The Latent History Of Amelia Earhart's 1937 World Flight Outcome

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About Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam; Did You Know?
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The History of Amelia Earhart Mystery 'Investigative Research'
Detours Taken In Pursuit Of Answers; The Real Joe Gervais
Amelia Earhart Press Notice Samples
Amelia Earhart: True or False
Three Women Used The Same 'Irene' Identity, One Was FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

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This website previews the ten-year 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 important conclusive 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. Throughout Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis they are labeled: The 'Original Irene,' the Non Gervais-Irene, and the 'Gervais-Irene.'
 
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  Original Irene                 Non Gervais-Irene            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 aircraft and U.S. 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--notwithstanding these past persuasions, anymore it is plainly evident, even in the face of ongoing "official silence" about it in Washington and unending deflections from the Smithsonian and Nat Geo: The woman identified as the Gervais-Irene in Protecting Earhart's analysis definitely had been 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' [FKA 'Earhart'] in 1946.
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She married Guy Bolam of England in 1958.
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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: From Protecting Earhart's study observe the Gervais-Irene in younger and older versions; the Non Gervais-Irene in younger and older versions; and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, the true birth mother of Larry Heller.  

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. In 2006 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 they served as contract advisors and promoters for the famous Amelia Earhart signature luggage line. [Into the 1960s Amelia Earhart Luggage was still headquartered in Newark.] Irene O'Crowley Craigmile'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.'
 
Below: The Gervais-Irene and comparison samples from Protecting Earhart's study displaying her congruence to former Amelia Earhart 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.

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

Below...
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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'

Click here to e-mail Irene-Amelia.com and/or Beyond 37', or just e-mail EarhartTruth@Irene-Amelia.com

Irene-Amelia.com was first launched in 2007. The comprehensive Forensic Analysis and Forensic Comparison Study it partially displays, 1.) Proved more than one person employed the same 'Irene' identity. 2.) Displayed the head-to-toe congruence the Gervais-Irene shared with Amelia Earhart. 3.) Proved the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.
 
The analysis initially began in 1997 and was beta copyrighted in 2002. 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 copyrighted in 2014. For subsidiary rights information e-mail EarhartTruth@Irene-Amelia.com.
 
This website is dedicated to 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 in 2002 paved the way for the forensic comparison study to finally reach its reality based conclusion. Thanks as well to Bazzell Baz, who helped to breathe new life into the Earhart truth seeking endeavor 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 Earhart's name-changed survival to authenticity after enduring their own long term investigative analysis of the evidence that supported it. Colonel Reineck's book Amelia Earhart Survived was published in late 2003 and was greatly inspired by Tod Swindell's Irene-Amelia forensic analysis. Portions of the study appeared in the Reineck book, that is more extensively displayed in Irene-Amelia.com. Protecting Earhart, Beyond 37', and Irene-Amelia.com are owned and managed by Tod Swindell through Aether Pictures & Press, LLC.

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