Amelia Earhart Compared To Irene Craigmile: There Was More To This Than People Realized

Forensically Comparing Amelia Earhart To Irene Craigmile Bolam

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What The First-Ever Forensic Comparison Analysis Revealed About The Traditionally Misunderstood, 'Amelia Earhart Became Known As Irene Craigmile' Assertion

Forensically comparing Amelia Earhart to Irene Craigmile; separating the different Irenes:


The following material features forensic research and visual human comparison samples.

Below: Handwriting comparison examples from the document examination portion of the analysis. Below, on the left side are cursive letter samples penned by Irene Craigmile Bolam compared to cursive letters on the right side penned by Amelia. 



Above: Irene Craigmile Bolam's handwritten statement where she refers to two friends of hers who, "each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile." Underneath her handwritten sentence the comparison study inserted Amelia Earhart's own "Amelia M. Earhart" signature penned by Amelia when she was seventeen. 

"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.'
Below: Irene Craigmile Bolam with LPGA promoter, Peter Busatti in 1975



Above left, Irene Craigmile Bolam; Above center, Irene & Amelia superimposed; Above right, Amelia Earhart

"Peter Busatti said he accompanied Mrs. Bolam to the Wings Club in New York City on one occasion. He said a full length portrait of Amelia Earhart hangs in the room dedicated in her honor. ""It was a dead ringer for Irene,"" he said. ""Sometimes I thought she was, sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied, "When I die you'll find out,"" Busatti said. At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned how, ""All the admirals and generals seemed to know her."" Excerpted from a 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune article where when interviewed, Mr. Busatti openly commented about his suspicion that his 1970s' friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam used to be known as, "Amelia Earhart."


Tod Swindell

"The original Irene Craigmile barely flew at all during her oft-troubled 1930s years. Compared to her friend, Amelia, she was a veritable nobody back then as well. It would have been unrealistic for her to later become a member of the affluent New York Wings Club, let alone be distinguished like royalty there among her peers. Yet, important people who knew the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile as the former Amelia Earhart, and indeed the were some who did, were always respectful to recognize her that way." Tod Swindell


Dr. Alex Mandel, a self-described "Amelia Earhart fanatic" intentionally misleads the public about Irene Craigmile Bolam using Wikipedia as a platform to do so.

An Important Note: The Wikipedia 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' page created and solely moderated by Dr. Alex Mandel of the Ukraine is purposefully misleading. Juxtaposed to what it states, NO forensic expert was EVER hired by the National Geographic Society who conclusively nullified the 'Amelia became Irene' postulation. In fact, NO forensic expert EVER conclusively nullified the public assertion originally made by retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais in 1970, that stated Amelia Earhart managed to live on after she went missing in 1937 and later surfaced in the United States known as 'Irene Craigmile.' Rather, forensic research conducted decades later easily confirmed there was a high level of importance to his assertion. 


The original Irene Craigmile & her son, 1934


Above: Irene & Amelia superimposed


Above: Irene at her 1970 press conference flanked by two Amelia photos


Above in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976; Monsignor James Francis Kelley's sister, Gertrude Kelley Hession is on the left facing forward, next to Irene Craigmile Bolam, who offers a side glance toward the camera. With a first look, Irene doesn't appear to resemble Amelia Earhart. The superimposed photo comparisons below tell a different story.



Beginning in the 1970s and continuing to his death in 1996, Gertrude Kelley Hession's brother, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a prominent priest in the catholic church who had known both Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, did describe to certain individuals who later confirmed his having done so; Donald Dekoster, Helen Barber, and Merril Dean Magley to name a few, that his later-life friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart' and that he had helped her with her identity change after World War Two in cooperation with the U.S. justice department and the original Irene Craigmile's O'Crowley family of Newark, New Jersey.
It is true that Monsignor Kelley was an acquaintance of J. Edgar Hoover's, who from the time Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937 and throughout the World War Two era, paid great attention to Amelia's missing person case that included maintaining closely guarded FBI files pertaining to it, some revealing ones of which were released after the 1980 FOIA. 


Above, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, shown in the photo to the right with his good friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam, declined to publicly comment about her possible "dual identity" in this 1982 article.  


Monsignor James Francis Kelley and his friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam, in the late 1970s. Monsignor Kelley was the brother of Gertrude Kelley Hession, who is featured in the Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia photo with Irene. Monsignor Kelley was the president of Seton Hall College from 1936 to 1949. He held doctorates in psychology and philosophy. In a 1991 taped interview with USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), Monsignor Kelley confirmed that as World War Two ended he received Amelia back from Japan and helped her to become 'Irene Craigmile.' Earlier (in 1987) Father Kelley had mentioned to Rockville, Illinois TV reporter, Merrill Dean Magley, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."

"He did speak of knowing Amelia Earhart but I never met her in his company." This comment came from Monsignor Thomas Ivory of West Orange, New Jersey, a past friend and clergy associate of Monsignor Kelley's. Monsignor Ivory presided over Monsignor Kelley's 1996 funeral. 


Rockville, Illinois TV reporter, Merrill Dean Magley and his wife, Carol, extensivley interviewed Monsignor Kelley in 1987 at the Monsignor's Rumson, New Jersey home. Merrill Dean Magley was in the process of writing a book about Amelia becoming Irene when he died of cancer in 1991 at the age of 58. 


In two separate interviews he conducted with original seven Astronaut, Wally Schirra, pictured above, Merrill Dean Magley was told by Schirra that he had "met" the former Amelia Earhart at NASA before. During a filmed-interview Magley later conducted with him, the famous astronaut calmly described how he knew the woman he met at NASA was the former Amelia Earhart, responding to him on camera by saying, "people I considered reliable had advised me who she was." In 1998, John Bolam, Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived brother in law who believed she was the former Amelia Earhart, mentioned she was presented an award at NASA in the 1960s.


Monsignor James Francis Kelley and Archbishop Thomas J. Walsh awarding FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover an honorary Law Doctoral Degree  from Seton Hall College, 1944. 


Above, two commendation awards give to Monsignor James Francis Kelley following the conclusion of World War Two. Reprinted directly from Monsignor Kelley's 1987 Memoirs, he provided no explanation for the one he received from J. Edgar Hoover, nor did he mention his friend, Irene, anywhere in his book.

In 1991, according to Donald B. Dekoster of Whitehall, Michigan, Monsignor Kelley's friend and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands winter neighbor, (where Mr. Dekoster owned a home next door to Monsignor Kelley's beautiful hilltop abode) it was 1978 when Monsignor Kelley first described to him that he, "...had been assigned to receive Amelia Earhart when she came back to the U.S. after the war," and that she was in, "poor health both physically and emotionally at the time."
The Monsignor further described how he periodically, "served as Amelia's psychiatric priest and spiritual counselor" after that, with Mr. Dekoster specifying that he still referred to her as "Amelia."
Monsignor Kelley flatly told Mr. Dekoster that his good friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam, used to be known as Amelia Earhart and that she sometimes stayed at at his home in the Virgin Islands. He also said he would introduce him to her at some point. Donald Dekoster added he was 'disappointed' after an early 1980s planned get together where he was to meet her did not materialize due to an illness Irene came down with. 
Disbelievers were always quick to call the Monsignor "crazy" or "a victim of old-age senility or dementia." Given what has been learned about this in recent years, however, anymore it's hard to fathom Monsignor Kelley would, or even could have made such a thing up.
Monsignor Kelley had served as the President of Seton Hall College for over a dozen years while holding doctoral degrees in philosophy and psychology, and he came to know many famous people throughout the course of his lifetime. Donald Dekoster also countered that when the Monsignor described to him all he did about Amelia becoming Irene he was, "quite lucid" at the time, adding, "...if he said it, it must be true."
Monsignor Kelley's nephew, Adrian "Red" McBride, who helped to edit his esteemed uncle's 1987 published memoirs, successfully advised against the inclusion of a chapter the Monsignor wrote about Amelia's journey to becoming Irene within it. In a 2003 phone interview with Tod Swindell, Red McBride acknowledged having done so, mentioning he found what his uncle described about his later life friend, Irene, was very hard for him to believe as well, adding he didn't think Irene resembled Amelia in any way. He also mentioned if what his uncle described about her was at all true then he did not feel it was appropriate for it to be something announced for the first time in his memoirs.
When asked if his uncle suffered from later life dementia he replied that he did appear to have "senile moments" and "memory lapses" in his last years, and he was "legally blind" when he died, but he was never diagnosed as having dementia, and he did not have Alzheimer's disease. He did elaborate that some of the stories his uncle told seemed like such a stretch to him that he wondered if his memory was mixed-up or if he was just making them up to get attention. A recent book by one Dave Horner that tried to put an end to the contentious issue over whether or not the Monsignor's statements about Irene Craigmile Bolam were accurate, strongly argued that Monsignor Kelley completely fabricated what he described about his friend, Irene, quoting Red Mcbride to have said his uncle was an outright, "bull-shooter" in the process.
By now it has grown to be essentially clear, however, that Monsignor Kelley did not invent some far out false-truth within his memory bank that left him describing to people from the 1970s on... how his good friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam, used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Today it is entirely evident he was telling the truth there.     

In a 1991 tape recorded interview with Monsignor Kelley conducted by retired USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, the Monsignor mentioned he had some furniture items Amelia 'gave' to him, he confirmed he was part of the operation that quietly brought Amelia back to the U.S. at the end of World War Two, and when Colonel Reineck point-blank asked him to verify that his late friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam used to be known as Amelia Earhart, he plainly replied, "That's right, yes." The interview exists on tape today as part of Colonel Reineck's own archived Amelia Earhart research materials. Monsignor Kelley sounds calm, matter of fact, and entirely lucid throughout it.

Monsignor Kelley died in 1996, Colonel Reineck died in 2007, Red McBride died in 2008.

Dave Horner's book, The Earhart Enigma, that basically referred to Monsignor Kelley as all-but 'crazy' to have said what he did about his later life friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam, was published in 2013.


Continuing on with the comparison study:

Below: Underneath the two photos featuring Amelia 1930s well-known pilot friend, Viola Gentry, is a head-to-toe, Irene Craigmile Bolam as compared to Amelia Earhart forensic comparison example. The 1932 photo used in the comparison features Amelia with Viola and another pilot friend of hers, Elinor Smith in between the two. The photo of Irene Craigmile Bolam that was used shows her on a bridge in Paris in 1965.


Above, still flying in 1963, Viola Gentry is greeted by Jilly McCormick, Helen Schlemen, and Dr. D. R. Mallet after delivering new Amelia Earhart covers to Purdue Univesity. Check out the strength in Viola's forearm.


Above, Viola Gentry in 1965 with Irene Craigmile Bolam's British husband, Guy Bolam. Irene herself, Viola's later life good friend, took this photograph.   



Amelia, Elinor Smith, Viola Gentry







Above: Grace Muriel Earhart, Amelia's sister and only sibling, was familiarly known as "Muriel." She is shown here a few years prior to her marriage to Albert Morrissey.
"Of course I knew Irene. She was a sister Zonta." "There is practically no physical resemblance." 1982 quotes from Amelia's sister, Grace 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 at times at the same Zonta gatherings.  The study results easliy contradicted Muriel's, "no physical resemblance" statement she offered when asked to address the numerous claims that her later life acquaintance, Irene Craigmile Bolam actually was, or strongly resembled her sister, Amelia. Looking at the photo of Muriel above, it's easy to observe she and and her later-life friend, Irene's 'familial' resemblance to each other. Muriel died in 1998, at the age of 98.


Above: Guy Bolam and Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965


Below: In 2006, as part of an Amelia Earhart 'mystery' special the National Geographic Channel aired, this sample was featured among a few others from Tod Swindell's then in-progess comparison analysis. With no consideration at all given to Irene Craigmile's past, the show's producers were quick to persuade its viewers 'not to believe' what they were looking at, even at one point suggesting the congruence observable here was merely "slight of hand." The National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Institution, both located in Washington DC, have been well aware of the Irene-Amelia controversy ever since it first became an issue of public concern in 1970, yet they have always dismissed the mention of it out of hand right away. It is also interesting to note how neither organization has ever investigated the 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. Rather, both have always publicly favored the suggested idea of how after the duo missed their target of Howland Island they eventually crashed into the sea and sank at unknown coordinates.   


This Irene


Was Earlier




As Amelia



Above left, Amelia, next to Senator Hiram Bingham, morphs into Irene Craigmile Bolam, above right.
Below, people will think or believe what they will, but it will not change the new-learned reality of how the attractive, proud looking, 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' shown here in 1977, appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, nor will it change the new-learned reality that she very strongly assimilated what Amelia Earhart, who went missing in 1937, would have looked like in her later life years. 



Below, the other Irene Craigmile identified by her son in 2006 & 2014, verified in writing:



Above left, Larry Heller's mother, Irene Craigmile in the early 1940s according to Larry Heller himself. On the right she appears on the cover her October 29, 1982 Memorial Dinner program printed for a tribute event that was held in her honor after her death was recorded that July. Recall Irene Craigmile married Guy Bolam of England in 1958 and was further known as Mrs. Irene Bolam after that. Larry Heller confirmed he supplied the photo used for the cover of the program. This Irene did not resemble Amelia Earhart and she was an entirely different human being than the Irene who proved to be a head to toe match to Amelia Earhart after Word War Two... who was also attributed to Larry Heller's mother's identity. It is important to recall here how according to record, Amelia Earhart and Larry Heller's mother knew each other at the time Larry Heller was born in 1934. The photo images above do display the same person in younger and older forms. To be sure, the eyes in both photos are enlarged and superimposed here below for comparison purposes.







Larry Heller was clearly correct: The woman above, who in 2014 he positively identified in writing to have been his "mother" in both younger ("early 1940s") and older ("1970s") forms, was never known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'

Eye Comparison Samples: Eye rims and spacing must align to achieve a match. They align perfectly when Amelia and the 1946 identified Irene Craigmile are compared. They do not align when the Irene Craigmile identified by her son are compared to the 1946 identified Irene Craigmile. See the enlargements compared under these three photos. 




1946 Irene Craigmile


1970s Irene Craigmile
identified by her son

Amelia's eyes:


1946 Irene Craigmile's eyes:


Amelia's and the 1946 Irene's eyes superimposed:


Below: The 1946 Irene Craigmile's eyes superimposed with those of the 1970s Irene Craigmile identified by her son. They do not align properly. Only one eye can align at a time and not very well. This is because they were different human beings... even though they had the same identity attributed to them.







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

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. 


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

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

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.

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: 

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.

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

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.' 

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


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'

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


In 2017, Protecting Earhart's, Tod Swindell finalized and copyrighted his long term Irene Craigmile Bolam Versus Amelia Earhart forensic research and human comparison study. His study results enabled him to claim the forensic solving of Amelia Earhart's eight decades old missing person case in his name and in the names of his long-time collaborators, Randall Brink, Joseph A. Gervais (posthumously), Rollin C. Reineck (posthumously), and Joe Klaas (posthumously).
To contact Tod Swindell directly about his multi-tiered Amelia Earhart IP objectives, including rights to his feature film, "The Lost Electra," his Earhart animation project, and various literary IP's, not to leave out his two-decades long 'Irene-Amelia journey,' send an e-mail query to or phone his voice-mail at 323-317-0886. Viable reach outs will be put in touch with his Entertainment Attorney. Thank You.

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 physical 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 Craigmile 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. It first received national notice in 2002 while it was in progress. 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 call 323-317-0886 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 introducing 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, along with much similar data Joseph Gervais and Rollin Reineck forwarded Tod's way after it was 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 some keen 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 Craigmile 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 "Amelia became Irene" assertion made by Joseph A. Gervais, inspired me to orchestrate the forensic analysis that ultimately proved their long held 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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