The Obfuscated Reality 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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Amelia Earhart: True or False
Three Women Used The Same 'Irene' Identity, One Was FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

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"Weighing all the evidence put together, I believe she did survive. I believe she survived and came back to the United States, but that she wanted her privacy." 2009 quote of Lou Foudray, Supervisor of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum.

This page displays back-up material for the key forensic analysis discoveries, including 1.) The ID placement made by the original Irene's son proving the 'plural Irenes' discovery. 2.) The admissions of former Seton Hall College president, Monsignor James Francis Kelley. 3.) The story of how the Gervais-Irene Bolam controversy began. 4.) The story of Amelia's 1930s friend, the original Irene Craigmile.  5.) The Viola Gentry connection. 


1.) The ID Placement Made By The Original Irene's Son

BELOW: 2014 Verification E-mail exchange between Clarence (Larry) Heller [the 1934 born son of the original Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile (Heller) (Bolam)] and Tod Swindell, who had requested Mr. Heller to positively identify his mother's image in writing. The woman Mr. Heller identified in his reply was not the same woman whose image appeared in the 1970 book Amelia Earhart Lives, (identified in the study as 'the Gervais-Irene') even though according to 'official' history she should have been.


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.




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.

Early 1940s


Below: Younger and older versions of the 'Non Gervais-Irene' (AKA 'Irene Jr.')

Irene Jr., the 'Non Gervais-Irene'
Photo date estimate "1940" according to Larry Heller
Left (younger) and right (older) in an overlay congruence.

In 2006 and again in 2014, Irene Bolam's 1934 born son, Clarence Alvin Heller (AKA 'Larry Heller')  positively identified these younger and older version photo images as his 'mother.'  He also mentioned that he supplied the years-older photo of her on the right that appeared on the cover of Irene Bolam's memorial dinner program dated October 29, 1982. The forensic analysis concluded she was not the 'Gervais-Irene,' whose photographed image appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives, nor did she forensically match Mr. Heller's biological mother. 

Older Irene Jr., 'Non Gervais-Irene'
1982, supporting information described her age here at '58' years.

Above: This 'Irene Bolam' was not the person whose picture appeared in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives, even though according to history, she should have been.

Below: Younger and older photos of the 'Gervais-Irene Bolam.' Mr. Heller's mother's identity was attributed to her from the mid-1940s until her death in 1982.  Prior to the 1940s the Gervais-Irene Bolam was known as 'Amelia Earhart.' 

The 'Gervais-Irene' in 1946
FKA 'Amelia Earhart'
Left and right images combined display the congruence.
The Gervais-Irene in 1965.
AKA "Irene Bolam." Blow up of photo from 1970 book 'Amelia Earhart Lives.'

The Gervais-Irene in a 1963 photo taken in Japan
FKA 'Amelia Earhart'
Superimposed photos
The Gervais-Irene and her prior self, Amelia
Amelia Earhart, age thirty
Ended up in Japan's custody in 1937, three weeks shy of her fortieth birthday

Below: Excerpts from a letter sent to Joe Gervais by Elmo Pickerill in 1967. The 'plural Irenes' equation became easier to grasp once it was verified Amelia had known the original Irene and her 'O'Crowley' family. Viola Gentry is mentioned as well, who continued to know Amelia as the Gervais-Irene in her later years. When interviewed, the original Irene's son, Larry Heller also described the close relationship that existed between Amelia and his mother's aunt, an attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley who in 1920 was the first woman to pass the New Jersey State Bar exam. The pivot point of the Irene-Amelia forensic analysis was Larry Heller's ID placement on his mother, Irene Craigmile Bolam. For the study proved she was not the Irene Bolam who appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives, even though history claimed them to have been one in the same human being.


NOTE: Larry Heller's expressed certainty about his mother's image was undeniable. The Gervais-Irene, who used his mother's identity, is shown directly below with her English husband, Guy Bolam in the photograph that appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. After her 'shared identity' realization occurred, the question of who the Gervais-Irene used to be finally began answering itself: 

The Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart'
With her British husband, Guy Bolam. Photo taken by Joe Gervais, August 8, 1965.

Gervais-Irene, 1965
FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

Gervais-Irene & former self superimposed
As Irene-1965, as Amelia-1933
Amelia Earhart

Enlargement of the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart'
Note at the bottom of the 'V' on her blouse; the small oak leaf cluster and enameled DFC pin.

The assertion of Amelia's survival after her 'disappearance' was never taken lightly:   
Over the years, private investigative researchers combined to unearth many important truths about Amelia Earhart's 1937 world-flight. Most drew the same conclusion: Without public awareness, Amelia Earhart continued to live overseas while in Japan's care well beyond the day she purportedly 'disappeared.' A few felt equally as strong that she continued to live beyond World War Two in the United States cloaked with a different identity. The suggestion was greeted by 'official silence' in Washington and Tokyo. The general public also found it very hard to comprehend. To date, the governments of Japan and the United States have never expressed an 'official opinion' on the subject of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight ending or outcome.
Note the following words excerpted from a letter written by the former Amelia Earhart to Joe Gervais in 1967, along with a handwriting comparison alignment:

Gervais-Irene's handwriting compared to Amelia's:
Protecting Earhart added Amelia's own 'Amelia M Earhart' signature.

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, [see further below] and Early Birds of Aviation President Elmo Pickerill [of the 'Early Birds' letter above] writing, "because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile." Notice how Amelia's own 'Amelia M. Earhart' signature lines up with the Gervais-Irene's. [Protecting Earhart's study added Amelia's signature to the document. The sample comes from a broader handwriting analysis. The added 'Amelia M Earhart' signature was copied from her sister, Muriel's book, My Courageous Sister.] 

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

The original Irene, middle, 1930
Shown between her husband, Charles Craigmile and her father, R.J. O'Crowley. Charles died in 1931.

The Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia'

The Non Gervais-Irene (Irene Jr.)
This photo was first published in 1982

Four decades after the Irene-Amelia controversy first surfaced, the discovery of three different individuals having been attributed to the same 'Irene' identity revealed a long-ago contrivance that cloaked Amelia Earhart's continued existence as a reidentified person. The National Geographic Society recognized the plural-Irenes discovery, but in line with the preference of the Smithsonian Institution, it chose not to endorse it to the general public.

2.) The Admissions Of Monsignor James Francis Kelley

From a 10/18/82 New Jersey News Tribune article:
Msgr. Kelley later verified his late friend, the Gervais-Irene Bolam formerly was 'Amelia Earhart'

Photo of Msgr. Kelley from his autobiography.
Past Seton Hall President, Msgr. James F. Kelley knew both Lindbergh and Earhart.

Admiral Nimitz and Senator Al Hawkes...
...receiving honorary Seton Hall degrees from Monsignor Kelley;

Who was Monsignor James Francis Kelley, and what did he ultimately
convey to people about his long time friend, the Gervais-Irene Bolam?
Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996) was President of Seton Hall University in New Jersey from 1936 to 1949. He had many famous friends in government, politics and show business, and he was an important figure in the Catholic Church. He knew Pope Pius XII well, and hosted Pope Paul VI as his overnight house guest when the Pontiff became the first one to visit the United States in 1965. Reluctant to do so while she was still living, by the mid-1980s Monsignor Kelley began breaking his silence to investigators about his late close friend, Irene (AKA the 'Gervais-Irene.') This included his statement about her post-war existence in the United States to retired USAF Col. Rollin C. Reineck, "After all she'd been through, she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart any more." Monsignor Kelley also replied, "Yes, I was involved with that" when Reineck asked him about World War Two Military Vicar, Archbishop Francis Spellman and Jackie Cochran's efforts to quietly return the survived Amelia Earhart to the United States. Kelley also mentioned that he reluctantly endorsed the idea of her new identity, and that he had been involved in the process of changing her name to 'Irene.'

1944, Monsignor Kelley awards F.B.I. Director....
...J. Edgar Hoover Seton Hall's LLD with Archbishop Thomas Walsh.

Note: From 1970 on, to include after Monsignor Kelley's friend, the Gervais-Irene died in July of 1982, people continued to question who she really was. Directly below, reprinted from above is Msgr. Kelley's telling quote that left many teetering on the brink of accepting a 'difficult to believe' historical reality:

Msgr. Kelley's reporter refusal...
...he later admitted his friend (the 'Gervais-Irene') used to be known as Amelia Earhart

Kelley's sister Gertrude & the Gervais-Irene
Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia 1976.

The truthful nature of Monsignor Kelley's later admission that confirmed his long time friend, the Gervais-Irene to have previously been known as Amelia Earhart, became clearer after Beyond 37's Forensic Analysis discovered the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s...  


The Gervais-Irene
Superimposed with Amelia Earhart photo begins...
Monsignor James Francis Kelley, 1946...
...with the Smithsonian Institution's commissioned bronz bust of his likeness.

...then after it was forensically ascertained that three different women had been attributed to the same 'Irene' identity, with the Gervais-Irene, who Kelley knew well, matching Amelia head-to-toe and character trait wise, Monsignor Kelley's past admission had naturally verified itself.

The Gervais-Irene...
...superimposed with Amelia Earhart.

Below: Excerpt from retired USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck's 1991 taped interview with Monsignor James Francis Kelley. [NOTE: Also find more recorded interview excerpts in the above-left 'Miscellaneous' link.]

Reineck: Are you aware that she was Irene Bolam?
Kelley: What?
Reineck: Amelia Earhart was Irene Bolam?
Kelley: That's right, yes.

"Monsignor Kelley was very lucid in the early 1980s when he first described his friend, Amelia Earhart's survival story and the reason she decided to change her name. People, including some of his own family later tried to say he was old and senile and that he made it all up. He didn't make it up. He told the truth." From a 2001 filmed interview with retired USAF Major, Joe Gervais (1924-2005).

"Amelia Earhart survived and she eventually returned to the United States. There's no doubt about it anymore." USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), from an interview with the National Geographic Channel, 2006.

3.) How the Gervais-Irene Bolam Controversy Began

WWII hero & retired USAF Major Joe Gervais...
GRV056.JPG 1983 on his way to Howland Island. Amelia never made there in 1937.

How The Gervais-Irene Reveal Came To Be
The Gervais-Irene Bolam, whose death was recorded on July 7, 1982, was nicknamed for retired Air Force Major, Joe Gervais--who had spent years investigating Amelia Earhart's disappearance before he met 'Irene Bolam' on August 8, 1965. The Gervais-Irene and her English husband, Guy Bolam had attended the annual luncheon of 'The Early Birds of Aviation' club held at the Sea Spray Inn located in East Hampton of Long Island, New York. The 'Early Birds' membership featured several well-known retired pilots among the crowd of over a hundred people who attended the luncheon. Joe Gervais had been invited to join them by Amelia's 1930s famous pilot-friend, Viola Gentry. The Early Birds paid all of Gervais' expenses, to include flying he and his wife, Thelma and their sons, Gerald and Douglass in from Las Vegas, Nevada where they lived--so the club could hear Joe Gervais lecture about his investigation of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance.
When Mr. and Mrs. Bolam arrived at the event, Viola was sure to point the couple out to Joe Gervais. Based on Viola's assertiveness and his own observation, Gervais noticed a curious 'air of importance' linked to the Bolams' presence. What's more, he felt an odd feeling come over him when he studied Mrs. Bolam--as he nervously accepted Viola's offer to introduce him to she and her husband on the boardwalk outside of the banquet room.
After meeting the two and striking up a conversation with Mrs Bolam,  Gervais found her superior knowledge of flying and aviation history fascinating. He also thought her self-described 'past close friendship' to Amelia Earhart was curious in a highly familiar way, having noticed her striking resemblance to the famous flier. At the bottom of the V-neck of her blouse (see the enlarged color photo further above) Gervais also noticed what he described as a small USAF Major's "Oak Leaf" branch-piddle next to an enameled DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) indicator pin. Gervais knew Amelia Earhart had been honorarily inducted into the Army Air Corp as a Major after she became famous, and he knew she had also been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1932 by President Herbert Hoover. As a retired USAF Major and a past formidable military pilot himself, he was easily capable of recognizing the iconic military and aviation symbols, and he believed his description of the items he observed to be accurate.
At the end of their conversation, Mrs. Bolam gave Joe Gervais her phone number on a card that identified her as 'Irene Craigmile' upon agreeing to meet with him again so he could hear more about her past friendship with 'Amelia.' Feeling he recognized who she really was, or had previously been, Joe could not resist the opportunity to take her picture, and he did so before she could say "yes" or "no" to his request. In the photo of the Bolams Joe Gervais took that day, (also shown further above with the enlargement) Mrs. Bolam had just turned back from checking with her husband about Joe's photograph request, and Guy Bolam was in the process of telling her he 'didn't think it was a good idea' when Joe's camera-shutter clicked.
After Joe Gervais took the picture Mrs. Bolam quietly said to him, "I wish you hadn't done that." 
Gervais didn't think much about Guy Bolam, other than he seemed somewhat out of place to him. Rather, it was how everyone seemed to regard Guy Bolam's wife with such respect that threw him. He found it odd, for he had never heard of an 'Irene Craigmile' or an 'Irene Bolam' before. He also believed her friendship with Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, Viola Gentry was no coincidence, and as verified in the decades-later Forensic Analysis, Gervais was right about the uncanny resemblance Mrs. Bolam shared with Amelia Earhart. Remarkably, Joe Gervais did not require forensic comparisons to confirm the physical likeness he recognized the day he met Mrs. Bolam, for by 1965 Amelia's visage was indelibly etched in his mind.
Curiously, after lunch the Bolams did not remain to hear Joe Gervais lecture about his Amelia Earhart disappearance investigation.
In an odd epilogue, although Mrs. Bolam had agreed to meet Joe Gervais again, each time Joe travelled the great distances he did to connect with her after setting appointments, she stood him up. One time she invited him to Montreal, Canada for a lunch meeting at a hotel she was staying at. Joe made the trip but she never showed, and he later learned she missed their scheduled appointment in order to meet with Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, a 'good friend' of hers. Muriel later verified a friendship between herself and Mrs. Bolam had existed, describing how they knew each other through the ZONTA organization, a club of prominent professional women that still boasts Amelia Earhart as a famously recalled member.

Below: The far-left photograph that Joe Gervais took in 1965 when he met Guy and Irene Bolam became famous (or infamous, depending on the way it was perceived) five years later when it appeared in the controversial 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas. The decades later forensic investigation of Irene Bolam veritably started with the Gervais photograph, akin to the same way Abraham Zapruder's JFK assasination film was relied on so heavily by the Warren Commission. Film gamma doesn't lie. 

The Gervais-Irene, 1965.
With British husband, Guy Bolam. Photo taken by Joe Gervais, August 8, 1965.
The 1940s to 1980s identified 'Gervais-Irene'

Amelia Earhart, same hairstyle as Irene's above.
Late 1936, while preparing for her world flight

The Gervais-Irene,1978
Proud with her wings, she was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.

Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart'
Photo taken by Joe Gervais in 1965

The two superimposed
Irene-1965 & former Amelia self-1933
Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart, age 26, before she became famous.

The Gervais-Irene in 1978, hard exposure...
...different angle added; all of her eighty years seen here. (Amelia was born in July of 1897.)

Gervais-Irene & Amelia
Two photos superimposed.


Orville Wright & Amelia Earhart

Below: Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed:
Head-to-toe they matched, character traits too, including handwriting.

The Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart'
Candid photo taken at a 1964 ZONTA gathering

The Gervais-Irene & her former self
Superimposed congruence

Amelia Earhart
1932 Photo

From the comparison study...
...two Amelia photos flank her future self; above shows them superimposed

From Protecting Earhart's study...
...two photos of Amelia flanking a 1970 photo of her later-life self

The Overall Forensic Analysis unequivocally determined that the Gervais-Irene, who was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s, was  previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' By virtue of the Forensic Analysis and Comparison Study, supplemented by the overwhelming preponderence of both hard and circumstantial evidence, this truth is now highly evident. Recall how according history, Amelia Earhart 'vanished without a trace' in 1937, and with no better explanation for what happened to her she was legally declared 'dead' a year and a half later on January 5, 1939. As Irene, it was clear she preferred her former self to be remembered that way, for reasons only she and a select few others would ever comprehend.

4.) The Story Of The Original 'Irene Craigmile'

The original Irene Craigmile, 1930
Shown with her husband Charles Craigmile & her father, R.J. O'Crowley. Charles died in 1931.

In the 1930s, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia Earhart were friends.

In 1932, after Amelia soloed the Atlantic she and her pilot friend, Viola Gentry helped introduce the original Irene to the world of flying airplanes. Unexpectedly though, in 1933 the original Irene became pregnant out of wedlock by way of her flight instructor, Al Heller, and that summer the two eloped to marry. A son 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 Irene Craigmile.

In 2006 and again in 2014, the original Irene and Al Heller's 1934 born son, Clarence 'Larry' Heller positively identified the younger and older versions of the Non Gervais-Irene displayed in the forensic study, as his 'mother.' Mr. Heller also spoke of the good friendship that long-ago existed between Amelia Earhart and his mother's family, the O'Crowleys of Newark, New Jersey. Specifically, said 'friendship' began in 1928 after Amelia met his mother's aunt, an attorney by the name of Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley. Attorney Irene was a charter ZONTA member along with Amelia Earhart's 1930s' friend and publicist, Nina Broderick Price of England. [Amelia joined the ZONTAs herself after she became famous in 1928.]

Attorney Irene and Nina Price remained friends and associates of Amelia's throughout her following nine years of fame. Attorney Irene had emceed Amelia's ZONTA induction luncheon where Amelia first met Attorney Irene's niece, the original Irene Craigmile. Nina Price was head of the New York City ZONTA chapter Amelia joined after she relocated to New York from Boston. Nina Price received all New York ZONTA correspondences for Amelia, and had served as ZONTA's first International Relations Chairman, a mantle the Gervais-Irene would years-later have. Although Amelia did not always attend ZONTA meetings, back then she was revered as the ZONTA's most prominent member.

Attorney Irene O'Crowley and Nina Price also respectively served as the legal contract advisor and chief promoter for the Amelia Earhart signature luggage line. Into the 1960s Amelia Earhart Luggage was still headquartered in attorney Irene's hometown of Newark, New Jersey.

Anymore it is clear the 'Non Gervais-Irene' was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, [Larry Heller's 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 upon being introduced to her by Amelia's old friend, Viola Gentry.

The forensic analysis also determined that photos of the original Irene are very scarce, and clear photos of her do not appear to exist at all. Larry Heller himself admitted he held no pictures of his mother pre-dating the mid-1940s. It is also the case that Larry Heller, beginning at age four became the subject of a lengthy custody battle after his father, Al Heller left the original Irene on the east coast and moved to Buffalo, New York where he took a job at the Curtis-Wright factory.

The file on the annulment of Al Heller and the original Irene’s marriage and the ongoing custody battle over their son is extensive, with harsh accusations of poor parenting and promiscuous behavior described by both parents about each other. In all the custody battle lasted from 1939 to 1942. Their son, Larry was often left in the charge of others then, and he was enrolled at a boarding school at a very young age.  The original Irene appeared to no longer exist after the 1930s, and what became of her is a mystery unto itself. A clue about the original Irene did come to exist when a later life acquaintance of the Gervais-Irene, a 1970s radio show host by the name of Diana Dawes of Princeton, New Jersey, mentioned in a 1993 recorded statement how she understood the original Irene had died at some point, thus enabling Amelia to assume her identity.

Researching the life of the original Irene was difficult, although certain ‘telling information’ was gathered. The 1920 Census showed her living with her grandmother, 65 year old Sarah Rutherford O'Crowley (who was listed as 'head of house') and her aunt Irene, the then 35 year old attorney who, with famous ZONTA member, Nina Price would also become Amelia's ZONTA friend in 1928. The original Irene was listed as 'age 14' in the Census, oddly contradicting her later conveyed birth year of 1904. [Note: No birth certificate was ever located for the original Irene.]

In the 1910 Census the original Irene had been identified as 'Madeline O'Crowley' at age 5,  ('Madeline' was the original Irene's middle name) and it showed her living in the home of her mother's parents, the Doyles along with her mother, Bridget nee-Doyle O'Crowley, who had recently separated from the original Irene's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. The 1910 census estimated the original Irene's birth year to have been '1905.'

[Note: The original Irene's mother, Bridget died in 1912, leaving her daughter's subsequent raising to be done by her paternal grandmother, Sarah O'Crowley and her attorney aunt Irene as displayed in the 1920 Census.]

A ship passenger list from 1923 cited the original Irene's birth date as October 1, 1904. This was upon her return from a trip to Europe with her grandmother, Sarah and her attorney-aunt Irene. The ship's manifest listed her at 'age 18,' but this too was questionable after her aunt Irene's birth year was listed as 1892 on the ship’s manifest when it was actually 1886. 

The original Irene's 1876 born father, Richard Joesph O'Crowley remarried but never had any more children. Originally a plumber by trade, in 1920 he and his second wife, Mary were listed as living alone together. His job description then was 'Advertising,' and Mary's was 'None.' Richard Joseph O'Crowley last appeared in the 1940 Census again listed with his wife, Mary. His job description at that time was 'Bank Branch Manager' and Mary's was 'Supervisor of Phones, Banking Department.' 

[Of note here, the Gervais-Irene was ensconced in an executive-level ‘senior loan officer’ position at the People’s Bank of Long Island in the mid-1940s, and soon after she became a Vice President of the Great Neck, Long Island National Bank. Amelia Earhart had lived in Great Neck for several months with a friend’s family during the ‘lost period’ of her adult life (1924 and into 1925) after she relocated to the east coast from Los Angeles with her mother and sister--who took an apartment of their own in Boston.]

Another curious discovered anomaly was that Larry Heller was not the only child the original Irene had. For in 1926 the original Irene had become pregnant out of wedlock when she was 21. She later told people who had heard about it at the time that she miscarried back then, but it wasn't true, for she gave birth to her first child, a son, Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley, Jr. who was subsequently adopted by the original Irene's prominent uncle of the same name, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley and his wife, Violet, ages 49 and 36 respectively. Clarence Jr. would be the only child they would raise.

[Note: Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley, Jr. passed away in Connecticut in late 2013 at the age of 87. In 2003, his daughter, a New Jersey newspaper columnist by the name of Peggy O’Crowley had described how her father’s O’Crowley birthright had always existed as a family ‘bone of contention.’]

Within a year after giving birth to her first son and giving him up for adoption to her uncle and aunt, the original Irene married Charles James Craigmile, a Civil Engineer from Rantoul, Illinois. 

The 1930 Census showed Charles and Irene Craigmile living in Pequannock, New Jersey, Charles age 40 and the original Irene age 25. It also listed the original Irene's age at marriage as '23.'

In 1931 while they were on a road trip together, Charles Craigmile suffered an appendicitis attack and died, leaving the original Irene a young widow. As cited above, the following year in 1932, Amelia Earhart, a good friend and ZONTA sister of the original Irene's aunt along with Amelia's friend, Viola Gentry helped introduce the original Irene to the world of piloting airplanes, perhaps to raise her spirits by breathing such a new adventure into their newly-widowed friend’s life.

The original Irene met her flying instructor, Al Heller in 1933. The two soon began dating and as told she became pregnant out of wedlock with his child around the time she received her pilot's license in mid-1933. The original Irene’s brief flying days of about 20 hours came to an end at that point, followed by the expectant couple eloping to Ohio to marry before the birth of their son took place in early 1934. According to record, the original Irene never flew again. Her Pilot's License was also never renewed, except for one final time, ironically May 31, 1937... the day before her friend, Amelia Earhart left the United States on her world flight, never to be seen again. 

Concerning the Non-Gervais-Irene, without anyone knowing who she really was or where she came from, some who closely examined the pre-fame adult years of Amelia Earhart came to suspect it possible she was the rumored 1924 born out of wedlock ‘family secret’ daughter of Amelia Earhart and her former L.A. business partner & suitor, Lloyd Royer, whose proposal of marriage Amelia had declined, but who she always remained in touch with throughout her famous career. [It is perhaps no mistake that Lloyd Royer, who confirmed his later-life friendship to the Gervais-Irene Bolam as well, is barely ever mentioned in any Amelia Earhart biographies.]

The suggestion was, said 'family secret' child became the enigmatic 'Irene Jr.' who was taken in to be further raised by the O'Crowley family after Amelia suddenly became famous in 1928. Amelia was suspected of 'safe-harboring' the child at Dennison House where she had worked and looked after many children of all ages, until George Putnam selected her to be the first woman to fly the Atlantic as a passenger, the success of which delivered her instant fame.

Irene Jr. was described as "16 or 17" in 1940 after basically serving as a 'live-in helper, cook and errand runner' for Amelia's good friend and ZONTA sister, attorney Irene O'Crowley and her brother, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O’Crowley who lived next store to her. 'Irene Jr.' knew well, and somewhat grew up with Clarence O’Crowley Jr. who she was three years senior to. By 1945 however, Irene Jr. was referenced as 'no longer intimate' with attorney Irene, not so ironically around the same time the Gervais-Irene surfaced as the new, 'Irene Craigmile.'

It proved itself important where the Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile (Heller) (Bolam) identity paper-trail needed to flow continuously in order for it to be accepted at face value. No-less a confounding truth, it appears it is the most logical truth, where the somehow hushed demise of the original Irene Craigmile left her identity available for the former Amelia Earhart to acquire during the World War Two era. So much required certain measures to take place in order for a believable paper trail of the entire 1904 to 1982 depicted full-life of Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile (Heller) (Bolam) to ultimately exist, even though reality anymore further declares said identity had ultimately been attributed to no less than three different human beings during that 78 year span of time, and one of them, the Gervais-Irene who was only identified that way from the 1940s until the time her death was recorded in 1982, had been none other than the woman previously known as ‘Amelia Earhart.’ 


Re-cap: The forensic study displayed how the Gervais-Irene, who was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s, did exhibit Amelia Earhart's same character traits and a head-to-toe physical congruence, while the Non Gervais-Irene, who Larry Heller identified as his 'mother' clearly did not. To be sure, there is no doubt the described as ‘born in 1924’ Irene Jr., even given her young age of sixteen in 1940, played a helpful roll in the rearing of Larry Heller, having been raised by the O'Crowley's since the age of four herself.

Below: The three different women who were attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity. According to record, Irene Bolam died on July 7, 1982. So much begs the posthumous question, which woman shown below died on that day? According to Larry Heller, the woman he identified as his 'mother' (#3) died on that day. 


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


Before a few cosmetic adjustments...
...the more familiar look

The Gervais-Irene, 1946
FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

The Gervais-Irene, 1965


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

The Non Gervais-Irene (Irene Jr.) 1982

5.) The Viola Gentry Connection; The Truth Naturally Revealed

Friends Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, Viola Gentry

BELOW COMPARISONS: Complementing the Gervais-Irene to Amelia Earhart congruence, observe here the 'Viola Gentry' head-to-toe comparison. It would otherwise exist as a coincidence of astronomical proportions for Viola Gentry, Elinor Smith, and Amelia's sister, Muriel to have known two women from different eras who were virtual carbon copies of each other. The wake up call delivers the reality of the Gervais-Irene and Amelia Earhart having been one in the same human being, who went by different names in different eras. 

Viola Gentry plane crash, 1928
Viola was in the hospital for 22 months. her partner, Jack Ashcroft died.
1932, following Amelia's solo Atlantic flight...
Shown left to right: Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, Viola Gentry
Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam, 1965
Guy was English and ran Radio Luxembourg. The Gervais-Irene married him in 1958.

NOTE: Viola Gentry was a famous pilot herself and a charter 99's member with Amelia. She and Amelia became good friends; both often flew out of Floyd Bennet Field and Roosevelt Field on Long Island in the 1930s. In her second book, 'The Fun Of It' Amelia wrote of Viola that she was a great pilot "with a lot of pluck." It is no coincidence the Gervais-Irene and Viola were friends in later life as well. Both were also well acquainted with ZONTA member, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, Amelia's sister. Viola was born in North Carolina in 1900, although Wikipedia incorrectly lists her death year as "1959." That's wrong, Viola died in 1988.  Take a look below and ask: Was it a mere coincidence for Viola Gentry and Amelia's sister, Muriel to have known two people in different eras who shared such an alarming head-to-toe congruence with each other, not to mention the same handwriting, character traits and multilingual talent? Answer: Of course not.

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

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

Head to Toe...
Viola's later life friend, the Gervais-Irene matched Amelia.

Note: When the Gervais-Irene is superimposed with Amelia Earhart, the head-to-toe congruence really is alarming. Below is a closer face comparison.

Larger of the 1932 Mid-Week Pictoral photo:
Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, Viola Gentry



""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, Muriel offered, "There is practically no physical resemblance." Two 1982 newspaper article quotes of Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey--who first acknowledged her friendship with Irene Bolam  (the Gervais-Irene) to Fred Goerner after the book Amelia Earhart Lives was published in 1970. Muriel's "no physical resemblance" to her sister statement was pre-contradicted by Joe Gervais, who recognized a strong physical resemblance, and years later again, when the forensic comparison study revealed the startling Amelia to Gervais-Irene congruence.

Was it a coincidence 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 mention the same handwriting, character traits and multilingual talent? Hardly. The word 'doppelganger' was brought up, 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 was a waste of time considering it. In the end, the intentional dupe became the easiest explanation to comprehend, hard as it was to believe and accept.

"The realization of the Gervais-Irene's and Amelia Earhart's head-to-toe physical congruence, compounded by the clear alignments of their personal chracter traits and their past common friends and environs marked no coincidence. This long-recognized controversial story has evolved to reveal itself in an undeniable fashion, one confirming the Gervais-Irene and Amelia Earhart to have been the same physical human being. During the years after she went missing in 1937, Amelia, who clearly continued to exist, cloaked herself with an identity of a past friend of hers in the interest of securing her own future privacy, and it is evident such a decsion was made during the tumultuous World War Two era." Tod Swindell, Editor of & chief proponent of the Forensic Comparison Analysis, 2015.
Perhaps this comment is better understood now: "You're onto something that will stagger your imagination." U.S. Navy Commander, John Pillsbury refers to the non-disclosed reality of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance to CBS Radio Investigative Journalist, Fred Goerner in 1962. As Joe Gervais remarked, "Go ahead, stagger my imagination."

Can a person change over time, to a point where they're no longer recognizable for who they used to be? Consider the following:

"We fancy ourselves as concrete things, something with boundaries, unchanging, and when we have occasion to refer to ourselves or examine ourselves introspectively, we believe we know what we refer to and are adamant in our avowal of self. The truth is we neither know ourselves nor are we the same from one moment in our lives to the next. If we think of ourselves as bodies, our changing self becomes apparent. It is nearly impossible even for families to recognize a loved one after thirty years of absence, so greatly has the self altered. And a little reflection upon the changing quality of consciousness is sure to give us some insight into the numberless selves our surface minds and egos have become since first appearing in the world." Uell Stanley Andersen (1917-1986)

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

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

Again from above, on August 9, 1965...
043VG.JPG the Seaspray Inn, Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam, the day after Gervais was there.


More About the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile:


Note: About the following 1984 Lucy McDannel letter to Diana Dawes; beneath the full three page version find an explanation with key excerpts highlighting why fourteen years after the book Amelia Earhart Lives was published (in 1970) the full identity value of 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Heller) (Bolam)' still remained a polarizing subject matter, even to people who had been close to the family of the original Irene (Ms. McDannel) and the Gervais-Irene (Ms. Dawes.) 

1984 Lucy McDannel letter to Diana Dawes

1984 Lucy McDannel letter, page 2

1984 Lucy McDannel letter, page 3


Above: It is important to realize Lucy McDannel's perception clearly distinguished that Irene Jr. and Irene Bolam were different individuals with different addresses. 

Ms. McDannel made a valid point and the supporting photo data shows why. Below on the left is Irene Jr. (AKA the Non Gervais-Irene) and Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr. shown together while attending the 1958 wedding of the Gervais-Irene and Guy Bolam. Respectively born in 1924 and 1926, she was 34 at the time, he was 32. To their right is a 1982 newspaper photo of Larry Heller, (real full name 'Clarence Alvin Heller') the 1934 born son of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Heller.) Mr. Heller's photo appeared in the news article series that questioned his mother's true identity. These were the three children (Larry, Irene Jr., Clarence Jr.) mentioned in Lucy McDannel's letter, although Ms. McDannel appeared to have a hard time distinguishing Larry Heller and Clarence R. O'Crowley Jr. from each other, and the original Irene and Irene Jr. from each other. The study determined Clarence R. O'Crowley Jr. and Larry Heller were half-brothers, born eight years apart to the same mother, who was the original Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile (Heller) (Bolam.) 

Irene Jr. & Clarence R. O'Crowley Jr.
Together at the 1958 wedding of the Gervais-Irene & Guy Bolam

"Surely a woman of 58 can be distinguished from one of 83." The 1984 words of Lucy McDannel, a long time O'Crowley family friend. She was right. Once the three Irenes equation was realized the Gervais-Irene and Irene Jr. became easier to distinguish from each other, especially age wise.

The Gervais-Irene in 1978, hard exposure...
...different poses; all of her eighty years visable.


Below: Lucy McDannel refers to the 'two' Irenes she was aware of; her dear friend, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley who was also Amelia's ZONTA sister & friend, and 'Irene Jr.' whose nickname was 'Bee.' Lucy described her understanding of Irene Jr. being born in 1924. She had visited the apartment of Attorney Irene's mother, Sarah Rutherford O'Crowley where she noticed a baby in a crib. Attorney Irene mentioned the child was the 'daughter of her deceased sister.' Lucy later explained to Diana Dawes that she felt 1924 was her best estimate of the child's birth year because she 'stood' in the crib and looked to be about 'three or four' years old. She additionally described her awareness of Irene Jr. being "16-17" years old in 1940, and she included how Irene Sr. would have Irene Jr. 'do errands' and 'cook dinner' just as her brother, Dr. Clarence R. O'Crowley who lived across the street from her sometimes would. The noticebly odd thing throughout the letter, was Lucy's vagueness about the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who Amelia and Viola Gentry had known. As close as Lucy was to attorney Irene, she clearly knew little to nothing about the original Irene who gave birth to Larry Heller in 1934, something likely by design. 


Perhaps the section below is the most revealing of all. Lucy describes Irene Jr. and Mrs. Guy Bolam living in the 1970s as if they were two different people. (And they were.) She also described how in 1945 Irene Jr. was "no longer intimate" with Irene Sr. (Attorney Irene.) The mid-1940s also marked the time period the Gervais-Irene began using the identity of 'Irene Craigmile,' after the time period (1939-1942) when Amelia's friend, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley handled the filing of the bizarre marriage annulment of Al and Irene Heller, the biological parents of Larry Heller. When the annulment was finalized, the Irene Heller name reverted back to Irene Craigmile, the name the Gervais-Irene took on. After the Gervais-Irene married Guy Bolam in 1958, she then became commonly known as 'Irene Bolam.'


The Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart'
Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia 1976 (see comparison in Monsignor Kelley info below.)

The Gervais-Irene Bolam, Yugoslavia-1976...
...superimposed with classic Amelia photo...
...reveals the congruence.

Amelia to Gervais-Irene left to right superimposed
Left to right, Gervais-Irene to Amelia superimposed

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

Amelia Earhart, 1933

Amelia, 1928

Classic Amelia, the blend begins.

Orville Wright & Amelia

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

Rare photo of Amelia Earhart
Looking tired in New Guinea, just before her disappearance

"Nobody in the public realm knows exactly where she was or what she was really doing those eight years she was gone. All we do know is by 1946 she was living on Long Island working as a bank figurehead by the name of Irene Craigmile." Joe Gervais quote from a filmed interview by Tod Swindell. 


Above: The new Irene Craigmile [AKA the Gervais-Irene, FKA Amelia Earhart] front and center at a Christmas Bank party, 1947. Ten years had passed and a deviated septum rhinoplasty procedure was endured since she was last recognized as 'Amelia Earhart.' This photo was taken shortly before she began serving as an Assistant Vice President for the Great Neck National Bank of Long Island, New York... where she also made her home after World War Two. Recall, Great Neck was the same place where as Amelia she had lived with Marion Stabler and her family after relocating from California to the east coast in 1924. Amelia's sister, Muriel described her stay there as 'Amelia's recovery period from her second sinus operation.' Amelia was still living with the Stablers when she briefly re-enrolled at Columbia University in February of 1925. (She dropped-out before taking finals.) Muriel also described part of Great Neck's shore line as she and Amelia's "favorite beach haunt." Note: Lucy Challis, Amelia's cousin said of the year 1924 in Amelia's life, the same year Amelia was suspected to have secretly been 'with child,' "It was if the Earhart's fell off the face of the earth then."
When the above photo was taken the Gervais-Irene was with the Peoples National Bank of Rockville Centre, Long Island. Given her position there, she was possibly instrumental in securing the 1946 loan for her old pal, Percival H. Spencer of the Republic Aviation Corporation located in Farmingdale, Long Island. Specifically, through her bank branch, funding in the multi-millions was arranged for the RC-3 Seabee single engine, pusher-propeller amphibious aircraft Mr. Spencer had designed. The funding enabled the plane to be mass-produced and sold to the US Navy, of which over 4,000 of them eventually were. [See photo below.] Before as Amelia, she had spent time at the nearby Garden City, Long Island Curtis-Wright plane manufacturing plant where she met the visiting Jiro Horikoshi, Japan's genius designer of its WWII Zero fighter plane. Interesting to note as well, prior to World War Two Japan had purchased and received forty-nine Lockheed Electras from the same Lockheed plant in Burbank that Amelia's came from.   

The RC-3 Seabee amphibious airplane
The Gervais-Irene's bank financed the manufacturing of them in 1946.

USN Admiral Chester Arthur Nimitz
Commander of the Pacific Fleet during World War Two

In 1965, former WWII Pacific Fleet Commander, Admiral Chester Nimitz admitted his awareness of Amelia Earhart's
continued survival after her described 'disappearance' to CBS Radio Journalist, Fred Goerner who was investigating the case:
Nimitz Quote: "Amelia Earhart and her navigator did go down in the
Marshall Islands and were picked up by the Japanese."

After the U. S. occupied the Marshalls in 1944, liberating it from Japan, Admiral Nimitz was put in charge there. Admiral Nimitz also mentioned to Goerner how such a truth about Earhart was long ago "known and documented in Washington." [Note: Admiral Nimitz assisted Fred Goerner with his 1960s investigative journalism quest that peered into the controversial non-reported details of Earhart's last flight.] Admiral Nimitz also knew Monsignor James Francis Kelley. (Note photo of Nimitz with Kelley from above.) 

George Palmer Putnam 'discovered' Amelia in 1928.
After they wed in 1931, he served as Amelia's promoter and manager until 1937. (See excerpt, right.)

George Palmer Putnam:
"Is there any way of ascertaining what the Japanese are actually doing? Especially as regards a real search of the eastern fringe of the Marshall Islands? That is one of the most fruitful possible locations for wreckage." Excerpt from a 7/31/37 George Palmer Putnam note to White House Attorney, Marvin Mcintyre, four weeks after Amelia was reported missing.
Jackie Cochran:
During the year before Amelia vanished, Jackie Cochran (shown on the right with Amelia) recalled of that time period, "I was closer to Amelia than anyone else, even her husband, George Putnam." The quote was taken from Jackie Cochran's 1987 autobiography by Maryann Bucknum Brinley, and was telling of the growing trouble signs in Amelia's marriage. Jackie Cochran replaced Amelia as 'the most famous female pilot' in the United States after 1937. She too befriended First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, headed up the WASP (Woman's Air Service Pilots) contingency during World War Two, and with the help of her good friend, Chuck Yeager she became the first woman to break the sound barrier. Jackie had married multi-millionaire, Floyd Odlum who helped with the enormous cost of Amelia's last flight. Amelia dedicated her final book, Last Flight to Floyd as a thank you. Jackie Cochran was also instrumental in getting Eisenhower elected President, and Ike and Mamie often stayed with Jackie and Floyd in Indio in the 1960s. Curiously, in the 1970s, at a function honoring heroic female pilots of the past, when Amelia Earhart's name was mentioned Jackie Cochran audibly acknowledged that Amelia would 'never show her face here after what she did,' indicating her awareness of something patriotically awry Amelia became caught up with after she went missing in 1937, and 'present tense' hinting of her continued existence as well. 

Amelia with Jackie Cochran, 1936.
Shown at the Odlum-Cochran ranch near Indio, CA where Amelia 'often visited alone.'

The Irene-Amelia controversy began in 1965. Why was it categorically denied and swept under the rug of official history for so long?
Several years ago the National Geographic Channel aired an Earhart Mystery special it produced. (It's still occasionally re-run today.) To those who participated in it, it gave preliminary notice that it could not side with any particular 'mystery solving' theory (it presented several) or suggest the mystery was solvable in any way. In addressing the Irene-Amelia assertion, as part of its presentation it engaged a Forensic Detective named Kevin Richlin to conduct a null hypothesis by comparing a few photos of Irene Bolam to Amelia Earhart. It did so to answer the ongoing claim that after her 'disappearance' in 1937, Amelia Earhart changed her name to 'Irene' and later lived as a private citizen in the United States until her death in 1982. The program declined to include, or to mention to Detective Richlin the recent discovery of more than one woman having been identified as the same 'Irene.' Detective Richlin further indicated the show's producers did not provide him with enough information to constitute a serious evaluation, leaving him no choice but to discount the 'Amelia became Irene' truthful equation to the show's viewing audience. This website displays and expounds on the existing volumes of photo data, important discovered historical realities and other pertinent information about the Irene-Amelia case never publicly displayed before. Reality has it, even though the Irene-Amelia controversy had existed for decades, the National Geographic Channel barely skimmed the surface of it and appeared to exercise its option to downplay it, instead of thoroughly examining its complexities. Of equal importance, over time the survived families of both Amelia Earhart and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile ended up exhibiting a certain reticence toward the controversy. Clearly, their preference was to leave it alone and encourage others to do the same. The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum as well, long expressed that it was "not allowed" to show favoritism to any theories concerning Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. In essence, true controversy the Irene-Amelia case proved itself to be, it was always disregarded by the main entities that readily could have endorsed its unraveling.

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Protecting Earhart came into existence in 1996 and launched 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 Protecting Earhart, Beyond 37', and are the intellectual properties of Aether Pictures & Press, LLC.

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