Tod Swindell's Decades-Long
Amelia Earhart Journey
Writer, Filmmaker, Amelia Earhart
Historian & Investigative Journalist
Born in Yonkers, New York in 1958, Tod Swindell
was raised in Southern California and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A Cinema Arts graduate of the University of Arizona, his
curiosity toward Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance took form in the early 1990s while he was researching stories for the
CBS television series, 'Miracles and Other Wonders' hosted by Darren McGavin. The premise of the show was later spun into,
'Encounters of the Unexplained' hosted by Jerry Orbach, that featured some of Tod's original research in an episode it devoted
to the Earhart mystery. His interest in the subject further escalated in 1996, the year he came to know Lost Star author,
Randall Brink, who introduced him to renowned Earhart world-flight investigator, Joseph A. Gervais, that led him to embark
on his own, 'ultimate Earhart truth-seeking journey'.
A veteran of the motion picture industry and a devout baseball enthusiast, beyond specializing
in the research and development of film properties, Tod is a free-lance journalist with published articles on the subjects
of sports and pop-culture. (See more about his career and interests toward the bottom of this page.)
After embarking on my career in the film industry, by the late 1980s and into
the 1990s, I found myself on location a lot. In-between shows I spent time researching and developing motion
picture properties, and that is when my interest in what really happened to Amelia Earhart began to grow after one such 'property'
caught my attention. It was a screenplay bearing the title, "Amelia Earhart: The Final Chapter" by accredited WGA
screenwriter, David O'Malley. After reading it I began studying up on various Earhart afficionados, the three most important
ones in the order I came to know them; Randall Brink, Joseph A. Gervais, and Rollin C. Reineck.
Below are a some images from the long-term documentary film
journey I embarked on in 1999, one dedicated to correctly profiling the interrelated life stories of Amelia Earhart and the
highly enigmatic woman who was reluctantly brought to the forefront of the public mindset in 1970, the post-World
War Two only, Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.
Where this marathon endeavor of mine is now complete, film studio reps interested in the
story-rights availability of its various offshoot IP's; the original screen story, "Amelia's Blessings",
the original screenplay, "The Lost Electra", the original narrative story, "Gervais, Brink, Swindell, &
Reineck" listed among them, may e-mail inquiries to email@example.com.
My main work, the MSS, Protecting Earhart, went through a number of revisions before
it was ultimately copyrighted in 2017, with the inclusion of key forensic comparison elements. Interested publishers may query
about it through the same firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address. Other than the portions of my MSS that
appear in Irene-Amelia.com, it has yet to be formally published and made available in the marketplace.
Prefacing what my overall,
Amelia Earhart & Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam effort entails; in the 1930s, when the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
was a budding pilot, she and Amelia Earhart knew each other. For sure this was true, except, according to the formidable World
War Two veteran researchers I came to know, (Gervais and Reineck) it was the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who
entirely ended up missing those decades ago, not Amelia Earhart... entirely.
They explained the catch was the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's
left over identity ended up being given to Amelia Earhart for her later-life use so the former world famous
pilot could further live away from the public eye. They included how unknown to the public, Amelia's new name acquisition took place
during the late World War Two era--after she had (somehow) quietly managed to survive her so-called
'disappearance' in 1937.
further mentioned that such a truth was actually discovered in the mid-1960s before it was revealed in 1970,
but it failed to gain a foothold in the annals of official history after it was strongly rejected by the indomitable
former Amelia Earhart herself--and her supportive constituency.
Because of this, the story of Amelia's post-loss survival that
left her known as 'Irene' went on to be recalled as a 'hoax' even though the debate over who the post-war
only 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' really was, or used to be, never reached a hard conclusion.
After assessing their level of seriousness combined with the good nature of
their characters--Gervais and Reineck had served in the Air Force during World War Two; one retired
as a Major, the other as a Colonel--and
then conducting an initial assessment of the common conclusion they drew that was backed by decades of honestly conducted
investigative research, I guess I wanted to determine if such a thing about Amelia Earhart they claimed to
be certain of... was actually true.
I recall asking myself, "How, after decades gone by has this not yet been settled?"
Either way I felt that finally answering the, 'did Amelia
became known as Irene' question once and for all provided an automatic hook for a documentary. I'll add though, doing
such a thing proved far more challenging than I originally anticipated. Why? For starters, let's just say Amelia's family,
college history professors, and people at the Smithsonian Institution all-but signaled me to, 'hit the
road, Jack!' when I asked them to weigh-in on what I was doing.
Needless to say... I kept going anyway. Tod Swindell
A Look at Twenty-Plus Years Of Tod Swindell's
Amelia Earhart Investigative Research Quest and Documentary Film Journey....
Below: Graphic artist, David Harlan designed this illustration
to be included in the promotional material for my Protecting Earhart book and documentary. Notice the ocean waves vectoring
toward the 'Carmen Sandiego' looking Amelia on both sides--and her inverted-image plane that is
shown flying away from Howland Island. Dave did a good job there. (Btw, Amelia actually took the veil-faced photo of herself while looking into a mirror before she became
famous. An AE selfie... gotta love it.)
Above is a portion of a larger group photo taken at
the Joseph A. Gervais Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers 'Lifetime Achievement Award' ceremony held on February
5, 2000. Top row left to right: Then head of the Oakland Western Aerospace Museum, Ronald Reuther; Amelia Earhart historian-journalist,
Tod Swindell; Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam, the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam's survived in-laws, who both recognized
their later life sister-in-law as the 'former' Amelia Earhart. Bottom row, left to right: 1967 Amelia Earhart World Flight
duplicator, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno; Amelia Earhart Lives author, Joe Klaas; and renowned Amelia Earhart disappearance
investigator being honored that day, Joseph A. Gervais.
Filming Protecting Earhart in 2002 with Doug
Peters. From 1999 to 2010 production took place in California, Kansas, Hawaii, Nevada, and Washington DC. I shelved it as
I continued on with the forensic analysis so I could ultimately include it. I finished and copyrighted the forensic analysis
in 2017, and have been back to completing Protecting Earhart since then. A light at the end of the tunnel can be
A frame from my near two hour long filmed interview
with my late friend and collaborator, Major Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) It was the last 'broadcast quality' filmed
interview he gave. From 1970 on, all the way to his dying day in 2005, he never stopped averring the truth he discovered,
knew, and boldly went public with that stated Amelia Earhart lived well beyond the World War Two era after assuming the identity
of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, a name that originallly belonged to a budding pilot Amelia was acquainted with in the 1930s.
It turned out he was right. The forensic analysis concluded more than one Twentieth Century woman was attributed to the same
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile identity and after World War Two the former Amelia Earhart was one of them. As it turned out, people
who doubted Joseph A. Gervais there were too quick to judge.
A frame from my interview with Joe Klaas. Joe, a former WWII
POW in Germany for over two years, authored the 1970 controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives that was chiefly inspired
by the decade long investigation of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance conducted by Joseph A. Gervais. Klaas's book boldy
included Joe Gervais' 1965 discovery of, and even a photo Gervais took of the former Amelia Earhart living as Mrs.
Irene Craigmile Bolam. The former Amelia Earhart sued he and Gervais for libel, (not for implicating her for who she used
to be, as was widely assumed) and the book was withdrawn. I consider my interviews of both Gervais and Klaas to have been
great achievements... even where others have a hard time understanding why.
Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who in 1967 duplicated the world flight journey of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, (successfully...)
gifted me this great photo she took over the left engine cowling of her Lockheed Electra as she zoomed by Howland Island that
year. Howland was the target Amelia and Fred failed to locate thirty-years prior to 1937,
just before they went missing. Somehow I ended up working on two film projects that featured man and woman flying duos in
peril in their airplanes; 'Six Days and Seven Nights' and 'Spin.' It's interesting how few ever noticed another Earhart-Noonan cinematic homage, where at the end of the classic motion picture, Casablanca, a man and woman climb aboard
a Lockheed Electra that takes off and disappears into a dense fog. Tod Swndell
Above, Victor Laszlo and Ilsa Lund are aboard this Lockheed Electra
that takes off into a dense fog at the end of the movie, 'Casablanca.' Once they get through the fog their weather report
is, "ceiling unlimited." This timeless-classic movie, (atop my personal list of all time favorites) directed by
Michael Curtiz, premiered five years after Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan went missing in Amelia's Electra.
Two side-note metaphors: In Amelia's day, Lockheed named its
airplanes after stars in the sky. In 1932, the plane Amelia flew solo across the Atlantic in--that left her
the first woman and only the second person to do such a thing--was a Lockheed "Vega" named for
the brightest star in the Lyra constellation. Amelia did become her own bright star after accomplishing that feat.
"Electra," on the other hand, the name of the plane she flew when she went missing, is a star in the Pleiades 'seven
sisters' constellation. The sister-star named 'Electra' is referred to as the "weeping sister" because her illumination
is not as bright as her other sisters. Electra is also referred to as the "lost star" since
it is hard to see her, but you know she's there. This is how my friend, Randall Brink, came up with the title for
his classic, 1994 best-selling Amelia Earhart investigative book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart.
Amelia Earhart truly did become a lost star akin to Electra of the Pleiades. For after July 2, 1937, although she
couldn't be seen anymore, many people continued to believe she was still alive and out there... somewhere. Tod
Pilot 'Grace McGuire' took this 2017 photo of me being
interviewed for her documentary in front of her rare Lockheed Electra 'Model 10' edition, the best existing replica of the
Lockheed Electra 10E Amelia Earhart owned, flew, and went missing in with Fred Noonan. Grace worked hard for years restoring
this beautiful aircraft. She recently transferred ownership of it to the Atchison, Kansas Chamber of Commerce that is now
raising funds to build a Museum-Hangar for it at its municipal airport. Atchison, of course, was Amelia's
birthplace and original hometown. Grace McGuire was friends with Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey, Amelia's sister, and as a
tribute to their shared namesakes, Grace named her Lockheed "Muriel." (As mentioned, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, knew
her sister, Amelia, as 'Irene' in her later life years.) Into the 2000s, Grace had been planning a world flight adventure
in 'Muriel' with Larry Heller, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son, slated to serve as her flight
navigator. The flight never materialized but for awhile it appeared to come close to doing so. Grace also once visited and
even slept on Howland Island in a tent! She is a very special person. I'm not the only one sporting that opinion of her. Tod
|PHOTO COURTESY OF ROLLIN C. REINECK
A Theory of
Above is a 1985 photo of Amelia Earhart's sister, Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey,
with Lockheed Electra restorer and pilot, Grace McGuire. Colonel Rollin C. Reineck took this photo while the two were together
in Hawaii commemorating the 50th anniversary of Amelia's solo Hawaii-to-Oakland flight.
People have often remarked about Grace McGuire's strong resemblance to Amelia. It's no coincidence
in my book, just as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's sudden post-World War Two resemblance to Amelia
Earhart was no coincidence either.
As terrific a person Grace McGuire is, she too is somewhat of
an enigma. She was raised by adoptive parents in Scotland before she relocated to the U.S. in the 1960s while in her teens.
She has also mentioned that she is 'related' to Amelia Earhart, without specifying the way she is related. I suggested to
her that she may be Amelia's secret granddaughter; she negated that, although I had brought it up in reference to a never
confirmed rumor of Amelia having experienced a family-secret pregnancy in 1924. If such a rumor were
true, Grace would fit the bill age-wise as Amelia's granddaughter. There was also some connective tissue:
Grace was a known friend of Amelia's sister, Muriel, before Muriel's passing took place in 1998, plus she knew Monsignor James
Francis Kelley, who helped Amelia become 'Irene' after the war; she affirmed she had 'acquainted' Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
(the post-war only) and she has long been a friend of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's son, Larry
Heller. That's quite a weave of separate interrelated elements.
While the 'secret granddaughter'
notion may seem far-fetched to some, beyond the, "I'm related to Amelia Earhart" mention of Grace's,
there is actually no public record to back it up. So... one has to start somewhere with that information.
screen story, "Amelia's Blessings" that Rollin C. Reineck expounded on in the last chapter of his book, Amelia
Earhart Survived, is a historical novella that covers Amelia's missing year (biographically) of 1924. It suggests that
Amelia possibly concealed a pregnancy and gave birth to Lloyd Royer's child in Canada, (Lloyd Royer was a plane mechanic friend
and business partner of Amelia's who did propose to her before she left California with her mother in 1924, headed
for the east coast by way of Canada) and how eventually, her still concealed child was taken in to be raised by the
O'Crowley family of Newark, New Jersey, after Amelia suddenly became famous in 1928.
Is it pure insanity to
even suggest such an idea? As mentioned, Grace herself says it isn't true. Yet another part of my Study did solidly determine
that the person in the photograph directly below, who was positively identified to me by the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile's 1934 born son as, "my mother, around 1940", was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, nor
was she the post-World War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, AKA the former
It is a less-focused-on part of my study results
that says no one knows who the person in the photograph below really was or where she came from. In 1984, an elder
O'Crowley family friend described a young 'live-in helper girl' of the O'Crowley's who was about "16
or 17" in 1940, as she recalled. Where no evidence of such a 'live-in helper girl' exists within the
O'Crowley family archives, it could make sense where the person below was she. Not to leave out, this very same photograph,
and more of the same girl was part of the former Amelia Earhart's own photo collection bestowed
upon her later life friend, Diana Dawes:
|PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DIANA DAWES COLLECTION
At his attorney's office in Manhattan and in writing as well, the
person above was identified to me by the 1934 born son of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile as,
"my mother, around 1940". The analysis results left it certain she was not his biological mother, and she certainly
was never known as 'Amelia Earhart' either.
Evidently, after the original Irene's son was imprinted with her at a young age, the person above went on
to serve as his surrogate mother. The above photo was more likely taken in the mid-1940s. Based on her dress
and formal pose, it is possibly a college graduation photo from when she was twenty-one or twenty-two.
(Leaving her birth year estimate to have been, 'around 1924' as conveyed by O'Crowley family friend, Lucy McDannel in 1984,
who recalled their 'live-in helper-girl' as "16 or 17 in 1940.) To this day no one knows who this person really was or
where she came from. My postulatation that she may have been the non-recognized biological daughter of Amelia
Earhart and Lloyd Royer is only that, a 'postulation' or 'educated guess' based on an, 'if this, then that' supposition. Again,
my logic included an awareness of how this photo (and others of the same girl) came from the former Amelia Earhart's
own collection bestowed upon her later life friend, Diana Dawes. Diana died in 1998, just a few months after Amelia's sister,
Muriel, died. Diana Dawes, by the way, (see news article clip below) firmly believed her later life friend, the post-World
War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, did used to be known as, "Amelia Earhart". Tod
The above excerpt was part of a 1987 newspaper article.
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 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 several 'Earhart-learned' individuals who spoke of
Amelia's rumored 'family secret' pregnancy from her pre-fame years.
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. I'm convinced you have solved the mystery." Author-historian,
Colonel Rollin C. Reineck,
USAF (Ret.) in response to Tod Swindell's Amelia Earhart
investigative forensic research and comparison analysis.
Senator Hiram Bingham
& Amelia Earhart
Distinguished and proud with her
trademark wings and pearls.
Irene-Amelia in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976.
Note the signature flower-pendant she often wore.
One Filmmaker's Amazing Amelia Earhart Journey....
A personal message from Tod Swindell, orchestrator
of the first ever, Amelia Earhart & Irene Craigmile Bolam 'Forensic Research Study and Human Comparison Analysis.'
describing myself I'd say I'm an artist who has always believed in the motion picture medium as the most powerful tool available,
especially when it comes to delivering profound insights and thought provoking themes to worldwide audiences.
I come by this persuasion honestly; my father is a noted motion picture historian.
My passion for filmmaking as a narrative art form initially materialized in 1982. That year I
wrote, produced, and directed my first black and white 16MM film. I rented an Arri BL and a Nagra for two days to get it don,
having been tutored on how to use both. I was twenty-three at the time. The twenty-minute reel I made was a comedy called, "A Wrench In The Works."
Making it was a lot harder than I thought it would be, but you have to start somewhere.
I shot my less-than epic saga on an egg farm in New Hope, Pennsylvania with some friends. Its premise was as
basic as it was funny; the egg grading machine goes haywire after a wrench falls into it and mayhem ensues. Admittedly, I
'crossed the line' a couple of times while making it, not to mention its small cast and crew ensemble was grossly underpaid
and the clean-up wasn't so great to contend with. But it was a fun experience for all. Plus I learned what filmmaking term,
'crossing the line' meant in the process of making it.
I shot a few more amateur-level short films before my professional career began to revolve in the motion picture industry--mostly as a research and development specialist--although I worked on the production end of many
other film assignments as well, and off-times served as a freelance journalist.
I guess I've always demonstrated a strong penchant for analyzing U.S. history's relationship with its ever evolving pop-culture
arena. This is how I was drawn into the Amelia Earhart story.
It is 2020 now.
Twenty four years ago, in 1996, while shopping a well researched WGA screenplay about Amelia Earhart's disappearance written by David O'Malley,
a film industry colleague of mine, I was recommended by author, Randall Brink, to go meet with a distinguished World War Two veteran,
a retired USAF Major by the name of Joseph A. Gervais, who lived on the outskirts
of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Joe Gervais and I did meet and we became
good friends and collaborators from that point on until his passing took place in 2005. Let me tell you, he was one utterly
amazing, savant-like, Amelia Earhart historian. I personally attest he was incomparable in that regard.
I miss Joe. History has mostly lost sight of him as well and that's a shame because he was the
last truth serum delivering 'Amelia Earhart expert' on the planet. (Well, I suppose I'm still here.) Or put it this
way: Here's a guy, Joe Gervais, who in 1970 all but single-handedly caused the so-called, 'mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance'
to reach a fever-pitch of consternation thanks to his simple assertion of a hard-truth he came to recognize and understand...
about Amelia Earhart.
On the left is USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.)
accepting his Amelia Earhart
Society of Researchers
Achievement' award in 2000. Above, Joe
myself during a filming break in 2002.
not surprising that few people recall Joe Gervais anymore. After all, Amelia Earhart's incomplete life story grew to be somewhat
of a taboo subject matter since the 1970s, something caused by Joe himself. Today, people who take the time to look
into the 1937 disappearance of the famous pilot, Amelia Earhart, are more in step with my personal rejuvenation of Joe's mind-bending
contribution to Amelia Earhart investigative research studies; a contribution that in time grew to be viewed as 'infamous'
in contrast to Joe's intuitive brilliance that spawned it.
Because of this general consensus, most people find it hard to understand my viewpoint when
it comes to the story of Amelia Earhart's officially unresolved (according to history) but in recent years, solved
in a cumulative forensic way, 'missing person' case.
Sounds crazy, no? Yet it's true. When Amelia Earhart
purportedly disappeared in 1937, in legal terms she actually became a 'missing person.' I noticed people had lost
sight of that in the giant mystery cloud hanging over the unknown circumstances of what happened to her.
Joseph A. Gervais? In
1965, he encountered the woman who used to be known as Amelia Earhart and he spent the remainder of his days making
sure people did not forget he had done so--even to the endless stream of combatants he faced that abetted official history--when
it came to all-but burying the important discovery he made.
Regardless, nowadays a person would be hard pressed
to find anyone at the Smithsonian Institution, at the National Geographic Society, or on Capitol Hill who will freely volunteer
an opinion that states they are certain Joseph A. Gervais was incorrect to have claimed what he did way back then, and samplings
of the study results I made public in recent years are the reason for that.
Many of you are now asking: "How is it that Amelia
Earhart's missing person case is being referred to as "solved" anymore and people in general are still unaware of
I'll cut to the chase: It took almost fifty years for it to ultimately happen after initial efforts
to do so began in the summer of 1965, but for all intents and purposes, Amelia Earhart's missing person case ultimately
was conclusively resolved, or solved over the course of the past decade--even though said truth still remains to
be officially endorsed to the public. And there are a lot of reasons for that. (Incidentally, the same long-time 'lack
of official endorsement' occurred with Charles Lindbergh's 'Careu Kent' alias that he used for decades, until it was ultimately
confirmed in 2004, thirty years after he died.)
Let me further explain, and I'll cut to the chase again: Since the 1980s,
Amelia Earhart cottage industries and private sleuths have been feeding news media outlets a wide variety of hypothetical
solutions within their individual attempts to explain what really happened to Amelia Earhart--that had absolutely nothing
to do with the truth. In the meantime, however, the purveyors of these off-base ideas had also long been conjointly dismissing
the missing person aspect of Amelia Earhart out of hand, that in turn managed to obfuscate the important final forensic
strides that ultimately solved it.
Myself? Beyond Colonel Reineck's above words about my accomplishment, I never personally claimed to have 'solved
the mystery' of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. Yet I did claim, and still do claim by virtue of having examined
it closely since the 1990s, to have helped solved the missing person case of Amelia Earhart after my study ended up
clearly displaying how in 1965, retired USAF Major, Joseph A. Gervais did recognize the 'body evidence' of
Amelia Earhart re-identified as "Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam."
I'm always sure to add that no one knows for certain
what Amelia was doing or where she was from the time she went missing in 1937 to the time she resurfaced in
the United States known as "Irene," although I do profess to know: To solve a missing person case one must
find the missing person, or one must find and produce the body evidence of the missing person, and how CONCRETELY,
in 1970, Joseph A. Gervais absolutely did produce the body evidence of Amelia Earhart for all the world to see. He did so
when a clear, 35MM color photograph he took in 1965 of Amelia's living, renamed body appeared in the 1970 nationally
published book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas. No, in 1965 the former Amelia Earhart wasn't expecting it and she
did not give Major Gervais permission to take the photograph when he asked her if he could, but he snapped his camera shutter
anyway right as she turned to him to politely say, "no thank you" to his request. After she realized he took the
picture anyway she quietly said to him, "I wish you hadn't done that." But he did do it. In the full frame version
(below) of the photo that appeared in the book, you can see the former Amelia Earhart's English husband who she wed in 1958,
Guy Bolam, finishing advising her that he, "didn't think it was a good idea" in response to Joe Gervais' request
to photograph them.
I'll recommend that you not pay attention to the rest of the book Amelia Earhart Lives
for now in favor of concentrating instead on the 1965 Joe Gervais taken photograph of the woman that appears in it.
Do this as if you're watching the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination and observing the stark reality its film gamma
conveys. In other words, concentrate very hard on the Gervais photograph only, and think as deeply as you can about it, while
accepting the known fact that the woman featured in it appears nowhere identified as "Irene" prior to the end of
World War Two.
Directly below is a 1937 photo of Amrlia Earhart shown transitioning into the 1965 Joe Gervais
photograph of the post-World
War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam. Underneath the panel is an enlargement from the original color negative, along
with a few more of my analysis' comparison examples. They display only part of the overall head-to-toe
body and character trait congruences the other comparisons edified:
|LEFT-RIGHT PHOTOS COMBINED
|THE POST-WAR ONLY IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE-BOLAM, 1965
The post-World War Two only
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
East Hampton of L.I. New York, in 1965. [Gervais photo.]
She was appeared nowhere as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' before
the end of World War Two because she used to be Amelia Earhart.
The world public, however, was never supposed to know about
Above is an old newsprint photo of the original Irene
Craigmile shown in 1930 with her then-husband, Charles Craigmile, who died the following year, and her father, Richard Joseph
The overall comparison study led to an epiphany that stated
Joe Gervais was entirely correct to have adhered to the truth he knew all the way to his dying day in 2005, and that anyone
who ever doubted him or outright insisted he was wrong--was incorrect to have done so. This goes for our nation's
top college history professors, national news media moguls and lobbyists, and the many individuals who have occupied our
government's highest halls from the 1970s on. Yes, it is hard to believe, but this is history's new smelling salts of truth...
about Amelia Earhart
This is also the new reality check Americans are further left to contend
with, because when they look at the photos above most still have a hard time believing their eyes when they transmit the
reality to their minds--that they are looking at older versions of Amelia Earhart's body re-identified
as 'Irene Craigmile.' Yet the reason they do still doubt it is easy to understand: Ever since 1937, it was instilled in American
pop culture that Amelia Earhart vanished without a trace and she was never seen again.
living as Irene the former Amelia Earhart had put on a little weight according to the 1965 Joe Gervais taken photo, but people
often do that in their later life years, and by 1970 she had trimmed down significantly. For example,
here's how she looked when she appeared unaccompanied at the press conference she held in November of 1970 to defy the suggestion
that she was Amelia Earhart. Joe Gervais said it best: "She handled the press like the old pro she was that day."
And once again, he was correct:
Amelia in 1935. "Get me outta here!"
At her 1970 press
Flanked by her former self images.
The book, Amelia Earhart Lives in the foreground. "I
am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart!" (But she did used to be known as Amelia Earhart. Absolutely,
Hey, think about your own life and the way it was photographically
recorded from the time you were born, then think about this: What is clearly evident by virtue of what the comparison study
I orchestrated revealed, is that the woman identified as Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in the 1965 Gervais photograph (and
at her press conference) appears nowhere in photographs identified as "Irene" prior to the World War Two years,
and, the study also displays how physically and character trait wise, the same woman matched Amelia Earhart's entire being
still arguing or outright fighting against the proof I delivered that edifies these realizations (you know who you are...)
or people looking for reasons to doubt it all are in denial and cannot be helped, unless they help themselves by looking
at the old Amelia Earhart missing person case differently than they have done before.
As well, while what
became of Amelia's long ago acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile, still remains unknown, she is the actual person
who ended up missing forever those years ago. By virtue of the study results, this is evident now too.
Simply put, Joseph
A. Gervais was absolutely correct all those years ago when he unequivocally stated that Amelia somehow managed to live on
after she went missing in 1937, and her entire earthly being was later attributed to her old friend, Irene Craigmile's
left over identity for herself to use for the remainder of her days. As mentioned he kept repeating this truth he knew
to others from 1970 on, to include throughout Irene's five-year defamation law suit against him, and all the way to his
dying day in 2005. [Note:
Irene did not sue Joe Gervais nor publisher McGraw-Hill for implicating her as the former Amelia Earhart. She sued them
for some inaccurate statements in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives that she felt were damaging to her character. After
she refused to submit her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity, she settled with Gervais and author, Joe Klaas for
ten dollars consideration she paid to them and they each paid to her. She originally sued publisher McGraw-Hill for $1.5 million
but ended up only being rewarded $60k for its failure to better vet the information it allowed to be printed about her. For
example, in the book, Joe Klaas referred to her husband, Guy Bolam, (who died earlier in 1970) as her "alleged husband,"
and she was able to produce her 1958
marriage license as proof they had been legally married.]
Even though the book,
Amelia Earhart Lives turned into somewhat of a train-wreck, it's author, Joe Klaas, was a brilliant writer who knew
how to lure people into the 'I found her' claim made by Joe Gervais. Hindsight, however, tells us that his book delved too
much into trying to explain howAmelia ended up where she did and what she was doing while she was missing, where it ought
to have worked on better identifying her renamed body that Joe Gervais clearly photographed in 1965. But no one is to blame
for that. The former Amelia Earhart proved far too strong and resourceful in her defiance against the book.
I am proud to have known
Joe Klaas, who was a past World War Two prisoner of war held by Germany for twenty-five months. I am also very proud to
have known Joseph A. Gervais. He was a war hero who flew combat missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam before the
Air Force honorably retired him as a Major in 1963. He was also a respected family man known for his good character.
Oh yeah, by the way,
it is easier for people to accept this now identifiable reality about Amelia Earhart if they don't automatically reject
it just because they are encouraged by others to do so. Rather, people ought to think for themselves about the information
displayed in Irene-Amelia.com, and perhaps wonder in some kind of ethereal way, (as blatantly obvious as the 'Amelia
became Irene' truth is now) if the universe of Amelia herself has worked its way back in order to be recognized for
the full life-long person she ended up being.
If you have a hard time believing that... then take it from one who
knows; living as 'Irene' in her later life years, especially in the 1960s and 1970s, the former Amelia Earhart clearly
emulated the great individual human being she was known to be, until she died in 1982. In contrast to this, my in-depth
research on the original Irene Craigmile illustrates that it would have been all-but impossible for her person to posture
herself in such a 'proud Amelia image way' had she lived a full life.
In 1998, as the former Amelia
Earhart's later-life sister in law described her to be, "She had a commanding presence," and "She was the
epitome of a classy lady." As well, John Bolam, her survived brother in law, was well settled on his own determination
that she could only have been the former Amelia Earhart years before he died in 2008.
I'll add to that; the Irene Craigmile Bolam shown directly below in 1977, most definitely had been, previously known
as, "Amelia Earhart."
four books that played key parts in Tod Swindell's Earhart research history. Fred Goerner's 1966 groundbreaking classic, The
Search For Amelia Earhart was originally inspired by the Earhart investigative work being done by USAF Captain, Joseph
A. Gervais in the early 1960s. 1970's Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas featured the original postulation of Joseph
A. Gervais, (who had retired from the Air Force as a Major in 1963) where Gervais asserted his belief in Amelia's non-recognized
ongoing existence in the U.S. with the name of 'Irene Craigmile Bolam,' something he would never stop asserting to his dying
day. Tod Swindell and Joe Gervais met and became friends in 1996 and were collaborators from that point on as well, until
Joe's passing took place in 2005. Randall Brink's 1994 book, Lost Star caught Tod's eye where Brink commented on the
ongoing controversy over Irene Craigmile Bolam, who had died in 1982, as a "tantalizing persistent account" when
it came to various explanations offered about Amelia's true fate. Brink, a good friend of Tod's and a Pacific Northwest neighbor
of his as well, originally introduced him to Gervais. In turn, retired USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck soon came to know Tod
through Joe Gervais. Colonel Reineck was first to elaborate on Tod's in-progress forensic study when his book, Amelia Earhart
Survived was published in 2004. In it, Tod permitted the Colonel to
reproduce portions of his study, to include the initial human separation part that proved there was more than one woman historically
identified as the same, 'Irene Craigmile Bolam.' The book below, Legerdemain by David Bowman that was published in
2006, featured one of Tod's study overlays on its cover and credited his Irene-Amelia comparison analysis as the first one
"All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
From the time I was born I've always been the same person.
Toward the end of her defamation lawsuit that took place from 1971 through 1975, the post-World War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam told a newspaper reporter the same thing,
"I've always been the same person." That was a true statement she made, although she definitely did change
her name during the course of her lifetime.
People sometimes change their names for different reasons. Stefani Germanotta did it for a professional
stage-name reason. So
did Alecia Moore. Cassius Clay and Lew Alcindor did it as homages to their religious beliefs. Amelia Earhart? She did it
for her own deep rooted personal reasons--and out of respect for the three countries she ended up being unwaveringly devoted to during the course
of her lifetime; the United States, England, and Japan.
If you feel I'm stretching things here, I'm not.
Try to visualize, if you can, that the reason the 'name-changed' reality of Amelia Earhart was kept
out of the public eye was more practically based and easier to explain than people realized.
According to the conviction displayed by the former Amelia Earhart herself
when she was known as 'Irene' during the last half of her life, and the post-World War Two viewpoints maintained by the United States, England, and Japan as well, it is fairly
certain their common vantage point came from a post-war agreement averring no one from the world public was ever supposed to know that Amelia
Earhart lived-on after
she went missing--and
in time changed her name.
It appears clear enough by now (to myself and others) that Amelia did such a thing by way of a multi-nations endorsed, and conjointly agreed upon
Federal Witness Protection Program [FWPP] carefully arranged by the U.S. justice department. Such an arrangement was most
likely spurred ahead by General Douglas MacArthur, the famous 'War in the Pacific' army heroe who veritably 'took over' Japan
after World War Two--and
within a few years turned it into a functioning democracy with help from its still reigning, Emperor Hirohito. Soon after
he relocated to Japan to do such a thing, it stands to reason Amelia's FWPP would have solidified under his guise in tandem
with that of J. Edgar Hoover and the federal U.S. government.
Still not sold? Then consider this: No executive government branch from any of the three above mentioned countries has
ever come close to offering an opinion about the 'Amelia became Irene' suggestion, even though it is certain all knew about
the uncovering of it when it made national-news
headlines in the U.S. in 1970.
It is equally true as well, the executive branch of the U.S. federal government has
never officially investigated the 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person case of Amelia Earhart. If it
ever offered an opinion about it at all, it was always in an off-hand, non-commiting way. Tod Swindell
More about Tod Swindell...
Hey, I'm just
a regular guy who got into filmmaking because I believed in the power of motion picture story telling!
Tod Swindell's major film production
work began with Universal's 'Desperado' westerns for NBC, executive produced by Walter and Andrew Mirisch. For several
years he made MOW's around the country for Desperado Films, Inc., eventually serving as its president while heading its
story rights acquisition division. His producer credits include The Woman in the Moon, The Legend of the Phantom
Rider, Ghost Rock, Spin, and Secret Agent Dingledorf. Over the years he has been credited on numerous
other film productions with Geronimo, Major League, Six Days and Seven Nights, and Tin Cup
listed among them. His past television series work includes The Young Riders, Legend, The Game,
and The Magnificent Seven. Tod holds the registered copyrights on a variety of Amelia Earhart intellectual properties
including Protecting Earhart, that exclusively features his self-conceived and orchestrated, Irene-Amelia forensic
comparison analysis, the first comprehensive study of its kind ever embarked on.
Of his other endeavors, one of Tod's companies houses the Grizzly
Adams' trademarked brand that is a business partner of the Vital Ground Foundation, an organization devoted to protecting
grizzly bear and other wildlife habitat in the northwest portion of the American continent. His new children's book, Grizzly
Adams and the Bridge to the Meadow (shown further down) is available in retail outlets and through Amazon, Barnes and
Noble, and Kindle. A portion of the book's proceeds goes to Vital Ground.
Tod likens the life of the real Grizzly Adams to that of Amelia Earhart,
calling them "two famously misunderstood figures from American history."
The son of Texas Literary Hall of Fame member, Larry Swindell,
and former Equity Theater actress, the late Eleanor Eby, Tod's maternal grandfather, the late Earl Eby, was co-head of
Lux Video Theater in the 1950s.
Tod is married to his 'Aether Pictures' partner, Julie Magnuson Swindell. The two split their time between Los
Angeles and the Pacific Northwest.
With Richard Farnsworth on Desperado: The Outlaw
Wars in Mescal, Arizona, 1989
On Posse in 1993
Trying to direct some buffalo near Flagstaff, AZ for
Legend, 1995 (they didn't listen very well)
Above, in front of our Air Force loaned
C-130 on Vestige of Honor filmed in Thailand and North Carolina, 1991
Calling D camera's roll on the Dehavilland Beaver for
Six Days and Seven Nights filmed in Hawaii.
With Saginaw Grant on The Legend of the Phantom
Rider, Cochise Stronghold, 1999
With the new 'Kitt Car' on Knightrider 2000, San Antonio
Shooting with the Piper Cub for Spin on the
Sopori near the Mexico border, 2004.
Adventuring the Napali Coast.
Above, playing for the Beachwood Canyon Bucs in L.A.,
2014. Baseball is a long-time passion that runs in the family. In Texas, my paternal grandfather, Reece Swindell, was a catcher
who caught Dizzy Dean and Satchel Paige in the early 1930s. His catching for Satchel Paige was a fluke; Paige was barnstorming
through Texas with his team when his catcher broke his hand in a bar fight the night before Reece's team was to play his,
so Reece ended up catching both his own team's pitcher and Satchel Paige the entire game. Reece's brother, Fred,
played center field; his other brother, Ray, played second base for their north Texas semi-pro club. (It was common for American
towns back then, especially in Texas, to have their own semi-pro baseball clubs.) Reece caught Dean when his north Texas team
scrimmaged the Houston Buffs in 1931. Dean pitched for the Swindell brothers' team to even the contest against the Buffs.
days, late 1970s
With friend, Raz, in Willits, California, 2009, once
home to Seabiscuit.
Below, my new children's book sends
proceeds to the Vital Ground Foundation. It is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, on Kindle and in select retail
outlets. Check it out! Thanks, T.