The First Comprehensive, 'Amelia Earhart Compared To Irene Craigmile Bolam' Forensic Analysis

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Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam


If you are interested in knowing what became of Amelia Earhart after the summer of 1937, the answer is above staring back at you. To understand how this is now known to be true, take your time going through the material this website presents, for there is a lot to digest.

Irene Compared To Amelia:
Photographic Exactitude
Personal Character Traits
Life-Long Histories
The forensic research and physical comparison results you're about to review are reprinted from a long-term study that thoroughly analyzed each of the above topics pertaining to the known to have been intertwined lives of Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile Bolam.
The 'new millennium' study was arranged in order to get to the bottom of a never disavowed assertion publicly maintained for thirty-five years [1970-2005] by former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais (1924-2005).
After deeply looking into it, Joseph A. Gervais, who had retired from the Air Force as a Major in 1963, ascertained that Amelia Earhart and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam had existed as the same life-long individual human being known by different names in different eras without public awareness.
Major Gervais served as a fighter pilot in World War Two and he flew missions in the Korean War and Vietnam as well before retiring from his military career. He was also a family man noted for his good character.
Generally unrealized into the new millennium, his assertion about Mrs. Bolam was never forensically over-challenged. Before his passing in 2005, upon being shown the preliminary results of the forensic analysis with his wife, Thelma, Joseph Gervais plainly commented, "It shows what we've known all along."

About "Truth"

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

Alethephobia: "Fear of Truth"

When it comes to the Irene-Amelia truth, ever since the controversy over Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam surfaced in the 1970s, historical dictum influences have deftly avoided it. Senators, Congressmen, government supported institutions, news media moguls, even Amelia's extended family members have always optioned to quickly dismiss it out of hand over the idea of seriously addressing it. This is mainly due to the 'official silence' devoted to the topic of Amelia's so-called 'disappearance' from the governments of the United States and Japan dating back to the World War Two era. In the new millennium, however, thanks to a comprehensive forensic research and comparison analysis, the truth grew to be recognizable to an obvious state.

Not to leave out how understanding, accepting, and even embracing any truth once it becomes identifiable, especially if it's an important historical truth, is always best in the long run.





Above: Different looks of Amelia Earhart when she was in her early to mid-thirties.


Note: The website and the original forensic research material it presents generated from 1996 to 2017 by Research and Development specialist, Tod Swindell, exists as fully copyrighted Intellectual Properties under the recognized banners of Protecting Earhart and Beyond 37'. [USPTO copyright registration #'s  TXu 1-915-926; TXu 2-061-539.] IP rights are represented by George Brunt, Esq. of the Lee and Hayes law firm based in Spokane, WA.



Above is a 35MM photograph taken in 1965 by Joseph A. Gervais that displays the same "Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam" shown in the top black and white photo. Mrs. Bolam openly described herself to have been a 'past good friend' of Amelia Earhart to Joeseph A. Gervais when the two met each other. She also commanded a recognized air of importance among the people she was acquainted with, many of whom were well-known pilots from the 1930s, 'Golden Age of Aviation.' The forensic analysis results you are about to observe concluded with absolute certainty that this particular Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam was identified nowhere as 'Irene' or 'Craigmile' or 'Bolam' prior to the mid-1940s. The analysis also conveys the true origin of these names. To learn about the other forensically determined realities of this Mrs. Bolam's Twentieth Century existence, keep reading and observing the results of the first credible in-depth evaluation of her full life story.


Above: Amelia in her early twenties, before she received her pilot's license.


Above: Amelia at age thirty-nine, not long before she went missing.


Above: Navigator & co-pilot, Fred Noonan with pilot, Amelia Earhart. On the morning of July 2, 1937 they steered their aircraft in a certain direction and were purportedly never seen again.

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Below: Photographic Exactitude


Above: Senator Hiram Bingham with Amelia Earhart at age 31


Above: Amelia Earhart in 1937, age 39


Above: Irene in a mid-1970s photo portrait taken in her 'Leisure World' home located in Rossmoor, New Jersey. 


Above: Irene on August 8, 1965 in front of the Sea Spray Inn located in East Hampton of Long Island, New York. Photo credit, Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.)

Below: Superimposed Photographic Exactitude


Irene + Amelia superimposed


Irene + Amelia superimposed



A 2018 note from the orchestrator of the forensic analysis and creator of this website; Research and Development specialist, Tod Swindell. [Read about his background at the end of the Home Page]

I first launched in late 2007. It was initially meant to serve as a rebuttal to a recently expressed viewpoint of the National Geographic Channel that had asked me to appear on an Amelia Earhart special it aired the year before. The producers of the special tracked me down after learning from different Amelia Earhart aficionados of a 'forensic comparison analysis' I controlled that shed a new light on Amelia's never resolved "missing person" case. Upon locating me, they asked if I would allow them to include the analysis in its program, having additionally learned that its preliminary results drew attention from the Associated Press a few years earlier. (See the 2002 AP article further down.)
To Hawaii, where much of its Amelia Earhart special was filmed, Nat Geo flew myself and covered the cost to ship a dozen of the large panels that displayed the key results of the Irene-Amelia forensic analysis I had sponsored and initiated in the mid-1990s, (after consulting with forensic experts who explained how to go about it) and then dedicated much investigative research to the next ten years to enhance it. Disappointingly, though, Nat Geo elected not to address or feature the panels after its producers reviewed the controversial information they displayed. So here, what offers is what Nat Geo decided not to share with the public. Its final program did show a trifle of some forensic overlay samples I had carried with me, but it was barely enough to whet the appetite of a true skeptic. I was also grilled on camera for two hours, only to see my contribution trimmed down to a few minutes of air time.
Nat Geo's inability to recognize or believe what the forensic analysis accomplished is what inspired me to display it on the World Wide Web. So was launched in 2007, and it has remained on-line ever since while being further added to as time passed. To date hundreds of pages worth of pertinent data have been compiled on that additionally fortified the realities it conveys, to especially include the main forensic truth of a renamed Amelia Earhart continuing to live-on after World War Two in the United States until her passing took place in 1982, with the general public remaining unaware of it. (Thanks to the comparison analysis there is no doubt anymore such a thing did happen. That's not to say this was not already known. Former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais figured it out in the 1960s and never stopped averring it to his dying day in 2005, causing endless consternation along the way.)
At this point, I need to make it clear that I am not and never have been a 'conspiracy theorist.' "Conspiracy" is a dark word used to describe an immoral group of unnamed individuals who work in concert to keep their nefarious activities and the orchestrated result(s) they cause from becoming known beyond their inner circle. I do not believe there ever was an active conspiracy embarked on to keep the true outcome of Amelia Earhart's so-called, "disappearance" from being recognized by the public. Rather, I view it as something that became deeply buried during the conflagration of World War Two, akin to so many other non mend-able actions, stratagems, hostilities and atrocities the war left behind. It is my belief that it was commonly determined how the best attitude to adopt after World War Two ended was to move-on with as little looking back at such war-time happenings as possible---with the obvious exception of the 'never again to occur' holocaust remaining queued in the forefront of the world's memory banks.
In essence, while countries that had been war-time enemies worked to mend their own fences and to help mend each other's, they did their best to look beyond negative war occurrences not only in the spirit of atonement, but for the imperative need of a better geopolitical future.
This included the U.S. and Japan conjointly agreeing to always view the unnoticed by the world public, anonymous post-war reemergence of the then still existing, all-be-her war-time obscured Amelia Earhart with, "official silence." (Note the 1982 Bender & Altschul quote below this writ.)
Highlighting this post-war credo, in the fall of 1945, in response to a reporter's question on how he believed the world was different after the war, President Harry S. Truman replied, "The only thing different is the history you don't know."
Think about that.   
In the meantime, though a handful of important sounding individuals continue to decry the obvious forensic analysis results, the forensic analysis itself has never been over-challenged and it never will be, because it merely displays the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937. Only unanswered questions remain, and they pertain to 'how' and 'why' Amelia Earhart ended up as she did after she went 'missing' all those years ago--and then was prematurely declared, "dead in absentia" in January of 1939.
To reiterate, I would like to emphasize that the analysis only ascertained what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing. It does not offer a certain conclusion about what actually happened to her (and Fred Noonan) on July 2, 1937, nor does it offer a certain conclusion pertaining to where Amelia was and what she was doing during the World War Two years.
My gut feeling is those questions are now destined to be answered by concerned official U.S. historians in order to account for the truthful information the overall analysis displays, plenty of which is observable on In the meantime, somewhat myopic individuals, or those not willing to take the time to review, understand, and accept this carefully researched and forensically developed information, will more than likely remain in denial when it comes to what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937, until said 'how' and 'why' questions are authoritatively answered by high-level U.S. and Nippon offices.
The analysis results begin after the following quote--and the two images with their accompanying description.
Thank you,
Tod Swindell 

The Bender & Altschul Quote:

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




Above: The Kailua, Hawaii set of the National Geographic Channel's Amelia Earhart 'mystery update' special. The photos here display six of the twelve 'comprehensive forensic analysis' panels that drew a certain conclusion on Amelia's never officially resolved 'missing person' case. This particular location was at the home of retired USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, whose then recent book, Amelia Earhart Survived featured portions of the analysis with permission granted by Tod Swindell and 1967 Earhart flight duplicator, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who supplied some of the photo-data used in the analyisis. Within the panels, the multiple individuals attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity were clearly displayed, as was the head-to-toe physical congruence and character traits congruence of the post-World War Two 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' and her former-self, Amelia Earhart. Needless to say, after observing the controversial realities presented in the panels, the show's producers were clearly ill-prepared to contend with them. Even though they had asked to feature them and paid for their shipping cost, after some deliberating they requested the panels be removed before filming commenced. Hence, this website provides a thorough overview of the analysis results the panels displayed that Nat Geo elected not to share with the public. 

Tod Swindell's 1996-2017 Amelia Earhart Forensic Research Analysis And Irene-Amelia Comparison Analysis Continues...
"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 an article about Irene by her survived sister-in-law who believed the subject of her concern had been previously known as, "Amelia Earhart."


Astronaut Wally Schirra
In the late 1970s, one of the original seven NASA astronauts, Wally Schirra, disclosed to Rockville, Illinois TV reporter, Merrill Dean Magley that he had "met" the woman who used to be known as Amelia Earhart at Cape Canveral in the 1960s. Several years later, when Magley encountered Schirra again he requested a filmed interview. Schirra agreed to be interviewed on film by Magley and during the interview, Magley asked the former astronaut how he knew the woman he met in the 1960s used to be Amelia Earhart(?) to which Schirra replied, "reliable people" he knew had confided to him who she used to be. The woman in question was one 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.' As it turned out, and as you will see here, there was more than one Twentieth Century woman attributed to this very-same 'Irene' identity.

Photographic Exactitude:


Above: Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam (right) in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976, next to Gertrude Kelley Hession (left). The two were frequent traveling companions. Gertrude was the sister of Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a well-known New Jersey priest and former Seton Hall College president. From the late 1970s on, Monsignor Kelley did disclose to certain individuals that his close friend, Mrs. Bolam, used to be known as Amelia Earhart. Notice the same pendant she is wearing that also appears in her black and white photo-portrait sitting at the top of the page. 

Superimposed Photographic Exactitude:


Above: Irene begins... to superimpose into...


Irene + Amelia


For a slow-motion filmed dissolve of the above comparison, click on the following link:

About the brother of Gertruded Kelley Hession, the woman featured in the above Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia photo with Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam:
Below, after Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam died in July of 1982, the twelve-year-old question about her possible dual-identity still remained definitively unanswered and it would stay that way into the new millennium. Here, the well known catholic priest and former president of Seton Hall College, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, who had been a long time close-friend of the former Amelia Earhart (Mrs. Bolam) since the 1940s, declined to openly discuss the matter when questioned by a New Jersey News Tribune reporter in October of 1982: 



Monsignor Kelley and Mrs. Bolam, 1970s

"He did speak of knowing Amelia Earhart but I never met her in his company." A comment from Monsignor Thomas Ivory of West Orange, New Jersey, a past friend of Monsignor Kelley's who presided over his 1996 funeral. 

According to record, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam gave birth to a son in 1934. In 2006, at the office of his attorney, and again 2014 in writing, Mrs. Bolam's 'son,' one Clarence "Larry" Heller, positively identified the woman in the photograph below to have been his 'late mother' as she appeared in the early 1940s. The forensic analysis clearly displays she was not the same Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, although historically she should have been. More detail is devoted to this in as you continue on, to include what Mr. Heller's "mother" looked like in the 1970s, according to Mr. Heller himself. 




Amelia Earhart in 1937


...superimposed into...


...her later-life self in 1965.

In the mid-1940s, Amelia Earhart reappeared in the United States seemingly from out of nowhere to further exist as 'Irene.' The forensic analysis results made it plain to see the 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' who Joseph Gervais met and photographed in 1965, dubbed in the study as the "Gervais-Irene" was NOT the original Irene Craigmile, even though post World War Two history proclaimed she was. This is true where the analysis clearly proved there was more than one Twentieth Century woman who used the same 'Irene' identity, and the one above, who was known as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' after 1958, was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' For a slow-motion filmed dissolve of this comparison click on the YouTube link at the bottom of the page. Note: The forensic analysis merely displays the truth when it comes to what became of Amelia Earhart. Although it has been consistently shouted down by pseudo Amelia Earhart 'mystery solving theorists,' including some that managed to make a living by promoting non-truthful ideas to the masses about Amelia Earhart, the forensic analysis results proved impossible to over-challenge.


Irene + Amelia superimposed

Next: How The Modern View Of 'The Mystery Of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance' Came To Exist...
Beginning in the 1960s, the modern view of the 'mystery' of Amelia Earhart's disappearance was born from serious research investigations that were categorically shelved after being greeted by "official silence." Because of this, as time passed the subject of their concern evolved to exist as an 'anything goes' commodity to Amelia Earhart cottage industries into the new millennium. None the less, below are the most significant investigative research books from the Twentieth Century that most thoroughly expounded Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight and its outcome.







Above are the most prominently recognized Twentieth Century books to have examined the subject of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. CBS Radio journalist, Fred Goerner's The Search For Amelia Earhart was published by Doubleday in 1966 and became a Top-Ten New York Times best seller; Vincent Loomis', Amelia Earhart: The Final Story was published by Random House in 1985 and well-complemented Goerner's earlier effort; and Randall Brink's, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart, was published by W.W. Norton (U.S.) and Bloomsbury Publishing LTD (U.K.) in 1993 and was touted by CBS's Connie Chung on its way to becoming a best seller in both the U.K. and the U.S.

All three authors referenced and were originally inspired by the investigative efforts of former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais, who from 1960-on had been tracking Amelia Earhart's disappearance in the Pacific region where she went missing. Significantly, Randall Brink collaborated with Joseph Gervais for a decade prior to his book's 1993 release.

Each book concluded that Amelia Earhart and her navigator/co-pilot, Fred Noonan, went down at Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands where they were picked up by Japan's pre-World War Two Imperial Naval Authority. They all cited the 'overwhelming preponderance of evidence' that deemed it so, along with the U.S. justice department's ongoing 'official silence' dating back to the World War Two era that refused to address it. Goerner and Loomis concluded the duo met their demise while in Japan's custody. Randall Brink drew no hard conclusion beyond the two having been sequestered by Japan as World War Two heated-up. Joseph A. Gervais, who died in 2005, never stopped maintaining his own conclusion was correct, that at least Amelia Earhart quietly continued to survive, and she eventually resurfaced in the United States sporting a new identity.

Below is another prominently recognized 'investigative' book by Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives, published by McGraw-Hill in 1970. Nicely packaged, Joe Klaas primarily focused his effort on the conclusion drawn by Joseph A. Gervais' investigative efforts, albeit in a somewhat casual, if not at times 'reckless' manner. While a terrific, well researched read, Klaas managed to stray from the point his book was making by chocking it with some fantastic suppositions. This ended up harming not only the book's credibility, but the credibility of Joe Klaas and Joseph Gervais as well. After noticing some awry information the book contained that libeled the then-living woman known as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam,' Mrs. Bolam in turn sued for defamation and the book was withdrawn, but not before making the New York Times 'Best Seller' list and being nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. An estimated 40,000 copies were put into circulation in 1970 before it was pulled from the shelves. [The book was republished in 2006 through the Author's Guild. See more below.]    



McGraw-Hill's 1970 published book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas next to the Joseph A. Gervais photo-page of Mrs. Irene Bolam and her husband, Englishman Guy Bolam that appeared in it. It was later learned how this particular Mrs. Bolam was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.
More About The 1970 Book, Amelia Earhart Lives
Published in November of 1970,  Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas quickly became a New York Times best seller. Issued by the reputable McGraw-Hill Company, it was largely based on the decade-long investigative-research effort of former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais, who boldly asserted that Amelia Earhart was 'alive and well' in New Jersey then, but she had been 'known by a different name' ever since the post-World War Two era.
Within two weeks after its release, the book was cited for some misinformation it presented by the woman it suggsted to be the former Amelia Earhart, (who had not participated in writing the book) and it was legally challenged by her attorney. Hence, the national press circuit started to ridicule Amelia Earhart Lives, and in short order it was withdrawn from all stores.
This was how the old, "Amelia Earhart survived her disappearance and ended up becoming a New Jersey housewife" joke started, albeit unjustifiably.
In a 1970 press conference she held in response to the book's allegations about her past, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam denied herself to be Amelia Earhart in the present tense. It was not overlooked, however, that during her follow-up lawsuit she never denied herself to have been 'previously known as' Amelia Earhart. As well, her lawsuit had nothing to do with the book's assertion that she used to be known as Amelia Earhart. Rather, her attorney cited misinformation the book contained that portrayed her as a potential "bigamist" and a possible "traitor to her country."  
Decades later, by virtue of the forensic research analysis, it was learned there was far more to the origin of the story about the woman contained in the book than people realized.
To begin with, the Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam who was implicated by Joseph A. Gervais to have been 'the former Amelia Earhart,' was definitely, "not an ordinary housewife" according to the people who had known her, including her own relatives.
To determine how she came to exist as she did, one has to revisit the pre-World War Two years and one of Amelia Earhart's 1930s' pilot-friends, Mrs. Irene Craigmile.
Here is a brief introduction to Amelia Earhart's former pilot-friend, Mrs. Irene Craigmile:


This low-resolution image was reprinted from a newspaper photo. Taken in 1930, it features Charles "James" Craigmile with his wife, Mrs. Irene Craigmile, and Irene's father, Richard Joseph "Joe" O'Crowley.


Another low-resolution newspaper photo of Mrs. Irene Craigmile in 1932, the year she started taking flying lessons. Further down see why she stopped flying right after she received her pilot's license in 1933.

Below find Irene Craigmile and Amelia Earhart in 1932, at a gathering of "Famous Women Fliers" displayed in an Akron, Ohio newspaper photo:

The Akron Beacon Journal, September 1, 1932

Amelia & Irene
In the 1930s, Amelia Earhart was acquainted with a budding pilot by the name of Irene Craigmile. In the above 1932 newspaper photo, taken just a few months after Amelia became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia is outlined in white and Irene Craigmile is outlined in black.
Amelia was introduced to Irene Craigmile by Irene's aunt, a prominent New York-New Jersey attorney known as 'Miss Irene Rutherford O'Crowley.' Amelia came to know Miss O'Crowley through the Zonta club for women they both belonged to.
Miss O'Crowley was the sister of Irene Craigmile's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley, who is displayed in one of the above photographs next to his daughter and son-in-law.
Today the Zonta organization maintains its long held tradition of awarding college scholarships in Amelia Earhart's name to aspiring young women, something initiated by Irene Craigmile's attorney-aunt, Miss Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, in the 1940s.
Note: The woman featured directly below was not the original Irene Craigmile, even though post-World War Two history left people believing she was. A new-millennium forensic analysis determined this non-recognized truth with undeniable certainty. Learn more about the original Irene Craigmile further down, to include what fate had in store for her that ended her brief stint as a pilot.  



Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1978. The analysis left it obvious she was not the original Irene Craigmile even though post-World War Two history purported her to have been.


Above: The indomitable 'Irene' in 1978. She was known as 'Irene Craigmile' in the United States from the mid-1940s on, until she married Englishman, Guy Bolam in 1958. After that she became known as, "Mrs. Irene Bolam." A new-millennium forensic analysis ascertained and concluded she was not the original Irene Craigmile, who was born in 1904. Those who claim she was the original Irene Craigmile do so within their own misguided agendas, or they are simply not up to date with the latest available research pertaining to Mrs. Irene Bolam's past. As well, trust knowing the 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' displayed above, whose previous surname was "Craigmile," was 'no ordinary housewife.'


Above: Mrs. Irene Bolam in Jamaica, 1976. She appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.
"The forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." John Bolam, Mrs. Irene Bolam's survived brother-in-law comments on the initial results of the Irene-Amelia forensic analysis in an Associated Press article by Ron Staton. The article marked the first national news item to announce the advent of the forensic analysis in the new millennium. [See the full article further down.]

Below: To edify, this woman was not the original Irene Craigmile, even though after World War Two, history left people believing she was.


Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, FKA "Amelia Earhart"
In the new millennium it was forensically realized the same 'Mrs. Bolam' shown above was known as 'Amelia Earhart' in the United States prior to the World War Two era. Those who do not believe this, and there are many of you, are not dealing with reality when it comes to what truly became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937. Granted it is hard to believe, but it exists as the truth none-the-less. The forensic analysis delivered this long-withheld reality to a state of obvious, where upon resurfacing in the U.S. after the war years, Amelia Earhart assumed the left-over identity of a little-known woman pilot from the 1930s by the name of 'Irene Craigmile' who she had once been acquainted with. Then in 1958, the former Amelia Earhart, while living as 'Irene Craigmile,' married Guy Bolam of England who was the president of Radio Luxembourg in Europe. She became known as, 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' from that point on. In 1970, Guy Bolam died and the former Amelia Earhart, AKA Mrs. Irene Bolam became the new president of Radio Luxembourg at that time.
So it is obviously true, she was 'no ordinary housewife.'

"When it comes to this particular person, 'Mrs. Irene Bolam,' we're talking about a very formidable individual. The original Irene Craigmile from the 1920s and 1930s, who Amelia had known and later went on to assume the identity of, was not that kind of person at all and she certainly did not resemble Amelia Earhart either. If anything, the forensic analysis has revealed that the time has finally arrived to address the full breadth of Amelia's life story, even where historians at the Smithsonian Institution and members of Amelia's family remain reluctant to do so, and have always demonstrated reticence when it came to the suggestion of seriously addressing the matter." Researcher, Tod Swindell

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

Continue on to observe more of the now recognized forensic reality of Amelia Earhart's non-publicized World War Two era conversion--that left her person to be further known as the new Irene Craigmile. Note: Since the 1970s this subdued reality was decried time and again from within the private sector--without the general public realizing it remained forensically unresolved into the new millennium. In the interim and to date, the U.S. justice department has never offered or expressed an opinion about Mrs. Irene Bolam's life-long existence.


The next quote is repeated from above, this time followed by an explanation:

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

"The mystery of the 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan never existed for those who knew what actually happened to them. "Official silence" about it led to its invention. This is correct, even though the vast majority of people find it hard to believe." Researcher, Tod Swindell

The forensic superimposed images, character trait and personality comparisons, life histories, and the multiple identities exhibited throughout convey the truth about Amelia Earhart's post-loss continued existence. Those who try to convince people otherwise, no matter how important they sound or appear to be, are simply incorrect.

Below: The privately owned club known as "Tighar" has long claimed Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan went down in no-man's land on a desert island hundreds of miles south of the equator where they perished as castaways. Of course, Tighar never produced any 'authentic' evidence to support its theory because it was never true. "Nauticos" claimed the duo crashed and sank northwest of their intended destination of Howland Island, the long preferred ending of 'let's move on' Amelia Earhart enthusisasts, and "Chasing Earhart" promotes all theories, even the far fetched, in its effort to keep enhancing the so-called 'mystery' of Amelia Earhart's disappearance.






Chasing Earhart

"There is only one truth about what happened to Amelia Earhart and it has been known for decades although it wasn't always as obvious as it grew to be in the new millennium. Unfortunately, cottage industries such as Nauticos, Tighar, and Chasing Earhart continue to promote the so-called 'Mystery of Amelia Earhart' to the public in order to financially benefit from it. They do so by expounding on non-truthful ideas within their differing descriptions on what might have happened to Amelia, by selling 'mystery themed' souvenirs, and by offering patronage donation levels to support their empirical efforts. This practice really needs to stop. These groups only continue to obfuscate what has grown to become the obvious, recognizable truth. It is time to 'get real' about Amelia Earhart. There is no mystery when it comes to what became of her anymore and the new millennium forensic analysis displays how and why. In lieu of individuals with pecuniary interests who keep the well deflated by now, 'Earhart mystery football' in play, as a whole the public needs to mature when it comes to this subject matter so it can look beyond these and other false portrayals." Researcher, Tod Swindell

The Irene-Amelia forensic equation displays the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart. Only misleading, all-be some of them, 'important sounding individuals' try to convince people otherwise:
Note: In 2006, one Dr. Alex Mandel, a Ukranian physicist and self-proclaimed 'Amelia Earhart fanatic,' began fervently denouncing the distinct results exhibited by the Irene-Amelia forensic analysis. Some years ago he took it a step further and self-created a "Irene Craigmile Bolam" Wikipedia page that displays a falsely concocted portrayal of Mrs. Bolam's full life story. Dr. Mandel managed to do this by combining the life-facts of the original Irene Craigmile before the war years--with the former Amelia Earhart's existence as 'Irene Craigmile' after the war years until she became 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' from 1958 on--up to when her passing took place in 1982. Juxtaposed to Dr. Mandel's Wikipedia fabrication, when you look at the color photo of Mrs. Bolam on his "Irene Craigmile Bolam" Wikipedia page, you are actually looking at the woman who was previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
"The best defense, as always, is not to attack another's position but rather to protect the truth." Dr. Helen Schucman

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

George Orwell


As Amelia


As Irene


As Amelia


As Irene

Continue on to observe and read about the controversial results of the new millennium forensic analysis that deeply re-examined the particulars of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance, and thoroughly reviewed the life story of the indomitable, Mrs. Irene Bolam, the self-described 'former good friend' of Amelia's who died in 1982. 

The first national news mention (2002) of Tod Swindell's then-recently embarked on forensic analysis:


Above: (Full article below.) The first national news item in the new millennium (2002) to acknowledge the ongoing controversy over the late Mrs. Bolam's true life-long identity. Issued by the Associated Press, Tod Swindell, mentioned in the third paragraph down, had recently lectured to an Amelia Earhart symposium gathering at the Oakland, California Air and Space Museum. There he discussed 'officially withheld particulars' about Amelia's flight ending and the preliminary results of the 'Irene-Amelia forensic analysis' he had recently embarked on. Note: This article was published before the analysis forensically confirmed there had been more than one Twentieth Century woman attributed to the same 'Irene' identity. 

"In the late 1990s, after I first got into this I was amazed to learn there had never been a serious forensic evaluation of Mrs. Bolam's full life story--or an in-depth analysis that compared her character traits and physical person to that of Amelia Earhart. After she died in 1982, a so-called 'investigative news article series' about her ran for two weeks in an east coast newspaper, but it proved to be a concocted effort that intertwined fact and fiction within its sordid attempt to white-wash Mrs. Bolam's true past. The forensic analysis I orchestrated and participated in is authentic and took over ten years to complete. Its findings, against the grain of conventional history, were astounding to say the least. After consistently being shouted down by naysayers and non-believers over the years, the study's obvious conclusion now speaks for itself." Tod Swindell, 2018 


The article continues below. From above, it's worth noting where the U.S. government's "official position" was described, the U.S. government never actually offered an official position on the Earhart disappearance matter. "Most likely she perished at sea" was the closest the U.S. government came to offering an official opinion on the matter. 


Below: Five years later, in 2007, right after Tod Swindell and the late Mrs. Irene Bolam's 'son,' Larry Heller executed a right to option agreement in New York, the Arizona Republic caught wind of it. A major breakthrough had occurred when Larry Heller, at his attorney's office in New York, identified an entirley different person to have been his late 'mother' than the Mrs. Irene Bolam who forensically matched Amelia Earhart. Never before had people realized there was more than one person identified as the same 'Irene' with the one who matched Amelia having surfaced in the mid-1940s from out of nowhere in the U.S., all be her with Mr. Heller's mother's same identity applied to her. Larry Heller was born in 1934 and always maintained his mother was not Amelia Earhart. Of course he was correct. Amelia was quite a public figure in 1934 and she certainly did not give birth to a child that year. Yet as verified by Mr. Heller, Amelia definitely did know his biological mother in the 1930s. See more about the "original" Irene, Mr. Heller's true mother further down. 


Those unable to recognize the now obvious truth pertaining to what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937, choose to forsake the historical reality of the matter. Of no surprise, this numer includes Dr. Thomas Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane of the Smithsonian Institution. Since the 1970s, the Smithsonian has continually influenced the public to ignore the vastly accumulated data on Amelia's World War Two era name-changed existence, that over time proved her post-loss continued survival as 'Irene.' Currently, the Smithsonian still influences the press and other interested individuals not to take this recent years confirmed truth seriously, in favor of being placed in the awkward position of having to contend with it. The Smithsonian, a 'ward' of the U.S. government, has always adhered to the tradition of labeling Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance a 'mystery' only, and it has never strayed from expressing that opinion in any direction.
Here, one might recall Amelia's sister, Muriel, who continued to know her sister as 'Irene' in her later-life years when she countered, "Where such a thing were true, wouldn't it be best to leave it alone?" When Muriel said this in the late 1960s, the truth about her sister's ongoing existence with a different name still remained well-hidden from the public.
Anymore though, beyond the ongoing, stodgily-expressed viewpoints about it, the reasons and factors that long-guided this hidden reality are now plain to see and easy to come to terms with. Just as Charles Lindbergh's later life hidden identity of 'Careu Kent' was confirmed in 2004, it's only a matter of time that the truth about Amelia's later life changed-identity is verified to the public as well.

How Differing Theories Enhanced The Mystery Of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance...
Eighty-one years ago, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were said to have "vanished without a trace" while attempting to fly around the world at the equator. In subsequent decades, the following different theories attempted to explain what happened to them:
The first theory suggested how after missing their intended target of Howland Island and flying-on in radio silence, they eventually crashed and sank into the Pacific Ocean at unknown coordinates.
The next theory claimed while on a secret government mission, the duo ended up on Saipan where Japan's military took them into custody and soon after executed them for spying, or, in a Japanese-run jail on Saipan, Fred Noonan was beheaded and Amelia Earhart, after remaining sequestered on Saipan, eventually died of medical neglect.
The next theory offered how after they aborted their attempt to locate Howland Island, the duo reversed course and headed toward their specified 'Plan B' option of the British Gilbert Islands, but after avoiding storm squalls while doing so they flew too far north and ended up in the lower Marshall Islands instead, where Japan's Imperial Naval Authority picked them up and detained them.

Below is a stamp series issued by the Republic of the Marshall Islands in 1987, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan's arrival there on July 2, 1937 and Japan's rescue of the duo. Accordingly, approximate to the time Japan picked them up, the Sino-Japanese War began on July 7, 1937, pitting the U.S. against Japan and exacerbating the already difficult situation the world flight team found themselves in:

The 1987 Marshall Islands Stamp Series
Shows Earhart and Noonan's takeoff from New Guinea to their crash and retrieval at Mili Atoll

Note: Most seriously regarded by aviation history scholars, the 'Earhart and Noonan went down in the Marshall Islands' account initially rose to prominence in 1966, after CBS investigative journalist, Fred Goerner published his controversial Pacific Islands findings about Amelia Earhart's flight ending in his best-selling Doubleday book, The Search For Amelia Earhart.
From 1962 to 1965, Fred Goerner made multiple trips to the Pacific region where Earhart and Noonan went missing. He also received help and guidance from U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz, who had been placed in charge of the Marshalls when the U.S. occupied them in 1944, and who verified to Goerner that the flying duo ended up there in July of 1937.


Above: Fred Goerner's 1966 classic Earhart book remained on the New York Times 'Best Seller' list for twelve straight weeks.

There were two different presented outcomes within the 'Marshall Islands' conveyance. Fred Goerner's original 'Marshall Islands' ending suggested how after the duo was picked-up they were incarcerated by Japan and later perished while in its custody. In 1970, however, an updated version suggested that Earhart and Noonan were surreptitiously sequestered and 'kept safe' by Japan as the Sino-Japanese War commenced, and they remained that way until their quiet liberation's took place toward the end of World War Two. Along this vein as their individual stories continued, they changed their names and began new careers upon resurfacing in the United States, thus enabling them to further live their lives out of the public eye.
Three decades after Fred Goerner's assessment took place, author Randall Brink, who devoted over a decade to deeply evaluating both Marshall Islands scenarios, published his best selling W.W. Norton book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart. Brink, whose extensive findings concurred that the duo went down in the Marshall Islands, pragmatically left the door open to the possibility of Earhart and Noonan's private return to the U.S., elaborating he found it hard to readily accept that Japan would have handled Amelia Earhart so recklessly since she was a worldwide recognized 'hero' there in the 1930s, just as Babe Ruth had been.


Above: Randall Brink's 1993 book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart was a best seller in England and the United States.

One last more romantic suggestion that steered clear of political controversy was introduced a few decades ago by one Richard Gillespie and his media-hyped 'Tighar' club. It claimed the flying duo, with no mention to anyone, flew hundreds of miles south of the equator into desert ocean territory where they ditched on a remote, uninhabited island and eventually perished as castaways. This far-out idea has dominated media outlets and preyed on the public for financial contributions ever since it was introduced. Thankfully, those who studied Amelia Earhart's flight ending particulars in-depth never took it seriously. Note: Two fictional novels published in 1996 played off of this same 'desert island castaways' idea; Hidden Latitudes by Alison Anderson, and I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn. They're both good reads but far removed from the truth on what became of Amelia Earhart. 
The following provides a more expansive look at one of the above 'Marshall Islands' offerings.
Relative to the, 'they remained sequestered by Japan before being liberated toward the end of the war' suggestion, that was initially postulated with a considerable foundation in 1970, (but was left unaddressed by the U.S. justice department) a new millennium comprehensive forensic analysis thoroughly examined a never disproved assertion. It concerned a curiously prominent woman who described herself as a 'former friend' of Amelia Earhart's. This is the same woman was known as "Mrs. Irene Bolam" from 1958 on, until her death in 1982. Unrealized before, the analysis discovered how the same "Mrs. Irene Bolam" surfaced in the United States from out of nowhere in the mid-1940s known as "Irene Craigmile." Then after working as a New York bank executive for a few years and joining the Zonta organization, she became recognized for her 'air of importance' and as a 'world traveler' who knew a lot about England, Europe, Japan and the Orient. 

In 1958, this same 'Irene Craigmile' married one Guy Bolam of England, from then on leaving her known as "Mrs. Irene Bolam." Except in 1965, while hob-nobbing with some of her 1930s aviation friends at a function in New York, she was caught off guard when she was recognized by a former World War Two pilot.


While nothing certain about Fred Noonan's disposition after July 2, 1937 was ever determined, here's more about the highly enigmatic, "Mrs. Irene Bolam" the forensic analysis discovered that the general public never knew:


This website profiles researcher, Tod Swindell's Protecting Earhart Chronicles and new millennium Irene-Amelia Forensic Analysis. Past WGAw registrations include: "The Lost Electra" (1997), "Redefining Earhart for the New Century" (1999), "Protecting Earhart" (2004, 2009, 2014). United States Trademark and Copyright Office Registration Numbers: TXu 1-915-926 (2014); TXu 2-061-539 (2017)

Below: Tod Swindell quoted in the Fort Worth Star Telegram from a 1999 review article he wrote on Max Allan Collins' well-researched historical novel, Flying Blind. See the full article further down.


"...some kind of witness protection program."
"With the 'Amelia Earhart lived-on and later became known as Irene' assertion, dating back to when it was first introduced in the 1970s, the general public has been consistently influenced to the negative about it. Therefore, to many individuals it remains a tough-fetch to grasp the reality of what the new-millennium analysis conveys. In other words, some people cannot believe what they see with their own eyes after having bought into the notion that the assertion was proved false at some point. The year is 2018, and the truth is the assertion about Mrs. Irene Bolam never was proved false, especially in a forensic way, and this is why the controversy over her true past was left unresolved--until the analysis evidenced who she used to be in no uncertain terms." Tod Swindell

About The Original Irene:


Above center: Amelia Earhart's long ago pal, the original Irene Craigmile in 1930. Before the new millennium arrived her contribution to Amelia's life story remained unclear. See more below.


Above: Although barely legible, a September 1, 1932 newspaper photo displays the original Irene Craigmile between pilots, Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz. Following the next image and its accompanying description is the full newspaper page photo published in Akron, Ohio that also featured Amelia Earhart.

Below: Repeated from above, the original Irene Craigmile is shown here in 1930 between her husband, Charles Craigmile, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. A poor quality image, clear photos displaying her person prior to the World War Two era proved unavailable. Amelia Earhart had been acquainted with the original Irene Craigmile, who was a budding pilot in the early 1930s until she realized she was pregnant at the same time she received her pilot's license--and she was never known to fly a plane again after that. In the new millennium, her 1934 born son acknowledged he held no photographs of his 'mother' from his early childhood years. 

Below, darkened with more contrast:


In 1931, a year after the above picture was taken, the original Irene Craigmile's husband, Charles Craigmile, tragically died.
The following year, in 1932, just a few months after Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly a plane solo across the Atlantic Ocean, the Akron Beacon Journal of Ohio featured the below picture of female pilots displaying both Amelia and the recently widowed, Irene Craigmile--who was not yet a 'licensed' pilot--within it. The group was visiting the hospitalized pilot, Louise Thaden there at the time:

The Akron Beacon Journal, September 1, 1932

Above: From the September 1, 1932 edition of the Akron Beacon Journal, Amelia Earhart can be seen outlined in white, and the original Irene Craigmile is outlined in black.


Above: 'Irene Craigmile' is listed after Viola Gentry


Above: After Amelia married George Putnam in 1931, for a short while she took his name, as shown here

In Brief: The Original Irene Craigmile in the 1930s
A True Story
As the 1930s saga about her unfolded, about a year after the original Irene Craigmile's first husband died she began studying to be a pilot with encouragement from Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry. She earned her license in late May of 1933, but right when she did she realized she had become pregnant out of wedlock by way of her last flight instructor, pilot Alvin Heller. The two eloped to marry and a son was born to them in early 1934, but she and Al Heller's hasty marriage never solidified, and the visible trail of the original Irene Craigmile grew cold from that point on. A late 1930s marriage annulment reverted her brief surname of Heller back to Craigmile, although she did not appear to be physically extant during the process of it. [Note: The original Irene Craigmile's attorney aunt, who had been a Zonta Club friend of Amelia's by the name of Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley, was instrumental in her niece's annulment process.]
An unconfirmed rumor that emanated from a later life friend of Mrs. Irene Bolam's, one Diana Dawes who was a former Princeton, New Jersey radio show host, described the original Irene Craigmile as having endured a childbirth complication that further left her debilitated, although no record of it was located. What did become known is that the original Irene Craigmile, after giving birth to her son in 1934, no longer appeared in plain view. It also became evident that the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son ended up being reared by a surrogate mother figure from the mid-1930s on, who he recognized as the only mother he ever knew.
Below is a 1987 newspaper excerpt featuring a quote by Diana Dawes. Here she recalled her late friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam describing the original Irene Craigmile in a past-tense way, thus affirming she had known the original Irene Craigmile, and further indicating her own acceptance of the identity she inherited by virtue of maintaining ownership of some of the original Irene's personal belongings. In the 1930s, Amelia Earhart and the original Irene's fairly prominent attorney-aunt were well acquainted through the Zonta organization for women, thus illuminating the trail of how Amelia Earhart came to inherit the full, left-over identity value of the original Irene Craigmile.
Note: Diana Dawes steadfastly believed her later-life friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam, used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.'   



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

George Orwell


As Amelia


As Irene


As Amelia


As Irene


Above is Mrs. Irene Bolam on Merritt Island, Florida in the 1960s. As cited above, original seven NASA astronaut, Wally Schirra mentioned how in the 1960s he was introduced to the former Amelia Earhart (Mrs. Bolam) at Cape Canaveral that was adjacent to Merritt Island. When asked how he knew she used to be known as Amelia he replied, "reliable people" had confided in him about who she used to be. Note the superimposed transition below displaying her physical congruence. Amelia, seeking privacy coming out of the World War Two years, used her 1930s friend, Irene Craigmile's left-over identity during her later life years. One can choose to believe what one will, but the forensic truth realized in the new millennium affirmed this Mrs. Irene Bolam indeed had been previously known as Amelia Earhart. Physical head-to-toe and character trait comparisons completely matched. In this example face, neck & shoulders align perfectly.  

...a 1935 photo of...
...her former Amelia Earhart self

Why More People Have Been Coming To Terms With This Of Late...
For decades it was generally misperceived that the 1970s assertion of Amelia Earhart surviving her disappearance and continuing to live her life privately in the United States beyond the World War Two era--after changing her name in pursuit of future anonymity--was nothing more than contrived hokum.
The truth remains, though, the assertion was deeply evaluated for years by its original purveyors before they first surfaced it in 1970, and it was never a laughing matter.
Just the same, after introducing the assertion, those who did were strongly negated by the powerful woman, Mrs. Irene Bolam, who they had ascertained was the living, former Amelia Earhart; a negation that in turn left their bold suggestion the brunt of many jokes for decades to come.
Until 2006, several years into the new millennium.
That is when people first began to realize the assertion had never been forensically disproved by way of the National Geographic Society, that began playing the assertion down again after learning of a long-term forensic analysis that revealed new, controversial information in support of Amelia's post World War Two, name-changed existence. It all pertained to the same enigmatic "Mrs. Bolam" who was implicated to have been the former Amelia Earhart in the 1970s, before she died in 1982.
It is also no surprise that the Smithsonian Institution, a 'ward' of the U.S. government, never offered supportive commentary about the never disproved claim either, and refused to even address the forensic analysis after learning of its existence. The analysis has since become the chief bane of Amelia Earhart cottage industries as well, that had been offering a variety of different theories in decades past (including some outlandish ones) within their attempts to explain what really happened to Amelia Earhart on and after July 2, 1937.
Here one can learn the real story on how the assertion of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two, 'private life' existence originally surfaced. One can also observe the key, controversial findings of the long-term forensic research and comparison analysis that surfaced revealing, controversial information about the woman in question, Mrs. Irene Bolam, never before realized. 

Photo credit: Sasha-Getty

Above: A photo portrait of Amelia Earhart taken in England four days after her 1932 solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean--when she became the first woman and only the second person to accomplish the feat five years after Charles Lindbergh did. Note: In 2004, another long standing rumor was finally verified when it was confirmed that Charles Lindbergh actually led a double life using the alternate identity of "Careu Kent" in Europe from the mid-1950s on, until he died in 1974. In turn, it took nearly four decades before the 1970s presentation of Amelia Earhart's ongoing 'private life' existence proved to be real as well. The new-millennium, comprehensive forensic research study confirmed how after Amelia went missing in 1937, she continued to survive and she eventually changed her name to "Irene" in pursuit of further living her life away from the public-eye, and she managed to do that until she died in 1982. There was an attempt made to 'out her' in 1970, but she smartly refused to reclaim the mantle of the famous pilot she used to be, knowing had she done so it would have thrust her back into the public eye. That was something she absolutely did not want as it would have made her life strenuous from that point on, beyond compromising the reputations of those who knew who she used to be--and protected it from becoming public information. This included Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who continued to know her sister, Amelia, in her later-life years as 'Irene.'


"When legend becomes fact, print the legend." A newspaper publisher's line from the John Ford western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
The promoted legend about Amelia Earhart was that she "vanished without a trace" while flying around the world in 1937, and she was "never seen again." This 'legend' about Amelia evolved to become a commonly recognized fact, even though it was never true.
The legal truth about Amelia Earhart is that she was declared a "missing person" after she failed to arrive at Howland Island on July 2, 1937, and after extensive attempts to locate her failed, she was declared "dead in absentia" a year and a half later in January of 1939. Still, said 'declaration' was deemed premature by many people tracking the oncoming war, who felt Amelia had been surreptitiously detained by Japan.
In The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, the 'legend' referred to in the above quote concerned a lawyer in the movie by the name of Ransom Stoddard, who eventually became a U.S. Senator. Many years before he became a Senator, Ransom Stoddard was heroically credited for having shot-and-killed an old-west notorious outlaw, 'Liberty Valance' who had challenged him to a duel. But it wasn't true. A rancher-cowboy named Tom Doniphon actually did the deed from a dark alley to protect Stoddard. Even so, when a newspaper publisher learned this truth from Senator Stoddard years later after Tom Doniphon died, he chose to stick with the legend that credited the senator for the famous kill, that had evolved to become regarded as 'fact' over the years by the general public.
When 'legends' do segue into being recognized as 'facts' sometimes it is more convenient to leave them alone posterity wise. While in the new millennium it became "forensically recognizable" that Amelia Earhart privately survived World War Two and changed her name to 'Irene' with endorsements from the U.S. executive branch and its justice department, and that she continued to live that way until she died in 1982, the legendary fact adhered to still remained:
Amelia Earhart vanished without a trace in 1937 and she was never seen again
This is still the most commonly accepted 'fact' on what happened to Amelia Earhart, even though in the new millennium it grew clear that it was never true.



When It Comes To The Learned Forensic Truth About Amelia Earhart, The Smithsonian's Hands Remain Tied...
At the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, currently headed by the esteemed Dr. David J. Skorton, the objective ever since the Amelia became Irene assertion first surfaced in the 1970s has always remained: Steer the news media and the public away from seriously considering it.  Dr. Thomas Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum remain in league with this decades-old credo, even in lieu of the new millennium forensic analysis that blatantly displays the reality of Amelia Earhart's post World War Two existence with a different name.
As a ward of the U.S. government, though, the Smithsonian has long found itself in a tough spot there, for the U.S. government itself has never been pressed into seriously addressing the matter.
This still does not diminish what the new millennium analysis displays within its physical head-to-toe, personal background, and character trait comparisons. That is, in the past decade alone the forensic truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937, grew to become both logistically and visibly obvious at the same time.
The Smithsonian's ongoing obligatory stance to Uncle Sam notwithstanding, when it comes to the unheralded reality of how Amelia Earhart became known as 'Irene' in her later life years, the forensic truth story began with a real person Amelia was acquainted with in the 1930s, a little-known female pilot by the name of, "Irene Craigmile."

The original Irene Craigmile, 1932

Why The New Millennium 'Irene-Amelia Forensic Comparison Analysis' Was Deemed 'Essential'
The new millennium Irene-Amelia forensic analysis was deemed essential because the decades old controversy over Mrs. Irene Bolam's full life story was never resolved.
As well, since the 1980s Amelia Earhart mystery solving clubs have peddled some misguided 'solutions' to the public while seeking donations to aid their seemingly plausible, all be them, incorrectly based calculations. Add to this how for years now people have promulgated fake news information to the public about the Irene controversy by suggesting a forensic detective named Kevin Richlin, who briefly appeared in a 2006 National Geographic special, had at long last 'proved' that the Mrs. Irene Bolam in question since the 1970s was never known as Amelia Earhart. In response to this, Detective Richlin has and will continue to tell anyone he did no such thing.
For these reasons and more, the new millennium Irene-Amelia forensic analysis definitely was needed. The study marked the first ever to comprehensively compare the historically enigmatic, Mrs. Irene Bolam to Amelia Earhart. The analysis was long overdue as a variety of reputable 'Earhart educated' individuals who looked into Mrs. Bolam's background in the latter part of the Twentieth Century, ended up voicing a common opinion stating Mrs. Bolam most definitely had been previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Over the years four authors of nationally published, non-fiction Amelia Earhart books declared the same thing, and they could not be over-challenged either.
The study's results showed how all of the people over the years who professed that Amelia Earhart chose to privately live the latter part of her life in the U.S. known as 'Irene' were not only justified to feel the way they did, but they were undeniably correct as well. Below are some of the early superimposed facial-comparison results:






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

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

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


Irene Bolam and Peter Busatti
Below: Another sample from the comprehensive, 'Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis.' 


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

"Peter Busatti said he accompanied Mrs. Bolam to the Wings Club in New York City on one occasion. He said a full length portrait of Amelia Earhart hangs in the room dedicated in her honor. ""It was a dead ringer for Irene,"" he said. ""Sometimes I thought she was [the former Amelia Earhart], sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied, "When I die you'll find out,"" Busatti said. At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned all the admirals and generals seemed to know her." Excerpted from a 1980s Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune article.

Below: Best selling author, Max Allan Collins, who wrote The Road to Perdition that went on to become a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks, deeply researched Amelia Earhart's disappearance in order to write his 1998 historical novel, Flying Blind. Next to the book image find Tod Swindell's review of Flying Blind that appeared in the Fort Worth Star Telegram. 





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

History's 'Earhart Mystery' Challenge

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


On Over-Challenging History
After enduring the process of thoroughly examining and comparing the lives of Amelia Earhart and Irene Bolam, the forensic analysis evidenced the same human being in different eras going by different names.
Regardless of the new-millennium consternation the analysis caused among U.S. history scholars and myriad theorists suggesting a variety of other ideas, its conclusive results left it undeniably clear:
Unknown to the public, Amelia Earhart survived her storied 1937 disappearance and in time changed her name to 'Irene.'
Oddly enough, in 0pposition to this new paradigm of truth about Amelia Earhart, a variety of individuals and organizations have waged campaigns through the internet and various media outlets to prevent the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two life as a name-changed person from gaining public acceptance. 

"When I think about my viewpoint of the never disproved, and by now well-confirmed, 'Amelia Earhart survived and changed her name to Irene assertion,' then compare it to the viewpoint expressed over the years by Tighar's Richard Gillespie about it, is akin to comparing brutal honesty to epic sarcasm." Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell


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

Below middle, Mrs. Irene Bolam 


Shown at her November of 1970 press conference that she attended unaccompanied and where she, 'handled the press like a pro.' Necessarily, she denied she was Amelia Earhart in the present tense even though she used to be the famous pilot known by that name.


Above: Mrs. Bolam's summary judgement lawsuit against McGraw-Hill and Joseph Gervais and Joe Klaas dragged on for five years. This artlcle was published four years into it in 1974, on Amelia's 77th birthday. The article headline pretty much says it all, although people did not seem to appreciate the significance of years passing by without a final resolve being reached as to whether Mrs. Bolam was or was not previously known as "Amelia Earhart." This is because she did not sue those mentioned above for implicating her to have been previously known as Amelia Earhart. Instead, she sued for defamation pertaining to what she felt had been 'image and reputation damaging information' expressed about her in the book that instigated her lawsuit; Amelia Earhart Lives.
While the book, Amelia Earhart Lives, that Mrs. Bolam had not cooperated with the writing of, truly was chocked with some far-out ideas and suggestions, at the same time it managed to correctly implicate Mrs. Bolam as the former Amelia Earhart living with a different name. This, even in the face of her stern, present-tense denial where she told the press, "I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart." Note: In a tongue-in-cheek perceived way it can be said her present tense denial was true, as she had been openly living as 'Irene' for decades when she offered it. Add to this how after she died in 1982, her later life close-friend, Monsignor James Francis Kelley once remarked, "At times it seemed she barely recognized herself for who she used to be," indicating how removed she had become in her later years from the former life she led as the famous Amelia Earhart. In 1991, during a tape recorded interview, Monsignor Kelley confirmed his late friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam had previously been known as Amelia Earhart just as he had done to select individuals before then. He further acknowledged he had helped with Amelia's 'private' return to the U.S. and that he had been instrumental with her name change to 'Irene.' See the 'Monsignor Kelley' page link in the upper left blue column for more. 


"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.


November, 1970, the former Amelia Earhart, AKA Mrs. Irene Bolam, ready to take on the press in order to preserve her dignity and the legacy of who she used to be.


"I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart." Mrs. Irene Bolam was convincing when she stated this at her press conference in response to the assertion made by former Air Force captain, Joseph A. Gervais, featured in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives (shown above in the foreground.) Although her present-tense denial was accepted then, decades later a thorough analysis of her background revealed she appeared nowhere as 'Irene" prior to the mid-1940s, because she indeed had been previously been known as the famous pilot, Amelia Earhart.

Below: Some opinions expressed by Mrs. Irene Bolam's legally recognized son who had been asked 'not to attend' the press conference' his mother held in 1970...


Above, a clip from the 1982 New Jersey News Tribune series about Mrs. Irene Bolam that ran a few months after she died. Here, Mr. Heller's wife, Joan expressed her doubts about her mother-in-law's true life-long identity. Another article in the series described how Mr. Heller had requested to be allowed to get his mother's fingerprints (that he later confirmed he did attempt to do) from Rutgers Medical School in New Jersey where she had donated her remains, but "permission was denied." A follow-up communication with Rutgers generated a reply stating how Mrs. Bolam was subsequently "cremated" and her ashes were interned in a "common, unmarked grave."

Photo of Larry Heller that appeared in the Tribune series.


This particular article, one of many that appeared over the course of a two week span in October of 1982, was revealing of how the contorversy over Larry Heller's mother's identity never went away. Robert Myers, who is mentioned above, had met Amelia a few times in the mid-1930s in California, and he also met the Mrs. Irene Bolam in question decades later and swore from that time on, based on what she had privately conveyed to him, that she had been previously known as Amelia Earhart. Initially Larry Heller was taken aback by Mr. Myers' suggestion about his mother, until he and his wife, Joan began questioning her true past as well.

In 2006, Tod Swindell, curious as to why no one ever pressed Larry Heller further about his late mother's life-long identity, met twice with Mr. Heller in New York. Below is an abbreviated account of what transpired during the second meeting at the Manhattan office of Mr. Heller's attorney:

In 2006, Tod Swindell engaged the 1934 born 'legally recognized son' of Mrs. Irene Bolam, Mr. Larry Heller, with an agreement assigning Mr. Swindell the exclusive right to option Mr. Heller's version of his mother's life story. Mr. Heller received financial remuneration from Mr. Swindell in exchange for his signing the agreement. Shortly after the deal was struck, at his attorney's office in New York City on April 6 of that year, Mr. Heller positively identified the woman below in both younger and older forms as his "late mother." His ID placement revealed a serious conflict, for the woman Mr. Heller identified as his "mother" was not the same Mrs. Irene Bolam who the forensic analysis unveiled as the 'former' Amelia Earhart. This was a major breakthrough, especially where Mr. Heller also confirmed how his mother and her aunt, I. R. O'Crowley, (who had raised his mother from the time she was twelve) had both known Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. As it turned out, unknown to the public, the 'mother' who Mr. Heller identified below and the former Amelia Earhart had the same 'Irene' identity attributed to them after the World War Two era. See more about this directly beneath the photographs. 


It's easy to recognize how the woman above, who Larry Heller identified as his 'mother' in younger and older forms, was never known as 'Amelia Earhart.' At the same time, directly below, this sample from Tod Swindell's forensic comparison analysis makes it easy to recognize how the Mrs. Irene Bolam shown in younger and older forms after World War Two, who was not identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, but also used Mr. Heller's mother's identity in her later life years,  indeed had been previously known as "Amelia Earhart."





...superimposed into...


...Amelia in 1937, her former self.

Multiple 'Irenes' and a 'Forensic Match'
The Key Findings of the Irene-Amelia Analysis
The comprehensive Irene-Amelia forensic analysis 'key findings' display why it is correct to oppose the fulminations of others whom for years soap-boxed misleading information to the American public about the late-great, Mrs. Irene Bolam. This includes one Dr. Alex Mandel's creation of Wikipedia's public information supplied, 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' page and his overt domination over it. Other people have also taken measures to publicly discredit the new-millennium learned truths about Mrs. Bolam's past by citing outdated referrals chocked with slanted and since 'proved incorrect' information.
Directly below, take heart in knowing what individuals and organizations that refuse to support the new realized truth about Amelia are well aware of but do not acknowledge publicly; how there had been more than one Twentieth Century woman attributed to the same "Irene Bolam" identity. [Note: the true story on how Amelia became one of the 'Irenes' is found in the second page link down in the left blue column at the top of the page.]
Here, below an artist's rendering of an Amelia photo, are the three different women who used the same 'Irene' identity in the Twentieth Century. Thank you.

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

Below, Larry Heller's true birth mother, the original Irene shown in 1930 between her first husband, Charles, who died suddenly in 1931, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. A past friend of Amelia's, the original Irene gave birth to Larry Heller in early 1934, [Larry's actual birth name: "Clarence Alvin Heller."] Larry was she and her second husband, Alvin Heller's child. It is unknown what became of the original Irene's physical person. [It was rumored--but far from confirmed--that she became debilitated after a difficult child-birthing ordeal.] It is evident Larry Heller, who volunteered he held "no photographs" of his mother displaying her prior to the 1940s, never imprinted his biological mother shown here as his 'true' mother. This particular 'very low quality' photo he had not seen before it appeared in the 1982 tribune series, that forged and doctored photos to make it appear that the three different women displayed here, the original Irene below and the other two to the right who later ended up having her identity attributed to them, were ALL one in the same human being. By virtue of the forensic study it became known they were all different individual human beings.

Above center: Larry Heller's biological mother in 1930.

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

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

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

Superimposed with her former self, 'Amelia'

Above are the three different Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity. On the left is the 'original Irene' who Amelia was acquainted with in the 1930s. In the middle is the 'second Irene' who Larry Heller identified as the 'mother' figure he recalled, and the right column displays the 'third Irene.' The 'third Irene' appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s because she had previously been known as, "Amelia Earhart."
The original Irene's birth name was "Irene Madeline O'Crowley." She was born in 1904, although her birth certificate was never located, and by the early 1940s she no longer appeared, and maybe no longer existed. The 'second Irene's' true identity remains a mystery. She looked to be a generation younger than the other two Irenes. She was rumored to have been 'born in 1924' and adopted into the O'Crowley family of Newark, New Jersey a few years later. The 1934 born son of the original Irene, identified the second Irene as his life-long mother figure. The 'third Irene' used to be known as Amelia Earhart. She did not take on her 'Irene' identity until the mid-1940s. The same 'Irene' identity all three used historically featured the names: "Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam."

Zapruder and Gervais: Film Gamma Doesn't Lie


Former clothing manufacturer, Abraham Zapruder


Former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais

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

Photo credit: Joseph A. Gervais, August 8, 1965

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo credit: Joseph A. Gervais

As described, in 1970 Mrs. Bolam was caught off guard when a black and white version of the above photograph appeared in a nationally published book that implicated her, albeit without herself endorsing it to, as the living former Amelia Earhart. Defiantly, she lawyered-up and successfully rebuked the truthful assertion, although it took her five years to do it. Incredibly enough, through it all she never denied that she had been famously known as "Amelia Earhart" in the 1930s. For more about Mrs. Bolam's legal action click on the third link down in the upper left blue column.

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

Amelia Earhart

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

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

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


Below: The aforementioned Nuclear Physicist and Sedulous Amelia Earhart Devotee, Dr. Alex Mandel 


Above: From the time the awareness of the new millennium 'Irene-Amelia' forensic study began drawing public attention, Nuclear Physicist, Dr. Alex Mandel has led a misinformation charge aimed at devaluing the results the study conveyed. If you are interested, an example of his lengthy Wikisource diatribe he assembled to thoroughly discount every aspect of Amelia's later-life as 'Irene' can be observed in the link below the next paragraph. Note how within it, where Dr. Mandel cites author, David Horner's interview with the son of Irene Bolam, Larry Heller, he avoids mentioning how in the new millennium, Mr. Heller identified an entirely different person to have been his 'mother' than the Irene Bolam who was identified as the former Amelia Earhart in the forensic comparison analysis. The simple math realized long ago was the 1934 born Mr. Heller was always telling the truth when he stated his mother was not Amelia Earhart.
It had long been known that Amelia Earhart knew Mr. Heller's true mother in the 1930s, so after the study revealed the post-war survived Amelia Earhart shared his mother's identity in her later life years, Mr. Heller was subsequently asked at his attorney's office in New York to positively identify his life-long 'mother' in photographs, and as mentioned, while doing so he identified a completely different person than the 'Irene Bolam' who matched Amelia Earhart.

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


On Brutal Honesty

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

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


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

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


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

"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."
From the book, 1984 by George Orwell
The above quote is revealing of people occupying important positions in the last half of the Twentieth Century, who remained 'officially silent' about certain information they learned on the controversy of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance--that from a legal standpoint became an, "unresolved missing person case." Foremost including individuals dating back to FDR's World War Two era administration, their aligned motivations were geared toward obfuscating suspicion toward the volatile hidden reality of Amelia's continued existence throughout the war years, that inevitably left the U.S. justice department facilitating a future 'private life' for her away from the public eye after the war--as a common U.S. citizen.
This worked well until the former Amelia Earhart was recognized for who she used to be and then was 'outed' against her will in 1970. Amazingly, after the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-war name-changed survival evidenced itself to be true, it continued to be shouted-down by dominating  individuals who remained subjugated by their own denials--when it came to the reality of Amelia Earhart's ongoing name-changed survival, until she died in 1982.
It wasn't until the new millennium arrived, before Tod Swindell's forensic research analysis and human comparison study finally began to blow the lid off of this ongoing, ironclad coverup--that appeared to have included post World War Two era 'wink-and-nod' classified endorsements from the nations of Japan and England.

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

On Correct and Incorrect Statements and Truths...

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

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

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


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


Amelia Earhart, age 30



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

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

Think about it:

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

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

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


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

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

Amelia as Amelia side:




Amelia as Irene side:





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


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



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


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


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




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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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


Monsignor Kelley with First Lady Betty Ford and Marge Montana

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


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

The former Amelia Earhart, 1976

Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the former Amelia Earhart, 1980

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

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

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

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

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

Amelia Earhart

The forensic transition continues...

04-AAAIblend2.jpg reveal the congruence

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


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

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

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

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

Image credit: Sir Charles Cary

More Brutal Honesty: About Courage

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

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

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


Alethephobia: "Fear of Truth."



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

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


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

Senator Hiram Bingham with Amelia Earhart when she was 31

Below: Past and future superimposed


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

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About Tod Swindell
Born in Yonkers, New York, Tod Evan Swindell was raised in Southern California and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A Cinema Arts graduate of the University of Arizona, his interest in Amelia Earhart's disappearance began in the 1990s when he was researching stories for the early 1990s CBS TV series, 'Miracles and Other Wonders' hosted by Darren McGavin. The show's premise was later spun into, 'Encounters of the Unexplained' hosted by Jerry Orbach, that featured some of Tod's original research in an episode devoted to Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. A veteran of the motion picture industry, beyond specializing in the research and development of film properties, Tod has also served as a part-time journalist with published articles on the subjects of sports and pop-culture. His major production work began with Universal's Desperado westerns for NBC, Executive Produced by Walter and Andrew Mirisch. For several years he made MOW's around the country for Desperado Films, Inc., eventually serving as its corporate President while also heading its story rights acquisition division. His producer credits include The Woman in the Moon, The Legend of the Phantom Rider, Ghost Rock, and Spin. Credits on numerous other productions include Geronimo, Major League, Six Days and Seven Nights, and Tin Cup. His past TV series work includes The Young Riders, Legend, The Game, and The Magnificent Seven. Tod controls the registered copryrights on all of his Amelia Earhart intellectual properties and his originally conceived and executed Irene-Amelia forensic analysis. He also owns the rights to the Grizzly Adams trademarked brand and its various intellectual properties. He is the son of Texas Literary Hall of Fame member, Larry Swindell and former Equity Theater actress, the late Eleanor Eby. His grandfather, Earl Eby was co-head of Lux Television Studios in the 1950s. Tod is married to his Aether Pictures, LLC production partner, Julie Magnuson Swindell. The two split time between their residences in Los Angeles and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Click here to e-mail Protecting Earhart/ E-mail address: advertises nothing but the truth about Amellia Earhart. It has existed as a World Wide Web internet website since 2007. Although periodically shouted down by naysayers, it has never been overchallenged. It features researcher, Tod Swindell's first ever embarked on, "Comprehensive Forensic Analysis and Forensic Comparison Study" that, 1.) Proved more than one person used the same 'Irene' identity. 2.) Displayed the head-to-toe and character-traits congruence the Joseph A. Gervais 1965 recognized "Irene Bolam" shared with Amelia Earhart. 3.) Proved the Joseph A. Gervais 1965 recognized "Irene Bolam" appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, ultimately concluding against the grain fo conventional knowledge, that she and Amelia Earhart marked the same physical human being in younger and older forms going by different names.
Tod Swindell's forensic analysis endeavor was initiated in 1997, and first received national notice in 2002. His original titled manuscript, Protecting Earhart: The Beautiful Alter Ego and Silent Legacy of History's Most Famous Flying Heroine has been housed and registered at the Writers Guild of America West since 2004, #1033972, and was ultimately copyrighted after several revisions and updates in 2014, # TXu 1-915-926. It was again copyrighted in 2017 with additional combined elements from the forensic study newly inserted, # TXu 2-061-539. For subsidiary-rights inquiries e-mail George Brunt Esq. at is dedicated to the past tireless efforts of the late USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais [1924-2005] and the late USAF Col. Rollin C. Reineck [1920-2007], two World War Two heroes who began expounding on the 'Amelia became Irene' truth decades ago. A major thank you goes to Tod Swindell's chief collaborative partner, Lost Star author, Randall Brink, who worked directly with Joseph Gervais for well over a decade before intorducing Tod Swindell to him in 1996. A thanks also goes out to pilot-author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who supplied additional 'Irene' photo data and handwritten letters for the study, that along with much similar data Joseph Gervais and Rollin Reineck forwarded Tod's way as transferred from a 1970s good friend of Mrs. Bolam's, the late Diana Dawes. All of these elements combined enabled the study to reach its reality based conclusion. Thanks as well to former CIA operative, Bazzell Baz, who provided much insight to this Earhart truth seeking endeavor when it was first getting underway in Santa Monica, CA in the mid-1990s.
Joseph A. Gervais, who is still considered by many to have been the most knowledgeable Amelia Earhart investigative researcher ever to pursue the truth, first asserted the Irene-Amelia reality in 1965. The controversial 1970 McGraw-Hill book by Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives delved into the enormous amount of Joe Gervais' investigative research and displayed the first nationally published photo of Mrs. Irene Bolam, AKA the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.'
From Tod Swindell: "Regardless of the fallout caused by Amelia Earhart Lives after 1970, my good friends, Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck spent the remaining decades of their lives working to better advance the reality of Amelia Earhart's name-changed survival to authenticity, after enduring their own long term evaluations of the existing evidence that supported it. Their efforts, but especially the decades old, never wavering claim of Joseph A. Gervais, inspired me to orhestrate the forensic analysis that ultimately proved their long hel beliefs correct. Colonel Reineck's book, Amelia Earhart Survived that was published in late 2003, and was driven by my 'newly embarked on' forensic comparison study. Portions of my study appeared in his book, although a more extensively display of my material is seen here in Colonel Reineck's book was also the first to credit my study for "proving" how one of the Twentieth Century women who used the same 'Irene' identity had been previously known as Amelia Earhart."
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