Digital Face Recognition combined with a head-to-toe
physical and character traits forensic comparison analysis reveals...
The Subdued Reality
of Amelia Earhart
© 2019 By
Tod Swindell; The 1997-2017 Swindell Study
Above: The post-World War
Two only Irene
with Amelia Earhart.
'haven't heard of the Irene-Amelia controversy? Where ya been? Readin' hyped-up stories
about old bones found and ambiguous Earhart DNA testing? Maybe.
Above: Amelia Earhart
Above: The original Irene Craigmile
between her husband and father in 1930
This website profiles a long-term investigative
journalism study conducted by Tod Swindell. It features the key results of a twenty-year concerted
effort he began in 1997. His endeavor was dedicated to analyzing the odd 1937 disappearance and subsequent 'missing person
case' of Amelia Earhart--deeper than anything prior to it. His study was also the first to deeply examine the
full life-story of the original Irene Craigmile, a person Amelia Earhart was acquainted with in the 1930s.
The unprecedented 'Swindell Study' combined
Digital Face Recognition with other first-time forensic evaluations. It also explored new avenues of Amelia Earhart investigative
research never before considered.
effort allowed important, non-recognized truths about Amelia Earhart's eighty-year old missing person case to surface with
One of them concerned a past acquaintance
of Amelia Earhart's by the name of Irene Craigmile, who became a crucial part of Amelia's full life story.
The original Irene Craigmile in 1930.
Where'd she go? We loved her.
The sad troubles
of the original Irene Craigmile, and how her short life later became intertwined with Amelia Earhart's in a stealth way,
is the most important, non-recognized truth the Study edified:
|AMELIA & THE POST-WAR ONLY IRENE CRAIGMILE & AMELIA
Digital Face Recognition
confirmed the above face
belonged to the same human being.
'hesitate to say it, but it's true.)
© 2019 The 1997-2017
The 1997-2017 Swindell Study of Amelia Earhart's missing person case
was the first to feature an 'Irene-Amelia' forensic comparison analysis.
"It is normal for people
to believe that Amelia Earhart must have died in July of 1937. After all, since the early World War Two era the general public
was conditioned by history itself to accept that Amelia 'disappeared without a trace' then and she was never seen again. Except,
that never actually happened. In a reveal that has been gestating for some time now, reality states that Amelia Earhart quietly
lived-on after she was declared 'missing' in 1937, and in time she assumed the left
over identity of Irene Craigmile, a past acquaintance of hers." Tod Swindell
Investigative Journalism is a chronicled investigation of a high-profile
topic of interest.
subject might concern a major unsolved crime, political corruption, corporate wrongdoing, or an unresolved issue of historical
may spend months or years researching and preparing a report. In their pursuits they use original, systematic research
angles dedicated to unearthing withheld or secret information it seeks to better serve justice.
Investigative journalism most often relies on the heavy
use of public record searches and sleuthing.
The objective of investigative journalism is to deliver truthful accountability.
In 1923, the year she turned twenty-six years old and five years before she
became famous, Amelia Earhart took the following photograph of herself by pointing a Kodak Brownie camera into a mirror.
She had enrolled in a photography course at USC and likely developed the picture herself.
In 1928, through the women's Zonta organization Amelia joined
after she became famous, she befriended a prominent lawyer by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who
soon after introduced Amelia to her newly married niece, Irene Craigmile:
is an old newpaper photo showing Charles and Irene Craigmile in 1930. The couple was married in late 1928, at the Newark,
New Jersey home of Irene's paternal uncle and aunt, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley and his wife, Violet. (To the right,
Irene's image is contrast enhanced.)
Charles Craigmile, a Civil Engineer from Rantoul, Illinois, was
fourteen years older than Irene. Sadly, Charles first--and later, Irene as well--died before
World War Two began.
Below is an article about Amelia Earhart's 1930s Zonta friend,
the original Irene Craigmile's lawyer aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley:
This 1928 newspaper article features a story about the original Irene
Craigmile's attorney aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who practiced law in New York and New Jersey. In 1928, she and Amelia
Earhart became friends through the Zonta organization. By the 1930s, they were two of its better known members
along with Nina Broderick Price, of England, who they both knew as well. Attorney Irene served as an adviser for Amelia when
it came to contract matters for her branded merchandise, that included her well-known 'Amelia Earhart luggage' line. Nina
Broderick Price helped on the publicity end as well.
By design--or it would appear that way--these two prominent Zonta women
who knew Amelia well are never mentioned in any Amelia Earhart biographies.
Attorney Irene raised her niece, the original Irene Craigmile, from age twelve
on. The original Irene Craigmile had been the only child of attorney Irene's older brother, Richard Joseph O'Crowley, and
his wife, Bessie, who died while their daughter was that age.
Dubbed 'Beatrice' while further growing up with her aunt, that also led to her being pet-named
"Bee" in her mother's memory, after her marriage to Charles Craigmile she went back to calling herself 'Irene' even
though "Bee" remained her pet family name. Of note, the original Irene Craigmile's 1928 wedding announcement listed
her as, "Beatrice O'Crowley to wed Charles Craigmile."
The 1930 Census listed "Charles and Irene Craigmile" living in Pequannock, New
Jersey. Charles was listed as 'head of house' and Irene as 'keeps house.' Charles died in September of the following year.
The original Irene Craigmile's
later hidden demise went on to become an integral part of Amelia Earhart's life story in a profoundly unique way:
any better, it would otherwise appear that as she grew older, Irene Craigmile started looking a lot like Amelia Earhart,
who had "vanished without a trace" in 1937. Yet that was not the case. The original Irene Craigmile never
looked like Amelia Earhart.
In 1965 it was not the original Irene Craigmile who
Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed at a gathering of well known pilots from the golden age of aviation. Rather, Joseph
A. Gervais met and photographed the former Amelia Earhart in 1965, who had assumed the original Irene Craigmile's identity
for herself to further use after World War Two.
Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002
1965 Joe Gervais photo of Englishman,
and his wife by their 1958 marriage,
the post-war only, Irene Craigmile (Bolam)
In 1965, a retired air force major by the
name of Joseph A. Gervais, was the first person to discover that Amelia Earhart quietly survived her 1937 disappearance and
eventually assumed the left-over identity value of Irene Craigmile, a 1930s acquaintance of Amelia's.
Above: Amelia and Amelia as Irene in her later-life
according to Digital Face Recognition, the above sample displays the same face in younger and older forms. To explain how
this flew under the truth delivering radar, from the time Joseph A. Gervais first made the 'Irene-Amelia' controversy public
in 1970, people failed to grasp that the original Irene Craigmile's existence before World War Two was that of a 'troubled-life'
individual with no career ambition to speak of--to go along with her having looked nothing like Amelia
one ever had to do was objectively study the life of the original Irene Craigmile, and he or she would have realized
not only these truths, but how the original Irene Craigmile no longer existed by the time World War Two began.
The historical results of Tod
Swindell's investigation, that left no stone unturned, made it easy to recognize that Amelia Earhart, who
was acquainted with the original Irene Craigmile in the 1930s, continued to quietly live-on after she was declared 'a
missing person' in 1937.
It is also evident that Amelia, no doubt
for her own good reasons, in time decided she no longer wished to be a famous, public person--and was therefore
privately afforded the original Irene Craigmile's left-over identity for her future use.
In essence, at some point after she went missing, Amelia went on to become the 'new' Irene Craigmile...
and she was publicly [and legally] identified that way for the rest of her life.
Above: February 5, 2000, retired USAF
Major Joseph A. Gervais, accepts the Amelia Earhart Society's 'Historical Achievement Award' for his unparalleled
investigative research and final analysis of Amelia Earhart's failed world flight attempt--that
left her described as, 'a missing person.' The Amelia Earhart Society's founding President, Bill
Prymak, referred to Joe Gervais as, "A World War Two flying hero widely recognized as the
world's leading authority regarding the subject of Amelia Earhart's disappearance." Joseph A. Gervais died in 2005,
having never disavowed that in her later life years, the still living Amelia Earhart used the name of her past 1930s' acquainatnce,
Irene Craigmile, whose death record was obscured to enable it.
"In 1996, when I first met renowned Amelia Earhart 'world flight' investigator, Joseph A. Gervais, I was amazed
to find out from him that a thorough forensic study that compared the person of Irene Craigmile Bolam to Amelia Earhart had
never been done before. So I learned how to orchestrate one from experts and began my journey to get it done.
It seemed logical enough; the unsettled controversy over the enigmatic Irene's
past was three decades old by then and Joe Gervais was still insisting she was the former Amelia Earhart; an insistence
he would maintain to his dying day in 2005.
A. Gervais initially began investigating Amelia's odd disappearance circumstances in 1959. He later asserted how in 1965,
when he met Irene Craigmile Bolam at a gathering of well known pilots in New York, he felt he recognized her right away and
subsequently learned she was not the original Irene Craigmile.
He soon enough realized as well,
that what he discovered was something the general public was never supposed to know. This is the reason the former
Amelia Earhart refuted the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives, that was driven by the discovery Joe Gervais made about
her--yet was published without her cooperation.
strong rejection of the book is also why it was swiftly removed from the marketplace. It is interesting to note here, though,
she never proved she was not the former Amelia Earhart at any time.
Today the Irene-Amelia controversy is five-decades old, and while the incredible discovery Joe Gervais made
those years ago is now an obvious reality to observe, the obfuscation that diverts it continues." Tod Swindell
As mentioned, Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile
were acquainted with each other in the 1930s:
Above, this September 1, 1932 Akron, Ohio newspaper photo featured
Amelia Earhart, outlined in white, and the original Irene Craigmile, outlined in black. The original Irene Craigmile was never
'famous' the way most of the other female pilots in the photo were. In fact, she had not yet started taking flying lessons
when the photo was taken. Her late husband, Charles, had died the previous year and sometime after he did, through her attorney
aunt, who Amelia knew, the original Irene expressed an interest in learning to become a pilot. Her aunt mentioned her niece's
wish to learn to fly to Amelia, and soon enough Amelia and her pal, Viola Gentry, took the young widow Irene under their wing.
This is how the original Irene Craigmile ended up in the above photo. Viola Gentry is shown directly to the right of the original Irene. [Note: Viola
Gentry would go on to know Amelia as 'Irene' in her later life years, just as Amelia's sister, Muriel did.] The
original Irene Craigmile did learn to fly but her adventure was cut short several months after the above photo was taken,
when she realized she had become pregnant out of wedlock.
Digital Face Recognition combined with a full head-to-toe and
character traits comparison study revealed the subdued reality of Amelia Earhart. That is, there was only one truth
pertaining to what became of the legendary aviator--and it had everything to do with a 1930s' acquaintance of Amelia's; a
once fledgling pilot by the name of Irene Craigmile:
Above left, again in 1930, the original
Irene Craigmile is shown between her husband, Charles, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. Center, her visage
is contrast enhanced. Right, in 1933, two years after Charles Craigmile died, the original Irene Craigmile is shown
in front of a plane she took flying lessons in--until she realized she was pregnant out of wedlock right at the time she earned
her pilot's license--in late May of that same year. (See more about this further down.)
Although clear images
of the original Irene Craigmile are hard to come by today, as was the intention, it's still easy enough to see she did not
much resemble Amelia Earhart after examining the various photos taken of her before World War Two that the Study managed to
By scrolling down and observing the many other comparisons displayed here, and learning how the equation
to protect Amelia's future privacy was carefully assembled, one soon comes to terms with how the original Irene Craigmile,
juxtaposed to the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile, were entirely different people. This is true, even
though history has it that they were one in the same human being.
Above is the post-World War Two only, Mrs. Irene
Craigmile (Bolam). She was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. Whether or not people choose to
believe it is of little consequence, for reality states this person truly was, formerly known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
She was so convincing when she publicly refuted her true past in the 1970s, no one thought it necessary to thoroughly examine
who Irene Craigmile was before the World War Two years.
Senator Hiram Bingham
& Amelia Earhart
Amelia & Amelia as Irene
In 1932, Amelia Earhart, (shown above) became the first
female pilot to solo a plane across the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, and only the second person to do it since Charles
the following years, along with her new friend, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia was listed among the most famous
women in the world, a status she maintained until she was declared 'missing' in 1937.
Above, Digital Face Recognition revealed Amelia Earhart
and the post-war only, Irene Craigmile (Bolam) to be in perfect alignment. It is worth emphasizing here, the Irene in this
comparison was identified nowhere as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two.
Amelia and Amelia as Irene in 1964
Amelia Earhart, age 39 in 1937. She was
declared 'missing' three weeks shy of her 40th birthday.
above, Digital Face Recognition matched Amelia Earhart's 1937 image (left) to a 1965 photo (below)
of the post-World War Two only, 'Irene Craigmile.' The 1965 photo appeared in a controversial book about Amelia Earhart that
was quickly vilified by the former Amelia Earhart herself before it was withdrawn by its publisher, McGraw-Hill.
Amelia and Amelia as Irene
Amelia, age 31
Amelia as Irene, 1977
As initiated by the Study results, Digital Face Recognition
went on to confirm face template congruences between all 1930s Amelia Earhart photos that were compared to photos of
the post-World War Two only, Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam.) The 'post-war only' Irene photo used in the above comparison was
taken in the mid-1970s. Note her familiar wings, pearls, and broad white collar.
With Amelia's and the post-war only Irene's head-to-toe
physical beings and character traits, The Swindell Study realized a complete match.
The post-World War Two only,
Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam
Above, the former Amelia Earhart living as 'Irene' in 1976.
a career as a pilot once, Major, but I gave all that up years ago." 1965 quote from the post-World
War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam), FKA 'Amelia Earhart' as spoken to Major Joseph
A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) Above photo taken in Jamaica in 1976. (Courtesy
of the Diana Dawes collection.)
Amelia and Amelia as Irene, 1970
Amelia as Irene at her
1970 press conference;
She had no other choice
but to deny her past.
"In 1970, after the post-World War Two only
Irene Craigmile was outed as the former Amelia Earhart, her future years would have been significantly compromised had she
publicly acknowledged such a thing. So much explaining, to include on a certain international level, would have been demanded
by the public. This is why going forward after 1970, hindsight reveals she was smart to steadfastly deny her true past anytime
someone tried to pin her down about it." Tod Swindell
Earhart became 'a missing person' in 1937, and though she was declared 'dead in absentia' in 1939, she had continued to live-on
and in time assumed the left over identity of Irene Craigmile, a past 1930s acquaintance of hers.
Joseph A. Gervais
discovered this truth in the 1960s, although it was never put to the acid test until The Swindell Study commenced in
1997. When the Study was finally completed in 2017, its stark results were too hard to deny:
Amelia and Amelia as 'Irene' in 1970
and reality go hand in hand.
She was no 'ordinary housewife.' She wasn't the original
Irene Craigmile either, though that was her name after World War Two. Prior to the end of World War Two she was identified
nowhere as, Irene Craigmile. This is because she had previously been known as, Amelia Earhart.
While this truth has existed
in the public realm since 1970, the vast majority of people still have a hard time believing it. The reason? To this day Amelia's
survived relatives and the Smithsonian Institution have yet to publicly endorse it, even though by now. . . it has grown to
The 1997-2017 Swindell Study examined
Amelia Earhart's disappearance in a different way than previous efforts. It featured a thorough forensic analysis that included
the use of 'Digital Face Recognition.'
The analysis was conducted to help resolve the unsettled controversy over whether or not Amelia
Earhart continued to live-on after she went missing in 1937, with a different name applied to her person. When the Study was
finished its facial, head-to-toe physical, and character trait comparison results revealed the long subdued reality... of the post-World
War Two life of the former Amelia Earhart.
A documentary about it is in the making.
USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck in 1944
"Your work relating to Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile is absolutely outstanding. There is no other way to
describe it." Author-historian, Colonel
Rollin C. Reineck,
USAF (Ret.) in response to Tod Swindell's Amelia Earhart
investigative forensic research and comparison analysis.
U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr.
"I have carefully studied your presentation. Your conclusion that there were plural
Irene Craigmile's has completely convinced me that this is indeed the case. You have
also convinced me that one of them used to be Amelia Earhart. Incredible. You have quite an impressive package there.
Keep charging - Gene." From a note sent by retired U.S. Navy
Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr. to Tod Swindell. Tissot's father, Ernie Tissot was a friend of Amelia Earhart's
who served as her head plane mechanic during her 1935 Hawaii to Oakland flight. Rear
Admiral Tissot, a long time member of the Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers, was an advisor on The Swindell Study.
About The Swindell Study
The twenty-year Swindell Study [1997-2017; copyright
registrations: TXu 1-915-926 &
TXu 2-061-539] is an Investigative Research
Evaluation and a Human Comparison Analysis orchestrated and compiled by investigative journalist, Tod Swindell. The complete
Study consists of over ten-thousand pages and features rare documents, analytical text, photographs, comparisons, maps, charts,
and past-obscured but
again revisited investigative research findings. The condensed MSS features 415 total
pages; 110 of which contain logistical and visual elements drawn from the 'Amelia to Irene' Comparison Analysis. The Study
elaborates on--and plainly
exhibits Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence after World War Two with the re-purposed name of, 'Irene Craigmile.' (Surname of 'Bolam' added later.) It also examined the post-war
reasoning that left the general public out of the loop of Amelia's ongoing existence with a different name. Simply
put, Amelia Earhart was declared 'dead in absentia' in 1939, and the intention after the war, as co-endorsed by the former Amelia Earhart
herself, was for it to always remain that way. The complete Study is available for review on a selective basis. Questions
or comments? Click on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amelia and Amelia as Irene
[When the truth stares back at
you it's time to pay attention to it.]
Above: The former Amelia Earhart, living as
Bolam' in 1977, looking
all of her true eighty years.
Above: Amelia's own "Amelia M. Earhart"
signature added to a cryptic sentence she wrote in 1967, while she was living as 'Irene.'
Here's the story about the above handwriting
In this particular post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile Bolam's handwritten statement, she refers
to two friends of hers, [1930s pilots Viola Gentry and Elmo Pickerill] who, "each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart
and Irene Craigmile." Underneath the sentence, The Swindell Study inserted Amelia Earhart's own "Amelia M.
Earhart" signature as it appeared on a high school document she signed. As Amelia, her handwriting sometimes varied depending
on her disposition, the subject matter, or who she was writing to. [From the Character Traits section of The Swindell
Study, this sample appears in the document examination 'handwriting' portion.]
is a text-typed version of the complete letter the sentence came from featured on page 254 in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart
Lives by Joe Klaas. The Klaas book profiled the long-term investigative work of Joseph A. Gervais. The lead-in
text from the previous page (253) appeared this way:
"We mailed it airmail the same day I wrote it. . . July 15, 1967. ["it" being
a query letter to Irene Craigmile Bolam from Joseph A. Gervais and Joe Klaas, "to find out if it is possible that you are Amelia Earhart?"]
Then we waited. A week later at Hamilton Air Force Base, California, I showed a copy of the letter to Bob Dinger.[Bob Dinger, an 'Operation Earhart' partner of Joseph A. Gervais dating back to 1959.]
"She'll never answer that," he [Dinger] predicted.
"Why not?" I asked.
"Why should she?" he asked again. "What
you are asking is none of our business. Would you answer a letter like that?" I thought for a minute.
"She claims to be [have been] a friend of Amelia [from here it continues below on page
was the person, who, on August 8, 1965, had introduced Joseph A. Gervais and his wife, Thelma, to Guy and Irene Bolam at the
Early Birds of Aviation annual luncheon in New York. That was the same day Gervais photographed them as a couple. The photo
he took of them was later reprinted in Amelia Earhart Lives, as shown below:
At first, when you look at Mrs. Bolam next to her husband, Guy, it
is hard to see how she resembled her former self, Amelia Earhart. For one thing, she'd gained a little weight. For another,
she refused to admit who she used to be it would take another thirty years before a forensic comparison analysis, via The
Swindell Study, would step up to challenge her denial. Once again elow, observe what Digital Face Recognition
reckoned to be the same face in younger and older forms:
Amelia Earhart, 1937
It happened at the Sea Spray Inn...
Above left: Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, and Viola
Gentry, 1932. Above right: A page showing Viola in 1961 from her 2015 biography, Viola Gentry: The Flying Cashier by
Jennifer Bean Bower. Note "The Sea Spray Inn" printing on the door of the plane.
In 1965, it was Viola Gentry who introduced Joseph A. Gervais
to Irene Craigmile Bolam (FKA 'Earhart') and her British husband, Guy, at The Sea Spray Inn. She did so after arranging
to pay to fly Gervais, his wife, Thelma, and their two sons, Gerald and Douglas from their Nevada home across the country
to New York. Viola was a friend of an aunt Joe Gervais had back east who had described parts of her nephew's 'Earhart investigation'
to her. After Viola consulted with her 'Early Fliers Club' about what Joseph A. Gervais had been doing it caused some curiosity--that
led Viola to implore Joe Gervais to come and lecture to the club so he could describe details on what he had learned about
Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. Joe Gervais spoke to about three hundred people who attended the luncheon the day it
was held. Further down see more pages from Viola's biography highlighting her belief in Amelia's continued survival after
she went missing, what took place the day she introduced Joe Gervais to Mr. and Mrs. Bolam, and her aftermath expressed
opinion about it.
Below, Two 1965 Photos Taken One Day Apart Outside of The Sea Spray
Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam on August 9, 1965. They are seated outside of the Sea Spray Inn located
in East Hampton of Long Island, New York. The photo was taken the day after the Early Birds of Aviation annual luncheon was
held, August 8, 1965. Before the luncheon took place, Viola had introduced Joe and Thelma Gervais to Guy Bolam and the post-World
War Two only, Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA the 'former' Amelia Earhart, shown on the right in a better quality version of the
35MM photo Gervais took when he met her. It was the former Amelia Earhart herself, still an avid photographer then, who took
the August 9 dated photo of Viola and Guy.
It was true that Viola Gentry and Elmo Pickerill knew them
[Amelia and Amelia as Irene, or "us"] "both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile," just as Mrs.
Bolam had written it in her 1967 reply letter to Gervais. Meaning, they knew her well when she was Amelia and they
continued to know her well after she became Irene.
By also writing "I
am not she," she was telling the truth, really, because she had been known as "Irene Craigmile" ever since
the post war years until she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958, at which time she became known as "Irene Bolam."
So when asked in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s if she was really Amelia Earhart (?) it was easy enough for her to stay in her lane
by replying, "no, I am really Irene Bolam."
Below, is a copy of the 1967 follow-up reply letter from Elmo
Pickerill, sent to Joseph A. Gervais, as it also appeared in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives. A detailed explanation
About Elmo Pickerill's above reply letter to Joseph A. Gervais:
Paragraph 1. ) There is a record of the original Irene Craigmile and her 1934
born son that shows them living on Mineola Road in 1937-38. [Al Heller, her son's father who she was briefly wed to, was never
home much. The two separated for good when he relocated alone to Buffalo New York in 1937.] A live-in nanny by the name of
Gertrude Ferguson, lived with them as well. It was the original Irene Craigmile who Elmo Pickerill was referring to.
Paragraph 2.) Elmo tries his best to smooth out a lot here. First, he
does not detail how the original Irene Craigmile only married Al Heller, her 1933 flight instructor, after she realized she
was pregnant out of wedlock with his child. The two eloped to wed at the end of her first trimester, in August of 1933. [Their son was born on March
5, 1934. According to a 1982 newspaper articleAl Heller was not in attendance at the time.] Second,
the two did not divorce. Al Heller was still legally married to another woman when he impregnated and then married the original
Irene Craigmile. Realizing their inability to get along, the annulment of Al and the original Irene's marriage commenced in
1937, since a person could not be legally married to more than one individual. Third, it was not "a few years
later" that she married Guy Bolam, rather, it was the former Amelia Earhart, known as 'Irene Craigmile' after the war,
who married Guy Bolam in 1958, twenty years after the original Irene Craigmile and Al Heller's annulment took place. (The
original Irene Craigmile was long-gone by then.) Fourth, Guy Bolam, of England, was not in "the export business."
Rather, he was an executive with Radio Luxembourg in Europe and was later described as having been, "linked to MI-5"
by his survived brother.
Paragraph 3.) Elmo offers
his awareness of Amelia Earhart, Viola Gentry, and (the original) Irene Craigmile having been flying "pals" in the
1930s, and it is evident this was true.
4.) Elmo describes 'Irene' as "a very fine person to know,' who is, "well liked by everyone who knows her."
In the present tense he was referring to the former Amelia Earhart who he knew anymore as 'Irene.'
Below, from her 2015 biography, Viola Gentry speaks of her strong belief that
her friend, Amelia Earhart was 'still alive' after she went missing in 1937:
Here, it is essential to briefly re-explore
the story of the original Irene Craigmile, a person Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry knew in the 1930s:
Repeated from above, Amelia Earhart, the original Irene
Craigmile, and Viola Gentry appeared in this Akron, Ohio newspaper photo on September 1, 1932. The original
Irene was twenty-seven at the time and not yet a licensed pilot. She was never famous and did not begin taking flying lessons
until a month after this photo was taken. Her husband, Charles James Craigmile, had died the previous year at the age of forty.
Another look: In the above-left 1930 photo we find Charles
James Craigmile, age 39, his wife, the original Irene Craigmile, age 26, and Irene's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. The
original Irene Craigmile died before the World War Two era began, except where Charles Craigmile's death remains a matter
of public record, the death of the original Irene Craigmile was obscured to make her identity available for Amelia Earhart
to use after the war. Above right, again, the original Irene's image is contrast enhanced. She was a full three inches shorter
than Amelia Earhart, and though only low quality photo images of her remain, they leave it discernible enough to notice she
did not look much at all like Amelia Earhart.
The original Irene's husband, Charles James Craigmile, a civil engineer by trade, is the last one listed in this September
22, 1931 Detroit, Michigan obituaries notice. As the story went, while on a road trip after visiting his parents in Rantoul,
Illinois, (his father was a well known judge there) Charles died from an appendicitis attack he failed to recognize. His
listed Detroit address at the time of his death, however, skims the surface of a slightly more askew scenario.
The original Irene Craigmile
left a son behind from a brief second marriage. He ended up being raised by a surrogate mother figure who the former Amelia
Earhart was close to in her later life years. The original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, Larry Heller, is pictured in the
Considering the above article, part of an 'inconclusive' series about
the true identity of Irene Craigmile Bolam, it doesn't take much to notice how twelve-years after the controversy over Irene
Craigmile Bolam's true identity first surfaced, people were still wondering who she really was, or used to be. Evidently,
according to the article, even her own kin still questioned her true identity. The article also featured contradictions. A
prime example is shown where the original Irene Craigmile's brief second husband, (before their marriage was annulled) Al
Heller, adamantly insisted his long-ago former wife bore "no resemblance" to Amelia Earhart, and he was sure she
never met Amelia Earhart. [As it turned out, Al Heller was a key part of the public obfuscation applied to the realities of his late
wife's past and the former Amelia Earhart's post-loss continued existence as 'Irene.']
The Swindell Study, that commenced fifteen years after the article ran,
displayed how the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile (Bolam) did exactly match Amelia Earhart in every
measurable way, and that Amelia definitely had been acquainted with the original Irene Craigmile in the 1930s, having met
her through the original Irene's prominent attorney aunt, a good Zonta friend of Amelia's.
"During the course of the Study, upon learning of the rumored
ongoing evasiveness of Larry Heller, I knew I had to meet him. I was able to track him down at his Long Island, New York residence--and
in January of 2006, I found myself face to face with him in Islip, NY, where he then lived with his wife, Joan. We went out
to lunch, although I did not press him too-hard about the subject matter of his mother then. Rather, I mentioned
I was interested in optioning the rights to his version of his mother's life story for a potential film project, as that was
also my intention. I was in touch with Rance Howard at the time (Ron's father) whose wife, Judy, had done a thorough study
of Amelia's disappearance years before, and they were both enthusiastic about my different angle of approach after seeing
some of my early comparison results.
Heller thought about what I wanted and agreed to meet me again, and we did meet in April of 2006, at his attorney's office
in Manhattan. Once there, we signed an option agreement his attorney drew up. As soon as that business was
done, though, I took out the cache of 'Irene' photographs I had collected from various sources, foremost passed along by way
of the late Diana Dawes, one of the former Amelia Earhart's friends in the 1970s. The very first photo I showed to Larry,
he immediately identified the person in it as ""my mother, around 1940."" It was an ah-ha moment that
made me realize he never knew his biological mother, who looked different, and it seemed would have been somewhat older than
the woman he identified. As well, when I showed him a 1946 photograph of the former Amelia Earhart identified as his mother,
he said he'd never seen it before. By the time our four-hour meeting concluded I had certifiably realized that history had
recorded three different women as one in the same, 'Irene Craigmile Bolam.' Yet, according to Larry Heller, he only ever knew
one of them, and he righteously went on insisting his mother could not have been Amelia Earhart.
After I reported back to Rance, he was amazed, but also warned me about potential
ramifications if I kept pressing forward, adding that it sounded to him like the 'Irene controversy' looked to be bigger than
people realized. (Rance and Judy are both gone now.) But I remained undaunted. As the Study continued I kept in touch with
Larry by e-mail and in 2014, as it neared its completion point, I asked Larry to once again verify his ID placement, this
time in writing, of the 'mother' who he identified to me before, and he did.
Below the following photograph of Joseph A. Gervais, find the same poor quality
photo from above of the original Irene Craigmile; underneath it, find the woman Larry Heller identified as his mother 'around
1940,' and to its right, a photo of the former Amelia Earhart as she looked in 1946. The photos are followed by my request
for, and then Larry Heller's in-writing positive identification placement on the mother he knew and recognized in both younger
and older forms. Ultimately, it served as a key element in enabling the forensic analysis portion of the Study to determine
beyond a shadow of any doubt, how there had been three different human beings with the same 'Irene' identity applied to their
persons, and one of them, who was not identified that way anywhere prior to the end of World War Two, had previously been
known as, Amelia Earhart." Tod Swindell
Above: Once again, USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais
(Ret.) accepting his Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers 'Historical Achievement' award in
2000. Gervais had served heroically as a pilot in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam logging over 8,000 hours of flying time
in the process. He died in 2005, having never recanted his 1970 public assertion that stated Amelia Earhart quietly lived
well beyond her disappearance and had changed her name at some point to 'Irene Craigmile.'
Irene Craigmile in 1930,
Larry Heller's biological mother.
Mother around 1940," verified
in 2006 & 2014 by Larry Heller.
post-war only Irene Craigmile in
1946, FKA "Amelia Earhart," who was
recognized by the original Irene's son.
The Positive ID Placement Made By Irene Craigmile Bolam's Son:
BELOW is the 2014 written exchange between Clarence
(Larry) Heller, the 1934 born son of the original Irene Craigmile, and Tod Swindell. The woman Mr. Heller positively identified
as his "mother" was not the same woman whose image appeared in the 1970 McGraw-Hill book, Amelia Earhart Lives,
even though according to history she should have been.
Tod Swindell: Thursday,
February 20, 2014
I want you to know that I am in full agreement with you that Amelia
Earhart was not your mother. Your mother, as you identified her in these younger
and older version photos, led a very different life than
Amelia and bore little resemblance to her physically. Our agreement on this matter is pertinent to the correct presentation
of the facts.
My conveyance is that you
have positively identified these images as those of your late mother, and that she absolutely
was not, and never possibly could have been Amelia Earhart. I agree with this 100%, and understand that you do too. If
you could you send back a simple ‘I agree’ for verification I’d appreciate it.
Larry Heller: Friday, February 21, 2014
Subject: Re: Verification
The attached pictures are of my mother and she was not Amelia Earhart. C. Heller
Proof is available.
Below, when the above images are combined they reveal the same person
in younger and older forms.
Below, combined younger and older images of the post-World War Two
only, Irene Craigmile (Bolam), FKA Amelia Earhart:
The two younger/older photos on the left (1946-1965)
showing the same person, the
former Amelia Earhart,
close to twenty-years of noticeable age difference.
Below, what does digital face recognition say about the
Irene Craigmile Bolam,
Again, according to Digital Face Recognition, the 1937 and 1965 facial
images above represent the same person's face in younger and older forms. Below, according to Digital Face Recognition, the
1970s and 1965 facial images do not represent the same person's face. This is because the 1965 Irene Craigmile Bolam
was the former Amelia Earhart, and the 1970s Irene Craigmile Bolam was a different person who had served as the surrogate
mother for the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son.
Irene Craigmile Bolam
Yes, it is hard to believe, but it's true, as edified
in the below comparison. Apparently she had some nasal work done; perhaps a deviated septum rhinoplasty procedure, (according
to Forensic Anthropologist, Dr. Walter S. Birkby) and the retainer she first began wearing when she was known as Amelia,
eventually proved effective in diminishing the gap between her two front teeth. This comparison shows Amelia in the mid-1930s
dissolving into her later self as 'Irene' in the mid-1940s:
...her future self marking the
post-war return of, "the pilot in pearls"
©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'
When the original Irene Craigmile's husband, Charles Craigmile, died, recall Amelia Earhart was a Zonta organization
friend of the original Irene Craigmile's aunt, a prominent New York attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford
O'Crowley. It was at her bequest that Amelia ended up taking her bereaved niece under she and Viola Gentry's common wing
to help her become a pilot, something the original Irene Craigmile, who idolized Amelia, had expressed an interest in. As
mentioned, it proved to be a futile exercise after one of the original Irene's flight instructors, the aforementioned Al
Heller, left her pregnant out of wedlock by the time she earned her pilot's license in May of 1933--that
pretty much ended her new hobby of flying airplanes. [This was how Larry Heller came to be. The original Irene Craigmile's
story continues further down.]
Below once again
is the 1928 newspaper article about Amelia's long-ago Zonta friend, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, Esq., the original Irene Craigmile's
aunt. Note: The original Irene Craigmile never belonged to the Zonta organization, yet in the 1930s, Irene Rutherford
O'Crowley and Amelia Earhart were two of its more prominent members.
Above: Attorney Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley became friends
with Amelia not long after Amelia became famous in 1928, and then joined the Zonta's, of which Attorney Irene was a charter
member. She proved helpful to Amelia with her advice on how to get the Ninety-Nines going in 1929, and in the early 1930s,
when Amelia started selling her branded items in New York, she also advised on contract matters for her. Attorney Irene's
niece was the original Irene Craigmile, who Attorney Irene had raised from age twelve on, and whose identity Amelia would
use in her later life years. This is why one does not see Attorney Irene O'Crowley mentioned anywhere in any of Amelia's biographies,
although their past symbiotic relationship was very real.
Amelia Earhart's famous career as a pilot spanned a period of nine years; from
the time of her Friendship flight when she was thirty-years old until she went missing when she was just shy of turning forty.
The amount of different looks thousands of cameras captured of her during that time period were pretty amazing. In the below
comparison showing her at opposite ends of her famous career, it is difficult to recognize the same person:
A somewhat care-worn Amelia before she went missing,
just shy of her fortieth birthday.
Amelia at the beginning of her fame years as a pilot,
Can an individual change over time physically,
emotionally, spiritually, and ego-wise to a point where they become difficult to recognize after a long period of absence?
Consider the following quote from Twentieth-Century philosopher, Uell Stanley Anderson:
"If we think of ourselves as bodies, our changing self
becomes apparent. It is nearly impossible even for families to recognize a loved one after thirty years of absence, so greatly
has the self altered. And a little reflection upon the changing quality of consciousness is sure to give us some insight
into the numberless selves our surface minds and egos have become since first appearing in the world." Uell Stanley
Here as well,
consider the 1987 words of Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a former President of Seton Hall College who many considered to
have been Irene
Craigmile Bolam's closest later-life friend. Father Kelley, who held PhDs in Philosophy and Psychology, acknowledged
helping with her post-war identity change process and reckoned her to some close acquaintances of his as 'the former
Amelia Earhart.' He once described to his friend, Donald DeKoster, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be
Amelia Earhart anymore." The point being, the public did not know 'all Amelia had been through' and how it changed
her psyche to a place where she no longer wished to be the world famous celebrity she once was.
early adulthood on, as decades pass people do age and their facial features often grow to look care-worn and hardened in the
process. For what it's worth, Amelia managed to age pretty well.
How The Truth Reveal Began
In the mid-1960s,
something amazing about Amelia Earhart surfaced. It began making news headlines in 1970, until the public was persuaded not
to believe it. Except what surfaced then never went away--because it was true.
1997-2017 Swindell Study and the advent of Digital Face Recognition displayed
the reality of it. To show what led to the Study eventually taking place, we need to go back to 1970:
The former Amelia Earhart, living as 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' in November of 1970, was caught off guard when a new book
was published that had been inspired by the tenacious investigative research of Joseph A. Gervais. To maintain her dignity
and her ongoing private existence, she had no choice but to publicly decry the book and flat-out deny who she used to be. She also waged a defamation
lawsuit after her press conference that dragged on for five years. While she cited some inaccurate statements in the book
she felt were damaging to her reputation, she never proved that she was not the former Amelia Earhart and eventually
settled with Joseph A. Gervais by way of exchanging ten dollars of consideration with him. Publisher McGraw-Hill paid her
$60,000 for some inaccurate statements contained in the book, including one that implied she was a potential bigamist and
another that suggested she was a possible traitor to her country. Below, in late July of 1974, obscured by the Watergate
scandal that led to President Nixon's resignation two weeks after this follow-up article ran, few seemed to noticed how the four-year-old by then assertion stating 'Mrs.
Bolam was actually the former Amelia Earhart' was still being referred to as, "up in the air." Today, thanks to proper historification
accomplished by The Swindell Study and its human forensic comparison analysis, it is obvious anymore that Amelia did
survive her 1937 disappearance and went on to become known as "Irene Craigmile," and then "Irene Bolam"
after she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958.
Below, from 1970 to 2016,
four nationally published books expounded on the reality of Amelia Earhart continuing to live-on and changing her name to
'Irene' after she was reported 'missing' in 1937. However, after the controversy over what became of Amelia resurfaced in the 1960s, the United
States 'free press' was persuaded by a politburo-like influence traceable to then FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover,
to refrain from deeply investigating her world flight outcome--or to at all express a certain opinion it. This is how
the 'mystery of Amelia Earhart' was reborn in a modern sense. It is also why the American public has never seen its
own national news media seriously investigate the 1960s discovery of Amelia's ongoing existence as a renamed person. At the
same time none of these books were ever legally over-challenged where they determined Amelia lived on to become known as Irene.
Here they are:
The 1970 Joe Klaas book inspired by the investigative research of
Joseph A. Gervais, cited Amelia Earhart survived and became known as "Irene Craigmile Bolam." Joseph
A. Gervais, who always stood by his discovery of Amelia living as Irene after the war, collaborated with The Swindell Study
during last ten years of his life. (1996 to 2005)
This 1985 book by Robert Myers and Barbara Wiley, also cited that
Amelia Earhart survived and became known as "Irene Craigmile Bolam."
This 2004 book by USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), was first
to credit The Swindell Study's discovery of plural Irene Craigmile's, while also agreeing that one of them was the
'former' Amelia Earhart after World War Two.
W.C. Jameson's 2016 book cited Amelia Earhart lived to become known
as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' and acknowledged the pending completion of The 1997-2017 Swindell Study.
To devalue the
truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937, joking that she became "a New Jersey housewife"
made it difficult to believe. This is why the national press circuit has been encouraged to repeat it ever since the 1970s.
Take a look:
"Five years into my Study, regarding the above Associated Press
article lead-in, it's ridiculous how printed news sometimes works. The point being, I
never told Ron Staton that I believed Amelia Earhart, ""survived a crash landing in the Marshall Islands, was
captured by the Japanese and secretly repatriated, living as a New Jersey housewife."" Those were his words,
not mine. While I've always respected the plausibility of Japan's quiet, temporary stewardship of Amelia Earhart after she
went missing, when Ron Staton asked me what I thought happened to Amelia, all I told him was I believed she survived and
in due time changed her name to 'Irene Craigmile.' I never called her 'a New Jersey housewife,' nor did we discuss how Amelia
might have ended up in Japan's care or how she made it back to the United States. In fact, I barely spoke to him. Not to
leave out, the person she became in her later-life years was no ordinary housewife. For instance, in the 1970s she was President
of the Advertising Division for Radio Luxembourg--that sported the most powerful broadcasting tower in Europe."
forensic studies are very convincing.
She was not an ordinary housewife. She was
influential, knew many well placed people and was well
traveled." From an Associated Press article, John Bolam, Irene Craigmile
Bolam's survived brother in law, refers to The Swindell Study's in-progress analysis of Amelia Earhart's disappearance
and 'missing person'
case. John Bolam reckoned his sister-in-law as the former Amelia Earhart. He first met her in the 1960s. She had married his
brother, Guy, in 1958.
The 1997-2017 Swindell Study concluded
that Amelia Earhart did survive her storied 'disappearance' and went on to assume the left-over identity of her 1930s'
acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile. Evidently, this was deemed essential. After the war, any further scrutinizing
of Amelia's 1937 disappearance was not wanted--and Amelia herself wished to live a non-public life in the United States
for the remainder of her days. Investigative research indicates she received help to do such a thing from the original Irene
Craigmile's aunt, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley; the Federal United States Government by way of J. Edgar Hoover; General
Douglas MacArthur, Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the catholic church, and sedulous others who always held the reality
of it in strict confidence, foremost including Amelia's only sibling, her sister, (Grace) Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who died
[Note: It is well documented that Muriel knew her sister, Amelia, as 'Irene' in her
later life years. They were both Zonta members, although Muriel never publicly disclosed who her later life Zonta friend,
Irene, used to be, and she opposed anyone who attempted to expose her.]
Ultimately there were a total of three
different Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same Irene Craigmile Bolam identity: 1.) The original Irene Craigmile
2.) The surrogate mother of the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son 3.) The post-war only Irene Craigmile who was
the former Amelia Earhart.
Most people, due to media distortion caused by the variety of false 'Amelia
Earhart mystery solving claims' that kept surfacing from the 1980s on, [the never-true Nikumaroro suggestion foremost among them] while also recognizing the always
less-than enthusiastic attention paid to the subject matter of Irene Craigmile (Bolam) by official United States
historians at the Smithsonian Institution. [Here we're reminded that the Smithsonian is a 'ward' of the Federal Government
of the United States and therefore is subject to its authoritative reign.] Yes, for these reasons most people automatically
have a hard time believing the profound, subdued reality of Amelia Earhart. As well, it appears most people cannot envision
any reason for Amelia Earhart to have quietly changed her name to 'Irene' during the World War Two era. Anymore though, it
is obvious she did do such a thing, just as it is obvious the general public was never supposed to know about it.
Above: Amelia & Amelia as Irene. Try as the Study did to determine this summation was not true,
its final human comparison results combined with the extensive research conducted on the original Irene Craigmile's life--left
no other reality to accept.
people who still believe Amelia Earhart died "on or around July 2, 1937," (the fateful day she was declared
not realize history conditioned them to accept such a thing. The truth, as hard to believe as it is, has always been that
Amelia survived her disappearance, in time changed her name, and she lived for decades that way after World War Two.
"Amelia Earhart was far more important to world
history than people realize." Tod Swindell
Amelia and Amelia as Irene, 1976
Does Digital Face Recognition Work?
A Digital Face Recognition
program grids-out specific details from a person's face template--such as distance between the eyes, shape of the chin, mouth
placement and shape, nasal shape, etc. A face template in question is the 'origin face template' that is set to be compared
to another face template. Basically, a Digital Face Recognition program is used to calculate the probability of a match between
two separately provided face templates. It's akin to matching fingerprints--using faces instead.
Included in its long-term effort,
The Swindell Study compared the face template grid of the post World War Two 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' to the face template
grid of Amelia Earhart--and realized a match.
different," indeed. The above right photo displays the post-war only Irene Craigmile Bolam combined with her former Amelia
Earhart self. The 'Irene' photo was taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976. Partially in view seated to Irene's right is Gertrude
Kelley Hession, the sister of Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996), a later life good friend of the post-war only Irene's,
AKA the former Amelia Earhart.
During the last decade of his life, Monsignor Kelley, shown in
the below-right photo dining with the post-war only Irene, admitted to a few close friends of his--as well as to news reporter,
Merrill Dean Magley, and to Amelia Earhart historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, that his later life friend, Irene, actually
did used to be known as Amelia Earhart. He was scoffed at by those who felt it was impossible for Amelia Earhart to
have survived after she went missing in 1937. A few individuals, including his own nephew, suggested 'old age senility' and
a 'need for attention' caused him to outright fabricate what he claimed to know about Amelia's post-loss survival. Contrary
to their rebuttals, Monsignor Kelley was well known among catholic-faith celebrities for his impeccable reputation. He had
served as a president of Seton Hall College for many years before it became a University in the 1950s, and the close friends
he confided in about his later life friend, 'Amelia' (that's how Kelley referred to her among them) stood by his virtuous
nature. He was described as, 'quite lucid' when he told them about his "assignment" to receive Amelia back in the
United States, and his having been, "instrumental in the process" of her name change to Irene.
The Swindell Study,
that was the first to deeply compare Amelia to Irene, did not commence until 1997, a year after Monisgnor Kelley died, and
its results made it easy to realize the Monsignor did not fabricate what he professed to know about Amelia's later life existence
Below left once again, from the 1982 newspaper article that featured a reporter's question
about his friend's long-rumored 'dual identity,' Monsignor Kelley responded accordingly--knowing the truth about her was never to be broadly publicized:
the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile Bolam
and Monsignor James Francis Kelley at dinner in 1978.
Above: The full-photo version of Monsignor Kelley's sister,
Gertrude (left) and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam (right) in 1976. Notice the same pendant Irene wears here
and in the black and white formal portrait sitting. Of course it's hard to recognize Irene's former-Amelia self without the
composite photo, as her true age was 79 in 1976. Just the same, as shown below while acknowledging the age difference, the
Digital Face Recognition elements aligned perfectly.
It's haunting, disturbing, and even sad in a way--to know Amelia's
own sister, Muriel, knew Amelia as 'Irene' in her later life years, the very same Irene featured in all of the above
comparisons. In line with her sister's wishes, Muriel agreed to never disclose such a thing even if she was directly confronted
about it. Just the same it is the truth--and far be it from anyone not connected to how and why this reality
came to be, to easily explain it to others.
The Combined Study Results
The resulting data from
the Digital Face Recognition grid comparisons and other physical and character trait comparisons--when combined with additional
discovered, recognized, and processed evidence during the course of The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, delivered a plain
to observe, truthful reality stating Amelia Earhart:
1.) Did not crash and sink into the ocean.
2.) Did not die approximate to the day she went missing.
3.) Was not executed as a spy or spy suspect.
4.) Did not die as a castaway on a desert island where her flesh was torn apart by
giant crabs. (C'mon guys...)
The Following Bullet Points Condense The Human
Comparison Results Of The Swindell Study:
1.) There was more than one person attributed
to the same 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' identity.
2.) According to Digital Face Recognition and other full-body and character trait comparisons,
one of the Irene's, who was identified nowhere as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two, displayed a complete human being
congruence to Amelia Earhart.
3.) Amelia Earhart was acquainted with the original Irene Craigmile in the 1930s, a once fledgling
pilot who did not look like Amelia.
4.) A thorough evaluation of the comparison analysis and all other gathered evidence, enabled logic and deductive
reasoning to equate the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile (Bolam) as having been the former Amelia Earhart.
5.) Where historical obfuscation left it difficult for people to recognize Amelia
Earhart's continued existence after she went missing--and her later becoming known as 'Irene,' the Study delivered it to any
further exist as an obvious reality.
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Keep going, folks. There's so much more to know. Even though
it was never offered-up as public information--this really is the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart.
Admirals and Generals
"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." LPGA promoter, Peter Bussatti, comments about his good friend, the post-World
War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam. Along with many others, Mr. Bussatti openly wondered if his friend, Irene, used to be known
as, 'Amelia Earhart.' The following photo showing Mr. Bussatti with the post-war only Irene (FKA 'Amelia Earhart') was used
in the comparison below it:
Above: The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile
Bolam, left, with Peter Bussati, right, 1974.
Above: On the far left is the post-World War
Two Irene Craigmile Bolam; on the far right is her former self, Amelia Earhart; in the center the two images are combined.
©2017 'The 1997-2017
"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."" At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned
that all the admirals and generals seemed to know her." Excerpt from a 1982 New Jersey
News Tribune article.
"Recognizing the original
Irene Craigmile's somewhat troubled 1930s years that included her very short stint as a pilot, it would have been unrealistic
for her to later be welcomed as a member of the prestigious New York Wings Club, let alone be distinguished like royalty there
among her peers and high ranking U.S. military officers. Yet, important people who knew the post-World War Two only Irene
Craigmile Bolam as the former Amelia Earhart, and indeed the were a select few who did, (the late J. Edgar Hoover
and the late Senator Barry Goldwater for instance) were always respectful of her desire for privacy within their common recognition
of her heroic past." Tod Swindell
"Nothing is as invisible as the obvious." Richard
Jean M. Case, Chairman of the
Board of National Geographic
Dr. David J. Skorton, CEO
of the Smithsonian Institution
To Jean M. Case, Dr. David J. Skorton, Mrs. Amy Kleppner, Ms. Grace
McGuire, Mr. Larry Heller, Dr. Tom Crouch, Ms. Dorothy Cochrane, Dr. Kurt Campbell, and Mr. Robert Ballard:
Beauty is truth,
that is all ye know on earth,
and all ye need to know.
"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
"The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively
by preconcieved opinion and prejudice." Arthur
For those unfamiliar with the original depth of controversy that surrounded
Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance:
"If anyone ever
finds Amelia Earhart's plane underwater anywhere or at any other location--rest
assured it was not Amelia Earhart who put it there." USAF Colonel
Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), 2006.
Enter J. Edgar Hoover
and Monsignor James Francis Kelley
In the above 1944 photo, reprinted from the 1987 autobiography of
Monsignor James Francis Kelley, standing left to right are J. Edgar Hoover, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, and Archbishop
Thomas Walsh. The FBI director was being awarded a Legum Doctoral degree (LLD) from Seton Hall College at the time. In November
of 1945, Monsignor Kelley received a citation from J. Edgar Hoover for "assistance rendered during the war years
to the Internal Security of the Nation through the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States Department of Justice."
In the late 1980s, Monsignor Kelley began openly disclosing to people that he had helped the survived Amelia Earhart with
spiritual counseling after World War Two and that he had been instrumental in the process of her name change to 'Irene.' Kelley
died in 1996. He was discredited by people who refused to believe what he had described about his later life friend, Irene
Above: Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the
post-war only Irene, AKA the
former Amelia Earhart
"Her study of Carl Jung's writings led her to
embrace the concept of her life beginning at age forty instead of ending there." 1991 quote of Monsignor James
Francis Kelley. Recall
Amelia was declared 'missing' just three weeks shy of her fortieth birthday. Monsignor 'Doc' Kelley was a
Doctor of Philosophy and a later life close friend of the former Amelia Earhart, AKA 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.' The last
decade of his life he disclosed to several individuals that his good friend, 'Irene' did used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart'
and how after the war he had been instrumental with the transition process that left her to be further known as, 'Irene Craigmile.'
Non-believers cited Msgr. Kelley's on-and-off memory lapses in his later
life years (that they incorrectly labeled as 'senility') within various attempts to call him 'crazy' for saying what he did
about his friend, Irene. He wasn't crazy. He simply told a truth he knew about what became of Amelia Earhart.
The below mention was excerpted from an October, 1982
edition of the New Jersey News Tribune. Although Monsignor Kelley had already confided in some close friends of his about
Amelia's post-loss survival and name change to Irene, he was still careful to avoid publicly expressing his opinion
about her 'dual identity.'
Monsignor James Francis Kelley [1902-1996], shown above
on the cover of his 1987 autobiography, was a long time President of Seton Hall College in New Jersey. He was given much credit
for turning the school into a University in 1949. Father Kelley had many famous friends in government, politics, and show
business, and he was a highly regarded figure in the Catholic Church. He hosted Pope Paul VI as his house guest in 1965, when
the Pontiff became the first ever to visit the United States. According to his New York Times obituary, he also helped teach
English to Pope Pius XII while he was being educated overseas.
During the last decade of his life, Monsignor Kelley
openly broke his silence about his later-life friend, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, having been previously known
as 'Amelia Earhart.' He described how it was true that Amelia quietly survived her disappearance under Japan's stewardship
and she returned to the U.S. after the war. He acknowledged
Amelia had developed a strong desire for future privacy after the war and she assumed a different name for herself, one that
he helped secure for her future use, that of 'Irene Craigmile,' a person Amelia used to know who was no longer living.
To his good friends, Donald DeKoster and Helen Barber, Father Kelley first described
how he was the person who had been 'assigned to receive Amelia' when she returned to the U.S., that he had 'helped with her
physical and emotional rehabilitation' and had been 'instrumental with her new-identity transformation.' He would go
on to describe the same thing to researchers, Merrill Dean Magley and USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.) in the late 1980s
and early 1990s.
acknowledged that he wrote a chapter for his autobiography about his post-war experience with Amelia that was omitted before
the book was published. The reason is found in the forward of his book where he describes how his personal files contained
information about, "important individuals, some who are now dead and are no longer able to defend themselves," so
he did not feature stories about them in his book. As mentioned, some of his own family members, opposing theorists, and other
non-believers off-hand offered that later life 'senility' had caused the monsignor to 'make up' what he claimed to know about
Amelia becoming Irene. The Swindell Study proved Monsignor Kelley did not make up what he claimed to know about Amelia
Earhart's continued existence after she went missing in 1937, and that he actually did help her to become 'Irene' after World
Edgar Hoover's 'Earhart Politburo'
While the United States has never been a communist country, a Politburo-like influence established during
the post-World War Two era ended up guiding the common American think-tank about Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight outcome--into
categorizing what actually happened to Amelia as an, 'unknown mystery.'
Briefly, a 'Politburo' consists of select individuals working within the framework
of democratic centralism. It marks a system in which the individuals deem themselves--and are even accepted
as 'higher bodies' (AKA the 'Politburo') that are responsible to all lower bodies, thus leaving every member of the general
public subordinate to decisions they make. In other words, instead of major policy changes being put to a vote, a Politburo
could put sweeping changes into effect without considering how the public feels about them.
After World War Two ended, then FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover, personally led
the charge within a small inner circle of military, government, and religious officials when it came to devaluing any legitimate
information that surfaced about Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence beyond July 2, 1937, the date she was declared 'missing.'
The United States national press circuit has never been able to over-challenge J. Edgar Hoover's long established
influence there, that even after his death occurred in May of 1972, remained in tact. Recall as well, following Hoover's death
many FBI files were destroyed--as pre-arranged by Hoover himself.
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A look at Amelia Earhart's long time pilot friend, Viola Gentry, the "Flying
Cashier," and how she helped to protect Amelia's later life identity."
Above, still flying in 1963, Viola Gentry is greeted by Jilly McCormick,
Helen Schlemen, and Dr. D. R. Mallet after delivering new Amelia Earhart covers to Purdue Univesity. Check out the strength
in Viola's forearm. Two years after this photo was taken, Viola introduced Joseph A. Gervais to the post-World War Two only,
Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart.'
More on the below 1932 group photo showing Amelia Earhart
outlined in white and the original Irene Craigmile, outlined in black. To its right find the original Irene Craigmile listed
between pilots Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz. (Viola is to the original Irene's right in the photo.)
Along with Amelia's sister,
Muriel Earhart Morrissey, Viola Gentry was among the few individuals who ended up privately protecting Amelia's continued
existence as "Irene" in her later life years.
Above left: Guy Bolam of England and Irene Bolam,
AKA the 'former' Amelia Earhart on August 8, 1965. This black and white version of the photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais appeared
in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas. Above right: An enlargement made directly from the color
negative. She was a little heavier then and may not remind one of Amelia here, yet Digital Face Recognition showed the photo
to be an exact match. As well, by 1970 she was back down to her fighting weight... and she was ready to fight.
Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam. This photo was taken
by the post-World War Two only, 'Irene Craigmile Bolam,' AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart' on August 9, 1965, the
day after Viola introduced Joseph A. Gervais to her.
Amelia Earhart, age 39 in 1937
Amelia & her later-life
self as Irene combined
Amelia as Irene, 1965. Photo
taken by Joseph A. Gervais.
Above, Amelia getting a pineapple carving lesson from
legendary Hawaiian surfer and five time Olympic gold medalist, Duke Kahanamoku. She wears the same outfit in the older to
younger self dissolve below.
once again it's hard to recognize her old 'Amelia self' here without a composite photo. John Bolam took this picture of his
sister in law, the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile Bolam, near his home on Merritt Island, Florida. The day before,
Irene had visited the NASA facility at nearby Cape Canaveral, AKA 'Cape Kennedy.' Note the same pendant she wears that is
captured in other photos.
As far as the NASA mention goes, in a 1985 filmed interview
former Astronaut Wally Schirra, conducted by news reporter, Merril Dean Magley, Schirra
verified that he first met the former Amelia Earhart at Cape Canaveral in the 1960s, and that he saw her there again
in 1980, on a day when she was asked to recite a poem during a NASA presentation that featured both he and Neil Armstrong
in attendance. When Dean Magley asked Wally Schirra how he knew the women he met used to be Amelia Earhart (?) Schirra replied,
"people I considered reliable" had confided it to him. John Bolam mentioned he once noticed an impressive
Saturn Rocket Program 'medallion' Irene wore during one of her visits to Merritt Island, adding that when he asked where she
got it she replied, "some people at NASA" had given it to her. He did not press her to explain when or why
people at NASA had given her such a unique adornment.
"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 Amelia Earhart Society newsletter article about the post-World War Two
Irene Craigmile Bolam. The article was written by her survived sister-in-law, Mrs. John Bolam, who deeply wondered if her
sister-in-law, Irene, had previously been known as, "Amelia Earhart."
In the 1980s, Astronaut Wally Schirra, one of the original seven NASA astronauts,
discussed having 'met' the former Amelia Earhart at Cape Canaveral to reporter Merrill Dean Magley.
Amelia Earhart at age 17
Digital Face Recognition
Where multiple claims of Amelia Earhart's ongoing survival after she went missing kept coming into
play, for the first time ever, The Swindell Study utilized 'Digital Face Recognition'
technology within a full-body and character traits human comparison analysis. In essence, this exercise
advanced the missing person case of Amelia Earhart to closure by forensically revealing that her still-living body
evidence--in its renamed form--was actually found and identified by Amelia Earhart 'world flight investigator,' Joseph
A. Gervais, some fifty-odd years ago. Who was Joseph A. Gervais? Let's take a look:
Joseph A. Gervais
Recalling Major Joseph A. Gervias
(He didn't need Digital Face Recognition.)
The late Major Joseph A. Gervais was war hero
and a highly skilled pilot who flew missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam. In 1959, he commenced with his 'Operation
Earhart' endeavor while stationed overseas in the same region Amelia Earhart was last seen. After years of deeply investigating
the combined factors that led to her failed world flight attempt, in the summer of 1965, he encountered the post-World War
Two only 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' at a New York gathering of pilots from the golden age of aviation. He was instantly
struck by her resemblance to Amelia Earhart--and after meeting and talking to her it dawned on him that she was none other
than the alive-and-well former Amelia Earhart going by a different name.
Above left: February
5, 2000, retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais accepts an AES 'Historical Achievement Award' for his unparalleled
investigative analysis of Amelia Earhart's failed world flight attempt. Shown presenting him the award is the Amelia Earhart
Society's founding President, Bill Prymak. Mr. Prymak referred to Gervais as, "A World War Two flying hero widely
recognized as the world's leading authority regarding the subject of Amelia Earhart's disappearance."
Above right photo:
Among the attendees that day; top row left to right are Oakland Air and Space Museum director, Ronald
Reuther; filmmaker and Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell; and the post-World War Two only Mrs. Irene Craigmile
(Bolam's) in-laws, Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam. Bottom row left to right are Amelia Earhart
world flight duplicator and author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno; Amelia Earhart
Lives author, Joe Klaas; and Joseph A. Gervais.
As mentioned, Joseph A. Gervais initiated 'Operation Earhart' in 1959 while
he was stationed overseas. His findings sparked a curiosity resurgence in the never resolved 'missing person case' of Amelia
Earhart, until 1965, when Gervais met--and recognized the post-World War Two only 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' as the renamed,
former Amelia Earhart. To his dying day in 2005, he never disavowed having done such a thing.
rumors to the contrary, Joseph A. Gervais was never proved incorrect.
Preview of Part II
Within its detailed review of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and
subsequent 'missing person' case, The Swindell Study challenged the default 'Null Hypothesis' of her world
flight ending--that suggested at some unknown time Amelia crashed into the Pacific Ocean at some unknown place--and sank.
Citing new discovered evidence to the contrary--to go along with other evidence discovered by earlier investigators--the
Study refortified the less promoted conclusion of Joseph A. Gervais from years past that stated a 'crashed and sank' ending
never happened to Amelia Earhart.
Testing the Null Hypothesis in Relationship to Amelia Earhart's World Flight Outcome By Tod Swindell
The 'null hypothesis' suggests a predicted outcome based on deductive reasoning to likely
be a true outcome until evidence indicates otherwise.
For example, the 'null hypothesis' for flipping an equally balanced coin would call
for 50% heads results and 50% tails results. Yet if the expected '50/50' ratio significantly differed after thousands of coin
tosses, the 'alternate hypothesis' would come into play, one that might consider the shapes of each side of the coin having
some kind of aerodynamic effect on the coin-toss results.
The 1997-2017 Swindell Study tested the validity of the 'null hypothesis' in
comparison to the 'alternate hypothesis' while examining Amelia Earhart's storied disappearance. This was deemed appropriate
where an overwhelming preponderence of both circumstantial and hard evidence kept surfacing ever since the event of Amelia's
loss occurred--that opposed the 'null hypothesis' suggestion that offered Amelia 'crashed and sank' into the ocean at a time
and place unknown.
The Study also determined how the 'mystery' of Amelia Earhart's disappearance was as much a mystery as it
was a historical invention. Here's why:
"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Washington leaving
the true fate of Amelia Earhart an everlasting mystery..." 1982, aviation historians, Marylin Bender and
Selig Altschul discuss the 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person case of Amelia Earhart.
Dating back to 1937, questions about what actually happened to Amelia
Earhart in July of that year, as Bender and Altschul put it, were greeted by 'official silence.' Part of the significant
amount of evidential data, however, that kept managing to surface ever since the event of Amelia's disappearance occurred--revealed
how President Franklin Roosevelt's administration was the original source of the 'official silence' that remained
impossible to overchallenge as subsequent decades passed.
Here--discovered four decades after it was recorded--is a passage from an official White
House transcript dated May of 1938, nine months after Amelia Earhart went missing. In referring to Amelia's loss in the
transcript, one of President Franklin Roosevelt's right hand men, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. described it this way:
"...what that woman, happened to her the last few minutes,
I hope I've just got to never make it public."
Morgenthau's above statement was followed by the below reaction from his assistant,
Stephen Gibbons, in the same transcript. Both statements were recorded with others present during a meeting Morgenthau was
holding at the White House:
"We have evidence that the thing is all over, sure. Terrible. It would be awful to make it
These statements, when combined with addtional evidential data gathered over the years,
defied the default null hypothesis that suggested Amelia Earhart met her demise by 'crashing and sinking' somewhere
A brief examination
of the presented facts tells us why.
According to the presented facts:
1. When Amelia Earhart did not spot Howland Island, that her last officially recorded
radio transmission left some people feeling she missed by as close as 100 miles, after stating a line of position that did
not indicate where she actually was, without saying why she stopped transmitting completely.
2. After Amelia stopped transmitting, with an estimated 'eight-hundred miles worth of
fuel' still left to burn, she supposedly flew-on in radio silence until her fuel supply was exhausted--leaving her to crash
into the Pacific Ocean at unknown coordinates to meet her demise. [End of story.]
The above stated 'facts' mark the complete version of the 'null hypothesis' (or suggested
ending) of Amelia Earhart's world flight attempt.
It is worth recognizing here, how beyond the persuasion of official silence
no evidence ever supported the 'Amelia crashed into the ocean' null hypothesis. Her crashed and sank
ending was something the public was merely left to surmise had happened.
As well, evidential reports later surfaced stating Amelia did
not stop sending radio transmissions. This included a document from an 0S-2 intelligence file, declassified decades later,
showing how Amelia had transmitted her final decision to head "north" and she "continued to be heard
at intervals" after doing so.
Add this to what the above White House transcript passages would suggest to any reader, plain
and simple, where FDR's administration was aware of something 'awful' that happened to Amelia during the "last few minutes"
of her flight--and it chose not to share it with the general public.
What was later learned
about this internally expressed White House viewpoint from a variety of accounts, is that for
a period of time the Roosevelt administration had incorrectly bought-in to
a 'wireless transmissions' conveyance of Amelia Earhart's death occurring during a 'Plan B' landfall attempt. Note the more
complete Morgenthau statement from the same transcript:
"...we have the report of all those wireless messages and everything else, what
that woman, happened to her the last few minutes, I hope I've just got to never make it public."
Joseph A. Gervais learned
how during "the last few minutes" of her flight, Amelia Earhart's plane was engaged by Nipponese military
pilots who were made aware of her unwarranted air-space encroachment over their territory. The pilots did not know Amelia
had missed spotting Howland Island and was seeking an alternate land-mass in the Gilbert Islands to land her plane on--except
she had flown too far north toward the lower Marshall Islands. Joseph A. Gervais correctly assessed the White House had learned
of such a thing having happened and key members of FDR's administration, to include Morgenthau and FDR himself, were convinced
Amelia--along with her navigator, Fred Noonan, had perished into the ocean after being being
fired upon. The finality, as displayed in both Morgenthau's and Gibbons' above quotes was the White House choosing "not
to make public" the "awful" information it had gleaned that left it believing it
was "all over" after what "happened" to Amelia Earhart during her "last
few" airborne minutes.
Later, accounts began to surface stating how Amelia had managed to ditch her fuel-exhausted plane on a southern
Marshall Islands land-spit with she and Noonan surviving the ordeal. Unfortunately, the event occurred during the onset
of Japan's war declaration against China [the infamous Marco Polo Bridge Incident occurred just five days after Earhart
and Noonan were declared 'missing'] and the two ended up being rescued by Japan and retrieved for debriefing by its naval
authority--unknown to FDR's White House administration at the time.
Considered common knowledge in Japan's former Mandates
ever since the event occurred, below is a 1987, 'commemorative stamp series' issued by the Republic of the Marshall Islands
that details the final leg of Amelia Earhart's world flight attempt that ends depicting Amelia, Fred Noonan and a Japanese
naval officer on land, and Amelia's plane being hoisted onto the deck of an Imperial Navy sea tender off shore:
Above, the 50th anniversary commemorative stamp series issued in
1987 by the Republic of the Marshall Islands shows Amelia's 1937 takeoff from Lae, New Guinea; her failure to spot Howland
Island; her ditching in the lower Marshall Islands; Amelia, her plane, and her navigator, Noonan, being retreived by Japan's
For what it's worth, it was not Japan that
was ultimately responsible for covering up Amelia Earhart's ongoing survival. That task fell squarely on the shoulders of
the U.S. Federal Government that ended up making a post-war pact with Japan to never publicly revisit the event or
aftermath of her disappearance--and both countries always honored it. Then FBI Director, the quietly omnipresent J. Edgar
Hoover, was chiefly instrumental there. This is why after World War Two, 'official silence' and non detailed brush-off answers
from both governments always greeted inquiries about the post-loss fate of Amelia
In the 1960s, when witnesses
and other accounts began affirming Amelia's 1937 ditching in the Marshall Islands, false rumors that Japan had possibly executed
she and Noonan as spy suspects also came into play. The most common non-denial denials official Japanese attaches
began offering about it at that time came from sources who stressed they had 'no awareness' of the duo being picked-up
by Japan in 1937, or being harmed by its military--and there is no doubt they were true statements
made by the entities that delivered them.
matter, for beyond the initial seventy-two sworn affidavits gathered overseas in 1960 by Joseph A. Gervais and his then partner,
Bob Dinger, that pertained to Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence in Japan's care, (affidavitts publicly confirmed
by U.S. Air Force officials stationed at the Fuku Air Base in Japan at the time--before a security classification was placed
on the findings of Gervais and Dinger) by the mid-1970s, the number of reputable testimonials affirming the same thing had
more than doubled that figure. Sadly, as time continued to pass with no official investigation follow-up offered by the U.S.
or Japan, by the end of the century the strongly supported claim of Earhart and Noonan ending up in the Marshalls had evolved
to exist as a vague recollection that was overshadowed by newer, unsubtatiated claims.
Where the 'Marshall Islands ending' of Amelia's world flight was
the consistent theme among countless testimonials given, (and remains part of the Marshall Islands own history today) Marshallese
accounts pertaining to what became of Earhart and Noonan after they were picked up varied. It was about equal where people
suggested they either died--or continued to live on.
Enhancing this in 1965, Admiral Chester Nimitz, the Naval Commander of the
U.S. Pacific fleet during World War Two--who was put in charge of the Marshall Islands after the U.S. occupied it as the war
wound down--divulged to CBS radio journalist, Fred Goerner, that it ended up being, "known and documented in Washington"
(and remained classified) that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, "went down in the Marshall Islands and were picked
up by Japan." Except even the admiral was unable to offer details on what became of the duo after that.
Admiral Chester Nimitz
[Shared a 'withheld Earhart truth' with CBS's Fred Goerner
The above combined evidential data--to go along with so much more
gathered over the years--outright defied the 'What happened to Amelia Earhart' null hypothesis. This is why the idea
of Amelia Earhart continuing to exist after she was reported missing--and eventually managing to return to the United
States with a preference for her future anonymity being co-endorsed by a post-war US-Japan collaboration, was never
as far fetched as most people thought. Ultimately as well, it turned out to be true.
calls the investigative research of Joe Gervais and Tod Swindell, ""Just the tip of the Iceberg.""
"All the evidence all put together, I feel like she [Amelia]
did survive. I think she survived and came back to the United States, but that she wanted her privacy."
Lou Foudray, former caretaker of
the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum (see photo below) is quoted from interviews conducted by
Lara Moritz of KMBC TV, Kansas City, and by The Topeka Kansas Capital-Journal's, Jan Biles.
Above, a 2016 photograph of Lou Foudray, Earhart historian and former
caretaker of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum on the front porch of the home where Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison,
The above 'hot air balloon' newspaper photo features the post-World
War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam. She was known, respected, and admired by people in high places worldwide, but those same
people never talked about her much. This photo was taken
in 1978, when the general public was being misled about her true past by important sounding, all be them 'protective' individuals.
This same attitude continues to this day, foremost advanced through the news media by Dr. Tom Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane
of the Smithsonian Institution out of respect for the ongoing wishes of Amelia's family. Not to leave out, the strong preference
of the Smithsonian's owner [the U.S. Federal government] has always been for people to accept that Amelia Earhart
somehow 'died' after she went missing toward the end of her 1937 world flight attempt, even though no authentic evidence
of her death taking place then ever existed. In the meantime, wink-and-nod diversions such as the TIGHAR club
and Nauticos group surfaced that steered public interest away from taking the idea of Amelia's continued survival with a new
Here, it is important to realize
only hearsay ever suggested Amelia Earhart died approximate to when she went missing in 1937, in any way at all. This includes
by crashing and sinking, dying a castaway's death on a desert Island, dying of dysentery on Saipan, or being executed by a
rogue-Nippon military unit; the four most preveleant theories presented over the years that suggested the way Amelia
may have died.
Anymore, however, as hard as it
still is for some to believe, the plain truth is the gray-haired 'Irene Bolam' in the balloon basket above, shown with famous
golfer, Kathy Whitworth, did used to be known as Amelia Earhart. The general public was just never supposed to know
about it; hence leaving the official silence that all-but invented the so-called "mystery of Amelia
The story about the once world-famous person known as 'Amelia Earhart,'
who the Twentieth Century left behind in accordance with her own wishes, the wishes of her family, and the wishes of her
country, evolved to become the strangest and most convoluted historical yarn ever conjured by modern mankind. Especially over
the course of the last half-century, the effort of it managed to successfully influence the worldwide general public into
thinking Amelia most likely 'died' after she went missing in 1937. As most elders recall, though, Amelia's death taking place
back then felt like a false-truth push from the start.
The two books above, Daughter of the Sky, published in 1960,
and especially The Search for Amelia Earhart, a best-seller published in 1966, were first to
publicly detail accounts of Amelia's ongoing 'quiet' survival in Japan's care after she went missing in 1937. However, neither
book was able to offer a solid answer to the question of what became of Amelia after being stewarded by Japan. Sadly, by the
end of the Twentieth Century both books were all but forgotten.
"My good friend,
Randall Brink, provided my 1996 introduction to Joe Gervais, who Randall came to know as well as anyone in the 1980s and 1990s.
Randall authored the landmark book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart issued in 1994 by the W.W. Norton Publishing
House of New York and Bloomsbury Press of London. An international best seller those years ago, for anyone interested in the
lead up to Amelia's 1937 world flight and its controversial outcroppings after she failed to reach Howland Island, this book
is for you. Included in Lost Star, during his wrap up, Randall was sure to notate, ""One tantalizingly
persistent account has Amelia supposedly returning to the U.S. and assuming a new identity."" Randall Brink
wrote this sentence in his book twenty-four years after the general public had been persuaded to conclude there was no controversy
over Irene Craigmile Bolam's true identity, as initiated by the former Amelia Earhart herself. Recall her later life friend,
Monsigner James Francis Kelley's mention to Donald DeKoster, ""After all she'd been through she didn't want to be
Amelia Earhart anymore."" His comment ostensibly referred to what Amelia endured after she went missing,
leading up to and then including the World War Two era. Can we blame her for coming to feel the way she did without knowing
her reasons for it?" Tod Swindell
©2017 'The 1997-2017
on the above image to go to Page Three to learn more about The Swindell Study, or stay on this page to continue to
be enlightened about the subdued reality of Amelia Earhart.
CAPSULIZING THE RESULTS OF THE 1997-2017 SWINDELL STUDY OF AMELIA EARHART'S DISAPPEARANCE:
The 1997-2017 SWINDELL STUDY:
1.) FORENSICALLY PROVED MORE THAN ONE TWENTIETH CENTURY WOMAN
had been attributed to the SAME 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity.
2.) FORENSICALLY PROVED the Irene
Craigmile Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, as consistently displayed in hundreds of physical and
character trait comparisons, ALIGNED WITH AMELIA EARHART IN EVERY WAY.
3.) FORENSICALLY PROVED the Irene Craigmile
Bolam in the photo taken in 1965 by Joseph A. Gervais on the day he met her WAS NOT IDENTIFIABLE ANYWHERE AS 'IRENE'
prior to the World War Two years. This is because, against the grain of official United States history that legally declared Amelia Earhart
'dead in absentia' in 1939, and contrary to upper echelon official
history attitudes (that would rather not have to contend with the inconvenient reality of it) she most definitely had
been, previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
4.) The Swindell Study over-challenged the null hypothesis that stated Amelia Earhart
disappeared without a trace in 1937 and was never seen again. It did so by combining incontestable forensic research findings
with incontestable forensic comparison results that exhibited Amelia Earhart alive and well known either as Irene Craigmile
or Irene Bolam in the latter part of the Twentieth Century.
As a result of its above discovered realities, as hard
as it still may be for so many to believe and accept, The 1997-2017 Swindell Study forensically confirmed
Joseph A. Gervais was correct in 1970, when he asserted his belief that the Irene Craigmile Bolam in the 1965 35MM
photograph he took, displayed directly below in full color, was not the original Irene Craigmile. RATHER,
she actually was the former Amelia Earhart, just as he had professed the last forty-years of his life.
The post-World War Two
Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA "the former Amelia Earhart" as photographed by USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais
(Ret.) August 8, 1965.
Below: The Plural Irenes
Below are the three different Twentieth Century women who were all attributed
to the same Irene Craigmile identity. The far left column photos of the original Irene Craigmile date from 1930 to 1933. In the
middle column, the top photo was identified by her 1934 born son as
his mother, 'Irene Craigmile' in a written statement featured in The Swindell Study. He
estimated the photo was taken "around 1940." (Note: She was actually his
surrogate mother. She is also a human wild-card; to date no one is certain who she really was or where she came from. Her
older image adorned the cover of Irene Bolam's 1982 Memorial Dinner program, leaving one to wonder which Irene died in 1982;
the one identified by her son, or the one who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965?) The far right column
photos are dated '1946' and '1965.' The 1946 image depicts the earliest known photo displaying the former Amelia
Earhart in the United States newly re-identified as 'Irene Craigmile' after World War Two.
Amelia's long-ago acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile (1932-1933) next to one of the plane's she learned to
The original Irene Craigmile in 1930 between her
husband and father. Below, contrast enhanced.
The second, 'early 1940s' Irene Craigmile ID'd
by her son.
©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'
Above, a "1970s" dated photo of the Irene
Craigmile Bolam identified by her son, adorning the cover of her Memorial Dinner program. Below the younger and older versions
from above are superimposed, displaying one in the same human being. She was not the same Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph
A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, even though according to history she should have been:
©2017 'The 1997-2017
Above: The third post-war 'new' Irene
Craigmile in 1946. Below, the same photo combined with an Amelia photo.
©2017 'The 1997-2017
Above, the 1965 Joe Gervais photo of Irene Craigmile
Bolam. Below, superimposed with an Amelia photo. ©2017 'The
1997-2017 Swindell Study'
Below: This poor quality photo shown in full frame and close-up
was of a questionable origin. It appeared in a 1982 newspaper series that identified the person as, "Irene M. O'Crowley"
(her maiden name) who eventually went on to wed Charles Craigmile in 1928. The series dated the photo, "1908-1914."
That would have meant, according to record, "Irene M. O'Crowley" was anywhere from four to ten years old at the time
the photo was taken.
Below: The 'plurality
quandary' of Amelia Earhart's 1930s acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile, whose name Amelia acquiesced for
her own later-life use.
Above: The original Irene Craigmile
in 1934 with her son, Clarence
Note: The original Irene Craigmile's son and
only child was Clarence 'Larry' Heller. In 2006 and again in 2014, Larry Heller positively identified a different person to
have been his mother than the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile (Bolam). As it turned out, the woman Mr. Heller
recognized as his mother, shown directly below, was actually his adoptive mother. (He was not strongly imprinted
with his biological mother, the original Irene Craigmile.) To this day, resulting from an arrangement contrived several
decades ago, the general public remains unaware of what happened to the original Irene Craigmile, whose left over
identity ended up being shared by Larry Heller's adoptive surrogate mother and the former Amelia Earhart.
'Hard to believe, but true.
Son ID'd Irene Craigmile, 1940
mentioned, in 2006 and again in 2014, the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, Clarence 'Larry'
Heller, positively identified the person in the above photograph to have been his 'mother' as she looked "around 1940."
Digital Face Recognition concluded this Irene Craigmile and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam), displayed
below, were not the same human being, although according to history,
they should have been.
Post-WWII only Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1946
[Note face template comparison below.]
Post-WWII only Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1965
[Face template matched Amelia via Digital Face Recognition.]
Earhart with her 1930s flight trainer, Paul Mantz.
Amelia & the post-war only,
Above, Amelia's face template is superimposed with her post-World War Two image in 1946. This comparison sample from
The Swindell Study used the earliest dated photo displaying Amelia's person re-identified as 'Irene Craigmile.' At
the time it was taken she had recently been ensconced as a new employee of the People's Bank of Mineola, Long Island. Twelve
years later, in 1958, she left the banking industry to marry Englishman and Radio Luxembourg executive, Guy Bolam. For several
decades the public has been encouraged by the Smithsonian, the National Geographic Society, opposing theorists, and certain
members of Amelia's own family not to believe this obvious reality. Recall here, how decades passed before the post-war, Charles
Lindbergh alias of 'Careu Kent' was finally verified in 2004. The Swindell Study results combined with Digital
Face Recognition technology proved how a person's eyes do not deceive them--where Amelia's post-war alias of 'Irene'
was ever in question.
Craigmile in 1940, as verified
in 2014 by her son, Larry Heller.
only Irene Craigmile
in 1946, not recognized by her son.
As mentioned, the above photograph marks the earliest dated picture in circulation
(1946) of the former Amelia Earhart.
"Amelia Earhart had been acquainted with the original
Irene Craigmile in the 1930s. It was the original Irene Craigmile's name Amelia ended up using for herself in her
later-life years. This long-ignored reality--that the forensic analysis delivered to an obvious state--was first discovered
in the 1960s by a reputable war hero by the name of Joseph A. Gervais, only to be shouted-down ever since." Tod Swindell
"Though sometimes ridiculed by those unaware of how deeply he had investigated Irene Craigmile's
past, Joseph A. Gervais was right all along. From a forensic research and human comparison standpoint, it is now recognized
to be true that there had been more than one person attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity, and the post-World War
Two Mrs. Irene
Craigmile Bolam most certainly was, previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' Anymore the so-called
'Earhart mystery' has to do with when, where, how, and why this came to be." Tod
Below find journalist,
Rosalea Barker's take on the wide variety of conflicting investigations that looked into Amelia Earhart's disappearance over
the years in comparison to the new millennium collaboration of Joseph A. Gervais and Tod Swindell:
"I felt like I was trying to separate black sheep from white in
a computer game that kept randomly changing the colour of sheep. Just when I thought all of the facts had been marshalled
in support of one Earhart theory, those same facts would be marshalled in support of another, completely opposite one. I
attended the Western Air and Space Museum's 'Amelia Earhart Seminar' because I'd seen the list of presenters and it was, I
thought, a goldmine of people who would be able to help my research into the Pacific Theatre during the Second World War--radio
operators, retired Navy captains, combat fighter pilots. But such is the seductive power of the intrigue surrounding Earhart's
disappearance, that by lunchtime on Saturday I was as hooked as journalist, Joe Klaas was in 1967 when he met retired US Air
Force Major Joe Gervais, that led to him writing a book called, Amelia Earhart Lives! The book not only focused on
years of investigative research conducted by Joe Gervais, but on his insistence that a woman he met in New York in 1965, Irene
Bolam, used to be Amelia Earhart. And after watching some video and looking at the manuscript of another researcher,
Tod Swindell, who consulted with and studied the methods of experts to compare IB and AE physically--I think Joe Gervais was
right." New Zealand
Stateside journalist, Rosalea Barker, commenting on an Amelia Earhart research symposium she attended at the Oakland, California
Western Air and Space Museum.
Rollin C. Reineck in 1944
"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth
forensic analysis of the Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart to show the world they were one in the same
person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), reprinted from his book, Amelia Earhart Survived.
The (Subdued) Historical Importance of Joseph A. Gervais
By Tod Swindell
When I first came to know Major
Joseph A. Gervais in 1996, the renowned Amelia Earhart world-flight investigator whose trusty 35MM camera clicked the 1965
photo of Guy and Irene, I was surprised to learn a forensic comparison analysis of Irene's and Amelia's physical beings,
character traits, and full life histories had never been done before. So I consulted with experts and set out to orchestrate
one. As my Study progressed, beyond confirming that Amelia Earhart had known the original Irene Craigmile, it additionally
revealed how the once world-famous pilot was actually closer to the original Irene's aunt, a New York attorney she
knew through the international Zonta organization for professional women they both belonged to. It was through this friendship
that Amelia met and came to know the original Irene Craigmile, a once fledgling pilot who never really flew much--and
never belonged to the Zontas or the 99's as Amelia did.
The complete analysis made it clear: The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam), who Major
Gervais met and photographed in 1965, was not the original Irene Craigmile. Instead, at some point, perhaps
during the late stages of the war, the original Irene Craigmile's identity was made available for Amelia to henceforth
use... and to this day the general public remains unaware of what became of the original Irene Craigmile.
Retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais, was first to discover and reveal
this historical reality. The reason so many people never heard of him is because his solving of the missing person case of
Amelia Earhart by way of producing her body evidence in the form of the post-war Irene Craigmile Bolam, was categorically
subdued after Gervais went public with his discovery in 1970--by the former Amelia
Earhart herself, her sister, Muriel, and general 'official silence' toward the matter. It remained that way from that point
on, until Gervais and myself joined forces to deliver clarity to it all.
was there a head-to-toe, tear-duct to tear-duct physical match, but all character traits aligned as well;
handwriting, voice, friends, associates, associations, etc.
to toe, shoulder to shoulder; older to younger, younger to older,
they proved to be a perfect match to unlock a long ago, strong-cover latch.
Irene used to be Amelia or Amelia became Irene,
'twas never a false truth, nor a diabolical scheme.
Most turned a blind eye and went looking for her plane,
although such tomfoolery was always inane.
Others bet wages on decoys--showing how naive they could be,
while Amelia stared back averring to all,
"I did not sink in the sea!"
Above: Amelia Earhart's younger and older selves
combined stare back at the viewer. This is a true reality. Even so, the vast majority of people who heard about the Irene-Amelia
controversy always found it hard to fathom the idea of Amelia quietly living-on--and then adapting a preference for future
anonymity. This is because at some point in decades past they became convinced by numerous persuasions (see the 'Wikipedia'
example below) to accept that Amelia's ongoing existence well after she went missing was not true. Today, anyone genuinely
concerned about this might take heart in knowing there is nothing more real than the truth, and by now it has grown to exist
as a plain truth beyond all persuasions, that Amelia Earhart did quietly live-on after she went missing... and in
time changed her name to Irene.
In 2007, not long after
Tod Swindell and some of his ongoing study results appeared on a National Geographic Channel special about Amelia Earhart,
information about it was incorrectly conveyed through Wikipedia by a malcontent individual, one 'Dr. Alex Mandel.' Dr. Mandel,
a self-described "Amelia Earhart fanatic" created a misleading 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' page. His page contended
the assertion of Amelia Earhart continuing to live-on before changing her name to 'Irene' in pursuit of future privacy--was
proved false by a detective that had been hired by the National Geographic Society. This led to other 'malcontents' jumping
on to his false-reality bandwagon. True reality, however, shows the assertion was never proved false. In fact, the detective
Dr. Mandel referenced by name, Kevin Richlin, will verify to anyone he did not 'prove' the assertion false. As well, since
the National Geographic Channel aired its Amelia Earhart special those years ago, the truth of Amelia's post-loss survival
and name-change to 'Irene' continued to grow to a point where anymore it exists as an obvious reality. To further edify
this revelation for yourself, continue to review the volumes of information and comparison results pulled from The 1997-2017
Swindell Study on display in Irene-Amelia.com ...while comprehending it is all quite real.
A Veritable Punch In The Gut
By Tod Swindell
Over the years so many great
books featuring stories about Amelia Earhart--or specifically focusing on her person have been published. This includes the
great new Keith O'Brien book, Fly Girls (shown above) issued in 2019.
The automatic Amelia Earhart go-to biographies from the past
are those authored by Mary S. Lovell, Doris Rich, and Susan Butler. Susan Ware's Still Missing: Amelia Earhart and the
Search for Modern Feminism best portrays the enormous impact and immeasurable influence Amelia Earhart's persona had--not
only on American pop-culture--but globally as well.
All past Amelia Earhart biographies, of course, ended the story of Amelia's life on
July 2, 1937, the date she failed to report to Howland Island while nearing the end of her world-flight journey. To the millions
by now who have read and thoroughly digested them, it marks a veritable punch in their common gut to stoically advance in
a believable manner--that the complete history of Amelia Earhart's full life story each book presented--ended decades
before the physical body that housed Amelia Earhart's being actually ceased to exist.
This is why, in a way, it is
a true statement to say the Amelia Earhart who the world knew and loved so well did leave forever on July 2, 1937. For the
person she became after she went missing featured some readjusted core values that left her feeling different about things
in general throughout the remainder of her days. This most definitely included her own recognized reality
of no longer wanting to be a famous, public-life person due to her own thought processing.
Books that deeply researched and focused on the so-called
'mystery' of Amelia Earhart's 1937 'disappearance' put out by reputable publishers dating back to the 1960s,
foremost include Fred Goerner's, The Search For Amelia Earhart (1966), the Joe Klaas book, Amelia Earhart Lives
(1970), the Vincent Loomis book, Amelia Earhart: The Final Story (1985), and Randall Brink's, Lost Star: The Search
for Amelia Earhart (1994). Among them, the 1970 Klaas book and the 1994 Brink book were the only ones to seriously present
the possibility of Amelia's ongoing existence well beyond the World War Two era--with a different name applied to her person.
the onset of researching his book in 1980, Randall Brink personally interviewed the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile
(Bolam) twice, leaving him to later describe in his book the assertion of her having been the living, former Amelia
Earhart as a "tantalizingly persistent account." After Randall Brink reviewed key portions of The 1997-2017
Swindell Study results, he ultimately drew his alternate hypothesis conclusion, agreeing that the post-World War Two Irene
Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart could only have existed as one in the same life-long human being.
The Story Continues
Eighty-two years ago, Amelia Earhart
was declared "missing." Fifty years ago, in 1969, the McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, one of the largest and most
reputable publishers in the world, green-lighted the book, Amelia Earhart Lives to be issued. The book was based on
ten-years of investigative research conducted by one Joseph A. Gervais--who concluded Amelia Earhart quietly survived
after she was declared missing and that she was alive and well in the United States then, going by a different name. His claim
was taken seriously until the enigmatic woman who he asserted to be the 'former' Amelia Earhart refuted it. After
that, within weeks the book was being called a 'hoax' and was removed from the marketplace. However, the woman in question,
the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam), never proved she was not the former Amelia Earhart--and
as displayed in the Study, Joseph
A. Gervais' postulation about Amelia Earhart's continued existence as a renamed person was not off the mark.
Above, from The 1997-2017 Swindell
Study, this story appeared in the Asbury Park Evening Press on July 24, 1974, a date that marked Amelia Earhart's 77th
birthday. The public was largely unaware that the question concerning the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam's true
past still remained unanswered--four years after the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives asserted her to be the former
Amelia Earhart. By then the story about her had become
buried by other headline dominating controversies--such as the 1971 Pentagon Papers leak and the Watergate Scandal. Three
weeks after the above article ran, President Richard Nixon resigned due to his Watergate connection. Nine months later, in
1975, the fall of Saigon took place thus ending the Vietnam War--that the Pantagon Papers had revealed to be 'non-winnable.'
Soon after that, as her defamation lawsuit closed out its fifth year, few people were
aware that the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam had been asked to submit her fingerprints
to positively prove her identity. She refused to do so and optioned to settle her case against Amelia Earhart Lives
author, Joe Klaas, and investigative researcher, Joseph A. Gervais, for a mutual consideration amount of $10.00 ...that she
paid to them and they paid to her. The book's publisher, McGraw-Hill, was ordered to pay her $60,000 for what her attorney called "reputation damaging allegations" Amelia Earhart Lives contained
but provided no evidence to support.
Among them, it inferred she was a potential 'bigamist' who may have been a 'traitor to her country.' She flat out denied both
insinuations, but the bottom line, however, after all was said and done, was that she never proved she was not the former Amelia Earhart, and as The
Swindell Study results display, 'Amelia Earhart' most definitely had been the previous name of the post-World War
Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.
Next: How history initially viewed Amelia Earhart's missing person case and then quickly gave up on it.
Here's a brief look at
how United States history managed to swiftly close the book on Amelia Earhart's 'missing person case':
With no evidence to substantiate it, ever since the pre-World War Two
era the general public was encouraged to accept that Amelia Earhart died, "on or around July 2,
1937," the date she was reported 'missing' amid odd circumstances. Then in January of 1939, a year and
a half after she went missing, Amelia Earhart was legally declared "dead in absentia" thus closing
the book on her missing person case. Yet in subsequent decades much telling information was gathered that pointed
to a rush to judgment that left behind a miscalculated conclusion.
After Amelia's Missing Person Case Was Prematurely
In the decades that followed Amelia Earhart being declared "dead in absentia," a variety of conflicting
reports attempted to explain what really happened to her: "She was captured and executed," "She
died in a foreign prison," "She crashed her plane into the ocean," and "She died a castaway's
death on a desert island," became the most promoted ideas among them. Contrarily, any suggestions that presented
the possibility of Amelia continuing to live-on were swiftly dismissed. That is, until The 1997-2017 Swindell Study
results presented the first comprehensive analysis to clearly exhibit Amelia Earhart's continued existence
well beyond 1937, with a different name applied to her person.
On the subject of the post-World War Two Mrs.
Irene Craigmile (Bolam), (shown in another comparison below) since 1970, scholars kept asking a lingering, unanswered
question about this highly respected, all
be her 'enigmatic' woman. The Swindell Study learned how after World War Two she emerged from nowhere to begin working
as a respected figure in the New York banking industry, and to acquaintances she sometimes described herself as a 'former pilot' who 'used to know' Amelia
Earhart. Anymore, however, by virtue of the Study, the reality of her past is now clearly observable in a forensic way...
and there is no going back.
Tear-Duct To Tear-Duct
Above: Top row Amelia's eyes; Second row Irene's eyes;
Third row superimposed in perfect alignment.
©2017 'The 1997-2017
Handwriting Comparison Intro
Below find two exhibits from the handwriting portion of the study. The first one features a 1967 sample of the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) cursive handwriting compared to Amelia Earhart's
own cursive, "Amelia M Earhart" High School signature.
Notice here as well, the post-war Irene's use of non-denial
'denial' language within her reply letter to Joseph A. Gervais, who two years after they met each other had written to
inquire if she was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' They day they met in 1965--at a gathering of pilots from the 'golden
age' of aviation--is when retired Air Force Major, Joseph A. Gervais, a formidable pilot himself, first began to suspect
the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) to be the living, former Amelia Earhart--who had somehow 'privately
survived and assumed a new identity' after she was declared 'missing.'
In her present-tense rebuttal here, the post-war Irene refers
Joseph A. Gervais to two long time pilot friends of hers, Viola Gentry and Elmo Pickerill, by writing:
they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile."
Amelia's own "Amelia M Earhart" signature from a form she filled out in high school added to the document.
©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study.'
Left side above: Post-war Irene Craigmile (Bolam) cursive letter samples; Right
side above: Amelia Earhart cursive letter samples. ©2017 'The 1997-2017
In consideration of some
opinions expressed about the Irene-Amelia controversy...
"It did become evident that Amelia's family, the original
Irene Craigmile's family, and the Smithsonian Institution did not like what I had done. The study I conducted revealed how
this five-decades-old, never proved-false claim was true all along--in lieu of common influences that left people believing
it wasn't true ever since 1970, when the 'claim' of Amelia's quiet survival and name-change to 'Irene' first made national
headlines. The problem remained though, that no one ever proved it wasn't true because it wasn't possible.
Now it is clear that Amelia did live-on after she went missing and later became known as 'Irene,' and that there was more
than one person attributed to the same 'Irene' identity. Although the general public still finds it difficult to accept this
truth, where the study results made it so obvious, it is time for history to address the reality of it as pragmatically as
possible." Tod Swindell, 2019
Dr. Tom Crouch
The Smithsonina's Dr. Tom Crouch always has--and continues to this day--to influence
news media sources not to pay attention to the Amelia became Irene truth, even though by now it has evolved to exist as an
obvious reality. It is time for Dr. Crouch and his constituents to get real about this.
Oddly professing to know what Amelia's own preference would
be, the Smithsonian's Dorothy Cochrane as well refuses to endorse the now obvious reality of the post-World War Two 'Irene
Craigmile (Bolam)' having been previously known as, Amelia Earhart.
Amelia, age thirty-one
Above Center: Again from The 1997-2017 Swindell
Study, Amelia Earhart at age thirty-one and a 1970 photo of the post-World War Two 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile
(Bolam)' digitally superimposed.
"The girl in brown who walks alone."
One-line description of Amelia Earhart from her senior high school
Below: Two 1976 photos of the former Amelia Earhart signing autographs after reading some of her poetry at
a Zonta function held in Detroit, Michigan. When she was known as 'Amelia' she was much appreciated for her poetry. Amelia
was also the Zonta's most famous member in the 1930s. The original Irene Craigmile was never a Zonta member, but her attorney
aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who Amelia knew well, had been a charter Zonta member and one of its chapter presidents.
No doubt attorney Irene was keenly instrumental with Amelia's World War Two era conversion that left her further known as,
'Irene Craigmile.' [Photos courtesy of pilot-author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who attended the event that day.]
In the above-left photo, the post-World War Two Mrs.
Irene Craigmile (Bolam), AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart' shown in the center dressed in brown and adorning her trademark
pendant, signs autographs for some of the attendees. In the above right photo, the former Amelia Earhart's face-profile is
to the far left. Below: Amelia Earhart's former and later-life face profiles are superimposed using the upper-right
Of note, there is little doubt Amelia had some post-loss surgical
work done that slightly altered her visage. The now late, Dr. Walter S. Birkby, a well-recognized Forensic Anthropologist
in his time who served as a consultant and advisor for Tod Swindell, determined she might have endured a 'deviated septum
rhinoplasty' procedure and possibly some 'skin tucking' that slightly furrowed her brow. Even back then these would not have
been extensive or dangerous procedures, but along with her older-age fashion and hair style changes they made it more difficult
for people to recognize her once famous image. Joseph A. Gervais still did manage to recognize her though, when he encountered
her face-to-face in 1965 at an 'Early Birds of Aviation' luncheon in New York, thus placing him on a treadmill of
truth-seeking to learn why Amelia ultimately changed her name--that he remained on to his dying day in 2005.
left, five years before she became famous, Amelia Earhart took a 'Carmen Sandiego-like' selfie by pointing her camera
into a mirror. Above right, from The Swindell Study she's digitally superimposed with
her later-life self.
analysis contained in The 1997-2017 Swindell Study displayed how the post-World War Two 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' used
to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.' However, as of this writing constituents of the Smithsonian Institution--along with the families
of Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile have yet to endorse this truth--even though it now stands
out as an obvious reality. It seems their common preference is for the general public to ignore the
reality of Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence with a different name--in favor of always believing and accepting
that Amelia 'must have died somehow' approximate to when she became a 'missing person' in 1937.
Next: More On The Original 'Irene Craigmile,'
Who Amelia Earhart Was Acquainted With In The 1930s
Above: An old newspaper photo
of the original Irene Craigmile. As part of a thoroughly arranged effort to enable Amelia Earhart's post-loss name
change, The Swindell Study discovered how clear photos of the original Irene Craigmile were expunged
at some point, leaving them to no longer be evident in the public realm. So much
enabled the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) to not be indentified in photos of Irene Craigmile prior to the
mid-1940s, since she did not exist as Irene Craigmile before then. [This is a true statement solidly edified within The
Swindell Study results]
"The above photo appeared in the September 1, 1932
edition of the Akron Beacon Journal. Amelia Earhart is outlined in white and the original Irene Craigmile is outlined in black.
(The original Irene's husband of three years, Charles Craigmile, tragically died the year before.) The newspaper
image quality is very poor, especially of the original Irene Craigmile who is fully shaded between pilots Viola Gentry
(a past good friend of Amelia's) and Edith Foltz. The original Irene Craigmile was not yet a licensed pilot at the
time this photo was taken. As soon as she became a licensed pilot in mid-1933, she realized she was pregnant out of wedlock,
gave birth to her child in 1934, and barely flew again until her pilot's license lapsed in 1937." Tod Swindell
Above, as depicted in the title of Monica Kulling's 1996 book, at
the time it was published pop culture had long-been conditioned to consider that Amelia Earhart 'vanished without a trace'
in 1937, even though such a thing never really happened.
"Amelia Earhart did not 'vanish' as so often
described. (People do not actually do that.) Rather, after she went missing--having been thrust into a situation that no doubt
featured some trying circumstances--she continued to exist away from the public eye. Then during the World War Two era, after
developing a yen for ongoing privacy in her future years, she took the name of a 1930s acquaintance of hers, Irene Craigmile,
after it was made available to her. Some twenty-years later she was discovered living as 'Irene' in New York. Five-years after
that, in 1970, she was called-out for who she used to
be against her will. So much engaged her ever-commanding presence to publicly decry the reality of her past--and everyone believed her." Tod Swindell
"Over the nine years spanning her first and last transoceanic
flights, Amelia Earhart became one of the most famous women in the world. The private Amelia disliked that fame intensely."
Earhart author-historian, Doris Rich
"After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."
Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a later life close friend of the former Amelia Earhart
History To Consider
A Brief Look At Amelia Earhart's Nine Years Of Fame
In 1928, at the the age of thirty, Amelia Earhart suddenly found
herself famous for becoming the first woman to fly in an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean. Four years later, she became
the first woman to solo a plane across the Atlantic and only the second person since Charles Lindbergh. As a result, for the
next five years she was one of the most famous women in the world--until she suddenly became a missing person on the opposite
side of the globe. Here are a few observations about her rise to fame--and the viewpoint she maintained about being famous:
"God, the world hounded
that woman after she became famous." A quote from Jackie Cochran, talking about her 1930s friend, Amelia Earhart
private Amelia hated that fame intensely."Author-historian, Doris
Rich describes how Amelia Earhart felt about being world famous.
drifted into adulthood with only vague ideas of her future. When she did become famous, she didn't like it much." "People
expected Earhart to spend her life speaking out, teaching, and flying for adventure and joy. But then she mysteriously vanished--and
so became a legend." Quotes from author-historian, Adam Woog on Amelia Earhart
"In 1937, Amelia Earhart announced that her world flight would be her 'last great flight.'
She also said she would no longer be 'flying for records,' and she told reporters that Jackie Cochran was the new woman pilot
they should start paying attention to. A few months later, Amelia went missing. A year and a half after that she was declared
'dead in absentia.' Nine months after that, in September of 1939, Germany invaded Poland to begin World War Two, leaving most
of the curiosity toward what happened to Amelia Earhart lost in the following war-time shuffle. That is until 1959, when the
private investigation dubbed, "Operation Earhart" by USAF Captains Joseph A. Gervais and Bob Dinger commenced in
the region Amelia went missing--in an effort to determine what really happened to her. Six years later, in 1965, Joseph A.
Gervais met the post-World War Two only 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' face-to-face at a lunch
gathering of prominent pilots from the Golden Age of Aviation--and he recognized her as the former
Amelia Earhart. Five years later, he went public with his 'Operation Earhart' conclusion within the context of the book, Amelia
Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas. After that, although endlessly subjected to naysayers and ridicule, Joseph A. Gervais never
denied having met the former Amelia Earhart in 1965--all the way to his dying day in 2005. This is because he was
certain about it, where he had studied Amelia's missing person case and her later existence as 'Irene' enough to fully understand
and accept that he knew what he knew." Tod Swindell
Greta Garbo: A Prime Example Of
One Individual's 'Psyche' No Longer Wanting To Be Recognized As A 'World Famous' Person:
"I never said,
""I want to be alone."" What I did say was, ""I want to be left alone."" The
words of Greta Garbo. [Note: At age 36 in 1941, Greta Garbo chose to abandon her superstar motion picture career in Hollywood. She
never returned to it, opting to live in relative obscurity for the remainder of her days.]