into the Twenty-First Century are the results
"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.
Doris Kearns Goodwin and Amy Kleppner
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin (left)
niece, Amy Kleppner (right)
Non-Truth Versus Truth
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 the better good of its body public.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
"I hope I've just got
to never make it public." A quote 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 Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration
withheld important information it knew pertaining to the true fate of Amelia Earhart. Although FDR's administration never
lied about Amelia Earhart, its silence toward what happened to her projected a non-truth that suggested she vanished
without a trace and was never seen again. Except... that never happened. [The truth follows.]
"Truth is not a mystery -- its greatest secrets
are yours to know through simple honesty and surrender to what that honesty reveals." John
Digital Face Recognition concluded: One
in the same.
Above are digitally combined images showing
Amelia Earhart's person in younger and older
A slew of Amelia Earhart book authors
already agreed, and now other experts are agreeing with the recent findings of a new and innovative, 'digital forensic
comparison analysis' that relayed the truth of Amelia Earhart's post-1930s existence with a different name.
1.) The analysis deeply evaluated the most prominent theories
that attempted to unravel 'the mystery' of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance.
2.) In the process, it discovered something never before realized about
a maverick 1960s investigation known as Operation Earhart, that caused quite a news story when it went public with its conclusion.
3.) In 1970, based on the results of its ten-year independent investigation,
Operation Earhart boldly asserted, with a reasonable foundation for doing so, that Amelia Earhart quietly lived-on
well after she was declared missing, and she had changed her name in the process.
Digital Face Recognition programs
arrived in the Twenty First Century
|DIGITAL FACE RECOGNITION = ONE IN THE SAME
The new forensic comparison analysis evaluated full bodies and character traits, and included positive Digital
Face Recognition results. Experts whom
have reviewed the study results now agree that Amelia Earhart did live-on, and in time she became known as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
[Incredibly, until the recent analysis
took place a forensic comparison study had never been done before. The final results exhibited an overall physical and character
traits congruence, and revealed that the woman known as 'Irene' in question appeared nowhere identified that
way prior to the 1940s.]
This is the amazing, true
account of what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937. More combined digital image comparisons
Upon observation, there hasn't been a forensic expert
or historian that disagreed with the results from what is now being referred to as: "The most thorough review and examination of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and missing
person case ever conducted."
See for yourself:
[And take your time, there is a lot of information
to digest here.]
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
(FKA Amelia Earhart)
digitally combined with
her former self.
|DIGITAL FACE RECOGNITION = ONE IN THE SAME
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
(FKA Amelia Earhart)
digitally combined with
her former self.
|DIGITAL FACE RECOGNITION = ONE IN THE SAME
certainty that Amelia Earhart was known as 'Irene' in her post-1940 years was further conveyed by way of Amelia having been acquainted with the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
-- who looked nothing like her.
is no accident that clear visual evidence of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile is difficult to come
by. Yet the available visible
evidence of her that the analysis managed to locate -- that shows her prior to the 1940s -- revealed a person who did not
at all resemble Amelia Earhart. The analysis also examined the life story of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
whose name and identity Amelia assumed for herself to use after the 1930s.
Above: Charles J. Craigmile and
the original Irene nee O'Crowley
Craigmile in 1930.
were gone by the time World War Two began.
U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr.
"I have carefully studied your presentation. Your conclusion that there was more
than one Irene O'Crowley Craigmile has completely convinced me that this is indeed the case. You have also convinced me
that one of them used to be Amelia Earhart. Incredible. You have quite an impressive package there. Keep charging - Gene." A note forwarded
to study orchestrator, Tod Swindell, from retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest
Eugene (Gene) Tissot, 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
Amelia & the post-1940 Irene digitally
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
"Amelia as Irene in her later life years, shown above-left
at a 1980 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."
the post-1940 Irene's image profile from above is shown perfectly matching that of her former 'Amelia' self:
The post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam
former Amelia Earhart self digitally combined.
(Photo taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia; now
Below find a 1970 news clipping about the
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.
Above left, the post-1940 Irene; center,
Irene & her
Amelia-self digitally combined; right, Amelia
As a result of its findings, the new 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 caused
the high-profile news item featured below -- that managed to raise some important concerned eyebrows -- before it all-but magically went away." Tod Swindell
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. This epic forensic
journey began by way of re-conjuring an ambiguously dismissed news item from 1970, a full half-century ago. Take
Below, she caused quite a stir when she made headlines in 1970, yet few people recall
the elusive woman known as "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile" ...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
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 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 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 who she had been before, yet she wasn't about to publicly
own up to it, and she had a good support system that stood by her. Below are more 1970 news clippings:
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.]
Above, a 1971 listing showing Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam, (simply
referenced as 'Irene Bolam' ) as President of Guy Bolam Associates Inc., a 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 the above clippings appeared, the contested debate over her true life-long identity continued
on -- as edified in this 1974 news clipping:
Considering the above clipping, some might question the United
States legal system's inability to determine whether or not the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam under scrutiny at
the time was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart, and rightfully so. Continue on to learn how
and why the debate over her true identity was left unresolved.
Some forty-years after the
above 'Earhart news-story saga' played out, an interesting twist occurred that
pertained to who the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam
that faced the press in 1970 actually was -- when the forensic analysis concluded that she was not identifiable as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s. This reality had not been publicly ascertained before.
The study also confirmed how prior to the 1940s, there had been an Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile who Amelia Earhart was loosely acquainted with, and that the person who faced the press in 1970, who is also shown
directly below in 1977, was not she.
The post-1940 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile'
of 'Bolam' added in 1958 by marriage.]
As mentioned, it was additionally learned, as a
result of her convincing denial, that the post-1940 Irene's physical being and character traits were never compared to those
of Amelia Earhart back then.
where it was eventually expounded on by individuals who closely tracked the above Irene's story, that her life long identity issue
was never fully resolved, it stood to reason that a comparison study would at least eliminate the possibility of her previously
having been known as Amelia Earhart.
This thinking remained... until the study results delivered an unexpected reality:
The 'indomitable' Irene
Amelia Earhart (misspelled 'Earheart')
is featured on a sheet music cover.
Amelia and the post-1940
Irene digitally combined
When digitally combined,
as displayed above, Amelia
Earhart and the post-1940
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
displayed an undeniable, if
not haunting congruence.
Amelia Earhart, 1937
Irene & Amelia
Post-1940 Irene, 1965
Digital Face Recognition
identified the post-1940 Irene
and Amelia as one in the same.
"After all she had been through, she
didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." 1987, the words of Monsignor James Francis
Kelley (1902-1996) 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.
Above: Photos showing Monsignor James Francis
Kelley and the former Amelia Earhart together in the 1970s. As noted above, during the last decade of his life, the
well-known priest described to several 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 his conveyance suggested
'old-age dementia' must have caused Father Kelley to make it all up, as if it were a concocted yarn he had
outright fabricated. The later forensic analysis results, of course, conveyed 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.)
"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.
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
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
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.
If you have things of hers [Earhart's] I would like to see them. You are aware that she was Irene
MSGR. KELLEY: What?
COL. REINECK: Amelia Earhart was Irene Bolam?
MSGR. KELLEY: That's right, yes.
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."
In 1991, the following passage was
contained in a letter mailed to Rollin C. Reineck from Mrs. Helen Barber of Wayne, Pennsylvania. Reineck in turn phoned Mrs.
Barber and recorded his conversation with her that corroborated her statement here:
"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 me 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.”
Monsignor James Francis Kelley, in 1946, next
to a bronze bust of his likeness commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution.
former Amelia Earhart's 1970s' friendship
LPGA promoter, Peter Busatti:
Above: The former Amelia Earhart
and Peter Busatti
From the earlier display, 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 right is an old, rare profile photo of Amelia Earhart.
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.
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,
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 true story of what became of Amelia Earhart
-- after she was declared 'missing' in 1937.
Amelia Earhart in 1937,
just before she went missing.
When World War Two
were still wondering
had happened to Amelia. This
article appeared two weeks after Japan
surrendered to the allied powers.
While the general public continued to wonder about Amelia's
true fate, the FDR administration's withheld facts of her disappearance became lost in the shuffle of World War Two. This
bled over to President Harry Truman's administration, that after it brought the war to a complete end left all post-war inquiries
about Amelia's true fate to be categorically greeted with official silence, and thus it remained ever since:
"Numerous investigations foundered on
official silence in Washington and Tokyo, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." 1982, aviation historians, Marylin Bender and Selig Altschul on the 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person
cases of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, quoted from their book, The Chosen Instrument.
"Fear of Truth"
In a let's move on way, after World War Two, federal government lobbyists
steered official United States historians and major news agencies away from the reality of what actually occurred after Amelia
Earhart was said to have vanished. A post-war pact had been made between the United States and Japan that
ensured what happened to Amelia 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 updated forensic research
and comparison study delivered clarity to the reality of Amelia continuing to live-on for decades after the war years, known
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 beyond accepting
that Amelia had 'vanished without a trace' and had likely 'perished at sea' -- even though neither end result
for the famous pilot had actually occurred.
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 his accountability into obscurity.
Below, the Smithsonian Institution, itself a 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 long been persuading people not
to believe the discovered truth
existence as Irene.
Dorothy Cochrane (right) also of the
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
"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
Below, renewed interest in the 'mystery'
of Amelia Earhart's disappearance was generated in the 1960s and 1970s by way of these two remarkable books:
1966 book by Fred Goerner that profiled
CBS radio's five year investigation
1970, The Joe Klaas book about
year 'Operation Earhart' investigation
To continue with the diversion after controversial 'truths'
about Amelia's loss were made public in the 1960s, primarily by 'Operation Earhart' and CBS Radio, (the best-selling books
about their investigations shown above) opposing theories destined to never ring true were serially introduced and publicly
promoted. This led both of the above books and their contents to pretty-much be forgotten as the decades passed. As well,
in time 'cottage industries' popped up that mounted expeditions to look for Amelia's plane far from where it ended up going
down -- so they of course turned up nothing. (Some of
these news-media hyped diversions are profiled further down.)
Below, the World War Two era left behind a slew of realities that United States official
history moved away from. The true story about what happened to Amelia Earhart was one of them. In the South Sea Islands region
that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan became lost in, however, the place Operation Earhart and CBS Radio
had focused on, a different account of what happened to the famous fliers has always existed, one that stated they were rescued:
A 1987 Marshall Islands commemorative
stamp depicting the
rescue of Earhart and Noonan and the retrieval of Amelia's plane.
In 2002, the Associated Press quoted
the Marshall Islands
to the United Nations in the above manner.
the past decade this first of its kind study was placed on the World Wide Web as a 'still in progress'
endeavor and it remained that way throughout its recent completion stages.
Creator and orchestrator of the first-ever
'Amelia to Irene'
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'
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
"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'
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
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."
Another study sample showing Amelia Earhart digitally combined with
the post-1940 Irene:
"Truth, like beauty, is neither created nor lost."
STATEMENT: After the 1930s, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile ended up being obscured by history
and she is all-but forgotten today.
In consideration of the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, let's return to the 1930s, and some people who were acquainted with her...
Above left to
Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith,
and Viola Gentry (1932)
a rare group photo features Amelia Earhart, Viola Gentry, and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile within it:
Well known pilot, Viola Gentry, who helped conceal Amelia Earhart's post-1940 existence
as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' is shown directly to the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's right in this 1932 group
photo. The original Irene (her face fully shaded) is outlined in black in the photo; Amelia Earhart is outlined in
As mentioned, it turned out that clear photos of
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile were removed from circulation years ago. Of poor quality, below is an old and
grainy, quite-rare '1930' dated newspaper photo showing the original Irene between her husband, Charles James Craigmile,
(left) and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley, (right):
"It took decades after
it was first postulated, but in time it was forensically realized that Amelia Earhart's missing person case was cloaked by
way of her assuming the leftover name and identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who Amelia had once been acquainted
with. How this ended up being so vehemently dismissed after the reality of Amelia's changed identity first
surfaced in 1970, is a testament to how convincingly people were encouraged not to pay attention to it by some persuasive
influences that were originally, and most critically traceable to the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover." Tod Swindell
Above: Former long-time FBI Director, the
indomitable, J. Edgar Hoover, (1895-1972). See
samples from his WWII Earhart file further down.
1970 to 2016, even though four nationally published books in that span of time expounded on the reality of Amelia Earhart
continuing to live-on in the United States after changing her name to Irene, the federal government never directly
commented on them. After the
controversy over what really became of Amelia began to surface in the 1960s, the United
States 'free press' was persuaded by a politburo-like influence traceable to then FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover,
not to investigate Amelia's world flight outcome, or adhere to a certain opinion about it.
Hard to believe but true,
this is how the 'mystery of Amelia Earhart' was born in a modern sense, and why the American public has
never seen its own national news media conduct a serious investigation of the 1960s discovery of Amelia's ongoing
existence as a renamed person. At the same time, none of the four mentioned books were ever legally over-challenged where
they concluded Amelia lived-on to become known as Irene Craigmile. [Of course, they didn't get supportive press coverage either.]
As noted, the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives was primarily
focused on the decade-long investigative research of Joseph A. Gervais and Operation Earhart. Above is a personal response
to Gervais from an inquiry he sent to J. Edgar Hoover in early 1969, asking for any information the FBI might have on Amelia
Earhart. Hoover's response was typical, although after he died in 1972, the World War Two FBI file on Amelia Earhart, one
he had personally controlled, was at least partially released as a result of the FOIA of 1980. Several documents stressing
Amelia's ongoing existence during the war under Japan's stewardship were contained in the file, as were responses and inquiries
from Hoover about them. Names and specifics were carefully blacked out on each of them. One December of 1944 document example
(displayed on the right) pulled from the FBI's file, told of a recovering soldier's awareness he had gained of Amelia Earhart
being cared for by Japan during the war.
The soldier referenced above, (his name blacked out) who was
recovering at Walter Reed Hosptal in Washington DC in late 1944, was interviewed by an FBI agent at the bequest of J. Edgar
Hoover. To the FBI agent, the soldier described his awareness of Amelia Earhart's war time existence in Japan's charge based
on information he learned during a pre-war time experience he had while stationed in the Phillipines, and his later internments
in Japan POW camps. This is just one of several documents from the WWII FBI Earhart file that featured different U.S. soldier
accounts that described Amelia's ongoing survival. J. Edgar Hoover personally followed up on each one, but was careful to
not make public his awareness of them.
An excerpt from the above right FBI document
describes the well being of Amelia Earhart well into the war years as described by a Japanese intelligence officer who averred
that Amelia was "perfectly all right." Below is J. Edgar Hoover's personal response to the document; one he forwarded
to the War Department's Assistant Chief of Staff on January 19, 1945, courtesy of Brigadier General, Carter C. Clarke. He
was careful not to openly project an inordinate level of confidence in the soldier's testimony, as was his modus operandi
for all war-time conveyances of Amelia's ongoing existence in Japan's care.
Again, the documents above mark just a sampling from among several
located in the FBI's World War Two file on Amelia Earhart, that indicated how Amelia had continued to exist under Japan's
stewardship during the war years.
Back to the Original Irene
the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was called out as the former Amelia Earhart; Amelia's family, the
family of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and constituents of the Smithsonian Institution cohesively
fought against endorsing the reality of it into public acceptance. This is because the record of Amelia
disappearing in 1937, followed by her being declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, was never supposed to change
according to any 'official' historical viewpoint. Here, where an attempt to conceal visible evidence of the original
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile had clearly taken place at some point, her person managed to rise from the ashes of it all and make
herself known anyway. For starters, the original Irene's
husband, Charles James Craigmile, who was fifteen years older than she, tragically died of a sudden illness in 1931. The following obituary for him ran on September 23, 1931:
Above, according to record, this is how
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile looked in 1930. Below is how she looked when she was fourteen years old, in
1918. She did not resemble Amelia Earhart.
After her husband,
Charles, died of a sudden illness in 1931, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile became a budding pilot, who, until
she realized she was pregnant out of wedlock in 1933, had become acquainted with Amelia Earhart. To date, the general public is unaware of what became of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. What is certain from a forensic standpoint, is that her 1934 born
son ended up being raised by a surrogate mother
figure, (displayed further down) who the former Amelia Earhart, living as 'Irene' after World War Two, interfaced with. It is also possible for the former Amelia Earhart to have been instrumental in guiding
the chosen career of the original Irene's son, who went on to become a pilot for Pan Am Airways. (Long retired,
the original Irene's son still lives today.) As mentioned, at some point clear images of the original Irene's person from prior
to the 1940s were removed from circulation, ostensibly to make Amelia's use of her leftover identity more feasible. Today,
when one looks at the available record of photos displaying Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's person in a life-long way, (1904-1982)
it immediately becomes clear that Amelia's person
does not show up identified as Irene until the mid-1940s, or, after World War Two.
The original Irene O'Crowley
shown next to her plane in
referred to as, 'Irene
Craigmile' as listed below:
Amelia Earhart in 1921. In 1928, when she was thirty
suddenly became famous. Not long after that she met Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile. Then in 1937, Amelia
was declared a
person. Later, in 1939, to release her estate to her next
of kin, Amelia was legally declared 'dead in absentia' after no
evidence of her person's ongoing existence was produced.
Below, as mentioned the
original Irene Craigmile left a son behind from her brief second marriage to Al Heller. He ended up being raised by
a surrogate mother figure who the former Amelia Earhart was close to in her later life years. Still wondering twelve years
after the post-1940 Irene faced the press, the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, Larry Heller, is pictured
in this odd newspaper article that quoted his wife, Joan Heller:
to the former Amelia Earhart...
Senator Hiram Bingham
& Amelia Earhart
Here again is the 1977 photo-portrait of the former
Amelia Earhart. She was known as Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile after 1940, then added the surname of
'Bolam' in 1958, by virture of her marriage to
international businessman, Guy Bolam, of
England. She was a constant world traveler
with Guy in the 1960s, and she continued to
travel the world in the 1970s, after Guy died.
Reproduced from the original negative
is the photo
the former Amelia Earhart taken on August
A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) in East
New York, outside of the
Sea Spray Inn.
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.
Elinor Smith, and Viola Gentry in 1932
Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam, August 9,
the Sea Spray Inn.
Viola Gentry from before, above to the right she is shown in 1965, with the former Amelia Earhart's husband by their
1958 marriage, Guy Bolam of England. As mentioned, Viola Gentry, along with Amelia's sister, Muriel, the original Irene's
family, and a few devoted others helped to protect Amelia's later life privacy by only referring to her as 'Irene.' (In all
likelyhood the photograph of Viola and Guy was taken by the former Amelia Earhart, AKA 'the post-1940 Irene.')
Above, in the 1960s the Sea Spray Inn was a popular summer gathering
place for a club known as 'The Early Birds of Aviation.' In the left photo, the stone path under the girl wearing yellow is
where Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed Irene and Guy Bolam just as they arrived for the Early Bird's annual luncheon.
Many well known pilots from the past were there that day, and Viola and her friend, the former Amelia Earhart, were
two among them. Joseph A. Gervais had been flown in for the event by the Early Birds so he could lecture to them about his
five year (by then) investigation of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. As soon as he looked at Irene, Gervais averred he
"knew instantly" who she used to be.
Sadly, although several of its cottages are still there today, the main Sea Spray Inn building burned down
in 1978. The evidence is clear, however, that the begining of the reveal pertaining to what became of Amelia
Earhart after 1937, took place when Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed the former Amelia Earhart there -- after
he asked Viola Gentry to introduce him to her in the summer of 1965. Below is more anecdotal information about Viola Gentry
and her feelings about Amelia and what became of her:
Above left, featured in Jennifer Bean Bower's 2015 biography
of Viola Gentry, is a 1961 photograph of Viola and pilot Shirly Marshall in front of a 'Sea Spray Inn' labeled plane. Above
right, from the same book, notice the last half of the page where four years after Amelia was declared 'missing' Viola Gentry
described her friend, Amelia, as a "dancing sunbeam" along with her belief that Amelia was 'still living' at
the time, followed by the topic of a July 15, 1941 lecture she delivered, mentioned in the final paragraph.
Amelia Earhart, 1937
used to be known as
The former Amelia Earhart
Above, in the 1930s, again to the far right in this series is
pilot Viola Gentry, who, along with Amelia's sister, Murial, played a pivital role in protecting the truth about Amelia's
ongoing life as Irene. This is a slide-out reveal of the post-1940 Irene transitioning back to her former Amelia
self. As conveyed, Viola knew both Amelia Earhart and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in the
1930s, and she knew Amelia as 'Irene' after World War Two.
Below is a head-to-toe 50/50 version:
Above left to
Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith,
and Viola Gentry (1932)
in Paris, France
Irene and Amelia
in a head-to-toe
To try and spin the post-1940 Irene
as Amelia's doppelgänger twin was always a stretch anyway, until it was debunked
by way of the study surfacing the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who as it turned out, looked nothing like Amelia.
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 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 proved to be digital carbon copies of each other. Below, Muriel is quoted in a 1982 newspaper
article rejecting the still ongoing assertion that her 'Zonta sister' Irene, (whose death had just been inaccurately reported)
was actually her survived sister, Amelia, going by a different name. The "soon after the story broke" mention referred
to Operation Earhart's 1970 newsmaking claim about Irene:
Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who died in 1998, was a key part of
the network that protected the reality of her sister's post-war existence as Irene.
|POST-WAR IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE-BOLAM, 1965
A stark post-war Irene to Amelia facial
"You may choose to look the other way but you can never again
say that you did not know." William Wilberforce
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.
on going to further review the long-subdued, now finally recognizable, 'Amelia became Irene' paradigm.
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 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.
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 her five years, but in December of 1975, the former Amelia Earhart won
a 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 that 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 good reputation' allegations
were no more than '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.
As shown earlier, the controversial
1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives, featured a somewhat candidly taken '1965' photograph of the former Amelia
Earhart. The book was written and published without the former Amelia's cooperation or endorsement, though, and she
strongly disapproved of it. She immediately fought to discount it, and she denied her famous past in the process. McGraw-Hill
removed its best selling book from the stores, although forty-thousand copies had already made it into circulation. Portions
of Amelia Earhart Lives did contain some far-out speculating, but it presented an interesting alternate viewpoint of
Amelia's fate and included some fascinating anecdotal information in the process. Although it ended up being widely discredited
by historians, the writing of Joe Klaas gripped the attention of its readers as he profiled and expounded on the decade long
'Operation Earhart' investigation effort led by Joseph A. Gervais. It was eventually republished through the Author's Guild.
For decades now, and especially after the human comparison results were made public,
as mentioned the Smithsonian Institution along with the families of Amelia Earhart and the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, (and a few other other Earhart status quo devotees) have influenced both the press and the public
not to take the 'Amelia became Irene' equation seriously. Their objective while doing so was to steer the
curious away from recognizing the "key" to solving the mystery over what became of Amelia
Earhart after she was declared "a missing person" in 1937. This "key"
is expounded on directly below.
1970, the "key" to unlocking the 'mystery' of what became of Amelia Earhart was available by way of identifying
the plural life-story of the 1930s' pilot friend of Amelia's, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
Charles Craigmile, the original
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
and Richard Joseph O'Crowley in 1930.
A Look at the Curious 'Plural
Life' of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
to record, the original Irene nee O'Crowley Craigmile was born in New Jersey in 1904. She was an only child
whose mother died when she was twelve, at which point her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley, sent her to be further raised
by her paternal grandmother and aunt in Newark.
Irene was known as 'Beatrice' in her teen years, and was informally nicknamed, 'Bee'
since her father's sister (her aunt) was also named 'Irene.'
Bee's grandmother and aunt raised her well. Her grandmother, Sarah nee
Rutherford O'Crowley, who was Irish, came to America in the 1800s and was part of the namesake family that the Rutherford
and East Rutherford, New Jersey boroughs were named for. Bee's aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who primarily raised Bee
from age twelve on, was a prominent New York-New Jersey attorney. Bee also grew close to her uncle Clarence O'Crowley, a physician, and his wife, her aunt Violet, who lived next door.
Bee was placed in good schools by her aunt in her teen years. She was also taken to
Europe as a young adult, and was endorsed to become a member of the League of Women Voters. She did enroll at Columbia University
for a time, where her uncle Clarence had attended, except she became pregnant there and did not continue with her studies.
At age twenty-one, Bee had a 'family secret' child, a son, who was adopted and
raised by her uncle Clarence and aunt Violet. Both were into their forties at the time so the boy would be their only child
who they named, "Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr." The O'Crowley's were good catholics and the arrangement spared
Bee the stigma of being an unwed mother and enabled her to remain close to her child.
Below, separated from her husband, Richard J. O'Crowley,
the 1910 Census listed Bridget (nee Doyle) O'Crowley, the original Irene's mother, living with she and Richard's
five-year old daughter, the original Irene,
(listed by her wrongly spelled middle name, "Madiline") at the home of Bridget's parents. Bridget died seven years later.
Below, at 12 Lombardy Street, the 1920 Census listed 65 year old, Sarah J. (nee Rutherford) O'Crowley as Head of House, her daughter, 35 year
old, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, a lawyer, is listed under her, followed by her granddaughter, Irene (Bee) O'Crowley, who is listed at age at age 14. (It should have listed her at age 15. The census records a person's age at their last birthday.) Alice Hill was also listed
as a house servant.
Marriage and Life After Marriage:
In late 1928, at the home of her uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley, Bee, (the original Irene) married Charles James Craigmile, a New Jersey Civil Engineer whose father was an Illinois
same 1930 newspaper photo
of Charles J. Craigmile, Irene 'Bee'
O'Crowley Craigmile, and Irene's
father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.
Below, clearer of Irene.
Below, the 1930 U.S. Census showed "Charles
J. Craigmile" age "40" living with his wife, "Irene Craigmile" age "25" in Pequannock,
Sadly, Charles Craigmile, who was fifteen years
older than his wife, Irene, became ill and died suddenly in 1931.
Coming out of her bereavement, and inspired by one of her aunt's
Zonta organization friends, Amelia Earhart, who she was introduced to, the widowed original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile decided she wanted to become a pilot. She went all-out and purchased a plane with some of the life insurance money
she received from her husband's passing, dedicated herself to learning to fly, and she earned her pilot's license in mid-1933.
Again, outlined in white above is Amelia
Earhart in this September 1, 1932 news photo. Outlined in black is the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
who had just begun her pilot training, seen listed as "Irene Craigmile" between pilots Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz.
Her Brief Days As A Pilot:
Close to the same time she was awarded her pilot's license, the original Irene
learned she was carrying the child of her last flight instructor, Al Heller. Her flying days tapered off after she and Al
eloped to be married, and she gave birth to their son in early 1934. Except it turned out that when Al eloped to marry Irene,
he was still legally wed to another woman he'd also had
a child with. So in 1937, with their relationship having failed anyway, the original Irene decided to have her marriage
to Al Heller annulled--and Al relocated by himself to Buffalo, New York.
With her stint of flying planes behind her, the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile did not renew her pilot's license after 1937. Strangely enough as well, after the 1940s arrived the original
Irene was no longer evident--and she and Al Heller's son was being raised by a surrogate mother, shown below as she looked
in the early 1940s.
Alvin 'Larry' Heller, the 1934 born son of
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, identified and confirmed this person to have been the 'mother'
who raised him from childhood to adulthood:
Above: This was the surrogate mother of the original
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son, Clarence Alvin "Larry" Heller. To date no one knows who this person really
was or where she came from. She definitely was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, nor was she the one attributed
to the same 'Irene' identity after World War Two, who was the former Amelia Earhart.
Below, observe the progression of how false history recorded Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile the way she looked from age 14 to the way she looked in the 1970s. An inconsistency should be detectable here by
keen observers that is expounded on further down.
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, age 14
profile and straight on
at age 19 in 1923.
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in
her late 30s; in the early 1940s.
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
The Positive ID Placement Made By Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's
is the 2014 written exchange between Clarence Alvin (Larry) Heller, the 1934 born son of the original Irene Craigmile,
and Tod Swindell. The woman Mr. Heller positively identified as his "mother" was not the same woman whose image
appeared in the 1970 McGraw-Hill book, Amelia Earhart Lives, even
though according to history she should have been.
Tod Swindell: Thursday, February 20, 2014
I want you to know that
I am in full agreement with you that Amelia Earhart was not your mother. Your mother, as you identified her in these younger and older version photos,
led a very different life than Amelia and bore little resemblance to her physically. Our agreement on this matter is pertinent
to the correct presentation of the facts.
is that you have positively identified these images as those of your late mother, and
that she absolutely was not, and never possibly could have been Amelia Earhart. I agree with this 100%, and understand
that you do too. If you could you send back a simple ‘I agree’ for verification I’d appreciate it.
Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller: Friday, February 21, 2014
Subject: Re: Identity Verification
The attached pictures are of my mother and she was not Amelia Earhart. C. Heller.
Proof is available.
The original Irene's son
was correct when he insisted the mother he knew was was not Amelia Earhart. Below, when the younger and older images Mr. Heller identified as his 'mother' were digitally combined they did
equate the same person.
Among the important discoveries Tod Swindell's forensic study was
credited for making, was that even though they were attributed to the same "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam" identity,
the images below do not depict the same individual human being. The photo on the memorial dinner program was supplied by the
original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's son, who verified her to have been his 'mother' in the study. (His mother's death
was recorded on July 7, 1982.)
this day it remains uncertain when the former Amelia Earhart's death actually took place. Although unconfirmed, according
to a late private detective by the name of Jerome Steigmann, the former Amelia lived to her late 90s before she died
in McClean, Virginia, and that she was interned at Arlington National Cemetery.
Above: Two different people, the former
Amelia Earhart (left) and the surrogate mother of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's son, (right). Both were attributed
to the same identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.
Below: From the Amelia-to-Irene forensic comparison analysis, here are two more
images of the former Amelia Earhart, the way she looked in 1977. (Note the digital combinations further down.)
AFTER AMELIA EARHART WAS DECLARED 'A MISSING PERSON' IN 1937, ONLY A SELECT FEW INDIVIDUALS
WERE AWARE THAT SHE CONTINUED TO LIVE ON; THAT IN TIME SHE TOOK ON THE IDENTITY OF HER FORMER PILOT ACQUAINTANCE, IRENE
O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE--AND SHE EXISTED FOR DECADES THAT WAY. IN 1970, THERE WAS AN ATTEMPT TO 'OUT HER' FOR WHO SHE USED
TO BE THAT FAILED. THE REASON IT FAILED WAS EVEN THOUGH SHE AND SELECT OTHERS KNEW SHE WAS THE FORMER AMELIA EARHART, SHE
WAS NEVER ABOUT TO ADMIT SUCH A THING IN HER LATER LIFE YEARS--SO SHE FLATLY REFUSED TO ACKNOWLEDGE HER FAMOUS PAST IN FAVOR
OF EXCLUSIVELY REMAINING KNOWN AS 'IRENE'.
THIS IS THE UNHERALDED TRUTH ABOUT WHAT BECAME OF AMELIA EARHART AFTER SHE
WENT MISSING IN 1937.
Digitally combined with Amelia Earhart
...the former Amelia Earhart,
A Broader View
The assertion of Amelia Earhart quietly surviving her disappearance, changing her name, and living to old age was proved
false long ago.
Correct Statement: The assertion, or 'claim' of Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence with a different
name first surfaced in 1970, and contrary to how strongly she negated it--and how members of Amelia's family and the original Irene O'Crowley's family dismissed it out of hand--it never was proved false. As well, new evidence produced in the Twenty-First Century, that included the
positive results of a human comparison analysis, thoroughly enhanced the truthful nature of the claim.
The full newspaper photo showing the
post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley
(surname 'Bolam' added in 1958)
as, 'Mrs. Guy Bolam' in 1970.
She held a major press conference to refute
the bold assertion that said she used to be
as Amelia Earhart, within the new,
controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives
by Joe Klaas, seen held in the foreground.
She denied herself
to be Amelia Earhart
and called the assertion of it, "a poorly
documented hoax" and "utter
Below, again four years into the post-1940
Irene's defamation lawsuit, before its conclusion, a 1974 newspaper article conveyed how the "courts" still had
yet to settle the question over whether she was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart:
Yes, incredibly enough, as it turned out the post-1940 Irene actually was
the former Amelia Earhart. To recap, it is now known that in the 1930s, there was an original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile who Amelia Earhart had known -- and it was a remarkable realization when the study edified that the original
Irene's person was no longer evident in the 1940s. In the meantime, as Amelia Earhart continued to quietly exist after she went missing in 1937, in her pursuit of leading a non-public life going forward, at some point she
assumed the original Irene's leftover identity for herself to furthermore use.
Notwithstanding those who have a hard time believing or accepting it, the above paragraph
fairly exhibits the absolute truth pertaining to what became of Amelia Earhart after she was declared 'a missing
person' in 1937.
Tod Swindell all but single-handedly
rejuvenated the Amelia to Irene story in the 1990s, and has continuously chronicled his journey with it since then. In the
book, Amelia Earhart Survived, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck credited Tod for proving that Amelia lived-on and became known
as Irene. Tod stresses that it was Joseph A. Gervais who actually did that in the 1960s, and his own later achievements merely
shored up the earlier dismissed reality of Gervais having been correct.
"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic
analysis of [the post-war only] Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
Bolam as compared to Amelia Earhart, to show the world they were one in the same person." USAF
Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), from his book, Amelia Earhart Survived.
About the AP article lead-in
2002, after I lectured about Amelia Earhart to a
crowd at the Oakland Air and Space museum, the
Associated Press ran a story that was picked up
by newswire services nationwide, in which I was
misquoted by its reporter, Ron Staton. I never told
that I believed Amelia was 'captured by Japan'
and later became 'a New Jersey housewife.' What
I did say was I believed Amelia somehow survived
and changed her name to Irene. I always accepted
that Amelia ended up quietly existing under Japan's
stewardship as World War Two heated up, yet after
this was discovered by private sleuths in the 1960s,
reporters failed to accurately report on the facts
that surrounded her rescue by Japan, and the facts
surrounding the learned,
'Amelia later became
known as Irene' reality. They consistently made
light of it instead, by hoodwinking that Amelia
became a New Jersey housewife, as Staton did
here, yet she was far from that."
"She was not an ordinary housewife."
John Bolam, 2002
Phoenix Republic featured a story about Tod's work in 2007.
In his 2016 released book, (below) W.C. Jameson wrote of Tod's forensic study and agreed
that the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam definitively was the former Amelia Earhart.
Did we really know Amelia Earhart as well as we thought we did?
Consider the following:
drifted into adulthood with only vague ideas of her
future. When she did become famous, she didn't like it much."
Author-historian, Adam Woog on Amelia Earhart
"Over the nine years spanning her first and last transoceanic
flights, Amelia Earhart became one of the most famous women in the world. The Private Amelia disliked that fame intensely."
From author-historian, Doris Rich's 1989 biography on Amelia Earhart.
"Yet to this day, the authors affirm that they are correct."
Author Vincent Loomis, in his 1985 published book, referred to the still ongoing claim of Amelia
Earhart Lives authors, Joe Klaas and Joseph A. Gervais, that stated Amelia lived to become known as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
and later 'Bolam'. This was fifteen years after the former Amelia Earhart denied her famous past.
"One tantalizingly persistent account has Amelia returning to the U.S. and
assuming a new identity." Author-Historian, Randall Brink. His 1994 book, Lost
Star, is considered by many Earhart aficionados to be the most cohesive investigative account of Amelia's failed world
flight attempt from its buildup to its aftermath.
called 'lies', are the exclusive creations of human beings.]
A truth is what it is: A truth.
Non-truths are creations. Anymore, as obvious as the truth has grown to be, it is a non-truth to dogmatically state
that Amelia Earhart did not survive her 1937 disappearance -- and that she was not known as 'Irene' in her later life years.
To Dr. Tom Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane:
"Either you deal with what is
the reality, or you can be
sure that the reality is going
to deal with you."
Yes, for decades now, Dr. Tom Crouch, later to
be joined by Dorothy Cochrane, of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, have commented to news media outlets about a variety of
theories and suggestions that tried to explain Amelia Earhart's fate, all the while persuading them not to pay attention to
the reality based account of Amelia's post-loss existence as "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile."
It is worth noting here, the Smithsonian Institution [a 'ward' and 'acting
agent' of the U.S. federal government] has never conducted its own investigation into Amelia Earhart's disappearance
and missing person case. In the meantime, as mentioned, it has also never strayed from automatically rejecting the never disproved
assertion of Amelia Earhart surviving and changing her name -- even though since 1970, it has existed as a truth augmented
by Amelia's own full-proof body evidence. This is because it has long been a tradition of the Smithsonian to demonstrate no
accountability when it comes to the Amelia Earhart disappearance matter -- within its objective to keep the 'Earhart
mystery football' in play.
Taking a modern, objective look at
'The Mystery of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance'
Here, to gain the best understanding of the "mystery" connotation
that has long characterized Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance, one might start by taking a look at the official record of
what happened to Amelia toward the end of her failed world flight attempt:
The Official Record
According to the official record of her
loss, Amelia Earhart did not disappear or vanish without a trace, nor did she end up lost at sea.
Rather, the official record states that Amelia Earhart went missing on July 2, 1937.
In legal terms that left Amelia Earhart a
missing person -- and she technically remained that way until she was declared "dead in absentia" in January
of 1939 -- even though no evidence of her death having occurred ever surfaced.
"proof of life" or "body evidence" are the two main objectives of anyone trying to solve a 'missing person'
case. With Amelia Earhart, it is now known that the 1960s' discovery and later reveal of
her living body evidence managed to slip under the radar of public scrutiny, courtesy of pervading influences issued
by the Smithsonian Institution and Amelia's family since then, that kept it from being recognized.
Fortunately, the comprehensive forensic research and comparison analysis managed to reveal the reality of Amelia Earhart's
post-loss existence as 'Irene' with clarity.
Amelia & the post-1940 Irene digitally
It remains uncertain when the former Amelia
Earhart died. Although the death of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam was recorded
in 1982, at that time her 'body' was supposedly donated to Rutgers "University of Medicine and Dentistry" where
no one was permitted access to it. Initial inquiries were given the run-around, and later, Rutgers offered
that her body was "cremated and buried in a common grave." Below
is another odd article from 1982 showing the evasiveness of the University, even to her supposed next of kin. As prefaced, the 'Irene' who appeared on the cover of her memorial dinner program four months after her death was recorded may have looked somewhat similar to the post-1940 Irene, but they were not the
same human being as edified by virtue of the study comparisons.
The mixed bag
of information in the above article was typical of the obuscation that kept the general public from recognizing Amelia's post-war existence as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
Yes, as complicated as it was, it turned out
that there were a total of 'three' different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile identity,
with the former Amelia Earhart having been one of them.
As noted the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who Amelia
had known in the 1930s, gave birth to a son in 1934, who ended up being raised by a 'surrogate' mother figure. The surrogate
mother 'Irene' is the one featured on the memorial dinner program cover. Below once again, she is shown in younger and older
forms -- as positively identified in 2014 by the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's son, Larry Heller.
'Surrogate mother' Irene
(later 'Bolam') "1940s"
'Surrogate mother' Irene,
younger to older,
The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
Below: The post-1940
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam
Below: Dr. Alex Mandel of
Note: Wikipedia's "Irene Craigmile
Bolam" page launched in 2007 by Dr. Alex Mandel of Ukraine, is incorrect where it states the National Geographic
Society hired a forensic detective that compared Amelia Earhart and the post-war Irene and concluded they were not one in
the same. The forensic detective was not 'hired' by the National Geographic Society. The detective, one Kevin Richlin, was
engaged by a National Geographic Channel producer in 2006, to examine a small sampling of photos of Amelia and Irene. Detective
Richlin was not at all familiar with the Amelia to Irene assertion, and after scrutinizing the limited photo data he was given,
he dismissed the claim of Amelia Earhart living-on and changing her name as a prospect that he found hard to take seriously,
especially given the limited information was given to review on it. He did not conduct an encompassing comparison study,
nor did he research the foundation of the Amelia to Irene assertion. Dr. Mandel's wikipedia page makes it sound as if Detective
Richlin drew a hard conclusion, that he simply did not do. Volumes of material concerning the decades old controversy over
who the formidable 'Irene' in question really was now exist. The volumes of information displayed here
were not presented to Detective Richlin those years ago. Oddly enough, Dr. Mandel, who self-moderates his "Irene Craigmile
Bolam" wikipedia page, declines to acknowledge the comprehensive forensic study results. He also maintains an agenda
to swiftly edit-out any contributions to his page that support the Amelia became known as 'Irene' truth.
Above, Amelia Earhart at age 26, five
years before she became famous. Below,
she's digitally combined with her future
self of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.
They Were Wrong
Notwithstanding the contradicting
viewpoints issued in the past by off-the-mark influences, the post-1940 Irene did used to be known as Amelia Earhart.
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 in support of their differing conclusions:
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 imprisoned by Japan, and she died in its custody. He was wrong.
Richard Martini of "Earhart's Electra" said Amelia was executed on
Saipan by a 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?
Maybe so. It's clear as a bell, though; they
never studied the 'Irene' case close enough.
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.
actually wrote about two
people who, 'knew us
as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile'.
is Amelia's own 'Amelia M Earhart' signature
the way it appeared on a form she filled out when she
was a young adult. The likeness of both
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
Note: The above comparisons are part of the
Document Examination portion of the analysis.
"How does one solve a 'missing
person' case? There are two basic ways: Find the person, or find and produce the body evidence of the person. In 1970, when
Joseph A. Gervais made public his clear, 1965 taken 35MM photograph of the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam,
in turn he had produced and put on display the living body evidence of Amelia Earhart. After he did so, however,
people were conditioned by history itself to overlook his discovery." Tod Swindell
Above, the 1965 photo of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam (FKA
'Earhart') taken by Joseph A. Gervais at a gathering of senior pilots. Gervais, who had been investigating Amelia's disappearance
since 1960, always maintained that he recognized who she was right away, thus propelling him to somewhat 'candidly' take this
picture of her outside of the Sea Spray in on Long Island -- just as she turned back his way to politely decline his request
for one. After he clicked his shutter she quietly remarked, "I wish you hadn't done that." To his dying day in 2005,
Joseph A. Gervais never stopped insisting that she was the former Amelia Earhart, who, seeking privacy after the war
years, had assumed the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's leftover identity for herself to further use after the
The above 'hot air balloon' newspaper photo taken in 1980, 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 Radio Luxembourg accounts, the former Amelia was simply known
as 'Irene' to friends and associates of hers. The former Amelia had also grown to be respected and admired by important
people not only in the United States--but globally as well. Those who were aware of who she used to be, of
course, never talked much about her.
The Smithsonian Institution
Refuses To Publicly Acknowledge
About Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
Again, ever since Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence with a different name was made public in 1970,
the Smithsonian Institution has consistently persuaded anyone who inquired about it not to take it seriously.
It wasn't until the Twenty-First Century 'Amelia to Irene' human comparison analysis took place -- the first one to be done
-- that the reality of Amelia's post-loss existence with the alternate name of, "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile" attributed
to her came into focus. Beyond the physical and character traits match the analysis realized, once again the other significant
way the reality of Amelia's name-changed existence was solidified, had to do with the analysis surfacing the original
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who did not resemble Amelia.
Contrary to anyone
who claimed there was no physical resemblance, it turned out that the post-war Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia
Earhart lined-up with exactitude when digitally compared. This included by way of Digital Face Recognition, head-to-toe
height comparisons, appendage comparisons, and tear-duct to tear-duct alignments. Not to leave out, their character traits
aligned as well, including handwriting, voice, habits, friendships, etc.
A forensic giveaway also occurred
by virtue of the analysis displaying how the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who Amelia had known in the 1930s,
and whose identity she assumed for herself to later use, bore no resemblance to Amelia. Notated as well, the original
Irene was not the same person who appeared on the memorial dinner program cover, nor was it the former Amelia Earhart
who appeared there, leaving a total of three different women who were historically attributed to the same 'Irene'
Ultimately, the digital alignments that exacted the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile to Amelia Earhart were
no coincidence... because the post-war only Irene used to be known as Amelia Earhart:
Post-1940 Irene &
Amelia in 1937 and the post-1940
Irene in 1965 digitally combined.
[Note before and after below.]
Earhart in 1965.
The former Amelia
She was known as
after World War Two.
Charles Craigmile and the original Irene nee O'Crowley Craigmile, 1930
In May of 1933, when the above mention
appeared in a Brooklyn newspaper, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile had just received her pilot's license.
From the 'Original Irene' section of the comparison analysis,
above on the left is Charles James Craigmile and his wife, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, shown in a better
defined 1930 dated newspaper photo. Both were gone by the time World War Two began.
Although she came from a prominent family, as mentioned the analysis evidenced how
clear photos of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, especially showing her in the 1920s and 1930s, were removed
from circulation as part of the former Amelia Earhart's protective cover. Knowing that Amelia did not appear anywhere
as Irene before the 1940s, it also may well be the case that she did not actually begin to appear as Irene in the
United States until after World War Two ended.
is the same 1932 newspaper group photo featuring both Amelia and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile within
it. When the photo is enlarged, once again it is of no help when it comes to identifying the original Irene's visage.
The same 1932 Akron Beacon newspaper photo again shows Amelia Earhart
outlined in white and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile outlined in black. When the photo is enlarged
it is noticed that among everyone who appears in it, only Irene's facial features are entirely non-detectable,
shown here in a super enlargement.
For Dr. Tom Crouch and the Smithsonian Institution: "A truth can be hidden,
subdued, or ignored, but it cannot be over-challenged." TS
A Forensic Reality
The following information details what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing prior to the start of World
War Two. You may not believe it, but it's true.
Most of today's history buffs are not aware that Amelia Earhart's post-loss ongoing existence was actually discovered
by an investigator in 1965, and that it was publicly revealed fifty-years ago, in 1970. The reason it became subdued was because
the U.S. federal government's Smithsonian Institution ended up being guided to condition the public not to recognize
it. This led what became of Amelia Earhart to exist as one of the more noticeable cover-ups in U.S. history. In the
meantime, the variety of discovered latent facts about her world flight ending showed that the cover-up was not the result
of a conspiracy in the classic sense of the word. Rather, the actual withholding of the truth was a prudently
made White House decision dating back to the pre-World War Two years. Here, consider the following transcripted words
pulled from the archives of President Franklin Roosevelt's administration -- that pertained to Amelia Earhart's publicly
convoluted world flight ending:
Above: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
with his long-time friend, confidant, and his administration's Secretary of the Treasury, Henry P. Morgenthau, Jr.
"It isn't a very nice story." "I hope I've
just got to never make it public."
Above are the May 13, 1938 words of Henry P. Morgenthau Jr., from a recorded
White House transcript (discovered decades later) that pertained to the withheld from the public outcome
of Amelia Earhart's failed world flight attempt. At the time, Morgenthau was responding to a third-party request that questioned Amelia's actual fate and was asking the White House for its full report
on the matter. The request had come
from Amelia's former flight trainer, Paul Mantz, and had recently been delivered
to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt by the famous pilot, Jackie Cochran. Mrs. Roosevelt, who herself had been a friend of Amelia's,
sent Morgenthua a query letter about it. Below is an excerpt from the transcript showing Morgenthau rejecting Mantz's request,
along with his response to the First Lady, as relayed by her secretary, Malvina Scheider:
"Orders" that Amelia Earhart, a civilian pilot, "absolutely
disregarded" begs the question; what orders? It's worth noting that other people were present
during the White House meeting being held by Morgenthau at the time his exchange with Malvina Scheider was recorded. The
complete transcript further included Morgenthau's words that pertained to the true outcome of Amelia Earhart's world flight
-- and what actually happened to Amelia -- with him stating, "it isn't a very nice story." Below
is Ms. Scheider's conveyed response from Morgenthau to the First Lady:
Evidently, (as edified above) if people were made aware of what
the White House knew about Amelia Earhart's world flight outcome it would have "completely ruined" Amelia's
reputation. [Begging another question: What could Amelia have possibly done that if people were made aware of it, it would
have completely ruined her reputation? Practically any answer would
be hard to fathom given the lauded hero Amelia Earhart was back then.] The bottom line is, favoring its classified
status, the White House never did make public the seemingly controversial information it had learned about the failed
outcome of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight attempt, that in turn left her to be falsely declared, a missing
Its refusal to make public what it knew, as demonstrated
by FDR's executive branch administration those years ago, left the general public unaware
of Amelia Earhart's actual fate. As well, as the decades passed its stated viewpoint toward the matter continued to be
maintained by subsequent presidential administrations -- and ultimately formed the basis for what became known as, 'the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance.'
bottom line was that unknown to the public, FDR's administration had managed to gather pertinent information that left
it aware of the fact that in 1937, Amelia Earhart did not simply 'disappear' nor did she
end up 'lost at sea.'
Ultimately, as the result of a post-World War Two pact made between the United States and Japan, the reality
of Amelia Earhart not dying after she was declared missing, and how she in time optioned for an
ongoing anonymous existence by way of having a different name applied to her person, was to remain classified information.
These realities notwithstanding, it is now easy to identify the former Amelia Earhart as she looked after
the war and into her later-life years:
Above, Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart, 1933.
The two became friends after they met. Below, the 'Amelia' image from above is digitally combined with who she later became:
with the person
she used to be...
...is the former
Above is an old newspaper
photo of the former Amelia Earhart with her husband, Guy Bolam, of England, who she wed in
1958. The photo was taken in Japan in 1963. Below, she is digitally combined with who she used to be:
Amelia Earhart, age 30
Grace 'Muriel' Earhart Morrissey
Because it was covered so well, today very few individuals
realize that Amelia's only sibling, her sister, Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey, (1899-1998) continued to know her sister,
Amelia, as 'Irene' in her later-life years, and that she collaborated to protect the knowledge of her former 'Amelia' identity.
What Reality Now Tells Us...
|FORENSIC ARTIST RENDITION
Almost a decade after she went missing, the former Amelia Earhart,
shown above in 1946, resurfaced in the United States with a different look and a new name applied to her person, that of Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile, making her the third person to use that same name and identity. Her front teeth 'gap' was gone, and
where Amelia was known for her history of sinus troubles that featured two operations, according to Forensic Anthropologist,
Dr. Walter S. Birkby, the slightly different nasal look may have been the result of a 'deviated septum rhinoplasty' procedure
she underwent at some point after 1937, before she appeared as Irene. In such a procedure the nasal bridge cartilage
is fractured and slightly pushed down to open the nasal passages, thus causing the nostrils to flare. Dr. Birkby also noted
that as people age their 'noses and ears' continue to grow in more or lesser degrees depending on the individual. This certainly
appeared to be noticeable with Amelia's mother and sister as they grew to old age. There is no longer any doubt that it is
the former Amelia Earhart who is shown above. It is even obvious anymore, based on all of the forensic research and
from a truthful human comparison standpoint. Indeed, today it is non-truthful to aver that Amelia Earhart wasn't
who the post-war only Irene used to be.
Amelia Earhart, age 38 in 1935...
...her future self in 1946, marking the
return of, "the pilot in pearls." Her
different post-war look was essential.
Of Note: Everything you are observing here is reality
based. Be advised, though, the Smithsonian Institution has yet to acknowledge it as real and continues to persuade
people not to believe their eyes when they examine the Study results. This is because as an acting agent of the U.S. federal
government, the Smithsonian (along with the National Geographic Society, if only by default where it tends to follow the Smithsonian's lead) has long served as a participant in the cover-up that hid
the true outcome of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance -- and what became of her afterward.
"Fools rush in
where angels fear to tread." Alexander Pope
Richard Gillespie of Tighar,
stated that the Amelia became Irene conveyance was a scenario falsely contrived by people from the planet "Conspiritar."
He instead offered that Amelia flew hundreds of miles into no-man's land where she died on a desert island. He claimed the
tide pulled her plane out to deep ocean waters after safely depositing her on the island, and how after she died thousand
of tiny crabs devoured her flesh. His macabre yarn never gained an iota of authentic credibility, although
for years he managed to make a good living by peddling it to the public.
Mike Campbell outspokenly stated
the Amelia became Irene assertion was falsely based.
He claimed instead that Japan captured and imprisoned Amelia Earhart in 1937, and that
she in turn died in its custody. Japan and the U.S. did not agree with him.
In 2008, wikipedia's own
anti 'Amelia to Irene' campaigner, Dr. Alex Mandel of Ukraine, launched his
self-moderated, albeit misleading 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' wikipedia
page after he learned that Tod Swindell's in-progress forensic analysis was making waves among the Earhart
curious. Within his page he concocted a falsehood that stated the National Geographic Society hired a detective who determined
Amelia did not live to become known as 'Irene'. Of course, National Geographic itself denied that happened. People like Dr.
Mandel give wikipedia a bad name.
To look like a fool, all one has to do is keep telling people that the results of the 'Amelia to Irene' forensic
analysis are not reality based, and eventually he or she will.
a person can choose to objectively review the bigger picture:
"Your work relating to Amelia Earhart and Irene O'Crowley Craigmile is absolutely outstanding. There is no other
way to describe it." Author-Amelia Earhart
historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, USAF (Ret.) in response to Tod Swindell's Amelia Earhart versus Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile forensic research and comparison analysis.
forensic studies are very convincing.
She was not an ordinary housewife. She was
influential, knew many well placed people and was well
traveled." From an Associated Press article, John Bolam, Irene Craigmile Bolam's
survived brother in law, refers to Tod Swindell's in-progress analysis of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and
'missing person' case. After reviewing
a slew of comparison results, John Bolam, who always suspected it, further reckoned his past sister-in-law to have been the
former Amelia Earhart. He first met her in the 1960s, a few years after she married his English brother, Guy Bolam,
Above is Amelia Earhart at various stages
of her adult years. She was constantly photographed during her world famous career that spanned nine years, from 1928 to 1937. The lower right photo of her person
in the above display was taken in 1946, not long after she became known as Irene. It may be difficult for some
to see through to who she was before -- as was the intention -- although with little help from a forensic artist her more
recognizable visage managed to surface:
a quick review, edifying the results the comparison analysis, where we've already seen the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
transforming in and out of the person she used to be [Amelia Earhart] via digital combinations, here the post-war only Irene's
images from 1946 and 1965, are shown digitally combined, enabling the viewer to identify the same person twenty-years apart.
once famous look had changed. Nine years
had passed, a world war was fought and had
after which Amelia no longer wished
to be recognized for who she used to be.
Digitally combined photos from the left (1946-1965)
showing the same person, the
former Amelia Earhart,
close to twenty-years of age difference.
What caused Amelia to forsake
her heroic past? You're about to find out.
A film-still of the last time Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10E
was seen [according to United States history] as it took off from Lae, New Guinea on July 1, 1937, with
Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan on board.
U.S. history awkwardly recorded that Amelia Earhart and her navigator,
Fred Noonan, "vanished without a trace" in their plane while flying over the Pacific Ocean in the South Sea Islands
region, and they were presumed, "lost at sea." Yet ever since the event of their loss occurred, people from the
South Sea lslands, with sincere conviction, relayed a different story about what actually happened to them:
The above 50th anniversary commemorative stamp series issued in 1987
by the Republic of the Marshall Islands shows Amelia's 1937 takeoff from Lae, New Guinea; her failure to spot Howland Island;
her ditching in the lower Marshall Islands; and Amelia, her plane, and her navigator, Noonan, being retreived by Japan's Imperial
Navy. Years before, in 1965, Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet during World War Two, who
was placed in charge of the Marshall's in 1944, confided to CBS radio news journalist, Fred Goerner, that such a thing was
true that Earhart and Noonan were picked up by Japan. At the same time, Nimitz added that there were reasons the post-war
U.S. government did not want the public to ever know about it.
While the U.S. government has never officially commented on it, let alone endorsed the
reality of Amelia Earhart's and Fred Noonan's ongoing survival beyond the date they were declared missing, [July
2, 1937] South Sea Islanders never stopped insisting that the duo went down in the Marshall's where they were picked-up by
Japan's Imperial Navy.
again below, consider the following 2002 quote recorded by the Associated Press from the U.N. Ambassador to the Marshalls,
Alfred Capelle. His statement was issued almost forty years after Admiral Nimitz intimated to Fred Goerner that Amelia having
been picked up in the Marshall Islands by Japan was something, "known and documented in Washington."
Where such certainty about Earhart's flight ending always remained
from the pre-World War Two years on among the Marshallese and other South Sea Islanders, many of whom shared their accounts
with U.S. soldiers stationed in the Pacific during World War Two, it begged the question: If Amelia and Fred continued to
exist after they were declared 'missing', what became of them?
In the 1960s, after a variety of corroborating eyewitness testimonials became public information -- that described Amelia Earhart's and Fred Noonan's survival after they ditched in the Marshall Islands -- some unsubstantiated rumors
surfaced that suggested different ways they might have died after they were rescued. Of course, none of them rang
true. An example of the kind of spin that was placed on them, though, could be found on page 53 in Robert Gorlaski's World
War II Almanac 1931-1945 published in 1982:
Page 53 detailing July of
1937 [See the enlarged
excerpts, above right.]
Above, the "they were executed by Japan for spying"
rumor surfaced in the 1960s. Another rumor offered that Amelia ended up dying from medical neglect. Note as well in the final
sentence, no explanation of how the duo might have "perished" beyond a crash-landing in the Marshall Islands
was given. Hindsight reveals that history was careful to impress upon people, with no evidence to support it, that Amelia
Earhart and Fred Noonan did not survive after they were declared missing.
Below, it is barely realized today that Japan refused to allow the U.S. to search the
Marshall's for Earhart and Noonan, or, how at the exact same time witnesses claimed Earhart and Noonan were "picked
up" or "rescued" by Japan's Imperial Navy, the Marco Polo Bridge incident was taking place -- triggering the
start of the Sino-Japanese War that the United States strongly opposed. So much provided a strong case for stating that the
flying duo inevitably ended up, 'lost in the abyss of pre-war political turmoil.'
The bottom line is, during the massive two week search effort for
Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, the U.S. Navy never came close to searching the Marshall Islands.
While Fred Noonan's ultimate fate remains an enigma, as mentioned,
in 1970, it did manage to surface that the identity of a 1930s' flying friend of Amelia's, that of Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, proved instrumental in delivering the privacy the once world famous pilot desired after
World War Two.
Below, Amelia Earhart and
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile are displayed in the same 1930s' group photo:
What ended up being left unrealized in a public way, because
the Smithsonian Institution has perpetually declined to acknowledge it, is that by the late 1930s, the
original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was no longer evident, something that in turn left her identity available for Amelia Earhart's post-war use. Today one will not
find a clear photo image of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile that depicts her prior to the World War Two years.
Keep going with an open mind to see how this all equates.
To better expound on how Amelia Earhart continued to live-on unnoticed after she went 'missing' in 1937, the
original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's life story was thoroughly examined and reviewed.
|IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE, 1930
The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
[One of Amelia Earhart's 1930s'
The material presented here is dedicated to Dr. Tom Crouch, Dorothy Cochrane,
Amy Kleppner, Grace McGuire, Clarence Alvin "Larry"
Heller, Peggy O'Crowley,
Elgen Long, Richard
Gillespie, Alex Mandel, and Mike Campbell, with special
thanks to Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, the late Leonard Hirshan, and Clint Eastwood.
Digitally combined with who she used
to be is
Amelia Earhart, living as Irene in
1976, shown dining in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia.
[Croatia today.] Note the pendant she wears
that is also seen in her formal photo portraits.
Col. Rollin Reineck
W. C. Jameson
Prefacing what became of Amelia Earhart after
she went missing in 1937, it is worth noting how over the years four Amelia Earhart book authors; Joe Klaas (1970), Robert
Myers (1985), Rollin C. Reineck (2004), and W. C. Jameson (2016), acknowledged that Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence as
"Irene" was a reality that official United States historians were conditioned to ignore.
age 38 in 1935...
...her future self in 1946.
More about Amelia's sister, Muriel:
Amelia's sister, Muriel
Morrissey, in the 1990s.
After the war she knew
her sister as 'Irene' and
collaborated with her so
she could keep living the
private life she wanted.
Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who continued to know her sister, Amelia,
as 'Irene' in her later life years, refused to endorse the reality of who her friend, Irene, used to be to her dying day in
1998. In the 1980s, Muriel even insisted there was, "no physical resemblance" between her later life friend, 'Irene'
and her gone-missing sister, Amelia. This of course, was well before the forensic comparison analysis took place that proved
opinion doesn't matter anymore, for once again the forensic analysis that used modern digital referencing and full body
alignment techniques, determined there were no less than three different Twentieth Century women attributed
to the same identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile [see the panel below] and the one Muriel knew, who was only
identified that way after World War Two, was her still living sister, the former Amelia Earhart. Thus
far, however, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, Amelia's family, and the
family of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile have been hesitant to endorse the study results. Their reluctance has
to do with wanting to leave the published history of Amelia Earhart's life in place as it is. That history
being: Amelia Earhart went 'missing' on July 2, 1937, and after not being found in a timely manner, in January of 1939 she was legally declared "dead in absentia." Except it is now certain, notwithstanding the many diversions
that kept people from embracing the reality of it: Amelia Earhart definitely survived well beyond July 2,
1937, and while doing so, in pursuit of future anonymity, she made some adjustments to her appearance and changed
Here are the three
different Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile" identity:
|CHARLES AND IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE
|1930 NEWSPRINT PHOTO
Above is Charles James Craigmile
and his wife, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
in 1930. To date, no one is aware of what became of the original Irene. It is known she gave birth to a child in 1934,
who ended up being raised by a surrogate mother (shown on the right).
Above is the surrogate mother of
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born
son. She also went by the name of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. This
is the way she looked in the early 1940s, according to the original Irene's son, who identified her within the 'Amelia
to Irene' comparison analysis. Below is the way she looked in the 1970s.