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Below are the most significant books published over the years on the subject of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and her subsequent 'missing person case.' All are briefly reviewed by Tod Swindell. 


Above: Daughter of the Sky by Paul Briand; Duell, Sloan, & Pearce, 1960. Paul Briand was a WWII veteran turned college history professor. He was the first Amelia Earhart disappearance investigator to substantiate various witness accounts that stated Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan survived their final flight outcome and ended-up existing under Japan's stewardship.

Since the early 1960s and continuing into the 21st Century, a variety of Amelia Earhart investigative authors contiguously discovered new, revealing, and at times startling information about Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance that had not been publicized before in the United States.



Above: Two landmark books from 1966 and 1970 that combined over fifteen years of investigative research. Both conveyed how from 1937 on, the United States and Japan conjointly agreed not to publicly disclose an awareness they shared that concerned the true outcome of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan's world flight attempt. The books' authors and other private investigators who inquired about the information they contained were greeted by official silence in Washington and Tokyo when they pressed for more information. Eventually, most all gave up on trying to get an official response from either government. Even so, by the mid-1970s it had become clear in a forensic argument way that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan did not simply crash and sink, nor did they disappear from the face of the earth, nor did they die of sickness on Saipan, nor were they executed by Japan for spying, nor did they perish on a remote desert island hundreds of miles south of the equator. A purpose was served here though, for the introductions of these and other suggestions about the duo's final fate helped shore-up the 'mystery' of what really happened to them. Today, those most keenly aware of the Earhart disappearance saga are accepting of the reality of Earhart and Noonan having survived beyond the date of their so-called disappearance under the auspice of Japan, realizing as well that the general public was never supposed to know about it.



1985 by Robert Myers and Barbara Wiley, averred Amelia survived and became known as "Irene."


1994 by Randall Brink, acknowledged the ongoing 'did Amelia become Irene?' controversial debate. 


2004, by USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), first to recognize Tod Swindell's discovery of plural Irene Craigmile's with one of them having been the 'former' Amelia Earhart after World War Two.  


2007 by David Bowman, acknowledged Tod Swindell's forensic study for having rejuvenated the four decades old Irene-Amelia controversy. 

Including the ones shown above, below are over a dozen more 'Earhart investigative books' published since 1960. In recent decades the Earhart disappearance controversy evolved away from embracing the provocative investigative discoveries made in the 1960s and 1970s, due to persuasions that began to favoring the safer ideas of Elgen Long and his Nauticos group, of Richard Gillespie's TIGHAR organization, and of the Amelia Earhart Society's heir-apparent, Mike Campbell. Though these three individuals offered vastly differing conclusions in their attempts to account for Amelia's final fate, almost curiously, they all commonly insisted that Amelia could not possibly have survived after she became a missing person.
This is why it is important to recall that there never has been an 'official authorized investigation' [according to the U.S. government] that looked into Amelia Earhart's disappearance case, and how to this day the Smithsonian Institution, a ward of the U.S. government, has only offered a limited viewpoint on the matter while favoring no presented theories or conclusions.
The following list of books and reviews will hopefully inspire more to challenge the official silence credo Amelia Earhart's missing person case has always been greeted with in Washington DC and Tokyo, that in turn caused the vast majority of recognized historians to shy away from at all addressing it.


Daughter of the Sky by Paul Briand, 1960   [Duell, Sloan, & Pearce]

Paul Briand's Daughter of the Sky marked the first well researched Earhart disappearance book. Briand heard, learned of, and analyzed many local islander accounts, past statements from representatives of Japan's military forces, and recollections of others who lived among Japan's Imperial Mandate Islands during the time Amelia Earhart went missing. Daughter of the Sky was first to present the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-loss 'non-publicized survival' among Japan's Imperial Mandate Islands after she was picked up by its Naval Authority. Where it appeared the two fliers ended up on Saipan for awhile according to various eyewitness accounts, Briand first considered they might have actually gone down there. He soon changed his belief to concur with the Marshall Islands' Mili Atoll as the place the two fliers initially ended up before they were transferred to Jaluit before they were moved to Saipan, after he reviewed the 1960s separate investigations of Joe Gervais and Fred Goerner, whose thorough follow-up efforts he inspired.


Fred Goerner's 1966 classic was a New York Times best seller. The 1964 Admiral Chester Nimitz quote first appeared in it; "Earhart and her navigator did go down in the Marshall Islands and were picked up by the Japanese." Former U.S. Naval Commander, John Pillsbury's 1962 quote also appears in it, where he intimated his opinion to Goerner about his investigation of the Earhart case in this manner: "You're on to something that will stagger your imagination." A CBS Radio Journalist, Fred Goerner expounded on the highly curious information he located in letters he wrote to Amelia's survived Sister, Muriel. He added Admiral Nimitz' conveyance of how it was, "known and documented in Washington," that Amelia had survived beyond July 2, 1937, courtesy of Japan's Naval Authority stationed among its Imperial Mandate Islands. [Add this to statements made by Amelia's mother, Amy Otis Earhart to the New York Times in 1949 when she mentioned she was always aware her daughter Amelia had survived under the auspice of Japan, and claimed she 'knew' Amelia had been permitted to radio from overseas.] Goerner's investigation determined Earhart and Noonan went down at Mili atoll of the lower Marshalls. It is a great, informative read minus its flawed conclusion that Japan allowed Amelia to die of dysentery while she was sequestered on Saipan, something hard evidence never supported. 


Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas, 1970, McGraw-Hill

The 1970 Joe Klaas book, Amelia Earhart Lives was also a New York Times best seller. Based on the investigative research of Joseph A. Gervais and Bob Dinger who formed 'Operation Earhart' in 1960, it raised questions about the Earhart saga that had never been asked before. Irene Craigmile Bolam (the 'Gervais-Irene' whose picture appeared in the book) successfully sued to get it removed from the stores seven weeks after it was published. Yet she sued for libel, not for having been implicated as the 'former' Amelia Earhart. Although the book included 'Hull Island' as a possible ditching spot where Japan might have retrieved them, Gervais (like Fred Goerner) ultimately concluded Earhart and Noonan went down at Mili Atoll of the lower Marshall Islands. The book also strongly implicated Amelia Earhart to have somehow  survived  under Japan's stewardship, before eventually changing her name to 'Irene Craigmile' and later to 'Irene Bolam' after she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958. Joe Gervais, based on his own and additional research presented by others, determined Amelia Earhart had privately decided to end her marriage to George Putnam after her world flight, and that she had agreed to serve an unknown purpose during her world flight before things went wrong. He believed Amelia survived the war in Japan's custody, then optioned to lead a non-public life in the United States following the World War Two era. It is certain that her accounting for her eight years of absence from 1937 to 1945 would have caused complications not only for for herself, but for the U.S. and Japan as well.  After I was endorsed to meet Joe Gervais by Randall Brink in 1996, I soon found myself with Joe in his famed 'Earhart Den' in his Las Vegas home. His savant-like Earhart knowledge won me over and we soon became friends and collaborators. We met several times and corresponded on a regular basis until his passing in 2005. I am proud to have filmed Joe's last on-camera interview. To those who still choose to ridicule the investigative research and conclusions Joe Gervais offered, just know he was an accomplished pilot and hero who served in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam before he retired as a Major in 1963. He was also a kind family man of upstanding character, as well as the most thoroughly devoted Amelia Earhart investigative researcher I ever knew or heard of.  

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The Chosen Instrument by Selig Altschull and Marilyn Bender, Simon & Schuster, 1982

Though it isn't an Amelia Earhart book, The Chosen Instrument offers a comprehensive history of Juan Trippe and Pan Am Airways by expounding on the government contracts consistently awarded to Pan Am in the 1930s and 1940s. It also includes the telling historical quote, "Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." Before Amelia hired him away from Pan Am to navigate her globe circling flight (that she announced would be her "last great flight") Fred Noonan was considered Pan Am's top air-over-ocean navigator who co-pioneered its great Clipper service. He was never fired from Pan Am for excessive drinking as later false-rumors described. Contrarily, he's mentioned several times in The Chosen Instrument in glowing ways. The original Irene's son, Larry Heller, also went on to become a distinguished Pan Am pilot, and the Irene Craigmile Bolam was known to have had 'flying privileges' with Pan Am in her later years.


Emile Gauvreau's 1944 classic WWII aviation book, 'The Wild Blue Yonder'
Among several curious quotes drawn from Emile Gauvreau's great 1944 book, The Wild Blue Yonder, is one spoken by 1938 U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Claude Swanson in reference to Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance: "This is a powder keg. Any public discussion of it will furnish the torch for the explosion." 

Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart
by Randall Brink
W.W. Norton, 1994
Author Randall Brink collaborated with Joe Gervais for better than ten years. I was fortunate to meet with and befriend Randall in Seattle not long after his book's publication. I found him to be a brilliant and intense 'Amelia Earhart knowledgeable' individual. I also found it curious that he was listed among the personal invitees to Irene Bolam's 1982 Memorial Dinner event. Lost Star is a superbly written account that edifies the 'executive order seal' placed over the Earhart loss episode dating back to the time it occurred. Initially published in England, it became an international best seller. Connie Chung profiled it in a CBS special report. On the cover of a reprinted American edition a review quote reads; "Brink writes of a vast cover-up that got as far as the White House.... Terrific reading." --Larry King, USA Today. [Note: Lost Star offers the best introduction to the works of Briand, Gervais & Klaas, Fred Goerner, Buddy Brennan, and Vincent Loomis. It does not point to a vast conspiracy, rather, it points to an after-the-fact 'let's move on' attitude adopted by those aware of what really happened.]


The cover of my first 1998 offering primarily based on interviews with Lost Star Author, Randall Brink; USAF Major Joe Gervais (ret.); and USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (ret.) 

Additional Significant Earhart Investigative Books and Publications: 


Amelia Earhart Survived by USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, (Ret.)
The Paragon Agency, December 2003

USAF (Ret.) Colonel Rollin Reineck was a World War Two hero who flew the last missions over Tokyo just prior to VJ Day. His book, Amelia Earhart Survived was published in 2003 by the Paragon Agency. It is the second most recent commercially published book [the most recent one being W.C. Jamesons's Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave published in 2016] to accept the Irene-Amelia assertion as truth instead of leaving it mothballed courtesy of historical obfuscations. Reineck's book was also the first to display photos of the 'different' Irene Craigimle Bolams and signature comparisons excerpted from my forensic study. For decades before he passed away in 2007, Reineck had been considered a top Earhart investigative researcher and was a long time Gervais collaborator. I was proud to know him and call him my friend the last decade of his life. We spent much time together after Joe Gervais introduced me to him. Reineck believed Earhart and Noonan went down at Mili atoll of the lower Marshalls Rattak chain, and after a few days they found themselves in the hands of Japan's Naval Authority. He stated my forensic comparison study and investigative research analysis is what caused him to finally accept and believe with certainty that Amelia Earhart did make her way back to the U.S. newly re-identified as Irene Craigmile. His 1991 taped interviews with Monsignor James Francis Kelley, Helen Barber and Donald Dekoster are essential when it comes to understanding the Irene-Amelia conveyance. For use in his book, Colonel Reineck referenced my label of 'the Gervais-Irene' for the former Amelia Earhart. He mistakenly referenced me as a member of the Amelia Earhart Society, something I never was, although Colonel Reineck himself had been a long time prominent AES member until the publication of his book caused him to fall out of favor there. [The now late Bill Prymak, former president of the Amelia Earhart Society adamantly refused to endorse anyone who supported or tried to advocate the Irene-Amelia truth.] The Colonel and I were long time research collaborators. He freely shared his research information with me just as Joe Gervais did. I miss them both.


Amelia Earhart: The Final Story by Vincent Loomis and Jeffrey Ethell
Random House 1985

In 1985 Random House published a book by Vincent Loomis with Jeffrey Ethell called Amelia Earhart: The Final Story. Vincent Loomis also determined Mili atoll was the place Amelia went down. He concluded she eventually perished in the hands of the Japanese. It was after reading this book I became more curious about the Irene-Amelia claim. In its text, a sentence appeared regarding the Gervais and Klass investigative book, Amelia Earhart Lives. It referenced the book's previous implication of Amelia Earhart having changed her name to 'Irene Craigmile Bolam.' It was a short sentence following a 'dissing' of the  Irene-Amelia conveyance that read: "Yet to this day, the authors (Joe Gervais & Joe Klaas) affirm that they are correct." I was intrigued by that. What did Gervais and Klaas remain aware of, where fifteen years after their book was all but dismissed by the press, the two war heroes still stuck to their guns about Amelia surviving and changing her name to Irene? As Gervais later explained, people assumed it was disproved even though it never was. 


Amelia Earhart: Lost Legend by Donald Moyer Wilson, Enigma Press-1999
Donald Moyer Wilson's book, Amelia Earhart: Lost Legend was first published by Enigma Press in 1999. (Revised and re-issued since.) Wilson became a scholar on the subject of everyday life during the World War Two era among the Nipponese Imperial Islands while researching Earhart's post-loss existence there. His book presents a vast collection of personal accounts that described Earhart's life among Japan's mandate islands given by island government officials, former Japanese military personnel, local businessmen, common folk and indigenous natives. 'Lost Legend' contains over a hundred different testimonials in all, including over a dozen eyewitness conveyances. His research also concluded Earhart and Noonan went down at Mili atoll, but he did not offer a conclusion on what became of them afterward. When I met Don Wilson in Atchison, Kansas at the Amelia Earhart Festival in 2001, after he reviewed elements from my forensic comparison analysis he supported the logic of Earhart eventually returning to the U.S. and ending up as 'Irene.'


Stand By To Die; The Disappearance, Rescue, and Return of Amelia Earhart by Robert Myers & Barbara Wiley, The Lighthouse Writers Guild-1985
Robert Myers' book, Stand By To Die; The Disappearance, Rescue, and Return of Amelia Earhart was published in 1985 by The Lighthouse Writers Guild. Myers wrote about his friend, Amelia Earhart who he'd met during his mid-1930s adolescent years, and how she became Irene Craigmile Bolam after she disappeared in 1937. The Gervais-Irene's picture is featured on the book's cover. He actually came to know her as 'Irene' in the 1970s and he recorded phone conversations they had, some of which Protecting Earhart archived. He also included transcripts of their phone conversations in his book. Myers was interviewed for comment in the 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune series after the Gervais-Irene died, and was generally portrayed by its reporters as a curious anomally to the Irene-Amelia story. It is evident those who knew him believed he was sincere and did not make up any of what he claimed to know. Working against him however, was the generally held literary opinion of his book as a non-linear read, and one where Myers' personal emotions ran high when it came to the Irene-Amelia conveyance. I have corresponded some with Barabara Wiley who wrote the book with Mr. Myers; she affirmed Mal Paso (Clint Eastwood's company) had expressed interest in and even courted Myers' participation to develop a film project based on his story, although it never materialized. No matter, Meyers, who is no longer living, swore up and down that Irene did confide her former identity to him. 


The Earhart Disappearance: The British Connection by James A. Donahue, Aviation Heritage Library Series-1987 
The Earhart Disappearance; The British Connection by James A. Donahue was published in 1987 by the Aviation Heritage Library Series. A fascinating study to be sure, Donahue thoroughly researched what he asserted to have been a United Kingdom involvement angle. His book described the likelihood of an additional British plane, either another Electra or a British Envoy (similar looking from a distance to an Electra) flown by another man and woman flying team in the same Pacific region at the same time Earhart and Noonan were flying there. A question was later raised: Did the original Irene Craigmile, Amelia's 'flying pal' serve as the female pilot on the British sponsored team? Is that how the original Irene Craigmile herself disappeared? Some who support the British-Connection theory believe this suggestion may hold water. Donahue otherwise suggested the famous British pilot, Beryl Markham (Markham's person served as the basis for a character portrayed in the film, 'Out Of Africa') who was staying with Jackie Cochran at the time Amelia was reported missing, as potentially involved on the British end. As well, it is interesting to note that the Gervais-Irene married Englisman, Guy Bolam in 1958, whose own brother described as a former MI6 operative, suggesting there may have been even more to Donahue's, 'British Connection.'


Eyewitness: The Amelia Earhart Incident by Thomas E. Devine, Renaissance House-1987

In 1987 Renaissance House published Eyewitness: The Amelia Earhart Incident by Thomas E. Devine. Devine had known and worked with CBS Radio's Earhart investigator, Fred Goerner in the early 1960s. While a U.S. soldier as part of the 1944 occupation of Saipan, he claimed Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra had been impounded there by Japan, and he described how he actually "witnessed" the U.S. Navy 'intentionally burn it' ...ostensibly destroying it as evidence. Combine this with the entirely separate claim of U.S. soldier, Robert Wallack (see the 'Additional Forensic Argument Info' link) who described how he and a few other soldiers blew open a Japanese military safe on Saipan after the U.S. occupation, and within it they discovered Amelia Earhart's 1937 flight satchel. Even where at all true, getting the U.S. Navy to admit it ever did such a thing as burn Earhart's plane, still today would be all-but impossible to do. Devine also boldly implicated 1944 U.S. Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestall as directly involved with the incident. James Forrestall became U.S. Secretary of Defense in 1947, and Devine later claimed Forrestall's previous relationship with the 'Earhart cover-up' caused him great mental duress, and may have led to his curious death circumstances in 1949; a death that was labeled a suicide.


Witness to the Execution by T.C. Buddy Brennan, Renaissance House-1988

Renaissance House published the T.C. Buddy Brennan Earhart book, Witness to the Execution in 1988. (I met and collaborated with Mike Harris for a brief spell, who led the 1983 Brennan expedition to Saipan with filmmaker, Nick Petrik.) Brennan's book included several 'witness' accounts, to include an extraordinary one from a Japanese fighter pilot by the name of Fuji Formosa. Mr. Formosa claimed he had been ordered to fire on a plane similar looking to Earhart's as it approached the Marshall Islands in 1937. Formosa mentioned he did not know if he hit it, but said he watched it go down near an 'atoll' before he returned to his carrier, the Akagi. He mentioned how later, other Japanese soldiers conveyed to him it was Amelia Earhart's plane he had fired on. Another eyewitness in the Brennan book was an old woman who claimed she saw Japanese soldiers execute Amelia Earhart on Saipan after driving her bound and blindfolded in a motorcycle side-car to a pre-dug grave. The problem is she was the only eyewitness. Still, Harris did a nice job with Nick Petrik's filmed interviews of reputable people among the Islands who insisted Earhart had been there. Side-note: Opposers of Formosa's account argued the Akagi was 'dry-docked' at the time of Earhart's disappearance. It was also hard to accept the person the elderly woman claimed she had witnessed the execution of, as a side-car transported, bound and blindfolded Amelia Earhart. As Joe Gervais aptly pointed out; "Japan (namely Hirohito and Yamamoto) never would have handled the Earhart situation that way. If anything they would have coveted her existence in their company."


Flying Blind by Max Allan Collins, Dutton Books-1998

Well known Author, Max Allan Collins (The Road to Perdition, Dark Angel) wrote Flying Blind, a superb historical novel account of the 1937 Earhart disappearance case. He researched the real story to the hilt, then used his serial detective, Nathan Heller (no visible connection to Larry Heller, the original Irene Craigmile's son) as the vehicle to tell the story in real time. It is ironic of course, how after Amelia returned as 'the new Irene' she ended up continuing on with the co-raising of the original Irene Craigmile's son, Larry Heller..., while in the Collins' book after Earhart disappears, Detective Nathan Heller hears of the possibility Amelia might have been newly carrying his child when she took off on her last flight. So much could exist as a mere coincidence in the book, though it's one hard to overlook. In its epilogue, in the 1970s the elderly Nathan Heller actually meets the suspected Irene Craigmile Bolam and some of her friends for a drink at the same country club she (the Gervais-Irene) belonged to then near Princeton, New Jersey. Nathan Heller remarked of a peculiar familiarity he sensed about her, but he had a hard time recognizing the same Amelia he recalled. Still, he had a good time with Irene and her convivial friends that day, but he added where Irene was Amelia with a changed name, he'd prefer not to know. (Sound familiar? In 1966 when Joe Gervais mentioned the matter of Irene as the probable former Amelia Earhart to Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey she replied to him, "Where such a thing would be true Major Gervais, wouldn't it be best just to leave it alone?") I reviewed Collins' historically informative read, Flying Blind for the Fort Worth Star Telegram in January of 1999.  


Legerdemain  by Dave Bowman, Authorhouse-2005, revised 2007:

David Bowman's 2005 Authorhouse book, Legerdemain offers a great history of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and aftermath. Mr. Bowman was a member of the Amelia Earhart Society, the now defunct group that was generally known for being 'non committal' when it came to expressing a concrete viewpoint on what happened to Amelia, although it has always been dead set against any possibility of her long-term survival. I did not know Mr. Bowman when he contacted me in 2004 requesting permission to feature a sample from my forensic study on his book's cover. Over time I found the Amelia Earhart Society's members greatly differing with some of their their ideas, and its founding President, Bill Prymak, was curious in the way he claimed to be the final 'judge' on what to promote theory-wise. (The AES reminded me of the John Birch Society in a way.) I granted Mr. Bowman permission to use my material and he duly credited me on the jacket flap. As predicted, Legerdemain favored no conclusion. I was surprised later, and found it hard to agree with the way Joe Gervais, Rollin Reineck and myself were referenced in the revised edition of Legerdemain that came out in 2007. Those who supported the long held Joe Gervais postulation that Amelia changed her name to Irene, were torn to shreds by Amelia Earhart Society President, Bill Prymak and and his minions. The harsh criticism newly appeared in a thirty page span between pages 363 and 393 with no counterpoint responses sought or included. The re-issued book also recklessly mis-identified credit on a portion of my study. If anything, Legerdemain somewhat marks the ongoing effort to leave the Earhart forensic truth as a topic of debate, as opposed to something that was basically figured out long ago, then forensically verified from 2002 to 2006. Legerdemain also incorrectly stated I was an AES member, even though I never was. I met many of the members and attended two AES functions after being invited to by Bill Prymak, but only because Bill initially appeared to be supportive of Joe Gervais and myself. I was never interested in joining the AES, people who knew me were aware I worked as an independent researcher only. Bill Prymak, as the AES President, as if it was always a main agenda of his, worked tirelessly at controlling the sway of the media and adjusting the public attitude towards all Irene-Amelia information. No doubt because of my devotion to the now late Joe Gervais, and my long term support of his decades worth of Earhart investigative research, my person and my efforts ended up singled out by both TIGHAR and the AES in negative ways. Such is life in the world of Amelia Earhart investigative research, though. Self-proclaimed 'important' Earhart enthusiasts exist out there that not only include Bill Prymak, but late comer Dave Horner, the dogmatic Ron Bright, Carol Linn Dow, Elgen Long, Richard Gillespie and the list goes on. They appear to operate from a stance of keeping the American public in the dark with misinformation distribution, especially when it comes to the most important facts that have long characterized the Irene-Amelia truth. One might even consider, because of their guarded inside tracks of media influence, they functionally steer the press and therefore the public away from recognizing and accepting the obvious Irene-Amelia forensic realities. None of them ever disproved the Irene-Amelia claim, rather, they choose to address the topic as if others disproved it at some point, when no one ever actually did.


The Earhart Enigma: Retracing Amelia's Last Flight by Dave Horner, Pelican Publishing Co-2013:

Dave Horner spent several years working closely with the Amelia Earhart Society's ('AES') founder, the now late, Bill Prymak. Thus, it's no surprise his book steered clear of favorably discussing or supporting the reality of Amelia's return to the United States as 'Irene.' Bill Prymak's long maintained dogmatic stance toward making sure the public didn't pay too much attention to the Irene-Amelia reality exudes from the pages of The Earhart Enigma, just as it did from Dave Bowman's revised edition of Legerdemain. Horner questioned the honesty of the famous Monsignor James Francis Kelley through comments made by a few people who had known him, to include Kelley's nephew, the now late Red McBride. None of them were able to come to terms with believing the Monsignor had actually told the truth about his relationship with Amelia, and why she chose to change her name to Irene during the World War Two era. They passed his conveyance off as if it were delivered by some lunatic by calling him a "bull-shooter" and one who "tended to exaggertate" among other things. Dave Horner also consulted with the original Irene's son, Larry Heller who correctly avowed that his mother was not Amelia Earhart. (Of course Amelia Earhart wasn't his mother(!)) It is evident Dave Horner, who when he began writing his book was a relative new-comer to the world of Earhart investigative research, ended up subjugated by Bill Prymak's obsession to infiltrate new Earhart books that supported her post-loss survival among Japan's Imperial Mandate Islands. That in itself was fine, for Bill Prymak had long been known to support the hypothesis. But for some reason, he always vehemently argued against the suggestion of Amelia Earhart returning to the U.S. with a different identity. Otherwise, Horner's effort appears to be a doggedly over-written book half-filled with useless information while featuring a miscalculated conclusion. Basically, it contains everything Bill Prymak accumulated from other investigative researchers (to include much research data from Joe Gervais) ever since he formed the AES in 1989. Horner did expound heavily on researcher, Darryl Bollinger's work on the story of the 'message in the bottle' found by Frenchman, Genevieve Barrat when it washed up on the beach at Soulac-sur-Mer in October of 1938, a message that appeared to verify that Amelia Earhart ended up in the Marshall Islands under the auspice of Japan's Naval Authority. It appears Dave Horner concluded same, even though he ended up stressing how Amelia likely 'died' over there while in Japan's care--just as Fred Goerner, Thomas Devine, Vincent Loomis, Bill Prymak and several others had before him. Forensically, Mr. Horner missed by not addressing the discovered reality of more than one person having been attributed to the same 'Irene' identity, and the head to toe and character trait congruence the Gervais-Irene displayed when compared to Amelia, although it's likely he was pursuaded not to by Bill Prymak. When it comes to the full historic record, Dave Horner's book is unique in the way it includes so many of the less seen Earhart world flight related letters and documents. That was no small undertaking in itself, surely made easier with the exclusive access Mr. Horner was granted to peruse Bill Prymak's Amelia Earhart Society files.


NOTE: Below find a few published books either authored by, or strongly influenced by high-profile individuals who historically opposed the Irene-Amelia truth. All of the authors below represent mere private citizens who set out to capitalize egotistically and/or financially by way of exploiting Amelia Earhart's legendary fame. Yet the Irene-Amelia truth still remained through any and all efforts made to dispute it, and it was never disavowed (even while he was in the cross-hairs of his various combatants) by World War Two hero Joe Gervais, from the time he first recognized the Irene he met in 1965 as having been the former Amelia Earhart... to when he passed away forty years later in 2005. In any case, the following influential 'private citizen' individuals separately arose into view by the 1980s and 1990s, after their 'inside track' efforts afforded them media attention. Be advised, none of them ever came close to offering an 'officially accepted' conclusion regarding the fate of Amelia Earhart. They also offered completely different from each other theories, while individually claiming the best and most reliable information, and combined ascertainment that it was impossible for Amelia to have lived to return to the U.S. with a new identity.
Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved by Elgen M. Long and Marie K. Long, Simon & Schuster-2001
Elgen Long has received consistent 'Earhart Mystery' media attention since the late 1970s. His work ignores all previous investigative research findings, while claiming to have calculated where Earhart's plane went down and sank in the Pacific. However, his various trips to find it came up empty. He was a long time friend of Amelia's Sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey... Muriel, who was also Zonta sister friends with Irene-Amelia, AKA her former 'true sister' in the non-recognized historical sense. Hailing from the Reno, Nevada-Lake Tahoe area, it was later learned Irene-Amelia had traveled there to 'meet with people' in the 1960s. (One photo of Irene-Amelia taken in Reno shows her standing next to an unidentified catholic priest, another shows her standing on a downtown Reno street amid various casino signs.) With Muriel's support and sometimes in his company, for years Mr. Long promoted what was also the between-the-lines U. S. government preference for people to accept how Amelia Earhart 'simply crashed and sank and that was it.' And so much is what Elgen and his wife, Marie's 2001 book conveyed. Nothing new, it marked the Earhart family's and the original Irene Craigmile's family preferred viewpoint, as well as the 'traditionally safest' and most convenient solution to an otherwise complicated historical issue. I met Elgen Long twice, in 2002 in Oakland and in 2004 at the annual Amelia Earhart Festival held in Atchison, Kansas. I found him to be a very nice and charismatic fellow, even though I disagreed with his ability to ignore and even obscure most all of the Briand, Gervais, and Goerner previously amassed investigative research findings.   
Amelia Earhart's Shoes: Is The Mystery Solved? by Thomas L. King, Randall S. Jacobsen, Karen Ramey Burns, and Kenton Spading, Altamira Press, 2004
This is one of two TIGHAR (The International Group of Historic Aircraft Recovery) supportive books. TIGHAR has received the second highest amount of consistent 'Earhart mystery' media attention as compared to Elgen Long since the 1980s. The book's title refers to a shoe heel found on Nikumororo Island of the Phoenix Islands group. The Authors claimed it came from one of Amelia's shoes. (It was later proven to have not come from a shoe of Amelia's size.) As well, it was all but generally ignored by the Authors, (evidently) how previous ship groundings and even an attempt at habitation on the island had no doubt accounted for the various items they found there over time, and then tried to link to the Earhart flight; (a piece of plexiglass, a scrap of aluminum, etc.) Plus the Navy had conducted a thorough fly-over search of the island just days after Earhart was reported missing. TIGHAR initially cited anomalous post-loss radio signals heard to have supposedly come from the Island, as what caused them to look there in the first place. They claimed Earhart and Noonan went down on the Island of Nikumororo (previously known as 'Gardner Island') where they radioed for help for three days, before the tide came in and took their plane out to sea where it sank in deep water, leaving them to die of starvation and thirst. As Irene-Amelia herself once wrote to a friend, "If you believe this, you'll believe anything." Incidentally, and no surprise, the people who wrote this book never spoke highly of Beyond 37's investigative research efforts.     
Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance by Ric Gillespie, U.S. Naval Institute Press-2006
Richard Gillespie self founded the TIGHAR organization back in the 1980s. In 1990 Life Magazine reported his claim that he had 'solved the mystery.' Of course he had not, his misleading claim notwithstanding. He's probably appeared on more TV shows than anyone else promoting his initially self-propelled Nikumororo theory later advocated by the book 'Amelia Earhart's Shoes,' co-authored by four sedulous devotees of his. He followed their effort with this one of his own the following year, 'Finding Amelia.' The fact that the U.S. Naval Institute Press at all published it might hint at one to understand how far the U.S. Navy itself prefers to steer away from having to address the more substantial amount of authenticated  controversial Earhart investigative research. Note: Both Elgen Long's and Richard Gillespie's claims are considered 'safe history offers' through the eyes of the U.S. Government and national media sources, when compared to the previous works of Briand, Gervais, and Goerner..., and of course the 1965 spoken words of Admiral Chester Nimitz. (See the Home page 'Amelia at the microphone' photo link.) I have bantered a time or two with Ric Gillespie over the years. He has described those who endorse the words of Admiral Nimitz about Earhart to his TIGHAR club members as 'people from a dark, cold and desolate planet called Conspiritar.' Beyond 37' disagrees there was a vast conspiracy.

NOTE: The above list does not include the multitude of conventional Amelia Earhart biographies published over the years, nor does it include Amelia Earhart's own published works. 

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

Amelia, 1928, after the Friendship flight.

Amelia, 1933

Classic Amelia photo portrait.

Orville Wright & Amelia Earhart


In 2017, Protecting Earhart's, Tod Swindell finalized and copyrighted his long term Irene Craigmile Bolam Versus Amelia Earhart forensic research and human comparison study. His study results enabled him to claim the forensic solving of Amelia Earhart's eight decades old missing person case in his name and in the names of his long-time collaborators, Randall Brink, Joseph A. Gervais (posthumously), Rollin C. Reineck (posthumously), and Joe Klaas (posthumously).
To contact Tod Swindell directly about his multi-tiered Amelia Earhart IP objectives, including rights to his feature film, "The Lost Electra," his Earhart animation project, and various literary IP's, not to leave out his two-decades long 'Irene-Amelia journey,' send an e-mail query to or phone his voice-mail at 323-317-0886. Viable reach outs will be put in touch with his Entertainment Attorney. Thank You.

Click here to e-mail Protecting Earhart/ E-mail address: advertises nothing but the truth about Amellia Earhart. It has existed as a World Wide Web internet website since 2007. Although periodically shouted down by naysayers, it has never been overchallenged. It features researcher, Tod Swindell's first ever embarked on, "Comprehensive Forensic Analysis and Forensic Comparison Study" that, 1.) Proved more than one person used the same 'Irene' identity. 2.) Displayed the head-to-toe physical and character-traits congruence the Joseph A. Gervais 1965 recognized "Irene Bolam" shared with Amelia Earhart. 3.) Proved the Joseph A. Gervais 1965 recognized "Irene Craigmile Bolam" appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, ultimately concluding against the grain fo conventional knowledge, that she and Amelia Earhart marked the same physical human being in younger and older forms going by different names.
Tod Swindell's forensic analysis endeavor was initiated in 1997. It first received national notice in 2002 while it was in progress. His original titled manuscript, Protecting Earhart: The Beautiful Alter Ego and Silent Legacy of History's Most Famous Flying Heroine has been housed and registered at the Writers Guild of America West since 2004, #1033972, and was ultimately copyrighted after several revisions and updates in 2014, # TXu 1-915-926. It was again copyrighted in 2017 with additional combined elements from the forensic study newly inserted, # TXu 2-061-539. For subsidiary-rights inquiries call 323-317-0886 is dedicated to the past tireless efforts of the late USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais [1924-2005] and the late USAF Col. Rollin C. Reineck [1920-2007], two World War Two heroes who began expounding on the 'Amelia became Irene' truth decades ago. A major thank you goes to Tod Swindell's chief collaborative partner, Lost Star author, Randall Brink, who worked directly with Joseph Gervais for well over a decade before introducing Tod Swindell to him in 1996. A thanks also goes out to pilot-author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who supplied additional 'Irene' photo data and handwritten letters for the study, along with much similar data Joseph Gervais and Rollin Reineck forwarded Tod's way after it was transferred from a 1970s good friend of Mrs. Bolam's, the late Diana Dawes. All of these elements combined enabled the study to reach its reality based conclusion. Thanks as well to former CIA operative, Bazzell Baz, who provided some keen insight to this Earhart truth seeking endeavor when it was first getting underway in Santa Monica, CA in the mid-1990s.
Joseph A. Gervais, who is still considered by many to have been the most knowledgeable Amelia Earhart investigative researcher ever to pursue the truth, first asserted the Irene-Amelia reality in 1965. The controversial 1970 McGraw-Hill book by Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives delved into the enormous amount of Joe Gervais' investigative research and displayed the first nationally published photo of Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.'
From Tod Swindell: "Regardless of the fallout caused by Amelia Earhart Lives after 1970, my good friends, Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck spent the remaining decades of their lives working to better advance the reality of Amelia Earhart's name-changed survival to authenticity, after enduring their own long term evaluations of the existing evidence that supported it. Their efforts, but especially the decades old, never wavering "Amelia became Irene" assertion made by Joseph A. Gervais, inspired me to orchestrate the forensic analysis that ultimately proved their long held beliefs correct. Colonel Reineck's book, Amelia Earhart Survived that was published in late 2003, and was driven by my 'newly embarked on' forensic comparison study. Portions of my study appeared in his book, although a more extensively display of my material is seen here in Colonel Reineck's book was also the first to credit my study for "proving" how one of the Twentieth Century women who used the same 'Irene' identity had been previously known as Amelia Earhart."
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