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The Controversy

Home Page: Amelia Earhart
The 1980s and 1990s Words Of Monsignor James Francis Kelley On Amelia Earhart
Drumming Out False Earhart History
About Tod Swindell
Past Significant Amelia Earhart Disappearance Investigations
Comparing Amelia Earhart To Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Surname 'Bolam' added in 1958)
About The Irene-Amelia Forensic Analysis Results
The Reality of Amelia Earhart Versus 'Freedom of the Press'
The Amelia Earhart We Barely Knew...
What President Roosevelt Knew, What The FBI Knew, & Amelia's Sister On Her friend, 'Irene'
Yellow Journalism Tried To Hide The Truth In 1982


 
The Controversy
 
It Was True All Along: After World War Two, Amelia
Earhart Was Known As, 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' 
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Above is the post-World War Two Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1977. This photo portrait was taken in July of that year in honor of Amelia Earhart'eightieth birthday, the famous person she used to be. It was first published in the Los Angeles Times in 2003, after a book about her still-unsettled identity issue was published.
 
In 1970, when it controversially surfaced that the person above used to be known as Amelia Earhart, a cover-up commenced to prevent the general public from recognizing it that is still in effect today. In recent years, however, a forensic comparison analysis blew the lid off of the half-century old, well obfuscated reality of Amelia Earhart's post-disappearance life. (See study samples further down.) To begin with, though, there was an original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, as shown below, and the person above was not she.
 
 

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The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
shown next to her plane in 1933. She
 was commonly referred to as, 'Irene 
Craigmile' as listed below:

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MAY 1933

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Amelia Earhart in 1921. In 1928, when she was thirty years old
she suddenly became famous. Soon after that she met Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile. In 1937, Amelia was declared a missing
person. In 1939, to release her estate to her next of kin, she
was legally declared, 'dead in absentia' since no evidence 
of her person or physical remains could be produced.


 Below is a 1930 newsprint photo of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, shown between her husband, Charles James Craigmile (left), and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. This was the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. To its right is a cleaned up, contrast enhanced version.
 

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As for the poor quality of the photo, clear images of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile were purposefully removed from circulation long ago. This was done for a very good reason that dates back to Charles Craigmile's sudden death occurring in 1931. For after he died it left his widow, Irene, to shift her attention to becoming a pilot. 

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The above mentions came from Charles James Craigmile's 1931 obituary.
 

According to history, after Charles Craigmile died in 1931, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did become a pilot. Below is a 1932 newspaper photo (again of low quality) showing Irene with a number of other lady pilots--including Amelia Earhart. Irene is outlined in black, Amelia is outlined in white. (Pilot Viola Gentry is seated on Irene's right.)  

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History also says Irene remarried twice--the last time in 1958--to Guy Bolam of England. Except the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile never married Guy Bolam in 1958. The post-World War Two Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was the one who married Guy Bolam, and that is why she is seen listed as "Mrs. Guy Bolam" in the 1974 news article below:

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This article lead-in appeared in a 1974 newspaper that was tracking the New York defamation lawsuit case of Bolam VS McGraw-Hill, Gervais, and Klaas. In 1970, McGraw-Hill published a book that claimed Mrs. Guy Bolam, full name, "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam", was the former Amelia Earhart who had assumed the left-over identity of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile during the World War Two era. Although McGraw-Hill was fined for poor fact checking when it came to some of the information contained in its book, the 'past identity of Mrs. Guy Bolam claim' was left unresolved.
 

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Again, the post-World War Two Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1977. She was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. In a recent comparison study, the first one ever done, (see some samples below) head-to-toe and character trait wise she proved to be a perfect match to Amelia Earhart.
 

Before her lawsuit began, in a 1970 newspaper article the post-war Irene acknowledged the previous surnames attributed to her person:

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Most everyone recalls the legendary pilot, Amelia Earhart, the first woman to solo a plane across the Atlantic Ocean--who later went missing amid inordinate circumstances. 

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Amelia Earhart
 

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What people never came to terms with until recent years, because it was never properly displayed before, was how after World War Two, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile suddenly looked just like her 1937 gone-missing friend, Amelia Earhart. 

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Post-War Irene and Amelia digitally combined
 

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The post-war Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile; features darkened
for the digital combination
enhancement.
 


Where synapses are firing correctly, it is soon noticeable that the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did not look like Amelia Earhart before the war.
 
As well, the post-war Irene's likeness to Amelia was acute. According to the results of a Digital Face Recognition analysis conducted in 2017, Amelia and the post-war Irene were recognized as one in the same person, as displayed in the following two examples.
 

  

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Amelia

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Post-War Irene & Amelia
digitally combined

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Accredited Digital Face Recognition programs
arrived in the Twenty First Century

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Amelia Earhart, 1937

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Post-War Irene & Amelia
digitally combined

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Digital Face Recognition
grid common to the post-war
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
and Amelia Earhart

Above and below, notice from the shoulders
up, necks and postures were also the same.
As it turned out, head-to-toe, Amelia Earhart
and the post-war Irene were identical because
they were in fact, one in the same human being,
albeit with different identities applied to it.

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The post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1965.
 

 

Accounting for other similarities beyond what the physical and character trait comparisons displayed, in 1982, when a reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer learned that the past identity controversy over Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam still remained unsettled, he gleaned some for an article that ran in October of that year: 

 

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The similarities above are real as far as the post-war Irene and Amelia were concerned, however the article blurred the line between the original Irene and the post-war Irene, by failing to at all reference the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
 
Before World War Two, the original Irene was never a world traveler who knew prominent people. (She did travel to Europe once as a young adult.) She was not known for writing poetry, nor was she known to have had an interest in photography. She was also never a Zonta member, nor was she a member of any flying organizations. Famously, Amelia Earhart was all of the above in the 1920s and 1930s, and those same similarities only applied to the post-war Irene, who Amelia became. It was as if she basically remained the same person she was before, with the exception of having changed her name.
 
After World War Two, it is evident the post-war Irene did join the Long Island Zonta organization at some point, (as Amelia she had belonged to the Boston and New York City Zonta chapters respectively) and for awhile she served as Zonta's International Relations Chairman with her ability to speak several foreign languages--a multilingual talent her former Amelia-self had been known for. And while she no longer flew planes, the post-war Irene did become a member of the prestigious New York Wings Club, (an organization of highly respected pilots) and she also belonged to the Early Birds of Aviation, a club of mostly retired pilots that featured one of her better pilot-friends from her flying days, Viola Gentry. The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was befriended by Viola Gentry through Amelia, but she never flew enough to merit any lofty pilot credentials for a sound reason: After the original Irene gave birth to a son in 1934, it basically put an end to her brief piloting days, to a point where she did not keep her license updated beyond 1937.
 
As a postscript, by the time World War Two began the original Irene was no longer evident--and her son was being raised by a surrogate mother.
 
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Below are the same two versions of the July 1977 photo portrait images--that display the post-World War Two, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. (She preferred the tidy, sepia-tone version.)
 
Whether people choose to believe it or not, the post-war Irene actually was, previously known as, Amelia Earhart. There is no questioning this matter, and there were important individuals who were aware of this truth when it surfaced years ago, and there are important individuals who are aware of it today. At the same time, notwithstanding the obvious natural reality it is, the truth about Amelia Earhart's post-war existence as 'Irene' has never been officially endorsed to the general public for a variety of politically correct reasons.
 
It is worth recalling here, it wasn't until thirty-years after Charles Lindbergh died, that it was confirmed he sometimes led a double life known as 'Careu Kent' the last two decades of his life.
 

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Following the 1970 Awkward Reveal
 
After the truth about Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence as 'Irene' surfaced back in 1970, it was dismissed by the former Amelia Earhart herself and by a disbelieving public. Until a researcher by the name of Tod Swindell came along in the 1990s, most people had forgotten the unresolved identity issue that concerned Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.  

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Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002
 

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The post-war Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile-Bolam in 1965
[Gervais photo]

In the late 1990s, Tod Swindell came to know a retired military figure--and past whistleblower--by the name of Joseph A. Gervais.
 
To Amelia Earhart aficionados, Joseph A. Gervais was a well known figure. The reason: After he met Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1965, and then researched her background for the next five years, he publicly asserted--and would defiantly maintain for the rest of his life--that she was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Yes, Joseph A. Gervais took a stand in 1970, when he proclaimed in a new book that year, how he had discovered that the Irene who he had met five years earlier at a gathering of senior pilots, was actually the former Amelia Earhart. He contended that Amelia Earhart, who had gone 'missing' amid inordinate circumstances in 1937, had quietly lived-on and in time replaced the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile by way of assuming her left-over identity--and that no one from the general public ever knew about it.
 

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1970, the former Amelia Earhart, AKA, the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam), faces the press to defend her honor and dignity, and her right to keep on living the private life she preferred and had grown accustomed to.
 

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In the decades that followed 1970, Joseph A. Gervais continued to be interviewed on television, all the while insisting no matter what anyone else believed, the Irene who he met and photographed in 1965, most definitely was the former Amelia Earhart. He died in 2005, having never disavowed his certainty about it, and in the end he was proved to have been correct.

   

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"Over the nine years spanning her first and last transoceanic flights, Amelia Earhart became one of the most famous women in the world. The private Amelia disliked that fame intensely." Amelia Earhart author-historian, Doris Rich

The former Amelia Earhart was angry in 1970, and rightfully so, when she was called out for who she used to be. Her former-self had been legally declared 'dead in absentia' thirty-one years earlier (in 1939) yet suddenly, against her will, she was all-but being asked to go back to being the famous Amelia Earhart again. For a variety of good reasons, she and others who were aware of who she used to be knew it was impossible for her to do such a thing. One difficult question after another would have been asked of her for the remainder of her days had she acknowledged her true past. "Where did you go after you disappeared?" "Who were you with?" "Were you on a government mission when you went missing, like your mother said?" "What were you doing during the war years?" "What happened to the original Irene?" "How were you able to assume her identity?" [Get the picture?] Instead, she retained two powerful lawyers to help her maintain her ongoing private existence, only as, 'Irene', and for the most part they succeeded.
 

  

"Barely a soul had heard of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile before 1970, the year the polemic claim about her past identity surfaced in the news. Today, few are aware of the convoluted mess the issue became in the years that followed, or how the 'claim' was technically left unresolved. Presently, even though it has become obvious in recent years that the post-war Irene indeed was previously known as Amelia Earhart; the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, Amelia Earhart's family, the original Irene's next of kin, and a curious assortment of  opposing Earhart disappearance theorists--some whom offer misleading, if not absurd ideas to account for what really happened to Amelia Earhart--continue to work hard at persuading the public through news media outlets and wikipedia... not to believe it." Tod Swindell, 2020 

  

 

The 1970 Emergence: 

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In 1970, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (left) used the news media to denounce a new, controversial book titled, Amelia Earhart Lives. She handled the press like a pro and called the book, "a poorly fabricated hoax." As it turned out, the book, that had evaluated ten years of investigative research, was not a hoax when it presented an astounding conclusion based on logic and deductive reasoning; one that said this particular Irene O'Crowley Craigmile had previously been known as Amelia Earhart. Said 'Irene' was caught off guard. She didn't like it and she sued for defamation. Her case dragged on for five years, yet the controversial question that asked if she was the former Amelia Earhart was never resolved. Many years later, it was conclusively determined that the woman shown holding the 1970 press conference was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. She was only known as 'Irene' after World War Two, and in 1958, she married a successful international businessman from England by the name of Guy Bolam. Again, that is why she was listed as 'Mrs. Guy Bolam' in the follow-up article four years later--that mentioned the courts, "still had yet to decide the matter once and for all" ...when it came to the question of her true life-long identity.

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Note: 1974, the "two Air Force officers" mentioned in the article were Joseph A. Gervais and the author of Amelia Earhart Lives, Joe Klaas.
 


After looking into it himself, Tod Swindell was surprised to learn that a number of people not only respected the opinion Joseph A. Gervais always maintained about the Irene he met, and that even though it wasn't publicized, many of them believed he was correct. He could also see Joseph A. Gervais was a gentleman of good character. Joe was a family man and a pilot himself who had flown missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam--before retiring from the Air Force as a Major in 1963.
 
So Tod, a filmmaker by trade, set out to do his own forensic research study in order to determine if what Joseph A. Gervais was still claiming to be true about Amelia Earhart--actually was true. He became more curious after learning that Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia Earhart were never closely compared to each other, so he ended up embarking on an in-depth comparison study as well--that caused consternation and took years to complete--but the conclusions it achieved were astounding. Among them; there had been no less than three Twentieth Century women attributed to the very same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile identity, and the one Joseph A. Gervais met in 1965--just as he had professed--was identifiable nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. Here they are:
 

CHARLES AND IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE
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Charles James Craigmile and his wife, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1930. After Charles died in 1931, Irene remarried and gave birth to a son in 1934. To date, no one knows what became of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Her son ended up being raised by a surrogate mother (right).
 

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This was the surrogate mother of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son, She also went by the name of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. This is the way she looked in the early 1940s, according to the original Irene's son, who identified her within the 'Amelia to Irene' comparison analysis.

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This is the post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1965, who proved to be a complete match to Amelia Earhart both physically and character trait wise. She may not look much like Amelia here, yet once again, check the panel below. 

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Amelia Earhart, 1937

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Post-War Irene & Amelia

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Below: Close-up, Amelia's eyes:

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Below: Close-up, the post-war Irene's eyes:

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Below: Amelia's & the post-war Irene's eyes digitally combined
displayed a perfect match pupil to pupil; tear-duct to tear-duct.

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To reiterate, according to Digital Face Recognition, Amelia Earhart and the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile should have been one in the same person. Decades before the facial comparison took place, though, in fact without any comparisons having been done, Joseph A. Gervais deduced they were one in the same person because:
 
1.) The day Joseph A. Gervais met Irene at a large gathering of senior pilots, he noticed her air of importance, felt he recognized her as an older version of Amelia Earhart, and he saw how she was aligned with some of Amelia's past inner circle of friends, to include her well known 1930s pilot friend, Viola Gentry, and Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey. 
 
2.) After deeply researching her past, he discovered for himself that the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile he met in 1965, was identifiable nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two.  

3.) Of immeasurable significance, when he was stationed in the Pacific from 1959 to 1962, Joseph A. Gervais recorded better than seventy sworn affidavits from people local to the region where Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937, with all commonly stating that Amelia did not simply 'disappear' as was widely reported in the United States. Rather, they averred that Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, ended up ditching in forbidden Japanese territory where they were picked up by Japan's Imperial Navy and privately sequestered. This has always been commonly accepted in the Pacific region where Amelia went missing. (See below display.) Add to this conveyance, of how even to the novice researcher it does not take long to notice that no true evidence of Amelia Earhart's death taking place in any way at all--has ever existed.
 

Below, 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; and Amelia, her plane, and her navigator, Fred Noonan, being retreived by Japan's Imperial Navy. (Final stamp plate enlarged as well.) Also featured are a lead in from a 2002 Associate Press article that quotes the Marshall Islands Ambassador to the United Nations, Alfred Capelle, followed by an earlier, equally revealing 1982 quote from two noted aviation historians. 

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"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Washington and Tokyo, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." 1982, aviation historians, Marylin Bender and Selig Altschul on the 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person cases of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, quoted from their book, The Chosen Instrument.
 

 


 
Next: The Viewpoint Offered
By Amelia's Next Of Kin

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Muriel Earhart Morrissey (1899-1998)

Amelia's sister, Grace 'Muriel' Earhart Morrissey, shown above in the
1990s, was reticent whenever she was asked about the identity controversy
over her later-life Zonta friend, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.

 
Question: How did Amelia's only sibling, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, react to the never-disproved suggestion that said her later life friend, Irene, was actually her still-living sister with a different name applied to her person? This way:

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"Of course I knew Irene. She was a sister Zonta." "It's just foolish. There is practically no physical resemblance." The final words about the Amelia to Irene controversy spoken by Muriel Earhart Morrissey, Amelia Earhart's only sibling. From 1970 on this was her basic reply to the never disproved assertion that stated her later life Zonta organization friend, the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam), was actually her survived sister sporting a different identity. The assertion had stated that unknown to the public, Muriel's sister, Amelia, had quietly survived after she went missing in 1937, and she went on to assume another identity in order to lead a private life after World War Two. Obviously, the later conducted comparison analysis displayed a hauntingly accurate Amelia-to-Irene resemblancecontrary to what Muriel tried to promote when she proclaimed there was, "practically no physical resemblance" exhibited by the two:

 


Below: If this isn't a strong
physical resemblance, what is?

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Muriel Earhart Morrissey played a key part in the protection effort that allowed her sister to keep on living a private life after she was nearly outed in 1970. When Muriel died in 1998, her daughter, Amy Kleppner, chose to honor her mother's wishes by continuing on with the same 'protective' tradition of never endorsing the verisimilitude of her aunt Amelia's post-loss existence as Irene, along with the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society. It appears clear enough no other choice was seen but to keep on toeing-the-line with the U.S. federal government, that during the pre-World War Two era, its executive branch, while occupied by President Franklin Roosevelt's administration, created what inevitably became an enduring cover-up that pertained to withholding certain facts about Amelia Earhart's so-called, disappearance. 
 

Amelia Earhart's famous career as a pilot spanned a period of nine years. It lasted from the time of her Friendship flight in 1928, when she was thirty-years old, until she went missing just shy of her fortieth birthday in 1937. The amount of different looks thousands of cameras captured of her during that time period were pretty amazing. In the below photos that show her in 1937 and 1932, it is difficult to recognize the same person:

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Amelia in 1937, just before she went missing--a few weeks shy of her fortieth birthday.

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Amelia in France in 1932, after being awarded the French Knight Cross.

Question

Can an individual change over time physically, emotionally, spiritually, and egotistically to a point where they become difficult to recognize after a long period of absence? Consider the following quote from Twentieth-Century philosopher, Uell Stanley Anderson:

"If we think of ourselves as bodies, our changing self becomes apparent. It is nearly impossible even for families to recognize a loved one after thirty years of absence, so greatly has the self altered. And a little reflection upon the changing quality of consciousness is sure to give us some insight into the numberless selves our surface minds and egos have become since first appearing in the world." Uell Stanley Andersen (1917-1986)

Here as well, consider the 1987 words of Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a former President of Seton Hall College who many considered to have been the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's closest later-life confidante. To several people, Father Kelley, who held PhDs in Philosophy and Psychology, reckoned his friend, Irene, as the former Amelia Earhart, and more than once he confided to individuals, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." The point being made here: The general public did not know 'all Amelia had been through' and how it changed her psyche to a place where she no longer wished to be the famous celebrity she once was.

 

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The post-World War Two, Mrs. Irene 
O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, FKA
Amelia Earhart, dining out with 
Msgr. James Francis Kelley, 1978.
 
 

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The above Irene photo and caption appeared in a
November 2003 article in the Los Angeles Times,
that acknowledged her ongoing identity question. 

Note: The caption under the above photo is not fully accurate. The post-war Irene won her defamation lawsuit against McGraw-Hill and was awarded $60k. She cited its book, Amelia Earhart Lives, falsely indicated she was a 'bigamist' and a 'traitor to her country.' On the other hand, she settled with Gervais and Klaas by way of exchanging ten dollars of consideration with them--after refusing to submit positive proof (such as her fingerprints) of her life long identity. 


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By now, given all that has been learned and revealed about the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, people who continue to advance the person above to have been the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--are either being deceitful--or they are demonstrating a limited scope of knowledge when it comes to the subject matter of her full life story. For she absolutely was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Rather, she absolutely had been... previously known as... Amelia Earhart
 


 
An Important Note
From Tod Swindell

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This website was launched in 2007 and has remained on-line since then. It elaborates on the factual realities of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight ending--and a truth learned decades ago that has never been over-challenged... because it's true.
 
Oddly enough, a variety of important sounding individuals, some whom offer far-out theories--such as Amelia dying on a desert island and being eaten by crabs, or being blindfolded and placed in front of a firing squad--have strongly lobbied against promoting the learned truth about Amelia Earhart's post-war existence as 'Irene', dating back to the time it was first made public.
 
There has also been a concerted effort to convince the curious--that much of the truthful information displayed here is not real. Take heart in knowing it is real and it will always remain real. The incredulous obfuscation applied to what actually happened to Amelia Earhart--the roots of which date back to a late 1930s' White House agenda promoted within President Franklin Roosevelt's administration to, "never make it public" [a quote from a 1938 White House transcript pertaining to information it withheld about the failed outcome of Amelia's 1937 world flight] evolved to remain intent after World War Two, into keeping the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence as the 'new' Irene O'Crowley Craigmile from ever being recognized in a public way.
 
This was typical of the common let's move on vantage point not only maintained by our federal government, but foreign powers as well, when it came to a variety of war time issues it preferred not to revisit. In essence, it favored to forever maintain the following attitude: Amelia Earhart went missing toward the end of her 1937 world flight and was presumed lost at sea.
 
This same viewpoint is maintained today in our nation's highest halls and within its most formidable institutions. If one takes the time to notice, our federal government has never conducted an official investigation of Amelia Earhart's disappearance, nor has it ever investigated the full life story of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
 
It is also worth noting while there has never been a conspiracy--in the traditional sense of that word--to circumvent the truth about Amelia Earhart's ongoing life as a renamed person, after Amelia was outed decades ago living as 'Irene', it is clear an understanding to keep the reality of it subdued came to exist.

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Dr. Alex Mandel of Ukraine

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Mike Campbell of
Amelia Earhart: 
The Truth At Last

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Richard Gillespie
of Tighar.

 
Warning: A wikipedia page launched and strictly monitored by a Dr. Alex Mandel of Ukraine, labeled, "Irene Craigmile Bolam", that features wikisource editing support provided by his fellow anti-Earhart-truth lobbyist, Mike Campbell, falsely states that in 2006, it was proved by a forensic detective hired by the National Geographic Society that Amelia did not live to become known as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile after the war. Do not believe it. National Geographic itself assures this never happened. Dr. Mandel and Mike Campbell, who both promote that Amelia ended up in Japan's custody and either died of illness or in front of a firing squad, are part of an ongoing protective alliance that detours people away from realizing Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 disappearance--and in time changed her name in order to further live a non-public life.
 
It is also worth noting, how according to the United States Federal Government, Amelia Earhart was legally declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, and while it has never offered an out loud opinion about it, the federal government's preference has always been for it to remain that way.
 
Just the same, no matter what anyone says, be it known that the person proudly posing with her wings in the 1977 formal photograph sitting below--most definitely was the former Amelia Earhart. Those who continue to comb the information presented here will more pragmatically come to terms with this now 'easy to recognize' reality.
 

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Yes, above is the former Amelia Earhart in 1977. It's even obvious anymore that's who she was prior to the war years. After World War Two she became the newIrene O'Crowley Craigmile, veritably replacing her 1930s acquaintance shown in the preceding photos with her husband and father. Since 1970, when the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two existence as 'Irene' first surfaced, the general public has been persuaded not to believe it... even though it was true. People who find this hard to accept have either been misled or misinformed, and most certainly are not aware of the recent years, 'forensic research and comparison study' that confirmed the veracity of it. It is also worth noting as a qualifier, Amelia Earhart was legally declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, and it is clear the strong preference of the United States Federal Government was for it to always remain that way. This directly correlates to why organizations strongly linked to the federal government, such as the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society, have never conducted their own investigations that examined the, 'Amelia lived on and became known as Irene' claim. Contrarily, their standard practice since 1970, has always been to talk it down to anyone who approached them about it.

Within the forensic study, to recap, years of investigative research were evaluated and combined with head-to-toe physical body and character trait comparisons of Amelia Earhart and Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. This had never been done before. The overall forensic analysis was finalized and copyrighted in 2017, after a Digital Face Recognition test yielded 'same person' results. 

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

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Above, the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (FKA Amelia Earhart) is shown in the same photographs from above the way she looked in 1965 (left), and twelve years later, in 1977 (right). Before the study took place and prior to Digital Face Recognition displaying the congruence it did to her former 'Amelia' self, it was difficult to recognize the post-war Irene for person she used to be. After all, in 1970, when the identity controversy first surfaced it had been three decades since anyone had seen Amelia Earhart. Especially in the 1965 photo, she just didn't look the way people imagined she would have looked then--had she not gone missing in 1937.
 
Along with its supportive forensic research, many head-to-toe physical being and character trait comparisons are featured in the overall study.

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Above, a 1965 photo of Guy Bolam of England, next to his
wife by their 1958 marriage, the post-war Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile-Bolam, who used to be known as, Amelia Earhart.

Yes, after World War Two, Amelia Earhart, who quietly survived her storied 1937 disappearance, went by the name of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, a name that had previously belonged to a 1930s acquaintance of hers. Then in 1958, she married a British gentleman by the name of Guy Bolam, leaving her more commonly known as, Irene Bolam. In 1970, when her identity controversy first surfaced, the assertion about her true past caught the former Amelia Earhart off guard--and even though most people dismissed it out of hand after she fought to disallow public verification of her past--the issue remained unresolved well into the Twenty First Century.
 
The truth began revealing itself decades later, when it was forensically realized that the Irene above, who was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two, was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. It was as if after the war, she had appeared from out of nowhere working as a senior loan officer at a New York bank. She ascended to become vice president of the National Bank of Great Neck on Long Island, before leaving her post when she married Guy Bolam. From then on she worked with Guy's international business company, Guy Bolam Associates, and she took over as president of Guy Bolam Associates after Guy's death in 1970. Their company was closely associated with its main client, Radio Luxembourg. 

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It was also verified that when the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile used to be Amelia Earhart, she had known the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. 


More comparisons of the post-war Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile and her former self, Amelia Earhart:

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Senator Hiram Bingham
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THE POST WAR IRENE, 1977

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Digitally Combined

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POST WAR IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE, 1970

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ABOVE LEFT, AMELIA; ABOVE RIGHT, DIGITALLY COMBINED

POST-WAR IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE & AMELIA
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YUGOSLAVIA, 1976

Where the true identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam existed as a controversial subject matter from the 1970s on, again, oddly enough, the first forensic study to compare her to Amelia Earhart, orchestrated by Tod Swindell, did not commence until the Twenty-First Century. After it did, it became easier to observe that the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam) and Amelia Earhart had been one in the same human being, especially after a Digital Face Recognition analysis became part of it. As well once again, the study discovered that there were no less than three Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' identity, with the former Amelia Earhart definitely having been one of them.
 
This is why, after Tod Swindell's newer investigative research and first-ever comparison study started receiving  attention from the Associated Press in 2002, and served as the chief inspiration for Colonel Rollin C. Reineck's book, Amelia Earhart Survived, Amelia Earhart truth opponents rose up against it. In the meantime, the Smithsonian Institution maintained its long-held tradition of distancing itself from the Amelia became Irene assertion.
 

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Lonnie G. Bunch III
Head of the Smithsonian

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The Opinion of the Smithsonian
 
For years now, the Smithsonian Institution, a ward of the United States federal government, has deftly sidestepped the learned forensic realities that concerned Amelia Earhart and Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--and it continues to do so today. While it has never conducted its own 'did Amelia become Irene?' investigation, it has always been sure to downplay the controversy to the news media. As recently as 2018, a Smithsonian constituent, Dorothy Cochrane, described the Smithsonian's preference was to simply view it as a 'false' claim. At the same time, the Smithsonian Institution does acknowledge its awareness that the Amelia-Irene controversy was never resolved.
 

The Smithsonian Institution is aware of the long-term forensic research and human comparison study--that displays the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-war existence as Irene--but it remains reluctant to acknowledge it.

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Akin to the viewpoint long maintained by the Smithsonian Institution toward the 'Amelia became Irene' assertion, Lord Admiral Nelson turns his blind eye toward a reality he'd rather not have to contend with.
 

Given all of the information that has been learned about it over the years, the Smithsonian Institution should at this point, without further delay, consider the idea of being more responsible to it by endorsing what has grown to become the obvious truth of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two existence with a different name applied to her person. The head of the Smithsonian, Lonnie Bunch, can now confidently step up to the plate and hit a historical Amelia Earhart home run--by simply acknowledging the validity of the study results. In turn he will accomplish something else long overdue: The drumming out of  false Amelia Earhart history promoters, some whom have made a lot money in recent decades--by peddling a variety of non-truthful stories to account for what happened to Amelia Earhart.

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Dear Smithsonian Institution, please acknowledge the truth and send all false Earhart history promoters, foremost including the ones shown below, down the road!

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Richard Gillespie of Tighar, said Amelia flew far south of the equator to a desert island where she died and her body was eaten by crabs.

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Elgen Long of Nauticos said Amelia flew aimlessly until she exhausted her fuel supply, then crashed down into the ocean and sank.

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Mike Campbell's The Truth At Last book said Amelia ditched her plane in hostile territory where she was picked up by Japan and mistreated, and she later died in its custody.

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Richard Martini of 'Earhart's Electra' said Amelia was excuted by angry Japanese soldiers.

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Next, an intro to how the Amelia
Earhart truth delivery began:
 
In the 1960s, two lengthy, separately conducted investigations--one sponsored by CBS Radio and the other known as, Operation Earhart--concluded with certainty that Amelia Earhart did not crash and sink into the ocean in 1937, as was widely promoted. Both investigations resulted in best selling books; The Search For Amelia Earhart by Fred Goerner (1966), and Amelia Earhart lives by Joe Klaas (1970).
 

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1966 book by Fred Goerner that profiled
CBS radio's five year investigation 

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1970, The Joe Klaas book about the ten
year 'Operation Earhart' investigation


The two investigations determined Amelia survived well beyond the date of her so-called disappearance. The CBS radio investigation concluded Amelia died of medical neglect after being sequestered by Japan as a spy suspect, and that Japan had secretly interned her remains. The other investigation, Operation Earhart, concluded Amelia quietly survived the World War Two years under the stewardship of Japan, and seeking privacy after the war she assumed a different identity. After much investigative research, in 1970, Amelia's 'still living' body evidence was produced by Operation Earhart in the form of a well respected woman known as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, noting she had wed a British gentleman named Guy Bolam in 1958. Operation Earhart claimed she was the former Amelia Earhart based on her strong resemblance to Amelia and a variety of other unique similarities she shared with the famous pilot, noting as well she was not identifiable as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. (This was later proved to be true.) Operation Earhart further claimed she had replaced the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and by producing Amelia Earhart's 'body evidence' it suggested it had veritably solved her dated 'missing person' case.  
 

When the assertion about her was made, though, the former Amelia Earhart, Amelia's family, and the Smithsonian Institution strongly rejected Operation Earhart's claim that she was the still living Amelia Earhart going by a different name. It was a big news story at the time. 

Below, another look at the post-war Irene, FKA Amelia, facing the press in 1970: 

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THE POST-WAR IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE

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AMELIA EARHART, 1935

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POST WAR IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE, 1970

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POST WAR IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE, 1977

Caught off guard in 1970, the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, AKA 'Mrs. Guy Bolam', FKA Amelia, quieted the press when she held a major news conference and sternly quipped, "I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart!" As mentioned, she had her own good reasons for denying who she used to be. The biggest one being, she wasn't about to go back to being Amelia Earhart again. That would have caused so many problems not only for herself, but for others as well. An article that ran the day after she made the statement included the following:

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The fact that Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam was not compared to Amelia Earhart back then tells us something, because our legal system easily could have done that--and it also could have far more thoroughly studied her life history if it chose to do so. The U.S. legal system, no doubt in this particular case influenced by its federal government, didn't do that because it did not want to surface the history of the other, original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--who Amelia Earhart had known in the 1930s. 

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 Again, nary a soul would have known about Amelia living on and changing her name had it not been for Joseph A. Gervais, (above) the retired military whistleblower whose ten-year investigation known as, Operation Earhart ended up presenting the 'body evidence' of Amelia Earhart in 1970, reidentified as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam), thus bringing an end to Amelia's 'missing person' case. Even though his claim was rejected back then, that's what he truthfully did.

 

 

"History is the unfolding of miscalculations."

Barbara Tuchman

~~~

 
How The Final Unveiling Came About
According to The Person Who Caused It

 
While doing research for an Amelia Earhart film project in the 1990s, I learned about the quirky, all but dismissed and forgotten, 'Amelia versus Irene' story. I also came to know the two World War Two veterans responsible for surfacing it, Joe Gervais and Joe Klaas, and was surprised to find out it was never resolved. I was amazed as well to learn that Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia Earhart were never forensically compared to each other--so after consulting with forensic experts who guided me on how to conduct one, I set out to orchestrate the first-ever Amelia Earhart to Irene O'Crowley Craigmile comparison analysis. Above are a few samples from well over a hundred full body comparisons the study produced. After I commenced with the study, however, it is worth noting how resistance from Irene's survived family members, from Amelia's survived family members, and a barrage of deflections from the now late Bill Prymak, (d. 2014) the former omnipresent leader of the Amelia Earhart Society--that when combined with sarcasm toward the effort issued by the Smithsonian Institution, my progress was hindered. In short, it took a long time to finalize the darn thing. The Twenty-First Century advent of Digital Face Recognition proved to be a key addition, though, during the process of it.
 
In the meantime it remained a high-level truth to be realized, how after fifty-years the debate over who the woman called out in 1970 really was, or used to be, was still ongoing according to history itself. It should be noted as well, that there have been some rather obvious attempts made to imply the debate was eventually settled, most notably through false statements issued by Mssrs Alex Mandel, Mike Campbell, Bill Prymak and several others in a lengthy wikisource diatribe launched in 2005. Within their 'private citizens' protest, their writ feverishly tried to impress upon people that Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was always the same person, that my forensic bona fides that were produced under the guise of experts were 'amateurish' and... that Irene never resembled Amelia much. Their article falsely counterpointed almost everything that supported the Amelia became Irene reality, and absurdly tried to assert that the claim of the post-war Irene's former identity being Amelia was proved false in 2006 by a forensic detective hired by the National Geographic Society, even though Nat Geo itself admits such a thing never actually happened. 
 
This website was launched a dozen years ago--not only to admonish Alex Mandel's falsely contrived wikisource syllogism--but to track the ongoing accumulation of the study results. While doing so, it also journaled research avenues of Amelia Earhart's 'disappearance' and 'missing person case' few had considered before. [The Study, Journal, and Irene-Amelia.com website were copyrighted in 2017.]
 
You may notice a cynical tone applied here at first, but it was only used to parallel so much unjustified cynicism the 'Amelia to Irene' conveyance was met with from the time it surfaced those years ago, in lieu of the more enlightening information discovered about Irene as time progressed. For instance, to date no less than four nationally published books, the latest one arriving in 2016, concluded Amelia quietly lived-on to become known as 'Irene' in pursuit of a private existence for herself during the post-war years; a conclusion that while perpetually shouted-down, has never been 'legally' over-challenged. (Anyone can check this.)
 
As well, if you would like to peruse the absolutely incredible wikisource collection of BS garbage that swung wildly at trying to debunk the concrete 'Amelia became Irene' reality, spearheaded by Alex Mandel, Ph.D., a Ukrainian nuclear physicist and self described 'Earhart image protecting fanatic', below is the link. But don't trust what is there as the vast majority of it consists of twisted facts. There is also something spooky, or twisted about the group of people who collaborated with Mandel on it as well. [Why was it so important to them, where they felt a need to spend so much time gathering and presenting false information in their concerted debunking effort? Akin to the line spoken by the character Richard Dryfus played in, 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', "Who are you people?!"] 
 

Below, the curious 'Earhart obsessed' Alex Mandel. The link to his anti, 'Amelia became Irene'
Myth or Reality? wikisource tirade is under the photo. Nicely assembled, it presents nothing more 
than non-truthful propaganda in its attempt to convince people not to believe that Amelia Earhart
had survived the World War Two years--and that she had changed her name to 'Irene'.

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Otherwise, as you continue to examine the tonnage of information presented here, keep an open mind, and please do not hesitate to embrace your own curiosity.
Thank you, Tod Swindell, 2020
Questions? e-mail evandell58@gmail.com 
 

Below find more details pertaining to the shoddy, non-truthful material Dr. Alex Mandel sewed together to base his 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' Wikipedia page on in an effort to detour attention away from the discoveries the 'Swindell comparison study' made. Notice as well in his page, the comparison study is never referred to. In fact, whenever people have tried in the past to edit something in about the study, or about the Irene-Amelia.com website, Dr. Mandel was sure to edit it out. So much is revealing of how the campaign is still ongoing--to keep the truth about Amelia Earhart's post loss survival as 'Irene' from being recognized by the general public. 

On Dr. Alex Mandel's False Wikipedia Statements
 
After Irene's death was recorded in 1982, Dr. Alex Mandel's wikipedia page states that: "Gervais sought permission to photograph and fingerprint the body, but permission was denied." Note: Despite what Dick Strippel and his 1995 book stated, (as cited by Mandel) it was not Joseph A. Gervais who did that. After Strippel's Book came out Gervais refuted he did such a thing. In fact, it was actually the original Irene's 1934 born son who was denied access to his (so-called) mother's remains at the Rutgers college of medicine she had pre-donated her body to. Mandel's wikipedia page further states, "In 2006, a criminal forensic expert was hired by National Geographic to study photographs" (of Amelia and Irene) "and cited many measurable facial differences between them, concluding that the two people were not the same." Note: Here's the story clarifying the above statement: In 2006, detective Kevin Richlin appeared on a National Geographic Channel special about Amelia Earhart. Tod Swindell's then in-progress comparison study had recently been touted in a new published book and was being written about in news briefs as well. The National Geographic Channel's producers gave Mr. Richlin a limited sampling of photos for him to examine in a rigged effort, (although it had asked to and did examine the full extent of Tod Swindell's in progress study, Nat Geo declined to film it or at all elaborate on it in its final program version) to which Detective Richlin, who was clearly unfamiliar with the 'Amelia to Irene' equation, made light of the suggestion, saying, "if this is all you have..." contending that what the producers supplied him with wasn't enough to conduct a serious analysis. The point is, detective Richlin never forensically concluded anything. Dr. Alex Mandel recklessly (and intentionally) distorts the truth in this way and in other ways in his "Irene Craigmile Bolam" wikipedia page.  
 

The "Irene Craigmile Bolam" wikipedia page 'support material' listed by Dr. Alex Mandel and other anti-Earhart truth lobbyists is shown below. Note how succinctly Richard Gillespie of TIGHAR, describes Rollin Reineck's book  as, "folklore" and "almost entirely fictitious." (Reineck's book had highly praised and was inspired by Tod Swindell's then in-progress study.) Since the 1980s, Mr. Gillespie has been claiming that Amelia made it to a deserted island far south of the equator and died there--leaving her body to be eaten by crabs. Although Mr. Gillespie has forever tried to impress upon the media that his malarkey is actually true, no authentic evidence has ever supported his claim and it never will, because it isn't true. In any case, the supportive material for Dr. Mandel's falsely contrived 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' Wikipedia page referenced the following:
 
  • Gillespie, Richard (2003).  'Is This Amelia Earhart?' book review of Amelia Earhart Survived by Rollin ReineckTighar ...folklore that presents an incriminating, but almost entirely fictitious, case against the late Irene Bolam.
  • Mandel, Alex; Bright, Ronald; Gaston, Patrick; Prymak, Bill (2005). Campbell, Mike (ed.). 'Amelia Earhart's Survival and Repatriation: Myth or Reality?' Wikisource.
  • Roach, John (Dec 15, 2003). 'Where is Amelia Earhart?--Three Theories' National Geographic News.

During the onset of the forensic comparison study, it was noticed right off that clear photos of Amelia Earhart's 1930s pilot friend, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, that showed her image before the 1940s, were no longer in circulation. So below are two more examples showing how close the resemblance was between Amelia Earhart and the post-World War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. The word 'doppelganger' might come into play for some. It refers to non-related people who look like twins. 
 

 

 

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Amelia Earhart, age 30 

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AMELIA & IRENE DIGITALLY COMBINED

Above: Face, head, neck, and
shoulders all in perfect alignment
 

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 It's Easy To Be Cynical And Pretend It Isn't True That Amelia Survived And Changed Her Name. All One Has To Do Is Support False Truths Instead. Below is A Story Showing How It's Done: 
 
 

AMELIA DID NOT LIVE!
 
Can you believe it? Some people were so fooled they actually wondered if Irene O'Crowley Craigmile might have been the survived Amelia Earhart going by a different name(!) It was a ridiculous speculation of course, for everyone knew Amelia was declared 'missing' in 1937, and according to history she was never seen again. And history is never wrong!
 

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In fact, to bring an end to her missing person case, in 1939, Amelia Earhart was legally declared, 'dead in absentia'.
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No one ever knew what became of Amelia Earhart. Her disappearance was a mystery. Today, however, many people consider that at least one of the modern theorists below likely solved the mystery:

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Richard Gillespie of Tighar, said Amelia flew far south of the equator to a desert island where she died and her body was eaten by crabs.

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Elgen Long of Nauticos said Amelia flew aimlessly until she exhausted her fuel supply, then crashed down into the ocean and sank.

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Mike Campbell's The Truth At Last book said Amelia ditched on a reef in hostile territory, that she was picked up by Japan and mistreated, and she died in its custody.

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Richard Martini of 'Earhart's Electra' said Amelia was excuted by angry Japanese soldiers.

Yes, one of the modern theorists above must be correct. After all, their claims have been the only 'Earhart mystery' updates reported on by news media outlets since the 1980s. Thank goodness people stopped paying attention to that crazy, 'Amelia lived on and became known as Irene' hogwash. Luckily, personnel from the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum were always sure to tell anyone who asked about the old 'Amelia/Irene' idea that they should not take it seriously! (Non-cynical; in a 2015 edition of its own magazine, the Smithsonian admitted the 'Amelia became Irene claim' lived on, acknowledging its awareness that the controversy remained unsettled.)
 
(Back to being cynical...)

 
Besides...
 
Just because Irene and Amelia ended up demonstrating a head-to-toe physical congruence; 
and just because their character traits matched and they hung out with a lot of the same people;
and just because Irene knew Amelia's sister, Muriel, in her later life years;
and just because J. Edgar Hoover's long withheld, 'WWII Amelia Earhart FBI file' featured reports that indicated Amelia Earhart was still alive after she went missing in 1937;
and just because the Irene who looked like Amelia was seen nowhere identified as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two... none of this meant anything because Irene and Amelia were simply non-related twins, or doppelgangers. It is easy for anyone to understand that!
 
Not to leave out, Wikipedia's 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' page [the page is listed as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam'] describes how the National Geographic Society hired a detective in 2006 who concluded they were not the same person--and even though National Geographic and the detective deny that happened it still must be true because it's in Wikipedia--and everyone knows Wikipedia never gets anything wrong! 
 
And just because clear photos of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile showing her before the 1940s don't exist anymore, it doesn't mean anything because it is likely some careless person must have lost them.
 
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Okay, enough of being cynical. Let's take a closer look at the original Irene's past: 
 
A simple background check reveals she was an only child born in 1904 into a fairly prominent New Jersey family, the O'Crowley's of Newark--and when Irene was a young adult her well known attorney-aunt, who had raised her from age twelve on, helped her to become an active member of the League of Women Voters. Then in 1928, at the age of twenty-four, Irene married Charles James Craigmile, age thirty-nine, of Rantoul, Illinois. Charles was a well respected Civil Engineer in Pompton Plaines, New Jersey and Irene's future with him looked bright.
 
Sadly, however, as noted earlier, Charles Craigmile suddenly died in 1931, leaving Irene a widow at age twenty-seven. 
 

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After a year of grieving the loss of her husband, Irene decided she wanted to become a pilot and with a little guidance from her friends, Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry, she began taking flying lessons in 1932. Below once again, the same September 1, 1932 news photo from above was actually taken a month before Irene took her first flying lesson on her 28th birthday, October 1, 1932. The famous pilot, Viola Gentry, who personally took Irene under her wing--and then decades later would largely figure in to why her post-war Irene friend was left with no choice but to face the press in 1970, is shown next to the original Irene on her right: 

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VIOLA GENTRY

In short order, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did learn to fly and she even moved into the same apartment building where Viola Gentry lived in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, that provided a straight shot down the road to Floyd Bennett Field.
 

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Spring of 1933; note Irene's listed address.

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Summer of 1935; note Viola's listed address.

It was through Irene's and Viola's common friend, Amelia, that they first came to know each other, and the two became better friends by virtue of the dedication Irene devoted to becoming a licensed pilot--and her appreciation for the way Viola kept her under her wing during the process of it. Plus they had something in common: Viola Gentry lost her love interest, Jack Ashcraft, in a 1929 plane crash, and of course, Irene's husband, Charles, had died in 1931, leaving a mutual bond the two shared. Displaying more of their newfound camaraderie, below are a couple of press notices showing how Viola was sure to include her protoge', Irene, in some of her 1933 flying adventures:   

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A 1933 press notice citing Viola Gentry as the governor of Connecticut's invited guest of honor with Irene Craigmile joining her. Jack Warner is also mentioned, who Viola secretly wed--and then kept it a secret as long as she could.

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Another 1933 press notice telling of Viola Gentry entertaining Lady Drummond Hay of England, along with Irene Craigmile.

Except...

 
...in an unexpected twist of fate, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile realized she was pregnant out of wedlock in mid-1933 and ended up eloping to marry her child's father to be, Al Heller. Irene didn't fly much more after that--and let her pilot's license expire within a few years. According to an old newspaper article, the photo below features Irene holding her 1934 born son, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller:

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Yet Irene had been duped. After she and Al Heller eloped, she learned that Al was still legally married to another woman he had children with, so she had their marriage annulled. As well, she and Viola's common pilot friend, Amelia, ended up moving back to the west coast in late 1934, so they all rarely saw each other after that. Yet, how did Irene and Amelia ever come to know each other in the first place?
 
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile originally came to know Amelia Earhart through Irene's aforementioned aunt, a well known lawyer by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley (see 1928 news article below) who Amelia had come to know through the Zonta organization they both belonged to. Accordingly, before she became a pilot, Irene Craigmile, who was not a Zonta member, was a guest of her Aunt's at a Zonta meeting when she met Amelia for the first time and enjoyed some conversation with her. 
 

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Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's aunt, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, practiced law in New York and New Jersey. Twelve years older than Amelia, attorney Irene was a charter member of Zonta; a professional business women's organization established in 1919. Amelia looked up to her after she joined the Zonta's herself in 1928, and by the 1930s, attorney Irene, Amelia, and Nina Broderick Price, of English diplomat parents, were three of the Zonta's most recognized members. Amelia of course, ended up being the most famous Zonta member of all time--even though her busy schedule prevented her from being as active with it as her friends, Nina Price and attorney Irene R. O'Crowley were. Since 1939, to honor her legacy, Zonta scholarships in Amelia Earhart's name have annually been awarded to aspiring young women. [In the 1930s, attorney Irene's niece, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, was not a career woman and so not a Zonta member, nor was Viola Gentry a Zonta member.]

Nina Price, who designed women's clothing, and attorney Irene O'Crowley as well demonstrated their own keen senses of fashion, and in 1932 & 1933, they helped Amelia launch her self-designed women's clothing line--with Nina helping the start-up of it and the publicity end--and attorney Irene helping with legal contractual matters. Nina, attorney Irene, and Amelia were described by another Zonta member as 'thick as theives' during this time period, and it is evident they were. [Which is why it may appear odd to some that the two are never mentioned in any of Amelia's biographies. Trust knowing the obscured past of attorney Irene's niece, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, had everything to do with that.]
 
Nina and attorney Irene also helped to get Amelia's own branded luggage line going with Amelia's manager-husband, George Putnam, using his own contacts to help promote it.
 
Below are some news clippings from the past mentioning Zonta along with attorney Irene's, Nina's, and Amelia's names, followed by images of the non-pilot marketing ventures Amelia endeavored to capitalize on with their help and guidance:

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A 1928 article commenting on attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley's opinion about the importance clothing in the business world.

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Two 1932 articles referring to Nina Broderick Price as the Zonta International Relations Chairman, then serving as 'toast mistress' for a Zonta trophy banquet given in Amelia's honor.

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A 1939 article referring to attorney Irene (Rutherford) O'Crowley as the Zonta International Relations Chairman along with a mention about the recently approved Amelia Earhart scholarship award.

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Amelia adjusts one of her creations.

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Above, after she soloed the Atlantic in mid-1932, Amelia Earhart was arguably the most famous women in the world. She worked hard the following year at developing her own lines of fine clothing, women's accessories, and durable luggage with logistical help and legal advice offered by both Nina Price and Irene Rutherford O'Crowley. The exciting ventures were less profitable than Amelia had hoped for, however, and after a difference of opinion between she and Nina ensued over it, Amelia decided to abandon her clothing line altogether. Her quality luggage line, though, the corporate office of which was based in Newark, New Jersey--a convenience for attorney Irene who resided there--managed to survive and "Amelia Earhart Luggage" continued to be sold for decades afterward.
 
Below, excerpted from a 1984 letter written by one Lucy McDannel--a former secretary and paralegal who had worked for attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley in the 1930s and 1940s--she refers to attorney Irene as, "Irene Sr." and attorney Irene's niece, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, as "Irene Jr." while explaining the friendship that existed between Nina and attorney Irene. Note as well the mention of Nina helping to start an "international friendship group" (AKA 'Zonta') and their connection to Amelia's luggage venture: 
 

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Above, a 1936 article about Nina Broderick Price's fashion advice to women. Nina mentored Amelia Earhart on designing women's clothing. (They apparently had some kind of falling our during the venture of it.) Depending on which article one might read, Nina was known to describe herself as either an actress, a writer, or a fashion designer.

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Above, a 1932 Western Union Telegram sent to Nina Broderick Price to be redirected to Amelia's attention. When Amelia soloed the Atlantic that year she had pre-arranged for Nina to receive congratulatory Zonta messages for her within the New York City Zonta they both belonged to.

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Back to Viola Gentry

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Above: Pilot-pals Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, and Viola Gentry in 1932.
 
 
Below, Viola Gentry in 1965, with the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's British husband, Guy Bolam.
Viola, Guy, and Amelia's sister, Muriel, were key players in the cover-up of Amelia's later life as 'Irene'. 

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"Few had heard of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile until 1970, when a story about her surfaced as a hyped-up news item. Today she is largely forgotten--even though the issue that concerned her was never fully resolved. And as it turned out, her Earhart connection had more interesting twists than people realized." Tod Swindell, 2020 
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In 1970, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile took on the
news media and handled the press like a pro.
 
Below is a line from her first husband,
Charles James Craigmile's 1931 obituary:

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The Greatest Amelia Earhart Story Never Told 
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Below is a 1930 newsprint photo of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, shown between her husband, Charles James Craigmile (left), and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley (right). This was the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart in the 1930s.
 

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As for the poor quality of the photo, clear images of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile were removed from circulation long ago. According to history, after Irene's first husband, Charles died, she remarried twice, the last time in 1958, to Guy Bolam of England. That is why the post-World War Two Irene O'Crowley Craigmile is listed as "Mrs. Guy Bolam" in the 1974 article lead-in displayed below:

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This article lead-in appeared in a 1974 newspaper that was tracking the New York defamation lawsuit case of Bolam VS McGraw-Hill, Gervais, and Klaas. In 1970, McGraw-Hill published a book that claimed Mrs. Guy Bolam, full name, "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam", was the former Amelia Earhart who had assumed the left-over identity of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile during the World War Two years. Although McGraw-Hill was fined for poor fact checking, the 'past identity of Mrs. Bolam claim' remained unresolved.
 

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The post-World War Two Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1977. She was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. In a recently conducted comparison analysis, the first one ever done, (see samples below) head-to-toe and character trait wise she proved to be a perfect match to Amelia Earhart.
 

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The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
shown next to her plane in 1933. She
 was commonly referred to as, 'Irene 
Craigmile', as listed below:

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MAY 1933

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Amelia Earhart in 1921. In 1928, when she was 
thirty years old, she suddenly became famous. 
 


 
Everyone recalls the legendary pilot, Amelia Earhart, who after becoming the first woman to solo a plane across the Atlantic Ocean, went missing later amid inordinate circumstances... 

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Amelia Earhart
 

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What people never came to terms with until recent years, because it was never properly displayed before, was how after World War Two, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile suddenly looked just like her gone-missing friend, Amelia Earhart.

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Post-War Irene and Amelia digitally combined
 

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Post-War Irene O'Crowley Craigmile

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The post-World War Two, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, in 1977.
 

 
Even according to the results of a Digtal Face Recognition analysis conducted in 2017, Amelia and the post-war Irene were recognized as one in the same person. That's how closely they resembled each other.  
 

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Amelia Earhart, 1937

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Post-War Irene & Amelia
digitally combined

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DFR grid common to the
post-war Irene & Amelia

  

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Amelia

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Post-War Irene & Amelia
digitally combined

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Accredited Digital Face Recognition programs
arrived in the Twenty First Century


 
Below: Close-up, Amelia's eyes:

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Below: Close-up, the post-war Irene's eyes:

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Below: Amelia's & the post-war Irene's eyes digitally combined
displayed a perfect match pupil to pupil; tear-duct to tear-duct.

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Until a researcher named Tod Swindell came along in the 1990s, most people had forgotten the controversial story that concerned Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.  

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Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002
 

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Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile-Bolam in 1965
[Gervais photo]

In the late 1990s, Tod Swindell came to know a retired military figure--and past whistleblower--by the name of Joseph A. Gervais.
 
To Amelia Earhart aficionados, Joseph A. Gervais was a well known figure. The reason: After he met Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1965, and then researched her background for the next five years, he publicly asserted--and would defiantly maintain for the rest of his life, that she was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Yes, Joseph A. Gervais took a stand in 1970, when he proclaimed in a new book that year, how he had discovered that the Irene he met at a retired pilots gathering in 1965, (who he photographed as well) was actually the former Amelia Earhart. Joseph A. Gervais contended that Amelia Earhart, who went 'missing' amid inordinate circumstances in 1937, had quietly lived-on, and that she replaced the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile by assuming her left-over identity--and that no one from the general public knew about it.

 
"Barely a soul had heard of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile before 1970, the year the controversial 'past identity' claim about her surfaced in the news. Today, few are aware of the convoluted mess it became--and that the claim about her past identity was never resolved." Tod Swindell, 2020 

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In 1970, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (left) used the news media to denounce a new, controversial book titled, Amelia Earhart Lives. She handled the press like a pro and called the book, "a poorly fabricated hoax." As it turned out, the book, that had evaluated ten years of investigative research, was not a hoax when it presented an astounding conclusion based on logic and deductive reasoning, that said Irene O'Crowley Craigmile had previously been known as Amelia Earhart. Irene, who was caught off guard, didn't like it and sued for defamation. Her case dragged on for five years, yet the controversial question that asked if she was the former Amelia Earhart was never resolved. Years later, it was conclusively determined that the woman shown holding the 1970 press conference was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. She was only known as 'Irene' after World War Two, and in 1958, she married an international businessman from England by the name of Guy Bolam. Again, that is why she was listed as 'Mrs. Guy Bolam' in the article four years later--that mentioned the courts, "still had yet to decide the matter once and for all" ...when it came to the question of her true life-long identity.
 

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Note: The "two Air Force officers" mentioned in the article were Joseph A. Gervais and the author of Amelia Earhart Lives, Joe Klaas.
 


Tod Swindell was surprised to learn that a number of people not only respected the opinion Joseph A. Gervais always maintained, but that many believed he was correct as well. He could also see Joseph A. Gervais was a gentleman of good character. Joe was a family man and a pilot himself who had flown missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam--before retiring from the Air Force as a Major in 1963.
 
So Tod, a filmmaker by trade, set out to do his own forensic research study in order to determine if what Joseph A. Gervais was still claiming to be true about Amelia Earhart--actually was true. He became more curious after learning that Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia Earhart were never closely compared to each other, so he ended up embarking on a comparison study as well--that caused consternation and took years to complete--but what it learned was astounding: There had been no less that three Twentieth Century women attributed to the very same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile identity, and the one Joseph A. Gervais met in 1965--just as Joe had professed--was identifiable nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. Here they are:
 

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Cleaned up a bit and contrast enhanced are Charles James Craigmile and his wife, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1930. After Charles died in 1931, Irene remarried and gave birth to a son in 1934. To date, no one knows what became of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Her son ended up being raised by a surrogate mother (right).
 

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This was the surrogate mother of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son, She also went by the name of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. This is the way she looked in the early 1940s, according to the original Irene's son, who identified her within the 'Amelia to Irene' comparison analysis.

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This is the post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1965, who proved to be a complete match to Amelia Earhart both physically and character trait wise. She may not look much like Amelia here, yet once again, check the panel below. 

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Amelia Earhart, 1937

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Post-War Irene & Amelia

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Again, according to Digital Face Recognition, Amelia Earhart and the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile were one in the same person. Decades earlier, even without any comparisons being done, Joseph A. Gervais had deduced they were one in the same because:
 
1.) The day Joseph A. Gervais met Irene, he noticed her air of importance, felt he recognized her as an older version of Amelia, and soon after he learned she was aligned with some of Amelia's old inner circle of friends, to include her well known 1930s pilot friend, Viola Gentry, and Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey. 
 
2.) After deeply researching her past, he discovered for himself that the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile he met in 1965, was identifiable nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two.  

3.) Of immeasurable importance, when he was stationed in the Pacific from 1959 to 1962, Joseph A. Gervais recorded better than seventy sworn affidavits from people local to the region where Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937, with all commonly stating that Amelia Earhart did not simply 'disappear' as widely reported in the United States. Rather, they averred that Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, ended up ditching in forbidden Japanese territory where they were picked up by Japan's Imperial Navy and privately sequestered. This has always been commonly accepted in the Pacific region where Amelia went missing. (See below display.) Add to this conveyance, how even to the novice researcher it does not take long to notice that no true evidence of Amelia Earhart's death taking place in any way at all--has ever existed.

Below, 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; and Amelia, her plane, and her navigator, Fred Noonan, being retreived by Japan's Imperial Navy. (Final stamp plate enlarged as well.) Featured as well are a lead in from a 2002 Associate Press article that quotes the Marshall Islands Ambassador to the United Nations, Alfred Capelle, followed by an earlier, equally revealing 1982 quote from two noted aviation historians. 

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"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Washington and Tokyo, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." 1982, aviation historians, Marylin Bender and Selig Altschul on the 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person cases of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, quoted from their book, The Chosen Instrument.
 

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Muriel Earhart Morrissey (1899-1998)

Amelia's sister, Grace 'Muriel' Earhart Morrissey, shown above in the 1990s, was reticent whenever she was asked about the identity controversy over her later-life Zonta friend, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.

 
Question: How did Amelia's sister, Muriel, react to the never-disproved suggestion that said her later life friend, Irene, was actually her still-living sibling with a different name applied to her person? This way:

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"Of course I knew Irene. She was a sister Zonta." "It's just foolish. There is practically no physical resemblance." The final words about the Amelia to Irene controversy spoken by Muriel Earhart Morrissey, Amelia Earhart's only sibling. From 1970 on this was her basic reply to the never disproved assertion that stated her later life Zonta organization friend, the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, was actually her survived sister sporting a different identity. The assertion had stated that unknown to the public, Muriel's sister, Amelia, had quietly survived after she went missing in 1937, and she went on to assume another identity in order to lead a private life after World War Two. Obviously, the later conducted comparison analysis displayed a hauntingly accurate Amelia-to-Irene resemblancecontrary to what Muriel tried to promote when she proclaimed there was, "practically no physical resemblance" exhibited by the two:

 

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Muriel Earhart Morrissey played a key part in the protection effort that allowed her sister to keep on living a private life after she was nearly outed in 1970. When Muriel died in 1998, her daughter, Amy Kleppner, chose to honor her mother's wishes by continuing on with the same 'protective' tradition of never endorsing the verisimilitude of her aunt Amelia's post-loss existence as Irene, along with the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society. It appears clear enough that all saw no other choice but to keep on toeing-the-line with the U.S. federal government, that during the pre-World War Two era, its executive branch while occupied by President Franklin Roosevelt's administration, created what inevitably became the enduring cover-up that pertained to Amelia Earhart's so-called, disappearance. 
 

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Above photo and caption appeared in a
November 2003 edition of the L.A. Times.

 
By now, given all that has been learned and revealed since the 1960s about the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, people who advance that the person above was the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who after 1958 was known as Mrs. Irene Bolam, are demonstrating a limited scope of knowledge when it comes to the subject of her full life story. For she absolutely was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Rather, she absolutely had been... previously known as... Amelia Earhart. 
 


 
An Important Note
From Tod Swindell

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 This website was launched in 2007 and has remained on-line since then. It elaborates on the factual realities of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight ending--and a truth learned decades ago that has never been over-challenged... because it's true. Oddly enough, a variety of important sounding individuals, some whom offer far-out theories--such as Amelia dying on a desert island and being eaten by crabs or being blindfolded and placed in front of a firing squad--have strongly lobbied against promoting the learned truth of Amelia Earhart's post-war existence as 'Irene' from the time it was discovered. There has also been a concerted effort dedicated to convincing the curious--that much of the truthful information displayed here is not real. Take heart in knowing it is real and it will always remain real. The incredulous obfuscation applied to what actually happened to Amelia Earhart--the roots of which date back to a late 1930s' White House agenda adopted by President Franklin Roosevelt's administration to, "never make it public" (a quote from a 1938 White House transcript pertaining to information it withheld about the failed outcome of Amelia's 1937 world flight) evolved to remain intent after World War Two, into keeping the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence as the 'new' Irene O'Crowley Craigmile from ever being recognized in a public way. This same practice continues today in our nation's highest halls and within its most formidable institutions. It is also worth noting while there has never been a conspiracy--in the traditional sense of that word--to circumvent the truth about Amelia Earhart's ongoing life as a renamed person, after Amelia was outed decades ago living as 'Irene', it is clear an understanding to keep the reality of it subdued did come to exist.
 


 
Below are two examples of current anti-truth lobbyists when it comes to what really happened to Amelia Earhart in 1937, and what became of her later on:   

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Dr. Alex Mandel of Ukraine

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Mike Campbell of
Amelia Earhart: 
The Truth At Last

 
Warning: A wikipedia page launched and strictly monitored by a Dr. Alex Mandel of Ukraine, labeled, "Irene Craigmile Bolam" that features editing support provided by his fellow anti-Earhart-truth lobbyist, Mike Campbell, falsely states that in 2006, it was proved by a forensic detective hired by the National Geographic Society that Amelia did not live to become known as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile after the war. Do not believe it. National Geographic itself assures this never happened. Dr. Mandel and Mike Campbell, who both promote that Amelia ended up in Japan's custody and either died of illness or in front of a firing squad, are part of an ongoing protective alliance that detours people away from realizing Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 disappearance--and in time changed her name in order to further live a non-public life.
 
It is also worth noting, how according to the United States Federal Government, Amelia Earhart was legally declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, and while it has never offered an out loud opinion about it, the federal government's preference has always been for it to remain that way.
 
Even so, be it known that the person proudly posing with her wings in the 1977 formal photograph sitting below--most definitely was the former Amelia Earhart. Those who continue to comb the information presented here will come to terms with this reality upon learning more about the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--and by observing the additionally displayed forensic research and comparison elements.
 

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Yes, above is the former Amelia Earhart in 1977. It's even obvious anymore that's who she was prior to the war years. After World War Two she became the newIrene O'Crowley Craigmile, veritably replacing her 1930s acquaintance shown in the preceding photos with her husband and father. Since 1970, when the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two existence as 'Irene' first surfaced, the general public has been persuaded not to believe it... even though it's true. People who find this hard to accept have either been misled or misinformed, and most certainly are not aware of the recent years, 'forensic research and comparison study' that confirmed the veracity of it. It is also worth noting as a qualifier, Amelia Earhart was legally declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, and it is clear the strong preference of the United States Federal Government was for it to always remain that way. This directly correlates to why organizations strongly linked to the federal government, such as the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society, have never conducted their own investigations that examined the, 'Amelia lived on and became known as Irene' claim. Contrarily, their standard practice since 1970, has always been to talk it down to anyone who approached them about it.

Within the forensic study, to recap, years of investigative research were evaluated and combined with head-to-toe physical body and character trait comparisons of Amelia Earhart and Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. This had never been done before. The overall forensic analysis was finalized and copyrighted in 2017, after a Digital Face Recognition test yielded 'same person' results. 

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

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Above, the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (FKA Amelia Earhart) is shown in the same photographs from above the way she looked in 1965 (left), and twelve years later, in 1977 (right). Before the study took place and prior to Digital Face Recognition displaying the congruence it did to her former 'Amelia' self, it was difficult to recognize the post-war Irene for person she used to be. After all, in 1970, when the identity controversy first surfaced it had been three decades since anyone had seen Amelia Earhart. Especially in the 1965 photo, she just didn't look the way people imagined she would have looked then--had she not gone missing in 1937.
 
Along with its supportive forensic research, many head-to-toe physical being and character trait comparisons are featured in the overall study.

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Above, a 1965 photo of Guy Bolam of England, next to his
wife by their 1958 marriage, the post-war Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile-Bolam, who used to be known as, Amelia Earhart.

Yes, after World War Two, Amelia Earhart, who quietly survived her storied 1937 disappearance, went by the name of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, a name that had previously belonged to a 1930s acquaintance of hers. Then in 1958, she married a British gentleman by the name of Guy Bolam, leaving her more commonly known as, Irene Bolam. In 1970, when her identity controversy first surfaced, the assertion about her true past caught the former Amelia Earhart off guard--and even though most people dismissed it out of hand after she fought to disallow public verification of her past--the issue remained unresolved well into the Twenty First Century.
 
The truth began revealing itself decades later, when it was forensically realized that the Irene above, who was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two, was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. It was as if after the war, she had appeared from out of nowhere working as a senior loan officer at a New York bank. She ascended to become vice president of the National Bank of Great Neck on Long Island, before leaving her post when she married Guy Bolam. From then on she worked with Guy's international business company, Guy Bolam Associates, and she took over as president of Guy Bolam Associates after Guy's death in 1970. Their company was closely associated with its main client, Radio Luxembourg. 

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It was also verified that when the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile used to be Amelia Earhart, she had known the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, shown again directly below: 

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The same newsprint photo from 1930 featuring Charles James Craigmile with his wife, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and Irene's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.  

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1930 NEWSPRINT PHOTO

Here the photo is cleaned up a bit showing just Charles and Irene. The reason for the poor quality is clear photos of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile were removed from circulation long ago. The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's life story is elaborated on further down. To begin with, it is important to know that her husband, Charles Craigmile, tragically died in 1931. Below is a line from his 1931 obituary.

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After Charles Craigmile died, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who as a guest of her attorney aunt had met Amelia Earhart at a Zonta function, decided she wanted to became a pilot. Below she is featured in a 1932 news photo Amelia also appeared in. Amelia is outlined in white and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile is outlined in black, and is identified in the photo as 'Irene Craigmile', as she was known by her pilot friends. Once again the photo quality is extremely poor:

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More comparisons of the post-war Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile and her former self, Amelia Earhart:

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Senator Hiram Bingham
& Amelia Earhart
 
 

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THE POST WAR IRENE, 1977

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Digitally Combined

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POST WAR IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE, 1970

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ABOVE LEFT, AMELIA; ABOVE RIGHT, DIGITALLY COMBINED

POST-WAR IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE & AMELIA
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YUGOSLAVIA, 1976

Where the true identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam existed as a controversial subject matter from the 1970s on, again, oddly enough, the first forensic study to compare her to Amelia Earhart, orchestrated by Tod Swindell, did not commence until the Twenty-First Century. After it did, it became easier to observe that the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam) and Amelia Earhart had been one in the same human being, especially after a Digital Face Recognition analysis became part of it. As well once again, the study discovered that there were no less than three Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' identity, with the former Amelia Earhart definitely having been one of them.
 
This is why, after the 'Swindell study' started receiving  attention from the Associated Press in 2002, and then became the reason Colonel Rollin C. Reineck wrote his book, Amelia Earhart Survived, issued in December of 2003, Amelia Earhart truth opponents rose up against it. Below find more details pertaining to the shoddy, non-truthful material Dr. Alex Mandel sewed together to base his 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' Wikipedia page on in an effort to detour attention away from the discoveries the 'Swindell study' made. Notice as well in his page, Tod Swindell and his study are never referred to. In fact, whenever people tried to edit anything in about the 'Swindell study' results or Irene-Amelia.com that has existed on line for a dozen years now, Dr. Mandel has been sure to edit it out in his effort to not draw attention to it. So much is revealing of how the campaign to keep the truth about Amelia's post loss survival as 'Irene' from being recognized by the general public is still ongoing. 
 

On Dr. Alex Mandel's False Wikipedia Statements
 
After Irene's death was recorded in 1982, Dr. Alex Mandel's wikipedia page states that: "Gervais sought permission to photograph and fingerprint the body, but permission was denied." Note: Despite what Dick Strippel and his 1995 book stated, (as cited by Mandel) it was not Joseph A. Gervais who did that. After Strippel's Book came out Gervais refuted he did such a thing. In fact, it was actually the original Irene's 1934 born son who was denied access to his (so-called) mother's remains at the Rutgers college of medicine she had pre-donated her body to. Mandel's wikipedia page further states, "In 2006, a criminal forensic expert was hired by National Geographic to study photographs" (of Amelia and Irene) "and cited many measurable facial differences between them, concluding that the two people were not the same." Note: Here's the story clarifying the above statement: In 2006, detective Kevin Richlin appeared on a National Geographic Channel special about Amelia Earhart. Tod Swindell's then in-progress comparison study had recently been touted in a new published book and was being written about in news briefs as well. The National Geographic Channel's producers gave Mr. Richlin a limited sampling of photos for him to examine in a rigged effort, (although it had asked to and did examine the full extent of Tod Swindell's in progress study, Nat Geo declined to film it or at all elaborate on it in its final program version) to which Detective Richlin, who was clearly unfamiliar with the 'Amelia to Irene' equation, made light of the suggestion, saying, "if this is all you have..." contending that what the producers supplied him with wasn't enough to conduct a serious analysis. The point is, detective Richlin never forensically concluded anything. Dr. Alex Mandel recklessly (and intentionally) distorts the truth in this way and in other ways in his "Irene Craigmile Bolam" wikipedia page.  
 

The "Irene Craigmile Bolam" wikipedia page 'support material' listed by Dr. Alex Mandel and other anti-Earhart truth lobbyists is shown below. Note how succinctly Richard Gillespie of TIGHAR, describes Rollin Reineck's book  as, "folklore" and "almost entirely fictitious." (Reineck's book had highly praised and was inspired by Tod Swindell's then in-progress study.) Since the 1980s, Mr. Gillespie has been claiming that Amelia made it to a deserted island far south of the equator and died there--leaving her body to be eaten by crabs. Although Mr. Gillespie has forever tried to impress upon the media that his malarkey is actually true, no authentic evidence has ever supported his claim and it never will, because it isn't true. In any case, the supportive material for Dr. Mandel's falsely contrived 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' Wikipedia page referenced the following:
 
  • Gillespie, Richard (2003).  'Is This Amelia Earhart?' book review of Amelia Earhart Survived by Rollin ReineckTighar ...folklore that presents an incriminating, but almost entirely fictitious, case against the late Irene Bolam.
  • Mandel, Alex; Bright, Ronald; Gaston, Patrick; Prymak, Bill (2005). Campbell, Mike (ed.). 'Amelia Earhart's Survival and Repatriation: Myth or Reality?' WikiSource.
  • Roach, John (Dec 15, 2003). 'Where is Amelia Earhart?--Three Theories' National Geographic News.


 
The Opinion of the Smithsonian
 
For years now, the Smithsonian Institution, a ward of the United States federal government, has deftly sidestepped the learned forensic realities that concerned Amelia Earhart and Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--and it continues to do so today. While it has never conducted its own 'did Amelia become Irene?' investigation, it has always been sure to downplay the controversy to the news media. As recently as 2018, a Smithsonian constituent, Dorothy Cochrane, described the Smithsonian's preference was to simply view it as a 'false' claim. At the same time, the Smithsonian Institution does acknowledge its awareness that the Amelia-Irene controversy was never resolved.
 

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Lonnie G. Bunch III
Head of the Smithsonian

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The Smithsonian Institution is aware of the long-term forensic study that led to generating the proof of the reality of Amelia's post-war existence as Irene, but it remains reluctant to acknowledge it.

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Akin to the viewpoint long maintained by the Smithsonian Institution toward the 'Amelia became Irene' assertion, Lord Admiral Nelson turns his blind eye toward a reality he'd rather not have to contend with.
 

Given all of the information that has been learned about it over the years, the Smithsonian Institution should, at this point without further delay, consider the idea of being more responsible to it by endorsing what has grown to become the obvious truth of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two existence with a different name applied to her person. The head of the Smithsonian, Lonnie Bunch, can now confidently step up to the plate and hit a historical Amelia Earhart home run--by simply acknowledging the validity of the study results. In turn he will accomplish something else long overdue: The drumming out of  false Amelia Earhart history promoters, some whom have made a lot money in recent decades--by peddling a variety of non-truthful stories to account for what happened to Amelia Earhart.

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Dear Smithsonian Institution, please acknowledge the truth and send all false Earhart history promoters, foremost including the ones shown below, down the road!

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Richard Gillespie of Tighar, said Amelia flew far south of the equator to a desert island where she died and her body was eaten by crabs.

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Elgen Long of Nauticos said Amelia flew aimlessly until she exhausted her fuel supply, then crashed down into the ocean and sank.

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Mike Campbell's The Truth At Last book said Amelia ditched her plane in hostile territory where she was picked up by Japan and mistreated, and she later died in its custody.

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Richard Martini of 'Earhart's Electra' said Amelia was excuted by angry Japanese soldiers.

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Intro to how the Earhart truth delivery began:
 
In the 1960s, two lengthy, separately conducted investigations--one sponsored by CBS Radio and the other known as, Operation Earhart--concluded with certainty that Amelia Earhart did not crash and sink into the ocean in 1937, as was widely promoted. Both investigations resulted in best selling books; The Search For Amelia Earhart by Fred Goerner (1966), and Amelia Earhart lives by Joe Klaas (1970).
 

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1966 book by Fred Goerner that profiled
CBS radio's five year investigation 

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1970, The Joe Klaas book about the ten
year 'Operation Earhart' investigation


The two investigations determined Amelia survived well beyond the date of her so-called disappearance. The CBS radio investigation concluded Amelia died of medical neglect after being sequestered by Japan as a spy suspect, and that Japan had secretly interned her remains. The other investigation, Operation Earhart, concluded Amelia quietly survived the World War Two years under the stewardship of Japan, and seeking privacy after the war she assumed a different identity. After much investigative research, in 1970, Amelia's 'still living' body evidence was produced by Operation Earhart in the form of a well respected woman known as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, noting she had wed a British gentleman named Guy Bolam in 1958. Operation Earhart claimed she was the former Amelia Earhart based on her strong resemblance to Amelia and a variety of other unique similarities she shared with the famous pilot, noting as well she was not identifiable as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. (This was later proved to be true.) Operation Earhart further claimed she had replaced the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and by producing Amelia Earhart's 'body evidence' it suggested it had veritably solved her dated 'missing person' case.  
 

When the assertion about her was made, though, the former Amelia Earhart, Amelia's family, and the Smithsonian Institution strongly rejected Operation Earhart's claim that she was the still living Amelia Earhart going by a different name. It was a big news story at the time. 

Below, the post-war Irene, FKA Amelia, faces the press in 1970: 

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THE POST-WAR IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE

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AMELIA EARHART, 1935

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POST WAR IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE, 1970

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POST WAR IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE, 1977

Caught off guard in 1970, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, AKA 'Mrs. Guy Bolam', FKA Amelia, quieted the press when she held a major news conference and sternly quipped, "I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart!" She had her own good reasons for denying who she used to be. The biggest one being, she wasn't about to go back to being Amelia Earhart again. That would have caused so many problems not only for herself, but for others as well. An article that ran the day after she made the statement included the following:

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Four years later, in 1974, another follow up article (below) mentioned the courts were still undecided when it came to the question of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's true life-long identity. The original claim said she was the former Amelia Earhart--who had surreptitiously survived her 1937 disappearance--and during the World War Two years she assumed another identity, that of a long-ago pilot friend of hers, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile:
 

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Amazingly, the courts never did decide if Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, AKA 'Mrs. Guy Bolam' was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart. Decades later, well into the new century, the first forensic analysis to compare Irene O'Crowley Craigmile to Amelia Earhart ended up displaying they were identical in every way.  

The fact that Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam was not compared to Amelia Earhart back then tells us something, because our legal system easily could have done that--and it also could have far more thoroughly studied her life history if it chose to do so. The U.S. legal system didn't do that because it did not want to surface the history of the other, original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--who Amelia Earhart had known in the 1930s. 


In the 1930s, Amelia Earhart and Irene O'Crowley Craigmile were pilot friends who sometimes flew together. Not many people recall Irene, but she resembled Amelia to a 'T'. Except decades would pass after Irene faced the press in 1970, before the extent of their similarity began to be noticed. This is because they were never closely compared before: 
 
Amelia Earhart digitally combined with Irene O'Crowley Craigmile

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Below on the left is a 1937 photo of Amelia Earhart. Below right, Digital Face Recognition combined her image with Irene's and mistook them as the same person. That is how close their resemblance was:

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Amelia's 1930s' pilot friend, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, in 1965.
(Surname of 'Bolam' added in 1958 by another marriage.)

 
Intro:

 
While doing research for an Amelia Earhart film project in the 1990s, I learned about the quirky, all but dismissed and forgotten 'Amelia versus Irene' story. I also came to know the two World War Two veterans responsible for surfacing it, Joe Gervais and Joe Klaas, and found out it was never fully resolved. I was amazed as well, to learn that Irene and Amelia were never forensically compared to each other--so I consulted with some experts and set out to orchestrate my own comparison analysis. Above are two samples from my completed study--that after I commenced with it--a lack of cooperation from story connected parties made it harder to do and took it longer to finalize. The Twenty-First Century advent of Digital Face Recognition proved to be a key addition, though, during the process of it.
 
This website was launched a dozen years ago to track the ongoing accumulation of the study results. As well, it journaled research avenues of Amelia Earhart's 'disappearance' and 'missing person case' few had considered before. [Both Study and Journal were copyrighted in 2017.]
 
You may notice a cynical tone applied here at first, but it is only there to parallel the cynicism the 'Amelia versus Irene' conveyance was met with after it surfaced those years ago.
 
As you peruse the tonnage of information presented here, keep an open mind and please don't hesitate to embrace your own curiosity. Thank you, Tod Swindell
 


 
Below is a September 1, 1932 Akron Beacon Journal newspaper photo showing Amelia Earhart outlined in white and Irene O'Crowley Craigmile outlined in black. The picture is of such low quality it is impossible to positively identify either one of them:
 

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Below are a few more examples that show how close the resemblance was between Amelia Earhart and her 1930s pilot friend, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. The word 'doppelganger' might come into play for some. It refers to non-related people who look like twins. It is easy to see their shared likeness was pretty astounding:
 

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Senator Hiram Bingham
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IRENE, 1977

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Digitally Combined

  

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AMELIA

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AMELIA & IRENE DIGITALLY COMBINED

 

 

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AMELIA & IRENE DIGITALLY COMBINED

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IRENE, 1977

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Amelia Earhart, age 30 

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IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE, 1970

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ABOVE LEFT, AMELIA; ABOVE RIGHT, DIGITALLY COMBINED

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AMELIA & IRENE

Amazing. Some people were so fooled they wondered if Irene O'Crowley Craigmile might have been the survived Amelia Earhart going by a different name(!) It was a ridiculous speculation of course, for everyone knew Amelia was declared 'missing' in 1937 and she was never seen again. 

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In fact, to bring an end to her missing person case, in 1939, Amelia Earhart was legally declared, 'dead in absentia'.

No one ever knew what happened to Amelia Earhart. Her disappearance was a mystery. Today, however, many people believe that at least one of the modern theorists below likely figured out what happened to her:

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Richard Gillespie of Tighar, said Amelia flew far south of the equator to a desert island where she died and her body was eaten by giant crabs.

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Elgen Long of Nauticos said Amelia flew aimlessly until she exhausted her fuel supply, then crashed down into the ocean and sank.

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Mike Campbell's The Truth At Last book said Amelia ditched on a reef in hostile territory, was picked by Japan, held captive, and she died of medical neglect.

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Richard Martini of 'Earhart's Electra' said Amelia was excuted by angry Japanese soldiers.

One of them must be correct. After all, ever since Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's death was recorded in 1982, their claims have been the only 'Earhart mystery' updates reported on by news media outlets.
 
And... just because Irene and Amelia ended up demonstrating a head-to-toe physical congruence; 
and just because their character traits matched and they hung out with a lot of the same people;
and just because Irene knew Amelia's sister, Muriel, in her later life years;
and just because J. Edgar Hoover's long withheld, 'WWII Amelia Earhart FBI file' featured reports that indicated Amelia Earhart was still alive after she went missing in 1937;
and just because the Irene who looked like Amelia was seen nowhere identified as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two... none of this meant anything because Irene and Amelia were simply non-related twins, or doppelgangers. It is easy for anyone to understand that.
 
Not to leave out, Wikipedia's 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' page [the page is listed as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam'] describes how the National Geographic Society hired a detective in 2006 who concluded they were not the same person--and even though National Geographic and the detective deny that happened it still must be true because it's in Wikipedia--and everyone knows Wikipedia never gets anything wrong, isn't that so? 
 
As well, while clear photos of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile showing her before the 1940s don't exist anymore, a simple background check reveals she was born in 1904 into a fairly prominent New Jersey family, the O'Crowley's of Newark--and as young adult her well-known attorney aunt ensconced her as a member of the League of Women Voters--and in 1928, she married Charles James Craigmile of Rantoul, Illinois, a respected Civil Engineer in Pompton Plaines, New Jersey.
 
Sadly, however, Charles Craigmile suddenly died in 1931, leaving Irene a widow at age twenty-seven: 
 

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1931, From Charles J. Craigmile's obituary.

After a year of grieving, Irene decided she wanted to become a pilot and with a little guidance from her friends, Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry, she began taking flying lessons in 1932. Below, the same September 1, 1932 news photo from above was taken right before Irene began her flying lessons on her 28th birthday, October 1, 1932. Again, Amelia is outlined in white and Irene (listed as 'Irene Craigmile') is outlined in black, and Viola Gentry, who decades later figured in to why Irene faced the press in 1970, is shown next to Irene on her right: 

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VIOLA GENTRY

In short order, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did learn to fly. Except she became pregnant out of wedlock in 1933 and ended up eloping to marry her child's father to be, Al Heller. She didn't fly much more after that--and let her pilot's license expire after 1937. According to an old newspaper article, the photo below features Irene holding her 1934 born son, Larry Heller:

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Yet Irene had been duped. After they eloped she learned that Al Heller was still legally married to another woman he had children with, so she had their marriage annulled. As well, her pilot friend, Amelia, ended up moving back to the west coast so the two rarely saw each other again. 

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Next: The Great Hoax

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1970

Believe it or not, in 1970, thirty-years after Irene's pilot's license expired, two nutcases scored a book deal with the famous McGraw-Hill Publishing House in New York, because one of them claimed--and believed with certainty--that it was Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who actually went missing sometime before World War Two began, and Amelia Earhart had quietly survived her storied disappearance--and later acquired Irene's left-over identity so she could live privately after World War Two.

The one nutcase insisted Amelia and Irene were one in the same. He said the original Irene did not look anything like Amelia! He said the new Irene O'Crowley Craigmile only appeared identified as 'Irene' after World War Two!
 
What nonsense. Everyone knew such a thing could not possibly have happened. Just the same, amazingly, McGraw-Hill published the incredulous fabrication and titled it, Amelia Earhart Lives.  The book even included the below 1965 photo of Irene with her British husband. Can you believe it? How narrow minded can people be sometimes? 
 
 

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Continue...

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Above, these two nutcases talked McGraw-Hill
into publishing their crazy story. Sure they were
both war heroes, and yeah, one of them had been
investigating Amelia Earhart's disappearance for
years, but man, did these war vets get it wrong.
Fortunately, key Smithsonian lobbyists were able
to persuade curious news reporters not to take
their foolish claim about Amelia's fate seriously,
in support of her long-ago pilot friend, Irene, who
strongly refuted it. It was good justice prevailed!
 
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"History is the unfolding of miscalculations."

Barbara Tuchman

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Thus, the truthful reveal of Amelia Earhart's double life experienced a rocky start and was quickly shut down. It happened when a retired Air Force major, Joseph A. Gervais, who had been investigating Amelia's odd 1937 disappearance and 'missing person case' for a long time, surprisingly asserted he had located the famous pilot in New York in 1965, living under the assumed identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. As noted, his postulation was swiftly dismissed and subsequently laughed at by historians.
 
Except for one thing: It was never proved false.
  
Decades passed as suspicion persisted among those who knew it was never proved false, until a latecomer Amelia Earhart researcher named Tod Swindell, realized no one had ever compared the two, and in time produced his own forensic bona fides that showed how Major Gervais, who never stopped insisting he was right to his dying day in 2005, indeed had been right all along. 
 
Here's the real story: After ten years of investigating Amelia's disappearance, Joseph A. Gervais asserted Amelia had quietly survived and changed her name--and in 1958, she married a successful international businessman, Guy Bolam of England. So, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, that he identified as the former Amelia Earhart, was caught off guard by the book that published his assertion about her--and she refuted it right away--then sued for defamation while represented by two high-powered attorneys. One of them, a lawyer named Benedict Ginsberg, had previously worked with Robert F. Kennedy during the Jimmy Hoffa trials.
 
Below is how Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam appeared at the press conference she held to decry the just released book that attempted to out her for who she used to be; Amelia Earhart Lives:
 

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1970

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Four years later, in July of 1974, relatively unnoticed amid the Watergate scandal, this article about her still unsettled lawsuit appeared:
 

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While the above article concerned the defamation lawsuit waged by Mrs. Guy Bolam, AKA, Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, who Joseph A. Gervais claimed to be the former Amelia Earhart, right away one notices in the first paragraph that his identity placement remained, undecided. [Where the article referenced 'two air force officers,' one of them was the book's author, Joe Klaas. Again though, it was Joe Gervais who actually met Mrs. Bolam at a 1965 gathering of senior pilots, noticed the respect she commanded, and felt he recognized who she used to be. His hunch inspired him to do a background check on Mrs. Bolam, and soon enough he realized she could not possibly have been the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile [and he was right; see and learn more about the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile further down] leaving him to deduce his belief had to be correct that she actually was the former Amelia Earhart.]

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In the same photo from before, retired Air
Force Major Joseph A. Gervais (left) and
Amelia Earhart Lives author Joe Klaas
(right) state their case to the press in 1970.
Even though they were both war heroes and
 family men with upstanding reputations
[Note: Gervais was a pilot who served in
World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam;
Joe Klaas had been a POW in Germany
for over two years] news outlets were
influenced not to take them seriously by
the federal government run Smithsonian
Institution, along with the families of Amelia 
Earhart and the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, a practice that continues today.
 

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TOD SWINDELL AND JOSEPH A. GERVAIS, 2002

To shore-up her case, Mrs. Bolam and her attorney were able to cite some factual errors in Amelia Earhart Lives they believed were harmful to her reputation--and they sued for $1.5 million in actual and punitive damages. It is worth noting, though, that Mrs. Bolam's lawsuit did not directly challenge the claim that stated she was the former Amelia Earhart. Rather, as if she acknowledged herself to be the former Amelia Earhart, she complained that the book, 'accused her of being a spy, a traitor, a bigamist, and a Tokyo Rose.' 
 
The case dragged on until it was finally settled in January of 1976. A summary judgment awarded Mrs. Bolam $60k to be paid by the book's publisher, McGraw-Hill, basically for poor fact checking. Otherwise she settled out of court with Joseph A. Gervais and the book's author, Joe Klaas, by way of exchanging $10 of consideration with them. She agreed to the settlement after refusing to submit her fingerprints--when Joseph A. Gervais had his attorney request them to prove her identity. Because she declined to do so, the controversy over her true life-long identity remained unsettled. Years later, after her death was recorded in 1982, more 'questioning' headlines and articles continued to surface about her:

 

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"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
 

As time passed, many people, including some who knew her in her later life years, remained convinced that Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam had previously been known as Amelia Earhart. In 1994, best-selling Amelia Earhart author, Randall Brink, cited the still ongoing controversy in the following manner:
 
"One tantalizingly persistent account has Amelia supposedly returning to the U.S. and assuming a new identity." Randall Brink, from his 1994 book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart.
 
 
Tod Swindell first came to know Randall Brink and Joseph A. Gervais in the late 1990s. Upon doing so, noticing the veracity that characterized the ongoing controversy over who Irene really was, or used to be, and as mentioned, after consulting with forensic experts--he orchestrated a comparison analysis. It took years just to gather the elements he needed to commence with the study--and then more years to build it and ultimately complete it, until finally in 2017, satisfied enough, he copyrighted the study along with a forensic research manuscript he produced. The study results were startling, to say the least.  
 
Below is a brief introduction and more samples from among hundreds of full body and character trait comparisons the study produced. 'Digital Face Recognition' played a key role:
 

FIRST AMELIA TO IRENE COMPARISON STUDY
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STUDY USED DIGITAL FACE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY

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Intro:
Photos of Amelia Earhart are plenty
but they do not consistently allow one
to easily recognize her. In this sample,
when one compares the 1937 photo of
Amelia on the left, to the 1936 photo of
Amelia on the right, it's hard to see
they were one in the same person.
 

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Amelia's eyes:

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1946, the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's eyes:

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Amelia's and the post-war only Irene's eyes digitally combined:

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As noted, prior to the long-term independently arranged study [the primary subject of this website] a comprehensive 'physical' and 'character traits' Amelia to Irene comparison analysis had never been done before. As it turned out a full head-to-toe and character traits congruence was evidenced in the results.

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AMELIA, ELINOR SMITH, VIOLA GENTRY 1932
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Above, a cryptic handwritten line from a 1967
note the post-war only Irene sent to Joseph A.
Gervais. She practically admits here that she
was known by two different names in her later
life years. Displayed below is Amelia's own
'Amelia M Earhart' signature the way it
appeared on a form she filled out in high
school. The likeness of both handwriting
styles is not a coincidence because they
were penned by the same hand. 

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