie G. Bunch III, 2020's new head of the  Smithsonian Institution: Mr. Bunch, in lieu of the recent events that pressed hard to demonstrate our federal government's sordid viewpoint toward racial inequality in the United States, and while knowing that the Smithsonian Institution has always existed as a 'ward' of the United States Federal Government and therefore must abide by certain influences it exudes; given your esteemed position, perhaps it is appropriate for yourself as a man of color, to stand up to the Smithsonian's ultimate owner, the United States Federal Government, in order to express your opinion that it is time for it to advocate the truth about Amelia's ongoing existence in the United States after World War Two, instead of continuing to allow it to be shouted it down by federal government agents. Lonnie G. Bunch III, you can do this, and you should do it.


Few are aware that Amelia's only sibling, Muriel, under the umbrella of the Zonta organization of professional women, continued to have a relationship with her sister after the war years when she was known as 'Irene.' Recall in the 1930s, Amelia was a prominent Zonta member.

In 2018, Amelia Earhart's niece, Amy Kleppner, who maintained the cover-up tradition after her mother's passing (Muriel, who died in 1998) was still referring to the never disproved, 'Amelia became known as Irene' assertion as,"hokum" even though by then the truthful reality of Amelia's name change to Irene had grown to be obvious. 

In 2018, federal government agent, Dr. Tom Crouch, of the Smithsonian, referred to the 'Amelia became Irene' reality with disinformation by describing it as, "an unconvincing argument".

Federal government agentDorothy Cochrane, of the Smithsonian, used disinformation in 2018 when she described the 'Amelia became Irene' reality as, "a baseless theory".

This is significant, especially where these 'media go-to' individuals on Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance have always made it a point to reticently avoid addressing the realistic quality of the 'Amelia became Irene' postulation. Instead, for decades they dismissed it out of hand time and again, even though the assertion was always factually supported and never disproved. These three key individuals have remained in complete alignment on the subject matter of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance for a long time. Indeed, their common mantra has always been: 'Amelia Earhart went missing on July 2, 1937--and she was never seen again. End of story.'

Except, that was not the end of the 'Earhart disappearance' story by a long shot, and all three of them have always known that.


Here's The Rest of the Story  


Akin to the viewpoint long maintained by the Smithsonian Institution about Amelia Earhart's post-loss survival, Lord Admiral Nelson (above) turns his blind eye toward a reality he'd rather not contend with.

1970: The Year The Controversy First Surfaced

 Below is a 1930 newsprint photo of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, shown between her husband, Charles James Craigmile (left), and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was acquainted with Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. Next to it is the same cleaned-up and contrast enhanced version from before.



As for the poor quality of the photo, clear images of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile were removed from circulation long ago. This was done with an objective in mind--and a reason that dates back to Charles Craigmile's sudden death occurring in 1931. For after he died his widow, the original Irene, shifted her attention to becoming a pilot. 

According to history, after Charles Craigmile died in 1931, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did become a pilot. Below is a 1932 newspaper photo (again of low quality) showing the original Irene with a number of other lady pilots--including Amelia Earhart. The original Irene is outlined in black, Amelia is outlined in white. (Pilot Viola Gentry, who later served as a key figure in the cover-up, is on the original Irene's right.)  



History also says Irene remarried twice--the last time in 1958--to Guy Bolam of England. Except the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile never married Guy Bolam in 1958. The post-World War Two Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, FKA Amelia Earhart, was the one who married Guy Bolam, and that is why she is seen listed as "Mrs. Guy Bolam" in the 1974 news article below:


This article lead-in (repeated from above) appeared in a 1974 newspaper that was tracking the New York defamation lawsuit case of Bolam VS McGraw-Hill, Gervais, and Klaas. In 1970, McGraw-Hill published a book that claimed Mrs. Guy Bolam, full name, "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam", was the former Amelia Earhart who had assumed the left-over identity of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile during the World War Two era. Although McGraw-Hill was fined for poor fact checking when it came to some of the information contained in its book, the 'past identity of Mrs. Guy Bolam claim' was left unresolved.


Again, the post-World War Two Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, FKA Amelia Earhart, in 1977. She was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. In the recent comparison study, the first one ever done, head-to-toe and character trait wise she proved to be a perfect match to her former self, Amelia Earhart.

Most everyone recalls the legendary pilot, Amelia Earhart, the first woman to solo a plane across the Atlantic Ocean--who later went missing amid inordinate circumstances. 


Amelia Earhart



What people never came to terms with until recent years, because it was never properly displayed before, was how after World War Two, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile suddenly looked just like her 1937 gone-missing friend, Amelia Earhart. 


Post-War Irene, FKA 'Amelia' and Amelia digitally combined


The post-war Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile; features darkened
for the digital combination

The post-war Irene's likeness to Amelia was acute. Again, a Digital Face Recognition analysis recognized them as one in the same person. Below, a repeat of the sample that used the 1965 Gervais photo displays a congruence that only age difference, hair style, and attire obscured:


Amelia Earhart, 1937


The post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1965.
Before 1938 in the United States, she was Amelia Earhart.


Digital Face Recognition
grid common to the post-war
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
and Amelia Earhart

Above, from the shoulders up,
necks and postures were the same.
As it turned out, head-to-toe, Amelia Earhart
and the post-war Irene were identical because
they were in fact, one in the same human being,
albeit with different identities in different eras.




The post-war Irene, 1970


Amelia and Amelia as
'Irene' in 1970, when
digitally combined.


Accounting for other similarities beyond what the physical and character trait comparisons displayed, in 1982, when a reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer learned that the past identity controversy over Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam still remained unsettled, he gleaned a few for an article that ran in October of that year: 



The similarities above are real as far as the post-war Irene and Amelia were concerned, however the article blurred the line between the original Irene and the post-war Irene, by failing to at all reference that there was an original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who Amelia had known in the 1930s.
Before World War Two, the original Irene was never a world traveler who knew prominent people. (She did travel to Europe once as a young adult.) She was not known for writing poetry, nor was she known to have had an interest in photography. She was also never a Zonta member, nor was she a member of any flying organizations. Famously, Amelia Earhart was all of the above in the 1920s and 1930s, and those same similarities only applied to the post-war Irene, who Amelia became. It was as if she basically remained the same person she was before, with the exception of having changed her name.
After World War Two, it is evident the post-war Irene did join the Long Island Zonta organization at some point, (as Amelia she had belonged to the Boston and New York City Zonta chapters respectively) and for awhile she served as Zonta's International Relations Chairman with her ability to speak several foreign languages--a multilingual talent her former Amelia-self had been known for. And while she no longer flew planes, the post-war Irene did become a member of the prestigious New York Wings Club, (an organization of highly respected pilots) and she also belonged to the Early Birds of Aviation, a club of mostly retired pilots that featured one of her better pilot-friends from her flying days, Viola Gentry. The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was befriended by Viola Gentry through Amelia, but she never flew enough to merit any lofty pilot credentials for a sound reason: After the original Irene gave birth to a son in 1934, it basically put an end to her brief stint as a pilot, to where she did not keep her license updated beyond 1937.
As a postscript, by the time World War Two began the original Irene was no longer evident--and her son was being raised by a surrogate mother.

Below, in more detail, few people realize it today because the news media never paid much attention to them, but from 1970 to 2016, four nationally published books expounded on how Amelia Earhart survived her so-called 'disappearance' and lived-on to become known as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile', and later 'Bolam' in her post-World War Two years. Although official U.S. historians greeted each book with silence after they were published, the common, 'Amelia lived-on and changed her name to Irene' conclusion they each presented was not over-challenged and never will be, because it's true:


The 1970 Joe Klaas book inspired by the investigative research of Joseph A. Gervais, cited Amelia Earhart survived and became known as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. During last decade of his life, (1996 to 2005) Joseph A. Gervais, who always stood by his discovery of Amelia Earhart living as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' after the war, collaborated with Tod Swindell on his forensic research and comparison study.


This 1985 book by Robert Myers and Barbara Wiley, also cited that Amelia Earhart survived and became known as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' after the war, until she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958, that left her more commonly known as, Irene Bolam. Note the photo of Irene on the cover.


This 2004 book by USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), was first to credit Tod Swindell's forensic study verification of plural Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's. He also cited that his study, that was still in-progress at the time, stood to convince anyone how after World War Two, one of them was the former Amelia Earhart.  


In tribute to the three previous book authors and after learning of Tod Swindell's 'first ever' comparison analysis that he referenced in his book, W.C. Jameson's 2016 effort also averred that Amelia Earhart lived to become known as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.' 


Above: Irene; Irene & Amelia digitally combined; Amelia


"In 2002, after I lectured about Amelia Earhart to a
crowd at the Oakland Air and Space museum, the
Associated Press ran a story that was picked up
by newswire services nationwide, in which I was
misquoted by its reporter, Ron Staton. I never told
him I believed Amelia was 'captured by Japan'
and later became 'a New Jersey housewife.' What
I said was I believed Amelia somehow survived
and changed her name to Irene. I always accepted
that Amelia ended up quietly existing under Japan's
stewardship as World War Two heated up, yet after
this was discovered by private sleuths in the 1960s,
reporters failed to accurately report on the facts
that surrounded her rescue by Japan, and the facts
surrounding the later learned,  'Amelia became
known as Irene' reality. They consistently made
light of it instead, all but joking that Amelia
became a New Jersey housewife." Tod Swindell

"The forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." From an Associated Press article, John Bolam, Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived brother in law, refers to The Swindell Study's in-progress analysis of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and 'missing person' case. After reviewing some preliminary results, John Bolam, who always suspected it, further reckoned his past sister-in-law to have been the former Amelia Earhart. He first met her in the 1960s, a few years after she married his English brother, Guy, in 1958. 


Below are the same two versions of the July 1977 photo portrait images--that display the post-World War Two, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. (She preferred the tidy, sepia-tone version.)
Whether people choose to believe it or not, the post-war Irene actually was, previously known as, Amelia Earhart. There is no questioning this matter, and there were important individuals who were aware of this truth when it surfaced years ago, and there are important individuals who are aware of it today. At the same time, notwithstanding the obvious natural reality it is, the truth about Amelia Earhart's post-war existence as 'Irene' has never been officially endorsed to the general public for a variety of politically correct reasons.





Lindbergh and Earhart, 1933

It is worth recalling here, it wasn't until thirty-years after Charles Lindbergh died that it was confirmed he sometimes led a double life known as 'Careu Kent' the last two decades of his life, and it wasn't the federal government that admitted or confirmed it. Rather, it was Charles Lindbergh's own family who did that, after they were alerted to it and then verified it for themselves.

Following the 1970 Awkward Reveal
After the truth about Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence as 'Irene' surfaced back in 1970, it was dismissed by the former Amelia Earhart herself and by a disbelieving public. Until a researcher by the name of Tod Swindell came along in the 1990s, most people had forgotten the unresolved identity issue that concerned Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.  


Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002


The post-war Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile-Bolam in 1965
[Gervais photo]

In the late 1990s, Tod Swindell came to know the retired military figure--and past whistleblower--by the name of Joseph A. Gervais.
To Amelia Earhart aficionados, Joseph A. Gervais was a well known figure. The reason: After he met Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1965, and then researched her background for the next five years, he publicly asserted--and would defiantly maintain for the rest of his life--that she was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Yes, Joseph A. Gervais took a stand in 1970, when he proclaimed in a new book that year, how he had discovered that the Irene who he had met five years earlier at a gathering of senior pilots, was actually the former Amelia Earhart. He contended that Amelia Earhart, who had gone 'missing' amid inordinate circumstances in 1937, had quietly lived-on and in time replaced the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile by way of assuming her left-over identity--and that no one from the general public ever knew about it.

The former Amelia Earhart was angry in 1970, and rightfully so, when she was called out for who she used to be. Her former-self had been legally declared 'dead in absentia' thirty-one years earlier (in 1939) yet suddenly, against her will, she was all-but being asked to go back to being the famous Amelia Earhart again. For a variety of good reasons, she and others who were aware of who she used to be knew it was impossible for her to do such a thing. One difficult question after another would have been asked of her for the remainder of her days had she acknowledged her true past. "Where did you go after you disappeared?" "Who were you with?" "What were you doing?" "Were you on a government mission when you went missing, like your mother said?" "What happened to the original Irene?" "How were you able to assume her identity?" [Get the picture?] Instead, she retained two powerful lawyers to help her maintain her ongoing private existence as, 'Irene', and for the most part they succeeded.


"Barely a soul had heard of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile before 1970, the year the polemic claim about her past identity surfaced in the news. Today, few are aware of the convoluted mess the issue became in the years that followed, or how the 'claim' was technically left unresolved. Presently, even though it has become obvious in recent years that the post-war Irene indeed was previously known as Amelia Earhart; the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, Amelia Earhart's family, the original Irene's next of kin, and a curious assortment of  opposing Earhart disappearance theorists--some whom offer misleading, if not absurd ideas to account for what really happened to Amelia Earhart--continue to work hard at persuading the public through news media outlets and wikipedia... not to believe it." Tod Swindell, 2020 



Another Look At The 1970 Emergence: 



In 1970, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (left) used the news media to denounce a new, controversial book titled, Amelia Earhart Lives. She handled the press like a pro and called the book, "a poorly fabricated hoax." As it turned out, the book, that had evaluated ten years of investigative research, was not a hoax when it presented an astounding conclusion based on logic and deductive reasoning; one that said this particular Irene O'Crowley Craigmile had previously been known as Amelia Earhart. Said 'Irene' was caught off guard. She didn't like it and she sued for defamation. Her case dragged on for five years, yet the controversial question that asked if she was the former Amelia Earhart was never resolved. Many years later, it was conclusively determined that the woman shown holding the 1970 press conference was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. She was only known as 'Irene' after World War Two, and in 1958, she married a successful international businessman from England by the name of Guy Bolam. Again, that is why she was listed as 'Mrs. Guy Bolam' in the follow-up article four years later--that mentioned the courts, "still had yet to decide the matter once and for all" ...when it came to the question of her true life-long identity.


Note: 1974, the "two Air Force officers" mentioned in the article were Joseph A. Gervais and the author of Amelia Earhart Lives, Joe Klaas.

After looking into it himself, Tod Swindell was surprised to learn that a number of people not only respected the opinion Joseph A. Gervais always maintained about the Irene he met, and that even though it wasn't publicized, many of them believed he was correct. He could also see Joseph A. Gervais was a gentleman of good character. Joe was a family man and a pilot himself who had flown missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam--before retiring from the Air Force as a Major in 1963.
So Tod, a filmmaker by trade, set out to do his own forensic research study in order to determine if what Joseph A. Gervais was still claiming to be true about Amelia Earhart--actually was true. He became more curious after learning that Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia Earhart were never closely compared to each other, so he ended up embarking on an in-depth comparison study as well--that caused consternation and took years to complete--but the conclusions it achieved were astounding. Among them; there had been no less than three Twentieth Century women attributed to the very same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile identity, and the one Joseph A. Gervais met in 1965--just as he had professed--was identifiable nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. Here they are:


Charles James Craigmile and his wife, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1930. After Charles died in 1931, Irene remarried and gave birth to a son in 1934. To date, no one knows what became of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Her son ended up being raised by a surrogate mother (right).


This was the surrogate mother of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son, She also went by the name of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. This is the way she looked in the early 1940s, according to the original Irene's son, who identified her within the 'Amelia to Irene' comparison analysis.


This is the post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1965, who proved to be a complete match to Amelia Earhart both physically and character trait wise. She may not look much like Amelia here, yet once again, check the panel below. 


Amelia Earhart, 1937


Post-War Irene & Amelia

Below: Close-up, Amelia's eyes:


Below: Close-up, the post-war Irene's eyes:


Below: Amelia's & the post-war Irene's eyes digitally combined
displayed a perfect match pupil to pupil; tear-duct to tear-duct.


To reiterate, according to Digital Face Recognition, Amelia Earhart and the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile should have been one in the same person. Decades before the facial comparison took place, though, in fact without any comparisons having been done, Joseph A. Gervais deduced they were one in the same person because:
1.) The day Joseph A. Gervais met Irene at a large gathering of senior pilots, he noticed her air of importance, felt he recognized her as an older version of Amelia Earhart, and he saw how she was aligned with some of Amelia's past inner circle of friends, to include her well known 1930s pilot friend, Viola Gentry, and Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey. 
2.) After deeply researching her past, he discovered for himself that the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile he met in 1965, was identifiable nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two.  

3.) Of immeasurable significance, when he was stationed in the Pacific from 1959 to 1962, Joseph A. Gervais recorded better than seventy sworn affidavits from people local to the region where Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937, with all commonly stating that Amelia did not simply 'disappear' as was widely reported in the United States. Rather, they averred that Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, ended up ditching in forbidden Japanese territory where they were picked up by Japan's Imperial Navy and privately sequestered. This has always been commonly accepted in the Pacific region where Amelia went missing. (See below display.) Add to this conveyance, of how even to the novice researcher it does not take long to notice that no true evidence of Amelia Earhart's death taking place in any way at all--has ever existed.

Below, the full 50th anniversary commemorative stamp series issued in 1987 by the Republic of the Marshall Islands shows Amelia's 1937 takeoff from Lae, New Guinea; her failure to spot Howland Island; her ditching in the lower Marshall Islands; and Amelia, her plane, and her navigator, Fred Noonan, being retreived by Japan's Imperial Navy. (Final stamp plate enlarged as well.) Also featured are a lead in from a 2002 Associate Press article that quotes the Marshall Islands Ambassador to the United Nations, Alfred Capelle, followed by the earlier, equally revealing 1982 quote from Bender and Altschul, two noted aviation historians. 




"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Washington and Tokyo, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." 1982, aviation historians, Marylin Bender and Selig Altschul on the 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person cases of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, quoted from their book, The Chosen Instrument.


Next: The Viewpoint Offered
By Amelia's Next Of Kin

Muriel Earhart Morrissey (1899-1998)

Amelia's sister, Grace 'Muriel' Earhart Morrissey, shown above in the
1990s, was reticent whenever she was asked about the identity controversy
over her later-life Zonta friend, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.

Question: How did Amelia's only sibling, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, react to the never-disproved suggestion that said her later life friend, Irene, was actually her still-living sister with a different name applied to her person? This way:

New Jersey Tribune

"Of course I knew Irene. She was a sister Zonta." "It's just foolish. There is practically no physical resemblance." The final words about the Amelia to Irene controversy spoken by Muriel Earhart Morrissey, Amelia Earhart's only sibling. From 1970 on this was her basic reply to the never disproved assertion that stated her later life Zonta organization friend, the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam), was actually her survived sister sporting a different identity. The assertion had stated that unknown to the public, Muriel's sister, Amelia, had quietly survived after she went missing in 1937, and she went on to assume another identity in order to lead a private life after World War Two. Obviously, the later conducted comparison analysis displayed a hauntingly accurate Amelia-to-Irene resemblancecontrary to what Muriel tried to promote when she proclaimed there was, "practically no physical resemblance" exhibited by the two:


Below: If this isn't a strong
physical resemblance, what is?


Muriel Earhart Morrissey played a key part in the protection effort that allowed her sister to keep on living a private life after she was nearly outed in 1970. When Muriel died in 1998, her daughter, Amy Kleppner, chose to honor her mother's wishes by continuing on with the same 'protective' tradition of never endorsing the verisimilitude of her aunt Amelia's post-loss existence as Irene, along with the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society. It appears clear enough no other choice was seen but to keep on toeing-the-line with the U.S. federal government, that during the pre-World War Two era, its executive branch, while occupied by President Franklin Roosevelt's administration, created what inevitably became an enduring cover-up that pertained to withholding certain facts about Amelia Earhart's so-called, disappearance.
Below, another example of diversion, whether intentional or otherwise, is found in a 1967 response note to an inquiry sent by Joseph A. Gervais to Elmo Pickerill, Secretary of the Early Birds of Aviation club of Long Island, New York. Mr. Pickerill affirmed that Amelia Earhart, Irene Craigmile, and Viola Gentry were all flying 'pals' in the 1930s, but he made no attempt to distinguish the post-war Irene, FKA Amelia Earhart, from the original Irene: 


Amelia Earhart's famous career as a pilot spanned a period of nine years. It lasted from the time of her Friendship flight in 1928, when she was thirty-years old, until she went missing just shy of her fortieth birthday in 1937. The amount of different looks thousands of cameras captured of her during that time period were pretty amazing. Once again, in the below photos of Amelia that show her in 1937 and 1932, it is difficult to recognize that they exhibit the same person:


Again, Amelia in 1937, just before she went missing.


Amelia in France in 1932, after being awarded the French Knight Cross.


Can an individual change over time physically, emotionally, spiritually, and egotistically to a point where they become difficult to recognize after a long period of absence? Consider the following quote from Twentieth-Century philosopher, Uell Stanley Anderson:

"If we think of ourselves as bodies, our changing self becomes apparent. It is nearly impossible even for families to recognize a loved one after thirty years of absence, so greatly has the self altered. And a little reflection upon the changing quality of consciousness is sure to give us some insight into the numberless selves our surface minds and egos have become since first appearing in the world." Uell Stanley Andersen (1917-1986)

Here as well, consider the 1987 words of Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a former President of Seton Hall College who many considered to have been the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's closest later-life confidante. To several people, Father Kelley, who held PhDs in Philosophy and Psychology, reckoned his friend, Irene, as the former Amelia Earhart, and more than once he confided to individuals, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." The point being made here: The general public did not know 'all Amelia had been through' and how it changed her psyche to a place where she no longer wished to be the famous celebrity she once was.



The post-World War Two, Mrs. Irene 
O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, FKA
Amelia Earhart, dining out with 
Msgr. James Francis Kelley, 1978.


The above Irene photo and caption appeared in a
November 2003 article in the Los Angeles Times,
that acknowledged her ongoing identity question. 

Note: The caption under the above photo is not fully accurate. The post-war Irene won her defamation lawsuit against McGraw-Hill and was awarded $60k. She cited its book, Amelia Earhart Lives, falsely indicated she was a 'bigamist' and a 'traitor to her country.' On the other hand, she settled with Gervais and Klaas by way of exchanging ten dollars of consideration with them--after refusing to submit positive proof (such as her fingerprints) of her life long identity. 

By now, given all that has been learned and revealed about the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, people who continue to advance the person above to have been the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--are either being deceitful--or they are demonstrating a limited scope of knowledge when it comes to the subject matter of her full life story. For she absolutely was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Rather, she absolutely had been... previously known as... Amelia Earhart

A Note From Tod Swindell


This website was launched in 2007 and has remained on-line since then. It elaborates on the factual realities of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight ending--and a truth learned decades ago that has never been over-challenged... because it's true.
Oddly enough, a variety of important sounding individuals, some whom offer far-out theories--such as Amelia dying on a desert island and being eaten by crabs, or being blindfolded and placed in front of a firing squad--have strongly lobbied against promoting the learned truth about Amelia Earhart's post-war existence as 'Irene', dating back to the time it was first made public.
There has also been a concerted effort to convince the curious--that much of the truthful information displayed here is not real. Take heart in knowing it is real and it will always remain real. The incredulous obfuscation applied to what actually happened to Amelia Earhart--the roots of which date back to a late 1930s' White House agenda promoted within President Franklin Roosevelt's administration to, "never make it public" [a quote from a 1938 White House transcript pertaining to information it withheld about the failed outcome of Amelia's 1937 world flight] evolved to remain intent after World War Two, into keeping the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence as the 'new' Irene O'Crowley Craigmile from ever being recognized in a public way.
This was typical of the common let's move on vantage point not only maintained by our federal government, but foreign powers as well, when it came to a variety of war time issues it preferred not to revisit. In essence, it favored to forever maintain the following attitude: Amelia Earhart went missing toward the end of her 1937 world flight and was presumed lost at sea.
This same viewpoint is maintained today in our nation's highest halls and within its most formidable institutions. If one takes the time to notice, our federal government has never conducted an official investigation of Amelia Earhart's disappearance, nor has it ever investigated the full life story of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
It is also worth noting while there has never been a conspiracy--in the traditional sense of that word--to circumvent the truth about Amelia Earhart's ongoing life as a renamed person, after Amelia was outed decades ago living as 'Irene', it is clear an understanding to keep the reality of it subdued came to exist.

Part of the ongoing cover-up alliance, below are three examples of current anti-truth lobbyists when it comes to what became of Amelia Earhart after she was declared 'missing' in 1937:   


Dr. Alex Mandel of Ukraine


Mike Campbell of
Amelia Earhart: 
The Truth At Last


Richard Gillespie
of Tighar.

Warning: A wikipedia page launched and strictly monitored by a Dr. Alex Mandel of Ukraine, labeled,