The Forensic Truth About Amelia Earhart

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Featuring the Protecting Earhart Chronicles and first ever,
'Amelia Earhart to Irene Bolam Forensic Comparison Analysis'
Dedicated to adjusting, correcting, and protecting Amelia Earhart's heroic legacy.

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Above: A photo portrait of Amelia Earhart taken in England four days after her 1932 solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean--when she became the first woman and only the second person to accomplish the feat five years after Charles Lindbergh did. Note: In 2004, it was verified by Charles Lindbergh's progeny that their father had often used the alternate identity of "Careu Kent" in Europe from the mid-1950s on, until he died in 1974.

This website profiles the Protecting Earhart Chronicles and new millennium Irene-Amelia Forensic Analysis by Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell. Past Writers Guild of America Amelia Earhart registrations include: "The Lost Electra" (1997), "Redefining Earhart for the New Century" (1999), "Protecting Earhart" (2004). United States Trademark and Copyright Office, "Protecting Earhart Research and Forensic Study" registrations: TXu 1-915-926 (2014); TXu 2-061-539 (2017).

"The forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." John Bolam, Mrs. Irene Bolam's survived brother-in-law comments on Tod Swindell's comprehensive 'Protecting Earhart' forensic analysis in an Associated Press article by Ron Staton.


Right, Amelia Earhart, age 31...


...superimposed into...


...her later-life self, Mrs. Irene Bolam
[No 'ordinary housewife']

"She was intelligent, articulate, and had a commanding presence. She knew a lot of important people including many high-ranking military officers, astronauts and flyers." 1997 quote from an article written by Mrs. John Bolam, the survived sister-in-law of the above and below pictured, "Mrs. Irene Bolam" who it turned out had been previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.'

"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."
George Orwell


Amelia Earhart in 1937


...superimposed into...


...her later life self in 1965, Mrs. Irene Bolam



"When I think about my viewpoint of the ageless Irene-Amelia controversy and compare it to that of Tighar's Richard Gillespie, it's like comparing brutal honesty to epic sarcasm." Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell

Why The New Millennium Irene-Amelia Forensic Comparison Analysis Was Deemed 'Essential'
First off, the analysis was deemed essential because for decades glitzy looking Earhart mystery solving clubs have been peddling snake-oil solutions to the public in the interest of receiving donations to aid their false-based efforts. Secondly, in the past ten years the same clubs prof-ligated some widely viewed 'incorrect' information to the public spewing the false notion that a forensic detective by the name of Kevin Richlin proved the Irene Bolam in question here was never known as Amelia Earhart. (Detective Richlin will tell anyone he did no such thing.) Hence, the new millennium Irene-Amelia forensic analysis was needed, and it was the first ever to comprehensively compare the historically enigmatic, Mrs. Irene Bolam to Amelia Earhart. It was long overdue, as a variety of reputable 'Earhart educated' individuals who looked into Mrs. Bolam's background in the latter part of the Twentieth Century ended up voicing a common opinion stating Mrs. Bolam used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Over the years four authors of nationally published books that declared the same thing were never overchallenged. The study results showed how all of these people along with many others, were justified to feel the way they did. Below are some early result facial-comparison samplings:






1923, 1978
1933, 1965
1928, 1963
1932, 1976
1928, 1977

The same human being, different names, different eras. As hard as it is to believe, it's that simple to explain.


For a slow-motion filmed dissolve of the above photo, that features Mrs. Irene Bolam seated next to Gertrude Kelley Hession, who was the sister of the well-known Monsignor James Francis Kelley, click on the following link. Note: From the 1970s into the 1990s, Monsignor Kelley disclosed to certain individuals whom later verified his doing so, that his long-time good friend, Mrs. Bolam, used to be known as Amelia Earhart, and that he had helped repatriate her as "Irene" in the United States after World War Two.

The Forensic Study's Important 'Tale of the Tape' Final Results
Along with the obvious facial congruence, also observable in the study is how the entire head-to-toe physical bodies and character traits forensically aligned. Adversarial rumors claiming "measurable differences cited" were simply untrue. As well, it is imperative to identify how the 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' who equated herself as the former Amelia Earhart appeared from out of nowhere in the mid-1940s to exist as one of three Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity. In essence, her image was not denoted as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s because she had been previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' The important origin of the below "1965" 35MM color photograph of Mrs. Bolam is documented further down.

Photo credit: Joseph A. Gervais

Above: The former Amelia Earhart living as Mrs. Irene Bolam in 1965. Unexpected by herself, this impromptu photo was taken in East Hampton of Long Island, New York. Further down is the interesting story on how it came into existence. In 1970 Mrs. Bolam was caught off guard when a black and white version of this photograph appeared in a nationally published book that justifiably implicated her, albeit without her endorsing it to, as the living former Amelia Earhart. Defiantly, she lawyered-up and successfully shouted the truthful assertion down, even though it took her five years to do so. For more about Mrs. Bolam's legal action click on the third link down in the upper left blue column.


Above: Mrs. Bolam's summary judgement lawsuit against McGraw-Hill and Joseph Gervais and Joe Klaas dragged on for five years. This artlcle was published four years into it in 1974, on Amelia's 77th birthday. The title pretty much says it all, although people did not seem to appreciate the significance of years passing by without a final resolve being reached as to whether Mrs. Bolam was or was not previously known as "Amelia Earhart." This is because she sued for defamation as opposed to the book in question, Amelia Earhart Lives having correctly asserted that she was the former Amelia Earhart going by a different name. 

Multiple 'Irenes' and a 'Forensic Match'
The Foundation of Protecting Earhart
Protecting Earhart has no past or present affiliations with commercialized Amelia Earhart 'cottage industries' intent on pecuniary interests such as 'Nauticos,' 'Tighar,' and 'Chasing Earhart.' It also opposes the fulminations of Messrs. Alex Mandel, Mike Campbell, Richard Gillespie and others whom for years soap-boxed misleading information to the American public about the late-great, Mrs. Irene Bolam. This includes Dr. Mandel's creation of Wikipedia's public information supplied, 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' page, and his overt domination of it. For years Dr. Mandel feverishly worked to discredit the new-millennium learned truths about Mrs. Bolam's past. In his self-built Wikipedia page about her, he references outdated sources chocked with slanted, and since proved 'incorrect' information.
Directly below, take heart in knowing there was more than one woman attributed to the same "Irene Bolam" identity, and the true story on how Amelia became one of them is found in the second page link down on the upper left top of the page.
Here are the three different women who used the same 'Irene' identity in the Twentieth Century. Thank you.

Artist's photo rendering of Amelia Earhart
Note superimposed images far right below.

Below, the original Irene between her first husband and her father. A past friend of Amelia's, by the early 1940s she no longer appeared.


Below, the 'second Irene,' shown younger in the 1940s, older in the 1970s. In 2006, and again in writing in 2014, the 1934 born, Larry Heller positively identified her as his 'late mother.'

The two above photos superimposed; same person younger to older.

Below, the 'third Irene,' FKA 'Amelia Earhart' shown younger and older in 1946 and 1964. She used Larry Heller's mother's identity from the mid-1940s until she died in 1982. The last photo below superimposes her with her former self, Amelia Earhart. Anymore this truth exists as an obvious multi-layeredf 'forensic reality.'  

Superimposed with her former self, 'Amelia'

Above: The three different Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same 'Irene' identity. On the left is the 'original Irene,' the middle displays the 'second Irene,' and the right displays the 'third Irene.' The 'third Irene' appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s since she had previously been known as, "Amelia Earhart."
The original Irene's birth name was "Irene Madeline O'Crowley." She was born in 1904, although her birth certificate was never located, and by the early 1940s she no longer appeared, and maybe no longer existed. The 'second Irene's' true identity remains a mystery. She looked to be a generation younger than the other two Irenes. She was rumored to have been 'born in 1924' and adopted into the O'Crowley family of Newark, New Jersey a few years later. The 1934 born son of the original Irene, identified the second Irene as his life-long mother figure. The 'third Irene' used to be known as Amelia Earhart. She did not take on the identity of 'Irene' until the mid-1940s. The same 'Irene' identity all three used historically featured the names: "Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam."
Below is Amelia Earhart shown in younger and older forms:

Amelia Earhart

Amelia as her later life self in the 1970s, Mrs. Irene Bolam

While it is true the photographs above depict the same human being in younger and older forms, the world public was never supposed to know this. After she went missing in 1937, Amelia Earhart was legally declared 'dead in absentia' in 1939, and a later evaluation of the matter determined said 'declaration' should never change, even after the U.S. Department of Justice learned she had continued to survive. This, coupled with Amelia's strong desire for a future private-life following her varied war-time experiences, is why she ended up becoming known as, 'Irene.'

A Sample Excerpt From The World War Two-Era 'FBI File' On Amelia Earhart...
Directly below is an excerpt from a two-page "December 27, 1944" dated document from the FBI file on Amelia Earhart released well after the FOIA went into effect. The document where this sentence appeared featured an in-depth interview with a former POW held by Japan who managed to escape and was transported to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC to recover from injuries he sustained while doing so. The hospital helped him contact the FBI believing it should interview the well-decorated soldier based on information he mentioned he had learned about Amelia Earhart, first from Japanese personnel in the Philippines just before the Pearl Harbor attack, who mentioned Amelia was "transported to Tokyo where she was being kept at a hotel there," and then again years later from a Japanese intelligence officer while the soldier was a POW after surviving the infamous "Bataan death march." Nearly all of the documents contained in the fifty-nine page file, including this one, were evidenced as having been brought to the attention of then FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover. Several of the documents pertained to information about the location of Amelia's plane, accordingly after Japan impounded it, and others, dated into the mid-1940s, passed along information that pertained to conveyances of Amelia's ongoing survival. The names of both the FBI agent and the recovering soldier are blacked out in the file, something that was standard protocol for sensitive information. In this part of the document, the POW soldier recalled asking the Japanese intelligence officer he was working as a typist for at the time, if he knew whether or not "his cousin, Amelia Earhart" was still alive(?) According the the soldier, the Japanese officer, who was somewhat taken aback by the remark before responding, said he could not tell the soldier anything but assured him at the same time, "not to worry" about Amelia Earhart because she was, "perfectly all right."    



On Brutal Honesty

In her 1986 autobiography, One More Time, Carol Burnett wrote of Tod Swindell's father, newspaper journalist and author, Larry Swindell that, "Larry was one of the most brilliant people I had ever met. He was always brutally honest with me, and I didn't dare ask him what he thought of one of my performances on campus [when the two attended UCLA] unless I really wanted to know."

Consider Tod Swindell's own 'brutally honest' conveyance about Amelia Earhart as something that emanated from 'a chip off the old block.'  


Above: Larry Swindell, Carol, and 'Apple Annie' DeNeut in Eagle Rock, California, 1984. It was Larry who came up with the term, "Protecting Earhart." In the late 1990s, Carol's company, Kalola became interested in Tod Swindell's Amelia Earhart research collaboration with best-selling Amelia Earhart author, Randall Brink. Kalola travelled representatives to Las Vegas where Tod introduced them to famous Earhart historian, Joe Gervais. Ninety Nines' member, Margaret Mead was one who attended the meeting, and she soon after participated in a Marshall Islands expedition with Joe Gervais and a few other sedulous Earhart mystery devotees. Kalola ultimately decided the 'controversial nature' of Amelia Earhart's old missing person case was not a good fit for a company that generally pursued more lighthearted subject matters. Carol Burnett, somewhat of an 'Earhart figure' herself though, had blazed her own trail to become the first woman to host a prime time musical variety series on major network television.

Below: Even though she existed in full view for decades until she died in 1982, the general public was never supposed to identify how this beautiful, important looking woman photographed in 1978 used to be known as "Amelia Earhart." Realizing it may be difficult for some to accept this new millennium forensic reality, the following truth none-the-less exists: Prior to the World War Two era, the proud looking person in the photograph below was known as, "Amelia Earhart." This website has existed on-line continuously since 2007 and no one has ever legally or forensically overchallenged this statement about the Mrs. Irene Bolam shown here, because it's true.


About The Above Photograph
The photograph above displays the former Amelia Earhart, AKA "Mrs. Irene Bolam" in 1978. When this particular formal photo-portrait was taken she was living in her true eightieth year and she had been known as "Irene" for over three decades. As it turned out there were three Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity. The general public was never supposed to know this, nor was it supposed to know about the famous past of the Mrs. Bolam shown above. This is why the news media continues to be persuaded by historical dictum influences--that supplementing those already listed includes the modern Amelia Earhart® trademarked brand owners, the Zonta organization, [of which Amelia and her later-life self as 'Irene' had served as distinguished members] and Dr. Thomas Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, who all continue to encourage the curious not to regard or pay serious attention to this profound truth that was forensically realized in the new millennium. No matter, for the following Amelia Earhart reality now openly exists: The "Mrs. Irene Bolam" displayed above appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s because she had been previously known as, "Amelia Earhart." The original 'Irene,' who Amelia had known in the 1930s before she assumed her left-over identity after World War Two, looked entirely different and was historically a far less ambitious individual. For more about the original 'Irene' whose identity Amelia assumed in her later life years, click on "The True Story of Amelia Earhart" page link located in the upper left blue column. 

What We Do and Do Not Know
"In a public sense, the true circumstances of Amelia's 1937 world flight ending--as well as where she was and what she was doing during the World War Two years--remains unknown. Any information that attempted, or still does attempt to explain what actually happened to Amelia Earhart on July 2, 1937 and how she existed the following eight years has only ever been based on educated guesses. What we are certain about anymore is that Amelia Earhart resurfaced in the United States after the war known as 'Irene,' and she publicly went by that name only until she died in 1982, even after she was outed for who she used to be in 1970. It's hard to blame her, for if she had admitted who she used to be back then the last twelve years of her life would have been very strenuous on her. As it was for her after 1970, it was strenuous enough. We're talking about a real person, a real human being, and when she died she knew who she'd become, and who she used to be." Tod Swindell  

The Misdirected
In the 1980s, a variety of new, privately run cottage industries intent on pecuniary interests began exploiting the invented Amelia Earhart Mystery by introducing a variety of new theories within their different attempts to explain what happened to her. This practice led to endless false-hope news briefs that in-turn confused the American public about Amelia's world flight ending and aftermath. Fortunately, these misleading 'Earhart mystery purveyors' began to fade after knowledge of the incontestable, 'new-millennium forensic achievements' displaying Amelia's post-war private existence as "Mrs. Irene Bolam" surfaced.

On Correct and Incorrect Statements and Truths...

"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement, but the opposite of a profound truth may be another profound truth." Niels Bohr, 1885-1962; Danish quantum theorist & physicist, Nobel Prize winner

Considering this interesting paradoxical sounding quote, it might dawn on one how it could readily be applied to the Earhart conundrum. While it exists as a profound truth that Amelia Earhart survived and lived the latter part of her life in the United States known as someone else until she died in 1982, it also appears to be a profound truth where influential 'connected to the story' individuals remained aware of a potential for precarious historical ramifications to occur should said truth segue into existing as a recognized fact. So much provided the impetus for the controversial reality about Amelia to be covered over--with the intention that it was never to surface or even be promoted to the general public as something worth seriously evaluating.

For many years this approach worked. Inevitably, however, its undoing began when the long-disregarded forensic truth about Amelia Earhart began staring back at people in no uncertain terms. Tod Swindell 


The Forensic Truth
Since the Associated Press reported the emergence of the Irene-Amelia forensic analysis over a dozen years ago, the following 'forensic truth' about Amelia Earhart has been available to anyone who cares to know it:
There were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity and one of them was previously known as "Amelia Earhart."
As mentioned, where this proven reality about Amelia Earhart now exists, the viewpoint propagandized through the news media continues to influence the public NOT to believe it. Amelia Earhart cottage industries and her 'brand image' enthusiasts still discount it, even though in the new millennium the discovered truth about Amelia Earhart ended up presenting itself as an obvious forensic certainty


Amelia Earhart, age 30



On The Evolution of Truth
"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

On Preventing the Discovery of Truth
"The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively by preconcieved opinion and prejudice." Arthur Schopenhauer

Think about it:

Instead of encouraging people to accept what is anymore the obvious reality of Amelia Earhart's post-war continued survival as Irene, the U.S. national press circuit in alignment with ongoing overtures of 'official silence' about her actual fate from the U.S. department of justice, has continued to persuade the public to consider the ideas that Amelia: 1.) Was eaten by giant crabs on the desert island of Nikumaroro, 2.) Was executed by Japan's military on Saipan as a suspected spy, or 3.) With a thousand miles worth of extra fuel reserves, she flew aimlessly over the Pacific Ocean until she simply crashed and sank at unknown coordinates.

Otherwise, it is considered 'taboo' by the U.S. national press circuit to so much as hint at the reality of Amelia's post-loss, name-changed survival as 'Irene.' Even though the data supporting this truth is overwhelming and full-proof anymore, national news reporters are not allowed to touch it.  

The Goal
The goal of this truthful reveal about Amelia Earhart is to culminate with public thought holding a higher regard for Amelia's profound legacy.
Amelia Earhart's full life story ended up mired in ambiguity due to the mystery aspect so casually applied to it. This mode of thought has existed, errantly for the most part, dating back to the time her so-called 'disappearance' occurred.
Because of this long-term distraction, over the years people less-recalled what a profound thinker, superior multi-linguist, universal philosopher, feeling poet, skilled photographer, engaging writer, and excellent business woman Amelia Earhart was, beyond being a patriotic American with deep U.S. history roots, and oh yes, a remarkable champion of early aviation. Why she chose to live the way she did was nobody's business but her own, and she made sure throughout her entire adult life, especially in her later years, that this truth was clearly understood by those who knew her best.


Above: The indomitable 'Irene' in 1978, erstwhile, "First Lady of the Air."

History's 'Earhart Mystery' Challenge

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." A 1982 quote from the Marylin Bender, Selig Altschul Pan Am Airways anthology, The Chosen Instrument.


On Over-Challenging History
After enduring the process of thoroughly examining and comparing the lives of Amelia Earhart and Irene Bolam, the forensic analysis evidenced the same human being in different eras going by different names.
Regardless of the new-millennium consternation the analysis caused among U.S. history scholars and myriad theorists suggesting a variety of other ideas, its conclusive results left it undeniably clear:
Unknown to the public, Amelia Earhart survived her storied 1937 disappearance and in time changed her name to 'Irene.'
In 0pposition to this new paradigm of truth about Amelia Earhart, individuals and organizations legion with the Amelia Earhart brand have worked hard at campaigning through media outlets in a common effort to prevent the reality Amelia's post-World War Two life as a name-changed person from gaining public acceptance. One example featuring Dr. Alex mandel's rebuttals is featured directly below:


Ukrainian Physicist and Amelia Earhart fanatic, Dr. Alex Mandel 

Above: From the time the awareness of the new millennium 'Irene-Amelia' forensic study began drawing public attention, the curious, 'Amelia Earhart image obsessed' Ukrainian Physicist, Dr. Alex Mandel has led a misinformation charge aimed at devaluing the results the study conveyed. If you are interested, an example of his lengthy Wikisource diatribe he assembled and composed to thoroughly discount every aspect of Amelia's later-life 'name-changed' reality, can be observed in the link below the next paragraph. Note how within it, where Dr. Mandel cites author, David Horner's interview with the son of Irene Bolam, Larry Heller, he avoids mentioning how in the new millennium, Mr. Heller identified an entirely different person to have been his 'mother' than the Irene Bolam who was identified as the former Amelia Earhart in the forensic comparison analysis. Therefore Mr. Heller was telling the truth when he stated his mother was not Amelia Earhart.
It had long been known that Amelia Earhart knew Mr. Heller's mother in the 1930s, so after the study revealed how the post-war survived Amelia Earhart had shared his mother's identity in her later life years, Mr. Heller was subsequently asked at his attorney's office in New York to positively identify his life-long 'mother' in photographs, and while doing so he identified a completely different person than the 'Irene Bolam' who was forensically identified as the former Amelia Earhart. Below the following paragraph one can observe the woman Mr. Heller identified as his mother in the middle column as compred to the former Amelia Earhart in the right column, who shared his mother's identity from the mid-1940s until she died in 1982.

"There have been so many different theories and ideas offered by now, and one can think or believe what one will, but the absolute truth of the matter is the general public still doesn't know exactly what happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan on July 2, 1937, the day they were said to have, 'disappeared without a trace.' For decades it was professed by a variety of historical scholars that Amelia went down in the Marshall Islands and likely ended up existing under the stewardship of Japan during the World War Two years. Maybe that's true, maybe it isn't, but the one thing we do know for certain as a result of the new millennium, comprehensive forensic analysis that displays it clearly, is that Amelia Earhart reemerged in the United States after World War Two with a different identity that was attributed to more than one person in the Twentieth Century."  Amelia Earhart Historian, Tod Swindell


Tracking The "Amelia Earhart Mystery" Invention
A brief statement from Tod Swindell
[The difference between understanding what one believes in and believing in what one understands.]
"Most all Amelia Earhart mystery enthusiasts, or theorists, devoted themselves to understanding answers they individually decided to believe in. Two notable ones who claimed to understand different conclusions that were first postulated over seventy years ago--that they individually decided to believe in and promote--are Richard Gillespie of TIGHAR and Alex Mandel of the Amelia Earhart Society. Both mark perfect examples: One believed and insisted that Amelia died on a desert island where her remains were eaten by giant crabs; the other believed and insisted that Amelia was picked up by Japan and soon after died in its custody.
Before combing through these wayward miscalculations and others of a similar ilk, I started from a different vantage point upon embarking on my research journey in the 1990s, and now view myself as a historian who believes in a truth that took me decades to understand. My arduous process required a thorough examination of the tonnage of verified research data on Amelia's loss, followed by subjecting my most earnest determinations to a comprehensive forensic evaluation. Thus, I did not work to understand something I believed in, rather, I came to believe in something I worked hard to learn about and understand, as any true research analyst does." Tod Swindell

A Quick Review
Amelia Earhart displayed different looks during her fame years just as she did in later-life when she was known as 'Irene,' until her passing took place in 1982. To date the United States government has never offered an 'official opinion' about the decades old controversy over Mrs. Bolam's true life-long identity, leaving the Smithsonian Institution [a 'ward' of the U.S. government] no choice but to keep downplaying what in recent decades grew to become the 'obvious reality' of Amelia's later-life with a different name. 

Amelia as Amelia side:




Amelia as Irene side:





On Amelia's Name Change To Irene
 From the Protecting Earhart Chronicles by Tod Swindell
Granted it's hard to fathom it actually happened, but it did happen. Fortunately, the endeavor of Amelia Earhart's name-change to 'Irene' is no longer difficult to explain or comprehend.
A Zonta organization friend of Amelia's, a New York/New Jersey attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, had a niece she helped raise from childhood who was a contemporary of Amelia's. By marriage her niece's name was, 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile.'
After Amelia became famous in 1928, she became a member of the Zonta women's organization that same year. Upon joining the Zonta's, Amelia's new friend, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, (a prominent Zonta figure) co-emceed the ceremony for Amelia's induction, and in short order after doing so she introduced Amelia to her niece, Irene Craigmile.
Irene Craigmile was seven years younger than the new-famous pilot, Amelia Earhart, and she looked up to her. When they met, Irene was sure to express her own interest in 'flying' to Amelia, and the two remained distantly acquainted from that point on.
Sadly, a few years later in 1931, Irene Craigmile lost her husband of four years, Charles Craigmile, to uremic poisoning after his appendix burst during a road trip.
A year later, in 1932, not long after Amelia soloed the Atlantic, the newly widowed Irene Craigmile decided she wanted to learn to be a pilot. Except while taking flying lessons midway through the following year, just before being awarded her pilot's license, she realized she was pregnant out of wedlock and ended up eloping to wed the child's father, Alvin Heller, who had served as one of her flight instructors. She would never pilot a plane again.
A son was born to the newlyweds, Al and Irene Heller in early 1934, except it had been a trying three years for Irene after losing her husband, Charles. Coming out of her bereavement, she looked forward to the adventure of flying planes and spent months taking lessons. Instead the end-result for her was an unplanned pregnancy and a new husband she didn't really know that well. Through it all, Irene began suffering from bouts of depression that abetted the soon-to-be failure of her rushed marriage, and by 1937, Al Heller had relocated alone to Buffalo, New York. His career as a pilot did not suit the typical 'stay at home husband and father' profile well, and his decision to leave led to Irene filing for a marriage annulment and soon to follow 'child visitation rights' battle. In the interim, the couple's young son began being attended to by a surrogate mother figure from within the extended O'Crowley family fold who he would grow to imprint as his real mother.
After Amelia went missing in 1937, and then was declared 'dead in absentia' on January 5, 1939 (even though she was still very much alive) her Zonta friend, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who helped with her niece's marriage annulment process, would serve as a key player within the arrangement for Amelia to use Irene's identity after the war years. As recalled by one Diana Dawes in 1992, who was a later-life good friend of Mrs. Irene Bolam's, (AKA the 'former' Amelia Earhart) at some point, Irene Craigmile Heller's death occurred but the when, where, and how of it was not publicized, thus enabling Amelia to later assume her identity. The arrangement accordingly took place under the omniscient guise of the U.S. justice department's, J. Edgar Hoover, and with 'assigned help' administered by one Monsignor James Francis Kelley of Rumson, New Jersey, (see further below) who counseled and guided the war-years survived, Amelia Earhart, during the transition phase that left her further known as, 'Irene.' Note: It appears to be the case that Amelia's 'identity change' endeavor was actually initiated prior to the end of World War Two.
For more about this and what became of Al and Irene Heller's son, click on "The True Story of Amelia Earhart" link at the top of this page to the left.


Above: By the mid-late 1940s, clear-legible photographs of the original Irene Craigmile became all but non-extant in the process of Amelia acquiring her identity to use in her own later-life years. The rare photo above depicts the original Irene Craigmile in 1930, shown between her first husband, Charles Craigmile (left) and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley (right.) The original Irene Craigmile was an only child of twelve years old when her mother, Bridget Doyle O'Crowley died, thus creating the need for her to be further reared by her attorney aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley.



Above: In 1982, this was Monsignor James Francis Kelley's response to a reporter who asked him about the ongoing rumor about his recently deceased friend, Irene Bolam having been previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' In a later recorded interview, and to a variety of other individuals he knew, Monsignor Kelley did confirm his friend, Mrs. Bolam had been previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.'


Above: In 1987, the aforementioned, Diana Dawes, a former Princeton, New Jersey radio show host who was one of Irene Bolam's better friends in the 1970s, recalled some revealing anecdotes about her late friend as newspapers around the country marked the 50th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's storied 'disappearance.' Ms. Dawes mentioned how on a high shelf in Irene Bolam's closet she noticed a uniform collection of "large leather bound ledger-books with the letters 'AE' embossed on their spines." Notice in the above excerpt about the christening dress, the former Amelia Earhart slips and refers to her long gone friend, the original Irene Craigmile, in the third person.


Another excerpt from a 1987 newspaper article that quoted Diana Dawes. No one seemed to pay much attention to the fact that almost twenty years after Joseph A. Gervais first shared his belief that Mrs. Bolam was the former Amelia Earhart on a national news level, the controversy over who she really was still existed because his assertion about her past identity had never been disproved. Instead, by then United States 'official historians' had learned to embrace the practice of adroitly avoiding the controversy.




Above: Mrs. Irene Bolam in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976, while on a trip with Monsignor James Francis Kelley's sister, Gertruded Kelley Hession. The two right panels superimpose her into the person she used to be. 

Check out the new "Irene-Amelia" YouTube link below. [More dissolves soon to be added.] The perfection of the forensic alignments is inarguable:  


The Inspiration For Protecting Earhart's Forensic Study:
The inspiration for Protecting Earhart's new millennium forensic study is traceable to 1970, when the enigmatically important, 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' displayed in the above photographs was called-out on a national news level because she was suspected to have been previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' This may sound crazy to some, except for a few years prior to 1970, Mrs. Bolam had eluded formidable researchers of Amelia's 1937 disappearance who not only felt she resembled an 'older' version of Amelia Earhart, but after looking into her past they found highly noticeable connective tissue that existed between she and Amelia. Mrs. Bolam described herself as one who, "had a career as a pilot once, but I gave that all up years ago." She also mentioned that she had "known" and had "often flown with Amelia Earhart" in the 1930s.
Decades later, after learning that the question of Mrs. Bolam's life-long identity was never solidly answered, and how more researchers came to ardently believe that she had been previously known as Amelia Earhart, (to date four books have been published contending she was), Protecting Earhart's forensic study displayed the same Mrs. Bolam demonstrating a haunting physical congruence and character traits alignment to Amelia Earhart, along with surfacing the unrecognized fact that more than one woman had been attributed to the same 'Irene' identity. The study further revealed the Mrs. Bolam featured here appeared from out of nowhere to live in the United States known as 'Irene Craigmile' following the World War Two years, until she married Guy Bolam in 1958.
This quietly important individual traveled the world with an open-ended ticket on Pan Am Airways throughout the 1960s and 1970s, hobnobbing with internationally known people while also devoting time to the administration of Radio Luxembourg. She died in 1982. In the 1930s and prior to, she was known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'

Continue on to learn more about history's quietly important, Mrs. Irene Bolam, who absolutely was, previously known as, "Amelia Earhart."

"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." Sports promoter, Peter Bussatti in 1982, comments about his 1970s good friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam who had recently passed-on. With many others, Mr. Bussatti often wondered if Mrs. Bolam used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' 


Irene Bolam and Peter Busatti
Below: Another sample from Protecting Earhart's comprehensive, 'Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis' achieved in the new millennium, the first one ever done. 


Mrs. Irene Bolam, far left; Amelia Earhart, far right; the two images superimposed, center.

"Peter Busatti said he accompanied Mrs. Bolam to the Wings Club in New York City on one occasion. He said a full length portrait of Amelia Earhart hangs in the room dedicated in her honor. ""It was a dead ringer for Irene,"" he said. ""Sometimes I thought she was [the former Amelia Earhart], sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied, "When I die you'll find out,"" Busatti said. At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned all the admirals and generals seemed to know her." Excerpted from a 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune article.

The Irene-Amelia.Com website was launched in 2007. The forensic reality it displays has never been over-challenged and never will be because displays the forensic truth about Amelia Earhart. In the latter part of the Twentieth Century, the Smithsonian Institution and the Amelia Earhart brand owned by Amelia's extended family, maintained a tradition of steering people away from the learned reality of Amelia's private life in the United States after World War Two. Oddly enough, after the forensic analysis results were made public in the new millennium, their defensive deflections became more deliberate.     

2018 marks eleven years of presenting unheralded Amelia Earhart truths over the Internet. Its broad-based view of Protecting Earhart's landmark discoveries enabled it to fully expound on the obfuscated fate of Amelia Earhart. Assembled to enlighten the non-biased, Irene-Amelia.Com exists today as the most truthful, historically revealing, and overall important Amelia Earhart website on the internet.
Protecting Earhart makes it clear: Amelia's body was not eaten by giant crabs on the desert island of Nikumaroro, even though many people were conditioned over the years by a media sensationalized group known as 'TIGHAR' to consider this ridiculous idea.
Protecting Earhart further makes it clear: Amelia was not executed by Japan's military as a suspected spy, nor did she die of medical neglect while in Japan's custody, although some author-theorists have long been trying to convince people that one of these two scenarios occurred.
As well, after missing Howland Island, Amelia did not fly around aimlessly in radio silence until she crashed and sank into the ocean, although this has always appeared to be the 'officially preferred' viewpoint for people to accept.
Protecting Earhart conveys the truth, the ONLY truth concerning what became of Amelia Earhart that the U.S. justice department never wished for the public to identify. Take heart in knowing this was not a conspiracy hidden reality, rather, it was a truth that ended up being left behind as a result of the World War Two years in a let's move on kind of way.



Clothing manufacturer, Abraham Zapruder


Former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais

Two years after Abraham Zapruder filmed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas; a shaken Joseph A. Gervais, while visiting the Hamptons of Long Island, New York where he was to deliver a lecture about his research on Amelia Earhart's disappearance, in an 'impromptu' way boldly pointed his camera to take another history making photograph. Here's how it happened:
Directly below is an enlarged image of Mrs. Irene Bolam, FKA 'Amelia Earhart' as she appeared in the photograph Joseph A. Gervais took of her in 1965. Originally, and for years afterward the vast majority of people who observed her image here felt she did not resemble what an older, 'survived' Amelia Earhart would have looked like. No matter, for along with Mrs. Bolam's previous self-admitted 'past association' with Amelia Earhart that left the more intuitive scratching their heads about her for decades, the new-millennium, comprehensive forensic analysis that did not commence until over thirty-years after the picture was taken, became its undoing. The article underneath the photograph details how it came to exist, and why any further it is so historically important. 


 About The Origin Of The Above Photograph
From the Protecting Earhart Chronicles by Tod Swindell
In 1965, a former U.S. Air Force Captain who had flown missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam met the woman in the above photograph, Mrs. Irene Bolam, at a gathering of respected pilots from the early days of aviation. The former air force captain's name was Joseph A. Gervais. He was an excellent pilot who logged close to 20,000 hours of flying time during his military career. He was a family man as well, known for his solid reputation and good character.
Joe Gervais took the above 35MM photograph of Mrs. Bolam when he met her on August 8, 1965. He had been researching the facts of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance for the previous five years when he was invited to the retired aviators' annual luncheon in New York by one of Amelia Earhart's 1930s flying friends, Viola Gentry.
Viola had asked Joe to come and lecture to her club, "The Early Birds of Aviation" about his research findings. The 'Early Birds' even paid the air-fare and lodging expenses for Joe and his wife and children to make the trip from their home in Nevada. Viola was not expecting her friend, Mrs. Bolam to attend the luncheon that day, but she did, accompanied by her British husband, Guy Bolam. After Viola introduced Joe to the Bolams at Joe's request, Mrs. Bolam acknowledged to him that she used to "know" Amelia Earhart and that she had "often flown with her" in the 1930s.
Joe Gervais found Mrs. Bolam curious. He also felt she looked hauntingly similar to the way Amelia Earhart might have looked as an older person, and he noticed two small items she wore at the bottom of the 'V' on her blouse that looked to be military decorations to him; an Oak Leaf cluster signifying the rank of a Air Force Major, affixed next to a square-enameled DFC indicator pin. ['DFC' for 'Distinguished Flying Cross.'] Joe knew Amelia Earhart had been decorated with both awards before, and where he had retired from the Air Force as a Major himself, the 'piddle oak leaf cluster' was most recognizable to him. He also noticed a certain air of importance Mr. and Mrs. Bolam commanded among the other club members in attendance.
So taken by Mrs. Bolam toward the end of their conversation, Joseph A. Gervais asked if she would be willing to meet with him again so she could recall her experiences with Amelia Earhart to him. The somewhat reluctant Mrs. Bolam agreed, then hand-wrote her phone number on a business card with the name of "Irene Craigmile" printed on it, the name she was known by before she married Guy Bolam in 1958.
Wielding his camera at the event, before they parted ways Joseph A. Gervais asked the Bolams if he could take their photograph (full frame shown in black-and-white below) causing Mrs. Bolam to turn toward her husband to see how he felt about the impromptu request. Joe took the picture just after she turned back to politely decline, and in the photo one can observe Guy Bolam as he finished responding to her that he, "didn't think it was a good idea" the moment Joe clicked his shutter, after which Mrs. Bolam quietly said to him, "I wish you hadn't done that."
Following the luncheon, during which Joe's wife, Thelma was seated next to Mrs. Bolam, Joe lectured about his 'Amelia Earhart disappearance research' to the Early Birds crowd of about 150 people, except for that part of the event, Mr. and Mrs. Bolam elected not to stay.
(continued below)


Above: The August 8, 1965 photo of Guy and Irene Bolam taken by Joseph A. Gervais as it appeared in the 1970 controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives.


Above: Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, Viola Gentry with Guy Bolam on August 9, 1965, the day after Joseph A. Gervais met and took his photo of Guy and Irene Bolam. This photo was taken by Mrs. Irene Bolam, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.' [Photo courtesy of Diana Dawes.]


Above left to right: Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, and Viola Gentry from the New York City Mid-Week Pictorial in 1932. The photo was taken upon Amelia's return to the U.S. after her successful Atlantic Ocean solo-flight crossing, a fete that left her the first woman to achieve what Charles Lindbergh became the first person to do in 1927. Elinor Smith and Viola Gentry were two of Amelia's good pilot friends and fellow charter 99s' members.

Remaining perplexed about her after he returned to his home in Nevada, Joseph A. Gervais began looking into Mrs. Bolam's past. He also scheduled a few times to meet with her again, and she agreed to, but each time she failed to show at the designated time and place. Inevitably, Joseph A. Gervais never personally encountered Mrs. Bolam again after that 1965 day.
Five years after they met, Joe felt he had discerned enough lacking and otherwise contradictory information about Mrs. Bolam to assert that his hunch was correct, where she could only be the 'somehow survived' Amelia Earhart sporting a new identity.
Many people called Joseph A. Gervais 'crazy' after a 1970 book publicized his belief, and Mrs. Bolam herself sued him, albeit unsuccessfully on a personal level, with the final resolve being ten dollars of consideration exchanged by both parties. It is true that the book's publisher, McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay Mrs. Bolam a high five figure sum, but it had nothing to do with its book implicating her as the former Amelia Earhart. Instead, Mrs. Bolam's attorney cited the book, that was published without Mrs. Bolam's participation or authorization, unjustifiably suggested his client was a "bigamist" and "a traitor to her country."  
After the five-year lawsuit ended, that had included the odd stipulation, "no questions about Mrs. Bolam's existence from prior to 1937 were to be asked," as the years continued to pass the controversy over who Mrs. Bolam really was or used to be refused to go away, and Joe's assertion that she was formerly known as 'Amelia Earhart' proved impossible to over-challenge as well. Follow up investigators tried, but they couldn't do it. So much left Joseph A. Gervais spending the rest of his life until he died in 2005, maintaining that he was correct about the woman he met and photographed in 1965 having been previously known as Amelia Earhart, adding at the same time it was clearly something the general public was 'never supposed to know.' A year after Joe's passing, when the early forensic study results became known in Earhart research circles, the National Geographic Channel surfaced to downplay the controversy over who Mrs. Bolam really was without offering a hard conclusion.
Ultimately, Protecting Earhart's study revealed how this same 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' that Joseph A. Gervais photographed in 1965, seventeen years before she died in 1982, did forensically match Amelia Earhart, and that she was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, leaving the additional deductive reasoning to enable a basic forensic conclusion.

Below: A  larger version repeated from above, two 1937 photos of Amelia Earhart followed by one of the many 'telling' examples from Tod Swindell's new-millennium, Protecting Earhart forensic comparison analysis that forensically revealed Amelia's later-life continued survival as one of three different women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity.

Amelia under the nose of her Lockheed Electra 10E, 1937

Different angle and look from the same series, Amelia Earhart, 1937

Any further there is no doubt...
03-aamelia.jpg the veracity of the Amelia/Irene head-to-toe forensic alignment

Above: Amelia and her later-life self, Irene Bolam superimposed with each other from Protecting Earhart's forensic comparison analysis. The head-to-toe and character trait congruences the analysis displayed outed the same individual human being going by different names in different eras. 


Above, the former Amelia Earhart on August 8, 1965 in front of the Sea Spray Inn of East Hampton, Long Island, New York.

Previewing The Monsignor Kelley-Amelia Earhart Connection
Below: Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996)


Colonel Reineck: "Amelia Earhart was Irene Bolam?" Father Kelley: "That's right, yes." USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.) asks former Seton Hall College president, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, who replies about his late close friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam. [Excerpted from a 1991 tape recorded conversation between the two.]
A decade earlier, after Mrs. Bolam's passing took place in 1982, Monsignor Kelley had responded to questions from the press about the ongoing suspicion of her 'past dual identity' in the following manner: 

From a 10/18/82 New Jersey News Tribune article:
Msgr. Kelley later verified his late friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam used to be, 'Amelia Earhart'

The famous priest, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, was an important United States catholic church emissary in the Twentieth Century. He knew many celebrities in his day, including Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, and he was decorated in the 1940s for his "patriotic service to his country during the war years" by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. and the U.S. Department of Justice's J. Edgar Hoover. Father Kelley never shared the reason he was given these awards but those who studied Amelia Earhart's private survival story the most estimated they had to do with the help and attention he devoted to securing a private-life future for Amelia after the war years.    


Above: Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the former Amelia Earhart, 1977. Father Kelley went on to admit that with his help Amelia became known as 'Irene' after World War Two and they remained close friends from that point on.


Monsignor James Francis Kelley introduces LPGA golfer, Janey Blalock to Pope Paul VI


Monsignor Kelley with then New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne and his wife, Jean; Commissioner of Baseball Bowie Kuhn and his wife, Luisa; and the LPGA's, Sandra Palmer


Monsignor Kelley with First Lady Betty Ford and Marge Montana

Below: The former Amelia Earhart (right) in 1976, with her good friend and frequent travelling companion, Gertrude Kelley Hession in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia. Gertrude was Monsignor Kelley's sister. It's hard to see Amelia here, sure, until you hit the video dissolve link highlighted in yellow below. 


Yes, it is hard to recognize Mrs. Bolam here as an older version of her former 'Amelia' self, but once-again click on the link directly below to watch a slow motion dissolve of the same photo as she superimposes into who she used to be. After watching the dissolve a few times, hit the back arrow to return to Irene-Amelia.Com. As noted the person she is with, Gertrude Kelley Hession, was the sister of Monsignor James Francis Kelley. As Irene Bolam, the former Amelia Earhart was a close friend of both Monsignor Kelley and his sister, Gertrude. Beginning in the late 1970s and continuing until his death in 1996, Monsignor Kelley, a past president of Seton Hall College, confided to certain individuals, some who later went on record about it, that his later-life friend, Irene, used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.' As with Joseph A. Gervais, adversaries called Monsignor Kelley 'crazy' for saying what he did about his friend, Irene, who died in 1982. Monsignor Kelley wasn't crazy, and of course neither was Joseph A. Gervais.
Click on the link below to watch the video dissolve. 

The former Amelia Earhart, 1976

Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the former Amelia Earhart, 1980

Above left is the former Amelia Earhart in Jamaica, 1976. Above right, the former Amelia Earhart with her later-life close friend, Monsignor James Francis Kelley of Rumson, New Jersey. Monsignor Kelley came from a wealthy background and owned properties in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Jamaica. As 'Irene' the former Amelia Earhart was known to visit him at both places, especially the Monsignor's beautiful home on St. Croix, U.S.V.I.  Monsignor Kelley was the President of Seton Hall College from 1936 to 1949 and was largely credited for its 1950 conversion into a major university. In 1979, for the first time on record, Monsignor Kelley described to his good friend, Donald Dekoster, an auto industry executive, that he had helped with Amelia's quiet return to the U.S. after VJ Day and he had been "instrumental" with her name change to 'Irene.' He added that he had served as her "psychiatric priest" as well. [Monsignor Kelley held doctoral degrees Psychology and Philosophy.] The former Amelia Earhart was initially known as 'Irene Craigmile' after the war until she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958, who oversaw the operation of Radio Luxembourg. Guy died in 1970, at which time the former Amelia Earhart took over as the corporate president of Radio Luxembourg.    

The information presented in this website pertains to the well storied, 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. The controversy over what really happened as a result of the failed world-flight attempt that led to their loss remained a highly debated historical subject matter for many years.
Where anyone might offer a legal argument in an effort to explain the actual outcome of their flight, it is essential to remember how the loss of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan was originally called, "a missing persons" case.
Solving a missing person case requires finding the person or finding true body evidence of the person. Since this still had not happened by the time 1939 arrived, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were legally declared "dead in absentia" at that point in time.
In the mid-1990s, after becoming deeply interested in the story of Amelia Earhart's so-called 'disappearance,' I began my own in-depth research that looked into the peculiar record of her world flight outcome. A few years into the new millennium I drew a certain conclusion after thoroughly examining the different theories presented over the years that tried to explain what really happened to Amelia. My opinion was markedly influenced by 1993 Lost Star author, Randall Brink, and a high-profile suggestion offered in the 1970s from famous Amelia Earhart historian, Joseph A. Gervais, who, based on his own findings, asserted that Amelia continued to survive after she went missing, and she eventually resurfaced in the United States sporting a different identity.
This may sound as outlandish to you today as it did to most people back then. Just the same, additional information learned about it during past two decades only added further support to the, 'Amelia survived and took on a new identity' postulation. For starters, it was confirmed years ago by Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey, Amelia's sister and only sibling who died in 1998, that she and the Mrs. Irene Bolam shown on this page were friends and Zonta sisters in their later life years. Protecting Earhart's modern expose' revealed how this was, 'not just a coincidence.' 
Die-hard Amelia Earhart mystery fans are just now starting to grasp the truthful nature of what the Protecting Earhart forensic study accomplished. To those taking an interest, the second page-link down on the upper left will direct you to what I ascertain to be, "The True Story of Amelia Earhart," of which the information displayed here offers a preview.
Thank you, Tod Swindell

Why the historical truth about Amelia's name change to Irene has never been officially acknowledged or promoted:
Even though it is forensically true that Amelia Earhart managed to survive her storied disappearance and she eventually changed her name to 'Irene' during the World War Two era, as mentioned her own family and the Smithsonian Institution have never acknowledged it publicly. Instead, since 1970, after the forensic truth about Amelia Earhart was first discovered and made public by a third party [Joseph A. Gervais] they maintained the practice of quickly dismissing it out of hand, describing it as "hokum," "baseless," or "unsupported by convincing evidence." These rebuttals may have sounded sincere, but they simply weren't true. Still, they managed to sway the news media--and therefore public opinion as well--away from embracing the reality of it. In the meantime, the U.S. government always maintained a vigil of 'official silence' toward the controversy over who Mrs. Irene Bolam really was, or used to be. No matter, history is now in the process of giving-in to what has grown to become the obvious reality of Amelia's continued private existence as 'Irene.'
With all that was learned and revealed about it since Joseph A. Gervais first surfaced this 'witness protection' truth, one might compare it to the case of Charles Lindbergh's alternate identity discovery. For it wasn't until 2004, thirty-years after he died that Charles Lindbergh's 1950s-to-1970s secret alias of 'Careu Kent' was finally verified after facing years of both his survived family and official historians dismissing it.
In Amelia's case, beyond the undeniable forensic comparison results, the additional undoing of the Amelia-became-Irene reality was Protecting Earhart's forensic discovery of more than one woman having been attributed to the same 'Irene' identity, with the one who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, appearing nowhere identified that way prior to the mid-1940s. This is because before that time, to include famously in the 1930s, she was known as Amelia Earhart.

Question: What does, 'You can't unring a bell' mean?

Answer: This means that once something has been done, you have to live with the consequences as it can't be undone.

Amelia Earhart

The forensic transition continues...

04-AAAIblend2.jpg reveal the congruence

History Can't Unring The Bell Joseph A. Gervais Rang...
In 1965, after Joseph A. Gervais took his telling 35MM photograph and later asserted that the woman who appeared in it used to be known as Amelia Earhart, it rang a bell of truth that has been impossible to unring ever since. Many people have tried to unring it over the years, but they couldn't do it. In 2006, forty years after Joe Gervais took his photo, even The National Geographic Channel ineffectively tried to unring it on national TV by way of soliciting the opinion of police forensic detective, Kevin Richlin of Riverside, California. Detective Richlin, who was never shown the most convincing comparisons to include the ones shown above, opined the 'Amelia became Irene' postulation looked to be a frivolous exercise to him, but his opinion was only based on the limited amount of data the show's producers gave him to work with. Note: Protecting Earhart's, Tod Swindell, who appeared in the same 2006 Nat Geo special, was not advised about Detective Richlin's participation, nor was he given the opportunity to meet Detective Richlin and show him the full body of his forensic study achievements before the show aired, even though the show's producers were well-aware of their existence.
His past remarks notwithstanding, today Detective Richlin will readily admit to anyone that he did not forensically conclude the Gervais-Irene Bolam and Amelia Earhart were different human beings at any time, even though opposing theorists have soap-boxed that he did ever since the show aired.
Below: Thanks to Protecting Earhart's in depth, comprehensive forensic analysis of the Gervais' assertion about Mrs. Bolam, this 1965 photograph he took of her exists today as a documented testimonial of truth, similar to the Zapruder film of President John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination two years earlier. Film gamma, specially 35MM film gamma only displays the honest quality of what a normal camera lens captures. Joe Gervais confirmed the lens he used to take his 1965 photo of Mrs. Bolam was a standard 50MM lens.


Before Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell embarked on one, no one had ever conducted a serious forensic analysis of Gervais' controversial assertion about Mrs. Bolam's past. 

Mrs. Bolam said she had known Amelia...
...28 years after Amelia was said to have 'vanished without a trace'

What This Means...
Of course, at first glance this may be hard to believe. Trust knowing, though, this forensic reality has loomed on the horizon for some time now. What it means, basically, is that you have just observed a few of Protecting Earhart's superimposed photo transitions of Amelia Earhart's image morphing into her later-life self. Joseph A. Gervais photographed Mrs. Bolam on the day he met her in 1965. After studying her background, which he realized to be highly ambiguous, his controversial assertion about Mrs. Bolam's past made national news by way of the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas, that featured a copy of the 1965 Gervais photo of Mrs. Bolam within it. Joe Gervais met, conversed with, and photographed Mrs. Bolam at a gathering of noteworthy pilots from the early days of aviation that year. From then on to his dying day in 2005, he maintained the same Mrs. Bolam used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.' To his credit he didn't need a forensic analysis to convince him of a truth he already knew, although he was quite satisfied when he observed Protecting Earhart's initial forensic results before the event of his passing took place.
The final summation once again: After it commenced in 1997, in time Protecting Earhart's study proved how three different Twentieth Century women were attributed to the same Irene Bolam identity, and the one who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. Not to leave out--she matched Amelia Earhart in every aspect. This is because she used to be known as Amelia Earhart, and thanks to Protecting Earhart, anymore this forensic reality exists as an obvious, albeit 'unrecognized' historical truth.

Click on the photo below to go to The True Story Of Amelia Earhart By Tod Swindell.

Image credit: Sir Charles Cary

More Brutal Honesty: About Courage

Courage: "Mental or moral strength to venture, perservere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty."

When the woman above was known as Amelia Earhart, she wrote her most famous poem called "The Price of Courage," and she lived her entire life, both as Amelia and as Irene recognizing the value of courage.

Unfortunately, influential cowards in their lofty environs are afraid to acknowledge or promote the discovered forensic truth about Amelia's continued existence as "Irene" in the United States after World War Two. They have proven themselves irresponsible when it comes to acknowledging and promoting what is anymore the obvious truth about Amelia's later life existence. These people exist at the Smithsonian Institution, at the National Geographic Society, in the governmental executive branches of the United States and Japan, in the TIGHAR, Nauticos, Chasing Earhart, and Amelia Earhart Society clubs, in the head offices of major news outlets, and even within Amelia's own survived family. Why do they continue to promote the non-truth that states the woman above was NOT the former Amelia Earhart? Because they are afraid of publicly acknowledging and siding with the reality they recognize about Amelia Earhart's continued existence as "Irene." Some of their inner circles have at times expressed ideas suggesting it would be historically irresponsible to admit the truth about Amelia's later-life name changed existence, although plain laziness is involved too, where they would rather not have to contend with the future outcroppings of such a public verification. It also appears that at least some of them fear losing face as well. So instead, they myopically encourage the public to keep believing that the proud individual above was never known as Amelia Earhart, even to the point of vilifying people from the past who had the courage to publicly affirm it, and continuing to vilify people who demonstrate the courage to publicly affirm it today. These influential individuals go on refusing to acknowledge this profound realized historical truth, even juxtaposed to the years-evolved forensic results that so clearly do convey how the Mrs. Irene Bolam shown above most definitely had been, previously known as, "Amelia Earhart."


Coward: "One who shows disgraceful fear or timidity."



Above: Amelia Earhart in 1935 with legendary Hawaiian surfer & Olympic swimmer, Duke Kahanamoku doing some outrigging in Hawaii. Amelia's controversial disappearance in 1937 led to several decades of debates over what really happened to her, the general consenus being the truth had been withheld from the public.
Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis carefully re-examined the long held assertion of Amelia's private, post-loss existence. The study's inarguable results revealed it clearly was the case how amid complex circumstances, Amelia Earhart lived well beyond the date of her disappearance known by a different name, and any official knowledge of it was sequestered away from public awareness with indefinite intentions.

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As well, follow the new YouTube Channel: "Irene Amelia" to observe uploaded forensic video dissolves. 

Below: The 'former' Amelia Earhart shown in a 1978 formal photo-portrait sitting. As a result of the World War Two years, Amelia ended up being one of three Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity.


Known as 'Irene' the latter part of her life, the woman above is the same person in the 1965 color photograph displayed on this page. She appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. Note the wings pinned toward her left shoulder. Even though official history has been careful not to introduce her in a public way, she remained stately and beautiful, and proud of who she was historically as well. Understandably, she coveted her privacy as a non-public person after the war years until her passing in 1982.

Senator Hiram Bingham with Amelia Earhart when she was 31

Below: Past and future superimposed


The Amelia photo used came from her book, The Fun Of It

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Protecting Earhart seeks no donations and advertises nothing but the truth about Amellia Earhart. It came into existence in 1996 and launched in 2007. Its comprehensive Forensic Analysis and Forensic Comparison Study 1.) Proved more than one person used the same 'Irene' identity. 2.) Displayed the head-to-toe and character-traits congruence the Gervais-Irene Bolam shared with Amelia Earhart. 3.) Proved the Gervais-Irene Bolam appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, ultimately concluding against the grain fo convention, said 'individuals' actually marked the same physical human being in younger and older forms going by different names.
Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis began in 1997 and was initially copyrighted in 2002. Author-creator, Tod Swindell's original manuscript, Protecting Earhart: The Beautiful Alter Ego and Silent Legacy of History's Most Famous Flying Heroine has been housed and registered at the Writers Guild of America West since 2004, #1033972, and was ultimately copyrighted after several revisions and updates in 2014, # TXu 1-915-926, then after some final revisions, it was again copyrighted in 2017, # TXu 2-061-539. For publishing and sub-rights availability inquiries e-mail
Protecting Earhart is dedicated to the past tireless efforts of the late USAF Major, Joseph A. Gervais [1924-2005] and the late USAF Col., Rollin C. Reineck [1920-2007], two World War Two heroes who began expounding on the 'Amelia became Irene' truth decades ago. A thanks also goes out to pilot-author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who supplied additional 'Irene' photo data and handwritten letters for my study, that along with the same data Joe Gervais and Rollin Reineck forwarded my way, helped it to reach its reality based conclusion. Thanks as well to former CIA operative, Bazzell Baz, who provided much inspiration into my Earhart truth seeking endeavor when it was first getting underway in the late 1990s.
Major Gervais, who was considered by many to have been the most knowledgeable Amelia Earhart investigative researcher ever to pursue the truth, first asserted the Irene-Amelia reality in 1965. The controversial 1970 McGraw-Hill book by Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives delved into the enormous amount of Joe Gervais' investigative research and displayed the first nationally published photo of Irene Bolam, AKA the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.' Regardless of the fallout caused by Amelia Earhart Lives, Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck spent the last four decades of their lives working to better advance the claim of Amelia Earhart's name-changed survival to authenticity, after enduring their own long term investigations of the evidence that supported it. Colonel Reineck's book, Amelia Earhart Survived was published in 2004 and was greatly inspired by my 'Protecting Earhart' forensic analysis. Portions of my study appeared in Colonel Reineck's book, though it is more extensively displayed in Protecting Earhart, Beyond 37', and are the intellectual properties of Aether Pictures & Press, LLC.

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