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

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"Your work relating to Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile is absolutely outstanding. There is no other way to describe it. I just wanted you to know that I have nothing but admiration for you. I'm convinced you have solved the mystery." Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, USAF (Ret.) responding to the long-term, Amelia Earhart Versus Irene Craigmile research study conducted by Tod Swindell. (See the 'About Tod Swindell' section that profiles his amazing Amelia Earhart research journey.)

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Irene Craigmile, early 1930s

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Irene Craigmile, early 1940s

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Irene Craigmile, 1946

 Three Different Irene Craigmile's and the 'Missing Person Case' of Amelia Earhart
 
Just who was Irene Craigmile? It has long been known that she was a pilot who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. Irene Craigmile's image changed dramatically over time, though, to a point where in 1970, she was openly suspected of not being the original Irene Craigmile anymore. Instead, she was asserted to be the survived Amelia Earhart going by the same name of her 1930s' acquaintance, Irene Craigmile.
 
Amelia Earhart had gone 'missing' in 1937 and was declared "dead in absentia" after no trace of her was found. In 1970, Irene Craigmile stood firm and denied she was Amelia Earhart, but debates over who she really was, or used to be, continued well into the 2000s. In recent years a 'first ever' analysis took place that compared her physical likeness and character traits to Amelia Earhart's. The results were astounding to say the least.

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Part of the recent analysis, Amelia Earhart's 1930s pilot friend, Irene Craigmile in Japan in 1963, reprinted from an old newspaper photo. 

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To those aware of the Irene-Amelia controversy that settled on believing this person was the original Irene Craigmile, the analysis led to some important advancements... 

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...concerning the unresolved since 1970, highly debated topic over the quandary of Irene Craigmile's life-long existence, that should cause them to feel otherwise.

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Amelia Earhart

The results of the study, that ended up becoming a full physical being and character traits comparison analysis are both startling and amazing, even to official U.S. historians who have yet to publicly comment about them. The most telling part of the comparison reveal was the discovery of more than one Twentieth Century woman being attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity.
 

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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. 

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Irene, 1965

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Irene-Amelia superimposed

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Below: Thanks to the recent years, in-depth comparison study, it is now known that Amelia Earhart's 1930s friend, Irene Craigmile looked nothing like Amelia before World War Two ended, yet after the war she looked just like her long-gone friend, Amelia.

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Irene Craigmile, "in the early 1940s," according to her son.

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Above: According to history, this is the same Irene Craigmile as the one on the left. Here above she is shown in Japan in 1963, reprinted from an old newspaper photograph. Except it is now known... the Irene on the left and the Irene above were not the same human being. 

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Above: Amelia Earhart & Irene Craigmile superimposed. This post-war congruence was not a coincidence. 

From an unsettled public controversy that began in 1970, by now it has grown to be clearly evident: The post World War Two look-alike anomaly of Amelia Earhart and her 1930s pilot friend, Irene Craigmile, was no mere coincidence.

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Above, Amelia Earhart

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A rare, 1934 photo of Amelia Earhart's long
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Above: According to record, on the left is a 1970s photo of Amelia Earhart's long ago pilot friend, Irene Craigmile. On the right she is shown superimposed with a photograph of Amelia.
 
Even though they looked nothing like each other when the two were friends in the 1930s, after World War Two, Irene Craigmile somehow became Amelia Earhart's virtual twin physically and character trait wise. With no other given explanation for such an amazing realization, this would mark some kind of human miracle that went unnoticed until a recent human comparison study showed it to be true. But this was no miracle.
 
To learn what some new, extensive research unearthed about the way Irene Craigmile and her once prominent family fit into Amelia Earhart's complete life story, keep going... 
 

Though it may be hard for some people to believe, it is now known: There were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' name and identity, and the third one, who appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two, had been previously known as, Amelia Earhart.
 
Here below are the three different women who were attribted to the same Irene Craigmile identity:

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Identified as the ORIGINAL Irene Craigmile in 1930 in an old newspaper photo, shown with her husband and father.

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The ORIGINAL Irene Craigmile with her son in 1934. 

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The SECOND Irene Craigmile, in the "early 1940s" positively identified by her son. She was not the original Irene Craigmile. She became a surrogate mother figure to the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son. To date her true identity remains unknown.

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The SECOND Irene Craigmile, 1970s, positively identified by her son.

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The THIRD Irene Craigmile, 1946 AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart.' Sure her look is different after nine years of absence, aging & some noticeable appearance adjustments, but Amelia, once nicknamed "the pilot in pearls" is still in there. Below, check out how easy it is to find her:

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The THIRD Irene Craigmile, top photo in 1965, lower photo in 1977.

How forensics separated the three individual women displayed above is explained in detail in the "Forensically Comparing" section.

A Few Post World War Two Irene-Amelia Comparison Examples: 

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Irene Craigmile, 1965

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Amelia, 1937

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Amelia, right

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Irene Craigmile

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Below: The four books displayed here, respectively published in 1970, 1985, 2004 and 2016 all attested that Amelia Earhart continued to live-on after she was declared 'missing' in 1937, and she eventually reemerged in the United States known as 'Irene Craigmile' after World War Two. The U.S. justice department, long pegged as having been intrinsically involved with keeping Amelia's ongoing private survival as 'Irene' quiet under the original guise of J. Edgar Hoover, has never commented on any of them.

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"Nothing is as invisible as the obvious." Richard Farson
 
 
With the forensic reality of it all now staring back at everyone in no uncertain terms, the time has come to finally acknowledge the plain truth about Amelia Earhart.
 

Preface
 
 
Endlessly debated for decades by aviation historians and often ridiculed by the less informed, the Irene Craigmile-Amelia Earhart controversy remains unsettled to this day.
 
Do not believe the misleading Wikipedia diatribe that falsely states the half-century old debate over Irene Craigmile Bolam's life-long identity was settled in recent years.
 
It wasn't.
 
Ever since the hard-to-fathom story about Irene Craigmile first made headlines in the 1970s, people have been encouraged not to believe or pay attention to it by media dominating influences. In recent years, however, due to new and more in-depth research, additional information was learned about the past intertwined lives of Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile's once prominent O'Crowley family of Newark, New Jersey.
 
The same new research also displayed how in no uncertain terms, somehow in her later life years, Irene Craigmile ended up all-but miraculously looking just like her old friend, Amelia Earhart, who had gone missing prior to the start of World War Two. This 'would have been' miracle came to exist, because Irene Craigmile did not look anything like Amelia Earhart before the war.
 
Again and again... this was no miracle.
 
"There now exists a comprehensible explanation for it." Tod Swindell, 2019
 

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Amelia Earhart, 1932
 
"We all need to check our egos at the door. It's time to address this more seriously." Tod Swindell, 2019 

 

Where this important, non-recognized historical truth is so obvious anymore... Dr. David J. Skorton, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Collegiate Historians, and Amy Kleppner... your country needs you. The time has at long-last arrived to properly welcome Amelia Earhart home not only for the great person she was known to have been, but too, for the enlightened person she went on to become.

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Dr. David J. Skorton; Executive Secretary & overseer of the Smithsonian Institution
 

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Blanche Wiesen Cook; biographer-American history professor

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Doris Kearns Goodwin; American historian-biographer
 

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Amy Kleppner; philosopher, writer, teacher, adventurer, niece of Amelia Earhart.

   

Finding The Real, Original Irene Craigmile:

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Above is a 1932 Akron, Ohio newspaper photo that features Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile with other woman pilots. Amelia, wearing a white V-neck collar is seated on the auto running board; Irene Craigmile, who was not yet a licensed pilot then, is listed in the second row, second in from right. Further down (highlighted in blue) is a brief version of her life story.

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'Irene Craigmile' is listed between charter 99's members, Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz. Irene Craigmile only flew briefly and never joined the 99's, the international organization for women pilots formed by Amelia Earhart and other women pilots in 1929. Amelia was the 99's first president.

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After Amelia Earhart married George Putnam in 1931, for a while she went by the name of 'Amelia Earhart Putnam,' just as she is listed here between her fellow 99's charter member, Dorothea Leh and future 'National Air and Space Museum Wall of Honor' honoree, Abbie Dill (Haddaway).

Below is the full page 'September 1, 1932' version. Amelia Earhart is outlined in white and the original Irene Craigmile is outlined in black.

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Above: An old newspaper article identified this person as Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, Irene Craigmile in 1932, a year after her husband, Charles James Craigmile, died from appendicitis.

Considering the original, Irene Craigmile...

"Among the more miss-conveyed accounts of the Twentieth Century was the true background of Amelia Earhart's long-ago pilot friend, Irene Craigmile. Especially where it concerned her later-life uncanny resemblance to Amelia. Before we embarked on the forensic study most people had determined there was nothing to the Irene-Amelia story. Ultimately, and hands down, the results of the study proved there was a lot to it." Tod Swindell

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Take a look again at Irene Craigmile in 1934 with her son, Clarence "Larry" Heller who was born in March of that year. The original Irene became pregnant out of wedlock in 1933 and soon after married the child's father to be, her former pilot instructor, Al Heller. Their marriage quickly disintegrated though and it was subsequently annulled after Al Heller moved away in 1937, the same year Amelia Earhart went missing. Their son, Larry Heller, lives-on today and identifies a different person to have been his mother than the woman shown above, and a different person than the Irene Craigmile who was previously known as Amelia Earhart.  

Next, a condensed version of the original Irene Craigmile's life story:

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The original Irene Craigmile, 1932-1933
 
 
A Brief About The Original Irene Craigmile... By Tod Swindell [Reprinted from his MSS, Protecting Earhart, first WGA registered in 2004, fully copyrighted in 2014, and again with the final visual forensic analysis version in 2017.]

The original Irene Craigmile's short life was a story lined with difficult circumstances. Seven years younger than Amelia Earhart, she was an only child whose mother died when she was twelve. Her father soon remarried another woman who apparently felt uncomfortable with continuing to help raise his daughter, after she had already been sent to live with her paternal grandmother and aunt in Newark, New Jersey.
 
After high school, the original Irene briefly attended Columbia University but did not continue pursuing a higher education for herself. She also twice became pregnant out of wedlock, the first time at age twenty-one and the second time at age twenty-eight, and she delivered sons both times that she never had the opportunity to raise or know beyond their childhoods.
 
The original Irene's first husband, Charles James Craigmile, tragically died in 1931, less than three years after the two were wed. A year later, Amelia, who was a good friend of the original Irene's aunt, and Amelia's pilot friend, Viola Gentry, helped introduce the original Irene to the world of piloting airplanes. This took a hard turn as well, leading to the second of the original Irene's two unwed pregnancies due to an affair she had with her last flight instructor, Al Heller. The original Irene realized she was carrying Al's child at the same time she earned her pilot's license in late May of 1933. She and Al were married that August to legitimize the child, and she barely flew again after that. The couple's marriage soon disintegrated, though, and it is evident by 1937 any civil communication between the original Irene and Al ceased when Al relocated alone to Buffalo, New York. The annulment of their marriage and an ugly child visitation and custody battle commenced soon after that as well.
 
The original Irene Craigmile never had a professional career but she was employed for awhile as a 'floor walker' at Macy's in the late 1930s, that was basically a low-pay store security position.
 
The true fate of the original Irene Craigmile remains unknown in the public arena, but it is certain by the early 1940s, when she was still not yet forty years old she no longer appeared in plain view, and in due time clear photo records of her person were all-but expunged.
 
The original Irene's first born son, that she delivered out of wedlock in 1926 two years before she married Charles Craigmile, was adopted and raised by her paternal uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley, and his wife, her aunt Violet. The boy's given name was Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr. He died in 2014. Her other 1934 born son whose father was Al Heller, ended up being raised by a surrogate mother figure and was placed in a boarding school during the war years. He lives today known as Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, and identifies a different 'Irene' to have been his mother than the 'Irene' who matched Amelia Earhart after the mid-1940s. 
 
After World War Two ended, Amelia Earhart, who had gone missing in 1937 and was declared "dead in absentia" in 1939--yet had not actually died--assumed her former friend, the original Irene Craigmile's left-over identity for herself to use for the remainder of her days.
 
In other words, the person who was known as Amelia Earhart was to remain 'legally dead' forever after said declaration was made in 1939, even though her body lived on until 1982, known in the United States after World War Two as 'Irene.'
 
Both of the original Irene's natural born sons appeared unaware of their biological mother's identity being additionally attributed to the former Amelia Earhart after the war years.
 
Anymore this is the obvious known-truth about what became of Amelia Earhart, and it is a shame the world public continues to be misled about it. 
       

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The 21st Century Amelia Earhart Reality Check...
 
Even though most conventional thinking people do not want to believe it, because in a way it's a pain in the neck to have to believe it, plus it's embarrassing to accept how the masses were unknowingly conditioned NOT to believe it for decades, (more-so in recent years, after the forensic study results were made public) here it is anyway:

 
Below, the prominent looking, wings adorned woman in the center was not the real 'original' Irene Craigmile, but she was attributed to that same name and identity in her later life years and claimed herself to have been a good past-friend of Amelia Earhart. Anymore it is clear, though, she actually used to be Amelia Earhart:

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The 'new,' post World War Two, Irene Craigmile

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U.S.  Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr.

"I have carefully studied your presentation. Your conclusion that there were plural Irene Craigmile's has completely convinced me that this is indeed the case. You have also convinced me that one of them used to be Amelia Earhart. Incredible. You have quite an impressive package there. Keep charging - Gene."  A note sent by retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr. to Tod Swindell. Tissot's father, Ernie Tissot was a friend of Amelia Earhart's who served as her head plane mechanic during her 1935 Hawaii to Oakland flight. This was Rear Admiral Tissot's response to the new millennium, Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis results Tod Swindell forwarded to him. Rear Admiral Tissot was one of the study's original key recipients.
 

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"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of the Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart to show the world they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck, reprinted from his book, Amelia Earhart Survived. Note: From 1970 to 2016, four nationally published books averred that Amelia Earhart quietly lived-on after she went missing and in time became known as, "Irene." The two most recent ones, to include Colonel Reineck's shown here, were published in the wake of the first ever, Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis orchestrated by Tod Swindell, that wielded its incontrovertible results.
 

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Some will continue to defy this new realization until official history stops turning a blind eye to it, but above is a 1970s photo portrait of the former Amelia Earhart identified as the new Irene Craigmile.
 
Researcher, Tod Swindell's recently concluded Irene-Amelia forensic study determined that during the World War Two era, the ONLY plausible explanation for the pluralistic human anomaly realized about Irene Craigmile was that after Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937, she continued to live-on without the public knowing about it, and was later able to assume the left-over identity of a 1930s pilot friend of hers, Irene Craigmile.
 
Here, the following statement is correct: The new Irene Craigmile above was identified nowhere as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two. So accounting for her recently discovered human congruence to Amelia Earhart and her acknowledgment of having been Amelia's long-ago friend, where it could have at all been true that she was not formerly known as Amelia Earhart, such an inexplicable human equation would evidence itself to have been nothing short of a miracle. Except, for the sake of repetition, it was not a miracle.
 
In recent years it grew to be clearly identifiable that Amelia Earhart managed to live-on after she went missing in 1937, to later become the new Irene Craigmile.
 
After the new Irene Craigmile's 1958 marriage to Englishman, Guy Bolam, she further became known as, 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.'
 
While it is now clear that the person in the above photo was previously known as Amelia Earhart, once again it is also clear this truth was something the world public was never supposed to know.
 
The former Amelia Earhart was taken by surprise in 1970 when she was publicly outed for who she used to be in a national headlines making way, but she was essentially indomitable in her defiance against it for what hindsight reveals were historically sound reasons.
 
Curiously, no one considered doing a serious research analysis of Irene Craigmile's full life story back then, nor was her physical being, nor were her character traits compared to Amelia Earhart's at the time. Three decades would pass before Tod Swindell decided it was time to do both.
 
After his lengthy study that left no stones unturned, its forensic conclusion, that was fully copyrighted in 2017, correctly stated there was more than one woman historically attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity, and the former Amelia Earhart, most assuredly after the World War Two era in the United States, is easily identifiable as one of them within the completed study.
 
To those raising an eyebrow here, this is not "hokum" as Amelia Earhart's niece, Amy Kleppner once described it to be. Amy's mother, Amelia's sister, Muriel, who died in 1998, was actually a later-life friend of the new Irene Craigmile and always honored the secrecy of their true sisterly past, even to her own daughter, Amy.
 
Notwithstanding Amy Kleppner's long held desire for people to not pay attention to the Irene-Amelia story respectful to her mother's wishes, anymore it exists as a recognizable forensic reality that her mother did know her sister as 'Irene' in her later-life years.
 
As well, notwithstanding the Smithsonian's ongoing laissez faire attitude toward it and the many opposing Amelia Earhart mystery theorists who continue to choose not to believe it, the new Irene Craigmile shown above was not just Amelia's later life 'look-alike.' (Disbelievers tried to convey so much after the study results were first made public.) For after combining the additional research findings to this aged controversy, again for the sake of repitition, it became clear she actually was the former Amelia Earhart, and the tale of the tape now leaves us the wonderful gift of finally getting to recognize the full biographical story of this incredible human being... who was basically known as 'Amelia' the first half of her life, and then as 'Irene' the last half of her life.
 
The former Amelia Earhart's death was recorded in 1982, just a few weeks shy of what would have been her 85th birthday. Of further note, to date the United States Department of Justice has never commented on the half-century old debate over the dual identity assertion pertaining to, 'Irene Craigmile.'
 
Dating back to the time Amelia went missing and into the World War Two era, suspicion always rang high toward what really happened to her. Then after the war, it appeared the story of her loss grew to be accepted for what it was.
 
That lasted until renewed suspicion toward what actually happened to Amelia was greatly accelerated by some irrefutable, controversial information discovered about it in the 1960s. Said information led many investigative researchers to commonly conclude that some kind of post World War Two agreement made between the United States and Japan determined the ambiguously viewed outcome of Amelia Earhart's ill-fated flight in 1937, was to always remain as it was, and since Amelia Earhart was legally declared 'dead in absentia' in January of 1939, the person once recognized as Amelia Earhart would henceforth remain, legally dead.
 
Evidently, Amelia herself favored this final verdict rendered by both countries and there is little doubt she had her own good reasons for doing so.
 
Although the individual governments of Japan and the United States have never commented on the suggested idea that a kind of, 'status-quo end of war pact about Amelia Earhart' was to evermore exist, consider these later discovered measures of anecdotal information:
 
 

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." From Bender & Altschul's 1982 Pan Am Airways anthology, The Chosen Instrument

 

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Above: United Nations Ambassador to the Marshall Islands, Alfred Capelle.

In 2002, United Nations Ambassador to the Marshall Islands, Alfred Capelle told Associated Press reporter, Ron Staton, "Amelia Earhart definitely came to the Marshall Islands in 1937." This quote was featured in many newspapers around the country that ran Ron Staton's story. Ambassador Capelle further described that he believed Amelia, "continued to live throughout the war years," and it appeared "plausible" to him that she could have privately made it back to the United States. He added that his opinion was based on his country's own history of the time period. Ambassador Capelle also professed how Japan's 1937 rescue of Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, and their continued existence in Japan's care was "common knowledge" in his country, but it was left as, "non-public information" due to the strained relationship that had recently begun to exist between Japan and the United States then. Here, recall how the Sino-Japanese War began on July 7, 1937, just five days after Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan were first reported 'missing.' Two years later Germany invaded Poland and aligned itself with Japan against the U.S. and China. Where Ambassador Capelle's and his countrymen's words always rang true, what was actually happening with Amelia Earhart during that tumultuous time period is not commonly known history in the United States. However the story of Amelia's ongoing survival under Japan's stewardship is the way it is still recalled in the Marshalls, Saipan, and other nearby Pacific Islands.
 
Where this information comes as a surprise to anyone, beyond taking in the above 1982 Bender and Altschul quote from their landmark Pan Am Airways and U.S. aviation history expose', consider what Admiral Chester Nimitz confided to CBS's Fred Goerner in 1964, when he mentioned Amelia Earhart and her navigator, "went down in the Marshall Islands and were picked up by Japan," and how the withheld knowledge of the occurrence was long-ago, "known and documented in Washington."
 
Also consider the words of retired U.S. navy commander, John Pillsbury and his 1962 comment to Fred Goerner about his Amelia Earhart disappearance investigation, where he encouraged Goerner not to give up because he was onto something that would, "stagger the imagination." 
 
All of the above aside, it is important to recognize how it remains unknown to this day when it comes to determining exactly where Amelia Earhart actually was and what she was actually doing from the time she was reported missing in 1937, until she resurfaced in the U.S. after World War Two with her new 'Irene Craigmile' name and identity applied to her person. 

Superimposed Photographic Exactitude:
More superimposed comparisons appear below the following images and descriptions.
 

"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." LPGA  promoter, Peter Bussatti in 1982, comments about his 1970s good friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam who had recently died. Along with many others, Mr. Bussatti had openly wondered if she used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' This photo was used in the comparison below it. 

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Above: Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam and Peter Busatti in the 1970s.
 
Below: Another sample from the comprehensive, 'Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis.' 

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Above: The new Irene Craigmile (Bolam), far left; as Amelia Earhart, far right; superimposed, center.

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

 
In Her Own Words...
 
Excerpted from Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam'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 her odd reference to "the Amelia Earhart" as if she likened her previous name to a ship that had sunk long ago. See more detail about this below.  
 


"...because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile."

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From the document examination portion of the forensic study, here is part of the same statement shown above issued by the new Irene Craigmile (Bolam), displayed here in her own cursive handwriting. She referenced two life-long friends of hers; early pilots, Viola Gentry and Elmo Pickerill, who, according to her own words, also knew her as, "Amelia Earhart."
 
She mailed her handwritten reply to retired USAF Major, Joseph A. Gervais. Major Gervais, who had met her face to face two years earlier. The confounded Major Gervais, who felt he recignized her for who she used to be at the time they met each other at a gathering of well known pilots from the past, had written her to politely ask if she used to be known as Amelia Earhart(?)
 
Amelia's own high school, 'Amelia M. Earhart' cursive signature is inserted under it for comparison. (Amelia's middle name was 'Mary.') This comparison alignment is relatively new information. The overall study features a more thorough handwriting comparison analysis. 
 

The Now Obvious Conclusion

Amelia Earhart's controversial disappearance in 1937 was actually a missing person case that ended with Amelia being declared, 'dead in absentia' in January of 1939. Anymore, however, the recognizable truth is Amelia Earhart did not actually die after she went missing. She continued to live-on, she changed her name to 'Irene' during the World War Two era, and she resurfaced with an updated look in the United States after the war and soon-after embarked on a new career in the banking industry. She did this in order to further live privately, away from the public eye.

This isn't a new revelation by any means. A retired military hero discovered this to be true in the mid-1960s, thirty-years after Amelia went missing. People just never believed him, and perhaps that was best, especially where the former Amelia Earhart was still very much alive at the time.

In effect, however, the original Irene Craigmile's early-1940s demise was covered over to leave her name and identity available for Amelia's use after the war years, and her son, who is pictured with his mother in the 1934 photo at the top of this page, ended up being further raised by a surrogate mother figure who he came to recognize as his true mother. In the end the forensic equation listed a total of three different women attributed to his mother's same identity; his biological mother, his surrogate mother, and the former Amelia Earhart. This now easy-to-identify 'forensic reality' is displayed further down. (continued below...)

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Above: Irene on August 8, 1965, in East Hampton of Long Island, New York. Photo credit: Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.)

(continued from above...) The former Amelia Earhart initially began her new, post-war life in the city of Mineola of Long Island, New York. After a few years she moved to her old stomping grounds of nearby Great Neck to serve as an assistant vice president at a bank there. [She had lived in Great Neck for several months in 1924 & 1925 when she was known as Amelia, and of course she often flew out of the airfields on Long Island and started the Ninety Nines there.] The former Amelia Earhart retired from banking in 1958 when she married Guy Bolam of England, a successful executive with Radio Luxembourg in Europe. She became a constant world traveler after that.
 
Absolutely, juxtaposed to the U.S. justice department's enduring silence about Amelia Earhart's fate after she went missing, the press and general public have been influenced by imposing forces over the years, and especially since the study results became known, NOT to pay attention to the 'Amelia became Irene' conveyance. Said 'forces' have traditionally included some of Amelia's extended family members and individuals associated with the Smithsonian Institution. Just the same it is true that Amelia lived-on after she went missing, and in time changed her name to, 'Irene.'
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Note: Different versions of the Irene-Amelia story have been around for decades. It began as a national news item in 1970 before misinformation led people to believe it was a hoax. Even Wikipedia's Irene Craigmile Bolam page still misleads where it suggests the aged controversy over her true identity was finally 'settled' in 2006 by a forensic detective the National Geographic Society hired. (Nat Geo itself denies this.)
 
It is best to consider what is presented here as if you're hearing and learning about the Irene-Amelia story for the first time. After all, much of it wasn't publicly known until recent years and it stands as the most updated, comprehensive, not to leave out 'accurate' version of it. Thank you.

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This website and the forensic conclusion it presents are the copyrighted intellectual properties of Amelia Earhart historian-journalist, Tod Swindell.

[Protecting Earhart MSS & Forensic Analysis by Tod Swindell, individual copyright registration #'s:  TXu 1-915-926; 2014, TXu 2-061-539; 2017]

From 1996 on, Mr. Swindell endeavored to thoroughly study the individual life stories of 1930s pilot friends, Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile. Beyond a certain collection of knowledgeable individuals on the subject of his concern, other closely connected sources proved difficult for him to willingly engage. No matter, the results of his long term 'forensic research' and 'human comparison study' are nothing short of astounding. Some try to claim otherwise, but in doing so they exhibit a limited ability when it comes to recognizing forensically learned truths.

What Tod Swindell managed to accomplish in a singlehanded way over the course of two decades--against the strong grain of conventional reality--is as amazing as it is undeniably real. Even so, many have a hard time believing what they see here with their own eyes. As Tod says: "That's ok, after all it reveals a startling, inconvenient historical reality for people to have to come to terms with." 

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Tod Swindell in 2014

Introducing Tod Swindell, orchestrator of the first-ever, Irene Craigmile Bolam to Amelia Earhart comparative forensic analysis.

 

Hello. I'm supposed to briefly write here about my Irene-Amelia research that spanned the past two decades. (Be it known it is difficult for me to briefly write about anything.)
 
In 1996, I embarked on what ended up becoming an indefatigable journey. It originally began when I set out to do a documentary about the late Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam. I believed her long-ago relationship to Amelia Earhart was a forgotten, albeit 'highly interesting' story, one that after making headlines in the early 1970s, seemed to almost magically go away.
 
I completed my journey in 2017, after learning practically everything about Amelia Earhart's life and career, her family and friends, and after learning practically everything about Amelia's 'old pal,' the original Irene Craigmile, as well.
 
I began researching the original Irene Craigmile's past by examining her brief, mid-1930s stint as a licensed pilot. I then went to great lengths to research, glean, and gather information about her oft-troubled life story that began with her birth in 1904, and reached its sad conclusion during the early years of World War Two. I even twice interviewed the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born and still living son, Larry Heller. The two of us signed an agreement at his attorney's office in New York City some years ago, and I have his revealing statements about his mother on record. They include his positive identification of an entirely different person to have been his mother than was the post World War Two Irene Craigmile who matched Amelia Earhart, who used his mother's same identity.
 
Of course, Larry Heller always denied that his mother was Amelia Earhart, and this was true because Amelia did not give birth to him in 1934. Amelia was a very famous person back then who was rarely away from the public eye. He did acknowledge that his mother had 'known' Amelia, but added that it was his mother's paternal aunt, a New York attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley who was actually a closer friend of Amelia's than his mother had been. When we met, Larry Heller was reticent when it came to openly discussing the idea of the former Amelia Earhart having his mother's identity additionally attributed to her from the mid-1940s on, but as one can see in the 1982 news article clipping below, he obviously did wonder about it. In my 'A Brief About The Original Irene Craigmile' section highlighted in blue above, I elaborate a little more on this. Here and now though, below the following news article clipping and photo of Larry Heller, again observe the three different Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same identity--that originally belonged to Larry Heller's biological mother, whose true birth name was, Irene Madeline O'Crowley, before she married one 'Charles James Craigmile' in 1928. [Her middle name was not spelled "Madelaine" or "Madalaine" as some have done.]

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A few months after his mother's death was recorded in 1982, the article lead-in (left) that was accompanied by the photo of Larry Heller, (right) described how he and his wife, Joan, after thinking it wasn't true, were "no longer sure" about the former Amelia Earhart and Mr. Heller's mother having been attributed to the same identity. Another article mentioned how after she died, Mr. Heller actually tried to have his mother's body fingerprinted but was denied access to it. At his attorney's office some two decades later, Mr. Heller identified an entirely different person to have been his mother in younger and older forms than the Irene Craigmile Bolam who proved to be identical to Amelia Earhart, leaving the open-ended question, 'which Irene Craigmile Bolam actually died in 1982?' Recall how the forensic comparison analysis concluded a total of three different women were attributed to Mr. Heller's mother's identity: 1. His biological mother, who no longer appeared after the early 1940s; 2. His surrogate mother, who first began to serve as a 'nanny figure' for him in the late 1930s; and 3. The former Amelia Earhart. Check it out:

 

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The three different Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile" identity:
 

One: The original Irene Craigmile

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An old newsprint photo of a twenty-six year old, Irene Craigmile shown in 1930 with her then-husband, Charles Craigmile, who died the following year, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.

These three photos are said to display the original Irene Craigmile who Amelia Earhart had been acquainted with in the 1930s. You'll see them repeatedly displayed in this website as most all legible photos of the original Irene before the 1940s were either expunged or appeared to be of questionable origin. Anymore it is clear that the original Irene Craigmile disappeared from view during the World War Two years, and from the mid-1940s on, two other women were attributed to her same identity as you will see below. 

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Above: From an old newspaper photo, the original Irene Craigmile as she looked in 1932
 

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Above: 1934 photo of the original Irene Craigmile and her son, Clarence 'Larry' Heller.
 

 
Below, at his attorney's office in Manhattan, initially in 2006, Clarence Alvin "Larry" Heller positively identified this "Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam" to have been his late-mother in younger and older forms as she looked in the 1940s and 1970s. In 2014, Mr. Heller once again confirmed his positive ID placement in writing in the following manner, where he refers to the two younger and older images below:

Larry Heller: Friday, February 21, 2014
Re: ID Verification of his "mother" in younger and older forms

"The attached pictures are of my mother and she was not Amelia Earhart. Proof is available. Signed, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, February 21, 2014.
 
Note: The last image on the right superimposes the two left photos to show their younger-to-older forensic congruence. To be sure, enlargements of their eyes show the perfect tear-duct to tear-duct alignment. 

Two: The Irene Craigmile ID'd by Larry Heller; or, the 'second' Irene Craigmile

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Above and below, faces and eyes superimposed displaying their forensic congruence:

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Below is the other Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, the 'third' one, who proved to be a head-to-toe forensic match to Amelia Earhart. She was seen nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. The photo on the far left below was taken in 1946. Larry Heller attested he had never seen it before. The middle photo below was taken in 1965, the far right image shows the two photos superimposed displaying the younger to older forensic congruence. Larry Heller affirmed he had seen the 1965 photo, that appeared in the withdrawn controversial 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives, but added how he thought it represented the same person he identified as his mother in the above photos. It turned out she wasn't the same person. She was the former Amelia Earhart who shared his mother's identity after the World War Two years, as seen further below and in the multitude of other comparisons the forensic study produced.

Three: The former Amelia Earhart; or, the 'third' Irene Craigmile

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Above, the Amelia people recognized faded from view to become...

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...the new Irene Craigmile shown here in 1946

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Below are the above Irene Craigmile's eyes and the eyes of who she used to be, Amelia Earhart, shown in a perfect tear-duct to tear-duct superimposed photographic alignment. Note, anyone can do this type of forensic overlay.

   

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More 1960s and 1970s images of the former Amelia Earhart living as Irene Craigmile Bolam in the latter half of the Twentieth Century. The study exhibited nothing less than a head-to toe physical and character traits forensic match:

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1976 in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia

I'm still in touch with Larry Heller, who now lives in Florida. When I interviewed him he mentioned that he held no photos of his mother showing her prior to 1947. He continues to shy away from embracing or discussing the plurality attributed to his late mother's identity, even though it is forensically obvious anymore this was the case.
 
Moving on, during my journey I also travelled a lot to meet and interview a variety of other key Irene-Amelia players, some who reckoned her as the former Amelia Earhart, and I shot a ton of great footage while doing so.
 
But I did not finish my documentary. Presently the film elements sit on my office shelf, backed by an in-depth forensic research and human comparison analysis, that after learning how to conduct one from different forensic experts, took a lot of time, money, and effort to accomplish.
 
My overall achievement is also supported by some twenty file boxes of additional gathered material I have stacked in a spare bedroom closet. I also own and have read just about every Amelia Earhart book published to date, to include those that focused on her controversial 1937 disappearance.
 
I therefore do apologize in advance when I offer my own personal viewpoint, that states the long ago withheld truth about Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance in-turn invented the mystery attributed to it by default, until the former Amelia Earhart's death was recorded in 1982. After that, the hidden reality of Amelia's post-war existence as Irene Craigmile Bolam segued into something more akin to a historical joke being played on the American public. After all, when the former Amelia was point blank asked in the 1970s by a good friend of hers if she used to be Amelia Earhart (?) she replied, "When I die you'll find out." Except people didn't find out then. Instead, they had to wait another three decades to be able to identify it for themselves.
 
'Forgot to mention, from 1998 on my Irene-Amelia work has been referenced in a variety of newspapers, Internet blogs and websites, at times with negative overtones. In the meantime I also wrote, refined, and issued a handful of substantial Irene-Amelia manuscripts, and though copyrighted, I never formally published any of them. Here's why: Over the years it clearly dawned on me how people in general did not like the Irene-Amelia story.
 
It's true. Even though my forensic realization proved to be accurate where unknown to the public Amelia's 1930s friend, the original Irene Craigmile stopped appearing in plain view during the war years--leaving simple math to figure out who the post war Irene Craigmile was who appeared from out of nowhere and proved herself to have been a carbon copy of Amelia--what prevented me from delivering what I learned was a common perception of how people actually liked tracking the 'mystery' that hovered over what really happened to Amelia Earhart, while on the other hand, due to a lack of support caused by repeated negative overtures about the Irene-Amelia assertion, the same people found it hard to appreciate (or like) that aspect of it. The curious thing is, hindsight reveals how the 'Irene-Amelia' chapter contained in the so-called, "mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance" was the most significant part of it, yet as it currently stands, the vast majority of people still refuse to take it seriously. 
 
I hope this noticeable common viewpoint changes someday, because it is the post World War Two true story of the Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam who was the former Amelia Earhart that ends up lost in the shuffle of it all, and she was one very special life-long individual human being, as both Amelia and Irene, more than anyone might have imagined. For instance, in the 1960s, when she worked with her English husband running Radio Luxembourg, their station helped introduce the Beatles to Russia by freely broadcasting beyond the Iron Curtain! She also knew a few NASA astronauts and watched the first moon landing on television! By golly Amy Kleppner, Dr. Tom Crouch, and Dorothy Cochrane... wouldn't it be nice if people were allowed to embrace the story of Amelia Earhart's post World War Two existence in the United States, or even more-so, to love the person Amelia lived to become?

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'Might add here, author W.C. Jameson was incorrect in his 2016 published book, Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave. Mr. Jameson wrote about me and my analysis in his book, and while he agreed my conclusion about Amelia becoming Irene was correct, he added--and this was his own incorrect assumption--that I had yet to present my Irene-Amelia forensic study anywhere, and he further suggested the methodology I used was questionable.
 
Had W.C. Jameson reached out to me I would have set him straight. When I began planning my comparison analysis I consulted with different forensic experts. One suggested I go with the superimposed photos method since physical body evidence was no longer available. (Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam was purportedly, "cremated and buried in a common, unmarked grave," according to Rutgers University that affirmed it received Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's body after her death was recorded in 1982.)
 
Digital Facial ID validation, or the comparing of face-prints is practically the same thing as using true photos for superimposed facial recognition validations. After all, a face print is a face print, and Digital Facial ID validation is just a newer photographic way to compare them.
 
The difference in my study's case was entire bodies were compared using the 'superimposed' photos technique, right down to tear-ducts.
 
As well, I did display my study and its conclusive results more than a few times, most notably to the National Geographic Channel team that asked me to do so years before Mr. Jameson's book was published. It's true, how after learning about my forensic analysis when it was reported on by the Associated Press, Nat Geo asked me to appear with it on a special it was planning to produce about Amelia Earhart. I agreed to and they covered the cost to transport my forensic study that included twelve large display panels I described as 'filmable' to them, that visually revealed how my final conclusion was drawn. They also transported myself of course, along with my study to its filming location in Hawaii.
 
After I set it all up for them, the Nat Geo team gazed at the display and digested what it forensically revealed. Appearing a bit flummoxed by it all, they then privately conferred before asking me to take it all down without filming it. One of the Nat Geo producers shyly explained to me, "we can't say the Amelia Earhart mystery is solved in our program." I replied that the Amelia Earhart mystery was not solved, but the forensic study proved Amelia Earhart's missing person case was solved. That didn't seem to register with him, but below the following images I'll explain what I meant by my comment. 
 

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One of National Geographic's "Where's Amelia Earhart" sets in Hawaii

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Above, displayed on a National Geographic Channel film set in Hawaii were six of the twelve panels that featured key elements of my human forensic comparison analysis--that cleanly displayed the three different Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity, and how the former Amelia Earhart, who became known as Irene Craigmile after World War Two ended, appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the end of the war. Stifling the process of the reveal, after it arranged to have the panels shipped to its filming location, Nat Geo's producers asked me to remove them from the set before filming commenced and made no reference to them in its final program edit. Rather, it endeavored to downplay the Irene-Amelia controversy.
 
Now, getting back to Amelia's missing person case being solved without her mystery being solved, try looking at it this way: A person suddenly goes missing. The person's family reports it to the police and it becomes a missing person case. Then one day someone comes upon a body in some remote location, and it is soon after confirmed that it is the missing person's body. That does not solve the mystery of how the missing person's body ended up in that remote location.
 
The point I wish to make here is that no one in the public realm, including myself, knows where Amelia actually was or what she was actually doing from the time she went missing in 1937, until after the end of World War Two, when her body evidence first displayed itself newly re-identified as, 'Irene Craigmile.' That mystery still remains as high-nutrient food for thought. To be sure, private investigators drew their own conclusions about what happened to Amelia in past decades, but really, their final offerings were all just educated guesses.
 
Oh and by the way, you've heard and will continue to hear a variety of Amelia Earhart theorists offer other 'Amelia final fate' suggestions such as TIGHAR's Richard Gillespie, who claims Amelia died on a desert island; or author Mike Campbell, who claims Japan's military executed Amelia; or Ukrainian physicist, Dr. Alex Mandel, who encourages people to believe Amelia crashed into the ocean and sank in deep water.
 

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Richard Gillespie's TIGHAR club has long promoted that Earhart and Noonan flew off course far into no-man's land and ditched on the island of Nikumaroro where they died as castaways. The Smithsonian has always discounted this idea and maintains TIGHAR never produced any real evidence to back such a claim. Some items TIGHAR did find there we later attributed to debris from a long ago attempt to colonize the island.
 

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Above, Mike Campbell's book insists Japan's military executed Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. Although a strong case has long existed that states the duo ended up in the Marshall Islands under Japan's stewardship, Japan has always insisted that it 'never harmed' Earhart or Noonan.

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Ukranian Physicist, Dr. Alex Mandel, the original sole author of his own falsely-concocted and self-moderated Wikipedia page about Irene Craigmile Bolam, has long promoted the crashed and sank version of NAUTICOS that states after Earhart and Noonan messaged they could not find their target of Howland Island, they flew on in radio silence and eventually crashed into the ocean to sink fathoms below the surface. Although the U.S. justice department has always remained silent about the duo's disappearance, there is little doubt the, 'they crashed and sank' suggestion has always been the one it preferred the public viewpoint to favor.
 

There is also a young newcomer by the name Chris Williamson. Chris had hunted me down for some time before I agreed to meet with him in 2017. He seemed pretty uninformed about the overall Earhart mystery as he had not yet read Fred Goerner's 1966 classic book, The Search For Amelia Earhart, nor 1970's Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas, nor Randall Brink's 1994 updated comprehensive analysis of the two, Lost Star.
 
Chris appeared somewhat nervous when I met him at an L.A. library annex, but he was very convincing with his overt admiration of my Irene-Amelia forensic work, so I agreed to loan him one of my early manuscripts and my compilation of past Amelia Earhart Society newsletters. I also allowed him to film-interview me and some of my comparison samples, and I detailed for him how the forensic study I orchestrated achieved its final conclusion. I now regret that I contributed a little financial help to what he assured me was his own effort to, "pay tribute" to my Irene-Amelia study. He thanked me for doing so, then later called me to say he was using what I gave him to travel he and his small film crew to Atchison, Kansas, Amelia's birthplace, where they hold the annual Amelia Earhart Festival.
 
After he arrived there that July, he decided to permanently move he and his family to Atchison! Amazing! 
 
To my surprise, Chris also started a club called 'Finding Amelia Earhart' that he soon changed to, 'Chasing Earhart,' in what I initially thought was an homage to my own 'Protecting Earhart' moniker.
 
Then, to my utter astonishment, while obviously sporting some major funding source he never told me about, Chris publicly announced he would be embarking on his own Irene-Amelia forensic comparison study. This is when it began to dawn on me that his agenda was to obscure my work within is his so-called "final solution" Earhart documentary, that basically amounted to his redressing the new learned Irene-Amelia reality in order for him to be able to claim some kind of ownership to it. This is not just my ego talking here. Crazy, no?
 
Below is my, 'Protecting Earhart' graphic illustration designed in 2016 by David Harlan, that apparently served as some kind of inspiration for Chris Williamson's 'Chasing Earhart' endeavor:
 

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Above and to the right, Earhart mystery scene newcomer, Chris Williamson and his recent 'Chasing Earhart' invention are set to begin doing pod-casts in 2019. After marshaling practically all of the different Earhart mystery theories out there into his Chasing Earhart theater spectacle, similar to how former Amelia Earhart Society president, the late Bill Prymak did from the 1980s into the 2000s sans social media help, Chris's plan is to unveil his own 'new and improved' Irene-Amelia forensic analysis in an effort to take intellectual property ownership of the final Earhart solution. A computer programmer in his early 30s, Chris anymore refers to himself as an, "Amelia Earhart documentarian." A new video trailer he put up on the internet includes the Irene-Amelia conveyance without mentioning myself or my study, yet offering at the same time, "It's time to put this one to bed."

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Chris Williamson

It took a while for Chris Willamson to return my materials. I had to keep calling him to make it happen. I eventually received them back damaged. He had photo-copied every page; the bindings were broken with pieces missing and some pages were not in order.
 
Chris clearly became obsessed with the Irene-Amelia story after he was exposed to my materials. Later, imagine how I felt after a friend of mine sent me an audio clip from a 2018 radio interview in which Chris Williamson diminished my long-term study as, "some interesting looking pictures (he) would be looking into." (I couldn't believe my ears.)
 
Naturally I was disappointed. Yet I suppose I should wish him luck anyway because he appears to be locked-in to setting the record straight about Amelia Earhart. Take some friendly advice though, Chris: Be careful. Try not to let your own ego get the best of you as it did with Gillespie, Campbell, and Mandel. Learn to accept and love the former Amelia Earhart as the person she became. Spiritually, she had grown a lot. This is very important to identify, understand, and accept.
 
 

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Additionally, the individuals referenced earlier, displayed above, have always been sure to berate my forensic analysis and the conclusion drawn from it as having stemmed from, 'a baseless argument.' They have demonstrated a tendency to call the results of my forensic research and comparison study 'ridiculous' or 'outright  untrue' to anyone who asks them about it.
 
Don't listen to them. They are the ones not telling the truth.
 
Simply trust knowing that no one in the public realm knows more about the Irene-Amelia story than myself.
 
Very truly yours,
Tod Swindell
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Below: The individual largely credited for starting the 'Earhart truth seeking effort' way back in 1959, Major Joseph A. Gervais 

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Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002,
during what became a decade-long collaboration.

Above left: World War Two pilot hero and Amelia Earhart historian, Major Joseph A. Gervais USAF (Ret.) at his Earhart award ceremony held on February 5, 2000. From 1970 on, until his passing took place in 2005, Major Gervais never disavowed his controversial assertion about Amelia Earhart becoming known as an important woman he met in 1965--and then spent the next five years researching the background of--Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.

  
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How It Began
 
 
Most aviation history buffs have heard about the World War Two hero who made headlines in 1970 by asserting that Amelia Earhart quietly survived her 1937 disappearance, that she changed her name to 'Irene' during the war years, and that she was alive and well living in New Jersey.
 
The New Jersey woman known as 'Irene' refuted his assertion and soon after it was discredited. In time a running joke also came to exist over the suggested idea of Amelia Earhart ending up as, "a New Jersey housewife."
 
While the controversy over the New Jersey woman faded as years passed, it also remained unsettled and was perpetually argued against until Tod Swindell's forensic analysis proved it was true, even to the point of obvious, except for the "New Jersey housewife" part.
 
  

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Above is a 1982 composite illustration from a news article series that surfaced a few months after Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam died. Since many individuals continued to view her past as suspect, to include some close friends of hers, the concocted series was deemed necessary to again steer the curious away from it. At first the series appeared to (once again) openly question who Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam really was, or used to be, before it (once again) falsely concluded there was nothing unusual about her. Of note, no physical comparisons were featured in the series that served as a red herring by combining the likenesses of different individuals to look like one individual. This was twelve years after Joseph A. Gervias' initial assertion about Irene took place. Twenty years later, in 2002, the Associated Press issued the first news article to mention the Irene-Amelia comparison study Tod Swindell had recently embarked on. The following quote appeared in it:   

"The forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." John Bolam, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived brother-in-law who had openly questioned her true identity, comments on the initial results of Tod Swindell's Irene-Amelia forensic analysis in an Associated Press article by Ron Staton. The 2002 article marked the first national news item to announce the advent of the analysis. [Lead-in to the article below; see the full article further down.]
 

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"It's funny, and telling how printed news sometimes works, I never told Ron Staton of the Associated Press that I believed Amelia was, ""captured by the Japanese and secretly repatriated, living as a New Jersey housewife."" Those were his words, not mine." Tod Swindell


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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. This potentially highlights why Amelia Earhart's mother, Amy Otis Earhart attended Iva Toguri's 1949 'Tokyo Rose trial' in San Francisco on a daily basis, and why after its conclusion Mrs. Earhart told the New York Times that she "knew" Japan had taken her daughter after she went missing.

Below: About The 2017 Released Photo Featured Here That Was Filed As 'Classified' In 1937 By The U.S. Office Of Naval Intelligence: Discovered By Investigator, Les Kinney, It Was Never Debunked. In A Confounding Way though, People Were Encouraged To Believe It Was Debunked By A Non-Truthful Source That Feigned Legitimacy To The American Press Circuit Right After It Was Made Public:

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"Mr. Yamano cited the year listed on the photo in question was '1935' but this was not possible because the dock depicted in the photo, according to Marshall Islands own records, was not constructed until 1936."

(See article further down.)

Above, this controversial declassified ONI photo was discovered by Amelia Earhart investigative researcher, Les Kinney who released it to the public in 2017. In line with it, below is an enlargement of a 1987 commemorative stamp issued by the Republic of the Marshall Islands acknowledging the 50th Anniversary (1937-1987) of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan's rescue by Japan's Naval Authority at Mili Atoll in the lower Marshall Islands. According to the Marshall Islands own historical account of it dating back to the pre World War Two era, the flying duo ditched their plane there and were picked up by Japan and relocated from Mili to Jaluit Harbor during the tenuous beginning of the Sino (Chinese)-Japanese War, a World War Two precursor that escalated growing tension between the U.S. and Japan. According to the Marshall Islands own U.N. Ambassador, Alfred Capelle, who confirmed it was common knowledge in his country that Earhart and Noonan ended up there in a recent AP article by Ron Staton, the duo's transport to Jaluit took place during the latter part of the second week of July, 1937. (The date the duo went missing was July 2, 1937.) 

Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan, a Japanese Naval Officer and the 'Koshu' hoisting Amelia's plane are depicted in the above stamp image.
 
Here is what was NOT conveyed about the ONI photo displayed above it:  The U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence filed it as 'classified' in late 1937, the same year Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan went missing adjacent to the region it was taken.
 
This photo became a heated topic of debate when its discovery was revealed in 2017. Just after it was revealed, however, the information it displayed was purportedly debunked. Except it was never actually debunked.
 
Take a look at the following forensic superimposed photo samples, then continue on to find out why the Les Kinney discovered 'ONI' photo is still considered a valid piece of forensic evidence among a wide variety of World War Two era historians: 

The following enlargement and the forensic superimposed photos below it display the congruence of Fred Noonan's hairline and facial features (note hair coif shadow in the "high-noon" photo) and the congruence of Amelia's dorsal. Why is this still considered important? Keep going, you'll find out.

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Above left to right: 1937 ONI photo transitions into Fred Noonan photo; Below left to right: 1937 ONI photo transitions into Amelia Earhart photo. 

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Above are enlargements from the original U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence photo shown directly below. The photo was released to the press in 2017 by researcher, Les Kinney. Notice the tall "Noonan" labled figure keeping the weight off his right knee. Compare it to the 1987 Marshall Islands stamp further down, where his right knee is bandaged and he supports himself with a cane, just as Marshallese medical intern, Biloman Amaron had long-described the way he had attended to Fred Noonan's "right knee." 

Note: ONI Jaluit Harbor photo enlargement below...
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Debunking The Fake Debunker
 
After the above photo was released in 2017 it was purportedly 'debunked' by a Japanese blogger named Kota Yamano. It never was 'debunked.' The legerdemain Mr. Yamano was involved with [that he was either aware of or inadvertently brought into] ended up proving-out how the information he provided in his debunking effort had been digitally forged, as in outright fabricated. Mr. Yamano cited the year listed on the photo in question was "1935" but this was not possible because the dock depicted in the photo, according to Marshall Islands own records, was not constructed until 1936.
 
The ONI photo having been leaked prior to its release to the public enabled the nefarious 'debunking ruse' to swiftly take place in order to squelch the true ramifications of what the photo depicted. That's how deep the 1937 Amelia Earhart disappearance story always was and still is. 
 
Recall here the 1997 Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman movie, "Wag The Dog," and the scene depicting White House Svengali, Conrad Brean, (played by De Niro) personally planting authentic looking evidence into the Library of Congress that looked like it came from the 1930s, but had actually been fabricated under his orchestration. In certain 'government deemed necessary' cases this type of illicit activity has taken place over the years. One might also recall President Dwight D. Eisenhower admitting he felt it necessary to 'lie to the public' about the Francis Gary Powers U2 spy-plane incident. The President outright denied any spying activity was going when Powers and his plane were reported missing, until Russia produced Powers and the wreckage of his spy plane for the world to see, causing Eisenhower to soon after admit he had lied to the public about it. There is no hard evidence that Amelia Earhart was spying when she went missing, although the cover-up pertaing to the true outcome of her loss did become buried during the World War Two era. It's still ongoing and has long featured a collaborative effort between the U.S. and Japan that has existed since the end of World War Two. This effort has perpetually guarded the 'unreleased true facts' about Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance; the result of a post-war pact made between the two countries.
 
People both willingly or inadvertently involved with it, that is, the ongoing disinformation effort that pertains to Amelia Earhart's 1937 loss have been in plain view of the American public in recent decades. They have provided a variety of off-base solutions or false answer projections to the so called 'mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance' that news media outlets have been regenerating in press releases since the late 1970s. This effort was deemed necessary after the truth about Amelia's ongoing survival with a different name was revealed earlier that decade by USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.).
 
In essence, the Amelia Earhart disappearance story turned into a 'Watergate level' cover-up during the World War Two era, one that to this day remains steadfastly in place, although few current government leaders in the United States and Japan appear to identify it that way. Rather, they simply know they are 'not to touch it.' 
 
Those of you who are still not convinced might take an even closer look at the below reproduction of the 1987 Marshall Islands stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of Japan's rescue of Earhart and Noonan, followed by an explanation pertaining to the curious conicidental historical anomalies it presents that directly relates to the above recent years discovered 'ONI declassified photo' taken in Jaluit Harbor of the Marshall Islands depicting the same elements. Recall again as well how still today, Marshall Islands historians continue to describe the way Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were rescued By Japan's Naval Authority at Mili Atoll before they were transported to Jaluit Harbor. They were also described as being left "unrestrained" by the medical intern who was called on to attend to Fred Noonan's injured knee, contradicting the sensational claim that the two were, 'arrested as spies.'

On what became of Amelia's plane?
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It was hoisted onto a Japanese vessel as the rescued Earhart & Noonan observed.


More about the above stamp: This 1987 Republic of the Marshall Islands '50th Anniversary of Amelia Earhart's World Flight' commemorative stamp (one from a series of six) depicts Earhart and Noonan's rescue and the recovery of Earhart's Electra off a shoal adjacent to Mili Atoll. The Sino-Japanese War began just five days after Earhart was reported missing. It was a war the U. S. was strongly opposed to. In 2002 the United Nations Ambassador to the Marshall Islands, Alfred Cappelle described to Ron Staton of the Associated Press how it remained "common knowledge" in his country, "that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan definitely ended up in the Marshall Islands."

Note: ONI Jaluit Harbor photo enlargement below...
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More Detail About The Les Kinney ONI Photo
 
Commemorating the 80th anniversary of Amelia's disappearance in 2017, NBC news featured a story about the controversial photo that had been recently located in the U.S. National Archives by Les Kinney, who believed it depicted Earhart and Noonan on a Jaluit dock in the Marshall Islands, with the Japanese survey ship, the 'Koshu' in the background. Note how the same elements appeared in the 1987 stamp: Earhart, Noonan, and the Koshu.
 
Les Kinney, a former government investigator who spent over a decade examining Amelia Earhart's disappearance, remarked how the photo added to the multitude of pre-existing evidence that "clearly indicated" Amelia ended up under Japan's stewardship, further citing how it was labeled, "ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence) Jaluit Marshall Islands." Shawn Henry, a former FBI Assistant Director was also confident that Earhart and Noonan are seen in the photo, as highlighted in Tod Swindell's forensic superimposed enlargements. The History Channel featured the Kinney ONI photo in a documentary that supported the decades of in-depth investigative research detailing Amelia's Marshall Islands ditching. No surprise, the authenticity of the photo was challenged right after the show aired, with a claim citing the photo was taken in 1935 instead of 1937 for a Japanese travelogue book. [Note: Again, this false 'challenge' was debunked after it was learned the Jaluit dock featured in the photo was not built until 1936, making it impossible for the photo to have been taken in 1935. This shows how deeply the Earhart truth is still being controlled through plants directed to news media outlets.] The elements the photo displayed matched the way the scenario was consistently described in the past by local eyewitnesses, with Earhart and Noonan having been "dropped off on a Jaluit dock" by the "Koshu," the Imperial Nipponese Navy vessel that had transported them there along with Amelia's recovered plane. The ship in the photo background matched the Koshu, and the male and female caucasions too-closely matched  Earhart and Noonan as well. The Marshalls were considered a restricted area for outsiders at the time, no white people were visiting there then, adding to the true-reality of the photo featuring the recently rescued, out-of-place flying duo.
 

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Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam

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If you are interested in knowing what became of Amelia Earhart after the summer of 1937, the answer is seen in the above mid-1970s photo-portrait. To understand how this is now known to be true, take your time going through the material this website presents. There is much to digest.

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Forensic: Relating to or denoting applications of scientific methodology during the course of an investigation in an effort to determine the true origin of what is being investigated. Example: "They got him on ballistics; a forensic analysis determined the bullet came from his gun."
 
Forensic Evidence: That suitable for argumentation in a court of law.
 
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Irene Compared To Amelia:
 
Photographic Exactitude
Personal Character Traits
Life-Long Histories
 

The forensic research and forensic comparison results you are about to review are part of a long-term study that thoroughly analyzed each of the above topics pertaining to the historically recognized, 'intertwined lives' of Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile Bolam.
 
The 'new millennium' study was conceived and arranged in order to get to the bottom of a never disavowed assertion publicly maintained for thirty-five years [1970-2005] by former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais (1924-2005).
 
After deeply looking into it, Joseph A. Gervais, who retired from the Air Force as a Major in 1963, ascertained that Amelia Earhart and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam had existed as the same life-long individual human being known by different names in different eras without public awareness.
 
Major Gervais served as a fighter pilot in World War Two and he flew missions in the Korean War and Vietnam as well before retiring from his military career. He was also a family man noted for his good character.
 
Generally unrealized into the new millennium, Joseph A. Gervais' assertion about Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam was never forensically over-challenged. This is because, as you will soon identify for yourself, it was true.
 
After meeting and getting to know Joseph A. Gervais in the late 1990s, and finding out that his assertion about Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam had never been forensically evaluated on a serious level, research and development specialist, Tod Swindell took it to task. After consulting with a variety of forensic experts his long-term study commenced, and the end result marked the first comprehensive forensic analysis to ever compare Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam to Amelia Earhart.
 
Prior to his passing in 2005, upon being shown the initial results of the analysis with his wife, Thelma, Joseph A. Gervais plainly commented, "It just shows what we've known all along."
 
Over the years people have countered time and again, "what about DNA?" This proved unavailable. When she died in 1982, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam donated her body to Rutger's Medical College in New Jersey with a pre-written stipulation it was only to be accessed by its attending medical technicians. In response to what became of her remains, the school replied her body was cremated and interned in a common grave. Hence, just as Amelia Earhart's body was purported to have 'never been seen again' after July 2, 1937; after Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam died on July 7, 1982, her body was never seen again either, at least, not outside the walls of Rutger's Medical College. 
 
The catch was, as the analysis realized, there was an original Irene Craigmile who Amelia Earhart knew in the 1930s, and whose identity she ended up assuming for herself to use in the United States after the World War Two years. Learn more about the original Irene Craigmile throughout this website, and how Amelia Earhart ended up acquiescing her identity for her own post-fame years use.
 
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Below: Photographic Exactitude
 

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Above: Senator Hiram Bingham with Amelia Earhart at age 31
 

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Above: Amelia Earhart in 1937, age 39
 

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Above: Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in a mid-1970s photo portrait taken at her private development, 'Leisure World' home located in Rossmoor, New Jersey. 

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Above: Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam on August 8, 1965 in front of the Sea Spray Inn located in East Hampton of Long Island, New York. Photo credit, Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.)

Below: Two Samples Of Superimposed Photographic Exactitude Using The Above Four Photographs
 

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Irene + Amelia superimposed

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Irene + Amelia superimposed

About "Truth"

"Truth is not a mystery -- its greatest secrets are yours to know through simple honesty and surrender to what that honesty reveals." John de Ruiter


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"The forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." John Bolam, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived brother-in-law comments on the initial results of the Irene-Amelia forensic analysis in an Associated Press article by Ron Staton. The 2002 article marked the first national news item to announce the advent of Tod Swindell's forensic research and human comparison analysis in the new millennium. [The full Associated Press article appears further down.]
 

The Bender & Altschul Quote:

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." 1982 quote from the voluminous Marylin Bender, Selig Altschul 'Pan Am Airways anthology,' The Chosen Instrument

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Above: The Kailua, Hawaii set of the National Geographic Channel's Amelia Earhart 'mystery update' special. The photos here display six of the twelve 'comprehensive forensic analysis' panels that drew a certain conclusion on Amelia's never officially resolved 'missing person' case. This particular location was at the home of retired USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, whose then recent book, Amelia Earhart Survived featured portions of the analysis with permission granted by Tod Swindell and 1967 Earhart flight duplicator, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who supplied some of the photo-data used in the analyisis. Within the panels, the multiple individuals attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity were clearly displayed, (shown further down) as was the head-to-toe physical congruence and character traits congruence of the post-World War Two 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' and her former-self, Amelia Earhart. Needless to say, after observing the controversial realities presented in the panels, the show's producers were clearly ill-prepared to contend with them. Even though they had asked to feature them and paid for their shipping cost, after some deliberating they requested the panels be removed before filming commenced. Hence, this website provides a thorough overview of the analysis results the panels displayed that Nat Geo elected not to share with the public.
 
Below: Nat Geo's 2006 produced, "Where's Amelia Earhart?" special that featured researchers, Tod Swindell and Colonel Rollin Reineck in support of the long-maintained Joseph A. Gervais assertion (Joseph A. Gervais' passing occurred the previous year) was eventually released on DVD. Beyond Nat Geo downplaying the forensic analysis results as well as choosing not to display the most important elements of what it achieved (that shored-up Joseph A. Gervais' long maintained Amelia became Irene assertion) its program merely rehashed the same old stories about Amelia's disappearance without offering anything new or enlightening to its viewing audience. 
 

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Alethephobia: "Fear of Truth"

When it comes to the Irene-Amelia truth, ever since the controversy over Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam surfaced in the 1970s, historical dictum influences have deftly avoided it. Senators, Congressmen, government supported institutions, news media moguls, even Amelia's extended family members have always optioned to quickly dismiss it out of hand over seriously addressing it. This is mainly due to the 'official silence' devoted to the topic of Amelia's disappearance from the governments' of the United States and Japan dating back to the World War Two era. In the new millennium, however, thanks to the undeniable results of a comprehensive forensic research and comparison analysis, the truth grew to be recognizable to what is now an obvious state, and understanding, accepting, and embracing any truth once it becomes identifiable, especially if it's an important historical truth, is always best in the long run.

Keeping relative discoveries from the past in perspective, in the case of Charles Lindbergh's "Careu Kent" alias, he used that name for decades while leading a separate life without the public knowing until it was verified in 2004, thirty-years after he died.

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Below: As displayed in the analysis results, it turned out there were three different Twentieth Century women who were historically attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity.

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This Irene Craigmile gave birth to a son in 1934. She and Amelia Earhart had known each other.

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Above middle: The original Irene Craigmile, 1930

Above on the left is the original Irene Craigmile's husband, Charles James Craigmile, and on the right is the original Irene Craigmile's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.

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The original Irene Craigmile, 1932

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Irene Craigmile's son identified this woman to have been his "mother" the way she looked "around 1940" and in "the 1970s," although the forensic analysis made it clear she was not his biological mother. To date, no one in the public realm knows who she really was, where she came from, or where she ended up. There is only one known-of postulation offered by Tod Swindell that suggests how her life may have also been intertwined with Amelia Earhart's in a family protected way. In 1984, a long ago friend of the original Irene Craigmile's family estimated this particular 'Irene' who she referred to as "Irene Jr." was "born in 1924" and was 'raised' by the original Irene's extended family in Newark, New Jersey. Amelia had been a good Zonta club friend of the original Irene Craigmile's aunt dating back to 1928, when she first became famous.

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Irene Craigmile, early 1940s

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Irene Craigmile Bolam, 1970s

The two above photos superimposed...
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...display the same person in younger and older forms

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The Irene Craigmile and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam images in this column were identified nowhere as "Irene" prior to the mid-1940s. In 1958 this Irene Craigmile wed Englishman, Guy Bolam, the head of Radio Luxembourg. She became known as Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam from then on, or just, 'Irene Bolam.'

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Irene Craigmile, 1946
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Pre eight-years of aging & a few adjustments.

Above: It wasn't so hard to find Amelia again behind her Irene facade with a little photo-shop help. Tear-duct to tear-duct the eyes above aligned perfectly with those of her former Amelia self; all facial lines and creases as well, and as you will continue to see, necks, shoulders, heights, arm-lengths, hands, foot sizes, handwriting, etc., everything aligned perfectly. As Monsignor Kelley described it about his late friend, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1987, who was identified nowehere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore." Who are we to judge or blame her for eventually feeling that way, not knowing a thing about what she ended up having to endure as World War Two raged on? Looking at the above images, we also recall the title of Shirley Dobson Gilroy's 1985 book, Amelia: Pilot In Pearls. 

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Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, 1965

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Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, mid-1970s

Anymore, The 'Known' Truth

There were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity, and one of them, who was not identified that way prior to the mid-1940s, most definitely was previously known as Amelia Earhart.

This is the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937. There is no other truth beyond invented ones individuals chose or still choose to embrace, and in some cases promote to the public sans proof-worthy logic to support their differing ideas.

No matter what continues to be offered to the contrary, Amelia's ongoing existence as "Irene" after the World War Two era is now known to be what became of her after she was reported missing during the dawn of the World War Two era--in an area that soon after became a hornets' nest region in the Pacific war theater.

It is time to stop fearing this reality; to stop automatically rejecting it. Doing so will enable it to rise to the surface so it can be acknowledged and accepted by the public, and further dealt with in a responsible manner out of concern for, and in the interest of truthful historical posterity.

It is time to get real about what became of Amelia Earhart after she was reported missing in the summer of 1937. 

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Above: 1940s and 1970s images of the same person superimposed in the middle. This was the 2nd Irene Craigmile.
 
Below: 1946 and 1965 images of a different person shown superimposed in the middle. This was the 3rd Irene Craigmile. Although she had altered her famously recognizable image with some adjustments beyond what aging and style changes normally do, she most definitely was previously known as Amelia Earhart.

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Prior to some World War Two era adjustments...

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Irene Craigmile in 1946, FKA "Earhart"

Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965

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...superimposed into...

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...Amelia in 1937, her former self.
 

In the mid-1940s, Amelia Earhart reappeared in the United States seemingly from out of nowhere to further exist as 'Irene.' The forensic analysis results made it plain to see the 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, dubbed in Tod Swindell's original forensic comparison analysis as the "Gervais-Irene" was NOT the original Irene Craigmile, even though post World War Two history proclaimed she was. This is true where the analysis clearly proved there was more than one Twentieth Century woman who used the same 'Irene' identity, and the one above, who was known as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' after 1958, was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Note: The forensic analysis merely displays the truth when it comes to what became of Amelia Earhart. Although it has been consistently shouted down by pseudo Amelia Earhart 'mystery solving theorists,' including some that managed to make a living by promoting non-truthful ideas to the masses about Amelia Earhart, the analysis results proved impossible to over-challenge.
 

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Major Joseph A. Gervais USAF (Ret.), February 5, 2000

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February 5, 2000; top row left to right: Ronald Reuther, Tod Swindell, Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam; bottom row, left to right: Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, Joe Klaas, Joseph A. Gervais

Above: Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.), shown in 2000 accepting his achievement award for "Four decades of unparalleled, dedicated research devoted to investigating the true cause and outcome of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan's 1937 disappearance." The event was held at Cesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada in front of a gathering of representatives from a variety of Aviation connected backgrounds, to include past 99's President, Patricia Ward; 1967 successful Amelia Earhart 'World Flight' duplicator, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno; Amelia Earhart Society President William Prymak; Executive Director of the Western Aerospace Museum, Ronald Reuther; Overseer of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, Lou Foudray; Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. John Bolam; Amelia Earhart Survived author, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck USAF (Ret.); Rear Admiral, Eugene Tissot USN (Ret.) (whose father was a past chief mechanic for Amelia Earhart) motion picture producer/journalist Tod Swindell; Joseph A. Gervais' wife and son, Thelma and Gerald Gervais, Amelia Earhart Lives author, Joe Klaas, and several other distinguished individuals.
 
At the 2000 ceremony, William Prymak spoke of Joseph A. Gervais in the following manner: "Joseph A. Gervais is a World War Two flying hero who went on to become widely recognized as the world's leading authority regarding the subject of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. A former aircraft accident investigator, while looking into Amelia Earhart's failed world flight attempt his encounter with Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam and follow-up evaluation of her life history caused an enormous shift to his angle of research."  
  
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Different angle and look from the same series, Amelia Earhart, 1937

Any further there is no doubt...

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...when it comes to the absolute veracity of the Irene-Amelia head-to-toe forensic alignment.

Above: Amelia and her later-life self, Irene Bolam superimposed with each other from Tod Swindell's long-term forensic comparison analysis. The head-to-toe and character trait congruences the analysis displayed verified the same individual human being going by different names in different eras. 

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This website profiles the Protecting Earhart Chronicles and new millennium Irene-Amelia Forensic Analysis by Research and Development specialist, Tod Swindell. Past WGAw registrations include: "The Lost Electra" (1997), "Redefining Earhart for the New Century" (1999), "Protecting Earhart" (2004). United States Copyright Office Registration Numbers for MSS and Forensic Analysis: TXu 1-915-926 (2014); TXu 2-061-539 (2017).
 
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Below: Two of several controversial documents from the FBI's World War Two era "Amelia Earhart" file. They are dated 'late 1944' and 'early 1945.' Both are relative to each other and prominently feature the inclusion of FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover. The top document is followed by one written by J. Edgar Hoover in response to it. The FBI director forwarded his response to Military Intelligence Officer, Brigadier General Carter W. Clarke. Underneath the documents is an explanation about the information they contained.

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These documents, dated "12/27/44" and "1/18/45" pertain to a decorated USAF Major who was recuperating at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC. An FBI agent (name blacked out in the top document) had been sent to interview the soldier (name also blacked out) who had information to share that he had learned about Amelia Earhart while he was stationed overseas in the Pacific war theater.
 
The FBI agent who interviewed the soldier did not personally compose the top transcription, but he described to the person who typed his account that intially the soldier "appeared to be talking in bunches" and he did not seem to be able to provide "a coherent, logical statement of facts." But the agent added as the interview progressed the soldier grew "coherent in his remarks" to a point where the agent found himself "impressed" with the soldier's "reliability."
 
The soldier, who had been a prisoner of war after participating in the infamous Bataan Death March, mentioned how just prior to the Pearl Harbor attack when he was stationed in the Philippines, he and a fellow soldier overheard a conversation between two Japanese men there, "to the effect that Amelia Earhart was still alive and being held at a hotel in Tokyo." He further stated that after he became a prisoner he was "given the job of typing statements made by American officers to Japanese military authorities," adding when, "he was alone in the room with a Japanese intelligence officer [after finishing his typing duties] he inquired of the Japanese officer, ""Would you tell me frankly if my cousin Amelia Earhart is still alive?"" The soldier mentioned that the Japanese intelligence officer was apparently taken aback by his remark but responded by saying he "could not tell anything" except "Don't worry about her well being, she is perfectly all right."
 
In the final paragraph of the top document, the soldier continued on by describing how the above incident caused him to further inquire about Amelia Earhart to other Japanese guards at prison camps he was transferred to, with some responding they "didn't know anything" about it, and others that they "heard" Amelia Earhart over Japanese radio, others that they, "had seen her in Tokyo," and others mentioning they had, "heard she was alive and in Tokyo."
 
J. Edgar Hoover's personal forward to Brigadier General Clarke appeared to downplay the full body of information the soldier had conveyed to his bureau agent, and was sure to include in his opening remarks about the soldier who provided the account that his, "reliability is unknown."
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Below is the most formidably researched account pertaining to where Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan ended up after they were reported "missing" on July 2, 1937...

U.N. Marshall Islands Ambassador Alfred Capelle
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told the Associated Press in 2002: "Amelia Earhart definitely came to the Marshall Islands in 1937"

1987, 50-year commemorative Marshall Islands Stamp
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Depicts Earhart & Noonan and their plane's retrieval by Japan's military near Mili Atoll

To the left above is the Republic of the Marshall Islands United Nations Ambassador, Alfred Capelle. In the new millennium Ambassador Capelle repeatedly confirmed to the Associated Press and to others as well, the long recognized 'common awareness' in his country of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan having ended up there in 1937. To the right is a 1987 Republic of the Marshall Islands postage stamp, one of a series that commemorated the country's 50th anniversary of Amelia's rescue at Mili Atoll by Japan's Imperial Naval Authority in July of 1937. The Koshu had been consistently described by a variety of Marshall Islands residents dating back to the World War Two era, as the ship that picked-up Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan, and Amelia's Lockheed Electra. According to people of the Marshall Islands, this "rescue" event occurred after the fliers ditched at Barre Reef adjacent to Mili Atoll of the far southeastern Marshall Islands.
 
Accordingly, Earhart and Noonan were stranded at Mili for a number of days before Japan's Imperial Navy rescued and subsequently detained them. The U.S. had asked permission from Japan to search the Marshalls right after the fliers went missing, but permission was denied, and Japan's government never 'officially' reported the results of its own agreed-to search effort of the Marshalls after refusing to allow the U.S. to do so itself. It is true, however, about a week and a half after the two were reported missing on July 2, Japan's Ambassador to the United States did mention he had no knowledge of Earhart and Noonan having been located by his country, and most likely he was telling the truth as the outcome of duo's loss was still unfolding at that time. [The first ostensibly 'leaked' accounts of the duo's rescue by Japan, that would fall on deaf ears forevermore after they surfaced, were initially conveyed on July 12 from an unnamed Tokyo news source.]
 
Note: In 2017, the History Channel aired a documentary about Amelia's last flight that duly supported her having ditched in the Marshall Islands, although it postulated as well that Amelia likely 'died' while being held by Japan--based on hearsay that such a thing had occurred. [See the related 'recently discovered photo controversy' in the 'Press Notices' link.]
 
The idea of Amelia dying while she was in Japan's custody was contrary to the beliefs of several past investigators, who, citing sound reasons for doing so, averred that Amelia actually survived the war while she remained in Japan's care, and she eventually returned to the U.S. to live in anonymity by choice, as quietly endorsed by the omniscient guises of the two post-war relationship-healing countries of the United States and Japan.
 
Although ridiculed by many who found it hard to believe, it actually does make sense where Amelia was a loved hero in Japan in the 1930s just as Babe Ruth had been. Japan's famous Navy Admiral, the Harvard educated, Isoroku Yamamoto, who was its Pacific Commander when Amelia Earhart went missing, would not have allowed her to be executed or to succumb to a neglected illness--the two main suggestion of theorists who claimed Amelia died while in Japan's care.
 
Otherwise, proponents of Amelia's continued survival believe Japan strategically protected her, and furthermore, that Japan's war-time 'Tokyo Rose' broadcasts invention was a coy reference to its coveted detainee, Amelia Earhart. (Amelia had been referred to as "Tokyo Rosa" among Imperial Mandate Island locals during the years leading up to the war. This is true, even in lieu of the FBI's post-war attempt to diffuse any controversy about the 'Tokyo Rose' moniker, that had served as the locals way to describe Japan's 'detained American lady pilot, Amelia Earhart.' ['Tokyo Rose' leading up to the war meant 'that held by the chrysanthemum' with the chrysanthemum flower symbolizing the Emperor of Japan.] 

Below: A few English speaking, American accented women broadcast for Japan on it's NHK "Zero Hour" radio program during World War Two. The most famous was Iva Toguri, an American citizen and UCLA graduate who while visiting her family found herself stuck in Japan for the duration of the war after the Pearl Harbor attack. Iva was later convicted of treason but was eventually pardoned by President Gerald Ford. According to a number of U.S. soldiers, at least one of the females who broadcast had identified herself as "Tokyo Rose." Four years after the war ended, the FBI issued a statement to the effect that the moniker of "Tokyo Rose" was a "fabrication" invented by U.S. soldiers.

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It is true how during the years leading up to World War Two, "Tokyo Rosa" (yes "Rosa," with an "a") was the name used to describe the detained American lady pilot, Amelia Earhart by people living among Japan's Imperial Mandate Islands. Marshall Islands U.N. Ambassador, Alfred Capelle affirmed this was long recognized in his homeland. Note: Some U.S. servicemen who served in the Pacific during World War Two insisted one of the 'American accented sirens' who broadcast for Japan consistently identified herself as "Tokyo Rose" when signing on and off. This is why it grew to be so curious when four years after the war ended, the FBI issued a statement to the effect that 'Tokyo Rose' had been a name "invented by U.S. soldiers," and that 'no female person doing broadcasts for Japan ever identified herself that way, and, "no person known as Tokyo Rose ever actually existed." By then of course, Amelia Earhart, the original cause of the 'Tokyo Rosa' name invention, was living in the United States going by her new name of, 'Irene.' 

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Below are four of the stamps issued by the Republic of the Marshall Islands in 1987, including the one displayed above. Right after the duo was rescued by Japan, the Sino-Japanse War began, exacerbating the difficult situation the world flight team found themselves in:

The 1987 Marshall Islands Stamp Series
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Shows Earhart and Noonan's takeoff from New Guinea to their crash and retrieval at Mili Atoll

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 an Electra 10E, Amelia's plane model, over it.

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Taroa in the Marshalls; several accounts described Amelia's wing-damaged plane was taken there

1944 USAAF Marshall Islands reconnaissance photo
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Taken on a bombing run over Taroa, eyewitnesses claimed Amelia's 'wing damaged' plane ended up there

Above: The one-winged outline of an Electra 10E fit right over a plane on Taroa Island in the Marshall Islands in 1944 that matched no other Japanese manufactured planes of that era. Years before the photo was located in U.S. military archives, eyewitnessess John and Dwight Heine both described how Amelia's wing-damaged plane ended up at Taroa where they helped Japanese military personnel off-load it from its transport ship. The cowlings and WASP engines looked to have been removed, as was the damaged wing at the seam. The full recon photo was first published in Randall Brink's 1993 book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart. Protecting Earhart's study greatly enlarged the photo before placing the Electra outline over it.

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Why this information was never endorsed to the masses...
 
Ever since the World War Two era, the 'official silence' regard the United States and Japan maintained toward Amelia Earhart's world-flight ending discouraged people from recognizing later-learned forensic true-hoods about it. Observe the following quote:
 
"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the fate of Amelia Earhart an everlasting mystery." From Marilyn Bender and Selig Altschul's Pan Am & Golden Age of Aviation history expose', The Chosen Instrument, Simon & Schuster, 1982.
 
[Note: About the book, The Chosen Instrument mentioned directly above, its title referenced the consistent U.S. government contracts awarded to Pan Am Airways during the 1930s 'golden age of aviation.' Thus, 'Pan Am' was the U.S. military's 'chosen instrument' when it came to strides made in the rapidly growing field of aviation development. Amelia's world-flight navigator, Fred Noonan was a top navigator for Pan Am before he agreed to participate in Amelia's world flight. The rumor of his being 'fired' from Pan Am for excessive drinking was later shown to be false, as was the rumor that his penchant for alcohol caused he and Amelia to miss Howland.
 
Seeing through the conjured excuse that tried to place the blame for Amelia's loss on Fred Noonan's shoulders, those who knew and worked with Fred Noonan vehemently stood by his 'highly responsible' prowess as a navigator. Noonan taught many other Pan Am navigators in its flight training school, and he served as the head navigator on the original Pan Am Clipper team that opened the world's first major airline service over the seven seas in the mid-1930s. According to the research backed postulation of retired USAF Major, Joe Gervais in the 1960s & 1970s [edified by the 1980 statements made to Randall Brink by Amelia's 1930s friend, Walter McMenamy, who mentioned he "last saw Noonan in 1949"] after Noonan went missing with Amelia, ostensibly he was liberated without fanfare by Japan while Amelia continued to remain in its charge. Major Gervais and Randall Brink further postulated that Noonan may have segued into a position in U.S. Naval Intelligence.
 
Beyond Fred Noonan being a formidable pilot and navigator, he was also a highly experienced seafaring man, who during the war years, according to Major Gervais, may have been part of the team that helped with the logistical planning of the Normandy invasion. [Note: Whether or not Noonan ended up as one of two people who used the same name of 'William Van Dusen,' Pan Am's former public relations chief, remains a subject of debate.]
 

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Above: Fred Noonan shown third from right with Pan Am's original Hawaiian Clipper survey team.

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Easier To Understand...
 
A few influential dissenters darkened the common think-tank about Amelia's disappearance by suggesting it was obscured by a vast conspiracy, even though it never was. Easier to understand is how the truth was buried and forgotten during the war years by the select few that had been clued in about it.
 
In time it became evident to those who seriously studied the gradations of it all; there was a certain lack of 'truth' exhibited in a worldly way when it came to official descriptions or later recollections of the so-called 'disappearance' of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. This reality was solidified after the 1980 Freedom Of Information Act, when it was verified the United States Executive Branch had all-along withheld revealing information about it.

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President Harry S. Truman
 
"The only thing different is the history you don't know." Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman [shown above] answers a reporter in the fall of 1945. The President had been asked what was different about the world after the war(?) The Earhart debacle marked some of the 'unknown history' left over from President Franklin Roosevelt's administration that Truman inherited. Except, about Amelia Earhart... now we do know
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Henry P. Morgenthau Jr., second from right...
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...shown with his assitant, Stephen Gibbons, far right.
 
 
"This letter that Mrs. Roosevelt wrote me on trying to get the report on Amelia Earhart, ...if we give it to this one man we've got to make it public. We can't let one man see it." The above words came from U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr.'s May 13, 1938 Dictaphone recorded response to First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt's personal secretary, Malvina Scheider. Via the Coast Guard Cutter Itasca and additional relays pertaining to Amelia Earhart's disappearance, Morgenthau was the most closely apprised White House individual beside the President on the circumstances of it all. Morgenthau mentioned how Amelia had, "disregarded all orders" pertaining to her loss, and how her reputation and legacy would be 'ruined' if the public was to ever learn all the White House knew about it. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Stephen Gibbons, (additionally shown in the photograph) was also in the loop of awareness as evidenced by his own additional 1938 recorded comments. To this day the public remains unaware of what Morgenthau's 'disregarded all orders' statement about Amelia referred to. It was clear though, the White House continued to remain uncertain about Amelia Earhart's flight-ending details and outcome, as evidenced by a U.S. O-2 Intelligence file released by the FOIA in 1980, that featured questions still being asked in November of 1938 pertaining to whether Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan had actually been intercepted and brought down by a Japanese fighter pilot. The O-2 reply negated the awareness of something like that happening, that was originally based on second hand information and disturbing radio relays during Amelia's "last few minutes" in the air, as also described by Morgenthau. The information led FDR's inner circle to determine Japan had engaged the duo in the air and had fired on them, causing their deaths in their follow-up plane crash. By the time World War Two arrived, however, it was being understood that the duo had actually survived their emergency ditching in the Marshall Islands, where Japan's Imperial Navy rescued and subsequently detained them without public awareness.
 
Never disclosed in a public way before it was discovered, the November of 1938 O-2 Intelligence query and its reply was revealing of how the U.S. was still trying to determine what exactly happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan at that time. It was also entirely revealing of how FDR's administration remained uncertain about the outcroppings pertaining to the loss of the two fliers, or, 'what others knew or perceived about it' almost a year and a half after the event took place.  
 
 

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Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. & FDR

"I hope I've just got to never make it public." 1938 words of the White House adminstration's, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. as directed to First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, concerning information the U.S. Executive Branch furtively withheld about Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight ending.

The True Story of Amelia Earhart

"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

 

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To the right of Senator Hiram Bingham is Amelia Earhart, age 31...

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...Mrs. Irene Bolam in a 1970s formal photo portrait. ["No ordinary housewife."] Note: The forensic study revealed how true photographed images identifying her as "Irene" prior to the mid-1940s do not exist. Notice her proud posture and wings. She appeared from out of nowhere to exist as 'Irene' in the United States following the World War Two era, as she was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' 
 

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"When it comes to this particular person, 'Mrs. Irene Bolam,' we're talking about a very formidable individual. The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Heller from the 1920s and 1930s, who Amelia had known and went on to assume the identity of, was not that kind of person at all and she certainly did not resemble Amelia Earhart either. If anything, the forensic analysis has revealed that the time has finally arrived to address the full breadth of Amelia's life story, even where historians at the Smithsonian Institution and members of Amelia's family remain reluctant to do so, and have always demonstrated reticence when it came to the suggestion of seriously discussing the matter." Amelia Earhart Historian, Tod Swindell
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"She was intelligent, articulate, and had a commanding presence. She knew a lot of important people including many high-ranking military officers, astronauts and flyers." A 1997 quote from an article written by Mrs. John Bolam, the survived sister-in-law of "Mrs. Irene Bolam" who believed her late sister-in-law had previously been known as, "Amelia Earhart."
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Amelia Earhart in 1937

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...superimposed into...

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...Mrs. Irene Bolam, shown here in 1965
 

Why More People Have Been Re-Thinking This Of Late...
 
For decades it was generally misperceived that the 1970s assertion of Amelia Earhart surviving her disappearance and continuing to live her life privately in the United States beyond the World War Two era--after changing her name in pursuit of future anonymity--was nothing more than contrived hokum.
 
The truth remains, though, the assertion was deeply evaluated for years by its original purveyors before they first surfaced it in 1970, and it was never a laughing matter.
 
Just the same, after introducing the assertion, those who did were strongly negated by the powerful woman, Mrs. Irene Bolam, who they had determined was quite possibly the living, former Amelia Earhart; a negation that in turn left their bold suggestion the brunt of many jokes for decades to come.
 
Until 2006, several years into the new millennium.
 
That is when people first began to realize the assertion had never been forensically disproved by way of the National Geographic Society, that began playing the assertion down again after learning of a long-term forensic analysis that revealed new, controversial information in support of Amelia's post World War Two, name-changed existence. It all pertained to the same enigmatic "Mrs. Bolam" who was implicated to have been the former Amelia Earhart in the 1970s, before she died in 1982.
 
It is also no surprise that the Smithsonian Institution, a 'ward' of the U.S. government, never offered supportive commentary about the never disproved claim either, and refused to even address the forensic analysis after learning of its existence. The analysis has since become the chief bane of Amelia Earhart cottage industries as well, that had been offering a variety of different theories in decades past (including some outlandish ones) within their attempts to explain what really happened to Amelia Earhart on and after July 2, 1937.
 
Here one can learn the real story on how the assertion of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two, 'private life' existence originally surfaced. One can also observe the key, controversial findings of the long-term forensic research and comparison analysis that surfaced revealing, controversial information about the woman in question, Mrs. Irene Bolam, never before realized. 

"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."

George Orwell

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As Amelia

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As Irene

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As Amelia

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As Irene

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The True Story of Amelia Earhart
 
By Tod Swindell
©2018
 
 
Part I
 
Consider how easy it would have been at any time for the U.S. justice department to have proved this story untrue, if in fact, it were untrue. To look into the past of any person's Twentieth Century life history in the United States in order to determine who that person really was in a life-long way, should ordinarily be easy for a designated United States official to do. Oddly enough, when it came to the high-level controversy over Mrs. Irene Bolam's true life-long identity this never happened, and it is clear anymore, so much was by intention.
 
Thus it speaks for itself that the debate over Amelia Earhart resurfacing as 'Irene' in the United States after World War Two existed for nearly fifty years with no official resolve. One might think the Smithsonian Institution would have wanted to put an end to it. Or Amelia's family.
 
The realization was they didn't because they couldn't, for what were deemed to be important reasons. Yet a recent-years adjustment to this long held credo took place after the profound reality of Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence began staring back at people in no uncertain terms.
 
As a result, it is now known what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937, thanks to various applications of forensic science and extensive evaluative forensic research.
 
Amelia Earhart continued to live-on after she went missing in 1937, she ended up changing her name in the interest of future privacy, and she resurfaced as a non-public figure with a different career in the United States after the World War Two years.
 
Here, to answer the question of why the general public was left in the dark about Amelia's post-loss reality, one might consider the following quote from Marylin Bender's and Selig Altschul's 1982 Pan Am Airways anthology, The Chosen Instrument: "Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery."
 
Expounding on this, it is clear the majority of people who deeply studied the subject of the Earhart-Noonan disappearance case commonly recognized how amid reparation agreements struck between the United States and Japan during the post-VJ Day months, the door was slammed tight on what actually happened to the duo on and after the date of July 2, 1937, and it was set to remain that way from that point on.
 
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If you have not reckoned the incredible saga of retired Air Force Major, Joe Gervais and his 1965 encounter with, and subsequent pursuit of Mrs. Irene Bolam before now, it is because it was never conveyed in an easy-to-understand way. Really, I am the first person to do so, and it took me a long time to be able to do it.
 
I met and came to know Joe Gervais and his wife, Thelma in 1996 at their Las Vegas home, courtesy of a long-time collaborator of Joe's; Lost Star author, Randall Brink. Joe and I remained friends and collaborators ourselves from that point on, until his passing in 2005. Rest assured, the important truths about Amelia Earhart presented here have remained unaddressed by the United States Department of Justice ever since the tip of the 'Earhart reality iceberg' Joe Gervais discovered first publicly surfaced in 1970.
 
People have said, people have written, and some people still do say and write that Joe Gervais was crazy to always adhere to his most important determination about Amelia Earhart's fate. In the past twenty years I have also seen myself called 'crazy' in spoken and written ways for endorsing Joe's viewpoint. Trust knowing, I exist today among the more sane Amelia Earhart historians on the planet. This statement does not decry the work of other Amelia Earhart historians. Randall Brink's knowledge of the subject matter is most formidable, to be sure. Most others, however, proved themselves deficient within the Earhart-truth arena by automatically refuting the 'Amelia became Irene' postulation. In my case, after learning one had never been done before, I chose to subject it to a forensic analysis instead, and by doing so gained the self-assurance required to stand-up and say it was 'justifiable' for Joe Gervais to claim he solved the missing person case of Amelia Earhart those years ago, by displaying her physical body evidence in a public way.
 
Looking back at it, history's dismissal of the Gervais' assertion about Amelia's post-loss existence as Irene, caused people to miss how important his declaration was those decades ago, and its trailings left people missing how important it was in the years that followed. Anymore it is certain, though, the bell-of-truth that Joe Gervais rang by way of the clear 35MM color photograph he took of the former Amelia Earhart in 1965--that was widely published in 1970--proved itself impossible to unring. Many individuals tried to un-ring it over the years, but they couldn't do it.
 
In today's world one cannot easily hide or disguise a corpus delicti, nor can one justifiably claim that a person's body, dead or alive, isn't what it naturally evidences itself to be.
 
Still not convinced? Then here's a challenge for you: Take a look at the same photograph Joe Gervais took of Mrs. Irene Bolam in 1965, and then try to locate any clear photos of the same woman from prior to the mid-1940s. You will not be able to do it because photos of her do not exist from prior to the mid-1940s, unless she is identified as 'Amelia Earhart' within them.
 
It is also interesting to note how all the while, on record, not one official United States historian ever expressed a certain opinion toward the belief Joe Gervais maintained the last forty years of his life. Basically, on any official level his 'Amelia became Irene' assertion was perpetually met by deflections, or avoided entirely.
 
And here it is. Brace yourself, because you're about to learn the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937, and the way it happened.
 
No, Amelia did not disappear. People don't do that. She also did not continue to fly around aimlessly in radio-silence after missing Howland Island until her plane ran out of gas, thus causing it to crash and sink into the ocean. She and Fred Noonan were a lot smarter than that. Rest assured as well, Japan's military never put them in front of a firing squad, and their bodies were never eaten by giant crabs on the desert island of Nikumaroro.
 
Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to get real about Amelia Earhart.
 
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The Summer of 65' 
 
In the summer of 1965, at a gathering of mostly retired, all be them highly respected pilots in New York, a former air force captain who had flown planes in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam met and believed he recognized the woman who used to be known as Amelia Earhart. The man was Joseph A. Gervais, and after deeply studying the woman's background for the next five years, he ascertained his belief about her was correct, and surfaced his realization to a national news level in 1970.
 
His deduction was well founded, but Joe Gervais underestimated the power of the long-withheld truth he discovered. Back then, one didn't just call out the still-living, 'identity cloaked' Amelia Earhart.
 
As things went, desiring to continue with the privacy she had sought and coveted for herself after the World War Two years, and for what she considered to be historically prudent reasons as well, the former Amelia Earhart denied the assertion Joe Gervais made about her. Except the controversy over who she really was, or used to be, never went away, even after she died in 1982, and then into the new millennium. Consider this again as well; in 2015, fifty years after Joe Gervais met and photographed Mrs. Bolam, many people were still wondering who she really was, or used to be, because no person or entity had ever 'officially' put an end to the debate over her true identity.
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After commencing with it in 1997, my 'Protecting Earhart' long-term forensic comparison analysis that was designed to determine if the decades-old Gervais' assertion about the woman was or wasn't correct, proved that it was correct. World academia is just now starting to catch up to this newfound historical reality. The stately looking, wings-adorned elder woman featured in the photograph above, shown in her true eightieth year, definitely did used to be known as Amelia Earhart.
 
It is hard to blame doubters for there is so much to know about this story, foremost to include how over the years there have been well meaning people 'in the know about it' who preferred the general public not pay attention to the truth about Amelia Earhart's world-flight outcome, for what they as well believed to be prudent historical reasons.
 
For years these people remained legion and to a certain extent their historical preference about Amelia is still being honored today. It is plain enough a kind of high level, post-World War Two pact involving the United States and Japan steered the veracity of what actually happened to Amelia Earhart in 1937 away from being publicly recognized and accepted. The only hiccups along the way were the 1960s investigation efforts of Joe Gervais and Fred Goerner, followed by Gervais' 1970 assertion about 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' that became a national news item. When the story of his incredible proclamation broke, though, the mere notion of Amelia Earhart's ongoing name-changed existence seemed just too unbelievable on the surface, abetting all naysayers.
 
No matter; the realities the forensic study revealed in the last twenty years left a caveat that exposed the underbelly truth of Amelia's post-loss existence as 'Irene,' and the 'Protecting Earhart' website, Irene-Amelia.com features a good sampling of younger-to-older superimposed photographs displaying Amelia Earhart prior to 1938 as compared to her later-life self.
 
Love her unconditionally, because ready or not, the woman famously known as Amelia Earhart in the United States more than eighty years ago... is finally coming home, as 'Irene.'
 
[End Part I; Part II commences below the following images and statements]
 

Cocoa Beach, Florida in 1965, she transitions....
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...a 1935 photo of...
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...her former Amelia Earhart self

Setting the record straight: It wasn't until the new millennium arrived that the forensic analysis showed the faces, head sizes, necks, shoulders, arm lengths, hands, heights, foot sizes, handwriting, and voices to all be congruent within the Amelia-to-Irene comparisons. Not to omit how friends, relatives, and locations frequented displayed their own before and after alignments. As well, the Irene Bolam who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. Here, Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis displayed the reality of there having been three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity, and how one of them, the Gervais-Irene, was previously known as Amelia Earhart. Traditionally, Amelia's living relatives and the Smithsonian Institution encouraged the public to dismiss the Irene-Amelia reality out of hand. It is still the truth, none-the-less.

The Gervais-Irene Bolam
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Newspaper photo, as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' in Japan, 1963

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Amelia photo added

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Superimposed reveals her earlier and later self-images

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Photo from after the Friendship flight

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Amelia, 1937

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1937 & 1965

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"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of the Gervais-Irene Bolam and Amelia Earhart to show the world they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck, reprinted from the Preface of his 2004 book, Amelia Earhart Survived.
 
Note: My late friend, USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, included the above supportive words in his book after he evaluated my forensic research that unravelled the 'Amelia became Irene' truth, the origin of which stemmed from Joe Gervais and author, Joe Klaas, who originally introduced the postulation of Amelia's continued survival as 'Irene' in their 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. After I commenced with my study in 1997, Colonel Reineck recognized how important the realization was of a serious forensic analysis never having been done before, that compared the highly enigmatic, Irene Bolam to Amelia Earhart. I was inspired to do one after the odd controversy over Mrs. Bolam was somewhat rejuvenated in 1994 by way of Randall Brink's ground-shaking expose', Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart. Today, only Randall and I remain, and both of us are greatly indebted to the magnanimous efforts of the researchers that sided with Joe Gervais, mostly World War Two heroes, whose efforts preceded our own. Thanks to them, it is now easy to identify how three different women were attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity in the Twentieth Century, with one of them having been previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.'  Tod Swindell, 2018

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About The 1970 Book, Amelia Earhart Lives By Joe Klaas
 
Directly below is the book that started it all, Amelia Earhart Lives. Although it was chocked with some far-out suppositions within its attempt to explain what happened to Amelia and Fred Noonan in 1937, it did manage to feature the same 1965 photograph of the former Amelia Earhart identified as "Mrs. Irene Bolam" that was taken by Joseph A. Gervais when the two met each other. Following the book's release it was ceaselessly ridiculed after the former Amelia Earhart negated it for her own good reasons. Fortunately for her, many people who looked at the Gervais' photograph had a hard time seeing through to who she used to be. She did look different, but she was still there, and she still is there. The forensic tale-of-the-tape proved it out. As mentioned, once the bell-ring of the photo's inclusion in the book took place, nothing could un-ring it. World War Two hero, Joseph Gervais always knew this, and he never stopped casually repeating it to others to his dying day in 2005.

Based on the research findings of Joe Gervais...
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'Amelia Earhart Lives' by Joe klaas. Published by McGraw-Hill, November 1970

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

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Amelia Earhart, 1937

The Gervais-Irene Bolam
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August 8, 1965

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...superimposed shows the obvious congruence...

 
Part II
The True Story of Amelia Earhart
 
By Tod Swindell
©2018
 
 
When Joe Gervais met Mrs. Bolam and her English husband, Guy in 1965, he was introduced to them by Viola Gentry, a good pilot-friend of Amelia's in the 1930s. Viola had asked Joe to come to New York and lecture to her club of pilot friends about the previous years of research he had done on Amelia Earhart's disappearance.
 
Viola appeared surprised when Mrs. Bolam showed up at the luncheon where Joe was to lecture. Somewhat flustered himself, Joe noticed an 'air of importance' about Mrs. Bolam, beyond feeling that he recognized her for who she used to be. After asking Viola to introduce him to her, Joe cautiously asked Mrs. Bolam if she ever knew Amelia Earhart? She replied to him that she had 'known Amelia Earhart well' and that she had 'often flown with her.' He asked if she would be willing to meet him again and she said 'yes' and gave him her business card that listed her name as 'Irene Craigmile' on it. That had been her name before she married Guy Bolam in 1958.
 
It turned out, a woman by the name of 'Irene Craigmile' did know Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. Born Irene O'Crowley to Richard Joseph O'Crowley and his wife, Bridget Doyle O'Crowley, she was mostly raised by her maternal and paternal extended families. She became Irene Craigmile in 1927, when she married Charles Craigmile, a civil engineer from Rantoul, Illinois.  

Below: The original Irene Craigmile, 1930

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Shown between her husband, Charles Craigmile, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley
 

Charles Craigmile tragically died in 1931. The following year, just a few months after Amelia became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, the Akron Beacon Journal of Ohio published a photograph displaying both Amelia Earhart and the recently widowed, Irene Craigmile within it. The two were shown among a group of women aviators visiting the hospitalized pilot, Louise Thaden there:

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The Akron Beacon Journal, September 1, 1932

Above: Amelia Earhart outlined in white, Irene Craigmile outlined in black.
 

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Above: 'Irene Craigmile' is listed after Viola Gentry

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Above: After Amelia married George Putnam in 1931, for a short while she took his name, as shown here

More about the Original Irene Craigmile
 
When the above newspaper photograph was taken, the recently widowed, Irene Craigmile was not-yet a licensed pilot. She began taking flying lessons in the fall of 1932, after Amelia and Viola Gentry helped sign her up at Floyd Bennet Field on Long Island. She learned to fly there and at Roosevelt Field until she earned her pilot's license in late May of 1933. Except while she was earning it, she realized she was pregnant with her last flight instructor, Alvin Heller's child. The two eloped to be married that August, and later their son, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller was born in early March of 1934.
 
Before she realized she was pregnant in 1933, the original Irene Craigmile had barely logged any solo-piloting hours, and she never flew a plane again.
 
Following a debilitating illness the original Irene had caused by childbirth complications, acute depression she dealt with abetted her rushed marriage to soon fail. From there the trail of the original Irene grows cold. Clear, legible photographs of her no longer exist, and it is hard to know what ultimately became of her medical state, beyond a later life friend of Mrs. Irene Bolam's, Diana Dawes, in 1992 offering her awareness that the original Irene 'died' at some point and the announcement of it was withheld, thus enabling Amelia to continue on with her still extant identity. Only sketchy records remain of the original Irene, including how her marriage to Alvin Heller, who had relocated alone to Buffalo, New York in the mid-1930s, was legally annulled 'by long distance' at the end of the 1930s, that also featured a child custody battle he did not win.
 
Al and the original Irene's son, Larry Heller, grew up to become a Pan Am pilot and resides in Florida today, but he never knew his biological mother, the original Irene Craigmile. Larry Heller did have a mother figure growing up as a child, but who she actually was remains a subject of debate. She did not look much like Amelia Earhart, to be sure, and she appeared to be about a generation younger than she should have been. Take a look:

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"1940"

Left and right: In 2006, and again in writing in 2014, Clarence Heller, the son of the original Irene Craigmile, positively identified this woman to have been his late mother in both younger and older forms. He provided the esitmated dates applied to each photo as well. She did not look like Amelia Earhart, to be sure, she did not used to be known as Amelia Earhart. 

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"1970s"

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"1946"

This woman shown in younger and older forms, was identified as "Irene Craigmile" in 1946 on the left, of the People's National Bank of Long Island's Mineola Branch. On the right she is seen again in 1965, in the picture Joe Gervais took of her after she became known as, "Mrs. Irene Bolam" by virtue of her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England. She was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid 1940s, even though she was legally attributed to the same identity of Clarence Heller's mother. For the sake of distinguishing the different Irene's from each other, Protecting Earhart's study labeled this one, "the Gervais-Irene." Overcoming decades of ridicule and cynicism, any further the truth stands to exist where there is no doubt this particular Irene Bolam used to be known as Amelia Earhart.

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"1965"

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Neither one of the two different Irene Craigmiles displayed above appeared to resemble the original Irene Craigmile in the grainy photo below. Born in 1904, no clear, distinguishable photo images of the original Irene Craigmile have ever been located. Even her son, Larry Heller attested he didn't have any photos of his mother pre-dating the 1940s. This includes family group photos, wedding pictures, school class pictures, or any other photos.

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The original 'real' Irene, 1930

Once again, add all of the above knowledge to the fact that the 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965, appears nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.
 
Let me repeat that: The 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' who Joe Gervais met and  photographed in 1965, appears nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.
 
This leaves a deduction based on logical reasoning supported by forensic evidence: Where the Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joe Gervais photographed in 1965 appears anywhere prior to the mid-1940s, she does so identified as 'Amelia Earhart.'
 
[Forensic Evidence: "That suitable for argumentation in a court of law."]
 

 About the Original Irene Craigmile's O'Crowley Family
 
As the story goes, the original Irene Craigmile's mother, Bridget nee-Doyle O'Crowley, died in 1917 when her only child, Irene, was twelve. Before Bridget died, census records revealed she had been raising her daughter alone with her parents in New Jersey. After Bridget died, from that point on census records show Irene being further raised by her father's family, most specifically by her father's sister, an attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley who lived with her mother, Sarah, in Newark, New Jersey. [Note: Protecting Earhart's MSS includes a detail of the O'Crowley family lineage and life events. The O'Crowleys had been a prominent New Jersey family.]
 
How Amelia Earhart Was Able To Become Irene Craigmile
 
Amelia Earhart was a good friend of the original Irene Craigmile's aunt, the attorney, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley who practiced law in New Jersey and New York. Amelia's former flying pal, Viola Gentry, who introduced Joe Gervais to the former Amelia Earhart and her husband, Guy Bolam in 1965, later told him this was how Amelia originally came to 'know' Irene Craigmile, through Irene's attorney-aunt who had been Amelia's friend and a fellow ZONTA organization member with her as well.
 
ZONTA
 
The ZONTA organization, founded in Buffalo, New York in 1919, was and still is an international organization of professional women. Amelia joined ZONTA after she became famous in 1928, and was soon befriended by two of its more prominent members, Nina Broderick Price of England, and Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley of Newark, New Jersey, the original Irene Craigmile's aunt.
 
Nina Price and Attorney Irene O'Crowley were very good friends and ZONTA chapter presidents who had helped launch the Amelia Earhart brand products line in the early to mid-1930s. Nina was a flamboyant publicist and dress designer who helped Amelia in those areas, and Attorney Irene worked on the legal contracts side that helped to establish the Amelia Earhart brand luggage-line based in Newark, something she continued to be involved with into the 1960s.
 
Today the ZONTA's still award Amelia Earhart Scholarships to aspiring young women.
 
How And When The Amelia-To-Irene Change Took Place
 
It appears evident enough how at some point during the World War Two years, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley cooperated with the U.S. justice department and one Monsignor James Francis Kelley of Rumson, New Jersey, with an arrangement for Amelia to be able to assume the still-extant identity value of Attorney Irene's niece, Irene Craigmile for Amelia to use after the war years.
 
Monsignor Kelley was the president of Seton Hall College at the time the war ended, and he helped Amelia become the new Irene Craigmile after her return to the United States, and he served, as he later described it, as her "emotional healing therapist" while doing so. [Monsignor Kelley held doctoral degrees in psychology and philosophy.]
 
From the 1970s into the 1990s, Monsignor Kelley explained facets of this incredible truth he knew to a variety of different people, and a few of them later went on record describing what he had told them. In 1991, five years before he died, Monsignor Kelley himself confirmed his past long-time friend, the late Irene Bolam, used to be known as Amelia Earhart in a recorded interview. This did not become public information until the new millennium arrived, and people who had a hard time believing his conveyance claimed later-life 'senility' must have caused him to make up the things he said about his late friend, Irene having been previously known as Amelia Earhart. Those who he spoke to about it, though, insisted he was lucid while doing so, and the forensic analysis itself later revealed he had not made it up at all.
 
Amelia's Life As Irene
 
After she became Irene, Amelia was never known to pilot a plane again. She was given various positions in the banking industry on Long Island after the war until she married Guy Bolam. She became a ZONTA member again as 'Irene Craigmile' and served as president of the Long Island ZONTA chapter in the 1950s. After she married Guy Bolam, the two traveled abroad frequently until Guy died in 1970. Through Guy's enterprise, Radio Luxembourg in Europe, that she became president of herself after Guy died, it can be said the former Amelia Earhart was part of the same radio station that helped introduce the Beatles to Soviet Russia in the 1960s. She also knew a few NASA astronauts and "2001: A Space Odyssey" had been a favorite movie of hers.
 
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When Joe Gervais pegged Mrs. Bolam for who she used to be in 1965, then tried to introduce it by way of the book, Amelia Earhart Lives in 1970, the former Amelia Earhart sued the publisher of the book, McGraw-Hill, the book's author, Joe Klaas, and she sued Joe Gervais as well, whose assertion about Mrs. Bolam inspired Joe Klaas to write the book.
 
It's worth recalling here how in 1965, even though Mrs. Bolam had agreed to meet again with Joe Gervais, she subsequently proved herself evasive and never did.
 
Her lawsuit reached the New York Supreme Court and lasted five years. Mrs. Bolam's Attorney, Benedict Ginsberg, who had once worked for Robert F. Kennedy, sought 1.5 million dollars in damages. Except Mrs. Bolam, who had not been involved in the book's writing process, did not sue the publisher and authors for inferring she was the former Amelia Earhart. She sued them for libel. For instance, the book had referred to her late husband, Guy, (who died the same year the book came out) as her "alleged husband," when in fact they had been legally married.
 
McGraw-Hill ended up remitting a high five-figure settlement to the former Amelia Earhart, and it removed the remaining copies of Amelia Earhart Lives from the stores. [Author, Joe Klaas, estimated about forty-thousand copies of the book made it into circulation before it was withdrawn, and it has since been republished.] In an interesting twist as well, she settled her differences with Joe Gervais and Joe Klaas by way of the opposing parties swapping ten dollars of consideration, after she refused to submit her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity. She wasn't in want of money, after all, and after five years most people had chalked-up the Gervais' assertion about her past as a hoax. It wasn't a hoax, but Mrs. Bolam wasn't about to wreck the remaining years of her life by way of admitting who she used to be. So much explaining would have been demanded if she had admitted it, not only from herself, but from a slew of prominent, high-level individuals.
 
Epilogue
 
The former Amelia Earhart died seven years after her 'summary judgment' lawsuit ended. She had prearranged to donate her body to Rutgers College of Medicine. According to the school when later contacted, she was cremated and interned in a common, unmarked grave.
 
At the time of her death, many people, including some who had been close to her in her later years, continued to suspect Mrs. Bolam used to be the famous pilot, Amelia Earhart. In a New Jersey newspaper article that appeared a few months after her passing, even her son's wife, Joan Heller, was quoted to have said she and her husband were "no longer sure" about the question of her past identity. As well, to myself in 2006, Clarence Heller admitted he held no photos of his mother dated prior to the 1940s. And although Mr. Heller consistently denied over the years that his mother was Amelia Earhart, he was merely telling the truth. Clarence Heller was legitimately born to Al and Irene Heller on March 5, 1934. 
 
The bottom line: Anymore it is absolutely certain that the ongoing suspicion about the late Gervais-Irene Bolam's true past was justifiable, because it was true that she used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
 
There You Have It
 
So this was and is the true story of what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937. Be that as it may, it is still unclear when it comes to what really happened after she and Fred Noonan were declared 'missing.' It is widely assumed that within days after the duo failed to locate Howland Island, Japan rescued them in the lower Marshall Islands where they had endured an emergency ditching.
 
The later added deducement that featured Amelia's continued survival, states that right when Japan was about to declare war on China, she and Noonan strayed too far north during their Plan-B attempt to reach the Gilbert Islands, and they ended up in Japan's off-limits Marshall Islands instead. There they were picked up and detained, and at least Amelia ended up remaining in Japan's custody until the end of World War Two.
 
While various aspects of the above descriptions have been corroborated by different Amelia Earhart historians over the years, to explain why Amelia's Marshall Islands ditching is still an assumption today is academic: The only official record of Amelia's loss shows that she went missing on July 2, 1937, and after not being found she was legally declared 'dead' in early January of 1939.  
 
Therefore, technically, where the July 2, 1937 Marshall Islands ditching assertion still remains an assumption, within the constraints of it, to go along with Amelia's body evidence showing up as Irene Craigmile eight years later in the United States, what really happened to her on that July 2, 1937 day, supplemented by where she ended up later, how she was treated, and how she spent her days while she was gone... anymore exists as the 'real' mystery of Amelia Earhart. Take heart in knowing, it is safe to believe the former Amelia Earhart took much of the answers to those questions to her grave with her.
 
Today, all we really know for certain in a forensic reality way, is that several years after Amelia Earhart went missing she managed to surface in the United States as Irene Craigmile, and she worked in the banking industry known by that name until she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958, and the general public was never supposed to know who she used to be, even after she died in 1982.
 
Believe it or not, it's that simple.
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Amelia

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Amelia & Irene

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...superimposed shows the obvious congruence...

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...to the Gervais-Irene Bolam in 1965

Note: The above human congruence does not exhibit a doppelganger-like coincidence. Head-to-toe and character trait wise, Protecting Earhart's forensic comparison study merely displays the same human being in younger and older forms throughout it, whose birth name was "Amelia Mary Earhart." She was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897, and she died on July 7, 1982 in Edison, New Jersey known as "Irene Bolam." Her father was "Samuel Stanton 'Edwin' Earhart," who was born in Atchison, Kansas, c.1867, and who died in Los Angeles, California in 1930. Her mother was "Amelia Otis Earhart" who was born in Atchison, Kansas in 1869, and who died in Medford, Massachusetts in 1962. Her sister was "Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey" who was born in Kansas City, Kansas on December 29, 1899, and who died on March 2, 1998 in Medford, Massachusetts.
 
Amelia's sister, Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey, was also a ZONTA member who did know her sister, Amelia in her later life years as 'Irene,' although she never let-on who she used to be. She was known to admonish anyone who suggested her ZONTA friend, Irene was really her sister sporting a different name, until she herself died in 1998. 
 
Thank you, Tod Swindell of Protecting Earhart, 2018

Once a world-famous pilot...

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...the former Amelia Earhart in 1965
 

Below: Even though she existed in full view for decades until she died in 1982, the general public was never supposed to identify how this beautiful, important looking woman photographed in 1978 used to be known as "Amelia Earhart." Realizing it may be difficult for some to accept this new millennium proven forensic reality, the following truth none-the-less exists: Prior to the World War Two era, the proud looking person in the photograph below was known as, "Amelia Earhart." This website has existed on-line continuously since 2007 and no one has ever legally or forensically overchallenged this statement about the Mrs. Irene Bolam shown here, because it's true.

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About The Above Photograph
 
The photograph above displays the former Amelia Earhart, AKA "Mrs. Irene Bolam" in 1978. When this particular formal photo-portrait was taken she was living in her true eightieth year and she had been known as "Irene" for over three decades. As it turned out there were three Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity. The general public was never supposed to know this, nor was it supposed to know about the famous past of the Mrs. Bolam shown above. This is why the news media continues to be persuaded by historical dictum influences--that supplementing those already listed includes the modern Amelia Earhart® trademarked brand owners, the Zonta organization, [of which Amelia and her later-life self as 'Irene' had served as distinguished members] and Dr. Thomas Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, who all continue to encourage the curious not to regard or pay serious attention to this profound truth that was forensically realized in the new millennium. No matter, for the following Amelia Earhart reality now openly exists: The "Mrs. Irene Bolam" displayed above appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s because she had been previously known as, "Amelia Earhart." The original 'Irene,' who Amelia had known in the 1930s before she assumed her left-over identity after World War Two, looked entirely different and was historically a far less ambitious individual. For more about the original 'Irene' whose identity Amelia assumed in her later life years, click on "The True Story of Amelia Earhart" page link located in the upper left blue column. 
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What We Do and Do Not Know
 
"In a public sense, the true circumstances of Amelia's 1937 world flight ending--as well as where she was and what she was doing during the World War Two years--remains unknown. Any information that attempted, or still does attempt to explain what actually happened to Amelia Earhart on July 2, 1937 and how she existed the following eight years has only ever been based on educated guesses. What we are certain about anymore is that Amelia Earhart resurfaced in the United States after the war known as 'Irene,' and she publicly went by that name only until she died in 1982, even after she was outed for who she used to be in 1970. It's hard to blame her, for if she had admitted who she used to be back then the last twelve years of her life would have been very strenuous on her. As it was for her after 1970, it was strenuous enough. We're talking about a real person, a real human being, and when she died she knew who she'd become, and who she used to be." Tod Swindell  

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The Misdirected
 
In the 1980s, a variety of new, privately run cottage industries intent on pecuniary interests began exploiting the invented Amelia Earhart Mystery by introducing a variety of new theories within their different attempts to explain what happened to her. This practice led to endless false-hope news briefs that in-turn confused the American public about Amelia's world flight ending and aftermath. Fortunately, these misleading 'Earhart mystery purveyors' began to fade after knowledge of the incontestable, 'new-millennium forensic achievements' displaying Amelia's post-war private existence as "Mrs. Irene Bolam" surfaced.
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On Correct and Incorrect Statements and Truths...

"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement, but the opposite of a profound truth may be another profound truth." Niels Bohr, 1885-1962; Danish quantum theorist & physicist, Nobel Prize winner

Considering this interesting paradoxical sounding quote, it might dawn on one how it could readily be applied to the Earhart conundrum. While it exists as a profound truth that Amelia Earhart survived and lived the latter part of her life in the United States known as someone else until she died in 1982, it also appears to be a profound truth where influential 'connected to the story' individuals remained aware of a potential for precarious historical ramifications to occur should said truth segue into existing as a recognized fact. So much provided the impetus for the controversial reality about Amelia to be covered over--with the intention that it was never to surface or even be promoted to the general public as something worth seriously evaluating.

For many years this approach worked. Inevitably, however, its undoing began when the long-disregarded forensic truth about Amelia Earhart began staring back at people in no uncertain terms. Tod Swindell 

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The Forensic Truth
 
Since the Associated Press reported the emergence of the Irene-Amelia forensic analysis over a dozen years ago, the following 'forensic truth' about Amelia Earhart has been available to anyone who cares to know it:
 
There were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity and one of them was previously known as "Amelia Earhart."
 
As mentioned, where this proven reality about Amelia Earhart now exists, the viewpoint propagandized through the news media continues to influence the public NOT to believe it. Amelia Earhart cottage industries and her 'brand image' enthusiasts still discount it, even though in the new millennium the discovered truth about Amelia Earhart ended up presenting itself as an obvious forensic certainty

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Amelia Earhart, age 30

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On The Evolution of Truth
 
"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
 

On Preventing the Discovery of Truth
 
"The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively by preconcieved opinion and prejudice." Arthur Schopenhauer
 
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Think about it:

Instead of encouraging people to accept what is anymore the obvious reality of Amelia Earhart's post-war continued survival as Irene, the U.S. national press circuit in alignment with ongoing overtures of 'official silence' about her actual fate from the U.S. department of justice, has continued to persuade the public to consider the ideas that Amelia: 1.) Was eaten by giant crabs on the desert island of Nikumaroro, 2.) Was executed by Japan's military on Saipan as a suspected spy, or 3.) With a thousand miles worth of extra fuel reserves, she flew aimlessly over the Pacific Ocean until she simply crashed and sank at unknown coordinates.

Otherwise, it is considered 'taboo' by the U.S. national press circuit to so much as hint at the reality of Amelia's post-loss, name-changed survival as 'Irene.' Even though the data supporting this truth is overwhelming and full-proof anymore, national news reporters are not allowed to touch it.  

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The Goal
 
The goal of this truthful reveal about Amelia Earhart is to culminate with public thought holding a higher regard for Amelia's profound legacy.
 
Amelia Earhart's full life story ended up mired in ambiguity due to the mystery aspect so casually applied to it. This mode of thought has existed, errantly for the most part, dating back to the time her so-called 'disappearance' occurred.
 
Because of this long-term distraction, over the years people less-recalled what a profound thinker, superior multi-linguist, universal philosopher, feeling poet, skilled photographer, engaging writer, and excellent business woman Amelia Earhart was, beyond being a patriotic American with deep U.S. history roots, and oh yes, a remarkable champion of early aviation. Why she chose to live the way she did was nobody's business but her own, and she made sure throughout her entire adult life, especially in her later years, that this truth was clearly understood by those who knew her best.
 

History's 'Earhart Mystery' Challenge

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." A 1982 quote from the Marylin Bender, Selig Altschul Pan Am Airways anthology, The Chosen Instrument.

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On Over-Challenging History
 
After enduring the process of thoroughly examining and comparing the lives of Amelia Earhart and Irene Bolam, the forensic analysis evidenced the same human being in different eras going by different names.
 
Regardless of the new-millennium consternation the analysis caused among U.S. history scholars and myriad theorists suggesting a variety of other ideas, its conclusive results left it undeniably clear:
 
Unknown to the public, Amelia Earhart survived her storied 1937 disappearance and in time changed her name to 'Irene.'
 
In 0pposition to this new paradigm of truth about Amelia Earhart, individuals and organizations legion with maintaining a status quo viewpoint about Amelia Earhart, Richard Gillespie and Dr. Alex Mandel foremost, have campaigned through media outlets in a common effort to prevent the reality of Amelia's post-World War Two life as a name-changed person from being recognized and gaining public acceptance. 
 
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"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." LPGA promoter, Peter Bussatti in 1982, comments about his 1970s good friend, the Gervais-Irene Bolam, who used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' The two are pictured here together, see the comparison below.

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

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

As seen in Protecting Earhart's forensic study...
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...Amelia as Irene, far left, as Amelia, far right, the two superimposed, center

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

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Amelia Earhart, 1937

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The same human being younger and older, superimposed

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The Gervais-Irene Bolam in 1965

Below: The 'former' Amelia Earhart shown in a 1978 formal portrait sitting. As a result of the World War Two years, Amelia ended up being one of three Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity.
 

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This Irene Bolam, who is the same person in the 1965 color photograph below, appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. Note the wings pinned toward her left shoulder. Even though official history has been careful not to introduce her in a public way, she was still stately and beautiful, and proud of who she was historically. Understandably, she coveted her privacy as a non-public person after the war years until her passing in 1982.
 

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Senator Hiram Bingham with Amelia Earhart when she was 31

Below: Past and future superimposed

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The Amelia photo used came from her book, The Fun Of It
 

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

Below: 1928 Amelia photo starts morphing...
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The 'Gervais-Irene'

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

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

As the Gervais-Irene Bolam, Yugoslavia-1976...
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....Amelia
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The same human being went by different names in different eras

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, Viola Gentry

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

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

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

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Amelia's sister, Muriel

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

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

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

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

The Gervais-Irene
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The 1965 Joe Gervais photograph

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

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...to reveal her later-life self in 1965

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The forensic transition continues...

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Amelia Earhart

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

Sample:
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Amelia's Eyes

Sample:
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The Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Sample: Overlay Match
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Amelia & the Gervais-Irene

Sample:
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Younger Non Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Sample:
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Older Non Gervais-Irene's Eyes

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

Sample:
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Gervais-Irene's Eyes

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

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

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

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

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

Irene & Amelia images superimposed...
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...no variance observed

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

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

Amelia,1933
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Head to toe, all aspects of Amelia and the Gervais-Irene aligned.

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

Sen. Hiram Bingham & Amelia Earhart
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1928

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

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

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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:
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Msgr. Kelley privately verified his late friend the Gervais-Irene Bolam used to be, 'Amelia Earhart'

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Monsignor James Francis Kelley & the Gervais-Irene Bolam

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

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

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

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

Rare photo of Amelia Earhart
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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
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Later as 'Irene' she sometimes sported a similar hairstyle.

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Amelia's Eyes

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The Gervais-Irene's Eyes

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

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AE's eyes

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

 

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

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

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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.
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AKA 'Irene Jr.'

Below: 1982

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

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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]
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Reprinted from the 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune series

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

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

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

The Non Gervais-Irene....
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An O'Crowley family secret?
Left and right photos...
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...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,
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Her real estimated age was 'fifity-eight years' in 1982...

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The Gervais-Irene [FKA

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

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

Eyes from 1945 Gervais-Irene...
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...do match Amelia's perfectly.
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Below: 1976, Gervais-Irene in Detroit...
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Their profiles match, yet notice slight nasal alteration on the Gervais-Irene.
     
     
     
     

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

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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: ProtectingEarhart.com 

The two superimposed
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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 this and his two decades long 'Irene-Amelia journey' send an e-mail query to evantod777@yahoo.com or call 323-317-0886. 

Click here to e-mail Protecting Earhart/Irene-Amelia.com E-mail address: EarhartTruth@Irene-Amelia.com

Irene-Amelia.com 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
 
Irene-Amelia.com is dedicated to the past tireless efforts of the late USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais [1924-2005] and the late USAF Col. Rollin C. Reineck [1920-2007], two World War Two heroes who began expounding on the 'Amelia became Irene' truth decades ago. A major thank you goes to Tod Swindell's chief collaborative partner, Lost Star author, Randall Brink, who worked directly with Joseph Gervais for well over a decade before intorducing Tod Swindell to him in 1996. A thanks also goes out to pilot-author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who supplied additional 'Irene' photo data and handwritten letters for the study, 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 Irene-Amelia.com. 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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