"The most thorough review and examination of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and missing
person case ever conducted."
Amelia Earhart in her thirty-first year,
when she instantly became famous.
Doris Kearns Goodwin and
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin (left)
and Amy Kleppner
Educator, Doctor of Philosophy, Amelia Earhart's niece.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Also honoring the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who, "...bore
witness to, argued for, and helped to constitutionalize the most hard fought and least-appreciated revolution in modern American
history: the emancipation of women. Aside from Thurgood Marshall, no single American has so wholly advanced the cause of equality
under the law." Jill Lepore, The New Yorker
Amelia Earhart, 1937
Earhart was interested in the status of women from an early age. She compiled a scrapbook about women who had nontraditional
jobs, mainly in male dominated fields. She wanted women to achieve greater equality in the aviation industry. For example,
she hoped that women would be able to fly commercial aircraft eventually. She persisted because she loved aviation and she
also was passionate about achieving equality for women." Amelia's niece, Amy Kleppner [2018 Canary & Co interview]
Caution: Avoid the claims of Tighar and other Amelia Earhart 'we solved the mystery' canvassers that skew the reality of
what happened to Amelia in 1937 -- by steering the news media in a variety of misleading directions.
"Amelia Eahart died on a desert island well
south of the equator and her remains were
devoured by thousands of tiny crabs."
"Amelia flew-on aimlessly after missing
Howland Island, eventually exhausted her ample
fuel supply, and spiraled into the Pacific Ocean."
Above are examples of 'Earhart
misleads' errantly played-up by the news media. These two and a number of other invented theories lacked validity
from the start, since only one truth ever existed to account for what became of Amelia Earhart after she was declared 'missing'
fifty-years ago, yet tactfully downplayed since then, in recent years the reality of what became of Amelia Earhart
after she went missing grew to be obvious -- and is now plain to see.
Take your time, here it is:
Most people forgot about this national news
story from 1970. Except, they shouldn't have.
years ago, a controversial claim about Amelia Earhart surfaced that was covered by all U.S. news outlets. It had to do with
information contained in a newly published book about Amelia -- that led to a major press conference:
On November 11, 1970, news reporters and cameramen crowded into a conference room at the Time-Life Building in New York City, to listen to Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam respond to a broad-minded implication about
her that appeared in a new book about Amelia Earhart -- who she acknowledged was a long ago friend of hers.
Wielding a strong and certain voice, the enigmatic 'Irene' stood
alone while reading a formal statement prepared by her attorney. She then held her ground while briefly answering a few questions,
before leaving the room. Except, the story about her was far from over. Four years later, in 1974, this mention appeared in a follow-up article on the book's assertion about, Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, AKA "Mrs. Guy Bolam":
Curious, how after four years of debating it, the United States legal system still could not decide if Mrs. Guy Bolam
was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart(?) On the surface that seems a bit odd. Peering below the surface helps one
to understand why, since she actually was the former Amelia Earhart.
Above, proud with her wings is the same
person who held the
1970 press conference; the former Amelia Earhart, in 1977.
Those who do not think this is possible, keep going, you soon
will, for it has grown to exist as an obvious reality. This is true,
notwithstanding U.S. Federal Government agents,
Earhart status-quo stalwarts whom for fifty-years
have influenced the general
public not to believe or accept it,
most significantly in the interest of historical convenience.
From Below The Surface Arises A Recently
Completed, In-Depth Review & Forensic Analysis
Of The Life Of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam
By virtue of an independent investigative research and human comparison study, it is
now plain to observe what the news media did not notice those years ago about the woman above in question, Mrs. Irene O'Crowley
Most importantly, the analysis
revealed she was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who Amelia Earhart did know in the 1930s:
Below: A 1930 dated newspaper
photo of Charles James Craigmile,
(left) with his wife, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
and Irene's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley, (right).
the original Irene O'Crowley (later 'Craigmile') in 1918, at age fourteen:
[Learn more about the original Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile further down.]
Unrealized by reporters at the time, the Irene who held the
1970 press conference appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s, and as it turned out, according to the study
results, she indeed was identical to Amelia Earhart.
Incredibly enough, a comparison study to determine if she at all resembled Amelia Earhart had never
been done before, until a comprehensive one commenced in recent years gone by. From the study results here are a few 'digital
from the comparison study observe digitally combined
images of Amelia Earhart and the 'Irene'
who held the 1970 press conference. Below are digital transition examples:
Head-to-toe physical bodies and character
traits all lined up.
Amelia Earhart, age 38 in 1935...
...the post-1940 Irene who
held the 1970 press conference,
the way she looked in 1946.
fifty-years news reporters and the general public have been persuaded by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic
Society [both subservient agencies of the U.S. Federal Government] not to recognize the distinguished and proud looking person
above as the former Amelia Earhart, even though that is exactly who she used to be. The Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
who Amelia Earhart knew in the 1930s, was an entirely different person.
Another digital composite example of
Amelia and the post-1940 Irene,
['Digital composites' are
displayed throughout the study.]
the 1930s, Amelia Earhart was acquainted
with the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
whose name she later used for herself:
The original Irene O'Crowley
shown next to her plane in
1933, did not
Amelia Earhart. She
also commonly referred to as, 'Irene
Craigmile' as listed below:
Amelia Earhart in 1921. In 1928, when she was thirty
suddenly became famous. Not long after that she met Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile. Years later in 1937,
Amelia was declared
a missing person. Then in 1939, to release her estate to her
Amelia was legally declared 'dead in absentia' after no
evidence of her person's ongoing existence
was produced. Except
Amelia did not die back then. Rather, she lived on and ended up
assuming the leftover identity of the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, and was known by that name for the rest of her life.
Below, in 1967, Elmo Pickerill, Secretary of the Early Birds of
Aviation, wrote the following about the original Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile, to Joseph A. Gervais. Mr. Pickerill
knew the original Irene had been a pilot "pal" of Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry in the 1930s:
In the full context of his letter, Elmo Pickerill
did his best to convince Joe Gervais that the post-1940 Irene and the original Irene were one in the same. Gervais,
who had met the post-1940 Irene in 1965, knew better and did not believe him.
Viola Gentry, who also knew the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, was a good pilot
friend of Amelia's and pretty famous herself. Note the news mention below that lists the address Viola had in Brooklyn (316
Rutland) that was also listed for the original Irene under her photo above.
Above, there were a few lady pilots who lived at the 316 Rutland
Rd. apartment building located in the heart of Brooklyn. To the right is Viola Gentry, who became famous before Amelia Earhart
did after she flew under the Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge on the same day in 1926. A terrible plane crash derailed
her career in 1929, but not enough to keep her from becoming a charter member of the 99s with her friend, Amelia, who
chiefly organized it that year and served as its first president. The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who only
flew for about a year and a half after her husband, Charles, died in late 1931, was never listed as a 99s member. Viola often
included her within her own piloting network, though, as cited in the two clippings below. It was Amelia who introduced the
original Irene to Viola. The two experienced pilots took the newly-widowed original Irene under their combined
wings, until the original Irene realized she was pregnant out of wedlock in mid-1933. Her piloting days fizzled out
after that, and by the time 1940 arrived the original Irene was no longer evident. Amelia later assumed the original
Irene's leftover identity for herself to use. It was something that Viola, Amelia's sister, Muriel, and quite likely, Amelia's
mother, Amy Otis Earhart, were made aware of and proved instrumental in protecting the secrecy of it all in their later life
"The Flying Cashier"
A 1933 press notice citing Viola Gentry
as the governor of Connecticut's invited guest of honor with the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile joining her. Jack
Warner is also mentioned, who Viola secretly wed--and then kept it a secret as long as she could.
Another 1933 press notice telling of Viola Gentry entertaining Lady Drummond Hay of England, with
other lady pilots including the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Note: Pearl Pellaton also had an apartment at 316
Above: The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (left)
in 1930; the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam (right) FKA Amelia Earhart, in 1965. They were two different individuals
attributed to the same identity in different eras. Obfuscated over time by different theories and postulations, as convoluted
as the famous story of Amelia Earhart's 1937 'disappearance' grew to be, what became of her is now understandable in this
simplified way: At some point after Amelia went missing, unknown to the general public, she changed her name and lived-on
for decades that way.
Reproduced from the original negative
is the photo
the former Amelia Earhart taken on August
A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) in East
New York, outside of the
Sea Spray Inn.
August 9, 1965; Viola Gentry and the former Amelia Earhart's
British husband, Guy Bolam, who she wed in 1958. (Photo taken
by the former Amelia outside of the Sea Spray Inn.)
Pilot friends Amelia Earhart, Elinor
Smith, and Viola Gentry, after Amelia's
Atlantic Ocean crossing in 1932
In black and white, this is the way the
photo of Guy and
appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives (below)
by Joe Klass, who shared
its copyright with Joseph A. Gervais.
Viola Gentry, Amelia's
sister, Muriel, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's family, and a few devoted others, (and 'official government
silence' toward the matter) helped to protect Amelia's later life privacy by only referring to her as 'Irene.'
expound on how the historical anomaly of Amelia Earhart's continued incognito existence came to be, a close review
of some forgotten facts pertaining to her 1937 disappearance and missing person case is essential:
What the General Public Never
Knew about Amelia Earhart, after
she went 'missing' on July 2, 1937.
The above passage was excerpted from
a 1938 White
transcript. Read more about it further down.
"You're onto something that will stagger
The 1962 words of retired United States Navy Commander,
John Pillsbury, as told to CBS Radio Journalist, Fred Goerner, who had recently begun investigating Amelia Earhart's
1937 disappearance. Commander Pillsbury's words referenced the truth about Amelia Earhart;
a 'truth' that U.S. Naval Intelligence was privy to dating
back to the World War Two era. At the time, Fred Goerner had recently convinced CBS to sponsor
his own truth-seeking effort after he learned of an already in-progess overseas investigation known as, Operation Earhart -- that was being conducted by three Air Force officers; USAF Captains Joseph A. Gervais,
Bob Dinger, and Paul Briand Jr.
Above left: Fred Goerner, of the CBS Radio network, is shown
at his broadcasting desk in 1965. His 1966 expose', The
Search For Amelia Earhart (center) reached #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List. On the right he is shown with
famous television personality, Art Linkletter, during his book's promotional tour.
After reviewing the overseas preliminary findings of Operation Earhart, that
featured numerous testimonials pertaining to Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence after July 2, 1937, Goerner also traveled
to the South Sea Islands region where Amelia was last known to be. Once there, he learned for himself that the famous pilot
did not just 'up and disappear'. As well, for three years, U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Commander, Admiral Chester Nimitz, helped
with Goerner's investigation and confided to him that it was, "known and documented in Washington" that Amelia and
her navigator, Fred Noonan, were "picked up by Japan in the Marshall Islands" and they were sequestered there during
the onset of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Supplementing Admiral Nimitz' 1960s' statement to Fred Goerner, news items akin to this Associated Press article
lead-in from 2002, continually managed to surface over the years, only to be left unaddressed in an official way:
In the 1960s, Fred Goerner found it difficult
to draw a conclusion on what became of Amelia Earhart after she was rescued, so based on a second-hand account, he postulated
that Amelia may have died of dysentery while in Japan's care, although his suggestion never came close to being authenticated.
Today, as if by historical design, few people recall Fred Goerner or
his book for a couple of reasons: One dates back to the pre-World War Two administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt,
and the other pertains to a post-World War Two 'pact'
made between the United States and Japan, leaving 'official silence' to always be adhered to by both countries... not only
when it came to what happened to Amelia Earhart in July of 1937, but as well, when it came to the circumstances she was subjected
to as she continued to live-on afterward:
"Numerous investigations foundered
on official silence in Washington and Tokyo, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." 1982, aviation historians, Marylin Bender and Selig Altschul on the
1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person cases of Amelia Earhart, and her navigator, Fred Noonan, quoted from their
book, The Chosen Instrument.
Here again, consider the following words from
a 1938 White House transcript that concerned the true circumstances of Amelia Earhart's 'disappearance' from
the previous year:
Of note, whatever President Franklin
Roosevelt's administration withheld about Amelia Earhart's unanticipated world flight ending, it never did make it public.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
I hope I've just got to never make it public." Quoted
from a 1938 White House transcript concerning what actually happened
to Amelia Earhart -- nine months after she was reported missing. In the past it was evidenced that President
Roosevelt's administration withheld important information it knew pertaining to the true fate of Amelia Earhart. Although
FDR's administration never lied about it, its silence toward the matter projected a non-truth that suggested
Amelia vanished without a trace and she was never seen again.
Except... that simply did not happen.
Eisenhower Sample: Non-Truth
Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th President
of the United States; Five Star WWII
General; championed NASA to the forefront of the space race in the 1950s.
Note as well, he became a close friend of pilot, Jackie Cochran,
and her husband,
Odlum, who helped to finance Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight attempt.
Non-truths are creations
that come in all shapes and sizes. Truths, on the other hand, exist as they are in a 'one size fits all' fashion,
although they can be altered to not fit so well.
A government will sometimes deem a non-truth
necessary to project and adhere to for what it considers to be, 'the better good' of its body public. An example
of this is found in the non-truthful statement President Dwight D. Eisenhower willfully made to the American
public on national television -- that pertained to Russia's May of 1960 downing of U-2 pilot, Francis Gary Powers, deep inside
When the truthful circumstances of what actually happened were divulged by Russia, President Eisenhower had no choice
but to address the nation once again -- to
admit that initially he had 'knowingly' but 'necessarily' as well, delivered a non-truthful
statement about the Powers' incident to the American public.
President Richard Nixon demonstrated his
"official silence" about Amelia Earhart in 1970:
Milhous Nixon, 37th President
of the United
States of America, served as
In 1970, four years after Fred Goerner's book came out, when the new claim describing Amelia
Earhart's continued existence in the United States with a different identity made national news, important opinions were sought. When
he was casually asked about it, though, President Richard Nixon dryly replied, "We don't discuss that subject around
being 'Earhart' and 'around here' meaning 'the White House'.]
"Truth is not a mystery -- its greatest secrets
are yours to know through simple honesty and surrender to what that honesty reveals." John
Above left, TV news reporter, Merrill
Dean Magley; above right,
former Seton Hall College President, Monsignor James Francis Kelley
"After all she had been through, she
didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." 1987, Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996)
as told to reporter, Merrill Dean Magley. The well known monsignor was one of the former Amelia Earhart's closest
friends in her post-1940 years. To select individuals he confided in, Monsignor Kelley spoke truthfully about his friend,
Irene's past just as he did to Dean Magley and his wife, Carol, in the mid-1980s. Dean Magley was the only news reporter on
record that Monsignor Kelley opened up to. As shown in the following 1982 clipping, he had steered clear of addressing his
friend, Irene's dual identity to other reporters:
Below left, Monsignor
James Francis Kelley dines with the former Amelia Earhart in 1978. Below right, Monsignor Kelley introduces LPGA
golfer, Janey Blalock, to Pope Paul VI. Monsignor Kelley, who held Doctorate degrees in Psychology and Philosophy, served
as a post-war "emotional healer and spiritual guide" for the former Amelia Earhart, and admitted to helping
her with her identity change. Read more about him further down.
"Either you deal with what is
or you can be
sure that the reality is going
to deal with you."
may imagine things that are false, but they can only understand things that are true."
"I can calculate the motion of bodies,
but not the madness of people."
Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727)
Laws of Physics Applied to
the True Fate of Amelia Earhart
Isaac Newton's first law of physics states that every object will remain at rest or
in uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled to change its state by the action of an external force. Here, consider
Amelia Earhart as the 'object' in question, where "force is equal to the change in momentum," and "for every
action in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction."
Amelia flew in "a straight line" until her failure to locate Howland Island (the "external
force") compelled her to change her state of being to no longer proceed that way. Relatively, the external force converted
her momentum into a life saving measure within her "equal, opposite reaction." Ultimately, Amelia managed to ditch
her plane on another land mass located in the southernmost Marhsall Islands, technically a 'no fly zone' earlier mandated
as the Imperial Nipponese Islands. There, she remained for a few days before she was picked up, and soon after that she and
her navigator, Fred Noonan, found themselves subjugated by the precarious circumstance their failure to locate Howland Island
that, and throughout the course of the war, Amelia continued to exist amid unknown circumstances, and she managed to live-on
for decades as well... all be her in virtual anonymity in comparison to the world famous person she used
As for Fred Noonan,
perhaps it's best to consider that what became of him remains stuck in the abyss of history's missing pages.
Face Recognition programs
arrived in the Twenty-First Century.
Amelia Earhart, 1937
Post-1940 Irene, 1965
Irene & Amelia
Post-1940 Irene, 1965
Digital Face Recognition
resolved the post-1940 Irene
and Amelia as one in the same.
Below: Two digitally combined images
showing Amelia Earhart's person
in her younger form as Amelia,
and in her older form as Irene.
human comparison study included a modern Digital Face Recognition analysis that resolved Amelia Earhart and the
Irene who faced
the press in 1970, to have been one in the same human being. There is no denying this now verified reality. Henceforth,
it stands to be rationally accepted by serious historians, or to be irrationally contradicted by people
less aware of the facts that pertained to Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person case.
The material presented here displays the truth pertaining
to what became of the famous pilot, Amelia Earhart, after she was reported 'missing' in 1937. This is not a new realization,
but it has been a steadfastly subdued one.
For years, a collection of Amelia Earhart authors
already agreed, (their books shown above) and now more experts are aligning themselves with the findings of the innovative,
'digital forensic comparison analysis' that
clarified the reality of Amelia Earhart's historically obfuscated, post-1940 existence with a different name.
1.) The analysis deeply evaluated the most prominent theories
that attempted to unravel 'the mystery' of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance.
2.) In the process, it discovered something never before realized about
the maverick 1960s investigation known as Operation Earhart, that caused quite a news story in 1970, when it went public with its conclusion.
3.) Based on the results of its ten-year independent investigation,
Operation Earhart boldly asserted, with a reasonable foundation for doing so, that Amelia Earhart quietly lived-on
well after she was declared missing, and that she had changed her name to 'Irene'. Strangely enough, decades would
go by after Operation Earhart made its assertion, before the 'Irene' in question was actually compared to
The forensic comparison
analysis evaluated and compared full bodies and character traits, and issued positive Digital Face Recognition results. Experts whom have reviewed the study results now agree that Amelia Earhart did live-on, and she eventually became known as, Irene
[Note: Previously, the United States Federal Government never issued a statement about the unresolved,
'Amelia became known as Irene' postulation.]
Incredibly, until the recent analysis took place an Amelia to Irene forensic comparison study had
never been done before. The final results exhibited an overall physical and character traits congruence, and revealed that
the woman in question known as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam' appeared nowhere identified that way prior to the 1940s.
While this has always existed as the true account of
what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937, dating back to 1970, when it was first made public, it ended
up being a suppressed reality.
More digital composites follow...
Amelia & the post-1940 Irene digitally
Sisters Amelia and Muriel
It's no coincidence that Amelia Earhart's
only sibling, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who died in 1998, was an acquaintance of the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in
her later life years. Except, if people dared to ask it of Muriel about Irene, she immediately denied that she was her survived
sister going by a different name, insisting at the same time that she demonstrated "practically no physical resemblance"
to Amelia. This of course, was before the comparison results showed there had been more than one person attributed
to the same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile identity, and how the bodies of the post-1940 only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
and Amelia Earhart were virtual carbon copies of each other. Below, Muriel is quoted in a 1982 newspaper article rejecting
the still ongoing assertion that her 'Zonta sister' friend, Irene, (whose death had recently been inaccurately reported)
was actually her survived sister, Amelia, going by a different name. The "soon after the story broke" mention referred
to Operation Earhart's 1970 newsmaking claim about Irene:
Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who died in 1998, was a key part of
the network that protected the reality of her sister's post-war existence as Irene.
|POST-WAR IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE-BOLAM (fka Amelia) 1965
U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr.
"I have carefully studied the presentation. Its conclusion that there was more than
one Irene O'Crowley Craigmile has completely convinced me that this is indeed the case. The study results also convinced
me that one of them used to be Amelia Earhart. Incredible. It is quite an impressive package. Keep charging - Gene." A note forwarded
to the forensic analysis and comparison study orchestrator, Tod Swindell, from retired
U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot. Rear Admiral Tissot was a prominent member of the Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers from 1989 to 2014.
Tissot's father, Ernie Tissot, served as Amelia Earhart's head plane mechanic during
her 1935 Hawaii to Oakland flight.
"Foudray calls the
investigative research of Gervais and 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 proprietor
of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison, Kansas, 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. She is shown on the front porch of the home where Amelia Earhart was born
in Atchison, Kansas. Lou lived there for many years and was one of the learned individuals who recognized
Amelia's post-loss existence with a different name.
USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck in 1944
"Your work relating to Amelia Earhart and Irene O'Crowley Craigmile is absolutely outstanding. There is no other
way to describe it." Author-historian, Colonel
Rollin C. Reineck, USAF (Ret.), in response to Tod Swindell's Amelia Earhart investigative forensic
research and comparison analysis.
"I suppose I know
this story better than anyone from within the public realm. I've been studying and writing about it since the mid-1990s. Along
the way, as a result of the combined efforts of myself and other Earhart truth seers before me, and more recently
by way of the comparison analysis results, I watched the veracity of Amelia Earhart having changed her name to Irene and living well beyond 1937, evolve into what can only be described as, "an obvious reality."
there is a common opposing 'think-tank' out there, or a legion of important sounding individuals if you will,
that continues to ridicule and/or argue against this truth, but that is destined to change. [Wikipedia's
"Irene Craigmile Bolam" page concocted by a Dr. Alex Mandel of Ukraine, that falsely states a Nat Geo hired
forensic detective concluded the post-1940 Irene and Amelia were not one in the same, is one 'truth detraction' example among
several.] TIGHAR; wrong. Nauticos; wrong. Amelia somehow dying while in Japan's custody; wrong. All wrong.
lived-on after 1937, and for reasons only she and a select few others knew coming out of the World War Two years, (future
privacy for herself easily listed among them) she optioned, no doubt with important supportive assistance, to assume
a different identity. Where people still have a hard time accepting such a reality about this historically formidable, equal-rights
advocate, (beyond fighting for gender equality, Amelia was outspoken about the mistreatment of African Americans a decade
prior to Jackie Robinson being allowed to step onto a Major League Baseball diamond) yes, where people
still have a hard time accepting this now recognizable truth, it is because the curious were always led in other directions
that kept them from studying the bigger picture... of Amelia Earhart."
After she married Guy Bolam of England
in 1958, the post-1940 Irene's full name became Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. The above 1977 taken photo and
caption were featured in a 2003
Los Angeles Times article that
acknowledged her still unresolved 'identity' question. Prior to it appearing in the Times, this photo had never been publicly
displayed before. Anymore, reality tells us that it features the former Amelia Earhart when she was about
to turn eighty-years old.
The L.A. Times caption under the above photo is not fully accurate. There was a lawsuit, but the post-1940 Irene (FKA 'Amelia')
never actually dropped it. It took five years, but in December of 1975, the former Amelia Earhart won her defamation
case against the McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. (She was awarded $60k.) However, she did not sue McGraw-Hill
for calling her out as the former Amelia Earhart. Rather, she cited a book it published in 1970, titled Amelia
Earhart Lives, had falsely alleged that she was a 'bigamist' and a 'traitor to her country' and she sued for libel, where,
according to her attorney, the 'damaging to her reputation' allegation were 'reckless miscalculations.'
What did go relatively unnoticed, though, as alluded to in the caption, was that per the outcome of her case, and based on
the court's summary judgment recommendation, she settled with the
book's authors, Joe Klaas and Joseph A. Gervais, by way of exchanging ten-dollars
of consideration with them, after she
refused to submit her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity.
The controversial 1970 book, Amelia
Earhart Lives (left) featured a somewhat candidly taken '1965' photograph (right) of the former Amelia Earhart
with her British husband, Guy Bolam. The book was written and published without the former Amelia's cooperation or
endorsement and she strongly disapproved of it. She immediately fought to discount it, and denied her famous past in the process.
McGraw-Hill removed its best selling book from the stores, although forty-thousand copies had already made it into circulation.
Portions of Amelia Earhart Lives did contain some far-out speculating, but it presented an interesting alternate viewpoint
of Amelia's fate and included some fascinating anecdotal information in the process. Although it ended up being widely discredited
by historians, the writing of Joe Klaas gripped the attention of its readers as he profiled and expounded on the decade long
'Operation Earhart' investigation effort led by Joseph A. Gervais. It was eventually republished through the Author's Guild.
The above excerpt came from a 1987 newspaper article.
Upon observation, there hasn't been a forensic expert
or historian that disagreed with the results of what is now being referred to as: "The most thorough review and examination of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and missing
person case ever conducted."
Please observe here once again
that there was more than
one person attributed to the same
'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' identity.
[Take your time, there is
much more information to digest here.]
Below are clear images of the former
Amelia Earhart as she appeared in 1965 and 1977.
For decades gone by, the general public was conditioned by the Smithsonian Institution not to accept the reality of
her past identity. It is true, though, after she went missing, in time Amelia Earhart became known as, Irene O'Crowley
Below, once again
|DIGITAL FACE RECOGNITION = ONE IN THE SAME
Below, once again,
|DIGITAL FACE RECOGNITION = ONE IN THE SAME
Close-up, Amelia's eyes:
Below: Close-up, the post-1940 Irene's eyes:
Below: Amelia's &
the post-1940 Irene's eyes digitally combined
displayed a perfect match pupil to pupil; tear-duct to tear-duct.
|PHOTO CREDIT: JOSEPH A. GERVAIS, AUGUST 8, 1965
Above, whether or not people choose to
believe or accept it, this is
the former Amelia Earhart the way she looked in the summer of 1965.
certainty that Amelia Earhart became known as 'Irene' in her post-1940 years was further enhanced by the discovery that she
had been acquainted with the original Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile, a once budding pilot, who looked nothing like her:
Above again: Charles J. Craigmile
and the original Irene nee O'Crowley
Craigmile in 1930.
were gone by the time World War Two began.]
It is no accident that clear visual evidence of the original Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile is difficult to come by. Yet the available visible evidence of her the analysis managed to locate -- that shows her prior to the
1940s -- revealed a person who did not at all resemble Amelia Earhart. The analysis also examined the life story of the original
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, a former pilot friend of Amelia's, whose name and identity Amelia assumed for herself to use at
some point after her disappearance.
Notwithstanding the contradicting viewpoints issued
in the past by off-the-mark influences, to include wikipedia and the trademarked Amelia Earhart brand, the post-1940 Irene
did used to be known as Amelia Earhart.
People who still consider this reality to be 'suspect'
might recall the variety of failed 'Earhart mystery solving' theories from decades gone by -- that never offered authentic evidence
to support their differing conclusions. (How did we, the American public, become so historically
naive about Earhart?)
Richard Gillespie of Tighar
claimed Amelia died on a desert island and her body was devoured by tiny crabs. He was wrong.
Mike Campbell of "The
Truth At Last" claimed Amelia was captured and held by Japan, and she died in its custody of medical neglect. He was
Richard Martini of "Earhart's Electra" said Amelia was executed on
Saipan by a small Japanese soldiers' firing squad. He was wrong.
Australia's David Billings
offered that Amelia turned around to head back to her disembarking point of New Guineau, and that she crashed and sank into
the ocean just before making it there. He was wrong.
"What can one
say? They tried? Maybe so. It is clear, though;
they never studied
the 'Amelia became know as Irene' assertion close enough." Tod Swindell
passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur
Let's just call the following, "self
"Amelia as Irene in her later life years, shown above-left
at a 1976 Zonta gathering, still wrote poetry, she was still an avid photographer, and she still belonged to the Zonta organization
for professional women like she used to. The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was never aligned with those attributes."
the post-1940 Irene's image profile from above is shown perfectly aligning with that of her former 'Amelia' self:
The post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam
former Amelia Earhart self digitally combined.
(Photo taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia; now
Below is another news clipping about the post-1940
on her similarities to Amelia Earhart--that
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did not demonstrate:
To reiterate, the original
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was never a Zonta member, nor was she
into photography, nor was she a world traveler who knew prominent people. Not to leave
out, her brief stint as a pilot was derailed
in 1933 by an unexpected pregnancy.
Above left, the post-1940 Irene; center,
Irene & her
Amelia-self digitally combined; right, Amelia
A handwriting example from the character
traits section of the comparison analysis:
Above is a cryptic handwritten line from a 1967
note penned by the former Amelia Earhart.
actually wrote about two
people who, 'knew us
as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile'.
is Amelia's own 'Amelia M Earhart' signature
the way it appeared on a school form she filled out when
she was seventeen. The similarity of
the cursive styles
is no coincidence
since the same hand produced them.
Below, from the Character Traits comparison study, some of the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's cursive
letters are shown on the left, and some cursive letter samples from when she was known as Amelia Earhart are shown on the
Note: The above comparisons are part of the
Document Examination portion
of the analysis.
Below, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was introduced
to Amelia Earhart by her aunt, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who raised
the original Irene from age twelve on. The newspaper article below was printed
in 1963. Attorney Irene was among the first women lawyers to practice law in New York and New Jersey.
She met Amelia Earhart after Amelia joined the Zonta organization for professional
women in 1928. Attorney Irene was a charter Zonta member who not only served as its International Relations
Chairperson, but for a time, she was its National President. Born in 1886, she was single most all of
her life, until the 1950s, when she married a physician, Dr. William Heineke, but she chose to keep her maiden name after
doing so. (Dr. Heineke died prior to the below article appearing.) Like Amelia, Attorney Irene was multi-lingual,
and after Amelia assumed the identity of Attorney Irene's niece (AKA the original Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile), in the 1950s the former Amelia as well served as Zonta's International Relations Chairperson
while heading its Long Island chapter. It is no accident that in all of the biographies written about
Amelia Earhart, one never sees the names of Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley or the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
mentioned anywhere. Amelia's Zonta membership is also barely spoken of, although her busy schedule did keep her from being
a more active Zonta participant.
Below, from 1939, notice two mentions under the
reference to Irene (Rutherford) O'Crowley in the following article: Mary Raebling, New Jersey Bank President; and Amelia Earhart,
an 'early Zonta member' who that same 1939 year was declared "dead in absentia." After her return to the United
States as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in the mid-1940s, the former Amelia, who had been known for being meticulous
with finances, was ensconced as a Long Island bank vice president and she rejoined the Zonta organization as well.
The 1928 article below featured Attorney Irene Rutherford
O'Crowley (left, wearing pearls) at age forty-two during her distinguished legal career.
once again, Amelia shown in a digital composite
with her later-life 'Irene' self from a 1976 Zonta function:
As a result of its findings, the analysis discarded all other theories in favor
of Operation Earhart's original conclusion from a half-century ago, that stated Amelia Earhart, unknown to
the public, lived-on for many years after changing her name.
"Most people who recall 'Operation Earhart'
thought it was a hoax. 'Operation
Earhart' was far from that. It was started in 1960 by three Air Force officers stationed overseas; Joseph A. Gervais, Paul
Briand, and Robert Dinger, who were serving in the same region that only fifteen-years before was the Pacific Theatre for
World War Two. In 1970, Operation
Earhart's findings led to the book that caused the aforementioned news item that is further elaborated on here. Said 'news item' about Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam raised
some important eyebrows back
then... that all-but magically made it go away." Tod Swindell
In November of 1970, over five-hundred newspapers nationwide ran
headlines and photos akin to what is shown here -- while covering Operation Earhart's claim that stated Amelia Earhart had
survived her disappearance and she changed her name in the process. Incredibly, no one thought to do a comprehensive comparison
analysis of the woman in question juxtaposed to Amelia Earhart, until decades after the fact, when Tod Swindell came along.
By then of course, the story had long been swept under the rug of official history.
As the year 2020 continues on its life altering path,
the results of this new and unique Forensic Research and Human Comparison analysis, that conducted a modern, uncompromising review of Amelia Earhart's life and the different
postulated theories about what happened to her, continues to be previewed here. Again, this epic forensic journey began by
way of re-conjuring the dismissed
'1970' news item... from a full half-century ago. Here's another look:
As previewed earlier, she caused quite a stir when she made headlines in 1970, yet
few people today recall the elusive woman known as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam ...who answered the bell swinging
after the ten-year investigation known as 'Operation Earhart' unexpectedly called her out as the former Amelia Earhart:
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile [Bolam] told
press, "I am
not a mystery woman and I am
not Amelia Earhart." [Her surname of
'Bolam' was added by marriage in 1958.]
Above are two 1970 news photos showing Irene defiantly facing the
press. She offered that in the 1930s, she had been a pilot who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart, adding that she, "sat
and talked with Amelia several times." Of course, she denied the assertion that she and Amelia were one in the same.
Note the following news clipping:
The name of "Gervais" referenced
in the above clipping referred to Joseph A. Gervais, who as mentioned, in 1960, while serving across the Pacific Ocean as an Air Force captain
and listening to a variety of reliable accounts that described how Amelia Earhart had survived her disappearance,
formed 'Operation Earhart' with fellow USAF servicemen, Bob Dinger and
Joseph A. Gervais said he was not 'obsessed' with the idea that she might
be Amelia Earhart, rather, he said after looking into the matter for five years after he met her, he outright "knew"
Amelia Earhart was who she used to be. He added that she became tactfully evasive after they met because she could tell that
he had figured out her former identity, except she wasn't able to publicly own up to it, and she had a good support system
that stood by her. Below are more 1970 news clippings:
Once again, this 1930 newspaper photo
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile between her
husband, Charles James Craigmile, and her father,
Richard Joseph O'Crowley. She was not the same
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who stood before the
the press forty-years later, in 1970. According
she was, or should have been.
Richard Joseph O'Crowley was the oldest sibling
of Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, of
Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley, and of
Edna Madeleine O'Crowley Horsford.
In 1970, hardly anyone had heard of 'Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile-Bolam' before, but she handled the press
like a pro before returning to her life as an international
business woman. [At the time she was serving as president of a company aligned with Radio Luxembourg in Europe, known as
Guy Bolam Associates Inc.] In retrospect, it's amazing a thorough check of her background was not conducted, nor was
a comparison study called for.
Above, a 1971 listing showing Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, (AKA
the former Amelia Earhart, simply referenced as 'Irene Bolam') as President of Guy Bolam Associates Inc., an international
company founded by her late husband, Englishman Guy Bolam, who she wed in 1958. The company's main client was Radio Luxembourg.
A closer review showed that there was a lot more to the 'Irene'
who faced the press than met the eye. To start with, it turned out that she was not the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile. To be sure, 'Operation Earhart' was onto something that managed to slip under the radar those years ago. Indeed,
few noticed that four years after Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam faced the press, the contested debate over her true life-long
identity continued on -- as edified again in the 1974 news clipping:
Considering the above clipping, some might question the United
States legal system's inability to determine whether or not the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam under scrutiny at
the time was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart, and rightfully so. Continue on to learn more about how
and why the debate over her true identity was left unresolved.
Re-Tracing the Forensic
Path to the Truth
It was almost four
decades after the 'Amelia to Irene' news-story saga played out, that an interesting twist occurred pertaining to who the
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam that faced the press in 1970 actually was -- when the forensic analysis concluded she was
not identifiable as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s. This reality had not been publicly
noted, the study also confirmed how prior to the 1940s, there was an Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who Amelia
Earhart had been loosely acquainted with, and as also noted, the person who faced the press in 1970, who is shown directly
below in 1977, was not she.
The post-1940 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile'
of 'Bolam' added in 1958 by marriage.]
She was previously known as, Amelia Earhart.
As also mentioned, it was additionally learned,
likely as a result of her convincing denial, that the post-1940 Irene's physical being and character traits were never compared
to those of Amelia Earhart back then.
So where it was eventually expounded on by individuals who closely tracked the above Irene's story, that her
life long identity issue was never fully resolved, it stood to reason that a comparison study would at least eliminate
the possibility of her previously having been known as Amelia Earhart.
This thinking remained... until the study delivered its unexpected reality:
The 'indomitable' Irene
Amelia Earhart (misspelled 'Earheart')
is featured on a sheet music cover.
When digitally combined,
as displayed above, Amelia
Earhart and the post-1940
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
exhibited an undeniable,
Another example showing Amelia and
the post-1940 Irene digitally combined
Note: All of the comparison elements featured here came from a comprehensive analysis orchestrated within the independent research investigation of Tod Swindell. In consideration of the Laws of Physics, and the magnitude of Mr. Swindell's study achievements that were accumulated in a span of time that exceeded the previous two decades, arguably, the way his study results managed to
cleanly over challenge the physically
recorded history of what became of Amelia Earhart, his overall accomplishment may well justify a Nobel Prize nomination in the Physics category. Mr. Swindell's study results did not solve the mystery of where Amelia
Earhart was or what she was doing from July 2, 1937 to mid-1945, but they did solve her 'missing person case'
by physically producing her post-loss 'body evidence' in a non-contestable manner.
"While numerous testimonials
from overseas concurred that Amelia and her navigator were rescued by Japan's Imperial Navy in 1937, it remains difficult
to precisely calculate what happened to them after that. Especially in Amelia's case, when it comes to determining where
she was and what she was doing after July 2, 1937 to mid-1945, the precise answers to those two questions
remain unknown beyond myriad educated guesses. The forensic analysis made it doable, though, to draw a hard
conclusion on what eventually became of Amelia, by way of exhibiting her undeniable 'body evidence' that ostensibly solved
her missing person case. Simply put, Amelia lived-on after she went missing, and became known as, Irene."
A fifty-years commemorative stamp depicting the 'rescue' of Amelia
Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, and the recovery of Amelia's plane. The two fliers were reported "missing"
on July 2, 1937. The event of their rescue took place close to the same time the 2nd Sino-Japanese War began, on July 7, 1937.
The United States strongly opposed Japan's invasion of China then, that served as a precursor to World War Two.
Amelia Earhart during her 1937 world
flight, just before she went missing.
World War Two finally
people were still wondering
what had happened to Amelia. This
article appeared five days after Japan
surrendered to the allied powers.
While the general public continued to wonder about
Amelia's true fate, the FDR administration's withheld facts of her disappearance became lost in the shuffle of World War Two.
This dovetailed over to President Harry Truman's administration, that after it brought the war to a complete end left all
post-war inquiries about Amelia's true fate to still be categorically greeted with official silence, and
thus it remained ever since. Once again:
"Numerous investigations foundered
on official silence in Washington and Tokyo, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." 1982, aviation historians, Marylin
Bender and Selig Altschul on the 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person cases of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan,
quoted from their book, The Chosen Instrument.
The truth about Amelia Earhart's post-loss survival was never obvious before. Now it is. Except, so
what. Does anyone care? Should anyone care? Absolutely. This is a historical awakening not to be denied by academia,
lest it prefers to omnisciently allow gullible people to keep dumping their hard earned dollars into Earhart
cottage industries ...that peddle nothing less than false plane hunt expeditions. Over the years,
millions of dollars have been donated by the public and spent on these fool-hearted endeavors -- and it is time for
this ridiculous practice to stop.
Revisiting Monsignor James Francis Kelley
and his words on what became of Amelia Earhart:
"After all she had been through, she didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore."
1987, Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996) as spoken to reporter Merrill Dean Magley. The
well known monsignor was one of the former Amelia Earhart's closest friends in her later life years.
The above mention came from a 1982 New
Jersey Tribune article. Publicly, Msgr. Kelley was reluctant to disclose what he knew about is later life 'close' friend,
the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. Privately, he did confide to
several people that she used to be known as Amelia Earhart, and that he had helped her assume her new 'Irene'
identity after World War Two.
Regarding Monsignor Kelley, in 1991, the following
was contained in a letter mailed to Earhart researcher, Rollin C. Reineck, from Mrs. Helen Barber of Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Reineck in turn phoned Mrs. Barber and recorded his conversation with her that corroborated with her written statement below:
"During a luncheon with Monsignor
Kelley, he related to us and another couple, the Dekosters, how he was commissioned at the end of the war to help bring Amelia
Earhart back from Japan. He said he was chosen to serve as her psychiatric priest. He also told us something about missing
documents he had to get that she needed in order to help with her identity change. The Monsignor told us that he received
her as she was being subjected to an identity change. He told us that she stayed with him at his New Jersey home and I believe
sometimes at his St. Croix winter home while he helped with her emotional, spiritual, and psychiatric needs.”
"He was quite lucid when he told us about his helping Amelia after she returned to the United States."
Donald Dekoster, recalling what his friend and seasonal neighbor, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, had
described to he and his wife, Ellie, about Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence as 'Irene' after World War Two.
"He did speak of knowing Amelia Earhart." Monsignor Thomas Ivory of West Orange, New Jersey, a past friend of Monsignor
Kelley's. Father Ivory presided over Father Kelley's 1996 funeral.
Above: Photos showing Monsignor James Francis
Kelley and the former Amelia Earhart together in the 1970s. As noted, during the last decade of his life, the well-known
priest described to some trusted acquaintances of his that he had 'helped to receive' Amelia back in the U.S. after
the war. He also mentioned he aided with the process of her name change to Irene, and that he monitored her 'emotional
recovery' ordeal and served as a spiritual guide for her going forward. He still referred to her as 'Amelia' to the select
individuals he confided in. Some non-believers who heard about Father Kelley's conveyance suggested 'old-age dementia' must have caused
him to make it all up, as if it was a yarn he had fabricated. The later forensic analysis results, of course, showed he had
merely told the truth.
Kelley was a past president of Seton Hall College who led the charge for it to become a University. He held doctorate degrees
in philosophy and psychology. He died in 1996 at the age of 94. (Amelia's only sibling, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who also
knew her sister as 'Irene' in her later life years, died in 1998.)
In his day, Monsignor James Francis
Kelley was not your everyday priest:
Monsignor James Francis Kelley introduces LPGA golfer,
Janey Blalock to Pope Paul VI.
Monsignor Kelley with then New Jersey Governor Brendan
Byrne and his wife, Jean; Commissioner of Baseball Bowie Kuhn and his wife, Luisa; and the LPGA's, Sandra Palmer.
Monsignor Kelley with First Lady Betty Ford and Marge
The following was excerpted
from a September 17, 1991 tape-recorded interview with Monsignor Kelley conducted by former Air Force Colonel,
Rollin C. Reineck: COL. REINECK: We believe Jackie Cochran was sent to Japan to help bring Amelia
home. Are you aware of that?
MSGR. KELLEY: Yes, I was involved with that.
If you have things of hers [Earhart's] I would like to see them. You are aware that she was Irene
MSGR. KELLEY: What?
COL. REINECK: Amelia Earhart was Irene Bolam?
MSGR. KELLEY: That's right, yes.
change appeared to be the result of a well orchestrated, Federal Witness Protection Program. A link to former FBI Director,
J. Edgar Hoover's involvement with Amelia's well-cloaked existence in the United States from the mid-1940s on, until Hoover died in 1972, became noticeable
within the forensic research portion of the analysis.
As exemplified further down, the FOIA released 'World War Two
FBI file' on Amelia Earhart that had been primarily controlled by J.
Edgar Hoover, featured several mentions of Amelia's ongoing existence in Japan's care during the war years. This, when combined
with Hoover's war-time and post-war years alliance with Monsignor
James Francis Kelley, affords some insight toward how and why Amelia's later-life decades of living under an assumed identity was shielded so well from the public.
Above: Monsignor James Francis Kelley and Archbishop Thomas
Walsh award FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover with an LLD degree in 1944. A few months after World War Two ended, J. Edgar Hoover
awarded Monsignor Kelley a commendation for assistance he had rendered to the Department of Justice.
After the war, J. Edgar Hoover awarded a commendation medal to Monsignor
James Francis Kelley for his service to his country. Father Kelley's 1987 published memoirs mentioned the award but did not
provide details for why he received it. This
was likely explained by Father Kelley himself. During a recorded interview that was conducted in 1991, Father Kelley mentioned
to Earhart investigator, Rollin C. Reineck, that he had written a chapter for his memoirs about his experiences with Amelia
Earhart -- and her being known as 'Irene' after the war -- but it was omitted before the book was published. His final edit
hinted at the reason he left the chapter out, and why any mention of Amelia or his later life friendship with her when she
was known as 'Irene' ended up being omitted as well, as relayed in his "My Reasons For Writing This Book" section in the book's opening:
"My reason for not wanting anyone else to do my story was that I knew many
of my files contained some very personal and intimate stories about many people, prominent nationally and internationally.
Some of these people are now dead and I felt to allow someone else to have access to these documents could result in the publication
of data about people who could not defend themselves."
Monsignor James Francis Kelley, in 1946, next
to a bronze bust of his likeness commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution.
The above 'hot air balloon' newspaper photo taken in 1980, features Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam [FKA 'Amelia'] accompanied by famous golfer, Kathy Whitworth. Especially
in the 1970s, after taking over to manage her company's accounts, to include for her main client, Radio Luxembourg, the former
Amelia was simply known as 'Irene' to friends and associates of hers. In the meantime she had also grown to be respected and
admired by important people not only in the United States--but globally as well. Those who were aware of
who she used to be, of course, never talked much about her, such as her friend, Senator Barry Goldwater, who she shared her
ongoing love of photography with.
former Amelia Earhart's 1970s' friendship
LPGA promoter, Peter Busatti:
Above: The former Amelia Earhart
and Peter Busatti
From the earlier display, above left is the post-1940 Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile; above center is the post-1940 Irene and her former Amelia self digitally combined; above
right right is an old, rare profile photo of Amelia Earhart.
Busatti said he accompanied Mrs. Bolam to the Wings Club in New York City
on one occasion. He said a full length portrait of Amelia Earhart hangs in the room dedicated in her honor. ""It
was a dead ringer for Irene,"" he said. ""Sometimes I thought she was [the former Amelia]
and sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied, "When I die you'll find out,""
Busatti said. At a Wings Club event
in Washington, Busatti mentioned how, ""All the admirals and generals seemed to know her.""
Excerpted from a 1982 New Jersey Tribune article. When interviewed, Peter Busatti openly commented about his suspicion
that his friend, the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, used to be known as Amelia Earhart.
consideration of Amelia Earhart...
....let's take a brief look
at her life story:
"Nobody ever had such an all inspiring way and understanding of people as Amelia. She
was like a dancing sunbeam." Fellow pilot, Viola Gentry, recalls her friend, Amelia Earhart.
Amelia Earhart was a remarkable,
if not incredible individual human being. As a young adult her superior intellect found her doing well as a pre-med student
at Columbia University before she optioned to become a pilot. She also spoke several languages, and during her fame years
she was a welcomed guest of world leaders. Yet she was very hard to pin down, a habit she developed during her upbringing
as she constantly relocated around the country with her attorney father, her headstrong mother, and her only sibling and sister,
Amelia was born in Atchison, Kansas in
1897, where her maternal grandfather was a prominent judge. After living in a stately house on the Missouri River during her
early childhood years, her father accepted a position as a railroad attorney that perpetually kept his family on the move.
Then as an adult, Amelia still kept moving. In fact, she never really settled down anywhere. Even as a pilot she
adopted the habit of flying all over the country and at times beyond it throughout the 1930s, until 1937, when she broadened
her horizon by attempting to circle the globe at the equator. As she approached her fortieth birthday, though, amid odd circumstances,
she fell just short of completing her world flight adventure and was said to have, "vanished without a trace."
Except she did not vanish, nor did she end up "lost at sea" as people were
left to assume. Instead, the information displayed here represents the true story of what became of Amelia Earhart
-- after she was declared 'missing' in 1937.
"Fear of Truth"
In a let's move on way, after World War Two, government lobbyists steered
official United States historians and major news agencies away from seriously investigating the circumstances Amelia
Earhart was subjected to after she was said to have 'vanished without a trace.' This scenario
was established by way of a post-war pact made between the United States and Japan, that ensured what happened
to and what became of Amelia Earhart after she was declared 'missing' in 1937, was never to be addressed in a public
manner. In essence, said 'pact' exacted that Amelia Earhart was to remain gone forever. Anymore, however, the recent years
forensic research and comparison study delivered clarity to the reality of Amelia continuing to live-on for
decades after the war years, known as 'Irene.'
As mentioned, President Franklin
Roosevelt's administration started the "official silence" tradition toward the Amelia Earhart disappearance matter.
Said 'silence' thereafter projected a fill in the blanks non-truth to the general public -- that left it little choice
but to accept that Amelia had 'vanished without a trace' and had likely 'perished at sea' ...even though
neither end result for the famous pilot actually occurred.
Above, in 1978, James Golden, who had recently left his post from
the U.S. Department of Justice, went public with information he had learned about the depth of secrecy the FDR administration
became steeped in while covering over what it knew about the Earhart disappearance matter. He equated it to FDR's "Watergate"
in press notices (above right was one such headline attributed to his disclosure) and while he did initially spark some interest,
once again 'official silence' toward James Golden's offering segued he and his revealing account into obscurity.
Below, the Smithsonian Institution, a U.S. federal government
agency, has always adhered to the practice of directing the public away from the reality of Amelia
Earhart's later life existence as 'Irene':
Dr. Tom Crouch, Senior Curator at the
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, has
always ridden the fence when it came to
what really happened to Amelia Earhart,
with one exception: He has continuously
persuaded people not to take serious the
reality of her post-loss existence
Dorothy Cochrane (right) also of the
Air and Space Museum, willingly comments
on other Earhart theories that tried to explain what
happened to Amelia, but when it comes to the reality
of Amelia becoming known as Irene, she decries it and
encourages people not to pay attention to
"Of the numerous postulations
that attempted to solve the so-called 'mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance' over the years, the only one that
people were strongly persuaded not to take seriously by the U.S. federal government's Smithsonian Institution, was
the 'Amelia became known as Irene' postulation. Now it has been forensically realized that it was the only
one people should have taken seriously." Tod Swindell
Below, renewed interest in the 'mystery'
of Amelia Earhart's disappearance was generated in the 1960s and 1970s by way of these two remarkable, aforementioned books:
1966 book by Fred Goerner that profiled
his five-year CBS radio investigation.
1970, The Joe Klaas book about
long 'Operation Earhart'
To continue with the diversion after controversial 'truths'
about Amelia's loss were made public in the 1960s, primarily by 'Operation Earhart' and CBS Radio, (the best-selling books
about their investigations shown above) opposing theories destined to never ring true were serially introduced and publicly
promoted. This led both of the above books and their contents to pretty-much be forgotten as the decades passed. As well,
in time 'cottage industries' popped up that mounted expeditions to look for Amelia's plane far from where it ended up going
down -- so they of course turned up nothing.
The World War Two era left behind a number of realities that United States official history
moved away from. The true story about what happened to Amelia Earhart was one of them. In the South Sea Islands region that
Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan became lost in, however, the place where both Operation Earhart and CBS Radio
had focused their 1960s investigations, a different account of what happened to the famous fliers has always existed, that
stated they were rescued. Once again:
Again, the 1987 Marshall Islands commemorative
stamp depicting the
rescue of Earhart and Noonan and the retrieval of Amelia's plane.
Again, the 2002 Associated Press quoted
the Marshall Islands
to the United Nations in the above manner.
the past decade this first of its kind study was placed on the World Wide Web as a 'still in progress'
endeavor and it remained that way throughout its recent completion stages.
Creator and orchestrator of the first-ever
'Amelia to Irene'
Research and Human Comparison Analysis.
The bulk of the information displayed here is part of a copyrighted
forensic research and human comparison analysis arranged by filmmaker and Amelia Earhart investigative journalist, Tod Swindell. Most Amelia Earhart aficionados are aware of the analysis results, although
some who run 'cottage industries' have been reluctant to acknowledge what they accomplished. No matter, the overall breadth
of the analysis, the first to include a human comparison study that ended up taking years to authoritatively
quantify, managed to expose the controversial underbelly that shielded the public from knowing what actually happened during
Amelia Earhart's disappearance conundrum, and more importantly, what became of Amelia afterward. Take heart in knowing that
there is no disputing the facts or the forensic evidence that supports the final conclusion the study delivered,
that being... Amelia Earhart did quietly live-on after she went missing in 1937, and in time she became known as Irene.
Tod Swindell with 'Operation Earhart'
A. Gervais, in 2002. Gervais discovered
Amelia Earhart's ongoing life as 'Irene' in 1965,
when he encountered
her among a group of senior
pilots. He died in 2005, never having disavowed
"After I met Joe Gervais, I was amazed to learn from him that the 'Irene' -- who for the last
forty-years of his life he insisted was the former Amelia Earhart -- had never been forensically compared to Amelia
Earhart. So I consulted with forensic comparison experts, engaged a few, and soon found myself orchestrating a comprehensive
human comparison study. In the end, it was clear that Joe Gervais had been right all along. This is true, notwithstanding
the common ways demonstrated by the Smithsonian Institution and Amelia's living relatives that politely conditioned
people to feel otherwise." Tod Swindell
About ‘Operation Earhart’ and its Founder,
Joseph A. Gervais
[With a 'thank you' to the University of Dallas that houses the 'Operation Earhart'
Joseph Gervais was born 19 May 1924 in Tyningsboro, Massachusetts. He joined the United
States Army Air Corps at Fort Davis, Massachusetts on 10 November 1942 and took basic training in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Gervais went to Truax Field Wisconsin, after basic training where he took the Airborne Radio Operator course, and upon completion
of this course, Gervais was selected for pilot training in B-24 Liberator bombers as an aircraft commander. Having successfully
finished his training, Gervais was assigned to the 484th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force, based in Italy. While serving with the
484th Bomb Group, Gervais completed twenty-six combat missions that took him over Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia,
and Northern Italy. After completing his combat tour, he was assigned to the Air Depot Group as a test pilot until VE Day.
From 1951 to 1959 Gervais served at Griffiss Air Force Base as a B-29 aircraft commander. Some of his missions included flying
radar evaluation and electronic countermeasures flights. In 1959 Gervais received an overseas assignment as a C-130 Air Craft
Commander where he flew airlift missions for SEATO in Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. In 1962 Gervais was assigned to Nellis
Air Force Base as Assistant Director of Administration, Base Postal Officer, and Top Secret Control Officer until his retirement
in 1963. It was while stationed in Okinawa in 1960, that Gervais first became interested
in the Amelia Earhart mystery. He was assigned to fly four C-130s to Australia in order
to transport members of the Rockefeller family to New Guinea to investigate David Rockefeller’s odd disappearance, who
was never found. While in New Guinea, Gervais visited Lae, the place where Amelia Earhart was last seen alive. He talked to
several people who were present when she and Fred Noonan took off for Howland Island in 1937. In 1960 Major Gervais started Operation Earhart along with fellow Air Force officers, Major Bob Dinger and Colonel Paul
Briand, Jr. Dinger and Gervais were squadron mates and Briand was an Air Force Academy professor whose thesis and eventual
book, Daughter of the Sky, helped get the group started. The trio gathered over seventy sworn affidavits from individuals
who recalled Amelia’s post-disappearance survival under Japan’s stewardship in the South Sea Islands. Eventually,
Air Force superiors ordered the group to stop all investigations into the Amelia Earhart disappearance matter. Briand obeyed
but Gervais refused, resulting in his retirement from the Air Force. Gervais continued
his research into the Earhart disappearance, gaining the help of Joe Klass, a former military pilot. Their quest for answers
began with a search for the remains of Earhart’s Lockheed Electra, that people were left to believe had crashed somewhere
in the Pacific Ocean. Their investigative research led them to Saipan where native residents claimed to have seen Earhart
and Noonan alive their in Japan's custody. Eventually their search led them to a woman living in the United States in 1965,
who resembled Amelia Earhart, not just in appearance, but in her speech and other mannerisms as well. Gervais believed this
woman, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam, was the former Amelia Earhart. He believed she and Noonan, ditched
in the South Sea Islands ‘Marshalls’ group where they were picked up and sequestered by the Japanese. While uncertain
of Noonan's fate after that, Gervais believed Amelia remained under Japan's stewardship for the duration of the war, and that
after the war, she returned to the U.S. under the assumed name of Irene O’Crowley Craigmile. Then in 1958, she married
international businessman, Guy Bolam of England, and the two went on to live an idyllic, albeit ‘private’ life
together at different residences they owned in the United states and abroad. That is, until 'Operation Earhart' outed the
post-war Irene as the former Amelia Earhart.
1970, the former Amelia Earhart,
AKA, the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, faced the press to defend her honor and dignity, and her right to keep on living the private life she preferred
and had grown accustomed to. That's easy enough to understand and accept. The bottom line, however, is that she was not
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
In the decades that followed 1970, Joseph
A. Gervais (above) continued to be interviewed on television, all the while insisting, no matter what anyone else said or
believed, that the Irene who he met and photographed in 1965, most definitely was the former
Amelia Earhart. He died in 2005, having never disavowed his certainty about it, and in the end he was proved to have been
ago I wrote a review of Susan Butler's new Amelia Earhart biography, East to the Dawn. The book commemorated Amelia's
100th birthday and the 60th anniversay of her disappearance. Note the last paragraph of the article. The time has arrived."
Another study sample showing Amelia Earhart digitally combined with
the post-1940 Irene:
"Truth, like beauty, is neither created nor lost."
STATEMENT: After the 1930s, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile ended up being obscured by history
and she is all-but forgotten today.
In consideration of the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, let's return to the 1930s, and some people who were acquainted with her...
Above left to
Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith,
and Viola Gentry (1932)
a rare group photo features Amelia Earhart, Viola Gentry, and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile within it:
Well known pilot, Viola Gentry, who helped conceal Amelia Earhart's post-1940 existence
as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' is shown directly to the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's right in this 1932 group
photo. The original Irene (her face fully shaded) is outlined in black in the photo; Amelia Earhart is outlined in
As mentioned, it turned out that clear photos of
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, were removed from circulation years ago.
"It took decades after
it was first postulated, but in time it was forensically realized that Amelia Earhart's missing person case was cloaked by
way of her assuming the leftover name and identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who Amelia had once been acquainted
with. How this ended up being so vehemently dismissed after the reality of Amelia's changed identity first
surfaced in 1970, is a testament to how convincingly people were encouraged not to pay attention to it by some persuasive
influences that were originally, and most critically, traceable to the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover." Tod Swindell
Above: Former long-time FBI Director, the
indomitable, J. Edgar Hoover, (1895-1972). See
samples from his WWII Earhart file further down.
1970 to 2016, even though multiple published books in that span of time expounded on the reality of Amelia Earhart continuing
to live-on in the United States after changing her name to Irene, the federal government never directly commented
on them. After the controversy
over what really became of Amelia began to surface in the 1960s, the United
States 'free press' was persuaded by a politburo-like influence traceable to then FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, not
to investigate Amelia's world flight outcome, or to adhere to
a certain opinion about it.
Hard to believe but true, this is how the 'mystery of
Amelia Earhart' was born in a modern sense, and why the American public has never seen its own national news media
conduct a serious investigation of the 1960s discovery of Amelia's ongoing existence as a renamed person. At the
same time, none of the published books about it were ever legally over-challenged where they concluded Amelia lived-on to
become known as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and later Bolam. [Not to omit, they didn't get supportive press coverage
As noted, the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives was primarily
focused on the decade-long investigative research of Joseph A. Gervais and Operation Earhart. Above is a personal response
to Gervais from an inquiry he sent to J. Edgar Hoover in early 1969, asking for any information the FBI might have on Amelia
Earhart. Hoover's response was typical, although after he died in 1972, the World War Two FBI file on Amelia Earhart, one
he had personally controlled, was at least partially released as a result of the FOIA of 1980. Several documents stressing
Amelia's ongoing existence during the war under Japan's stewardship were contained in the file, as were responses and inquiries
from Hoover about them. Names and specifics were carefully blacked out on each of them. One December of 1944 document example
(displayed on the right) pulled from the FBI's file, told of a recovering soldier's awareness he had gained of Amelia Earhart
being cared for by Japan during the war.
The soldier referenced above, (his name blacked out) who was
recovering at Walter Reed Hosptal in Washington DC in late 1944, was interviewed by an FBI agent at the bequest of J. Edgar
Hoover. To the FBI agent, the soldier described his awareness of Amelia Earhart's war time existence in Japan's charge based
on information he learned during a pre-war time experience he had while stationed in the Phillipines, and his later internments
in Japan POW camps. This is just one of several documents from the WWII FBI Earhart file that featured different U.S. soldier
accounts that described Amelia's ongoing survival. J. Edgar Hoover personally followed up on each one, but was careful to
not make public his awareness of them.
An excerpt from the above right FBI document
describes the well being of Amelia Earhart well into the war years as described by a Japanese intelligence officer who averred
that Amelia was "perfectly all right." Below is J. Edgar Hoover's personal response to the document; one he forwarded
to the War Department's Assistant Chief of Staff on January 19, 1945, courtesy of Brigadier General, Carter C. Clarke. He
was careful not to openly project an inordinate level of confidence in the soldier's testimony, as was his modus operandi
for all war-time conveyances of Amelia's ongoing existence in Japan's care.
Again, the documents above mark just a sampling from among several
located in the FBI's World War Two file on Amelia Earhart, that indicated how Amelia had continued to exist under Japan's
stewardship during the war years.
Back to the Original Irene
the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was called out as the former Amelia Earhart; Amelia's family, the
family of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and constituents of the Smithsonian Institution cohesively
fought against endorsing the reality of it into public acceptance. This is because the record of Amelia
disappearing in 1937, followed by her being declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, was never supposed to change
according to any 'official' historical viewpoint. Here, where an attempt to conceal visible evidence of the original
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile had clearly taken place at some point, her person managed to rise from the ashes of it all and make
herself known anyway. For starters, the original Irene's
husband, Charles James Craigmile, who was fifteen years older than she, tragically died of a sudden illness in 1931. The following obituary for him ran on September 23, 1931:
Above, according to record, this is how
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile looked in 1930. Below is how she looked when she was fourteen years old, in
1918. She did not resemble Amelia Earhart.
After her husband,
Charles, died of a sudden illness in 1931, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile became a budding pilot, who, until
she realized she was pregnant out of wedlock in 1933, had become acquainted with Amelia Earhart. To date, the general public is unaware of what became of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. What is certain from a forensic standpoint, is that her 1934 born
son ended up being raised by a surrogate mother
figure, (displayed further down) who the former Amelia Earhart, living as 'Irene' after World War Two, interfaced with. It is also possible for the former Amelia Earhart to have been instrumental in guiding
the chosen career of the original Irene's son, who went on to become a pilot for Pan Am Airways. (Long retired,
the original Irene's son still lives today.) As mentioned, at some point clear images of the original Irene's person from prior
to the 1940s were removed from circulation, ostensibly to make Amelia's use of her leftover identity more feasible. Today,
when one looks at the available record of photos displaying Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's person in a life-long way, (1904-1982)
it immediately becomes clear that Amelia's person
does not show up identified as Irene until the mid-1940s, or, after World War Two.
to the former Amelia Earhart...
Senator Hiram Bingham
& Amelia Earhart
Here again is the 1977 photo-portrait of the former
Amelia Earhart. She was known as Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile after 1940, then added the surname of
'Bolam' in 1958, by virture of her marriage to
international businessman, Guy Bolam, of
England. She was a constant world traveler
with Guy in the 1960s, and she continued to
travel the world in the 1970s, after Guy died.
Reproduced from the original negative
is the photo
the former Amelia Earhart taken on August
A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) in East
New York, outside of the
Sea Spray Inn.
Widened in black and white, this is the
way the photo of Guy
and Irene Bolam appeared in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives
by Joe Klass, who shared
its copyright with Joseph A. Gervais.
Elinor Smith, and Viola Gentry in 1932
Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam, August 9,
the Sea Spray Inn.
Viola Gentry from before, above to the right she is shown in 1965, with the former Amelia Earhart's husband by their
1958 marriage, Guy Bolam of England. As mentioned, Viola Gentry, along with Amelia's sister, Muriel, the original Irene's
family, and a few devoted others helped to protect Amelia's later life privacy by only referring to her as 'Irene.' (In all
likelyhood the photograph of Viola and Guy was taken by the former Amelia Earhart, AKA 'the post-1940 Irene.')
Above, in the 1960s the Sea Spray Inn was a popular summer gathering
place for a club known as 'The Early Birds of Aviation.' In the left photo, the stone path under the girl wearing yellow is
where Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed Irene and Guy Bolam just as they arrived for the Early Bird's annual luncheon.
Many well known pilots from the past were there that day, and Viola and her friend, the former Amelia Earhart, were
two among them. Joseph A. Gervais had been flown in for the event by the Early Birds so he could lecture to them about his
five year (by then) investigation of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. As soon as he looked at Irene, Gervais averred he
"knew instantly" who she used to be.
Sadly, although several of its cottages are still there today, the main Sea Spray Inn building burned down
in 1978. The evidence is clear, however, that the begining of the reveal pertaining to what became of Amelia
Earhart after 1937, took place when Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed the former Amelia Earhart there -- after
he asked Viola Gentry to introduce him to her in the summer of 1965. Below is more anecdotal information about Viola Gentry
and her feelings about Amelia and what became of her:
Above left, featured in Jennifer Bean Bower's 2015 biography
of Viola Gentry, is a 1961 photograph of Viola and pilot Shirly Marshall in front of a 'Sea Spray Inn' labeled plane. Above
right, from the same book, notice the last half of the page where four years after Amelia was declared 'missing' Viola Gentry
described her friend, Amelia, as a "dancing sunbeam" along with her belief that Amelia was 'still living' at
the time, followed by the topic of a July 15, 1941 lecture she delivered, mentioned in the final paragraph.
Amelia Earhart, 1937
used to be known as
The former Amelia Earhart
Above, in the 1930s, again to the far right in this series is
pilot Viola Gentry, who, along with Amelia's sister, Murial, played a pivital role in protecting the truth about Amelia's
ongoing life as Irene. This is a slide-out reveal of the post-1940 Irene transitioning back to her former Amelia
self. As conveyed, Viola knew both Amelia Earhart and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in the
1930s, and she knew Amelia as 'Irene' after World War Two.
Below is a head-to-toe 50/50 version:
Above left to
Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith,
and Viola Gentry (1932)
in Paris, France
Irene and Amelia
in a head-to-toe
To try and spin the post-1940 Irene
as Amelia's doppelgänger twin was always a stretch anyway, until it was debunked
by way of the study surfacing the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who as it turned out, looked nothing like Amelia.
A stark post-war Irene to Amelia facial
"You may choose to look the
other way but you can never again say that you did not know." William Wilberforce
Akin to the viewpoint
long maintained by the Smithsonian Institution about Amelia Earhart's post-loss survival, Lord Admiral Nelson (above) turns his blind eye toward a reality he'd rather not contend with.
on going to further review the long-subdued, now finally recognizable, 'Amelia became Irene' paradigm.
For decades now, and especially after the human comparison results were made public,
as mentioned the Smithsonian Institution along with the families of Amelia Earhart and the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, (and a few other other Earhart status quo devotees) have influenced both the press and the public
not to take the 'Amelia became Irene' equation seriously. Their objective while doing so was to steer the
curious away from recognizing the "key" to solving the mystery over what became of Amelia
Earhart after she was declared "a missing person" in 1937. This "key"
is expounded on directly below.
1970, the "key" to unlocking the 'mystery' of what became of Amelia Earhart was available by way of identifying
the plural life-story of the 1930s' pilot friend of Amelia's, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
Charles Craigmile, the original
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
and Irene's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley in 1930.
A Look at the Curious 'Plural
Life' of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
to record, the original Irene nee O'Crowley Craigmile was born in New Jersey in 1904. She was an only child
whose mother died when she was twelve, at which point her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley, sent her to be further raised
by her paternal grandmother and aunt in Newark.
Irene was known as 'Beatrice' in her teen years, and was informally nicknamed, 'Bee'
since her father's sister (her aunt) was also named 'Irene.'
Bee's grandmother and aunt raised her well. Her grandmother, Sarah nee
Rutherford O'Crowley, who was Irish, came to America in the 1800s and was part of the namesake family that the Rutherford
and East Rutherford, New Jersey boroughs were named for. Bee's aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who primarily raised Bee
from age twelve on, was a prominent New York-New Jersey attorney. Bee also grew close to her uncle Clarence O'Crowley, a physician, and his wife, her aunt Violet, who lived next door.
Bee was placed in good schools by her aunt in her teen years. She was also taken to
Europe as a young adult, and was endorsed to become a member of the League of Women Voters. She did enroll at Columbia University
for a time, where her uncle Clarence had attended, except she became pregnant there and did not continue with her studies.
At age twenty-one, Bee had a 'family secret' child, a son, who was adopted and
raised by her uncle Clarence and aunt Violet. Both were into their forties at the time so the boy would be their only child
who they named, "Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr." The O'Crowley's were good catholics and the arrangement spared
Bee the stigma of being an unwed mother and enabled her to remain close to her child.
Below, separated from her husband, Richard J. O'Crowley,
the 1910 Census listed Bridget (nee Doyle) O'Crowley, the original Irene's mother, living with she and Richard's
five-year old daughter, the original Irene,
(listed by her wrongly spelled middle name, "Madiline") at the home of Bridget's parents. Bridget died seven years later.
Below, at 12 Lombardy Street, the 1920 Census listed 65 year old, Sarah J. (nee Rutherford) O'Crowley as Head of House, her daughter, 35 year
old, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, a lawyer, is listed under her, followed by her granddaughter, Irene (Bee) O'Crowley, who is listed at age at age 14. (It should have listed her at age 15. The census records a person's age at their last birthday.) Alice Hill was also listed
as a house servant.
Marriage and Life After Marriage:
In late 1928, at the home of her uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley, Bee, (the original Irene) married Charles James Craigmile, a New Jersey Civil Engineer whose father was an Illinois
same 1930 newspaper photo
of Charles J. Craigmile, Irene 'Bee'
O'Crowley Craigmile, and Irene's
father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.
Below, clearer of Irene.
Below, the 1930 U.S. Census showed "Charles
J. Craigmile" age "40" living with his wife, "Irene Craigmile" age "25" in Pequannock,
Sadly, Charles Craigmile, who was fifteen years
older than his wife, Irene, became ill and died suddenly in 1931.
Coming out of her bereavement, and inspired by one of her aunt's
Zonta organization friends, Amelia Earhart, who she was introduced to, the widowed original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile decided she wanted to become a pilot. She went all-out and purchased a plane with some of the life insurance money
she received from her husband's passing, dedicated herself to learning to fly, and she earned her pilot's license in mid-1933.
Again, outlined in white above is Amelia
Earhart in this September 1, 1932 news photo. Outlined in black is the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
who had just begun her pilot training, seen listed as "Irene Craigmile" between pilots Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz.
Her Brief Days As A Pilot:
Close to the same time she was awarded her pilot's license, the original Irene
learned she was carrying the child of her last flight instructor, Al Heller. Her flying days tapered off after she and Al
eloped to be married, and she gave birth to their son in early 1934. Except it turned out that when Al eloped to marry Irene,
he was still legally wed to another woman he'd also had
a child with. So in 1937, with their relationship having failed anyway, the original Irene decided to have her marriage
to Al Heller annulled--and Al relocated by himself to Buffalo, New York.
With her stint of flying planes behind her, the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile did not renew her pilot's license after 1937. Strangely enough as well, after the 1940s arrived the original
Irene was no longer evident--and she and Al Heller's son was being raised by a surrogate mother, shown below as she looked
in the early 1940s.
Alvin 'Larry' Heller, the 1934 born son of
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, identified and confirmed this person to have been the 'mother'
who raised him from childhood to adulthood:
Above: This was the surrogate mother of the original
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son, Clarence Alvin "Larry" Heller. To date no one knows who this person really
was or where she came from. She definitely was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, nor was she the one attributed
to the same 'Irene' identity after World War Two, who was the former Amelia Earhart.
Below, observe the progression of how false history recorded Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile the way she looked from age 14 to the way she looked in the 1970s. An inconsistency should be detectable here by
keen observers that is expounded on further down.
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, age 14
profile and straight on
at age 19 in 1923.
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in
her late 30s; in the early 1940s.
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
Below, as mentioned the
original Irene Craigmile left a son behind from her brief second marriage to Al Heller. He ended up being raised by
a surrogate mother figure who the former Amelia Earhart was close to in her later life years. Still wondering twelve years
after the post-1940 Irene faced the press, the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, Larry Heller, is pictured
in this odd newspaper article that quoted his wife, Joan Heller. Beneath it find a 2014 postive ID verification of
his mother's image that Larry Heller contributed to the forensic analysis.
The Positive ID Placement Made By Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's
is the 2014 written exchange between Clarence Alvin (Larry) Heller, the 1934 born son of the original Irene
Craigmile, and Tod Swindell. The woman Mr. Heller positively identified as his "mother" was not the same woman whose
image appeared in the 1970 McGraw-Hill book, Amelia Earhart Lives, even though according to history she should have been.
Tod Swindell: Thursday, February 20, 2014
I want you to know that
I am in full agreement with you that Amelia Earhart was not your mother. Your mother, as you identified her in these younger and older version photos,
led a very different life than Amelia and bore little resemblance to her physically. Our agreement on this matter is pertinent
to the correct presentation of the facts.
is that you have positively identified these images as those of your late mother, and
that she absolutely was not, and never possibly could have been Amelia Earhart. I agree with this 100%, and understand
that you do too. If you could you send back a simple ‘I agree’ for verification I’d appreciate it.
Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller: Friday, February 21, 2014
Subject: Re: Identity Verification
The attached pictures are of my mother and she was not Amelia Earhart. C. Heller.
Proof is available.
The original Irene's son
was correct when he insisted the mother he knew was was not Amelia Earhart. Below, when the younger and older images Mr. Heller identified as his 'mother' were digitally combined they did
equate the same person.
Among the important discoveries Tod Swindell's forensic analysis
was credited for revealing, was that even though they were attributed to the same "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam"
identity, the images below do not depict the same individual human being. The photo on the memorial dinner program was supplied
by the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's son, who verified her to have been his 'mother' in the study. (His mother's
death was recorded on July 7, 1982.)
To this day it remains uncertain when the former Amelia Earhart's death actually took place. Although unconfirmed,
according to a late private detective by the name of Jerome Steigmann, the former Amelia lived to her late 90s before
she died in McClean, Virginia, and that she was interned at Arlington National Cemetery.
This is one of the earliest known photographs
Amelia Earhart, the way she looked in 1946.
Above: Two different people, the former
Amelia Earhart (left) and the surrogate mother of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's son, (right). Both were attributed
to the same identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. Neither was the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
Below: From the Amelia-to-Irene
forensic comparison analysis, here are two more images of the former Amelia Earhart, the way she looked in 1977.
(Note the digital combinations further down.)
AFTER AMELIA EARHART WAS DECLARED 'A MISSING PERSON' IN 1937, ONLY A SELECT FEW INDIVIDUALS
WERE AWARE THAT SHE CONTINUED TO LIVE ON; THAT IN TIME SHE TOOK ON THE IDENTITY OF HER FORMER PILOT ACQUAINTANCE, IRENE
O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE--AND SHE EXISTED FOR DECADES THAT WAY. IN 1970, THERE WAS AN ATTEMPT TO 'OUT HER' FOR WHO SHE USED
TO BE THAT FAILED. THE REASON IT FAILED WAS EVEN THOUGH SHE AND SELECT OTHERS KNEW SHE WAS THE FORMER AMELIA EARHART, SHE
WAS NEVER ABOUT TO ADMIT SUCH A THING IN HER LATER LIFE YEARS--SO SHE FLATLY REFUSED TO ACKNOWLEDGE HER FAMOUS PAST IN FAVOR
OF EXCLUSIVELY REMAINING KNOWN AS 'IRENE'.
THIS IS THE UNHERALDED TRUTH ABOUT WHAT BECAME OF AMELIA EARHART AFTER SHE
WENT MISSING IN 1937.
Digitally combined with Amelia Earhart
...the former Amelia Earhart,
A Broader View
The assertion of Amelia Earhart quietly surviving her disappearance, changing her name, and living to old age was proved
false long ago.
Correct Statement: The assertion, or 'claim' of Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence with a different
name first surfaced in 1970, and contrary to how strongly she negated it--and how members of Amelia's family and the original Irene O'Crowley's family dismissed it out of hand--it never was proved false. As well, new evidence produced in the Twenty-First Century, that included the
positive results of a human comparison analysis, thoroughly enhanced the truthful nature of the claim.
The full newspaper photo showing the
post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley
(surname 'Bolam' added in 1958)
as, 'Mrs. Guy Bolam' in 1970.
She held a major press conference to refute
the bold assertion that said she used to be
as Amelia Earhart, within the new,
controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives
by Joe Klaas, seen held in the foreground.
She denied herself
to be Amelia Earhart
and called the assertion of it, "a poorly
documented hoax" and "utter
Below, again four years into the post-1940
Irene's defamation lawsuit, before its conclusion, a 1974 newspaper article conveyed how the "courts" still had
yet to settle the question over whether she was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart:
Yes, incredibly enough, as it turned out the post-1940 Irene actually was
the former Amelia Earhart. To recap, it is now known that in the 1930s, there was an original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile who Amelia Earhart had known -- and it was a remarkable realization when the study edified that the original
Irene's person was no longer evident in the 1940s. In the meantime, as Amelia Earhart continued to quietly exist after she went missing in 1937, in her pursuit of leading a non-public life going forward, at some point she
assumed the original Irene's leftover identity for herself to furthermore use.
Notwithstanding those who have a hard time believing or accepting it, the above paragraph
fairly exhibits the absolute truth pertaining to what became of Amelia Earhart after she was declared 'a missing
person' in 1937.