The Swindell Study
examined Amelia Earhart's disappearance
more thoroughly than previous efforts--and some of its controversial findings upset the 'Earhart mystery' applecart. This
website previews an upcoming documentary about it.
'Official silence' always greeted the debate over whether or not Amelia Earhart
continued to live-on after she was reported 'missing' in 1937. The Swindell Study addressed it head-on from an updated
Pertaining to The Swindell Study of the disappearance and missing person case of Amelia
1.) It became the first Earhart study
to utilize 'Digital Face Recognition' technology.
Above: Amelia Earhart in her thirties combined
with a post-WWII Irene photograph from the 1970s.
I2.) The Study
over-challenged the 'Earhart World Flight Ending' Null Hypothesis by being the first investigative research effort
to produce indisputable evidence to the contrary.
"I hope I've just got to never
make it public."
Above: A 1938 'official White House transcript' quote from one of President Franklin Roosevelt's right-hand
men, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. During a meeting recorded by Dictaphone, Morgenthau refers to withheld information at the
White House concerning something "awful" that happened to Amelia during "the last few minutes"
of her 1937 world flight attempt. The White House never did release the information Morgenthau spoke of, yet by combining
this reveal with other telling discoveries made over the years, The Swindell Study 'overchallenged' the default
Null Hypothesis--that covered the false conveyance stating 'no one knew what happened to Amelia Earhart
after she missed spotting Howland Island.'
"After watching some video and reviewing the manuscript of another
researcher, Tod Swindell, I think Joe Gervais was right." Stateside New Zealand Journalist, Rosalea
Barker, agreeing with the findings of the new-millennium Gervais-Swindell collaboration that concluded:
1.) After World War Two there was more than one person attributed to the same
'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' identity.
According to Digital Face Recognition and other full-body and character trait comparisons, one of the post-war Irene's, who
was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two, displayed a haunting congruence to Amelia Earhart.
3.) Amelia Earhart was acquainted with the original Irene Craigmile
in the 1930s, and looked nothing like her.
Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002
Amelia & the post-World War Two, 'Irene Craigmile
Bolam' in perfect alignment.
Amelia & the post-World War Two, 'Irene Craigmile
Bolam' in perfect alignment.
To Amy Kleppner, Grace McGuire, Larry Heller, Dr. Tom Crouch, Dorothy Cochrane,
Dr. David J. Skorton, and Robert Ballard:
Beauty is truth, truth beauty,
that is all ye know
and all ye need to know.
those unfamiliar with the true depth of controversy that surrounded Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance:
"If anyone ever
finds Amelia Earhart's plane underwater near Nikumaroro--or at ANY OTHER location--rest assured it was not Amelia who
put it there." USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), 2006.
Filmmaker-Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell
are Benjamin Franklin historians, there are Eleanor Roosevelt historians, there are Charles Lindbergh historians. I have
been a dedicated Amelia Earhart historian for many years." Tod Swindell,
Note From Tod Swindell
of 'The Swindell Study' of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance
Those who maintain that Amelia Earhart died, "on
or around July 2, 1937," the date she was reported 'missing' amid odd circumstances--are not familiar with the
two-plus decades of investigative research and forensic studies I orchestrated--within my dogged effort to answer the question
of what actually happened to Amelia.
Many of you have heard--and still might hear (or read) inverse statements about the nature
of my study from opposing theorists, from some of Amelia's family members, and from your everyday pseudo historians.
Just know they are less-informed than myself when it comes to the energy and effort my study put in to studying Earhart's
loss--to match its passion for finding the truth, then to look at the undeniable results it produced...
Or put it this way: While some individuals choose to speak out
against the truthful nature of my Study's accomplishments, with a few coming close to describing it as the work of an 'idiot,'
I'll counter by offering this: Either I am a complete idiot--or I achieved something meritable within the broad realm
of Amelia Earhart historical research, enough to where academia might feel compelled to assess its accountability. I offer
this because I did not 'make up' anything one sees or reads in my Study results. So it is not 'hokum,' a word someone once
used to describe it with.
Of course, where Amelia Earhart's storied disappearance was ever concerned, when one person's own 'learned controversial
opinion' looks to over-challenge the stodgy reflections of myriad historians--not to leave out the elevated blood pressures
of opposing theorists--sparking an iota of academia's interest in Earhart is an automatic tough-fetch.
In general this is due to the fact that by the end of the Twentieth
Century, most historians were already viewing the Earhart mystery as a 'played out' topic that was best left alone.
counter here, however, knowing myself as I do, (and no, I'm not an idiot) that I fully stand by the Earhart truths I learned
and/or discovered over the years in a 100% way. As well, no matter how some individuals all-but kick, scream, and holler in
opposition to the truths my Study results clearly present, they cannot turn real truths into false ones.
also be said, where Amelia Earhart's so-called 'disappearance' and subsequent 'missing person case' were the subjects
of my concern, my Study resurfaced, better solidified, and again exploited some previously discovered 'important
truths' about Earhart's last flight--that obfuscation and decades of time-passage managed to wash away.
To conclude, should a person objectively examine and digest just
a portion of the thousands of written pages and images my Study of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and missing person case
generated, he or she will realize the accomplishment by-far marks the most important research-investigation ever to examine
That's not an idle boast. It's the truth.
On preventing the discovery of
"The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively
by preconcieved opinion and prejudice." Arthur
On with my Study results...
USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck in 1944
"Your work relating to Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile is absolutely outstanding. There
is no other way to describe it." Amelia Earhart
author-historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck,
USAF (Ret.) in response to Tod Swindell's Amelia Earhart
investigative forensic research and comparison analysis.
Digital Face Recognition
Note: Digital Face Recognition
has been available for some time now. Before The Swindell Study it had never been applied to the decades-old, never
resolved, Irene Craigmile (Bolam) as compared to Amelia Earhart controversy.
A 1977 photo portrait of the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam). For decades constituents at the Smithsonian
Institution along with Amelia's survived family persuaded the public not to accept her as the former Amelia Earhart--even
though that actually was who she used to be. Today, anyone who cares to study the life history of the original Irene
Craigmile, a once fledgling pilot Amelia knew in the 1930s--and later assumed the identity of--will solidly conclude this
on his or her own.
[Below is a 1932 newspaper photo featuring
Amelia and the original Irene Craigmile in a group photo.]
the following is a true statement: The 1997-2017 Swindell Study delivered the long repressed, Amelia became
known as 'Irene' truth to any further exist as an obvious reality.
Above, just a few months after her famous solo-Atlantic flight, Amelia
Earhart, (outlined in white) appeared in a group photo with the original Irene Craigmile, (outlined in black) who
was not yet a licensed pilot at the time. Digital Face Recognition combined with other key elements from The Swindell Study--entirely
debunked the notion of the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam, shown in the formal portrait sitting above the newspaper
photo and caption, having been the original Irene Craigmile. She certainly was not. [Read more about the original
Irene Craigmile's trying 1930s years and Amelia's tie-in to her family further down.]
Below, more from the Swindell Study:
Above and as compared below, once again is the proudly-posed,
wings-adorned, post-World War Two 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' as she looked in 1977. Although she had previously been known
as, 'Amelia Earhart,' people in general continue to have a hard time accepting this reality, even though by now it has become
an obvious reality by virtue of The Swindell Study.
Amelia and her later-life self superimposed
From The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, the above comparison example
combines Amelia Earhart and her later-life self as the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam). It displays what can only
be described as 'an inarguable congruence.' Dating back to 1970, the first time the news media publicly implicated
the above compared Irene to have been the former Amelia Earhart, oddly enough (as mentioned) a comprehensive forensic
analysis that compared her being to Amelia Earhart's never took place--until The Swindell Study commenced in 1997.
After the Study was completed a full head-to-toe physical match was achieved with the post-war Irene and Amelia, and character
traits as well were all in alignment.
Senator Hiram Bingham and Amelia Earhart
Amelia and the post-WWII Irene Craigmile (Bolam) combined.
Wings, pearls, so proudly
posed... again above is the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in 1977. The original Irene Craigmile
(see below) who Amelia had known, would never have come close to assuming such a formal portrait stature. It can be said that
a person's eyes have been 'vision-washed' by misleading pages of history and other reality-dodging influences--if
they look at the above photograph today and do not reckon the former Amelia Earhart.
Below is the original
Irene Craigmile in 1930 between her husband, Charles James Craigmile (who died the following year) and her father, Richard
Joseph O'Crowley. Her image is contrast enhanced underneath it.
©2017 The 1997-2017 Swindell Study
Does Digital Face Recognition Work?
A Digital Face Recognition
program grids-out specific details from a person's face template--such as distance between the eyes, shape of the chin, mouth
placement and shape, nasal shape, etc. A face template in question is the 'origin face template' that is set to be compared
to another face template. Basically, a Digital Face Recognition program is used to calculate the probability of a match between
two separately provided face templates. It's akin to matching fingerprints--using faces instead.
Included in its long-term effort,
The Swindell Study compared the face template grid of the post World War Two 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' to the face template
grid of Amelia Earhart--and realized a match.
Above: "Think Different" indeed. On
the right, the post-war Irene and Amelia are again combined. Note: The 'Irene' compared to Amelia here is referenced
in The Swindell Study as the "post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam." This is because--as mentioned--she
was not the original Irene Craigmile from prior to the World War Two era--who Amelia had known. The above-right
photo used in this comparison was taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976. Not in full view to Irene's right was her frequent
travelling companion, Gertrude Kelley Hession, the sister of Irene's later-life close friend, Monsignor James Francis Kelley,
(1902-1996). During the last ten years of his life, Monsignor Kelley admitted to several people that his post-war friend,
Irene, did used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart' and that he had assisted with the process of her identity change. Before
the Study results were made public, opposing Earhart theorists had chalked-up the well-regarded Monsignor Kelley, a former
President of Seton Hall University, as 'senile' or 'crazy' in response to his telling what he knew. Close friends of Kelley's
countered by offering the Monsignor was 'quite lucid' when he conveyed to them what he did about, 'helping the survived
Amelia to become Irene after the war.'
Below left, in 1982, when a reporter asked him to comment on the rumored 'dual identity'
of his friend, Irene, Monsignor Kelley responded the following way:
the post-World War Two Irene Criagmile Bolam
and Monsignor James Francis Kelley having dinner in 1978.
Above: The full-photo version of Monsignor Kelley's sister,
Gertrude (left) and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam (right) in 1976. Notice the same pendant Irene wears here
in the B & W formal portrait sitting further up. Of course it's hard to recognize Irene's former Amelia-self here without
the composite photo of Amelia, as her true age was 79 then. Just the same, the Digital Face Recognition elements aligned perfectly.
It's haunting, disturbing, it's even sad in a way, to know Amelia's
own sister, Muriel, knew Amelia as 'Irene' in her later life years, the very same Irene featured in all of the above
comparisons. In line with her sister's wishes, Muriel agreed to never disclose such a thing, even if she was directly confronted
about it. Just the same it is the truth--and far be it from anyone not connected to how and why this reality
came to be, to easily explain it to others.
The Combined Study Results
The resulting statistical
data from the Digital Face Recognition grid comparisons--when combined with additional physical evidence recognized,
discovered, and processed during the course of The 1997-2017 Swindell Study delivered a plain to observe, truthful
reality stating Amelia Earhart:
1.) Did not crash and sink into the ocean.
2.) Did not die approximate to the day she went missing.
3.) Was not executed for spying.
4.) Did not die as a castaway on a desert island.
How the Digital Face Recognition 'Earhart
reveal' initially began in 1970:
after it was published in 1970, the best-selling controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas, (that theorized
Amelia lived-on well beyond the date of her disappearance) ended up being derided by historians and critics
alike. The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, however, focused on a key exhibit the Klaas' book featured and analyzed it in
a forensic way that had never been done before.
Considering the 'Key Exhibit' The Swindell Study
identified in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives:
First, some background info...
Irene and Guy
newspaper photo was taken in 1963. It featured Englishman, Guy Bolam, and his American wife, Irene. The photo was taken while they were
traveling abroad--something the two often did together. After they were married in 1958, Guy's
executive position with Radio Luxembourg--that sported one of the most powerful broadcast towers in Europe and introduced
the Beatles to listeners beyond the Iron Curtain--kept them on the go. When Guy died in 1970, Irene took over as president
of the Radio Luxembourg division he had been in charge of.
Another photo taken of
the same couple in 1965, (see below) by USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.), appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia
Earhart Lives. [Note: Prior to their 1958 marriage Irene's surname was, 'Craigmile.']
Guy and Irene in 1965
The Swindell Study considered the above 1965 photo of Guy
Bolam and his wife, Irene Craigmile (Bolam), to be the key exhibit featured in the book Amelia Earhart Lives, and extensively analyzed
the images and life histories of the individuals it featured. This had never been done in a sufficient way, especially where
the person of 'Irene' was concerned. As it turned out--Digital Face Recognition determined there had been more than one
person attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' identity. This truth was backed by additional 'physical evidence'
The Swindell Study uncovered, to include its realization that the Irene above appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene'
prior to 1946. As well, the Study revealed how she not only demonstrated an exact facial congruence--but a full head-to-toe physical and
character traits alignment when compared to Amelia Earhart. The overall results from The Swindell Study display these realities in no uncertain terms.
Excerpt from an Associated Press article by Ron Staton:
"The forensic studies are very convincing.
She was not an ordinary housewife as she claimed. She was
influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled."
John Bolam refers to Tod Swindell's analysis of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and
'missing person' case in an Associated Press article by Ron Staton.
After he came to know her in the 1960s, then following the 1970 release of the book, Amelia
Earhart Lives that featured her photographed image (long before The 1997-2017 Swindell Study commenced)
this same John Bolam, a brother of the post-World War Two Irene's English husband, Guy Bolam, never stopped suspecting that
his sister-in-law actually did used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
Above: The post-World War Two Irene morphs
back into Amelia, her former self.
No longer a decades-old rumor, it is now known there was more then one person attributed
to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity after World War Two (see below) and anymore it is certain the former Amelia
Earhart was one of them.
Still adhering to the pre-established practice of Amelia's late sister, Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey, (1899-1998) who knew her older sister, Amelia, as 'Irene'
in her later life years, Amelia's family and the Smithsonian Institution continue to dogmatically revoke the above stated
truth to divert the curious. Just the same, thanks to The Swindell Study results, the truth of Amelia's later life
years when she was known as 'Irene' any further exists as an obvious reality.
Above, a "1970s" Irene Craigmile Bolam
Above, Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965.
at the two above photos of Irene Craigmile Bolam, that history proclaimed to be 'one in the same' human being, it's not so
hard to realize they were actually two different human beings attributed to the same 'Irene' identity. After the 'Irene' on
the Memorial Dinner Program cover died in 1982, the above-right Irene (FKA 'Amelia') no longer remained in public view and
was said to have died in the 1990s. (Amelia was born in 1897.) Below, it is also not hard to see which one of
the two aligned with Amelia when compared. After The Swindell Study validated the reality of the 1965 Irene Craigmile
Bolam appearing nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two, it forensically compared her person to Amelia
Earhart's person--and delivered a haunting 'head-to-toe' congruence. Below are two facial comparisons. The top one was selected
to be evaluated by Digital Face Recognition--and as mentioned, delivered a match. The one under it displayed the same obvious
results as well.
Amelia Earhart in 1937
Amelia & post-WWII Irene
Post-WWII Irene, 1965
Photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais
1965 Irene Craigmile Bolam
taken by Joseph A. Gervais
1965 Irene & 1933 Amelia
Some friendly advice to doubters of the comparison results: To recognize
and accept things for what they truly are, sometimes we have to inconveniently roll up our mental sleeves in order to realize
that they are not something else. With Amelia Earhart, reality and truth go hand in hand anymore. Any politician or news-media
mogul with guts can pick up on this now. The problem is, today 'guts' appear to be lacking in politics and
news reporting. No matter; for recognizing, accepting, and embracing what became of Amelia after she went missing in 1937,
is a good way to experience how to overcome obfuscation in favor of acknowledging reality and truth. It's even
enlightening. In an attempt to explain why this has remained undone, the suggestion of 'Amelia Earhart disappearing without
a trace and never being seen again' was repeated so often over the years that the public mindset evolved to accept it--even
though it was never true. TS
Digital Face Recognition
For the first time ever, where multiple claims of Amelia Earhart's ongoing survival after she went
missing kept coming into play, the Study utilized 'Digital Face Recognition' technology within a full-body and character
traits human comparison analysis. In essence, this exercise advanced the missing person case of Amelia Earhart to a new
closure by forensically revealing her still-living body evidence--in its renamed form--was actually found
and identified by Amelia Earhart 'world flight investigator,' Joseph A. Gervais, some fifty-odd years ago.
Recalling Major Joseph A. Gervias
(He didn't need Digital Face Recognition.)
The late Major Joseph A. Gervais was war hero
and a highly skilled pilot who flew missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam. In 1959, he commenced with his 'Operation
Earhart' endeavor while stationed overseas--approximate to the same region Amelia Earhart was last seen. After years of deeply
investigating the combined factors that led to her failed world flight attempt, in the summer of 1965, he encountered the
post-World War Two 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' at a New York gathering of pilots from the golden age of aviation. He was
instantly struck by her resemblance to Amelia Earhart, and after meeting and talking to her, it dawned on him that she was
none other than the alive-and-well former Amelia Earhart going by a different name.
Joseph A. Gervais
Above left: February
5, 2000, retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais accepts an AES 'Historical Achievement Award' for his unparalleled
investigative analysis of Amelia Earhart's failed world flight attempt. Major Gervais initiated 'Operation Earhart' in 1959
while stationed overseas, sparking a curiosity resurgence in the never resolved 'missing person case' of Amelia Earhart. Gervais
met--and recognized the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam to have been the former Amelia Earhart in 1965,
and to his dying day in 2005, he never disavowed having done such a thing. Notwithstanding rumors to the contrary,
he was never proved incorrect.
presenting him the award is the Amelia Earhart Society's founding President, Bill Prymak. In the AES newsletter this
photo appeared in, Mr. Prymak referred to Gervais as, "A World War Two flying hero widely recognized as the world's leading
authority regarding the subject of Amelia Earhart's disappearance." Above right photo: Among the attendees that day;
top row left to right are Oakland Air and Space Museum director, Ronald Reuther;
filmmaker and Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell; and the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) in-laws, Mr.
& Mrs. John Bolam. Bottom row left to right are Amelia Earhart world flight duplicator turned author, Ann Holtgren
Pellegreno; Amelia Earhart Lives author, Joe Klaas; and Joseph
Preview of Part II
Within its detailed review of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and
subsequent 'missing person' case, The Swindell Study challenged the default 'Null Hypothesis' of her world
flight ending--that suggested at some unknown time Amelia crashed into the Pacific Ocean at some unknown place--and sank.
Citing new discovered evidence to the contrary--to go along with other evidence discovered by earlier investigators--the
Study refortified the widely accepted conclusion from years past that stated a 'crashed and sank' ending never happened
to Amelia Earhart.
Testing the Null Hypothesis in Relationship to Amelia Earhart's World Flight Outcome By Tod Swindell
The 'null hypothesis' suggests a predicted outcome based on deductive reasoning to likely
be a true outcome until evidence indicates otherwise.
For example, the 'null hypothesis' for flipping an equally balanced coin would call
for 50% heads results and 50% tails results. Yet if the expected '50/50' ratio significantly differed after thousands of coin
tosses, the 'alternate hypothesis' would come into play, one that might consider the shapes of each side of the coin having
some kind of aerodynamic effect on the coin-toss results.
The 1997-2017 Swindell Study tested the validity of the 'null hypothesis' in
comparison to the 'alternate hypothesis' while examining Amelia Earhart's storied disappearance. This was deemed appropriate
where an overwhelming preponderence of both circumstantial and hard evidence kept surfacing ever since the event of Amelia's
loss occurred--that opposed the 'null hypothesis' suggestion that offered Amelia 'crashed and sank' into the ocean at a time
and place unknown.
The Study also determined how the 'mystery' of Amelia Earhart's disappearance was as much a mystery as it
was a historical invention. Here's why:
"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence leaving the true
fate of Amelia Earhart an everlasting mystery..." 1982, aviation historians, Marylin Bender and Selig
Altschul discuss the 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person case of Amelia Earhart.
Dating back to 1937, questions about what actually happened to Amelia
Earhart in July of that year, as Bender and Altschul put it, were greeted by 'official silence.' Part of the significant
amount of evidential data, however, that contiguously managed to surface ever since the event of Amelia's disappearance occurred--revealed
the ultimate source of the 'official silence.'
Here--discovered four decades after it was recorded--is a passage from an official White House
transcript dated May of 1938, nine months after Amelia Earhart went missing. In referring to Amelia's loss in the transcript,
one of President Franklin Roosevelt's right hand men, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. described it this way:
"...what that woman, happened to her the last few minutes,
I hope I've just got to never make it public."
Morgenthau's above statement was followed by the below reaction from his assistant,
Stephen Gibbons, in the transcript. Both statements were recorded with others present during a meeting Morgenthau was holding
at the White House:
"We have evidence that the thing is all over, sure. Terrible. It would be awful to make it public."
These statements, when combined with addtional evidential data gathered over the years, defied the default
null hypothesis that suggested Amelia Earhart met her demise by 'crashing and sinking' somewhere unknown.
A brief examination of the presented facts tells us why.
According to the presented facts:
1. When Amelia Earhart did not spot Howland Island, that her last officially recorded
radio transmission left some people feeling she missed by as close as 100 miles, after stating a line of position that did
not indicate where she actually was, without saying why she stopped transmitting completely.
2. After Amelia stopped transmitting, with an estimated 'eight-hundred miles worth of
fuel' still left to burn, she supposedly flew-on in radio silence until her fuel supply was exhausted--leaving her to crash
into the Pacific Ocean at unknown coordinates to meet her demise. [End of story.]
The above stated 'facts' mark the complete version of the 'null hypothesis' (or suggested
ending) of Amelia Earhart's world flight attempt.
It is worth recognizing here, how beyond the persuasion of official silence
no evidence ever supported the 'Amelia crashed into the ocean' null hypothesis. Her crashed and sank
ending was something the public was merely left to surmise had happened.
As well, evidential reports later surfaced stating Amelia did
not stop sending radio transmissions. This included a document from an 0S-2 intelligence file, declassified decades later,
showing how Amelia had transmitted her final decision to head "north" and she "continued to be heard
at intervals" after doing so.
Add this to what the above White House transcript passages would suggest to any reader, plain
and simple, where FDR's administration was aware of something 'awful' that happened to Amelia during the "last few minutes"
of her flight--and it chose not to share it with the general public.
What was later learned
about this internally expressed White House viewpoint from a variety of accounts, is that for
a period of time the Roosevelt administration had incorrectly bought-in to
a 'wireless transmissions' conveyance of Amelia Earhart's death occurring during a 'Plan B' landfall attempt--by way of
her plane being shot-down as it approached Japan's Marshall Islands--that Japan was fortifying at the time. Note the more
complete Morgenthau statement from the same transcript:
"...we have the report of all those wireless messages and everything else, what
that woman, happened to her the last few minutes, I hope I've just got to never make it public."
Accordingly, Earhart's plane being engaged and fired upon by fighter pilots was the
'awful to make public, last few minutes' relay of an ending the White House had mistakenly assessed for the famous
pilot based on some information it had gathered--and chose not to share.
It wasn't until after World War Two ended (see image below)
that numerous Marshall Islands testimonials began to surface describing how Amelia Earhart and her navigator actually managed
to ditch their plane on one of the Marshalls' southernmost atolls--and they were subsequently picked up and sequestered
by Japan approximate to the same day the onset of the Sino-Japanese War occurred. [Earhart and Noonan were first reported
'missing' on July 2; the Marco Polo Bridge incident occurred on July 7, resulting in Japan's invasion of China--that the U.S.
Above, a 50th anniversary commemorative stamp series issued in 1987
by the Republic of the Marshall Islands shows Amelia's 1937 takeoff from Lae, New Guinea; her failure to spot Howland Island;
her ditching in the lower Marshall Islands; Amelia, her plane, and her navigator, Noonan, being retreived by Japan's Imperial
Where the 'Marshall Islands ending' of Amelia's world flight was
the consistent theme among countless testimonials given, (and remains part of the Marshall Islands own history today) Marshallese
accounts pertaining to what became of Earhart and Noonan after they were picked up varied. It was about equal where people
suggested they either died--or continued to live on.
Enhancing this in 1965, Admiral Chester Nimitz, the Naval Commander of the
U.S. Pacific fleet during World War Two--who was put in charge of the Marshall Islands after the U.S. occupied it as the war
wound down--divulged to CBS radio journalist, Fred Goerner, that it ended up being, "known and documented in Washington"
(and remained classified) that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, "went down in the Marshall Islands and were picked
up by Japan." Except even the admiral was unable to offer details on what became of the duo after that.
Admiral Chester Nimitz
[Shared a 'withheld Earhart truth' with CBS's Fred Goerner
The above combined evidential data--to go along with so much more
gathered over the years--outright defied the 'What happened to Amelia Earhart' null hypothesis. This is why the idea
of Amelia Earhart continuing to exist after she was reported missing--and eventually managing to return to the United
States with a preference for her future anonymity being co-endorsed by a post-war US-Japan collaboration, was never
as far fetched as most people thought. Ultimately as well, it turned out to be true.
calls the investigative research of Joe Gervais and Tod Swindell, ""Just the tip of the Iceberg.""
"All the evidence all put together, I feel like she [Amelia]
did survive. I think she survived and came back to the United States, but that she wanted her privacy."
Lou Foudray, former caretaker of
the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum (see photo below) is quoted from interviews conducted by
Lara Moritz of KMBC TV, Kansas City, and by The Topeka Kansas Capital-Journal's, Jan Biles.
Above, a 2016 photograph of Lou Foudray, Earhart historian and former
caretaker of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum on the front porch of the home where Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison,
The above 'hot air balloon' newspaper photo features the post-World
War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam. She was known, respected, and admired by people in high places worldwide, but those same
people never talked about her much. This photo was taken
in 1978, when the general public was being misled about her true past by important sounding, all be them 'protective' individuals.
This same attitude continues to this day, foremost advanced through the news media by Dr. Tom Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane
of the Smithsonian Institution, out of respect for the ongoing wishes of Amelia's family. Not to leave out, the strong preference
of the Smithsonian's owner [the U.S. Federal government] has always been for people to accept that Amelia Earhart
somehow 'died' after she went missing toward the end of her 1937 world flight attempt, even though no authentic evidence
of her death taking place then was ever produced. In the meantime, wink-and-nod diversions such as the TIGHAR
club and Nauticos group surfaced to steer public interest away from taking the idea of Amelia's continued survival with a
new name--seriously. Here, it is important to realize only hearsay ever suggested Amelia Earhart died approximate to when
she went missing in 1937, in any way at all. This includes by way of crashing and sinking, dying a castaway's death on a desert
Island, dying of dysentery on Saipan, or being executed by a rogue-Nippon military unit; the four most preveleant theories
presented over the years that suggested the way Amelia may have died.
Anymore, however, as hard as it remains for some to believe, the plain truth is the gray-haired
'Irene Bolam' in the balloon basket above, shown with famous golfer, Kathy Whitworth, did used to be known as Amelia Earhart.
The story about the once world-famous person known as 'Amelia Earhart,'
who the Twentieth Century left behind in accordance with her own wishes, the wishes of her family, and the wishes of her
country, evolved to become the strangest and most convoluted historical yarn ever conjured by modern mankind. Especially over
the course of the last half-century, the effort managed to successfully influence the worldwide general public into thinking
Amelia most likely 'died' after she went missing in 1937. As most elders recall, though, Amelia's death taking place back
then felt like a false reality push from the start.
The two books above, Daughter of the Sky, published in 1960,
and The Search for Amelia Earhart, published in 1966, were first to publicly detail accounts
of Amelia's ongoing 'quiet' survival in Japan's care after she went missing in 1937. However, neither book was able to offer
a solid answer to the question of what became of Amelia after being stewarded by Japan. Sadly, by the end of the Twentieth
Century both books were all but forgotten.
Below: A few notes
about Amelia's 1930s acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile, whose name Amelia took on for her later-life use,
the story: Again above is an old newspaper photo of the original Irene Craigmile in 1930, shown between her then
husband, Charles J. Craigmile, and her father, R. J. O'Crowley. In 1931, a year after this photo was taken, Charles Craigmile
died after his appendix burst. He was forty-two years old at the time. His newly widowed wife, the original Irene
Craigmile, was only twenty-six.
Below is a 1934 photo of the original Irene Craigmile
with her new son, Clarence, who she conceived out of wedlock in 1933. She eloped to marry to the father of her child, one
Alvin Heller, in order to legitimize his birth. Their 'shotgun marriage' quickly failed though--and was annulled as well after
it became known Al Heller was still legally married to another woman when he married Irene. The annulment reverted the original
Irene's surname back to 'Craigmile.' Their son, Clarence, maintained the 'Heller' surname listed on his birth certificate.
Approximate to all of this happening in the mid-late 1930s, the original Irene
Craigmile no longer appeared in plain view--and in due time clear photo evidence of her person was removed
Above: The original Irene Craigmile
in 1934 with her son, Clarence
Note: The original Irene Craigmile's son and
only child was Clarence 'Larry' Heller. In 2006 and again in 2014, Larry Heller positively identified a different person to
have been his mother than the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam). As it turned out, the woman Mr. Heller recognized
as his mother, shown directly below, was actually his adoptive mother. (He was not strongly imprinted with his biological
mother.) To this day, resulting from an arrangement contrived several decades ago, the general public remains unaware of
what happened to the original Irene Craigmile, whose left over identity ended up being shared by Larry Heller's adoptive
mother and the former Amelia Earhart. 'Hard to believe, but true.
Son ID'd Irene Craigmile, 1940
mentioned, in 2006 and again in 2014, the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, Clarence 'Larry'
Heller, positively identified the person in the above photograph to have been his 'mother' as she looked "around 1940."
Digital Face Recognition concluded this Irene Craigmile and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam), displayed
below, were not the same human being, although according to history,
they should have been.
Post-WWII Irene Craigmile, 1946
[Note face template comparison to Amelia below.]
Post-WWII Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1965
[See face template comparison to Amelia further down.]
Earhart with her 1930s flight trainer, Paul Mantz.
Above, Amelia's face template is superimposed with her post-World War Two image in 1946. This sample from the Swindell
Study used the earliest dated photo displaying Amelia's person reidentified as 'Irene Craigmile.' She
was a new employee at the People's Bank of Mineola, Long Island at the time it was taken. Twleve
years later, in 1958, she married Englishman and Radio Luxembourg executive, Guy Bolam.
As mentioned, the above photograph marks the earliest dated picture in circulation
(1946) of the former Amelia Earhart. Below, using the 1965 image of her person that appeared in the book,
Amelia Earhart Lives, her face template image is shown matching the way she looked in 1937, when she was known as 'Amelia
Above, the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam)
a career as a pilot once, Major, but I gave all that up years ago." 1965 quote from the post-World
War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam), FKA 'Amelia Earhart' as spoken to Major Joseph
A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) Above photo taken in Jamaica in 1976. (Courtesy
of the Diana Dawes collection.)
"Amelia Earhart had been acquainted with the original
Irene Craigmile in the 1930s. It was the original Irene Craigmile's name Amelia ended up using for herself in her
later-life years. This long-ignored reality--that the forensic analysis delivered to an obvious state--was first discovered
in the 1960s by a reputable war hero by the name of Joseph A. Gervais, only to be shouted-down ever since." Tod Swindell
"Though sometimes ridiculed by those unaware of how deeply he had investigated Irene Craigmile's
past, Joseph A. Gervais was right all along. From a forensic research and human comparison standpoint, it is now recognized
to be true that there had been more than one person attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity, and the post-World War
Two Mrs. Irene
Craigmile Bolam most certainly was, previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' Anymore the so-called
'Earhart mystery' has to do with when, where, how, and why this came to be." Tod
Below find journalist,
Rosalea Barker's take on the wide variety of conflicting investigations that looked into Amelia Earhart's disappearance over
the years in comparison to the new millennium collaboration of Joseph A. Gervais and Tod Swindell:
"I felt like I was trying to separate black sheep from white in
a computer game that kept randomly changing the colour of sheep. Just when I thought all of the facts had been marshalled
in support of one Earhart theory, those same facts would be marshalled in support of another, completely opposite one. I
attended the Western Air and Space Museum's 'Amelia Earhart Seminar' because I'd seen the list of presenters and it was, I
thought, a goldmine of people who would be able to help my research into the Pacific Theatre during the Second World War--radio
operators, retired Navy captains, combat fighter pilots. But such is the seductive power of the intrigue surrounding Earhart's
disappearance, that by lunchtime on Saturday I was as hooked as journalist, Joe Klaas was in 1967 when he met retired US Air
Force Major Joe Gervais, that led to him writing a book called, Amelia Earhart Lives! The book not only focused on
years of investigative research conducted by Joe Gervais, but on his insistence that a woman he met in New York in 1965, Irene
Bolam, used to be Amelia Earhart. And after watching some video and looking at the manuscript of another researcher,
Tod Swindell, who consulted with and studied the methods of experts to compare IB and AE physically--I think Joe Gervais was
right." New Zealand
Stateside journalist, Rosalea Barker, commenting on an Amelia Earhart research symposium she attended at the Oakland, California
Western Air and Space Museum.
Rollin C. Reineck in 1944
"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth
forensic analysis of the Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart to show the world they were one in the same
person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), reprinted from his book, Amelia Earhart Survived.
Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002
1965 Gervais photo of Guy and Irene
The (Subdued) Historical Importance of Joseph A. Gervais
By Tod Swindell
When I first came to know Major
Joseph A. Gervais in 1996, the renowned Amelia Earhart world-flight investigator whose trusty 35MM camera clicked the 1965
photo of Guy and Irene, I was surprised to learn a forensic comparison analysis of Irene's and Amelia's physical beings,
character traits, and full life histories had never been done before. So I consulted with experts and set out to orchestrate
one. As my Study progressed, beyond confirming that Amelia Earhart had known the original Irene Craigmile, it additionally
revealed how the once world-famous pilot was actually closer to the original Irene's aunt, a New York attorney she
knew through the international Zonta organization for professional women they both belonged to. It was through this friendship
that Amelia met and came to know the original Irene Craigmile, a once fledgling pilot who never really flew much--and
never belonged to the Zontas or the 99's as Amelia did.
The complete analysis made it clear: The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam), who Major
Gervais met and photographed in 1965, was not the original Irene Craigmile. Instead, at some point, perhaps
during the late stages of the war, the original Irene Craigmile's identity was made available for Amelia to henceforth
use... and to this day the general public remains unaware of what became of the original Irene Craigmile.
Retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais, was first to discover and reveal
this historical reality. The reason so many people never heard of him is because his solving of the missing person case of
Amelia Earhart by way of producing her body evidence in the form of the post-war Irene Craigmile Bolam, was categorically
subdued after Gervais went public with his discovery in 1970--by the former Amelia
Earhart herself, her sister, Muriel, and general 'official silence' toward the matter. It remained that way from that point
on, until Gervais and myself joined forces to deliver clarity to it all.
was there a head-to-toe, tear-duct to tear-duct physical match, but all character traits aligned as well;
handwriting, voice, friends, associates, associations, etc.
to toe, shoulder to shoulder; older to younger, younger to older,
they proved to be a perfect match to unlock a long ago, strong-cover latch.
Irene used to be Amelia or Amelia became Irene,
'twas never a false truth, nor a diabolical scheme.
Most turned a blind eye and went looking for her plane,
although such tomfoolery was always inane.
Others bet wages on decoys--showing how naive they could be,
while Amelia stared back averring to all,
"I did not sink in the sea!"
Above: Amelia Earhart's younger and older selves
combined stare back at the viewer. This is a true reality. Even so, the vast majority of people who heard about the Irene-Amelia
controversy always found it hard to fathom the idea of Amelia quietly living-on--and then adapting a preference for future
anonymity. This is because at some point in decades past they became convinced by numerous persuasions (see the 'Wikipedia'
example below) to accept that Amelia's ongoing existence well after she went missing was not true. Today, anyone genuinely
concerned about this might take heart in knowing there is nothing more real than the truth, and by now it has grown to exist
as a plain truth beyond all persuasions, that Amelia Earhart did quietly live-on after she went missing... and in
time changed her name to Irene.
U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr.
"I have carefully studied your presentation. Your conclusion that there were plural
Irene Craigmile's has completely convinced me that this is indeed the case. You have
also convinced me that one of them used to be Amelia Earhart. Incredible. You have quite an impressive package there.
Keep charging - Gene." From a note sent by retired U.S. Navy
Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr. to Tod Swindell. Tissot's father, Ernie Tissot was a friend of Amelia Earhart's
who served as her head plane mechanic during her 1935 Hawaii to Oakland flight. Rear
Admiral Tissot, a long time member of the Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers, served as a key advisor for The Swindell
In 2007, not long after
Tod Swindell and some of his ongoing study results appeared on a National Geographic Channel special about Amelia Earhart,
information about it was incorrectly conveyed through Wikipedia by a malcontent individual, one 'Dr. Alex Mandel.' Dr. Mandel,
a self-described "Amelia Earhart fanatic" created a misleading 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' page. His page contended
the assertion of Amelia Earhart continuing to live-on before changing her name to 'Irene' in pursuit of future privacy--was
proved false by a detective that had been hired by the National Geographic Society. This led to other 'malcontents' jumping
on to his false-reality bandwagon. True reality, however, shows the assertion was never proved false. In fact, the detective
Dr. Mandel referenced by name, Kevin Richlin, will verify to anyone he did not 'prove' the assertion false. As well, since
the National Geographic Channel aired its Amelia Earhart special those years ago, the truth of Amelia's post-loss survival
and name-change to 'Irene' continued to grow to a point where anymore it exists as an obvious reality. To further edify
this revelation for yourself, continue to review the volumes of information and comparison results pulled from The 1997-2017
Swindell Study on display in Irene-Amelia.com ...while comprehending it is all quite real.
"Of course I knew Irene. She was a sister Zonta."
"There is practically no physical resemblance." Amelia's sister, (above) Grace Muriel Earhart
Morrissey (1899-1998) responds to the suggestion saying her later life Zonta International friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam,
was actually her sister, Amelia going by a different name. In response to several 1970s and 1980s inquiries about it, when
Muriel offered there was "practically no physical resemblance" between the two, Digital Face Recognition did not
yet exist. It wasn't until several years after Muriel died in 1998 that The Swindell Study showed how the faces of
Amelia Earhart and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam did match according to Digital Face Recognition testing beyond
displaying a head-to-toe physical congruence. As well, the Study proved there was more than one person attributed to the same
'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity after World War Two, with the former Amelia Earhart undeniably having been one of
them. There is little doubt as well, anymore, that Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey was a key part of the effort that protected
her survived sister's later-life desire to lead a non-public life.
Amy Kleppner (above) is a philosopher, writer, teacher, adventurer,
and Amelia Earhart's niece. Even though the truth of her famous aunt living beyond World War Two as 'Irene' is now
obvious, Amy chooses not to forsake her tradition of denying it just as her mother, Muriel, did before her. The Smithsonian's
respect for Amy's preference to 'offer no credence' to the Amelia became known as Irene truth is what keeps
the public from embracing the Amelia/Irene reality.
A Veritable Punch In The Gut
By Tod Swindell
Over the years so many great
books featuring stories about Amelia Earhart--or specifically focusing on her person have been published. This includes the
great new Keith O'Brien book, Fly Girls (shown above) issued in 2019.
The automatic Amelia Earhart go-to biographies from the past
are those authored by Mary S. Lovell, Doris Rich, and Susan Butler. Susan Ware's Still Missing: Amelia Earhart and the
Search for Modern Feminism best portrays the enormous impact and immeasurable influence Amelia Earhart's persona had--not
only on American pop-culture--but globally as well.
All past Amelia Earhart biographies, of course, ended the story of Amelia's life on
July 2, 1937, the date she failed to report to Howland Island while nearing the end of her world-flight journey. To the millions
by now who have read and thoroughly digested them, it marks a veritable punch in their common gut to stoically advance in
a believable manner--that the complete history of Amelia Earhart's full life story each book presented--ended decades
before the physical body that housed Amelia Earhart's being actually ceased to exist.
This is why, in a way, it is
a true statement to say the Amelia Earhart who the world knew and loved so well did leave forever on July 2, 1937. For the
person she became after she went missing featured some readjusted core values that left her feeling different about things
in general throughout the remainder of her days. This most definitely included her own recognized reality
of no longer wanting to be a famous, public-life person due to her own thought processing.
Books that deeply researched and focused on the so-called
'mystery' of Amelia Earhart's 1937 'disappearance' put out by reputable publishers dating back to the 1960s,
foremost include Fred Goerner's, The Search For Amelia Earhart (1966), the Joe Klaas book, Amelia Earhart Lives
(1970), the Vincent Loomis book, Amelia Earhart: The Final Story (1985), and Randall Brink's, Lost Star: The Search
for Amelia Earhart (1994). Among them, the 1970 Klaas book and the 1994 Brink book were the only ones to seriously present
the possibility of Amelia's ongoing existence well beyond the World War Two era--with a different name applied to her person.
the onset of researching his book in 1980, Randall Brink personally interviewed the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile
(Bolam) twice, leaving him to later describe in his book the assertion of her having been the living, former Amelia
Earhart as a "tantalizingly persistent account." After Randall Brink reviewed key portions of The 1997-2017
Swindell Study results, he ultimately drew his alternate hypothesis conclusion, agreeing that the post-World War Two Irene
Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart could only have existed as one in the same life-long human being.
The Story Continues
Eighty-two years ago, Amelia Earhart
was declared "missing." Fifty years ago, in 1969, the McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, one of the largest and most
reputable publishers in the world, green-lighted the book, Amelia Earhart Lives to be issued. The book was based on
ten-years of investigative research conducted by one Joseph A. Gervais--who concluded Amelia Earhart quietly survived
after she was declared missing and that she was alive and well in the United States then, going by a different name. His claim
was taken seriously until the enigmatic woman who he asserted to be the 'former' Amelia Earhart refuted it. After
that, within weeks the book was being called a 'hoax' and was removed from the marketplace. However, the woman in question,
the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam), never proved she was not the former Amelia Earhart--and
as displayed in the Study, Joseph
A. Gervais' postulation about Amelia Earhart's continued existence as a renamed person was not off the mark.
Above, from The 1997-2017 Swindell
Study, this story appeared in the Asbury Park Evening Press on July 24, 1974, a date that marked Amelia Earhart's 77th
birthday. The public was largely unaware that the question concerning the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam's true
past still remained unanswered--four years after the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives asserted her to be the former
Amelia Earhart. By then the story about her had become
buried by other headline dominating controversies--such as the 1971 Pentagon Papers leak and the Watergate Scandal. Three
weeks after the above article ran, President Richard Nixon resigned due to his Watergate connection. Nine months later, in
1975, the fall of Saigon took place thus ending the Vietnam War--that the Pantagon Papers had revealed to be 'non-winnable.'
Soon after that, as her defamation lawsuit closed out its fifth year, few people were
aware that the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam had been asked to submit her fingerprints
to positively prove her identity. She refused to do so and optioned to settle her case against Amelia Earhart Lives
author, Joe Klaas, and investigative researcher, Joseph A. Gervais, for a mutual consideration amount of $10.00 ...that she
paid to them and they paid to her. The book's publisher, McGraw-Hill, was ordered to pay her $60,000 for what her attorney called "reputation damaging allegations" Amelia Earhart Lives contained
but provided no evidence to support.
Among them, it inferred she was a potential 'bigamist' who may have been a 'traitor to her country.' She flat out denied both
insinuations, but the bottom line, however, after all was said and done, was that she never proved she was not the former Amelia Earhart, and as The
Swindell Study results display, 'Amelia Earhart' most definitely had been the previous name of the post-World War
Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.
Next: How history initially viewed Amelia Earhart's missing person case and then quickly gave up on it.
Here's a brief look at
how United States history managed to swiftly close the book on Amelia Earhart's 'missing person case':
With no evidence to substantiate it, ever since the pre-World War Two
era the general public was encouraged to accept that Amelia Earhart died, "on or around July 2,
1937," the date she was reported 'missing' amid odd circumstances. Then in January of 1939, a year and
a half after she went missing, Amelia Earhart was legally declared "dead in absentia" thus closing
the book on her missing person case. Yet in subsequent decades much telling information was gathered that pointed
to a rush to judgment that left behind a miscalculated conclusion.
After Amelia's Missing Person Case Was Prematurely
In the decades that followed Amelia Earhart being declared "dead in absentia," a variety of conflicting
reports attempted to explain what really happened to her: "She was captured and executed," "She
died in a foreign prison," "She crashed her plane into the ocean," and "She died a castaway's
death on a desert island," became the most promoted ideas among them. Contrarily, any suggestions that presented
the possibility of Amelia continuing to live-on were swiftly dismissed. That is, until The 1997-2017 Swindell Study
results presented the first comprehensive analysis to clearly exhibit Amelia Earhart's continued existence
well beyond 1937, with a different name applied to her person.
On the subject of the post-World War Two Mrs.
Irene Craigmile (Bolam), (shown in another comparison below) since 1970, scholars kept asking a lingering, unanswered
question about this highly respected, all
be her 'enigmatic' woman. The Swindell Study learned how after World War Two she emerged from nowhere to begin working
as a respected figure in the New York banking industry, and to acquaintances she sometimes described herself as a 'former pilot' who 'used to know' Amelia
Earhart. Anymore, however, by virtue of the Study, the reality of her past is now clearly observable in a forensic way...
and there is no going back.
Tear-Duct To Tear-Duct
Above: Top row Amelia's eyes; Second row Irene's eyes;
Third row superimposed in perfect alignment.
©2017 'The 1997-2017
Handwriting Comparison Intro
Below find two exhibits from the handwriting portion of the study. The first one features a 1967 sample of the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) cursive handwriting compared to Amelia Earhart's
own cursive, "Amelia M Earhart" High School signature.
Notice here as well, the post-war Irene's use of non-denial
'denial' language within her reply letter to Joseph A. Gervais, who two years after they met each other had written to
inquire if she was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' They day they met in 1965--at a gathering of pilots from the 'golden
age' of aviation--is when retired Air Force Major, Joseph A. Gervais, a formidable pilot himself, first began to suspect
the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) to be the living, former Amelia Earhart--who had somehow 'privately
survived and assumed a new identity' after she was declared 'missing.'
In her present-tense rebuttal here, the post-war Irene refers
Joseph A. Gervais to two long time pilot friends of hers, Viola Gentry and Elmo Pickerill, by writing:
they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile."
Amelia's own "Amelia M Earhart" signature from a form she filled out in high school added to the document.
©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study.'
Left side above: Post-war Irene Craigmile (Bolam) cursive letter samples; Right
side above: Amelia Earhart cursive letter samples. ©2017 'The 1997-2017
In consideration of some
opinions expressed about the Irene-Amelia controversy...
"It did become evident that Amelia's family, the original
Irene Craigmile's family, and the Smithsonian Institution did not like what I had done. The study I conducted revealed how
this five-decades-old, never proved-false claim was true all along--in lieu of common influences that left people believing
it wasn't true ever since 1970, when the 'claim' of Amelia's quiet survival and name-change to 'Irene' first made national
headlines. The problem remained though, that no one ever proved it wasn't true because it wasn't possible.
Now it is clear that Amelia did live-on after she went missing and later became known as 'Irene,' and that there was more
than one person attributed to the same 'Irene' identity. Although the general public still finds it difficult to accept this
truth, where the study results made it so obvious, it is time for history to address the reality of it as pragmatically as
possible." Tod Swindell, 2019
Dr. Tom Crouch
The Smithsonina's Dr. Tom Crouch always has--and continues to this day--to influence
news media sources not to pay attention to the Amelia became Irene truth, even though by now it has evolved to exist as an
obvious reality. It is time for Dr. Crouch and his constituents to get real about this.
Oddly professing to know what Amelia's own preference would
be, the Smithsonian's Dorothy Cochrane as well refuses to endorse the now obvious reality of the post-World War Two 'Irene
Craigmile (Bolam)' having been previously known as, Amelia Earhart.
Amelia, age thirty-one
Above Center: Again from The 1997-2017 Swindell
Study, Amelia Earhart at age thirty-one and a 1970 photo of the post-World War Two 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile
(Bolam)' digitally superimposed.
"The girl in brown who walks alone."
One-line description of Amelia Earhart from her senior high school
Below: Two 1976 photos of the former Amelia Earhart signing autographs after reading some of her poetry at
a Zonta function held in Detroit, Michigan. When she was known as 'Amelia' she was much appreciated for her poetry. Amelia
was also the Zonta's most famous member in the 1930s. The original Irene Craigmile was never a Zonta member, but her attorney
aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who Amelia knew well, had been a charter Zonta member and one of its chapter presidents.
No doubt attorney Irene was keenly instrumental with Amelia's World War Two era conversion that left her further known as,
'Irene Craigmile.' [Photos courtesy of pilot-author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who attended the event that day.]
In the above-left photo, the post-World War Two Mrs.
Irene Craigmile (Bolam), AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart' shown in the center dressed in brown and adorning her trademark
pendant, signs autographs for some of the attendees. In the above right photo, the former Amelia Earhart's face-profile is
to the far left. Below: Amelia Earhart's former and later-life face profiles are superimposed using the upper-right
Of note, there is little doubt Amelia had some post-loss surgical
work done that slightly altered her visage. The now late, Dr. Walter S. Birkby, a well-recognized Forensic Anthropologist
in his time who served as a consultant and advisor for Tod Swindell, determined she might have endured a 'deviated septum
rhinoplasty' procedure and possibly some 'skin tucking' that slightly furrowed her brow. Even back then these would not have
been extensive or dangerous procedures, but along with her older-age fashion and hair style changes they made it more difficult
for people to recognize her once famous image. Joseph A. Gervais still did manage to recognize her though, when he encountered
her face-to-face in 1965 at an 'Early Birds of Aviation' luncheon in New York, thus placing him on a treadmill of
truth-seeking to learn why Amelia ultimately changed her name--that he remained on to his dying day in 2005.
left, five years before she became famous, Amelia Earhart took a 'Carmen Sandiego-like' selfie by pointing her camera
into a mirror. Above right, from The Swindell Study she's digitally superimposed with
her later-life self.
analysis contained in The 1997-2017 Swindell Study displayed how the post-World War Two 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' used
to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.' However, as of this writing constituents of the Smithsonian Institution--along with the families
of Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile have yet to endorse this truth--even though it now stands
out as an obvious reality. It seems their common preference is for the general public to ignore the
reality of Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence with a different name--in favor of always believing and accepting
that Amelia 'must have died somehow' approximate to when she became a 'missing person' in 1937.
Next: More On The Original 'Irene Craigmile,'
Who Amelia Earhart Was Acquainted With In The 1930s
Above: An old newspaper photo
of the original Irene Craigmile. As part of a thoroughly arranged effort to enable Amelia Earhart's post-loss name
change, The Swindell Study discovered how clear photos of the original Irene Craigmile were expunged
at some point, leaving them to no longer be evident in the public realm. So much
enabled the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) to not be indentified in photos of Irene Craigmile prior to the
mid-1940s, since she did not exist as Irene Craigmile before then. [This is a true statement solidly edified within The
Swindell Study results]
"The above photo appeared in the September 1, 1932
edition of the Akron Beacon Journal. Amelia Earhart is outlined in white and the original Irene Craigmile is outlined in black.
(The original Irene's husband of three years, Charles Craigmile, tragically died the year before.) The newspaper
image quality is very poor, especially of the original Irene Craigmile who is fully shaded between pilots Viola Gentry
(a past good friend of Amelia's) and Edith Foltz. The original Irene Craigmile was not yet a licensed pilot at the
time this photo was taken. As soon as she became a licensed pilot in mid-1933, she realized she was pregnant out of wedlock,
gave birth to her child in 1934, and barely flew again until her pilot's license lapsed in 1937." Tod Swindell
Above, the original Irene Craigmile listed between Viola
Gentry and Edith Foltz; below, Amelia listed as 'Amelia Earhart Putnam.'
Above, as depicted in the title of Monica Kulling's 1996 book, at
the time it was published pop culture had long-been conditioned to consider that Amelia Earhart 'vanished without a trace'
in 1937, even though such a thing never really happened.
"Amelia Earhart did not 'vanish' as so often
described. (People do not actually do that.) Rather, after she went missing--having been thrust into a situation that no doubt
featured some trying circumstances--she continued to exist away from the public eye. Then during the World War Two era, after
developing a yen for ongoing privacy in her future years, she took the name of a 1930s acquaintance of hers, Irene Craigmile,
after it was made available to her. Some twenty-years later she was discovered living as 'Irene' in New York. Five-years after
that, in 1970, she was called-out for who she used to
be against her will. So much engaged her ever-commanding presence to publicly decry the reality of her past--and everyone believed her." Tod Swindell
"Over the nine years spanning her first and last transoceanic
flights, Amelia Earhart became one of the most famous women in the world. The private Amelia disliked that fame intensely."
Earhart author-historian, Doris Rich
"After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."
Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a later life close friend of the former Amelia Earhart
Below, another comparison example featuring the post-war Irene in 1963 converting to her former 'Amelia' self:
History To Consider
A Brief Look At Amelia Earhart's Nine Years Of Fame
In 1928, at the the age of thirty, Amelia Earhart suddenly found
herself famous for becoming the first woman to fly in an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean. Four years later, she became
the first woman to solo a plane across the Atlantic and only the second person since Charles Lindbergh. As a result, for the
next five years she was one of the most famous women in the world--until she suddenly became a missing person on the opposite
side of the globe. Here are a few observations about her rise to fame--and the viewpoint she maintained about being famous:
"God, the world hounded that woman after she became famous."
A quote from Jackie Cochran, talking about her 1930s friend, Amelia Earhart
"The private Amelia hated that fame intensely."Author-historian,
Doris Rich describes how Amelia Earhart felt about being world famous.
"She drifted into adulthood with only vague ideas
of her future. When she did become famous, she didn't like it much." "People expected Earhart to spend her life
speaking out, teaching, and flying for adventure and joy. But then she mysteriously vanished--and so became a legend."
Quotes from author-historian, Adam Woog on Amelia Earhart
"In 1937, Amelia Earhart announced that her world flight would be her 'last great flight.'
She also said she would no longer be 'flying for records,' and she told reporters that Jackie Cochran was the new woman pilot
they should start paying attention to. A few months later, Amelia went missing. A year and a half after that she was declared
'dead in absentia.' Nine months after that, in September of 1939, Germany invaded Poland to begin World War Two, leaving most
of the curiosity toward what happened to Amelia Earhart lost in the following war-time shuffle. That is until 1959, when the
private investigation dubbed, "Operation Earhart" by USAF Captains Joseph A. Gervais and Bob Dinger commenced in
the region Amelia went missing--in an effort to determine what really happened to her. Six years later, in 1965, Joseph A.
Gervais met the post-World War Two 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' face-to-face at a lunch
gathering of prominent pilots from the Golden Age of Aviation--and felt he instantly recognized
her as the former Amelia Earhart. Five years later, he went public with his 'Operation Earhart' conclusion by way
of the book, Amelia Earhart Lives. After that, although endlessly subjected to naysayers and ridicule, Joseph A. Gervais
never denied having met the former Amelia Earhart in 1965, all the way to his dying day in 2005. This is because
he was certain about it, where he had studied Amelia's missing person case and her later existence as 'Irene' deeply enough
to fully understand and accept... that he knew what he knew." Tod Swindell
A Prime Example Of One Individual's 'Psyche'
No Longer Wanting To Be Recognized As A 'World Famous' Person:
"I never said,
""I want to be alone."" What I did say was, ""I want to be left alone."" Words
spoken by Greta Garbo. [Note: At age 36 in 1941, Greta Garbo chose to abandon her superstar motion picture career in Hollywood. She
never returned to it, opting to live in relative obscurity for the remainder of her days.]
Above left: Greta Garbo at the height of
her fame in the mid-1930s. Above right: By the 1960s, nary a soul recognized her anymore when she resided in New York
City's upper east side--and she preferred it that way.
"Amelia Earhart was 39 when she went missing in 1937, and while
later continuing on with her quiet existence she outdid Greta
Garbo in her quest to further live a non-public life. As the former Amelia Earhart grew to old age
she continued to write poetry and to study philosophy, most
particularly the writings of Carl Jung. It clearly is time for the
world public to finally know the full value of Amelia Earhart's complete life story. She was not
without her faults, but she was truly an amazing individual human being in both younger and older forms." Tod
"The only reason people had a hard time taking the 'Amelia became known as Irene' truth seriously
in years past was because they were told not to by 'important sounding' individuals. National press circuit figureheads
were clearly subjected to this same directive. In contrast, had people been encouraged to take it seriously as they should
have been, this now observable reality would have been verified and rationally understood decades ago." Tod Swindell
The First One
From the late 1960s to his dying day in 2005, retired USAF Major
Joseph A. Gervais, shown in the above 1959 photo when he was an Air Force captain, maintained with certainty that the post-World
War Two woman known as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' who he met and photographed with her English husband, Guy in 1965, had previously
been known as 'Amelia Earhart.' He believed her decision to change her name during the World War Two era was not the
product of a vast conspiracy, rather, that it was more the result of a deep-rooted personal preference. After Amelia
Earhart Lives was published it became clear to him why the general public was never supposed to know about Amelia Earhart's
ongoing existence with a different name applied to her person--and he accepted why she refused to publicly acknowledge who
she used to be. Major Gervais still knew he was correct though, and paid a high price for the truth he learned. He
was all-but historically shunned for attempting to expose the former Amelia Earhart by way of the book, Amelia Earhart
Lives, and somewhat regretted having done so--due to the way the negative outcroppings of it so adversely
affected his family life.
One more look: As mentioned, the above 1970 best-selling book
by Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives, in time wound up being derided and withdrawn from stores for suggesting that Amelia
Earhart continued to privately live-on for many years after she went missing--with the name of 'Irene' newly applied to her
person. This is because a few far-fetched ideas the book presented in its attempt to explain how Amelia survived--and why
she changed her name--overshadowed the solid investigative research it contained. Not to leave out, due to what she felt were
some misleading suggestions it featured about her, the still-living former Amelia Earhart herself refused to endorse
it. Instead, she ended up suing Joe Klaas, Joseph A. Gervais, (whose ten-year investigation was the book was based on) and
the McGraw-Hill publishing company for defamation--in a case that lasted five years and had nothing to do with whether
she was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart. Because of this drawn-out lawsuit people lost interest
in the assertion of her past identity to the point of no longer viewing her as suspect, leaving the book to be largely forgotten
today. Anymore though, the first-ever 'comparison analysis' found within The 1997-2017 Swindell Study revealed
how Amelia Earhart Lives actually did strike a chord of pure truth--when it came to answering the 'past
identity' question of the post-World War Two individual known as, Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam.) It is now a 100%
certain reality--she was previously known as, "Amelia Earhart."
Continue previewing the upcoming documentary featuring
The 1997-2017 Swindell Study results:
Above: Again, the 1977 photo portrait of the
War Two, proudly posed, wings adorned, Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam). This is the same Irene who appeared
in the 1960s' photographs with her then husband, Guy Bolam. While she commanded great respect among those who knew her in
her later years, it turned out she was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. This was because she had previously
been known as, "Amelia Earhart."
Below, the "plural" Irene's Rear Admiral Tissot referred to.
Since the 1970s, people were led to believe these two individuals were the same person. Digital Face Recognition and a multitude
of other comparisons displayed in The Swindell Study proved they were not the same person--and it wasn't even close.
Irene Craigmile, 1940
Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1965
From the 'facial recognition' portion of The Swindell Study, Amelia
Earhart's face was digitally compared to that of the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam). This had never been
done before. The samples displayed below exist among hundreds that also compared their head-to-toe physical bodies and personal
character traits. The Study deeply investigated the original Irene Craigmile's background as well, to include executing
a signed agreement that enabled interviews with her 1934 born son, Clarence 'Larry' Heller--who in 2006, and again
to edify in 2014, identified a different person to have been his 'mother' than the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile
(Bolam). This was a major breakthrough where ever since 1970, when the controversy over who 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' really
was first made national headlines--the general public was encouraged to accept that the original Irene Craigmile
and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) were one in the same person--when in fact they were entirely different
Amelia Earhart in 1937
Amelia digitally superimposed with her later-life self
in 1965, shown on the right. The former Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence was first discovered in the 1960s, although
it was not officially endorsed to the public.
Above, the post-World War Two 'Irene' in 1965, FKA 'Amelia' as she
appeared in the 1970 Joe Klaas book, Amelia Earhart Lives.
Below, according to history, the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile
(Bolam), who clearly aligned with Amelia Earhart above, was the same person as the one identified by Irene Craigmile's 1934
born son directly below. The Swindell Study delivered the reality of more than one person identified as the same 'Irene'
to an obvious state by way of forensically proving they were not one in the same human being.
Craigmile in 1940, as identified by her son.
photos digitally superimposed display the congruence
Craigmile Bolam in the 1970s, identified by her son
Above is the cover of Irene Craigmile Bolam's Memorial Dinner Program.
Her death was recorded on July 7, 1982, although it remains unclear who actually died on that day; the Irene on the program
cover who was identified by her son--or the former Amelia Earhart who used his mother's identity in her later life
years. The '1970s' photo on the program cover was provided by her son and only child, Clarence, who turned forty-eight in
1982. It does not depict the image of the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam below, AKA 'the former Amelia
Earhart' shown in the 1965 photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais.
Above: Once again the post-World War Two 'Mrs.
Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' FKA 'Amelia Earhart' in Jamaica in 1976. She was a consummate world-traveler in the 1960s and 1970s
who most often chose Pan Am Airways as her carrier.
"This is not a new idea or suggestion. The late USAF Major
Joseph A. Gervais (1924-2005), a military hero who flew missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam discovered the 'Amelia
became Irene' truth after deeply investigating it a half-century ago. It was just never publicly endorsed or forensically
verified--so people had a hard time believing it. Now it has been forensically verified and it's time for those who dominate
the official history of what became of Amelia Earhart to stop deceiving the public about it. Instead, it is time
for official history to address this now understood reality head-on. Yet the ones leading the charge will have to
command the same level of courage Amelia herself did--in order to bring an end to the rather awkward tradition of official
historians treating the general U.S. citizenry like fools--where it pertains to the true aftermath of Amelia Earhart's 1937
world flight outcome." Tod Swindell
one has single-handedly done more to advance the reality of Amelia Earhart's private-life continued existence than Tod Swindell.
The forensic equation he produced is infallible." Stateside Journalist, Rosalea Barker
Senator Hiram Bingham and Amelia Earhart
'Irene' in 1965, FKA 'Amelia'
'Irene' in 1977, FKA 'Amelia'
above is the post-World War Two 'Irene Craigmile,' AKA the former Amelia Earhart as she looked in 1965 and 1977.
Ensconced in the New York banking industry since 1946, she retired in 1958 and married Guy Bolam of England, a top executive
with Radio Luxembourg. This led to her being more commonly known as, 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.' In the 1930s, Amelia
Earhart had been acquainted with the original Irene Craigmile, (see below) a once fledgling pilot whose true-fate
remains unknown in the public realm. As displayed in my long-term study, it is now understood that the Irene Craigmile (Bolam)
above was not the original Irene Craigmile. Rather, she most definitely was the former Amelia
Earhart who lived with the original Irene Craigmile's identity applied to her person from the post World War
Two era on--and it is only a matter of time now before history catches up to the reality of it." Tod Swindell
Above: The post-World War Two Irene and Amelia
Above: The post-World War Two Irene and Amelia
Coming Soon: An investigative research journey
spanning two decades culminates with the release of the anticipated documentary, Protecting Earhart.
©1997-2017 Amelia Earhart Compared To Irene Craigmile
(Bolam) Forensic Research Analysis©2004-2014
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The website www.Irene-Amelia.com
"Some have tried--and still do try to claim otherwise--but
the truth is Amelia Earhart was an excellent, highly skilled pilot. So too was her world-flight
navigator, Fred Noonan, listed among the best air-over-ocean navigators in the world in the 1930s. Fred Noonan was a pilot
as well, and he and Amelia were both excellent radio operators. These formidable 'plane piloting attributes' of theirs were
often dismissed or misconstrued to the negative after their disappearance. In their given time period, however,
both Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan proved themselves as top-level aviators when it came to every aspect of piloting
an aircraft. They were not deficient in any way." Tod Swindell
study comprehensively analyzed the most significant findings accumulated on Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight ending over
the years, dating back to the time the event occurred. It also culminated with a conclusion achieved by forensically comparing
Amelia Earhart to the enigmatic, Irene Craigmile (Bolam), whose same identity, as his analysis discovered and revealed,
had been attributed to three different Twentieth Century women--and the former Amelia Earhart was one of them."
Ronald Reuther, former head of the Oakland Air and Space Museum.
From The Contra Costa Times
"Tod Swindell told the audience Saturday, ""The executive branch
of the government was aware of Earhart on a level the rest of the public wasn't.""
Swindell discussed letters, tapes and presidential communications that surfaced many
years after Earhart's disappearance that provided tenuous clues." Linda Davis of The Contra
Costa Times, reports on a 2002 Investigative Research Consortium held at the Oakland Air and Space Museum.
Charles Lindbergh, AKA 'Lindy'
Amelia, misspelled 'Earheart' above
1997-2017 Swindell Study marked the first research analysis to deeply compare Amelia Earhart to the post-World War Two
person of Irene Craigmile (Bolam). For a variety of reasons, similar to the way Charles Lindbergh was suspected
of leading a double-life where he was also known as 'Careu Kent' from the 1950s into the 1970s, (something ultimately
confirmed in 2004, thirty-years after he died) even more people had suspected that the post-World War Two woman known as
'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' had previously been known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
Below, the late Diana Dawes was one of the post-World War Two Irene
Craigmile (Bolam's) later-life close friends. A former Princeton, New Jersey radio host, Ms. Dawes was certain her friend,
Irene, had previously been known as 'Amelia Earhart' but dared not bring it up in her presence. Diana also knew of the original
Irene Craigmile's O'Crowley family background--and how her friend, Irene, was not the 'original' Irene Craigmile.
Diana Dawes refers to the ongoing contentious identity question about her friend, Irene twice here in 1987, in articles
celebrating Amelia's 90th birthday.
Below: More images
of the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) and her former self, Amelia Earhart, superimposed:
Irene in 1977 & Amelia in 1937
©2017 'The 1997-2017
Irene in 1976 & Amelia in 1932
©2017 'The 1997-2017
Amelia Earhart's only sibling was her sister, Muriel,
shown here in the 1930s
Above center is Muriel's later-life friend, the post-World
War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in 1965. Her look did not remind one of Amelia Earhart until the forensic superimposition's
from The 1997-2017 Swindell Study displayed their inarguable facial and head-to-toe congruence. As mentioned, the Smithsonian
Institution, Amelia's survived family, and the original Irene Craigmile's survived family continue to steer the curious away
from embracing the now obvious reality of Amelia's post-disappearance life as 'Irene.' [Note:
Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) death was recorded in July of 1982, although there
was never any physical evidence the above 1965 Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) death actually occurred then.]
Amelia Earhart in 1937
from before, observe the exact congruence that takes place when the left and right photos are superimposed with each other.
This Swindell Study comparison--that used a 1965 photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais--complements many other comparisons
that combined to display the reality of Amelia's post-loss existence as 'Irene' in no-less than a finite way. Head-to-toe
physically, tear-duct to tear-duct, and character traits all matched. Anymore it is clearly evident the 1965 Irene Craigmile
(Bolam) was not the original Irene Craigmile in lieu of official history's viewpoint that for decades maintained
she was. According to official history, Amelia Earhart was legally declared 'dead in absentia' in January
of 1939, a year and a half after she went missing. Apparently this was never supposed to change, even though it is now a forensic
certainty Amelia continued to live-on for decades after World War Two with the name of 'Irene' newly applied to her person.
'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study.'
War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in 1965.
Above: While the varacity of it is questionable,
this old newspaper photo identified the original Irene Craigmile in 1937 within it--along with her 1934 born son,
Clarence, who the original Irene conceived out-of-wedlock in 1933. The person seated in the chair, however, may well
have been Clarence's surrogate mother as opposed to his biological mother, who was the original Irene Craigmile.
"The original Irene
Craigmile barely flew at all during her oft-troubled 1930s years. This is because as soon as she earned her pilot's license
in mid-1933, she learned she was pregnant out-of-wedlock. There is no record of her flying beyond the mid-1930s and her pilot's
license lapsed in 1937. Compared to Amelia Earhart, who was acquainted with her then, she was a veritable nobody as well.
After World War Two the important people who recognized the new Irene Craigmile as the former
Amelia Earhart, (a select few beyond her sister, Muriel, knew who she used to be; Senator Barry Goldwater, some NASA personnel,
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, General Douglas MacArthur and his wife, Jean, some Zonta and 99's members, and a few foreign
dignitaries among them) were always respectful or her post-war desire to no longer be known as Amelia Earhart. What became
of the original Irene Craigmile? Nobody knows. What my study revealed is that her son ended up being raised by a surrogate
mother figure who also used the original Irene Craigmile's identity--to complete an exasperating, concealed arrangement that
featured three different women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity." Tod Swindell
Charles Lindbergh and Amelia
Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart in 1933
Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart were among the first 'media born' world-famous celebrities of the
Twentieth Century. Greater than newsprint alone would have done, during their time the recent advent of radio and news-reel
film brought instant notoriety to them as never before seen. Their individual characters also measured up to their
new world-fame status, leaving their lives and images forever etched in the public mindset.
People overlook, though, how the excessive media attention
they endured took huge tolls on both of them.
In mid-May of 1927 few people knew who Charles Lindbergh
was, yet by late May of that year the whole world knew who he was after he became the first person to solo a plane across
the Atlantic Ocean. From that point on privacy was difficult for Charles Lindbergh to come by as the news media and general
public never left him alone. This is part of the reason living under an assumed alias in his later life years was something
that appealed to him.
"God, the world hounded that woman after she became famous."
A quote from well-known pilot, Jackie Cochran, recalling her friend, Amelia Earhart, who in 1932 became the first woman to
solo a plane across the Atlantic. Jackie, the first woman to break the sound barrier, also mentioned that during the year
Amelia was prepping for her 1937 world flight she was, "closer to Amelia than anyone else, even her husband, George Putnam."
Jackie's own husband, a millionaire by the name of Floyd Odlum, helped to finance the world flight Amelia fell short of completing
that left her a 'missing person' amid odd circumstances. Evermore abetted by 'official silence' toward the
matter from the United States and Japan, according to history Amelia's missing person case was never solved.
In 1939, to release her estate and to end speculation about what became of her as World War Two heated up, Amelia Earhart
was legally declared "dead in absentia." Just the same, the true circumstances of her world fight
outcome continued to remain a contentious subject of debate ever since the event of it occurred.
Charles Lindbergh's Later-Life Alias
In 2004, Charles Lindbergh's family verified how from
the 1950s on until his death in 1974, the famous pilot also went by the name of 'Careu Kent.' There were two main reasons
he did this; the appealing thought of living a private life as a non-famous person again was one of them, and being given
the opportunity to serve his country overseas by working undercover was the other. This is not promoted much in United States
history books. Look it up though, it's true. Recommend author Melanie Benjamin who did an excellent job profiling this discovered
reality in her 2013 historically based novel, The Aviator's Wife.
The Less-Known Amelia Earhart
Before focusing on Amelia Earhart in a similar way
and observing more of the revealing Amelia-to-Irene comparisons, below are some of Amelia Earhart's different looks that left
her iconic image so recognizable throughout the world:
It's plain to
see Amelia Earhart had a variety of great looks as both a pilot and a celebrity.
The Swindell Study, however, also
focused on the life of another pilot from the 1930s who had been acquainted with Amelia Earhart. Her name was 'Irene Craigmile'
and in 1970, few had ever heard of her before when she suddenly made national headlines. Yet, there was a good reason for
Another note about the post-World War Two, Mrs. Irene
Because Amelia's late sister, her still living niece, the original Irene Craigmile's family and
the Smithsonian Institution have never endorsed her as the former Amelia Earhart, and where the U.S. Federal government
has never commented on the controversy over who she really was, or used to be, the general public still does not recognize
the post-World War Two, 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' as the former Amelia Earhart--even though Amelia Earhart definitely
was who she used to be.
In the above 1977 photo portrait
featuring the post-World War Two, 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' ('Bolam' was her remarried surname from 1958 on) notice her
prominently displayed wings and proud disposition. Considering the way she carried herself, it may seem odd to some how right
after she became famous in the early 1970s she was so quickly forgotten.
Except that was her
hard fought-for choice. For she had not sought fame until a fellow by the name of Joseph A. Gervais met her in 1965 and five
years later made her famous. Indeed, fame was the absolute last thing she wanted in her later-life
Above left: Displayed here once again from The Swindell
Study is a 1970 photo of the post-World War Two, Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam.) To the right she is superimposed with
her former-self, Amelia. (Closer version below.) In the hundreds of comparisons from the study the overall head-to-toe congruence
was undeniable. As mentioned their character traits also aligned.
Left: Amelia Right: Irene and Amelia superimposed
©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell
After the comparison analysis part
of the study commenced the question naturally arose; 'How could two people who supposedly knew each other in the 1930s
have looked so much alike?' The combined end results of the Swindell Study marked the first endeavor to provide a solid
answer: Although they used the same name and identity, the Irene Craigmile in the 1930s was an entirely different person than
the post-WWII Irene Craigmile (Bolam) shown above. This new realized truth is clearly displayed in Irene-Amelia.com and the
former identity of the post-WWII Irene Craigmile (Bolam) naturally surfaces within it as well. In other words, because of
the realities conveyed by the Swindell Study, there is absolutely no doubt anymore that Amelia Earhart continued to live on
after she went missing in 1937, and at some point she changed her name to Irene Craigmile--the same name of a 1930s acquaintance
How Do We Know?
It all started in 1965 with a World
War Two hero by the name of Joseph A. Gervais:
Above, Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (1924-2005) was a veteran of World
War Two, Korean and Vietnam Wars, serving as a highly decorated command pilot of B-24, B-29 and C-130 aircraft with over 16,000
hours of flying time. Above photo gifted to Tod Swindell by his wife, Thelma Gervais.
In the 1960s, after a five-year investigative research effort conducted
by Joseph A. Gervais, it was learned that following World War Two the proudly posed, 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' displayed
above emerged in the northeastern United States from out of nowhere known as, 'Irene Craigmile.'
As it turned out, among the many things Joseph A. Gervais learned about
her was prior to the World War Two era no photographic record identifying the woman in the above photo as 'Irene'
This now observable, albeit non-recognized fact is entirely true even though the past assertion
of it was rejected by the former Amelia Earhart; has ever since been ignored by the U.S. Federal government; and has perpetually
been downplayed by the Smithsonian Institution, Amelia Earhart's survived relatives, and the original Irene Craigmile's
survived relatives--dating back to the time Joseph A. Gervais first figured it out.
Gervais, a former U.S. Air Force Captain who retired as a Major in 1963, did find that a person by the
name of 'Irene Craigmile' had known Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. He learned how at the age of 26 in 1931, she was widowed
when her husband, Charles Craigmile died, and he found evidence of a pilot's license that she held from 1933 to 1937, noticing
she never flew much while she had it.
Joseph A. Gervais also confirmed how
from a second brief 'shotgun' marriage, Irene Craigmile had a son
in 1934 who grew up to become an airline pilot. He further learned how according to record, in 1958, supposedly the same
'Irene Craigmile' was married for a third time to Guy Bolam, an Englishman who was an executive with Radio Luxembourg in
Above: Newsprint photo of Irene Craigmile Bolam (AKA
"the former Amelia Earhart") and Guy Bolam in 1963.
Today it exists as a forensic truth that the Irene Craigmile who married Guy Bolam in 1958 was the former
Amelia Earhart (see comparison below) and how the original Irene Craigmile who gave birth to a son in 1934, was long gone
in 1958, and no one from the general public knows what became of her.
Below: Irene to Amelia, ©2017 'The 1997-2017
It is true that during the World War Two era the original Irene Craigmile's identity was made available for Amelia
Earhart to use after the war, and it is fairly certain so much was the result of a Federal Witness Protection Program
that involved the knowledge and co-orchestration of General Douglas MacArthur, J. Edgar Hoover, and the catholic church--in
alignment with the original Irene Craigmile's prominent lawyer aunt and physician uncle--who Amelia had also known. [Note:
Scroll about halfway down to read a brief bio about the original Irene Craigmile from the Swindell Study.]
When Joseph A. Gervais looked into the original Irene Craigmile's family lineage--the respected O'Crowley-Rutherford's
of Newark, New Jersey--he noticed the other main 'relative' connection to Amelia. It came by way of Irene Craigmile's aunt,
a New York lawyer by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley who had been a Zonta organization friend of Amelia's and a legal
contract advisor for her 'Amelia Earhart' brand luggage line. It was here that Joe Gervais found it odd, given Irene
Craigmile's impressive family background, that he was unable to locate a single clear photograph that featured Irene Craigmile
prior to 1946. He tried but he could not locate any clear family photos, any school photos, or any wedding or married couple
photos. The few photos he did manage to locate were of such low quality it proved difficult to positively identify the female
person in them, but he could tell the pre-1940s Irene Craigmile did not much resemble her former pilot friend, Amelia Earhart
anywhere close to the way her post-World War Two image did.
Above: Joseph A. Gervais learned both of these photos depicted
Amelia Earhart's 1930s friend, the original Irene Craigmile. The photos were most likely taken in 1932 or 1933. In early 1934, the original
Irene Craigmile (known briefly then as 'Irene Heller') gave birth to a son she named 'Clarence' after eloping to wed Alvin
Heller, her former flying instructor. She was three months into her pregnancy when their county clerk wedding took place in Ohio. Their relationship was rocky from the start, though, and by 1937 the two had separated. Their marriage was subsequently
annulled as well, thus reverting the original Irene's surname back to 'Craigmile.'
After being rebuffed by Irene and her friends and family, and with a firm request to 'stay away' from her grown son
by her ex-husband, Al Heller, by then Joseph A. Gervais was finding the Irene Craigmile connection to Amelia Earhart very
Having met Irene
Craigmile Bolam up close in 1965, he had already noticed something hauntingly familiar about her, and after adding everything
together he determined that more than one woman was attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity--and the post-war Irene
Craigmile Bolam who he met in 1965 with her British husband, Guy, was somehow the still-living 'Amelia Earhart' using her
old friend, Irene Craigmile's identity as a cover.
In fact, Gervais was so confident and sure after nearly five years of being unable to draw any other conclusion,
that when he was approached by a writer and a reputable book publishing company he decided to publicly assert his conclusion.
A. Gervais made national news headlines when he did that in 1970, through a touted book by Joe Klaas bearing the title of,
Amelia Earhart Lives. It was a myopic decision on his part, though, because so too did the surprisingly powerful and
enigmatic Irene Craigmile Bolam make headlines then, when she lawyered-up and rigidly dismissed his assertion.
Not long after she did that the book was withdrawn and the assertion
made by Joseph A. Gervais was chalked up as a 'hoax' and soon forgotten. Yet what was overlooked by practically everyone
except Gervais, was that Irene Craigmile Bolam never proved that she was not the former
Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas was published by the reputable
McGraw-Hill Company in late 1970. It quickly became a best seller. Close to forty-thousand copies made it into circulation
during its seven-week shelf life. It was withdrawn after Irene Craigmile Bolam rejected the implication it contained that
offered she was possibly the survived Amelia Earhart incognito.
"I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart."
The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) was convincing when she stated this at a press conference she held in response
to the assertion about her made by Joseph A. Gervais, found in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives. Although her present-tense
denial was accepted, it was later proved to be true that she appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, because she
indeed had been previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart'.
Although Joseph A. Gervais was discredited, his assertion
about the post-war Irene was never proved false and he certainly was not alone in his thinking. Several of the post-war Irene's
later life friends agreed with him. They strongly believed, notwithstanding her refusal to publicly admit it, that she did
used to be known as Amelia Earhart and they maintained their suspicions of it even after her death was recorded
in 1982. Amazingly, it wasn't until the late 1990s that film producer, Tod Swindell, who found the Irene-Amelia story highly
perplexing, ultimately decided to forensically compare Irene Craigmile (Bolam) and Amelia Earhart to each other. His initial
results were pretty impressive, yet as his study continued they were soon astonishing all who viewed them in a 'how could
this be?' kind of way.
'The Swindell Study'
after Joseph A. Gervais learned what he did about Irene Craigmile (Bolam), enter The Swindell Study.
The comparisons it produced essentially displayed
the post-war Irene Craigmile (Bolam) as an 'older looking' Amelia Earhart in a head-to-toe, stupefying way. Even their handwriting and voice patterns matched. So the questions became;
how could two people who did not look alike when they knew each other in the 1930s suddenly look so much alike later on? Did
one evolve to become a doppelganger of the other?
Of course not. There was a lot more to it than that.
The road to the answers began after a few initial comparisons
that cause Tod Swindell to become so taken by the strong congruences being dipslayed in them, that he couldn't help but want
to know more about the curiously enigmatic, Irene Craigmile (Bolam). So he looked deep into her past and kept learning
more and more information about her, and then he continued to realize even more impressive and often bewildering
particulars about her clearly obfuscated life history. How did this seemingly important person end up so well forgotten,
or outright 'erased' from the public mindset? he thought.
Above: Tod Swindell in 2017
It took many years, but after Tod Swindell's comparsion
analysis was finally completed what ultimately surfaced was a mind-bending, comprehensive forensic profile of three different
individual human beings who had the same Irene Craigmile identity attributed to them, and right, the one who matched
Amelia Earhart appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the World War Two years.
Irene Craigmile, 1932
Irene Craigmile, 1940
Irene Craigmile in 1946, FKA "Earhart"
In 1958, this
Irene Craigmile married Guy Bolam of England.
The fate of the original Irene Craigmile remains unknown.
At first glance the look of the 1946 Irene Craigmile above may not
remind one of the way pop-culture left Amelia Earhart's image etched in the common mindset. For instance her nose looks a
bit more noble and her front tooth gap is gone, but these kinds of adjustments are reasonably explainable. Not to leave out
how nine years had passed since Amelia had been seen--allowing for style changes and some aging to take place. Recall here
as well, the title of Shirley Dobson Gilroy's 1985 book, Amelia: Pilot In Pearls. Then take a look directly below
at the picture of Amelia Earhart standing next to her 1930s flight trainer, Hollywood stunt-pilot, Paul Mantz. After that,
see what happens under the Earhart/Mantz photo when Amelia's same facial image is superimposed with the 1946 image of the
post-World War Two Irene Craigmile... to witness the return of, Amelia: The Pilot in Pearls:
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return of, "the pilot in pearls"
Upon achieving his solidly based conclusion, Tod
Swindell's remarkable and incontestable expose' was the end result of a long-term investigative research study
and human comparison analysis appropriately titled, 'The Swindell Study.'
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Study, we start with the same 1978 photograph reprinted from a newspaper showing Irene Craigmile Bolam (shortened
to 'Irene Bolam' in the caption) going for a hot-air balloon ride before continuing on:
Briefly recalling who Irene Craigmile Bolam was as she ascends in the balloon
with famous LPGA golfer, Kathy Whitworth...
In 1996, Tod Swindell was shopping a screenplay about Amelia Earhart in Hollywood when he heard that Joseph A. Gervais
was still maintaining his assertion about Irene Craigmile Bolam having been previously known as Amelia Earhart.
Then after learning that many other people remained unsure when it came to who the late Irene Craigmile Bolam really
was, or had been, he decided to track Joseph A. Gervais down.
Above left: February
5, 2000, USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.) accepting his achievement award for unparalleled investigative
research from the Amelia Earhart Society's founding President, Bill Prymak. In the AES newsletter this photo appeared in,
Prymak referred to Gervais as, "A World War Two flying hero widely recognized as the world's leading authority regarding
the subject of Amelia Earhart's disappearance." Above right: Among those in attendance that day; top row left to right find Oakland
Air and Space Museum director, Ronald Reuther; Earhart historian, Tod Swindell; and the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam's)
in-laws, Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam. Bottom row left to right are Amelia Earhart world flight duplicator
turned author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno; Amelia Earhart Lives author, Joe Klaas;
and Joseph A. Gervais.
The late Bill Prymak, 1989 founding president of the Amelia Earhart Society who lauded Joseph A. Gervais as the most renowned
investigator of Amelia Earhart's disappearance, described to Tod Swindell how he found the subject of the post-World War
Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) "troubling." He felt that beyond the likeness to Amelia he observed in The Swindell
Study, that implicated her to have been the former Amelia Earhart, she may have also served as an envoy linked
to Great Britain's MI-5 service. He also considered her 1958 marriage to Englishman, Guy Bolam, whose international affiliations
and position with Radio Luxembourg he viewed as suspect, had possibly been an arranged marriage.
Tod Swindell felt a documentary about Joseph A. Gervais' ongoing belief that stated the late
Irene Craigmile Bolam was really the former Amelia Earhart would make a good story, and after a long-distance introduction
the two met in August of 1996 at Joe and Thelma Gervais' outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada home.
They were friends from that point on.
As Tod Swindell recalled, "At first I thought emulating the
most noted 'Amelia Earhart mystery' cottage industry chiefs out there--who so voraciously peddled their differing
theories to news media outlets--might make a good 'mockumentary' akin to Spinal Tap or Best In Show. I felt the individual
self-importance these people projected within the ongoing hype over Amelia Earhart's disappearance was kind of hokey. Except
when I met Joe and walked into the 'Earhart Den' he maintained in his home, I soon realized it was Joseph A. Gervais
alone who generated the entire, 'solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance' movement in the 1960s that remains
in force today. I realized as well, notwithstanding all naysayers, that his assertion was correct where it came to Amelia's
continued post-loss existence with a different name applied to her person."
Note: In July of 1960, when he was flying
military transport planes among Pacific Island groups overseas, then USAF Captain Joseph A. Gervais was summoned to appear before a panel of senior military officers that learned he had gathered and held a
large collection of sworn affidavits describing Amelia Earhart's non-publicized rescue after she was said to have 'disappeared'
in 1937; a 'rescue' that had taken place in the same region
Captain Gervais was serving. The officers' panel confiscated the affidavits
and classified them along with the full interview it conducted with Gervais. Learning about this occurrence greatly inspired
CBS Radio journalist, Fred Goerner to further examine what Gervais was onto. The result was his groundbreaking 1966 investigative
book, The Search For Amelia Earhart in which he wrote about the above summons along with the 'Operation Earhart'
movement Joseph A. Gervais started in 1959 with his then partner, Captain Bob Dinger.
Fred Goerner's best-selling 1966 book issued by Doubleday
While writing his book, Fred Goerner received help and guidance from U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz, the commander
of the U.S. Pacific Fleet during World War Two, who outright admitted to Fred Goerner it was 'true' that Amelia and
her navigator, Fred Noonan were rescued in 1937 by Japan's naval authority even though the general public never knew about
it. At the same time, the Admiral could not say what happened to them afterward but he did offer to Fred Goerner that the
answer was documented in Washington as 'classified.' Fred Goerner traveled to Washington and gleaned much controversial information,
but fell short of learning a solid final answer about what became of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan after they were rescued.
Except Goerner did manage to interview many Pacific islanders when he traveled to the same places Joe Gervais did. His interviews
there included some high-level officials who further substantiated the non-publicized Earhart-Noonan rescue story. Goerner
also learned how nearly all high-level military personnel who served in the Pacific during World War Two commonly understood
that Earhart and Noonan were 'picked up' by Japan after they went missing and knowledge of it gained in Washington had been
withheld. Needing an ending for his book, even though he still lacked solid information about what ultimately became of the
flying duo, based on hearsay accounts Goerner suggested Fred Noonan may have been killed after exhibiting hostility toward
his unscheduled hosts, and that Amelia Earhart remained sequestered for a period of time before dying of a dysentery-like
illness as World War Two heated up. Accordingly, these events happened on the island of Saipan, although they were never
substantiated. The vast majority of people bought into Fred Goerner's finalizing conclusion at the time, though,
(even though it was wrong) and his book remained in the Top-Ten of the New York Times best seller list for several weeks after
it was issued. Incredibly, as with Joseph A. Gervais, due to the 'official silence' his findings were greeted with by the U.S. State and Justice
departments, Fred Goerner and his book are barely recalled today.
Tod Swindell continued: "Joe Gervais was sharp as a tack and very serious with his ongoing claim that
Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 disappearance and later changed her name to 'Irene.' Yet he qualified it by telling me
in his discernible New England accent, ""The problem I didn't recognize was no one from the general public was
ever supposed to know who the Irene I met and came to know used to be, and she knew that better than anybody. Witness protection
works that way.""
Above, in November of 1970, Irene Craigmile (Bolam) took on
the national press circuit not only to preserve her dignity, but her former self's well buttoned-up by then heroic legacy
As serious as Joseph A. Gervais still was about the Irene who he met in 1965,
Tod Swindell was surprised to learn that as far as Gervais knew, no one had ever forensically compared Irene Craigmile
Bolam to Amelia Earhart before. So he set out to educate himself on how to do such a thing and in due time began orchestrating
a comparison study designed to weigh the likenesses of Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart to each other. He added,
"What inspired me was the way Joe Gervais mentioned he 'recognized her instantly' when he first saw her in 1965.
I found that incredible because I
looked at a candid photograph he took of her on the day they met and
I didn't see it, but he still insisted that was who she used to be. It dawned on me though, where he had been investigating Earhart's disappearance
since 1959, her image was indelibly etched in his mind so he didn't need any comparisons. He just knew who she was the first
time he saw her at a gathering of well known pilots from the golden age of aviation."
Tod Swindell with legendary Amelia Earhart
historian and disappearance investigator, retired U.S. Air Force Major Joseph A. Gervais. [Photo taken in 2002 during their
decade long collaboration.]
February 5, 2000: Above, top row left to right: Ronald
Reuther, Tod Swindell, Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam (Irene's survived in-laws); bottom row, left to right: Ann Holtgren Pellegreno,
Joe Klaas, Joseph A. Gervais
For nearly a decade after they first met, Tod Swindell and Joe Gervais met many more times
and spoke often by phone as well. Joe liberally shared the tonnage of research he gathered on Amelia Earhart and Irene Craimile
Bolam from decades past with Tod during that time period.
Joe and his wife, Thelma were also the first to observe the preliminary
results of the Amelia-to-Irene comparisons from Tod's study, that soon began turning heads within the illustrious 'Amelia
Earhart Society' contingency by way of their positive results. As Thelma Gervais commented about them, "...they just
reaffirmed what we knew all along." Thelma had also met Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965 and had assisted her husband
with his 1960s' investigation of her background. Below are three early examples from the Swindell Study that Joe and Thelma
Gervais were first to lay eyes on. Both remarked they had never seen such a thing done before.
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Irene Craigmile Bolam
[1965 photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais]
Irene & Amelia superimposed
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Reactions Before The Swindell Study
From the 1970s on, the
'Amelia became Irene' claim originally asserted by Joseph A. Gervais was plagued by divisive rhetoric and ridicule.
Conventional reality was unable to find merit in it and there are several reasons for this. The first and foremost has to
do with Amelia Earhart's living relatives instantly dismissing the assertion out of hand dating back to the time Joe Gervais
first went public with it. The National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Institution have also never devoted serious
attention to it, mainly because during the World War Two era the Federal government of the United States
moved away from ever officially discussing Amelia Earhart's loss again, and to this day it has always remained silent about
Irene Craigmile Bolam, never offering an official opinion about her at all. Where a tradition of ridicule also exists,
below is an example of how the Associated Press began a story about filmmaker, Tod Swindell's initial forensic comparison
achievements, satirizing Irene as "a New Jersey housewife," a term Tod never used to describe her:
"Regarding the above 2002 AP article lead-in, it's funny and
telling as well how printed news sometimes works. The point being, I never told
Ron Staton of the Associated Press that I believed Amelia, ""survived a crash landing in the Marshall Islands, was
captured by the Japanese and secretly repatriated, living as a New Jersey housewife."" Those were his
words, not mine. All I did tell him was I believed Amelia somehow survived after she went missing and in time changed her
name to Irene Craigmile." Tod Swindell
The 1997-2017 Irene-Amelia Swindell Study Results:
studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was
well traveled." Quoted from a CNN.com article,
John Bolam, refers to his late sister-in-law,
Irene Craigmile Bolam while commenting on his review of the initial Swindell Study comparison results. The now late John Bolam
always suspected, but ultimately came to believe his late sister in law used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart' after observing
her inarguable congruence to the famous lost pilot. By way of the same father, John Bolam, a U.S. citizen, was the survived
half-brother of Irene's English husband, Guy Bolam. As with Bill Prymak, John Bolam sensed his half-brother, Guy was somehow
linked to British intelligence. In the 1960s and 1970s, Guy and Irene Craigmile Bolam sometimes visited John and his wife
(ironically named 'Irene' as well) at their Merritt Island home in Florida, and the Florida Bolam's would sometimes visit
Guy and Irene when the couple lived in New York.
"Special recognition goes
to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart to
show the world they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck, reprinted
from his book, Amelia Earhart Survived.
Above, Amelia Earhart in 1937, the year she went missing.
Above, the two left and right photos superimposed. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'
Above, 1965 Joseph A. Gervais photo of Irene Craigmile
Above: In 1974, nine years after Amelia Earhart's post-war
survival was privately discovered by Joseph A. Gervais and four years after his discovery was publicly revealed, a lack of
cooperation from Amelia's family and official silence toward the matter from the U.S. Federal government left the assertion
an "up in the air" open case. Lost in the shuffle of the Nixon, Watergate, and Vietnam turmoils taking
place at the same time, people incorrectly assumed the discovery of Amelia Earhart's post-loss survival as 'Irene' was proved
false at some point, leaving it to remain unrealized that there had been more that one person attributed to the same 'Irene'
identity... and the former Amelia Earhart was one of them. In January of 1976, a year and a half after the above article
was printed, Irene refused to submit her fingerprints as proof positive of her identity. She then agreed to discontinue her
lawsuit against Joseph A. Gervais and Amelia Earhart Lives author, Joe Klaas with $10 considerations ordered to be
paid by both sides to each other. For some incorrect information printed about her in the book Amelia Earhart Lives
that her lawyer described as 'damaging to his client's reputation,' (information that had nothing to do with whether she was
or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart) publisher McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay her $60,000.
'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'
Where the 1970 discovery of Amelia Earhart's post-war Federal
Witness Protection Program (FWPP) was swiftly shouted down by individuals through media outlets--that in turn cajoled
the general public into thinking the discovery never happened--the U.S. Federal government remained officially silent
about it. The Swindell Study, however, delivered the truth of Amelia Earhart's post-World War
Two FWPP to any further exist at an obvious level, making it easier for people to understand how the Amelia-became-Irene
conveyance was always worth deeply considering over the different reasons that left official confirmation of it difficult
Joseph A. Gervais took the above photo of Guy Bolam and Irene Craigmile
Bolam when he met them in 1965 at the annual 'Early Birds of Aviation' luncheon.
Amelia Earhart's famous career as a pilot spanned a period of nine
years; from the time of her Friendship flight when she was thirty-years old until she went missing when she was just shy of
turning forty. The amount of different looks thousands of cameras captured of her during that time period were pretty amazing.
In the below comparison showing her at opposite ends of her career, it is difficult to recognize the same person:
Amelia just before she went missing--a few weeks shy
of her fortieth birthday.
Amelia at the beginning of her fame years as a pilot,
In the following comparison, as Amelia Earhart transitions from the
way she looked at the age of thirty-one to the way she looked in her early seventies, no matter how one may try to soften
the reality blow it is as if the universe itself has finally delivered this amazing truth to all. It did so by gifting us
the recognizable older version of Amelia Earhart when she was known as 'Irene.' This statement now exists as an absolute
forensic certainty: After Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937 she did not die. She changed her name for the sake of her
future privacy and continued living a meaningful and productive life to old age. People do age and their looks may
harden some. The sample shown here, one of hundreds of physical and character trait comparisons from the massive 1997-2017
conducted Swindell Study speaks for itself.
Can an individual change over time physically,
emotionally, spiritually, and ego-wise to a point where they become difficult to recognize after a long period of absence?
Consider the following quote from Twentieth-Century philosopher, Uell Stanley Anderson:
"If we think of ourselves as bodies, our changing self
becomes apparent. It is nearly impossible even for families to recognize a loved one after thirty years of absence, so greatly
has the self altered. And a little reflection upon the changing quality of consciousness is sure to give us some insight
into the numberless selves our surface minds and egos have become since first appearing in the world." Uell Stanley
Here as well,
consider the 1987 words of Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a former President of Seton Hall College who many considered to
have been Irene
Craigmile Bolam's closest later-life friend. Father Kelley, who held PhDs in Philosophy and Psychology, acknowledged
helping with her post-war identity change process and did reckon her to some close acquaintances of his as 'the former
Amelia Earhart.' He once described to his friend, Donald DeKoster, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be
Amelia Earhart anymore." The point being, the public did not know 'all Amelia had been through' and how it changed
her psyche to a place where she no longer wished to be the world famous celebrity she once was.
early adulthood on, as decades pass people do age and their facial features often grow to look care-worn and hardened in the
process. For what it's worth, Amelia managed to age pretty well.
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"All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. The discovery of truth is
prevented most effectively by preconceived opinion and prejudice." Arthur Schopenhauer
Cover text on the twenty-year Swindell Study [1997-2017] Protecting Earhart's
MSS & Forensic Research and Comparison Analysis by Tod Swindell. Their individual and combined copyright registration
#'s: TXu 1-915-926; 2014, TXu 2-061-539; 2017 (415 total
pages; 110 pages of which feature the logistical and visual elements of the forensic comparison analysis.)
[Note: In existence together since 1997, The Swindell Study & 'Protecting Earhart' are not affiliated
with Amelia Earhart mystery sleuthing groups such as the TIGHAR and Nauticos clubs,
nor is it linked to the 2016 books, Amelia Earhart 'Beyond the Grave' and 'The Truth At
Last' by W.C. Jameson and Mike Campbell respectively. It is also not connected to the recently formed, 'Chasing
Earhart' group. Where Amelia Earhart is concerned, in principle it is best not to obfuscate the positive light Amelia's heroic legacy deserves. Historically, most Amelia Earhart mystery solving
efforts have been devoted to exploiting her 1937 disappearance as an adulatory pursuit with pecuniary interests in mind--leaving
historical accuracy to take a back seat. In this case, the independent Swindell Study and
the upcoming documentary about it are the results of a long-term,
privately conducted and self-funded investigative journalism endeavor.]
Above, the newly retired, Lou Foudray in 2016. Lou is an Earhart
historian and former conservator of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum. She is shown standing on the porch of the home where
Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897.
"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 Earhart] did survive. I think
she survived and came back to the United States, but that she wanted her privacy."" Lou Foudray of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum is quoted
here from separate interviews conducted by Lara Moritz of KMBC TV, Kansas City and by The Topeka
Kansas Capital-Journal's, Jan Biles.
More About "Truth"
"Truth is not a mystery -- its greatest secrets
are yours to know through simple honesty and surrender to what that honesty reveals." John de Ruiter
Do not bother with the non-truthful 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' Wikipedia page. Where it reads, "Bolam's personal life
history has since been thoroughly documented eliminating any possibility she was Earhart," this is a twisted statement
where prior to the World War Two era any documentation would have referenced the original Irene Craigmile, whose identity
Amelia used after the war for the rest of her life. Not to leave out, the National Geographic Society did not hire a forensic
expert in 2006 who concluded the Amelia became Irene assertion was incorrect. That is an absolute false statement. The unremitting
individual who submitted the page, Dr. Alex Mandel of the Ukraine, who also strictly moderates it, is well aware they are
not true statements. What is true is that Dr. Mandel was misguided by his own preconceived opinion and prejudice
against the Amelia became Irene reality. Of note, many other individuals have decried the Irene-Amelia equation over the years
making it difficult for the public to seriously consider the conveyance of it.
Back to The Swindell Study...
friend, Randall Brink, helped provide my 1996 introduction to Joe Gervais, who Randall came to know as well as anyone in the
1980s and 1990s. Randall also authored the landmark book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart issued in 1994 by
the esteemed W.W. Norton Publishing House of New York and London. An international best seller those years ago, for anyone
interested in the lead up to Amelia's 1937 world flight and its controversial outcroppings after she failed to reach Howland
Island, this book is for you. Included in Lost Star, during his wrap up, Randall was sure to notate, ""One
tantalizingly persistent account has Amelia supposedly returning to the U.S. and assuming a new identity.""
Randall Brink wrote this sentence in his book twenty-four years after the general public was led to mistakenly conclude there
was no controversy over Irene Craigmile Bolam's true identity, something the former Amelia Earhart herself initiated. Recall
her later life friend, Monsigner James Francis Kelley's mention to Donald DeKoster, ""After all she'd been through
she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."" This ostensibly referred to what Amelia endured after she
went missing and throughout the World War Two era. Can we blame her for coming to feel the way she did without knowing her
reason(s)?" Tod Swindell
"Nothing is as invisible as the obvious." Richard
DETAILING THE FINAL RESULTS OF THE 1997-2017 SWINDELL STUDY:
What the 1997-2017 SWINDELL STUDY
outright FORENSICALLY PROVED is the REALITY of MORE THAN ONE TWENTIETH CENTURY
WOMAN having been attributed to the SAME 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity.
SWINDELL STUDY ALSO FORENSICALLY PROVED the Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, as consistently displayed in hundreds
of physical and character trait comparisons, MATCHED AMELIA EARHART IN EVERY WAY.
Finally, the SWINDELL STUDY FORENSICALLY PROVED
that the Irene Craigmile Bolam in the photo taken in 1965 by Joseph A. Gervais on the day he met her IS NOT IDENTIFIABLE
ANYWHERE AS 'IRENE' prior to the World War Two years. This is because, against the grain of official United
States history that legally declared Amelia Earhart 'dead in absentia' in 1939, and
contrary to unwavering historians who would rather not have to contend with the reality of it, she most definitely had
been, previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
Basically, as a result of its above discovered realities,
as hard as it still may be for so many to believe and accept, the 1997-2017 Swindell Study CONFIRMED Joseph A.
Gervais was correct in 1970, when he asserted his belief that stated the Irene Craigmile Bolam in the 1965 photograph
he took of her, displayed directly below, was not the original Irene Craigmile, RATHER, she actually was the former
Amelia Earhart who had been living under an assumed identity in the United States dating back to the World War Two era.
Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA "the former Amelia Earhart"
as photographed by USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.) August 8, 1965.
Below: The Plural Irenes
Below are the three different Twentieth Century women who were all attributed
to the same Irene Craigmile identity. The far left column photos of the original Irene Craigmile date from 1930 to 1933. In the
middle column, the top photo was identified by her 1934 born son as
his mother, 'Irene Craigmile' in a written statement featured in The Swindell Study. He
estimated the photo was taken "around 1940." (Note: She was actually his
surrogate mother. She is also a human wild-card; to date no one is certain who she really was or where she came from. Her
older image adorned the cover of Irene Bolam's 1982 Memorial Dinner program, leaving one to wonder which Irene died in 1982;
the one identified by her son, or the one who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965?) The far right column
photos are dated '1946' and '1965.' The 1946 image depicts the earliest known photo displaying the former Amelia
Earhart in the United States newly re-identified as 'Irene Craigmile' after World War Two.
original Irene Craigmile (1932-1933) by one of the plane's she learned to fly in.
The original Irene Craigmile in 1930 between her
husband and father. Below, contrast enhanced.
The second, 'early 1940s' Irene Craigmile ID'd
by her son.
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Above, a "1970s" dated photo of the Irene
Craigmile Bolam identified by her son, adorning the cover of her Memorial Dinner program. Below the younger and older versions
from above are superimposed, displaying one in the same human being. She was not the same Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph
A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, even though according to history she should have been:
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Above: The third post-war 'new' Irene
Craigmile in 1946. Below, the same photo combined with an Amelia photo.
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Above, the 1965 Joe Gervais photo of Irene Craigmile
Bolam. Below, superimposed with an Amelia photo. ©2017 'The
1997-2017 Swindell Study'
There are many more reasons to add to the pile of why we now know
the 1970 'never disproved' Joseph A. Gervais claim was always correct, that stated the Irene Craigmile Bolam who he met and
photographed in 1965 was previously known as Amelia Earhart.
From a legal aspect, recall that
Amelia Earhart did not just 'disappear without a trace' in 1937, as was so often described
over the years. Rather, legally she became 'a missing person'
How does one solve a missing person case?
One either finds the missing person, or one finds the body of the
In this case, according to the 1997-2017 Swindell Study results, clearly
Amelia's body was 'found' by Joseph A. Gervais in 1965, albeit re-identified as, 'Irene.' There is virtually no doubt about
Or put it another way: Where Amelia Earhart was legally declared "dead in absentia" in January of 1939,
examining the legal phrase, "dead in absentia" helps to explain the errant conveyance of it here.
The Common Law dictionary describes
"dead in absentia" this way:
"The declaration of someone's death in absence of their
physical dead body, corpse or skeletal remains. One who is presumed dead."
('Absentia' is Latin for
the term 'in absence.')
It continued: "Such a declaration may be made when a person is missing for an extended
period of time and the evidence overwhelmingly supports the belief that the person has perished. For example, ticketed and
verified passengers aboard an aircraft that has crashed."
Right off the bat there's a problem with the given example. For
it has always been known that no evidence was ever produced indicating Amelia Earhart's plane crashed. According to
the official record, Amelia's last radio call was heard while she was still airborne and it gave no indication that she was
about to crash or attempt a landing of any kind. She stated she was running north and south on her last given line of position
and that was it. The final record revealed no evidence of Amelia having crashed her plane.
However, many people, dating back
to the time Amelia went missing, to include some eyewitnesses whose upstanding reputations were later verified by their peers,
attested that Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan survived an emergency ditching within a reachable distance to the north
of where they were last known to be airborne--and they were subsequently rescued there. They also commonly stressed how rising
political tensions at the time, coupled with the advent of the Sino-Japanese War that commenced barely a week after the two
were declared 'missing' led to later-gained governmental awareness of their rescue to be hushed; a hushing that in
turn ended up lasting throughout the entire conflagration of World War Two.
Today it is easier to understand
how quickly Amelia's world flight shortfall became so complicated all those years ago, to a point where by the war's end a
let's move on attitude away from ever having to explain it, or even at all readdress it again ended
up being adapted. Today it is historically observable that such an attitude did come into existence among the few who became
privy to the true facts of what actually happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan.
Taking it one step further, it appears
clear enough how it was determined such an attitude would henceforth forever be maintained by a very small inner
circle, that may or may not have been solidified at the end of the war with General Douglas MacArthur of the U.S. military
in conjunction with J. Edgar Hoover of the U.S. justice department. In other words, in terms of a so called 'cover-up,' the
Earhart missing person case was never aligned with some vast, dark conspiracy. As World War Two came to an end very
few individuals were at all aware that Amelia had not only survived her disappearance, but too, that she had survived the
duration of the war as well, and the final determination was for it to always remain that way.
In other words, the way Earhart
and Noonan's loss was left in 1937, that said they 'disappeared without a trace' and were declared 'dead' less
that two years later, was the way it was always supposed to remain according to U.S military intelligence and the FBI. In
the meantime, inevitably, the unspoken truth about what really happened to them was forever to be protected by an
executive order seal dating back to the FDR administration.
Henry P. Morgenthau
Jr. and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
"I hope I've just got to never make it public." From an official White House transcript
concerning some withheld knowledge it controlled about Amelia Earhart's 1937 world
flight outcome, this 1938 quote came from FDR right hand man, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. as conveyed to First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.
His comment pertained to some 'relayed' information the White House learned and regarded as 'classified' about something
troubling that took place during Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan's "last few minutes", as also referenced by
Morgenthau in the same transcript. Whatever it was, apparently it left FDR's inner circle assessing that Amelia Earhart
and Fred Noonan met their demise under some kind of duress toward the end of their flight that the White House chose not
to make public. The Dictaphone transcript recorded Morgenthau's words this way: "What that woman--happened to her
the last few minutes. I hope--I've just go to never make it public." The inference here is remarkable. The FDR White House apparently knew something about the
premature ending of Amelia's world flight it did not publicly disclose. Morgenthau's
words, that again were based on relayed information that remains classified to this day, came less than a year after the duo's
loss occurred on July 2, 1937, (the White House transcript was dated May 13, 1938) and at that time, considering if either
or both fliers might have survived their flight's ending was not an openly entertained notion in the White House. Behind closed
doors, though, it surely had been deliberated.
It has long been recognized by World War Two history scholars that FDR's administration furtively withheld important information
it learned about Amelia Earhart's world flight ending the public never knew, and ultimately was never supposed to know. As
well, throughout the conflict and continuing afterward, soldiers once stationed in the Pacific proclaimed an awareness they had gained stating
Amelia was still alive as World War Two raged on. One soldier, machine gunner, Robert
E. Wallack of "D" Company, 29th Marines, (who still lived in 1994 when he was referenced by Lost Star author,
Randall Brink) stated that in 1944 he found Amelia's flight satchel with her world flight documents in a safe he and other
soldiers blew-open on Saipan after American troops occupied it. He recognized its importance and dutifully turned it in to
an officer. After doing so he never saw or heard about it again. FOIA released FBI files revealed other soldier recollections as well (with their names
blotted out) including one in December of 1944 that showed J. Edgar Hoover personally reviewing
a claim from a former POW at Walter Reed Hospital, who stated he learned from an English speaking Japanese official at his
POW camp that as of 1944 Amelia Earhart was, "perfectly all right." So much supports the later gained awareness
of the U.S. enforcing Japan to honor a post-war adapted, 'let's both move on and away from it' attitude concerning
what really happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan on and after July 2, 1937. In different ways, both nations were culpable
when it came to the overall debacle the flying duo's loss turned into.
The White House 'Executive Order Seal' likely would have remained,
except the Gervais investigation results when later coupled with the Swindell Study results ended up blowing
the lid off of the metaphorical World War Two era Pandora's Box labeled, 'Earhart.'
"There's no denying the Irene-Amelia
reality anymore, unless one chooses to remain in denial about it." Tod Swindell
While living as Irene, according to insiders the former Amelia Earhart
was highly aware of the person she used to be. She was known to be reticent and at times coy whenever her self-described
'past friendship' to Amelia was brought up in her presence. However, she was put off if directly confronted about her true
past. Before Joseph A. Gervias concluded she was the former Amelia Earhart, in 1967 she wrote a response letter to he and
Joe Klaas, who had politely asked her to admit if she was or wasn't Amelia Earhart in a letter. In her short reply, after
writing "I am not she..." (a present tense denial) she concluded with, "It
has always been my feeling the Amelia Earhart has not passed away completely, so long as there is one person alive who still
remembers her." (Note her odd use of language, "the Amelia Earhart," as if she likened her former-self
to a ship that was long ago lost at sea.)
While it is also true that no one knows the conditions of her
post-loss survival, or where she was or what she was doing the years she was not in view in the United States, the woman
Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965 did represent the 'remains' of Amelia Earhart (i.e. her 'body evidence'
or more technically perhaps, her still living corpus dilicti.)
To be sure, while it can be said
the personage of Amelia Earhart did die all those years ago, her body defintely did continue to live-on...
to later become known as Irene.
Admirals and Generals
"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." LPGA promoter, Peter Bussatti in 1982, comments about his 1970s good friend,
Irene Craigmile Bolam, whose death had recently been recorded. Along with many others, Mr. Bussatti had openly wondered if
his friend, Irene used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' The following photo was used in the comparison below it:
Above: Irene Craigmile Bolam, left, with Peter
Above: Far left is Irene Craigmile Bolam; far
right is her former self, Amelia Earhart; in the center the two images are superimposed. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell
"Peter Busatti said he accompanied Mrs. Bolam to the Wings Club in New
York City on one occasion. He said a full length portrait of Amelia Earhart hangs in the room dedicated
in her honor. ""It was a dead ringer for Irene,"" he said. ""Sometimes
I thought she was [the former Amelia Earhart], sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied,
"When I die you'll find out."" At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned
that all the admirals and generals seemed to know her." Excerpted from a 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey
News Tribune article.
"Recognizing her somewhat
troubled past that included her very short stint as a pilot, it would have been unrealistic for the original Irene
Craigmile to later become a member of the affluent New York Wings Club let alone be distinguished like royalty there among
her peers. Yet, important people who knew the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile as the former Amelia Earhart, and
indeed the were a select few who did, were always respectful to recognize her that way." Tod Swindell
It is true how after making it public in 1970, Joseph A. Gervais lived the
remainder of his days, all the way to his dying day of January 26, 2005, never disavowing his 1965 discovery of the living,
former Amelia Earhart. Except he also recognized how knowledge of Amelia's post-loss survival was something that was
never meant for public ears. He just happened to figure it out and blurt it out... without realizing it was an international
powder keg never to be disturbed.
Below: A 1976
photo of Gertrude Kelley Hession (left) and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia.
James Francis Kelley, shown in the photo to the right with the post mid-1940s Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, refused to publicly
comment about his "close friend's" possible "dual identity" after she died in 1982.
Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the post-war Irene
Craigmile Bolam in the late 1970s. Monsignor Kelley was the brother of Gertrude Kelley Hession, who is featured in the above
Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia photo with Irene. Monsignor Kelley was the president of Seton Hall College from 1936 to 1949, and held
doctorates in psychology and philosophy. In a 1991 taped interview with USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, he confirmed that
as World War Two ended he received Amelia back from Japan and helped her to become 'Irene Craigmile.' Earlier (in 1987) he
mentioned to Rockville, Illinois TV reporter, Merrill Dean Magley, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be
Amelia Earhart anymore."
speak of knowing Amelia Earhart but I never met her in his company." A comment
from Monsignor Thomas Ivory of West Orange, New Jersey, a past friend of Monsignor Kelley's who presided over Kelly's 1996
"Truth is not a mystery -- its greatest secrets
are yours to know through simple honesty and surrender to what that honesty reveals." John de Ruiter
From The Swindell Study
According to the long-term forensic research analysis and comparison study Tod Swindell
conceived and orchestrated in order to test the 1970 Gervais claim, it was true that in the 1930s there was a pilot by the
name of Irene Craigmile who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart, and it was also true that Joseph A. Gervais was correct;
the Irene Craigmile (Bolam) who he met and photographed in 1965 was
not she. This proved to be problematic, because recorded history, having ignored the investigation findings of Joseph A.
Gervais, had it that the pre-war Irene Craigmile and the post-war Irene Craigmile (Bolam) were one in the same human being,
when in actuality they were not. Below,
from the Swindell Study, this reality is edified in no uncertain terms:
The Swindell Study plainly revealed that the Irene Craigmile who emerged from out of nowhere after World War Two,
shown here again from the above comparison that used the 1976 photo of her taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia with Monsignor Kelley's
sister, Gertrude, indeed was an older version of Amelia Earhart going by a different name:
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Make no mistake, the Irene Craigmile Bolam above, who history identified as Amelia's 1930s 'pal' Irene Craigmile,
was not the original Irene Craigmile. Let's call her the new Irene Craigmile.
After the new Irene Craigmile emerged in the U.S. during the post-war era she was soon being held in high
esteem by her peers. This especially increased in 1958, the year she married Guy Bolam of England, a successful executive
with Radio Luxembourg in Europe. She often went by 'Irene Bolam' after that (as shown in the balloon-basket news photo caption)
while she helped her husband, Guy attend to the daily running of his well known radio station throughout the 1960s. During
the decade of the 1960s Irene and Guy incessantly traveled the world together as well, and after Guy died in 1970, Irene took
over as president of the Radio Luxembourg division he used to run.
[Note: Before she faded from view the original Irene Craigmile had never really demonstrated what one might
call, 'aspiring career ambitions.']
After the new Irene Craigmile's death was recorded in 1982, once again she made headlines,
even though the attention and fame that sometimes came her way from 1970 on was not something she had wanted.
[Note: The 'balloon basket photo' at the top of the page was reprinted from a two-week long series of newspaper articles
the 1960s and 1970s the new Irene Craigmile had also known a variety of famous people to include well known pilots, astronauts,
politicians (for example, Senator Barry Goldwater was a friend of hers) celebrities, notable military figures, some college
presidents, and a few athletes to include several professional lady golfers she met through her good friend in LPGA promoter,
Peter Busatti. She was also a member of the prestigious 'Wings Club' in New York and the Early Birds of Aviation. Not to leave
out she was a later life friend of Amelia Earhart's sister and only sibling, Muriel Earhart Morrissey.
So again, the reason the new Irene Craigmile (Bolam) also rocked... is due
to the incontestable results of the 1997-2017 Swindell Study that evidenced her to have been a head-to-toe carbon
copy of Amelia Earhart, the famous pilot who went missing in 1937 and was supposedly never found:
Irene Craigmile Bolam proudly displaying her pilot wings in her 1977
formal photo portrait sitting. On the right she is superimposed with photos of Amelia Earhart.
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It would otherwise
be next to incredible as evidenced in the comparison study, how the Irene above emerged from out of nowhere eight years after
her 'old friend' Amelia disappeared... looking just like a slightly older version of Amelia, and as well, how she
looked nothing like the Irene Craigmile who Amelia used to know. Except we now know this is because she was not the original
To be sure, let's review who the original Irene
Craigmile that Amelia used to know really was, or used to be:
Preface: The Real, 'Original' Irene Craigmile
"Among the more miss-conveyed high profile
news accounts of the Twentieth Century was the story of Amelia Earhart's long-ago pilot friend, Irene Craigmile. Especially
where it concerned her later-life uncanny resemblance to Amelia. Before the forensic study most people had determined
there wasn't anything to the infamous Irene-Amelia controversy that was summarily buried in 1970 almost as quickly as it surfaced.
Ultimately and hands down, though, the results of the study proved there was a lot to it by displaying how Amelia Earhart
and the original Irene Craigmile were entirely different looking human beings prior to the World War Two years. It wasn't
until after the war that Amelia Earhart and her 'old pal,' Irene Craigmile began to look like carbon copies
of each other, and there was only one way to explain such an anomaly."
According to a 1982 newspaper article, this photo shows the original
Irene Craigmile with her son who she delivered in 1934 during her brief marriage to Al Heller.
The Original Irene Craigmile
A Brief Look At Her Life Story By Tod Swindell
rom his MSS, Protecting Earhart, ©2017 and
the 1997-2017 Swindell Study ©2017]
The original Irene Craigmile's life was
interspersed with difficult circumstances throughout it.
Her birth name was Irene Madalaine O'Crowley, although she was
also known as 'Beatrice' and her middle name was often spelled by her family as, 'Madeline.' (A birth certificate for her
was never located.)
Seven years younger than Amelia Earhart,
the original Irene Craigmile was an only child whose mother died when she was twelve. Her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley
remarried another woman who apparently felt uncomfortable with continuing to help raise his growing daughter after she had
already been sent to live with her paternal grandmother and aunt in Newark, New Jersey.
Since the original Irene's paternal aunt's name was also 'Irene,' the original Irene was given a new family
name of 'Beatrice' and she became commonly known that way. This led to school friends and family informally calling her "Bee"
and she took to referring to herself that way as well. Even her 1928 wedding announcement listed her as "Beatrice O'Crowley."
After high school, the original Irene briefly attended Columbia
University but chose not to continue pursuing a higher education for herself. She also twice became pregnant out of wedlock,
the first time at age twenty-one and the second time at age twenty-eight, and she delivered sons both times that she never
had the opportunity to raise or know beyond their childhoods.
original Irene's first husband, Charles James Craigmile, tragically died in 1931, less than three years after the two were
wed. A year later, Amelia, who was a good Zonta organization
friend of the original Irene Craigmile's aunt, and Amelia's well-known pilot friend, Viola Gentry, helped introduce the original
Irene to the world of piloting airplanes. This took a hard turn as well, leading to the second of the original Irene Craigmile's
two unwed pregnancies due to an affair she had with her last flight instructor, Al Heller. The original Irene realized she
was carrying Al's child at the same time she earned her pilot's license in late May of 1933. She and Al eloped to marry that
August to legitimize their child and the original Irene barely flew again after that. The couple's marriage soon disintegrated,
though, and it is evident by 1937 any civil communication between the original Irene and Al ceased when Al relocated alone
to Buffalo, New York. The annulment of their marriage and an ugly child visitation and custody rights battle commenced soon
after that as well. Amelia's Zonta friend, attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, the aforementioned original Irene Craigmile's
aunt, assisted in guiding the annulment process.
Irene Craigmile never had a professional career but she was employed for awhile as a 'floor walker' at Macy's in the 1930s,
that was basically a low pay shelf-straightening and light 'store security' position. For awhile Amelia had a boutique in
the same Macy's where she sold her self-designed clothing and luggage lines, and she may have been instrumental in getting
the original Irene Craigmile hired there.
The true fate of the original Irene Craigmile remains unknown
in the public arena. What is decipherable is at some point, while she was in her thirties, she no longer appeared in plain
view and in due time clear photo records of her person were all-but expunged.
One also does not find the later-life
Irene Craigmile's image that aligned with Amelia Earhart's image anywhere prior to the mid-1940s in the photographic
record of Irene Craigmile's person. In 1982, a news article series that appeared in the New Jersey Tribune after Irene's death
was reported amid renewed speculation that she was the former Amelia Earhart, featured a conglomeration of photos
from prior to the World War Two era in it that combined unclear images of the original Irene Craigmile with images of the
surrogate mother figure of her 1934 born son, Larry Heller. It also featured some poorly executed photo forgeries to cloud
the historic photographic trail of Irene Craigmile. This 'red-herring' yellow journalism effort was intent on leaving
all curious souls who observed the photos completely unaware that they were actually looking at photo images of three
different human beings combined to appear as one life-long person. The three different people were the original Irene Craigmile,
the surrogate mother Irene Craigmile, and the former Amelia Earhart Irene Craigmile.
Back to the progeny of the original Irene Craigmile:
original Irene's first born son, that she delivered out of wedlock in 1926 two years before she married Charles Craigmile,
was adopted and raised by her paternal uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley, and his wife, her aunt Violet. The boy's
given name was Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr. He died in 2014. Her other 1934 born son whose father was Al Heller, ended
up being raised by a surrogate mother figure. He was also placed in a boarding school during the war years. He lives today
known as Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, and certifiably identifies a different 'Irene' to have been his mother than the 'Irene'
who matched Amelia Earhart after the mid-1940s. This is becuase after World War Two ended, Amelia Earhart, who had gone missing
in 1937 and was declared "dead in absentia" in 1939 (even though she did not actually die) assumed the left over
identity of her 1930s 'pal,' the original Irene Craigmile, for herself to use for the remainder of her days.
In other words, the person who was known as Amelia Earhart was to remain 'legally dead' forever after
said declaration was made in 1939, even though her body lived on to become known as 'Irene' until the death of Irene Craigmile
Bolam was recorded in 1982.
Both of the original Irene's natural
born sons were aware of the assertion of it, but appeared unaware that their biological mother's identity was additionally
attributed to the former Amelia Earhart after the war years. It also remains uncertain if the original Irene Craigmile's
first born son, Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr., was ever made aware that the original Irene Craigmile was his true biological
mother. In 2003, his daughter, New Jersey newspaper journalist, Peggy O'Crowley, mentioned that her father's biological O'Crowley
birthright had always existed as a "family bone of contention." In other words his own progeny was left uncertain
when it came to the question of their father's biological lineage.
Heller, the 1934 born son of Al Heller and the original Irene Craigmile, was always put-off by people who questioned if Amelia
Earhart was his mother. He was justified to feel that way since the woman he recognized as his mother from his childhood on
until her death was recorded in 1982, as mentioned, was also an entirely different Irene Craigmile than the one whose post-World
War Two image and character traits forensically aligned with Amelia Earhart's.
The second Irene Craigmile identified by her son,
Clarence 'Larry' Heller as, "my mother, around 1940."
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Above, a "1970s" dated photo of the Irene
Craigmile Bolam identified by her son, adorning the cover of her Memorial Dinner program. Where Irene Craigmile Bolma's death
was recorded on July 7, 1982... the question remains to this day: Who actually died in 1982, the Irene Craigmile Bolam
shown above or the former Amelia Earhart (shown below) who used the same 'Irene' identity in her later life years?
Above, the younger and older versions of the Irene Craigmile Bolam
identified by her son are superimposed, displaying one in the same human being. She was not the same Irene Craigmile Bolam,
AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart' who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, even though according to history
she should have been.
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Above, Amelia Earhart in 1937, the year she went missing.
The two left and right photos superimposed. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'
Above is the 1965 Joseph A. Gervais photo he took of
Irene Craigmile Bolam. This was not the same Irene Craigmile Bolam who appeared on the cover the Memorial Dinner program above,
even though history still maintains she was. Anymore it is a plain reality how in total there were three different Twentieth
Century women attributed to the same Irene Craigmile Bolam identity, and this one used to be known as Amelia Earhart. The
United States Department of Justice and the Smithsonian Institution have let the American public down in a non-truthful manner--by
refusing to address the information gained in the new millennium--that fortified the awareness of the truth about Amelia Earhart
being withheld from the general public dating back to the World War Two years. In essence, since its inception in 1997, the
Swindell Study evolved to become an incontestable forensic reveal of a high-level historical deception.
The final conclusion about the past connective tissue that linked the original Irene Craigmile to Amelia Earhart
Earhart's ongoing existence after she went 'missing' in 1937, and her eventual assuming of the original Irene Cragmile's
identity, that for the last half of her life she shared with Larry Heller's surrogate mother figure, now exists as the
obvious known-truth about what became of Amelia Earhart and it is a shame the world public continues to
be misled about it.
The above writ
was considerate of the original Irene Craigmile, a once budding pilot in the 1930s who was acquainted with Amelia
Earhart. Joseph A. Gervais first became curious about who Irene Craigmile was in the 1960s while endeavoring in his in-depth
investigation of what went wrong with Amelia Earhart's last flight. His years of research dedicated to finding the real Irene
Craigmile preceded my own but were not as forensically extensive, especially in a comparative way. In 1965, when Joe Gervais
met the woman who handed him a business card identifying herself as "Irene Craigmile," it was on the same day he
noticed the great respect she commanded among other noteworthy pilots from the early days of aviation. He felt that not only
did she look very familiar to him, but he also wondered why he never heard of someone who was held in such high esteem by
her peers, to include Amelia's former good pilot friend, Viola Gentry, who had introduced him to her. As the story about Irene
Craigmile played out after my comparison study began, it soon became evident there had been more than one woman attributed
to the same Irene Craigmile identity. To recap, the real Irene Craigmile's birth name was 'Irene O'Crowley.' Born in 1904,
she married Charles Craigmile in the late 1920s and Amelia Earhart did come to know her as 'Irene Craigmile' sometime after
that, but today no one knows what became of the real, original 'Irene Craigmile,' and having to embrace this truth
marked a sad realization for me. What my study revealed is at some point in time while in her thirties, the original Irene
Craigmile no longer appeared in plain view. Whatever became of you, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, there is no doubt Amelia loved
you and greatly appreciated how you ended up helping her so profoundly. She was even proud to be known as 'Irene Craigmile
Bolam' in her later-life years, thanks to her memory of your spirit. TS
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Above: In 1987,
Diana Dawes, a former Princeton, New Jersey radio show host who was one of Irene Craigmile Bolam's better friends in the 1970s,
recalled some revealing anecdotes about her late friend as newspapers around the country marked the 50th anniversary of Amelia
Earhart's storied 'disappearance.' Ms. Dawes, who firmly believed her late friend, Irene had formerly been known as Amelia
Earhart, mentioned on a high shelf in Irene's closet she noticed a uniform collection of "large leather bound ledger-books
with the letters 'AE' embossed on their spines." In the above excerpt about the "christening dress," the former
Amelia Earhart slips and refers to her long gone friend, the original Irene Craigmile, in a past-tense way when she remarked,
"That was Irene's."
Welcome home, the former Amelia Earhart.
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Below is a further
look at the page from the 'September 1, 1932' Akron Beacon Journal. Outlined in white is Amelia Earhart, who had stunned
the world just three months earlier by becoming the first woman solo a plane across the Atlantic. The original Irene Craigmile
is outlined in black:
The original Irene Craigmile was not yet a licensed pilot when this
newspaper photo was taken. Note: Further down is an abreviated version of her life story.