Amelia Earhart: What The General Public Never Knew

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Drumming Out False Earhart History
The Curious Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam
Past Significant Amelia Earhart Disappearance Investigations
About 'Operation Earhart' (1960-1970)
About Tod Swindell
The 1980s and 1990s Words Of Monsignor James Francis Kelley On Amelia Earhart
Comparing Amelia Earhart To Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Surname 'Bolam' added in 1958)
Wikipedia Deceitfully Misleads the Public About Amelia and Irene
Newspaper Fraud Tried To Hide The Truth In 1982




"The most thorough review and examination of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and missing person case ever conducted."



Amelia Earhart in her thirty-first year,
when she instantly became famous.
Nine years later she was said to have,
"disappeared without a trace."
Except... that never happened.


Note: This website presents the controversial results of a comprehensive, Twenty First Century study that edified the non-publicized 'truth' pertaining to what became of Amelia Earhart.

As the world knows, Amelia Earhart was declared 'missing' in 1937, and then 'dead in absentia' in 1939. Although censured by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society, and unjustifiably decried by pseudo historians, the human comparison results that show Amelia Earhart alive and well going by a different name in her later life years are non-contestable.



Amelia and her later-life self in a
Digital Composite from the study


Dedicated to

Doris Kearns Goodwin and Amy Kleppner




Above, Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin (left) and Amy Kleppner
(right) Educator, Doctor of Philosophy, Amelia Earhart's niece. 


Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Also honoring the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who, "...bore witness to, argued for, and helped to constitutionalize the most hard fought and least-appreciated revolution in modern American history: the emancipation of women. Aside from Thurgood Marshall, no single American has so wholly advanced the cause of equality under the law." Jill Lepore, The New Yorker

Most importantly, remembering Amelia Earhart... 


Amelia Earhart, 1937 

"Amelia Earhart was interested in the status of women from an early age. She compiled a scrapbook about women who had nontraditional jobs, mainly in male dominated fields. She wanted women to achieve greater equality in the aviation industry. She persisted because she loved aviation and she also was passionate about achieving equality for women." Amelia Earhart's niece, Amy Kleppner [2018 Canary & Co interview]







The above sentences were photo-copied from a 1938
White House transcript regarding the true outcome
of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight attempt, nine
months after Amelia was reported 'missing.'
Note: The Executive Branch of the United States Federal
Government continues to withhold the details it knew
about Amelia's 1937 world flight outcome to this day,
by way of a sealed Executive Order dating back to the
administration of President Franklin Roosevelt.


Amelia Earhart


Post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
in 1965 & Amelia in a Digital Composite



The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
(above) looked nothing like Amelia Earhart.
After 1940, Amelia virtually replaced her.


Tod Swindell


"A long time ago, after meeting and getting to know USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.) from 1996 to 2005, it perplexed me to learn that no one had ever disproved his 1970 assertion that stated Amelia Earhart had changed her name and continued to live-on for decades after she was declared 'missing' in 1937. This is because the former Amelia Earhart hired powerful lawyers that did an incredible job when it came to obfuscating the life story of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, a real person Amelia had known in the 1930s, whose leftover identity the famous pilot went on to assume for herself after 1940. Today, we need only remind ourselves that from 1970 to 2016, five nationally published book authors averred it was true that Amelia Earhart survived and later became known as Irene. Could the reason be they were advancing the truth, except the general public, that was basically unfamiliar with the shouted-down 'Amelia to Irene' story, found it too hard to believe? Yep. That's basically it. I've worked hard on developing and exposing the reality of this truth ever since meeting Joseph A. Gervais, a great pilot himself and a veteran of three foreign wars, who died in 2005, never having disavowed what he alone discovered. As the year 2021 kicks off a new decade with positive vaccine news, perhaps it is time for our body public to begin taking the now obvious reality of Amelia's later life existence more seriously. Especially when compared to the variety off-base, Johnny come lately Earhart theories presented in recent decades by glitzy looking cottage industries out there, the adulatory pursuits of which dominate the news media and the internet, that in turn hinders the verisimilitude of Amelia's post-1940 life as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile from clearly shining through." Tod Swindell  



Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002

"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile as compared to Amelia Earhart, to show the world they were one in the same person." Amelia Earhart author-historian, USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck [Joseph A. Gervais collaborator, 1990-2005]


Digital Composite of the post-1940
Irene and Amelia Earhart



During her famous career, Amelia Earhart demonstrated a variety of looks. Above on the left, she is shown during her 1937 world flight just before she went missing. When compared to the 1932 photograph on the right, it's hard to recognize the same person, although both photos do display Amelia Earhart. [Human recognition food for thought where the comparison analysis portion of the study comes into play.]


Recognize her? Probably not, but this is the
post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, or,
'the former Amelia Earhart' in Hawaii in 1958.
"After all she'd been through she didn't want
to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore."
Monsignor James Francis Kelley, 1987


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 perhaps was the former Amelia Earhart's closest later-life friend and confidante. Although he demurred when reporters asked him questions about her, to certain individuals he knew, Father Kelley, who held PhD's in Philosophy and Psychology, disclosed that his friend, the post-1940 Irene, indeed was the former Amelia Earhart. He included the rationale of why she decided to become another person this aforementioned way: "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' during her long years of absence -- and how it altered her psyche to a point where she no longer wished to be the famous celebrity she once was.



Monsignor James Francis Kelley
Ever evasive to the press, when asked about
 his friend, Irene, he was quoted in 1982 by the
New Jersey Tribune in the following manner:



Life was never easy for Amelia. Before she went missing her nine years of fame consumed her; then during the eight years she was not in view, wherever she was and whatever she was doing was very likely no picnic for her either. Consider the following Doris Rich quote about Amelia's famous career from prior to her 1937 world flight:

"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 of Amelia Earhart.


What the general public never knew about, 

Study Review Starts Here


President Harry S. Truman, 1945

"The only thing new in the world
  is the history you don't know." 
President Harry Truman, quoted from an interview
he gave following the conclusion of World War Two.

Why a modern 'forensic analysis' of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight ending was deemed necessary in the Twenty First Century:
In the 1960s, controversial information surfaced about Amelia Earhart's final flight outcome that renewed interest in what really happened to the famous pilot. Separate overseas investigations learned truths that were never reported in the United States. Below, in 1966, CBS radio's Fred Goerner, published a best selling book about the untold story of Amelia's world flight ending. During Fred Goerner's preceding five-year investigation, Admiral Chester Nimitz had confided to him how it was "known and documented in Washington" that Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, managed to ditch in the restricted area of the lower Marshall Islands where they were "picked up" by Japan's Imperial Naval Authority. 


Fred Goerner


Goerner's 1966 'Best Seller'


Admiral Chester Nimitz

However, Admiral Nimitz, who was placed in charge of the Marshall Islands toward the end of World War Two, was unable to tell Fred Goerner what became of the duo after Japan picked them up. He indicated to Goerner that he did not know the answer to that question. 
Decades earlier, the promoted idea of Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, meeting their demise by crashing into the ocean was greeted by so much conflicting information, it left people to view what really happened to them as, "a mystery":



Thanks to Fred Goerner's work, that was primarily inspired by another 1960s overseas investigation known as Operation Earhart, (led by Joseph A. Gervais) it became clear that for decades a lot of people in the South Sea Islands region where Earhart and Noonan went missing, (and many U.S. soldiers who served in the Pacific Theatre during World War Two) had unwaveringly been conveying a different explanation for what happened to the two fliers. Their version, shored-up by Admiral Nimitz, commonly shared that Earhart and Noonan did not perish in an ocean plane crash. Rather, backed by eyewitness accounts, they told of how the duo managed to ditch on a land spit in the restricted territory of the lower Marshall Islands, where they were quietly rescued by Japan a few days later, during the tense pre-dawn era of World War Two. Although less publicized, this alternate version of what happened to the fliers has been repeated ever since, along with numerous books about it being published. Note the 2002 Associated Press article lead in below:


The Marshall Islands 'ditching' version was perpetually sidestepped by U.S. military intelligence ever since the event of Amelia's loss took place. This was clearly the preference of the U.S. federal government, that chose to remain silent about it. In fact, to this day there has never been an official investigation that looked into it, or an official explanation given on what happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. The public was merely left to assume the two had perished at sea, but public doubt toward what really happened remained throughout the war years and beyond. Note the article below that appeared on August 20, 1945, just five days after Japan surrendered to the allies. To its right is a Marshall Islands 50th anniversary commemorative stamp (1987) depicting the rescue of Earhart and Noonan and the recovery of Amelia's Plane:



As the new information that shored-up the reality of Earhart and Noonan's non-publicized rescue took hold in the 1960s, something extraordinary occurred approximate to it: When the decade of the 1960s came to an end, it was made public that the alive and well body of Amelia Earhart had purportedly been recognized in the United States, with a different name applied to it. [The word 'body' is used here by intention.]
Incredibly, it wasn't until after the Twenty First Century arrived that a serious effort to compare the 'body' in question to Amelia Earhart's body would commence. This was deemed essential after it was realized that the recognition claim, although shouted down and discredited, was never forensically disproved. 
The initial comparison results were alarming, so a more in-depth analysis was called for.
Now, as the trying year of 2020 comes to a close, the following represents the culmination of a Twenty Year exercise bent on determining if Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 disappearance and missing person case and went on to become known as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
As you are finding out, the startling conclusion of the exercise showed that is precisely what Amelia did. 


Note: Digital Face Recognition was not available
until after the Twenty-First Century arrived.


The post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1977.
(Eyes, mouth, nose, and faceline darkened for comparison
observed in the below-right digital composite.)


Amelia Earhart


Amelia + post-1940 Irene
Digital Composite


The post-1940 Irene angrily faces the press to decry
the contents of the new book, Amelia Earhart Lives, 
in 1970. Summoned into the spotlight against her will,
she saw no choice but to deny her famous past. Very
few people were aware that after Amelia Earhart went
missing in 1937, she lived-on and in time assumed a 
different identity, that of, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
The Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic
Society, as preferred by their common overseer, (the U.S.
federal government) have steered the people away from
recognizing this reality ever since it publicly surfaced.
Below, after the former Amelia Earhart sued for libel,
 her lawsuit dragged on for five years. (She deplored
how the book had recklessly insinuated that she was
possibly a traitor who had lived in Japan's Imperial
Palace during the war years.) The article below ran
in 1974. If it seems strange that the courts could not
decide whether she was or wasn't the former Amelia 
Earhart by then, it should. When her case finally came
to an end in 1976, by way of a summary judgment,
    the debate over her past identity was still unresolved.   



A digital composite of Amelia Earhart
and her later-life 'Irene' self in 1970.
Amelia Earhart's person had never
been forensically compared to Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile until recently.
Below left, Amelia; below right is a
digital composite with the post-1940 Irene.



In 1977, looking all of her eighty
years was the former Amelia Earhart

Note: Before 1940, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile 
was a person who did not resemble Amelia Earhart.

By virtue of this recently conducted human comparison analysis, again, the first one on record to be done, the forensic reality of what became of Amelia Earhart is now this: There were a total of three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile identity, and after Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937, and then was declared 'dead in absentia' in 1939, she became one of them. In the box below the three different women who were attributed to the same 'Irene' identity are displayed.







Above on the left is the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1930, shown between her husband, Charles James Craigmile, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. Above in the center is the surrogate mother of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son, who was attributed to the same identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Above on the right is the former Amelia Earhart in 1965, alive and well, living as the third Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Irene #3 may not look like the Amelia Earhart that people recalled, until they observed the digital transition below that illuminated the inarguable congruence: 




Above, Amelia Earhart, age 39...  




...digitally transitions into...  




...the post-1940 Irene in 1965 

"You may choose to look the other way but you can never again say that you did not know." William Wilberforce

Amelia had known the original
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
After Amelia Earhart became famous, she formed the 99's women's flying organization and served as its first president. She influenced and came to know a lot of women pilots back then, including the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who she was acquainted with, shown again here between her husband, Charles James Craigmile, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. To the right her image is enhanced. Note: Clear photos of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile that showed her image before 1940, were removed from circulation long ago, ostensibly to help enable Amelia Earhart to become the new Irene O'Crowley Craigmile from the 1940s on. 



FDR's Amelia Earhart Conundrum
Again, the sentences below appeared in a '1938' White House transcript several months after Amelia Earhart was declared missing. The full page context of the transcript showed that the White House, then under President Franklin Roosevelt, had withheld important information from the public that concerned what actually happened to Amelia at the end of her 1937 world flight.



Below is a respected and influential woman from the
Twentieth Century worth paying tribute to. Here's why: 

From 1970 to 2016, five nationally published 'Amelia Earhart' book authors reached the same conclusion, along with many others whom steadfastly clung to their common belief -- that stated the person in the 1977 photo portrait (below left) who was the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, (surname 'Bolam' added in 1958) was famously known as "Amelia Earhart" in the 1930s. Below right, she's shown in a 1970 press conference photo.


Post-1940 Irene, 1977


Post-1940 Irene, 1970

Only during the recently completed study was the post-1940 Irene forensically compared to Amelia Earhart for the first time, an endeavor that proved enlightening. Keep going to learn more truths, knowing that in the Twenty First Century it was discovered and then confirmed by her next of kin via identity placements, (made by the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son) that there was more than one woman attributed to the same, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile identity, and as it turned out, the post-1940 only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did match Amelia Earhart.

To edify, the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile told the press that she sat and talked with Amelia Earhart a few times in the 1930s, yet only recently did digital composite tests reveal her to have been identical to Amelia Earhart. 
As noted, the authors of five different books over the years (below); Joe Klaas, Robert Myers, Randall Brink, Rollin Reineck, and W.C. Jamison, all concluded that Amelia Earhart survived her disappearance and went on to become known as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (and later, Bolam), who was the same person in the above 1977 photo-portrait and 1970 press conference photos. Even though the general public was strong-armed over the years not to believe their common assessment, the now observable forensic reality shows they were correct.
















A Quick Look Back:

Below, the infamous 1970 Amelia Earhart Lives book saga featured a 1965 photo of the former Amelia Earhart within it, that showed her standing next to her English husband, Guy Bolam, who she wed in 1958. She was known as, "Mrs. Irene Bolam" after she married Guy, a successful international businessman. She told the press her maiden name was O'Crowley, and that when she knew Amelia in the 1930s, she was going by her then married name of Irene Craigmile. The analysis results concluded that she was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, though, since she appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s. 


Reproduced from the original negative is the photo
of the former Amelia Earhart, taken on August 8, 1965
by Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) in East Hampton,
New York, outside of the Sea Spray Inn. Gervais stated
he recognized her right away, thus prompting him to
request a photograph. She had just turned back to
politely decline his request as he clicked his shutter. After
he took it she quietly said, "I wish you hadn't done that."



Widened in black and white, this is the way the photo of Guy
and Irene Bolam appeared in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives
by Joe Klass, who shared its copyright with Joseph A. Gervais.
Guy had just finished telling Irene that he didn't think
a photo being taken of them was a very good idea.

This innovative forensic research analysis of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance, caused consternation where it marked the first 'Earhart investigation' on record to comprehensively compare the human likenesses of Amelia Earhart, and the enigmatic person who was known as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, to each other. The stark comparison results proved to be incontestable by way of the digital transition and composite examples. 

 Observe here once again,
knowing that there were three 
people attributed to the same
'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile'
identity, and the post-1940
Irene acutely matched Amelia:  


Above, 1965
Below, once again
digitally combined:




Above, 1977
Below, once again,
digitally combined:



"This is not just a coincidence. There was more than one person attributed to the same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile identity and the one who matched Amelia appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s. When one thinks about it, the math would actually be simple here, were it not for the obfuscation over the years that made it more difficult." Tod Swindell 


Amelia Earhart, age 38 in 1935...


...transitions into...


...the post-1940 Irene who held the 1970 press
conference, the way she looked in 1946. This
composite used one of the earliest known photos
of the post-1940, named-changed Amelia Earhart.

"Show me a clear photograph or Irene O'Crowley Craigmile from before 1940, that even comes close to matching the way Irene O'Crowley Craigmile looked after 1940, and I'll eat my hat."
Amelia Earhart Survived Author, Rollin C. Reineck


Above, Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Walter S. Birkby


It is essential to realize that in an effort to no longer be recognized for who she used to be, after nearly ten years of absence, and no doubt by design, it wasn't so easy to see the same Amelia again within her new post-World War Two image.

Dr. Walter S. Birkby, a noted Forensic Anthropologist who advised on portions of the analysis while it was in progress, explained how he challenged himself with a, 'if this, then that' argument when it came to the assertion of Amelia living on and becoming known as Irene.

Based on the multiple Irene's Dr. Birkby notated in the study results, with the post-1940 Irene appearing nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s, and then matching Amelia so closely, it was prudent of Dr. Birkby to offer his expert opinion in said manner. In Rollin Reineck's book, Amelia Earhart Survived, Dr. Birkby commented on the difficulty he had in academically nullifying the post-1940 Irene as the former Amelia Earhart. (Dr. Birkby was asked to nullify the post-1940 Irene as the former Amelia if he could. He couldn't.)   

Not only had Amelia's person aged a bit, but beyond her pre-war to post-war style changes (hair, clothing, and makeup) she may have had some work done as well, but nothing unexplainable in medical terms. So Dr. Birkby's "If this, then that" argument does apply here.

The gap between her two front teeth appeared to be lessoned some, and she possibly had additional nasal work done. [Note: After a bout with the Spanish Flu she caught serving as medical aide in Canada during World War One, Amelia developed a lingering sinus problem and endured separate operations to try and correct it. Her last sinus operation, a 'Caldwell Luc' procedure, took place in 1934. There was visible evidence of Deviated Septum work in both the pre-loss Amelia and post-1940 Amelia living as 'Irene.']

Upon his close observation, Dr. Birkby also acknowledged that the hairline, facial features, and neck and cranium features in the post-1940 Irene measured the same as Amelia's. He was also most impressed after examining the eyes, calling them, "a perfect match spacing wise and tear-duct to tear-duct." Beyond these congruences, it stood to reason: The digital composites that exhibited a full body head-to-toe congruence to Amelia Earhart did not amount to, 'just a coincidence.'  




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


The post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did
not resemble the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who
Amelia Earhart knew in the 1930s. Rather, she looked
more like a 1940s 'style-changed' Amelia Earhart.


Amelia's post-1940, 'Irene' look was a bit more defined than people recalled, yet with some help from a forensic artist (below) it was not so difficult to find her familiar visage from the 1930s:


The "Eyes" Have It



Amelia's eyes, 1932


Custom modified,
the post-1940 Irene
FKA 'Amelia'


Post-1940 Irene's eyes, 1946






1946-1965 Digital Composite,
same person younger-older.

Observe Once Again:




Amelia, 1937




...transitions to...




Her post-1940 Irene self in 1965,
same person younger and older.


Amelia, 1935


...transitions to...


Post-1940 Irene, 1946,


Same person younger and older.

Below: Amelia Earhart



Below: Close-up, high contrast, Amelia's eyes:


Below: Contrast enhanced, the post-1940 Irene's eyes:


Below: Amelia's & the post-1940 Irene's eyes digitally combined
displayed a perfect match pupil to pupil; tear-duct to tear-duct.


The Analysis Outcome

When the post-1940 Irene was thoroughly compared to Amelia, a head-to-toe physical congruence was demonstrated. Additional comparisons showed that their character traits also aligned. This was no coincidence. As difficult as it is for some to conceptualize, the post-1940 Irene and Amelia amounted to the same human being... who went by different names in different eras.
In other words, one will not find the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile looking like the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who existed before the 1940s, because they were different human beings.  
As mentioned, the analysis identified and revealed the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, (below left) who Amelia Earhart was acquainted with in the 1930s, yet who looked nothing like Amelia. The Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who proved to be congruent to Amelia Earhart in every way, (below right) was identified in the comparison analysis as, "the post-1940 Irene" because she appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.



 Above: Two entirely different people who were
attributed to the same identity in different eras.


Tod Swindell

"I suppose I know this story better than anyone from within the public realm. I've been studying and writing about it since the mid-1990s. Along the way, as a result of the combined efforts of myself and other Earhart truth seers before me, and more recently by way of the comparison analysis results, I watched the veracity of Amelia Earhart having changed her name to Irene and living well beyond 1937, evolve into what can only be described as, "an obvious reality."
Unfortunately, an opposing 'think-tank' has long existed, or, a legion of important sounding individuals if you will, that continues to ridicule and/or argue against the now easy to recognize truth of Amelia's post-1940 life as Irene, but that is destined to change. [Wikipedia's "Irene Craigmile Bolam" page concocted by a Dr. Alex Mandel of Ukraine, that falsely states in 2006 the National Geographic Society hired forensic detective that concluded the post-1940 Irene and Amelia were not one in the same, is one truth detraction example out there among several. In short, that did not happen.]
TIGHAR; wrong. Nauticos; wrong. Amelia somehow dying while in Japan's custody; wrong. All wrong.
Amelia lived-on after 1937, and for reasons only she and a select few others knew coming out of the World War Two years, (future privacy for herself easily listed among them) she optioned, no doubt with important supportive assistance, to assume a different identity. Where people still have a hard time accepting such a reality about this historically formidable, equal-rights advocate, (beyond fighting for gender equality, Amelia was outspoken about the mistreatment of African Americans a decade prior to Jackie Robinson being allowed to step onto a Major League Baseball diamond) yes, where people still have a hard time accepting this now recognizable truth, it is because the curious were always led in other directions that kept them from studying the bigger picture... of Amelia Earhart."

"Foudray calls the investigative research of Gervais and Swindell, ""Just the tip of the Iceberg."" "All the evidence all put together, I feel like she [Amelia] did survive. I think she survived and came back to the United States, but that she wanted her privacy." Lou Foudray, former proprietor of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison, Kansas, quoted from interviews conducted by Lara Moritz of KMBC TV, Kansas City, and by The Topeka Kansas Capital-Journal's, Jan Biles.


Above, a 2016 photograph of Lou Foudray, Earhart historian and former caretaker of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum. She is shown on the front porch of the home where Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas. Lou lived there for many years and was one of the learned individuals who recognized Amelia's post-loss existence with a different name.


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

"I have carefully studied the presentation. Its conclusion that there was more than one Irene O'Crowley Craigmile has completely convinced me that this is indeed the case. The study results also convinced me that one of them used to be Amelia Earhart. Incredible. It is quite an impressive package. Keep charging - Gene." A note forwarded to the forensic analysis and comparison study orchestrator, Tod Swindell, from retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot. Rear Admiral Tissot was a prominent member of the Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers from 1989 to 2014. Tissot's father, Ernie Tissot, served as Amelia Earhart's head plane mechanic during her 1935 Hawaii to Oakland flight. 

How Did This Happen?  


Above: Former long-time FBI Director, the
indomitable, J. Edgar Hoover, (1895-1972). 

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover Knew Information About Amelia Earhart The General Public Did Not Know:
"Don't worry about her well being. She is perfectly all right." 1945, from a FOIA declassified 'FBI' file once controlled by FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover; a Japanese intelligence officer describes the state of Amelia Earhart's condition to an American POW.
Below is an excerpt from a 1945 generated document that was recorded and filed at the office of FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover. The full document provided a detailed account relayed by an American POW previously held by Japan, whom had managed to escape. (It was at the FBI's discretion to blot out names in FOIA released documents.) The soldier's account [one among many WWII Pacific Theatre soldier accounts about Amelia Earhart] was initially recorded in December of 1944, while he was recovering at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC. It was J. Edgar Hoover himself who sent a federal agent to interview the soldier, in response to medical personnel phoning the FBI to report what the soldier had described to hospital staff members. This was seven years after Amelia was declared missing. Other documents exist in the FBI's, 'Amelia Earhart WWII file' that described the famous pilot's ongoing existence under Japan's stewardship after she went missing in 1937.
While the soldier was being held by Japan, in the following excerpt he referenced the response from an English speaking Japanese intelligence officer whom he had asked if Amelia Earhart was still alive -- after the soldier had heard other accounts that told of Amelia having been rescued in 1937, and that she had subsequently been transported to Japan. The intelligence officer was taken aback by the question and responded by stating the he couldn't disclose anything about Amelia, other than, "Don't worry about her well being. She is perfectly all right." The war ended nine months after the soldier's statement was recorded. 


The post-1940 Irene in the 1977 photo portrait did look to be, "perfectly all right." It is also worth adding here, that beyond the FBI file contents, during the war and for years afterward, testimonials kept surfacing, including some eyewitness accounts that described both Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, ending up in Japan's care in July of 1937. So much is considered 'history' in the South Sea Islands.
In the United States, of course, any and all conveyances of Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence after July 2, 1937 (the date she was declared "a missing person") consistently fell on deaf ears in Washington. In 1990, however, it was finally confirmed by the U.S. State Department, that it housed a "Special War Problems" Amelia Earhart file that was kept current throughout the war years and during the month following Japan's surrender to the allied forces. The State Department's designation for the file: "Earhart, Amelia SWP 740.0015A" [SWP = Special War Problems.] It should be noted here that one section of the file featured 'PW' initials for Prisoner of War, although given Amelia's status, it is doubtful she would have been your typical POW, and some have argued that the 'PW' labeled Earhart document may have referred to another civilian internment camp resident, whom had been sent overseas in an effort to gain intelligence about Amelia, and ended up there.
Said file was not voluntarily released by the State Department. Rather, some of its contents were located by a State Department employee in 1984, (Patricia Morton) who, after she went public with the portion of the file contents she had discovered, (a civilian internment camp liberation telegram dated August 21, 1945, six days after VJ Day) it inspired Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, to write a formal query letter about it to the U.S. State Department. Senator Inouye's letter generated a confirmation of the file's existence from the office of then Secretary of State, James Baker. The reply confirmed the file contained, "documents that concerned Amelia Earhart" without specifying how or why they concerned her. Nor did it specify why the file's existence was even deemed necessary... for a missing person who was declared "dead in absentia" nine months before Germany invaded Poland in September of 1939.
We now know the answer ourselves based on the modern forensic analysis results:
1. Amelia lived-on after she was declared 'missing'.
2. Amelia survived the war years and changed her name to 'Irene' while doing so.
3. Amelia's survival and name change occurred under the omniscient, albeit, classified guise of the Federal Government of the United States of America, that to this day has never officially commented about it. Anymore, however, it's an obvious reality to behold.
People inevitably ask: "Why did Amelia end up changing her name?" It seems the best answer was provided by a later life close friend of hers: "After all she'd been through, she didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." Msgr. James F. Kelley, 1987
"Those who denounce the achieved study results, and some people do in the interest of maintaining status-quo Amelia Earhart history, do not express a reality based viewpoint." Tod Swindell

To reiterate, there was an original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who
Amelia Earhart had known, but who looked nothing like Amelia:
Below once again is the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, with her husband,
Charles James Craigmile, in 1930. Both were gone by 1940. To the right is the enhanced
version of the original Irene's image. As told, the original Irene, once a pilot herself, was
acquainted with Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. Read more about her further down.



The most truthful Amelia Earhart
journey ever continues right here:
Caution: Avoid the claims of 'Tighar' and other Amelia Earhart 'we solved the mystery' purveyors. In recent decades they managed to skew the reality of what happened to Amelia in 1937, by steering the news media in a variety of misleading directions. Wikipedia also misleads.


"Amelia Earhart died on a desert island well
south of the equator and her remains were
 devoured by thousands of tiny crabs." 


"Amelia flew-on aimlessly after missing
Howland Island, eventually exhausted her ample
fuel supply, and spiraled into the Pacific Ocean."

Tighar and Nauticos mark two examples of 'Earhart misleads' that were errantly played-up by the news media. Theirs and a number of other invented theories lacked validity from the start, since only one truth ever existed to account for what became of Amelia Earhart, after she was declared 'missing' in 1937.
Discovered fifty-years ago, yet tactfully downplayed since then, in recent years the reality of what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing grew to be obvious -- as observed in the Amelia to Irene comparison samples above and below. In other words, for the first time the truth of Amelia's post-disappearance survival as 'Irene' is now plain to see.
Here is the back story of it all:

Most people forgot about this national news
item from 1970. Except, they shouldn't have.
Fifty years ago, a controversial claim about Amelia Earhart surfaced that was covered by all U.S. news outlets. It had to do with information contained in a newly published book about Amelia -- that led to a major press conference: 










On November 11, 1970, news reporters and cameramen crowded into a conference room at the Time-Life Building in New York City, to listen to Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam respond to a broad-minded implication about her that appeared in a new book about Amelia Earhart -- who she acknowledged was a long ago friend of hers.







Wielding a strong and certain voice, the enigmatic 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam' stood alone while reading a formal statement prepared by her attorney. She then held her ground while briefly answering a few questions before leaving the room. Except, the story about her was far from over. Four years later, in 1974, the following appeared in an article on the book's assertion about, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, AKA "Mrs. Guy Bolam":



Curious, how after four years of debating it, the United States legal system still could not decide if Mrs. Guy Bolam was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart(?) On the surface that seems a bit odd. Peering below the surface with newly applied digital technology, helps one to understand why:

"Better Go Slow Below The Surface"
Dan Fogelberg
When digitally combined in multiple ways, within the first-ever evaluation to perform such an analysis, Amelia Earhart and the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile exhibited an undeniable, head-to-toe congruence. Here are two more examples:



Above left, proud with her wings is a 1977 photo portrait of the same person who held the 1970 press conference, the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. Above right, she is seen in another press conference photo. She was not identifiable as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s. Below again are digital composites of her person and Amelia Earhart's person:


Amelia + Irene
Digital Composite




Below, Amelia Earhart poses
  with Senator Hiram Bingham. 


Amelia Earhart,
age thirty-one

Amelia + Irene
Digital Composite


Below, Amelia Earhart 
at age thirty-one. 



The Final Analysis Results
By Tod Swindell
 © 2020
The final analysis results showed that all people who stressed there was only ever one, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and that there was never a significant Irene-Amelia resemblance to speak of, were off the mark with their assements.
True, thanks to the advent of digital comparison technology, the multiple Irene's discovery and overall Amelia to post-1940 Irene congruence exist anymore as undeniable forensic realities.
This is so, notwithstanding U.S. Federal Government agencies, to include the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society, other dogmatic news influencers, and Amelia Earhart status-quo stalwarts whom have long persuaded the general public not to believe or accept the Amelia became known as 'Irene' reality based conveyance.
The original motive for maintaining ignorance toward the learned truth of Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence as 'Irene' into the latter part of the Twentieth Century, that stemmed from the top down, was based on adhering to the status-quo historical convenience of Amelia having been declared, "dead in absentia" in January of 1939. Anymore it is perfectly clear, though, that Amelia living a long life after she went missing in 1937, and having her name changed to Irene early on in the process of that, actually did happen.
Continuing on, it should be solidified that the post-1940 Irene, AKA, "the former Amelia Earhart", was not related to the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, other than by having the original Irene's leftover identity applied to her person after 1940. People who seriously take the time to examine the details of the original Irene's existence on earth, conceptualize this reality easier than people who do not. For the people who do soon realize there were actually three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the very same 'Irene' identity, with the post-1940 only Irene, equating to have been the former Amelia Earhart. [Note: The 'third Irene' who died in 1982, proved herself to have been 'a surrogate mother figure' to the original Irene's 1934 born son.]
Presently, it is time for the citizenry of the United States to stop kidding itself by remaining in denial about this. Interested college history professors and news media representatives need to step up. Coming out of World War Two, the Federal Witness Protection Program that was readied for Amelia Earhart, orchestrated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the guise of J. Edgar Hoover, was fully exposed in recent years. Dr. Tom Crouch, and Dorothy Cochrane, of the Smithsonian Institution, have been advised of this truth but it appears that the Smithsonian as a whole remains intent on sidestepping and/or denying any awareness of it -- until it is over-challenged. Again, this is because the Smithsonian itself is a fixture of, and subservient to the 'official history preferences' of the Federal Government of the United States of America. 
Amelia Earhart's living descendants and those of the original Irene Craigmile, commonly prefer for the general public to go on ignoring this now identified reality as well, but that does not necessarily mean the general public should abide by their shared preference. Indeed, moving forward it will only prove itself reckless to further ignore the nouveau obviousness of Amelia living-on and becoming known as Irene. Reckless, because millions of dollars invested by private citizens have already been spent on false expeditions assembled by privately formed, 'Amelia Earhart cottage industries', and the federal government should stop allowing this blatant waste of its own tax payer's money, because it can, by allowing the Smithsonian to endorse the now easy to recognize truth about Amelia Earhart.
The ignored and disregarded facts of Amelia Earhart's so-called "disappearance" evolved to exist as a historical joke accidentally played on the world public by the post-war nations of the United States and Japan. During the World War Two reparations process, the two countries made a pact where they agreed to dismiss and never acknowledge what really happened to Amelia Earhart when she failed to complete her world flight, and they banked on the truth of her ongoing survival after July 2, 1937, to remain as something that would never be recognized.  
Yet, they were wrong. Only twenty-years after World War Two ended, on August 8, 1965, the former Amelia Earhart absolutely was recognized for who she used to be. By then, of course, she had long relished the privacy she'd grown accustomed to. She also understood and accepted the ongoing preference of the federal government to remain silent about who she used to be over allowing her to be outed -- the result of which would have meant embarrassment to Japan, the United States, the former Amelia herself, her family and friends, etc., etc.
Hindsight, however, reveals that the denial path actually did make sense not only those years ago, but as long as the former Amelia Earhart continued to live. She's understandably gone by now, though, lest one believes it's possible that she's still alive somewhere, living in her 123rd year.
On the other hand, metaphorically, as the former Amelia herself put it down on paper in 1967, (in recognizable handwriting) "It has always been my feeling the Amelia Earhart has not passed away completely, so long as there is one person alive who still remembers her." And she did write it exactly like that, referring to her former self as, "the Amelia Earhart", where she all-but likened the famous person she used to be -- to a dry-docked vessel that had been removed from service decades earlier.
To one of her later-life friends, however, 1970s' LPGA promoter, Peter Busatti, who outright asked her if she used to be Amelia Earhart, she replied, "When I die you'll find out." So much lends credence to a likely understanding she had -- that was reneged on by whomever she had it with -- after she was gone.
Not to be outclassed, and it took some time, but in her afterlife she managed to reveal herself anyway by virtue of the analysis results... for who she used to be. This was and is to her own universal credit, and for it, Amelia Earhart, considered to have been the most famous private-citizen woman in the world in the 1930s, deserves a simple... thank you.   


Thank you, Amelia


Balloon Rides Anyone?


The above 'hot air balloon' newspaper photo taken in 1979, features Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam [FKA 'Amelia'] accompanied by famous golfer, Kathy Whitworth. Especially in the 1970s, after taking over to manage her company's accounts, to include for her main client, Radio Luxembourg, the former Amelia Earhart was simply known as 'Irene Bolam' to friends and associates of hers. In the meantime she had also grown to be respected and admired by important people not only in the United States--but internationally as well. Those who were aware of who she used to be, of course, never talked much about her, such as her friend, Senator Barry Goldwater, who in her later life years, the former Amelia shared her ongoing love of photography with.



On the former Amelia Earhart's 1970s' friendship

with LPGA promoter, Peter Busatti: 


Above: The former Amelia Earhart and Peter Busatti


Above left is the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile; above center is the post-1940 Irene and her former Amelia self digitally combined; above right is a rare profile photo of Amelia Earhart, taken just before she went missing.

"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] and 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 how, ""All the admirals and generals seemed to know her."" Excerpted from a 1982 New Jersey Tribune article. When interviewed, Peter Busatti openly commented about his suspicion that his friend, the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, used to be known as Amelia Earhart.


In Brief: The Original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile

Below, the rare 1930 newspaper photo of Charles James Craigmile, (left) with his wife, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley, (right). Once again the original Irene's image is enhanced next to it, along with a 1918 photo showing the original Irene at age fourteen, far right. 




Above, it's easy to observe with a naked eye
that the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile 
looked nothing like Amelia Earhart. Below,
the original Irene's husband, Charles
James Craigmile, tragically died from
an appendicitis attack in 1931.


After her husband, Charles, died in 1931, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who Amelia Earhart was already acquainted with, decided to become a pilot herself, and she was for a brief period of time. Here, she's listed in the same 1932 news photo with Amelia: 



A year after Charles Craigmile died, his widow, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, [outlined in black] appeared in the above September 1, 1932 Akron Beacon newspaper photo with Amelia Earhart, [outlined in white] and other lady pilots. Listed between pilots Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz, the original Irene had purchased a plane with some of her late husband's life insurance money, and had just begun her flight training when the photo was taken. She was awarded her pilot's license nine months later, in May of 1933. 



Above, about a month or so after this May of 1933, 'local interest news mention' appeared in the Brooklyn Eagle, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile realized she was pregnant out of wedlock by way of one of her flight instructors, Alvin Heller. Naturally, her flying days dwindled after that, and within a few years her pilot's license lapsed and was never renewed. 



In trying to account for the true fate of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, (something that remains unknown to this day) in 1987, James Donahue's Earhart disappearance book, The British Connection was published, that may be worth a closer look today. 
In his book, Mr. Donahue, a '1930s golden age of aviation' aficionado, presented an extraordinary projection based on research avenues not previously considered. His version of Amelia's 1937 world flight involved British aviation holds in the South Pacific and South Sea Islands region that were in place at the same time Amelia went missing there. Mr. Donahue presented his treatise, knowing that planes similar to Amelia's Lockheed, that the British were flying in the same South Sea Islands region at the time, such as the American made Lockheed Electra 12's purchased by England, (to an untrained eye the Lockheed 12 looked identical to Amelia's plane) and England's own manufactured, Envoy as well, that was also similar to an Electra, minus the twin tails.
James Donahue, with what he determined was, 'a strong enough foundation' to allow its introduction, discovered a connection and personally believed, based on knowing that England and the U.S. both suspected Japan was illegally fortifying the Marshall Islands in 1936 and 1937, that Earhart's 'innocent' civilian world flight would provide a good distraction for a separate flyover sponsored by England. Note: The Marshall's  were located directly above England's Gilbert Islands -- that were in-line with and part of the Marshall's same archipelago.
James Donahue determined that England had worked out an arrangement with the United States that coincided with Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan's world flight plans. The arrangement featured another plane supplied by England designated to conduct flyovers of the Marshall Islands at the same time Earhart and Noonan would be flying adjacent to them on their way to Howland. The overall plan included a dupe man and woman flying team in a plane that resembled Amelia's Lockheed 10E. 
Taking Donahue's projection a step further from where he left off, it is known that the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile had proved herself to be an adequate, if not superior pilot before she was derailed by her unexpected pregnancy from late-1933 to early 1934. The fact that the original Irene's pilot's license final date of renewal was May 31, 1937, the day before Amelia Earhart departed from Miami on her world flight quest, (June 1, 1937) perhaps should not be overlooked either.
In 1937, the original Irene's 1934 born son, estranged father and all by then, would have only been three years old at the time, leaving the ability for a surrogate mother figure to smoothly step in and transition his awareness in such a way where he would only recognize her going forward as his true mother. [This is brought up because at some point very early in his childhood, a surrogate mother figure did step in whom the original Irene's son henceforth recognized as his 'true' mother.]


Above, this Irene O'Crowley Craigmile served as a surrogate mother
figure to the 1934 born son of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
She did not resemble the original Irene, nor did she resemble Amelia,
leaving a total of three different women attributed to the same identiy. 

Recall how a variety of South Sea Islander testimonials asserted that Amelia was 'captured' and 'imprisoned' by Japan, but her disposition after that often differed. Some said that Amelia was imprisoned before being was executed for spying; others that she died of medical neglect. On the other hand, different Pacific Theatre U.S. soldier accounts indicated they had heard that Amelia had continued to exist under Japan's stewardship during the war years. Significantly, however, nary a soul appeared to have expressed any awareness of Amelia surviving the duration of the war and was liberated after VJ Day.
The varying conveyances lent at least some credence to Donahue's account, where it could have been possible for a British plane with its own supplied pilot, flying with the original Irene serving as his co-pilot, being brought down by Japan after it was detected in an area pre-designated as 'a no fly zone' to foreign aircraft. This idea is introduced here, because as much secrecy was applied to the true fate of the original Irene Craigmile as it was to that of Amelia. (Note: At the onset of her famous career, Amelia was fairly acquainted with the original Irene's family during her New York years, [1929-1934] the O'Crowley's of Newark, New Jersey, leaving one to wonder why no mention of them ever appears in any Amelia Earhart biographies.) 
The question posed here; was July of 1937 the time that both Amelia and the original Irene went missing amid extraneous circumstances? With Amelia having been the one who survived, yet was subjugated by a truth she was destined to always protect? Anyone can say what they want, but it remains clear to this day that something highly inordinate occurred on that fateful July 2, 1937 day in the South Sea Islands region, that pertained to the true outcome of Amelia's last flight, that the general world public was never made privy to.
In the aforementioned, 1938 White House transcript, Amelia was said to have, "absolutely disregarded all orders", ostensibly as she flew south of, but in proximity to the Marshall Islands. When she and Noonan missed locating Howland Island, it prompted them to "head northward" along a northwest heading per her given line of position (as was transmitted by Amelia, according to a later discovered O-2 Intelligence memo) in an effort to head back to the Gilbert Islands. (Before she left on her world flight, to Bureau of Air Commerce Chief, Gene Vidal, Amelia had specified that heading back to the Gilbert's was her 'Plan B' in the event of she and Noonan missing Howland.) Did Amelia "absolutely disregard all orders" by choosing to head farther north toward the Marshall's in an effort to help with the original Irene's predicament, after learning that the British plane she was flying in had been brought down by Japan? Is this an unfathomable suggestion?
Over the years, well before and then after Donahue's book came along, multiple accounts surfaced that described more than one plane involved with Amelia Earhart's world flight after it reached the South Pacific Islands region. Testimonials of Amelia's existence in Japan's care after she was 'picked up' also varied greatly, with some describing how she was kept in a crude prison cell, others saying she was sequestered more comfortably in an old hotel on Saipan, some saying she was billeted at a Japanese military base at Maloelap, and still others claiming that she was circuitously taken to Japan. Ultimately, though, it should be noted that to this day, no one knows exactly where Amelia Earhart was or what she was doing between the date of her disappearance, July 2, 1937, and the end of World War Two. All that is known anymore, to be sure, is that she continued to live-on until she eventually resurfaced in the United States... as the new Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. 
What became of the original Irene Craigmile? Who knows... but in the realm of all possibilities, may as well recognize the British Connection inspired idea to exist among them, however far-fetched it may seem, to some.
The Original Irene's Son

 At his New York attorney's office in 2006, and then again in 2014, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, the 1934 born son of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, positively identified the person below to have been his mother. She was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (his biological mother) nor was she the former Amelia Earhart. She is shown in younger and older forms here, the way she looked in the "early 1940s" and "mid-1970s" according to Mr. Heller himself. The added digital composite from the study verified that the two images represented the same person in younger and older forms:

From, 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.  




Four months after Mr. Heller's mother's death was recorded on July 7, 1982, a well attended memorial dinner was held for her. In 2006, Mr. Heller confirmed he supplied the photograph that appeared on his mother's memorial dinner program cover, shown here: 



Displayed in the three verticle columns below are the three Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam identity:


The original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile in 1930:



The 'surrogate mother'
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
early-1940s, mid-1970s



The post-1940 Irene who held
the 1970 press conference,
FKA 'Amelia' in 1946 and 1965.



By the 1940s, along with the original Irene no longer appearing, clear photo evidence of her person had gone missing as well, thus enabling the still-living Amelia Earhart, (something unknown to the public at the time) to assume the original Irene's leftover identity coming out of the World War Two years. Amelia, at least in part, did such a thing out of a desire for future anonymity, that returned to her the personal privacy she had lost but still longed for during her fame years.
Sounds crazy, no? Yet it turned out to be true. Consider once again the Doris Rich quote below, while realizing that Amelia's sister, Muriel, (1899-1998) who knew her sister as 'Irene' in her later life years, proved herself a key instrument when it came to protecting the secrecy of Amelia's post-war incognito existence.


Amelia's sister, Muriel




Digital composite of the
post-1940 Irene and her
former Amelia self.

Amelia Earhart's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, (above left) steadfastly denied that her later-life Zonta friend, the post-1940 Irene, was actually her still-living sister, Amelia, going by a different name.
Below, a 1982 newspaper article quoted Muriel's negative reaction to the ongoing claim about her Zonta friend, Irene; a claim that originally surfaced twelve years before in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. The comparison study results proved Muriel incorrect where she stated there was, "practically no physical resemblance" between her later life Zonta friend, Irene, and her sister, Amelia.   



About 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
"It's just foolish, there's practically no physical resemblance." Amelia's sister, Muriel, about her later life Zonta friend, Irene. 




Amelia & the post-1940 Irene


Below once again is the photo of the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, with her British husband, Guy Bolam, who she married in 1958. It first appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas. At the time and for decades afterward, people in general had a hard time detecting her resemblance to Amelia. Amelia's sister, Muriel, her only sibling who lived to be ninety-eight and had known the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in her later life years through the Zonta organization, always insisted that she demonstrated, "practically no physical resemblance" to her long-gone sister, Amelia. She was incorrect. Head to toe and character trait wise, the post-1940 Irene and her sister, Amelia, were identical.




Grace 'Muriel' Earhart Morrissey



Because it was covered so well, today very few people realize that Amelia's only sibling, her sister, Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey, (1899-1998) knew Amelia as 'Irene' in her later-life years and collaborated to protect the knowledge of her past identity. It was not until 1970, when the post-1940 Irene was outed as the former Amelia, that Muriel, when asked about the ensuing controversy, acknowledged that she was acquainted with her, but denied she was her still-living 'incognito' sister. Note here as well; it is doubtful that Muriel ever knew the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.



Another perspective... 


Greta Garbo
A prime example of another individual who no longer wanted to be recognized as a 'world famous' person.
"I never said, ""I want to be alone."" What I did say was, ""I want to be left alone."" The words of Greta Garbo.  [Note: At age 36 in 1941, Greta Garbo chose to abandon her superstar motion picture career in Hollywood. She never returned to it, opting to live in relative obscurity for the remainder of her days.] 



Above left: Greta Garbo at the height of her fame in the mid-1930s. Above right: By the 1960s, nary a soul recognized her anymore when she resided in New York City's upper east side--and she preferred it that way.


From early adulthood on, as decades pass people age, their styles change with the times, and their faces grow to look care worn. For what it's worth, Amelia Earhart managed to age pretty well into her later life years as 'Irene', as did Greta Garbo. Yet if you went thirty years without seeing either of the individuals in the above and below photos, would you recognize them for the celebrities they used to be? Not likely. 


Above left, the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, AKA "the former Amelia Earhart" in 1964 at a Zonta gathering. Above right, she is superimposed with her former 'Amelia' self.


Tod Swindell

"Amelia Earhart was almost forty years old when she went missing in 1937. After the war, continuing on with her quiet 'post-fame years' existence, by changing her name she outdid Greta Garbo in her quest to henceforth live a non-public life. As the former Amelia Earhart grew to old age she continued on in the Zonta organization, she continued to write poetry, and she studied philosophy, mostly the writings of Carl Jung.
Clearly, it is time for the world public to finally know the full value of Amelia Earhart's complete life story. Sure she had her faults, just as we all do, but Amelia truly was an amazing individual human being in both her younger and older life forms."

Below, the Smithsonian Institution, a U.S. federal government agency,  has always adhered to the practice of directing the public away from the reality of Amelia Earhart's later life existence as 'Irene':


Dr. Tom Crouch, Senior Curator at the
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, has
always ridden the fence when it came to
what really happened to Amelia Earhart,
with one exception: He has continuously 
persuaded people not to take serious the
 reality of her post-loss existence as Irene


Dorothy Cochrane (right) also of the Smithsonian's
National Air and Space Museum, willingly comments
on other Earhart theories that tried to explain what
happened to Amelia, but when it comes to the reality
of Amelia becoming known as Irene, she decries it and
encourages people not to pay attention to it it.

"Of the numerous postulations 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 U.S. federal government's Smithsonian Institution, was the 'Amelia became known as Irene' postulation. Now it has been forensically realized that it was the only one people should have taken seriously." Tod Swindell


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.

In consideration of Amelia Earhart...


 ....let's take a brief look at her life story:

 "Nobody ever had such an all inspiring way and understanding of people as Amelia. She was like a dancing sunbeam." Fellow pilot, Viola Gentry, recalls her friend, Amelia Earhart.


Amelia Earhart was a remarkable, if not incredible individual human being. As a young adult her superior intellect found 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, her 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 perpetually kept his family on the move. Then as an adult, Amelia still kept moving. In fact, she never really settled down anywhere. Even as a pilot she adopted 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 adventure and was said to have, "vanished without a trace."

Except she did not vanish, nor did she end up "lost at sea" as people were left to assume. Instead, the information displayed here represents the best account of the true story of what became of Amelia Earhart -- after she was declared 'missing' in 1937.



Next: Taking It Step By Step 


From Below The Surface Arises The Recently

Completed, In-Depth Review & Forensic Analysis

Of The Life Of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam


The results of the recent, independently conducted investigative research and human comparison study, left it plain to observe what the news media did not notice those years ago about the woman who held the 1970 press conference, who was the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.  Most importantly, its results revealed that she was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who Amelia Earhart (and other lady pilots) did know in the 1930s. Here's another look: 

In the 1930s, Amelia Earhart was acquainted
with the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
whose name Amelia later used for herself:


The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
shown next to her plane in 1933, did not
physically resemble Amelia Earhart. She
 was also commonly referred to as, 'Irene 
Craigmile' again as listed below:

MAY 1933


Amelia Earhart in 1921. In 1928, when she was thirty years old
she suddenly became famous. Not long after that she met Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile. Years later in 1937, Amelia was declared
a missing person. Then in 1939, to release her estate to her next
of kin, Amelia was legally declared 'dead in absentia' after n
evidence of her person's ongoing existence was produced. Except
Amelia did not die back then. Rather, she lived on and ended up
assuming the leftover identity of the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, and was known by that name for the rest of her life.

Below, in 1967, Elmo Pickerill, Secretary of the Early Birds of Aviation, wrote the following about the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, to Joseph A. Gervais. Mr. Pickerill knew the original Irene had been a pilot "pal" of Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry in the 1930s:



In the full context of his letter, Elmo Pickerill did his best to convince Joe Gervais that the post-1940 Irene and the original Irene were one in the same. Gervais, who had met the post-1940 Irene in 1965, knew better and did not believe him.

Viola Gentry, who also knew the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, was a good pilot friend of Amelia's and pretty famous herself. Note the news mention below that lists the address Viola had in Brooklyn (316 Rutland) that was also listed for the original Irene under her photo above.  


Above, there were a few lady pilots who lived at the 316 Rutland Rd. apartment building located in the heart of Brooklyn. To the right is Viola Gentry, who became famous before Amelia Earhart did after she flew under the Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge on the same day in 1926. A terrible plane crash derailed her career in 1929, but not enough to keep her from becoming a charter member of the 99s with her friend, Amelia, who chiefly organized it that year and served as its first president. The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who only flew for about a year and a half after her husband, Charles, died in late 1931, was never listed as a 99s member. Viola often included her within her own piloting network, though, as cited in the two clippings below. It was Amelia who introduced the original Irene to Viola. The two experienced pilots took the newly-widowed original Irene under their combined wings, until the original Irene realized she was pregnant out of wedlock in mid-1933. Her piloting days fizzled out after that, and by the time 1940 arrived the original Irene was no longer evident. Amelia later assumed the original Irene's leftover identity for herself to use. It was something that Viola; Amelia's sister, Muriel; and Amelia's mother, Amy Otis Earhart, were all made aware of -- and proved instrumental in protecting the secrecy of it in their later life years.


Viola Gentry
"The Flying Cashier"


A 1933 press notice citing Viola Gentry as the governor of Connecticut's invited guest of honor with the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile joining her. Jack Warner is also mentioned, who Viola secretly wed--and then kept it a secret as long as she could.


Another 1933 press notice telling of Viola Gentry entertaining Lady Drummond Hay of England, with other lady pilots including the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Note: Pearl Pellaton also had an apartment at 316 Rutland Rd.

The main point to recognize here, is that the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was a real person who had known Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry, and the study results ultimately conveyed that it was the original Irene who went missing for good those years ago, NOT Amelia Earhart. It is a case where the former Amelia, her sister, Muriel, Viola Gentry, the original Irene's O'Crowley family, and select others whom were made aware of the hidden fact of Amelia managing to live-on, knew that she had assumed the original Irene's identity and they adhered to the secrecy of it.  



Above: Viola Gentry knew the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, shown on the left in 1930. Viola also knew the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, shown on the right in 1965, who had previously been known as Amelia Earhart.
Ultimately, the forensic analysis delineated different individuals attributed to the same identity in different eras. However, after years of being obfuscated by other theories and postulations, while accompanied by the blurred trail of the original Irene, the true story of Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence ended up as a convoluted mess. Today, though, thanks to the study results, what became of Amelia is understood in a highly simplified way: 
At some point after Amelia went missing, unknown to the public she continued to live-on and in time changed her name to 'Irene', and she was known that way for the remainder of her days.


Reproduced from the original negative is the photo
of the former Amelia Earhart taken on August 8, 1965
by Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) in East Hampton,
New York, outside of the Sea Spray Inn.


August 9, 1965; Viola Gentry and the former Amelia Earhart's
British husband, Guy Bolam, who she wed in 1958. (Photo taken
by the former Amelia outside of the Sea Spray Inn.)


Pilot friends Amelia Earhart, Elinor
Smith, and Viola Gentry, after Amelia's
solo-flight Atlantic Ocean crossing in 1932


Again in black and white, this is the way the photo of Guy and
Irene appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives  (below)
 by Joe Klass, who shared its copyright with Joseph A. Gervais.


Viola Gentry, Amelia's sister, Muriel, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's family, and a few devoted others, (along with 'official government silence' toward the matter) helped to protect Amelia's later life privacy by only recognizing and referring to her as 'Irene.' 

On preventing the discovery of truth:
"The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively by preconcieved opinion and prejudice." Arthur Schopenhauer

To expound on how the historical anomaly of Amelia Earhart's continued incognito existence came to be, a close review of some forgotten facts pertaining to her 1937 disappearance and missing person case is essential:



"You're onto something that will stagger your imagination."
The 1962 words of retired United States Navy Commander, John Pillsbury, as told to CBS Radio Journalist, Fred Goerner, who had recently begun investigating Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. Commander Pillsbury's words referenced the truth about Amelia Earhart; a 'truth' that U.S. Naval Intelligence was privy to dating back to the World War Two era. At the time, Fred Goerner had recently convinced CBS to sponsor his own truth-seeking effort after he learned of an already in-progess overseas investigation known as, Operation Earhart -- that was being conducted by three Air Force officers; USAF Captains Joseph A. Gervais, Bob Dinger, and Paul Briand Jr.




Above right, during his 1966, The Search For Amelia Earhart book promotional tour, Fred Goerner appeared on the Art Linkletter Show. The combined efforts of Joseph A. Gervais and Fred Goerner paved the way for author Randall Brink's 1994 book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart, (below) a best seller in the United States and the United Kingdom. Historians point to the Brink book as 'the best ever written' on the buildup and aftermath of Amelia Earhart's disappearance. On its cover below, note the top caption: "Brink writes of a vast cover-up that got as far as the White House... Terrific reading." Larry King, USA Today


Below, a 'Winter of 2015' article by Larry Clark, featured in an issue of Washington State University magazine, described the recent Marshall Islands travel-adventures of school teacher and WSU alumni, Dick Spink, who is well studied on Amelia Earhart. Spink first began going to the Marshalls in 2006, and was amazed at the way the certainty of Amelia Earhart having been there was considered such 'common knowledge' to Marshall Islands residents: 


Note: During the World War Two years it was passed through high-level U.S. military channels serving in the Pacific Theatre, that Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, did go down in Japan's mandate islands where they were 'picked up' by its Imperial Naval authority. As mentioned, a vast number of corroborating accounts, some of them first hand eyewitness accounts, were recorded both during and after the war. The question that became difficult to answer: What happened to them after they were picked up? At least in Amelia's case, over time the evidence grew clear that she lived-on and survived the war, and that she resurfaced in the United States with a different name applied to her person.

In the 1960s, Fred Goerner found it difficult to draw a conclusion on what became of Amelia Earhart after she was rescued, so based on a second-hand account, he postulated that Amelia may have died of dysentery while in Japan's care, although his suggestion never came close to being authenticated.
Today, as if by historical design, few people recall Fred Goerner or his book for a couple of reasons: One dates back to the pre-World War Two administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and  the other pertains to a post-World War Two 'pact' made between the United States and Japan, leaving 'official silence' to always be adhered to by both countries... not only when it came to what happened to Amelia Earhart in July of 1937, but as well, when it came to the circumstances she was subjected to as she continued to live-on afterward:

"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 her navigator, Fred Noonan, quoted from their book, The Chosen Instrument.

Here again, consider the following words from a 1938 White House transcript that concerned the true circumstances of Amelia Earhart's 'disappearance' from the previous year:




Of note, whatever President Franklin Roosevelt's administration withheld about Amelia Earhart's unanticipated world flight ending, it never did make it public.



President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

I hope I've just got to never make it public." Quoted from a 1938 White House transcript concerning what actually happened to Amelia Earhart -- nine months after she was reported missing. In the past it was evidenced that President Roosevelt's administration withheld important information it knew pertaining to the true fate of Amelia Earhart. Although FDR's administration never lied about it, its silence toward the matter projected a non-truth that suggested Amelia vanished without a trace and she was never seen again.

Except... that simply did not happen.


Eisenhower Sample: Non-Truth Versus Truth


Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States; Five Star WWII
General; championed NASA to the forefront of the space race in the 1950s.
Note as well, he became a close friend of pilot, Jackie Cochran, and her husband,
Floyd Odlum, who helped to finance Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight attempt.

Non-truths are creations that come in all shapes and sizes. Truths, on the other hand, exist as they are in a 'one size fits all' fashion, although they can be altered to not fit so well. 

A government will sometimes deem a non-truth necessary to project and adhere to for what it considers to be, 'the better good' of its body public. An example of this is found in the non-truthful statement President Dwight D. Eisenhower willfully made to the American public on national television -- that pertained to Russia's May of 1960 downing of U-2 pilot, Francis Gary Powers, deep inside Soviet territory.

When the truthful circumstances of what actually happened were divulged by Russia, President Eisenhower had no choice but to address the nation once again -- to admit that initially he had 'knowingly' but 'necessarily' as well, delivered a non-truthful statement about the Powers' incident to the American public.


President Richard Nixon demonstrated his own
"official silence" about Amelia Earhart in 1970:


Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President
of the United States of America, served as
Vice President under Eisenhower.

In 1970, four years after Fred Goerner's book came out, when the new claim describing Amelia Earhart's continued existence in the United States with a different identity made national news, important opinions were sought. When he was casually asked about it, though, President Richard Nixon dryly replied, "We don't discuss that subject around here."

[That 'subject' being 'Earhart' and  'around here' meaning 'the White House'.]


"Truth is not a mystery -- its greatest secrets are yours to know through simple honesty and surrender to what that honesty reveals." John de Ruiter


Below left, Monsignor James Francis Kelley dines with the former Amelia Earhart in 1978. Below right, Monsignor Kelley introduces LPGA golfer, Janey Blalock, to Pope Paul VI. Monsignor Kelley, who held Doctorate degrees in Psychology and Philosophy, served as a post-war "emotional healer and spiritual guide" for the former Amelia Earhart, and admitted to helping her with her identity change. Read more about him further down.



"Either you deal with what is
the reality, or you can be
sure that the reality is going
to deal with you."

Alex Haley 


"People may imagine things that are false, but they can only understand things that are true."

"I can calculate the motion of bodies, but not the madness of people."

Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727)


Laws of Physics Applied to
the True Fate of Amelia Earhart
Isaac Newton's first law of physics states that every object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled to change its state by the action of an external force. Here, consider Amelia Earhart as the 'object' in question, where "force is equal to the change in momentum," and "for every action in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction."
Amelia flew in "a straight line" until her failure to locate Howland Island (the "external force") compelled her to change her state of being to no longer proceed that way. Relatively, the external force converted her momentum into a life saving measure within her "equal, opposite reaction." Ultimately, Amelia managed to ditch her plane on another land mass located in the southernmost Marhsall Islands, technically a 'no fly zone' earlier mandated as the Imperial Nipponese Islands. There, she remained for a few days before she was picked up, and soon after that she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, found themselves subjugated by the precarious circumstance their failure to locate Howland Island caused. 
Somehow after that, and throughout the course of the war, Amelia continued to exist amid unknown circumstances, and she managed to live-on for decades as well... all be her in virtual anonymity in comparison to the world famous person she used to be.
As for Fred Noonan, perhaps it's best to consider that what became of him remains stuck in the abyss of history's missing pages.




Sisters Amelia and Muriel

It's no coincidence that Amelia Earhart's only sibling, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who died in 1998, was an acquaintance of the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in her later life years. Except, if people dared to ask it of Muriel about Irene, she immediately denied that she was her survived sister going by a different name, insisting at the same time that she demonstrated "practically no physical resemblance" to Amelia. This of course, was before the comparison results showed there had been more than one person attributed to the same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile identity, and how the bodies of the post-1940 only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia Earhart were virtual carbon copies of each other. 




After she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958, the post-1940 Irene's full name became Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. The above 1977 taken photo and caption were featured in a 2003 Los Angeles Times article that acknowledged her still unresolved 'identity' question. Prior to it appearing in the Times, this photo had never been publicly displayed before. Anymore, reality tells us that it features the former Amelia Earhart when she was about to turn eighty-years old. 


Note: The L.A. Times caption under the above photo is not fully accurate. There was a lawsuit, but the post-1940 Irene (FKA 'Amelia') never actually dropped it. It took five years, but in December of 1975, the former Amelia Earhart won her defamation case against the McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. (She was awarded $60k.) However, she did not sue McGraw-Hill for calling her out as the former Amelia Earhart. Rather, she cited a book it published in 1970, titled Amelia Earhart Lives, had falsely alleged that she was a 'bigamist' and a 'traitor to her country' and she sued for libel, where, according to her attorney, the 'damaging to her reputation' allegation were 'reckless miscalculations.' What did go relatively unnoticed, though, as alluded to in the caption, was that per the outcome of her case, and based on the court's summary judgment recommendation, she settled with the book's authors, Joe Klaas and Joseph A. Gervais, by way of exchanging ten-dollars of consideration with them, after she refused to submit her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity.




Below are clear images of the former Amelia Earhart as she appeared in 1965 and 1977. For decades gone by, the general public was conditioned by the Smithsonian Institution not to accept the reality of her past identity. It is true, though, after she went missing, in time Amelia Earhart became known as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile:


Above, whether or not people choose to believe or accept it, this is
the former Amelia Earhart the way she looked in the summer of 1965.

 Notwithstanding the contradicting viewpoints issued in the past by off-the-mark influences, to include wikipedia and the trademarked Amelia Earhart brand, the post-1940 Irene did used to be known as Amelia Earhart.

People who still consider this reality to be 'suspect' might recall the variety of failed 'Earhart mystery solving' theories from decades gone by -- that never offered authentic evidence to support their differing conclusions. (How did we, the American public, become so historically naive about Earhart?)

They Were Wrong: 



Richard Gillespie of Tighar claimed Amelia died on a desert island and her body was devoured by tiny crabs. He was wrong. 


Mike Campbell of "The Truth At Last" claimed Amelia was captured and held by Japan, and she died in its custody of medical neglect. He was wrong.


Richard Martini of "Earhart's Electra" said Amelia was executed on Saipan by a small Japanese soldiers' firing squad. He was wrong.


Australia's David Billings offered that Amelia turned around to head back to her disembarking point of New Guineau, and that she crashed and sank into the ocean just before making it there. He was wrong.

"What can one say? They tried? Maybe so. It is clear, though; they never studied the 'Amelia became know as Irene' assertion close enough." Tod Swindell

"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

Let's just call the following, "self evidence."


"Amelia as Irene in her later life years, shown above-left at a 1976 Zonta gathering, still wrote poetry, she was still an avid photographer, and she still belonged to the Zonta organization for professional women like she used to. The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was never aligned with those attributes." Tod Swindell
Below, the post-1940 Irene's image profile from above is shown perfectly aligning with that of her former 'Amelia' self:



The post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1976
and her former Amelia Earhart self digitally combined.
(Photo taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia; now Croatia.)
Below is another news clipping about the post-1940 Irene.
It comments on her similarities to Amelia Earhart--that
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did not demonstrate: 


 To reiterate, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was never a Zonta member, nor was she
into photography, nor was she a world traveler who knew prominent people. Not to leave
out, her brief stint as a pilot was derailed in 1933 by an unexpected pregnancy.

A handwriting example from the character
traits section of the comparison analysis:


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 school form she filled out when
she was seventeen. The similarity of the cursive styles
is no coincidence since the same hand produced them. 


Below, from the Character Traits comparison study, some of the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's cursive letters are shown on the left, and some cursive letter samples from when she was known as Amelia Earhart are shown on the right:







Note: The above comparisons are part of the
Document Examination portion of the analysis.

Below, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was introduced to Amelia Earhart by her aunt, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who raised the original Irene from age twelve on. The newspaper article below was printed in 1963. Attorney Irene was among the first women lawyers to practice law in New York and New Jersey. She met Amelia Earhart after Amelia joined the Zonta organization for professional women in 1928. Attorney Irene was a charter Zonta member who not only served as its International Relations Chairperson, but for a time, she was its National President. Born in 1886, she was single most all of her life, until the 1950s, when she married a physician, Dr. William Heineke, but she chose to keep her maiden name after doing so. (Dr. Heineke died prior to the below article appearing.) Like Amelia, Attorney Irene was multi-lingual, and after Amelia assumed the identity of Attorney Irene's niece (AKA the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile), in the 1950s the former Amelia as well served as Zonta's International Relations Chairperson while heading its Long Island chapter. It is no accident that in all of the biographies written about Amelia Earhart, one never sees the names of Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley or the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile mentioned anywhere. Amelia's Zonta membership is also barely spoken of, although her busy schedule did keep her from being a more active Zonta participant.



Below, from 1939, notice two mentions under the reference to Irene (Rutherford) O'Crowley in the following article: Mary Raebling, New Jersey Bank President; and Amelia Earhart, an 'early Zonta member' who that same 1939 year was declared "dead in absentia." After her return to the United States as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in the mid-1940s, the former Amelia, who had been known for being meticulous with finances, was ensconced as a Long Island bank vice president and she rejoined the Zonta organization as well. 




The 1928 article below featured Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley (left, wearing pearls) at age forty-two during her distinguished legal career. 


Below, once again, Amelia shown in a digital composite
with her later-life 'Irene' self from a 1976 Zonta function:


As a result of its findings, the analysis discarded all other theories in favor of Operation Earhart's original conclusion from a half-century ago, that stated Amelia Earhart, unknown to the public, lived-on for many years after changing her name.

"Most people who recall 'Operation Earhart' thought it was a hoax. 'Operation Earhart' was far from that. It was started in 1960 by three Air Force officers stationed overseas; Joseph A. Gervais, Paul Briand, and Robert Dinger, who were serving in the same region that only fifteen-years before was the Pacific Theatre for World War Two. In 1970, Operation Earhart's findings led to the book that caused the aforementioned news item that is further elaborated on here. Said 'news item' about Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam raised some important eyebrows back then... that all-but magically made it go away." Tod Swindell



In November of 1970, over five-hundred newspapers nationwide ran headlines and photos akin to what is shown here -- while covering Operation Earhart's claim that stated Amelia Earhart had survived her disappearance and she changed her name in the process. Incredibly, no one thought to do a comprehensive comparison analysis of the woman in question juxtaposed to Amelia Earhart, until decades after the fact, when Tod Swindell came along. By then of course, the story had long been swept under the rug of official history.


Irene, 1965                       Amelia, 1935


As the year 2020 continues on its life altering path, the results of this new and unique Forensic Research and Human Comparison analysis, that conducted a modern, uncompromising review of Amelia Earhart's life and the different postulated theories about what happened to her, continues to be previewed here. Again, this epic forensic journey began by way of re-conjuring the dismissed '1970' news item... from a full half-century ago. Here's another look:  






As previewed earlier, she caused quite a stir when she made headlines in 1970, yet few people today recall the elusive woman known as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam ...who answered the bell swinging after the ten-year investigation known as 'Operation Earhart' unexpectedly called her out as the former Amelia Earhart:



Irene O'Crowley Craigmile [Bolam] told the
press, "I  am not a mystery woman and I am
not Amelia Earhart." [Her surname of
'Bolam' was added by marriage in 1958.]

Above are two 1970 news photos showing Irene defiantly facing the press. She offered that in the 1930s, she had been a pilot who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart, adding that she, "sat and talked with Amelia several times." Of course, she denied the assertion that she and Amelia were one in the same. Note the following news clipping:


The name of "Gervais" referenced in the above clipping referred to Joseph A. Gervais, who as mentioned, in 1960, while serving across the Pacific Ocean as an Air Force captain and listening to a variety of reliable accounts that described how Amelia Earhart had survived her disappearance, formed 'Operation Earhart' with fellow USAF servicemen, Bob Dinger and Paul Briand.
Joseph A. Gervais said he was not 'obsessed' with the idea that she might be Amelia Earhart, rather, he said after looking into the matter for five years after he met her, he outright "knew" Amelia Earhart was who she used to be. He added that she became tactfully evasive after they met because she could tell that he had figured out her former identity, except she wasn't able to publicly own up to it, and she had a good support system that stood by her. Below are more 1970 news clippings:





In 1970, hardly anyone had heard of 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam' before, but she handled the press like a pro before returning to her life as an international business woman. [At the time she was serving as president of a company aligned with Radio Luxembourg in Europe, known as Guy Bolam Associates Inc.] In retrospect, it's amazing a thorough check of her background was not conducted, nor was a comparison study called for.  



Above, a 1971 listing showing Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, (AKA the former Amelia Earhart, simply referenced as 'Irene Bolam') as President of Guy Bolam Associates Inc., an international company founded by her late husband, Englishman Guy Bolam, who she wed in 1958. The company's main client was Radio Luxembourg.

A closer review showed that there was a lot more to the 'Irene' who faced the press than met the eye. To start with, it turned out that she was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. To be sure, 'Operation Earhart' was onto something that managed to slip under the radar those years ago. Indeed, few noticed that four years after Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam faced the press, the contested debate over her true life-long identity continued on -- as edified again in the 1974 news clipping:



The 'indomitable' Irene



When digitally combined,
as displayed above, Amelia 
Earhart and the post-1940
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
 exhibited an undeniable, 
head-to-toe congruence. 

Note: All of the comparison elements featured here came from a comprehensive analysis orchestrated within the independent research investigation of Tod Swindell. In consideration of the Laws of Physics, and the magnitude of Mr. Swindell's study achievements that were accumulated in a span of time that exceeded the previous two decades, arguably, the way his study results managed to cleanly over challenge the physically recorded history of what became of Amelia Earhart, his overall accomplishment may well justify a Nobel Prize nomination in the Physics category. Mr. Swindell's study results did not solve the mystery of where Amelia Earhart was or what she was doing from July 2, 1937 to mid-1945, but they did solve her 'missing person case' by physically producing her post-loss 'body evidence' in a non-contestable manner. 


Revisiting Monsignor James Francis Kelley and his words on what became of Amelia Earhart:
"After all she had been through, she didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." 1987, Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996) as spoken to reporter Merrill Dean Magley. 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.



Regarding Monsignor Kelley, in 1991, the following was contained in a letter mailed to Earhart researcher, Rollin C. Reineck, from Mrs. Helen Barber of Wayne, Pennsylvania. Reineck in turn phoned Mrs. Barber and recorded his conversation with her that corroborated with her written statement below:

"During a luncheon with Monsignor Kelley, he related to us and another couple, the Dekosters, how he was commissioned at the end of the war to help bring Amelia Earhart back from Japan. He said he was chosen to serve as her psychiatric priest. He also told us something about missing documents he had to get that she needed in order to help with her identity change. The Monsignor told us that he received her as she was being subjected to an identity change. He told us that she stayed with him at his New Jersey home and I believe sometimes at his St. Croix winter home while he helped with her emotional, spiritual, and psychiatric needs.” 


"He was quite lucid when he told us about his helping Amelia after she returned to the United States." Donald Dekoster, recalling what his friend and seasonal neighbor, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, had described to he and his wife, Ellie, about Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence as 'Irene' after World War Two.

"He did speak of knowing Amelia Earhart." Monsignor Thomas Ivory of West Orange, New Jersey, a past friend of Monsignor Kelley's. Father Ivory presided over Father Kelley's 1996 funeral.



Above: Photos showing Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the former Amelia Earhart together in the 1970s. As noted, during the last decade of his life, the well-known priest described to some trusted acquaintances of his that he had 'helped to receive' Amelia back in the U.S. after the war. He also mentioned he aided with the process of her name change to Irene, and that he monitored her 'emotional recovery' ordeal and served as a spiritual guide for her going forward. He still referred to her as 'Amelia' to the select individuals he confided in. Some non-believers who heard about Father Kelley's conveyance suggested 'old-age dementia' must have caused him to make it all up, as if it was a yarn he had fabricated. The later forensic analysis results, of course, showed he had merely told the truth.
Monsignor Kelley was a past president of Seton Hall College who led the charge for it to become a University. He held doctorate degrees in philosophy and psychology. He died in 1996 at the age of 94. (Amelia's only sibling, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who also knew her sister as 'Irene' in her later life years, died in 1998.)

In his day, Monsignor James Francis 
Kelley was not your everyday priest: 


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.

The following was excerpted from a September 17, 1991 tape-recorded interview with Monsignor Kelley conducted by former Air Force Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck:

COL. REINECK: We believe Jackie Cochran was sent to Japan to help bring Amelia home. Are you aware of that?

MSGR. KELLEY: Yes, I was involved with that.
COL. REINECK: If you have things of hers [Earhart's] I would like to see them. You are aware that she was Irene Bolam?

COL. REINECK: Amelia Earhart was Irene Bolam?
MSGR. KELLEY: That's right, yes.

Amelia's name change appeared to be the result of a well orchestrated, Federal Witness Protection Program. A link to former FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover's involvement with Amelia's well-cloaked existence in the United States from the mid-1940s on, until Hoover died in 1972, became noticeable within the forensic research portion of the analysis.
As exemplified further down, the FOIA released 'World War Two FBI file' on Amelia Earhart that had been primarily controlled by J. Edgar Hoover,  featured several mentions of Amelia's ongoing existence in Japan's care during the war years. This, when combined with Hoover's war-time and post-war years alliance with Monsignor James Francis Kelley, affords some insight toward how and why Amelia's later-life decades of living under an assumed identity was shielded so well from the public


Above: Monsignor James Francis Kelley and Archbishop Thomas Walsh award FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover with an LLD degree in 1944. A few months after World War Two ended, J. Edgar Hoover awarded Monsignor Kelley a commendation for assistance he had rendered to the Department of Justice.

After the war, J. Edgar Hoover awarded a commendation medal to Monsignor James Francis Kelley for his service to his country. Father Kelley's 1987 published memoirs mentioned the award but did not provide details for why he received it. This was likely explained by Father Kelley himself. During a recorded interview that was conducted in 1991, Father Kelley mentioned to Earhart investigator, Rollin C. Reineck, that he had written a chapter for his memoirs about his experiences with Amelia Earhart -- and her being known as 'Irene' after the war -- but it was omitted before the book was published. His final edit hinted at the reason he left the chapter out, and why any mention of Amelia or his later life friendship with her when she was known as 'Irene' ended up being omitted as well, as relayed in his "My Reasons For Writing This Book" section in the book's opening:
"My reason for not wanting anyone else to do my story was that I knew many of my files contained some very personal and intimate stories about many people, prominent nationally and internationally. Some of these people are now dead and I felt to allow someone else to have access to these documents could result in the publication of data about people who could not defend themselves."


Monsignor James Francis Kelley, in 1946, next to a bronze bust of his likeness commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution.


Alethephobia: "Fear of Truth"
In a let's move on way, after World War Two, government lobbyists steered official United States historians and major news agencies away from seriously investigating the circumstances Amelia Earhart was subjected to after she was said to have 'vanished without a trace.' This scenario was established by way of a post-war pact made between the United States and Japan, that ensured what happened to and what became of Amelia Earhart after she was declared 'missing' in 1937, was never to be addressed in a public manner. In essence, said 'pact' exacted that Amelia Earhart was to remain gone forever. Anymore, however, the recent years forensic research and comparison study delivered clarity to the reality of Amelia continuing to live-on for decades after the war years, known as 'Irene.' 

As mentioned, President Franklin Roosevelt's administration started the "official silence" tradition toward the Amelia Earhart disappearance matter. Said 'silence' thereafter projected a fill in the blanks non-truth to the general public -- that left it little choice but to accept that Amelia had 'vanished without a trace' and had likely 'perished at sea' ...even though neither end result for the famous pilot actually occurred. 


James Golden


Above, in 1978, James Golden, who had recently left his post from the U.S. Department of Justice, went public with information he had learned about the depth of secrecy the FDR administration became steeped in while covering over what it knew about the Earhart disappearance matter. He equated it to FDR's "Watergate" in press notices (above right was one such headline attributed to his disclosure) and while he did initially spark some interest, once again 'official silence' toward James Golden's offering segued he and his revealing account into obscurity.




Tod Swindell
Creator and orchestrator of the first-ever 'Amelia to Irene'
Forensic Research and Human Comparison Analysis.

The bulk of the information displayed here is part of a copyrighted forensic research and human comparison analysis arranged by filmmaker and Amelia Earhart investigative journalist, Tod Swindell. Most Amelia Earhart aficionados are aware of the analysis results, although some who run 'cottage industries' have been reluctant to acknowledge what they accomplished. No matter, the overall breadth of the analysis, the first to include a human comparison study that ended up taking years to authoritatively quantify, managed to expose the controversial underbelly that shielded the public from knowing what actually happened during Amelia Earhart's disappearance conundrum, and more importantly, what became of Amelia afterward. Take heart in knowing that there is no disputing the facts or the forensic evidence that supports the final conclusion the study delivered, that being... Amelia Earhart did quietly live-on after she went missing in 1937, and in time she became known as Irene.


Tod Swindell with 'Operation Earhart' co-founder,
Joseph A. Gervais, in 2002. Gervais discovered
Amelia Earhart's ongoing life as 'Irene' in 1965,
when he encountered her among a group of senior
pilots. He died in 2005, never having disavowed it.
"After I met Joe Gervais, I was amazed to learn from him that the 'Irene' -- who for the last forty-years of his life he insisted was the former Amelia Earhart -- had never been forensically compared to Amelia Earhart. So I consulted with forensic comparison experts, engaged a few, and soon found myself orchestrating a comprehensive human comparison study. In the end, it was clear that Joe Gervais had been right all along. This is true, notwithstanding the common ways demonstrated by the Smithsonian Institution and Amelia's living relatives that politely conditioned people to feel otherwise." Tod Swindell


About ‘Operation Earhart’ and its Founder, Joseph A. Gervais

[With a 'thank you' to the University of Dallas that houses the 'Operation Earhart' archives.] 

Joseph Gervais was born 19 May 1924 in Tyningsboro, Massachusetts. He joined the United States Army Air Corps at Fort Davis, Massachusetts on 10 November 1942 and took basic training in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Gervais went to Truax Field Wisconsin, after basic training where he took the Airborne Radio Operator course, and upon completion of this course, Gervais was selected for pilot training in B-24 Liberator bombers as an aircraft commander. Having successfully finished his training, Gervais was assigned to the 484th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force, based in Italy. While serving with the 484th Bomb Group, Gervais completed twenty-six combat missions that took him over Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Northern Italy. After completing his combat tour, he was assigned to the Air Depot Group as a test pilot until VE Day. From 1951 to 1959 Gervais served at Griffiss Air Force Base as a B-29 aircraft commander. Some of his missions included flying radar evaluation and electronic countermeasures flights. In 1959 Gervais received an overseas assignment as a C-130 Air Craft Commander where he flew airlift missions for SEATO in Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. In 1962 Gervais was assigned to Nellis Air Force Base as Assistant Director of Administration, Base Postal Officer, and Top Secret Control Officer until his retirement in 1963. It was while stationed in Okinawa in 1960, that Gervais first became interested in the Amelia Earhart mystery. He was assigned to fly four C-130s to Australia in order to transport members of the Rockefeller family to New Guinea to investigate David Rockefeller’s odd disappearance, who was never found. While in New Guinea, Gervais visited Lae, the place where Amelia Earhart was last seen alive. He talked to several people who were present when she and Fred Noonan took off for Howland Island in 1937. In 1960 Major Gervais started Operation Earhart along with fellow Air Force officers, Major Bob Dinger and Colonel Paul Briand, Jr. Dinger and Gervais were squadron mates and Briand was an Air Force Academy professor whose thesis and eventual book, Daughter of the Sky, helped get the group started. The trio gathered over seventy sworn affidavits from individuals who recalled Amelia’s post-disappearance survival under Japan’s stewardship in the South Sea Islands. Eventually, Air Force superiors ordered the group to stop all investigations into the Amelia Earhart disappearance matter. Briand obeyed but Gervais refused, resulting in his retirement from the Air Force. Gervais continued his research into the Earhart disappearance, gaining the help of Joe Klass, a former military pilot. Their quest for answers began with a search for the remains of Earhart’s Lockheed Electra, that people were left to believe had crashed somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Their investigative research led them to Saipan where native residents claimed to have seen Earhart and Noonan alive their in Japan's custody. Eventually their search led them to a woman living in the United States in 1965, who resembled Amelia Earhart, not just in appearance, but in her speech and other mannerisms as well. Gervais believed this woman, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam, was the former Amelia Earhart. He believed she and Noonan, ditched in the South Sea Islands ‘Marshalls’ group where they were picked up and sequestered by the Japanese. While uncertain of Noonan's fate after that, Gervais believed Amelia remained under Japan's stewardship for the duration of the war, and that after the war, she returned to the U.S. under the assumed name of Irene O’Crowley Craigmile. Then in 1958, she married international businessman, Guy Bolam of England, and the two went on to live an idyllic, albeit ‘private’ life together at different residences they owned in the United states and abroad. That is, until 'Operation Earhart' outed the post-war Irene as the former Amelia Earhart.



1970, the former Amelia Earhart, AKA, the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, faced 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. The bottom line, however, is that 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 said or 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.

"Twenty-three years ago I wrote a review of Susan Butler's new Amelia Earhart biography, East to the Dawn. The book 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