New For 2020
This website previews a recently completed, 'Twenty First Century objective
analysis' of Amelia Earhart's 1937 'disappearance' and subsequent 'missing person' case. A documentary
about it is in the making.
Above: Two comparison samples showing the post-World
War Two only Irene Craigmile's image equally combined with Amelia Earhart's image. Until the comparison portion of
the analysis began in 1997, most people who recalled the 'Amelia became Irene' assertion making national
news in 1970, ended up dismissing it as time passed. This was primarily because the Smithsonian Instituition and the National
Geographic Society refused to endorse it, feeling it was outlandish to even suggest Amelia Earhart secretly survived her 1937 disappearance and assumed a different identity
during the World War Two era.
The pro-argument included Amelia doing such a thing not only for the sake of
her future privacy, but in the interest of post-World War Two era 'political correctness' as well.
analysis thoroughly reviewed the key findings of formidable 'Earhart disappearance investigators' from years gone by, yet
it was also the first analysis to feature a comprehensive, Irene Craigmile versus Amelia
Earhart 'forensic comparison' display.
Before the analysis began, it was known there was a once fledgling pilot by the name of
'Irene Craigmile' who Amelia Earhart was acquainted with in the 1930s. Here she is:
Above: The original Irene Craigmile
between her husband and father in 1930
As mentioned, the assertion that stated the post-war
only Irene Craigmile used to be known as Amelia Earhart was never disproved.
Note: When the Irene-Amelia controversy first surfaced in 1970, it was swiftly shouted-down by the post-World War Two only
Irene Craigmile and the extended families of Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile.
The post-war only Irene also sued the people who called her out against her will. After exhibiting her strong
defiance and handling the press like a pro, even though she never proved she was not the
former Amelia Earhart, the news media left that assertion about her alone.
As it turned out, the original Irene Craigmile, who
looked entirely different than Amelia Earhart, died during the beginning of World War Two. Anyone who takes the time to
seriously research the full life story of the original Irene Craigmile, will realize this on their own.
delivered by the analysis left it crystal clear: There was more than one Twentieth Century person attributed to the same
Irene Craigmile identity and the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile matched Amelia Earhart in every haunting
In other words, the comparison analysis results on their own revealed the truth
about what became of Amelia Earhart after she was declared 'missing' in 1937. Said truth being, the obscured demise of
the original Irene Craigmile left her identity available for Amelia's use.
Beyond that, there is still
much 'filling in the blanks' left to be done, although the analysis did managed to better illuminate some of those voids as
below left photo shows Amelia Earhart the way she looked in 1937. The below right photo shows the post-World
War Two only Irene Craigmile combined with Amelia Earhart. The other 1965 photograph beneath them features the post-World War Two only
Irene Craigmile, who, whether or not people care to accept the reality of it, did used to be known as, "Amelia Earhart."
|AMELIA & THE POST-WAR ONLY IRENE
|THE POST-WAR ONLY, IRENE CRAIGMILE
The post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile was
not the original Irene Craigmile. Since 1970, however, when she was correctly implicated to have been the former Amelia
Earhart, her denials left people believing her enough to where further suspicion toward who she really was, or used to be, was
deemed unnecessary. This is why no one felt conducting a human comparison study was necessary then.
Except the controversy over who she really was never went away, and in the meantime,
the U.S. federal government offered no opinion about it.
Now, within the comparison portion of the study, a Digital Face Recognition
analysis affirmed the compared facial templates of Amelia Earhart and the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile were attributable
to the same human being.
A Digital Face Recognition grid:
© 2019 By Tod Swindell
The unprecedented, 'Amelia Earhart as compared to Irene Craigmile' analysis was conceived and orchestrated
by independent researcher, Tod Swindell. Not only was his the first comprehensive, Amelia versus Irene analysis on
record, it was the first to use Digital Face Recognition technology combined with physical and character
Once again, the final results revealed how the post-World War Two only 'Irene
Craigmile' most definitely had been, previously known as, Amelia Earhart.
Below are more photo images
of the original Irene Craigmile, whose demise was obscured in order to give the still-living, Amelia
Earhart, her identity to use after World War Two. The general public was initially persuaded to believe this wasn't true by
the former Amelia Earhart herself after she was outed against her will in 1970, for who she used to
the less, in time Amelia's eventual name-change to 'Irene' evolved to become the plain truth pertaining to
what became of her after she went missing in 1937.
"The four photos above show the original Irene Craigmile
at age twenty-six in 1930, then left to right at age ten, age fourteen, and at age twenty-nine with her 1934 born son, who
she conceived out of wedlock. [Her son went on to be raised by a surrogate mother.]
It is true how in the mid-1930s, for a brief period of time the original
Irene Craigmile was a fledgling pilot who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart. What remained unrealized was the way her personal
struggles, followed by her life being cut-short, later became intertwined with Amelia Earhart's life after World War Two.
This observable reality that finally managed to surface in recent years, is the most important historical discovery
about Amelia Earhart's disappearance and missing person case ever made." Tod Swindell
Below is a 1932 Akron, Ohio newspaper photo showing Amelia Earhart outlined
in white and the original Irene Craigmile outlined in black. In the enlargement one can see how the original
Irene Craigmile's image is completely unreadable. At the time this photo was taken, the original Irene Craigmile was
not yet a pilot and had yet to begin taking flying lessons. [Learn more about the original Irene Craigmile's
life story further down.]
The 1937 disappearance
of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan was ranked by the Associated Press as one of the top ten news stories of the Twentieth Century.
In the United States, no definitive answer to what became of the two was ever given. Overseas, however, in the region they
went missing, a consistent account has always existed pertaining to what actually happened to them, one perpetually
avoided by official United States historians.
Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002.
In 1965, Gervais discovered the truth about
Amelia becoming Irene, yet after he tried to go
public with it in 1970, he was reviled for doing
1965 Joe Gervais photo of Englishman,
and his American wife by their 1958
marriage, the post-war only, Irene Craigmile,
AKA the 'former' Amelia Earhart.
The complete analysis supplemented its human comparison findings with new
avenues of investigative research, all of which had a game changing effect on the decades old, never resolved,
'Amelia Earhart compared to Irene Craigmile' debate. It expanded on many testimonials gathered from overseas and from
U.S. soldiers who
served in the Pacific theater during World War Two, to include the words of U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz,
all of whom relayed their common assessment (in Nimitz' case, 'awareness') of Amelia's ongoing survival in Japan's care after
Directly below, note
the 1987 postal stamp image commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earhart and Noonan's rescue in the lower Marshall Islands
accompanied by a 2002 news article clipping:
Here, let's take a look at more of the Amelia Earhart disappearance and missing person case information the Study either
uncovered or shed a better light on:
Above: Former long-time FBI Director, the
indomitable, J. Edgar Hoover, (1895-1972). See
samples from his WWII Earhart file further down.
below, from 1970 to 2016, four nationally published books expounded on the reality of Amelia Earhart continuing to live-on
and changing her name to 'Irene Craigmile' after she was reported 'missing' in 1937. However, after the controversy over what really became of Amelia began to surface in the 1960s, the
United States 'free press' was
persuaded by a politburo-like
influence traceable to then FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover,
not to deeply investigate her world flight outcome, or to at all express a certain opinion about it.
Hard to believe but true,
this is how the 'mystery of Amelia Earhart' was reborn in a modern sense, and why the American public has
never seen its own national news media seriously investigate the 1960s discovery of Amelia's ongoing existence as a renamed
person. At the same time, none of the following books were ever legally over-challenged where they concluded Amelia lived-on
to become known as Irene Craigmile. [Notice they didn't get supportive press coverage either.] Here they are:
The 1970 Joe Klaas book inspired by the investigative research of
Joseph A. Gervais, cited Amelia Earhart survived and became known as "Irene Craigmile." Joseph A. Gervais,
who always stood by his discovery of Amelia living as Irene after the war, collaborated with The Swindell Study during last ten years of his life. (1996 to 2005)
This 1985 book by Robert Myers and Barbara Wiley, also cited that
Amelia Earhart survived and became known as "Irene Craigmile."
This 2004 book by USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), was first
to credit The Swindell Study's discovery of plural Irene Craigmile's, while also agreeing that one of them was the
'former' Amelia Earhart after World War Two.
W.C. Jameson's 2016 book cited Amelia Earhart lived to become known
as 'Irene Craigmile' and acknowledged the pending completion of Tod Swindell's Study.
Samples from the World War Two FBI file on Amelia Earhart:
As noted, the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives was primarily
focused on the decade-long investigative research of Joseph A. Gervais. Above is a personal response to Gervais from an inquiry
he sent to J. Edgar Hoover in early 1969 asking for any information the FBI might have on Amelia Earhart. Hoover's response
was typical, although after he died in 1972, the World War Two FBI file on Amelia Earhart, that he had personally controlled,
was at least partially released after the FOIA of 1980. Several documents stressing Amelia's ongoing existence during the
war under Japan's stewardship were contained in the file, as were responses and inquiries from Hoover about them. Names and
specifics were carefully blacked out on each one. One December of 1944 document (displayed on the right) pulled from the file
told of of recovering soldier's conveyance of an awareness he had gained of Amelia Earhart still being stewarded by Japan
at that time.
The soldier referenced above, (his name blacked out) who was recovering
at Walter Reed Hosptal in Washington DC in late 1944, was interviewed by an FBI agent at the bequest of J. Edgar Hoover. To
the FBI agent, he described his awareness of Amelia Earhart's war time existence in Japan's charge based on information he
learned during a pre-war time experience he had while stationed in the Phillipines and his later internments in Japan POW
camps. This is just one of several documents from the WWII FBI Earhart file that featured different U.S. soldier accounts
describing Amelia's ongoing survival. J. Edgar Hoover personally followed up on each one, but was careful to not make any
of them public.
Above is an excerpt from the top-right document.
Below is J. Edgar Hoover's personal response to the document; one he forwarded to the War Department's Assistant Chief of
Staff on January 19, 1945, courtesy of Brigadier General, Carter C. Clarke. He was careful not to openly project an inordinate
level of confidence in the soldier's testimony, as was his m.o. for all war-time conveyances of Amelia's ongoing existence
in Japan's care.
Again, the documents above mark just a sampling from among several
located in the FBI's World War Two file on Amelia Earhart, that conveyed Amelia's continued existence during the war years.
"She was not an ordinary housewife." John
Fear of truth; fear of discovery; fear of possible bad news.
In devaluing the truth
about what became of Amelia Earhart after 1937, jesting that she became "a New Jersey housewife" hampered people's
ability to take it seriously. Even though her post-World War Two existence was far from that of a common housewife, in 1970,
this distraction was originally instilled by the former Amelia Earhart herself--leaving the national press circuit
to repeat it ever since. Take a look:
"Five years into my Study, regarding the above Associated Press
article lead-in, it's ridiculous how printed news sometimes works. The point being, I
never told Ron Staton that I believed Amelia Earhart, ""survived a crash landing in the Marshall Islands, was
captured by the Japanese and secretly repatriated, living as a New Jersey housewife."" Those were his words,
not mine. While I've always respected the plausibility of Japan's quiet, temporary stewardship of Amelia Earhart after she
went missing, when Ron Staton asked me what I thought happened to Amelia, all I told him was I believed she survived and
in due time changed her name to 'Irene Craigmile.' I never called her 'a New Jersey housewife,' nor did we discuss how Amelia
might have ended up in Japan's care or how she made it back to the United States. In fact, I barely spoke to him. Not to
leave out, the person Amelia became in her later-life years was no ordinary housewife. For instance, in the 1970s she was
President of the Advertising Division for Radio Luxembourg--that sported the most powerful broadcasting
tower in Europe. Yet, one has to give her credit there. She was always very smart and wasn't about to relinquish the private
life existence she had fought hard to earn for herself after World War Two. People forget that she she never came forward
to volunteer who she used to be. Rather, she was called out in 1970, and that really angered her. Who could blame her?"
Above: Amelia Earhart
Above: The original Irene Craigmile
between her husband and father in 1930
The Swindell Study results allowed important, non-recognized
truths about Amelia Earhart's eighty-year old missing person case to finally surface with clarity.
One of them concerned a past acquaintance of Amelia Earhart's by the name of
Irene Craigmile, whose pre-war demise ended up playing a crucial part in Amelia's life story.
Essentially, this website profiles a long-term
investigative journalism effort. It features the key results of a twenty-year
concerted analysis embarked on in 1997, that was aimed at objectively looking into the odd 1937 disappearance and subsequent
'missing person case' of Amelia Earhart more thoroughly than anything prior to it.
The study was also the first to deeply examine the life-story of the
original Irene Craigmile, a person Amelia Earhart was acquainted with in the 1930s.
It revealed that the original Irene Craigmile died before World War Two
began, in tandem with the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile having been a different human being who matched Amelia Earhart
to a "T".
it forensically proved that Amelia Earhart survived her disappearance and became the 'new' Irene Craigmile after World War
The post-war only Irene Craigmile
was not forensically compared to Amelia Earhart until Tod Swindell embarked on his study of Irene Craigmile's life and her
past friendship with Amelia Earhart in 1997. Above, superimposed photos display an inarguable facial congruence.
Above left, Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart.
Above right, the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile and Amelia Earhart superimposed.
Senator Hiram Bingham
& Amelia Earhart
Amelia & the post-war only Irene
The post-World War Two only
Irene Craigmile in 1977. Notice her
proud stature, air of self importance,
and prominently displayed pilot wings.
She was identified nowhere as Irene
Craigmile prior to the end of the war,
because she had previously been
known as, Amelia Earhart.
In 1965, Joseph A. Gervais, a retired air force major, had
been deeply examining the facts of Amelia Earhart's disappearance for some time when he met the post-war
only, Irene Craigmile. He photographed her because he was startled by her look, sensing that he recognized her as the survived
Amelia Earhart going by a different name.
Their meeting took place at a New York gathering of pilots from the golden age of aviation,
some of whom were friends of Amelia's before she went missing. Beyond her strong resemblance to Amelia, Joe Gervais also noticed the respect
she commanded among her peers and the "natural air of self-importance" she carried
a bit curious.
After conversing with she and her British husband, Guy Bolam, he couldn't help asking if she
used to know Amelia Earhart? She replied "yes," that she used to be a pilot who "knew" Amelia Earhart
and she had "often flown with her." He found her reply odd because he knew a lot about Amelia Earhart and other
pilots from Amelia's era, but he had never heard of an 'Irene Craigmile' before.
Still wondering about her afterward, Joseph A. Gervais did
a thorough background check on Irene Craigmile. In doing so he discovered there was an Irene Craigmile who briefly held a
pilot's license in the 1930s. As well, though, he discovered that the one he met in 1965, most definitely was not the original
|AMELIA & THE POST-WAR ONLY IRENE CRAIGMILE IN 1965
"It is normal for people
to believe that Amelia Earhart likely died in July of 1937. After all, since the early World War Two era the general public
was conditioned by history itself to accept that Amelia 'disappeared without a trace' then, and she was never seen again.
Except, that never actually happened.
Even though history says Amelia Earhart was 'never seen again'
after she took off from Lae, New Guinea on July 1, 1937, and she was declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, through
a reveal that has been gestating for some time we now know that Amelia Earhart did not die back then. Instead, reality
states she quietly lived-on after she was declared 'missing' in 1937, and in time she
assumed the left over identity of Irene Craigmile, a past acquaintance of hers. This is the truth about what became of Amelia
Earhart after she was reported 'missing' on July 2, 1937." Tod Swindell
Investigative Journalism is a chronicled investigation of a high-profile,
unsettled topic of interest.
subject might concern a major unsolved crime, political corruption, corporate wrongdoing, or an unresolved issue of historical
may spend months or years researching and preparing a report. In their pursuits they use original, systematic research
angles dedicated to unearthing withheld or secretly stowed information in order to tip the scale of justice in the
journalism most often relies on the heavy use of public record searches and sleuthing.
The objective of investigative journalism is to deliver
correct accountability by overchallenging an incorrect, 'a priori' formed opinion.
/a priori/ adjective 1. relating to or denoting
reasoning or knowledge which proceeds from theoretical deduction rather than from observation and experience.
basis for the 'a priori' established opinion of what happened to Amelia Earhart:
On the morning
of July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart, while airborne in her plane, sent a clear radio message stating her line of position, '157-337,'
adding she was "running north and south" ostensibly along that line. At the time she was looking for Howland Island,
that she never did find. According to the official record of her missing person case, these were the final known words that
Amelia Earhart spoke, and she was neither seen nor heard from again.
Even though this version of what happened to Amelia and her navigator, Fred
Noonan, has been disputed ever since the event of their loss occurred; and even though it was later verified that President
Franklin Roosevelt's administration withheld certain details it knew about Amelia's final flight ending, including how Amelia
ultimately decided to "head north" after not finding Howland, so much made it clear the White House was
aware of a different outcome for the duo other than its, "they disappeared without a trace" influence,
the official record of Amelia Earhart's and Fred Noonan's loss never changed.
Amelia's last officially recorded radio message of 'we're on a line
of 157-337, we're running north and south' sent on the morning of July 2, 1937 as she tried to locate Howland, was the
only final detail of her last flight the American public was given, and it came directly from FDR's White House a
full year after the event of Amelia's loss occurred, and only after it was requested by Eleanor Roosevelt. [True
With such limited information
to go on, by the time World War Two began public opinion could only assume that at some point after she stated her 157-337 line of position,
Amelia crashed into the Pacific Ocean at unknown coordinates--and she and Noonan died that way.
In the 1960s, though, people started to figure out that
such a thing didn't really happen to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. By then many post-war testimonials had
surfaced from the region the duo went missing in, corroborating how they were quietly rescued by Japan in the lower Marshall
Islands and remained sequestered there, at least for awhile.
After Japan rescued Earhart and Noonan, 'official silence' about
it left the unknown details of their ongoing survival to become lined with a variety of unsubstantiated postulations.
That is until 1965, when Joseph A. Gervais met the former Amelia Earhart
face to face.
Amelia and Amelia as 'Irene' in 1970
The 1997-2017 Swindell Study examined
Amelia Earhart's disappearance in a different way than previous efforts and upset the 'Earhart mystery' applecart in the process. This website previews
an upcoming documentary about it.
'Official silence' always greeted the debate over whether or not Amelia Earhart
continued to live-on after she was reported 'missing' in 1937. The Swindell Study addressed it head-on from an updated
Pertaining to The Swindell Study of the disappearance and missing person case of Amelia
1.) It marked itself as the first Earhart
study to utilize 'Digital Face Recognition' technology.
Above: Amelia Earhart in her thirties combined
with a post-WWII Irene photograph from the 1970s.
I2.) The Study
over-challenged the 'Earhart World Flight Ending' Null Hypothesis by being the first investigative research effort
to produce indisputable evidence to the contrary.
"I hope I've just got to never
make it public."
Above: A 1938 'official White House transcript' quote from Henry P. Morgenthau Jr., one
of President Franklin Roosevelt's right-hand men. Nine months after she went missing, during a recorded meeting Morgenthau
was holding, he refers to withheld information at the White House he did not want to make public concerning something "awful"
that happened to Amelia Earhart during "the last few minutes" of her failed world-flight attempt.
The White House never did release the information Morgenthau spoke of--although this truth and other telling discoveries enabled
The Swindell Study to overchallenge the default Null Hypothesis (or false conveyance, really)
that began with a premise stating, 'no one knew what happened to Amelia Earhart after she missed spotting
"After watching some video and reviewing the manuscript of another
researcher, Tod Swindell, I think Joe Gervais was right." Stateside New Zealand Journalist, Rosalea
Barker, agreeing with the findings of the new-millennium Gervais-Swindell collaboration that concluded:
1.) There was more than one person attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)'
2.) According to
Digital Face Recognition and other full-body and character trait comparisons, one of the Irene's, who was identified nowhere
as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two, displayed a haunting congruence to Amelia Earhart.
3.) Amelia Earhart was acquainted with the original Irene Craigmile
in the 1930s, and looked nothing like her.
Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002
Digital Face Recognition technology: Amelia & 'Irene
Craigmile Bolam' shown above in perfect alignment. Note: The Irene displayed in this comparsion was identified nowhere
as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two.
2004, Bill Prymak, the 1989 founding president of the Amelia Earhart Society,
referred to Joseph A. Gervais as, "A World War Two flying hero widely recognized as the world's leading authority regarding
the subject of Amelia Earhart's disappearance."
Learn more about
the investigative research findings of Joseph A. Gervais further down.
Above once again, as verified with Digital Face Recognition technology is Amelia
Earhart & the post-World War Two only, 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' shown in
perfect alignment. According to record, the woman known as 'Irene Craigmile' displayed in the above comparison with Amelia
Earhart, married Guy Bolam of England in 1958 to further become known as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam.' However, she was not the
original Irene Craigmile.
To Amy Kleppner, Grace McGuire, Larry Heller, Dr. Tom Crouch, Dorothy Cochrane, Dr. David J. Skorton, and
Beauty is truth, truth beauty,
that is all ye know on earth,
and all ye need to
"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
"The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively
by preconcieved opinion and prejudice." Arthur
The post-World War Two only, 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)'
For those unfamiliar with the depth of controversy that surrounded Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance:
"If anyone ever
finds Amelia Earhart's plane underwater anywhere, or at ANY OTHER location--rest assured it was not Amelia
Earhart who put it there." USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), 2006.
are Benjamin Franklin historians, there are Eleanor Roosevelt historians, there are Charles Lindbergh historians. I have
been a dedicated Amelia Earhart historian for many years." Tod Swindell,
Note From Tod Swindell
of 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study' of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance
Those who maintain that Amelia Earhart died, "on
or around July 2, 1937," the date she was reported 'missing' amid odd circumstances--are not familiar with the
two-plus decades of investigative research and forensic studies I orchestrated--within my dogged effort to answer the question
of what actually happened to Amelia.
Many of you have heard--and still might hear (or read) inverse statements about the nature
of my study from opposing theorists, from some of Amelia's family members, or from your everyday pseudo historians.
Just know they are less-informed than myself when it comes to the unique way my study approached Amelia Earhart's disappearance,
the passion I demonstrated for it, and the undeniable results it produced.
Or put it this way: While some individuals choose to speak out
against the truthful nature of my Study's accomplishments, with a few all-but describing it as 'the work of an idiot,' I'll
counter by offering this: Either I am a complete idiot--or my Study achieved something meritable within the broad
realm of Amelia Earhart historical research, enough to where academia should feel compelled to assess its accountability.
this because I did not 'make up' anything one sees or reads in my Study results. So it is not 'hokum,' a word someone once
used to describe it with.
Of course, where Amelia Earhart's storied disappearance was ever concerned, when one person's educated opinion looks
to over-challenge the stodgy reflection of myriad historians--not to leave out the elevated blood pressures of opposing theorists,
sparking academia's interest in what really happened to Amelia Earhart is an automatic tough-fetch. This is due to the fact
that by the end of the Twentieth Century people in general were viewing the 'Earhart mystery' as a played-out topic that appeared
to be unsolvable--and thus had moved on from it.
I'll counter here, however, knowing myself as I do, (and no,
I'm not an idiot) that I fully stand by the Earhart truths my Study learned and/or discovered over the years in a 100% way.
As well, no matter how some individuals might kick, scream, and holler in opposition to the real truths it delivered, they
cannot turn real truths into false ones.
It can also be said, where Amelia Earhart's so-called 'disappearance'
and subsequent 'missing person case' were the subjects of my concern, my Study resurfaced, better solidified, and
again exploited some previously discovered 'important truths' about Earhart's last flight outcome--that deliberate
obfuscation and decades of time-passage had managed to wash away.
So for now I'll end with this: Should a person objectively examine
and digest just a portion of the thousands of written pages and images my Study of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and missing
person case generated, he or she will realize the accomplishment by-far marks the most truthful research investigation
ever to examine both topics--and therefore--the most important one as well.
That's not an idle boast. It's the truth.
On with my Study results...
USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck in 1944
"Your work relating to Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile is absolutely outstanding. There
is no other way to describe it." Amelia Earhart
author-historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck,
USAF (Ret.) in response to Tod Swindell's Amelia Earhart
investigative forensic research and comparison analysis.
Digital Face Recognition
Note: Digital Face Recognition
has been available for some time now. Before The Swindell Study it had never been applied to the decades-old, never
resolved, Irene Craigmile (Bolam) as compared to Amelia Earhart controversy.
a 1977 photo portrait of Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam), who surfaced in the United States from out of nowhere after the end
of World War Two. Constituents from the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum along with Amelia's survived family
have long persuaded the public not to accept her as the former Amelia Earhart--even though that actually was who
she used to be. Today, anyone who cares to study the life history of the original Irene Craigmile, a once fledgling
pilot Amelia knew in the 1930s--and later assumed the identity of--will solidly conclude this on his or her own.
Here, the following is a true statement: The 1997-2017 Swindell Study delivered the long repressed,
Amelia became known as 'Irene' truth initially asserted by Joseph A. Gervais in the 1970s, to any further
exist as an obvious reality.
[Below is a 1932 newspaper photo featuring Amelia and the original Irene Craigmile
in a group photo.]
Above, just a few months after her famous solo-Atlantic flight, Amelia
Earhart, (outlined in white) appeared in a group photo with the original Irene Craigmile, (outlined in black) who
had recently lost her husband and was not yet a licensed pilot at the time. Digital Face Recognition combined with other key
elements from The Swindell Study debunked the suggestion that stated the post-war only Irene Craigmile (Bolam)
was the original Irene Craigmile. She certainly was not the original Irene Craigmile. [Read more
about the original Irene Craigmile's trying 1930s years and Amelia's tie-in to her family further down.]
Note the below comparison:
From The Swindell Study:
The post-war only 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)'
[She was not the original Irene Craigmile]
The post-war only 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)'
[See comparisons below.]
Below, as Digital Face Recognition confirms, once again
the proudly-posed, wings-adorned, post-war only 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' is shown in perfect alignment with Amelia
Earhart. Although the post-war only Irene had previously been known as, 'Amelia Earhart,' the general public continues to
have a hard time accepting it. By now though, The Swindell Study has segued it to any further exist as a forensic reality.
Amelia and her later-life self superimposed
From The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, repeated from above, this
stark comparison example combines Amelia Earhart and her later-life self as the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam).
It displays what can only be described as 'an inarguable congruence.' Dating back to 1970, the first time the news
media publicly questioned if the Irene Craigmile (Bolam) was the former Amelia Earhart, oddly enough a comprehensive
forensic analysis that compared her being to Amelia Earhart's never took place--until The Swindell Study commenced
in 1997. After the Study was completed in 2017, a full head-to-toe physical match had been achieved between the post-World
War Two only Irene Craigmile and Amelia Earhart, and their character traits aligned as well.
Senator Hiram Bingham and Amelia Earhart
Amelia and the post-WWII Irene Craigmile (Bolam) combined.
Wings, pearls, so proudly
posed... again above is the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in 1977. The original Irene Craigmile
(see below) who Amelia had known, would never have come close to assuming such a formal portrait stature.
It can be said that a person's eyes
have been 'vision-washed' by misleading pages of history and other reality-dodging influences, if they look at the
above photograph and do not reckon the former Amelia Earhart.
Below is Amelia's long-ago
acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile, shown in 1930 between her husband, Charles James Craigmile (who died
the following year) and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. Her image is contrast enhanced underneath it.
©2017 The 1997-2017 Swindell Study
Does Digital Face Recognition Work?
A Digital Face Recognition
program grids-out specific details from a person's face template--such as distance between the eyes, shape of the chin, mouth
placement and shape, nasal shape, etc. A face template in question is the 'origin face template' that is set to be compared
to another face template. Basically, a Digital Face Recognition program is used to calculate the probability of a match between
two separately provided face templates. It's akin to matching fingerprints--using faces instead.
Included in its long-term effort,
The Swindell Study compared the face template grid of the post World War Two 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' to the face template
grid of Amelia Earhart--and realized a match.
different," indeed. The above right photo displays the post-war only Irene Craigmile Bolam combined with Amelia Earhart.
The 'Irene' photo was taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976. Partially in view seated to Irene's right is Gertrude Kelley
Hession, the sister of Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996), a later life good friend of the post-war only Irene's,
AKA the former Amelia Earhart.
During the last decade of his life, Monsignor Kelley, shown in
the below-right photo dining with the post-war only Irene, admitted to a few close friends of his--as well as to news reporter,
Merrill Dean Magley, and to Amelia Earhart historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, that his later life friend, Irene, actually
did used to be known as Amelia Earhart. He was scoffed at by those who felt it was impossible for Amelia Earhart to
have survived after she went missing in 1937. A few individuals, including his own nephew, suggested 'old age senility' and
a 'need for attention' caused him to outright fabricate what he claimed to know about Amelia's post-loss survival. Contrary
to their rebuttals, Monsignor Kelley was well known among catholic-faith celebrities for his impeccable reputation. He had
served as a president of Seton Hall College for many years before it became a University in the 1950s, and the close friends
he confided in about his later life friend, 'Amelia' (that's how Kelley referred to her among them) stood by his virtuous
nature. They all described him as, "quite lucid" when he told them about his "assignment to receive Amelia
back in the United States," and his further mention of his having been, "instrumental in the process of Amelia's
name change to Irene."
Recall how The Swindell Study, the first to deeply evaluate
and compare Amelia to Irene, did not commence until 1997, a year after Monisgnor Kelley died. Its results left it plain to
see the late Monsignor did not fabricate what he professed to know about Amelia Earhart's later life existence as, 'Irene.'
Below left, from a 1982 newspaper article that featured a reporter's question about
his friend, Irene's long-rumored 'dual identity,' knowing the truth was not to be publicized in a broad way, Monsignor Kelley
the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile Bolam
and Monsignor James Francis Kelley having dinner in 1978.
Above: The full-photo version of Monsignor Kelley's sister,
Gertrude (left) and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam (right) in 1976. Notice the same pendant Irene wears here
and in the black and white formal portrait sitting. Of course it's hard to recognize Irene's former-Amelia self without the
composite photo, as her true age was 79 in 1976. Just the same, as shown below while acknowledging the age difference, the
Digital Face Recognition elements aligned perfectly.
It's haunting, disturbing, and even sad in a way--to know Amelia's
own sister, Muriel, knew Amelia as 'Irene' in her later life years, the very same Irene featured in all of the above
comparisons. In line with her sister's wishes, Muriel agreed to never disclose such a thing even if she was directly confronted
about it. Just the same it is the truth--and far be it from anyone not connected to how and why this reality
came to be, to easily explain it to others.
The Combined Study Results
The resulting data from
the Digital Face Recognition grid comparisons and other physical and character trait comparisons--when combined with additional
discovered, recognized, and processed evidence during the course of The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, delivered a plain
to observe, truthful reality stating Amelia Earhart:
1.) Did not crash and sink into the ocean.
2.) Did not die approximate to the day she went missing.
3.) Was not executed as a spy or spy suspect.
4.) Did not die as a castaway on a desert island.
"Truth is not a mystery -- its
greatest secrets are yours to know through simple honesty and surrender to what that honesty reveals." John de
How the Digital Face Recognition 'Earhart
reveal' initially began in 1970:
after it was published in 1970, the best-selling controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas--that was based
on the decade-long investigative effort of Joseph A. Gervais--who asserted that Amelia Earhart continued to live well beyond
the date of her disappearance after changing her name--ended up being derided by historians and critics alike.
The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, however, focused on a key exhibit the Klaas' book featured and analyzed it in a forensic
way that had never been done before. The 'key exhibit' was a clear 35MM photograph of the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile
Considering the 'Key Exhibit' The Swindell Study
identified in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives:
First, some background info...
Above left photo: Irene and Guy in 1963
Above right photo: Guy and Irene in 1965
newspaper photo featured Englishman, Guy Bolam, and his American wife, Irene. The photo was taken in 1963 while they were traveling abroad, something the two often
did together. After they were married in 1958, Guy's executive position with Radio Luxembourg--that
sported one of the most powerful broadcast towers in Europe and helped introduce the Beatles to listeners beyond the Iron
Curtain--kept them on the go. When Guy died in 1970, Irene took over as president of the Radio Luxembourg division he had
been in charge of.
Above-right is another photo of Guy and Irene taken in 1965 by retired USAF Major
Joseph A. Gervais. This photo was featured in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. [Note: Prior to her 1958 marriage
to Guy Bolam, Irene's surname had been, 'Craigmile.']
The Swindell Study identified the 1965 photo to be the key exhibit
featured in the book Amelia Earhart Lives--and it extensively analyzed the images and life histories
of the individuals it featured. This had never been done in a sufficient way before, especially where the person of 'Irene'
As it turned
out--Digital Face Recognition determined there had been more than one person attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile
(Bolam)' identity. This truth was backed by additional 'physical evidence' The Swindell Study uncovered, to include
its realization that the Irene shown above next to her English husband, Guy Bolam, appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene'
prior to the end of World War Two. As well, the Study revealed how she not only demonstrated an exact facial congruence when
compared to Amelia Earhart--but full head-to-toe physical and character traits were in alignment as well. The
comparative analysis section of The
Swindell Study displays these realities in no uncertain terms.
Amelia Earhart in 1937
Amelia & post-WWII Irene
Post-WWII Irene, 1965
Photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais
Above: Two Swindell Study samples of the
post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) revealing her former self, Amelia Earhart.
"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant
Above: Famous 1930s pilot, Viola Gentry, with
Guy Bolam in 1965.
of this photo becomes self-evident in this section.
A Head-to-Toe Comparison Example
Below, Amelia Earhart is shown with her pilot friends, Elinor Smith (middle)
and Viola Gentry (right) in 1932, just after she returned to the U.S. following her solo Atlantic crossing. Viola knew Amelia
Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile in the 1930s. Viola also knew Amelia during her post-war years after
she became known as 'Irene.' Amelia's only sibling, her sister, Muriel, knew her sister as 'Irene' in in her later life years
Amelia Earhart Elinor Smith Viola Gentry
Thirty-three years after Viola Gentry appeared with Amelia Earhart
and Elinor Smith in the above photo, directly below is an enlarged photo of Viola Gentry seated next to Guy Bolam, the post-war
only Irene Craigmile Bolam's British husband by virtue of their 1958 marriage.
This photo was taken in East Hampton of Long Island, New York, the day after Viola Gentry introduced
Joseph A. Gervais to the post-war only Irene and her husband, Guy, where they were staying at the Sea Spray Inn.
The photo was supplied by the post-war Irene's later-life friend, Diana Dawes, a past radio show host from Princeton, New
Jersey. Before she died in 1998, Diana Dawes was well convinced that her friend, Irene, used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart,'
and that she had replaced the original Irene Craigmile decades earlier.
Above: Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam, August 9, 1965. This
photo was taken the day after Viola Gentry introduced Joseph A. Gervais to her friend, the post-war only Irene Craigmile Bolam,
at the annual luncheon held for The Early Birds of Aviation club. Where the original Irene Craigmile
was shorter than Amelia and looked nothing like her, it would defy all logic to suggest the two suddenly looked identical
to each other after World War Two.
In a head-to-toe comparison, below is a 1965 photo of the post-war
only Irene Craigmile Bolam taken on a bridge in Paris, aligning with her former Amelia self in 1932. A full length
version of the photo featuring Amelia with Elinor Smith and Viola Gentry was used in the comparison. Her slight weight gain
was noticeable both here and in the Joseph A. Gervais taken photo of she and Guy from the same year. While weight gain sometimes
happens during the aging process, by the 1970s she had trimmed back down.
Irene & Amelia, Elinor, and Viola
Above: In 1987, the aforementioned, Diana Dawes,
a former Princeton, New Jersey radio show host and one of the post-war only Irene Craigmile Bolam's later-life friends, recalled
some revealing anecdotes as newspapers around the country marked the 50th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's storied 'disappearance.'
Ms. Dawes mentioned that 'on a high shelf in Irene Bolam's closet' she had noticed a uniform collection of "oversized
leather-bound books with the letters 'AE' embossed on their spines." Notice in the above excerpt about the "christening
dress," the former Amelia Earhart slips by referring to her long gone friend, the original Irene Craigmile,
in a past-tense way.
Another excerpt from a 1987 newspaper article quoting
Diana Dawes. No one seemed to pay much attention to the fact that almost twenty years after Joseph A. Gervais first shared
on a national news level--that stated the Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam who he met and photographed in 1965 was
actually the former Amelia Earhart, the controversy over who she really was still existed then because his assertion
was never disproved. Instead, by then United States 'official historians' had learned to embrace the practice of adroitly
avoiding the controversy over who Irene Craigmile Bolam really was, or used to be.
No longer a decades-old rumor, The 1997-2017 Swindell Study left it undeniable
that there had been more then one Twentieth Century person attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity--and how after
World War Two the former Amelia Earhart became one of them.
Still adhering to the pre-established practice of Amelia's late sister, Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey, (1899-1998) who knew her older sister, Amelia, as 'Irene'
in her later life years, incredulously enough, Amelia's family and the Smithsonian Institution still choose to dogmatically
revoke the truth to news media sources as part of an ongoing combined effort to divert the curious. This currently
remains so, even though The 1997-2017 Swindell Study results proved Amelia Earhart's later life years when she was
known as 'Irene' any further exists as an obvious reality.
Muriel's above quotes appeared in the 1982 New Jersey
News Tribune a few months after Irene Craigmile Bolam's death was reported. No one realized at the time, and very few still
do, that it was not the former Amelia Earhart, 'post-war only Irene Craigmile Bolam' whose death occurred
then. Note the Memorial Dinner Program cover below the following paragraph.
"Of course I knew Irene. She was a sister Zonta."
"There is practically no physical resemblance." Amelia's sister, (above left) Grace Muriel
Earhart Morrissey responds to the suggestion of her later life Zonta International friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam, having actually
been her still-living sister, Amelia, going by a different name.
In response to several 1970s and 1980s inquiries about her Zonta
friend, Irene, when Muriel offered there was "practically no physical resemblance" between the two, Digital Face
Recognition did not yet exist. It wasn't until after Muriel died in 1998 that The Swindell Study began showing how
the faces of Amelia Earhart and the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile Bolam did match, to include by way of Digital
Face Recognition testing--beyond the Study displaying their entire head-to-toe physical body and character traits in alignment
as well. Not to leave out how the Study convincingly displayed there was more than one person attributed to the same 'Irene
Craigmile Bolam' identity, and the former Amelia Earhart undeniably had been one of them.
In a roundabout way as well, it can be said The Swindell Study surfaced how Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey
served a key role in helping to protect her sister's later-life desire to continue leading a non-public figure life, even after Joseph
A. Gervais recognized her for who she used to be.
Above, a "1970s" Irene Craigmile Bolam
Above, Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965.
at the two above photos of Irene Craigmile Bolam, that history proclaimed to be 'one in the same' human being, it's not so
hard to realize they were actually two different human beings attributed to the same 'Irene' identity. After the 'Irene' on
the Memorial Dinner Program cover died in 1982, the above-right Irene (FKA 'Amelia') was no longer publicly identified that
way and was said to have 'died in McClean, Virginia' the following decade. Below, it is also not hard
to see which one of the above two Irenes aligned with Amelia when compared. After The Swindell Study validated the
reality of the 1965 Irene Craigmile Bolam appearing nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two, it forensically
compared her person to Amelia Earhart's person--and delivered a haunting 'head-to-toe' congruence. Below once again are two
key facial comparisons. The photos of Amelia and Irene in the top comparison were evaluated with Digital Face Recognition--and
as mentioned--delivered a positive match. The one under it, while of lesser quality, displayed obvious-match results as well.
Amelia Earhart in 1937
Amelia & post-WWII Irene
Post-WWII Irene, 1965
Photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais
1965 Irene Craigmile Bolam
taken by Joseph A. Gervais
1965 Irene & 1933 Amelia
Some friendly advice to doubters of the comparison results: To recognize
and accept things for what they truly are, sometimes we have to inconveniently roll up our mental sleeves in order to realize
that they are not something else. With Amelia Earhart, reality and truth go hand in hand anymore. Any politician or news-media
mogul with guts can pick up on this now. The problem is, today 'guts' appear to be lacking in politics and
news reporting. No matter; for recognizing, accepting, and embracing what became of Amelia after she went missing in 1937,
is a good way to experience how to overcome obfuscation in favor of acknowledging reality and truth. It's even
enlightening. In an attempt to explain why this has remained undone with Earhart, the suggestion of 'Amelia Earhart disappearing
without a trace and never being seen again' was repeated so often over the years that the public mindset evolved to accept
it--even though it was never true. TS
Excerpt from an Associated Press article by Ron Staton:
"The forensic studies are very convincing.
She was not an ordinary housewife as she claimed. She was
influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled."
John Bolam refers to Tod Swindell's analysis of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and
'missing person' case in an Associated Press article by Ron Staton.
After he came to know her in the 1960s, then following the 1970 release of the book, Amelia
Earhart Lives that featured her photographed image (long before The 1997-2017 Swindell Study commenced)
this same John Bolam, a brother of the post-World War Two Irene's English husband, Guy Bolam, never stopped suspecting that
his sister-in-law actually did used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
A New Jersey housewife?
"Five years into my Study, regarding the above Associated Press
article lead-in, it's funny and telling as well how printed news sometimes works. The point being, I never told Ron Staton that I believed Amelia Earhart, ""survived a crash landing in the Marshall Islands,
was captured by the Japanese and secretly repatriated, living as a New Jersey housewife."" Those were
his words, not mine. While I believed there was something to Japan's temporary stewardship of Amelia Earhart, when Ron Staton
asked me what I thought happened to Amelia, all I told him was I believed she somehow survived after she went missing and
in time changed her name to Irene Craigmile. I never called her 'a New Jersey housewife,' nor did we discuss how Amelia might
have ended up in Japan's care--or how she made it back to the United States." Tod Swindell
Note: By referring to herself as 'just a New Jersey housewife'
back in 1970, the former Amelia Earhart smartly diminished the distinguished, world-travelling person she became
in her later life years. She also enabled such a joke-like description of herself that news reporters have continued
to use ever since--whenever they would write about the long-ago assertion of Amelia's name-changed survival contained in the
book, Amelia Earhart Lives. The Swindell Study left it easy to realize, just as her former brother in law, John
Bolam once remarked, she was 'no ordinary housewife.'
Admirals and Generals
"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." LPGA promoter, Peter Bussatti, comments about his good friend, the post-World
War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam. Along with many others, Mr. Bussatti openly wondered if his friend, Irene, used to be known
as, 'Amelia Earhart.' The following photo was used in the comparison below it:
Above: The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile
Bolam, left, with Peter Bussati, right, 1974.
Above: On the far left is the post-World War
Two Irene Craigmile Bolam; on the far right is her former self, Amelia Earhart; in the center the two images are combined.
©2017 'The 1997-2017
"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." Excerpt from a 1982 New Jersey
News Tribune article.
"Recognizing the original
Irene Craigmile's somewhat troubled 1930s years that included her very short stint as a pilot, it would have been unrealistic
for her to later be welcomed as a member of the affluent New York Wings Club, let alone be distinguished like royalty there
among her peers and high ranking U.S. military officers. Yet, important people who knew the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile
Bolam as the former Amelia Earhart, and indeed the were a select few who did, (take the late Senator Barry Goldwater
for instance) were always respectful of her desire for privacy within their common recognition of her heroic past." Tod
"Nothing is as invisible as the obvious." Richard
Above, Amelia getting a pineapple carving lesson from
legendary Hawaiian surfer and five time Olympic gold medalist, Duke Kahanamoku. She wears the same outfit in the comparison
once again it's hard to recognize her old 'Amelia self' here without a composite photo. John Bolam took this picture of his
sister in law, the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam, near his home on Merritt Island, Florida. The day before, Irene
had visited the NASA facility at nearby Cape Canaveral, AKA 'Cape Kennedy.' Note the same pendant she wears that is captured
in other photos.
As far as the NASA mention goes, in a 1985 filmed interview
former Astronaut Wally Schirra, conducted by news reporter, Merril Dean Magley, Schirra
verified that he first met the former Amelia Earhart at Cape Canaveral in the 1960s, and that he saw her there again
in 1980, on a day when she was asked to recite a poem during a NASA presentation that featured both he and Neil Armstrong
in attendance. When Dean Magley asked Wally Schirra how he knew the women he met used to be Amelia Earhart (?) Schirra replied,
"people I considered reliable" had confided it to him. John Bolam mentioned he once noticed an impressive
Saturn Rocket Program 'medallion' Irene wore during one of her visits to Merritt Island, adding that when he asked where she
got it she replied, "some people at NASA" had given it to her. He did not press her to explain when or why
people at NASA had given her such a unique adornment.
"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." "She was the epitome of a classy
lady." 1997 quotes from an Amelia Earhart Society newsletter article about the post-World War Two
Irene Craigmile Bolam. The article was written by her survived sister-in-law, Mrs. John Bolam, who deeply wondered if her
sister-in-law, Irene, had previously been known as, "Amelia Earhart."
In the 1980s, Astronaut Wally Schirra, one of the original seven NASA astronauts,
discussed having 'met' the former Amelia Earhart at Cape Canaveral to reporter Merrill Dean Magley.
Amelia Earhart at age 17
Digital Face Recognition
For the first time ever, where multiple claims of Amelia Earhart's ongoing survival after she went
missing kept coming into play, The Swindell Study utilized 'Digital Face Recognition' technology within a full-body
and character traits human comparison analysis. In essence, this exercise advanced the missing person case of Amelia
Earhart to closure by forensically revealing that her still-living body evidence--in its renamed form--was
actually found and identified by Amelia Earhart 'world flight investigator,' Joseph A. Gervais, some fifty-odd years
Joseph A. Gervais
Recalling Major Joseph A. Gervias
(He didn't need Digital Face Recognition.)
The late Major Joseph A. Gervais was war hero
and a highly skilled pilot who flew missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam. In 1959, he commenced with his 'Operation
Earhart' endeavor while stationed overseas in the same region Amelia Earhart was last seen. After years of deeply investigating
the combined factors that led to her failed world flight attempt, in the summer of 1965, he encountered the post-World War
Two only 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' at a New York gathering of pilots from the golden age of aviation. He was instantly
struck by her resemblance to Amelia Earhart--and after meeting and talking to her it dawned on him that she was none other
than the alive-and-well former Amelia Earhart going by a different name.
Above left: February
5, 2000, retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais accepts an AES 'Historical Achievement Award' for his unparalleled
investigative analysis of Amelia Earhart's failed world flight attempt. Shown presenting him the award is the Amelia Earhart
Society's founding President, Bill Prymak. Mr. Prymak referred to Gervais as, "A World War Two flying hero widely
recognized as the world's leading authority regarding the subject of Amelia Earhart's disappearance."
Above right photo:
Among the attendees that day; top row left to right are Oakland Air and Space Museum director, Ronald
Reuther; filmmaker and Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell; and the post-World War Two only Mrs. Irene Craigmile
(Bolam's) in-laws, Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam. Bottom row left to right are Amelia Earhart
world flight duplicator and author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno; Amelia Earhart
Lives author, Joe Klaas; and Joseph A. Gervais.
As mentioned, Joseph A. Gervais initiated 'Operation Earhart' in 1959 while
he was stationed overseas. His findings sparked a curiosity resurgence in the never resolved 'missing person case' of Amelia
Earhart, until 1965, when Gervais met--and recognized the post-World War Two only 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' as the renamed,
former Amelia Earhart. To his dying day in 2005, he never disavowed having done such a thing.
rumors to the contrary, Joseph A. Gervais was never proved incorrect.
Preview of Part II
Within its detailed review of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and
subsequent 'missing person' case, The Swindell Study challenged the default 'Null Hypothesis' of her world
flight ending--that suggested at some unknown time Amelia crashed into the Pacific Ocean at some unknown place--and sank.
Citing new discovered evidence to the contrary--to go along with other evidence discovered by earlier investigators--the
Study refortified the widely promoted conclusion from years past that stated a 'crashed and sank' ending never happened
to Amelia Earhart.
Testing the Null Hypothesis in Relationship to Amelia Earhart's World Flight Outcome By Tod Swindell
The 'null hypothesis' suggests a predicted outcome based on deductive reasoning to likely
be a true outcome until evidence indicates otherwise.
For example, the 'null hypothesis' for flipping an equally balanced coin would call
for 50% heads results and 50% tails results. Yet if the expected '50/50' ratio significantly differed after thousands of coin
tosses, the 'alternate hypothesis' would come into play, one that might consider the shapes of each side of the coin having
some kind of aerodynamic effect on the coin-toss results.
The 1997-2017 Swindell Study tested the validity of the 'null hypothesis' in
comparison to the 'alternate hypothesis' while examining Amelia Earhart's storied disappearance. This was deemed appropriate
where an overwhelming preponderence of both circumstantial and hard evidence kept surfacing ever since the event of Amelia's
loss occurred--that opposed the 'null hypothesis' suggestion that offered Amelia 'crashed and sank' into the ocean at a time
and place unknown.
The Study also determined how the 'mystery' of Amelia Earhart's disappearance was as much a mystery as it
was a historical invention. Here's why:
"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence leaving the true
fate of Amelia Earhart an everlasting mystery..." 1982, aviation historians, Marylin Bender and Selig
Altschul discuss the 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person case of Amelia Earhart.
Dating back to 1937, questions about what actually happened to Amelia
Earhart in July of that year, as Bender and Altschul put it, were greeted by 'official silence.' Part of the significant
amount of evidential data, however, that contiguously managed to surface ever since the event of Amelia's disappearance occurred--revealed
the ultimate source of the 'official silence.'
Here--discovered four decades after it was recorded--is a passage from an official White House
transcript dated May of 1938, nine months after Amelia Earhart went missing. In referring to Amelia's loss in the transcript,
one of President Franklin Roosevelt's right hand men, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. described it this way:
"...what that woman, happened to her the last few minutes,
I hope I've just got to never make it public."
Morgenthau's above statement was followed by the below reaction from his assistant,
Stephen Gibbons, in the transcript. Both statements were recorded with others present during a meeting Morgenthau was holding
at the White House:
"We have evidence that the thing is all over, sure. Terrible. It would be awful to make it public."
These statements, when combined with addtional evidential data gathered over the years, defied the default
null hypothesis that suggested Amelia Earhart met her demise by 'crashing and sinking' somewhere unknown.
A brief examination of the presented facts tells us why.
According to the presented facts:
1. When Amelia Earhart did not spot Howland Island, that her last officially recorded
radio transmission left some people feeling she missed by as close as 100 miles, after stating a line of position that did
not indicate where she actually was, without saying why she stopped transmitting completely.
2. After Amelia stopped transmitting, with an estimated 'eight-hundred miles worth of
fuel' still left to burn, she supposedly flew-on in radio silence until her fuel supply was exhausted--leaving her to crash
into the Pacific Ocean at unknown coordinates to meet her demise. [End of story.]
The above stated 'facts' mark the complete version of the 'null hypothesis' (or suggested
ending) of Amelia Earhart's world flight attempt.
It is worth recognizing here, how beyond the persuasion of official silence
no evidence ever supported the 'Amelia crashed into the ocean' null hypothesis. Her crashed and sank
ending was something the public was merely left to surmise had happened.
As well, evidential reports later surfaced stating Amelia did
not stop sending radio transmissions. This included a document from an 0S-2 intelligence file, declassified decades later,
showing how Amelia had transmitted her final decision to head "north" and she "continued to be heard
at intervals" after doing so.
Add this to what the above White House transcript passages would suggest to any reader, plain
and simple, where FDR's administration was aware of something 'awful' that happened to Amelia during the "last few minutes"
of her flight--and it chose not to share it with the general public.
What was later learned
about this internally expressed White House viewpoint from a variety of accounts, is that for
a period of time the Roosevelt administration had incorrectly bought-in to
a 'wireless transmissions' conveyance of Amelia Earhart's death occurring during a 'Plan B' landfall attempt--by way of
her plane being shot-down as it approached Japan's Marshall Islands--that Japan was fortifying at the time. Note the more
complete Morgenthau statement from the same transcript:
"...we have the report of all those wireless messages and everything else, what
that woman, happened to her the last few minutes, I hope I've just got to never make it public."
Accordingly, Earhart's plane being engaged and fired upon by fighter pilots was the
'awful to make public, last few minutes' relay of an ending the White House had mistakenly assessed for the famous
pilot based on some information it had gathered--and chose not to share.
It wasn't until after World War Two ended (see image below)
that numerous Marshall Islands testimonials began to surface describing how Amelia Earhart and her navigator actually managed
to ditch their plane on one of the Marshalls' southernmost atolls--and they were subsequently picked up and sequestered
by Japan approximate to the same day the onset of the Sino-Japanese War occurred. [Earhart and Noonan were first reported
'missing' on July 2; the Marco Polo Bridge incident occurred on July 7, resulting in Japan's invasion of China--that the U.S.
Above, a 50th anniversary commemorative stamp series issued in 1987
by the Republic of the Marshall Islands shows Amelia's 1937 takeoff from Lae, New Guinea; her failure to spot Howland Island;
her ditching in the lower Marshall Islands; Amelia, her plane, and her navigator, Noonan, being retreived by Japan's Imperial
Where the 'Marshall Islands ending' of Amelia's world flight was
the consistent theme among countless testimonials given, (and remains part of the Marshall Islands own history today) Marshallese
accounts pertaining to what became of Earhart and Noonan after they were picked up varied. It was about equal where people
suggested they either died--or continued to live on.
Enhancing this in 1965, Admiral Chester Nimitz, the Naval Commander of the
U.S. Pacific fleet during World War Two--who was put in charge of the Marshall Islands after the U.S. occupied it as the war
wound down--divulged to CBS radio journalist, Fred Goerner, that it ended up being, "known and documented in Washington"
(and remained classified) that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, "went down in the Marshall Islands and were picked
up by Japan." Except even the admiral was unable to offer details on what became of the duo after that.
Admiral Chester Nimitz
[Shared a 'withheld Earhart truth' with CBS's Fred Goerner
The above combined evidential data--to go along with so much more
gathered over the years--outright defied the 'What happened to Amelia Earhart' null hypothesis. This is why the idea
of Amelia Earhart continuing to exist after she was reported missing--and eventually managing to return to the United
States with a preference for her future anonymity being co-endorsed by a post-war US-Japan collaboration, was never
as far fetched as most people thought. Ultimately as well, it turned out to be true.
calls the investigative research of Joe Gervais and Tod Swindell, ""Just the tip of the Iceberg.""
"All the evidence all put together, I feel like she [Amelia]
did survive. I think she survived and came back to the United States, but that she wanted her privacy."
Lou Foudray, former caretaker of
the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum (see photo below) is quoted from interviews conducted by
Lara Moritz of KMBC TV, Kansas City, and by The Topeka Kansas Capital-Journal's, Jan Biles.
Above, a 2016 photograph of Lou Foudray, Earhart historian and former
caretaker of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum on the front porch of the home where Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison,
The above 'hot air balloon' newspaper photo features the post-World
War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam. She was known, respected, and admired by people in high places worldwide, but those same
people never talked about her much. This photo was taken
in 1978, when the general public was being misled about her true past by important sounding, all be them 'protective' individuals.
This same attitude continues to this day, foremost advanced through the news media by Dr. Tom Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane
of the Smithsonian Institution out of respect for the ongoing wishes of Amelia's family. Not to leave out, the strong preference
of the Smithsonian's owner [the U.S. Federal government] has always been for people to accept that Amelia Earhart
somehow 'died' after she went missing toward the end of her 1937 world flight attempt, even though no authentic evidence
of her death taking place then ever existed. In the meantime, wink-and-nod diversions such as the TIGHAR club
and Nauticos group surfaced that steered public interest away from taking the idea of Amelia's continued survival with a new
Here, it is important to realize
only hearsay ever suggested Amelia Earhart died approximate to when she went missing in 1937, in any way at all. This includes
by crashing and sinking, dying a castaway's death on a desert Island, dying of dysentery on Saipan, or being executed by a
rogue-Nippon military unit; the four most preveleant theories presented over the years that suggested the way Amelia
may have died.
Anymore, however, as hard as it
still is for some to believe, the plain truth is the gray-haired 'Irene Bolam' in the balloon basket above, shown with famous
golfer, Kathy Whitworth, did used to be known as Amelia Earhart. The general public was just never supposed to know
about it; hence leaving the official silence that all-but invented the so-called "mystery of Amelia
The story about the once world-famous person known as 'Amelia Earhart,'
who the Twentieth Century left behind in accordance with her own wishes, the wishes of her family, and the wishes of her
country, evolved to become the strangest and most convoluted historical yarn ever conjured by modern mankind. Especially over
the course of the last half-century, the effort of it managed to successfully influence the worldwide general public into
thinking Amelia most likely 'died' after she went missing in 1937. As most elders recall, though, Amelia's death taking place
back then felt like a false-truth push from the start.
The two books above, Daughter of the Sky, published in 1960,
and especially The Search for Amelia Earhart, a best-seller published in 1966, were first to
publicly detail accounts of Amelia's ongoing 'quiet' survival in Japan's care after she went missing in 1937. However, neither
book was able to offer a solid answer to the question of what became of Amelia after being stewarded by Japan. Sadly, by the
end of the Twentieth Century both books were all but forgotten.
"My good friend,
Randall Brink, provided my 1996 introduction to Joe Gervais, who Randall came to know as well as anyone in the 1980s and 1990s.
Randall authored the landmark book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart issued in 1994 by the W.W. Norton Publishing
House of New York and Bloomsbury Press of London. An international best seller those years ago, for anyone interested in the
lead up to Amelia's 1937 world flight and its controversial outcroppings after she failed to reach Howland Island, this book
is for you. Included in Lost Star, during his wrap up, Randall was sure to notate, ""One tantalizingly
persistent account has Amelia supposedly returning to the U.S. and assuming a new identity."" Randall Brink
wrote this sentence in his book twenty-four years after the general public had been persuaded to conclude there was no controversy
over Irene Craigmile Bolam's true identity, as initiated by the former Amelia Earhart herself. Recall her later life friend,
Monsigner James Francis Kelley's mention to Donald DeKoster, ""After all she'd been through she didn't want to be
Amelia Earhart anymore."" His comment ostensibly referred to what Amelia endured after she went missing,
leading up to and then including the World War Two era. Can we blame her for coming to feel the way she did without knowing
her reasons for it?" Tod Swindell
CAPSULIZING THE RESULTS OF THE 1997-2017 SWINDELL STUDY OF AMELIA EARHART'S DISAPPEARANCE:
The 1997-2017 SWINDELL STUDY:
1.) FORENSICALLY PROVED MORE THAN ONE TWENTIETH CENTURY WOMAN
had been attributed to the SAME 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity.
2.) FORENSICALLY PROVED the Irene
Craigmile Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, as consistently displayed in hundreds of physical and
character trait comparisons, ALIGNED WITH AMELIA EARHART IN EVERY WAY.
3.) FORENSICALLY PROVED the Irene Craigmile
Bolam in the photo taken in 1965 by Joseph A. Gervais on the day he met her WAS NOT IDENTIFIABLE ANYWHERE AS 'IRENE'
prior to the World War Two years. This is because, against the grain of official United States history that legally declared Amelia Earhart
'dead in absentia' in 1939, and contrary to upper echelon official
history attitudes (that would rather not have to contend with the inconvenient reality of it) she most definitely had
been, previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
4.) The Swindell Study over-challenged the null hypothesis that stated Amelia Earhart
disappeared without a trace in 1937 and was never seen again. It did so by combining incontestable forensic research findings
with incontestable forensic comparison results that exhibited Amelia Earhart alive and well known either as Irene Craigmile
or Irene Bolam in the latter part of the Twentieth Century.
As a result of its above discovered realities, as hard
as it still may be for so many to believe and accept, The 1997-2017 Swindell Study forensically confirmed
Joseph A. Gervais was correct in 1970, when he asserted his belief that the Irene Craigmile Bolam in the 1965 35MM
photograph he took, displayed directly below in full color, was not the original Irene Craigmile. RATHER,
she actually was the former Amelia Earhart, just as he had professed the last forty-years of his life.
The post-World War Two
Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA "the former Amelia Earhart" as photographed by USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais
(Ret.) August 8, 1965.
Below: The Plural Irenes
Below are the three different Twentieth Century women who were all attributed
to the same Irene Craigmile identity. The far left column photos of the original Irene Craigmile date from 1930 to 1933. In the
middle column, the top photo was identified by her 1934 born son as
his mother, 'Irene Craigmile' in a written statement featured in The Swindell Study. He
estimated the photo was taken "around 1940." (Note: She was actually his
surrogate mother. She is also a human wild-card; to date no one is certain who she really was or where she came from. Her
older image adorned the cover of Irene Bolam's 1982 Memorial Dinner program, leaving one to wonder which Irene died in 1982;
the one identified by her son, or the one who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965?) The far right column
photos are dated '1946' and '1965.' The 1946 image depicts the earliest known photo displaying the former Amelia
Earhart in the United States newly re-identified as 'Irene Craigmile' after World War Two.
Amelia's long-ago acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile (1932-1933) next to one of the plane's she learned to
The original Irene Craigmile in 1930 between her
husband and father. Below, contrast enhanced.
The second, 'early 1940s' Irene Craigmile ID'd
by her son.
©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'
Above, a "1970s" dated photo of the Irene
Craigmile Bolam identified by her son, adorning the cover of her Memorial Dinner program. Below the younger and older versions
from above are superimposed, displaying one in the same human being. She was not the same Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph
A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, even though according to history she should have been:
©2017 'The 1997-2017
Above: The third post-war 'new' Irene
Craigmile in 1946. Below, the same photo combined with an Amelia photo.
©2017 'The 1997-2017
Above, the 1965 Joe Gervais photo of Irene Craigmile
Bolam. Below, superimposed with an Amelia photo. ©2017 'The
1997-2017 Swindell Study'
Below: The 'plurality
quandary' of Amelia Earhart's 1930s acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile, whose name Amelia acquiesced for
her own later-life use.
the story: Again above is an old newspaper photo of the original Irene Craigmile in 1930, shown between her then
husband, Charles J. Craigmile, and her father, R. J. O'Crowley. In 1931, a year after this photo was taken, Charles Craigmile
died after his appendix burst. He was forty-two years old at the time. His newly widowed wife, the original Irene
Craigmile, was only twenty-six.
Below is a 1934 photo of the original Irene Craigmile
with her new son, Clarence, who she conceived out of wedlock in 1933. She eloped to marry to the father of her child, one
Alvin Heller, in order to legitimize his birth. Their 'shotgun wedding' quickly failed though--and was annulled as well after
it became known Al Heller was still legally married to another woman when he eloped with the original Irene. The
annulment reverted the original Irene's surname back to 'Craigmile.' However, their son, Clarence, maintained the
'Heller' surname listed on his birth certificate.
Approximate to all of this happening in the mid-late 1930s, the
original Irene Craigmile no longer appeared in plain view--and in due time any and all clear photo
evidence of her person was removed from circulation.
Above: The original Irene Craigmile
in 1934 with her son, Clarence
Note: The original Irene Craigmile's son and
only child was Clarence 'Larry' Heller. In 2006 and again in 2014, Larry Heller positively identified a different person to
have been his mother than the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile (Bolam). As it turned out, the woman Mr. Heller
recognized as his mother, shown directly below, was actually his adoptive mother. (He was not strongly imprinted
with his biological mother, the original Irene Craigmile.) To this day, resulting from an arrangement contrived several
decades ago, the general public remains unaware of what happened to the original Irene Craigmile, whose left over
identity ended up being shared by Larry Heller's adoptive surrogate mother and the former Amelia Earhart.
'Hard to believe, but true.
Son ID'd Irene Craigmile, 1940
mentioned, in 2006 and again in 2014, the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, Clarence 'Larry'
Heller, positively identified the person in the above photograph to have been his 'mother' as she looked "around 1940."
Digital Face Recognition concluded this Irene Craigmile and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam), displayed
below, were not the same human being, although according to history,
they should have been.
Post-WWII only Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1946
[Note face template comparison below.]
Post-WWII only Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1965
[Face template matched Amelia via Digital Face Recognition.]
Earhart with her 1930s flight trainer, Paul Mantz.
Amelia & the post-war only,
Above, Amelia's face template is superimposed with her post-World War Two image in 1946. This comparison sample from
The Swindell Study used the earliest dated photo displaying Amelia's person re-identified as 'Irene Craigmile.' At
the time it was taken she had recently been ensconced as a new employee of the People's Bank of Mineola, Long Island. Twelve
years later, in 1958, she left the banking industry to marry Englishman and Radio Luxembourg executive, Guy Bolam. For several
decades the public has been encouraged by the Smithsonian, the National Geographic Society, opposing theorists, and certain
members of Amelia's own family not to believe this obvious reality. Recall here, how decades passed before the post-war, Charles
Lindbergh alias of 'Careu Kent' was finally verified in 2004. The Swindell Study results combined with Digital
Face Recognition technology proved how a person's eyes do not deceive them--where Amelia's post-war alias of 'Irene'
was ever in question.
Craigmile in 1940, as verified
in 2014 by her son, Larry Heller.
only Irene Craigmile
in 1946, not recognized by her son.
As mentioned, the above photograph marks the earliest dated picture in circulation
(1946) of the former Amelia Earhart.
Above, the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam)
a career as a pilot once, Major, but I gave all that up years ago." 1965 quote from the post-World
War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam), FKA 'Amelia Earhart' as spoken to Major Joseph
A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) Above photo taken in Jamaica in 1976. (Courtesy
of the Diana Dawes collection.)
"Amelia Earhart had been acquainted with the original
Irene Craigmile in the 1930s. It was the original Irene Craigmile's name Amelia ended up using for herself in her
later-life years. This long-ignored reality--that the forensic analysis delivered to an obvious state--was first discovered
in the 1960s by a reputable war hero by the name of Joseph A. Gervais, only to be shouted-down ever since." Tod Swindell
"Though sometimes ridiculed by those unaware of how deeply he had investigated Irene Craigmile's
past, Joseph A. Gervais was right all along. From a forensic research and human comparison standpoint, it is now recognized
to be true that there had been more than one person attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity, and the post-World War
Two Mrs. Irene
Craigmile Bolam most certainly was, previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' Anymore the so-called
'Earhart mystery' has to do with when, where, how, and why this came to be." Tod
"Nothing is as invisible as the obvious." Richard
Below find journalist,
Rosalea Barker's take on the wide variety of conflicting investigations that looked into Amelia Earhart's disappearance over
the years in comparison to the new millennium collaboration of Joseph A. Gervais and Tod Swindell:
"I felt like I was trying to separate black sheep from white in
a computer game that kept randomly changing the colour of sheep. Just when I thought all of the facts had been marshalled
in support of one Earhart theory, those same facts would be marshalled in support of another, completely opposite one. I
attended the Western Air and Space Museum's 'Amelia Earhart Seminar' because I'd seen the list of presenters and it was, I
thought, a goldmine of people who would be able to help my research into the Pacific Theatre during the Second World War--radio
operators, retired Navy captains, combat fighter pilots. But such is the seductive power of the intrigue surrounding Earhart's
disappearance, that by lunchtime on Saturday I was as hooked as journalist, Joe Klaas was in 1967 when he met retired US Air
Force Major Joe Gervais, that led to him writing a book called, Amelia Earhart Lives! The book not only focused on
years of investigative research conducted by Joe Gervais, but on his insistence that a woman he met in New York in 1965, Irene
Bolam, used to be Amelia Earhart. And after watching some video and looking at the manuscript of another researcher,
Tod Swindell, who consulted with and studied the methods of experts to compare IB and AE physically--I think Joe Gervais was
right." New Zealand
Stateside journalist, Rosalea Barker, commenting on an Amelia Earhart research symposium she attended at the Oakland, California
Western Air and Space Museum.
Rollin C. Reineck in 1944
"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 (Ret.), reprinted from his book, Amelia Earhart Survived.
Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002
1965 Gervais photo of Guy and Irene
The (Subdued) Historical Importance of Joseph A. Gervais
By Tod Swindell
When I first came to know Major
Joseph A. Gervais in 1996, the renowned Amelia Earhart world-flight investigator whose trusty 35MM camera clicked the 1965
photo of Guy and Irene, I was surprised to learn a forensic comparison analysis of Irene's and Amelia's physical beings,
character traits, and full life histories had never been done before. So I consulted with experts and set out to orchestrate
one. As my Study progressed, beyond confirming that Amelia Earhart had known the original Irene Craigmile, it additionally
revealed how the once world-famous pilot was actually closer to the original Irene's aunt, a New York attorney she
knew through the international Zonta organization for professional women they both belonged to. It was through this friendship
that Amelia met and came to know the original Irene Craigmile, a once fledgling pilot who never really flew much--and
never belonged to the Zontas or the 99's as Amelia did.
The complete analysis made it clear: The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam), who Major
Gervais met and photographed in 1965, was not the original Irene Craigmile. Instead, at some point, perhaps
during the late stages of the war, the original Irene Craigmile's identity was made available for Amelia to henceforth
use... and to this day the general public remains unaware of what became of the original Irene Craigmile.
Retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais, was first to discover and reveal
this historical reality. The reason so many people never heard of him is because his solving of the missing person case of
Amelia Earhart by way of producing her body evidence in the form of the post-war Irene Craigmile Bolam, was categorically
subdued after Gervais went public with his discovery in 1970--by the former Amelia
Earhart herself, her sister, Muriel, and general 'official silence' toward the matter. It remained that way from that point
on, until Gervais and myself joined forces to deliver clarity to it all.
was there a head-to-toe, tear-duct to tear-duct physical match, but all character traits aligned as well;
handwriting, voice, friends, associates, associations, etc.
to toe, shoulder to shoulder; older to younger, younger to older,
they proved to be a perfect match to unlock a long ago, strong-cover latch.
Irene used to be Amelia or Amelia became Irene,
'twas never a false truth, nor a diabolical scheme.
Most turned a blind eye and went looking for her plane,
although such tomfoolery was always inane.
Others bet wages on decoys--showing how naive they could be,
while Amelia stared back averring to all,
"I did not sink in the sea!"
Above: Amelia Earhart's younger and older selves
combined stare back at the viewer. This is a true reality. Even so, the vast majority of people who heard about the Irene-Amelia
controversy always found it hard to fathom the idea of Amelia quietly living-on--and then adapting a preference for future
anonymity. This is because at some point in decades past they became convinced by numerous persuasions (see the 'Wikipedia'
example below) to accept that Amelia's ongoing existence well after she went missing was not true. Today, anyone genuinely
concerned about this might take heart in knowing there is nothing more real than the truth, and by now it has grown to exist
as a plain truth beyond all persuasions, that Amelia Earhart did quietly live-on after she went missing... and in
time changed her name to Irene.
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." From 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. Rear
Admiral Tissot, a long time member of the Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers, served as a key advisor for The Swindell
In 2007, not long after
Tod Swindell and some of his ongoing study results appeared on a National Geographic Channel special about Amelia Earhart,
information about it was incorrectly conveyed through Wikipedia by a malcontent individual, one 'Dr. Alex Mandel.' Dr. Mandel,
a self-described "Amelia Earhart fanatic" created a misleading 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' page. His page contended
the assertion of Amelia Earhart continuing to live-on before changing her name to 'Irene' in pursuit of future privacy--was
proved false by a detective that had been hired by the National Geographic Society. This led to other 'malcontents' jumping
on to his false-reality bandwagon. True reality, however, shows the assertion was never proved false. In fact, the detective
Dr. Mandel referenced by name, Kevin Richlin, will verify to anyone he did not 'prove' the assertion false. As well, since
the National Geographic Channel aired its Amelia Earhart special those years ago, the truth of Amelia's post-loss survival
and name-change to 'Irene' continued to grow to a point where anymore it exists as an obvious reality. To further edify
this revelation for yourself, continue to review the volumes of information and comparison results pulled from The 1997-2017
Swindell Study on display in Irene-Amelia.com ...while comprehending it is all quite real.
Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1977
Who was Irene Craigmile (Bolam)? Since 1970
scholars have consistently asked this question with no solid answer given. The answer is now known, however... and there is
no going back.
This Fall: An investigative research journey spanning two decades culminates with the release of the anticipated
documentary, Protecting Earhart.
©1997-2017 Amelia Earhart Compared To Irene Craigmile (Bolam) Forensic Research Analysis©2004-2014 Protecting Earhart & WGAw Registration ©2007-2019
'The Swindell Study'
The gray haired woman, Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) featured in the above 'hot air balloon' newspaper photo was a very special person. The
photo was taken in 1978, when the general public was being misled about her true past in duplicitous ways by important sounding
individuals. This same duplicity continues to this day, foremost advanced through the news media by Dr. Tom Crouch
and Dorothy Cochrane of the Smithsonian Institution. The strong preference of the Smithsonian's owner [the U.S. Federal
government] has always been for people to accept that Amelia Earhart somehow 'died' after she went missing toward the end of her 1937
world flight attempt. Herein find the strangest, most convoluted story about the once world-famous person
known as 'Amelia Earhart,' who the Twentieth Century left behind in accordance with her own wishes, the wishes of her family,
and the wishes of her country.
Charles Lindbergh, AKA 'Lindy'
Amelia, misspelled 'Earheart' above
1997-2017 Swindell Study marked the first research analysis to deeply compare Amelia Earhart to the post-World War Two
person of Irene Craigmile (Bolam). For a variety of reasons, similar to the way Charles Lindbergh was suspected
of leading a double-life where he was also known as 'Careu Kent' from the 1950s into the 1970s, (something ultimately
confirmed in 2004, thirty-years after Charles Lindbergh died) even more people had suspected that the post-World War Two
woman known as 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' was previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
Above, the post-World War Two 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)'
in 1977. In the 1930s Amelia Earhart knew a fledgling pilot by the name of, 'Irene Craigmile.' Although the person above was
attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity in her later-life years, she most definitely was not the original
Irene Craigmile. Thanks to The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, today anyone can verify this truth on their own. Here is the
original Irene Craigmile:
(and contrast enhanced on the right) is an old newspaper photo of Amelia's long-ago pilot friend, the original Irene
Craigmile. She is shown here in 1930, between her then husband, Charles James Craigmile of Rantoul, Illinois, who died in
1931, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley of Newark, New Jersey. Her sudden, unplanned pregnancy in 1933 and other troubles
derailed her brief stint as a licensed pilot. She never would have so proudly posed with pilot wings the way the new
Irene Craigmile (Bolam) shown above her in 1977 did. Few ever knew what became of the person who was the original
Irene Craigmile. To this day knowledge of her true fate is well protected.
Below, the late Diana Dawes was one of Irene Craigmile (Bolam's)
later-life close friends. A former Princeton, New Jersey radio host, Ms. Dawes was certain her friend, Irene had previously
been known as 'Amelia Earhart' but dared not bring it up in her presence. Diana also knew of the original Irene Craigmile's
O'Crowley family background--and how her friend, Irene, who she knew in her later years was not the 'original'
Irene Craigmile. Diana Dawes refers to the identity question twice here in 1987, within an article celebrating Amelia's 90th birthday.
Decades ago, the original
investigator who deeply looked into this anomally asserted that Amelia Earhart quietly survived her 1937 disappearance and
later changed her name to 'Irene.' He also stressed how a post-war protected awareness of it included Amelia Earhart's
younger sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey (1899-1998). He contended how from the time his claim first became a public controversy
in 1970, not only did the former Amelia Earhart strongly reject it, but Muriel as well was automatically reticent
and became angry when approached with the suggestion that her later-life Zonta International friend, Irene Craigmile (Bolam)
was actually her survived sister living incognito. In turn, Muriel's stand-offish demeanor
toward the topic of Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) true past only further cemented the foundation of 'the mystery of Amelia
Earhart's 1937 disappearance' ...that henceforth remained an unsolved, 'missing person' case.
Amelia Earhart's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey in
Above center is Muriel's later-life friend, Irene Craigmile
(Bolam) in 1965. Her look did not remind one of Amelia Earhart until the forensic superimposition's from The 1997-2017
Swindell Study displayed their inarguable facial and head-to-toe congruences. To this day the Smithsonian Institution,
Amelia's survived family, and the original Irene Craigmile's survived family continue to steer the curious away from embracing
the now obvious reality of Amelia's post-disappearance life as 'Irene.' [Note:
Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) death was recorded in July of 1982, although there
was never any physical evidence the above 1965 Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) death actually occurred then.]
Amelia Earhart in 1937
Left and right photos superimposed. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study.' Head to
toe, tear duct to tear duct and character traits all matched. Anymore it is clearly evident the 1965 Irene Craigmile (Bolam)
was not the original Irene Craigmile--even though official history says she was.
Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in 1965.
It was and
still is miss-conveyed by Wikipedia and others that the assertion of Amelia changing her name to Irene in her pursuit of future
privacy was eventually proved false. It never was proved false, and as time continues to pass, well... take a look
at more samples from the physical and character trait comparison results from The 1997-2017 Swindell Study on display
here--and know they are quite real.
Irene and Amelia superimposed
Below: Irene Craigmile
(Bolam) and Amelia Earhart superimposed.
Irene in 1977 & Amelia in 1937
©2017 'The 1997-2017
Irene in 1976 & Amelia in 1932
©2017 'The 1997-2017
They were not only a head-to-toe, tear-duct to tear-duct physical
match, but their character traits aligned as well.
Above: Top row Amelia's eyes; Second row Irene's eyes;
Third row superimposed in perfect alignment.
©2017 'The 1997-2017
Above: Although the varacity of it is questionable,
this old newspaper photo identified the original Irene Craigmile in 1937 within it--along with her 1934 born son,
Clarence, who she conceived out-of-wedlock in 1933.
"The original Irene
Craigmile barely flew at all during her oft-troubled 1930s years. This is because as soon as she earned her pilot's license
in mid-1933, she learned she was pregnant out-of-wedlock. There is no record of her flying beyond the mid-1930s and her pilot's
license lapsed in 1937. Compared to Amelia Earhart, who was acquainted with her then, she was a veritable nobody as well.
After World War Two the important people who recognized the new Irene Craigmile as the former
Amelia Earhart, (a select few beyond her sister, Muriel, knew who she used to be; Senator Barry Goldwater, NASA personnel,
J. Edgar Hoover and some foreign dignitaries among them) were always respectful or her post-war desire to no longer be known
as Amelia Earhart. What became of the original Irene Craigmile? Nobody knows. What The 1997-2017 Swindell Study revealed
is that her son ended up being raised by a surrogate mother figure who also shared the original Irene Craigmile's identity--to
complete a mind-boggling concealed arrangement featuring three different women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity."
Below: Two examples from the handwriting
portion of the study. The top one features a 1967 sample of Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) cursive handwriting
compared to Amelia Earhart's own cursive, "Amelia M Earhart" High School signature. Notice Irene's odd use of
non-denial 'denial' language within her reply letter to Joseph A. Gervais, who wrote to inquire if she was really
Amelia two years after the two met each other, when Joe Gervais first began to suspect she was the former Amelia Earhart--who
had somehow 'survived and assumed a new identity' after she went missing in 1937. In her present-tense rebuttal she referred
him to two long time pilot friends of hers by writing...
they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile."
Amelia's own "Amelia M Earhart" signature from a form she filled out in high school added to the document.
©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study.'
Left side above: Post-war Irene Craigmile (Bolam) cursive letter samples; Right
side above: Amelia Earhart cursive letter samples. ©2017 'The 1997-2017
Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart
Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart in 1933
Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart were among the first 'media born' world-famous celebrities of the
Twentieth Century. Greater than newsprint alone would have done, during their time the recent advent of radio and news-reel
film brought instant notoriety to them as never before seen. Their individual characters also measured up to their
new world-fame status, leaving their lives and images forever etched in the public mindset.
People overlook, though, how the excessive media attention
they endured took huge tolls on both of them.
In mid-May of 1927 few people knew who Charles Lindbergh
was, yet by late May of that year the whole world knew who he was after he became the first person to solo a plane across
the Atlantic Ocean. From that point on privacy was difficult for Charles Lindbergh to come by as the news media and general
public never left him alone. This is part of the reason living under an assumed alias in his later life years was something
that appealed to him.
"God, the world hounded that woman after she became famous."
A quote from famous pilot, Jackie Cochran recalling her friend, Amelia Earhart, who in 1932 became the first woman to solo
a plane across the Atlantic. Jackie also mentioned that during the year Amelia was prepping for her 1937 world flight she
was, "closer to Amelia than anyone else, even her husband, George Putnam." Jackie's own husband, a millionaire by
the name of Floyd Odlum, helped to finance the world flight Amelia fell short of completing that left her a 'missing person'
amid odd circumstances. Evermore abetted by 'official silence' toward the matter from the United States and Japan,
according to history Amelia's missing person case was never solved. In 1939, to release her estate and to end speculation
about what became of her as World War Two heated up, Amelia was declared "dead in absentia." Just the same, the
true circumstances of her world fight outcome always remained a contentious subject of debate ever since the event of it occurred.
Charles Lindbergh's Later-Life Alias
In 2004, Charles Lindbergh's family verified how from
the 1950s on until his death in 1974, the famous pilot also went by the name of 'Careu Kent.' There were two main reasons
he did this; the appealing thought of living a private life as a non-famous person again was one of them, and being given
the opportunity to serve his country overseas by working undercover was the other. This is not promoted much in United States
history books. Look it up though, it's true. Recommend author Melanie Benjamin who did an excellent job profiling this discovered
reality in her 2013 historically based novel, The Aviator's Wife.
The Less-Known Amelia Earhart
Before focusing on Amelia Earhart in a similar way
and observing more of the revealing Amelia-to-Irene comparisons, below are some of Amelia Earhart's different looks that left
her iconic image so recognizable throughout the world:
It's plain to
see Amelia Earhart had a variety of great looks as both a pilot and a celebrity.
The Swindell Study, however, focused
equally on another pilot from long ago who had purportedly been acquainted with Amelia Earhart. Her name was 'Irene Craigmile'
and in 1970 few people had heard of her when she suddenly made national headlines. Here she is:
The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in
Because Amelia's late
sister, her still living niece, the original Irene Craigmile's family and the Smithsonian Institution have never endorsed
her as the former Amelia Earhart, and where the U.S. Federal government has never commented on the controversy over
who she really was, or used to be, the general public still does not recognize the post World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam
as the former Amelia Earhart--even though that definitely was who she used to be.
In the above 1977 photo portrait
featuring the woman known as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' ('Bolam' having been her remarried surname from 1958 on) notice her prominently
displayed wings and proud disposition. Considering the way she carried herself, it's odd how right after she became famous
in the early 1970s she was so quickly forgotten.
Except that was her
hard fought-for choice. For she had not sought fame until a fellow by the name of Joseph A. Gervais met her in 1965 and five
years later made her famous. Indeed, fame was the absolute last thing she would have wanted in her
Above left: From the Swindell Study is a 1970 photo of Amelia
Earhart's 'old friend,' Irene Craigmile (Bolam.) To her right she is superimposed with Amelia. (Closer version below.) In
the hundreds of comparisons the study did the overall head-to-toe congruence was undeniable. Character traits also aligned.
Left: Amelia Right: Irene and Amelia superimposed
©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell
After the comparison analysis part
of the study commenced the question naturally arose; 'How could two people who supposedly knew each other in the 1930s
have looked so much alike?' The combined end results of the Swindell Study marked the first endeavor to provide a solid
answer: Although they used the same name and identity, the Irene Craigmile in the 1930s was an entirely different person than
the post-WWII Irene Craigmile (Bolam) shown above. This new realized truth is clearly displayed in Irene-Amelia.com and the
former identity of the post-WWII Irene Craigmile (Bolam) naturally surfaces within it as well. In other words, because of
the realities conveyed by the Swindell Study, there is absolutely no doubt anymore that Amelia Earhart continued to live on
after she went missing in 1937, and at some point she changed her name to Irene Craigmile--the same name of a 1930s acquaintance
How Do We Know?
It all started in 1965 with a World
War Two hero by the name of Joseph A. Gervais:
Above, Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (1924-2005) was a veteran of World
War Two, Korean and Vietnam Wars, serving as a highly decorated command pilot of B-24, B-29 and C-130 aircraft with over 16,000
hours of flying time. Above photo gifted to Tod Swindell by his wife, Thelma Gervais.
In the 1960s, after a five-year investigative research effort conducted
by Joseph A. Gervais, it was learned that following World War Two the proudly posed, 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' displayed
above emerged in the northeastern United States from out of nowhere known as, 'Irene Craigmile.'
In other words, among the many things Joseph A. Gervais learned about
her was how prior to the World War Two era no photographic record identifying the woman in the above photo as 'Irene' existed.
now observable, albeit non-recognized fact is entirely true even though the long-ago assertion of it was
rejected by the former Amelia Earhart; has ever since been ignored by the U.S. Federal government; and has perpetually been
downplayed by the Smithsonian Institution, Amelia Earhart's survived relatives, and the original Irene Craigmile's
survived relatives dating back to the time Joseph A. Gervais first figured it out.
The above photo appeared in the September 1, 1932 edition
of the Akron Beacon Journal. Amelia Earhart is outlined in white and the original Irene Craigmile is outlined in
black. The image quality is very poor, especially of Irene who is fully shaded between pilots Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz.
Irene was not yet a licensed pilot at the time.
Above, Irene Craigmile listed between Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz; below,
Amelia listed as 'Amelia Earhart Putnam.'
Joseph A. Gervais also confirmed how
from a second brief 'shotgun' marriage, Irene Craigmile had a son
in 1934 who grew up to become an airline pilot. He further learned how according to record, in 1958, supposedly the same
'Irene Craigmile' was married for a third time to Guy Bolam, an Englishman who was an executive with Radio Luxembourg in
Above: Newsprint photo of Irene Craigmile Bolam (AKA
"the former Amelia Earhart") and Guy Bolam in 1963.
However, today it exists as a forensic truth that the Irene Craigmile who married Guy Bolam in 1958 was the former
Amelia Earhart (see comparison below) and how the original Irene Craigmile who gave birth to a son in 1934, was long gone
in 1958, and no one from the general public knows what became of her.
Below: Irene to Amelia, ©2017 'The 1997-2017
It is true that during the World War Two era the original Irene Craigmile's identity was made available for Amelia
Earhart to use after the war, and it is fairly certain so much was the result of a Federal Witness Protection Program
that involved the knowledge and co-orchestration of General Douglas MacArthur, J. Edgar Hoover, and the catholic church--in
alignment with the original Irene Craigmile's prominent lawyer aunt and physician uncle--who Amelia had also known. [Note:
Scroll about halfway down to read a brief bio about the original Irene Craigmile from the Swindell Study.]
When Joseph A. Gervais looked into the Irene Craigmile's family lineage--the respected O'Crowley-Rutherford's of
Newark, New Jersey--he noticed the other main 'relative' connection to Amelia. It came by way of Irene Craigmile's aunt, a
New York lawyer by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley who had been a Zonta organization friend of Amelia's and a legal
contract advisor for her 'Amelia Earhart' brand luggage line. It was here that Joe Gervais found it odd, given Irene
Craigmile's impressive family background, that he was unable to locate a single clear photograph that featured Irene Craigmile
prior to 1946. He tried but he could not locate any clear family photos, any school photos, or any wedding or married couple
photos. The few photos he did manage to locate were of such low quality it proved difficult to positively identify the female
person in them, but he could tell the pre-1940s Irene Craigmile did not much resemble her former pilot friend, Amelia Earhart
anywhere close to the way her post-World War Two image did.
Above: Joseph A. Gervais learned both of these photos depicted Amelia
Earhart's 1930s friend, the original Irene Craigmile. The photos were most likely taken in 1932 or 1933. In 1934, the original
Irene Craigmile (known briefly then as 'Irene Heller') gave birth to a son she named 'Clarence' after eloping to wed Alvin
Heller, her former flying instructor. She was three months into her pregnancy when their county clerk wedding took place in Ohio.
Their relationship was rocky from the start, though, and by 1937 the two had separated. Their marriage was subsequently annulled
as well, thus reverting the original Irene's surname back to 'Craigmile.'
After being rebuffed by Irene and her friends and family, and with a firm request to 'stay away' from her grown son
by her ex-husband, Al Heller, by then Joseph A. Gervais was finding the Irene Craigmile connection to Amelia Earhart very
Having met Irene
Craigmile Bolam up close in 1965, he had already noticed something hauntingly familiar about her, and after adding everything
together he determined that more than one woman was attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity--and the post-war Irene
Craigmile Bolam who he met in 1965 with her British husband, Guy, was somehow the still-living 'Amelia Earhart' using her
old friend, Irene Craigmile's identity as a cover.
In fact, Gervais was so confident and sure after nearly five years of being unable to draw any other conclusion,
that when he was approached by a writer and a reputable book publishing company he decided to publicly assert his conclusion.
A. Gervais made national news headlines when he did that in 1970, through a touted book by Joe Klaas bearing the title of,
Amelia Earhart Lives. It was a myopic decision on his part, though, because so too did the surprisingly powerful and
enigmatic Irene Craigmile Bolam make headlines then, when she lawyered-up and rigidly dismissed his assertion.
Not long after she did that the book was withdrawn and the assertion
made by Joseph A. Gervais was chalked up as a 'hoax' and soon forgotten. Yet what was overlooked by practically everyone
except Gervais, was that Irene Craigmile Bolam never proved that she was not the former
Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas was published by the reputable
McGraw-Hill Company in late 1970. It quickly became a best seller. Close to forty-thousand copies made it into circulation
during its seven-week shelf life. It was withdrawn after Irene Craigmile Bolam rejected the implication it contained that
offered she was possibly the survived Amelia Earhart incognito.
"I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart."
Irene Craigmile (Bolam) was convincing when she stated this at a press conference she held in response to the assertion made
by Joseph A. Gervais, found in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives. Although her present-tense denial was accepted, it was
later proved to be true that she appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.
Although Joseph A. Gervais was discredited, his assertion
about the post-war Irene was never proved false and he certainly was not alone in his thinking. Several of the post-war Irene's
later life friends agreed with him. They strongly believed, notwithstanding her refusal to publicly admit it, that she did
used to be known as Amelia Earhart and they maintained their suspicions of it even after her death was recorded
in 1982. Amazingly, it wasn't until the late 1990s that film producer, Tod Swindell, who found the Irene-Amelia story highly
perplexing, ultimately decided to forensically compare Irene Craigmile (Bolam) and Amelia Earhart to each other. His initial
results were pretty impressive, yet as his study continued they were soon astonishing all who viewed them in a 'how could
this be?' kind of way.
The Emergence of the Swindell Study
after Joseph A. Gervais learned what he did about Irene Craigmile (Bolam), enter The Swindell Study.
The comparisons in the Swindell Study essentially
displayed Irene Craigmile Bolam as an 'older looking' Amelia Earhart in a head-to-toe stupefying way. Even their handwriting and voice patterns matched. So the questions became;
how could two people who did not look alike when they knew each other in the 1930s suddenly look so much alike later on? Did
one evolve to become a doppelganger of the other?
No. There was a lot more to it than that.
So taken by their strong congruence, the person who initiated
the comparison study, a film producer by the name of Tod Swindell, couldn't help wanting to know more about the curious
Irene Craigmile Bolam. So he looked deep into her past and kept learning more and more information, and then still kept realizing
even more impressive and often bewildering particulars about her. How did she end up being so well forgotten,
or 'erased' from the public mindset? he thought.
It took many years, but after Tod Swindell's comparsion
analysis was finally completed what ultimately surfaced was a mind-bending, comprehensive forensic profile of three different
individual human beings who had the same Irene Craigmile identity attributed to them, and right, the one who matched
Amelia Earhart appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the World War Two years.
Irene Craigmile, 1932
Irene Craigmile, 1940
Irene Craigmile in 1946, FKA "Earhart"
In 1958, this
Irene Craigmile married Guy Bolam of England.
The fate of the original Irene Craigmile remains unknown.
"Your work relating to Amelia Earhart and Irene
Craigmile Bolam is absolutely outstanding. There is no other way to describe it." Amelia Earhart author-historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck,
USAF (Ret.) responding to the long-term, Amelia Earhart compared to Irene Craigmile Bolam forensic
research and comparison study conducted by Tod Swindell.
Upon achieving his solidly based conclusion, Tod
Swindell's remarkable and incontestable expose' was the end result of a long-term investigative research study
and human comparison analysis appropriately titled, 'The Swindell Study.'
In The 1997-2017 Swindell
Study, we start with the same 1978 photograph reprinted from a newspaper showing Irene Craigmile Bolam (shortened
to 'Irene Bolam' in the caption) going for a hot-air balloon ride before continuing on:
Briefly recalling who Irene Craigmile Bolam was as she ascends in the balloon
with famous LPGA golfer, Kathy Whitworth...
In 1996, Tod Swindell was shopping a screenplay about Amelia Earhart in Hollywood when he heard that Joseph A. Gervais
was still maintaining his assertion about Irene Craigmile Bolam having been previously known as Amelia Earhart.
Then after learning that many other people remained unsure when it came to who the late Irene Craigmile Bolam really
was, or had been, he decided to track Joseph A. Gervais down.
Bill Prymak, the 1989 founding president of the Amelia Earhart Society who lauded Joseph A. Gervais as the most renowned
investigator of Amelia Earhart's disappearance, described to Tod Swindell how he found the subject of the late Irene Craigmile
Bolam "troubling." While doing his best to downplay her likeness to Amelia, he felt whether she was or wasn't the
former Amelia Earhart she may have served as an envoy linked to Great Britain's MI-5 service. He even considered her 1958
marriage to Englishman, Guy Bolam, whose international affiliations and position with Radio Luxembourg he viewed as suspect,
had possibly been an arranged marriage.
February 5, 2000, USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.) accepting his achievement award for unparalelled investigative
research from the Amelia Earhart Society's founding President, Bill Prymak. In the AES newsletter this photo appeared in,
Prymak referred to Gervais as, "A World War Two flying hero widely recognized as the world's leading authority regarding
the subject of Amelia Earhart's disappearance."
years before she became famous, Amelia Earhart took the above 'selfie' by pointing her camera into a mirror. Below, she's
superimposed with her later life self, Irene.
Tod Swindell felt a documentary about Joseph A. Gervais' ongoing belief that stated the late
Irene Craigmile Bolam was really the former Amelia Earhart would make a good story, and after a long-distance introduction
the two met in August of 1996 at Joe and Thelma Gervais' outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada home.
They were friends from that point on.
As Tod Swindell recalled, "At first I thought emulating the
most noted 'Amelia Earhart mystery' cottage industry chiefs out there--who so voraciously peddled their differing
theories to news media outlets--might make a good 'mockumentary' akin to Spinal Tap or Best In Show. I felt the individual
self-importance these people projected within the ongoing hype over Amelia Earhart's disappearance was kind of hokey. Except
when I met Joe and walked into the 'Earhart Den' he maintained in his home, I soon realized it was Joseph A. Gervais
alone who generated the entire, 'solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance' movement in the 1960s that remains
in force today. I realized as well, notwithstanding all naysayers, that his assertion was correct where it came to Amelia's
continued post-loss existence with a different name applied to her person."
Note: In July of 1960, when he was flying
military transport planes among Pacific Island groups overseas, then USAF Captain Joseph A. Gervais was summoned to appear before a panel of senior military officers that learned he had gathered and held a
large collection of sworn affidavits describing Amelia Earhart's non-publicized rescue after she was said to have 'disappeared'
in 1937; a 'rescue' that had taken place in the same region
Captain Gervais was serving. The officers' panel confiscated the affidavits
and classified them along with the full interview it conducted with Gervais. Learning about this occurrence greatly inspired
CBS Radio journalist, Fred Goerner to further examine what Gervais was onto. The result was his groundbreaking 1966 investigative
book, The Search For Amelia Earhart in which he wrote about the above summons along with the 'Operation Earhart'
movement Joseph A. Gervais started in 1959 with his then partner, Captain Bob Dinger.
Fred Goerner's best-selling 1966 book issued by Doubleday
While writing his book, Fred Goerner received help and guidance from U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz, the commander
of the U.S. Pacific Fleet during World War Two, who outright admitted to Fred Goerner it was 'true' that Amelia and
her navigator, Fred Noonan were rescued in 1937 by Japan's naval authority even though the general public never knew about
it. At the same time, the Admiral could not say what happened to them afterward but he did offer to Fred Goerner that the
answer was documented in Washington as 'classified.' Fred Goerner traveled to Washington and gleaned much controversial information,
but fell short of learning a solid final answer about what became of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan after they were rescued.
Except Goerner did manage to interview many Pacific islanders when he traveled to the same places Joe Gervais did. His interviews
there included some high-level officials who further substantiated the non-publicized Earhart-Noonan rescue story. Goerner
also learned how nearly all high-level military personnel who served in the Pacific during World War Two commonly understood
that Earhart and Noonan were 'picked up' by Japan after they went missing and knowledge of it gained in Washington had been
withheld. Needing an ending for his book, even though he still lacked solid information about what ultimately became of the
flying duo, based on hearsay accounts Goerner suggested Fred Noonan may have been killed after exhibiting hostility toward
his unscheduled hosts, and that Amelia Earhart remained sequestered for a period of time before dying of a dysentery-like
illness as World War Two heated up. Accordingly, these events happened on the island of Saipan, although they were never
substantiated. The vast majority of people bought into Fred Goerner's finalizing conclusion at the time, though,
and his book remained in the Top-Ten of the New York Times best seller list for several weeks after it was issued. Incredibly,
as with Joseph A. Gervais, due to the 'official silence' his findings were greeted with by the U.S. State and Justice
departments, Fred Goerner and his book are barely recalled today.
Tod Swindell continued: "Joe Gervais was sharp as a tack and very serious with his ongoing claim that
Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 disappearance and later changed her name to 'Irene.' Yet he qualified it by telling me
in his discernible New England accent, ""The problem I didn't recognize was no one from the general public was
ever supposed to know who the Irene I met and came to know used to be, and she knew that better than anybody. Witness protection
works that way.""
Above, in November of 1970, Irene Craigmile (Bolam) took on
the national press circuit not only to preserve her dignity, but her former self's well buttoned-up by then heroic legacy
As serious as Joseph A. Gervais still was about the Irene who he met in 1965,
Tod Swindell was surprised to learn that as far as Gervais knew, no one had ever forensically compared Irene Craigmile
Bolam to Amelia Earhart before. So he set out to educate himself on how to do such a thing and in due time began orchestrating
a comparison study designed to weigh the likenesses of Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart to each other. He added,
"What inspired me was the way Joe Gervais mentioned he 'recognized her instantly' when he first saw her in 1965.
I found that incredible because I
looked at a candid photograph he took of her on the day they met and
I didn't see it, but he still insisted that was who she used to be. It dawned on me though, where he had been investigating Earhart's disappearance
since 1959, her image was indelibly etched in his mind so he didn't need any comparisons. He just knew who she was the first
time he saw her at a gathering of well known pilots from the golden age of aviation."
Tod Swindell with legendary Amelia Earhart
historian and disappearance investigator, retired U.S. Air Force Major Joseph A. Gervais. [Photo taken in 2002 during their
decade long collaboration.]
February 5, 2000: Above, top row left to right: Ronald
Reuther, Tod Swindell, Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam (Irene's survived in-laws); bottom row, left to right: Ann Holtgren Pellegreno,
Joe Klaas, Joseph A. Gervais
For nearly a decade after they first met, Tod Swindell and Joe Gervais met many more times
and spoke often by phone as well. Joe liberally shared the tonnage of research he gathered on Amelia Earhart and Irene Craimile
Bolam from decades past with Tod during that time period.