The Obfuscated Reality Of Amelia Earhart's 1937 World Flight Outcome

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Three Women Used The Same 'Irene' Identity, One Was FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

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This website previews the long term forensic analysis and MSS, Protecting Earhart scheduled for publication this year. [Protecting Earhart U.S. Copyright Office Registration Number: TXu 1-915-926]
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 Protecting Earhart's Investigation Results:
 
Note: Protecting Earhart's investigation of the latent history of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight outcome began in the early 1990s. It accelerated in the new millennium with the advent of its comprehensive forensic study and analysis. Protecting Earhart's investigation results entered a new phase after the original Irene Craigmile's son, Larry Heller identified an entirely different woman to have been his mother than the Gervais-Irene. In 2014 Mr. Heller issued a written confirmation to this effect, displaying in reverse order how the Gervais-Irene had been permitted to use his mother's identity in an effort to cloak who she used to be.  Here are Protecting Earhart's most significant investigation results:
 
1. In the Twentieth-Century a total of three different woman were attributed to the same, "Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam" identity. This was unknown to the public until recent years when Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis proved it so. Throughout Protecting Earhart's analysis they are labeled: 1.) The 'Original Irene,' 2.) The 'Non Gervais-Irene,' and 3.) The 'Gervais-Irene.'
 
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    The Original Irene       The Non Gervais-Irene    The Gervais-Irene
 
2. The 'Gervais-Irene' appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.
 
3. The Gervais-Irene and Amelia Earhart exhibited a head-to-toe physical congruence.
 
4. The Gervais-Irene and Amelia Earhart exhibited the same character traits, had many of the same friends and were familiar with the same northeast geographical areas.
 
5. The Gervais-Irene described how she had "known" and often "flew" with Amelia Earhart, and she demonstrated a highly superior knowledge of types of aircraft and airports. The Original Irene only held her pilot's license for one month before she became pregnant out of wedlock in mid-1933, and she never flew a plane again after that. 
 
6. Since the 1970s, against the grain of 'official history' that always managed to steer clear of paying much attention to it, and after rejecting the former Amelia Earhart's refusal to acknowledge her past identity along with her extended family--who steadfastly encouraged all to dismiss it out of hand--anymore it is plainly evident in the face of the ongoing "official silence" about it in Washington and unending deflections otherwise: The woman identified as the Gervais-Irene in Protecting Earhart's analysis definitely was, previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
 
7.  Even though Amelia Earhart was legally declared 'dead' in 1939, her ongoing survival in the United States as 'Irene' has remained a forensic truehood ever since it was first recognized in the 1960s, although only in recent times did Protecting Earhart segue this amazing revelation to any further exist as an obvious forensic reality.
 
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This photo appeared in the
1982 Woodbridge Tribune's
so-called 'investigative
series' about Irene Bolam.
 
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Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, the son of the original Irene Craigmile
 
Clarence Alvin "Larry" Heller, who according to record was the 1934 born 'son' of Mrs. Irene Bolam, eventually became fed-up with the variety of individuals who kept insisting his mother used to be, 'Amelia Earhart.' Yet it wasn't until well after the new millennium arrived that Protecting Earhart asked Mr. Heller to positively identify his mother in photographs. Oddly enough, no previous investigation that questioned his mother's past had ever done such a thing.
 
At the office of Larry Heller's attorney in Manhattan, key elements of Protecting Earhart's study were displayed for identity verification purposes to Mr. Heller, the Original Irene's 1934 born son. Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell, who optioned the rights to Mr. Heller's version of his mother's life story, arranged and attended the meeting during which Mr. Heller specifically identified the woman in the photograph below as his 'childhood mother,' something he verified in writing. Mr. Heller estimated this particular photo of his 'mother' to have been taken "around 1940," when he would have been 5-6 years old. This woman was not the Gervais-Irene, and it is evident she was not the original Irene Madeline O'Crowley either, Mr. Heller's true biological mother who he no longer recollected. In essence, the former Amelia Earhart, who went on to be known as 'Irene' in the United States after World War Two until her death in 1982, had become part of a human triplicity arranged during the World War Two era to cloak her past identity. To date, no one knows what ultimately became of the Original Irene or the Non Gervais-Irene who were also attributed to the same 'Irene' identity. 

Younger 'Non Gervais-Irene' AKA 'Irene Jr.'
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Identified as his 'mother' by Larry Heller

Younger 'Non Gervais-Irene'
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c. 1947, age 23
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Left (younger) and right (older) in an overlay congruence.

From the mid-late 1930s into early 1940s, prior to his entering boarding school, here is the 'mother' recognized by the original Irene's 1934 born son, Larry Heller. Mr. Heller instantly identified the younger looking of these two images as his 'childhood mother.' She was not the Gervais-Irene [see below] who shared the same identity and whose photo image appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. Larry Heller also supplied the older-version photo on the right that appeared on his mother's Memorial Dinner program cover in 1982.

Older 'Non Gervais-Irene'
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1982, age 58

Again, the 'Forensic Reality' delivered by Larry Heller's ID placement of his 'mother' was that it did not identify the same woman who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965, who was also attributed to his mother's identity. Below is the picture Joe Gervais took of Guy and Irene Bolam on August 8, 1965, the day he met them among other noteworthy retired pilots at the Sea Spray Inn located in East Hampton of Long Island, New York where he had been invited to lecture about his 'Earhart disappearance investigation' by some of Amelia's former peers. Below it, observe younger and older versions of the woman Joe Gervais met and photographed that day, the 'Gervais-Irene.'

From the 1970 book Amelia Earhart Lives:
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Guy Bolam and the Gervais-Irene. [Photo taken by Joe Gervais the day he met them, August 8, 1965.)

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

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Left and right images combined display the congruence.
Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart'] in 1965.
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AKA "Irene Craigmile" AKA "Irene Bolam." This photo appeared in 1970 book "Amelia Earhart Lives."

Below: Retired USAF Major, Joe Gervais had been invited to the Sea Spray in by famous 1930s pilot, Viola Gentry, who was a good friend of Amelia's during her fame years, and a later good friend of the Gervais-Irene and Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey who was also a later life friend of the GervaisIrene's.
 
In 1965 Viola heard about Joe Gervais' recent years of investigating Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance, and she arranged for her club of well-known retired pilots, 'The Early Birds of Aviation' to pay all expenses for Joe Gervais and his wife and two children to fly from Las Vegas to New York so he could lecture about his 'Earhart disappearance investigative research findings.' Viola served as Joe and his wife, Thelma's chaperone at the event, and introduced them to Guy and Irene Bolam. Joe instantly found Irene highly curious, and the two spoke for awhile. Not only was he amazed by her similarity to Amelia Earhart, he was amazed by her mentioning that she had "flown" with Amelia often and had "known Amelia quite well." Beyond recognizing what 'looked like an older version of Amelia Earhart' as Joe Gervais put it, he also found it odd that Irene and her British husband, Guy Bolam were regarded with such high esteem at the event, especially when he'd never heard of either one of them.
 
As observed further below in the head to toe and facial comparisons, one need only question the probabilty of Viola and Muriel having friends from different eras who were entirely congruent to one another in every way.

Viola Gentry & Guy Bolam on August 9, 1965.
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The Gervais-Irene took this photo at the Seaspray Inn the day after she and Guy met Joe Gervais
New York Mid-Week Pictorial, 1932
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Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, Viola Gentry; Amelia's U. S. return after her solo Atlantic crossing.

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

 Below: The Gervais-Irene and a head to toe comparison from Protecting Earhart's study displaying her congruence to her former Amelia self. 

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

The Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart'] in 1965...
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...shown standing on a bridge in Paris, France; added to the photo, .

Head to Toe...
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...the Gervais-Irene matched her former Amelia self.

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The Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart'] 1978
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She Appeared Nowhere Identified As 'Irene' Prior To The 1940s.
'Gervais-Irene' photo & her former self,
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...when aligned with the picture on the right. [See more comparisons below.]

Orville Wright & Amelia Earhart
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1963 photo taken in Japan...
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The Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart'] was 'Irene' from the mid-1940s until her passing in 1982.
Equally blended...
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...the Gervais-Irene and her former Amelia self at age 30.
Amelia Earhart, age thirty.
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Photo taken after her Friendship flight.
     

Below:
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Amelia Earhart, 1933
Gervais-Irene, 1965.
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With British husband, Guy Bolam.
Gervais-Irene & Amelia
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Superimposed

Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia 1976
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The Gervais-Irene
The transition back begins...
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...images in alignment...
Gervais-Irene + Amelia
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= Irene-Amelia

Amelia Earhart, age 26, before she became famous.
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The Gervais-Irene in 1978, harder exposure...
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...different angle added; all of her eighty years seen here.

Gervais-Irene & Amelia
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Two photos superimposed.

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

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Amelia Earhart, 1933

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Amelia, 1928

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Classic Amelia, the blend begins.

Orville Wright & Amelia
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Gervais-Irene & Amelia
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Two photos superimposed.
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
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Gervais-Irene,1965 / Amelia,1933
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
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Gervais-Irene,1963 / Amelia,1928
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
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Gervais-Irene,1976 / Amelia,1932
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
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Gervais-Irene,1978 / Amelia,1929

Below: Elmo Pickerill responded to a query letter from Joe Gervais, reaffirming how he knew Irene Craigmile (Bolam) while also confirming her past friendship with Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry. Mr. Pickerill expressed his belief Irene was bonafide, and he appeared to know nothing about the shared identity of Irene Craigmile (Bolam), or at least, it seemed that way. He also appeared not to know the original Irene Craigmile hardly ever flew at all. As well, where forensic comparisons were not conducted back then, no one realized how Viola Gentry would have had two friends who looked so hauntingly similar to each other in Amelia Earhart, who disappeared in 1937, and in the Gervais-Irene, who appeared from out of nowhere in the 1940s to become a 'new' Irene Craigmile:

Gervais-Irene's handwriting compared to Amelia's:
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From a 1967 letter she sent to Joe Gervais, with Amelia's own "Amelia M. Earhart" signature added.

Above: A Gervais-Irene to Amelia Earhart handwriting comparison, with the Gervais-Irene veritably admitting she was 'known' as both Irene and Amelia. Excerpted from a 1967 letter she wrote to Joe Gervais, she referred to two individuals; famous pilot Viola Gentry, (above) and Early Birds of Aviation President Elmo Pickerill (see directly below) writing, "because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile." It is true the orginal Irene and the Gervais-Irene had once known each other. It's also clear Viola and Elmo were not about to admit that Amelia ended up using the original Irene's identity to protect her privacy in later life. Handwriting wise above, notice how Amelia's 'Amelia M. Earhart' signature matched the Gervais-Irene's.

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Was it a coincidence that Viola Gentry and Amelia's sister, Muriel happened to know two people from different eras who shared such an alarming head-to-toe congruence, not to leave out the same handwriting, character traits and multilingual talent? Hardly. The word 'doppelganger' might come up otherwise, but given the latent discovery of three women having used the same Irene identity, with the Gervais-Irene not appearing anywhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s, it would be a waste of time to consider such a far-fetched idea just to explain it all away.

The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
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Shown with her husband Charles Craigmile & her father, Joe O'Crowley. Charles died in 1931.

In the early 1930s, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was Amelia Earhart's friend and 'flying pal.' In 1933 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile became pregnant out of wedlock courtesy of her flight instructor, Al Heller. The two eloped to marry. Their son, Larry Heller was born to them in early 1934, but their marriage would later be annulled leaving the surname of 'Heller' to no longer be attributed to the Gervais-Irene. To Protecting Earhart, Larry Heller spoke of the good friendship that existed between Amelia Earhart and his mother's family, the O'Crowleys of Newark, New Jersey. Their friendship started in 1928 after Amelia met his mother's aunt, Attorney Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley who was a charter ZONTA member along with Amelia's 1930s' publicist, Nina Price. Attorney Irene and Ms. Price were close friends of Amelia's [Amelia joined the ZONTAs after she became famous in 1928] and served as contract advisor [Atty. Irene] and promoter [Nina Broderick Price] for the Amelia Earhart signature luggage line. [Into the 1960s Amelia Earhart Luggage was still headquartered in Newark.] The original Irene's son identified the young looking woman [ID'd as the Non-Gervais Irene] as his childhood mother. She was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile [his true birth mother, shown above in 1930] nor was she the Gervais-Irene whose enigmatic quality and importance among her peers was well noticed in 1965 by retired USAF Major Joe Gervais, after he was introduced to her by Amelia's old friend, Viola Gentry. Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis revealed the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile no longer appeared to exist in any photo records after 1940. It remains true today, what became of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile is a mystery unto itself. As observed in the full study, the Gervais-Irene, who was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, exhibited a highly recognizable congruence to Amelia Earhart. This is because she had previously been known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'

Forensic Study Reaction Statements:
 
Tod,
I have carefully studied the overlays and your presentation. Your conclusion that there were plural Irene Bolams has completely convinced me that this is indeed the case. You have also convinced me that the Gervais-Irene was AE. Incredible. You have quite an impressive package there. Keep charging - Gene. Note to Tod Swindell from Retired Navy Rear Admiral, Eugene Tissot. Gene Tissot's Father, Ernie Tissot was a friend of Amelia's and her head mechanic during her 1935 Hawaii to Oakland flight. This was Gene Tissot's response after his examination of the 2002 distributed Forensic Comparison Study and Analysis that he was copied on. 
 
Dear Tod,
Your work relating to Amelia and Irene is absolutely outstanding. There is no other way to describe it. I just wanted you to know that I have nothing but admiration for you and I am honored and proud to be on the winning team. I'm convinced you have solved the mystery. Note from USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.) to Tod Swindell. Colonel Reineck was a recipient of the Forensic Comparison Study and Analysis. In 12/03 Reineck's book Amelia Earhart Survived was published through the Paragon Agency duly crediting Mr. Swindell's forensic study achievements. Featured in the book were several samples and photos separating the different identified 'Irene's' as reproduced directly from the study. 
 
 
Below: A Note From USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.)
 
Dear Tod,
 
'Received the copy of your manuscript and have carefully read it. Your writing breathes life into the fascinating story that has consumed my interest for more than forty years. Of course, as in the generally held opinion of the public, that A. E. simply crashed her plane and disappeared in the Pacific--a theory which seems to be promoted by our government--would not have held my interest these many years--if true.
 
I have never felt that the AE-FN disappearance solution was my proprietary property. Rather, I have been sharing my findings with those as deeply interested as I am, in the hope that the final information could be obtained by pressing the State Department to release the documents that can resolve it all.

Hope your family is doing well. Thelma is fine. Thanks for your concern and well wishes.
 
Sincerely, Joe Gervais
 
 
 
 
KMBC Kansas City, by Lara Moritz (2009)

"All the evidence all put together, I feel like she did survive," Foudray added. "I think she survived and came back to the United States." Foudray calls the investigative research of Joe Gervais and Tod Swindell, "just the tip of the Iceberg." Quotes from two articles: A May 7, 2009 interview with Lou Foudray of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum conducted by Lara Moritz of KMBC TV, Kansas City; and an earlier Topeka Kansas Capital-Journal interview with Journalist Jan Biles.
 

The Associated Press (Also on CNN) 

"We were inclined to think Irene probably was not Amelia. However the Forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife as she claimed. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." The now late John Bolam, referring to the Swindell/Beyond 37' then in progress Forensic Analysis in a 2002 Associated Press article by Ron Staton. John Bolam was the survived Brother of Irene's British husband, Guy who she wed in 1958. He believed Guy (who died in 1970) was British MI6.

After watching his film footage and looking at the manuscript of researcher, Tod Swindell, who employed the methods and expertise of forensic anthropologists to compare AE and IB physically, I think Joe Gervais was right.
Scoop Archives, National Press Circuit of New Zealand by Rosalea Barker 

Tod Swindell told the audience Saturday, "The executive branch of the United States was aware of Earhart on a level the rest of the public wasn't." Swindell discussed letters, tapes and presidential communications that surfaced many years after Earhart's disappearance that provided tenuous clues. Linda Davis, The Contra Costa Times.
 

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Closer of the original Irene, who no longer appeared after the 1930s.

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The 'Non Gervais-Irene' (Irene Jr.)
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1940s graduation photo

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The Non Gervais-Irene (Irene Jr.) 1982

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The 'Gervais-Irene' in 1946
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AKA 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

Before a few cosmetic adjustments...
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...the more familiar look
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The Gervais-Irene, 1965

The original Irene's first husband, Charles Craigmile died suddenly of appendicitis during a road trip in 1931. By 1932 his widow, Irene Craigmile was taking flying lessons at Roosevelt Field on Long Island with a goal to earn her pilot's license. Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry helped her early on, and in late May of 1933, after several months of inconsistent at times training, she was awarded her pilot's license. She had soloed the required amount of hours and demonstrated her overall skill as a pilot. Alvin Victor Heller was her last flight instructor, and, not long after being awarded her license, Irene Craigmile realized she was pregnant with Alvin Heller's child. Soon the two eloped to wed and Irene Craigmile Heller gave birth to their son in early 1934. According to record, she never flew again.
 
 

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

WWII Admiral Chester Nimitz
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Said it was "known and documented in Washington" that Earhart ended up in the Marshall Islands.

 
In 1965, Admiral Chester Nimitz, commander of the Pacific Fleet during World War Two, became the first high ranking military official to publicly admit that Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan survived their 1937 world flight after ditching in the Marshall Islands and ending up in Japan's custody. He also mentioned such a withheld truth had previously been, "known and documented in Washington." His statements were consistently reinforced by Marshallese government officials and eyewitnesses, along with the impressive stamp series issued by the Republic of the Marshall Islands in 1987. Where it is obvious Earhart and Noonan survived their world flight ending, what became of them? While Noonan's ultimate fate remains less clear, the question of what happened to Amelia Earhart and her plane was answered long ago.
 
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'The Irene Controversy'

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The New Forensic Reality Of Irene Craigmile Bolam
 
After four decades of debate about her it was forensically realized; three different women were attributed to the singular identity of 'Irene Craigmile Bolam.' [The surname of 'Bolam' was added in 1958.]

The original Irene Craigmile, 1930
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The original Irene Craigmile, 1932
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She earned her pilot's license in 1933, became pregnant out of wedlock and never flew again

No one knows what ultimately became
of the original Irene Craigmile, whose
 New Jersey family Amelia had known.
 

The 2nd Irene Craigmile, early 1940s
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Irene's 1934 born son ID'd her in this photo, though it didn't appear in the 1982 newspaper series

The 2nd Irene Craigmile
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1982 Woodbridge New Jersey news series photo, also identified by Irene's son

The 3rd Irene Craigmile (Gervais-Irene)
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Reprinted from the 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune series

The 3rd Irene Craigmile (Gervais-Irene)
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Reprinted from the 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune series

Three Irenes and the Missing Person Case of Amelia Earhart
 
The forensic analysis displayed three different women attributed to the same 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile (Heller) (Bolam)' identity:

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The National Geographic Channel ignored the new gained reality of 'three different women' having used the same 'Irene' identity when it profiled the ongoing debate about Irene Bolam. It also did not mention how the Gervais-Irene, who matched Amelia from head to toe, only appeared identified as 'Irene' from the 1940s until her death was recorded in 1982. The Irene Craigmile seen directly below was the original Irene, a past friend of Amelia's. Seeking privacy, Amelia assumed the original Irene's identity for herself during the WWII era. Examining the Gervais-Irene displayed on the far right (3) who was previously Amelia, it is known Amelia's medical sinus history was well documented and it is apparent deviated septum rhinoplasty altered her later-life nasal look; and some dental work, cosmetic adjustments, and added weight left it difficult for people to recognize her 1930s' image.  Why did Amelia go to such great lengths to obscure who she used to be? As her long time post-war friend, Monsignor James Francis Kelley later explained, "after all she'd been through, she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."  
 

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

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3. 1947

Note: In 2006 and again in 2014, the original Irene's 1934 born son, Larry Heller, who clearly lived his life unaware of the human-triplicity attributed to his mother's name, identified both the younger and older images of the woman displayed below as his 'mother.' The problem was she wasn't the woman shown directly to the right, whose image appeared in the 1970 book Amelia Earhart Lives, even though according to history she should have been. The National Geographic Channel was made aware of the ID placement made by Mr. Heller, but it refused to comment on it or to display the 'mother' images he identified here in the Irene Bolam segment of its recent Amelia Earhart, 'Unsolved History' program.

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

Below: 1982

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

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Note: This woman's image appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. She identified herself as "Irene Bolam," the mother of Larry Heller. On paper she was his mother. Biologically, she was not.
   

1946, the 'third' Gervais-Irene Craigmile
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AKA 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

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

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

Below: In 1982, Irene Craigmile Bolam's 1934 born son offered some of his thoughts about the controversy that still surrounded his mother, seventeen years after Joe Gervais first encountered her.

The 'Non Gervais-Irene,' 1940s
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Larry Heller instantly identified the woman in this photo as his 'mother'
The Gervais-Irene Bolam, c. 1950s
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FKA 'Amelia Earhart,' a different person than the woman Larry Heller identified as his 'mother.'

Photo from the 1982 Woodbridge Tribune
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Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, the son of the original Irene Craigmile

Above: In October of 1982, Larry Heller, the 1934 born son of the original Irene Craigmile, who had briefly been married to Al Heller, indicated he was not sure who his mother really was to the Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune. His request for her fingerprints after she died in 1982 was refused. [The Gervais-Irene donated her body to Rutgers Medical School; the school refused Mr. Heller access to it.] In December of 1982 Larry Heller then told the same newspaper that he 'wished for the question of his mother's identity to remain a mystery.' Rutgers Medical School responded to a letter from Joe Gervais saying Irene's body had been "cremated and interned in a common grave." In 2006 and again in 2014, Larry Heller positively identified the woman above on the left as his 'mother.' Labeled the "Non Gervais-Irene" in the study, she had helped to rear Larry Heller from a young age even though she too was not the original Irene Craigmile, and was actually a generation younger than the original Irene. Larry Heller mentioned he believed the picture was taken in the early 1940s when he would have been 6 to 8 years old. Historically, the woman above on the right, the 'Gervais-Irene' who was a different person, also used Mr. Heller's mother's identity beginning in the 1940s. Of course the Gervais-Irene [FKA Amelia Earhart] appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s. It was also verified by Mr. Heller that Amelia Earhart had known his mother's family, the prominent O'Crowley's of Newark, New Jersey. In 1993 a past close friend of the Gervais-Irene's, Diana Dawes, who hosted a radio show in Princeton, New Jersey in the 1970s and 1980s, provided the common thread to the story when she mentioned it was her understanding the original Irene Craigmile's long-ago demise had been hushed, adding, "that's how Amelia was able to use her name."
 
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""Of course I knew Irene. She was a sister Zonta,"" Mrs. Morrissey said, referring to the professional organization to which both women belonged." As an answer to those who suggested Irene looked like an older version of her sister, Amelia, Muriel offered, "There is practically no physical resemblance." Two 1982 newspaper article quotes from Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey--who first acknowledged her friendship with Irene Bolam  (the Gervais-Irene) to CBS radio-journalist, Fred Goerner after the book Amelia Earhart Lives was published in 1970. Her "no physical resemblance" statement was initially contradicted by Joe Gervais, who recognized a strong resemblance between the Irene he met in 1965 and Amelia. Decades later Gervais was proven correct, when the forensic comparison study confirmed their complete head to toe congruence. The above photo of Muriel and her mother, Amy also shows Muriel practically looking like the Gervais-Irene's sister in a 'family resemblance' way when compared to the Gervais-Irene. 

Amelia's friend, Irene Craigmile, 1932
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She earned her pilot's license in 1933, became pregnant out of wedlock and never flew again

An Oddity

Did Amelia Earhart make a request to become a naturalized citizen of Japan in August of 1939, just before Germany invaded Poland? Was she the actual American woman who broadcast as 'Tokyo Rose' over Japan's NHK, 'Radio Tokyo' airwaves during the war? An American citizen by the name of Iva Toguri was arrested in Japan at the end of the war as 'the one and only Tokyo Rose,' even though she had used a different name when she broadcast. Amelia's 'last closest friend,' Jackie Cochran was whisked over to Japan at the war's end and witnessed Iva's arrest. Iva Toguri's 1949 trial in San Francisco was attended every day by Amelia Earhart's mother, Amy Otis Earhart. Iva Toguri testified she was offered $2,000 by two American reporters to say she was 'Tokyo Rose' even though the name was never applied to her radio broadcasts. U.S. soldiers testified one specific woman with a pure American accent had consistently identifed herself as 'Tokyo Rose.' Some of the soldiers said Tokyo Rose's voice sounded like Amelia Earhart's voice. According to Iva Toguri, 'Orphan Ann' was the only name she ever used during her broadcasts, never 'Tokyo Rose.' The U.S. military conveyed "a series of American sounding women did broadcasts for Radio Tokyo during the war years." Where so, Iva Toguri was the only one ever mentioned by name. Iva was convicted for treason, not for having been the mysterious 'Tokyo Rose,' begging the question: Who was the real American woman who identified herself as Tokyo Rose over the airwaves? Four years after the war ended the FBI claimed no such person ever existed to the dismay of many U.S. servicemen who insisted 'Tokyo Rose' had been personified over the radio during the war years. 

Iva Toguri, 1946
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The U.S. military and the FBI said there was no 'Tokyo Rose.' U.S. soldiers who heard her disagreed.

How it began: In 1965 at a gathering of well-known retired pilots in the East Hamptons of Long Island, New York, a World War Two, Korean War, and Vietnam War veteran, USAF Major Joe Gervais (Ret.) met one of the three different women who were historically attributed to the same identity of 'Irene nee O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam.' The 'Irene' he met is labeled in Beyond 37's study as 'the Gervais-Irene.' The study revealed how the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s. Contrary to what became the assumed public opinion that all questions had been answered about it, official history and both Amelia's and the original Irene's families avoided seriously addressing the controversy Major Gervais recognized, leaving the question of the Gervais-Irene's former identity to authoritatively remain unanswered. 

1966 Doubleday book by CBS Radio's Fred Goerner...
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A top ten New York Times 'Best Seller,' years later 'official silence' left few recalling it.

How Amelia Earhart's 'Disappearance Controversy' Re-Surfaced In The 1960s

These landmark investigative books from 1966 and 1970 combined for over fifteen years of documented research. They clearly revealed how over time the United States and Japan chose not to publicly disclose a higher awarenesses they shared about Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan's last flight. The books' authors along with other private investigators who inquired about their overwhelming amount of uncovered evidence, were greeted with official silence in Washington and Tokyo when they pressed for more information. Eventually, most gave up on trying to get an official response. Still, by the mid-1970s it had become clear in a forensic way that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan did not just 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 though, for the introductions of these and other suggestions about the duo's final fate helped keep the 'mystery' idea going. Among those keenly aware of the Earhart disappearance saga, many accept the reality of the duo having survived under the auspice of Japan well beyond the day they went missing, even though the general public was just never clued in about it.

1970 McGraw-Hill book by Joe Klaas w/Joe Gervais
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First to pontificate that Amelia had 'privately survived.'

The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, 1930
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A past acquaintance of Amelia's, the trail of her person disappeared after the 1930s.

Younger 'Non Gervais-Irene'
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Circa 'early 1940s'
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Left (younger) and right (older) in an overlay congruence.

O'Crowley family friend, Lucy McDannel referenced an enigmatic girl who was raised by the O'Crowleys. She referred to her as 'Irene Jr.' and described her to have been "born in 1924." She also included how by 1945 'Irene Jr.' was no longer intimate with the O'Crowley family. Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley, who was a prominent New York attorney, Zonta figurehead, and friend and advisor of Amelia's [and the original Irene's Aunt] had primarily cared for 'Irene Jr.,' who by the late 1930s was serving as a sitter, then a live-in nanny figure for the original Irene's 1934 born son, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller. Mr. Heller identified both of these younger & older images as his 'mother.' 
 

Older 'Non Gervais-Irene'
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1982, age 58

The 'Non Gervais-Irene' displayed above wasn't the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, nor was the Irene Craigmile Bolam displayed directly below, who Air Force Major, Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 at a 'Early Birds of Aviation' club gathering of retired pilots.
 

The 'Gervais-Irene' in 1946
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FKA 'Earhart'
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Left and right images combined display the congruence.
The Gervais-Irene in 1965.
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AKA 'Irene Bolam' FKA 'Earhart.' This photo appeared in the 1970 book, 'Amelia Earhart Lives.'

The Original Irene

Irene Craigmile, 1930
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The 'Original' Irene Craigmile, Amelia's friend, seen no more after the 1930s. (Full frame below.)

The Original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, 1930.
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Shown with her husband Charles & her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.

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The original Irene Craigmile in 1932; Amelia and Viola Gentry's friend.

The woman above, the original Irene nee O'Crowley Craigmile married Charles Craigmile in 1927. Just before marrying Charles she had given birth to an illegitimate son who was adopted by her uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley and his wife, her aunt Violet. They named their son, Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr. who grew up to become the father of Peggy O'Crowley, a writer for the New Jersey Star Ledger.  The original Irene remains an enigma to this day. It is known she was a 1930s friend of Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry, who in late 1932 paved the way for the original Irene to become a pilot after Charles Craigmile tragically died in 1931. Except the original Irene had an affair with one of her flight instructors, Al Heller, and she became pregnant with his child in mid-1933. The two decided to elope, and she gave birth to their son in early 1934,  naming him Clarence Alvin Heller, who would grow up known as 'Larry Heller.' Sadly, the original  Irene's marriage to Al Heller quickly failed and by 1938 Al had moved away. Clear 'legitimate' photo documentation of the original Irene proved to be non-extant. Even Larry Heller admitted he held no photos of his mother pre-dating 1947, before which time he had been enrolled at a boarding school. It is clear Larry Heller barely ever knew his biological mother.
 

The Non Gervais-Irene

Circa 'early 1940s'
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The Non Gervais-Irene, by the mid-1940s she'd left and the Gervais-Irene became 'Irene Craigmile.'
Older version of the 'Non Gervais-Irene'
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Shown in 1982, estimated true age then: Fifty-eight years old.

Above: In 1984, the Non Gervais-Irene (AKA 'Irene Jr.') was described as 'born in 1924' by the elderly, Lucy McDannel, a past good friend of the original Irene Craigmile's family, the O'Crowleys of Newark, New Jersey. Ms. McDannel described how 'Irene Jr.' had been raised by the O'Crowleys and as a teenager she ran errands for the original Irene's attorney aunt and physician uncle who lived next to each other. Irene Jr. also helped look after the original Irene's 1934 born son, and she was retroactively identified as 'Irene Craigmile' even though, as Lucy described it, Irene Jr. was only "16-17 years old in 1940," leaving her a generation younger than the original Irene Craigmile. Irene Jr. and the original Irene's son, Larry Heller moved to Mineola on Long Island, New York where they lived with their 'Aunt Gert' (AKA Gertrude Ferguson) into the early 1940s. That same time period featured a bizarre 'annulment' process that erased the original Irene's brief shot-gun marriage to Al Heller with accusations of poor parenting, improvidence, drinking and promiscuity flung from both sides, according to court records. Lucy went on to mention how Irene Jr. left the O'Crowley family fold in the mid-1940s. At that same time, the Gervais-Irene became the 'new' Irene Craigmile. From 1928 to 1937 Amelia Earhart had been a good friend of the original Irene's attorney aunt, I. Mary Rutherford O'Crowley, who had endorsed Amelia into the ZONTA professional women's organization in 1928, and later helped with Amelia's brand-product licensing contracts, especially her famous luggage line that Ms. O'Crowley continued to manage in Newark well after Amelia was declared 'missing.' [This is all true, folks.]
 

The Gervais-Irene

1940s-1982 ID'd Irene Craigmile (Gervais-Irene)
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...slight weight gain, nose work, dental, cosmetic changes;

News photo, 1940s-1982 ID'd Irene Craigmile Bolam.
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AKA 'The Gervais-Irene' in Japan, 1963, five years after she married Guy Bolam of England.

After emerging from nowhere into the U.S. in the mid-1940s, from that point on the Gervais-Irene was identified as 'Irene Craigmile' until 1958, when she became 'Irene Bolam' after marrying the distinguished, Guy Bolam of England. Guy Bolam's main enterprise was overseeing Radio Luxembourg in Europe, that had helped introduce the Beatles to Russia. It became a general consensus that Guy Bolam had been linked to England's MI6 program. Even Guy's brother, John Bolam expressed his certainty of Guy having been MI6. When retired Air Force Major, Joe Gervais met and photographed Irene and Guy Bolam in 1965, he knew none of this. Guy died in 1970, and the Gervais-Irene Craigmile remained known as 'Irene Bolam' until her death was recorded in 1982. A few years after that,  well-known Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a former President of Seton Hall College began admitting to different investigators that his long time close friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Adversaries who opposed the Irene-Amelia truth shouted Father Kelley down by calling him a senile old man and a chronic liar. Nothing could have been farther from the truth. See the Monsignor Kelley page-link for more.
 

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The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1932; Amelia and Viola's friend.

Below: It's fairly easy to find Amelia again by using the 1946 People's Bank photo from almost a decade after she was said to have 'disappeared.' The photo marks the first known to have publicly identified her as [the new] 'Irene Craigmile.' The Zonta organization for professional career women has always refused to comment about the Zonta membership of Irene Craigmile (Bolam.) Recall too, by the 1930s Amelia Earhart had grown to become its most famous member. Even today the Zontas award its most prestigious annual scholarship in Amelia's name. There is little doubt, high level Zonta officers from the 1940s--the original Irene's aunt who was the Newark, New Jersey Zonta chapter president New York Zonta's, Nina Price, both Amelia's friends listed high among among them--were part of the non-public reidentification process that converted 'Amelia' to 'Irene.
 
 

1940s-1982 ID'd Irene (Gervais-Irene)
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...slight weight gain, nose work, dental, cosmetic changes;

Before deviated septum rhinoplasty...
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...prior to a slight weight gain, dental work, & cosmetic adjustments: The Gervais-Iene.

"After all she'd been through, she did not want to be Amelia Earhart any more." Quote of Monsignor James Francis Kelley, former President of Seton Hall University talking about his late close friend Irene Craigmile Bolam (the Gervais-Irene) in 1991.

The 1945-1982 identified 'Gervais-Irene.' She appeared nowhere in photos identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s. However two other women; the Original Irene and the Non Gervais-Irene did. In the next panels down following this one, see how closely the Gervais-Irene aligned with Amelia Earhart.

Below, a strip of four 'non-original Irene Craigmile' photos:

1.) Irene Craigmile, 1940s
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Long Island 'Zonta' photo, 1945-1982 ID'd 'Gervais-Irene'
2.) Irene Craigmile, 1940s
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'Irene Jr.', AKA the 'Non Gervais-Irene'
3.) Irene Craigmile, 1923
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Forgery
4.) Irene Craigmile, 1976
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The Gervais-Irene at a Detroit Zonta function

Below, the different 'post 1930s' identified Irene Craigmile referred to as "Irene Jr."

1940s 'different' Irene Craigmile (Bolam)
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ID'd by the original Irene's Son, National Geographic refused to display her image on TV.

Below: Different looks of 'the Gervais-Irene.' She was dubbed the 'Gervais-Irene' to distinguish her as the 'Irene' who retired Air Force Major Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 at a gathering of well-known retired pilots. After researching her background for years, Gervais found her to be a true enigma who was familiar with the same people and interests Amelia used to be.

1945
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Long Island, New York
1963
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Kobe, Japan
1965, Joe Gervais photo.
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Long Island, New York
1976
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Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia
1978
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Jamestown, New Jersey

Irene-Amelia overlay blend...
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...of Amelia and the 1945-1982 ID'd Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam.
The transition back begins...
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...to the 1945-1982 Irene Craigmile Bolam.
News photo, 1945-1982 ID'd Irene Craigmile Bolam.
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AKA 'The Gervais-Irene' in Japan, 1963.

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The National Geographic Channel ignored the new gained reality of 'three different women' having used the same 'Irene' identity when it profiled the ongoing debate about Irene Bolam. It also did not mention how the Gervais-Irene, who matched Amelia from head to toe, only appeared identified as 'Irene' from the 1940s until her death was recorded in 1982. The Irene Craigmile seen directly below was the original Irene, a past acquaintance of Amelia's. Seeking privacy, Amelia assumed the original Irene's identity for herself during the WWII era. [What became of the original Irene remains unknown.] The reason Amelia no longer wished to be a public person and decided to obscure who she used to be was best explained by her post-war friend, confidant, and confessor, Monsignor James Francis Kelley when he said, "After all she'd been through, she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."  
 

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

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

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

Below: 1982

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

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This 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' appeared in the 1970 Joe Klaas book, Amelia Earhart Lives. While identified as the mother of Larry Heller then, on paper she was, but biologically she wasn't. Prior to the 1940s she was known as Amelia Earhart. Anymore, this forensic truehood is incontestable.
   

The 3rd Irene [Gervais-Irene] FKA 'Earhart'
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Reprinted from the 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune series

Clearer, 1946, the Gervais-Irene
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FKA 'Earhart,' she became 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

Easy to find her past, more familiar look.
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Nine years and post-disappearance adjustments altered her appearance

1965 Joe Gervais photo...
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The Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart' was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.

1933
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Amelia Earhart
Blend: Gervais-Irene & Amelia
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Irene-1965 / Amelia-1933

Gervais-Irene / Gervais photo, 1965
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FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

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

 
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 Amelia, age 30, after her
'Friendship' Atlantic crossing.
 
Above: Amelia after she completed her Friendship Flight that instantly catapulted her from obscurity to world fame.
 
Below: When one compares the care-worn Amelia photo on the far left to the more relaxed & cheerful one on the far right, it's hard to recognize they are mid-1930s photos of the same person. Protecting Earhart's full body comparisons revealed a natural eye-to-eye, head-to-toe, bone-structure, physical-match reality.
 
 

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Two photos superimposed: Amelia as herself in 1933 and as 'Irene' in 1965

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

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

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Left: Irene [the 'Gervais-Irene'] in Japan in 1963.
Right: Superimposed with her former 'Amelia' self.

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 Amelia
 
 
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   1930                     Early 1940s                    1946
Above: The three different women historically identified as one in the same,
"Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam." Past denials and slight
'look adjustments' notwithstanding, anymore it is forensically certain the woman shown
  in 1946 on the far-right [the Gervais-Irene] was previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' 
 

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An Incontestable Reality:
 
There has been a number of postulations that attempted to account for Amelia Earhart's actual fate, although the extensive data presented here, some traceable to the adroit handling of pre-World War Two circumstances by the United States Executive Branch, was thoroughly accounted for and analyzed over the years by a variety of reputable investigators.
 
In other words, it's real.
 
The truth still remains now just as it had been described decades ago by those closest to the occurrence of the event itself--that Japan was able to retrieve Earhart and Noonan after the duo managed to ditch in its lower Marshall Islands, and it is certain Japan considered their arrival at Mili Atoll there suspect during the tense onset of the Sino-Japanese war, before it optioned to surreptitiously detain them, flummoxing the United States Executive Branch in the process. In the immediate aftermath Japan was well-aware the United States strongly opposed its sudden war declaration against China. Recall at the time, right after the duo was declared 'missing' U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Joseph Grew asked Japan for permission to allow the U.S. to search the Marshall Islands. Japan refused to allow it, replying it would conduct its own search. The unfolding situation was quickly exacerbated by the onset of the Sino-Japanese war just days after Earhart and Noonan were declared 'missing' that all-but severed diplomatic relations between Japan and the United States. Japan kept its intervention with the post-loss fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan to itself from that point on. The only thing it did offer many years later, was that it 'never harmed Amelia Earhart.' This was in the form of an off-hand diplomatic reply to insinuations that Amelia had been executed by its military for spying. Japan did not execute Amelia. Instead, to whatever degree it safe-harbored her during the war until, unknown to the public, she was returned to the United States just as many other former civilian internees and POW's were. The final-fate of Fred Noonan was always harder to ascertain. He was described by 1930s Earhart friend, Walter McMenamy as 'last seen in 1949.' No doubt Noonan's lower profile post-loss saga was guided by different circumstances. It's further interesting to note, after Amelia became known as 'Irene' she continued to occasionally travel back to Japan where she maintained several friendships. Note: It has always remained a strict policy observed by the U.S. Justice Department's FBI division to not disclose the existence of WPP's [Witness Protection Programs] or to reveal any of its participants.
 
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Note: Even if it had suspected Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan of spying on its installations, it is unfathomable given the tenuous circumstances of the time that Japan would have risked military retaliation from the United States by executing them while it was steeped in construction efforts to fortify its Mandated Islands, of which the Marshall Islands were a very significant part.
 
Truth always prevails, and one is well advised to trust certifiable evidence when it comes to assessing what really happened to Amelia Earhart in July of 1937, and what became of her afterward.
 
The enormity of what Protecting Earhart conveys is backed by such evidence. 
 

The Truth...
Anymore it is forensically incontestable: The Gervais-Irene was known as 'Amelia Earhart' in the United States prior to mid-1937. Incredibly enough, for decades important sounding individuals continuously tried to convince the public that this now highly-recognizable reality was incorrect.  
 
Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis not only compared physical beings, it also compared character traits, to include a document examination handwriting analysis. Two samples from the handwriting analysis appear below the following text:
 
In The Gervais-Irene's Own Words...
 
"I can offer in evidence two people whom you may call for verification of this fact, because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile."
 
"It has always been my feeling the Amelia Earhart has not passed away completely, so long as there is one person alive who still remembers her."
 
Above: Two cryptic Gervais-Irene quotes from a 1967 letter she wrote to retired Air Force Major, Joe Gervais. [See handwritten excerpt & comparison below.] Note her non denial-denial language use, "...because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile," where she plainly stated the two people she referenced knew her by different names; Amelia and Irene. [The 'two people' were Amelia's well known 1930s' pilot friends, Viola Gentry & Elmo Pickerill who reckoned her as 'Irene' after the World War Two era.] Note as well, her odd reference to "the Amelia Earhart" as if she likened the name to a ship that had sunk long ago.
 
Below: Two handwriting comparison samples from Protecting Earhart's document examination portion of its forensic analysis. The cursive letter samples came from separate handwritten letters of Amelia's and the Gervais-Irene's that were compared and evaluated.   
 

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

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

 
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Common Knowledge
 
It has long been considered 'common knowledge' in the Marshall Islands that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan ended up there before they were picked up and detained by Japan's Imperial Navy. Recall in 1937, Japan was the ruling government authority in the Marshalls and its other surrounding Mandate Island--where Americans were not welcome. Hostility was brewing there at the time and the local Mandate Islands populations feared the authoritarian rule of Japan's military. The Marshall Islands went on to become a stronghold for Japan's Imperial Navy and Air Force during World War Two, until U.S. armed forces conquered and occupied them in 1944, temporarily placing Admiral Nimitz in charge there. Following the war, with much help from the United States, eventually the Marshall Islands became its own governing republic.
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"Tokyo Rosa" Versus "Tokyo Rose"
 
After she was picked up and detained by Japan, Amelia was soon being referred to by Mandate Islands local populations as, "Tokyo Rosa." This was years before World War Two American soldiers stationed in the Pacific began listening to Japan's NHK Radio, 'Zero Hour' broadcasts that featured the infamous 'Tokyo Rose' among a few American female voiced DJ's.
 
The United States Federal Branch's post-war efforts diffused Tokyo Rose's original association with the detained Amelia Earhart, who had clearly inspired Japan's invention of 'Tokyo Rose.' Just a few years after the war, the FBI laid down an edict asserting that no female NHK radio DJ ever used the name of 'Tokyo Rose.' Soldiers who heard the broadcasts strongly disagreed, testifying there was at least one American accented female who consistently identified herself as "Tokyo Rose," further describing how she ended her night-time broadcasts by saying, "This is Tokyo Rose, goodnight, and try and sleep if you can."
 
Enough soldiers had also described the voice of Tokyo Rose as sounding 'just like Amelia Earhart's voice' that George Putnam was called upon to monitor the broadcasts. He admitted 'Tokyo Rose' had been "fiendishly well coached" to sound like Amelia, but insisted the voice did not belong to his gone-missing wife.
 
The Non-Tokyo Rose
 
In late 1941, an American woman of Japanese descent, Iva Toguri was a twenty-five year old UCLA graduate whose mother traveled her to Japan to take care of an ailing relative. Unfortunately, Iva ended up stuck in Japan after the Pearl Harbor attack, and she spent the duration of the war there. Coerced into doing broadcasts using the name of 'Orphan Ann,' Iva ended up being arrested as 'Tokyo Rose' after the war even though she never used that name, and her distinct Japanese accent was highly detectable. Not long after VJ Day though, Iva was railroaded into being falsely attributed to the name of 'Tokyo Rose' in an attempt to deflect its association with the war era 'Tokyo Rosa,' AKA 'the detained by Japan, Amelia Earhart.' Recall at that time, according to the recognized facts in the United States as World War Two churned on, Amelia was said to have 'disappeared' in 1937, and she was legally declared 'dead' in 1939. George Putnam, who joined the war effort as an Army Air Corp Major in 1942, was stationed in China as an intelligence officer when he was called upon to monitor some Tokyo Rose broadcasts, and it is certain he would not have opposed the preference of his county's high-command to decry any and all claims asserting Amelia owned the notorious radio siren's voice.
 
A Japanese translated definition of 'Tokyo Rose' is: "That held by the Chrysanthemum." The Chrysanthemum flower has long adorned the seal of the Emperor of Japan.
 
Again, from the Marshall Islands to Saipan, the detained Amelia Earhart had been referred to as 'Tokyo Rosa' by local populations from mid-1937 on. 

Tokyo Rose did exist...
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The FBI asserted the 'Tokyo Rose' name was invented by soldiers. Soldiers who heard her disagreed.

All recordings of Iva Toguri’s broadcasts proved she never predicted bombings or taunted U.S. soldiers about their wives at home being unfaithful, as was errantly reported about her. The problem was Iva wasn’t Japan’s only American lady broadcaster, she was just the only one caught. It remains common knowledge among Word War Two historians that there were other American accented women who broadcast more sinister anti-American propaganda messages akin to those above, and many soldiers claimed one of them called herself, ‘Tokyo Rose.’ The FBI’s strong post-war assertion that no female broadcaster ever went by the name of ‘Tokyo Rose’ was in itself propaganda used to convince all that the name was merely a soldier’s invention. The move was deemed necessary in order to divorce ‘Tokyo Rose’ from having anything to do with the latent history of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. U.S. intelligence knew well that Amelia was referred to as ‘Tokyo Rosa’ by Marshallese and Saipanese people right after Japan’s Imperial Navy surreptitiously detained her in 1937. It is further interesting to note, the first ever Tokyo Rose broadcast heard by U.S. troops took place aboard a U.S. submarine stationed in the Pacific a week before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Epilogue: Iva Toguri was tried and convicted of treason in 1949. Amelia's mother, Amy Otis Earhart attended her 'Tokyo Rose' trial on a daily basis. Iva spent six years in prison even though she always strongly professed to be a loyal American who had been coerced against her will into doing the broadcasts. She was never known as ‘Tokyo Rose’ before she was conveniently labeled that way following the war, after she was bribed by the two reporters who asked her to claim that she was. Jackie Cochran was present during Iva's arrest. As one of his last official acts, President Gerald Ford finally pardoned Iva in 1976.   

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On Amelia's Continued Survival...
 
Protecting Earhart shows how the conveyance of Amelia Earhart's continued survival with a different identity was never as far-fetched as some people made it out to be. 
  
For instance, after Charles Lindbergh died in 1974, thirty more years passed before it was verified [in 2004] that he spent a great deal of time in Europe from the 1950s to the 1970s leading a double life as 'Careu Kent,' even fathering children there while doing so--with his American family unaware of it.
 
Protecting Earhart forensically displays how after 1970, the year the 'Irene-Amelia' controversy first surfaced, decades worth of follow-up investigative research unraveled and revealed a well hidden truth, where subsequent to when Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937, she too ended up leading a double life after acquiescing the left-over identity of a former acquaintance of hers, 'Irene [nee O'Crowley] Craigmile.'
 
Anymore, this forensic truehood is incontestable.

With England's civilized Gilberts featuring two landing areas still within their reach, [Amelia's plane had close to a 4,500 mile flight range; New Guinea to Howland was a 2,550 mile flight] the two experienced pilots had no intention, nor would they have optioned to fly below the Equator to the barren wastelands of the Phoenix Islands group as such a move would have courted certain death. It was later learned that the duo's ongoing in-flight radio transmissions were suppressed after they missed Howland [by the White House in cooperation with U.S. Naval intelligence and the Coast Guard] as they remained determined to fly-on to where they knew they could land safely--as opposed to favoring the senseless idea of heading to a desolate place where no people or landing areas existed. [Such as the misguided, albeit highly touted 'Nikumaroro castaways claim' that the Smithsonian has always dismissed as 'unsupported by any credible evidence.']

Amelia & her future self, the Gervais-Irene
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1937---------1976

Jim Donahue's 1987 book
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The British Army secured the "Yank Jane Doe" [AKA Earhart] prior to the OSS liberation of Weihsien

Friends, Jackie Cochran and Amelia Earhart
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Jackie's husband helped underwrite Amelia's last flight

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Floyd Odlum & Jackie Cochran

Below: Author, David Bowman credited Tod Swindell's Protecting Earhart Forensice Study, shown lower right on his book's dust-jacket:

David Bowman's 2005 Book, Legerdemain
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Bowman used Tod Swindell's overlay on his cover and credited his forensic study

From David Bowman's dust jacket...
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Last line down credits the early years of Tod Swindell's forensic study

 
Review: How The Earhart Mystery Initially Resurfaced
 
Beginning in the 1950s and continuing for decades, retired USAF Major, Joseph A. Gervais [1924-2005], CBS Radio Journalist, Fred Goerner [1925-1994], and New York State University at Oswego Professor, Paul Briand [1920-1986] separately conducted the first deep investigations that looked into Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance.
Paul Briand and Joe Gervais
 
Based on the withheld controversial information and vast number of non-published accounts these three men discovered and revealed about Earhart's loss, all of them solidly concluded Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan ended up going down in Japan's forbidden-to-the-U.S, at the time Marshall Islands where they were picked up by Japan's Imperial Navy and detained without public awareness.
 
Briand and Goerner could not clearly ascertain what became of Earhart and Noonan after that, so in lieu of no better answer they suggested the two fliers likely died in Japan's custody.
 
Conversely, after considering the growing hostile relationship that existed between the United States and Japan back then, yet realizing as well it was unlikely Japan would have allowed any harm to come to Amelia Earhart while she was in its care, [Amelia Earhart was a hero in Japan in 1930s, just as Babe Ruth had been] then after meeting a 'hauntingly familiar' and 'highly enigmatic' woman among some of Amelia's old friends in 1965--Joe Gervais boldly asserted that Earhart and Noonan had continued to survive in Japan's custody, and they eventually changed their names as part of a quiet arrangement to 'close the book' on what actually happened to them. Gervais postulated how the U.S. and Japan shared a post-war, 'silent agreement' to never revisit the tenuous debacle the duo's loss caused--in the interest of maintaining future diplomacy between the two countries.
 
 
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 From the time he met her in 1965 until his death in 2005,
Joe Gervais maintained one Irene Bolam, shown in this 1976
dated photo was previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
 
 
After the Gervais story surfaced in 1970, the woman he identified as the former Amelia Earhart refused to willingly cooperate, thus relegating the idea of Earhart's name-changed survival to fall on stony ground. However, even after she died in 1982, the woman still remained suspect as supportive evidence backing the Gervais claim about her continued to grow. 
 
By way of his unsurpassed extensive research, today Joe Gervais is recognized among the foremost investigators to show why the Earhart-Noonan disappearance controversy was perpetually greeted with 'official silence' by the governments of the United States and Japan, dating back to the time the two were declared 'missing.' 

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Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) known as "Careu Kent" overseas, 1950s-1970s
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The 'Gervais-Irene' in Jamaica, 1976. FKA: 'Earhart'

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Fred Noonan & Amelia Earhart, 1937
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Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10E landing in Paramaribo during her 1937 world flight.

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The Distances Kept by Nat Geo and the Smithsonian
 
Everyone loves the National Geographic Society, that has always followed the lead of the Smithsonian Institution and its traditional support of the suggested but never verified, 'crashed and sank' version of Amelia's world flight ending.
 
Warner Home Video Ng Wheres Amelia Earhart (dvd/ff-16x9) - Pricefalls ...
 
 
So it was no surprise a decade ago, after new information surfaced further promoting Amelia Earhart's post-loss survival, Amelia Earhart Society president, Billy Prymak and other protectors of her status-quo legacy implored the National Geographic Channel to produce a documentary aimed at discrediting all controversial information about her disappearance, no matter how substantiated it was. It was clear in the face of so much conflicting data it presented, the objective of the program was to show renewed support for the preferred 'crashed and sank' version of Amelia's flight ending.
 
It is worth noting how the Smithsonian, a Washington DC based ward of the U.S. Government, never investigated Earhart's loss nor has it ever offered an official explanation about it. Likewise, The National Geographic Society, also headquartered in Washington DC and never about to challenge the viewpoint of the Smithsonian, has never officially investigated it either. Rather, it has merely reviewed different conclusions presented by opposing theorists.
 
Nat Geo's "Where's Amelia Earhart?" mystery critique is available on DVD and is still occasionally shown on its cable channel. In the process of generally dismissing the mystery, the program broadly askewed the new learned information about the Irene-Amelia controversy. For instance, it omitted the original Irene Craigmile's past connection to Amelia Earhart, it downplayed the head-to-toe and character trait congruence shared by the Gervais-Irene and Amelia to the point of attempting to negate it, and it avoided statements made by the original Irene's son, Larry Heller, who just three months prior to the show's production identified an entirely different woman than the Gervais-Irene as his mother, that confirmed his mother's identity had been a shared identity. The Nat Geo Channel opted not to display the woman Mr. Heller identified as his mother in its program, nor to mention anything about her, even though its producers were fully aware of Mr. Heller's recent ID placement.
 
Finally, to further its campaign to keep public opinion swayed against the 'Irene' controversy, a forensic detective by the name of Kevin Richlin was engaged to appear in the program, who after his brief review of the limited information the show's producers gave him, expressed a sarcastic viewpoint toward the idea of Amelia surviving with a new identity.
 
In a counterpoint way, the most controversial forensic reality aspects of the Irene-Amelia equation left out of Nat Geo's, 'Where's Amelia Earhart' program are displayed in Protecting Earhart, to include how the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.
 

Below: Tod Swindell's request followed by the 1934 born, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller's identity placement response dated: Friday, February 21, 2014. Subject: ID Verification. [Note: Mr. Heller first verified his mother's image the same way on April 6, 2006 when he was personally interviewed in New York. It was the first time he commented about the ongoing question of his mother's identity since he was quoted in the 1982 New Jersey News Tribune series to say he "wished for the mystery of his mother's identity to remain a mystery." The woman he identified as his mother was not the Gervais-Irene who was known by the same identity, whose photo image appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas.] 

Tod Swindell's query, sent: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Subject: Verification

 

Hi Larry,

I want you to know that I am in full agreement with you that Amelia Earhart was not your mother. Your mother, as you identified her in these younger and older version photos, led a very different life than Amelia and bore little resemblance to her physically. Our agreement on this matter is pertinent to the correct presentation of the facts.  

My conveyance is that you have positively identified these images as those of your late mother, and that she absolutely was not, and never possibly could have been Amelia Earhart. I agree with this 100%, and understand that you do too. If you could you send back a simple ‘I agree’ for verification I’d appreciate it.

Thanks,

Tod

 

Larry Heller's response, sent: Friday, February 21, 2014
Subject: Re: Verification

The attached pictures are of my mother and she was not Amelia Earhart. C. Heller   Proof is available.

 

 

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Amelia Earhart: Lost Legend
By Donald Moyer Wilson, Enigma Press-1999
 
Don Wilson became a scholar on the subject of everyday life during the World War Two era among Japan's Imperial Mandate Islands while researching Earhart's post-loss existence there. 'Lost Legend' presents over a hundred different accounts that described Earhart's life in the Marshalls and on Saipan given by government officials, former Japanese military personnel, local businessmen and common folk. Most all of the testimonials were based on conveyed eyewitness accounts, and Wilson actually met and spoke with a few elderly eyewitnesses. His book handily concluded Earhart and Noonan went down at Mili atoll in the Marshall Islands, but it did not offer a certain explanation pertaining to what ultimately became of them. Randall Brink on the other hand, in his 1993 book, Lost Star, seriously entertained the notions of Noonan assuming a new identity and ending up as a U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer, and Earhart returning to the United States after assuming a new identity in order to live privately. 
 

Below: After she was reported missing, for some odd reason Amelia Earhart's image began to require White House protection. This reply to a request for more information about Amelia's disappearance by Paul Mantz and Jackie Cochran, forwarded by Amelia's friend, First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt to FDR's right hand man, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. in May of 1938 [nine months after Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were said to have 'vanished without a trace'] displays the evasive stance the White House was actively adhering to as far as Amelia was concerned, and how damaging, 'confidential information' about her had been withheld: 

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"This is a powder keg. Any public discussion of it will furnish the torch for the explosion." U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Claude Swanson in 1938, refers to the 'official silence regard' concerning Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. From Emile Gauvreau's The Wild Blue Yonder, EP Dutton Co., 1944.

From Morgenthau's conversation...
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...with the First Lady's secretary Malvina Scheider about the withheld Earhart disappearance report.

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

Protecting Earhart came into existence in 1996 and launched Irene-Amelia.com in 2007. Its comprehensive Forensic Analysis and Forensic Comparison Study 1.) Proved more than one person used the same 'Irene' identity. 2.) Displayed the head-to-toe and character-traits congruence the Gervais-Irene shared with Amelia Earhart. 3.) Proved the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, ultimately concluding against the grain fo convention, said two individuals marked the same human being.
 
Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis began in 1997 and was first copyrighted in 2002. Author-creator, Tod Swindell's original 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 in 2014. For publishing and subsidiary film rights availability, phone 323-317-0886 or send an e-mail inquiry to the above provided address.
 
Protecting Earhart is dedicated to the 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 special thanks also goes out to Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, whose enormous help with supplying never before made public 'Irene' photo data and handwritten letters in 2002, paved the way for the overall forensic comparison study to eventually reach its reality based conclusion. Thanks as well to former CIA operative, Bazzell Baz, who breathed some additional life into the Earhart truth seeking endeavor when it was first getting underway in the late 1990s.
 
Major Gervais, who was considered by many to have been the most knowledgeable Amelia Earhart investigative researcher ever to pursue the truth, first suspected 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 Irene Bolam, AKA the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.' Regardless of the fallout caused by Amelia Earhart Lives, Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck spent the last four decades of their lives working to advance the claim of Amelia Earhart's name-changed survival to authenticity, after enduring their own long term investigations of the evidence that supported it. Colonel Reineck's book Amelia Earhart Survived was published in 2004 and was greatly inspired by Tod Swindell's 'Protecting Earhart' forensic analysis. Portions of the study appeared in Colonel Reineck's book, though it is more extensively displayed in Irene-Amelia.com. Protecting Earhart, Beyond 37', and Irene-Amelia.com are the intellectual properties of Aether Pictures & Press, LLC.

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