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The 1997-2017 Swindell Study examined Amelia Earhart's disappearance in a different way than previous efforts--and its results upset the 'Earhart History' applecart. The following previews an upcoming documentary about it.


The person above was no 'ordinary housewife.'
She wasn't the original Irene Craigmile either,
although she used name after World War Two.


Above: Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile, who was twenty-seven at the time and not yet a licensed pilot, appeared in this Akron, Ohio newspaper photo on September 1, 1932. The original Irene was never famous and did did not begin taking flying lessons until a month after the photo was taken. Her husband, Charles James Craigmile, had died the previous year at the age of forty. (See below.) The original Irene Craigmile is shown between pilots Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz. Amelia, shown on the auto running board between pilots Dorothy Leh and Abbie Dill, later assumed the left-over identity of Irene Craigmile in order to live a non-public life in the United States after World War Two. This is an old conveyance that has grown to become obvious in recent years thanks to The Swindell Study. Most people, due to media distortion caused by a variety of false 'Earhart mystery solving claims' still have a hard time believing it.


Above: Shown in 1930, left-to-right are Charles James Craigmile, age 39, his wife, the original Irene Craigmile, age 26, and Irene's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. Both Charles Craigmile and the original Irene Craigmile died at separate times before World War Two began. While Charles' death is a matter of public record, the record of the original Irene Craigmile's death was expunged to make it availible for Amelia's post-war use. The original Irene Craigmile left a son behind from a second '1933' marriage who ended up being raised by a surrogate mother. Below, the original Irene's image is contrast enhanced:


Below: The original Irene's husband, Charles James Craigmile, is the last name listed in a September 22, 1931 Detroit, Michigan obituary. As the story went, while on a road trip after visiting his parents in Rantoul, Illinois, Charles died from an appendicitis attack he failed to recognize. His listed Detroit address, however, skims the surface of a more complex reality. Amelia Earhart was a good Zonta organization friend of the original Irene's attorney-aunt when Charles Craigmile died, and Amelia and Viola Gentry ended up taking the bereaved young widow under their common wing to help her become a pilot, hoping to lift her spirits in the process.




"Amelia Earhart was far more important to
world history than people realize. The story of
her post-war years is well protected." Tod Swindell


    Amelia       Amelia as Irene


Amelia as Irene

Today, people who still believe Amelia Earhart died "on or around July 2, 1937," (the fateful day she was declared 'missing') do not realize how history conditioned them to accept such a thing. The truth, as hard to believe as it is, has always been that Amelia survived her disappearance, in time changed her name, and she lived for decades that way after World War Two.  


Tod Swindell

"Five years into my Study, regarding the Associated Press article lead-in below, it's ridiculous how printed news media sometimes works. The point being, I never told Ron Staton that I believed Amelia Earhart, ""survived a crash landing in the Marshall Islands, was captured by the Japanese and secretly repatriated, living as a New Jersey housewife."" Those were his words, not mine. While I've always respected the plausibility of Japan's quiet, temporary stewardship of Amelia Earhart after she went missing, when Ron Staton asked me what I thought happened to Amelia, all I told him was I believed she survived and in due time changed her name to 'Irene Craigmile.' I never called her 'a New Jersey housewife,' nor did we discuss how Amelia might have ended up in Japan's care or how she made it back to the United States. In fact, I barely spoke to him. Not to leave out, the person she became in her later-life years was no ordinary housewife. For instance, in the 1970s she was President of the Advertising Division for Radio Luxembourg--that sported the most powerful broadcasting tower in Europe." Tod Swindell



"The forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." From an Associated Press article, John Bolam, Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived brother in law, refers to Tod Swindell's then in-progress analysis of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and 'missing person' case.

'Want to derail the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937? Tell people that she lived-on and became a New Jersey housewife--and they'll find it too ridiculous to believe. This has always worked. The national press circuit has been encouraged to repeat it since the 1970s.

On the other hand, here's some real, less reported information that concerned what actually happened to Amelia Earhart on July 2, 1937--and what became of her as a result:

In the mid-1960s, something amazing about Amelia Earhart surfaced. It began making news headlines in 1970, until the public was persuaded not to believe it. Except what surfaced then never went away--because it was true.


The 1997-2017 Swindell Study and the advent of Digital Face Recognition displayed the reality of it.


Above: The post-World War Two only, Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam). Whether or not people want to believe it is up to them, but this person truly was, formerly known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'



In 1932, Amelia Earhart, (shown above) became the first female pilot to solo a plane across the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, and only the second person to do it since Charles Lindbergh. In the following years, along with her new friend, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia was listed among the most famous women in the world, a status she maintained until she was declared 'missing' in 1937. 


Above, Digital Face Recognition revealed Amelia Earhart and the post-war only, Irene Craigmile (Bolam) to be in perfect alignment. It is worth emphasizing here, the Irene in this comparison was identified nowhere as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two.


Amelia Earhart, age 39 in 1937. She was declared 'missing' three weeks shy of her 40th birthday. 


Above, a Digital Face Recognition program matched Amelia Earhart's 1937 image (left) to a 1965 photo (below) of the post-World War Two only, 'Irene Craigmile.' The 1965 photo appeared in a controversial book about Amelia that ended up being sardonically vilified before it was withdrawn by its publisher, McGraw-Hill.



As initiated by the Study results, Digital Face Recognition went on to confirm face template congruences between all 1930s Amelia Earhart photos that were compared to photos of the post-World War Two only, Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam.) The 'post-war only' Irene photo used in the above comparison was taken in the mid-1970s. Note her familiar wings, pearls, and broad white collar.



Amelia Earhart



With Amelia's and the post-war only Irene's head-to-toe physical beings and character traits, The Swindell Study realized a complete match.




The post-World War Two only, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam


The Following Bullet Points Condense The Human Comparison Results Of The Swindell Study:
1.) There was more than one person attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' identity.
2.) According to Digital Face Recognition and other full-body and character trait comparisons, one of the Irene's, who was identified nowhere as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two, displayed a complete human being congruence to Amelia Earhart.
3.) Amelia Earhart was acquainted with the original Irene Craigmile in the 1930s, a once fledgling pilot who did not look like Amelia.
4.) A thorough evaluation of the comparison analysis and all other gathered evidence, enabled logic and deductive reasoning to equate the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile (Bolam) as having been the former Amelia Earhart.
5.) Where historical obfuscation left it difficult for people to recognize Amelia Earhart's continued existence after she went missing--and then later becoming known as 'Irene,' the Study delivered it to any further exist as an obvious reality.  
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"It would be awful to make it public." Part of an official White House transcript, this comment made by FDR staffer, Stephen Gibbons, pertained to information the White House knew about Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight outcome the general public remained unaware of--that left Amelia classified as 'a missing person.' The statement was recorded nine months after Amelia was said to have disappeared without a trace
"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Washington leaving the fate of Amelia Earhart an everlasting mystery." Part of aviation historians, Marilyn Bender and Selig Altschul's evaluation of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. From their 1982 book, The Chosen Instrument.
In 1997, fifteen years after Bender and Altschul's above observation was made, The Swindell Study commenced with its own in-depth analysis of Amelia Earhart's dated 'disappearance' and 'missing person' case. The results follow:

How the truth about Amelia Earhart initially surfaced before it was swiftly shouted down:
In 1965, a retired USAF Major met the woman above at a New York gathering of well known pilots from the golden age of aviation. He thought she looked hauntingly familiar to him and found the air of importance she commanded curious because he'd never heard of her before--so he decided to look into her past. He astonished himself when he figured out who she was, or used to be. Except the woman became very angry when he publicly asserted his realization. She dogmatically decried it as well--leaving the  the retired air force major to become a subject of ridicule. He was still certain he was correct, though, and he lived the remainder of his days professing he was until he died in 2005. The USAF Major's name was Joseph A. Gervais, (1924-2005) a decorated pilot who had served in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam.
Here's the rest of the story...


Above: The former Amelia Earhart, living as 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' in November of 1970, was caught off guard by a new book inspired by the investigative research of Joseph A. Gervais. She had no choice but to publicly flat-out deny who she used to be then. She also waged a defamation lawsuit after her press conference that dragged on for five years. While her lawyer cited some inaccurate statements in the book she felt were damaging to her reputation, she never proved that she was not the former Amelia Earhart, and eventually settled with Joseph A. Gervais by exchanging ten dollars of consideration with him. Publisher McGraw-Hill paid her $60,000 for some inaccurate statements contained in the book, including one that implied she was a potential bigamist and another that suggested she was a possible traitor to her country. Below, in July of 1974, veiled by the Watergate scandal and President Nixon's resignation that took place two weeks later, few noticed that the four-year-old by then assertion stating Mrs. Bolam was the former Amelia Earhart was being referred to as, "still up in the air" by the press. Today, thanks to proper historification and a long overdue forensic comparison analysis, it is obvious anymore that Amelia survived her 1937 disappearance and went on to become known as "Irene Craigmile" and then "Irene Bolam" after she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958.    



Amelia Earhart, age 39 in 1937


Amelia & post-WWII Irene


Post-WWII Irene, 1965
Photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais


Bill Prymak, former president
of the 'Amelia Earhart Society'


Collaborators Tod Swindell and
Joseph A. Gervais in 2002

In 2004, Bill Prymak, the 1989 founding president of the Amelia Earhart Society, referred to retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais as, "A World War Two flying hero who is recognized as the world's leading authority regarding the subject of Amelia Earhart's disappearance."
Continue on to learn about the 1960s-to-1980s investigative research of Joseph A. Gervais--and what his decade-long collaboration with The Swindell Study determined and revealed about it.

"After watching some video and reviewing the manuscript of Tod Swindell, I think Joe Gervais was right." Stateside New Zealand Journalist, Rosalea Barker, agreeing with the findings of the Gervais-Swindell collaboration.

Bill Prymak's comment about Joseph A. Gervais may beg one to wonder why Gervais is hardly recalled today(?) For according to Prymak and most all other Earhart aficionados, it was Joseph A. Gervais who examined the circumstances surrounding Amelia Earhart's 'disappearance' and 'missing person case' more comprehensively than anyone else ever did.

The 1997-2017 Swindell Study learned the answer: In 1970, without fully realizing what the fallout of it would be, Joseph A. Gervais exposed a concealed, high-level truth about Amelia Earhart he discovered in 1965; that Amelia had quietly survived after she went missing in 1937, and in time ended up changing her name.

Except, no one was ever supposed to know this.

While the discovery Gervais made exists today as an easy to observe reality, it was categorically rejected after he tried to go public with it those years ago, and Joseph A. Gervais was shunned (for lack of a better word) by official U.S. historians as well--and this is why few people recall him today.

The Swindell Study managed to present an objective, realistic look at the hushed, truthful discovery Joseph A. Gervais made those years ago--and by combining decades of in-depth investigative research with new technology, it delivered the reality of it in no uncertain terms.

Many who are reading this right now are shaking their heads and saying to themselves:

"Not true, Amelia died when she went down in the ocean." Or... "What about that desert island Amelia was said to have died on?"

Except, did Amelia die as a result of her plane going down in the ocean? Did she die on a desert island?

It's worth noting how no real evidence of either of these things happening to Amelia Earhart ever existed.

In the meantime, over the years scores of people who lived in the region Amelia went missing in--or who visited it at some point--relayed a different story. Their number included U.S. soldiers and officers who served in the Pacific theater during World War Two. What they commonly described about Amelia's actual fate was that she did not die by way of crashing her plane into the ocean--nor did she die after suffering as a castaway on a desert island.

Rather, they expressed how within days after Amelia was declared 'missing' her rescue had quietly taken place during the July-1937 onset of the Sino-Japanese War.




Above, a Republic of the Marshall Islands 50th anniversary commemorative stamp (issued in 1987) showing the rescue of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan--and the retrieval of Amelia's Lockheed Electra from a land spit in the far lower Marshall Islands.



Above, in 2002 the Associated Press ran a story that featured the Marshall Islands Ambassador to the United Nations' expressed opinion about the true fate of Amelia Earhart. Ambassador Capelle mentioned how ever since the World War Two era it had remained "common knowledge" in his country that Amelia ended up there in 1937. Few people noticed the article or seemed to care much about it if they did. A new tabloid-like story had recently surfaced at the time--that began dominating Earhart mystery headlines. It suggested Amelia had made it to a barren island far south of the equator and died there, leaving her remains to be consumed by giant crabs.
Inauthentic as they may be, false platitudes akin to the the macabre desert island story always managed to spark more public interest when it came to ideas that attempted to account for Amelia Earhart's actual fate. At the same time, substantiated conveyances, such as Ambassador Capelle's, never received much attention.
It is worth noting hoa Ambassador Capelle's understanding of Amelia's flight ending was based on firm historical roots. For instance, beyond it being recognized as 'common knowledge' among the Marshallese people that Amelia ended up there, in 1965, Admiral Chester Nimitz, the commander of the U.S. Pacific fleet during World War Two who was put in charge of the Marshall Islands after the U.S. occupied it in 1944, outright admitted to CBS radio journalist, Fred Goerner, that it had quietly been, "known and documented in Washington" that Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, "went down in the Marshall Islands and were picked up there by Japan." 
Here's another example substantiated years after it first surfaced in 1938: 



The above article appeared in a May 25, 1938 issue of Pacific Islands Monthly magazine. The credited writer was Rev. Carl Heine of the Marshall Islands. Rev. Heine died early on during the World War Two conflict. Attorney John Heine, a distant relative and early 1960s Marshall Islands diplomat, (Heine being a common surname in the Marshalls; the current Marshall Islands President is Hilda Heine) was unaware of the article when he described to author, Randall Brink, how in 1937, he and his brother, Dwight, had helped off-load Amelia's wing-damaged plane from a Japanese Naval ship at Taroa Island in the Marshalls, while understanding that the plane's pilots, "a man and a woman" remained on board the ship at the time. It so happens Taroa is situated fairly adjacent to Maloelap Atoll.

Indications had it that Amelia was billeted at Maloelap for awhile before she was transferred to Saipan, and then later to Japan itself. [Within that mix, a false rumor later arose saying Amelia had been executed by Japan on Saipan--supposedly for spying on its installations.]

It is worth noting as well, at the time of the date on the letter, November of 1937, Amelia's office at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where the unclaimed letter was mailed from, was still being maintained by her husband, G.P. Putnam, with Amelia's secretary, Margot DeCarrie, keeping hours there. That is not to say either one of them wrote or mailed the unclaimed letter; if either did they never mentioned it. The letter may have been sent by a resident neighbor at the hotel who had known Amelia from there, and it may not have been the first and only letter mailed to Amelia at Maloelap--where the tone of the address seemed personal and familiar.



"Dear Mr. President..."
Over the years, countless letters have been written to the Oval Office requesting information about Amelia Earhart's true fate, only to receive placating, 'no information here' replies. One thing is certain, however, as notated directly below, from early on the White House did withhold pertinent information it was aware of that concerned the true fate of Amelia Earhart.


Above: President Franklin D. Roosevelt with long-time family friend and his administration's Secretary of the Treasury, Henry P. Morgenthau, Jr.

"I hope I've just got to never make it public." "Amelia Earhart absolutely disregarded all orders." Quotes from an official White House transcript recorded nine months after Amelia Earhart went missing. The comments were made by Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. in response to a request forwarded his way by Eleanor Roosevelt--pertaining to what actually happened to her missing friend, Amelia.


Amelia Earhart was a recognized pacifist before she went missing.

Her male counterpart, Charles Lindbergh, had been an outspoken isolationist leading up to World War Two as well, and he fell out of favor of President Franklin Roosevelt's administration that way. Later, from the 1950s to the 1970s, while serving his country under the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations, Lindbergh led a double life in Europe using the alias of, 'Careu Kent.' 

Beyond being a pacifist, Amelia Earhart was a very smart person who was known to stubbornly hold her ground if she deemed it necessary... and she eventually paid a price for having those character attributes.

Yet through it all, she continued to quietly exist on her own terms for many years after she was declared 'a missing person.' At the same time, she fully recognized that the person she used to be, Amelia Earhart, had been declared 'dead in absentia' in January of 1939, and that was never to change.



Long time FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, shown above, personally commandeered the World War Two FBI file on Amelia Earhart. Throughout the war, reports of Amelia's continued survival overseas kept surfacing from U.S. military sources that were funneled directly to Hoover, who kept them in his charge. The FBI's war-time file on Amelia Earhart was not released until after the FOIA, and it was only partially done so with names and places blacked out. Below is a sample page extracted from the file dated December 27, 1944. Note toward the bottom the quoted statement of a Japanese intelligence officer about Amelia, "Don't worry about her well being. She is perfectly all right." In the last paragraph find the quote of "various Japanese guards" having "stated they had heard her (Earhart) over Japanese radio, others that they had seen her in Tokyo, and still others that they had heard she was alive and in Tokyo." Add to this to Admiral Chester Nimitz admitting in 1965 that it was quietly, "known and documented in Washington" that Amelia Earhart had been rescued by Japan. This information was later corroborated by Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a well known priest who in the late 1980s and early 1990s confided to various individuals that his later life friend, Irene, was actually the former Amelia Earhart--with a different name applied to her person after World War Two. (See photos of Monsignor Kelley underneath the document and read more about him further down and throughout The Swindell Study.)          


Below find separate photographs featuring Monsignor Kelley with J. Edgar Hoover and Admiral Nimitz: 


Standing left to right; J. Edgar Hoover, Monsignor Kelley, and Archbishop Thomas Walsh. In November of 1945, Monsignor Kelley received a citation from J. Edgar Hoover for assistance rendered during the war years to the Internal Security of the Nation through the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States Department of Justice. In the late 1980s, Monsignor Kelley began disclosing to people that he helped Amelia Earhart with spiritual counseling after the war, and that he had been instrumental with her name change to 'Irene.' Kelley died in 1996. He was called 'crazy' by people who refused to believe what he said about his later life friend, Irene. 


Left to right; Admiral Chester Nimitz, Monsignor Kelley, Senator Al Hawkes


Monsignor Kelley next to a bust of himself commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute.

"FDR's administration eventually left J. Edgar Hoover's fingerprints all over Amelia Earhart's private survival and her later name-change to Irene." Joseph A. Gervais

"Amelia Earhart's hidden world flight outcome resulted in the most absurdly fake accounts ever compiled--that somehow ended up being presented as 'newsworthy' information. The old Nikumaroro bones' story merely exists as one of them." Tod Swindell


Senator Hiram Bingham and Amelia Earhart


Amelia and the post-WWII only Irene Craigmile (Bolam).

Recognizing the plurality of Amelia Earhart's 1930s acquaintance, Irene Craigmile, is the key to understanding what was learned about Amelia in the 1960s.


Once again, the above September 1, 1932 Akron, Ohio newspaper photo features Amelia Earhart (outlined in white) and the original Irene Craigmile, (outlined in black) who was not yet a licensed pilot.

The photo was taken just a few months after Amelia became the first woman to solo a plane across the Atlantic Ocean, and just a week after she became the first woman to solo a plane coast-to-coast by flying from Los Angeles, California to Newark, New Jersey.

As mentioned, in 1931, just a year before this photo was taken the original Irene Craigmile's husband, Charles James Craigmile, had tragically died. 


As it turned out there was more than one person attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity, so... Will the real 'Irene Craigmile' please stand up?

"One will not find a high-resolution photograph showing the original Irene Craigmile as she looked in the 1920s and 1930s. They don't exist in the public realm anymore. 'Haven't for a long time." Tod Swindell


Above is a low-quality, 1932 photograph of the original Irene Craigmile. A past acquaintance of Amelia Earhart's, she's shown next to a plane she was learning to fly in at the time.
Beyond losing her husband in 1931, more trying circumstances and the expense of flying planes left it a difficult hobby for her to keep up with. For instance, when she finally earned her pilot's license in May of 1933, she realized she was pregnant out of wedlock and barely flew again after that. She eloped to wed her child-to-be's father in August of 1933, but their marriage soon failed and was subsequently annulled. In fairly short order after that, their son, who was born in early 1934, was being imprinted and further raised by a surrogate mother figure. (This is expounded on further down.) As well, when the time came for it to be done after 1936, her pilot's license was not renewed .


An old newspaper article identified the person
above as the original Irene Craigmile in 1932.






In the top-left photo, the original Irene Craigmile is shown in 1930, between her husband, Charles James Craigmile, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. Her soft image is contrast enhanced underneath it. The above-right '1933' dated photo shows (L to R) Amelia climbing on the plane wing with her back to the camera, the original Irene Craigmile's flight instructor, Al Heller, seated in the plane, (who the original Irene became pregnant by and later eloped with) and the original Irene Craigmile standing with Viola Gentry, a common pilot friend of she and Amelia's.

In the photo below, the original Irene Craigmile holds her 1934 born son, Clarence 'Larry' Heller, who kept the surname of his father.




Herein lies the problem identified by The Swindell Study about Irene Craigmile, that intially surfaced some fifty-years ago (without visual aid) before it was shouted down:

For half-a-century the general public was persuaded by history itself to accept that the Irene Craigmile shown above was the same Irene Craigmile as the one shown directly below--holding a press conference at the Time-Life building in New York City in November of 1970.

This is a problem because the claim stating the Irene Craigmile below was the same Irene Craigmile as the one above is now a recognizable fallacy.

While the woman holding the press conference most definitely had been attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity as the one above, anymore it is clear she was a different human being.

Who was she, or who did she used to be? The 1997-2017 Swindell Study results enabled that question to answer itself. 




Above is the post-World War Two only, Irene Craigmile at her 1970 press conference. With no friends or family by her side, she arrived alone at the conference and handled the press like a pro. She tersely delivered a short statement, took no questions, and left. She held the conference because a new book that caught her off guard was suggesting she was the somehow 'survived' Amelia Earhart living under an assumed identity. Beyond the idea itself seeming preposterous to most people, her thorough negation was so well accepted no one felt a need to more thoroughly look into her past.
The Swindell Study became the first to deeply examine the complete life story of the original Irene Craigmile, that featured a brief 1930s friendship she had with Amelia Earhart, and a detailed story of the post-war only Irene.
Directly below, the post-war only Irene's image from the press conference is again shown in perfect alignment with her former self, Amelia Earhart.


Amelia Earhart                      Irene & Amelia



More Background Info on the original Irene Craigmile--and how Amelia Earhart ended up using her left-over identity:
From The Swindell Study
The original Irene Craigmile never demonstrated a career ambition. The 1930 Census listed her as a 'homemaker' living in Pequannock, New Jersey with her husband, Charles, who at fourteen years older than she was listed as 'head-of-house' and employed as a 'Civil Engineer.'
Born in 1904, the original Irene Craigmile had been an only child. When she was twelve her mother, Bessie O'Crowley, died. From then on the original Irene was further raised by her paternal aunt and grandmother (her father's sister and mother) in Newark, New Jersey.
The original Irene Craigmile's paternal aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, was a recognized New York-New Jersey attorney who knew Amelia Earhart through the Zonta organization--and it was through her that the original Irene Craigmile met Amelia, her idol, who was seven years older than she.
A year after Charles James Craigmile died, at the bequest of the original Irene's aunt, Amelia briefly took his young widow under her wing to help her become a pilot.
As mentioned, things didn't work out there for very long.
In the meantime, Amelia's famous life and career kept her on the move. She endured a demanding pace of lecturing around the country and created her own, 'Amelia Earhart' brand that featured her self-designed clothes along with a durable and stylish luggage line--sold at her own boutique in Macy's. The original Irene Craigmile's attorney-aunt served as a contract adviser for Amelia within the endeavor.
Amelia had been a regular participant in women's air races and she briefly flew a Pitcairn Autogyro as well--all while continuing to be a celebrated member of the 99s, the women's flying organization she co-founded and served as the first president of, and of the Zonta organization for professional women, with her popularity helping to expand both.
Amelia became the matriarchal figure of her small family as well, that included her aging mother, Amy Otis Earhart, and her married sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey with her two young children. She was quick with criticism and advice to both but would send money their ways if it was needed--while tightly managing her own income sources with her manager-husband, G.P. Putnam.
Amelia was described by author Susan Butler as, "a person not about to cede control of her life to anyone," and by author Doris Rich as, "a meticulous manager of her personal finances."
Not to leave out, Amelia spoke several languages.
Bottom line, Amelia Earhart was a very smart person. Few recall she had done well while taking pre-med courses at Columbia University before she optioned to become a pilot.
She also made it clear she was not one who could ever stay tied-down for very long.
In 1931, when she wed her manager, G.P. Putnam, she arrived at the alter with a prenuptial agreement that described marriage as 'confining, no matter how attractive the cage' and included the edict, "I shall not hold you to any medieval code of faithfulness to me nor should I consider myself bound to you similarly."
Approaching a marriage that way was practically unheard of then.
Back to her self-branding effort: In 1933--the year Amelia and Eleanor Roosevelt became friends--when her preference for 'quality control' waned and a 'lack of sales' during the depression became evident to her, barely a year after it opened Amelia decided to close her Macy's boutique.  
Then in 1934, after a personal hiatus that involved a sinus procedure, a few summer weeks in the wilds of Wyoming, and a fire at G.P. Putnam's Rye, New York homestead where she had off-times resided, Amelia decided to move from the east coast back to Los Angeles that fall--where she had first learned to be a pilot.
She and G.P. Putnam found a nice bungalow in North Hollywood's Toluca Lake district there, and by early 1935 their move was complete.
At that point, G.P. Putnam strived to become a writer in the film industry while Amelia began spending a lot of time at the Lockheed plant in Burbank.
Amelia returned to flying for major records as well then; in January of 1935, she became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to Oakland, California; in April, the first to fly solo from Los Angeles to Mexico City, and in May, the first to fly solo from Mexico, City to New York, (actually Newark, New Jersey) once again accomplishing the feats, so impressive at the time, in her reliable Lockheed Vega.
Then in late 1935, Amelia accepted an invitation to be a visiting instructor at Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana. While she was in residence there in 1936, the institution awarded her a new, state of the art Lockheed Electra, a beautiful twin-tailed monoplane dubbed, 'The Flying Laboratory.' In it, Amelia planned to circumnavigate the globe at the equator the following year. Except while attempting to do so in mid-1937, something happened toward the end of her journey that was never clearly accounted for, leaving Amelia to be declared "a missing person" along with her world flight navigator, Fred Noonan.
Although rumors swelled suggesting the two had been rescued somewhere in Japan's Mandate Islands--and they had precariously ended up in Japan's private care during the onset of the Sino-Japanese War, within a year and a half both fliers were legally declared, "dead in absentia."  
Back To The original Irene Craigmile and Amelia
After Amelia went missing, in time the original Irene Craigmile's sad, non-translucent demise ended up providing a new, private-life beginning for the famous and quietly survived pilot, who after World War Two was known as 'Irene Craigmile' ...until 1958, the year she married Guy Bolam of England.
When she married Guy, it left her to be further known as, 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.'
For half a century the public was conditioned not to believe or accept the reality of it, yet below truly is the image of the former Amelia Earhart as she looked in the mid-1970s, while going by the name of Irene Craigmile Bolam:


A Sad Truth...

"It is a sad truth where people continue to be force-fed different stories about Amelia Earhart's world flight ending that have absolutely nothing to do with reality. For decades now, the stupidly-false promotion of Amelia's flesh being torn apart by giant crabs on the desert island of Nikumaroro has received more media attention than anything--even though there has never been one iota of authenticity applied to it--and there never will be because it was never true. It is hard for myself and others in the know not to be disheartened by the timid stalwarts at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society--who turn blind eyes to tabloid level bs such as the 'giant crabs' story when it manages to permeate American pop-culture. Their apathetic viewpoint grew to be more recognizable when the truth about Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two existence with a different name became so obvious."
Tod Swindell, 2019

"You're onto something that will stagger your imagination."
The above 1962 quote came from retired United States Navy Commander, John Pillsbury, concerning CBS Radio Journalist, Fred Goerner's quest to learn the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart.
Fred Goerner joined in on researching Amelia's true fate after hearing about the "Operation Earhart" investigation of Joseph A. Gervais. He solidly agreed with Gervais, that Amelia survived after she was declared 'missing' in 1937, but he could not precisely pinpoint where she eventually ended up and surmised she may have died of an illness after living overseas for awhile.
Just like Joseph A. Gervais, though, by the 1990s Goerner's research and his best-selling 1966 book, The Search For Amelia Earhart were barely recalled anymore. For Fred Goerner's work was shunned as well--for having gotten too close to the fire of truth about Amelia Earhart.


Let's Review...
In the 1960s, after retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais met Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) at a gathering of noteworthy pilots from the golden age of aviation, he found her air of importance curious and thought she looked hauntingly familiar to him.

The encounter prompted him to look into who Irene Craigmile was--and after five-years of doing so as she deftly eluded him--he determined she could not possibly have been the original Irene Craigmile, even though history proclaimed she was.
To account for who she really was, or had been, Joseph A. Gervais brazenly concluded she was the former Amelia Earhart living under the assumed identity of Irene Craigmile.
Caught off guard when he went public with his conclusion, Mrs. Bolam lawyer-ed up to strongly reject his claim, resulting in Joseph A. Gervais being sued and becoming a subject of ridicule. Few noticed at the time, however, that she never proved she was not the former Amelia Earhart before settling her lawsuit against Gervais by exchanging ten dollars of consideration with him as the result of a summary judgment. 
In 1997, thirty-two years after he met and conversed with Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, Joseph A. Gervais was still insisting his conclusion about her former identity of 'Amelia' was correct--when he agreed to participate in The Swindell Study--that had been designed to forensically evaluate what he claimed to know.
The creator of the Study, Tod Swindell, was well-educated on Amelia's disappearance himself and found it hard to believe an in-depth forensic evaluation of Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's past--that included comparing her being to Amelia Earhart's being--had never been done before.

After the Study was completed in 2017, it left it clear to an obvious degree that Joseph A. Gervais had been right all along.









More on the above group photo showing Amelia Earhart outlined in white and the original Irene Craigmile, outlined in black. The photo appeared on the front page of the September 1, 1932 Akron Beacon Journal. To its right find the original Irene Craigmile listed between Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz. Along with Amelia's sister, Muriel, Viola Gentry was among the few individuals who ended up privately knowing about Amelia's continued existence as "Irene" in her later life years.


Above: Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam in 1965. Photo taken by the post-World War Two only, 'Irene Craigmile Bolam,' AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart.'

To Amy Kleppner, Grace McGuire, Larry Heller, Dr. Tom Crouch, Dorothy Cochrane, Dr. David J. Skorton, Dr. Kurt Campbell, Jean M. Case, and Robert Ballard:
Beauty is truth, truth beauty,
that is all ye know on earth,
and all ye need to know.


Above: Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the
post-war only Irene, AKA the former Amelia Earhart

"Her study of Carl Jung's writings led her to embrace the concept of her life beginning at age forty instead of ending there." 1991 quote of Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996). Recall Amelia was declared 'missing' just three weeks shy of her fortieth birthday. Monsignor 'Doc' Kelley was a Doctor of Philosophy and a later life close friend of the former Amelia Earhart, AKA 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.' The last decade of his life he disclosed to several individuals that his good friend, 'Irene' did used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart' and how after the war he had been instrumental with the transition process that left her to be further known as, 'Irene Craigmile.' 


The above mention was excerpted from an October, 1982 edition of the New Jersey News Tribune.


Monsignor James Francis Kelley [1902-1996], shown above on the cover of his 1987 autobiography, was a long time President of Seton Hall College in New Jersey. He was given much credit for turning the school into a University in 1949. Father Kelley had many famous friends in government, politics, and show business, and he was a highly regarded figure in the Catholic Church. He hosted Pope Paul VI as his house guest in 1965, when the Pontiff became the first ever to visit the United States. According to his New York Times obituary, he also helped teach English to Pope Pius XII while he was being educated overseas.
During the last decade of his life, Monsignor Kelley broke his silence to a few people who were close to him, about his friend, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, having been previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' He disclosed that it was true Amelia had survived her disappearance under Japan's stewardship and she had quietly returned to the U.S. after the war. Opting for future privacy, he acknowledged Amelia assumed a different name for herself as well, one that he helped secure for her future use, that of 'Irene Craigmile.'
To his good friends, Donald DeKoster and Helen Barber, Father Kelley first described how he was the person who had been 'assigned to receive Amelia' when she returned to the U.S., that he had 'helped with her physical and emotional rehabilitation' and had been 'instrumental with her new-identity transformation.' He would go on to describe the same thing to researchers, Merrill Dean Magley and USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.).
Father Kelley acknowledged that he wrote a chapter for his autobiography about his post-war experience with Amelia that was omitted before the book was published. The forward in his book described how his personal files contained information about important individuals who were "no longer able to defend themselves," and therefore he did not include it. Some of his own family members, opposing theorists, and other non-believers suggested that later life senility had caused him to 'make up' what he claimed to know about Amelia becoming Irene. The Swindell Study proved Monsignor Kelley did not make up what he claimed to know about Amelia Earhart's continued existence after she went missing in 1937, and how he helped her to become 'Irene' after World War Two.

About truth:
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur Schopenhauer

On preventing the discovery of truth:
"The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively by preconcieved opinion and prejudice." Arthur Schopenhauer

For those unfamiliar with the original depth of controversy that surrounded Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance:

"If anyone ever finds Amelia Earhart's plane underwater anywhere or at any other location--rest assured it was not Amelia Earhart who put it there." USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), 2006. 


Keep going, folks. There's so much more to know. Even though it was never offered-up as public information--this really is the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart.

About The Swindell Study
The twenty-year Swindell Study [1997-2017; copyright registrations: TXu 1-915-926 & TXu 2-061-539] consists of a long-term Investigative Research Evaluation and a Human Comparison Analysis orchestrated and compiled by Amelia Earhart Historian, Tod Swindell. The complete Study consists of over ten-thousand pages featuring rare documents, analytical text, photographs, comparisons, maps, charts, and past-obscured investigative research findings. The condensed MSS features 415 total pages; 110 of which contain logistical and visual elements drawn from the 'Amelia to Irene' Comparison Analysis. The Study elaborates on--and plainly exhibits Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence after World War Two with the re-purposed name of, 'Irene Craigmile.' (Surname of 'Bolam' added later.) It also examined the post-war reasoning that left the general public out of the loop of Amelia's ongoing existence with a different name. Simply put, Amelia Earhart was declared 'dead in absentia' in 1939, and the intention after the war, endorsed to by the still-living former Amelia Earhart herself, was for it to always remain that way. The Study is available for review on a selective in-house basis. For information e-mail .




Above: Filmmaker-Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell

"There are Benjamin Franklin historians, there are Eleanor Roosevelt historians, there are Charles Lindbergh historians. I have been a dedicated Amelia Earhart historian for many years." Tod Swindell, 2019 


A Note From Tod Swindell
Creator of 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study' of Amelia Earhart's
1937 'Disappearance' and subsequent 'Missing Person Case'
Those who maintain that Amelia Earhart died, "on or around July 2, 1937," the date she was reported 'missing' amid odd circumstances--are not familiar with the two-plus decades of investigative research and forensic studies I orchestrated--within my dogged effort to answer the question of what actually happened to Amelia.
Many of you have heard--and still might hear (or read) inverse statements about the nature of my study from opposing theorists, from some of Amelia's family members, or from your everyday pseudo historians. Just know they are less-informed than myself when it comes to the unique way my study approached Amelia Earhart's disappearance, the passion I demonstrated for it, and the undeniable results it produced.
Or put it this way: While some individuals choose to speak out against the truthful nature of my Study's accomplishments, with a few all-but describing it as 'the work of an idiot,' I'll counter by offering this: Either I am a complete idiot--or my Study achieved something meritable within the broad realm of Amelia Earhart historical research, enough to where academia should feel compelled to assess its accountability.
I offer this because I did not 'make up' anything one sees or reads in my Study results. So it is not 'hokum,' a word someone once used to describe it with.
Of course, where Amelia Earhart's storied disappearance was ever concerned, when one person's educated opinion looks to over-challenge the stodgy reflection of myriad historians--not to leave out the elevated blood pressures of opposing theorists, sparking academia's interest in what really happened to Amelia Earhart is an automatic tough-fetch. This is due to the fact that by the end of the Twentieth Century people in general were viewing the 'Earhart mystery' as a played-out topic that appeared to be unsolvable--and thus had moved on from it.  
I'll counter again here, however, knowing myself as I do, (and no, I'm not an idiot) that I fully stand by the Earhart truths my Study learned and/or discovered over the years in a 100% way. As well, no matter how some individuals might kick, scream, and holler in opposition to the real truths it delivered, they cannot turn real truths into false ones.
It can also be said, where Amelia Earhart's so-called 'disappearance' and subsequent 'missing person case' were the subjects of my concern, my Study resurfaced, better solidified, and again exploited some previously discovered 'important truths' about Earhart's last flight outcome--that deliberate obfuscation and decades of time-passage had managed to wash away.
So for now I'll end with this: Should a person objectively examine and digest just a portion of the multitude of documents and images my Study of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and missing person case generated, he or she will realize the accomplishment by-far marks the most truthful research investigation ever to examine both topics--and therefore--the most important one as well.
That's not an idle boast. It's the truth.
Thank you, 
Tod Swindell


On with my Study results...



USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck in 1944 

"Your work relating to Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile is absolutely outstanding. There is no other way to describe it." Amelia Earhart author-historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, USAF (Ret.) in response to Tod Swindell's Amelia Earhart investigative forensic research and comparison analysis.



U.S.  Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr.

"I have carefully studied your presentation. Your conclusion that there were plural Irene Craigmile's has completely convinced me that this is indeed the case. You have also convinced me that one of them used to be Amelia Earhart. Incredible. You have quite an impressive package there. Keep charging - Gene."  From a note sent by retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr. to Tod Swindell. Tissot's father, Ernie Tissot was a friend of Amelia Earhart's who served as her head plane mechanic during her 1935 Hawaii to Oakland flight. Rear Admiral Tissot, a long time member of the Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers, was a key advisor for The Swindell Study.



"Joseph A. Gervais initially surfaced this truth some fifty-years ago, except the public found it hard to comprehend then--and therefore was easily conditioned not to believe it going forward." Tod Swindell



"Official silence and obfuscation had always maligned the debate over whether or not Amelia Earhart continued to exist after she was reported 'missing' in 1937, so my Study addressed her old 'missing person' case from an updated perspective using new technology. When it was finished it exhibited the obvious reality of the world famous pilot living her later-life years in relative obscurity, similar to Greta Garbo. Except in Amelia's case she took on a different identity, leaving only a select few aware of her continued existence after her storied disappearance. This was how the title of the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives (shown above) came to be. The book was inspired by and drew from ten-years of investigative research conducted by retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais. When it was released, though, the surprised former Amelia Earhart, whose photographed image appeared in it, had been living privately as 'Irene' for a quarter-century and she wasn't about to return to being the world famous Amelia Earhart again. This preference of hers--that was no doubt abetted by many other logistical consequences that would have arisen, left her necessarily refusing to acknowledge the person she used to be. The legitimate 1960s investigative work of Joseph A. Gervais, that included his blatant discovery of the living former Amelia Earhart reidentified as 'Irene Craigmile' was summarily dismissed as a result, causing people to chalk it up as a hoax, something it never was." Tod Swindell


A New Beginning
She appeared from out of nowhere in 1946, as a new employee in a good position at the People's National Bank of Mineola, New York. The bank was located near her former Long Island stomping grounds where she had formed the 99's and spent much time at the famous Floyd Bennett and Roosevelt Air Fields. It was then and there that the former Amelia Earhart embarked on her new existence as "Irene Craigmile." It had been nine years since she was declared 'missing' and the controversy over her disappearance, amid much hearsay that she had continued to live-on, had been obscured by a tumultuous world war.
While living on Weybridge Road in Mineola--with her changed look and new career--no one recognized her for the famous person she used to be--until many years later--when The Swindell Study's comparison analysis took place:


Amelia combined with a 1946 photo of her later-life
self, the post-World War Two only, Irene Craigmile



The changed times and her different look made it hard to recognize the person she used to be, as was the intention.
By the time she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958, the former Amelia Earhart had ascended to become a Vice President of the National Bank of Great Neck on Long Island. After she married, she left the banking industry and began working with the enterprise her new husband held an executive position with, Radio Luxembourg. As a couple in America, she and Guy first resided in Bedford, New York before relocating to upper New Jersey. They frequently traveled the world together until Guy died in 1970, after which time the former Amelia Earhart continued to travel and work for Radio Luxembourg--and eventually settled in the posh golfing community of Rossmoor, New Jersey. (She and Guy had also maintained a home in North Carolina.)
The strange, compelling story of Amelia's 1930s acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile, is again briefly revisited here:


A 1982 newspaper article identified the person above to have been Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, the original Irene Craigmile, as she looked in 1932. Accordingly, the photo would have been taken a year after her husband, Charles James Craigmile, died from an appendicitis attack that was late being medically attended to. The photo quality is poor and its origin is questionable.
A slew of published photos identifying the original Irene Craigmile were located and are exhibited in The Swindell Study; all of them are of limited quality, their origins are again questionable, and importantly, none of them bared a resemblance to Amelia Earhart.
No to omit, the original Irene Craigmile barely ever used her pilot's license at all because she became pregnant out of wedlock right after she earned it in 1933. As a grown man, her 1934 born son identified an entirely different person to have been his 'mother' than the former Amelia Earhart who shared his mother's name--and--the Irene Craigmile shown directly above. Within the arrangement to leave his mother's identity available for Amelia's use, to this day the public remains unaware of what became of the original Irene Craigmile. As course had it, the original Irene Craigmile's son ended up being raised by a surrogate mother figure--and in boarding schools. Said "surrogate mother" is shown below in a photo the original Irene's son estimated was taken, "around 1940." (It may have been taken in the mid-1940s.) No one is sure who this person actually was, but it is certain she was not the original Irene Craigmile, and she also did not much resemble Amelia Earhart: 


Above, the person the original Irene Craigmile's
son identified as, "my mother, around 1940."

Below, until The Swindell Study made it obvious, no one had realized there were a total of three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same Irene Craigmile (Bolam) identity:



Irene Craigmile, 1932


Irene Craigmile, 1940


Irene Craigmile, FKA "Earhart" in 1946,


Pertaining to The 1997-2017 Swindell Study of the disappearance and subsequent missing person case of Amelia Earhart:
1.) It marked itself as the first Earhart study to utilize 'Digital Face Recognition' technology.



Above: Amelia Earhart in her thirties combined with the post-WWII only Irene photograph taken the 1970s.

2.) The Study over-challenged the 'Earhart World Flight Ending' Null Hypothesis by being the first investigative research effort to produce indisputable evidence to the contrary.


Above: President Franklin D. Roosevelt with long-time family friend and his administration's Secretary of the Treasury, Henry P. Morgenthau, Jr.


"What that woman--happened to her the last few minutes--I hope I've just got to never make it public."

Above: A 1938 'official White House transcript' quote from Henry P. Morgenthau Jr., one of President Franklin Roosevelt's right-hand men. During a recorded meeting Morgenthau was holding, he refers here to withheld information at the White House concerning something that happened during "the last few minutes" of Amelia Earhart's flight after she failed to locate Howland Island. According to later discovered 0S-2 intelligence reports, the White House knew Amelia continued to fly in a northern direction after she gave up on trying to spot Howland--and that she continued to send radio messages at intervals while doing so. The White House never disclosed what happened during the "last few minutes" of Amelia Earhart's flight that Morgenthau spoke of--although his recorded comments and other telling discoveries enabled The Swindell Study to over-challenge the default Null Hypothesis (or false conveyance, really) that began with a premise, 'no one knew what happened to Amelia Earhart after she missed spotting Howland Island.' Here, it is clear the White House was aware of information pertaining to Amelia Earhart's flight ending on the day she was declared missing--that it chose not to make public. Further down in Part II, see what the investigative research of Joseph A. Gervais learned about this.

Part I
Digital Face Recognition
Note: Digital Face Recognition has been available for some time now. Before The Swindell Study it had never been applied to the decades-old, never resolved, Irene Craigmile (Bolam) as compared to Amelia Earhart controversy.



Senator Hiram Bingham and Amelia Earhart


Amelia and the post-WWII only Irene Craigmile (Bolam) combined.


The below photo portrait of Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam), who surfaced in the United States from out of nowhere after the end of World War Two, was taken in 1977. Constituents of the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum along with Amelia's survived family have long persuaded the public not to accept her as the former Amelia Earhart--even though that actually was who she used to be. (From their perspectives it would be far more historically convenient to leave the truth of Amelia's post-loss existence as 'Irene' alone.)

Today, anyone who cares to deeply study the life history of the original Irene Craigmile, a once fledgling pilot Amelia knew in the 1930s--and later assumed the identity of--will solidly conclude the reality of Amelia's post-loss existence as 'Irene' on his or her own.


It can be said that a person's eyes have been 'vision-washed' by misleading pages of history and other reality-dodging influences, if they look at the above photograph and do not reckon the former Amelia Earhart.
It is safe to project that the original Irene Craigmile (see below) who Amelia had known, would never have assumed such a formal portrait, 'she was once a famous pilot' looking stature had she lived beyond the World War Two years.

©2017  The 1997-2017 Swindell Study

How Does Digital Face Recognition Work?


A Digital Face Recognition program grids-out specific details from a person's face template--such as distance between the eyes, shape of the chin, mouth placement and shape, nasal shape, etc. A face template in question is the 'origin face template' that is set to be compared to another face template. Basically, a Digital Face Recognition program is used to calculate the probability of a match between two separately provided face templates. It's akin to matching fingerprints--using faces instead.
Included in its long-term effort, The Swindell Study compared the face template grid of the post World War Two 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' to the face template grid of Amelia Earhart--and realized a match.



"Think different," indeed. The above right photo displays the post-war only Irene Craigmile Bolam combined with Amelia Earhart. The 'Irene' photo was taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976. Partially in view seated to Irene's right is Gertrude Kelley Hession, the sister of Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996), a later life good friend of the post-war only Irene's, AKA the former Amelia Earhart.
During the last decade of his life, Monsignor Kelley, shown in the below-right photo dining with the post-war only Irene, admitted to a few close friends of his--as well as to news reporter, Merrill Dean Magley, and to Amelia Earhart historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, that his later life friend, Irene, actually did used to be known as Amelia Earhart. He was scoffed at by those who felt it was impossible for Amelia Earhart to have survived after she went missing in 1937. A few individuals, including his own nephew, suggested 'old age senility' and a 'need for attention' caused him to outright fabricate what he claimed to know about Amelia's post-loss survival. Contrary to their rebuttals, Monsignor Kelley was well known among catholic-faith celebrities for his impeccable reputation. He had served as a president of Seton Hall College for many years before it became a University in the 1950s, and the close friends he confided in about his later life friend, 'Amelia' (that's how Kelley referred to her among them) stood by his virtuous nature. He was described as, 'quite lucid' when he told them about his "assignment" to receive Amelia back in the United States, and his having been, "instrumental in the process" of her name change to Irene.
The Swindell Study, that was the first to deeply compare Amelia to Irene, did not commence until 1997, a year after Monisgnor Kelley died, and its results made it easy to realize the Monsignor did not fabricate what he professed to know about Amelia's later life existence as, 'Irene.'
Below left once again, from the 1982 newspaper article that featured a reporter's question about his friend's long-rumored 'dual identity,'  Monsignor Kelley responded accordingly--knowing the truth about her was never to be broadly publicized:



Above, the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile Bolam
and Monsignor James Francis Kelley at dinner in 1978.  


Above: The full-photo version of Monsignor Kelley's sister, Gertrude (left) and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam (right) in 1976. Notice the same pendant Irene wears here and in the black and white formal portrait sitting. Of course it's hard to recognize Irene's former-Amelia self without the composite photo, as her true age was 79 in 1976. Just the same, as shown below while acknowledging the age difference, the Digital Face Recognition elements aligned perfectly.


It's haunting, disturbing, and even sad in a way--to know Amelia's own sister, Muriel, knew Amelia as 'Irene' in her later life years, the very same Irene featured in all of the above comparisons. In line with her sister's wishes, Muriel agreed to never disclose such a thing even if she was directly confronted about it. Just the same it is the truth--and far be it from anyone not connected to how and why this reality came to be, to easily explain it to others. 


The Combined Study Results
The resulting data from the Digital Face Recognition grid comparisons and other physical and character trait comparisons--when combined with additional discovered, recognized, and processed evidence during the course of The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, delivered a plain to observe, truthful reality stating Amelia Earhart:
1.) Did not crash and sink into the ocean.
2.) Did not die approximate to the day she went missing.
3.) Was not executed as a spy or spy suspect.
4.) Did not die as a castaway on a desert island where her flesh was torn apart by giant crabs. (C'mon guys...)


"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 


How the Digital Face Recognition 'Earhart reveal' initially began in 1970:


Above, after it was published in 1970, the best-selling controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas--that was inspired by the decade-long investigative research of Joseph A. Gervais--who asserted that Amelia Earhart continued to live well beyond the date of her disappearance with a different name applied to her person--ended up being derided by historians and critics alike. The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, however, focused on a key exhibit the Klaas' book featured and analyzed it in a forensic way that had never been done before. The 'key exhibit' was a clear, 35MM photograph of the post-World War Two only, 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.' (See below.)

Considering the 'Key Exhibit' The Swindell Study identified in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives:

First, some background info...


Above left photo: Irene and Guy in 1963
Above right photo: Guy and Irene in 1965,
from the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives.

The above-left newspaper photo featured Englishman, Guy Bolam, and his American wife, Irene. The photo was taken in 1963 while they were traveling abroad, something the two often did together. After they were married in 1958, Guy's executive position with Radio Luxembourg--that sported one of the most powerful broadcast towers in Europe and helped introduce the Beatles to listeners beyond the Iron Curtain--kept them on the go. When Guy died in 1970, Irene took over as president of the Radio Luxembourg division he had been in charge of.
Above-right is another photo of Guy and Irene taken in 1965 by retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais. This photo was featured in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. [Note: Prior to her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam, Irene's surname had been, 'Craigmile.']
The Swindell Study identified the 1965 photo to be the key exhibit featured in the book Amelia Earhart Lives--and it extensively analyzed the images and life histories of the individuals it featured. This had never been done in a sufficient way before, especially where the person of 'Irene' was concerned.
As it turned out--Digital Face Recognition determined there had been more than one person attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' identity. This truth was backed by additional 'physical evidence' the Study uncovered, to include its realization that the Irene shown above next to her English husband, Guy Bolam, appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. As well, the Study revealed how she not only demonstrated an exact facial congruence when compared to Amelia Earhart--but their full head-to-toe physical and character traits were in alignment as well. The comparative analysis section of The Swindell Study displays these realities in no uncertain terms.


Amelia Earhart, age 30 

Above and Below: Two Swindell Study samples of the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) revealing her former self, Amelia Earhart.


Amelia Earhart, age 39 in 1937


Amelia & post-WWII Irene


Post-WWII Irene, 1965
Photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais

"Sometimes the most difficult thing to see is the most obvious thing." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 "A non-truth can sound like a fact to a person who's been conditioned to mis-recognize a truth." DaShanne Stokes

"It gets confusing when you've been academically conditioned to believe something--and then the sharpest facets of your mind show you it was never true." Tod Swindell




Above: Amelia's famous 1930s pilot friend, Viola Gentry, with Guy Bolam in 1965. The significance of this photo is explained in the following section.
A Head-to-Toe Comparison Example
Below, Amelia Earhart is shown with her pilot friends, Elinor Smith (middle) and Viola Gentry (right) in 1932, just after Amelia returned to the U.S. following her solo Atlantic crossing. Viola Gentry knew both Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile in the 1930s. Viola also knew Amelia during her post-war years after she became known as 'Irene.' Amelia's only sibling, her sister, Muriel, also knew her sister as 'Irene' in in her later life years. 


Amelia Earhart   Elinor Smith   Viola Gentry

Thirty-three years after Viola Gentry appeared with Amelia Earhart and Elinor Smith in the above photo, the photo of Viola Gentry seated next to Guy Bolam at the top of the page was taken in East Hampton of Long Island, New York, the day after Viola introduced Joseph A. Gervais to the post-war only Irene. The photo was provided by Irene's later-life friend, Diana Dawes, a former radio show host from Princeton, New Jersey. Before she died in 1998, Diana Dawes was well convinced that her friend, Irene, used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart,' and that the arrangement for her to replace the original Irene Craigmile had commenced toward the end of World War Two.

In a head-to-toe comparison, below is a 1965 photo of the post-war only Irene Craigmile Bolam taken on a bridge in Paris, aligning with her former Amelia self in 1932. A full length version of the photo featuring Amelia with Elinor Smith and Viola Gentry was used in the comparison. Her slight weight gain was noticeable both here and in the Joseph A. Gervais taken photo of she and Guy from the same year. While weight gain sometimes happens during the aging process, it's interesting how by the 1970s, having been recognized by Joe Gervais, she had trimmed back down.







Irene & Amelia, Elinor, and Viola


Above: In 1987, the aforementioned, Diana Dawes, a former Princeton, New Jersey radio show host and one of the post-war only Irene Craigmile Bolam's later-life friends, recalled some revealing anecdotes as newspapers around the country marked the 50th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's storied 'disappearance.' Ms. Dawes mentioned that 'on a high shelf in Irene Bolam's closet' she had noticed a uniform collection of "oversized leather-bound books with the letters 'AE' embossed on their spines." Notice in the above excerpt about the "christening dress," the former Amelia Earhart slips by referring to her long gone friend, the original Irene Craigmile, in a past-tense way.


Another excerpt from a 1987 newspaper article quoting Diana Dawes. No one seemed to pay much attention to the fact that almost twenty years after Joseph A. Gervais first shared his belief on a national news level--that stated the Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam who he met and photographed in 1965 was actually the former Amelia Earhart, the controversy over who she really was still existed then because his assertion was never disproved. Instead, by then United States 'official historians' had learned to embrace the practice of adroitly avoiding the controversy over who Irene Craigmile Bolam really was, or used to be.


No longer a decades-old rumor, The 1997-2017 Swindell Study left it undeniable that there had been more then one Twentieth Century person attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity--and how after World War Two the former Amelia Earhart became one of them.

Still adhering to the pre-established practice of Amelia's late sister, Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey, (1899-1998) who knew her older sister, Amelia, as 'Irene' in her later life years, incredulously enough, Amelia's family and the Smithsonian Institution still choose to dogmatically revoke the truth to news media sources as part of an ongoing combined effort to divert the curious. This currently remains so, even though The 1997-2017 Swindell Study results proved Amelia Earhart's later life years as 'Irene' any further exists as an obvious reality.



Muriel's above quotes appeared in the 1982 New Jersey News Tribune a few months after Irene Craigmile Bolam's death was reported. In 1982, no one realized--and very few still do--that it was not the former Amelia Earhart, AKA the post-World War Two only 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' whose death occurred then. [Note Irene Bolam's Memorial Dinner Program cover below the following paragraphs.]

"Of course I knew Irene. She was a sister Zonta." "There is practically no physical resemblance." Amelia's sister, (above left) Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey responds to the suggestion of her later life Zonta International friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam, having actually been her still-living sister, Amelia, going by a different name.
In response to several 1970s and 1980s inquiries about her Zonta friend, Irene, when Muriel offered there was "practically no physical resemblance" between the two, Digital Face Recognition did not yet exist. It wasn't until after Muriel died in 1998 that The Swindell Study began showing how the faces of Amelia Earhart and the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile Bolam did match, to include by way of Digital Face Recognition testing--beyond the Study displaying their entire head-to-toe physical body and character traits in alignment as well. Not to leave out how the Study proved there was more than one Twentieth Century person attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity, and the former Amelia Earhart undeniably had been one of them.
In a roundabout way as well, it can be said The Swindell Study surfaced how Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey served a key role in helping to protect her sister's later-life desire to continue leading a non-public figure life, even after Joseph A. Gervais recognized her for who she used to be.


Above, a "1970s" Irene Craigmile Bolam photo
adorns the cover or her Memorial Dinner Program.


Above, Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965,
from the photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais.

Looking at the two above photos of Irene Craigmile Bolam, that history proclaimed to be 'one in the same' human being, it's not so hard to realize they were actually two different human beings attributed to the same 'Irene' identity. The one on the program cover was the surrogate mother figure to the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, who he identified in both of the younger and older forms shown here below:


Irene Craigmile in the "early 1940s"


The same two younger-older
photos in perfect alignment


Irene Craigmile Bolam in the "1970s"

After the 'Irene' on the Memorial Dinner Program cover died in 1982, the other '1965' Irene (FKA 'Amelia Earhart' shown in the below comparison) was no longer publicly identified that way and was said to have 'died in McClean, Virginia' the following decade.  In the early going, after The Swindell Study validated the reality of the 1965 Irene Craigmile Bolam appearing nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two, it forensically compared her to Amelia Earhart and revealed their 'head-to-toe' congruence. While of lesser quality, one of the earliest comparisons from the Study shown directly below, proved to be instantly revealing:


1965 Irene Craigmile Bolam
Photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais


1965 Irene & 1933 Amelia


Amelia, 1933


Tod Swindell
Amelia Earhart Historian

Some friendly advice to doubters of the comparison results: To recognize and accept things for what they truly are, sometimes we have to inconveniently roll up our mental sleeves in order to realize that they are not something else. With Amelia Earhart, reality and truth go hand in hand anymore. Any politician or news-media executive with guts can pick up on this now. The problem is, today 'guts' appear to be lacking in politics and news reporting. No matter; for recognizing, accepting, and embracing what became of Amelia after she went missing in 1937, is a good way to experience how to overcome obfuscation in favor of acknowledging reality and truth. It's even enlightening. In an attempt to explain why this has remained undone with Earhart, the suggestion of 'Amelia Earhart disappearing without a trace and never being seen again' was repeated so often over the years that the public mindset evolved to accept it--even though it was never true. TS

Excerpt from an Associated Press article by Ron Staton:
"The forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife as she claimed. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." John Bolam refers to Tod Swindell's analysis of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and 'missing person' case in an Associated Press article by Ron Staton. After he came to know her in the 1960s, then following the 1970 release of the book, Amelia Earhart Lives that featured her photographed image (long before The 1997-2017 Swindell Study commenced) this same John Bolam, a brother of the post-World War Two Irene's English husband, Guy Bolam, never stopped suspecting that his sister-in-law actually did used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'

A New Jersey housewife?

Note: By referring to herself as 'just a New Jersey housewife' back in 1970, the former Amelia Earhart smartly diminished the distinguished, world-travelling person she became in her later life years. She also enabled such a joke-like description of herself that news reporters continued to use ever since--whenever they would write about the long-ago assertion of Amelia's name-changed survival contained in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives. The Swindell Study left it easy to realize, just as her former brother in law, John Bolam once remarked, she was 'no ordinary housewife.' 

Admirals and Generals
"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." LPGA  promoter, Peter Bussatti, comments about his good friend, the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam. Along with many others, Mr. Bussatti openly wondered if his friend, Irene, used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' The following photo was used in the comparison below it: 


Above: The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam, left, with Peter Bussati, right, 1974.


Above: On the far left is the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam; on the far right is her former self, Amelia Earhart; in the center the two images are combined. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'

"Peter Busatti said he accompanied Mrs. Bolam to the Wings Club in New York City on one occasion. He said a full length portrait of Amelia Earhart hangs in the room dedicated in her honor. ""It was a dead ringer for Irene,"" he said. ""Sometimes I thought she was [the former Amelia Earhart], sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied, "When I die you'll find out."" At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned that all the admirals and generals seemed to know her." Excerpt from a 1982 New Jersey News Tribune article.


Tod Swindell

"Recognizing the original Irene Craigmile's somewhat troubled 1930s years that included her very short stint as a pilot, it would have been unrealistic for her to later be welcomed as a member of the affluent New York Wings Club, let alone be distinguished like royalty there among her peers and high ranking U.S. military officers. Yet, important people who knew the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam as the former Amelia Earhart, and indeed the were a select few who did, (take the late Senator Barry Goldwater for instance) were always respectful of her desire for privacy within their common recognition of her heroic past." Tod Swindell

"Nothing is as invisible as the obvious." Richard Farson


Above, Amelia getting a pineapple carving lesson from legendary Hawaiian surfer and five time Olympic gold medalist, Duke Kahanamoku. She wears the same outfit in the comparison below.


Above: Irene/Amelia head, neck
& shoulders in perfect alignment




Above, once again it's hard to recognize her old 'Amelia self' here without a composite photo. John Bolam took this picture of his sister in law, the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile Bolam, near his home on Merritt Island, Florida. The day before, Irene had visited the NASA facility at nearby Cape Canaveral, AKA 'Cape Kennedy.' Note the same pendant she wears that is captured in other photos.
As far as the NASA mention goes, in a 1985 filmed interview with former Astronaut Wally Schirra, conducted by news reporter, Merril Dean Magley, Schirra verified that he first met the former Amelia Earhart at Cape Canaveral in the 1960s, and that he saw her there again in 1980, on a day when she was asked to recite a poem during a NASA presentation that featured both he and Neil Armstrong in attendance. When Dean Magley asked Wally Schirra how he knew the women he met used to be Amelia Earhart (?) Schirra replied, "people I considered reliable" had confided it to him. John Bolam mentioned he once noticed an impressive Saturn Rocket Program 'medallion' Irene wore during one of her visits to Merritt Island, adding that when he asked where she got it she replied, "some people at NASA" had given it to her. He did not press her to explain when or why people at NASA had given her such a unique adornment. 

"She was intelligent, articulate, and had a commanding presence. She knew a lot of important people including many high-ranking military officers, astronauts and flyers." "She was the epitome of a classy lady." 1997 quotes from an Amelia Earhart Society newsletter article about the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam. The article was written by her survived sister-in-law, Mrs. John Bolam, who deeply wondered if her sister-in-law, Irene, had previously been known as, "Amelia Earhart."


Astronaut Wally Schirra



In the 1980s, Astronaut Wally Schirra, one of the original seven NASA astronauts, discussed having 'met' the former Amelia Earhart at Cape Canaveral to reporter Merrill Dean Magley.


Amelia Earhart at age 17

Digital Face Recognition
For the first time ever, where multiple claims of Amelia Earhart's ongoing survival after she went missing kept coming into play, The Swindell Study utilized 'Digital Face Recognition' technology within a full-body and character traits human comparison analysis. In essence, this exercise advanced the missing person case of Amelia Earhart to closure by forensically revealing that her still-living body evidence--in its renamed form--was actually found and identified by Amelia Earhart 'world flight investigator,' Joseph A. Gervais, some fifty-odd years ago. 


Joseph A. Gervais

Recalling Major Joseph A. Gervias
(He didn't need Digital Face Recognition.)
The late Major Joseph A. Gervais was war hero and a highly skilled pilot who flew missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam. In 1959, he commenced with his 'Operation Earhart' endeavor while stationed overseas in the same region Amelia Earhart was last seen. After years of deeply investigating the combined factors that led to her failed world flight attempt, in the summer of 1965, he encountered the post-World War Two only 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' at a New York gathering of pilots from the golden age of aviation. He was instantly struck by her resemblance to Amelia Earhart--and after meeting and talking to her it dawned on him that she was none other than the alive-and-well former Amelia Earhart going by a different name.  



Above left: February 5, 2000, retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais accepts an AES 'Historical Achievement Award' for his unparalleled investigative analysis of Amelia Earhart's failed world flight attempt. Shown presenting him the award is the Amelia Earhart Society's founding President, Bill Prymak. Mr. Prymak referred to Gervais as, "A World War Two flying hero widely recognized as the world's leading authority regarding the subject of Amelia Earhart's disappearance."
Above right photo: Among the attendees that day; top row left to right are Oakland Air and Space Museum director, Ronald Reuther; filmmaker and Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell; and the post-World War Two only Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) in-laws, Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam. Bottom row left to right are Amelia Earhart world flight duplicator and author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno; Amelia Earhart Lives author, Joe Klaas; and Joseph A. Gervais.
As mentioned, Joseph A. Gervais initiated 'Operation Earhart' in 1959 while he was stationed overseas. His findings sparked a curiosity resurgence in the never resolved 'missing person case' of Amelia Earhart, until 1965, when Gervais met--and recognized the post-World War Two only 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' as the renamed, former Amelia Earhart. To his dying day in 2005, he never disavowed having done such a thing.
Notwithstanding persistent rumors to the contrary,  Joseph A. Gervais was never proved incorrect




Preview of Part II


Within its detailed review of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and subsequent 'missing person' case, The Swindell Study challenged the default 'Null Hypothesis' of her world flight ending--that suggested at some unknown time Amelia crashed into the Pacific Ocean at some unknown place--and sank. Citing new discovered evidence to the contrary--to go along with other evidence discovered by earlier investigators--the Study refortified the less promoted conclusion of Joseph A. Gervais from years past that stated a 'crashed and sank' ending never happened to Amelia Earhart.

Part II
Testing the Null Hypothesis in Relationship to Amelia Earhart's World Flight Outcome   By Tod Swindell
The 'null hypothesis' suggests a predicted outcome based on deductive reasoning to likely be a true outcome until evidence indicates otherwise.
For example, the 'null hypothesis' for flipping an equally balanced coin would call for 50% heads results and 50% tails results. Yet if the expected '50/50' ratio significantly differed after thousands of coin tosses, the 'alternate hypothesis' would come into play, one that might consider the shapes of each side of the coin having some kind of aerodynamic effect on the coin-toss results.
The 1997-2017 Swindell Study tested the validity of the 'null hypothesis' in comparison to the 'alternate hypothesis' while examining Amelia Earhart's storied disappearance. This was deemed appropriate where an overwhelming preponderence of both circumstantial and hard evidence kept surfacing ever since the event of Amelia's loss occurred--that opposed the 'null hypothesis' suggestion that offered Amelia 'crashed and sank' into the ocean at a time and place unknown.
The Study also determined how the 'mystery' of Amelia Earhart's disappearance was as much a mystery as it was a historical invention. Here's why: 


"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Washington leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart an everlasting mystery..." 1982, aviation historians, Marylin Bender and Selig Altschul discuss the 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person case of Amelia Earhart.

Dating back to 1937, questions about what actually happened to Amelia Earhart in July of that year, as Bender and Altschul put it, were greeted by 'official silence.' Part of the significant amount of evidential data, however, that kept managing to surface ever since the event of Amelia's disappearance occurred--revealed how President Franklin Roosevelt's administration was the original source of the 'official silence' that remained impossible to overchallenge as subsequent decades passed. 
Here--discovered four decades after it was recorded--is a passage from an official White House transcript dated May of 1938, nine months after Amelia Earhart went missing. In referring to Amelia's loss in the transcript, one of President Franklin Roosevelt's right hand men, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. described it this way:
"...what that woman, happened to her the last few minutes, I hope I've just got to never make it public." 
Morgenthau's above statement was followed by the below reaction from his assistant, Stephen Gibbons, in the same transcript. Both statements were recorded with others present during a meeting Morgenthau was holding at the White House:
"We have evidence that the thing is all over, sure. Terrible. It would be awful to make it public." 
These statements, when combined with addtional evidential data gathered over the years, defied the default null hypothesis that suggested Amelia Earhart met her demise by 'crashing and sinking' somewhere unknown.
A brief examination of the presented facts tells us why.
According to the presented facts:
1. When Amelia Earhart did not spot Howland Island, that her last officially recorded radio transmission left some people feeling she missed by as close as 100 miles, after stating a line of position that did not indicate where she actually was, without saying why she stopped transmitting completely.
2. After Amelia stopped transmitting, with an estimated 'eight-hundred miles worth of fuel' still left to burn, she supposedly flew-on in radio silence until her fuel supply was exhausted--leaving her to crash into the Pacific Ocean at unknown coordinates to meet her demise. [End of story.]
The above stated 'facts' mark the complete version of the 'null hypothesis' (or suggested ending) of Amelia Earhart's world flight attempt.
It is worth recognizing here, how beyond the persuasion of official silence no evidence ever supported the 'Amelia crashed into the ocean' null hypothesis. Her crashed and sank ending was something the public was merely left to surmise had happened. 
As well, evidential reports later surfaced stating Amelia did not stop sending radio transmissions. This included a document from an 0S-2 intelligence file, declassified decades later, showing how Amelia had transmitted her final decision to head "north" and she "continued to be heard at intervals" after doing so.
Add this to what the above White House transcript passages would suggest to any reader, plain and simple, where FDR's administration was aware of something 'awful' that happened to Amelia during the "last few minutes" of her flight--and it chose not to share it with the general public.
What was later learned about this internally expressed White House viewpoint from a variety of accounts, is that for a period of time the Roosevelt administration had incorrectly bought-in to a 'wireless transmissions' conveyance of Amelia Earhart's death occurring during a 'Plan B' landfall attempt. Note the more complete Morgenthau statement from the same transcript:
"...we have the report of all those wireless messages and everything else, what that woman, happened to her the last few minutes, I hope I've just got to never make it public."

Joseph A. Gervais learned how during "the last few minutes" of her flight,  Amelia Earhart's plane was engaged by Nipponese military pilots who were made aware of her unwarranted air-space encroachment over their territory. The pilots did not know Amelia had missed spotting Howland Island and was seeking an alternate land-mass in the Gilbert Islands to land her plane on--except she had flown too far north toward the lower Marshall Islands. Joseph A. Gervais correctly assessed the White House had learned of such a thing having happened and key members of FDR's administration, to include Morgenthau and FDR himself, were convinced Amelia--along with her navigator, Fred Noonan, had perished into the ocean after being being fired upon. The finality, as displayed in both Morgenthau's and Gibbons' above quotes was the White House choosing "not to make public" the "awful" information it had gleaned that left it believing it was "all over" after what "happened" to Amelia Earhart during her "last few" airborne minutes.

Later, accounts began to surface stating how Amelia had managed to ditch her fuel-exhausted plane on a southern Marshall Islands land-spit with she and Noonan surviving the ordeal. Unfortunately, the event occurred during the onset of Japan's war declaration against China [the infamous Marco Polo Bridge Incident occurred just five days after Earhart and Noonan were declared 'missing'] and the two ended up being rescued by Japan and retrieved for debriefing by its naval authority--unknown to FDR's White House administration at the time.
Considered common knowledge in Japan's former Mandates ever since the event occurred, below is a 1987, 'commemorative stamp series' issued by the Republic of the Marshall Islands that details the final leg of Amelia Earhart's world flight attempt that ends depicting Amelia, Fred Noonan and a Japanese naval officer on land, and Amelia's plane being hoisted onto the deck of an Imperial Navy sea tender off shore:



Above, the 50th anniversary commemorative stamp series issued in 1987 by the Republic of the Marshall Islands shows Amelia's 1937 takeoff from Lae, New Guinea; her failure to spot Howland Island; her ditching in the lower Marshall Islands; Amelia, her plane, and her navigator, Noonan, being retreived by Japan's Imperial Navy.


For what it's worth, it was not Japan that was ultimately responsible for covering up Amelia Earhart's ongoing survival. That task fell squarely on the shoulders of the U.S. Federal Government that ended up making a post-war pact with Japan to never publicly revisit the event or aftermath of her disappearance--and both countries always honored it. Then FBI Director, the quietly omnipresent J. Edgar Hoover, was chiefly instrumental there. This is why after World War Two, 'official silence' and non detailed brush-off answers from both governments always greeted inquiries about the post-loss fate of Amelia Earhart.

In the 1960s, when witnesses and other accounts began affirming Amelia's 1937 ditching in the Marshall Islands, false rumors that Japan had possibly executed she and Noonan as spy suspects also came into play. The most common non-denial denials official Japanese attaches began offering about it at that time came from sources who stressed they had 'no awareness' of the duo being picked-up by Japan in 1937, or being harmed by its military--and there is no doubt they were true statements made by the entities that delivered them.

No matter, for beyond the initial seventy-two sworn affidavits gathered overseas in 1960 by Joseph A. Gervais and his then partner, Bob Dinger, that pertained to Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence in Japan's care, (affidavitts publicly confirmed by U.S. Air Force officials stationed at the Fuku Air Base in Japan at the time--before a security classification was placed on the findings of Gervais and Dinger) by the mid-1970s, the number of reputable testimonials affirming the same thing had more than doubled that figure. Sadly, as time continued to pass with no official investigation follow-up offered by the U.S. or Japan, by the end of the century the strongly supported claim of Earhart and Noonan ending up in the Marshalls had evolved to exist as a vague recollection that was overshadowed by newer, unsubtatiated claims.


Where the 'Marshall Islands ending' of Amelia's world flight was the consistent theme among countless testimonials given, (and remains part of the Marshall Islands own history today) Marshallese accounts pertaining to what became of Earhart and Noonan after they were picked up varied. It was about equal where people suggested they either died--or continued to live on.
Enhancing this in 1965, Admiral Chester Nimitz, the Naval Commander of the U.S. Pacific fleet during World War Two--who was put in charge of the Marshall Islands after the U.S. occupied it as the war wound down--divulged to CBS radio journalist, Fred Goerner, that it ended up being, "known and documented in Washington" (and remained classified) that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, "went down in the Marshall Islands and were picked up by Japan." Except even the admiral was unable to offer details on what became of the duo after that. 


Admiral Chester Nimitz
[Shared a 'withheld Earhart truth' with CBS's Fred Goerner in 1965.]

The above combined evidential data--to go along with so much more gathered over the years--outright defied the 'What happened to Amelia Earhart' null hypothesis. This is why the idea of Amelia Earhart continuing to exist after she was reported missing--and eventually managing to return to the United States with a preference for her future anonymity being co-endorsed by a post-war US-Japan collaboration, was never as far fetched as most people thought. Ultimately as well, it turned out to be true.

"Foudray calls the investigative research of Joe Gervais and Tod Swindell, ""Just the tip of the Iceberg."" "All the evidence all put together, I feel like she [Amelia] did survive. I think she survived and came back to the United States, but that she wanted her privacy." Lou Foudray, former caretaker of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum (see photo below) is quoted from interviews conducted by Lara Moritz of KMBC TV, Kansas City, and by The Topeka Kansas Capital-Journal's, Jan Biles.


Above, a 2016 photograph of Lou Foudray, Earhart historian and former caretaker of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum on the front porch of the home where Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas.


Balloon Rides Anyone?


The above 'hot air balloon' newspaper photo features the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam. She was known, respected, and admired by people in high places worldwide, but those same people never talked about her much. This photo was taken in 1978, when the general public was being misled about her true past by important sounding, all be them 'protective' individuals. This same attitude continues to this day, foremost advanced through the news media by Dr. Tom Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane of the Smithsonian Institution out of respect for the ongoing wishes of Amelia's family. Not to leave out, the strong preference of the Smithsonian's owner [the U.S. Federal government] has always been for people to accept that Amelia Earhart somehow 'died' after she went missing toward the end of her 1937 world flight attempt, even though no authentic evidence of her death taking place then ever existed. In the meantime, wink-and-nod diversions such as the TIGHAR club and Nauticos group surfaced that steered public interest away from taking the idea of Amelia's continued survival with a new name--seriously.

Here, it is important to realize only hearsay ever suggested Amelia Earhart died approximate to when she went missing in 1937, in any way at all. This includes by crashing and sinking, dying a castaway's death on a desert Island, dying of dysentery on Saipan, or being executed by a rogue-Nippon military unit; the four most preveleant theories presented over the years that suggested the way Amelia may have died.

Anymore, however, as hard as it still is for some to believe, the plain truth is the gray-haired 'Irene Bolam' in the balloon basket above, shown with famous golfer, Kathy Whitworth, did used to be known as Amelia Earhart. The general public was just never supposed to know about it; hence leaving the official silence that all-but invented the so-called "mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance."  

The story about the once world-famous person known as 'Amelia Earhart,' who the Twentieth Century left behind in accordance with her own wishes, the wishes of her family, and the wishes of her country, evolved to become the strangest and most convoluted historical yarn ever conjured by modern mankind. Especially over the course of the last half-century, the effort of it managed to successfully influence the worldwide general public into thinking Amelia most likely 'died' after she went missing in 1937. As most elders recall, though, Amelia's death taking place back then felt like a false-truth push from the start.


The two books above, Daughter of the Sky, published in 1960, and especially The Search for Amelia Earhart, a best-seller published in 1966, were first to publicly detail accounts of Amelia's ongoing 'quiet' survival in Japan's care after she went missing in 1937. However, neither book was able to offer a solid answer to the question of what became of Amelia after being stewarded by Japan. Sadly, by the end of the Twentieth Century both books were all but forgotten.   


Lost Star
"My good friend, Randall Brink, provided my 1996 introduction to Joe Gervais, who Randall came to know as well as anyone in the 1980s and 1990s. Randall authored the landmark book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart issued in 1994 by the W.W. Norton Publishing House of New York and Bloomsbury Press of London. An international best seller those years ago, for anyone interested in the lead up to Amelia's 1937 world flight and its controversial outcroppings after she failed to reach Howland Island, this book is for you. Included in Lost Star, during his wrap up, Randall was sure to notate, ""One tantalizingly persistent account has Amelia supposedly returning to the U.S. and assuming a new identity."" Randall Brink wrote this sentence in his book twenty-four years after the general public had been persuaded to conclude there was no controversy over Irene Craigmile Bolam's true identity, as initiated by the former Amelia Earhart herself. Recall her later life friend, Monsigner James Francis Kelley's mention to Donald DeKoster, ""After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."" His comment ostensibly referred to what Amelia endured after she went missing, leading up to and then including the World War Two era. Can we blame her for coming to feel the way she did without knowing her reasons for it?" Tod Swindell 

The 1997-2017 SWINDELL STUDY:
1.) FORENSICALLY PROVED MORE THAN ONE TWENTIETH CENTURY WOMAN had been attributed to the SAME 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity.
2.) FORENSICALLY PROVED the Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, as consistently displayed in hundreds of physical and character trait comparisons, ALIGNED WITH AMELIA EARHART IN EVERY WAY.
3.) FORENSICALLY PROVED the Irene Craigmile Bolam in the photo taken in 1965 by Joseph A. Gervais on the day he met her WAS NOT IDENTIFIABLE ANYWHERE AS 'IRENE' prior to the World War Two years. This is because, against the grain of official United States history that legally declared Amelia Earhart 'dead in absentia' in 1939, and contrary to upper echelon official history attitudes (that would rather not have to contend with the inconvenient reality of it) she most definitely had been, previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
4.) The Swindell Study over-challenged the null hypothesis that stated Amelia Earhart disappeared without a trace in 1937 and was never seen again. It did so by combining incontestable forensic research findings with incontestable forensic comparison results that exhibited Amelia Earhart alive and well known either as Irene Craigmile or Irene Bolam in the latter part of the Twentieth Century.
As a result of its above discovered realities, as hard as it still may be for so many to believe and accept, The 1997-2017 Swindell Study forensically confirmed Joseph A. Gervais was correct in 1970, when he asserted his belief that the Irene Craigmile Bolam in the 1965 35MM photograph he took, displayed directly below in full color, was not the original Irene Craigmile. RATHER, she actually was the former Amelia Earhart, just as he had professed the last forty-years of his life.


The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA "the former Amelia Earhart" as photographed by USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.) August 8, 1965.


Amelia Earhart 


Irene-Amelia superimposed


Below: The Plural Irenes


Below are the three different Twentieth Century women who were all attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity. The far left column photos of the original Irene Craigmile date from 1930 to 1933. In the middle column, the top photo was identified by her 1934 born son as his mother, 'Irene Craigmile' in a written statement featured in The Swindell Study. He estimated the photo was taken "around 1940." (Note: She was actually his surrogate mother. She is also a human wild-card; to date no one is certain who she really was or where she came from. Her older image adorned the cover of Irene Bolam's 1982 Memorial Dinner program, leaving one to wonder which Irene died in 1982; the one identified by her son, or the one who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965?) The far right column photos are dated '1946' and '1965.' The 1946 image depicts the earliest known photo displaying the former Amelia Earhart in the United States newly re-identified as 'Irene Craigmile' after World War Two.


Above, Amelia's long-ago acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile (1932-1933) next to one of the plane's she learned to fly in.


The original Irene Craigmile in 1930 between her husband and father. Below, contrast enhanced.
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The second, 'early 1940s' Irene Craigmile ID'd by her son.
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Above, a "1970s" dated photo of the Irene Craigmile Bolam identified by her son, adorning the cover of her Memorial Dinner program. Below the younger and older versions from above are superimposed, displaying one in the same human being. She was not the same Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, even though according to history she should have been:


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Above: The third post-war 'new' Irene Craigmile in 1946. Below, the same photo combined with an Amelia photo.


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Above, the 1965 Joe Gervais photo of Irene Craigmile Bolam. Below, superimposed with an Amelia photo. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'



Below: The 'plurality quandary' of Amelia Earhart's 1930s acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile, whose name Amelia acquiesced for her own later-life use.


More to the story: Again above is an old newspaper photo of the original Irene Craigmile in 1930, shown between her then husband, Charles J. Craigmile, and her father, R. J. O'Crowley. In 1931, a year after this photo was taken, Charles Craigmile died after his appendix burst. He was forty-two years old at the time. His newly widowed wife, the original Irene Craigmile, was only twenty-six.
Below is a 1934 photo of the original Irene Craigmile with her new son, Clarence, who she conceived out of wedlock in 1933. She eloped to marry to the father of her child, one Alvin Heller, in order to legitimize his birth. Their 'shotgun wedding' quickly failed though--and was annulled as well after it became known Al Heller was still legally married to another woman when he eloped with the original Irene. The annulment reverted the original Irene's surname back to 'Craigmile.' However, their son, Clarence, maintained the 'Heller' surname listed on his birth certificate.
Approximate to all of this happening in the mid-late 1930s, the original Irene Craigmile no longer appeared in plain view--and in due time any and all clear photo evidence of her person was removed from circulation.


Above: The original Irene Craigmile in 1934 with her son, Clarence
Note: The original Irene Craigmile's son and only child was Clarence 'Larry' Heller. In 2006 and again in 2014, Larry Heller positively identified a different person to have been his mother than the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile (Bolam). As it turned out, the woman Mr. Heller recognized as his mother, shown directly below, was actually his adoptive mother. (He was not strongly imprinted with his biological mother, the original Irene Craigmile.) To this day, resulting from an arrangement contrived several decades ago, the general public remains unaware of what happened to the original Irene Craigmile, whose left over identity ended up being shared by Larry Heller's adoptive surrogate mother and the former Amelia Earhart. 'Hard to believe, but true. 


Son ID'd Irene Craigmile, 1940
As mentioned, in 2006 and again in 2014, the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, Clarence 'Larry' Heller, positively identified the person in the above photograph to have been his 'mother' as she looked "around 1940." Digital Face Recognition concluded this Irene Craigmile and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam), displayed below, were not the same human being, although according to history, they should have been.    


Post-WWII only Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1946
[Note face template comparison below.]


Post-WWII only Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1965
[Face template matched Amelia via Digital Face Recognition.]


Above: Amelia Earhart with her 1930s flight trainer, Paul Mantz.


Amelia Earhart


...dissolves into...


Amelia & the post-war only,
Irene Craigmile

Above, Amelia's face template is superimposed with her post-World War Two image in 1946. This comparison sample from The Swindell Study used the earliest dated photo displaying Amelia's person re-identified as 'Irene Craigmile.' At the time it was taken she had recently been ensconced as a new employee of the People's Bank of Mineola, Long Island. Twelve years later, in 1958, she left the banking industry to marry Englishman and Radio Luxembourg executive, Guy Bolam. For several decades the public has been encouraged by the Smithsonian, the National Geographic Society, opposing theorists, and certain members of Amelia's own family not to believe this obvious reality. Recall here, how decades passed before the post-war, Charles Lindbergh alias of 'Careu Kent' was finally verified in 2004. The Swindell Study results combined with Digital Face Recognition technology proved how a person's eyes do not deceive them--where Amelia's post-war alias of 'Irene' was ever in question. 


Irene Craigmile in 1940, as verified
in 2014 by her son, Larry Heller.


Post-war only Irene Craigmile
in 1946, not recognized by her son.


As mentioned, the above photograph marks the earliest dated picture in circulation (1946) of the former Amelia Earhart.


Above, the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam)

"I had a career as a pilot once, Major, but I gave all that up years ago." 1965 quote from the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam), FKA 'Amelia Earhart' as spoken to Major Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) Above photo taken in Jamaica in 1976. (Courtesy of the Diana Dawes collection.)

"Amelia Earhart had been acquainted with the original Irene Craigmile in the 1930s. It was the original Irene Craigmile's name Amelia ended up using for herself in her later-life years. This long-ignored reality--that the forensic analysis delivered to an obvious state--was first discovered in the 1960s by a reputable war hero by the name of Joseph A. Gervais, only to be shouted-down ever since." Tod Swindell

"Though sometimes ridiculed by those unaware of how deeply he had investigated Irene Craigmile's past, Joseph A. Gervais was right all along. From a forensic research and human comparison standpoint, it is now recognized to be true that there had been more than one person attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity, and the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam most certainly was, previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' Anymore the so-called 'Earhart mystery' has to do with when, where, how, and why this came to be." Tod Swindell, 2019

Below find journalist, Rosalea Barker's take on the wide variety of conflicting investigations that looked into Amelia Earhart's disappearance over the years in comparison to the new millennium collaboration of Joseph A. Gervais and Tod Swindell:
"I felt like I was trying to separate black sheep from white in a computer game that kept randomly changing the colour of sheep. Just when I thought all of the facts had been marshalled in support of one Earhart theory, those same facts would be marshalled in support of another, completely opposite one. I attended the Western Air and Space Museum's 'Amelia Earhart Seminar' because I'd seen the list of presenters and it was, I thought, a goldmine of people who would be able to help my research into the Pacific Theatre during the Second World War--radio operators, retired Navy captains, combat fighter pilots. But such is the seductive power of the intrigue surrounding Earhart's disappearance, that by lunchtime on Saturday I was as hooked as journalist, Joe Klaas was in 1967 when he met retired US Air Force Major Joe Gervais, that led to him writing a book called, Amelia Earhart Lives! The book not only focused on years of investigative research conducted by Joe Gervais, but on his insistence that a woman he met in New York in 1965, Irene Bolam, used to be Amelia Earhart. And after watching some video and looking at the manuscript of another researcher, Tod Swindell, who consulted with and studied the methods of experts to compare IB and AE physically--I think Joe Gervais was right." New Zealand Stateside journalist, Rosalea Barker, commenting on an Amelia Earhart research symposium she attended at the Oakland, California Western Air and Space Museum. 


USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck in 1944 

"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of the Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart to show the world they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), reprinted from his book, Amelia Earhart Survived.


Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002


1965 Gervais photo of Guy and Irene

In Brief:
The (Subdued) Historical Importance of Joseph A. Gervais
By Tod Swindell
When I first came to know Major Joseph A. Gervais in 1996, the renowned Amelia Earhart world-flight investigator whose trusty 35MM camera clicked the 1965 photo of Guy and Irene, I was surprised to learn a forensic comparison analysis of Irene's and Amelia's physical beings, character traits, and full life histories had never been done before. So I consulted with experts and set out to orchestrate one. As my Study progressed, beyond confirming that Amelia Earhart had known the original Irene Craigmile, it additionally revealed how the once world-famous pilot was actually closer to the original Irene's aunt, a New York attorney she knew through the international Zonta organization for professional women they both belonged to. It was through this friendship that Amelia met and came to know the original Irene Craigmile, a once fledgling pilot who never really flew much--and never belonged to the Zontas or the 99's as Amelia did.
The complete analysis made it clear: The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam), who Major Gervais met and photographed in 1965, was not the original Irene Craigmile. Instead, at some point, perhaps during the late stages of the war, the original Irene Craigmile's identity was made available for Amelia to henceforth use... and to this day the general public remains unaware of what became of the original Irene Craigmile.
Retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais, was first to discover and reveal this historical reality. The reason so many people never heard of him is because his solving of the missing person case of Amelia Earhart by way of producing her body evidence in the form of the post-war Irene Craigmile Bolam, was categorically subdued after Gervais went public with his discovery in 1970--by the former Amelia Earhart herself, her sister, Muriel, and general 'official silence' toward the matter. It remained that way from that point on, until Gervais and myself joined forces to deliver clarity to it all.

Not only was there a head-to-toe, tear-duct to tear-duct physical match, but all character traits aligned as well; handwriting, voice, friends, associates, associations, etc.


'Amelia Became Irene'


By Tod Swindell


Head to toe, shoulder to shoulder; older to younger, younger to older,

they proved to be a perfect match to unlock a long ago, strong-cover latch.

Irene used to be Amelia or Amelia became Irene,

'twas never a false truth, nor a diabolical scheme.

Most turned a blind eye and went looking for her plane,

although such tomfoolery was always inane.

Others bet wages on decoys--showing how naive they could be,

while Amelia stared back averring to all,

"I did not sink in the sea!"



Above: Amelia Earhart's younger and older selves combined stare back at the viewer. This is a true reality. Even so, the vast majority of people who heard about the Irene-Amelia controversy always found it hard to fathom the idea of Amelia quietly living-on--and then adapting a preference for future anonymity. This is because at some point in decades past they became convinced by numerous persuasions (see the 'Wikipedia' example below) to accept that Amelia's ongoing existence well after she went missing was not true. Today, anyone genuinely concerned about this might take heart in knowing there is nothing more real than the truth, and by now it has grown to exist as a plain truth beyond all persuasions, that Amelia Earhart did quietly live-on after she went missing... and in time changed her name to Irene.

Dr. Alex Mandel

In 2007, not long after Tod Swindell and some of his ongoing study results appeared on a National Geographic Channel special about Amelia Earhart, information about it was incorrectly conveyed through Wikipedia by a malcontent individual, one 'Dr. Alex Mandel.' Dr. Mandel, a self-described "Amelia Earhart fanatic" created a misleading 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' page. His page contended the assertion of Amelia Earhart continuing to live-on before changing her name to 'Irene' in pursuit of future privacy--was proved false by a detective that had been hired by the National Geographic Society. This led to other 'malcontents' jumping on to his false-reality bandwagon. True reality, however, shows the assertion was never proved false. In fact, the detective Dr. Mandel referenced by name, Kevin Richlin, will verify to anyone he did not 'prove' the assertion false. As well, since the National Geographic Channel aired its Amelia Earhart special those years ago, the truth of Amelia's post-loss survival and name-change to 'Irene' continued to grow to a point where anymore it exists as an obvious reality. To further edify this revelation for yourself, continue to review the volumes of information and comparison results pulled from The 1997-2017 Swindell Study on display in ...while comprehending it is all quite real.


Amy Kleppner (above) is a philosopher, writer, teacher, adventurer, and Amelia Earhart's niece. Even though the truth of her famous aunt living beyond World War Two as 'Irene' is now obvious, Amy chooses not to forsake her tradition of denying it just as her mother, Muriel, did before her. The Smithsonian's respect for Amy's preference to 'offer no credence' to the Amelia became known as Irene truth prevents the public from embracing the reality of it. 


A Veritable Punch In The Gut
 By Tod Swindell
Over the years so many great books featuring stories about Amelia Earhart--or specifically focusing on her person have been published. This includes the great new Keith O'Brien book, Fly Girls (shown above) issued in 2019.
The automatic Amelia Earhart go-to biographies from the past are those authored by Mary S. Lovell, Doris Rich, and Susan Butler. Susan Ware's Still Missing: Amelia Earhart and the Search for Modern Feminism best portrays the enormous impact and immeasurable influence Amelia Earhart's persona had--not only on American pop-culture--but globally as well.
All past Amelia Earhart biographies, of course, ended the story of Amelia's life on July 2, 1937, the date she failed to report to Howland Island while nearing the end of her world-flight journey. To the millions by now who have read and thoroughly digested them, it marks a veritable punch in their common gut to stoically advance in a believable manner--that the complete history of Amelia Earhart's full life story each book presented--ended decades before the physical body that housed Amelia Earhart's being actually ceased to exist.
This is why, in a way, it is a true statement to say the Amelia Earhart who the world knew and loved so well did leave forever on July 2, 1937. For the person she became after she went missing featured some readjusted core values that left her feeling different about things in general throughout the remainder of her days. This most definitely included her own recognized reality of no longer wanting to be a famous, public-life person due to her own thought processing.
Books that deeply researched and focused on the so-called 'mystery' of Amelia Earhart's 1937 'disappearance' put out by reputable publishers dating back to the 1960s, foremost include Fred Goerner's, The Search For Amelia Earhart (1966), the Joe Klaas book, Amelia Earhart Lives (1970), the Vincent Loomis book, Amelia Earhart: The Final Story (1985), and Randall Brink's, Lost Star: The Search for Amelia Earhart (1994). Among them, the 1970 Klaas book and the 1994 Brink book were the only ones to seriously present the possibility of Amelia's ongoing existence well beyond the World War Two era--with a different name applied to her person.
At the onset of researching his book in 1980, Randall Brink personally interviewed the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) twice, leaving him to later describe in his book the assertion of her having been the living, former Amelia Earhart as a "tantalizingly persistent account." After Randall Brink reviewed key portions of The 1997-2017 Swindell Study results, he ultimately drew his alternate hypothesis conclusion, agreeing that the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart could only have existed as one in the same life-long human being.


The Story Continues
Eighty-two years ago, Amelia Earhart was declared "missing." Fifty years ago, in 1969, the McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, one of the largest and most reputable publishers in the world, green-lighted the book, Amelia Earhart Lives to be issued. The book was based on ten-years of investigative research conducted by one Joseph A. Gervais--who concluded Amelia Earhart quietly survived after she was declared missing and that she was alive and well in the United States then, going by a different name. His claim was taken seriously until the enigmatic woman who he asserted to be the 'former' Amelia Earhart refuted it. After that, within weeks the book was being called a 'hoax' and was removed from the marketplace. However, the woman in question, the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam), never proved she was not the former Amelia Earhart--and as displayed in the Study, Joseph A. Gervais' postulation about Amelia Earhart's continued existence as a renamed person was not off the mark.


Above, from The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, this story appeared in the Asbury Park Evening Press on July 24, 1974, a date that marked Amelia Earhart's 77th birthday. The public was largely unaware that the question concerning the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam's true past still remained unanswered--four years after the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives asserted her to be the former Amelia Earhart. By then the story about her had become buried by other headline dominating controversies--such as the 1971 Pentagon Papers leak and the Watergate Scandal. Three weeks after the above article ran, President Richard Nixon resigned due to his Watergate connection. Nine months later, in 1975, the fall of Saigon took place thus ending the Vietnam War--that the Pantagon Papers had revealed to be 'non-winnable.' Soon after that, as her defamation lawsuit closed out its fifth year, few people were aware that the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam had been asked to submit her fingerprints to positively prove her identity. She refused to do so and optioned to settle her case against Amelia Earhart Lives author, Joe Klaas, and investigative researcher, Joseph A. Gervais, for a mutual consideration amount of $10.00 ...that she paid to them and they paid to her. The book's publisher, McGraw-Hill, was ordered to pay her $60,000 for what her attorney called "reputation damaging allegations" Amelia Earhart Lives contained but provided no evidence to support. Among them, it inferred she was a potential 'bigamist' who may have been a 'traitor to her country.' She flat out denied both insinuations, but the bottom line, however, after all was said and done, was that she never proved she was not the former Amelia Earhart, and as The Swindell Study results display, 'Amelia Earhart' most definitely had been the previous name of the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.


Next: How history initially viewed Amelia Earhart's missing person case and then quickly gave up on it.


Here's a brief look at how United States history managed to swiftly close the book on Amelia Earhart's 'missing person case':

With no evidence to substantiate it, ever since the pre-World War Two era the general public was encouraged to accept that Amelia Earhart died, "on or around July 2, 1937," the date she was reported 'missing' amid odd circumstances. Then in January of 1939, a year and a half after she went missing, Amelia Earhart was legally declared "dead in absentia" thus closing the book on her missing person case. Yet in subsequent decades much telling information was gathered that pointed to a rush to judgment that left behind a miscalculated conclusion.



After Amelia's Missing Person Case Was Prematurely Closed:
In the decades that followed Amelia Earhart being declared "dead in absentia," a variety of conflicting reports attempted to explain what really happened to her: "She was captured and executed," "She died in a foreign prison," "She crashed her plane into the ocean," and "She died a castaway's death on a desert island," became the most promoted ideas among them. Contrarily, any suggestions that presented the possibility of Amelia continuing to live-on were swiftly dismissed. That is, until The 1997-2017 Swindell Study results presented the first comprehensive analysis to clearly exhibit Amelia Earhart's continued existence well beyond 1937, with a different name applied to her person.

On the subject of the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam), (shown in another comparison below) since 1970, scholars kept asking a lingering, unanswered question about this highly respected, all be her 'enigmatic' woman. The Swindell Study learned how after World War Two she emerged from nowhere to begin working as a respected figure in the New York banking industry, and to acquaintances she sometimes described herself as a 'former pilot' who 'used to know' Amelia Earhart. Anymore, however, by virtue of the Study, the reality of her past is now clearly observable in a forensic way... and there is no going back.