"The odd thing is,
it's not only true, but over time the truth about Earhart grew to obvious. It's just that people have been led to believe
otherwise ever since it surfaced in the 1970s." Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, USAF (Ret.)
"Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can
be sure that the reality is going to deal with you." Alex Haley
"Because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile."
1967 statement from Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam about two life-long friends of hers (Viola Gentry and Elmo
Pickerill) excerpted from a handwritten reply letter she sent to Joseph A. Gervais. [See a handwriting comparison from the
letter further down.]
Irene + Amelia superimposed
Irene + Amelia superimposed
Above center is the proud looking, wings-adorned,
Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam as she looked in the mid-1970s. She appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to
the mid-1940s. She also keenly looked like an older version of Amelia Earhart as shown above and in the following
three-panel superimposed examples. This information was not known until after the results of a long-term forensic analysis
were recently made public. So far the Smithsonian Institution and Amelia Earhart's family have chosen not to acknowledge the
forensic analysis results. The same thing happened in the case of Charles Lindbergh before his past alternate identity of
'Careu Kent' was ultimately confirmed in 2004:
"To be outspoken is easy
when you do not wait to speak the complete truth." RabindranathTagore
has come to get real about Amelia Earhart.
Above is a rare, contrast enhanced newspaper photo of
the original Irene Craigmile as she looked in 1930. She was an acquaintance of Amelia Earhart's back then, although clear
photo evidence of her person was removed from public view long ago.
Take a brief look at the 1930s lives of Amelia Earhart
and Irene Craigmile, two entirely different human beings who knew each other in the 1930s, then ended up looking like each
other after the World War Two years:
Below: From the September 1, 1932 edition of the Akron Beacon Journal, Amelia Earhart
is outlined in white and Irene Craigmile is outlined in black.
|The Akron Beacon Journal, September 1, 1932
1932, just a few months after Amelia Earhart became the first woman to pilot a plane alone across the Atlantic Ocean, the
Akron Beacon Journal of Ohio featured the above group-photo of women pilots. It displayed both Amelia Earhart and the recently
widowed, Irene Craigmile, an acquaintance of Amelia's who was not yet a 'licensed' pilot at the time. The group was visiting
the hospitalized pilot, Louise Thaden there.
Above: 'Irene Craigmile' is listed between charter 99's
members, Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz. Irene Craigmile only flew briefly and never joined the 99's, the international organization
for women pilots formed by Amelia Earhart and other female pilots in 1929. Amelia was the 99's first president.
Above: After Amelia Earhart married George Putnam in
1931, for a while she went by the name of 'Amelia Earhart Putnam' as listed here between her fellow 99's charter member, Dorothea
Leh and future 'National Air and Space Museum Wall of Honor' honoree, Abbie Dill (Haddaway).
More on the deftly obscured, intertwined
lives of Irene Craigmile and Amelia Earhart...
Above, once again is Amelia Earhart's long ago friend,
Irene Craigmile in 1930. She is shown standing between her husband, Charles "James" Craigmile on her right, a Civil
Engineer who tragically died in 1931, and her father, Richard Joseph "Joe" O'Crowley to her left.
Charles and Irene Craigmile
were married in late 1928. At the time Charles was 38 and Irene was 24.
[Note: The original Irene Craigmile was also known as "Beatrice"
and was nicknamed "Bee."]
Beyond the realization that no clear photos of the original Irene Craigmile exist in the
public realm today, prior to the mid-1940s her life is still researchable. Described to have been born, 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley
on October 1, 1904' [her birth certificate was never located but that likely was the date] Irene was an only child who was
raised by her extended O'Crowley family after her mother, Bessie (AKA 'Bridget') Doyle O'Crowley died when she was twelve.
was listed as "age 14" in the 1920 Census but that was likely incorrect where she would have been 15 when the census
form was filled out by her paternal grandmother, Sarah Rutherford O'Crowley, the head of the household. Like Amelia, the original
Irene attended Columbia University in New York but only briefly.
In 1926, when the original Irene was twenty-two she became
pregnant out of wedlock. Although she later claimed to have 'miscarried' then, a son actually was born to her and adopted
by her nearby Uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley and his wife, her Aunt Violet, who raised her son to adulthood. This
enabled her son to remain in the family fold and for Irene to marry Charles 'James' Craigmile in 1928, who most likely never
knew his wife previously had a child before his own death from appendicitis took place in late 1931.
When Charles James Craigmile
died, he and Irene had been married less than three years. The 1930 Census listed them living alone together in Pequannock,
New Jersey. Charles James Craigmile's occupation was listed "Civil Engineer" and Irene's was "Keeps House."
the late spring of 1933, about a year and a half after her husband, Charles James died, the original Irene Craigmile's brief
stint as a licensed pilot was interrupted when she learned she had once again become pregnant by way of her last flight instructor,
Al Heller, who she eloped to wed. After she gave birth to their child in early 1934, a son, she continued to fly
sporadically but she did not renew her license after 1936. Her marriage to Al Heller failed quickly as well, beyond being
annulled after Irene learned Al was still legally married to another woman. Although court records show their child visitation
rights and custody battle was an ugly one lasting from 1938 to 1942, in the interim a surrogate nanny-mother figure for their
son began to surface. She became known as the 'second' Irene Craigmile. [Amelia Earhart, who was declared "dead in absentia"
in 1939, would become the 'third' Irene Craigmile.] According to one Diana Dawes in the 1990s, at some point the original
Irene's demise took place and it was covered over so Amelia could further use her identity. Today, when and how the original
Irene's demise took place remains unknown, but it likely occurred during the early World War Two years. She and Al's son was
sent to live at a boarding school at a young age during the war as well, where he graduated from at the age of thirteen in
original Irene and Al's 1934 born son, Larry Heller, in 2006 and again in 2014, estimated the photo below that he positively
identified as his late mother was, "taken around 1940." She was not, however, his biological mother:
Above: The 'second' Irene Craigmile, "around
Backstory: Amelia Earhart had been a good Zonta
organization friend of Irene Craigmile's aunt, a noted New York-New Jersey attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley
who introduced her niece to Amelia.
of Amelia's pilot friends, Viola Gentry, shown seated on Irene Craigmile's right in the above newspaper group photo, also
knew Irene Craigmile well in the 1930s. The rare 1930 photo of the original Irene Craigmile with her husband and father
appeared in a newspaper in 1982, accounting for its poor image quality. Contrast and brightness adjustments helped make
her unique facial features more identifiable. Again though, clear photo images of her person no longer exist having been expunged
long ago. [Learn more more about the original Irene throughout Irene-Amelia.com]
Below is the former Amelia Earhart in the mid-1940s, shown in a dual
photo display conveying her visage adjustments that left her further recognized as Irene Craigmile after the World War Two
era. By careful design, the former Amelia Earhart became the third Twentieth Century woman to have the same 'Irene'
identity attributed to her person.
Above is the beautiful, Mrs. Irene
Craigmile Bolam from in a mid-1970s photo portrait. She is typically adorned with her trademark pearls, pendant, and wings.
The forensic analysis conclusively determined she was not the original Irene Craigmile, even though for decades most
historians and Amelia Earhart mystery sleuths believed she was. No photos identifying her as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s
exist. This is because she used to be famously known as 'Amelia Earhart.'
The answer to what became of Amelia Earhart after the summer of 1937
is displayed in the above mid-1970s photo-portrait of Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam. Edifying this now comprehensible truth,
thanks to a long-term forensic analysis; on display directly above is part of the referred-to 1967 handwritten statement provided
by the same Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in the above photograph with Amelia Earhart's own 'Amelia M. Earhart' high
school signature added to it. Notice within the statement how she plainly refers to individuals who, "knew us both
well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile," revealing she was capable of distinguishing her past life as Amelia
Earhart from her then present and ongoing life as Irene Craigmile (Bolam.)
To understand how this long abjured truth recently became undeniably
recognizable, take your time going through the material this website presents, especially the forensically discovered,
'multiple-Irenes' part of it. There is much to digest. Note: The historically unacknowledged realities
displayed here were not the result of some 'vast conspiracy.' Rather, they represent a truth buried long ago adjacent
to the World War Two era, one that has been categorically repudiated from the time it initially surfaced in the 1970s. This
tradition arose because there was not enough forensic research available in the public arena to support it. Now there is.
It's just a matter of time before world academia catches up to it.
Relating to or denoting applications of scientific methodology during the course of an investigation in an effort to determine
the true origin of what is being investigated. Example: "They got him on ballistics; a forensic analysis determined
the bullet came from his gun."
That suitable for argumentation in a court of law.
Compared To Amelia:
Personal Character Traits
The forensic research and forensic comparison results displayed here are part of a long-term study that thoroughly
analyzed each of the above topics pertaining to the historically recognized, albeit 'obscured intertwined lives' of
Amelia Earhart and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.
During the close-out of the Twentieth Century and as the new millennium
commenced, this first-of-its-kind study was conceived and arranged in order to get to the bottom of a never disavowed assertion
publicly maintained for thirty-five years [1970-2005] by former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais (1924-2005).
After deeply looking
into it, Joseph A. Gervais, who retired from the Air Force as a Major in 1963, ascertained that Amelia Earhart and
Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam had existed as the same life-long individual human
being known by different names in different eras, without the public knowing about it.
Major Gervais served as a fighter
pilot in World War Two and he flew missions in the Korean War and Vietnam as well before retiring from his military career.
He was also a family man noted for his good character.
Generally unrealized into the new millennium, Joseph A. Gervais' assertion
about Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam was never forensically over-challenged. This is because, as you will soon identify for yourself, it was
meeting and getting to know Joseph A. Gervais in the late 1990s, and finding out that his assertion about Mrs. Irene Craigmile
Bolam had never been forensically evaluated on a serious level, research and development specialist, Tod Swindell took it
to task. After consulting with a variety of forensic experts his long-term study commenced, and the end result marked the
first comprehensive forensic analysis to ever compare Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam to Amelia Earhart.
Prior to his passing in 2005, upon
being shown the initial results of the analysis with his wife, Thelma Gervais, Joseph A. Gervais commented, "It just
shows what we've known all along."
Over the years people have countered time and again, "what about
DNA?" This proved unavailable. When she died in 1982, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam donated her body to Rutger's Medical
College in New Jersey with a pre-written stipulation it was only to be accessed by its attending medical technicians. In response
to what became of her remains, the school replied her body was "cremated and interned in a common grave." Hence,
just as Amelia Earhart's body was purported to have 'never been seen again' after July 2, 1937; after Mrs. Irene Craigmile
Bolam died on July 7, 1982, her body was never seen again either, at least, not outside the walls of Rutger's Medical College.
The catch was, as the analysis realized and displays throughout this site, there was an
original Irene Craigmile who Amelia Earhart knew in the 1930s, and whose identity she ended up assuming
for herself to use in the United States after the World War Two years. Learn more about the original Irene Craigmile throughout this website, and how Amelia Earhart ended up acquiescing her identity
for her own post fame years use.
From Above, The Two Examples Of Superimposed Photographic Exactitude That Combined These Four Photographs To Reveal Their
Individual Irene-Amelia Congruences:
Amelia on the right, age 31
Post WWII Irene
Amelia, age 39, 1937
Post WWII Irene
Post WWII Irene + Amelia superimposed
Post WWII Irene + Amelia superimposed
Above: Senator Hiram Bingham with Amelia Earhart at
Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in a mid-1970s photo portrait taken at her private development, 'Leisure World' home located in Rossmoor,
Above: Amelia Earhart in 1937, age 39
Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam on August 8, 1965 in front of the Sea Spray Inn located in East Hampton of Long Island, New York.
Photo credit, Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.)
Above is part of a August 1, 1967 letter from one Elmo Pickerill
to Joseph A. Gervais. Mr. Pickerill describes here how his friend, Irene (Craigmile Bolam) was a "pal" of Amelia
Earhart and Viola Gentry in the 1930s. In the preceding comparison, Irene and Amelia proved to be identical to each other.
But that wasn't true. It is now known that Amelia assumed the original Irene Craigmile's identity for her own later life use.
"Irene-Amelia.com exists as the most revealing and historically real Amelia
Earhart website on the internet." Tod Swindell
"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
Below the following important photograph taken by Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) on August
8, 1965, one can learn about its true origin:
This 35MM photograph taken in 1965 by Joseph A. Gervais
displays the same "Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam" shown in the black and white photo portrait toward the top of the
page and in the above comparisons. Mrs. Bolam openly described herself to have been 'a past good friend' of Amelia
Earhart to Joseph A. Gervais when the two met each other that year. She also commanded a recognized air of importance among
the people she knew or was acquainted with, to include high-ranking military figures and well-known pilots from the 1930s'
Golden Age of Aviation. Tod Swindell's comprehensive forensic analysis concluded with absolute certainty that this
particular Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam was identified nowhere as 'Irene' or 'Craigmile' or 'Bolam'
prior to the mid-1940s. The analysis also conveys the origin of these names. To learn about the other forensically determined
realities of this Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, who from 1928 to 1937 had been famously known as Amelia Earhart, continue
to examine the results here of the first in-depth evaluation of her Twentieth Century existence.
"The forensic studies are very convincing.
She was not an ordinary housewife. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was
well traveled." John Bolam, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived brother-in-law comments on the initial results
of the Irene-Amelia forensic analysis in an Associated Press article by Ron Staton. The 2002 article marked the first
national news item to announce the advent of Tod Swindell's forensic research and human comparison analysis in the new millennium.
[The full Associated Press article appears further down.]
A 2018 note from the orchestrator of the forensic
analysis and creator of this website; Research and Development specialist, Tod Swindell.
I first launched Irene-Amelia.com in late 2007. It was initially meant to
serve as a rebuttal to a recently expressed viewpoint of the National Geographic Channel that had asked me to appear on an
Amelia Earhart special it aired the year before. The producers of the special tracked me down after learning from different
Amelia Earhart aficionados of a 'forensic comparison analysis' I had undertaken that shed a new, controversial light on Amelia's
never resolved "missing person" case. Upon locating me, they asked if I would allow them to include the analysis
in its program, after learning that its preliminary results had drawn attention from the Associated Press a few years earlier.
(See the 2002 AP article further down.)
To Hawaii, where much of its Amelia Earhart special was filmed, Nat Geo flew myself
and covered the cost to ship a dozen of the large panels that displayed the key results of the Irene-Amelia forensic analysis
I had sponsored and initiated in the mid-1990s, (after consulting with forensic experts who explained how to go about it)
and then dedicated much investigative research the next ten years to enhance it. Disappointingly, though, Nat Geo elected
not to feature or at all address the panels after its producers reviewed the controversial information they displayed. So
here, what Irene-Amelia.com offers is what Nat Geo decided not to share with the public. Its final program did show a trifle
of some forensic overlay samples I had carried with me, but it was barely enough to whet the appetite of a true skeptic. I
was also grilled on camera for two hours, only to see my contribution trimmed down to a few minutes of air time.
Nat Geo's inability
to recognize or believe what the forensic analysis accomplished is what inspired me to display it on the World Wide
Web. So Irene-Amelia.com was launched in 2007, and it has remained on-line ever since while being further added to as time
passed. To date hundreds of pages worth of pertinent data have been presented on Irene-Amelia.com that additionally fortified
the realities it conveys, to especially include the main forensic truth of a renamed Amelia Earhart continuing to live-on
after World War Two in the United States until her passing took place in 1982, with the general public remaining unaware of
it. (Thanks to the comparison analysis there is no doubt anymore such a thing did happen. That's not to say this was not already
known. Former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais figured it out in the 1960s and never stopped averring it to his dying day in
2005, causing endless consternation along the way.)
At this point, I need to make it clear that I am not and never have been a 'conspiracy
theorist.' "Conspiracy" is a dark word used to describe an immoral group of unnamed individuals who work in concert
to keep their nefarious activities and the orchestrated result(s) they cause from becoming known beyond their inner circle. I do not believe there
ever was an active conspiracy embarked on to keep the true outcome of Amelia Earhart's so-called, "disappearance"
from being recognized by the public. Rather, I view it as something that became deeply buried during the conflagration of
World War Two, akin to so many other non mend-able actions, stratagems, hostilities and atrocities the war left behind. It
is my belief that it was commonly determined how the best attitude to adopt after World War Two ended was to move-on with
as little looking back at such war-time happenings as possible---with the obvious exception of the 'never again to occur' holocaust remaining queued
in the forefront of the world's memory banks.
In essence, while countries that had been war-time enemies worked to mend their own
fences and to help mend each other's, they did their best to look beyond negative war occurrences not only in the spirit of
atonement, but for the imperative need of a better geopolitical future.
This included the U.S. and Japan conjointly agreeing to always view the unnoticed by
the world public, anonymous post-war reemergence of the then still existing, all-be-her war-time obscured
Amelia Earhart with, "official silence." (Note the 1982 Bender & Altschul quote below this
Highlighting this post-war credo, in the fall of 1945, in response to a reporter's question on how he believed the
world was different after the war, President Harry S. Truman replied, "The only thing different is the history you don't
Think about that.
In the meantime, though a handful of important sounding
individuals continue to decry the obvious forensic analysis results, the forensic analysis itself has never been over-challenged
and it never will be, because it merely displays the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937.
Only unanswered questions remain, and they pertain to 'how' and 'why' Amelia Earhart ended up as she did after she went 'missing'
all those years ago--and then was prematurely declared, "dead in absentia" in January of 1939.
To reiterate, I would like to emphasize
that the analysis only ascertained what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing. It does not offer a certain
conclusion about what actually happened to her (and Fred Noonan) on July 2, 1937, nor does it offer a certain conclusion
pertaining to where Amelia was and what she was doing during the World War Two years.
My gut feeling is those questions
are now destined to be answered by concerned official U.S. historians in order to account for the truthful information
the overall analysis displays, plenty of which is observable on Irene-Amelia.com. In the meantime, somewhat myopic individuals,
or those not willing to take the time to review, understand, and accept this carefully researched and forensically developed
information, will more than likely remain in denial when it comes to what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing
in 1937, until said 'how' and 'why' questions are authoritatively answered by high-level U.S. and Nippon offices.
The analysis results begin after the
following quote--and the two images with their accompanying description.
[A brief bio on Tod Swindell is viewable at the bottom
of this Home Page.]
The Bender & Altschul Quote:
"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence
in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting
mystery." 1982 quote from the voluminous
Marylin Bender, Selig Altschul 'Pan Am Airways anthology,' The Chosen Instrument
The Kailua, Hawaii set of the National Geographic Channel's Amelia Earhart 'mystery update' special. The photos here display
six of the twelve 'comprehensive forensic analysis' panels that drew a certain conclusion on Amelia's never officially
resolved 'missing person' case. This particular location was at the home of retired USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, whose then recent
book, Amelia Earhart Survived featured portions of the analysis with permission granted by Tod Swindell and 1967 Earhart
flight duplicator, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who supplied some of the photo-data used in the analyisis. Within
the panels, the multiple individuals attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity were clearly displayed,
(shown further down) as was the head-to-toe physical congruence and character traits congruence of the post-World War Two
'Irene Craigmile Bolam' and her former-self, Amelia Earhart. Needless to say, after observing the controversial realities
presented in the panels, the show's producers were clearly ill-prepared to contend with them. Even though they had asked to
feature them and paid for their shipping cost, after some deliberating they requested the panels be removed before filming
commenced. Hence, this website provides a thorough overview of the analysis results the panels displayed that Nat Geo elected
not to share with the public.
Below: Nat Geo's 2006 produced, "Where's Amelia
Earhart?" special that featured researchers, Tod Swindell and Colonel Rollin Reineck in support of the long-maintained
Joseph A. Gervais assertion (Joseph A. Gervais' passing occurred the previous year) was eventually released on DVD. Beyond
Nat Geo downplaying the forensic analysis results as well as choosing not to display the most important elements of what it
achieved (that shored-up Joseph A. Gervais' long maintained Amelia became Irene assertion) its program merely rehashed
the same old stories about Amelia's disappearance without offering anything new or enlightening to its viewing audience.
Alethephobia: "Fear of Truth"
When it comes to the Irene-Amelia truth, ever since the controversy
over Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam surfaced in the 1970s, historical dictum influences have adroitly avoided it. Senators, Congressmen,
government supported institutions, news media moguls, even Amelia's extended family members have always optioned to quickly
dismiss it out of hand over seriously addressing it. This is mainly due to the 'official silence' devoted to the
topic of Amelia's disappearance from the governments' of the United States and Japan dating back to the World War
Two era. In the new millennium, however, thanks to the undeniable results of a comprehensive forensic research and comparison
analysis, the truth grew to be recognizable to what is now an obvious state, and understanding, accepting, and embracing any
truth once it becomes identifiable, especially if it's an important historical truth, is always best in the long run.
Keeping relative discoveries from the past in perspective, in
the case of Charles Lindbergh's "Careu Kent" alias, he used that name for decades while leading a separate life
without the public knowing until it was verified in 2004, thirty-years after he died.
Three Irenes and the Missing Person
Case of Amelia Earhart
Below, as discovered
and displayed in the analysis results, it turned out there were three different Twentieth Century women who were historically
attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity:
This is the original Irene Craigmile. She and Amelia Earhart were well acquainted.
|Above middle: The original Irene Craigmile, 1930
Above on the left is the original Irene Craigmile's husband, Charles James
Craigmile, and on the right is the original Irene Craigmile's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.
|The original Irene Craigmile, 1932
Here the original Irene Craigmile is shown next to one of the planes she
learned to fly in. It took her several months to get her pilot's license--she was not the consistent flier that her friends,
Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry were. Right after she was awarded her pilot's license she learned she was pregnant and eloped
to wed the father of her child to be. She was never known to fly a plane again after that. She gave birth to a son in March
of 1934, then no longer appeared in plain view. Her marriage had supposedly failed within a short time period, though a later
account described how her childbirthing process left her in a debilitated state, thus leading her infant son to be raised
by a surrogate mother figure from within her O'Crowley family fold.
What actually became of the original
Irene Craigmile is a valid question to ask. All that is known is after she stopped appearing in plain view her still-living
'identity' was given to Amelia Earhart to further use. Apparently this happened at some point during the World War Two era.
Amelia had been a good friend of the original Irene Craigmile's aunt, a prominent New York-New Jersey attorney by the name
of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley. It appears evident enough, the original Irene Craigmile's aunt had been instrumental in the
transfer of her niece's identity to Amelia.
Above, the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son identified
this woman to have been his 'mother' the way she looked "around 1940," although the forensic analysis made it clear
she was not his biological mother. To date, no one in the public realm knows who she really was, where she came from, or where
she ended up. There is only one known-of postulation offered by Tod Swindell that suggests how her life may have also been
intertwined with Amelia Earhart's in a family protected way. In 1984, a long ago friend of the original Irene Craigmile's
family estimated this particular 'Irene' who she referred to as "Irene Jr." was "born in 1924" and was
'raised' by the original Irene's extended family in Newark, New Jersey. As mentioned. Amelia had been a good Zonta club friend
of the original Irene Craigmile's aunt dating back to 1928, when Amelia first became famous. Below are two superimposed photos
showing the older version of the same woman, also identified by her son as the way she looked in the 1970s.
|Irene Craigmile, early 1940s
|Irene Craigmile Bolam, 1970s
|The two above photos superimposed...
|...display the same person in younger and older forms
The Irene Craigmile and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam images in this column were identified
nowhere as "Irene" prior to the mid-1940s. In 1958 this Irene Craigmile wed Englishman, Guy Bolam, the head of Radio
Luxembourg. She became known as Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam from then on, or just, 'Irene Bolam.' Whether people choose to
believe and accept it, or to not believe and accept it, this 'Irene' had been previously known as, "Amelia Earhart."
|Irene Craigmile, 1946
|Pre eight-years of aging & a few adjustments.
Above: It wasn't so
hard to find Amelia again behind her Irene facade with a little photo-shop help. Tear-duct to tear-duct the eyes
above aligned perfectly with those of her former Amelia self; all facial lines and creases as well, and as you will continue
to see, necks, shoulders, heights, arm-lengths, hands, foot sizes, handwriting, etc., everything aligned perfectly. As Monsignor
Kelley described it about his late friend, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1987, who was identified nowehere as 'Irene'
prior to the mid-1940s, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore." Who are we to judge or blame her for eventually feeling that way, not knowing a thing about what she ended
up having to endure as World War Two raged on? Looking at the above images, we also recall the title of Shirley
Dobson Gilroy's 1985 book, Amelia: Pilot In Pearls.
|Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, 1965
|Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, mid-1970s
Anymore, The 'Known' Truth
There were three different Twentieth Century
women attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity, and one of them, who was not identified that way
prior to the mid-1940s, most definitely was previously known as Amelia Earhart.
This is the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937.
There is no other truth beyond invented ones individuals chose or still choose to embrace, and in some cases promote
to the public sans proof-worthy logic to support their differing ideas.
No matter what continues to be offered to the contrary, Amelia's ongoing existence as "Irene"
after the World War Two era is now known to be what became of her after she was reported missing during the dawn of
the World War Two era--in an area that soon after became a hornets' nest region in the Pacific war theater.
It is time to stop fearing this reality; to stop automatically
rejecting it. Doing so will enable it to rise to the surface so it can be acknowledged and accepted by the public, and further
dealt with in a responsible manner out of concern for, and in the interest of truthful historical posterity.
It is time to get real about what became of Amelia Earhart
after she was reported missing in the summer of 1937.
Above: Far left and far right, younger and older versions
of the same person shown superimposed in the middle. Identified as "Irene Craigmile" on the left, and as "Irene
Craigmile Bolam" on the right, she was not the original Irene nor was she the former Amelia Earhart.
Below: Although they may look somewhat similar to the naked eye, these
two photos display different individual human beings. Beyond not aligning well in general, a close examination of tear-ducts,
lip-lines, and hairlines made it fairly easy to assess this forensic certainty.
Below: 1946 and 1965 images of the same person shown superimposed
in the middle. Although she had altered her famously recognizable image with some adjustments beyond what aging and style
changes normally do, the former Amelia Earhart is displayed here.
|Prior to some World War Two era adjustments...
Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965
|Irene Craigmile in 1946, FKA "Earhart"
...Amelia in 1937, her former
In the mid-1940s, Amelia Earhart reappeared
in the United States seemingly from out of nowhere to further exist as 'Irene.' The forensic analysis results made it plain
to see the 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, dubbed in Tod Swindell's original
forensic comparison analysis as the "Gervais-Irene" was NOT the original Irene Craigmile, even though post World
War Two history proclaimed she was. This is true where the analysis clearly proved there was more than one Twentieth Century
woman who used the same 'Irene' identity, and the one above, who was known as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' after 1958, was previously
known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Note: The forensic analysis merely displays the truth when
it comes to what became of Amelia Earhart. Although it has been consistently shouted down by pseudo Amelia
Earhart 'mystery solving theorists,' including some that managed to make a living by promoting non-truthful ideas to the
masses about Amelia Earhart, the analysis results proved impossible to over-challenge.
Major Joseph A. Gervais USAF (Ret.), February 5, 2000
February 5, 2000; top row left to right: Ronald Reuther,
Tod Swindell, Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam; bottom row, left to right: Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, Joe Klaas, Joseph A. Gervais
A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.), shown in 2000 accepting his achievement award for "Four decades of unparalleled, dedicated
research devoted to investigating the true cause and outcome of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan's 1937 disappearance."
The event was held at Cesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada in front of a gathering of representatives from a variety of Aviation
connected backgrounds, to include past 99's President, Patricia Ward; 1967 successful Amelia Earhart 'World Flight' duplicator,
Ann Holtgren Pellegreno; Amelia Earhart Society President William Prymak; Executive Director of the Western Aerospace Museum,
Ronald Reuther; Overseer of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, Lou Foudray; Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived in-laws,
Mr. and Mrs. John Bolam; Amelia Earhart Survived author, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck USAF (Ret.); Rear Admiral, Eugene
Tissot USN (Ret.) (whose father was a past chief mechanic for Amelia Earhart) motion picture producer/journalist Tod Swindell;
Joseph A. Gervais' wife and son, Thelma and Gerald Gervais, Amelia Earhart Lives author, Joe Klaas, and several other
At the 2000 ceremony, William Prymak spoke of Joseph A. Gervais
in the following manner: "Joseph A. Gervais is a World War Two flying hero who went on to become widely recognized as
the world's leading authority regarding the subject of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. A former aircraft accident investigator,
while looking into Amelia Earhart's failed world flight attempt his encounter with Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam and follow-up
evaluation of her life history caused an enormous shift to his angle of research."
Tod Swindell's 1996-2017 Amelia Earhart Forensic Research
Analysis And Irene-Amelia Forensic Comparison Analysis Continues...
Above: Different looks of Amelia
Earhart when she was in her early to mid-thirties.
Above: The former Amelia Earhart living
as 'Irene' in 1965.
how hard it is for some to believe, anymore this is the
know-truth about Amelia Earhart in a forensically determined way.
Above: Amelia in her early twenties, before she
received her pilot's license.
Above: Amelia at age thirty-nine, not long before
she went missing.
Above: Navigator & co-pilot, Fred Noonan
with pilot, Amelia Earhart. On the morning of July 2, 1937 they steered their aircraft in a certain direction and were purportedly
never seen again.
"She was intelligent, articulate, and had a
commanding presence. She knew a lot of important people including many high-ranking
military officers, astronauts and flyers." "She was the epitome of a classy
lady." 1997 quotes from an article about Irene by her survived sister-in-law who believed the subject
of her concern had been previously known as, "Amelia Earhart."
Astronaut Wally Schirra
the late 1970s, one of the original seven NASA astronauts, Wally Schirra, disclosed to Rockville, Illinois TV reporter, Merrill
Dean Magley that he had "met" the woman who used to be known as Amelia Earhart at Cape Canveral in the 1960s.
Several years later, when Magley encountered Schirra again he requested a filmed interview. Schirra agreed to be interviewed
on film by Magley and during the interview, Magley asked the former astronaut how he knew the woman he met in the 1960s used
to be Amelia Earhart(?) to which Schirra replied, "reliable people" he knew had confided to him who she used to
be. The woman in question was one 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.' As it turned out, and as you will see here, there
was more than one Twentieth Century woman attributed to this very-same 'Irene' identity.
More superimposed comparisons appear below the following images and descriptions.
the admirals and generals seemed to know her." Sports
promoter, Peter Bussatti in 1982, comments about his 1970s good friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam who had recently died. With many
others, Mr. Bussatti often wondered if Mrs. Bolam used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
Above: Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam and Peter
Busatti in the 1970s.
Below: Another sample from the comprehensive, 'Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis.'
Mrs. Irene Bolam, far left; Amelia Earhart, far right;
the two images superimposed, center.
"Peter Busatti said he accompanied Mrs. Bolam to the Wings Club in New
York City on one occasion. He said a full length portrait of Amelia Earhart hangs in the room dedicated
in her honor. ""It was a dead ringer for Irene,"" he said. ""Sometimes
I thought she was [the former Amelia Earhart], sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied,
"When I die you'll find out,"" Busatti said. At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti
mentioned all the admirals and generals seemed to know her." Excerpted from a 1980s Woodbridge New Jersey
News Tribune article.
Above: Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam (right) in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia
in 1976, next to Gertrude Kelley Hession (left). The two were frequent traveling companions. Gertrude was the sister of Monsignor
James Francis Kelley, a well-known New Jersey priest and former Seton Hall College president. From the late 1970s on, Monsignor
Kelley did disclose to certain individuals that his close friend, Mrs. Bolam, used to be known as Amelia Earhart. Notice the
same pendant she is wearing that also appears in her black and white photo-portrait at the top of the page.
Above: Irene begins... to superimpose into...
Irene + Amelia
Click on the YouTube channel link below to observe
both of the above forensic video-filmed dissolves in slow-motion. After watching them, return to Irene-Amelia.com. This 2018
created YouTube channel has yet to be promoted. The link to it was only recently added to Irene-Amelia.com:
Below find a briefing about Monsignor James Francis Kelley, the brother of Gertrude Kelley
Hession, the woman featured in the above 1976 Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia photo with Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam:
Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam died in July of 1982, the twelve-year-old question about
her possible dual-identity still remained definitively unanswered and it would stay that way into the new millennium.
well known catholic priest and former president of Seton Hall College, Monsignor James Francis Kelley,
Gertrude Kelley Hession's
brother, is quoted in a newspaper article. Father Kelley had been a long time close-friend of the former Amelia Earhart (Mrs.
Bolam) since the 1940s, and he declined to openly discuss the topic of her suggested 'dual identity'
when questioned by a New Jersey News Tribune reporter in October of 1982:
Monsignor Kelley and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, 1970s
speak of knowing Amelia Earhart but I never met her in his company." A comment
from Monsignor Thomas Ivory of West Orange, New Jersey, a past friend of Monsignor Kelley's who presided over his 1996 funeral.
According to record,
Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam gave birth to a son in 1934. In 2006, at the office of his attorney, and later again in 2014 in
writing, Mrs. Bolam's 'son,' one Clarence "Larry" Heller, positively identified the woman in the photographs below
to have been his 'late mother' as she appeared "around 1940" and "in the 1970s" according to Mr. Heller
himself. The forensic analysis clearly displays she was not the same Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met
and photographed in 1965, nor was she the original Irene Craigmile, Mr. Heller's biological mother. Historically, of course,
Mr. Heller's mother should have existed as one life-long person. [Read about Mr. Heller's true biological mother, the "The
Original Irene Craigmile" following the next, How The Modern View Of "The Mystery Of Amelia Earhart's
Disappearance" Came To Exist section.]
Above: Irene Craigmile "my mother, around 1940" in the younger image on the left, and "my mother,
Irene Bolam in the 1970s" in the older image on the right as identified by the 1934 born son of "Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam,"
Clarence "Larry" Heller at his attorney's office in Manhattan in 2006, and later re-verified in writing by
him in 2014. Tod Swindell's new millennium forensic comparison analysis proved she was not the same Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam
who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, shown directly below. According to history these three images should have
indentified one in the same human being, except they did not.
Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965.
Photo credit: Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.)
in the analysis as, "the Gervais-Irene."]
Below: Two handwriting comparison samples from the document examination portion of the forensic analysis.
The cursive letter comparisons were excerpted from samples of Amelia Earhart's handwriting and that of the 'Gervais-Irene,'
AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart.'
An excerpt from the document examination portion of the analysis. This one came from a 1967 handwritten reply letter to Joseph
A. Gervais from Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam. It featured her response to a letter he mailed her inquiring about her true past.
Within the context or her reply to him, she denied herself to be Amelia in the present tense with the proper language usage
of "I am not she." But here, it's interesting to note what can be described as her own 'non-denial denial'
pertaining to who she used to be, wherein she referred to her 1930s pilot friend, Viola Gentry, who she continued to know
in her later years, along with the 1960s Early Birds of Aviation Secretary, Elmo Pickerill, by writing, "because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile." The forensic analysis
added Amelia's own "Amelia M. Earhart" high school signature beneath the way Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's cursive
handwriting penned, "Amelia Earhart" (her former name) in 1967.
excerpt from the document examination portion of the forensic analysis. This one displays different cursive letter samples
of Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam on the left as compared to those of Amelia Earhart on the right.
Her Own Words...
Additonal lines from Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's 1967,
non denial-denial she mailed in response to a query letter about her true past from retired USAF Major, Joseph A. Gervais:
"I can offer in evidence two people whom you may call for verification
of this fact, because they each knew us both well as Amelia
Earhart and Irene Craigmile."
"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 reference to "the Amelia Earhart"
as if she likened her previous name to a ship that had sunk long ago.
Next: How The Modern View Of
'The Mystery Of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance' Came To Exist...
Beginning in the 1960s,
the modern view of the 'mystery' of Amelia Earhart's disappearance was born from serious research investigations that were
categorically shelved after being greeted by "official silence." Because of this, as time passed the subject of
their concern evolved to exist as an 'anything goes' commodity to Amelia Earhart cottage industries into the new
millennium. None the less, below are the most significant investigative research books from the Twentieth Century that most
thoroughly expounded Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight and its outcome.
About the most prominently recognized Twentieth Century books
to have examined the subject of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance; above left, CBS Radio journalist, Fred Goerner's The Search For Amelia
Earhart was published by Doubleday in 1966 and became a Top-Ten New York Times best seller; above center, Vincent Loomis',
Amelia Earhart: The Final Story was published by Random House in 1985 and well-complemented Goerner's earlier effort;
above right, Randall Brink's, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart was published by W.W. Norton (U.S.) and Bloomsbury
Publishing LTD (U.K.) in 1993 and was touted by CBS's Connie Chung on its way to becoming a best seller in both the U.K. and
All three authors referenced and were
originally inspired by the investigative efforts of former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais, who from 1960-on had been tracking
Amelia Earhart's disappearance in the Pacific region where she went missing. Significantly, Randall Brink collaborated with
Joseph A. Gervais for a decade prior to his book's 1993 release.
Each book concluded that Amelia Earhart and her navigator/co-pilot, Fred Noonan, went down at Mili Atoll
in the Marshall Islands where they were picked up by Japan's pre-World War Two Imperial Naval Authority. Their authors all
cited the 'overwhelming preponderance of evidence' that deemed it so, along with the U.S. justice department's ongoing 'official
silence' dating back to the World War Two era that refused to address it.
Fred Goerner and Vincent Loomis concluded the duo met their demise while in Japan's custody. Randall Brink
drew no hard conclusion beyond the two having been sequestered by Japan as World War Two heated-up. Joseph A. Gervais,
who died in 2005, never stopped maintaining his own conclusion was correct, that at least Amelia Earhart quietly continued
to survive, and she eventually resurfaced in the United States sporting a new identity.
Below is the other most significantly recognized
'Earhart disappearance investigative book' written by Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives, published by McGraw-Hill in
1970. Nicely packaged, Joe Klaas primarily focused his effort on the conclusion drawn by Joseph A. Gervais' 1960s' investigative
efforts, albeit in a somewhat casual, if not at times 'reckless' manner. While a terrific, well researched read, Klaas managed
to stray from the point his book was making by chocking it with some fantastic suppositions. This ended up harming not only
the book's credibility, but the credibility of Joe Klaas and Joseph A. Gervais as well. After noticing some awry information
the book contained that libeled the then-living woman known as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam,' Mrs. Bolam in turn sued for defamation
and the book was withdrawn, but not before making the New York Times 'Best Seller' list and being nominated for a Pulitzer
Prize. An estimated 40,000 copies were put into circulation in 1970 before it was pulled from the shelves. [The book was republished
in 2006 through the Author's Guild. See more below.]
McGraw-Hill's 1970 published book, Amelia Earhart
Lives by Joe Klaas next to the Joseph A. Gervais photo-page of Mrs. Irene Bolam and her husband, Englishman Guy Bolam
that appeared in it. It was later learned how this particular Mrs. Bolam was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.
More About The 1970 Book, Amelia Earhart Lives
in November of 1970, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas quickly became a New York Times best seller. Issued
by the reputable McGraw-Hill Company, it was largely based on the decade-long investigative-research effort of former USAF
Captain, Joseph A. Gervais, who boldly asserted that Amelia Earhart was 'alive and well' in New Jersey then, but she had been
'known by a different name' ever since the post-World War Two era.
Within two weeks after its release, the book was cited for
some misinformation it presented by the woman it suggsted to be the former Amelia Earhart, (who had not participated
with the writing of the book) and it was legally challenged by her attorney, the high-powered Benedict Ginsberg
Esq., who had previously worked with Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy during the Jimmy Hoffa trials. Hence, the national
press circuit commenced to ridicule Amelia Earhart Lives, and in short order it was withdrawn from all stores.
This was how the old, "Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 disappearance and ended up becoming a New Jersey
housewife" joke started, albeit unjustifiably.
In a 1970 press conference
she held in response to the book's allegations about her past, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam denied herself to be Amelia Earhart
in the present tense. It was not overlooked, however, that during her follow-up lawsuit she never denied herself to have been
'previously known as' Amelia Earhart. As well, her lawsuit had nothing to do with the book's assertion that she used
to be known as Amelia Earhart. Rather, her attorney cited misinformation the book contained that portrayed her as a potential
"bigamist" and a possible "traitor to her country."
Decades later, by virtue of the forensic research analysis,
it was learned there was far more to the origin of the story about the woman contained in the book than people realized.
To begin with, the Mrs. Irene
Craigmile Bolam who was implicated by Joseph A. Gervais to have been 'the former Amelia Earhart,' was definitely,
"not an ordinary housewife" according to the people who had known her, including her own relatives.
how she came to exist as she did, as previewed above, one had to revisit the pre-World War Two years and one of Amelia Earhart's
1930s' pilot-friends, Mrs. Irene Craigmile:
About The Original
Above center: Amelia Earhart's long ago friend,
the original Irene Craigmile shown in 1930 between her husband, Charles "James" Craigmile and her father,
Richard Joseph "Joe" O'Crowley. Before the new millennium arrived her contribution to Amelia's life story remained
In 1931, a year after the above
picture was taken, the original Irene Craigmile's husband, Charles James Craigmile, tragically died of Peritonitis after
his appendix burst.
The following year, in
1932, just a few months after Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly a plane solo across the Atlantic Ocean, the Akron
Beacon Journal of Ohio featured the below picture of female pilots displaying both Amelia and the recently widowed, Irene
Craigmile--who was not yet a 'licensed' pilot--within it. The group was visiting the hospitalized pilot, Louise Thaden there
at the time:
|The Akron Beacon Journal, September 1, 1932
Above: From the September 1, 1932 edition of
the Akron Beacon Journal, Amelia Earhart can be seen outlined in white, and the original Irene Craigmile is outlined in black.
Above: Although she's barely legible, this enlargement displays
the original Irene Craigmile between pilots, Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz.
Above: 'Irene Craigmile' is listed after Viola Gentry
Above: After Amelia married George Putnam in 1931, for a short while
she took his name, as shown here
In the 1930s, Amelia Earhart was acquainted with a budding pilot by the name of Irene Craigmile.
Amelia was introduced to Irene
Craigmile by Irene's aunt, a prominent New York-New Jersey attorney known as 'Miss Irene Rutherford O'Crowley.' Amelia came
to know Miss O'Crowley through the Zonta club for women they both belonged to.
Miss O'Crowley was the sister of Irene Craigmile's father,
Richard Joseph O'Crowley, who is displayed in one of the above photographs next to his daughter and son-in-law.
Today the Zonta organization
maintains its long held tradition of awarding college scholarships in Amelia Earhart's name to aspiring young women, something
initiated by Irene Craigmile's attorney-aunt, Miss Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, in the 1940s.
Above is another low-resolution newspaper photo of the
original Mrs. Irene Craigmile in 1932. Clear photos displaying her person prior to the World War Two era proved unavailable. Amelia
Earhart was acquainted with the original Irene Craigmile, who was recently widowed and a budding pilot in 1932 & 1933.
The original Irene Craigmile realized she was pregnant out-of-wedlock at the same time she received her pilot's license in
May of 1933, and she was never known to fly a plane again after that. In the new millennium, her 1934 born son acknowledged
he held no photographs of his 'mother' from his early childhood years.
In Brief: The Original Irene Craigmile in the 1930s
A True Story
As the 1930s saga about
her unfolded, about a year after the original Irene Craigmile's first husband died she began studying to be a pilot with encouragement
from Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry. She earned her license in late May of 1933, but right when she did she realized she
had become pregnant out of wedlock by way of her last flight instructor, pilot Alvin Heller. The two
eloped to marry and a son was born to them in early 1934, but she and Al Heller's hasty marriage never solidified, and the
visible trail of the original Irene Craigmile grew cold from that point on. A late 1930s marriage annulment reverted
her brief surname of Heller back to Craigmile, although she did not appear to be physically extant during
the process of it. [Note: The original Irene Craigmile's attorney aunt, Amelia's Zonta Club friend, Irene Mary Rutherford
O'Crowley, was instrumental in her niece's annulment process.]
An explanation that emanated
from a later life friend of Mrs. Irene Bolam's, one Diana Dawes, a former Princeton, New Jersey radio show host, described
the original Irene Craigmile as having endured a childbirth complication that further left her debilitated, although no record
of it was located. What did become known is that the original Irene Craigmile, after giving birth to her son in 1934,
no longer appeared in plain view. It also became evident that the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son ended up being
reared by a surrogate mother figure from the mid-1930s on, who he recognized as the only mother he ever knew.
are two 1987 newspaper excerpts featuring quotes by Diana Dawes. Within them she recalled her late friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam
(AKA the former Amelia Earhart) as having described the original Irene Craigmile in a past-tense way, and further indicating
her acceptance of the identity she inherited by virtue of maintaining ownership of some of the original Irene's personal belongings.
As specified, in the
1930s, Amelia Earhart and the original Irene's attorney-aunt were well acquainted through the Zonta organization for women,
thus illuminating the trail of how Amelia Earhart came to inherit the full, left-over identity value of the original Irene
Note: The now-late
Diana Dawes believed her later-life friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam, used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.'
Above: In 1987,
the aforementioned, Diana Dawes, a former Princeton, New Jersey radio show host who was one of Irene Bolam's better friends
in the 1970s, recalled some revealing anecdotes about her late friend as newspapers around the country marked the 50th anniversary
of Amelia Earhart's storied 'disappearance.' Ms. Dawes mentioned how on a high shelf in Irene Bolam's closet she noticed a
uniform collection of "large leather bound ledger-books with the letters 'AE' embossed on their spines." Notice
in the above excerpt about the "christening dress," the former Amelia Earhart slips and refers to her long gone
friend, the original Irene Craigmile, in a past-tense way.
Another excerpt from a 1987 newspaper article
that quoted Diana Dawes. No one seemed to pay much attention to the fact that almost twenty years after Joseph A. Gervais
first shared his belief that Mrs. Bolam was the former Amelia Earhart on a national news level, the controversy over who she
really was still existed because his assertion about her past identity had never been disproved. Instead, by then United States
'official historians' had learned to embrace the practice of adroitly avoiding the controversy.
Note: Once again,
the woman featured in the following photographs was not the original Irene Craigmile, even though post-World War Two
history left people believing she was. Tod Swindell's new-millennium forensic analysis delivered this long non-recognized
truth to a level of undeniable certainty.
Above: Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, FKA "Amelia
Earhart" in Kingston, Jamaica in 1976.
Below: To edify, this woman was not the original Irene Craigmile, even though
after World War Two, history left people believing she was.
Indomitable Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, FKA "Amelia Earhart"
In the new millennium it was forensically
realized the same 'Mrs. Bolam' shown above was known as 'Amelia Earhart' in the United States prior to the World War
Two era. Those who do not believe this, and there are many of you, are not dealing with reality when it comes to what truly
became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937. Granted it is hard to believe, but it exists as the truth none-the-less.
The forensic analysis delivered this long-withheld reality to a state of obvious, where upon resurfacing
in the U.S. after the war years, Amelia Earhart assumed the left-over identity of a little-known woman pilot from the 1930s
by the name of 'Irene Craigmile' who she had once been acquainted with. Then in 1958, the former Amelia Earhart,
while living as 'Irene Craigmile,' married Guy Bolam of England who was the president of Radio Luxembourg in Europe. She
became known as, 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' from that point on. In 1970, Guy Bolam died and the former Amelia Earhart,
AKA Mrs. Irene Bolam became the new president of Radio Luxembourg at that time.
It is obviously true, she was 'no ordinary housewife.'
"When it comes to this particular
person, 'Mrs. Irene Bolam,' we're talking about a very formidable individual. The original Irene Craigmile from the
1920s and 1930s, who Amelia had known and later went on to assume the identity of, was not that kind of person at all and
she certainly did not resemble Amelia Earhart either. If anything, the forensic analysis has revealed that the time has finally
arrived to address the full breadth of Amelia's life story, even where historians at the Smithsonian Institution and members
of Amelia's family remain reluctant to do so, and have always demonstrated reticence when it came to the suggestion of seriously
addressing the matter." Researcher, Tod Swindell
On What Is
Now Known, And What Is Still Not Known...
a public sense, the true circumstances of Amelia's 1937 world flight ending--as well as where she was and what she was doing
during the World War Two years--remains unknown. Any information that previously attempted or still does attempt to explain
what actually happened to Amelia Earhart on July 2, 1937--and how she existed the following eight years--has only ever been
based on educated guesses. What is certain anymore is that Amelia Earhart resurfaced in the United States after the
war known as 'Irene,' and she publicly went by that name only until she died in 1982, even after she was outed for
who she used to be in 1970. This is what pure, unadulterated evidence reveals. It is also hard to blame her for denying her
true past when she unexpectedly stood accused, for if she had admitted who she used to be the last twelve years of her life
would have been very strenuous on her. As it was after 1970, her life became strenuous enough. We're talking about a real
person, a real human being, and when she died she knew who she'd become, and who she used to be."
Researcher, Tod Swindell
"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant
Zapruder and Gervais: Film Gamma Doesn't Lie
Former clothing manufacturer, Abraham Zapruder
Former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais
Two years after Abraham Zapruder filmed the
assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas; a confounded Joseph A. Gervais, while visiting
the Hamptons of Long Island, New York where he was to deliver a lecture about his research on Amelia Earhart's disappearance,
in an 'impromptu' way boldly pointed his camera to take another history making photograph. Here's how it happened:
Directly below is an
enlarged image of Mrs. Irene Bolam, FKA 'Amelia Earhart' as she appeared in the photograph Joseph A. Gervais took of her in
1965. Originally, and for years afterward the vast majority of people who observed her image here felt she did not resemble
what an older, 'survived' Amelia Earhart would have looked like. No matter, for along with Mrs. Bolam's previous self-admitted 'past association'
with Amelia Earhart that left the more intuitive scratching their heads about her for decades, the new-millennium,
comprehensive forensic analysis that did not commence until over thirty-years after the picture was taken, became its
undoing. The article underneath the photograph details how it came to exist, and why any further it is so historically important.
|Photo credit: Joseph A. Gervais, August 8, 1965
About The Origin Of The Above
Protecting Earhart Chronicles by Tod Swindell
1965, a former U.S. Air Force Captain who had flown missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam met the woman in the above
photograph, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, at a gathering of respected pilots from the early days of aviation. The former air
force captain's name was Joseph A. Gervais. He was an excellent pilot who logged close to 20,000 hours of flying time during
his military career. He was a family man as well, known for his solid reputation and good character.
Joseph A. Gervais took the above 35MM photograph of Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam when he met
her on August 8, 1965. He had been researching the facts of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance for the previous five years
when he was invited to the retired aviators' annual luncheon in New York by one of Amelia Earhart's 1930s flying friends,
Viola Gentry had heard about his Amelia
Earhart research quest and asked Joseph A. Gervais to come and lecture to her club, "The Early Birds of Aviation"
about his findings. The 'Early Birds' even paid the air-fare and lodging expenses for Joseph A. Gervais and his wife and children
to make the trip from their home in Nevada. Viola Gentry was not expecting her friend, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam to attend
the luncheon that day, but she did, accompanied by her British husband, Guy Bolam. After Viola Gentry introduced Joseph A.
Gervais to Guy Bolam and Irene Craigmile Bolam at Joseph A. Gervais' request, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam acknowledged to him
that she used to "know" Amelia Earhart and that she had "often flown with her" in the 1930s.
Joseph A. Gervais found Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam curious. He found it odd he never heard
of her before since he new of most all noted pilots from the past, and he also felt she looked hauntingly similar to the way
Amelia Earhart might have looked as an older person. As well, he noticed two small items she wore at the bottom of the 'V'
on her blouse that looked to be military decorations to him; an Oak Leaf cluster signifying the rank of a Air Force Major
affixed next to a square-enameled DFC indicator pin. ['DFC' for 'Distinguished Flying Cross.'] Joseph A. Gervais knew Amelia
Earhart had been decorated with both awards before, and where he had retired from the Air Force as a Major himself, the 'piddle
oak leaf cluster' was most recognizable to him. He also noticed a certain air of importance Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam commanded
among the other club members in attendance.
So taken by Mrs. Irene
Craigmile Bolam toward the end of their conversation, Joseph A. Gervais asked if she would be willing to meet with him again
so she could recall her experiences with Amelia Earhart to him. The somewhat reluctant Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam agreed,
then hand-wrote her phone number on a business card with the name of "Irene Craigmile" printed on it, the name she
was known by before she married Englishman, Guy Bolam in 1958.
his camera at the event, before they parted ways, Joseph A. Gervais asked the Bolams if he could take
their photograph (full frame shown in black-and-white below) causing Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam to turn toward her husband
to see how he felt about the impromptu request. Joseph A. Gervais took the picture just after she turned back to politely
decline, and in the photo one can observe Guy Bolam as he finished responding to her that he, "didn't think it was a
good idea" the moment Joseph A. Gervais clicked his shutter, after which Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam politely said to
him, "I wish you hadn't done that."
Following the luncheon,
during which Joseph A. Gervais' wife, Thelma was seated next to Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, Joseph A. Gervais lectured about
his 'Amelia Earhart disappearance research' to the Early Birds crowd of about 150 people, except for that part of the event,
Mr. and Mrs. Bolam elected not to stay.
Above: The August 8, 1965 photo of Guy Bolam and Mrs. Irene
Craigmile Bolam taken by Joseph A. Gervais as it appeared in the 1970 controversial book, Amelia Earhart
1930s pilot friend, Viola Gentry with Guy Bolam on August 9, 1965, the day after Joseph A. Gervais met and took his photo
of Guy Bolam and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam. This photo was taken by Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.' [Photo
courtesy of Diana Dawes.]
Above left to right: Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, and Viola
Gentry from the New York City Mid-Week Pictorial in 1932. The photo was taken upon Amelia's return to the U.S. after
her successful Atlantic Ocean solo-flight crossing, a fete that left her the first woman to achieve what Charles Lindbergh
became the first person to do in 1927. Elinor Smith and Viola Gentry were two of Amelia's good pilot friends and fellow charter
perplexed about her after he returned to his home in Nevada, Joseph A. Gervais began looking into Mrs. Bolam's past. He
also scheduled a few times to meet with her again, and she agreed to, but each time she failed to show at the designated
time and place. Inevitably, Joseph A. Gervais never personally encountered Mrs. Bolam again after that 1965 day.
Five years after they met, Joe felt he had discerned enough lacking and otherwise contradictory
information about Mrs. Bolam to assert that his hunch was correct, where she could only be the 'somehow survived' Amelia
Earhart sporting a new identity.
Many people called Joseph
A. Gervais 'crazy' after a 1970 book publicized his belief, and Mrs. Bolam herself sued him, albeit unsuccessfully on a
personal level, with the final resolve being ten dollars of consideration exchanged by both parties. It is true that the
book's publisher, McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay Mrs. Bolam a high five figure sum, but it had nothing to do with its book
implicating her as the former Amelia Earhart. Instead, Mrs. Bolam's attorney cited the book, that was published without
Mrs. Bolam's participation or authorization, unjustifiably suggested his client was a "bigamist" and "a traitor
to her country."
After the five-year
lawsuit ended, that had included the odd stipulation, "no questions about Mrs. Bolam's existence from prior to 1937
were to be asked," as the years continued to pass the controversy over who Mrs. Bolam really was or used to be refused
to go away, and Joe's assertion that she was formerly known as 'Amelia Earhart' proved impossible to over-challenge as well.
Follow up investigators tried, but they couldn't do it. So much left Joseph A. Gervais spending the rest of his life until
he died in 2005, maintaining that he was correct about the woman he met and photographed in 1965 having been previously known
as Amelia Earhart, adding at the same time it was clearly something the general public was 'never supposed to know.'
A year after Joe's passing,
when the early forensic study results became known in Earhart research circles, the National Geographic Channel surfaced to
downplay the controversy over who Mrs. Bolam really was without offering a hard conclusion.
Ultimately, Protecting Earhart's study revealed how this same 'Mrs.
Irene Bolam' that Joseph A. Gervais photographed in 1965, seventeen years before she died in 1982, did forensically match
Amelia Earhart, and that she was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, leaving the additional deductive reasoning
to enable a basic forensic conclusion.
|Amelia under the nose of her Lockheed Electra 10E, 1937
|Different angle and look from the same series, Amelia Earhart, 1937
| Any further there is no doubt...
|...in the veracity of the Amelia/Irene head-to-toe forensic alignment
Amelia and her later-life self, Irene Bolam superimposed with each other from Protecting Earhart's forensic comparison analysis.
The head-to-toe and character trait congruences the analysis displayed outed the same individual human being going by different
names in different eras.
Above is Mrs. Irene Bolam on Merritt Island, Florida in the 1960s.
As cited above, original seven NASA astronaut, Wally Schirra mentioned how in the 1960s he was introduced to the former
Amelia Earhart (Mrs. Bolam) at Cape Canaveral that was adjacent to Merritt Island. When asked how he knew she used to be known
as Amelia he replied, "reliable people" had confided in him about who she used to be. Note the superimposed transition
below displaying her physical congruence. Amelia, seeking privacy coming out of the World War Two years, used her 1930s friend,
Irene Craigmile's left-over identity during her later life years. One can choose to believe what one will, but the forensic
truth realized in the new millennium affirmed this Mrs. Irene Bolam indeed had been previously known as Amelia Earhart. Physical
head-to-toe and character trait comparisons completely matched. In this example face, neck & shoulders align perfectly.
Continue on to observe more of the now recognized forensic reality
of Amelia Earhart's non-publicized World War Two era conversion--that left her person to be further known as the new
Irene Craigmile. Note: Since the 1970s this subdued reality was decried time and again from within the private
sector--without the general public realizing it remained forensically unresolved into the new millennium. In the
interim and to date, the U.S. justice department has never offered or expressed an opinion about Mrs. Irene Bolam's life-long
The Truth...Incredibly enough, for decades a variety of individuals
kept trying to convince the public that this now highly-recognizable reality was nothing more than a falsely purported hoax.
The new-millennium forensic analysis changed that. Anymore it is forensically
incontestable: The Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam was known as 'Amelia Earhart' in the United States prior to mid-1937.
The next quote is repeated from above, this time followed by an
"Numerous investigations foundered
on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan
an everlasting mystery." 1982
quote from the Marylin Bender, Selig Altschul 'Pan Am Airways anthology,' The Chosen Instrument
"The mystery of the 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan never existed for those who knew
what actually happened to them. "Official silence" about it led to its invention. This is correct, even though
the vast majority of people find it hard to believe." Researcher, Tod Swindell
forensic superimposed images, character trait and personality comparisons, life histories, and the multiple identities exhibited
throughout Irene-Amelia.com convey the truth about Amelia Earhart's post-loss continued existence. Those who try to convince
people otherwise, no matter how important they sound or appear to be, are simply incorrect.
Below: The privately owned club
known as "Tighar" has long claimed Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan went down in no-man's land on a desert island
hundreds of miles south of the equator where they perished as castaways. Of course, Tighar never produced any 'authentic'
evidence to support its theory because it was never true. "Nauticos" claimed the duo crashed and sank northwest
of their intended destination of Howland Island, the long preferred ending of 'let's move on' Amelia Earhart enthusisasts,
and "Chasing Earhart" promotes all theories, even the far fetched, in its effort to keep enhancing the so-called
'mystery' of Amelia Earhart's disappearance.
is only one truth about what happened to Amelia Earhart and it has been known for decades although it wasn't always as obvious
as it grew to be in the new millennium. Unfortunately, cottage industries such as Nauticos, Tighar, and Chasing
Earhart continue to promote the so-called 'Mystery of Amelia Earhart' to the public in order
to financially benefit from it. They do so by expounding on non-truthful ideas within their differing descriptions on what
might have happened to Amelia, by selling 'mystery themed' souvenirs, and by offering patronage donation
levels to support their empirical efforts. This practice really needs to stop.
These groups only continue to obfuscate what has grown to become the obvious, recognizable truth. It is time to 'get real'
about Amelia Earhart. There is no mystery when it comes to what became of her anymore and the new millennium forensic analysis
displays how and why. In lieu of individuals with pecuniary interests who keep the well deflated by now, 'Earhart mystery
football' in play, as a whole the public needs to mature when it comes to this subject matter so it can look beyond
these and other false portrayals." Researcher, Tod Swindell
The Irene-Amelia forensic equation displays the truth about what became of Amelia
Earhart. Only misleading, all-be some of them, 'important sounding individuals' try to convince people otherwise:
Note: Repeated from above, in 2006 one Dr. Alex Mandel, a Ukranian physicist
and self-proclaimed 'Amelia Earhart fanatic,' began fervently denouncing the distinct results exhibited by the Irene-Amelia
forensic analysis. He claimed a forensic detective named Kevin Richlin concluded there was no "Irene-Amelia"
controversy. Detective Richlin will tell anyone he did no such thing. Some years ago Dr. Mandel took it a step further and
self-created a "Irene Craigmile Bolam" Wikipedia page that
displays a falsely concocted portrayal of Mrs. Bolam's full life story. Dr. Mandel managed to do this by combining the
life-facts of the original Irene Craigmile before the war years--with the former Amelia Earhart's existence as
'Irene Craigmile' after the war years until she became 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' from 1958 on--up to when her passing took place
in 1982. Juxtaposed to Dr. Mandel's Wikipedia fabrication, when you look at the color photo of Mrs. Bolam on his "Irene
Craigmile Bolam" Wikipedia page, you are actually looking at the woman who was previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
"The best defense, as always,
is not to attack another's position but rather to protect the truth." Dr. Helen Schucman
"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant
Continue on to observe and read about the controversial
results of the new millennium forensic analysis that deeply
re-examined the particulars of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance, and thoroughly reviewed the life story of the indomitable,
Mrs. Irene Bolam, the self-described 'former good friend' of Amelia's who died in 1982.
The first national news mention (2002) of Tod Swindell's then-recently
embarked on forensic analysis:
(Full article below.) The first national news item in the new millennium (2002) to acknowledge the ongoing controversy over
the late Mrs. Bolam's true life-long identity. Issued by the Associated Press, Tod Swindell, mentioned in the third paragraph
down, had recently lectured to an Amelia Earhart symposium gathering at the Oakland, California Air and Space Museum. There
he discussed 'officially withheld particulars' about Amelia's flight ending and the preliminary results of the 'Irene-Amelia
forensic analysis' he had recently embarked on. Note: This article was published before the analysis forensically confirmed
there had been more than one Twentieth Century woman attributed to the same 'Irene' identity.
the late 1990s, after I first got into this I was amazed to learn there had never been a serious forensic evaluation of
Mrs. Bolam's full life story--or an in-depth analysis that compared her character traits and physical person to that of Amelia
Earhart. After she died in 1982, a so-called 'investigative news article series' about her ran for two weeks in an
east coast newspaper, but it proved to be a concocted effort that intertwined fact and fiction within its sordid attempt to
white-wash Mrs. Bolam's true past. The forensic analysis I orchestrated and participated in is authentic
and took over ten years to complete. Its findings, against the grain of conventional history, were astounding to say the
least. After consistently being shouted down by naysayers and non-believers over the years, the study's obvious conclusion
now speaks for itself." Tod Swindell, 2018
The article continues below. From above, it's worth
noting where the U.S. government's "official position" was described in the article, the U.S. government never
actually offered an official position or explanation pertaining to the Earhart-Noonan disappearance matter. "Most
likely they perished at sea" was the closest thing to any opinion ever offered or implied about their disappearance,
although specifically tracing it to a U.S. government source who was willing to stand by it as more than a passing comment
proved impossible to do.
Below: Five years
later, in 2007, right after Tod Swindell and the late Mrs. Irene Bolam's 'son,' Larry Heller executed a right to option agreement
in New York, the Arizona Republic caught wind of it. A major breakthrough had occurred when Larry Heller, at his attorney's
office in New York, identified an entirley different person to have been his late 'mother' than the Mrs. Irene Bolam who forensically
matched Amelia Earhart. Never before had people realized there was more than one person identified as the same 'Irene' with
the one who matched Amelia having surfaced in the mid-1940s from out of nowhere in the U.S., all be her with Mr. Heller's
mother's same identity applied to her. Larry Heller was born in 1934 and always maintained his mother was not
Amelia Earhart. Of course he was correct. Amelia was quite a public figure in 1934 and she certainly did not give birth
to a child that year. Yet as verified by Mr. Heller, Amelia definitely did know his biological mother in the 1930s. See more
about the "original" Irene, Mr. Heller's true mother further down.
Those unable to recognize the now obvious truth pertaining to what became of
Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937, choose to forsake the historical reality of the matter. Of no surprise, this
numer includes Dr. Thomas Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane of the Smithsonian Institution. Since the 1970s, the Smithsonian has
continually influenced the public to ignore the vastly accumulated data on Amelia's World War Two era name-changed existence,
that over time proved her post-loss continued survival as 'Irene.' Currently, the Smithsonian still influences the press and
other interested individuals not to take this recent years confirmed truth seriously, in favor of being placed
in the awkward position of having to contend with it. The Smithsonian, a 'ward' of the U.S. government, has always adhered
to the tradition of labeling Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance a 'mystery' only, and it has never strayed from
expressing that opinion in any direction.
Here, one might recall Amelia's sister, Muriel, who continued to know her sister as 'Irene' in her later-life years
when she countered, "Where such a thing were true, wouldn't it be best to leave it alone?" When Muriel said this
in the late 1960s, the truth about her sister's ongoing existence with a different name still remained well-hidden from the
Anymore though, beyond the ongoing, stodgily-expressed viewpoints about it, the reasons and factors
that long-guided this hidden reality are now plain to see and easy to come to terms with. Just as Charles Lindbergh's later
life hidden identity of 'Careu Kent' was confirmed in 2004, it's only a matter of time that the truth about Amelia's
later life changed-identity is verified to the public as well.
How Differing Theories Enhanced The Mystery
Of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance...
Eighty-one years ago, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were said
to have "vanished without a trace" while attempting to fly around the world at the equator. In subsequent
decades, the following different theories attempted to explain what happened to them:
The first theory suggested how after
missing their intended target of Howland Island and flying-on in radio silence, they eventually crashed and sank into the
Pacific Ocean at unknown coordinates.
The next theory claimed while on a secret government mission, the duo ended
up on Saipan where Japan's military took them into custody and soon after executed them for spying, or, in a Japanese-run
jail on Saipan, Fred Noonan was beheaded and Amelia Earhart, after remaining sequestered on Saipan, eventually died of medical
The next theory offered how after they aborted their attempt to locate Howland Island, the duo reversed course
and headed toward their specified 'Plan B' option of the British Gilbert Islands, but after avoiding storm squalls while doing
so they flew too far north and ended up in the lower Marshall Islands instead, where Japan's Imperial Naval Authority picked
them up and detained them.
Below is a stamp series issued by the Republic of the Marshall Islands
in 1987, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan's arrival there on July 2, 1937 and Japan's
rescue of the duo. Accordingly, approximate to the time Japan picked them up, the Sino-Japanese War began on July 7, 1937,
pitting the U.S. against Japan and exacerbating the already difficult situation the world flight team found
|The 1987 Marshall Islands Stamp Series
|Shows Earhart and Noonan's takeoff from New Guinea to their crash and retrieval at Mili Atoll
Note: Most seriously regarded by aviation history scholars,
the 'Earhart and Noonan went down in the Marshall Islands' account initially rose to prominence in 1966,
after CBS investigative journalist, Fred Goerner published his controversial Pacific Islands findings about Amelia Earhart's
flight ending in his best-selling Doubleday book, The Search For Amelia Earhart.
From 1962 to 1965, Fred Goerner made multiple trips to the Pacific region
where Earhart and Noonan went missing. He also received help and guidance from U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz, who had
been placed in charge of the Marshalls when the U.S. occupied them in 1944, and who verified to Goerner that the flying duo
ended up there in July of 1937.
Above: Fred Goerner's 1966 classic Earhart book remained on
the New York Times 'Best Seller' list for twelve straight weeks.
There were two different presented outcomes within the 'Marshall Islands' conveyance.
Fred Goerner's original 'Marshall Islands' ending suggested how after the duo was picked-up they
were incarcerated by Japan and later perished while in its custody. In 1970, however,
an updated version suggested that Earhart and Noonan were surreptitiously sequestered and 'kept safe' by Japan as the Sino-Japanese
War commenced, and they remained that way until their quiet liberation's took place toward the end of World War Two.
Along this vein as their individual stories continued, they changed their names and began new careers upon resurfacing
in the United States, thus enabling them to further live their lives out of the public eye.
Three decades after Fred Goerner's assessment took place, author Randall Brink,
who devoted over a decade to deeply evaluating both Marshall Islands scenarios, published his best selling W.W. Norton book,
Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart. Brink, whose extensive findings concurred that the duo went down in the
Marshall Islands, pragmatically left the door open to the possibility of Earhart and Noonan's private return to
the U.S., elaborating he found it hard to readily accept that Japan would have handled Amelia Earhart so recklessly since
she was a worldwide recognized 'hero' there in the 1930s, just as Babe Ruth had been.
Above: Randall Brink's 1993 book, Lost Star: The Search For
Amelia Earhart was a best seller in England and the United States.
One last more romantic suggestion that steered clear
of political controversy was introduced a few decades ago by one Richard Gillespie
and his media-hyped 'Tighar' club. It claimed the flying duo, with no mention to anyone, flew hundreds of miles south
of the equator into desert ocean territory where they ditched on a remote, uninhabited island and eventually perished as
castaways. This far-out idea has dominated media outlets and preyed on the public for financial contributions ever since it
was introduced. Thankfully, those who studied Amelia Earhart's flight ending particulars in-depth never took it seriously.
Note: Two fictional novels published in 1996 played off of this same 'desert island castaways' idea; Hidden Latitudes
by Alison Anderson, and I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn. They're both good reads but far removed from the truth
on what became of Amelia Earhart.
The following provides
a more expansive look at one of the above 'Marshall Islands' offerings.
Relative to the, 'they remained
sequestered by Japan before being liberated toward the end of the war' suggestion, that was initially postulated with
a considerable foundation in 1970, (but was left unaddressed by the U.S. justice department) a new millennium comprehensive forensic analysis thoroughly examined a never disproved assertion.
It concerned a curiously prominent woman who described herself as a 'former friend' of Amelia Earhart's. This is the same
woman was known as "Mrs. Irene Bolam" from 1958 on, until her death in 1982. Unrealized
before, the analysis discovered how the same "Mrs. Irene Bolam" surfaced in the United States from out of nowhere
in the mid-1940s known as "Irene Craigmile." Then after working as a New York bank executive for a few years and
joining the Zonta organization, she became recognized for her 'air of importance' and as a 'world traveler'
who knew a lot about England, Europe, Japan and the Orient.
In 1958, this same 'Irene Craigmile'
married one Guy Bolam of England, from then on leaving her known as "Mrs. Irene Bolam." Except in 1965, while
hob-nobbing with some of her 1930s aviation friends at a function in New York, she was caught off guard when she was recognized
by a former World War Two pilot.
While nothing certain about Fred Noonan's disposition after July 2, 1937 was
ever determined, here's more about the highly enigmatic, "Mrs. Irene Bolam" the forensic analysis discovered that
the general public never knew:
website profiles researcher, Tod Swindell's Protecting Earhart Chronicles and new millennium Irene-Amelia Forensic Analysis.
Past WGAw registrations include:
"The Lost Electra" (1997), "Redefining Earhart for the New Century" (1999), "Protecting
Earhart" (2004, 2009, 2014). United States Trademark and Copyright Office Registration Numbers: TXu 1-915-926
(2014); TXu 2-061-539 (2017)
Below: Tod Swindell quoted in the Fort Worth
Star Telegram from a 1999 review article he wrote on Max Allan Collins' well-researched historical novel, Flying Blind.
See the full article further down.
kind of witness protection program."
'Amelia Earhart lived-on and later became known as Irene' assertion, dating back to when it was first introduced in
the 1970s, the general public has been consistently influenced to the negative about it. Therefore, to many individuals
it remains a tough-fetch to grasp the reality of what the new-millennium analysis conveys. In other words, some people cannot
believe what they see with their own eyes after having bought into the notion that the assertion was proved false at some
point. The year is 2018, and the truth is the assertion about Mrs. Irene Bolam never was proved false, especially in
a forensic way, and this is why the controversy over her true past was left unresolved--until the analysis evidenced who she
used to be in no uncertain terms." Tod Swindell
People Have Been Coming To Terms With This Of Late...
For decades it was generally misperceived that the 1970s
assertion of Amelia Earhart surviving her disappearance and continuing to live her life privately in the United States beyond
the World War Two era--after changing her name in pursuit of future anonymity--was nothing more than contrived hokum.
The truth remains, though,
the assertion was deeply evaluated for years by its original purveyors before they first surfaced it in 1970, and it was never
a laughing matter.
Just the same, after introducing the assertion, those who did were strongly negated by the powerful woman,
Mrs. Irene Bolam, who they had ascertained was the living, former Amelia Earhart; a negation that in turn left their
bold suggestion the brunt of many jokes for decades to come.
Until 2006, several years into the new millennium.
That is when people first began
to realize the assertion had never been forensically disproved by way of the National Geographic Society, that began playing
the assertion down again after learning of a long-term forensic analysis that revealed new, controversial information in support
of Amelia's post World War Two, name-changed existence. It all pertained to the same enigmatic "Mrs. Bolam" who
was implicated to have been the former Amelia Earhart in the 1970s, before she died in 1982.
It is also no surprise that the Smithsonian Institution,
a 'ward' of the U.S. government, never offered supportive commentary about the never disproved claim either,
and refused to even address the forensic analysis after learning of its existence. The analysis has since become the chief
bane of Amelia Earhart cottage industries as well, that had been offering a variety of different theories in decades past
(including some outlandish ones) within their attempts to explain what really happened to Amelia Earhart on and after July
one can learn the real story on how the assertion of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two, 'private
life' existence originally surfaced. One can also observe the key, controversial findings of the long-term forensic research
and comparison analysis that surfaced revealing, controversial information about the woman in question, Mrs. Irene Bolam,
never before realized.
"When legend becomes fact,
print the legend." A newspaper publisher's line from the John Ford western, The Man Who Shot Liberty
The promoted legend about Amelia Earhart was that she "vanished
without a trace" while flying around the world in 1937, and she was "never seen again." This 'legend' about
Amelia evolved to become a commonly recognized fact, even though it was never true.
The legal truth about
Amelia Earhart is that she was declared a "missing person" after she failed to arrive at Howland Island on July
2, 1937, and after extensive attempts to locate her failed, she was declared "dead in absentia" a year and a half
later in January of 1939. Still, said 'declaration' was deemed premature by many people tracking the oncoming war, who felt
Amelia had been surreptitiously detained by Japan.
In The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, the 'legend' referred to in the above quote concerned
a lawyer in the movie by the name of Ransom Stoddard, who eventually became a U.S. Senator. Many years
before he became a Senator, Ransom Stoddard was heroically credited for having shot-and-killed an old-west notorious outlaw,
'Liberty Valance' who had challenged him to a duel. But it wasn't true. A rancher-cowboy named Tom Doniphon actually did the
deed from a dark alley to protect Stoddard. Even so, when a newspaper publisher learned this truth from Senator Stoddard years
later after Tom Doniphon died, he chose to stick with the legend that credited the senator for the famous kill, that had evolved
to become regarded as 'fact' over the years by the general public.
When 'legends' do
segue into being recognized as 'facts' sometimes it is more convenient to leave them alone posterity wise. While in the new
millennium it became "forensically recognizable" that Amelia Earhart privately survived World War Two and changed
her name to 'Irene' with endorsements from the U.S. executive branch and its justice department, and that she continued to
live that way until she died in 1982, the legendary fact adhered to still remained:
Earhart vanished without a trace in 1937 and she was never seen again.
This is still the
most commonly accepted 'fact' on what happened to Amelia Earhart, even though in the new millennium it grew clear that
it was never true.
When It Comes To The Learned Forensic Truth About Amelia Earhart,
The Smithsonian's Hands Remain Tied...
the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, currently headed by the esteemed Dr. David J. Skorton, the objective ever
since the Amelia became Irene assertion first surfaced in the 1970s has always remained:
Steer the news media and the public away from seriously considering it. Dr. Thomas Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane
at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum remain in league with this decades-old credo, even in lieu of the new millennium forensic analysis that blatantly displays the reality of Amelia Earhart's post
World War Two existence with a different name.
As a ward of the U.S. government, though, the Smithsonian has long found itself in a tough spot there,
for the U.S. government itself has never been pressed into seriously addressing the matter.
This still does not diminish what the new millennium analysis displays within
its physical head-to-toe, personal background, and character trait comparisons. That is, in the past decade alone the forensic truth about what became of Amelia Earhart
after she went missing in 1937, grew to become both logistically
and visibly obvious at the same time.
The Smithsonian's ongoing obligatory stance to Uncle Sam notwithstanding, when
it comes to the unheralded reality of how Amelia Earhart became known as 'Irene' in her later life years, the
forensic truth story began with a real person Amelia was acquainted with in the 1930s, a little-known female pilot by
the name of, "Irene Craigmile."
|The original Irene Craigmile, 1932
The New Millennium 'Irene-Amelia Forensic Comparison Analysis' Was Deemed 'Essential'
The new millennium Irene-Amelia forensic analysis was deemed
essential because the decades old controversy over Mrs. Irene Bolam's full life story was never resolved.
As well, since the 1980s
Amelia Earhart mystery solving clubs have peddled some misguided 'solutions' to the public while seeking donations
to aid their seemingly plausible, all be them, incorrectly based calculations. Add to this how for years now people
have promulgated fake news information to the public about the Irene controversy by suggesting a forensic detective
named Kevin Richlin, who briefly appeared in a 2006 National Geographic special, had at long last 'proved' that the Mrs. Irene
Bolam in question since the 1970s was never known as Amelia Earhart. In response to this, Detective Richlin has and will continue
to tell anyone he did no such thing.
For these reasons and more, the new millennium Irene-Amelia forensic analysis
definitely was needed. The study marked the first ever to comprehensively compare the historically enigmatic, Mrs.
Irene Bolam to Amelia Earhart. The analysis was long overdue as a variety of reputable 'Earhart educated' individuals who
looked into Mrs. Bolam's background in the latter part of the Twentieth Century, ended up voicing a common opinion stating
Mrs. Bolam most definitely had been previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Over the years four authors of nationally
published, non-fiction Amelia Earhart books declared the same thing, and they could not be over-challenged either.
study's results showed how all of the people over the years who professed that Amelia Earhart chose to privately live the
latter part of her life in the U.S. known as 'Irene' were not only justified to feel the way they did, but they were undeniably
correct as well. Below are some of the early superimposed facial-comparison results:
The same human being, different names, different eras. As hard as it is
to believe, it's that simple to explain.
Below: Best selling author, Max Allan Collins, who wrote The
Road to Perdition that went on to become a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks, deeply researched Amelia Earhart's
disappearance in order to write his 1998 historical novel, Flying Blind. Next to the book image find Tod Swindell's
review of Flying Blind that appeared in the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Below middle, Mrs. Irene Bolam
Shown at her November of 1970 press conference
that she attended unaccompanied and where she, 'handled the press like a pro.' Necessarily, she denied she was Amelia
Earhart in the present tense even though she used to be the famous pilot known by that name.
Mrs. Bolam's lawsuit against publisher McGraw-Hill, Joseph A. Gervais, and Joe Klaas that concluded with a summary judgement dragged on for five years. This
artlcle was published four years into it in 1974, on Amelia's 77th birthday. The article headline pretty much says it all,
although people did not seem to appreciate the significance of years passing by without a final resolve being reached as to
whether Mrs. Bolam was or was not
previously known as "Amelia Earhart." This is because she did not sue those mentioned above for implicating her
to have been previously known as Amelia Earhart. Instead, she sued for defamation pertaining to what she felt had been 'image
and reputation damaging information' expressed about her in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives.
While the book, Amelia Earhart Lives, that Mrs. Bolam had not cooperated
with the writing of, truly was chocked with some far-out ideas and suggestions, at the same time it managed to correctly implicate
Mrs. Bolam to have been the former Amelia Earhart living with a different name. This was always so, even in the face of her
stern, present-tense denial where she told the press, "I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart." Note:
In a tongue-in-cheek perceived way it can be said her present tense denial was true, as she had been openly living as 'Irene'
for decades when she offered it. Add to this how after she died in 1982, her later life close-friend, Monsignor James Francis
Kelley once remarked, "At times it seemed she barely recognized herself for who she used to be," indicating how
removed she had become in her later years from the former life she led as the famous Amelia Earhart. In 1991, during a tape
recorded interview, Monsignor Kelley confirmed his late friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam had previously been known as Amelia Earhart
just as he had done to select individuals before then. He further acknowledged he had helped with Amelia's 'private' return
to the U.S. and that he had been instrumental with her name change to 'Irene.' See the 'Monsignor Kelley' page link in the
upper left blue column for more.
"God, the world hounded that woman after she became famous."
A quote from famous pilot, Jackie Cochran, recalling her friend, Amelia Earhart. Jackie also mentioned that during the year
Amelia was prepping for her world flight she was "closer to Amelia than anyone else, even her husband, George Putnam."
Jackie's husband, Floyd Odlum helped finance Amelia's 1937 world flight effort.
November, 1970, the former Amelia Earhart, AKA Mrs. Irene Bolam,
ready to take on the press in order to preserve her dignity and the legacy of who she used to be.
"I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart."
Mrs. Irene Bolam was convincing when she stated this at her press conference in response to the assertion made by former Air
Force captain, Joseph A. Gervais, featured in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives (shown above in the foreground.) Although
her present-tense denial was accepted then, decades later a thorough analysis of her background revealed she appeared nowhere
as 'Irene" prior to the mid-1940s, because she indeed had been previously been known as the famous pilot, Amelia Earhart.
Below: Some opinions expressed by Mrs.
Irene Bolam's legally recognized son who had been asked 'not to attend' the press conference' his mother held in 1970...
Above, a clip from the 1982 New Jersey News Tribune
series about Mrs. Irene Bolam that ran a few months after she died. Here, Mr. Heller's wife, Joan expressed her doubts about
her mother-in-law's true life-long identity. Another article in the series described how Mr. Heller had requested to be allowed
to get his mother's fingerprints (that he later confirmed he did attempt to do) from Rutgers Medical School in New Jersey
where she had donated her remains, but "permission was denied." A follow-up communication with Rutgers generated
a reply stating how Mrs. Bolam was subsequently "cremated" and her ashes were interned in a "common, unmarked
|Photo of Larry Heller that appeared in the Tribune series.
This particular article, one of many that appeared
over the course of a two week span in October of 1982, was revealing of how the contorversy over Larry Heller's mother's identity
never went away. Robert Myers, who is mentioned above, had met Amelia a few times in the mid-1930s in California, and he also
met the Mrs. Irene Bolam in question decades later and swore from that time on, based on what she had privately conveyed to
him, that she had been previously known as Amelia Earhart. Initially Larry Heller was taken aback by Mr. Myers' suggestion
about his mother, until he and his wife, Joan began questioning her true past as well.
In 2006, Tod Swindell, curious as to
why no one ever pressed Larry Heller further about his late mother's life-long identity, met twice with Mr. Heller in New
York. Below is an abbreviated account of what transpired during the second meeting at the Manhattan office of Mr. Heller's
In 2006, Tod Swindell engaged the 1934 born 'legally
recognized son' of Mrs. Irene Bolam, Mr. Larry Heller, with an agreement assigning Mr. Swindell the exclusive right to option
Mr. Heller's version of his mother's life story. Mr. Heller received financial remuneration from Mr. Swindell in exchange
for his signing the agreement. Shortly after the deal was struck, at his attorney's office in New York City on April 6 of
that year, Mr. Heller positively identified the woman below in both younger and older forms as his "late mother."
His ID placement revealed a serious conflict, for the woman Mr. Heller identified as his "mother" was not the same
Mrs. Irene Bolam who the forensic analysis unveiled as the 'former' Amelia Earhart. This was a major breakthrough, especially
where Mr. Heller also confirmed how his mother and her aunt, I. R. O'Crowley, (who had raised his mother from the time she
was twelve) had both known Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. As it turned out, unknown to the public, the 'mother' who Mr. Heller
identified below and the former Amelia Earhart had the same 'Irene' identity attributed to them after the World War
Two era. See more about this directly beneath the photographs.
On The Evolution of Truth
"All truth passes through three stages. First,
it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur Schopenhauer
On Preventing the Discovery of
"The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively
by preconcieved opinion and prejudice." Arthur
Previewing The Monsignor Kelley-Amelia Earhart Connection
Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996)
"Amelia Earhart was Irene Bolam?" Father Kelley: "That's right, yes." USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck
(Ret.) asks former Seton Hall College president, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, who replies about his late close friend,
Mrs. Irene Bolam. [Excerpted from a 1991 tape recorded conversation between the two.]
A decade earlier, after Mrs. Bolam's passing took place
in 1982, Monsignor Kelley had responded to questions from the press about the ongoing suspicion of her 'past dual identity'
in the following manner:
Monsignor James Francis Kelley introduces LPGA
golfer, Janey Blalock to Pope Paul VI
Monsignor Kelley with then New Jersey Governor
Brendan Byrne and his wife, Jean; Commissioner of Baseball Bowie Kuhn and his wife, Luisa; and the LPGA's, Sandra Palmer
Monsignor Kelley with First Lady Betty Ford and
|The former Amelia Earhart, 1976
|Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the former Amelia Earhart, 1980
Above left is the former
Amelia Earhart in Jamaica, 1976. Above right, the former Amelia Earhart with her later-life close friend, Monsignor James
Francis Kelley of Rumson, New Jersey. Monsignor Kelley came from a wealthy background and owned properties in the U.S. Virgin
Islands and Jamaica. As 'Irene' the former Amelia Earhart was known to visit him at both places, especially the Monsignor's
beautiful home on St. Croix, U.S.V.I. Monsignor Kelley was the President of Seton Hall College from 1936 to 1949 and
was largely credited for its 1950 conversion into a major university. In 1979, for the first time on record, Monsignor Kelley
described to his good friend, Donald Dekoster, an auto industry executive, that he had helped with Amelia's quiet return to
the U.S. after VJ Day and he had been "instrumental" with her name change to 'Irene.' He added that he had served
as her "psychiatric priest" as well. [Monsignor Kelley held doctoral degrees Psychology and Philosophy.] The former
Amelia Earhart was initially known as 'Irene Craigmile' after the war until she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958, who
oversaw the operation of Radio Luxembourg. Guy died in 1970, at which time the former Amelia Earhart took over as the corporate
president of Radio Luxembourg.
Tod Swindell decided to do one, no one had ever conducted a serious forensic analysis of Joesph A. Gervais' controversial
assertion about Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's past.
On Brutal Honesty
In her 1986 autobiography, One More Time, Carol Burnett wrote of Tod
Swindell's father, newspaper journalist and author, Larry Swindell, how beyond being one of her "best friends" at
UCLA, "Larry was one of the most brilliant people I had ever met. He was always brutally honest with me, and I didn't
dare ask him what he thought of one of my performances on campus unless I really wanted to know."
Consider Tod Swindell's own 'brutally honest' conveyance
about Amelia Earhart as something that emanated from 'a chip off the old block.'
Larry Swindell, Carol Burnett, and 'Apple Annie' DeNeut in Eagle Rock, California, 1984. It was Larry Swindell who came up
with the catchphrase term, "Protecting Earhart." In the late 1990s, Carol Burnett's company, Kalola became interested
in Tod Swindell's collaboration with best-selling Amelia Earhart author, Randall Brink. Kalola travelled three representatives
to Las Vegas where Tod introduced them to famous Earhart historian, Joe Gervais, who Randall Brink knew well and had worked
with for over a decade. Ninety Nines' member, Margaret Mead was one of the Kalola reps who attended the meeting, and she soon
after found herself heading to the Marshall Islands to participate in an expedition with Joe Gervais and a few other Earhart
mystery devotees. Kalola ultimately decided the controversial nature of Amelia Earhart's old missing person case was
not a good fit for a company that generally pursued non-controversial subject matters. Carol Burnett is an iconic 'Earhart-like
figure' herself though, having blazed her own trail to become the first woman to host a prime time musical variety series
on major network television.
Click on the photo below to go to The
True Story Of Amelia Earhart By Tod Swindell.
|Image credit: Sir Charles Cary
Below: Nuclear Physicist and Status-Quo Amelia Earhart Devotee,
Dr. Alex Mandel
|Dr. Alex Mandel
important observation worth sharing: There exists a contingency of individuals who do prefer for the new millennium
realized-truth about Amelia Earhart's post-war existence as 'Irene' to not become publicly recognized and accepted. High
profile inclusions are Dr. Thomas Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. The National
Geographic Society, also based in Washington DC, has always followed the lead of the Smithsonian Institution that has existed
as a 'ward' of the U.S. government ever since it was founded. Another example is one Dr. Alex Mandel, a Ukranian Physicist and self-proclaimed "Amelia
Earhart fanatic" who upon learning of the forensic analysis results soon after concocted an "Irene
Craigmile Bolam" Wikipedia page that combined the pre-World War Two life facts of the original Irene Craigmile with
the post World War Two existence of the former Amelia Earhart when she was known as "Irene." Dr. Mandel did such
a thing in order to make both individuals appear as the same life-long human being. Such illicit activity abets Dr. Mandel's
identifiable disinformation effort he employs to obfuscate Amelia's post-war existence as Irene, while supporting the foundation
of the adage; "Don't believe everything you read on the public information supplied Wikipedia site." Just know
when you look at the 'Irene Bolam' photo that Dr. Mandel supplied for his Wikipedia page, that he is known for monitoring
and editing-out contributions from supporters of the Irene-Amelia forensic truth, while the text about Mrs. Irene Craigmile
Bolam that Dr. Mandel provided is no less than a sham, you are looking at a 1970s picture of the former Amelia Earhart accompanying
it. This reality has now been made clear in no-uncertain terms by way of Tod Swindell's New Millennium Forensic Analysis.
About Tod Swindell
Born in Yonkers, New York, Tod Evan Swindell was raised in Southern
California and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A Cinema Arts graduate of the University of Arizona, his
deep interest in Amelia Earhart's disappearance began
to grow in the early 1990s when he was researching stories for the CBS TV series, 'Miracles and Other Wonders' hosted
by Darren McGavin. The show's premise was later spun into, 'Encounters of the Unexplained' hosted by Jerry Orbach,
that featured some of Tod's original research in an episode devoted to Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. A veteran of the motion picture industry, beyond specializing in the research and development of
film properties, Tod has also served as a part-time journalist with published articles on the subjects of sports and pop-culture. His major production work began with Universal's Desperado
westerns for NBC, Executive Produced by Walter and Andrew Mirisch. For several years he made MOW's around the country for
Desperado Films, Inc., eventually serving as its corporate President while also heading its story rights acquisition division.
His producer credits include The Woman in the Moon, The Legend of the Phantom Rider, Ghost Rock,
and Spin. Credits on numerous other productions include Geronimo, Major League, Six Days and
Seven Nights, and Tin Cup. His past TV series work includes The Young Riders, Legend, The Game,
and The Magnificent Seven. Tod controls the registered copryrights on all of his Amelia Earhart intellectual properties
and his originally conceived and executed Irene-Amelia forensic analysis. He also owns the rights to the
Grizzly Adams trademarked brand and its various intellectual properties. He is the son of Texas Literary Hall of Fame
member, Larry Swindell and former Equity Theater actress, the late Eleanor Eby. His grandfather, Earl Eby was co-head of
Lux Television Studios in the 1950s. Tod is married to his Aether Pictures, LLC production partner, Julie Magnuson Swindell.
The two split time between their residences in Los Angeles and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.