Amelia Earhart And Her 1930s Pilot Friend, Irene Craigmile: An Amazing True Story

Forensic Comparisons: The Amelia Earhart, Irene Bolam Reality

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Amelia Earhart: True or False
The Legal Solving Of Amelia Earhart's Eighty Year Old Missing Person Case
Three Women Used The Same 'Irene' Identity, One Was FKA 'Amelia Earhart'
About Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam; Did You Know?
Forensic Analysis Support: Seeking Privacy, Amelia Options For A New Identity
To The White House: An Open Letter About Amelia Earhart
Why The Truth About Amelia Earhart Was Dismissed
The U.S. Military And State Department Grew More Aware
Photo Evidence Of Amelia's Plane In The Marshall Islands
Amelia Earhart AKA 'The New Irene Craigmile'...
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Some of Tod Swindell's Past Amelia Earhart Press Notices
Wikipedia Misleads The Public About Irene Craigmile Bolam

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Amelia Earhart, 1937

The same human being younger and older, superimposed

The Gervais-Irene Bolam in 1965



Click on the YouTube channel link below to observe both of the above forensic video-filmed dissolves in slow-motion. After watching them, return to This 2018 created YouTube channel has yet to be promoted. The link to it was only recently added to

What The First Ever, 'Comprehensive Forensic Comparison Analysis' Tells Us About The Decades Old, Never Disproved, 'Amelia Earhart Became Known As Irene Bolam' Assertion:

Below, Protecting Earhart's analysis discovered three different Twentieth Century women who were historically attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity:

The original Irene Craigmile, 1930.
A past acquaintance of Amelia's, shown with her husband Charles and her father, Joe.
Below: Darkened with higher contrast
The 'second' Irene Craigmile, early 1940s.
The 1934 born son of Irene Bolam recalled this woman as his mother.

The third 'Gervais-Irene' in 1946, FKA 'Earhart'
Became 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

Prior to some World War Two era adjustments...

Above, left to right, are the three different Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the exact same Irene identity. On the left is the "Original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile," who was the niece of a good 1930s Zonta club friend of Amelia Earhart's. In the middle is the "Non Gervais-Irene," and on the right is the "Gervais-Irene," FKA "Earhart." 

Amelia Earhart, 1937

Amelia, left, 1937; Gervais-Irene Bolam, right, 1970s

From the forensic analysis...
...Amelia as Irene, far left, as Amelia, far right, the two superimposed, center

Forensically Speaking: Amelia Earhart Versus Mrs. Irene Bolam:
[Note: Don't believe the Wikipedia pseudo authorities and various Amelia Earhart 'cottage industry' overlords--who still ardently attempt to impress upon the public that several years ago the 'Irene-Amelia' assertion was forensically proved false by a forensic detective hired by the National Geographic Society. The truth is, according to the forensic detective who briefly appeared on a Nat Geo Channel special, Kevin Richlin, and according to the National Geographic Society itself, such a forensic disproval never happened. Foremost, the Amelia-became-Irene assertion was always much deeper compared to what was publicized about it. As well, known Earhart enthusisasts such as Mssrs. Richard Gillespie, Alex Mandel, Mike Campbell, Bill Prymak, Dave Horner and others have all tried to promote it as a 'false conveyance' to the public over the years without a forensic foundation for doing so.]
About The Forensic Analysis
Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis compared the physical body and character traits of Amelia Earhart to what is now known to have been her later-life self, 'Mrs. Irene Bolam,' as conveyed by the study's inarguable results. Many photos were superimposed with each other revealing a full head to toe physical congruence. Naturally, character traits aligned as well. The analysis also discovered and revealed how there were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity, and the one who matched Amelia Earhart appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. This is because she had previously been known as "Amelia Earhart."
Comparison examples are featured throughout, and the forensic truth describing how Amelia became Irene is explained in the second page link down on the left hand side. All of the comparisons displayed in were sponsored, arranged, produced and issued from 1997 to 2017 by Earhart Historian, Tod Swindell, with technical help and advice given by forensic detectives, forensic anthropologists, a forensic document examiner, and a MD.

"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." LPGA promoter, Peter Bussatti in 1982, comments about his 1970s good friend, the Gervais-Irene Bolam, who used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' The two are pictured together below.

Gervais-Irene Craigmile became Irene Bolam in 1958
LPGA Promoter, Peter Busatti with his friend, the Gervais-Irene Bolam, FKA 'Earhart' in the 1970s

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

Amelia Earhart, 1937

The same human being younger and older, superimposed

The Gervais-Irene Bolam in 1965

To observe a slo-motion video dissolve of the above comparison click on the recently established Irene-Amelia YouTube link directly below: 

A Gervais-Irene Bolam photo...
...superimposed with her former Amelia self.
Two photos of Amelia compared to a 1970 photo of the Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart']

Below: 1928 Amelia photo starts morphing...
...a 1978 photo of her as 'Irene'
The 'Gervais-Irene'

Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia 1976
Monsignor Kelley's sister, Gertrude Kelley Hession (left) with the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart'

At first glance the gray-haired woman on the right doesn't appear to resemble Amelia Earhart. Before rushing to judgment, though, click on the yellow highlighted link below to watch a slow motion dissolve that uses the same photo. After watching the dissolve, hit the back arrow to return to Irene-Amelia.Com. The two women featured in the above photo taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976 are Gertrude Kelley Hession, the sister of Monsignor James Francis Kelley, and the Gervais-Irene Bolam, who knew both Monsignor Kelley and his sister, Gertrude fairly well. Beginning in the 1970s and continuing to his death in 1996, Monsignor Kelley described to certain individuals that his later-life friend, Irene Bolam, used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.'

As the Gervais-Irene Bolam, Yugoslavia-1976...
...superimposed with her former self...
The same human being went by different names in different eras

On The Landmark Forensic Discoveries
Before continuing with the forensic samples, the following statements reference the landmark, Amelia Earhart-to-Irene Bolam forensic analysis discoveries achieved in the new millennium:
1.) The analysis discovered and revealed that the woman it labeled the 'Gervais-Irene' matched Amelia Earhart physically and character trait wise, and she was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. 
2.) The analysis discovered and revealed how three different women were attributed to the same 'Irene' identity in the Twentieth Century, and the 'Gervais-Irene,' who appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, was one of them. She died in 1982.  
Forensic Conclusion: By way of the Forensic Analysis results and the volumes of information discovered about Mrs. Irene Bolam in past decades, that began with the unparalleled investigative research conducted by the now late, USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (1924-2005), that Tod Swindell picked up on in the 1990s and continued well into the new millennium with, anymore the following statement denotes a forensic certainty: Most definitely, against the grain of what official U.S. historians at the Smithsonian Institution have long preferred the public accept and believe about it, the Gervais-Irene Bolam had been previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'

Grasping the reality of three different Twentieth Century women having been historically attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity is an important realization where the overall forensic analysis is concerned. Especially since the Gervais-Irene Bolam appeared nowhere identified as Irene prior to the mid-1940s. This is because she had previously been known as, "Amelia Earhart":

The original Irene Craigmile, 1930.
A past acquaintance of Amelia's, shown with her husband Charles and her father, Joe.
The 'second' Irene Craigmile, early 1940s.
The 1934 born son of Irene Bolam recalled this woman as his mother.
The third 'Gervais-Irene' in 1946, FKA 'Earhart'
Became 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England


The Landmark Positive ID Placement Made By Irene Bolam's Son:

BELOW is the 2014 written exchange between Clarence (Larry) Heller, the 1934 born son of Irene Bolam, and Protecting Earhart's, Tod Swindell, who had requested Mr. Heller to positively identify his mother's image in writing, just as he had to him personally in 2006. 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. [Note: The "Irene Bolam" whose photo appeared in Amelia Earhart Lives is identified in Protecting Earhart's study as the "Gervais-Irene."]


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.




Larry Heller: Friday, February 21, 2014
Subject: Re: Verification

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



Below: The "Non Gervais-Irene" who Larry Heller identified as his 'mother.' Mr. Heller never knew his biological mother, the original 'Irene Craigmile.'

Non Gervais-Irene, 1940s
The original Irene's son, Larry Heller identified this woman as his 'mother'

Non Gervais-Irene, 1982
Photo supplied by Larry Heller

Match; younger & older versions.
The two left photos superimposed.

Non Gervais-Irene younger

Larry Heller dated this picture of the 'mother' he recalled to have been taken, "about 1940."

Non Gervais-Irene older

This is how the 'mother' Larry Heller recalled looked in the 1970s. 

The Gervais-Irene

This is how the former Amelia Earhart looked in 1946 after she became known as 'Irene Craigmile' and was given a position at the People's National Bank of Mineola, LINY. She later served as a Vice President of the Great Neck National Bank, LINY. As Amelia, she had previously lived in Great Neck with her friend, Marion Stabler's family.

The Gervais-Irene

The former Amelia Earhart, shown here in 1965, was also attributed to Larry Heller's mother's identity.

The 'Gervais-Irene,' FKA 'Amelia Earhart' first resurfaced in the United States in the mid-1940s with the new name of 'Irene Craigmile.'  She worked in the banking industry on Long Island, NY until the late-1950s, at which time she married Guy Bolam of England. Mr. Bolam oversaw Radio Luxembourg in Europe, something the former Amelia Earhart kept doing herself for a few years after Guy died in 1970.

Below: Two handwriting comparison samples from Protecting Earhart's document examination portion of its forensic analysis. The cursive letter comparisons came from separate handwriting samples of Amelia's and the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'the former Amelia Earhart.'

Gervais-Irene's handwriting from a 1967 letter:
Protecting Earhart added Amelia's own "Amelia M. Earhart" high school signature.

Gervais-Irene cursive letters compared to Amelia's
From Protecting Earhart's study; above left side: The Gevais-Irene; Above right side: Amelia Earhart

The Truth...
Incredibly enough, for decades a variety of individuals tried to convince the public that this now highly-recognizable reality was nothing more than a falsely purported hoax. Protecting Earhart's new-millennium forensic analysis changed that. Anymore it is forensically incontestable: The Gervais-Irene was known as 'Amelia Earhart' in the United States prior to mid-1937.  
The analysis not only compared physical beings, it also compared character traits, to include a document examination handwriting analysis. Two samples from the handwriting analysis appear above and feature the following text:
In The Gervais-Irene's Own Words...
One fo the handwriting excerpts above came from the Gervais-Irene's 1967, non denial-denial she mailed in response to a query letter about her true past from retired USAF Major, Joseph A. Gervais:
"I can offer in evidence two people whom you may call for verification of this fact, because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile."
"It has always been my feeling the Amelia Earhart has not passed away completely, so long as there is one person alive who still remembers her."
Note the former Amelia's non denial-denial language use, "...because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile," where she plainly stated the two people she referenced knew her by different names; Amelia and Irene. The 'two people' were Amelia's 1930s' pilot friends, Viola Gentry & Elmo Pickerill who reckoned her as 'Irene' after the World War Two era. Note as well, her odd reference to "the Amelia Earhart" as if she likened the name to a ship that had sunk long ago.  

Below: The post World War Two protective alliance that existed between the former Amelia Earhart, her sister, Muriel, and Amelia's 1930s Ninety-Nines pilot friends, Viola Gentry and Elinor Smith. 

Earhart Covers Delivered, Purdue University, 1963
Viola Gentry greeted by Jilly McCormick, Helen Schlemen, and Dr. D. R. Mallet.

Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam on August 9, 1965
The Gervais-Irene Bolam [FKA 'Earhart'] took this photo in East Hampton, Long Island, NY

New York Mid-Week Pictorial, 1932
Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, Viola Gentry; Amelia's U.S. return after her solo Atlantic crossing.

On the comparisons further below: Amelia's Famous 1930s Pilot Friends, Viola Gentry And Elinor Smith, And Amelia's Sister, Muriel Were Her Later-Life Friends Of Hers When She Was Known as 'Irene.'
Protecting Earhart presented the inconceivability of Viola Gentry and Elinor Smith, two of Amelia's well-known 1930s pilot friends, somehow having a common later-life friend, the Gervais-Irene Bolam, who matched Amelia Earhart physically and character trait wise. It was the same with Amelia's sister, Muriel. In their later years, Viola, Elinor, and Muriel all knew Amelia as 'Irene' whose overall congruence to Amelia Earhart was evidenced by way of Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis and comparison study. Further validating the reality of it all, Protecting Earhart proved how the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, leaving the question of her previous identity to practically answer itself. It remains perplexing, and somewhat troubling that the American public is still quietly encouraged by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society to close a blind-eye to what is anymore a 'highly obvious' equation. In the comparison below, their physical head-to-toe congruence is displayed. Ultimately, Protecting Earhart's additional uncontested, 'three women having been attributed to one Irene identity' forensic realization, along with the Gervais-Irene's proven close friendship to former Seton Hall College President, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, who confirmed she was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart' to a number of individuals, cemented Protecting Earhart's 'Amelia became Irene' equation as an undeniable forensic reality, in opposition to those who have long tried to suggest its discovered realities were, 'just a coincidence.' 

Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, Viola Gentry

New York Mid-Week Pictorial, 1932
Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, Viola Gentry; Amelia's U. S. return after her solo Atlantic crossing.

The Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart'] in 1965...
...shown standing on a bridge in Paris with the Mid-Week Pictorial photo added.

Head to Toe...
Viola's later life friend, the Gervais-Irene matched Amelia.



Amelia's sister, Muriel

"Of course I knew Irene. She was a sister Zonta." "There is practically no physical resemblance." 1982 quotes from Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey. Muriel protected the truth of her sister's later-life existence as 'Irene' by consistently denouncing the assertion. The siblings kept their later-life Zonta Club friendship out of the spotlight, although they were seen in public at times at some of the same Zonta gatherings.  Protecting Earhart's study results contradict Muriel's, "no physical resemblance" statement she offered when asked to address claims that her later life acquaintance, Irene Bolam actually was, or at least resembled her sister, Amelia. Here, it's easy to observe Muriel's and the Gervais-Irene's 'familial' resemblance to each other. Muriel died in 1998, at the age of 98.

The Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart'] 1965.
With British husband, Guy Bolam.

News photo, Gervais-Irene in Japan-1963...
FKA 'Earhart'
...blended into Irene-Amelia.
Amelia, 1928, after the Friendship flight.

Larry Heller was clearly correct: The woman, who in 2014 he positively identified in writing to have been his "mother" was never known as, "Amelia Earhart."
The woman displayed directly below, however, who also used his mother's identity from the mid-1940s until she died in 1982, definitely did used to be known as, "Amelia Earhart." 

The Gervais-Irene in Japan in 1963
FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

The Gervais-Irene, 1940s
FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

The Gervais-Irene
The 1965 Joe Gervais photograph

Match; younger and older Gervais-Irene
The left two photos superimposed

04-AAAIblend2.jpg reveal her later-life self in 1965

The forensic transition continues...

Amelia Earhart

Eye Comparison Samples Viewed From Left To Right
Both sets of eyes must align to achieve a forensic match

Amelia's Eyes

The Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Sample: Overlay Match
Amelia & the Gervais-Irene

Younger Non Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Older Non Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Sample: Match
Younger and Older Non Gervais-Irene's Eyes Combined

Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Both eyes do not align; No Match
Gervais-Irene and Non Gervais-Irene superimposed

Both eyes do not align; No Match
Gervais-Irene and Non Gervais-Irene superimposed

Below: The "Gervais-Irene" FKA "Amelia Earhart" whose surname of 'Bolam' was added in 1958 after she married Guy Bolam of England. The 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives included a photo of her and featured documentation sent to Joe Gervais falsely indicating she was Larry Heller's 'mother.' Having been the former Amelia Earhart of course, she was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.

The 'Gervais-Irene' FKA 'Amelia Earhart'
Shown in Japan in 1963

The blend with her former self begins
The Amelia photo was taken when she was thirty years old

Irene & Amelia images superimposed...
029.JPG variance observed

8/8/65 Joe Gervais taken photo of Irene...
Viola Gentry introduced Gervais to her that day.

Superimposed: The Gervais photo...
...and the 1933 photo of her former self

Head to toe, all aspects of Amelia and the Gervais-Irene aligned.

The Gervais-Irene, FKA Amelia Earhart in 1978
Identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.
Gervais-Irene, Irene-Amelia
...aligned with Amelia's on the right

Sen. Hiram Bingham & Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
..shown blended below with this 1923 'into the mirror' taken self-portrait.

The Gervais-Irene, (see blend below)
True Age 80 Years, Early 1978

As Anyone Can See...
...Amelia Was Still In There


In 1996, Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell began a process that would take him two decades to complete.


Protecting Earhart's, Tod Swindell

"I was amazed in 1996, when I learned from Major Joe Gervais that a forensic analysis of Irene Bolam's full life story had never been done. I began doing 'physical' forensic comparisons in 1997, but it was 2000 when I first met with Dr. Walter S. Birkby, a highly respected Forensic Anthropologist who worked at the Pima County Sheriff's Department Forensics Lab in Arizona. I showed Dr. Birkby what I was doing with my photo superimposition's of the Gervais-Irene and Amelia Earhart. He was impressed, to say the least. He mentioned he knew of what he called, 'the face-print comparison technique' I was using, acknowledging it as a recognized 'occasional' ID placement method sometimes relied on out of necessity. Though the method wasn't his 'forte,' (Dr. Birkby dealt directly with physical bodies) he offered me some great advice by suggesting if I could find photographs that enabled me to start by, ""aligning the teeth and the gate of the mouth,"" that everything else should fall into place where positive results were being sought. He wasn't kidding, as evidenced by the examples I was able to produce after taking his advice. When I noticed how perfectly their eyes also aligned tear-duct to tear-duct, (see further down) and observed the way their overall head-to-toe physical congruence and character traits also lined up, I began sensing I was onto something important about Amelia Earhart that had somehow slipped through the cracks of aviation history. Later, in 2006, recognizing his long time silence and historical reluctance to cooperate, I traveled to Islip on Long Island, New York to meet the listed '1934 born son' of the late Irene Bolam, in one Mr. Larry Heller. He was fairly reticent but we did have a nice lunch together, and he agreed to meet with me again. I returned a few months later, this time to Manhatten where I engaged him through his attorney in the interest of exclusively optioning his version of his mother's life story, something his attorney executed for us. Not long after our agreement was struck I was stunned when Mr. Heller identified an entirely different person to have been his 'mother' to me than the Gervais-Irene. So much led me to further recognize how the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. It was at that point that I realized the contrived fraud that had been committed in order to steer the public away from knowing the truth about Amelia's name-changed survival, something Mr. Heller himself appeared to be unaware of. I also knew I needed to be careful from that point on, for it became clear to me that I was onto something earth-shakingly important where the true history of Amelia Earhart's full life story was concerned." Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell, 2017

"After carefully evaluating many years of research achievements from efforts put forth by different individuals including myself, it all culminated with the results of my Protecting Earhart forensic analysis that led to the same epiphany Major Joseph Gervais had decades ago. This time, however, the reasoning and logic were more clear cut: The separate generations, highly interlaced existences and complete human being congruences of the two individuals known as Amelia Earhart and the Gervais-Irene Bolam, as displayed in Protecting Earhart's forensic comparison analysis does not just mark a bizarre coincidence. Rather, it delivered a practical way to observe and understand how the same individual human being managed to lead two different lives with two different names in two different eras; the pre-World War Two era and the post-World War Two era. Since the 1970s, when it was first introduced, this reality has always been true notwithstanding endless rebuttals, still ongoing denials, decades of ridicule and the long regarded 'official silence' credo maintained in Washington and Tokyo toward addressing the topic of Amelia's true fate.
Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis resulted in a quantum leap--one that left it obvious where Amelia Earhart managed to survive her 1937 world flight ordeal and later changed her name to 'Irene.' This truth did not evidence itself fully until the discovery and forensic verification of three different women having been attributed to the same 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam' identity, with the Irene in question, the 'Gervais-Irene' never appearing anywhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s." Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell, 2017

Cover of Monsignor James Francis Kelley's autobiograpphy

Above and Below: The assertion of famous retired priest, Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1904-1996) who opposing theorists tried to call 'crazy' for saying what he did about his long time close friend, Irene Bolam, AKA the 'Gervais-Irene' ...anymore rings true. Beginning in the late 1970s, Monsignor Kelley, a former Seton Hall College president, first began privately admitting to people close to him that his good friend, Irene, used to be known as Amelia Earhart. Kelley added that he helped receive her back in the U.S. as World War Two ended. He further mentioned he helped her with 'emotional healing' therapy (Kelley held doctorates in psychology and philosophy) and that he had been instrumental with her name change to 'Irene.' In 1991, USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.) actually recorded the monsignor's confirmation of his late friend, Irene having been previously known as 'Amelia Earhart' during a taped interview. 

From a 10/18/82 New Jersey News Tribune article:
Msgr. Kelley privately verified his late friend the Gervais-Irene Bolam used to be, 'Amelia Earhart'

Monsignor James Francis Kelley & the Gervais-Irene Bolam

Monsignor Kelley shown in a family picture...
...his sister, Gertrude in white on his left.

Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia 1976
Monsignor Kelley's sister, Gertrude Kelley Hession (left) with the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart'

As the Gervais-Irene in Cocoa Beach, Florida, 1965
...she transitions....
...a 1935 photo of her former self...
...Amelia Earhart

"The Forensic studies are very convincing. She [the Gervais-Irene] was not an ordinary housewife as she claimed. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." From a new millennium Associated Press article by Ron Staton, John Bolam refers to his late sister-in-law, the Gervais-Irene Bolam while commenting on the initial results of Protecting Earhart's Forensic Analysis.  The now late John Bolam, who always viewed his sister in law's past as suspect, was the survived brother of Irene's English husband, Guy Bolam. 

Below: Closer On The Gervais-Irene Bolam, FKA 'Amelia Earhart'
USAF Major, Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.) took this historic photograph when he met the former Amelia Earhart in 1965 at a gathering of the Early Birds of Aviation held at the Sea Spray Inn located in East Hampton of Long Island, New York. Close to 200 people attended that day, many of them well-known pilots from the past. Major Gervais had been asked to lecture to the group about his five-year examination of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance by Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, Viola Gentry. Major Gervais described two distinct items located at the bottom of the V-neck on her blouse in the photo below; one, a U.S. Army Air Corp Major's 'Oak Leaf cluster,' and the other situated next to it he described as a "miniature enameled 'DFC' indicator pin." [DFC-Distinguished Flying Cross] During her career as a pilot, Amelia Earhart was decorated as an Honorary Army Air Corp Major in 1928 after her Friendship flight, and she was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by President Herbert Hoover after her 1932 solo Atlantic crossing. Although the DFC pin is not seen clearly, the Oak Leaf cluster stands out pretty well in the photo:

The Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart' in 1965

As seen in the 1970 book Amelia Earhart Lives:
Guy and Irene Bolam, August 8, 1965 (Photo taken by Joe Gervais.)
Also seen in AE Lives, 1933 Hyde Park photo.
Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia, Jim and Amy Mollison, President Franklin Roosevelt

Above Left: Excerpted from the 1970 McGraw-Hill book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas, is the photograph taken by Joe Gervais outside the Seaspray Inn on August 8, 1965. To its right: Another photo from Amelia Earhart Lives: Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt shown with Amelia alongside Jim and Amy Mollison in 1933. Below observe a sample of the Irene-Amelia photos superimposed via Protecting Earhart's new millennium forensic study. With the additional overwhelming preponderance of hard and circumstantial evidence unearthed in the past fifty years, culminating with Protecting Earhart's ten-year comprehensive forensic analysis, anymore it is clear this incredible truth exists as the most significant, known by very few individuals historical cover-up ever discovered and revealed.

1965 Joe Gervais photo...
The Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart'] was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.
The Gervais-Irene...
...superimposed with her former self using the 1933 Amelia photo.
Amelia Earhart, 1933

Below Amelia, left, becomes her future self, right
Secone row, the Gervais-Irene turns back into her former 'Amelia' self

More About Protecting Earhart's Comprehensive Forensic Analysis And Human Comparison Study...
Forensic Evidence: "That suitable for argumentation in a court of law."
"For almost fifty-years the 'Amelia became Irene' assertion was generally viewed as a pariah within general discussions about the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance. In the past two decades, Protecting Earhart's long-term forensic analysis of the lifetime existence of Irene Bolam caused a major viewpoint shift to occur. Many people are currently coming to terms with the reality of Amelia's post-loss survival and her eventual name change to Irene Craigmile at some point during the 1940s, and how after her marriage to Guy Bolam of England in 1958, she further became known as, Mrs. Irene Bolam." Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell 

"Also, special recognition to Tod Swindell who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of Irene Bolam and Amelia Earhart, to show the world they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck, reprinted from the Preface in his book, Amelia Earhart Survived.
How Protecting Earhart's Historical Forensic Analysis And Human Comparison Study Came To Be...
"I first came up with the idea of doing an Amelia Earhart-to-Irene Bolam forensic study in 1996. I had been researching Amelia Earhart's disappearance and it bothered me how the then thirty-years-old and still ongoing controversy about Irene Bolam had never been disproved. I also found it hard to believe, after learning it directly from World War Two veteran heroes and famed Amelia Earhart historians, USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.) and USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), that the same Irene Bolam, who since the late 1960s Major Gervais had claimed with steadfast certainty used to be known as Amelia Earhart, had never been forensically compared to Amelia, nor had her full-life story ever been scrutinized in a conventional forensic manner.
Major Gervais described to me then how in 1965, when he met Mrs. Irene Bolam among other prominent retired pilots in New York, he felt he physically and circumstantially recognized her as the 'former' Amelia Earhart. He said his realization was supported by the high level of prominence the other retired pilots regarded Mrs. Bolam with, and he found it odd that he had never heard of an 'Irene Bolam' since he'd heard of just about every other famous pilot from the bygone era. Major Gervais had been a formidable pilot himself, one who logged many flight-time hours while not only serving his country in World War Two, but while serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars as well.
After he met, conversed with and photographed Mrs. Bolam that summer of 1965, Major Gervais' own five-year follow up investigation left him embracing the truth about who she used to be. It was a belief he maintained for the remainder of his life, especially in lieu of the fact that no person or entity ever over-challenged it by proving it wrong. His friend and off-times collaborator, Colonel Reineck embraced the same reality after his own close examination of Major Gervais' case study. Colonel Reineck as well took same belief to his grave. Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck died respectively in 2005 and 2007. I became great friends and collaborators with both of them the last decades of their lives and I will always miss them. 
Major Gervais' Amelia Earhart research den at his home that housed his forty-years worth of findings inspired me to no end, but it was after listening to Colonel Reineck's recorded interview of former Seton Hall College President, Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996), who outright confirmed his late close friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart' within it, that I decided it was long overdue for a forensic analysis to be conducted that would compare the physical beings and character traits of Amelia and Irene Bolam to each other, and that Mrs. Bolam's life-long past should be forensically evaluated as well.
A full decade later, after hundreds of combined physical and character trait comparisons, forensic expert consultations and a tonnage of complementary historical and investigative research--that later culminated with a 2014 in-writing ID placement made by the son of Irene Bolam that by itself defied recorded history--I was able to draw my own hard conclusion. My opinion was completely solidified by the way the forensic analysis proved the 'Irene Bolam' identity in question had been attributed to three different women, and the particular 'Irene' Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck commonly referred to as the 'former Amelia Earhart' appeared nowhere in the photographic record of Irene Bolam's person prior to the mid-1940s. Instead, before the mid-1940s, two other women were interchangeably attributed to her same 'Irene' identity.
The above findings, when combined with the way the post mid-1940s Irene Bolam in question displayed her head-to-toe physical congruence to Amelia, and adding it to the way their character traits also aligned, all of this made it easy to identify how Major Gervais, Colonel Reineck, and Monsignor Kelley, against the grain of conventional history and conventional reality, were all-along correct about the 'Irene' they referred to, the woman I dubbed the 'Gervais-Irene' in my Protecting Earhart forensic study, who absolutely, without question, most definitely did used to be known as Amelia Earhart.
If a mystery about Amelia Earhart at all exists, it is in the form of how this incredible post-war reality about her came to be." Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell, 2017

Rare photo of Amelia Earhart
Looking tired in New Guinea, just before she went missing.

When one compares the care-worn Amelia photo on the left to the more relaxed & cheerful one on the right, it's hard to recognize they are mid-1930s photos of the same person.

Amelia, 1936
Later as 'Irene' she sometimes sported a similar hairstyle.

Amelia's Eyes

The Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Superimposed reveals a forensic match
Amelia & Gervais-Irene's eyes were spaced the same and matched rims to rims & tearducts to tearducts

AE's eyes

The Gervais-Irene's & Amelia's Eyes
They align perfectly because they were the same eyes


Gervais-Irene, 1977
Gervais-Irene & former Amelia self
Two photos in an equal blend.
Amelia, from a 1923 'into the mirror' taken self photo-portrait.

Three Different Women Used The Same Irene Identity
Protecting Earhart's forensic study displays three different women who were attributed to the same 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile [Heller] Bolam' identity. It also displays how one of the three woman, the Gervais-Irene, appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s and matched Amelia Earhart head-to-toe and character trait wise.


History ignores the reality of 'three different women' having used the same 'Irene Bolam' identity. It also ignores how the Gervais-Irene, who matched Amelia from head to toe, only appeared identified as 'Irene' from the 1940s until her death was recorded in 1982. The Irene Craigmile seen directly below was the original Irene, a past friend of Amelia's. Seeking privacy, Amelia assumed the original Irene's identity for herself upon her return to the United States. Why did Amelia go to such lengths to obscure who she used to be? As her long time post-war friend, Monsignor James Francis Kelley explained, "after all she'd been through, she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."  

The original Irene Craigmile, 1930.
Amelia's friend, with her husband Charles and her father, Joe. She was seen no more after the 1930s.


Note: In 2006 and again in 2014, the original Irene's 1934 born son, Larry Heller, who was unaware of the human-triplicity attributed to his mother, identified both the younger and older images of the woman displayed below as his 'mother.' The problem was she wasn't the woman shown directly to the right, whose image appeared in the 1970 book Amelia Earhart Lives [historically she should have been] nor was she the original Irene shown on the left, who was Mr. Heller's true biological mother. A few years ago National Geographic Channel producers were made aware of the identity placement made by Mr. Heller but declined to comment on it or display her image within its Unsolved History, 'Where's Amelia Earhart' TV special.

The 'second' Irene (Non-Gervais) early 1940s.
AKA 'Irene Jr.'

Below: 1982

...older version of the Non Gervais-Irene, age 58, 1982.

Note: A photo of this Irene Craigmile Bolam [FKA Amelia Earhart] appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. From 1958 on she was known as "Irene Bolam," the mother of Larry Heller. On paper she was; biologically she wasn't.

The Gervais-Irene [FKA Earhart]
Reprinted from the 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune series

Clearer, 1946, FKA 'Earhart'
Became 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

The 'third' Irene Craigmile's more familiar look.
Prior to post-disappearance adjustments.

1965 Joe Gervais photo...
The Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam. She was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.

Below: This woman, labeled the "Non Gervais-Irene" by Protecting Earhart was attributed to the same Irene Bolam identity as the Irene Bolam displayed above. This truth was first discovered by Protecting Earhart in 2002, and was later forensically verified through ID placements made by Irene Bolam's son. 

The Non Gervais-Irene....
An O'Crowley family secret?
Left and right photos...
...displays same person in younger-older versions.

This 'Irene Bolam' shown in younger and older versions was positively identified by her son as his late "mother." According to record her son was born in 1934. He first identified his mother for Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell in both of these photos (shown suprimposed above) when he was 72 years of age at his attorney's office in New York City. He did so again in writing when he was 79. The question today remains: Which Irene Bolam died on July 7, 1982? The Irene Bolam who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 displayed in the above and below panels--who was also historically attributed to the same Irene Bolam identity--or the one displayed here. Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis ascertained it was the Gervais-Irene who died on July 7, 1982, and the true birth date and death date of the woman displayed here remains to be forensically determined. 

Non Gervais-Irene's true identity remains unknown,
Her real estimated age was 'fifity-eight years' in 1982...

Below: The Gervais-Irene Bolam

The Gervais-Irene [FKA

Left and right images combined display the congruence.
The Gervais-Irene in 1965.
AKA "Irene Bolam" from the photo displayed in the 1970 book 'Amelia Earhart Lives.'

1946, the Gervais-Irene
Known as 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

Eyes from 1945 Gervais-Irene...
044.JPG match Amelia's perfectly.

Below: 1976, Gervais-Irene in Detroit...
Their profiles match, yet notice slight nasal alteration on the Gervais-Irene.

Below: A 1944 USAAF reconnaissance photo of Taroa Island in the Marshall Islands taken during a bombing raid, reprinted from Randall Brink's best selling book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart, W.W. Norton, 1993. Protecting Earhart's forensic study enlarged and rotated the insert, then placed an outline of Amelia's Electra over it revealing a match. As Brink noted, Japan manufactured no planes that would have compared to the Electra's design during the war, and different Marshallese accounts described how Amelia's wing-damaged plane had been transported to Taroa, to include statements made by two Marshallese brothers, John and Dwight Heine who described how they helped Japanese military personnel off-load it there.

1944 USAAF recon photo
Taroa in the Marshalls; several accounts described Amelia's wing-damaged plane was taken there
Protecting Earhart's insert blow-up and rotation
...with an outline of Amelia's Lockheed Electra 10E placed over it

Alfred Capelle

"Amelia Earhart definitely came to the Marshall Islands in 1937."
The above was described in 2002 to Associated Press reporter, Ron Staton by Alfred Capelle, United Nations Ambassador to the Marshall Islands. Prior to the time U.S. Troops occupied it in 1944, Japan had been the ruling government authority in the Marshalls. Based on his country's own history of the time period, Ambassador Capelle professed how Amelia Earhart's 1937 rescue and continued existence in Japan's custody remained non-public information due to the strained relationship that existed between Japan and the United States. This all took place during the onset of the Sino-Japanese War, that began just five days after Earhart was reported 'missing' and would soon after dovetail into the World War Two era.
Additionally, Ambassador Capelle plainly described numerous accounts of Marshallese residents and government officials who not only recalled Amelia Earhart being held in the Marshalls, but how she was commonly referred to as 'Tokyo Rosa' ['Tokyo Rose'] among the Marshallese people. It turned out a Japanese translation of 'Tokyo Rose' was "that held by the chrysanthemum." Of note, the chrysanthemum flower has long adorned the seal of the Emperor of Japan, that may help explain why Amelia Earhart's mother, Amy Otis Earhart attended Iva Toguri's 1949 'Tokyo Rose trial' in San Francisco on a daily basis.

Notwithstanding what one chooses to believe, this information exists.

The breadth of Protecting Earhart's forensic study is important to comprehend. The complete study compared full bodies, handwriting samples, voices, character traits, relationships and previous geographical residences. Also check out the video-link by clicking on: 

Below: It was no coincidence Viola Gentry, Elinor Smith, and Amelia's sister, Muriel were friends with two individuals from different eras who shared a head-to-toe physical congruence and identical character traits. No matter, for lacking essential endorsements from the families of both Amelia and the original Irene, and by way of being ignored by official history itself, this controversial reality was designed to remain unrecognized. 

New York Mid-Week Pictorial, 1932
Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, Viola Gentry; Amelia's U. S. return after her solo Atlantic crossing.

The Gervais-Irene, 1946

Nine years earlier, without post-loss adjustments, Amelia

Gervais-Irene / Gervais photo, 1965
She was one of three women who used the same 'Irene' identity.

Match; younger to older Gervais-Irene
Combination of 1946 & 1965 photos shows same person in younger and older versions.

It is certain anymore, how with the omniscience of the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover, Amelia Earhart and Monsignor Kelley worked something out with the O'Crowley family to enable Amelia to acquire the original Irene's identity, and Amelia confided in and worked with some of her own past friends, to include her sister, Muriel to help maintian her cover. She did so out of necessity, knowing both the U.S. and Japan held to a post-war 'let's move on' attitude about certain matters, to include the true outcome of her 1937 world flight. She also likely worked with certain ZONTA organization officials [charter ZONTA members Nina Price and attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley had been two of Amelia's 1930s close 'non-pilot' friends] to also help solidify her future privacy status. High level offices in the United States, Japan, and England relied on 'official silence' and closed a blind eye to it all, thus enabling the former Amelia Earhart to inherit the private citizen, non-famous person status made available to her after World War Two.

The two superimposed


Below: The Non Gervais-Irene. She grew up with the O'Crowleys and was viewed as a 'mother figure' by the original Irene's son, but by 1945 she was described as "no longer intimate" with the O'Crowley family. No one is forensically certain who she really was. Some suspect she was the 1924 out of wedlock born daughter of Lloyd Royer and Amelia Earhart, who Amelia managed to blend in with other children at the Denison Settlement House in Boston where she worked from 1925 to 1928. As the story goes, after Amelia suddenly became famous in 1928 as a result of her Friendship flight, she joined the Zonta's and soon after implored her new Zonta figurehead friend, attorney Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley to safe-house and help raise her family-secret daughter. Although he is hardly mentioned in her biographies, Amelia always remained in touch with Lloyd Royer, and Lloyd later confirmed [in 1977] that he was also acquainted with the Gervais-Irene Bolam.

1965 Joe Gervais photo...
The Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam. She was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.
The Gervais-Irene...
...superimposed with her former self using the 1933 Amelia photo.
Amelia Earhart, 1933


Click here to e-mail Protecting Earhart/ E-mail address: advertises nothing but the truth about Amellia Earhart. It has existed as a World Wide Web internet website since 2007. Although periodically shouted down by naysayers, it has never been overchallenged. It features researcher, Tod Swindell's first ever embarked on, "Comprehensive Forensic Analysis and Forensic Comparison Study" that, 1.) Proved more than one person used the same 'Irene' identity. 2.) Displayed the head-to-toe and character-traits congruence the Joseph A. Gervais 1965 recognized "Irene Bolam" shared with Amelia Earhart. 3.) Proved the Joseph A. Gervais 1965 recognized "Irene Bolam" appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, ultimately concluding against the grain fo conventional knowledge, that she and Amelia Earhart marked the same physical human being in younger and older forms going by different names.
Tod Swindell's forensic analysis endeavor was initiated in 1997, and first received national notice in 2002. His original titled manuscript, Protecting Earhart: The Beautiful Alter Ego and Silent Legacy of History's Most Famous Flying Heroine has been housed and registered at the Writers Guild of America West since 2004, #1033972, and was ultimately copyrighted after several revisions and updates in 2014, # TXu 1-915-926. It was again copyrighted in 2017 with additional combined elements from the forensic study newly inserted, # TXu 2-061-539. For subsidiary-rights inquiries e-mail George Brunt Esq. at is dedicated to the past tireless efforts of the late USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais [1924-2005] and the late USAF Col. Rollin C. Reineck [1920-2007], two World War Two heroes who began expounding on the 'Amelia became Irene' truth decades ago. A major thank you goes to Tod Swindell's chief collaborative partner, Lost Star author, Randall Brink, who worked directly with Joseph Gervais for well over a decade before intorducing Tod Swindell to him in 1996. A thanks also goes out to pilot-author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who supplied additional 'Irene' photo data and handwritten letters for the study, that along with much similar data Joseph Gervais and Rollin Reineck forwarded Tod's way as transferred from a 1970s good friend of Mrs. Bolam's, the late Diana Dawes. All of these elements combined enabled the study to reach its reality based conclusion. Thanks as well to former CIA operative, Bazzell Baz, who provided much insight to this Earhart truth seeking endeavor when it was first getting underway in Santa Monica, CA in the mid-1990s.
Joseph A. Gervais, who is still considered by many to have been the most knowledgeable Amelia Earhart investigative researcher ever to pursue the truth, first asserted the Irene-Amelia reality in 1965. The controversial 1970 McGraw-Hill book by Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives delved into the enormous amount of Joe Gervais' investigative research and displayed the first nationally published photo of Mrs. Irene Bolam, AKA the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.'
From Tod Swindell: "Regardless of the fallout caused by Amelia Earhart Lives after 1970, my good friends, Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck spent the remaining decades of their lives working to better advance the reality of Amelia Earhart's name-changed survival to authenticity, after enduring their own long term evaluations of the existing evidence that supported it. Their efforts, but especially the decades old, never wavering claim of Joseph A. Gervais, inspired me to orhestrate the forensic analysis that ultimately proved their long hel beliefs correct. Colonel Reineck's book, Amelia Earhart Survived that was published in late 2003, and was driven by my 'newly embarked on' forensic comparison study. Portions of my study appeared in his book, although a more extensively display of my material is seen here in Colonel Reineck's book was also the first to credit my study for "proving" how one of the Twentieth Century women who used the same 'Irene' identity had been previously known as Amelia Earhart."
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