The Latent History Of Amelia Earhart's 1937 World Flight Outcome

Separating Fact From Fiction About Amelia Earhart

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Amelia Earhart AKA 'The New Irene Craigmile'...
The U.S. Military And State Department Grew More Aware During The World War Two Era...
To The White House: An Open Letter About Amelia Earhart
The Misguided 'Castaways' Claim
Forensic Comparisons: Naturally Revealing The Truth
The 1982 'Red Herring' Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune Series
Hiding The Truth With Photo Forgeries
Amelia Earhart: Controversial 'Leaked' U.S. State Department Information
Why The Truth About Amelia Earhart Was Dismissed
Evidence Of Amelia's Plane In The Marshall Islands(?)
Forensic Analysis Support: Seeking Privacy, Amelia Optioned For A New Identity
Monsignor James Francis Kelley & Astronaut Wally Schirra Discuss Amelia Earhart
About Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam; Did You Know?
A Less Recalled Look At Amelia Earhart's 1937 Disappearance
The History of Amelia Earhart Mystery 'Investigative Research'
Detours Taken In Pursuit Of Answers; The Real Joe Gervais
Amelia Earhart Press Notice Samples
Amelia Earhart: True or False
Three Women Used The Same 'Irene' Identity, One Was FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

This website previews the ten-year forensic analysis and MSS, Protecting Earhart scheduled for publication this year. [Protecting Earhart U.S. Copyright Office Registration Number: TXu 1-915-926]
Final Conclusion: Separating Fact from Fiction about Amelia Earhart


The Enlightenment of Truth 
Identifying an important, well buried historical truth nutures historical enlightenment, although it may take a lot of time and hard work to get it done. Recall it took until 2005 for it to be verified that Charles Lindbergh lived a double life in Europe from the 1950s to the 1970s known as 'Careu Kent.' 
The diverted truth concerning what became of Amelia Earhart was not the result of a vast conspiracy. Conspiracy itself is a dark word that need not be applied to it. The reality of Amelia Earhart's continued survival after her storied 'disappearance' was something privately understood among the limited amount of individuals exclusively made aware of it, whose preference was to segue past it in a 'let's move on' kind of way.

Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) known as "Careu Kent" overseas, 1950s-1970s
The 'Gervais-Irene' in Jamaica, 1976, was FKA: 'Earhart'

A dozen years ago, Charles Lindbergh's stunned progeny ultimately confirmed the truth of the secret double life their father had led. Unfortunately, with Amelia Earhart, over the years the collective conscience of the American public evolved to a point where futility took over when it came to accepting the truth about her. Even though her continued survival after she went missing was learned and revealed decades ago, in the face of 'official silence' people optioned to dismiss it out of hand or to simply not believe it, preferring instead to adhere to the long-ago encouraged notion that Amelia mysteriously disappeared in 1937 and was never seen again.
Curiously, after the bulk of the controversial information about Amelia Earhart's post-loss survival made it into the public realm in the 1960s and 1970s, the idea of searching for Amelia's plane took over in the 1980s, and it has remained that way ever since.
The 'Earhart mystery focus' shifted after four different theorists adhering to their own conclusions started seeking donations to mount expeditions to find Amelia's plane. Each promoted different areas where they believed it ended up: 1.) In the ocean off the coast of Saipan, 2.) In mountains on New Britain Island, 3.) In deep water to the northwest of Howland Island, 4.) In deep water off the coast of Nikumaroro Island.
In a way it's as if people stopped caring about what happened to Amelia Earhart herself after, 'Find the plane, solve the mystery(!)' became the new mantra.
What the public refused to believe [or accept] was the display of accumulated evidence that showed after Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937, she continued to survive after being picked-up by Japan, then incredibly enough, after emerging from the World War Two era, she resurfaced in the United States to be further known as one of three women attributed to the same identity of, 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam.' Whether people believe this or not, it's true. One need only conduct his or her own acid test to witness the incredible reality of it.

Fred Noonan & Amelia Earhart, 1937
Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10E landing in Paramaribo during her 1937 world flight.

Plate from the 1987 Marshall Islands Stamp Series
Shows Earhart and Noonan by a Japanese Navy Officer while Amelia's plane is hoisted away

After the former Amelia Earhart died in 1982, as her later-life friend, Monsignor James Francis Kelley remarked about her post-loss and war time experiences, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."
Even though persuasions to reject the reality of Amelia's survival grew exponentially ever since the hard-to-believe truth about her first surfaced, by the new millennium the forensic truehood of it had grown to the point where her renamed existence in the U.S. after World War Two had become an incontestable reality. No matter, the bulk of the American public, having been perpetually conditioned by the 'official silence' attributed to Amelia's disappearance episode since the pre World War Two era, for the most part remained in denial.
Amelia's wing-damaged plane? The best information shows it was impounded and remained at an air base in the Pacific by Japan's Imperial Navy after it picked up Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan at Mili Atoll in 1937, and who knows where it ended up after that(?) Believe what one will there, this 'plane truth' has long existed. Here's a hard truth relative to it to further comprehend: Looking for Amelia's plane ever since World War Two ended, sadly, has proved to be an entirely pointless, expensive exercise. Or, a big waste of time, money, and effort.
And what about Amelia's navigator, Fred Noonan? It is evident he 'quietly' survived as well, but that's another story...

Just before Earhart and Noonan went missing
Center is F.C. Jacobs of the New Guinea Gold Mining Company

Below: The third person identified as one in the same 'Irene' superimposed with her former Amelia self. The forensic comparisons displayed how she naturally exhibited exact head-to-toe and character trait congruences when compared to Amelia. Prior to the mid-1940s the 'third' identified Irene, labeled 'the Gervais-Irene' appeared nowhere identified that way. This was because she was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' She died in 1982.

Gervais-Irene and her former Amelia self
...the Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart'] used her 'Irene' identity in the U.S. after WWII.

Amelia, age 30
Left: Irene [the 'Gervais-Irene'] in Japan in 1963.
Right: Superimposed with her former 'Amelia' self.
[See more comparison samples displayed throughout the website]
  1930                      Early 1940s                  1946
The three different women historically identified as one in the
same, "Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam." Past denials
notwithstanding, anymore it is forensically certain the woman shown in 1946
on the far-right [the Gervais-Irene] was previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
[The Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere in the U.S. identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.] 


"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

Arthur Schopenhauer


The Literary and Illustrated Forensic
Truth Equations About Amelia Earhart


Until Protecting Earhart forensically proved the plural Irenes equation revealed no less than three different women attributed to the same 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam' name and identity, with the one whose physical being and character traits matching Amelia's appearing nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s, people were steadfastly encouraged to dismiss the true forensic value of Joe Gervais' 1965 realization concerning the woman he met and photographed that year, who identified herself to him as "Mrs. Irene Bolam." When they met, Joe Gervais had already been investigating Amelia Earhart's disappearance for five years, and he instantly recognized her as the 'still living' Amelia Earhart cloaked with a different identity.

Having already accepted how Amelia Earhart quietly ended up in Japan's custody in 1937, with no one knowing what became of her after that, Joe Gervais went on to deeply investigate the background of the 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' he met in 1965, that led him to conclude she absolutely was the survived famous pilot sporting a different identity.

Three decades later, after Protecting Earhart's, Tod Swindell met Joe Gervais in the late 1990s, he decided to embark on a comprehensive Forensic Analysis to determine if Joe Gervais, who was still insisting his conclusion was correct, in fact was correct.

Protecting Earhart's decade-long Forensic Analysis confirmed three different woman had been attributed to the same identity of 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam,' and that one of them, the Gervais-Irene most definitely had been previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' These revolutionary discoveries did not solve the so-called 'mystery of Amelia Earhart,' but they did solve Amelia's 'missing person case' by virtue of her body evidence having been forensically identified via physical and character trait comparisons. Previous extensive research and logical deductive reasoning deemed the forensic comparison analysis essential in order to prove the decades-old Gervais claim of Amelia surviving and changing her name to Irene, 'true' or 'false.' As it turned out, it was proven true. Joe Gervais was correct, although he died in 2005 before the study was completed.

Anymore it is clear how from its origin to the present year of 2017, Joe Gervais' conclusion stating the Irene he met in 1965 used to be known as Amelia Earhart, only evolved to become verifed as opposed to nullified. Even so, one would be hard-pressed to get historians connected with the National Geographic Society or the Smithsonian Institution, both based in Washignton DC, to conduct in-depth evaluations of the Irene-Amelia equation in the interest of achieving their own academic realizations. It's true, both entities have long been attuned to Washington's traditional viewpoints when it comes to certain, 'close to home' subject matters, and the subject of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance has been one for a long time.

Here it's interesting to note something only a few historians recall: The 'official silence' credo observed on Capitol Hill regarding Earhart's disappearance, has loomed since the summer of her loss.  

Just the same, over the years there have been a few significant exceptions to the rule: From the 1960s to the 2000s, primary examples of Admiral Chester Nimitz, USN Rear Admiral Richard Blackburn Black, the United Nations Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Alfred Capelle, and former Seton Hall College President Monsignor James Francis Kelley individually attested how the knowledge of Amelia being picked up by Japan in the Marshall Islands was "known and documented in Washington DC" [Nimitz]; "was passed through U.S. military channels" [Black]; that "Amelia Earhart definitely came to the Marshall Islands in 1937" [Capelle], and "Amelia survived World War Two and assumed the identity of Irene Craigmile" [Kelley] all came to exist. However, Protecting Earhart additionally offers that the entirety of what Amelia Earhart endured from the time she was picked up by Japan in July of 1937 and throughout the duration of World War Two, stands to never be fully realized.

Below: Key individuals listed among a variety of prominent historical figures [to go along with a few others from various walks of life] who attested to the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-loss survival in Japan's custody and/or to her later continued existence as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' in the United States:

Admiral Chester Nimitz
Assumed command of the Marshall Islands in 1944, stated Amelia went down there in 1937

Rear Admiral Richard Blackburn Black, USNR
On Admiral Byrd's arctic expedition before becoming intricately involved with Amelia's world flight

Marshall Islands Ambassador, Alfred Capelle
Told the Associated Press in 2002: "Amelia Earhart definitely came to the Marshall Islands in 1937"

Monsignor James Francis Kelley
Stated he helped with Amelia's post-war return and her identity change to 'Irene'

Complete 1987 Marshall Islands Stamp Series
Depicts Earhart and Noonan's New Guinea departure to their Mili Atol crash and rescue


1944 recon plane photo at a Japanese air base
Amelia's Lockheed Electra 10E [wing missing outline] matches perfectly

The Forensic Truth Equation of Amelia's Changed Identity

Directly below are the three different women who were historically attributed to the same name and identity of Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam. The first woman shown is THE ORIGINAL IRENE, the second is THE NON GERVAIS-IRENE, and the third is THE GERVAIS-IRENE, who was previously known as Amelia Earhart.

The three different women attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity: On the left is the original Irene Craigmile in 1930, whose family Amelia had known. 
In the middle is the second Irene Craigmile shown in the early to mid-1940s; on the right is the third Irene Craigmile [Gervais-Irene] in 1946, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.'
The original Irene Craigmile's son, Larry Heller, who never came to know his true biological mother, specifically identified the Irene shown in the middle as his 'mother.'
The Gervais-Irene Craigmile [FKA 'Amelia Earhart'] married an enigmatic gentileman, Guy Bolam of England in 1958, leaving herself further known as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam.'
Below: The original Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller 

The Original Irene Craigmile, 1930.
Shown with her husband Charles & her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.
The original Irene Craigmile
In late 1932, Amelia and Viola Gentry arranged for her to take flying lessons

Note: The original Irene's husband, Charles Craigmile [shown above on the left] tragically died in 1931 of an appendicitus attack. Two years later, In mid 1933, just after the original Irene was awarded her pilot's license, she realized herself to be pregnant out of wedlock abruptly ending her brief stint as a pilot. The father of her unborn child was Alvin Heller, who had served as one of her flight instructors. [Note: It was the second time the original Irene had become pregnant out of wedlock. The first time occurred in 1926 before she met Charles Craigmile. She gave the infant child, a boy, up for adoption to her Uncle, a prominent physician by the name of Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley who with his wife, Violet named their son 'Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr.' After growing up in New Jersey nearby to his cousin, the Non Gervais-Irene who he was close to in age, Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr. eventually moved to Connecticut where he raised a family of his own. He died there in 2014.]
Al Heller and the original Irene Craigmile eloped to Ohio to marry in August of 1933, and in March of 1934 their child was born, a son they named 'Clarence Alvin Heller' who as an adult became more commonly known as 'Larry Heller.' Having only logged a few solo hours, the original Irene never piloted a plane again after she became pregnant in 1933. By the late 1930s she and Al Heller's marriage had failed as well, then curiously, after the annulment of their marriage and an ugly child custody battle that stretched into the early 1940s, the trail of the original Irene disappeared. A few years later, after the end of World War Two, a woman sporting the original Irene Craigmile's name and identity surfaced in the United States, who had previously been known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
In the 1930s Amelia Earhart had been acquainted with the original Irene through an Attorney by the name of 'Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley.' Attorney Irene was the original Irene's aunt and a good friend of Amelia's. Attorney Irene was a prominent women's ZONTA club member as well, just as Amelia had been a prominent ZONTA club member.
Amelia's ZONTA friend, Attorney Irene, along with Amelia's former publicist and prominent ZONTA member and friend as well, the flamboyant Ms. Nina Price of England were cooperative and instrumental with Amelia's post-1937 acquisition of the original Irene's identity, that initially took place under the omniscient guises of J. Edgar Hoover, Archbishop Francis Spellman, Jackie Cochran, and Monsignor James Francis Kelley. Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey [another ZONTA member] was a key figure in the circle of knowledge about it as well, and was a good later life friend of the Gervais-Irene, who was previously known as her sister, Amelia Earhart. 

Below: The second Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller, AKA the "Non Gervais-Irene"

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.

Below: The third Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller, AKA the "Gervais-Irene" FKA "Amelia Earhart" whose surname of 'Bolam' was added in 1958 after she married Guy Bolam of England

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

1965 Joe Gervais photo of Irene Craigmile [Bolam]

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

How the Gervais-Irene looked before post-1937 adjustments.

1946, the Gervais-Irene
She became 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

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

Gervais-Irene's Eyes + Amelia's Eyes
The eyes aligned perfectly because they were the same eyes

Eyes from 1946 Gervais-Irene...
...matched Amelia's perfectly; they were the same eyes.

Amelia's Eyes

The Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Sample: Overlay Match
Amelia & the Gervais-Irene


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

The morph 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

Orville Wright & 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 The Gervais-Irene's Own Words...
"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 [sic] Amelia Earhart has not passed away completely, so long as there is one person alive who still remembers her."
Above: Two cryptic Gervais-Irene quotes from a 1967 letter she wrote to retired Air Force Major, Joe Gervais. [See handwritten excerpt & comparison below.] Note her 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 well known 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: Two handwriting comparison samples from Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis. Handwritten letters of Amelia's and the Gervais-Irene's were compared and evaluated.   

Gervais-Irene's handwriting compared to Amelia's:
From a 1967 letter she sent to Joe Gervais, with Amelia's own "Amelia M. Earhart" signature added.

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

Head-to-toe, feet, hands, arm lengths, heights, ears, nasals, faces, teeth, necks, shoulders, breastplates, hairlines, etc., not to leave out character traits... when the Gervais-Irene and Amelia were thoroughly compared in Protecting Earhart's study, everything lined up.
Below: The second Irene's true identity remains unknown to this day. Shown in younger and older versions, although she was imprinted as Larry Heller's mother as he grew up, she definitely was not the original Irene who was Larry Heller's biological mother, nor was she the Gervais-Irene. 

Non Gervais-Irene (younger)

To the right, her older image version was also
identified as Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in obituaries.

Non Gervais-Irene (older)

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

Non Gervais-Irene, 1982
Photo supplied by Larry Heller

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

Younger Non Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Older Non Gervais-Irene's Eyes

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

The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, 1930
A past acquaintance of Amelia's, the trail of her person disappeared after the 1930s.

Protecting Earhart's study determined clear photograph records of the original
Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller were strategically expunged, and photo
forgeries were published in the 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune ten-day article
series about the Gervais-Irene issued shortly after she died, that were intent on making people
believe the three different women displayed on this page were one individual human being.
The three portrait photos below represent the images of two different people. The photo on the left displays the 1946 image of the Gervais-Irene who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965. The two photos to the right of it represent the younger and older versions of the Non Gervais-Irene, who in 2014 was identified by the original Irene's son, Larry Heller as his 'mother.' Mr. Heller mentioned he was not familiar with the 1946 photo on the left, although a slightly different version of it did appear in the 1982 New Jersey Tribune series he and his wife, Joan's 'identity question' comments  were featured in. [See the 1982 New Jersey Tribune link.] Also notice above, how clearly the two different older-younger women's facial images align with each other in the transparent photo overlay samples, easily separating the physical individuals of the 'Gervais-Irene' and the 'Non Gervais-Irene.' 

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

The Non Gervais-Irene
'Early 1940s' Irene Craigmile, as identified by the original Irene Craigmile's son in 2014.

Older version of the Non Gervais-Irene
Her true described birth year was 1924, making her 58 years old in 1982

Final Determination: The above equation displays three obvious realities: 1. The Gervais-Irene aligns with Amelia. 2. The Gervais-Irene does not align with the Non Gervais-Irene. 3. Neither the Gervais-Irene nor the Non Gervais-Irene equated to the original Irene.
Final Conclusion: It is clear there were three different human beings who were attributed to the same 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam' identity, and it is equally clear, especially when weighed with the full quantity of historical research that has long supported it, the Gervais-Irene was previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
Below: A few more examples from over two-hundred physical person and character trait comparison exhibits displayed in Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis:

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. ""I told her she looked like Amelia Earhart and she said, ""No, I don't look like her."" ""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 all the admirals and generals seemed to know her." Excerpts from a 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune article.

Far left: The Gervais-Irene; far right: Amelia
Gervais-Irene's profile [FKA 'Earhart'] superimposed with her former self, top row, middle

Two photos of Amelia compared to a 1970 photo of the Gervais-Irene

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 sometimes dined with and attended events with the Gervais--Irene. Protecting Earhart proved Muriel's, "no physical resemblance" statement to be incorrect. Comparing the two, Muriel clearly did resemble the Gervais-Irene in a 'sisterly-like' way.

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

Gervais-Irene FKA 'Earhart'
Another match...
...the Gervais-Irene superimposed with the 1933 Amelia photo.
Amelia Earhart, 1933

Gervais-Irene Bolam in Cocoa Beach, Florida, 1965
...a 1935 photo of her former self,
Amelia Earhart


This is not a put-on. Amelia Earhart really did survive to become one of three individuals attributed to the same identity of 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam.' Call it an exposed 'dupe,' or an exposed 'witness protection program,' the point is it is clear it did happen.
It is difficult for academia to endorse such a thing where official history's preference has always been to recline in the false-reality of accepting that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan simply crashed and sank in 1937, and that was it. Yet it is plain to realize how even without the discovered reality of the 'Amelia became Irene' equation, the 'crashed and sank' persuasion always existed far from the truth when it came to what actually happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, and there were people in high positions in the United States who were aware of it dating back to the time the 'Earhart disappearance incident' took place.
Not to leave out, the prominent individuals who attested to their awareness of Amelia's continued survival long after she was declared missing, were not merely seeking attention by way of making up false-truths. Think about that.
By now, to no longer accept the idea that Amelia vanished without a trace on July 2, 1937 and was never seen again, is to accept reality.
Highly simplified, Amelia changed her name after she ended up in Japan's custody during the World War Two era, but her body was always the same body, and it continued to be seen by many people, until she died in 1982. 

Below: Three different women were attributed to the same 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam' identity. One of them, the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s, and she was congruent to Amelia Earhart physically and character trait wise. After being debated for decades, Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis and investigative research effort in the new millennium provided the incontestable forensic truth by displaying how the Gervais-Irene was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' 


The National Geographic Channel ignored the new gained reality of 'three different women' having used the same 'Irene' identity when it profiled the ongoing debate about Irene Bolam. It also did not mention 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 acquaintance of Amelia's. Seeking privacy, Amelia assumed the original Irene's identity for herself during the WWII era. [What became of the original Irene remains unknown.] The reason Amelia no longer wished to be a public person and decided to obscure who she used to be was best explained by her post-war friend, confidant, and confessor, Monsignor James Francis Kelley when he said, "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 shown 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 [history incorrectly states she was] nor was she the original Irene displayed on the left, who was Mr. Heller's true biological mother. National Geographic Channel producers were made aware of the identity placement of the woman below made by Mr. Heller but declined to comment about 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.

This 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' appeared in the 1970 Joe Klaas book, Amelia Earhart Lives. While identified as the mother of Larry Heller then, on paper she was, but biologically she wasn't. Prior to the 1940s she was known as Amelia Earhart. Anymore, this forensic truehood is incontestable.

The 3rd Irene [Gervais-Irene] FKA 'Earhart'
Reprinted from the 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune series

Clearer, 1946, the Gervais-Irene
FKA 'Earhart,' she became 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

Easy to find her past, more familiar look.
Nine years and post-disappearance adjustments altered her appearance

1965 Joe Gervais photo...
The Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart' was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.

Amelia Earhart
Blend: Gervais-Irene & Amelia
Irene-1965 / Amelia-1933

Gervais-Irene / Gervais photo, 1965
FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

The three different women attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity: On the left is the original Irene Craigmile in 1930, whose family Amelia had known. 
In the middle is the second Irene Craigmile in the early to mid-1940s; on the right is the third Irene Craigmile [the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart'] in 1946.
The original Irene's son, Larry Heller specifically identified the second Irene shown in the middle as his 'mother' from his childhood going forward.

Younger 'Non Gervais-Irene'
Circa 'early 1940s'
Left (younger) and right (older) in an overlay congruence.

O'Crowley family friend, Lucy McDannel referenced an enigmatic girl who was raised by the O'Crowleys. She referred to her as 'Irene Jr.' and described her to have been "born in 1924." She also included how by 1945 'Irene Jr.' was no longer intimate with the O'Crowley family. Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley, who was a prominent New York attorney, Zonta figurehead, and friend and advisor of Amelia's [and the original Irene's Aunt] had primarily cared for 'Irene Jr.,' who by the late 1930s was serving as a sitter, then a live-in nanny figure for the original Irene's 1934 born son, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller. Mr. Heller identified both of these younger & older images as his 'mother.' 

Older 'Non Gervais-Irene'
1982, age 58

The 'Non Gervais-Irene' displayed above wasn't the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, nor was the Irene Craigmile Bolam displayed directly below, who Air Force Major, Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 at a 'Early Birds of Aviation' club gathering of retired pilots.

The 'Gervais-Irene' in 1946
FKA 'Earhart'
Left and right images combined display the congruence.
The Gervais-Irene in 1965.
AKA 'Irene Bolam' FKA 'Earhart.' This photo appeared in the 1970 book, 'Amelia Earhart Lives.'

Amelia Earhart, age twenty-six.
1923 into a mirror self-photo portrait. She would become famous in 1928.

Amelia Earhart, 1933

Amelia, 1928

Classic Amelia, the blend begins.

Orville Wright & Amelia

Gervais-Irene & Amelia
Two photos superimposed.
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
Gervais-Irene,1965 / Amelia,1933
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
Gervais-Irene,1963 / Amelia,1928
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
Gervais-Irene,1976 / Amelia,1932
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
Gervais-Irene,1978 / Amelia,1929

Several reputable individuals who deeply investigated Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance over the years, concluded Amelia privately survived beyond World War Two after changing her name to Irene Craigmile.
Much controversial information exists that the National Geographic Channel and Wikipedia steered clear of addressing in their profiles concerning the 'Amelia Earhart became Irene Craigmile Bolam' conveyance. 

The Gervais-Irene and Guy Bolam
As seen in the 1970 book, 'Amelia Earhart Lives' by Joe Klaas

Closer: The Gervais-Irene (Craigmile) Bolam
For the story on how Joe Gervais met her see the Forensic Analysis Support page.

"You're onto something that will stagger your imagination." 1962, the words of retired United States Navy Commander, John Pillsbury to CBS investigative journalist, Fred Goerner regarding Goerner's quest to learn the true outcome of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight.


Click here to e-mail and/or Beyond 37', or just e-mail was first launched in 2007. The comprehensive Forensic Analysis and Forensic Comparison Study it partially displays, 1.) Proved more than one person employed the same 'Irene' identity. 2.) Displayed the head-to-toe congruence the Gervais-Irene shared with Amelia Earhart. 3.) Proved the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.
The analysis initially began in 1997 and was beta copyrighted in 2002. Tod Swindell's original 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 copyrighted in 2014. For subsidiary rights information e-mail
This website is dedicated to 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 special thanks also goes out to Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, whose enormous help with supplying never before made public 'Irene' photo data in 2002 paved the way for the forensic comparison study to finally reach its reality based conclusion. Thanks as well to Bazzell Baz, who helped to breathe new life into the Earhart truth seeking endeavor in the late 1990s.
Major Gervais, who was considered by many to have been the most knowledgeable Amelia Earhart investigative researcher ever to pursue the truth, first suspected 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 Irene Bolam, AKA the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.' Regardless of the fallout caused by Amelia Earhart Lives, Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck spent the last four decades of their lives working to advance the claim of Earhart's name-changed survival to authenticity after enduring their own long term investigative analysis of the evidence that supported it. Colonel Reineck's book Amelia Earhart Survived was published in late 2003 and was greatly inspired by Tod Swindell's Irene-Amelia forensic analysis. Portions of the study appeared in the Reineck book, that is more extensively displayed in Protecting Earhart, Beyond 37', and are owned and managed by Tod Swindell through Aether Pictures & Press, LLC.

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