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The 1980s and 1990s Words Of Monsignor James Francis Kelley On Amelia Earhart
Drumming Out False Earhart History
About Tod Swindell
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'
Yellow Journalism Tried To Hide The Truth In 1982




Above photo taken in 1977



Amelia Earhart


A recent digital comparison analysis concluded that Amelia Earhart did live-on and became known as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' after World War Two. This is not that much of a surprise; word of Amelia's post-war existence in the United States with a different name was a controversial subject matter dating back to the 1970s. 


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



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



Fred Goerner



Amelia's sister, Muriel
Morrissey, in the 1990s.
After the war she was a
key player in the ongoing
cover-up of what became
of her sister, Amelia.


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


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

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

"I want you to know that I decided to go ahead with the book last December at the advice of the late Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz who had become my friend and helped me with the investigation for several years. He said ""it (the book) may help produce the justice Earhart and Noonan deserve."" The Admiral told me without equivocation that Amelia and Fred had gone down in the Marshalls and were taken by the Japanese and that this knowledge was documented in Washington. He also said that several departments of government have strong reasons for not wanting the information to be made public." 

What Fred Goerner never knew was that both Muriel and her still living sister at the time, (the 'former' Amelia Earhart) also had strong reasons for never wanting people to know what really happened.

What Fred Goerner and others had learned about--was how reports that emanated from the Marshall Islands and Saipan during and after the World War Two years--stated Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were picked-up (or rescued) by Japan at the same time the Marco Polo Bridge incident was taking place, and the two henceforth became pawns in a swiftly developing political chess match--that in time featured a stalemate ending.

In an official May of 1938 White House transcript located in FDR's Hyde Park Presidential Library, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. commented, "I hope that I've just got to never make it public" in reference to the Roosevelt administration's withheld circumstances of Amelia's loss from nine months prior. As war approached, Amelia's disappearance became lost in the shuffle of it all, leaving the White House to never make public the facts it withheld pertaining to it.


Now For The Truth 


"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.

Where 'official silence' toward the loss of Earhart and Noonan always reigned in the U.S. and Japan, to this day it remains common history in the Marshall Islands and its surrounding region, that the flying duo went down on a land spit adjacent to Mili Atoll of the Marshalls--where Japan's Imperial Navy rescued them and impounded Amelia's plane. Below is a 1987 "50th anniversary" Marshall Islands stamp showing a Japanese naval vessel recovering Amelia's Lockheed Electra--as Amelia and Fred Noonan stand-by with a Japanese naval officer.  


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




After World War Two, Only A Select Group Of Individuals Were Aware That Amelia Earhart Not Only Survived Her Disappearance, But The World War Two Years As Well, And That She Was Further Known After The War As, 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' 


Above is a 1977 photo of the former Amelia Earhart. Her name after World War Two was 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.' In 1958, she married Guy Bolam, an international businessman from England. In 2003, this photograph appeared in the Los Angeles Times. The general public had never seen it before--and the only place it has broadly appeared since then--along with other photos of the former Amelia Earhart in her later life years--is on this website.
In recent years a forensic comparison study, the first one to ever compare the post-war Irene to Amelia Earhart, displayed the reality of Amelia Earhart's new life with a different name applied to her person. After she married international businessman, Guy Bolam of England in 1958, throughout the 1960s and after guy died in 1970, she was a relentless world traveler.
Below to the left is another digital combination sample. Note as well the same flower pendant she is wearing in both of the photos shown here: 


The former Amelia Earhart in
Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976



Beyond Digital Face Recognition aligning Amelia's image with the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's image, forensic research surfaced the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's person as well, who Amelia had known in the 1930s: 


The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
next to her plane in 1933. She briefly had
 been a pilot who was commonly referred
to as, 'Irene Craigmile' as listed below:

MAY 1933


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


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

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

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


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

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





dis-in-for-ma-tion; noun


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



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

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

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

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

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

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


Here's The Rest of the Story  


"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." Amelia Earhart author-historian, Doris Rich



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

1970, When The Controversy Surfaced


Amelia Earhart, 1935


The post-war Irene, 1970


The post-war Irene, 1977

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



Note: The name, "Gervais" in the above article, referred to the person who recognized the post-war Irene for who she used to be, and then after thoroughly investigating her past, he infamously--although correctly as well--called her out as the former Amelia Earhart.


1970, the former Amelia Earhart, AKA, the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam), faces the press to defend her honor and dignity, and her right to keep on living the private life she preferred and had grown accustomed to.


In the decades that followed 1970, Joseph A. Gervais (above) continued to be interviewed on television, all the while insisting no matter what anyone else believed, 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.


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



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



The above mentions came from Charles James Craigmile's 1931 obituary.

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



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


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


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

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


Amelia Earhart



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


Post-War Irene and Amelia digitally combined


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

The post-war Irene's likeness to Amelia was acute. According to the results of a recent Digital Face Recognition analysis, Amelia and the post-war Irene were recognized as one in the same person. Note the following example:


Amelia Earhart, 1937


Post-War Irene & Amelia
digitally combined


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

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


The post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1965.





Post-War Irene & Amelia
digitally combined


Accredited Digital Face Recognition programs
arrived in the Twenty First Century




The post-war Irene, 1970


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


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



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

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





Lindbergh and Earhart, 1933

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

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


Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002


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

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

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


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



The 1970 Emergence: 



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


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

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


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


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


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


Amelia Earhart, 1937


Post-War Irene & Amelia


Below: Close-up, Amelia's eyes:


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


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


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

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

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




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


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

Muriel Earhart Morrissey (1899-1998)

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

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

New Jersey Tribune

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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



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


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

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

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

A Note From Tod Swindell


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

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


Dr. Alex Mandel of Ukraine


Mike Campbell of
Amelia Earhart: 
The Truth At Last


Richard Gillespie
of Tighar.

Warning: A wikipedia page launched and strictly monitored by a Dr. Alex Mandel of Ukraine, labeled, "Irene Craigmile Bolam", that features wikisource editing support provided by his fellow anti-Earhart-truth lobbyist, Mike Campbell, falsely states that in 2006, it was proved by a forensic detective hired by the National Geographic Society that Amelia did not live to become known as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile after the war. Do not believe it. National Geographic itself assures this never happened. Dr. Mandel and Mike Campbell, who both promote that Amelia ended up in Japan's custody and either died of illness or in front of a firing squad, are part of an ongoing protective alliance that detours people away from realizing Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 disappearance--and in time changed her name in order to further live a non-public life.
It is also worth noting, how according to the United States Federal Government, Amelia Earhart was legally declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, and while it has never offered an out loud opinion about it, the federal government's preference has always been for it to remain that way.
Just the same, no matter what anyone says, be it known that the person proudly posing with her wings in the 1977 formal photograph sitting below--most definitely was the former Amelia Earhart. Those who continue to comb the information presented here will more pragmatically come to terms with this now 'easy to recognize' reality.


Yes, above is the former Amelia Earhart in 1977. It's even obvious anymore that's who she was prior to the war years. After World War Two she became the newIrene O'Crowley Craigmile, veritably replacing her 1930s acquaintance shown in the preceding photos with her husband and father. Since 1970, when the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two existence as 'Irene' first surfaced, the general public has been persuaded not to believe it... even though it was true. People who find this hard to accept have either been misled or misinformed, and most certainly are not aware of the recent years, 'forensic research and comparison study' that confirmed the veracity of it. It is also worth noting as a qualifier, Amelia Earhart was legally declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, and it is clear the strong preference of the United States Federal Government was for it to always remain that way. This directly correlates to why organizations strongly linked to the federal government, such as the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society, have never conducted their own investigations that examined the, 'Amelia lived on and became known as Irene' claim. Contrarily, their standard practice since 1970, has always been to talk it down to anyone who approached them about it.

Within the forensic study, to recap, years of investigative research were evaluated and combined with head-to-toe physical body and character trait comparisons of Amelia Earhart and Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. This had never been done before. The overall forensic analysis was finalized and copyrighted in 2017, after a Digital Face Recognition test yielded 'same person' results. 

"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



Above, the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (FKA Amelia Earhart) is shown in the same photographs from above the way she looked in 1965 (left), and twelve years later, in 1977 (right). Before the study took place and prior to Digital Face Recognition displaying the congruence it did to her former 'Amelia' self, it was difficult to recognize the post-war Irene for person she used to be. After all, in 1970, when the identity controversy first surfaced it had been three decades since anyone had seen Amelia Earhart. Especially in the 1965 photo, she just didn't look the way people imagined she would have looked then--had she not gone missing in 1937.
Along with its supportive forensic research, many head-to-toe physical being and character trait comparisons are featured in the overall study.


Above, a 1965 photo of Guy Bolam of England, next to his
wife by their 1958 marriage, the post-war Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile-Bolam, who used to be known as, Amelia Earhart.

Yes, after World War Two, Amelia Earhart, who quietly survived her storied 1937 disappearance, went by the name of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, a name that had previously belonged to a 1930s acquaintance of hers. Then in 1958, she married a British gentleman by the name of Guy Bolam, leaving her more commonly known as, Irene Bolam. In 1970, when her identity controversy first surfaced, the assertion about her true past caught the former Amelia Earhart off guard--and even though most people dismissed it out of hand after she fought to disallow public verification of her past--the issue remained unresolved well into the Twenty First Century.
The truth began revealing itself decades later, when it was forensically realized that the Irene above, who was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two, was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. It was as if after the war, she had appeared from out of nowhere working as a senior loan officer at a New York bank. She ascended to become vice president of the National Bank of Great Neck on Long Island, before leaving her post when she married Guy Bolam. From then on she worked with Guy's international business company, Guy Bolam Associates, and she took over as president of Guy Bolam Associates after Guy's death in 1970. Their company was closely associated with its main client, Radio Luxembourg. 



It was also verified that when the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile used to be Amelia Earhart, she had known the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. 

More comparisons of the post-war Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile and her former self, Amelia Earhart:


Senator Hiram Bingham
& Amelia Earhart



Digitally Combined


Where the true identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam existed as a controversial subject matter from the 1970s on, again, oddly enough, the first forensic study to compare her to Amelia Earhart, orchestrated by Tod Swindell, did not commence until the Twenty-First Century. After it did, it became easier to observe that the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam) and Amelia Earhart had been one in the same human being, especially after a Digital Face Recognition analysis became part of it. As well once again, the study discovered that there were no less than three Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' identity, with the former Amelia Earhart definitely having been one of them.
This is why, after Tod Swindell's newer investigative research and first-ever comparison study started receiving  attention from the Associated Press in 2002, and served as the chief inspiration for Colonel Rollin C. Reineck's book, Amelia Earhart Survived, Amelia Earhart truth opponents rose up against it. In the meantime, the Smithsonian Institution maintained its long-held tradition of distancing itself from the Amelia became Irene assertion.


Lonnie G. Bunch III
Head of the Smithsonian


The Opinion of the Smithsonian
For years now, the Smithsonian Institution, a ward of the United States federal government, has deftly sidestepped the learned forensic realities that concerned Amelia Earhart and Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--and it continues to do so today. While it has never conducted its own 'did Amelia become Irene?' investigation, it has always been sure to downplay the controversy to the news media. As recently as 2018, a Smithsonian constituent, Dorothy Cochrane, described the Smithsonian's preference was to simply view it as a 'false' claim. At the same time, the Smithsonian Institution does acknowledge its awareness that the Amelia-Irene controversy was never resolved.

The Smithsonian Institution is aware of the long-term forensic research and human comparison study--that displays the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-war existence as Irene--but it remains reluctant to acknowledge it.

Given all of the information that has been learned about it over the years, the Smithsonian Institution should at this point, without further delay, consider the idea of being more responsible to it by endorsing what has grown to become the obvious truth of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two existence with a different name applied to her person. The head of the Smithsonian, Lonnie Bunch, can now confidently step up to the plate and hit a historical Amelia Earhart home run--by simply acknowledging the validity of the study results. In turn he will accomplish something else long overdue: The drumming out of  false Amelia Earhart history promoters, some whom have made a lot money in recent decades--by peddling a variety of non-truthful stories to account for what happened to Amelia Earhart.


Dear Smithsonian Institution, please acknowledge the truth and send all false Earhart history promoters, foremost including the ones shown below, down the road!


Richard Gillespie of Tighar, said Amelia flew far south of the equator to a desert island where she died and her body was eaten by crabs.


Elgen Long of Nauticos said Amelia flew aimlessly until she exhausted her fuel supply, then crashed down into the ocean and sank.


Mike Campbell's The Truth At Last book said Amelia ditched her plane in hostile territory where she was picked up by Japan and mistreated, and she later died in its custody.


Richard Martini of 'Earhart's Electra' said Amelia was excuted by angry Japanese soldiers.

Next, an intro to how the Amelia
Earhart truth delivery began:
In the 1960s, two lengthy, separately conducted investigations--one sponsored by CBS Radio and the other known as, Operation Earhart--concluded with certainty that Amelia Earhart did not crash and sink into the ocean in 1937, as was widely promoted. Both investigations resulted in best selling books; The Search For Amelia Earhart by Fred Goerner (1966), and Amelia Earhart lives by Joe Klaas (1970).


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


1970, The Joe Klaas book about the ten
year 'Operation Earhart' investigation

The two investigations determined Amelia survived well beyond the date of her so-called disappearance. The CBS radio investigation concluded Amelia died of medical neglect after being sequestered by Japan as a spy suspect, and that Japan had secretly interned her remains. The other investigation, Operation Earhart, concluded Amelia quietly survived the World War Two years under the stewardship of Japan, and seeking privacy after the war she assumed a different identity. After much investigative research, in 1970, Amelia's 'still living' body evidence was produced by Operation Earhart in the form of a well respected woman known as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, noting she had wed a British gentleman named Guy Bolam in 1958. Operation Earhart claimed she was the former Amelia Earhart based on her strong resemblance to Amelia and a variety of other unique similarities she shared with the famous pilot, noting as well she was not identifiable as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. (This was later proved to be true.) Operation Earhart further claimed she had replaced the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and by producing Amelia Earhart's 'body evidence' it suggested it had veritably solved her dated 'missing person' case.  

When the assertion about her was made, though, the former Amelia Earhart, Amelia's family, and the Smithsonian Institution strongly rejected Operation Earhart's claim that she was the still living Amelia Earhart going by a different name. It was a big news story at the time. 

Below, another look at the post-war Irene, FKA Amelia, facing the press in 1970: 

The fact that Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam was not compared to Amelia Earhart back then tells us something, because our legal system easily could have done that--and it also could have far more thoroughly studied her life history if it chose to do so. The U.S. legal system, no doubt in this particular case influenced by its federal government, didn't do that because it did not want to surface the history of the other, original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--who Amelia Earhart had known in the 1930s. 


 Again, nary a soul would have known about Amelia living on and changing her name had it not been for Joseph A. Gervais, (above) the retired military whistleblower whose ten-year investigation known as, Operation Earhart ended up presenting the 'body evidence' of Amelia Earhart in 1970, reidentified as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam), thus bringing an end to Amelia's 'missing person' case. Even though his claim was rejected back then, that's what he truthfully did.



"History is the unfolding of miscalculations."

Barbara Tuchman


How The Final Unveiling Came About
According to The Person Who Caused It

While doing research for an Amelia Earhart film project in the 1990s, I learned about the quirky, all but dismissed and forgotten, 'Amelia versus Irene' story. I also came to know the two World War Two veterans responsible for surfacing it, Joe Gervais and Joe Klaas, and was surprised to find out it was never resolved. I was amazed as well to learn that Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia Earhart were never forensically compared to each other--so after consulting with forensic experts who guided me on how to conduct one, I set out to orchestrate the first-ever Amelia Earhart to Irene O'Crowley Craigmile comparison analysis. Above are a few samples from well over a hundred full body comparisons the study produced. After I commenced with the study, however, it is worth noting how resistance from Irene's survived family members, from Amelia's survived family members, and a barrage of deflections from the now late Bill Prymak, (d. 2014) the former omnipresent leader of the Amelia Earhart Society--that when combined with sarcasm toward the effort issued by the Smithsonian Institution, my progress was hindered. In short, it took a long time to finalize the darn thing. The Twenty-First Century advent of Digital Face Recognition proved to be a key addition, though, during the process of it.
In the meantime it remained a high-level truth to be realized, how after fifty-years the debate over who the woman called out in 1970 really was, or used to be, was still ongoing according to history itself. It should be noted as well, that there have been some rather obvious attempts made to imply the debate was eventually settled, most notably through false statements issued by Mssrs Alex Mandel, Mike Campbell, Bill Prymak and several others in a lengthy wikisource diatribe launched in 2005. Within their 'private citizens' protest, their writ feverishly tried to impress upon people that Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was always the same person, that my forensic bona fides that were produced under the guise of experts were 'amateurish' and... that Irene never resembled Amelia much. Their article falsely counterpointed almost everything that supported the Amelia became Irene reality, and absurdly tried to assert that the claim of the post-war Irene's former identity being Amelia was proved false in 2006 by a forensic detective hired by the National Geographic Society, even though Nat Geo itself admits such a thing never actually happened. 
This website was launched a dozen years ago--not only to admonish Alex Mandel's falsely contrived wikisource syllogism--but to track the ongoing accumulation of the study results. While doing so, it also journaled research avenues of Amelia Earhart's 'disappearance' and 'missing person case' few had considered before. [The Study, Journal, and Irene-Amelia.com website were copyrighted in 2017.]
You may notice a cynical tone applied here at first, but it was only used to parallel so much unjustified cynicism the 'Amelia to Irene' conveyance was met with from the time it surfaced those years ago, in lieu of the more enlightening information discovered about Irene as time progressed. For instance, to date no less than four nationally published books, the latest one arriving in 2016, concluded Amelia quietly lived-on to become known as 'Irene' in pursuit of a private existence for herself during the post-war years; a conclusion that while perpetually shouted-down, has never been 'legally' over-challenged. (Anyone can check this.)
As well, if you would like to peruse the absolutely incredible wikisource collection of BS garbage that swung wildly at trying to debunk the concrete 'Amelia became Irene' reality, spearheaded by Alex Mandel, Ph.D., a Ukrainian nuclear physicist and self described 'Earhart image protecting fanatic', below is the link. But don't trust what is there as the vast majority of it consists of twisted facts. There is also something spooky, or twisted about the group of people who collaborated with Mandel on it as well. [Why was it so important to them, where they felt a need to spend so much time gathering and presenting false information in their concerted debunking effort? Akin to the line spoken by the character Richard Dryfus played in, 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', "Who are you people?!"] 

Below, the curious 'Earhart obsessed' Alex Mandel. The link to his anti, 'Amelia became Irene'
Myth or Reality? wikisource tirade is under the photo. Nicely assembled, it presents nothing more 
than non-truthful propaganda in its attempt to convince people not to believe that Amelia Earhart
had survived the World War Two years--and that she had changed her name to 'Irene'.



Otherwise, as you continue to examine the tonnage of information presented here, keep an open mind, and please do not hesitate to embrace your own curiosity.
Thank you, Tod Swindell, 2020
Questions? e-mail evandell58@gmail.com 

Below find more details pertaining to the shoddy, non-truthful material Dr. Alex Mandel sewed together to base his 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' Wikipedia page on in an effort to detour attention away from the discoveries the 'Swindell comparison study' made. Notice as well in his page, the comparison study is never referred to. In fact, whenever people have tried in the past to edit something in about the study, or about the Irene-Amelia.com website, Dr. Mandel was sure to edit it out. So much is revealing of how the campaign is still ongoing--to keep the truth about Amelia Earhart's post loss survival as 'Irene' from being recognized by the general public. 

On Dr. Alex Mandel's False Wikipedia Statements
After Irene's death was recorded in 1982, Dr. Alex Mandel's wikipedia page states that: "Gervais sought permission to photograph and fingerprint the body, but permission was denied." Note: Despite what Dick Strippel and his 1995 book stated, (as cited by Mandel) it was not Joseph A. Gervais who did that. After Strippel's Book came out Gervais refuted he did such a thing. In fact, it was actually the original Irene's 1934 born son who was denied access to his (so-called) mother's remains at the Rutgers college of medicine she had pre-donated her body to. Mandel's wikipedia page further states, "In 2006, a criminal forensic expert was hired by National Geographic to study photographs" (of Amelia and Irene) "and cited many measurable facial differences between them, concluding that the two people were not the same." Note: Here's the story clarifying the above statement: In 2006, detective Kevin Richlin appeared on a National Geographic Channel special about Amelia Earhart. Tod Swindell's then in-progress comparison study had recently been touted in a new published book and was being written about in news briefs as well. The National Geographic Channel's producers gave Mr. Richlin a limited sampling of photos for him to examine in a rigged effort, (although it had asked to and did examine the full extent of Tod Swindell's in progress study, Nat Geo declined to film it or at all elaborate on it in its final program version) to which Detective Richlin, who was clearly unfamiliar with the 'Amelia to Irene' equation, made light of the suggestion, saying, "if this is all you have..." contending that what the producers supplied him with wasn't enough to conduct a serious analysis. The point is, detective Richlin never forensically concluded anything. Dr. Alex Mandel recklessly (and intentionally) distorts the truth in this way and in other ways in his "Irene Craigmile Bolam" wikipedia page.  

The "Irene Craigmile Bolam" wikipedia page 'support material' listed by Dr. Alex Mandel and other anti-Earhart truth lobbyists is shown below. Note how succinctly Richard Gillespie of TIGHAR, describes Rollin Reineck's book  as, "folklore" and "almost entirely fictitious." (Reineck's book had highly praised and was inspired by Tod Swindell's then in-progress study.) Since the 1980s, Mr. Gillespie has been claiming that Amelia made it to a deserted island far south of the equator and died there--leaving her body to be eaten by crabs. Although Mr. Gillespie has forever tried to impress upon the media that his malarkey is actually true, no authentic evidence has ever supported his claim and it never will, because it isn't true. In any case, the supportive material for Dr. Mandel's falsely contrived 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' Wikipedia page referenced the following:
  • Gillespie, Richard (2003).  'Is This Amelia Earhart?' book review of Amelia Earhart Survived by Rollin ReineckTighar ...folklore that presents an incriminating, but almost entirely fictitious, case against the late Irene Bolam.
  • Mandel, Alex; Bright, Ronald; Gaston, Patrick; Prymak, Bill (2005). Campbell, Mike (ed.). 'Amelia Earhart's Survival and Repatriation: Myth or Reality?' Wikisource.
  • Roach, John (Dec 15, 2003). 'Where is Amelia Earhart?--Three Theories' National Geographic News.

During the onset of the forensic comparison study, it was noticed right off that clear photos of Amelia Earhart's 1930s pilot friend, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, that showed her image before the 1940s, were no longer in circulation. So below are two more examples showing how close the resemblance was between Amelia Earhart and the post-World War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. The word 'doppelganger' might come into play for some. It refers to non-related people who look like twins. 



IRENE 1963

Amelia Earhart, age 30 


Above: Face, head, neck, and
shoulders all in perfect alignment

 It's Easy To Be Cynical And Pretend It Isn't True That Amelia Survived And Changed Her Name. All One Has To Do Is Support False Truths Instead. Below is A Story Showing How It's Done: 

Can you believe it? Some people were so fooled they actually wondered if Irene O'Crowley Craigmile might have been the survived Amelia Earhart going by a different name(!) It was a ridiculous speculation of course, for everyone knew Amelia was declared 'missing' in 1937, and according to history she was never seen again. And history is never wrong!


In fact, to bring an end to her missing person case, in 1939, Amelia Earhart was legally declared, 'dead in absentia'.

No one ever knew what became of Amelia Earhart. Her disappearance was a mystery. Today, however, many people consider that at least one of the modern theorists below likely solved the mystery:


Richard Gillespie of Tighar, said Amelia flew far south of the equator to a desert island where she died and her body was eaten by crabs.


Elgen Long of Nauticos said Amelia flew aimlessly until she exhausted her fuel supply, then crashed down into the ocean and sank.


Mike Campbell's The Truth At Last book said Amelia ditched on a reef in hostile territory, that she was picked up by Japan and mistreated, and she died in its custody.


Richard Martini of 'Earhart's Electra' said Amelia was excuted by angry Japanese soldiers.

Yes, one of the modern theorists above must be correct. After all, their claims have been the only 'Earhart mystery' updates reported on by news media outlets since the 1980s. Thank goodness people stopped paying attention to that crazy, 'Amelia lived on and became known as Irene' hogwash. Luckily, personnel from the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum were always sure to tell anyone who asked about the old 'Amelia/Irene' idea that they should not take it seriously! (Non-cynical; in a 2015 edition of its own magazine, the Smithsonian admitted the 'Amelia became Irene claim' lived on, acknowledging its awareness that the controversy remained unsettled.)
(Back to being cynical...)

Just because Irene and Amelia ended up demonstrating a head-to-toe physical congruence; 
and just because their character traits matched and they hung out with a lot of the same people;
and just because Irene knew Amelia's sister, Muriel, in her later life years;
and just because J. Edgar Hoover's long withheld, 'WWII Amelia Earhart FBI file' featured reports that indicated Amelia Earhart was still alive after she went missing in 1937;
and just because the Irene who looked like Amelia was seen nowhere identified as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two... none of this meant anything because Irene and Amelia were simply non-related twins, or doppelgangers. It is easy for anyone to understand that!
Not to leave out, Wikipedia's 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' page [the page is listed as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam'] describes how the National Geographic Society hired a detective in 2006 who concluded they were not the same person--and even though National Geographic and the detective deny that happened it still must be true because it's in Wikipedia--and everyone knows Wikipedia never gets anything wrong! 
And just because clear photos of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile showing her before the 1940s don't exist anymore, it doesn't mean anything because it is likely some careless person must have lost them.
Okay, enough of being cynical. Let's take a closer look at the original Irene's past: 
A simple background check reveals she was an only child born in 1904 into a fairly prominent New Jersey family, the O'Crowley's of Newark--and when Irene was a young adult her well known attorney-aunt, who had raised her from age twelve on, helped her to become an active member of the League of Women Voters. Then in 1928, at the age of twenty-four, Irene married Charles James Craigmile, age thirty-nine, of Rantoul, Illinois. Charles was a well respected Civil Engineer in Pompton Plaines, New Jersey and Irene's future with him looked bright.
Sadly, however, as noted earlier, Charles Craigmile suddenly died in 1931, leaving Irene a widow at age twenty-seven. 


After a year of grieving the loss of her husband, Irene decided she wanted to become a pilot and with a little guidance from her friends, Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry, she began taking flying lessons in 1932. Below once again, the same September 1, 1932 news photo from above was actually taken a month before Irene took her first flying lesson on her 28th birthday, October 1, 1932. The famous pilot, Viola Gentry, who personally took Irene under her wing--and then decades later would largely figure in to why her post-war Irene friend was left with no choice but to face the press in 1970, is shown next to the original Irene on her right: 



In short order, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did learn to fly and she even moved into the same apartment building where Viola Gentry lived in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, that provided a straight shot down the road to Floyd Bennett Field.


Spring of 1933; note Irene's listed address.


Summer of 1935; note Viola's listed address.

It was through Irene's and Viola's common friend, Amelia, that they first came to know each other, and the two became better friends by virtue of the dedication Irene devoted to becoming a licensed pilot--and her appreciation for the way Viola kept her under her wing during the process of it. Plus they had something in common: Viola Gentry lost her love interest, Jack Ashcraft, in a 1929 plane crash, and of course, Irene's husband, Charles, had died in 1931, leaving a mutual bond the two shared. Displaying more of their newfound camaraderie, below are a couple of press notices showing how Viola was sure to include her protoge', Irene, in some of her 1933 flying adventures:   


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


Another 1933 press notice telling of Viola Gentry entertaining Lady Drummond Hay of England, along with Irene Craigmile.


...in an unexpected twist of fate, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile realized she was pregnant out of wedlock in mid-1933 and ended up eloping to marry her child's father to be, Al Heller. Irene didn't fly much more after that--and let her pilot's license expire within a few years. According to an old newspaper article, the photo below features Irene holding her 1934 born son, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller:


Yet Irene had been duped. After she and Al Heller eloped, she learned that Al was still legally married to another woman he had children with, so she had their marriage annulled. As well, she and Viola's common pilot friend, Amelia, ended up moving back to the west coast in late 1934, so they all rarely saw each other after that. Yet, how did Irene and Amelia ever come to know each other in the first place?
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile originally came to know Amelia Earhart through Irene's aforementioned aunt, a well known lawyer by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley (see 1928 news article below) who Amelia had come to know through the Zonta organization they both belonged to. Accordingly, before she became a pilot, Irene Craigmile, who was not a Zonta member, was a guest of her Aunt's at a Zonta meeting when she met Amelia for the first time and enjoyed some conversation with her. 


Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's aunt, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, practiced law in New York and New Jersey. Twelve years older than Amelia, attorney Irene was a charter member of Zonta; a professional business women's organization established in 1919. Amelia looked up to her after she joined the Zonta's herself in 1928, and by the 1930s, attorney Irene, Amelia, and Nina Broderick Price, of English diplomat parents, were three of the Zonta's most recognized members. Amelia of course, ended up being the most famous Zonta member of all time--even though her busy schedule prevented her from being as active with it as her friends, Nina Price and attorney Irene R. O'Crowley were. Since 1939, to honor her legacy, Zonta scholarships in Amelia Earhart's name have annually been awarded to aspiring young women. [In the 1930s, attorney Irene's niece, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, was not a career woman and so not a Zonta member, nor was Viola Gentry a Zonta member.]

Nina Price, who designed women's clothing, and attorney Irene O'Crowley as well demonstrated their own keen senses of fashion, and in 1932 & 1933, they helped Amelia launch her self-designed women's clothing line--with Nina helping the start-up of it and the publicity end--and attorney Irene helping with legal contractual matters. Nina, attorney Irene, and Amelia were described by another Zonta member as 'thick as theives' during this time period, and it is evident they were. [Which is why it may appear odd to some that the two are never mentioned in any of Amelia's biographies. Trust knowing the obscured past of attorney Irene's niece, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, had everything to do with that.]
Nina and attorney Irene also helped to get Amelia's own branded luggage line going with Amelia's manager-husband, George Putnam, using his own contacts to help promote it.
Below are some news clippings from the past mentioning Zonta along with attorney Irene's, Nina's, and Amelia's names, followed by images of the non-pilot marketing ventures Amelia endeavored to capitalize on with their help and guidance:


A 1928 article commenting on attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley's opinion about the importance clothing in the business world.



Two 1932 articles referring to Nina Broderick Price as the Zonta International Relations Chairman, then serving as 'toast mistress' for a Zonta trophy banquet given in Amelia's honor.


A 1939 article referring to attorney Irene (Rutherford) O'Crowley as the Zonta International Relations Chairman along with a mention about the recently approved Amelia Earhart scholarship award.


Amelia adjusts one of her creations.





Above, after she soloed the Atlantic in mid-1932, Amelia Earhart was arguably the most famous women in the world. She worked hard the following year at developing her own lines of fine clothing, women's accessories, and durable luggage with logistical help and legal advice offered by both Nina Price and Irene Rutherford O'Crowley. The exciting ventures were less profitable than Amelia had hoped for, however, and after a difference of opinion between she and Nina ensued over it, Amelia decided to abandon her clothing line altogether. Her quality luggage line, though, the corporate office of which was based in Newark, New Jersey--a convenience for attorney Irene who resided there--managed to survive and "Amelia Earhart Luggage" continued to be sold for decades afterward.
Below, excerpted from a 1984 letter written by one Lucy McDannel--a former secretary and paralegal who had worked for attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley in the 1930s and 1940s--she refers to attorney Irene as, "Irene Sr." and attorney Irene's niece, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, as "Irene Jr." while explaining the friendship that existed between Nina and attorney Irene. Note as well the mention of Nina helping to start an "international friendship group" (AKA 'Zonta') and their connection to Amelia's luggage venture: 



Above, a 1936 article about Nina Broderick Price's fashion advice to women. Nina mentored Amelia Earhart on designing women's clothing. (They apparently had some kind of falling our during the venture of it.) Depending on which article one might read, Nina was known to describe herself as either an actress, a writer, or a fashion designer.


Above, a 1932 Western Union Telegram sent to Nina Broderick Price to be redirected to Amelia's attention. When Amelia soloed the Atlantic that year she had pre-arranged for Nina to receive congratulatory Zonta messages for her within the New York City Zonta they both belonged to.

Back to Viola Gentry


Above: Pilot-pals Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, and Viola Gentry in 1932.
Below, Viola Gentry in 1965, with the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's British husband, Guy Bolam.
Viola, Guy, and Amelia's sister, Muriel, were key players in the cover-up of Amelia's later life as 'Irene'. 



Next: The Great Hoax(?)

Not Exactly, But Let's Play

It That Way First

Or... back to being cynical.





Believe it or not, in 1970, thirty-years after Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's pilot's license expired, two nutcases scored a book deal with the famous McGraw-Hill Publishing House in New York, because one of them claimed--and believed with certainty--that it was Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who actually went missing sometime before World War Two began, and Amelia Earhart had quietly survived her storied disappearance--and later acquired Irene's left-over identity so she could live privately after World War Two.

The one nutcase insisted Amelia and the post-war Irene were one in the same. He said the original Irene did not look anything like Amelia! He said the new Irene O'Crowley Craigmile only appeared identified as 'Irene' after World War Two!
What nonsense. Everyone knew such a thing could not possibly have happened. Just the same, amazingly, McGraw-Hill published the incredulous fabrication and titled it, Amelia Earhart Lives.  The book even included the below 1965 photo of Irene with her British husband. Can you believe it? How narrow minded can people be sometimes? 




Above, these two nutcases talked McGraw-Hill
into publishing their crazy story. Sure they were
both war heroes, and yeah, one of them had been
investigating Amelia Earhart's disappearance for
ten years, but man, did these war vets get it wrong.
Fortunately, key Smithsonian lobbies were able
to persuade curious news reporters not to take
their foolish claim about Amelia's fate seriously,
in support of her long-ago pilot friend, Irene, who
strongly refuted it. It was good justice prevailed!


End Of Being Cynical 


"History is the unfolding of miscalculations."

Barbara Tuchman


Thus, the truthful reveal of Amelia Earhart's double life experienced a rocky start when it was quickly shouted down. It happened when a retired Air Force major, Joseph A. Gervais, the head of 'Operation Earhart' who had been deeply investigating Amelia's odd 1937 disappearance and 'missing person case', surprisingly asserted he had located the famous pilot in New York in 1965, living under the assumed identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. As noted, his assertion was swiftly dismissed and subsequently laughed at by historians.
Except for one thing: It was never proved false.
Decades passed as suspicion persisted among those who knew it was never proved false, until a latecomer Amelia Earhart researcher named Tod Swindell, realized no one had ever compared the two, and in time produced his own forensic bona fides that showed how Major Gervais, who never stopped insisting he was correct about it to his dying day in 2005, indeed had been right all along
Here's the story: After ten years of investigating Amelia's disappearance, Joseph A. Gervais claimed Amelia had quietly survived and changed her name--and in 1958, she married a successful international businessman, Guy Bolam of England. So, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, that he identified as the former Amelia Earhart, was caught off guard by the book that published his assertion about her--and she refuted it right away--then sued for defamation while represented by two high-powered attorneys. One of them, a lawyer named Benedict Ginsberg, had previously worked with Robert F. Kennedy during his Jimmy Hoffa trial.
Below once again is how Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam appeared at the press conference she held to decry the just released book that attempted to out her for who she used to be; Amelia Earhart Lives:





As mentioned, four years later, in July of 1974, relatively unnoticed amid the Watergate scandal, the follow up article about her still unsettled lawsuit appeared:






In the same photo from before, retired Air
Force Major Joseph A. Gervais (left) and
Amelia Earhart Lives author Joe Klaas
(right) state their case to the press in 1970.
Even though they were both war heroes and
 family men with upstanding reputations
[Note: Gervais was a pilot who served in
World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam;
Joe Klaas had been a POW in Germany
for over two years] news outlets were
influenced not to take them seriously by
the federal government run Smithsonian
Institution, along with the families of Amelia 
Earhart and the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, a practice that continues today.

To shore-up her case, as noted, Mrs. Bolam and her attorney were able to cite some factual errors in Amelia Earhart Lives they believed were harmful to her reputation--and they sued for $1.5 million in actual and punitive damages. It is imperative to recognize that Mrs. Bolam's lawsuit did not directly challenge the claim that stated she was the former Amelia Earhart. Rather, once again, as if she acknowledged herself to be the former Amelia Earhart, she complained that the book, 'accused her of being a spy, a traitor, a bigamist, and a Tokyo Rose.' 
The case dragged on until it was finally settled in January of 1976. A summary judgment awarded Mrs. Bolam $60k to be paid by the book's publisher, McGraw-Hill, basically for poor fact checking. Otherwise she settled out of court with Joseph A. Gervais and the book's author, Joe Klaas, by way of exchanging $10 of consideration with them. She agreed to the settlement after refusing to submit her fingerprints--when Joseph A. Gervais had his attorney request them to prove her identity. Because she declined to do so, the controversy over her true life-long identity remained unsettled. Years later, after her death was recorded in 1982, more 'questioning' headlines and articles continued to surface about her:





"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

As time passed, many people, including some who knew her in her later life years, remained convinced that Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam had previously been known as Amelia Earhart. In 1994, best-selling Amelia Earhart author, Randall Brink, cited the still ongoing controversy in the following manner:
"One tantalizingly persistent account has Amelia supposedly returning to the U.S. and assuming a new identity." Randall Brink, from his 1994 book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart.
Tod Swindell first came to know Randall Brink and Joseph A. Gervais in the late 1990s. Upon doing so, noticing the veracity that characterized the ongoing controversy over who Irene really was, or used to be, and as mentioned, after consulting with forensic experts--he orchestrated a comparison analysis. It took years just to gather the elements he needed to commence with the study--and then more years to build it and ultimately complete it, until finally in 2017, satisfied enough, he copyrighted the study along with a forensic research manuscript he produced. The study results were startling, to say the least.  
Below is a brief introduction and more samples from among hundreds of full body and character trait comparisons the study produced. 'Digital Face Recognition' played a key role:

As noted, prior to the long-term independently arranged study [the primary subject of this website] a comprehensive 'physical' and 'character traits' Amelia to Irene comparison analysis had never been done before. As it turned out a full head-to-toe and character traits congruence was evidenced in the results.



Above, a cryptic handwritten line from a 1967
note the post-war Irene sent to Joseph A. Gervais.
She actually wrote about two people who, 'knew us 
both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile'(?)
Below is Amelia Earhart's own 'Amelia M Earhart'
signature as it appeared on a form she filled out when
she was a young adult. The likeness of both writing
styles is no coincidence; the same hand produced them. 





In 1932, Amelia Earhart, (above) became the first woman pilot to solo a plane across the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, and only the second person to do it since Charles Lindbergh. In subsequent years, she found herself listed among the most famous women in the world, a status she maintained, albeit somewhat reluctantly, until she was declared 'missing' in 1937. 


Above, Digital Face Recognition showed Amelia Earhart and the post-war only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, to be in perfect alignment. It is worth re-emphasizing here, the Irene that aligned with Amelia was identified nowhere as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two.

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


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


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


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


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


Above: Irene; Irene & Amelia digitally combined; Amelia


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

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





Shirley Dobson Gilroy's classic 1985, "artistic tribute
to Amelia Earhart" book, Amelia / Pilot In Pearls


Amelia Earhart, age 38 in 1935...


...transitions into...


...her future self in 1946, marking the 
return of, "the pilot in pearls."





"History is the expression of feelings peculiar to humanity."
Alfred North Whitehead

Next: The Double Lives of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart


Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart in 1933
In 2004, thirty-years after he died, it was confirmed that Charles Lindbergh lived a double life from the 1950s-on using the alias of, Careu Kent. Under that name he twice cohabited with women in Europe and had children with them that his stateside wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and their own progeny were left unaware of.
Just as Charles Lindbergh used his alias while on intelligence assignments in Europe the last decades of his life, the former Amelia Earhart, while living as Irene, as well spent much time overseas during her extensive world travels in the 1960s and 1970s. She also served as the president of an international media consulting and market research firm--Guy Bolam Associates--whose main client was Radio Luxembourg. The company was founded in the late 1940s by the former Amelia Earhart's later-life British husband, Guy Bolam, (who she had wed in 1958) and upon his death in 1970, she took control of it. Guy Bolam Associates also listed clients in Tokyo, Sydney, Paris, Bruxelles, and in London--where Guy, who served in both World Wars, was born and raised.
Guy and Irene, together and separately, sometimes office'd at CLR London, LTD, a radio advertising company all but exclusive to Radio Luxembourg. (The couple's stateside offices were located in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey.) When she was living as Amelia, and then later as Irene, she was known to speak several languages fluently and it came in handy with her international doings. Radio Luxembourg was also known for having one of the most powerful broadcast towers in Europe--that helped introduce the music of the Beatles to listeners beyond the Iron Curtain.  



Newspaper photo of Guy and Irene in Japan in 1963.
Below, from before Irene is digitally combined with her former 'Amelia' self:



1965 Joseph A. Gervais photo of Guy Bolam and his wife, Irene.
This photo appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives.
Below, Irene is digitally combined with her former 'Amelia' self:


Above, Amelia Earhart at age 26, five
years before she became famous. Below,
she's digitally combined with her future
self as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.



USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck in 1944 

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


"The girl in brown who walks alone."
One-line description of Amelia Earhart from her senior high school yearbook.
Below: Two 1976 photos of Irene O'Crowley Craimile-Bolam (AKA the former Amelia Earhart) signing autographs after reading some of her poetry at a Zonta function held in Detroit, Michigan. When she was known as 'Amelia' she was much appreciated for her poetry. Amelia was also the Zonta's most famous member in the 1930s. The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, although once a member of the Women's League of Voters, never became a Zonta member, but her attorney aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who Amelia knew well, had been a charter Zonta member and one of its chapter presidents. No doubt attorney Irene was keenly instrumental with Amelia's World War Two era conversion that left her further known as, 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.' [Photos courtesy of pilot-author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who attended the event that day.]



In the above-left photo, the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart' shown in the center dressed in brown and adorning her trademark pendant, signs autographs for some of the attendees. In the above right photo, the former Amelia Earhart is to the far left. Below: Amelia Earhart's previous and later-life face profile from the above right photo are combined to reveal the congruence.



Above: The former Amelia Earhart, living as 'Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile-Bolam' in 1977, looking all of her true eighty years.


Above: Face, head, neck, and
shoulders all in perfect alignment


Above, once again it's hard to recognize her old 'Amelia self' here without a composite photo. John Bolam took this picture of his sister in law, the post-World War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, near his home on Merritt Island, Florida. The day before, Irene had visited the NASA facility at nearby Cape Canaveral, AKA 'Cape Kennedy.' Note the same pendant she wears that is seen in other photos.

As far as the NASA mention goes, recall in a filmed interview with former Astronaut Wally Schirra, conducted by news reporter, Merril Dean Magley, Schirra verified that he first met the former Amelia Earhart at Cape Canaveral in the 1960s, and that he saw her there again in 1980, on a day when she was asked to recite a poem during a NASA presentation that featured both he and Neil Armstrong in attendance. When Dean Magley asked Wally Schirra how he knew the women he met used to be Amelia Earhart (?) Schirra replied, "people I considered reliable" had told him that's who she was. John Bolam mentioned he once noticed an impressive Saturn Rocket Program 'medallion' Irene wore during one of her visits to Merritt Island, adding that when he asked where she got it she replied, "some people at NASA" had given it to her. He did not press her to explain when or why people at NASA had given her the unique adornment. 

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 the way the woman in question 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 results of a Digital Face Recognition analysis, only appeared to enhance the truthful nature of the claim.




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 in the new and
controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives 
by Joe Klaas, seen held in the foreground.
She denied herself to be Amelia Earhart
and called the book's contents, "a poorly
documented hoax" and "utter nonsense."

After the post-war only Irene denied herself to be Amelia Earhart, a follow up 1970 article reported on some of the particulars she had mentioned about her past to the news-media:






Grace '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.



The above-left photograph of Muriel Earhart as a younger adult displays her own familial resemblance to her later life name-changed sister, shown in the 1965 photo next to her.
Three takeaway points to recognize here:
1.) It is unlikely that Muriel ever knew the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, shown in the panel directly below, who Muriel's sister, Amelia, had known and flew with in the 1930s.
2.) Again, Muriel's, "there is practically no physical resemblance" comment was proved untrue by virtue of the study results.
3.) At the time of Muriel's passing in 1998, it was importantly being realized that a comprehensive examination of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's full life story--combined with a comparison analysis of her person to Amelia Earhart's person--had never been done before. Thus marked the start of orchestrating one.




Recap: The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile


The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was the niece of a Zonta organization friend of Amelia's. [This is how Amelia came to know the original Irene.] Amelia's Zonta friend was a prominent attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who had raised the original Irene from age twelve on.
After the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's husband died in 1931, (see his obituary below) as mentioned she trained to be a pilot with encouragement from Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry. Viola, who figured into the later life protection of Amelia living as Irene, later described to Joseph A. Gervais, "Irene didn't do much with her flying, 'just flew." 

The following obituary for Charles James Craigmile ran on September 23, 1931:


From Charles J. Craigmile's obituary

The obituary was fairly accurate, although Charles and his wife, Irene had been married for less than three years, not 'five years' as the article implied. 

It is unclear what became of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. All that is understood about her fate is by the time World War Two began she was no longer evident. Today one would be hard pressed to locate a clear-image photograph of her person. The photos that were located of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile showing her image prior to the 1940s were recklessly inconsistant and of low quality. As well, none of them matched the image of the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, AKA, the former Amelia Earhart. The forensic study also flushed out two of the photos shown here, dated 1923 and 1932, to have been forgeries:



1932, age 28




Above, again Amelia Earhart is outlined in white and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, face shaded, is outlined in black, and Viola Gentry, one of Amelia's better pilot friends is shown to Irene's right in the photo.


As told, realizing herself to be 'with child' in mid-1933, the original Irene briefly remarried and gave birth to a son in 1934. Naturally her flying days lessoned after that--to a point where she did not renew her pilot's license after 1937.
And yes, the original Irene's second marriage was to a pilot by the name of Al Heller, her son's father. Except their marriage was annulled after she learned he was still legally married to another woman he also had children with, and Al relocated alone to Buffalo, New York in 1937.


Although its origin is questionable, this
photo supposedly depicts the original
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1934
with her son, Clarence Alvin Heller.


Again, the newspaper photo dated '1930' shows
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile next
to her husband, Charles James Craigmile,
who died the following year.

Here are some take-away points:
1.) By the time World War Two began the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was no longer evident.

2.) In 2006, and again in 2014, (to emphasize it in writing) the 1934 born son of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, identified an entirely different person to have been his mother than the original Irene. Ostensibly, he was imprinted and raised from his early childhood years on by a surrogate mother figure--who did not resemble the original Irene--nor did she resemble the post-World War Two only Irene. Below is the person he identified as his 'mother' the way she looked, by his estimation, "around 1940" in the younger image and, "in the 1970s" in the older image. Note: To this day no one from within the general public realm knows who this person really was or where she came from. 



Above left, Larry Heller identified the person shown in the above photos to have been his 'mother' the way she looked 'around 1940' and later in the 1970s. Below, when the above images are digitally combined they do equate the same person in younger and older forms:





Above, the surrogate mother
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
early 1940s.


Above, the 'surrogate mother'
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam
in the 1970s, on the cover of her
1982 memorial dinner program.


Above, Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile in 1946. One
of the earliest known
photos of the post-war
name-changed Amelia.


Above, Irene O'CrowleyCraigmile-Bolam,
FKA 'Amelia Earhart' in 1965.

Note: Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam's death was recorded in 1982. The question remains: Which one died that year? The 'surrogate mother' Irene or the 'former Amelia Earhart' Irene? Again, neither was the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. (Further down learn more about the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and her family history.)


Amelia Earhart, 1935
"God, the world hounded that woman after she became famous." A quote from famous pilot, Jackie Cochran, recalling her friend, Amelia Earhart. Jackie also mentioned that during the year Amelia was prepping for her world flight she was "closer to Amelia than anyone else, even her husband, George Putnam." Jackie's husband, Floyd Odlum, helped finance Amelia's 1937 world flight effort. Jackie Cochran was the first American woman to enter Japan after VJ Day. In a 1991 interview, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a close later life friend of the former Amelia Earhart, affirmed that Jackie Cochran had been involved with Amelia's non-publicized return to the U.S.


Again in 1970, the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, was convincing when she denied her true past at the press conference she held. She had been pressed to respond to a sudden claim indicating she was the former Amelia Earhart, featured in a recently released book called, Amelia Earhart Lives. Her denial was accepted, until decades later, when a thorough analysis of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's background combined with a human comparison study proved that the 'Irene' above had appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. These important realizations and other forensic research findings led to a final conclusion: The post-war only Irene, most definitely had been, previously known as... Amelia Earhart.


The former Amelia Earhart, AKA, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, (above) took on the press in order to preserve her dignity and the legacy of who she used to be. She was determined to keep on living the private life she had grown accustomed to. She even sued the people who asserted she was Amelia Earhart. Amazingly, though, she only sued them for defamation, not for asserting she was the former Amelia Earhart. Why? The book the defendants had put out contained insinuations she felt were damaging to her reputation, and indeed they were. Again in 1974, four years into her lawsuit, the "Earhart Case Still Up in the Air" article listed a few of them:


"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


The post-war only Irene's in-laws from 1960s on, John and I. Elaine Bolam

"She was intelligent, articulate, and had a commanding presence. She knew a lot of important people including many high-ranking military officers, astronauts and flyers." "She was the epitome of a classy lady." 1997 quotes from a published article about the post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. The article was written by her former sister-in-law, Mrs. I. Elaine Bolam, who deeply wondered if Irene had previously been known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'


Astronaut Wally Schirra (1923-2007)

As mentioned, Astronaut Wally Schirra, one of the original seven NASA astronauts, confirmed in a filmed interview that he 'met' the former Amelia Earhart at Cape Canaveral.

"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." LPGA promoter, Peter Bussati, a later life friend of the post-war only Irene's, accompanied her to the prestigeous New York Wings Club in the 1970s and was surprised by the respect she commanded from such important individuals there.


Highlighting the complex nature of this story by looking at some anecdotal Amelia Earhart history, helps keep it in perspective:


"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." Amelia Earhart author-historian, Doris Rich


"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


"One tantalizingly persistent account has Amelia supposedly 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.


"After all she'd been through she didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." Monsignor James Francis Kelley, (1902-1996) as spoken to reporter, Merrill Dean Magley. Father Kelley was a post-war years and later-life close friend of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, AKA, the former Amelia Earhart. A past president of Seton Hall College, in 1991, Father Kelley confirmed to USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, that he had helped to receive Amelia back in the United States. He also confided to Helen Barber of Wayne. Pennsylvania, that he was instrumental with her identity change to Irene. Years earlier, in 1982, he was quoted in newsprint the following way about his friend, Irene:


"Tod Swindell's Amelia Earhart study results let the horse out of the barn."
USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.)
Let's play it back...

Think about it... after four years the courts still had "yet to decide" whether or not Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam used to go by the name of Amelia Earhart. The public was left to assume the controversy was settled at some point, but it never was officially settled, and it remained that way going forward.
Trust knowing... if the U.S. court system really wished to factually determine if "Mrs. Guy Bolam" (AKA, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam) had previously been known as Amelia Earhart--it easily could have done such a thing. Evidently, the ongoing concealment of who Mrs. Bolam used to be was more important.




Tod Swindell


"After all she had been through she didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." Monsignor James Francis Kelley, as spoken to news reporter, Merrill Dean Magley, in 1987.



Above: Photos showing Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the former Amelia Earhart together in the late 1970s. 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 even referred to her as 'Amelia' to the select individuals he confided in. Some non-believers who heard about his conveyance suggested 'old-age senility' must have caused him to make it up. The later study results proved he had merely told the truth.
Monsignor Kelley was a past president of Seton Hall College. He held doctorate degrees in philosophy and psychology. He died in 1996 at the age of 94. As mentioned, 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 who presided over his 1996 funeral.
Below, in his day Monsignor James Francis Kelley was not your everyday priest: 


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


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


Monsignor Kelley with First Lady Betty Ford and Marge Montana.

Below, find part of a September 17, 1991 tape-recorded interview with Monsignor Kelley conducted by former Air Force Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck: