Amelia Earhart: What The General Public Never Knew

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The Curious Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam
Past Significant Amelia Earhart Disappearance Investigations
About 'Operation Earhart' (1960-1970)
About Tod Swindell
Drumming Out False Earhart History
The 1980s and 1990s Words Of Monsignor James Francis Kelley On Amelia Earhart
Comparing Amelia Earhart To Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Surname 'Bolam' added in 1958)
About The Irene-Amelia Forensic Analysis Results
The Reality of Amelia Earhart Versus 'Freedom of the Press'
The Amelia Earhart We Barely Knew...
What President Roosevelt Knew, What The FBI Knew, & Amelia's Sister On Her friend, 'Irene'
Wikipedia Is Deceitful About Amelia and Irene
Newspaper Fraud Tried To Hide The Truth In 1982



"The most thorough review and examination of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and missing person case ever conducted."




Amelia Earhart in her thirty-first year,
when she instantly became famous.


Dedicated to

Doris Kearns Goodwin and Amy Kleppner



Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin (left) and Amy Kleppner
(right) Educator, Doctor of Philosophy, Amelia Earhart's niece. 


Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Also honoring the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who, "...bore witness to, argued for, and helped to constitutionalize the most hard fought and least-appreciated revolution in modern American history: the emancipation of women. Aside from Thurgood Marshall, no single American has so wholly advanced the cause of equality under the law." Jill Lepore, The New Yorker



Amelia Earhart, 1937 

"Amelia Earhart was interested in the status of women from an early age. She compiled a scrapbook about women who had nontraditional jobs, mainly in male dominated fields. She wanted women to achieve greater equality in the aviation industry. For example, she hoped that women would be able to fly commercial aircraft eventually. She persisted because she loved aviation and she also was passionate about achieving equality for women." Amelia's niece, Amy Kleppner [2018 Canary & Co interview]



Caution: Avoid the claims of Tighar and other Amelia Earhart 'we solved the mystery' canvassers that skew the reality of what happened to Amelia in 1937 -- by steering the news media in a variety of misleading directions.


"Amelia Eahart died on a desert island well
south of the equator and her remains were
 devoured by thousands of tiny crabs." 


"Amelia flew-on aimlessly after missing
Howland Island, eventually exhausted her ample
fuel supply, and spiraled into the Pacific Ocean."

Above are examples of 'Earhart misleads' errantly played-up by the news media. These two and a number of other invented theories lacked validity from the start, since only one truth ever existed to account for what became of Amelia Earhart after she was declared 'missing' in 1937.
Discovered fifty-years ago, yet tactfully downplayed since then, in recent years the reality of what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing grew to be obvious -- and is now plain to see.
Take your time, here it is:

Most people forgot about this national news
story from 1970. Except, they shouldn't have.
Fifty years ago, a controversial claim about Amelia Earhart surfaced that was covered by all U.S. news outlets. It had to do with information contained in a newly published book about Amelia -- that led to a major press conference: 










On November 11, 1970, news reporters and cameramen crowded into a conference room at the Time-Life Building in New York City, to listen to Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam respond to a broad-minded implication about her that appeared in a new book about Amelia Earhart -- who she acknowledged was a long ago friend of hers.





Wielding a strong and certain voice, the enigmatic 'Irene' stood alone while reading a formal statement prepared by her attorney. She then held her ground while briefly answering a few questions, before leaving the room. Except, the story about her was far from over. Four years later, in 1974, this mention appeared in a follow-up article on the book's assertion about, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, AKA "Mrs. Guy Bolam":



Curious, how after four years of debating it, the United States legal system still could not decide if Mrs. Guy Bolam was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart(?) On the surface that seems a bit odd. Peering below the surface helps one to understand why, since she actually was the former Amelia Earhart.


Above, proud with her wings is the same person who held the 
1970 press conference; the former Amelia Earhart, in 1977.
Those who do not think this is possible, keep going, you soon
will, for it has grown to exist as an obvious reality. This is true,
notwithstanding U.S. Federal Government agents, lobbyists,
and Amelia Earhart status-quo stalwarts whom for fifty-years
have influenced the general public not to believe or accept it,
most significantly in the interest of historical convenience.


From Below The Surface Arises A Recently

Completed, In-Depth Review & Forensic Analysis

Of The Life Of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam


By virtue of an independent investigative research and human comparison study, it is now plain to observe what the news media did not notice those years ago about the woman above in question, Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. 

Most importantly, the analysis revealed she was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who Amelia Earhart did know in the 1930s: 

Below: A 1930 dated newspaper photo of Charles James Craigmile,
(left) with his wife, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
and Irene's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley, (right). 


Below, the original Irene O'Crowley (later 'Craigmile') in 1918, at age fourteen:


 [Learn more about the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile further down.] 

Unrealized by reporters at the time, the Irene who held the 1970 press conference appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s, and as it turned out, according to the study results, she indeed was identical to Amelia Earhart. 
Incredibly enough, a comparison study to determine if she at all resembled Amelia Earhart had never been done before, until a comprehensive one commenced in recent years gone by. From the study results here are a few 'digital composite' examples:



Above, from the comparison study observe digitally combined images of Amelia Earhart and the 'Irene' who held the 1970 press conference. Below are digital transition examples:


Above, Amelia Earhart, age 39...  


...digitally transitions...  


...into her future self of...  


...the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley


...the way she looked
in 1965.  

Head-to-toe physical bodies and character traits all lined up.


Amelia Earhart, age 38 in 1935...


...transitions into...


...the post-1940 Irene who
held the 1970 press conference,
the way she looked in 1946.


For fifty-years news reporters and the general public have been persuaded by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society [both subservient agencies of the U.S. Federal Government] not to recognize the distinguished and proud looking person above as the former Amelia Earhart, even though that is exactly who she used to be. The Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who Amelia Earhart knew in the 1930s, was an entirely different person. 


Another digital composite example of
Amelia and the post-1940 Irene, FKA 'Earhart'
['Digital composites' are
displayed throughout the study.] 

In the 1930s, Amelia Earhart was acquainted
with the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
whose name she later used for herself:


The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
shown next to her plane in 1933, did not
physically resemble Amelia Earhart. She
 was also commonly referred to as, 'Irene 
Craigmile' as listed below:

MAY 1933


Amelia Earhart in 1921. In 1928, when she was thirty years old
she suddenly became famous. Not long after that she met Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile. Years later in 1937, Amelia was declared
a missing person. Then in 1939, to release her estate to her next
of kin, Amelia was legally declared 'dead in absentia' after n
evidence of her person's ongoing existence was produced. Except
Amelia did not die back then. Rather, she lived on and ended up
assuming the leftover identity of the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, and was known by that name for the rest of her life.

Below, in 1967, Elmo Pickerill, Secretary of the Early Birds of Aviation, wrote the following about the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, to Joseph A. Gervais. Mr. Pickerill knew the original Irene had been a pilot "pal" of Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry in the 1930s:



In the full context of his letter, Elmo Pickerill did his best to convince Joe Gervais that the post-1940 Irene and the original Irene were one in the same. Gervais, who had met the post-1940 Irene in 1965, knew better and did not believe him.

Viola Gentry, who also knew the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, was a good pilot friend of Amelia's and pretty famous herself. Note the news mention below that lists the address Viola had in Brooklyn (316 Rutland) that was also listed for the original Irene under her photo above.  


Above, there were a few lady pilots who lived at the 316 Rutland Rd. apartment building located in the heart of Brooklyn. To the right is Viola Gentry, who became famous before Amelia Earhart did after she flew under the Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge on the same day in 1926. A terrible plane crash derailed her career in 1929, but not enough to keep her from becoming a charter member of the 99s with her friend, Amelia, who chiefly organized it that year and served as its first president. The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who only flew for about a year and a half after her husband, Charles, died in late 1931, was never listed as a 99s member. Viola often included her within her own piloting network, though, as cited in the two clippings below. It was Amelia who introduced the original Irene to Viola. The two experienced pilots took the newly-widowed original Irene under their combined wings, until the original Irene realized she was pregnant out of wedlock in mid-1933. Her piloting days fizzled out after that, and by the time 1940 arrived the original Irene was no longer evident. Amelia later assumed the original Irene's leftover identity for herself to use. It was something that Viola, Amelia's sister, Muriel, and quite likely, Amelia's mother, Amy Otis Earhart, were made aware of and proved instrumental in protecting the secrecy of it all in their later life years.


Viola Gentry
"The Flying Cashier"


A 1933 press notice citing Viola Gentry as the governor of Connecticut's invited guest of honor with the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile joining her. Jack Warner is also mentioned, who Viola secretly wed--and then kept it a secret as long as she could.


Another 1933 press notice telling of Viola Gentry entertaining Lady Drummond Hay of England, with other lady pilots including the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Note: Pearl Pellaton also had an apartment at 316 Rutland Rd.



Above: The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (left) in 1930; the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam (right) FKA Amelia Earhart, in 1965. They were two different individuals attributed to the same identity in different eras. Obfuscated over time by different theories and postulations, as convoluted as the famous story of Amelia Earhart's 1937 'disappearance' grew to be, what became of her is now understandable in this simplified way: At some point after Amelia went missing, unknown to the general public, she changed her name and lived-on for decades that way.


Reproduced from the original negative is the photo
of the former Amelia Earhart taken on August 8, 1965
by Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) in East Hampton,
New York, outside of the Sea Spray Inn.


August 9, 1965; Viola Gentry and the former Amelia Earhart's
British husband, Guy Bolam, who she wed in 1958. (Photo taken
by the former Amelia outside of the Sea Spray Inn.)


Pilot friends Amelia Earhart, Elinor
Smith, and Viola Gentry, after Amelia's
solo-flight Atlantic Ocean crossing in 1932


In black and white, this is the way the photo of Guy and
Irene appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives  (below)
 by Joe Klass, who shared its copyright with Joseph A. Gervais.


Viola Gentry, Amelia's sister, Muriel, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's family, and a few devoted others, (and 'official government silence' toward the matter) helped to protect Amelia's later life privacy by only referring to her as 'Irene.' 

To expound on how the historical anomaly of Amelia Earhart's continued incognito existence came to be, a close review of some forgotten facts pertaining to her 1937 disappearance and missing person case is essential:




What the General Public Never
Knew about Amelia Earhart, after
she went 'missing' on July 2, 1937.



The above passage was excerpted from a 1938 White
House transcript. Read more about it further down.

"You're onto something that will stagger your imagination."
The 1962 words of retired United States Navy Commander, John Pillsbury, as told to CBS Radio Journalist, Fred Goerner, who had recently begun investigating Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. Commander Pillsbury's words referenced the truth about Amelia Earhart; a 'truth' that U.S. Naval Intelligence was privy to dating back to the World War Two era. At the time, Fred Goerner had recently convinced CBS to sponsor his own truth-seeking effort after he learned of an already in-progess overseas investigation known as, Operation Earhart -- that was being conducted by three Air Force officers; USAF Captains Joseph A. Gervais, Bob Dinger, and Paul Briand Jr.




Above left: Fred Goerner, of the CBS Radio network, is shown at his broadcasting desk in 1965. His 1966 expose', The Search For Amelia Earhart (center) reached #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List. On the right he is shown with famous television personality, Art Linkletter, during his book's promotional tour. 
After reviewing the overseas preliminary findings of Operation Earhart, that featured numerous testimonials pertaining to Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence after July 2, 1937, Goerner also traveled to the South Sea Islands region where Amelia was last known to be. Once there, he learned for himself that the famous pilot did not just 'up and disappear'. As well, for three years, U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Commander, Admiral Chester Nimitz, helped with Goerner's investigation and confided to him that it was, "known and documented in Washington" that Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were "picked up by Japan in the Marshall Islands" and they were sequestered there during the onset of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Supplementing Admiral Nimitz' 1960s' statement to Fred Goerner, news items akin to this Associated Press article lead-in from 2002, continually managed to surface over the years, only to be left unaddressed in an official way: 


In the 1960s, Fred Goerner found it difficult to draw a conclusion on what became of Amelia Earhart after she was rescued, so based on a second-hand account, he postulated that Amelia may have died of dysentery while in Japan's care, although his suggestion never came close to being authenticated.
Today, as if by historical design, few people recall Fred Goerner or his book for a couple of reasons: One dates back to the pre-World War Two administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and  the other pertains to a post-World War Two 'pact' made between the United States and Japan, leaving 'official silence' to always be adhered to by both countries... not only when it came to what happened to Amelia Earhart in July of 1937, but as well, when it came to the circumstances she was subjected to as she continued to live-on afterward:

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Washington and Tokyo, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." 1982, aviation historians, Marylin Bender and Selig Altschul on the 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person cases of Amelia Earhart, and her navigator, Fred Noonan, quoted from their book, The Chosen Instrument.

Here again, consider the following words from a 1938 White House transcript that concerned the true circumstances of Amelia Earhart's 'disappearance' from the previous year:




Of note, whatever President Franklin Roosevelt's administration withheld about Amelia Earhart's unanticipated world flight ending, it never did make it public.



President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

I hope I've just got to never make it public." Quoted from a 1938 White House transcript concerning what actually happened to Amelia Earhart -- nine months after she was reported missing. In the past it was evidenced that President Roosevelt's administration withheld important information it knew pertaining to the true fate of Amelia Earhart. Although FDR's administration never lied about it, its silence toward the matter projected a non-truth that suggested Amelia vanished without a trace and she was never seen again.

Except... that simply did not happen.


Eisenhower Sample: Non-Truth Versus Truth


Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States; Five Star WWII
General; championed NASA to the forefront of the space race in the 1950s.
Note as well, he became a close friend of pilot, Jackie Cochran, and her husband,
Floyd Odlum, who helped to finance Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight attempt.

Non-truths are creations that come in all shapes and sizes. Truths, on the other hand, exist as they are in a 'one size fits all' fashion, although they can be altered to not fit so well. 

A government will sometimes deem a non-truth necessary to project and adhere to for what it considers to be, 'the better good' of its body public. An example of this is found in the non-truthful statement President Dwight D. Eisenhower willfully made to the American public on national television -- that pertained to Russia's May of 1960 downing of U-2 pilot, Francis Gary Powers, deep inside Soviet territory.

When the truthful circumstances of what actually happened were divulged by Russia, President Eisenhower had no choice but to address the nation once again -- to admit that initially he had 'knowingly' but 'necessarily' as well, delivered a non-truthful statement about the Powers' incident to the American public.


President Richard Nixon demonstrated his own
"official silence" about Amelia Earhart in 1970:


Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President
of the United States of America, served as
Vice President under Eisenhower.

In 1970, four years after Fred Goerner's book came out, when the new claim describing Amelia Earhart's continued existence in the United States with a different identity made national news, important opinions were sought. When he was casually asked about it, though, President Richard Nixon dryly replied, "We don't discuss that subject around here."

[That 'subject' being 'Earhart' and  'around here' meaning 'the White House'.]


"Truth is not a mystery -- its greatest secrets are yours to know through simple honesty and surrender to what that honesty reveals." John de Ruiter



Above left, TV news reporter, Merrill Dean Magley; above right,
former Seton Hall College President, Monsignor James Francis Kelley

"After all she had been through, she didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." 1987, Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996) as told to reporter, Merrill Dean Magley. The well known monsignor was one of the former Amelia Earhart's closest friends in her post-1940 years. To select individuals he confided in, Monsignor Kelley spoke truthfully about his friend, Irene's past just as he did to Dean Magley and his wife, Carol, in the mid-1980s. Dean Magley was the only news reporter on record that Monsignor Kelley opened up to. As shown in the following 1982 clipping, he had steered clear of addressing his friend, Irene's dual identity to other reporters:


Below left, Monsignor James Francis Kelley dines with the former Amelia Earhart in 1978. Below right, Monsignor Kelley introduces LPGA golfer, Janey Blalock, to Pope Paul VI. Monsignor Kelley, who held Doctorate degrees in Psychology and Philosophy, served as a post-war "emotional healer and spiritual guide" for the former Amelia Earhart, and admitted to helping her with her identity change. Read more about him further down.



"Either you deal with what is
the reality, or you can be
sure that the reality is going
to deal with you."

Alex Haley 


"People may imagine things that are false, but they can only understand things that are true."

"I can calculate the motion of bodies, but not the madness of people."

Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727)


Laws of Physics Applied to
the True Fate of Amelia Earhart
Isaac Newton's first law of physics states that every object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled to change its state by the action of an external force. Here, consider Amelia Earhart as the 'object' in question, where "force is equal to the change in momentum," and "for every action in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction."
Amelia flew in "a straight line" until her failure to locate Howland Island (the "external force") compelled her to change her state of being to no longer proceed that way. Relatively, the external force converted her momentum into a life saving measure within her "equal, opposite reaction." Ultimately, Amelia managed to ditch her plane on another land mass located in the southernmost Marhsall Islands, technically a 'no fly zone' earlier mandated as the Imperial Nipponese Islands. There, she remained for a few days before she was picked up, and soon after that she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, found themselves subjugated by the precarious circumstance their failure to locate Howland Island caused. 
Somehow after that, and throughout the course of the war, Amelia continued to exist amid unknown circumstances, and she managed to live-on for decades as well... all be her in virtual anonymity in comparison to the world famous person she used to be.
As for Fred Noonan, perhaps it's best to consider that what became of him remains stuck in the abyss of history's missing pages.


Digital Face Recognition programs
arrived in the Twenty-First Century. 


Amelia Earhart, 1937


Post-1940 Irene, 1965


Irene & Amelia
digitally combined


Post-1940 Irene, 1965


Digital Face Recognition
resolved the post-1940 Irene
and Amelia as one in the same.


Amelia Earhart


Amelia Earhart

Below: Two digitally combined images showing Amelia Earhart's person in her younger form as Amelia, and in her older form as Irene.


The comprehensive human comparison study included a modern Digital Face Recognition analysis that resolved Amelia Earhart and the Irene who faced the press in 1970, to have been one in the same human being. There is no denying this now verified reality. Henceforth, it stands to be rationally accepted by serious historians, or to be irrationally contradicted by people less aware of the facts that pertained to Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person case.


The material presented here displays the truth pertaining to what became of the famous pilot, Amelia Earhart, after she was reported 'missing' in 1937. This is not a new realization, but it has been a steadfastly subdued one.











For years, a collection of Amelia Earhart authors already agreed, (their books shown above) and now more experts are aligning themselves with the findings of the innovative, 'digital forensic comparison analysis' that clarified the reality of Amelia Earhart's historically obfuscated, post-1940 existence with a different name.

1.)  The analysis deeply evaluated the most prominent theories that attempted to unravel 'the mystery' of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. 

2.) In the process, it discovered something never before realized about the maverick 1960s investigation known as Operation Earhart, that caused quite a news story in 1970, when it went public with its conclusion.

3.) Based on the results of its ten-year independent investigation, Operation Earhart boldly asserted, with a reasonable foundation for doing so, that Amelia Earhart quietly lived-on well after she was declared missing, and that she had changed her name to 'Irene'. Strangely enough, decades would go by after Operation Earhart made its assertion, before the 'Irene' in question was actually compared to Amelia Earhart.




The forensic comparison analysis evaluated and compared full bodies and character traits, and issued positive Digital Face Recognition results. Experts whom have reviewed the study results now agree that Amelia Earhart did live-on, and she eventually became known as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.

[Note: Previously, the United States Federal Government never issued a statement about the unresolved, 'Amelia became known as Irene' postulation.]

Incredibly, until the recent analysis took place an Amelia to Irene forensic comparison study had never been done before. The final results exhibited an overall physical and character traits congruence, and revealed that the woman in question known as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam' appeared nowhere identified that way prior to the 1940s.

While this has always existed as the true account of what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937, dating back to 1970, when it was first made public, it ended up being a suppressed reality.

More digital composites follow... 



Amelia & the post-1940 Irene digitally combined.


Post-1940 Irene


Post-1940 Irene
FKA: Amelia




Sisters Amelia and Muriel

It's no coincidence that Amelia Earhart's only sibling, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who died in 1998, was an acquaintance of the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in her later life years. Except, if people dared to ask it of Muriel about Irene, she immediately denied that she was her survived sister going by a different name, insisting at the same time that she demonstrated "practically no physical resemblance" to Amelia. This of course, was before the comparison results showed there had been more than one person attributed to the same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile identity, and how the bodies of the post-1940 only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia Earhart were virtual carbon copies of each other. Below, Muriel is quoted in a 1982 newspaper article rejecting the still ongoing assertion that her 'Zonta sister' friend, Irene, (whose death had recently been inaccurately reported) was actually her survived sister, Amelia, going by a different name. The "soon after the story broke" mention referred to Operation Earhart's 1970 newsmaking claim about Irene: 


Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who died in 1998, was a key part of the network that protected the reality of her sister's post-war existence as Irene.




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

"I have carefully studied the presentation. Its conclusion that there was more than one Irene O'Crowley Craigmile has completely convinced me that this is indeed the case. The study results also convinced me that one of them used to be Amelia Earhart. Incredible. It is quite an impressive package. Keep charging - Gene." A note forwarded to the forensic analysis and comparison study orchestrator, Tod Swindell, from retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot. Rear Admiral Tissot was a prominent member of the Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers from 1989 to 2014. Tissot's father, Ernie Tissot, served as Amelia Earhart's head plane mechanic during her 1935 Hawaii to Oakland flight. 

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


Above, a 2016 photograph of Lou Foudray, Earhart historian and former caretaker of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum. She is shown on the front porch of the home where Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas. Lou lived there for many years and was one of the learned individuals who recognized Amelia's post-loss existence with a different name.


USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck in 1944 

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



Tod Swindell

"I suppose I know this story better than anyone from within the public realm. I've been studying and writing about it since the mid-1990s. Along the way, as a result of the combined efforts of myself and other Earhart truth seers before me, and more recently by way of the comparison analysis results, I watched the veracity of Amelia Earhart having changed her name to Irene and living well beyond 1937, evolve into what can only be described as, "an obvious reality."
Unfortunately, there is a common opposing 'think-tank' out there, or a legion of important sounding individuals if you will, that continues to ridicule and/or argue against this truth, but that is destined to change. [Wikipedia's "Irene Craigmile Bolam" page concocted by a Dr. Alex Mandel of Ukraine, that falsely states a Nat Geo hired forensic detective concluded the post-1940 Irene and Amelia were not one in the same, is one 'truth detraction' example among several.] TIGHAR; wrong. Nauticos; wrong. Amelia somehow dying while in Japan's custody; wrong. All wrong.
Amelia lived-on after 1937, and for reasons only she and a select few others knew coming out of the World War Two years, (future privacy for herself easily listed among them) she optioned, no doubt with important supportive assistance, to assume a different identity. Where people still have a hard time accepting such a reality about this historically formidable, equal-rights advocate, (beyond fighting for gender equality, Amelia was outspoken about the mistreatment of African Americans a decade prior to Jackie Robinson being allowed to step onto a Major League Baseball diamond) yes, where people still have a hard time accepting this now recognizable truth, it is because the curious were always led in other directions that kept them from studying the bigger picture... of Amelia Earhart."




After she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958, the post-1940 Irene's full name became Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. The above 1977 taken photo and caption were featured in a 2003 Los Angeles Times article that acknowledged her still unresolved 'identity' question. Prior to it appearing in the Times, this photo had never been publicly displayed before. Anymore, reality tells us that it features the former Amelia Earhart when she was about to turn eighty-years old. 


Note: The L.A. Times caption under the above photo is not fully accurate. There was a lawsuit, but the post-1940 Irene (FKA 'Amelia') never actually dropped it. It took five years, but in December of 1975, the former Amelia Earhart won her defamation case against the McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. (She was awarded $60k.) However, she did not sue McGraw-Hill for calling her out as the former Amelia Earhart. Rather, she cited a book it published in 1970, titled Amelia Earhart Lives, had falsely alleged that she was a 'bigamist' and a 'traitor to her country' and she sued for libel, where, according to her attorney, the 'damaging to her reputation' allegation were 'reckless miscalculations.' What did go relatively unnoticed, though, as alluded to in the caption, was that per the outcome of her case, and based on the court's summary judgment recommendation, she settled with the book's authors, Joe Klaas and Joseph A. Gervais, by way of exchanging ten-dollars of consideration with them, after she refused to submit her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity.




The controversial 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives (left) featured a somewhat candidly taken '1965' photograph (right) of the former Amelia Earhart with her British husband, Guy Bolam. The book was written and published without the former Amelia's cooperation or endorsement and she strongly disapproved of it. She immediately fought to discount it, and denied her famous past in the process. McGraw-Hill removed its best selling book from the stores, although forty-thousand copies had already made it into circulation. Portions of Amelia Earhart Lives did contain some far-out speculating, but it presented an interesting alternate viewpoint of Amelia's fate and included some fascinating anecdotal information in the process. Although it ended up being widely discredited by historians, the writing of Joe Klaas gripped the attention of its readers as he profiled and expounded on the decade long 'Operation Earhart' investigation effort led by Joseph A. Gervais. It was eventually republished through the Author's Guild. 



The above excerpt came from a 1987 newspaper article.

Upon observation, there hasn't been a forensic expert or historian that disagreed with the results of what is now being referred to as: "The most thorough review and examination of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and missing person case ever conducted."
 Please observe here once again
knowing that there was more than 
one person attributed to the same
'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' identity.  
[Take your time, there is much more information to digest here.]



Below are clear images of the former Amelia Earhart as she appeared in 1965 and 1977. For decades gone by, the general public was conditioned by the Smithsonian Institution not to accept the reality of her past identity. It is true, though, after she went missing, in time Amelia Earhart became known as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile:


Above, 1965
Below, once again
digitally combined:




Above, 1977
Below, once again,
digitally combined:



Below: Close-up, Amelia's eyes:


Below: Close-up, the post-1940 Irene's eyes:


Below: Amelia's & the post-1940 Irene's eyes digitally combined
displayed a perfect match pupil to pupil; tear-duct to tear-duct.



Above, whether or not people choose to believe or accept it, this is
the former Amelia Earhart the way she looked in the summer of 1965.



The certainty that Amelia Earhart became known as 'Irene' in her post-1940 years was further enhanced by the discovery that she had been acquainted with the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, a once budding pilot, who looked nothing like her:



Above again: Charles J. Craigmile and the original Irene nee O'Crowley Craigmile in 1930.
[Both were gone by the time World War Two began.]

It is no accident that clear visual evidence of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile is difficult to come by. Yet the available visible evidence of her the analysis managed to locate -- that shows her prior to the 1940s -- revealed a person who did not at all resemble Amelia Earhart. The analysis also examined the life story of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, a former pilot friend of Amelia's, whose name and identity Amelia assumed for herself to use at some point after her disappearance.


 Notwithstanding the contradicting viewpoints issued in the past by off-the-mark influences, to include wikipedia and the trademarked Amelia Earhart brand, the post-1940 Irene did used to be known as Amelia Earhart.

People who still consider this reality to be 'suspect' might recall the variety of failed 'Earhart mystery solving' theories from decades gone by -- that never offered authentic evidence to support their differing conclusions. (How did we, the American public, become so historically naive about Earhart?)

They Were Wrong: 



Richard Gillespie of Tighar claimed Amelia died on a desert island and her body was devoured by tiny crabs. He was wrong. 


Mike Campbell of "The Truth At Last" claimed Amelia was captured and held by Japan, and she died in its custody of medical neglect. He was wrong.


Richard Martini of "Earhart's Electra" said Amelia was executed on Saipan by a small Japanese soldiers' firing squad. He was wrong.


Australia's David Billings offered that Amelia turned around to head back to her disembarking point of New Guineau, and that she crashed and sank into the ocean just before making it there. He was wrong.

"What can one say? They tried? Maybe so. It is clear, though; they never studied the 'Amelia became know as Irene' assertion close enough." Tod Swindell

"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

Let's just call the following, "self evidence."


"Amelia as Irene in her later life years, shown above-left at a 1976 Zonta gathering, still wrote poetry, she was still an avid photographer, and she still belonged to the Zonta organization for professional women like she used to. The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was never aligned with those attributes." Tod Swindell
Below, the post-1940 Irene's image profile from above is shown perfectly aligning with that of her former 'Amelia' self:



The post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1976
and her former Amelia Earhart self digitally combined.
(Photo taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia; now Croatia.)
Below is another news clipping about the post-1940 Irene.
It comments on her similarities to Amelia Earhart--that
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did not demonstrate: 


 To reiterate, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was never a Zonta member, nor was she
into photography, nor was she a world traveler who knew prominent people. Not to leave
out, her brief stint as a pilot was derailed in 1933 by an unexpected pregnancy.


Above left, the post-1940 Irene; center, Irene & her
former Amelia-self digitally combined; right, Amelia

A handwriting example from the character
traits section of the comparison analysis:


Above is a cryptic handwritten line from a 1967
note penned by the former Amelia Earhart. She
actually wrote about two people who, 'knew us 
both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile'.
Below is Amelia's own 'Amelia M Earhart' signature
the way it appeared on a school form she filled out when
she was seventeen. The similarity of the cursive styles
is no coincidence since the same hand produced them. 


Below, from the Character Traits comparison study, some of the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's cursive letters are shown on the left, and some cursive letter samples from when she was known as Amelia Earhart are shown on the right:







Note: The above comparisons are part of the
Document Examination portion of the analysis.

Below, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was introduced to Amelia Earhart by her aunt, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who raised the original Irene from age twelve on. The newspaper article below was printed in 1963. Attorney Irene was among the first women lawyers to practice law in New York and New Jersey. She met Amelia Earhart after Amelia joined the Zonta organization for professional women in 1928. Attorney Irene was a charter Zonta member who not only served as its International Relations Chairperson, but for a time, she was its National President. Born in 1886, she was single most all of her life, until the 1950s, when she married a physician, Dr. William Heineke, but she chose to keep her maiden name after doing so. (Dr. Heineke died prior to the below article appearing.) Like Amelia, Attorney Irene was multi-lingual, and after Amelia assumed the identity of Attorney Irene's niece (AKA the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile), in the 1950s the former Amelia as well served as Zonta's International Relations Chairperson while heading its Long Island chapter. It is no accident that in all of the biographies written about Amelia Earhart, one never sees the names of Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley or the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile mentioned anywhere. Amelia's Zonta membership is also barely spoken of, although her busy schedule did keep her from being a more active Zonta participant.



Below, from 1939, notice two mentions under the reference to Irene (Rutherford) O'Crowley in the following article: Mary Raebling, New Jersey Bank President; and Amelia Earhart, an 'early Zonta member' who that same 1939 year was declared "dead in absentia." After her return to the United States as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in the mid-1940s, the former Amelia, who had been known for being meticulous with finances, was ensconced as a Long Island bank vice president and she rejoined the Zonta organization as well. 




The 1928 article below featured Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley (left, wearing pearls) at age forty-two during her distinguished legal career. 


Below, once again, Amelia shown in a digital composite
with her later-life 'Irene' self from a 1976 Zonta function:


As a result of its findings, the analysis discarded all other theories in favor of Operation Earhart's original conclusion from a half-century ago, that stated Amelia Earhart, unknown to the public, lived-on for many years after changing her name.

"Most people who recall 'Operation Earhart' thought it was a hoax. 'Operation Earhart' was far from that. It was started in 1960 by three Air Force officers stationed overseas; Joseph A. Gervais, Paul Briand, and Robert Dinger, who were serving in the same region that only fifteen-years before was the Pacific Theatre for World War Two. In 1970, Operation Earhart's findings led to the book that caused the aforementioned news item that is further elaborated on here. Said 'news item' about Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam raised some important eyebrows back then... that all-but magically made it go away." Tod Swindell



In November of 1970, over five-hundred newspapers nationwide ran headlines and photos akin to what is shown here -- while covering Operation Earhart's claim that stated Amelia Earhart had survived her disappearance and she changed her name in the process. Incredibly, no one thought to do a comprehensive comparison analysis of the woman in question juxtaposed to Amelia Earhart, until decades after the fact, when Tod Swindell came along. By then of course, the story had long been swept under the rug of official history.


Irene, 1965                       Amelia, 1935


As the year 2020 continues on its life altering path, the results of this new and unique Forensic Research and Human Comparison analysis, that conducted a modern, uncompromising review of Amelia Earhart's life and the different postulated theories about what happened to her, continues to be previewed here. Again, this epic forensic journey began by way of re-conjuring the dismissed '1970' news item... from a full half-century ago. Here's another look:  






As previewed earlier, she caused quite a stir when she made headlines in 1970, yet few people today recall the elusive woman known as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam ...who answered the bell swinging after the ten-year investigation known as 'Operation Earhart' unexpectedly called her out as the former Amelia Earhart:



Irene O'Crowley Craigmile [Bolam] told the
press, "I  am not a mystery woman and I am
not Amelia Earhart." [Her surname of
'Bolam' was added by marriage in 1958.]

Above are two 1970 news photos showing Irene defiantly facing the press. She offered that in the 1930s, she had been a pilot who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart, adding that she, "sat and talked with Amelia several times." Of course, she denied the assertion that she and Amelia were one in the same. Note the following news clipping:


The name of "Gervais" referenced in the above clipping referred to Joseph A. Gervais, who as mentioned, in 1960, while serving across the Pacific Ocean as an Air Force captain and listening to a variety of reliable accounts that described how Amelia Earhart had survived her disappearance, formed 'Operation Earhart' with fellow USAF servicemen, Bob Dinger and Paul Briand.
Joseph A. Gervais said he was not 'obsessed' with the idea that she might be Amelia Earhart, rather, he said after looking into the matter for five years after he met her, he outright "knew" Amelia Earhart was who she used to be. He added that she became tactfully evasive after they met because she could tell that he had figured out her former identity, except she wasn't able to publicly own up to it, and she had a good support system that stood by her. Below are more 1970 news clippings:






Once again, this 1930 newspaper photo shows the
original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile between her
husband, Charles James Craigmile, and  her father,
Richard Joseph O'Crowley. She was not the same
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who stood before the
the press forty-years later, in 1970. According to
history, though, she was, or should have been.
Richard Joseph O'Crowley was the oldest sibling
of Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, of
Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley, and of
Edna Madeleine O'Crowley Horsford.

In 1970, hardly anyone had heard of 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam' before, but she handled the press like a pro before returning to her life as an international business woman. [At the time she was serving as president of a company aligned with Radio Luxembourg in Europe, known as Guy Bolam Associates Inc.] In retrospect, it's amazing a thorough check of her background was not conducted, nor was a comparison study called for.  



Above, a 1971 listing showing Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, (AKA the former Amelia Earhart, simply referenced as 'Irene Bolam') as President of Guy Bolam Associates Inc., an international company founded by her late husband, Englishman Guy Bolam, who she wed in 1958. The company's main client was Radio Luxembourg.

A closer review showed that there was a lot more to the 'Irene' who faced the press than met the eye. To start with, it turned out that she was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. To be sure, 'Operation Earhart' was onto something that managed to slip under the radar those years ago. Indeed, few noticed that four years after Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam faced the press, the contested debate over her true life-long identity continued on -- as edified again in the 1974 news clipping:


Considering the above clipping, some might question the United States legal system's inability to determine whether or not the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam under scrutiny at the time was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart, and rightfully so. Continue on to learn more about how and why the debate over her true identity was left unresolved.




Re-Tracing the Forensic Path to the Truth
It was almost four decades after the 'Amelia to Irene' news-story saga played out, that an interesting twist occurred pertaining to who the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam that faced the press in 1970 actually was -- when the forensic analysis concluded she was not identifiable as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s. This reality had not been publicly ascertained before.
As noted, the study also confirmed how prior to the 1940s, there was an Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who Amelia Earhart had been loosely acquainted with, and as also noted, the person who faced the press in 1970, who is shown directly below in 1977, was not she.


The post-1940 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' in 1977.
[Surname of 'Bolam' added in 1958 by marriage.]
She was previously known as, Amelia Earhart.


As also mentioned, it was additionally learned, likely as a result of her convincing denial, that the post-1940 Irene's physical being and character traits were never compared to those of Amelia Earhart back then.
So where it was eventually expounded on by individuals who closely tracked the above Irene's story, that her life long identity issue was never fully resolved, it stood to reason that a comparison study would at least eliminate the possibility of her previously having been known as Amelia Earhart.
This thinking remained... until the study delivered its unexpected reality:


The 'indomitable' Irene


Amelia Earhart (misspelled 'Earheart')
is featured on a sheet music cover. 


When digitally combined,
as displayed above, Amelia 
Earhart and the post-1940
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
 exhibited an undeniable, 
head-to-toe congruence. 


Another example showing Amelia and
the post-1940 Irene digitally combined

Note: All of the comparison elements featured here came from a comprehensive analysis orchestrated within the independent research investigation of Tod Swindell. In consideration of the Laws of Physics, and the magnitude of Mr. Swindell's study achievements that were accumulated in a span of time that exceeded the previous two decades, arguably, the way his study results managed to cleanly over challenge the physically recorded history of what became of Amelia Earhart, his overall accomplishment may well justify a Nobel Prize nomination in the Physics category. Mr. Swindell's study results did not solve the mystery of where Amelia Earhart was or what she was doing from July 2, 1937 to mid-1945, but they did solve her 'missing person case' by physically producing her post-loss 'body evidence' in a non-contestable manner. 


"While numerous testimonials from overseas concurred that Amelia and her navigator were rescued by Japan's Imperial Navy in 1937, it remains difficult to precisely calculate what happened to them after that. Especially in Amelia's case, when it comes to determining where she was and what she was doing after July 2, 1937 to mid-1945, the precise answers to those two questions remain unknown beyond myriad educated guesses. The forensic analysis made it doable, though, to draw a hard conclusion on what eventually became of Amelia, by way of exhibiting her undeniable 'body evidence' that ostensibly solved her missing person case. Simply put, Amelia lived-on after she went missing, and became known as, Irene." Tod Swindell


A fifty-years commemorative stamp depicting the 'rescue' of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, and the recovery of Amelia's plane. The two fliers were reported "missing" on July 2, 1937. The event of their rescue took place close to the same time the 2nd Sino-Japanese War began, on July 7, 1937. The United States strongly opposed Japan's invasion of China then, that served as a precursor to World War Two.


Amelia Earhart during her 1937 world
 flight, just before she went missing.

When World War Two finally
ended, people were still wondering
what had happened to Amelia. This
article appeared five days after Japan
surrendered to the allied powers.



While the general public continued to wonder about Amelia's true fate, the FDR administration's withheld facts of her disappearance became lost in the shuffle of World War Two. This dovetailed over to President Harry Truman's administration, that after it brought the war to a complete end left all post-war inquiries about Amelia's true fate to still be categorically greeted with official silence, and thus it remained ever since. Once again:

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Washington and Tokyo, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." 1982, aviation historians, Marylin Bender and Selig Altschul on the 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person cases of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, quoted from their book, The Chosen Instrument.

The truth about Amelia Earhart's post-loss survival was never obvious before. Now it is. Except, so what. Does anyone care? Should anyone care? Absolutely. This is a historical awakening not to be denied by academia, lest it prefers to omnisciently allow gullible people to keep dumping their hard earned dollars into Earhart cottage industries ...that peddle nothing less than false plane hunt expeditions. Over the years, millions of dollars have been donated by the public and spent on these fool-hearted endeavors -- and it is time for this ridiculous practice to stop. 

Revisiting Monsignor James Francis Kelley and his words on what became of Amelia Earhart:
"After all she had been through, she didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." 1987, Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996) as spoken to reporter Merrill Dean Magley. The well known monsignor was one of the former Amelia Earhart's closest friends in her later life years.



The above mention came from a 1982 New Jersey Tribune article. Publicly, Msgr. Kelley was reluctant to disclose what he knew about is later life 'close' friend, the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. Privately, he did confide to several people that she used to be known as Amelia Earhart, and that he had helped her assume her new 'Irene' identity after World War Two.



Regarding Monsignor Kelley, in 1991, the following was contained in a letter mailed to Earhart researcher, Rollin C. Reineck, from Mrs. Helen Barber of Wayne, Pennsylvania. Reineck in turn phoned Mrs. Barber and recorded his conversation with her that corroborated with her written statement below:

"During a luncheon with Monsignor Kelley, he related to us and another couple, the Dekosters, how he was commissioned at the end of the war to help bring Amelia Earhart back from Japan. He said he was chosen to serve as her psychiatric priest. He also told us something about missing documents he had to get that she needed in order to help with her identity change. The Monsignor told us that he received her as she was being subjected to an identity change. He told us that she stayed with him at his New Jersey home and I believe sometimes at his St. Croix winter home while he helped with her emotional, spiritual, and psychiatric needs.” 


"He was quite lucid when he told us about his helping Amelia after she returned to the United States." Donald Dekoster, recalling what his friend and seasonal neighbor, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, had described to he and his wife, Ellie, about Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence as 'Irene' after World War Two.

"He did speak of knowing Amelia Earhart." Monsignor Thomas Ivory of West Orange, New Jersey, a past friend of Monsignor Kelley's. Father Ivory presided over Father Kelley's 1996 funeral.



Above: Photos showing Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the former Amelia Earhart together in the 1970s. As noted, during the last decade of his life, the well-known priest described to some trusted acquaintances of his that he had 'helped to receive' Amelia back in the U.S. after the war. He also mentioned he aided with the process of her name change to Irene, and that he monitored her 'emotional recovery' ordeal and served as a spiritual guide for her going forward. He still referred to her as 'Amelia' to the select individuals he confided in. Some non-believers who heard about Father Kelley's conveyance suggested 'old-age dementia' must have caused him to make it all up, as if it was a yarn he had fabricated. The later forensic analysis results, of course, showed he had merely told the truth.
Monsignor Kelley was a past president of Seton Hall College who led the charge for it to become a University. He held doctorate degrees in philosophy and psychology. He died in 1996 at the age of 94. (Amelia's only sibling, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who also knew her sister as 'Irene' in her later life years, died in 1998.)

In his day, Monsignor James Francis 
Kelley was not your everyday priest: 


Monsignor James Francis Kelley introduces LPGA golfer, Janey Blalock to Pope Paul VI.


Monsignor Kelley with then New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne and his wife, Jean; Commissioner of Baseball Bowie Kuhn and his wife, Luisa; and the LPGA's, Sandra Palmer.


Monsignor Kelley with First Lady Betty Ford and Marge Montana.

The following was excerpted from a September 17, 1991 tape-recorded interview with Monsignor Kelley conducted by former Air Force Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck:

COL. REINECK: We believe Jackie Cochran was sent to Japan to help bring Amelia home. Are you aware of that?

MSGR. KELLEY: Yes, I was involved with that.
COL. REINECK: If you have things of hers [Earhart's] I would like to see them. You are aware that she was Irene Bolam?

COL. REINECK: Amelia Earhart was Irene Bolam?
MSGR. KELLEY: That's right, yes.

Amelia's name change appeared to be the result of a well orchestrated, Federal Witness Protection Program. A link to former FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover's involvement with Amelia's well-cloaked existence in the United States from the mid-1940s on, until Hoover died in 1972, became noticeable within the forensic research portion of the analysis.
As exemplified further down, the FOIA released 'World War Two FBI file' on Amelia Earhart that had been primarily controlled by J. Edgar Hoover,  featured several mentions of Amelia's ongoing existence in Japan's care during the war years. This, when combined with Hoover's war-time and post-war years alliance with Monsignor James Francis Kelley, affords some insight toward how and why Amelia's later-life decades of living under an assumed identity was shielded so well from the public


Above: Monsignor James Francis Kelley and Archbishop Thomas Walsh award FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover with an LLD degree in 1944. A few months after World War Two ended, J. Edgar Hoover awarded Monsignor Kelley a commendation for assistance he had rendered to the Department of Justice.

After the war, J. Edgar Hoover awarded a commendation medal to Monsignor James Francis Kelley for his service to his country. Father Kelley's 1987 published memoirs mentioned the award but did not provide details for why he received it. This was likely explained by Father Kelley himself. During a recorded interview that was conducted in 1991, Father Kelley mentioned to Earhart investigator, Rollin C. Reineck, that he had written a chapter for his memoirs about his experiences with Amelia Earhart -- and her being known as 'Irene' after the war -- but it was omitted before the book was published. His final edit hinted at the reason he left the chapter out, and why any mention of Amelia or his later life friendship with her when she was known as 'Irene' ended up being omitted as well, as relayed in his "My Reasons For Writing This Book" section in the book's opening:
"My reason for not wanting anyone else to do my story was that I knew many of my files contained some very personal and intimate stories about many people, prominent nationally and internationally. Some of these people are now dead and I felt to allow someone else to have access to these documents could result in the publication of data about people who could not defend themselves."


Monsignor James Francis Kelley, in 1946, next to a bronze bust of his likeness commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution.


Balloon Rides Anyone?


The above 'hot air balloon' newspaper photo taken in 1980, features Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam [FKA 'Amelia'] accompanied by famous golfer, Kathy Whitworth. Especially in the 1970s, after taking over to manage her company's accounts, to include for her main client, Radio Luxembourg, the former Amelia was simply known as 'Irene' to friends and associates of hers. In the meantime she had also grown to be respected and admired by important people not only in the United States--but globally as well. Those who were aware of who she used to be, of course, never talked much about her, such as her friend, Senator Barry Goldwater, who she shared her ongoing love of photography with.




On the former Amelia Earhart's 1970s' friendship

with LPGA promoter, Peter Busatti: 


Above: The former Amelia Earhart and Peter Busatti


From the earlier display, above left is the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile; above center is the post-1940 Irene and her former Amelia self digitally combined; above right right is an old, rare profile photo of Amelia Earhart.

"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] and sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied, "When I die you'll find out,"" Busatti said. At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned how, ""All the admirals and generals seemed to know her."" Excerpted from a 1982 New Jersey Tribune article. When interviewed, Peter Busatti openly commented about his suspicion that his friend, the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, used to be known as Amelia Earhart.

In consideration of Amelia Earhart...


 ....let's take a brief look at her life story:

 "Nobody ever had such an all inspiring way and understanding of people as Amelia. She was like a dancing sunbeam." Fellow pilot, Viola Gentry, recalls her friend, Amelia Earhart.


Amelia Earhart was a remarkable, if not incredible individual human being. As a young adult her superior intellect found her doing well as a pre-med student at Columbia University before she optioned to become a pilot. She also spoke several languages, and during her fame years she was a welcomed guest of world leaders. Yet she was very hard to pin down, a habit she developed during her upbringing as she constantly relocated around the country with her attorney father, her headstrong mother, and her only sibling and sister, Muriel.

Amelia was born in Atchison, Kansas in 1897, where her maternal grandfather was a prominent judge. After living in a stately house on the Missouri River during her early childhood years, her father accepted a position as a railroad attorney that perpetually kept his family on the move. Then as an adult, Amelia still kept moving. In fact, she never really settled down anywhere. Even as a pilot she adopted the habit of flying all over the country and at times beyond it throughout the 1930s, until 1937, when she broadened her horizon by attempting to circle the globe at the equator. As she approached her fortieth birthday, though, amid odd circumstances, she fell just short of completing her world flight adventure and was said to have, "vanished without a trace."

Except she did not vanish, nor did she end up "lost at sea" as people were left to assume. Instead, the information displayed here represents the true story of what became of Amelia Earhart -- after she was declared 'missing' in 1937.



Alethephobia: "Fear of Truth"
In a let's move on way, after World War Two, government lobbyists steered official United States historians and major news agencies away from seriously investigating the circumstances Amelia Earhart was subjected to after she was said to have 'vanished without a trace.' This scenario was established by way of a post-war pact made between the United States and Japan, that ensured what happened to and what became of Amelia Earhart after she was declared 'missing' in 1937, was never to be addressed in a public manner. In essence, said 'pact' exacted that Amelia Earhart was to remain gone forever. Anymore, however, the recent years forensic research and comparison study delivered clarity to the reality of Amelia continuing to live-on for decades after the war years, known as 'Irene.' 

As mentioned, President Franklin Roosevelt's administration started the "official silence" tradition toward the Amelia Earhart disappearance matter. Said 'silence' thereafter projected a fill in the blanks non-truth to the general public -- that left it little choice but to accept that Amelia had 'vanished without a trace' and had likely 'perished at sea' ...even though neither end result for the famous pilot actually occurred. 


James Golden


Above, in 1978, James Golden, who had recently left his post from the U.S. Department of Justice, went public with information he had learned about the depth of secrecy the FDR administration became steeped in while covering over what it knew about the Earhart disappearance matter. He equated it to FDR's "Watergate" in press notices (above right was one such headline attributed to his disclosure) and while he did initially spark some interest, once again 'official silence' toward James Golden's offering segued he and his revealing account into obscurity.

Below, the Smithsonian Institution, a U.S. federal government agency,  has always adhered to the practice of directing the public away from the reality of Amelia Earhart's later life existence as 'Irene':


Dr. Tom Crouch, Senior Curator at the
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, has
always ridden the fence when it came to
what really happened to Amelia Earhart,
with one exception: He has continuously 
persuaded people not to take serious the
 reality of her post-loss existence as Irene


Dorothy Cochrane (right) also of the Smithsonian's
National Air and Space Museum, willingly comments
on other Earhart theories that tried to explain what
happened to Amelia, but when it comes to the reality
of Amelia becoming known as Irene, she decries it and
encourages people not to pay attention to it it.

"Of the numerous postulations that attempted to solve the so-called 'mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance' over the years, the only one that people were strongly persuaded not to take seriously by the U.S. federal government's Smithsonian Institution, was the 'Amelia became known as Irene' postulation. Now it has been forensically realized that it was the only one people should have taken seriously." Tod Swindell


Below, renewed interest in the 'mystery' of Amelia Earhart's disappearance was generated in the 1960s and 1970s by way of these two remarkable, aforementioned books: 


1966 book by Fred Goerner that profiled
his five-year CBS radio investigation. 


1970, The Joe Klaas book about the decade
long 'Operation Earhart' investigation

To continue with the diversion after controversial 'truths' about Amelia's loss were made public in the 1960s, primarily by 'Operation Earhart' and CBS Radio, (the best-selling books about their investigations shown above) opposing theories destined to never ring true were serially introduced and publicly promoted. This led both of the above books and their contents to pretty-much be forgotten as the decades passed. As well, in time 'cottage industries' popped up that mounted expeditions to look for Amelia's plane far from where it ended up going down -- so they of course turned up nothing. 
The World War Two era left behind a number of realities that United States official history moved away from. The true story about what happened to Amelia Earhart was one of them. In the South Sea Islands region that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan became lost in, however, the place where both Operation Earhart and CBS Radio had focused their 1960s investigations, a different account of what happened to the famous fliers has always existed, that stated they were rescued. Once again: 


Again, the 1987 Marshall Islands commemorative stamp depicting the
rescue of Earhart and Noonan and the retrieval of Amelia's plane.


Again, the 2002 Associated Press quoted the Marshall Islands
Ambassador to the United Nations in the above manner.

Note: During the past decade this first of its kind study was placed on the World Wide Web as a 'still in progress' endeavor and it remained that way throughout its recent completion stages.




Tod Swindell
Creator and orchestrator of the first-ever 'Amelia to Irene'
Forensic Research and Human Comparison Analysis.

The bulk of the information displayed here is part of a copyrighted forensic research and human comparison analysis arranged by filmmaker and Amelia Earhart investigative journalist, Tod Swindell. Most Amelia Earhart aficionados are aware of the analysis results, although some who run 'cottage industries' have been reluctant to acknowledge what they accomplished. No matter, the overall breadth of the analysis, the first to include a human comparison study that ended up taking years to authoritatively quantify, managed to expose the controversial underbelly that shielded the public from knowing what actually happened during Amelia Earhart's disappearance conundrum, and more importantly, what became of Amelia afterward. Take heart in knowing that there is no disputing the facts or the forensic evidence that supports the final conclusion the study delivered, that being... Amelia Earhart did quietly live-on after she went missing in 1937, and in time she became known as Irene.



Tod Swindell with 'Operation Earhart' co-founder,
Joseph A. Gervais, in 2002. Gervais discovered
Amelia Earhart's ongoing life as 'Irene' in 1965,
when he encountered her among a group of senior
pilots. He died in 2005, never having disavowed it.
"After I met Joe Gervais, I was amazed to learn from him that the 'Irene' -- who for the last forty-years of his life he insisted was the former Amelia Earhart -- had never been forensically compared to Amelia Earhart. So I consulted with forensic comparison experts, engaged a few, and soon found myself orchestrating a comprehensive human comparison study. In the end, it was clear that Joe Gervais had been right all along. This is true, notwithstanding the common ways demonstrated by the Smithsonian Institution and Amelia's living relatives that politely conditioned people to feel otherwise." Tod Swindell


About ‘Operation Earhart’ and its Founder, Joseph A. Gervais

[With a 'thank you' to the University of Dallas that houses the 'Operation Earhart' archives.] 

Joseph Gervais was born 19 May 1924 in Tyningsboro, Massachusetts. He joined the United States Army Air Corps at Fort Davis, Massachusetts on 10 November 1942 and took basic training in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Gervais went to Truax Field Wisconsin, after basic training where he took the Airborne Radio Operator course, and upon completion of this course, Gervais was selected for pilot training in B-24 Liberator bombers as an aircraft commander. Having successfully finished his training, Gervais was assigned to the 484th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force, based in Italy. While serving with the 484th Bomb Group, Gervais completed twenty-six combat missions that took him over Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Northern Italy. After completing his combat tour, he was assigned to the Air Depot Group as a test pilot until VE Day. From 1951 to 1959 Gervais served at Griffiss Air Force Base as a B-29 aircraft commander. Some of his missions included flying radar evaluation and electronic countermeasures flights. In 1959 Gervais received an overseas assignment as a C-130 Air Craft Commander where he flew airlift missions for SEATO in Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. In 1962 Gervais was assigned to Nellis Air Force Base as Assistant Director of Administration, Base Postal Officer, and Top Secret Control Officer until his retirement in 1963. It was while stationed in Okinawa in 1960, that Gervais first became interested in the Amelia Earhart mystery. He was assigned to fly four C-130s to Australia in order to transport members of the Rockefeller family to New Guinea to investigate David Rockefeller’s odd disappearance, who was never found. While in New Guinea, Gervais visited Lae, the place where Amelia Earhart was last seen alive. He talked to several people who were present when she and Fred Noonan took off for Howland Island in 1937. In 1960 Major Gervais started Operation Earhart along with fellow Air Force officers, Major Bob Dinger and Colonel Paul Briand, Jr. Dinger and Gervais were squadron mates and Briand was an Air Force Academy professor whose thesis and eventual book, Daughter of the Sky, helped get the group started. The trio gathered over seventy sworn affidavits from individuals who recalled Amelia’s post-disappearance survival under Japan’s stewardship in the South Sea Islands. Eventually, Air Force superiors ordered the group to stop all investigations into the Amelia Earhart disappearance matter. Briand obeyed but Gervais refused, resulting in his retirement from the Air Force. Gervais continued his research into the Earhart disappearance, gaining the help of Joe Klass, a former military pilot. Their quest for answers began with a search for the remains of Earhart’s Lockheed Electra, that people were left to believe had crashed somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Their investigative research led them to Saipan where native residents claimed to have seen Earhart and Noonan alive their in Japan's custody. Eventually their search led them to a woman living in the United States in 1965, who resembled Amelia Earhart, not just in appearance, but in her speech and other mannerisms as well. Gervais believed this woman, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam, was the former Amelia Earhart. He believed she and Noonan, ditched in the South Sea Islands ‘Marshalls’ group where they were picked up and sequestered by the Japanese. While uncertain of Noonan's fate after that, Gervais believed Amelia remained under Japan's stewardship for the duration of the war, and that after the war, she returned to the U.S. under the assumed name of Irene O’Crowley Craigmile. Then in 1958, she married international businessman, Guy Bolam of England, and the two went on to live an idyllic, albeit ‘private’ life together at different residences they owned in the United states and abroad. That is, until 'Operation Earhart' outed the post-war Irene as the former Amelia Earhart.



1970, the former Amelia Earhart, AKA, the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, faced the press to defend her honor and dignity, and her right to keep on living the private life she preferred and had grown accustomed to. That's easy enough to understand and accept. The bottom line, however, is that she was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.





In the decades that followed 1970, Joseph A. Gervais (above) continued to be interviewed on television, all the while insisting, no matter what anyone else said or believed, that the Irene who he met and photographed in 1965, most definitely was the former Amelia Earhart. He died in 2005, having never disavowed his certainty about it, and in the end he was proved to have been correct.

"Twenty-three years ago I wrote a review of Susan Butler's new Amelia Earhart biography, East to the Dawn. The book commemorated Amelia's 100th birthday and the 60th anniversay of her disappearance. Note the last paragraph of the article. The time has arrived." Tod Swindell



Another study sample showing Amelia Earhart digitally combined with the post-1940 Irene:



"Truth, like beauty, is neither created nor lost."
Nicanor Parra
TRUE STATEMENT: After the 1930s, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile ended up being obscured by history and she is all-but forgotten today.  


In consideration of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, let's return to the 1930s, and some people who were acquainted with her...


Above left to right: Pilots
Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith,
and Viola Gentry (1932)


Below, a rare group photo features Amelia Earhart, Viola Gentry, and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile within it:

Well known pilot, Viola Gentry, who helped conceal Amelia Earhart's post-1940 existence as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' is shown directly to the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's right in this 1932 group photo. The original Irene (her face fully shaded) is outlined in black in the photo; Amelia Earhart is outlined in white: 




Viola Gentry



As mentioned, it turned out that clear photos of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, were removed from circulation years ago. 



"It took decades after it was first postulated, but in time it was forensically realized that Amelia Earhart's missing person case was cloaked by way of her assuming the leftover name and identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who Amelia had once been acquainted with. How this ended up being so vehemently dismissed after the reality of Amelia's changed identity first surfaced in 1970, is a testament to how convincingly people were encouraged not to pay attention to it by some persuasive influences that were originally, and most critically, traceable to the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover." Tod Swindell 



Above: Former long-time FBI Director, the
indomitable, J. Edgar Hoover, (1895-1972). See
samples from his WWII Earhart file further down.

From 1970 to 2016, even though multiple published books in that span of time expounded on the reality of Amelia Earhart continuing to live-on in the United States after changing her name to Irene, the federal government never directly commented on them. After the controversy over what really became of Amelia began to surface in the 1960s, the United States 'free press' was persuaded by a politburo-like influence traceable to then FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, not to investigate Amelia's world flight outcome, or to adhere to a certain opinion about it.
Hard to believe but true, this is how the 'mystery of Amelia Earhart' was born in a modern sense, and why the American public has never seen its own national news media conduct a serious investigation of the 1960s discovery of Amelia's ongoing existence as a renamed person. At the same time, none of the published books about it were ever legally over-challenged where they concluded Amelia lived-on to become known as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and later Bolam. [Not to omit, they didn't get supportive press coverage either.]


As noted, the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives was primarily focused on the decade-long investigative research of Joseph A. Gervais and Operation Earhart. Above is a personal response to Gervais from an inquiry he sent to J. Edgar Hoover in early 1969, asking for any information the FBI might have on Amelia Earhart. Hoover's response was typical, although after he died in 1972, the World War Two FBI file on Amelia Earhart, one he had personally controlled, was at least partially released as a result of the FOIA of 1980. Several documents stressing Amelia's ongoing existence during the war under Japan's stewardship were contained in the file, as were responses and inquiries from Hoover about them. Names and specifics were carefully blacked out on each of them. One December of 1944 document example (displayed on the right) pulled from the FBI's file, told of a recovering soldier's awareness he had gained of Amelia Earhart being cared for by Japan during the war. 


The soldier referenced above, (his name blacked out) who was recovering at Walter Reed Hosptal in Washington DC in late 1944, was interviewed by an FBI agent at the bequest of J. Edgar Hoover. To the FBI agent, the soldier described his awareness of Amelia Earhart's war time existence in Japan's charge based on information he learned during a pre-war time experience he had while stationed in the Phillipines, and his later internments in Japan POW camps. This is just one of several documents from the WWII FBI Earhart file that featured different U.S. soldier accounts that described Amelia's ongoing survival. J. Edgar Hoover personally followed up on each one, but was careful to not make public his awareness of them. 


An excerpt from the above right FBI document describes the well being of Amelia Earhart well into the war years as described by a Japanese intelligence officer who averred that Amelia was "perfectly all right." Below is J. Edgar Hoover's personal response to the document; one he forwarded to the War Department's Assistant Chief of Staff on January 19, 1945, courtesy of Brigadier General, Carter C. Clarke. He was careful not to openly project an inordinate level of confidence in the soldier's testimony, as was his modus operandi for all war-time conveyances of Amelia's ongoing existence in Japan's care.


Again, the documents above mark just a sampling from among several located in the FBI's World War Two file on Amelia Earhart, that indicated how Amelia had continued to exist under Japan's stewardship during the war years.



Back to the Original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
Ever since the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was called out as the former Amelia Earhart; Amelia's family, the family of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and constituents of the Smithsonian Institution cohesively fought against endorsing the reality of it into public acceptance. This is because the record of Amelia disappearing in 1937, followed by her being declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, was never supposed to change according to any 'official' historical viewpoint. Here, where an attempt to conceal visible evidence of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile had clearly taken place at some point, her person managed to rise from the ashes of it all and make herself known anyway. For starters, the original Irene's husband, Charles James Craigmile, who was fifteen years older than she, tragically died of a sudden illness in 1931. The following obituary for him ran on September 23, 1931:




Above, according to record, this is how the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile looked in 1930. Below is how she looked when she was fourteen years old, in 1918. She did not resemble Amelia Earhart.


After her husband, Charles, died of a sudden illness in 1931, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile became a budding pilot, who, until she realized she was pregnant out of wedlock in 1933, had become acquainted with Amelia Earhart. To date, the general public is unaware of what became of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. What is certain from a forensic standpoint, is that her 1934 born son ended up being raised by a surrogate mother figure, (displayed further down) who the former Amelia Earhart, living as 'Irene' after World War Two, interfaced with. It is also possible for the former Amelia Earhart to have been instrumental in guiding the chosen career of the original Irene's son, who went on to become a pilot for Pan Am Airways. (Long retired, the original Irene's son still lives today.) As mentioned, at some point clear images of the original Irene's person from prior to the 1940s were removed from circulation, ostensibly to make Amelia's use of her leftover identity more feasible. Today, when one looks at the available record of photos displaying Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's person in a life-long way, (1904-1982) it immediately becomes clear that Amelia's person does not show up identified as Irene until the mid-1940s, or, after World War Two. 




Back to the former Amelia Earhart... 


Senator Hiram Bingham
& Amelia Earhart



Digitally combined


Here again is the 1977 photo-portrait of the former
Amelia Earhart. She was known as Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile after 1940, then added the surname of
'Bolam' in 1958, by virture of her marriage to
international businessman, Guy Bolam, of
England. She was a constant world traveler
with Guy in the 1960s, and she continued to
travel the world in the 1970s, after Guy died. 


Reproduced from the original negative is the photo
of the former Amelia Earhart taken on August 8, 1965
by Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) in East Hampton,
New York, outside of the Sea Spray Inn.



Widened in black and white, this is the way the photo of Guy
and Irene Bolam appeared in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives
by Joe Klass, who shared its copyright with Joseph A. Gervais.


Again, pilot friends Amelia Earhart,
Elinor Smith, and Viola Gentry in 1932


Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam, August 9, 1965
outside of the Sea Spray Inn.


Recalling pilot Viola Gentry from before, above to the right she is shown in 1965, with the former Amelia Earhart's husband by their 1958 marriage, Guy Bolam of England. As mentioned, Viola Gentry, along with Amelia's sister, Muriel, the original Irene's family, and a few devoted others helped to protect Amelia's later life privacy by only referring to her as 'Irene.' (In all likelyhood the photograph of Viola and Guy was taken by the former Amelia Earhart, AKA 'the post-1940 Irene.')


Above, in the 1960s the Sea Spray Inn was a popular summer gathering place for a club known as 'The Early Birds of Aviation.' In the left photo, the stone path under the girl wearing yellow is where Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed Irene and Guy Bolam just as they arrived for the Early Bird's annual luncheon. Many well known pilots from the past were there that day, and Viola and her friend, the former Amelia Earhart, were two among them. Joseph A. Gervais had been flown in for the event by the Early Birds so he could lecture to them about his five year (by then) investigation of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. As soon as he looked at Irene, Gervais averred he "knew instantly" who she used to be.
Sadly, although several of its cottages are still there today, the main Sea Spray Inn building burned down in 1978. The evidence is clear, however, that the begining of the reveal pertaining to what became of Amelia Earhart after 1937, took place when Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed the former Amelia Earhart there -- after he asked Viola Gentry to introduce him to her in the summer of 1965. Below is more anecdotal information about Viola Gentry and her feelings about Amelia and what became of her: 



Above left, featured in Jennifer Bean Bower's 2015 biography of Viola Gentry, is a 1961 photograph of Viola and pilot Shirly Marshall in front of a 'Sea Spray Inn' labeled plane. Above right, from the same book, notice the last half of the page where four years after Amelia was declared 'missing' Viola Gentry described her friend, Amelia, as a "dancing sunbeam" along with her belief that Amelia was 'still living' at the time, followed by the topic of a July 15, 1941 lecture she delivered, mentioned in the final paragraph.



Amelia Earhart, 1937


Viola's post-1940s friend,
Irene O'Crowley 
Craigmile-Bolam, did 
 used to be known as
Amelia Earhart 



The former Amelia Earhart
in 1965


Above, in the 1930s, again to the far right in this series is pilot Viola Gentry, who, along with Amelia's sister, Murial, played a pivital role in protecting the truth about Amelia's ongoing life as Irene. This is a slide-out reveal of the post-1940 Irene transitioning back to her former Amelia self. As conveyed, Viola knew both Amelia Earhart and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in the 1930s, and she knew Amelia as 'Irene' after World War Two.

Below is a head-to-toe 50/50 version: 


Above left to right: Pilots
Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith,
and Viola Gentry (1932)


The post-1940 Irene
in Paris, France (1964)
with her trusty camera.


Irene and Amelia
in a head-to-toe



To try and spin the post-1940 Irene as Amelia's doppelgänger twin was always a stretch anyway, until it was debunked by way of the study surfacing the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who as it turned out, looked nothing like Amelia.


A stark post-war Irene to Amelia facial comparison example:


"You may choose to look the other way but you can never again say that you did not know." William Wilberforce


Akin to the viewpoint long maintained by the Smithsonian Institution about Amelia Earhart's post-loss survival, Lord Admiral Nelson (above) turns his blind eye toward a reality he'd rather not contend with.


Keep on going to further review the long-subdued, now finally recognizable, 'Amelia became Irene' paradigm.



The "Key"

For decades now, and especially after the human comparison results were made public, as mentioned the Smithsonian Institution along with the families of Amelia Earhart and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, (and a few other other Earhart status quo devotees) have influenced both the press and the public not to take the 'Amelia became Irene' equation seriously. Their objective while doing so was to steer the curious away from recognizing the "key" to solving the mystery over what became of Amelia Earhart after she was declared "a missing person" in 1937. This "key" is expounded on directly below. 



Since 1970, the "key" to unlocking the 'mystery' of what became of Amelia Earhart was available by way of identifying the plural life-story of the 1930s' pilot friend of Amelia's, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile



Charles Craigmile, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
and Irene's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley in 1930. 

A Look at the Curious 'Plural
Life' of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile

Birth and Upbringing:
According to record, the original Irene nee O'Crowley Craigmile was born in New Jersey in 1904. She was an only child whose mother died when she was twelve, at which point her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley, sent her to be further raised by her paternal grandmother and aunt in Newark.
Irene was known as 'Beatrice' in her teen years, and was informally nicknamed, 'Bee' since her father's sister (her aunt) was also named 'Irene.'
Bee's grandmother and aunt raised her well. Her grandmother, Sarah nee Rutherford O'Crowley, who was Irish, came to America in the 1800s and was part of the namesake family that the Rutherford and East Rutherford, New Jersey boroughs were named for. Bee's aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who primarily raised Bee from age twelve on, was a prominent New York-New Jersey attorney. Bee also grew close to her uncle Clarence O'Crowley, a physician, and his wife, her aunt Violet, who lived next door.
Bee was placed in good schools by her aunt in her teen years. She was also taken to Europe as a young adult, and was endorsed to become a member of the League of Women Voters. She did enroll at Columbia University for a time, where her uncle Clarence had attended, except she became pregnant there and did not continue with her studies. 
At age twenty-one, Bee had a 'family secret' child, a son, who was adopted and raised by her uncle Clarence and aunt Violet. Both were into their forties at the time so the boy would be their only child who they named, "Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr." The O'Crowley's were good catholics and the arrangement spared Bee the stigma of being an unwed mother and enabled her to remain close to her child. 

Below, separated from her husband, Richard J. O'Crowley, the 1910 Census listed Bridget (nee Doyle) O'Crowley, the original Irene's mother, living with she and Richard's five-year old daughter, the original Irene, (listed by her wrongly spelled middle name, "Madiline") at the home of Bridget's parents. Bridget died seven years later.


Below, at 12 Lombardy Street, the 1920 Census listed 65 year old, Sarah J. (nee Rutherford) O'Crowley as Head of House, her daughter, 35 year old, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, a lawyer, is listed under her, followed by her granddaughter, Irene (Bee) O'Crowley, who is listed at age at age 14. (It should have listed her at age 15. The census records a person's age at their last birthday.) Alice Hill was also listed as a house servant.


Marriage and Life After Marriage:
In late 1928, at the home of her uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley, Bee, (the original Irene) married Charles James Craigmile, a New Jersey Civil Engineer whose father was an Illinois Judge.



The same 1930 newspaper photo
of Charles J. Craigmile, Irene 'Bee'
O'Crowley Craigmile, and Irene's
father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.
Below, clearer of Irene.


Below, the 1930 U.S. Census showed "Charles J. Craigmile" age "40" living with his wife, "Irene Craigmile" age "25" in Pequannock, New Jersey.


Sadly, Charles Craigmile, who was fifteen years older than his wife, Irene, became ill and died suddenly in 1931. 



Coming out of her bereavement, and inspired by one of her aunt's Zonta organization friends, Amelia Earhart, who she was introduced to, the widowed original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile decided she wanted to become a pilot. She went all-out and purchased a plane with some of the life insurance money she received from her husband's passing, dedicated herself to learning to fly, and she earned her pilot's license in mid-1933.  



Again, outlined in white above is Amelia Earhart in this September 1, 1932 news photo. Outlined in black is the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who had just begun her pilot training, seen listed as "Irene Craigmile" between pilots Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz.

Her Brief Days As A Pilot:
Close to the same time she was awarded her pilot's license, the original Irene learned she was carrying the child of her last flight instructor, Al Heller. Her flying days tapered off after she and Al eloped to be married, and she gave birth to their son in early 1934. Except it turned out that when Al eloped to marry Irene, he was still legally wed to another woman he'd also had a child with. So in 1937, with their relationship having failed anyway, the original Irene decided to have her marriage to Al Heller annulled--and Al relocated by himself to Buffalo, New York.
With her stint of flying planes behind her, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did not renew her pilot's license after 1937. Strangely enough as well, after the 1940s arrived the original Irene was no longer evident--and she and Al Heller's son was being raised by a surrogate mother, shown below as she looked in the early 1940s. 
Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, the 1934 born son of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, identified and confirmed this person to have been the 'mother' who raised him from childhood to adulthood:


Above: This was the surrogate mother of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son, Clarence Alvin "Larry" Heller. To date no one knows who this person really was or where she came from. She definitely was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, nor was she the one attributed to the same 'Irene' identity after World War Two, who was the former Amelia Earhart.

Below, observe the progression of how false history recorded Irene O'Crowley Craigmile the way she looked from age 14 to the way she looked in the 1970s. An inconsistency should be detectable here by keen observers that is expounded on further down.



Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, age 14 


Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, 
profile and straight on
at age 19 in 1923.


Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 
her late 30s; in the early 1940s. 


Irene O'Crowley Craigmile


Below, as mentioned the original Irene Craigmile left a son behind from her brief second marriage to Al Heller. He ended up being raised by a surrogate mother figure who the former Amelia Earhart was close to in her later life years. Still wondering twelve years after the post-1940 Irene faced the press, the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, Larry Heller, is pictured in this odd newspaper article that quoted his wife, Joan Heller. Beneath it find a 2014 postive ID verification of his mother's image that Larry Heller contributed to the forensic analysis.



The Positive ID Placement Made By Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's Son:

BELOW is the 2014 written exchange between Clarence Alvin (Larry) Heller, the 1934 born son of the original Irene Craigmile, and Tod Swindell. The woman Mr. Heller positively identified as his "mother" was not the same woman whose image appeared in the 1970 McGraw-Hill book, Amelia Earhart Lives, even though according to history she should have been.


Tod Swindell: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Subject: Verification


Hi Larry,

I want you to know that I am in full agreement with you that Amelia Earhart was not your mother. Your mother, as you identified her in these younger and older version photos, led a very different life than Amelia and bore little resemblance to her physically. Our agreement on this matter is pertinent to the correct presentation of the facts.  

My conveyance is that you have positively identified these images as those of your late mother, and that she absolutely was not, and never possibly could have been Amelia Earhart. I agree with this 100%, and understand that you do too. If you could you send back a simple ‘I agree’ for verification I’d appreciate it.




Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller: Friday, February 21, 2014
Subject: Re: Identity Verification

The attached pictures are of my mother and she was not Amelia Earhart.  C. Heller.  Proof is available.

"EARLY 1940s"


The original Irene's son was correct when he insisted the mother he knew was was not Amelia Earhart. Below, when the younger and older images Mr. Heller identified as his 'mother' were digitally combined they did equate the same person.




Among the important discoveries Tod Swindell's forensic analysis was credited for revealing, was that even though they were attributed to the same "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam" identity, the images below do not depict the same individual human being. The photo on the memorial dinner program was supplied by the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's son, who verified her to have been his 'mother' in the study. (His mother's death was recorded on July 7, 1982.)
To this day it remains uncertain when the former Amelia Earhart's death actually took place. Although unconfirmed, according to a late private detective by the name of Jerome Steigmann, the former Amelia lived to her late 90s before she died in McClean, Virginia, and that she was interned at Arlington National Cemetery. 


Above: 1965 

Below: 1946 


This is one of the earliest known photographs of the
former Amelia Earhart, the way she looked in 1946.


Above: "1970s"  

Below: "1940s" 


Above: Two different people, the former Amelia Earhart (left) and the surrogate mother of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's son, (right). Both were attributed to the same identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. Neither was the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.

Below: From the Amelia-to-Irene forensic comparison analysis, here are two more images of the former Amelia Earhart, the way she looked in 1977. (Note the digital combinations further down.)





Digitally combined with Amelia Earhart is... 



...the former Amelia Earhart,
in 1977


A Broader View

Incorrect Statement: The assertion of Amelia Earhart quietly surviving her disappearance, changing her name, and living to old age was proved false long ago. 

Correct Statement: The assertion, or 'claim' of Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence with a different name first surfaced in 1970, and contrary to how strongly she negated it--and how members of Amelia's family and the original Irene O'Crowley's family dismissed it out of hand--it never was proved false. As well, new evidence produced in the Twenty-First Century, that included the positive results of a human comparison analysis, thoroughly enhanced the truthful nature of the claim.




Above: The full newspaper photo showing the
post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, (surname 'Bolam' added in 1958)
identifying her as, 'Mrs. Guy Bolam' in 1970.
She held a major press conference to refute
the bold assertion that said she used to be
known as Amelia Earhart, within the new,
controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives 
by Joe Klaas, seen held in the foreground.
She denied herself to be Amelia Earhart
and called the assertion of it, "a poorly
documented hoax" and "utter nonsense."


Below, again four years into the post-1940 Irene's defamation lawsuit, before its conclusion, a 1974 newspaper article conveyed how the "courts" still had yet to settle the question over whether she was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart:



Yes, incredibly enough, as it turned out the post-1940 Irene actually was the former Amelia Earhart. To recap, it is now known that in the 1930s, there was an original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who Amelia Earhart had known -- and it was a remarkable realization when the study edified that the original Irene's person was no longer evident in the 1940s. In the meantime, as Amelia Earhart continued to quietly exist after she went missing in 1937, in her pursuit of leading a non-public life going forward, at some point she assumed the original Irene's leftover identity for herself to furthermore use.
Notwithstanding those who have a hard time believing or accepting it, the above paragraph fairly exhibits the absolute truth pertaining to what became of Amelia Earhart after she was declared 'a missing person' in 1937.