About 'Protecting Earhart'
Below find a twelve-page retrospective on the forensic study and accompanying MSS, Protecting Earhart by Tod Swindell.
anthology that comprehensively analyzed the different investigations of Amelia Earhart's disappearance dating back to the
1950s, culminated with a forensic conclusion that was achieved by closely evaluating and comparing the lives of Amelia Earhart
and the enigmatic, Irene Bolam, whose same name and identity, as discovered by Protecting Earhart, had been attributed
to three different Twentieth Century women. The full compilation is currently being readied for publication. [Protecting Earhart U.S.
Copyright Office Registration Number: TXu 1-915-926]
The History of Protecting Earhart's New-Millennium
Forensic Analysis and Earhart Disappearance
By Tod Swindell
[Special thanks goes to Randall Brink, Joe Gervais, Joe Klaas, Rollin Reineck,
Ronald Reuther, Donald Moyer Wilson, and Bazzel Baz... past collaborators who helped enlighten the way to a higher understanding
of Amelia Earhart's world flight outcome.]
With all that has been learned, discovered and revealed
about Amelia Earhart's world flight debacle by now, it is amazing how the most obvious truths grew to be so blatantly ignored
by historical dictum influences. Over time news outlets were consistently encouraged to cover inept perspectives on Amelia's
loss, that merely shored up the ever adhered-to 'official silence' mantra, 'the mystery exists because it's
supposed to exist.' In the case of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight ending and outcome, until Protecting Earhart's
forensic analysis took place, the public had no way of contending with the true reality of it all. TS
If one wants to understand
the full scope of the so-called, 'Amelia Earhart mystery' he or she can expect a complex and often confounding journey. It really is a difficult subject to grasp, which
is why only a handful of individuals ever demonstrated the tenacity needed to tackle it.
It can be said Paul Briand, Joe Gervais, Joe Klaas, Fred Goerner, Vincent Loomis, T. C. 'Buddy' Brennan, Randall Brink,
Donald Moyer Wilson and Rollin Reineck exist foremost on the short list of formidable Earhart investigative researchers from
the past fifty years. [I am proud to have personally collaborated with Gervais, Klaas, Brink, Wilson, and Reineck.]
An important qualifying
factor for the above investigators; their individual efforts led to reputable published books where all drew the same conclusion:
On July 2, 1937, after not locating Howland Island, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan went down at Mili Atoll of the Marshall
Islands where they were picked up by Japan's Imperial Navy and detained without public awareness.
Unfortunately, official history has never endorsed these
scholarly cogitators nor their common summation, for according to 'official history,' Amelia Earhart,
her plane, and Fred Noonan were never seen or heard from again after Amelia's purported last words, "...we are running
north and south" were received--as she and Noonan remained safely airborne with hours of fuel left to burn. Yes, officially
that is where their story ended. The only thing missing was the truth--concerning the final direction the duo decided
to head in--and where they ultimately ended up. Even though the above investigative researchers ascertained the answers to
both questions, they were still greeted by 'official silence' in Washington and Tokyo after their information was made public.
Ever evasive about it, the executive branches of the United States and Japan have always managed to avoid addressing the subject
of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance in a meaningful way.
In the 1990s, after learning most of the basic Earhart disappearance facts while culling stories
for a television series, I found myself embarking on my own analysis of Amelia's loss. I was originally inspired to by a Life
Magazine article I read about a fellow claiming the mystery of her disappearance had finally been solved. What further caught
my attention was a follow-up story citing the claim as presumptuous—where the mystery had not at all been solved forensically.
The conflicting viewpoints also affirmed Amelia's disappearance as a polarizing historical subject matter.
But it was the mention of 'forensically'
that got my attention. Its root word, 'forensic' is most often associated with evidence examination techniques used in police
laboratories, although there is a broader scope to its meaning. Webster’s defines it this way:
forensic (fə ren’sik) adj. 1. pertaining to or used in courts of law or public debate. 2. Adapted or
suited to argumentation; rhetorical. 3. of, pertaining to, or involved with forensic medicine or forensic anthropology; forensic
laboratory –n 4. forensics, the art or study of argumentation or formal debate. 5. forensics, a department of forensic
medicine as in a police laboratory.
There is a simpler definition where 'forensic' is combined
with 'evidence' via 'forensic evidence.' It reads: "That suitable for argumentation in a court of law."
Interestingly enough as well, 'forensic'
came from the Latin word, 'forens-is' that when translated means, "of, or belonging to the forum, public." Realistically,
forever lacking an authoritative explanation for what happened to Amelia Earhart, this was exactly the way her story came
to exist after she went missing. Official history wanted nothing to do with it, so it ended up being exclusively debated
in public forums. In fact, to date there has never been an official investigation that looked into Amelia Earhart's disappearance,
or an official explanation offered about it; nothing akin to a Warren Commission Report, a Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial,
or FBI hunts for Jimmy Hoffa or D.B. Cooper.
Hard to believe but true, even Eleanor Roosevelt was met with deflection by the White
House when she queried about her friend, Amelia’s disappearance ten months after the incident occurred. The cautious
reply she received stressed how Amelia's "reputation" would be irreparably destroyed if the White House publicly
divulged what it had learned about her 1937 flight ending and outcome.
Beyond admonishing Amelia for having "disregarded all orders," FDR
right hand man, Secretary of the Treasury, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. could not have been more blunt in his response to the First
Lady, when he described how the White House had withheld information pertaining to what really happened to Amelia Earhart
in an official transcript dated May 13, 1938. Referring to Amelia's loss, Morgenthau responded, "We have the report
of all those wireless messages and everything else, what that woman--happened to her the last few minutes. I hope I've just
got to never make it public." Morgenthau's Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Stephen Gibbons added, "We have
evidence that the thing is all over. Sure, terrible. It would be awful to make it public."
Evidence? What evidence? The "wireless
messages" the White House had surely wasn't 'smoking gun' evidence. It was second-hand evidence at best. Smoking gun
evidence would have amounted to Amelia's body, Fred Noonan's body, or Amelia's plane. The White House
did not have any of those 'smoking gun' items. On the other hand, the hearsay pertaining to Amelia's 'last few minutes' ostensibly
left the White House believing she and Noonan had been shot down by Japan as they trespassed into its Marshall Islands airspace,
and Japan's follow-up silence left the White House believing the duo met their demise that way.
That's not what happened though.
In the 1960s it was first publicly divulged the Earhart-Noonan
duo survived their Marshall Islands plane ditching before they were picked up by Japan's Naval authority and subsequently
detained. History itself shows how Japan declared war on China just five days after Earhart and Noonan went missing, a World
War Two precursor that severed Japan's diplomatic relationship with the United States. Japan chose to remain silent about
its pickup and detainment of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan at that point, that happened about the same time the Marco Polo
Bridge incident occurred.
was a similar air to be realized there as well: A Japanese soldier went missing in Wanping, China near the Marco Polo Bridge,
and after China refused to allow Japan's military to conduct a search for him there, Japan opened fire on the bridge, then
invaded China. It is perhaps no irony that just days before, the U.S. had asked Japan permission to search the Marshall Islands
for Amelia, and Japan had refused to allow it, then evermore remained silent about Amelia Earhart.
As a result, FDR and his administration could
only guesstimate what happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, although in due time the White House surely did come to
understand and accept... it guessed wrong when it determined the two had died.
As for Morgenthau's mention of Amelia having "disregarded all orders,"
her decision to steer into the vicinity of Japan's 'no-fly zone' Marshall Islands likely had something to do with that.
After embarking on my forensic analysis journey those years ago,
initially with the help of former CIA operative, Bazzel Baz, an Amelia Earhart researcher by the name of Mike Harris, and
WGA screenwriter, David O'Malley--whose screenplay, "Amelia Earhart: The Final Chapter" quickly got my attention--I
soon found myself evaluating the wide variety of ‘cottage industry’ debates over what really happened to Amelia
Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan--until my mindset took a major turn in 1996. That summer, Earhart investigative author,
Randall Brink paved the way for my introduction to legendary Amelia Earhart disappearance investigator, retired U.S. Air Force
Major, Joe Gervais.
When I met Joe Gervais
he was spry and sharp at age seventy-one. We went on to become good friends and remained so until his passing in 2005. [I
remain in touch with my friend, Randall Brink, whose 1993 classic investigative book, Lost Star; The Search For Amelia
Earhart is considered the quintessential thesis when it comes to describing the events surrounding Earhart's ‘globe
What Randall Brink told
me was right: Joe Gervais was an amazing, walking encyclopedia when it came to Amelia Earhart's disappearance. To be sure,
he had a den in his home entirely dedicated to his forty-years of investigating Amelia Earhart's loss. Upon our acquaintance
I already believed Amelia lived beyond the date she was reported missing, although I remained unclear on the ‘how’
and ‘where’ parts of her continued survival, and I hoped Joe Gervais would better enlighten me there.
I found Joe Gervais curious as well, for ever
since the 1960s he had professed—and still was professing—that the wool had been pulled over the public’s
eyes about Amelia’s disappearance dating back to the time it occurred. What’s more, he was still asserting how
the woman known as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam’ who he met and photographed in 1965 among other well-known retired pilots, the
same woman who inspired and whose photo appeared in the 1970 Joe Klaas book, Amelia Earhart Lives, had been none other
than the still living, re-identified Amelia Earhart. [Note: In 1965 Joe and his wife, Thelma and their
two sons, Gerald and Douglass were flown to Long Island, New York from their Las Vegas home by Amelia's 1930s pilot friend,
Viola Gentry so Joe could lecture about his Earhart disappearance investigation to a club known as 'The Early Birds of Aviation.'
It was there on the day of August 8, that Joe Gervais met the curiously prominent, Mrs. Irene Bolam and her British husband,
Guy.] Yes, in 1996, a quarter century after Mrs. Bolam sued Joe Gervais and Joe Klaas for libel, causing Amelia Earhart
Lives to be removed from the stores by its publisher, McGraw-Hill, Joe Gervais was still insisting Mrs. Irene Bolam had
been previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.'
To Joe Gervais, Mrs. Bolam's defiance didn’t matter. “She still knew who she used to be,"
he'd say. And, "people don't realize, she didn't sue us for suggesting she used to be known as Amelia Earhart,
she sued us for some libelous information contained in the book, such as Joe Klaas having referred to her recently deceased
husband, Guy as her 'alleged husband,' when in fact the two had been legally married in 1958, and she produced her marriage
license in court as proof." Gervais added, "After I had my attorney request her fingerprints to prove her identity,
she refused to comply and dropped the suit against myself and Joe Klaas, although McGraw-Hill was still ordered to pay her
a high five figure sum for the libelous information the book contained." [The record shows Irene Bolam and Gervais
and Klaas paid a ten dollar consideration to each other to finalize her suit against them.]
Joe’s ongoing resilience begged my question:
"Did anyone ever conduct a Forensic Analysis that examined Irene Bolam’s complete life history, to include comparing
her physical being and character traits to Amelia’s?" His reply surprised me: "No, not that I am aware,"
adding. "...but I knew who she was right away." He further added, "People continued to suspect her," and,
"There was an investigative news article series about her in 1982, a few months after she died. You should take a look
I was able to obtain
a copy of the series Joe referenced. It was published over a two week span in October of 1982 by the Woodbridge New Jersey
News Tribune. A long time good friend of Mrs. Bolam’s, John Burk was the paper’s publisher at the time. It wasn't
so obvious at first glance, but the more I studied it I could tell the series had been nothing less that a contrived Red Herring.
The effort that went into it was significant though, and displayed how the level of the ongoing protective stance over who
Irene really was [or used to be] was truly stupefying. It also increased my curiosity, especially after reading a
few key words spoken by former Seton Hall College President, Monsignor James Francis Kelley in the series, who it described
as Irene's "Close friend and confessor." Responding to a reporter who questioned him if the rumor of Irene’s
past 'dual identity' was true, Father Kelley responded, “I could not state my feelings. Doing so would violate everything
I learned in the confessional.”
In the years that followed, Monsignor Kelley would disclose to different investigators how his late friend,
Irene truly had been the 'former' Amelia Earhart, who, adjacent to her return to the United States had her name changed in
order to live anonymously. "She didn’t want to be Amelia Earhart anymore," according to Kelley.
After Monsignor Kelley died in 1996, opposing theorists
who heard about his earlier admissions began shouting them down. For example, Richard Gillespie of Tighar, whose decades of
searching for Amelia's plane came up empty, soap-boxed Monsignor Kelley's conveyance about Irene as if his words amounted
to the deposition of a chronic liar.
close friends of Monsignor Kelley's who knew him well spoke of how sharp and on-point he was in the late 1970s, when he first
told them about his ordeal of helping Amelia with her 'healing process' and 'new identity acquisition' after she returned
from overseas. All of them were certain it was not something the highly regarded priest made up. Among them was his St. Croix,
U.S. Virgin Islands good friend and seasonal neighbor, Donald Dekoster, a former Detroit automobile executive whose recorded
testimony described Father Kelley as "quite lucid" when he disclosed the Gervais-Irene’s ‘Amelia past’
to him. When asked if he felt Monsignor Kelley's statement about Amelia's identity change was true, Mr. Dekoster remarked,
"It had to be true, or he wouldn't have said it." Another supportive account came from Helen Barber of Wayne, Pennsylvania
[both Donald Dekoster and Helen Barber were interviewed on tape, and their spouses were also present during Monsignor Kelley's
disclosures about his friend, Irene, who he referenced as 'Amelia' in their presence] whose detailed recollections of her
conversations with Monsignor Kelley about his post war experiences with the former Amelia Earhart were compelling
to say the least; and of course there were the recorded statements Father Kelley himself allowed to investigators, Dean Magley
and Rollin Reineck, who steadfastly maintained the well-known and highly respected Monsignor was in no way fabricating a false
truth--when he spoke of his late friend, Irene having previously been known as "Amelia."
After listening to Monsignor Kelley’s 1991 unwavering tape-recorded
confirmation of the truth he had protected for many years [with few exceptions, as long as the former Amelia Earhart remained
among the living] and then by combining it with the forensic comparison analysis that plainly displays how three different
women were attributed to the same 'Irene' identity--with the one matching Amelia appearing nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the
mid-1940s, the more objectively astute are able to grasp the ‘Amelia became Irene’ reality in no uncertain terms.
To edify: Monsignor Kelley arrived at his own
resolve during the years following his friend, the Gervais-Irene’s passing, that enabled him to plainly speak of the
controversial reality he had shielded from the general public until after his friend, the former Amelia Earhart [AKA
the 'Gervais-Irene'] died.
Back to my journey...
After thoroughly digesting
the 1982 so-called "investigative newspaper article series," I steered my own investigation ship in the direction
of sponsoring and conducting a serious in-depth analysis of the complete life history of the woman in question, Irene Madeline
O’Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam. Ultimately, I believed a Forensic Comparison Study and thorough analysis
of her background would be a sure-way to close the book on Joe’s long-time assertion of Amelia Earhart’s post-loss
survival as a re-identified person.
I was wrong. It wasn't that simple. It soon dawned on me that a complete forensic analysis of the full
historical record of the events leading up to, during, and after Amelia's loss would also be required in order to: 1.) Determine
the true probability of Amelia's continued survival after July 2, 1937, 2.) Determine what the circumstances of her
post-loss survival entailed, 3.) Determine when she actually emerged in the United States as 'Irene,' and 4.) Objectively
evaluate her later life friendships and routines as 'Irene.'
With much help offered by Joe Gervais, retired USAF Colonel, Rollin Reineck [Reineck
tape-recorded Monsignor Kelley’s admission in 1991] and famous pilot-turned-author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno--who collectively
furnished rare photos and compelling information about Irene’s personal life history--it began to dawn on me why Joe
had remained so sure of himself when it came to the Irene he met and photographed all those years ago. I also realized why
the debunking or affirming of his assertion was never going to be done easily, for after all, by the late 1990s three decades
had passed without anyone else having done it.
During the arduous process I became involved with, I also found myself increasingly intrigued by Joe’s
'Irene' as I worked to determine how and why her enigmatic psyche had evolved to exist the way it did.
For instance, some individuals who had acquainted
her but did not believe she was formerly known as 'Amelia' offered that she wanted people to think she was the survived
Amelia Earhart as an 'odd publicity stunt.'
I didn’t buy that.
The late Bill Prymak, founder of the now defunct 'Amelia
Earhart Society' tried to convince me Irene Bolam was "placed on the scene" to make Joe Gervais
think she used to be Amelia, because Joe had gotten, "too close to the fire."
I didn’t buy that either.
A private detective, the late Jerome Steigmann told me
Irene Bolam and Monsignor Kelley had been long time secret lovers, and Kelley told people Irene used to be
Amelia in order to hide it.
"Oh brother," I said to myself, knowing the shared Irene identity equation and the head-to-toe physical
congruence and character traits the Gervais-Irene and Amelia Earhart shared was no coincidence.
So no, I didn’t buy the 'Msgr. Kelley and Irene were secret
lovers' malarkey either.
Mr. Steigmann also mentioned he knew a different truth about Irene, one where she had been a Russian
spy and the United States government had paid him "a lot of money" to keep quiet about it.
I viewed his broad,'he didn't keep quiet about it' claim
as just another detour to avoid.
What I did buy into, at long last, following a ton of investigative work requiring countless reach-outs, a massive amount
of information gathering, endless letters and e-mails of correspondence, comparison studies numbering into the hundreds, extensive
travel that involved meeting and interviewing the most noted Amelia Earhart disappearance investigators and a slew of other
disappearance story or family connected individuals, lectures I was engaged to deliver at research symposiums to include a
few at the annual Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison, Kansas and a major one at the Oakland Air and Space Museum's 'Earhart
Research Symposium' [resulting in my early study efforts making national news] yes, by 2006, just a year after the passing
of Joe Gervais, I found myself sitting high above Time Square in the office of Larry Heller’s attorney for a pre-arranged
meeting with Larry Heller himself, the 1934 born son of the ‘original’ Irene Madeline O’Crowley Craigmile
then I confirmed with absolute certainty, after Mr. Heller's identity placements indicated the younger and older versions
of the "Non Gervais-Irene" [as labeled in the forensic comparison study] to be the woman he recognized as his 'mother,'
how three different women had been attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity, and the 'Irene' who Joe Gervais met and
photographed in 1965, [labeled in the study as the "Gervais-Irene"] who matched Amelia in every way... could
only have been the woman previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' By the time all was said and done, while still facing massive
public denial, this long buried truth had finally revealed itself in a forensically determined way. I just wished Joe Gervais
had lived to see the forensic verification of something he honestly determined for himself decades earlier.
My book, Protecting
Earhart examines the overall history of Amelia’s
loss and features an extensive Forensic Analysis and Comparison Study that closely scrutinized and dissected Joe Gervais'
'Amelia Earhart changed her name to Irene' conclusion. The entire effort enables one to realize how Wikipedia’s,
TIGHAR’s, Alex Mandel’s, Elgen Long’s, and the Amelia Earhart Society’s versions of Amelia Earhart’s
final fate--along with other non-representatives of official history whom over the years presented different theories while
backing perpetual efforts to decry the decades-old Gervais claim, consistently endorsed misleading, if not outright misinformation
about it that resulted in their own and others' false-drawn conclusions.
By reading Protecting Earhart and examining
the entire Forensic Analysis, one is finally able to objectively review the full-gamut of available investigative research
data on the Irene-Amelia case that confirms its incontestable conclusion.
While Protecting Earhart encapsulates the historical record of Amelia Earhart's
'missing person' case, the Forensic Analysis ventured well beyond physical comparisons alone. It also examined and compared
character traits such as voice patterns and handwriting, and personal backgrounds to include family histories of both Amelia
and the original Irene, and Amelia's and her later-life self, the Gervais-Irene's individual social backgrounds--that proved
to be so blatantly intertwined.
In consideration of the complete physical comparisons, the medical history of Amelia Earhart revealed
her to have endured more than one sinus operation, leading to the examination of procedure evidence noticeable on both Amelia
Earhart and the Gervais-Irene. The study also compared eyes, teeth, hands, feet, arm lengths, shoulders, breast plates and
more on its way to unequivocally verifying who Joe’s Irene used to be.
Further backing the reality of it all, the study displays how
the 'Irene' who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965, appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' in photographs prior to the
mid-1940s, and it includes the transcript of the tape recorded words featuring Monsignor James Francis Kelley’s 1991
admission, when he confirmed his long time close-friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam, who he helped after World War Two, truly was the
survived, re-identified Amelia Earhart.
The fair conclusion drawn by it all, much to the dismay of those who would rather not have to believe or accept
such a reality; anymore it is impossible to deny the equation’s naturally displayed results after combing through the
tonnage of indisputable data supporting what said results convey. As Randall Brink previously pointed out, there already existed
an 'overwhelming preponderance of circumstantial evidence' describing Amelia’s post-loss continued survival under Japan’s
auspice. Thus, adding the physical 'smoking gun' evidence, that being, the 'body evidence' of Amelia Earhart,
[in the form of the Gervais-Irene] it basically closed the book on Amelia Earhart’s age-old 'missing person' case.
In all reality it is true anymore, in 1965 Joe
Gervais actually did find a 'smoking gun' in the form of Amelia’s body... cloaked as, 'Mrs. Irene Bolam.'
It is also true, where the question of
Amelia Earhart having been privately re-identified as 'Irene' during the tumultuous years after she went missing, yes, the
very idea this same question was still being asked four decades after Joe Gervais first claimed it to be true with such
veracity, really should have been enough to create greater academic concern. In a way it was an insult to the combined
intellect of the American public that a forensic analysis was even needed to show how Joe Gervais had been right all along
about his deeply investigated Irene-Amelia deduction. Considering a basic Webster’s definition of the word 'science'
['systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation'] for anyone
who would have taken the time to seriously delve into the 'forensic science' of it, not only would they soon-enough
have realized Joe Gervais was right about the Irene he met and photographed in 1965, but had they tracked the story from the
beginning they would have also realized how over time the 'Amelia became Irene' truth evolved from being greeted by high states
of ridicule in the early 1970s, to exist any further today... as an obvious reality.
Then again, the many "important sounding people,"
[as Gervais used to say] whom over the years so vehemently tried to convince the curious that Joe Gervais was delusional,
preferred [evidently] to continue with their less-informed assumptions in lieu of accepting how it was actually they-themselves
who fell victim to their own delusions--by not taking the time to correctly evaluate, recognize, and endorse a truth that
was visible all along.
Reality is reality, though, and
it’s time we all face it where the truth about Amelia Earhart’s continued existence as a re-identified person
after her famously storied 'disappearance' …is of anyone’s concern, anymore.
|1970 Klaas book about Joe Gervais' investigation
|Tod Swindell's late friend/collaborator, Joe Gervais died in 2005.
|Randall Brink's, 'Lost Star' 1994
|Randall Brink worked with Joe Gervais and introduced Tod Swindell to him in 1996
|By Colonel Rollin Reineck, 2004
|Reineck was an ardent supporter of Tod's work; willed his own trove of Earhart research to him
|By David Bowman, 2005
|With a Protecting Earhart overlay its cover, cited Tod Swindell's study as the first of its kind.
From The Associated Press [Featured on CNN.com]
"The forensic studies
are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife as she claimed. She was influential,
knew many well placed people and was well traveled." John Bolam, referring to Tod Swindell's Protecting Earhart
Forensic Analysis in an Associated Press
article by Ron Staton. John Bolam was the survived brother of Irene's English husband,
Guy who she wed in 1958. Mr. Bolam further added his understanding that his brother,
Guy [who died in 1970] had been an MI6 operative.
From The Contra Costa Times
"Tod Swindell told the audience Saturday,
""The executive branch of the government was aware of Earhart on a level the rest
of the public wasn't."" Swindell discussed letters, tapes and presidential communications that surfaced
many years after Earhart's disappearance that provided tenuous clues." Linda
Davis of The Contra Costa Times, reports on a 2002 Investigative Research Consortium
held at the Oakland Air and Space Museum.
"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 head of the Amelia
Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison, Kansas, quoted from interviews conducted in 2009 by Lara Moritz of KMBC TV, Kansas
City, and in 2007 by The Topeka Kansas Capital-Journal's, Jan Biles.
|For over two decades...
|...investigative journalist-filmmaker, Tod Swindell (above) closely examined the Earhart controversy
About Protecting Earhart's, Tod Swindell: Born in Yonkers, New York, Tod Evan
Swindell was raised in Southern California and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A Cinema Arts graduate of the University of Arizona, his interest in Amelia
Earhart's disappearance began in the 1990s when he was researching stories for the CBS TV series, 'Miracles and Other
Wonders' hosted by Darren McGavin, a show that later spun into, 'Encounters of the Unexplained' hosted by Jerry
Orbach. A veteran of the motion picture industry, beyond specializing
in the research and development of film properties, he's also served as a part-time journalist with published articles on
the subjects of sports and pop-culture. His major production experience began with Universal's Desperado westerns for NBC, Executive
Produced by Walter and Andrew Mirisch. For several years he made MOW's around the country for Desperado Films, Inc., eventually
serving as its corporate President while also heading its Story Rights Acquisition division. His producer credits include
The Woman in the Moon, The Legend of the Phantom Rider, Ghost Rock, and Spin. Credits
on numerous other productions include Geronimo, Major League, Six Days and Seven Nights, and Tin
Cup. His past TV series work includes The Young Riders, Legend, The Game, and The Magnificent Seven.
Where tough-read famous Americans come into play, along with his motion picture screenplay about the true controversial story of Amelia Earhart, Tod
is also developing new TV and motion picture IPs inspired by the true-story of Grizzly Adams. Tod
Swindell is the son of noted author and Texas Literary Hall of Fame member, Larry Swindell and former Equity Theater stage
actress, the late Eleanor Eby.
"Special recognition goes
to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of the Gervais-Irene Bolam and Amelia Earhart to
show the world they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck, reprinted from his book, Amelia
|She no longer wanted to be a public figure...
|...so in a way, the Amelia Earhart people recalled did disappear in 1937.
"No matter how it
has been discounted in the past, and though some opposing theorists still choose to argue against it, anymore it is certain
three different women were attributed to the same, 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam' identity, and
one of them, the 'Gervais-Irene' who was identified nowhere as 'Irene' in the United States prior to the 1940s, was previously
known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Evolving from the time the controversy about 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' first surfaced in 1970, anymore
this forensic truehood is incontestable." Tod Swindell, 2017
The three different women attributed to the same Irene identity: On the left is the original Irene Craigmile
in 1930, whose family Amelia had known.
In the middle is the second Irene shown in the early to
mid-1940s; on the right is the third Irene [Gervais-Irene] in 1946, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.'
original Irene's son, Larry Heller specifically identified the second Irene shown in the middle
as his 'mother' from his early childhood on.
Above left: The Gervais-Irene Bolam in
with her previous 'Amelia' self
As Amelia, age thirty
© Protecting Earhart
From The Arizona Republic by John Faherty
more than ten years Tod Swindell has been actively pursuing the notion that Amelia Earhart went on to live
a long, full life before dying in New Jersey. He is not the first person to have this theory,
but he may be the person most actively trying to pursue it. Far-fetched? Sure. But
there are pictures [Protecting Earhart's forensic photo data] that are quite startling..." 2007, by John Faherty of The Arizona Republic
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have carefully studied the overlays and your presentation. Your conclusion that there were multiple
Irene Bolams has completely convinced me that this is indeed the case. You have also convinced me that
the Gervais-Bolam was AE. Incredible. You have quite an impressive package there.
Keep charging - Gene." From a letter to Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell
from Retired Navy Rear Admiral, Eugene Tissot. Tissot's Father, Ernie was a friend of Amelia's and her head plane mechanic
during her 1935 Hawaii to Oakland flight. This was Gene Tissot's response to his examination
of the first distributed forensic analysis results packet he was one of four original recipients of.
work relating to AE and IB is absolutely outstanding. There is no other way to describe
it. I just wanted you to know that I have nothing but admiration for you and I
am honored and proud to be on the winning team. I'm convinced you have solved the mystery." From a note by USAF Colonel
Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.) to Protecting Earhart's, Tod Swindell. Colonel Reineck was also among the four original
recipients of the first distributed forensic analysis results. Reineck's book, Amelia Earhart Survived was published through the Paragon Agency,
duly crediting Tod Swindell's forensic achievements. Featured in Reineck's book from
pages 156 to 165, reproduced directly
from Protecting Earhart's analysis with permission, is the first publicly displayed
separation of the different women who used the same 'Irene' identity, with one of them having been formerly known as, 'Amelia
"All truth passes through three stages. First,
it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
|Amelia, 1923 'into a mirror' self photo-portrait
|Amelia and her future-self
|Amelia Earhart, age twenty-six.
|1923 into a mirror self-photo portrait. She would become famous in 1928.
|Amelia Earhart, 1933
|Classic Amelia, the blend begins.
|Orville Wright & Amelia
|Gervais-Irene & Amelia
|Two photos superimposed.
|Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
|Gervais-Irene,1965 / Amelia,1933
|Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
|Gervais-Irene,1963 / Amelia,1928
|Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
|Gervais-Irene,1976 / Amelia,1932
|Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
|Gervais-Irene,1978 / Amelia,1929
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