The First Comprehensive, 'Amelia Earhart Compared To Irene Craigmile Bolam' Forensic Analysis

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Below: Two of several controversial documents from the FBI's World War Two era "Amelia Earhart" file. Both are relative to each other and prominently feature the inclusion of FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover. The document on the right was actually written by J. Edgar Hoover in response to the one on the left, and was forwarded to Military Intelligence Officer, Brigadier General Carter W. Clarke.



The above two documents, dated "12/27/44" and "1/18/45" pertain to a decorated USAF Major who was then recuperating at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC. An FBI agent (name blacked out in the file) had been sent to interview the soldier (name also blacked out in the file) who had information to share that he had learned about Amelia Earhart while he was stationed in the Pacific Theater overseas. The FBI agent who interviewed him described that as the "interview progressed" the soldier was "coherent in his remarks and impressed [him-the FBI agent] with his reliability." Basically, 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 heard a conversation between Japanese men there, "to the effect that Amelia Earhart was still alive and being held at a hotel in Tokyo." He further stated that while he was later being held as 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?"" He stated that the Japanese intelligence officer was apparently taken aback by his remark but is alleged to have stated that he could not tell anything except "Don't worry about her well being, she is perfectly all right." The document above on the right was J. Edgar Hoover's personal forward to Brigadier General Clarke concerning the information the soldier conveyed to his bureau agent.

Where Amelia Earhart And Fred Noonan Ended Up, And What Ultimately Became Of Them...

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

1987, 50-year commemorative Marshall Islands Stamp
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 who confirmed to the Associated Press and repeatedly to others as well the long recognized 'common awareness' in his country of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan having ended up there. To the right is another 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 Navy in early July of 1937. The Koshu had been consistently described by a variety of Marshall Islands residents from the World War Two era to have been the boat that picked-up Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan, and Amelia's Lockheed Electra after the fliers ditched in the lower Marshalls at Barre Reef, adjacent to Mili Atoll.
Accordingly, Earhart and Noonan were stranded there for a few 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 never reported the results of its own agreed-to search effort of the Marshalls after refusing to allow the U.S. to do so itself.
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, this actually does make sense as 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 went missing, would not have allowed her to be executed or to succumb to a neglected illness--the two main suggestions of how she may have died while in Japan's care. 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, in lieu of the FBI's post-war attempt to diffuse the true meaning of the 'Tokyo Rose' moniker, that served as the locals way to describe Japan's 'detained American lady pilot, Amelia Earhart.' ['Tokyo Rose' before the war meant 'that held by the chrysanthemum' with the chrysanthemum flower symbolizing the Emperor of Japan.] 

A few American accented women...
...broadcast for Japan duing WWII. One indentified herself as, "Tokyo Rose"

During the years leading up to World War Two, "Tokyo Rosa" was a 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 confirmed this. 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. Four years after the war ended, the FBI issued a curious 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 Rose' name invention, was again living in the United States going by her new name of, 'Irene.' 

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
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.

1944 USAAF recon photo
Taroa in the Marshalls; several accounts described Amelia's wing-damaged plane was taken there

1944 USAAF Marshall Islands reconnaissance photo
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.

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 Uncle Sam's 'chosen instrument' when it came to strides made in the rapidly growing field of aviation. 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 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 who was described as 'badly injured' in the war, remains a subject of debate. Gervais believed the real Van Dusen may have died from his war injuries, enabling Noonan to acquiesce his left-over identity.]

April 17, 1935
Above: Fred Noonan shown third from right with Pan Am's original Hawaiian Clipper survey team.

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 long ago by the select few who were 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 crucial information about it.

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"The only thing different is the history you will never 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 'never to be known history' left over from President Franklin Roosevelt's administration that Truman inherited. Except, about Amelia Earhart... now we know

Henry P. Morgenthau Jr., second from right...
...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 was still 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.  

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



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


...superimposed into...


...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.' 

"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

"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."


Amelia Earhart in 1937


...superimposed into...


...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


As Amelia


As Irene


As Amelia


As Irene


The True Story of Amelia Earhart
By Tod Swindell
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.
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.
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.
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, 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....
...a 1935 photo of...
...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
Newspaper photo, as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' in Japan, 1963

Amelia photo added

Superimposed reveals her earlier and later self-images

Photo from after the Friendship flight

Amelia, 1937


1937 & 1965


"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

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...
'Amelia Earhart Lives' by Joe klaas. Published by McGraw-Hill, November 1970

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


Amelia Earhart, 1937

The Gervais-Irene Bolam
August 8, 1965

...superimposed shows the obvious congruence...

Part II
The True Story of Amelia Earhart
By Tod Swindell
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


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:

The Akron Beacon Journal, September 1, 1932

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


Above: 'Irene Craigmile' is listed after Viola Gentry


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:


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. 




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.



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.

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.
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.
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.
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.



Amelia & Irene

...superimposed shows the obvious congruence...

zzzzbolam1A2.jpg 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...


...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.


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. 

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  

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.

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 


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


Amelia Earhart, age 30



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

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.  

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.


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. 

"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.

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

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

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

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

Amelia Earhart, 1937

The same human being younger and older, superimposed

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.


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.

Senator Hiram Bingham with Amelia Earhart when she was 31

Below: Past and future superimposed


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, Viola Gentry

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

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

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



Amelia's sister, Muriel

"Of course I knew Irene. She was a sister Zonta." "There is practically no physical resemblance." 1982 quotes from Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey. Muriel protected the truth of her sister's later-life existence as 'Irene.' 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.
With British husband, Guy Bolam.

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

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

The Gervais-Irene
The 1965 Joe Gervais photograph

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

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

The forensic transition continues...

Amelia Earhart

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

Amelia's Eyes

The Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Sample: Overlay Match
Amelia & the Gervais-Irene

Younger Non Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Older Non Gervais-Irene's Eyes

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

Gervais-Irene's Eyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sen. Hiram Bingham & Amelia Earhart

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

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

Cover of Monsignor James Francis Kelley's autobiograpphy

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

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

Monsignor James Francis Kelley & the Gervais-Irene Bolam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amelia's Eyes

The Gervais-Irene's Eyes

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

AE's eyes

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


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


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

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


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

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

Below: 1982

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Gervais-Irene [FKA

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

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

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

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

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

Alfred Capelle

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

Notwithstanding what one chooses to believe, this information exists.

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

The two superimposed


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