Amelia Earhart: What The General Public Never Knew

Home Page: Amelia Earhart
About 'Operation Earhart' (1960-1970)
About Tod Swindell
Drumming Out False Earhart History
The 1980s and 1990s Words Of Monsignor James Francis Kelley On Amelia Earhart
Past Significant Amelia Earhart Disappearance Investigations
Comparing Amelia Earhart To Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Surname 'Bolam' added in 1958)
About The Irene-Amelia Forensic Analysis Results
The Reality of Amelia Earhart Versus 'Freedom of the Press'
The Amelia Earhart We Barely Knew...
What President Roosevelt Knew, What The FBI Knew, & Amelia's Sister On Her friend, 'Irene'
Newspaper Fraud Tried To Hide The Truth In 1982

 

Well into the Twenty-First Century are the results of...

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

 

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Amelia Earhart in her thirty-first year,
when she instantly became famous.

 

Dedicated to

Doris Kearns Goodwin and Amy Kleppner

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Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin (left) and
Amelia Earhart's niece, Amy Kleppner (right)
 

 

Preface: 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. 

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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.]

 


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

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Digital Face Recognition concluded: One in the same. 

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Above are digitally combined images showing
Amelia Earhart's person in younger and older forms.
 

 

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.

 

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Accredited Digital Face Recognition programs
arrived in the Twenty First Century
 

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DIGITAL FACE RECOGNITION = ONE IN THE SAME

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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 follow. 

 

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.] 
 

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Amelia Earhart
 
Below: The post-1940 
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
(FKA Amelia Earhart)
digitally combined with
her former self.
 

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Amelia Earhart
 
Below: The post-1940 
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
(FKA Amelia Earhart)
digitally combined with
her former self.
 

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DIGITAL FACE RECOGNITION = ONE IN THE SAME

  

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1965

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1977

The 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.
 
It 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.
 

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Above: Charles J. Craigmile and the original Irene nee O'Crowley Craigmile in 1930.
Both were gone by the time World War Two began.
 
 

 

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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 flight. 
 
 

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Amelia & the post-1940 Irene digitally combined.

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Post-1940 Irene

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Post-1940 Irene
FKA: Amelia


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

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

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"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." Tod Swindell
 
Below, the post-1940 Irene's image profile from above is shown perfectly matching that of her former 'Amelia' self:

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DIGITALLY COMBINED

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The post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1976
and her former Amelia Earhart self digitally combined.
(Photo taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia; now Croatia.)
 
 
Below find a 1970 news clipping about the post-1940 Irene.
It comments on her similarities to Amelia Earhart--that
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did not demonstrate: 

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 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.
 

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Above left, the post-1940 Irene; center, Irene & her
former 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
 

 

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

 

 

 

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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.

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

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

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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:
 

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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.]  
 

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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:
 

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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.
 

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The post-1940 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' in 1977.
[Surname 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.
 
So 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:
 

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The 'indomitable' Irene

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Amelia Earhart (misspelled 'Earheart')
is featured on a sheet music cover. 

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Amelia and the post-1940
Irene digitally combined
 
 

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When digitally combined,
as displayed above, Amelia 
Earhart and the post-1940
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
 displayed an undeniable, if 
not haunting congruence. 

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Amelia Earhart, 1937

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Irene & Amelia
digitally combined

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Post-1940 Irene, 1965
 

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Digital Face Recognition
identified the post-1940 Irene
and Amelia as one in the same.

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MERRILL 'DEAN' MAGLEY

 
"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.
 

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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.
 

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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.

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


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

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

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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.

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Monsignor Kelley with First Lady Betty Ford and Marge Montana.
 

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

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

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

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

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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.
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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."
 
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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.” 

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

 

 

On the former Amelia Earhart's 1970s' friendship

with LPGA promoter, Peter Busatti: 

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Above: The former Amelia Earhart and Peter Busatti
 

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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.

"Peter Busatti said he accompanied Mrs. Bolam to the Wings Club in New York City on one occasion. He said a full length portrait of Amelia Earhart hangs in the room dedicated in her honor. ""It was a dead ringer for Irene,"" he said. ""Sometimes I thought she was [the former Amelia] and sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied, "When I die you'll find out,"" Busatti said. At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned how, ""All the admirals and generals seemed to know her."" Excerpted from a 1982 New Jersey Tribune article. When interviewed, Peter Busatti openly commented about his suspicion that his friend, the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, used to be known as Amelia Earhart.
 
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In consideration of Amelia Earhart...
 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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Amelia Earhart in 1937,
just before she went missing.

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When World War Two finally
ended, people were still wondering
what had happened to Amelia. This
article appeared two weeks after Japan
surrendered to the allied powers.

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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.
 

Alethephobia: "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 as 'Irene.' 

 
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. 
 

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James Golden

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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':

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Dr. Tom Crouch, Senior Curator at the
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
has long been persuading people not
to believe the discovered truth about
Amelia's post-loss existence as Irene
 

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


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

 

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: 

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1966 book by Fred Goerner that profiled
CBS radio's five year investigation 

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1970, The Joe Klaas book about the ten
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: 

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A 1987 Marshall Islands commemorative stamp depicting the
rescue of Earhart and Noonan and the retrieval of Amelia's plane.

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In 2002, the Associated Press quoted the Marshall Islands
Ambassador to the United Nations in the above manner.


 
Note: During 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.
 
 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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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.
 

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

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

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Another study sample showing Amelia Earhart digitally combined with the post-1940 Irene:

   

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DIGITALLY COMBINED


 
"Truth, like beauty, is neither created nor lost."
Nicanor Parra
 
TRUE 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...

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Above left to right: Pilots
Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith,
and Viola Gentry (1932)
 

 

Below, 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 white: 

 

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Viola Gentry
 

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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): 

 

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"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 

 

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Above: Former long-time FBI Director, the
indomitable, J. Edgar Hoover, (1895-1972). See
samples from his WWII Earhart file further down.

 
From 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.]
 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

 

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Back to the Original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
 
Ever since 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:
 

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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.

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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. 
 
 

 

 

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The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
shown next to her plane in 1933. She
 was commonly referred to as, 'Irene 
Craigmile' as listed below:

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Amelia Earhart in 1921. In 1928, when she was thirty years old
she suddenly became famous. Not long after that she met Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile. Then in 1937, Amelia was declared a
missing person. Later, in 1939, to release her estate to her next
of kin, Amelia was legally declared 'dead in absentia' after n
evidence of her person's ongoing existence was produced.

 
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:
 

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Back to the former Amelia Earhart... 

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Senator Hiram Bingham
& Amelia Earhart
 
 

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Digitally combined
 

     

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. 
 

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

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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.
 

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Again, pilot friends Amelia Earhart,
Elinor Smith, and Viola Gentry in 1932
 

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Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam, August 9, 1965
outside of the Sea Spray Inn.

 

Recalling pilot 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.')
  

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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: 
 

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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.

 

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Amelia Earhart, 1937

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Viola's post-1940s friend,
Irene O'Crowley 
Craigmile-Bolam, did 
 used to be known as
Amelia Earhart 

 

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The former Amelia Earhart
in 1965

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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: 

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Above left to right: Pilots
Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith,
and Viola Gentry (1932)
 

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The post-1940 Irene
in Paris, France (1964)
with her trusty camera.
 
 
 

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Irene and Amelia
in a head-to-toe
alignment.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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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: 
 
 

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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.
 

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MURIEL EARHART MORRISSEY

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POST-WAR IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE-BOLAM, 1965

A stark post-war Irene to Amelia facial comparison example:

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

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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.

 

Keep on going to further review the long-subdued, now finally recognizable, 'Amelia became Irene' paradigm.

 

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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. 
  

 

Note: The L.A. Times caption under the above photo is not fully accurate. There was a lawsuit, but the post-1940 Irene (FKA 'Amelia') never actually dropped it. It took 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.

 

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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. 

 

 

The "Key"

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. 

 

 

Since 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

 

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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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.  
 

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

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

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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.

 

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Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, age 14 

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

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

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Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
"1970s" 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

Hi Larry,

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

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

Thanks,

Tod

 

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.

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"EARLY 1940s"

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"1970s"

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.

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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.)
 
To 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. 

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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.)

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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. 

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Digitally combined with Amelia Earhart is... 

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...the former Amelia Earhart,
in 1977

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A Broader View

Incorrect Statement: 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.
 

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Above: The full newspaper photo showing the
post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, (surname 'Bolam' added in 1958)
identifying her as, 'Mrs. Guy Bolam' in 1970.
She held a major press conference to refute
the bold assertion that said she used to be
known 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 nonsense."
 

 

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:

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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.
 

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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.
 

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1999                                                                 2002 

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About the AP article lead-in below:
 
"In 2002, after I lectured about Amelia Earhart to a
crowd at the Oakland Air and Space museum, the
Associated Press ran a story that was picked up
by newswire services nationwide, in which I was
misquoted by its reporter, Ron Staton. I never told
him 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." Tod Swindell

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"She was not an ordinary housewife."
John Bolam, 2002

 

The Phoenix Republic featured a story about Tod's work in 2007.
 

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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.    
 

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~~~

Did we really know Amelia Earhart as well as we thought we did? Consider the following: 

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

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

[Non-truths, sometimes 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.

 

 

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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."
 
Alex Haley
 

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.
 
 

 
Next: 
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.
 
Discovering "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.
 

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Amelia & the post-1940 Irene digitally combined.

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.
 

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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. 
 

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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. 
 

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'Surrogate mother' Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile
(later 'Bolam') "1940s"

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'Surrogate mother' Irene,
O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, 
"1970s"

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Digitally combined,
younger to older,
same person.

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The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
 

 
Below: The post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1977. 

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Below: Dr. Alex Mandel of Ukraine 

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Wikipedia Misleads
 
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.


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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.
 

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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.

People who still consider this reality to be 'suspect' might recall the variety of failed 'Earhart mystery solving' theories from decades gone by -- that never offered authentic evidence in support of their differing conclusions:

 

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

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

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

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

What can one say? "They tried?"
Maybe so. It'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:

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

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

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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

 

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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 war years. 

 

 

Balloon Rides Anyone?

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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.

 

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What 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.
 
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' identity.
 
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:
 

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Post-1940 Irene & Amelia
digitally combined
 
 

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Amelia
 
 

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Post-1940 Irene
& Amelia 

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Post-1940 Irene
& Amelia 

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Amelia in 1937 and the post-1940
Irene in 1965 digitally combined.
[Note before and after below.]
 
 

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Amelia Earhart
 

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Amelia Earhart
 

 
 

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Left-Right
Digitally Combined
 

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Left-Right
Digitally Combined
 

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The former Amelia
Earhart in 1965.

 

The Former Amelia, 1965

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The former Amelia Earhart
in 1977. She was known as
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
after World War Two.
 
 

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Charles Craigmile and the original Irene nee O'Crowley Craigmile, 1930

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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. 

Below 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.

 

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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. 

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For Dr. Tom Crouch and the Smithsonian Institution: "A truth can be hidden, subdued, or ignored, but it cannot be over-challenged." TS
 
1937 

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Amelia Earhart: 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:
 
 

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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:

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"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:

 

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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 person.  
 
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.'
 

 
The 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:
 

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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:

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

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...is the former
Amelia Earhart
in 1965.

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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: 

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Amelia Earhart, age 30 
 

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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...
 

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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.
 

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Amelia Earhart, age 38 in 1935...

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...transitions into...

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...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.  

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"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." Alexander Pope
 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

 
Or, 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.

"The forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." From an Associated Press article, John Bolam, Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived brother in law, refers to 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, in 1958. 

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1946

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:
 

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In 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. 

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Her once famous look had changed. Nine years
had passed, a world war was fought and had
ended, after which Amelia no longer wished
  to be recognized for who she used to be.
 

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1965

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Digitally combined photos from the left (1946-1965)
showing the same person, the former Amelia Earhart,
with close to twenty-years of age difference.  

 

What caused Amelia to forsake her heroic past? You're about to find out.

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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.
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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:
  

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

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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:  

 

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

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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.'

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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.

 

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IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE, 1930

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

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Digitally combined with who she used to be is
the former 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.
 

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Joe Klaas

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Robert Myers

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Col. Rollin Reineck

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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.  
 

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Again, Amelia Earhart,
age 38 in 1935...

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...transitions into...

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...her future self in 1946. 
 
 

 

 

More about Amelia's sister, Muriel:

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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 Muriel wrong.
 
Muriel's protective 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 her name.
 
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
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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).
 

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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.

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