Amelia Earhart Compared To Irene Craigmile: The 1997-2017 'Swindell Study'

Reviewing The History of 'Irene-Amelia.com'

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Irene-Amelia.com exists as the most truthful and revealing Amelia Earhart website on the internet. It was launced in 2007 by Tod Swindell. It has never been overchallenged because it displays the forensic truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937.

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Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam

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If you are interested in knowing what became of Amelia Earhart after the summer of 1937, the answer is seen in the above mid-1970s photo-portrait. To understand how this is now known to be true, take your time going through the material this website presents. There is much to digest.

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Forensic: Relating to or denoting applications of scientific methodology during the course of an investigation in an effort to determine the true origin of what is being investigated. Example: "They got him on ballistics; a forensic analysis determined the bullet came from his gun."
 
Forensic Evidence: That suitable for argumentation in a court of law.
 
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Irene Compared To Amelia:
 
Photographic Exactitude
Personal Character Traits
Life-Long Histories
 

The forensic research and forensic comparison results you are about to review are part of a long-term study that thoroughly analyzed each of the above topics pertaining to the historically recognized, 'intertwined lives' of Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile Bolam.
 
The 'new millennium' study was conceived and arranged in order to get to the bottom of a never disavowed assertion publicly maintained for thirty-five years [1970-2005] by former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais (1924-2005).
 
After deeply looking into it, Joseph A. Gervais, who retired from the Air Force as a Major in 1963, ascertained that Amelia Earhart and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam had existed as the same life-long individual human being known by different names in different eras without public awareness.
 
Major Gervais served as a fighter pilot in World War Two and he flew missions in the Korean War and Vietnam as well before retiring from his military career. He was also a family man noted for his good character.
 
Generally unrealized into the new millennium, Joseph A. Gervais' assertion about Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam was never forensically over-challenged. This is because, as you will soon identify for yourself, it was true.
 
After meeting and getting to know Joseph A. Gervais in the late 1990s, and finding out that his assertion about Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam had never been forensically evaluated on a serious level, research and development specialist, Tod Swindell took it to task. After consulting with a variety of forensic experts his long-term study commenced, and the end result marked the first comprehensive forensic analysis to ever compare Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam to Amelia Earhart.
 
Prior to his passing in 2005, upon being shown the initial results of the analysis with his wife, Thelma, Joseph A. Gervais plainly commented, "It just shows what we've known all along."
 
Over the years people have countered time and again, "what about DNA?" This proved unavailable. When she died in 1982, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam donated her body to Rutger's Medical College in New Jersey with a pre-written stipulation it was only to be accessed by its attending medical technicians. In response to what became of her remains, the school replied her body was cremated and interned in a common grave. Hence, just as Amelia Earhart's body was purported to have 'never been seen again' after July 2, 1937; after Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam died on July 7, 1982, her body was never seen again either, at least, not outside the walls of Rutger's Medical College. 
 
The catch was, as the analysis realized, there was an original Irene Craigmile who Amelia Earhart knew in the 1930s, and whose identity she ended up assuming for herself to use in the United States after the World War Two years. Learn more about the original Irene Craigmile throughout this website, and how Amelia Earhart ended up acquiescing her identity for her own post-fame years use.
 
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Below: Photographic Exactitude
 

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Above: Senator Hiram Bingham with Amelia Earhart at age 31
 

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Above: Amelia Earhart in 1937, age 39
 

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Above: Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in a mid-1970s photo portrait taken at her private development, 'Leisure World' home located in Rossmoor, New Jersey. 

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Above: Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam on August 8, 1965 in front of the Sea Spray Inn located in East Hampton of Long Island, New York. Photo credit, Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.)

Below: Two Samples Of Superimposed Photographic Exactitude Using The Above Four Photographs
 

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Irene + Amelia superimposed

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Irene + Amelia superimposed

About "Truth"

"Truth is not a mystery -- its greatest secrets are yours to know through simple honesty and surrender to what that honesty reveals." John de Ruiter


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This 35MM photograph taken in 1965 by Joseph A. Gervais displays the same "Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam" shown in the black and white photo portrait at the top of the page. Mrs. Bolam openly described herself to have been a 'past good friend' of Amelia Earhart to Joseph A. Gervais when the two met each other. She also commanded a recognized air of importance among the people she was acquainted with, to include high-ranking military figures and well-known pilots from the 1930s, 'Golden Age of Aviation.' A comprehensive forensic analysis concluded with absolute certainty that this particular Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam was identified nowhere as 'Irene' or 'Craigmile' or 'Bolam' prior to the mid-1940s. The analysis also conveys the true origin of these names. To learn about the other forensically determined realities of this Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, who from 1928 to 1937 had been famously known as 'Amelia Earhart,' read the additional results here featuring the first credible in-depth evaluation of her Twentieth Century existence.  

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"The forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." John Bolam, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived brother-in-law comments on the initial results of the Irene-Amelia forensic analysis in an Associated Press article by Ron Staton. The 2002 article marked the first national news item to announce the advent of Tod Swindell's forensic research and human comparison analysis in the new millennium. [The full Associated Press article appears further down.]
 

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A 2018 note from the orchestrator of the forensic analysis and creator of this website, Tod Swindell.

I first launched Irene-Amelia.com in late 2007. It was initially meant to serve as a rebuttal to a recently expressed viewpoint of the National Geographic Channel that had asked me to appear on an Amelia Earhart special it aired the year before. The producers of the special tracked me down after learning from different Amelia Earhart aficionados of a 'forensic comparison analysis' I controlled that shed a new light on Amelia's never resolved "missing person" case. Upon locating me, they asked if I would allow them to include the analysis in its program, having additionally learned that its preliminary results drew attention from the Associated Press a few years earlier. (See the 2002 AP article further down.)
 
To Hawaii, where much of its Amelia Earhart special was filmed, Nat Geo flew myself and covered the cost to ship a dozen of the large panels that displayed the key results of the Irene-Amelia forensic analysis I had sponsored and initiated in the mid-1990s, (after consulting with forensic experts who explained how to go about it) and then dedicated much investigative research to the next ten years to enhance it. Disappointingly, though, Nat Geo elected not to address or feature the panels after its producers reviewed the controversial information they displayed. So here, what Irene-Amelia.com offers is what Nat Geo decided not to share with the public. Its final program did show a trifle of some forensic overlay samples I had carried with me, but it was barely enough to whet the appetite of a true skeptic. I was also grilled on camera for two hours, only to see my contribution trimmed down to a few minutes of air time.
 
Nat Geo's inability to recognize or believe what the forensic analysis accomplished is what inspired me to display it on the World Wide Web. So Irene-Amelia.com was launched in 2007, and it has remained on-line ever since while being further added to as time passed. To date hundreds of pages worth of pertinent data have been presented on Irene-Amelia.com that additionally fortified the realities it conveys, to especially include the main forensic truth of a renamed Amelia Earhart continuing to live-on after World War Two in the United States until her passing took place in 1982, with the general public remaining unaware of it. (Thanks to the comparison analysis there is no doubt anymore such a thing did happen. That's not to say this was not already known. Former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais figured it out in the 1960s and never stopped averring it to his dying day in 2005, causing endless consternation along the way.)
 
At this point, I need to make it clear that I am not and never have been a 'conspiracy theorist.' "Conspiracy" is a dark word used to describe an immoral group of unnamed individuals who work in concert to keep their nefarious activities and the orchestrated result(s) they cause from becoming known beyond their inner circle. I do not believe there ever was an active conspiracy embarked on to keep the true outcome of Amelia Earhart's so-called, "disappearance" from being recognized by the public. Rather, I view it as something that became deeply buried during the conflagration of World War Two, akin to so many other non mend-able actions, stratagems, hostilities and atrocities the war left behind. It is my belief that it was commonly determined how the best attitude to adopt after World War Two ended was to move-on with as little looking back at such war-time happenings as possible---with the obvious exception of the 'never again to occur' holocaust remaining queued in the forefront of the world's memory banks.
 
In essence, while countries that had been war-time enemies worked to mend their own fences and to help mend each other's, they did their best to look beyond negative war occurrences not only in the spirit of atonement, but for the imperative need of a better geopolitical future.
 
This included the U.S. and Japan conjointly agreeing to always view the unnoticed by the world public, anonymous post-war reemergence of the then still existing, all-be-her war-time obscured Amelia Earhart with, "official silence." (Note the 1982 Bender & Altschul quote below this writ.)
 
Highlighting this post-war credo, in the fall of 1945, in response to a reporter's question on how he believed the world was different after the war, President Harry S. Truman replied, "The only thing different is the history you don't know."
 
Think about that.   
 
In the meantime, though a handful of important sounding individuals continue to decry the obvious forensic analysis results, the forensic analysis itself has never been over-challenged and it never will be, because it merely displays the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937. Only unanswered questions remain, and they pertain to 'how' and 'why' Amelia Earhart ended up as she did after she went 'missing' all those years ago--and then was prematurely declared, "dead in absentia" in January of 1939.
 
To reiterate, I would like to emphasize that the analysis only ascertained what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing. It does not offer a certain conclusion about what actually happened to her (and Fred Noonan) on July 2, 1937, nor does it offer a certain conclusion pertaining to where Amelia was and what she was doing during the World War Two years.
 
My gut feeling is those questions are now destined to be answered by concerned official U.S. historians in order to account for the truthful information the overall analysis displays, plenty of which is observable on Irene-Amelia.com. In the meantime, somewhat myopic individuals, or those not willing to take the time to review, understand, and accept this carefully researched and forensically developed information, will more than likely remain in denial when it comes to what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937, until said 'how' and 'why' questions are authoritatively answered by high-level U.S. and Nippon offices.
 
The analysis results begin after the following quote--and the two images with their accompanying description.
 
Thank you,
Tod Swindell
 
[A brief bio on Tod Swindell is viewable at the bottom of this Home Page.]
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The Bender & Altschul Quote:

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." 1982 quote from the voluminous Marylin Bender, Selig Altschul 'Pan Am Airways anthology,' The Chosen Instrument

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Above: The Kailua, Hawaii set of the National Geographic Channel's Amelia Earhart 'mystery update' special. The photos here display six of the twelve 'comprehensive forensic analysis' panels that drew a certain conclusion on Amelia's never officially resolved 'missing person' case. This particular location was at the home of retired USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, whose then recent book, Amelia Earhart Survived featured portions of the analysis with permission granted by Tod Swindell and 1967 Earhart flight duplicator, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who supplied some of the photo-data used in the analyisis. Within the panels, the multiple individuals attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity were clearly displayed, (shown further down) as was the head-to-toe physical congruence and character traits congruence of the post-World War Two 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' and her former-self, Amelia Earhart. Needless to say, after observing the controversial realities presented in the panels, the show's producers were clearly ill-prepared to contend with them. Even though they had asked to feature them and paid for their shipping cost, after some deliberating they requested the panels be removed before filming commenced. Hence, this website provides a thorough overview of the analysis results the panels displayed that Nat Geo elected not to share with the public.
 
Below: Nat Geo's 2006 produced, "Where's Amelia Earhart?" special that featured researchers, Tod Swindell and Colonel Rollin Reineck in support of the long-maintained Joseph A. Gervais assertion (Joseph A. Gervais' passing occurred the previous year) was eventually released on DVD. Beyond Nat Geo downplaying the forensic analysis results as well as choosing not to display the most important elements of what it achieved (that shored-up Joseph A. Gervais' long maintained Amelia became Irene assertion) its program merely rehashed the same old stories about Amelia's disappearance without offering anything new or enlightening to its viewing audience. 
 

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Alethephobia: "Fear of Truth"

When it comes to the Irene-Amelia truth, ever since the controversy over Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam surfaced in the 1970s, historical dictum influences have deftly avoided it. Senators, Congressmen, government supported institutions, news media moguls, even Amelia's extended family members have always optioned to quickly dismiss it out of hand over seriously addressing it. This is mainly due to the 'official silence' devoted to the topic of Amelia's disappearance from the governments' of the United States and Japan dating back to the World War Two era. In the new millennium, however, thanks to the undeniable results of a comprehensive forensic research and comparison analysis, the truth grew to be recognizable to what is now an obvious state, and understanding, accepting, and embracing any truth once it becomes identifiable, especially if it's an important historical truth, is always best in the long run.

Keeping relative discoveries from the past in perspective, in the case of Charles Lindbergh's "Careu Kent" alias, he used that name for decades while leading a separate life without the public knowing until it was verified in 2004, thirty-years after he died.

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Below: As displayed in the analysis results, it turned out there were three different Twentieth Century women who were historically attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity.

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This Irene Craigmile gave birth to a son in 1934. She and Amelia Earhart had known each other.

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Above middle: The original Irene Craigmile, 1930

Above on the left is the original Irene Craigmile's husband, Charles James Craigmile, and on the right is the original Irene Craigmile's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.

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The original Irene Craigmile, 1932

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Irene Craigmile's son identified this woman to have been his "mother" the way she looked "around 1940" and in "the 1970s," although the forensic analysis made it clear she was not his biological mother. To date, no one in the public realm knows who she really was, where she came from, or where she ended up. There is only one known-of postulation offered by Tod Swindell that suggests how her life may have also been intertwined with Amelia Earhart's in a family protected way. In 1984, a long ago friend of the original Irene Craigmile's family estimated this particular 'Irene' who she referred to as "Irene Jr." was "born in 1924" and was 'raised' by the original Irene's extended family in Newark, New Jersey. Amelia had been a good Zonta club friend of the original Irene Craigmile's aunt dating back to 1928, when she first became famous.

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Irene Craigmile, early 1940s

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Irene Craigmile Bolam, 1970s

The two above photos superimposed...
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...display the same person in younger and older forms

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The Irene Craigmile and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam images in this column were identified nowhere as "Irene" prior to the mid-1940s. In 1958 this Irene Craigmile wed Englishman, Guy Bolam, the head of Radio Luxembourg. She became known as Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam from then on, or just, 'Irene Bolam.'

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Irene Craigmile, 1946
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Pre eight-years of aging & a few adjustments.

Above: It wasn't so hard to find Amelia again behind her Irene facade with a little photo-shop help. Tear-duct to tear-duct the eyes above aligned perfectly with those of her former Amelia self; all facial lines and creases as well, and as you will continue to see, necks, shoulders, heights, arm-lengths, hands, foot sizes, handwriting, etc., everything aligned perfectly. As Monsignor Kelley described it about his late friend, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1987, who was identified nowehere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore." Who are we to judge or blame her for eventually feeling that way, not knowing a thing about what she ended up having to endure as World War Two raged on? Looking at the above images, we also recall the title of Shirley Dobson Gilroy's 1985 book, Amelia: Pilot In Pearls. 

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Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, 1965

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Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, mid-1970s

Anymore, The 'Known' Truth

There were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity, and one of them, who was not identified that way prior to the mid-1940s, most definitely was previously known as Amelia Earhart.

This is the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937. There is no other truth beyond invented ones individuals chose or still choose to embrace, and in some cases promote to the public sans proof-worthy logic to support their differing ideas.

No matter what continues to be offered to the contrary, Amelia's ongoing existence as "Irene" after the World War Two era is now known to be what became of her after she was reported missing during the dawn of the World War Two era--in an area that soon after became a hornets' nest region in the Pacific war theater.

It is time to stop fearing this reality; to stop automatically rejecting it. Doing so will enable it to rise to the surface so it can be acknowledged and accepted by the public, and further dealt with in a responsible manner out of concern for, and in the interest of truthful historical posterity.

It is time to get real about what became of Amelia Earhart after she was reported missing in the summer of 1937. 

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Below: 1946 and 1965 images of the same person shown superimposed in the middle. Although she had altered her famously recognizable image with some adjustments beyond what aging and style changes normally do, the former Amelia Earhart is displayed here.

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Prior to some World War Two era adjustments...

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Irene Craigmile in 1946, FKA "Earhart"

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Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965

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...superimposed into...

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...Amelia in 1937, her former self.
 

In the mid-1940s, Amelia Earhart reappeared in the United States seemingly from out of nowhere to further exist as 'Irene.' The forensic analysis results made it plain to see the 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, dubbed in Tod Swindell's original forensic comparison analysis as the "Gervais-Irene" was NOT the original Irene Craigmile, even though post World War Two history proclaimed she was. This is true where the analysis clearly proved there was more than one Twentieth Century woman who used the same 'Irene' identity, and the one above, who was known as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' after 1958, was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Note: The forensic analysis merely displays the truth when it comes to what became of Amelia Earhart. Although it has been consistently shouted down by pseudo Amelia Earhart 'mystery solving theorists,' including some that managed to make a living by promoting non-truthful ideas to the masses about Amelia Earhart, the analysis results proved impossible to over-challenge.
 

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Major Joseph A. Gervais USAF (Ret.), February 5, 2000

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February 5, 2000; top row left to right: Ronald Reuther, Tod Swindell, Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam; bottom row, left to right: Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, Joe Klaas, Joseph A. Gervais

Above: Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.), shown in 2000 accepting his achievement award for "Four decades of unparalleled, dedicated research devoted to investigating the true cause and outcome of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan's 1937 disappearance." The event was held at Cesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada in front of a gathering of representatives from a variety of Aviation connected backgrounds, to include past 99's President, Patricia Ward; 1967 successful Amelia Earhart 'World Flight' duplicator, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno; Amelia Earhart Society President William Prymak; Executive Director of the Western Aerospace Museum, Ronald Reuther; Overseer of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, Lou Foudray; Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. John Bolam; Amelia Earhart Survived author, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck USAF (Ret.); Rear Admiral, Eugene Tissot USN (Ret.) (whose father was a past chief mechanic for Amelia Earhart) motion picture producer/journalist Tod Swindell; Joseph A. Gervais' wife and son, Thelma and Gerald Gervais, Amelia Earhart Lives author, Joe Klaas, and several other distinguished individuals.
 
At the 2000 ceremony, William Prymak spoke of Joseph A. Gervais in the following manner: "Joseph A. Gervais is a World War Two flying hero who went on to become widely recognized as the world's leading authority regarding the subject of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. A former aircraft accident investigator, while looking into Amelia Earhart's failed world flight attempt his encounter with Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam and follow-up evaluation of her life history caused an enormous shift to his angle of research."  
  
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Amelia under the nose of her Lockheed Electra 10E, 1937

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Amelia Earhart, 1937

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...the person she became, the Gervais-Irene Bolam in 1965

The History of Protecting Earhart's
Irene-Amelia.com, and More...
2018 marks eleven years of Irene-Amelia.com presenting Amelia Earhart truths over the internet
 
This website features a broad-based preview of Protecting Earhart's landmark discoveries on the obfuscated fate of Amelia Earhart. Launched in 2007 to better enlighten the curious, it exists today as the most truthful, historically revealing, and overall important Amelia Earhart website on the internet. 
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Fred Noonan & Amelia Earhart, 1937
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Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10E landing in Paramaribo during her 1937 world flight.

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About Truth...
 
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self evident." 
Arthur Schopenhauer
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Eight decades ago, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were said to have 'disappeared' while flying around the world. This website details the most controversial information about their last flight, including the results of a long-term forensic analysis of its unplanned outcome.
 
On any official level, the subject of the post-loss reality of Amelia's world flight ending has always been greeted by deflections from sanctioned U.S. historians, or outright avoided entirely. This left the door open for all kinds of ideas presented over the years, some of them outlandish, that attempted to explain what happened to the two fliers. In the mid-1990s, research and development specialist, Tod Swindell embarked on a twenty-year journey to return a more serious historical perspective to age-old missing persons case of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. His efforts led to revisted some realizations about Amelia's loss, that included the viewpoint President Franklin Roosevelt's White House administration maintained about it.
 

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Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. & FDR

From the time the event of Amelia's loss took place in July of 1937, there was never a detailed official explanation offered on what happened to her. Perhaps the closest thing to it surfaced in a May 13, 1938 White House Dictaphone transcript discovered decades later, where one of President Franklin Roosevelt's most trusted cabinet members, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr., responded to a query made by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, by obliquely referencing a difficult situation Amelia endured toward the end of her flight in the following manner: "What that woman, ...happened to her the last few minutes, I hope I've just got to never make it public."
 

What did Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. mean by that?
 
On the morning of July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan had missed their intended destination of Howland Island and were in the process of exercising their 'Plan B' option of heading back to the civilized British Gilbert Islands that they had flown over during the night. Heavy storm squalls had been reported to the east of the Gilberts chain, causing them to steer around them to the north, leaving them dangerously close to Japan's guarded Marshall Islands while doing so. Later, rumors emanated that Japan had engaged and fired on the duo, and it appears Henry Morgenthau's 1938 comment of 'what happened to that woman (Earhart) her last few minutes' that he 'hoped he just would never have to make public' was relative to it. It looked to be the case, that the White House had privately ascertained that Amelia and Fred had been shot-down for their encroachment on Japan's Marshall Islands, and they had met their demise that way.
 
Later, probably by the time Germany invaded Poland in 1939 or maybe even before, U.S. intelligence either suspected or outright knew that Japan had managed to rescue Earhart and Noonan after the duo ditched in the lower Marshall Islands, and it optioned to detain them approximate to the same time the Sino-Japanese War began. Joseph Gervais postulated how Japan may have surreptitiously liberated Fred Noonan, but chose to continue holding on to Amelia.

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About a former title of this website:
 
"The Obfuscated Reality Of Amelia Earhart's 1937 World Flight Outcome"

'obfuscate' verb, past tense; obfuscated 

1. Obscuring the meaning of something to make it more difficult to grasp. 2. An equation, event, or happening made obscure, unclear, or unintelligible, at times by intention.

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"With the 1937 missing person case of Amelia Earhart and the wide variety of Twentieth Century attempts made to explain what happened to her, instead of providing clarity to it all, the result was inadvertent media obfuscation."
 
Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell

Some Recent 'Repeat' Obfuscations...
 
On the 'tabloid-like' November 2017 "Amelia Earhart was eaten by giant crabs" Fox News story: Amelia Earhart's body wasn't devoured by giant crabs on Nikumaroro Island. This suggestion was discredited years ago, when the overall 'Nikumaroro' theory was relied on to amass financial support to pay for misguided expeditions to the place. People fell for it then, and began donating to the group that promoted the false claim. To be sure, it is inadvisable to offer funding to the myopic purporters of this highly contrived, historical charade.
 
On the recent November 2017 "Amelia Earhart was executed by Japan's military on Saipan" Newsweek story: Forensics proved this as well to have been a falsely purported conveyance. Not to leave out, Japan disavowed ever harming Amelia Earhart and the United States never accused it of such a thing.
 
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On the Findings of Protecting Earhart
 
"One newly developed phenomenon, is how in recent years some Amelia Earhart cottage industries, past Earhart authors and a few misguided enthusiasts out there have been coercing the public into viewing Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis results as 'insignificant.' It's findings cannot be over-challenged, however, regarding previously unknown aspects of Amelia Earhart's full-life story the analysis discovered, and then so plainly revealed." Protcting Earhart's Tod Swindell, 2018

Protecting Earhart's 1997 to 2017 forensic analysis solidly discovered and proved: There were three people attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity in the Twentieth Century, and one of them, who appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.' She died in 1982. 

Mandel/Wikipedia: "Irene Craigmile Bolam (1 October 1904 – 7 July 1982) was a New York banker and resident of Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey.[1][2] In 1970, a book which was soon widely discredited set forth an allegation she was Amelia Earhart. Bolam denied the claim, took legal action against the publisher and the book was withdrawn."

Protecting Earhart: The above is not accurate. No birth certificate was ever found and the true year of the original Irene's birth was disputed. For example, the 1920 census listed the original Irene as "age 14." As well, the Gervais-Irene never denied herself to have formerly been known as Amelia Earhart, and there is no mention in the article of there having been three different women who were identified as one in the same 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam.' The one who appears in the photo above was the mid-1940s to 1982 publicly identified Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart.'  She became 'Irene Bolam' after she married Englishman, Guy Bolam in 1958, who was described by his brother to have been 'MI-6.' The book, Amelia Earhart Lives referred to Guy Bolam as "her alleged husband" and thus it was cited for 'damaging' Irene's reputation. This was among the two main reasons her attorney filed the suit against Gervais & Klaas and its publisher, McGraw-Hill. [The other was her home ownership in New Jersey, where the book conveyed it to have belonged to Floyd Odlum, the husband of famous pilot Jackie Cochran, of which the proof no longer existed after the book came out.] The 'Irene' shown above in the color photo appears nowhere in photographs identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s. Two other women interchangeably do though; the 'original' Irene Craigmile, and the 'early 1940s identified' Irene Craigmile, AKA the Non Gervais-Irene. Note: The lawsuit between the Gervais-Irene and Gervais & Klaas was settled with a ten-dollar consideration paid by both sides after the Gervais-Irene refused to submit her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity. McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay her a 'high five figures' sum for statements considered damaging to her reputation, not for implicating her as the woman previously known as Amelia Earhart.
 
 
Mandel/Wikipedia:

CONTENTS:

*Amelia Earhart Lives

*References

*Notes

*Bibliography

*External links
"Amelia Earhart Lives"

Mandel/Wikipedia: "In 1965, Major Joseph Gervais had a chance encounter with Bolam, believing she was Earhart. Using Gervais' research, author Joe Klaas documented this assertion in his book Amelia Earhart Lives (1970). Bolam denied being Earhart, filed a $1.5 million lawsuit and submitted a lengthy affidavit refuting the claim. The book's publisher McGraw-Hill pulled Klaas' book from the market shortly after it was released and court records indicate they made an out of court settlement with her."

Protecting Earhart: It was not a "chance encounter." In 1965 Amelia Earhart's long time close friend, famous pilot Viola Gentry invited Major Gervais and paid for his entire family to fly across the country to New York so he could lecture about his investigation results concerning Amelia's 1937 disappearance to a club of well known retired pilots called, "The Early Birds of Aviation." After Viola pointed out an important looking couple to him, she introduced Major Gervais to the couple, identifying them as Irene Bolam and her husband, Guy. Gervais saw how Mrs. Bolam was wearing what looked to be a Distinguished Flying Cross indicator pin and an Oak Leaf Cluster signifying Air Force Major status. He knew both items were decorations awarded in the past to Amelia Earhart. He also felt he recognized who Mrs. Irene Bolam used to be right away.
 
The article offers no mention of how the 'lawsuit' dragged on for five years, and avoids describing how it was finally settled with a ten dollar consideration paid by Gervais and Klaas to Irene, and by Irene to Gervais and Klaas after she refused Joe Gervais' request to submit her fingerprints. By Mrs. Bolam turning down Gervais' request for her fingerprints, she forfeited her right to what 'potentially' could have been a final settlement awarded her upwards of a million dollars [estimate] to be paid by Gervais and Klaas over time. Nowhere in the 'affidavit' does the Gervais-Irene actually deny herself to have been the woman previously known as Amelia Earhart, either. It is true however, for publishing the book without enlisting her cooperation and for the libelous remarks damaging to her reputation, McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay the Gervais-Irene $60,000.

Mandel/Wikipedia: "Bolam's personal life history has since been thoroughly documented, eliminating any possibility she was Earhart."

Protecting Earhart: This is untrue. To the extent Irene's life could be documented, no less than three different human beings appeared as one in the same 'Irene' in the linear recorded history of her life from the arly 1900s to 1982. So much is clearly ascertainable via the life-long photographic record of Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam. As well, no one ever "eliminated the possibility" of the woman in the color photograph above having previously been known as 'Amelia Earhart.' The opposite actually happened; Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis clearly displayed how she was previously known as Amelia Earhart. 

Mandel/Wikipedia: "Evidence presented in the affidavit included her 1937 private pilot's licence [sic] and marriage certificate. Her personal life was also a matter of public record. Born Irene Madalaine O'Crowley, she married Charles Craigmile and on his death, married Alvin Heller but was subsequently divorced from Heller c. 1939. She remarried to Guy Bolam in 1959. Although Irene Craigmile Bolam was a pilot, her main career revolved around banking and finance in New York. Brother-in-law John Bolam said, ""She was influential, knew many well-placed people and was well-traveled."" Many mutual friends such as racer Elinor Smith also knew both Earhart and Bolam."

Protecting Earhart:

1.) Again here, Alex Mandel's false claims are highly misleading. The Gervais-Irene rekindled and further maintained some of her old friendships from her days as Amelia. Note: The public had never heard of a pilot named 'Irene Craigmile' before 1970, when the Gervais-Irene was first implicated to have been the former Amelia Earhart. As her later life close friend and confessor, Monsignor Kelley described it, she [Amelia] did not wish to be a public person anymore. So much is the reason she opted for a new identity during the years she was missing. She never volunteered, nor did she expect she would ever be recognized, until she was recognized by retired Air Force Major, Joe Gervais in 1965. Among "many mutual friends" to quote Alex Mandel, famous pilots Viola Gentry and Fay Gillis Wells knew both Amelia and her later-life Gervais-Irene self, as did Amelia's sister, Muriel know her as Amelia and later as Irene. Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, the original Irene Craigmile's aunt knew her by both names as well. These individuals and select others remained in league in keeping it non-public knowledge.

2.) The 'original' Irene's 1937 renewed pilot's license was dated May 31, 1937 [the day before Amelia left from Miami on her epic world flight.] Protecting Earhart previously obtained a copy of it from Joe Gervais. It was never signed by anyone, let alone the original Irene Craigmile, as she had only flown as a licensed pilot for a very brief time in mid-1933. As noted, the original Irene had a child in early 1934 and never flew again. According to Rollin Reineck who researched the flying history of the original Irene Craigmile, as a licensed pilot she had a total of barely 'twenty' solo flight hours documented by mid-1933, until she realized she was 'with child.' 1937's license was the last pilot's license issued to her, and its only renwal since it was first awarded to the original Irene in 1933.

3.) Aspects of everyone's personal life end up as "a matter of public record." Since the original Irene was a 'real' person, of course there exists proof of it, to most specifically include her 1934 born son, Larry Heller, who in 2006 & 2014 identified an entirely different person than the Gervais-Irene to have been his mother. .

4.) The 'original' Irene's middle name of "Madeline" was found on record in three different ways; as Madeline, Madalaine, and Madaline. Yet "Madeline" is the O'Crowley family history spelling. [Note 'Edna Madeline O'Crowley,' one of the original Irene's paternal aunts.] Notice the above clumsy language as well: "She married Charles Craigmile and on his death, married Alvin Heller but was subsequently divorced from Heller c. 1939." Here's what actually happened: Charles Craigmile, the 'original' Irene's first husband since 1927 who was fifteen years her senior, died suddenly of an appendicitis attack in 1931. A year later in 1932, the 'original' Irene's friends, famous pilots Viola Gentry and Amelia Earhart introduced her to flying airplanes by arranging lessons for her on Long Island, NY. In mid-1933, just after she received her pilot's license the 'original' Irene became pregnant out of wedlock via her flight instructor Al Heller, and the two eloped and were married in August of 1933. In early March of 1934 their son, Clarence 'Larry' Heller was born in Newark, NJ. By 1937 it was clear the shotgun marriage of Al and Irene Heller was already faltering, and according to their annulment file, Al Heller left the original Irene and their son, Larry after becoming fed-up with the original Irene's drinking and promiscuous behaviour. Al relocated to Buffalo to work at the Curtis Wright factory there; an ugly child custody and visitation rights battle over little Larry Heller enused thereafter and lasted the next three years.  Note: In 1994 a 1970s and 1980s friend of the Gervais-Irene, Diana Dawes mentioned in a taped statement how she understood someone had "died" and that's how she [the former Amelia] was able to get her new name. In 1940 the legal 'annulment' [as opposed to a divorce] of Al and the original Irene's marriage was finalized, primarily based on the fact that Al Heller had already been married before and had never legally divorced from his previous wife, thus returning the name of "Irene Craigmile" to be legally available for the former Amelia Earhart's use. It appears to have been sometime in the early 1940s when the original Irene's death most likely occurred, a few years after her famous friend, Amelia was described to have "disappeared without a trace" in 1937. After Amelia's return to the U.S. in the mid-1940s as 'the new' Irene Craigmile, AKA the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart,' she became a Vice President at the People's National Bank in Rockville Centre, Long Island, and soon after that she was given the same position in Great Neck on Long Island, NY beginning in the mid-1940s. As Amelia she had loved Great Neck, having lived there with her friend Marion Stabler in late 1924 to early 1925. Amelia and her sister Muriel called it 'their favorite Long Island beach haunt.' The Gervais-Irene left the banking trade after she married Englishman, Guy Bolam on July 25, 1958 [opposed to "1959."] She had again become an active and recognized Zonta member, hob-nobbed with her sister Muriel and other past flying friends at Zonta and Wings Club Functions, and in the 1960s and 1970s she became a recognized corporate influence for Radio Luxembourg, even serving as its President after Guy died in 1970. In the 1960s she and Guy often traveled internationally together, and they owned a cabin cruiser boat called 'The Harpoon III' she used to race up and down the Long Island Sound, herself most always at the helm. When she married Guy on July 25, 1958 [some referred to it as a marriage of convenience for both, although they did appear as endeared to each other] the date marked one day after what would have been her 61st birthday as AE.

5.) The Gervais-Irene's survived brother-in-law, John Bolam's 2002 Associated Press quote is completely transcibed this way: "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."


Mandel/Wikipedia: "In 2006, Criminal forensic expert Kevin Richlin was hired by National Geographic to study photographs of Earhart and Bolam and cited many measurable facial differences between them, concluding that the two people were not the same. [citation needed]"

Protecting Earhart: This is not true. Forensic detective Kevin Richlin never 'forensically concluded' the two were not one in the same. Richlin did mention the producers of the show did not supply him with enough adequate photo data and/or other forensic data to conduct a thorough analysis. He treated the small amount of data they gave him as if he thought it was some kind of joke.
 
 
Note: Thus marks the end of the brief and misleading Wikipedia biography page on Irene Craigmile Bolam.

Some notes and a Bibliography appear on the page. Although articles and books are cited, they were shaped to favor Alex Mandel's anti 'Earhart survived and became Irene' campaign.
 
External links

*Earhart comparison to Bolam (TIGHAR's 2004 unsuccessful debunk attempt)

*Bolam as Earhart theory (Mandel rejection essay no longer linked)

*Bolam Theory with Lawsuit Details (Associated Press, 2002)

*Where is Amelia Earhart? Three Theories (National Geographic, 2003)

 
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     NAME     Bolam, Irene Craigmile
     ALTERNATIVE NAMES      
     SHORT DESCRIPTION     Banker, homemaker
     DATE OF BIRTH     October 1 1904
     PLACE OF BIRTH     Newark, New Jersey
     DATE OF DEATH     7 July 1982
     PLACE OF DEATH     Bedford, New Jersey
 
End Wikipedia Page
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Protecting Earhart: The "external link" above labeled "Earhart Comparison to Bolam" is TIGHAR's [Richard Gillespie] whose theory claimed Earhart and Noonan perished on the desert Island of Nikumororo hundreds of miles south of their destination of Howland Island. TIGHAR has received well over a million dollars of private contributions since the 1980s, based on Ric Gillespie's assurance that he expected to find Amelia Earhart's plane near Nikumaroro. After several failed expeditions, most chalked his ideas up to little more than a 'Gilligans Island' type of castaways story. TIGHAR never found anything on the island described as 'credible.' On the TIGHAR website, Mr. Gillespie built the page shown on the above link to campaign against the resurfaced Amelia became Irene truth. Any favoritism shown by the public to any other theory than TIGHAR's has always been met by Mr. Gillespie head on. Note further down, after Dr. Walter Birkby's 2003 comments expressed favoritism towards the work of Protecting Earhart, Mr. Gillespie flew himself to Dallas, Texas to confront Dr. Birkby one on one. Dr. Birkby initially stated how based on his preliminary review, he found it "hard to disagree" with the claim of there having been more than one Irene Craigmile Bolam who shared the same identity, and with the possibility of one of them having been the 'former' Amelia Earhart. Ric Gillespie noticed this of course, and twisted the Dr. Birkby's words to serve his own platitudes.
 
Alex Mandel, the most ardent of the anti Irene-Amelia campaigners, dominates the Irene Craigmile Bolam contribution pages for Wikipedia. Across the top of the Wikipedia page one will notice the tabs "Article," "Discussion," "Edit This Page," and "History." Especially in the "Discussion" and "History" links, both Mandel and Wikipedia's moderator, Gwen Gale obsess over it, with Mandel going to extremes to try and plead his case of there having been nothing controversial about the life of Irene Craigmile Bolam, or Amelia Earhart's. Take a look at his following misinformation comments regarding Protecting Earhart's research contributions to the Irene-Amelia topic:
 

Posted by Dr. Alex Mandel of the Ukraine:
"After reading the AP article (from "Atchison Globe online"), I found that it includes some factually incorrect statements, that provides potential misinforming effects - "crediting" the fantastic anti-factual theory with undue weight. The statement about the photographic overlays with ""pilot’s face and hands, matching perfectly with those of Bolam"" is of unclear origin."
 
Protecting Earhart: This is untrue. All portions; hands & face, heights, arm lengths, foot size, etc. all appeared in the book and video that were shown and placed on display at the Oakland Aerospace Amelia Earhart Research Symposium attended by three hundred people, covered by the Associated Press and CNN. Alex Mandel did not attend. [See journalist Rosalea Barker's Scoop Stateside, "The People Versus the Executive Office" article about it.] So much was also described in Rollin Reineck's 2003 published book, Amelia Earhart Survived.
 
Mandel continues: "In a very best case it quotes and represents the personal opinions of a few overenthusiastic believers in his theory."
 
Protecting Earhart: Notice the words "few" and "overenthusiastic" as opposed to "numerous" and "serious." As well, it was never anyone else's "theory" beyond the initial assertion originated by Major Joe Gervais, later decribed as his 'theory.' After he met and photographed the Gervais-Irene in 1965 at a gathering of famous retired pilots, Joe Gervais stated with 'certainty' he recognized her for who she used to be, and after diligently researching her background for the next five years, he determined she had to have been no other person than the living, former Amelia Earhart. Nobody was ever able to prove him incorrect, and he died in 2005 still adhering to bis belief. As it turned out, he was correct.
 
Mandel: "The differences between Earhart and Bolam - both in bodial and facial aspects - are numerous and quite obvious, some of them striking; and it was always noted by numerous observers and researchers, both during the presentations of the theory and in all other cases when and where some discussion about this topic ever happened."
 
Protecting Earhart: This is plain and simple BS, profligately issued by a person wielding a false-truth campaign. [Is 'bodial' a word?]
 
Mandel: "The important and principal fact is that there was no [sic] any positive forensic confirmation for the theory ever provided to the public and scientific community for any professional check and proper verification."
 
Protecting Earhart: Forensic Anthropologists Dr. Birkby and Dr. Fenton did agree to separate the two different Irenes and to throughly conduct a full body analysis of Irene-Amelia as compared to Amelia, but after Dr. Birkby was confronted by Rich Gillespie of the Tighar organization and phoned by Bill Prymak of the AES, he became discouraged commenting "I don't go for this kind of thing," causing both he and his partner to do a limited null hypothesis of the post war augmented 'Irene-Amelia's' face (similar to Richlins) when compared to Amelia's from the 1930s.
 
Mandel: "Moreover, two 'forensic pathologists' mentioned in the article - Dr. Walter Birkby (Arizona) and Dr. Todd Fenton (Michigan) - actually issued a negative verdict about the credibility of the theory, refusing to support it;"
 
Protecting Earhart: This is not true. And again they were 'Anthropologists' as opposed to "Pathologists," two very different fields. Any so called 'negation' of theirs was based on the lack of Irene's past medical records being made available, that would account for the deviated septum rhinoplasty the survived AE clearly endured. Not to mention the cosmetic dentistry that reduced the gap between the former Amelia's two front teeth. These were relatively easy alterations to explain and account for, but the missing documentation of proof left them unable to positively confirm it academically.
 
Mandel: "...and in May 2005 Colonel Rollin Reineck - the author of the book supporting this theory published in 2002..."
 
Protecting Earhart: Reineck's book Amelia Earhart Survived was published in December 2003 and was not in stores until 2004.
 

Mandel: "...informed about this the "community" of Earhart researchers (although not without understandable regrets)."
 
Protecting Earhart: Again, this is plain and simple BS. Solid proof exists where Rollin Reineck can be seen in National Geographic's 2006 filmed 'Unsolved History' Amelia Earhart TV special, where Reineck states "Earhart survived, there's no doubt about it." Colonel Reineck continued to support and share his knowledge of the forensic truth about the Irene-Amelia conveyance and the accuracy of the forensic study until he passed away in September of 2007.
 

Mandel: "Then, as the article mentions, in 2006 Criminal forensic expert Kevin Richland was hired by National Geographic to study photographs of Earhart and Bolam and cited many measurable facial differences between them."
 
Protecting Earhart: Spelled "Richlin," there weren't "many" differences he pointed out, there were only a few, and they were the same 'medically explainable' ones Dr.'s Birkby and Fenton alluded to upon observation. (Not to leave out how the effects of aging itself vary in all individuals; noses and ears will continue to grow, noses sag, facial fat from the upper nose bridge will move southward, as generally does all facial fat causing facial 'sagging.' Detective Richlin, not a medical expert, never touched on these things, nor on dental work or rhinoplasty possibilities.) No doubt National Geographic engaged Kevin Richlin, (with encouragement from the Amelia Earhart Society's long time founding President, Bill Prymak who worked with National Geographic on the special Mr. Richlin appeared in) to serve as a back pocket, non-historically informed 'ringer.'  Dr. Birkby on the other hand, cited what he called 'a possible non-accounted for past trauma' that could have occurred at some point to cause the nose difference he observed, to include the possibility of a past deviated septum rhinoplasty procedure having been performed to account for it.]
 
Mandel: "It seems for me that all the above mentioned leaves the referred article without the degree of seriousness, factual accuracy and credibility required for the "source" referred in encyclopedic article. Not intended to insist on anything.. but, because of presented reasons, for me it would seem more reasonable to remove this link... Kind Regards - Alex Mandel"
 
Protecting Earhart: Above marks the haphazard summation of Dr. Alex Mandel by way of his distribution of misinformation. This is one sample of campaigns that influence Wikipedia controllers, but ultimately entire internet viewers perception as well.]

Granted, Amelia Earhart as prefame years 'unwed mother' would stand to surprise almost anyone who ever heard of Amelia Earhart before, even though my hypothesis about it was first published a dozen years ago. Tod Swindell : 

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Note: In the final chapter of Rollin Reineck's book, Amelia Earhart Survived, a supplement he published three years after his book's first edition was issued, the colonel duly credited Tod Swindell's investigative research and comparison study in the above manner. He also acknowledged Tod's 2002 screen story treatment, Amelia's Blessings as the first IP to edify the long-ago rumor of Amelia Earhart's 1924 out of wedlock born, 'family secret' little girl. So much drifted the so called "mystery" of Amelia Earhart's disappearance toward an entirely different area, one never publicly addressed before let alone considered to have possibly been connected to it. 

Again, it's JUST A HYPOTHESIS, but here it is just the same, with photos and as simple an explanation as I can muster at this point. Tod Swindell :

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Above is Amelia Earhart's sister, Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey and Grace McGuire together in Hawaii in 1985, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Amelia's Hawaii to Oakland flight. Grace McGuire was born in Scotland in the early 1950s and raised by adoptive parents until she moved to the United States while in her early teens. People often remark about Grace McGuire's strong resemblance to Amelia. This is no coincidence in my book, just as Irene Craigmile's sudden post-World War Two resemblance to Amelia Earhart was no coincidence in my book either. In 2017, Grace McGuire did mention to me how she was aware of herself being closely related to Amelia Earhart, but she did not know in what way. Grace has also long been friends with the 1934 born son of the original Irene Craigmile, Larry Heller. Up until the early 2000s, Grace, a pilot herself, had a plan to fly around the world with Larry Heller (also a pilot) serving as her navigator in Grace's own restored Lockheed Electra. Tod Swindell
 

Below, for the heck of it, where my long term study revealed some curious past relationships, and no less than two human beings who needed some important clarification pertaining to where they actually came from, humor me for a sec: Just suppose Amelia had a daughter out of wedlock in 1924, a little girl, whose rearing was privately tended to under the newly relocated Amelia's omniscient guise with her mother and sister, until after she suddenly became famous in 1928, at which time her daughter was sent to live with and for the most part, be further raised by the O'Crowley family of Newark, New Jersey, still under Amelia's omniscient guise. So much would have been carefully arranged by Amelia and her Zonta friend, the original Irene Craigmile's attorney-aunt who would have necessarily endorsed it with strict confidentiality assured. Understanding that Amelia came to know the original Irene Craigmile after meeting her through her aunt, and how one never sees Irene Craigmile or her family mentioned anywhere in any of Amelia's biographies, lends one to easier consider the past concealment of Amelia ultimately becoming Irene in the interest of a further private life that ostensibly would have included her own progeny, that nary a soul knew she ever had. So out on a limb, I offer the following equation within my taking a stab to sort out the confusion my study noticed that concerned MULTIPLE Irene Craigmiles, and two human beings whose ancestral heritage appeared to be pretty vague. (Don't hit me.) Tod Swindell

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Amelia, born in 1897

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Amelia's daughter, born in 1924

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Amelia's sister, born in 1899 / Amelia's granddaughter, born in 1951

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Lloyd Royer
 

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Sam Chapman

A couple of things to keep in mind: Before Amelia married Goerge Putnam when she was thirty three, she had two California beaus who proposed to her before she left California in 1924; Sam Chapman, a former boarder at her family home there, who most recall as Amelia's 'lost love' before she married Putnam, and a plane mechanic-engineer by the name of Lloyd Royer. One hardly hears of Lloyd, but he was a friend Amelia knew well ever since she started flying in the early 1920s. Amelia and Lloyd actually went into business together for while, a business Lloyd was left holding the bag having to run himself after Amelia left L.A. Of his proposal to her, Lloyd later recalled how, "Amelia wasn't interested in marriage." Sam Chapman did not give up hope and Amelia did become 'engaged' to him, although no hard plans for their marriage ever materialized, and she formally broke off their engagement after she became famous. According to Lloyd, Amelia never intended to marry Sam Chapman but she and her family had viewed him as 'a good gentleman suitor.' Interestingly enough as well, where Amelia's communications with Sam fizzled out, she always remained in touch with Lloyd Royer, even after she became famous, and in time the two were reunited as friends after Amelia permanently moved back to L.A. in 1935. Lloyd even worked on Amelia's Lockheed Electra in Burbank, helping to get it ready for her 1937 world flight. Lloyd granted interviews in his later years with Joseph A. Gervais and Randall Brink, and mentioned to Gervais how his later-life 'friend,' Irene Craigmile Bolam, gifted him a copy of the book, Amelia Earhart Lives. In my screen story, "Amelia's Blessings" I pegged Lloyd Royer as the would be father of Amelia's 1924 born 'family secret' little girl. [Post script: Lloyd Royer was a Canadian from Banff, Alberta. In 1924, the first place Amelia and her mother headed for when they left California that April was Banff, Canada. They also did not arrive in Boston, their final destination, until late August.]
 
Again, though, it's all JUST A HYPOTHESIS. The point of it is to try and determine the true identity of the woman who served as a surrogate mother for the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, Larry Heller. Evidently, to date, no one has been able to sufficiently answer this question. Yet it is absolutely certain the former Amelia Earhart definitely did know who she really was. After all, the picture of her in the middle below came from her private collection, and it had never been published anywhere before I did published it on Irene-Amelia.com. 
 

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Tod Swindell
 
Amelia Earhart 'Aficionado Extraordinaire'

Different stories about Irene Craigmile and her past acquaintance, Amelia Earhart have been tossed around for decades. As mentioned the first 'public' one surfaced in 1970 as a controversial news item--until Irene Craigmile herself, and most importantly a friend hers--who happened to be Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey--convinced people that any past connection she had to Amelia Earhart was of no significance.
 
Muriel, who in her later life years did know her sister as 'Irene Craigmile,' was also quoted to say there was, "practically no physical resemblance" that existed between her friend, Irene and her 1937 'gone-missing' sister, Amelia. Yet as anyone can see, the decades later Irene-Amelia comparison study directly contradicted Muriel's words.
 
After the hubbub of it all died down, as the years passed a tonnage of misinformation disseminated into the public mindset that shored up Irene's and Muriel's commonly expressed viewpoint. Today, even Wikipedia's Irene Craigmile Bolam page (her surname of 'Bolam' was added by a 1958 marriage) is misleading where it leaves people considering that the decades-old controversy over Irene Craigmile's true past was 'settled' in recent years by a detective the National Geographic Society hired; something the National Geographic Society denies.
 
It is best to consider what my study presents about Irene Craigmile as if you're seeing, reading, and learning about her for the first time, for much of it was not publicly known information until recent years. My overall research presents the most updated, comprehensive, not to leave out 'accurate' version of Irene Craigmile's life story. REMEMBER, it is TRUE that Irene Craigmile was a real person who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. Her life was a struggle at times compared to Amelia's, though, and she LOOKED NOTHING LIKE Amelia. Therefore, it defies logic where a woman sporting the exact same 'Irene Craigmile' identity, who appeared from out of nowhere in the United Sates after World War Two ensconced with a lofty career in the New York banking industry, would several decades later end up proving herself, by virtue of the forensic analysis I orchestrated, to have been a head-to-toe physical and character traits carbon copy... of Amelia Earhart.
 
As a reminder, highlighted in blue a little further down is a condensed version of the original Irene Craigmile's life story. After you read it, think once again about the past connection she had with Amelia Earhart's life. Rest assured, it was a bit different than what Amelia's sister, Muriel, and Irene Craigmile herself necessarily conveyed to people from the early 1970s on. Irene's death was recorded in 1982. Muriel died in 1998. Thank you, TS

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Irene 1965 above, 1963 below
 

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Amelia above and below

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Above are two of the first comparisons I did back in 1997. Joseph A. Gervais and his wife, Thelma were quite affected by them as they had never before witnessed the superimposed photos technique applied to Joe's 1970 Irene-Amelia assertion. Note: Earhart author, David Bowman mistakenly credited an artist by the name of Dave Deal, who read about my work in 2004 and decided to do some comparisons of his own, as the originator of the above two comparisons. He wasn't. The two examples above were my first comparisons and they basically kicked-off what became my twenty year long Irene-Amelia journey.  

At this point, anyone who claims that Amelia did not live on and change her name to Irene is either not informed enough to know the truth of it, or is outright not telling the truth. Tod Swindell, 2019  

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Dr. Alex Mandel, a self-described "Amelia Earhart fanatic" intentionally misleads the public about Irene Craigmile Bolam using Wikipedia as a platform to do so.

An Important Note: The Wikipedia 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' page created and solely moderated by Dr. Alex Mandel of the Ukraine is purposefully misleading. Juxtaposed to what it states, NO forensic expert was EVER hired by the National Geographic Society who conclusively nullified the 'Amelia became Irene' postulation. In fact, NO forensic expert EVER conclusively nullified the public assertion originally made by retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais in 1970, that stated Amelia Earhart managed to live on after she went missing in 1937 and later surfaced in the United States known as 'Irene Craigmile.' Rather, forensic research conducted decades later easily confirmed there was a high level of truthful importance to his assertion. 

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Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10E in Paramaribo during her 1937 world flight.
 

From an unsettled public controversy that began in 1970, by now it has grown to be clearly evident: The recently revealed, post World War Two look-alike anomaly of Amelia Earhart and her 1930s pilot friend, Irene Craigmile, was no mere coincidence.

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Above, Amelia Earhart

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A rare, 1934 photo of Amelia Earhart's long
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Above: According to record, on the left is a 1970s photo of Amelia Earhart's long ago pilot friend, Irene Craigmile. On the right she is shown superimposed with a photograph of Amelia.
 
Even though they looked nothing like each other when the two were friends in the 1930s, by the mid-1940s Irene Craigmile had somehow become Amelia Earhart's virtual twin physically and character trait wise. With no given explanation for such an oddity, this would mark a kind of human miracle that went unnoticed until the comparison study showed it to be true. But this was no miracle.
 
To find out what extensive, updated research shows about Irene Craigmile, to include how her once prominent 'doctor and lawyer' family members played an important part in Amelia Earhart's life story, keep going... 
 

Though it may be hard for some people to believe, it is now known: There were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' name and identity, and the third one, who appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two, had been previously known as, Amelia Earhart.
 
Here below are the three different women who were attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity:

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Identified as the ORIGINAL Irene Craigmile in 1930 in an old newspaper photo, shown with her husband and father.

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The ORIGINAL Irene Craigmile with her son in 1934. 

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The SECOND Irene Craigmile, in the "early 1940s" positively identified by her son. She was not the original Irene Craigmile but she did serve as a surrogate mother to the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son. To date her true identity remains unknown.

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The SECOND Irene Craigmile, 1970s, positively identified by her son. This is the true older version of his younger years "mother" he identified on the left.

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The THIRD Irene Craigmile, 1946 AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart.' She appeared nowhere as Irene prior to the World War Two years. Sure her look is different after nine years of absence, aging & some noticeable appearance adjustments, but Amelia is still in there. Here again, it isn't that hard to see-through to her former self:

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The THIRD Irene Craigmile, top photo in 1965, lower photo in 1977.

Forensic comparisons separated the 'Irenes' displayed above in the "Forensically Comparing" section via superimposed photo enlargements of their eyes. The third Irene Craigmile matched Amelia's eyes tear-duct to tear-duct, the others did not.

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Below: The four books displayed here, respectively published in 1970, 1985, 2004 and 2016 all attested that Amelia Earhart continued to live-on after she was declared 'missing' in 1937, and not long after World War Two ended she reemerged in the United States known as 'Irene Craigmile.' The U.S. justice department, long pegged as having been intrinsically involved with keeping Amelia's ongoing private survival as 'Irene' quiet under the original guise of J. Edgar Hoover, has never commented on any of them.

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"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of the Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart to show the world they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck, reprinted from his book, Amelia Earhart Survived. Note: From 1970 to 2016, four nationally published books averred that Amelia Earhart quietly lived-on after she went missing and in time became known as, "Irene." The two most recent ones, to include Colonel Reineck's shown here, were published in the wake of the first ever, Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis orchestrated by Tod Swindell, that wielded its incontrovertible results.
 

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Tod Swindell

About Colonel Reineck's and Rear Admiral Tissot's comments about my forensic research and Irene-Amelia comparison study:     
 
 

"I so much appreciated the way retired Rear Admiral Gene Tissot reacted to my study findings. And while I also appreciated Colonel Reineck giving me credit for 'solving' the 'Earhart mystery,' I never claimed to have done that. What I did and do formally claim is to have helped solve the old missing person case of Amelia Earhart with finality along with a handful of other individuals that included both of these fine gentlemen. I did so by forensically proving there was more than one Twentieth Century woman identified as the same Irene Craigmile, and by detailing how one of them, who appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the World War Two years, was the former Amelia Earhart re-identified as Irene Craigmile in no uncertain terms.
 
In 1970, retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais first publicly asserted his belief that Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 disappearance and changed her name to Irene Craigmile. Yet it took another three decades for someone to not only come up with the idea of forensically comparing Irene Craigmile to Amelia Earhart, but to learn from experts how to go about doing such a thing, then execute it and display its results in a public format. That someone was me. Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck, who had both deeply studied the Irene-Amelia anomaly before I came along in the late 1990s, averred I was the first person to do such a thing, and I've studied this subject long enough by now to know this myself. Before they died a decade ago, about a year and a half apart from each other, both Gervais and Reineck, without the aid of any comparisons, had already concluded on their own and publicly stated without hesitation time and again over the years, that Amelia Earhart lived to become known as 'Irene' the last half of her life. And... they were right.
 
So as far as the so-called 'mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance' goes, at least to myself anymore, that exists in the form of not knowing for certain where Amelia actually was and what she was actually doing the eight years she was gone from 1937 to 1945, before she resurfaced as 'Irene Craigmile' in the United States. Some serious educated guesses do exist there and they are presented in Irene-Amelia.com, but those two questions still remain to be accurately answered. Not to omit, it is fairly certain the former Amelia Earhart took portions of the answers to those questions with her to the great beyond."
 
 

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Amelia Earhart pictured next to U.S. Senator Hiram Bingham

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Irene Craigmile

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Irene Craigmile, 1965

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With the forensic reality of it all now staring back at everyone in no uncertain terms, the time has come to finally acknowledge the plain truth about Amelia Earhart.

 

First Review
 
 
Endlessly debated for decades by aviation historians over the years and often ridiculed by the less informed, the Irene Craigmile-Amelia Earhart controversy remains officially unsettled to this day, even notwithstanding all of the Twenty First Century incontestable forensic advancements made toward it.
 
As well, do not believe the misleading Wikipedia diatribes that falsely state the half-century old debate over Irene Craigmile Bolam's life-long identity was settled in recent years.
 
It wasn't.
 
Ever since the hard-to-fathom story about Irene Craigmile first made headlines in the 1970s, people have been encouraged not to believe or pay attention to it by media dominating influences. In recent years, however, due to new and more in-depth research, additional information was learned about the past intertwined lives of Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile's once prominent O'Crowley family of Newark, New Jersey.
 
The same new research also displayed how in no uncertain terms, somehow in her later life years, Irene Craigmile ended up all-but miraculously looking just like her old friend, Amelia Earhart, who had gone missing prior to the start of World War Two. This 'would have been' miracle came to exist, because Irene Craigmile did not look anything like Amelia Earhart before the war.
 
Once again... this was no miracle.
 
"Thanks to Protecting Earhart's recently completed forensic research analysis that was underway by the beginning of the 21st Century, that included full reviews of the work of Joseph A. Gervais, Randall Brink, Rollin Reineck, and several former constituents of the no longer extant Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers, there now exists a comprehensible explanation for the plural Irenes anomaly. That is, one of them--most definitely--had been previously known as, Amelia Earhart."
 
Tod Swindell, 2019
 

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Amelia Earhart, 1932

Finding The Real, Original Irene Craigmile:

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Above is a 1932 Akron, Ohio newspaper photo that features Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile with other woman pilots. Amelia, wearing a white V-neck collar is seated on the auto running board; Irene Craigmile, who was not yet a licensed pilot then, is listed in the second row, second in from right. Further down (highlighted in blue) is a brief version of her life story.

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'Irene Craigmile' is listed between charter 99's members, Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz. Irene Craigmile only flew briefly and never joined the 99's, the international organization for women pilots formed by Amelia Earhart and other women pilots in 1929. Amelia was the 99's first president.

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After Amelia Earhart married George Putnam in 1931, for a while she went by the name of 'Amelia Earhart Putnam,' just as she is listed here between her fellow 99's charter member, Dorothea Leh and future 'National Air and Space Museum Wall of Honor' honoree, Abbie Dill (Haddaway).

Below is the full page 'September 1, 1932' version. Amelia Earhart is outlined in white and the original Irene Craigmile is outlined in black.

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Above: A 1982 newspaper article identified this person as Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, Irene Craigmile as she looked in 1932. Accordingly, the photo would have been taken a year after her husband, Charles James Craigmile died from appendicitis. Tod Swindell's study questioned whether or not this photograph represents the original Irene Craigmile's true image.

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Take a look again at Irene Craigmile in 1934 with her son, Clarence "Larry" Heller who was born in March of that year. As mentioned the original Irene Craigmile became pregnant out of wedlock in 1933 and soon after married the child's father to be, her former flight instructor, Al Heller. Their marriage quickly disintegrated though and it was subsequently annulled after Al Heller moved away in 1937, the same year Amelia Earhart went missing. Their son, Larry Heller, identified a different person to have been his mother the Irene Craigmile who was previously known as Amelia Earhart.  

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About "Truth"

"Truth is not a mystery -- its greatest secrets are yours to know through simple honesty and surrender to what that honesty reveals." John de Ruiter 

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The 21st Century Amelia Earhart Reality Check...
 
Even though most conventional thinking people do not want to believe it, because in a way it's a pain in the neck to have to believe it, plus it's embarrassing to accept how the public was unknowingly conditioned NOT to believe it for decades, (more-so in recent years, after some of the initial forensic study results were made public) here's the truth anyway:

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The 'new,' post World War Two, Irene Craigmile

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Some will continue to defy this new realization until official history stops turning a blind eye to it, but above is a 1970s photo portrait of the former Amelia Earhart identified as Irene Craigmile.
 
Researcher, Tod Swindell's recently concluded Irene-Amelia forensic study determined that during the World War Two era, the ONLY plausible explanation for the pluralistic human anomaly realized about Irene Craigmile was that after Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937, she continued to live-on without the public knowing about it, and was later able to assume the left-over identity of a 1930s pilot friend of hers, Irene Craigmile.
 
Here, the following statement is correct: The new Irene Craigmile above was identified nowhere as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two. So accounting for her recently discovered human congruence to Amelia Earhart and her acknowledgment of having been Amelia's long-ago friend, where it could have at all been true that she was not formerly known as Amelia Earhart, such an inexplicable human equation would evidence itself to have been nothing short of a miracle. Except, for the sake of repetition, it was not a miracle.
 
In recent years it grew to be clearly identifiable that Amelia Earhart managed to live-on after she went missing in 1937, and she later became known as Irene Craigmile.
 
After her 1958 marriage to Englishman, Guy Bolam, she further became known as, 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.'
 
While it is now clear that the person in the above photo was previously known as Amelia Earhart, once again it is also clear this truth was something the world public was never supposed to know.
 
The former Amelia Earhart was taken by surprise in 1970 when she was publicly outed for who she used to be in a national headlines making way, but she was essentially indomitable in her defiance against it for what hindsight reveals were her own good 'private life' reasons and to be sure, some historically sound reasons as well.
 
Curiously, no one considered doing a serious research analysis of Irene Craigmile's full life story back then, nor was her physical being, nor were her character traits compared to Amelia Earhart's at the time. Three decades would pass before Tod Swindell decided it was time to do both.
 
After his lengthy study that left no stones unturned, its forensic conclusion, that was fully copyrighted in 2017, correctly stated there was more than one woman historically attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity, and the former Amelia Earhart, most assuredly after the World War Two era in the United States, is easily identifiable as one of them within the completed study.
 
To those raising an eyebrow here, this is not "hokum" as Amelia Earhart's niece, Amy Kleppner once described it to be. Amy's mother, Amelia's sister, Muriel, who died in 1998, was actually a later-life friend of the new Irene Craigmile and always honored the secrecy of their true sisterly past, even to her own daughter, Amy.
 
Notwithstanding Amy Kleppner's long held desire for people to not pay attention to the Irene-Amelia story respectful to her mother's wishes, anymore it exists as a recognizable forensic reality that her mother did know her sister as 'Irene' in her later-life years.
 
As well, notwithstanding the Smithsonian's ongoing laissez faire attitude toward it and the many opposing Amelia Earhart mystery theorists who continue to choose not to believe it, the new Irene Craigmile shown above was not just Amelia's later life 'look-alike.' (Disbelievers tried to convey so much after the study results were first made public.) For after combining the additional research findings to this aged controversy, again for the sake of repetition, it became clear she actually was the former Amelia Earhart, and the tale of the tape now leaves us the wonderful gift of finally getting to recognize the full biographical story of this incredible human being... who was basically known as 'Amelia' the first half of her life, and then as 'Irene' the last half of her life.
 
The former Amelia Earhart's death was recorded in 1982, just a few weeks shy of what would have been her 85th birthday. Of further note, to date the United States Department of Justice has never commented on the half-century old debate over the dual identity assertion pertaining to, 'Irene Craigmile.'
 
Dating back to the time Amelia went missing and into the World War Two era, suspicion always rang high toward what really happened to her. Then after the war, it appeared the story of her loss grew to be accepted for what it was.
 
That lasted until renewed suspicion toward what actually happened to Amelia was greatly accelerated by some irrefutable, controversial information discovered about it in the 1960s. Said information led many investigative researchers to commonly conclude that some kind of post World War Two agreement made between the United States and Japan determined the ambiguously viewed outcome of Amelia Earhart's ill-fated flight in 1937, was to always remain as it was, and since Amelia Earhart was legally declared 'dead in absentia' in January of 1939, the person once recognized as Amelia Earhart would henceforth remain, legally dead.
 
Evidently, Amelia herself favored this final verdict rendered by both countries and there is little doubt she had her own good reasons for doing so.
 
Although the individual governments of Japan and the United States have never commented on the suggested idea that a kind of, 'status-quo end of war pact about Amelia Earhart' was to evermore exist, that the United Kingdom was privy to and honored as well, consider these later discovered measures of anecdotal information:
 
 

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." From Bender & Altschul's 1982 Pan Am Airways anthology, The Chosen Instrument

 

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Above: United Nations Ambassador to the Marshall Islands, Alfred Capelle.

In 2002, United Nations Ambassador to the Marshall Islands, Alfred Capelle told Associated Press reporter, Ron Staton, "Amelia Earhart definitely came to the Marshall Islands in 1937." This quote was featured in many newspapers around the country that ran Ron Staton's story. Ambassador Capelle further described that he believed Amelia, "continued to live throughout the war years," and it appeared "plausible" to him that she could have privately made it back to the United States. He added that his opinion was based on his country's own history of the time period. Ambassador Capelle also professed how Japan's 1937 rescue of Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, and their continued existence in Japan's care was "common knowledge" in his country, but it was left as, "non-public information" due to the strained relationship that had recently begun to exist between Japan and the United States then. Here, recall how the Sino-Japanese War began on July 7, 1937, just five days after Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan were first reported 'missing.' Two years later Germany invaded Poland and aligned itself with Japan against the U.S. and China. Where Ambassador Capelle's and his countrymen's words always rang true, what was actually happening with Amelia Earhart during that tumultuous time period is not commonly known history in the United States. However the story of Amelia's ongoing survival under Japan's stewardship is the way it is still recalled in the Marshalls, Saipan, and other nearby Pacific Islands.
 
Where this information comes as a surprise to anyone, beyond taking in the above 1982 Bender and Altschul quote from their landmark Pan Am Airways and U.S. aviation history expose', consider what Admiral Chester Nimitz confided to CBS's Fred Goerner in 1964, when he mentioned Amelia Earhart and her navigator, "went down in the Marshall Islands and were picked up by Japan," and how the withheld knowledge of the occurrence was long-ago, "known and documented in Washington."
 
Also consider the words of retired U.S. navy commander, John Pillsbury and his 1962 comment to Fred Goerner about his Amelia Earhart disappearance investigation, where he encouraged Goerner not to give up because he was onto something that would, "stagger the imagination." 
 
All of the above aside, it is important to recognize how it remains unknown to this day when it comes to determining exactly where Amelia Earhart actually was and what she was actually doing from the time she was reported missing in 1937, until she resurfaced in the U.S. after World War Two, with her new 'Irene Craigmile' name and identity applied to her person. 

The Now Obvious Conclusion

Amelia Earhart's controversial disappearance in 1937 was actually a missing person case that ended with Amelia being declared, 'dead in absentia' in January of 1939. Anymore, however, the recognizable truth is Amelia Earhart did not actually die after she went missing. She continued to live-on, she changed her name to 'Irene' during the World War Two era, and she resurfaced with an updated look in the United States after the war and soon-after embarked on a new career in the banking industry. She did this in order to further live privately, away from the public eye.

This isn't a new revelation by any means. A retired military hero discovered this to be true in the mid-1960s, thirty-years after Amelia went missing. People just never believed him, and perhaps that was best, especially where the former Amelia Earhart was still very much alive at the time.

In effect, however, the original Irene Craigmile's early-1940s demise was covered over to leave her name and identity available for Amelia's use after the war years, and her son, who is pictured with his mother in the 1934 photo at the top of this page, ended up being further raised by a surrogate mother figure who he came to recognize as his true mother. In the end the forensic equation listed a total of three different women attributed to his mother's same identity; his biological mother, his surrogate mother, and the former Amelia Earhart. This now easy-to-identify 'forensic reality' is displayed further down. (continued below...)

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Above: Irene on August 8, 1965, in East Hampton of Long Island, New York. Photo credit: Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.)

(continued from above...) The former Amelia Earhart initially began her new, post-war life in the city of Mineola of Long Island, New York. After a few years she moved to her old stomping grounds of nearby Great Neck to serve as an assistant vice president at a bank there. [She had lived in Great Neck for several months in 1924 & 1925 when she was known as Amelia, and of course she often flew out of the airfields on Long Island and started the Ninety Nines there.] The former Amelia Earhart retired from banking in 1958 when she married Guy Bolam of England, a successful executive with Radio Luxembourg in Europe. She became a constant world traveler after that.
 
Absolutely, juxtaposed to the U.S. justice department's enduring silence about Amelia Earhart's fate after she went missing, the press and general public have been influenced by imposing forces over the years, and especially since the study results became known, NOT to pay attention to the 'Amelia became Irene' conveyance. Said 'forces' have traditionally included some of Amelia's extended family members and individuals associated with the Smithsonian Institution. Just the same it is true that Amelia lived-on after she went missing, and in time changed her name to, 'Irene.'
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Note: Different versions of the Irene-Amelia story have been around for decades. It began as a national news item in 1970 before misinformation led people to believe it was a hoax. Even Wikipedia's Irene Craigmile Bolam page still misleads where it suggests the aged controversy over her true identity was finally 'settled' in 2006 by a forensic detective the National Geographic Society hired. (Nat Geo itself denies this.)
 
It is best to consider what is presented here as if you're hearing and learning about the Irene-Amelia story for the first time. After all, much of it wasn't publicly known until recent years and it stands as the most updated, comprehensive, not to leave out 'accurate' version of it. Thank you.

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This website and the forensic conclusion it presents are the copyrighted intellectual properties of Amelia Earhart historian-journalist, Tod Swindell.

[Protecting Earhart MSS & Forensic Analysis by Tod Swindell, individual copyright registration #'s:  TXu 1-915-926; 2014, TXu 2-061-539; 2017]

From 1996 on, Mr. Swindell endeavored to thoroughly study the individual life stories of 1930s pilot friends, Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile. Beyond a certain collection of knowledgeable individuals on the subject of his concern, other closely connected sources proved difficult for him to willingly engage. No matter, the results of his long term 'forensic research' and 'human comparison study' are nothing short of astounding. Some try to claim otherwise, but in doing so they exhibit a limited ability when it comes to recognizing forensically learned truths.

What Tod Swindell managed to accomplish in a singlehanded way over the course of two decades--against the strong grain of conventional reality--is as amazing as it is undeniably real. Even so, many have a hard time believing what they see here with their own eyes. As Tod says: "That's ok, after all it reveals a startling, inconvenient historical reality for people to have to come to terms with." 

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Tod Swindell in 2014

Introducing Tod Swindell, orchestrator of the first-ever, Irene Craigmile Bolam to Amelia Earhart comparative forensic analysis.

 

Hello. I'm supposed to briefly write here about my Irene-Amelia research that spanned the past two decades. (Be it known it is difficult for me to briefly write about anything.)
 
In 1996, I embarked on what ended up becoming an indefatigable journey. It originally began when I set out to do a documentary about the late Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam. I believed her long-ago relationship to Amelia Earhart was a forgotten, albeit 'highly interesting' story, one that after making headlines in the early 1970s, seemed to almost magically go away.
 
I completed my journey in 2017, after learning practically everything about Amelia Earhart's life and career, her family and friends, and after learning practically everything about Amelia's 'old pal,' the original Irene Craigmile, as well.
 
I began researching the original Irene Craigmile's past by examining her brief, mid-1930s stint as a licensed pilot. I then went to great lengths to research, glean, and gather information about her oft-troubled life story that began with her birth in 1904, and reached its sad conclusion during the early years of World War Two. I even twice interviewed the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born and still living son, Larry Heller. The two of us signed an agreement at his attorney's office in New York City some years ago, and I have his revealing statements about his mother on record. They include his positive identification of an entirely different person to have been his mother than was the post World War Two Irene Craigmile who matched Amelia Earhart, who used his mother's same identity.
 
Of course, Larry Heller always denied that his mother was Amelia Earhart, and this was true because Amelia did not give birth to him in 1934. Amelia was a very famous person back then who was rarely away from the public eye. He did acknowledge that his mother had 'known' Amelia, but added that it was his mother's paternal aunt, a New York attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley who was actually a closer friend of Amelia's than his mother had been. When we met, Larry Heller was reticent when it came to openly discussing the idea of the former Amelia Earhart having his mother's identity additionally attributed to her from the mid-1940s on, but as one can see in the 1982 news article clipping below, he obviously did wonder about it. In my 'A Brief About The Original Irene Craigmile' section highlighted in blue above, I elaborate a little more on this. Here and now though, below the following news article clipping and photo of Larry Heller, again observe the three different Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same identity--that originally belonged to Larry Heller's biological mother, whose true birth name was, Irene Madeline O'Crowley, before she married one 'Charles James Craigmile' in 1928. [Her middle name was not spelled "Madelaine" or "Madalaine" as some have done.]

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A few months after his mother's death was recorded in 1982, the article lead-in (left) that was accompanied by the photo of Larry Heller, (right) described how he and his wife, Joan, after thinking it wasn't true, were "no longer sure" about the former Amelia Earhart and Mr. Heller's mother having been attributed to the same identity. Another article mentioned how after she died, Mr. Heller actually tried to have his mother's body fingerprinted but was denied access to it. At his attorney's office some two decades later, Mr. Heller identified an entirely different person to have been his mother in younger and older forms than the Irene Craigmile Bolam who proved to be identical to Amelia Earhart, leaving the open-ended question, 'which Irene Craigmile Bolam actually died in 1982?' Recall how the forensic comparison analysis concluded a total of three different women were attributed to Mr. Heller's mother's identity: 1. His biological mother, who no longer appeared after the early 1940s; 2. His surrogate mother, who first began to serve as a 'nanny figure' for him in the late 1930s; and 3. The former Amelia Earhart. Check it out:

 

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The three different Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile" identity:
 

One: The original Irene Craigmile

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An old newsprint photo of a twenty-six year old, Irene Craigmile shown in 1930 with her then-husband, Charles Craigmile, who died the following year, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.

These three photos are said to display the original Irene Craigmile who Amelia Earhart had been acquainted with in the 1930s. You'll see them repeatedly displayed in this website as most all legible photos of the original Irene before the 1940s were either expunged or appeared to be of questionable origin. Anymore it is clear that the original Irene Craigmile disappeared from view during the World War Two years, and from the mid-1940s on, two other women were attributed to her same identity as you will see below. 

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Above: From an old newspaper photo, the original Irene Craigmile as she looked in 1932
 

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Above: 1934 photo of the original Irene Craigmile and her son, Clarence 'Larry' Heller.
 

 
Below, at his attorney's office in Manhattan, initially in 2006, Clarence Alvin "Larry" Heller positively identified this "Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam" to have been his late-mother in younger and older forms as she looked in the 1940s and 1970s. In 2014, Mr. Heller once again confirmed his positive ID placement in writing in the following manner, where he refers to the two younger and older images below:

Larry Heller: Friday, February 21, 2014
Re: ID Verification of his "mother" in younger and older forms

"The attached pictures are of my mother and she was not Amelia Earhart. Proof is available. Signed, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, February 21, 2014.
 
Note: The last image on the right superimposes the two left photos to show their younger-to-older forensic congruence. To be sure, enlargements of their eyes show the perfect tear-duct to tear-duct alignment. 

Two: The Irene Craigmile ID'd by Larry Heller; or, the 'second' Irene Craigmile

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Above and below, faces and eyes superimposed displaying their forensic congruence:

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Below is the other Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, the 'third' one, who proved to be a head-to-toe forensic match to Amelia Earhart. She was seen nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. The photo on the far left below was taken in 1946. Larry Heller attested he had never seen it before. The middle photo below was taken in 1965, the far right image shows the two photos superimposed displaying the younger to older forensic congruence. Larry Heller affirmed he had seen the 1965 photo, that appeared in the withdrawn controversial 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives, but added how he thought it represented the same person he identified as his mother in the above photos. It turned out she wasn't the same person. She was the former Amelia Earhart who shared his mother's identity after the World War Two years, as seen further below and in the multitude of other comparisons the forensic study produced.

Three: The former Amelia Earhart; or, the 'third' Irene Craigmile

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Above, the Amelia people recognized faded from view to become...

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...the third Irene Craigmile, shown here in 1946

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Below are the above Irene Craigmile's eyes and the eyes of who she used to be, Amelia Earhart, shown in a perfect tear-duct to tear-duct superimposed photographic alignment. Note, anyone can do this type of forensic overlay.

   

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More 1960s and 1970s images of the former Amelia Earhart living as Irene Craigmile Bolam in the latter half of the Twentieth Century. The study exhibited nothing less than a head-to toe physical and character traits forensic match:

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1976 in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia

I'm still in touch with Larry Heller, who now lives in Florida. When I interviewed him he mentioned that he held no photos of his mother showing her prior to 1947. He continues to shy away from embracing or discussing the plurality attributed to his late mother's identity, even though it is forensically obvious anymore this was the case.
 
Moving on, during my journey I also travelled a lot to meet and interview a variety of other key Irene-Amelia players, some who reckoned her as the former Amelia Earhart, and I shot a ton of great footage while doing so.
 
During the progressive strides I made with my documentary, though, it also became difficult to keep moving forward with it. The film elements sat on my office shelf for years as I continued to study the art of forensically comparing people to each other, before I was able to get back to them. As well, to get it all suffuciently right, the overall project ended up requiring a far greater effort and was taking much more time and money than I initially speculated. Not to mention I was too stubborn to let anyone else help pay for the darn thing, and few appeared interested in doing that anyway.
 
My overall effort is supported by three full file cabinets and many other file boxes of gathered material I keep in a spare bedroom closet. I also own and have read just about every Amelia Earhart book published to date. This includes the the wide variety of those that focused on trying to explain the true outcome of Amelia's controversial 1937 disappearance, all of which amounted to educated guesses, really. (Of course some were better researched and therefore more educated that others, to be sure.)
 
My personal viewpoint merely states that the long-ago withheld truth about Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance in-turn invented the mystery of her so-called 'disappearance' by default. I can add how after the former Amelia Earhart's death was recorded in 1982, the hidden reality of her post-war existence as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' segued to become a kind of a historical joke once played on the American public. After all, when the former Amelia was point blank asked in the 1970s by a good friend of hers if she used to be Amelia Earhart (?) she replied, "When I die you'll find out." Except people didn't find out then. Instead, they had to wait another three decades to be able to identify it for themselves, that's right, by way of my human comparison study and the incontestable results it achieved.
 
'Forgot to mention, from 1998 on my Irene-Amelia work has been referenced in a variety of newspapers, in various internet blogs and in different websites, and most often with negative overtones attatched to them. Over the years I also wrote, refined, and issued a handful of substantial Irene-Amelia manuscripts, and though copyrighted, I never formally published any of them. Here's why: It grew on me how people in general did not like the Irene-Amelia story.
 
It's true. Even though my forensic realization proved to be accurate, where unknown to the public Amelia's 1930s friend, the original Irene Craigmile stopped appearing in plain view while she was still in her thirties--leaving simple math to figure out who the post war Irene Craigmile was who appeared from out of nowhere and proved herself to have been a perfect match to Amelia--what prevented me from delivering this truth was a common perception I gleaned along the way--of how people actually liked tracking the 'mystery' that hovered over what really happened to Amelia Earhart. In the meantime, on the other hand, due to a lack of support caused by so many negative reactions to the Irene-Amelia assertion from years gone by, the same people found it hard to appreciate (or like) that aspect of it. The curious thing is, hindsight now reveals how the 'Irene-Amelia' chapter contained in the investigative research on "the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance," was by far the most significant part of it all. Yet even as it currently stands, the vast majority of people still refuse to take it seriously, although the release of my documentary is sure to change that. 
 
Yes, the noticeable common viewpoint is due to change because the post World War Two true story of the Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam who was the former Amelia Earhart, that ended up lost in the shuffle of it all, has been found.
 
As Amelia and as Irene, here was one very special life-long individual human being, more than anyone might have imagined. For instance, in the 1960s, when she worked with her English husband running Radio Luxembourg, their station helped introduce the Beatles to Russia by freely broadcasting beyond the Iron Curtain! She also knew a few NASA astronauts and watched the first moon landing on television! By golly Amy Kleppner, Dr. Tom Crouch, and Dorothy Cochrane... wont it be nice when people are finally allowed to embrace the story of Amelia Earhart's post World War Two existence in the United States, or even more-so, to love the person Amelia lived to become?

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'Might add here, author W.C. Jameson was incorrect in his 2016 published book, Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave. Mr. Jameson wrote about me and my analysis in his book, and while he agreed my conclusion about Amelia becoming Irene was correct, he added--and this was his own incorrect assumption--that I had yet to present my Irene-Amelia forensic study anywhere, and he further suggested the methodology I used was questionable.
 
Had W.C. Jameson reached out to me I would have set him straight. When I began planning my comparison analysis I consulted with different forensic experts. One suggested I go with the superimposed photos method since physical body evidence was no longer available. (Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam was purportedly, "cremated and buried in a common, unmarked grave," according to Rutgers University that affirmed it received Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's body after her death was recorded in 1982.)
 
Digital Facial ID validation, or the comparing of face-prints is practically the same thing as using true photos for superimposed facial recognition validations. After all, a face print is a face print, and Digital Facial ID validation is just a newer photographic way to compare them.
 
The difference in my study's case was entire bodies were compared using the 'superimposed' photos technique, right down to tear-ducts.
 
As well, I did display my study and its conclusive results more than a few times, most notably to the National Geographic Channel team that asked me to do so years before Mr. Jameson's book was published. It's true, how after learning about my forensic analysis when it was reported on by the Associated Press, Nat Geo asked me to appear with it on a special it was planning to produce about Amelia Earhart. I agreed to and they covered the cost to transport my forensic study that included twelve large display panels I described as 'filmable' to them, that visually revealed how my final conclusion was drawn. They also transported myself of course, along with my study to its filming location in Hawaii.
 
After I set it all up for them, the Nat Geo team gazed at the display and digested what it forensically revealed. Appearing a bit flummoxed by it all, they then privately conferred before asking me to take it all down without filming it. One of the Nat Geo producers shyly explained to me, "we can't say the Amelia Earhart mystery is solved in our program." I replied that the Amelia Earhart mystery was not solved, but the forensic study proved Amelia Earhart's missing person case was solved. That didn't seem to register with him, but below the following images I'll explain what I meant by my comment. 
 

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One of National Geographic's "Where's Amelia Earhart" sets in Hawaii

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Above, displayed on a National Geographic Channel film set in Hawaii were six of the twelve panels that featured key elements of my human forensic comparison analysis--that cleanly displayed the three different Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity, and how the former Amelia Earhart, who became known as Irene Craigmile after World War Two ended, appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the end of the war. Stifling the process of the reveal, after it arranged to have the panels shipped to its filming location, Nat Geo's producers asked me to remove them from the set before filming commenced and made no reference to them in its final program edit. Rather, it endeavored to downplay the Irene-Amelia controversy.
 
Now, getting back to Amelia's missing person case being solved without her mystery being solved, try looking at it this way: A person suddenly goes missing. The person's family reports it to the police and it becomes a missing person case. Then one day someone comes upon a body in some remote location, and it is soon after confirmed that it is the missing person's body. That does not solve the mystery of how the missing person's body ended up in that remote location.
 
The point I wish to make here is that no one in the public realm, including myself, knows where Amelia actually was or what she was actually doing from the time she went missing in 1937, until after the end of World War Two, when her body evidence first displayed itself newly re-identified as, 'Irene Craigmile.' That mystery still remains as high-nutrient food for thought. To be sure, private investigators drew their own conclusions about what happened to Amelia in past decades, but really, their final offerings were all just educated guesses.
 
Oh and by the way, you've heard and will continue to hear a variety of Amelia Earhart theorists offer other 'Amelia final fate' suggestions such as TIGHAR's Richard Gillespie, who claims Amelia died on a desert island; or author Mike Campbell, who claims Japan's military executed Amelia; or Ukrainian physicist, Dr. Alex Mandel, who encourages people to believe Amelia crashed into the ocean and sank in deep water.
 

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Richard Gillespie's TIGHAR club has long promoted that Earhart and Noonan flew off course far into no-man's land and ditched on the island of Nikumaroro where they died as castaways. The Smithsonian has always discounted this idea and maintains TIGHAR never produced any real evidence to back such a claim. Some items TIGHAR did find there we later attributed to debris from a long ago attempt to colonize the island.
 

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Above, Mike Campbell's book insists Japan's military executed Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. Although a strong case has long existed that states the duo ended up in the Marshall Islands under Japan's stewardship, Japan has always insisted that it 'never harmed' Earhart or Noonan.

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Ukranian Physicist, Dr. Alex Mandel, the original sole author of his own falsely-concocted and self-moderated Wikipedia page about Irene Craigmile Bolam, has long promoted the crashed and sank version of NAUTICOS that states after Earhart and Noonan messaged they could not find their target of Howland Island, they flew on in radio silence and eventually crashed into the ocean to sink fathoms below the surface. Although the U.S. justice department has always remained silent about the duo's disappearance, there is little doubt the, 'they crashed and sank' suggestion has always been the one it preferred the public viewpoint to favor.
 

There is also a young newcomer by the name Chris Williamson. Chris had hunted me down for some time before I agreed to meet with him in 2017. He seemed pretty uninformed about the overall Earhart mystery as he had not yet read Fred Goerner's 1966 classic book, The Search For Amelia Earhart, nor 1970's Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas, nor Randall Brink's 1994 updated comprehensive analysis of the two, Lost Star.
 
Chris appeared somewhat nervous when I met him at an L.A. library annex, but he was very convincing with his overt admiration of my Irene-Amelia forensic work, so I agreed to loan him one of my early manuscripts and my compilation of past Amelia Earhart Society newsletters. I also allowed him to film-interview me and some of my comparison samples, and I detailed for him how the forensic study I orchestrated achieved its final conclusion. I now regret that I contributed a little financial help to what he assured me was his own effort to, "pay tribute" to my Irene-Amelia study. He thanked me for doing so, then later called me to say he was using what I gave him to travel he and his small film crew to Atchison, Kansas, Amelia's birthplace, where they hold the annual Amelia Earhart Festival.
 
After he arrived there that July, he decided to permanently move he and his family to Atchison! Amazing! 
 
To my surprise, Chris also started a club called 'Finding Amelia Earhart' that he soon changed to, 'Chasing Earhart,' in what I initially thought was an homage to my own 'Protecting Earhart' moniker.
 
Then, to my utter astonishment, while obviously sporting some major funding source he never told me about, Chris publicly announced he would be embarking on his own Irene-Amelia forensic comparison study. This is when it began to dawn on me that his agenda was to obscure my work within is his so-called "final solution" Earhart documentary, that basically amounted to his redressing the new learned Irene-Amelia reality in order for him to be able to claim some kind of ownership to it. This is not just my ego talking here. Crazy, no?
 
Below is my, 'Protecting Earhart' graphic illustration designed in 2016 by David Harlan, that apparently served as some kind of inspiration for Chris Williamson's 'Chasing Earhart' endeavor:
 

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Above and to the right, Earhart mystery scene newcomer, Chris Williamson and his recent 'Chasing Earhart' invention are set to begin doing pod-casts this year. After marshaling practically all of the different Earhart mystery theories out there into his Chasing Earhart spectacle, similar to how former Amelia Earhart Society president, the late Bill Prymak did from the 1980s into the 2000s sans social media help, Chris's plan is to unveil his own Irene-Amelia forensic analysis in an effort to take intellectual property ownership of the final Earhart mystery solution. A computer programmer in his early 30s, Chris anymore refers to himself as an, "Amelia Earhart documentarian." A new video trailer he put up on the internet includes the Irene-Amelia conveyance without mentioning myself or my study, yet offering at the same time, "It's time to put this one to bed."

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It took a while for Chris Willamson to return my materials. I had to keep calling him to make it happen. I eventually received them back damaged. He had photo-copied every page; the bindings were broken with pieces missing and some pages were not in order.
 
Chris clearly became obsessed with my on-line since 2007 Irene-Amelia story, and even more after he was exposed to some of my additional important research materials. Later, imagine how I felt after a friend of mine sent me an audio clip from a 2018 radio interview in which Chris Williamson diminished my long-term study by referring to it as, "some interesting looking pictures (he) would be looking into." (I couldn't believe my ears.)
 
Naturally I was disappointed. Take some friendly advice, Chris Williamson: Be careful. Try not to let your own ego get the best of you as it did in the cases of Ric Gillespie, Mike Campbell, Alex Mandel and a few others from the past. Learn to accept and love the former Amelia Earhart as the person she became. Spiritually, she had grown a lot. This is very important to identify, understand, and accept. And while you're at it give more respect to the past investigative research team of Gervais, Swindell, and Reineck too. (& btw Chris: My lawyer's watching you.)
 
 

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Additionally, the individuals referenced earlier, displayed above, have always been sure to berate my forensic analysis and the conclusion drawn from it as having stemmed from, 'a baseless argument.' They have demonstrated a tendency to call the results of my forensic research and comparison study 'ridiculous' or 'outright  untrue' to anyone who asks them about it.
 
Don't listen to them. They are the ones not telling the truth.
 
Simply trust knowing that no one in the public realm knows more about the Irene-Amelia story than myself.
 
Very truly yours,
Tod Swindell
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Below: The individual largely credited for starting the 'Earhart truth seeking effort' way back in 1959, Major Joseph A. Gervais 

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Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002,
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Above left: World War Two pilot hero and Amelia Earhart historian, Major Joseph A. Gervais USAF (Ret.) at his Earhart award ceremony held on February 5, 2000. From 1970 on, until his passing took place in 2005, Major Gervais never disavowed his controversial assertion about Amelia Earhart becoming known as an important woman he met in 1965--and then spent the next five years researching the background of--Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.

  
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How It Began
 
 
Most aviation history buffs have heard about the World War Two hero who made headlines in 1970 by asserting that Amelia Earhart quietly survived her 1937 disappearance, that she changed her name to 'Irene' during the war years, and that she was alive and well living in New Jersey.
 
The New Jersey woman known as 'Irene' refuted his assertion and soon after it was discredited. In time a running joke also came to exist over the suggested idea of Amelia Earhart ending up as, "a New Jersey housewife."
 
While the controversy over the New Jersey woman faded as years passed, it also remained unsettled and was perpetually argued against until Tod Swindell's forensic analysis proved it was true, even to the point of obvious, except for the "New Jersey housewife" part.
 
  

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Above is a 1982 composite illustration from a news article series that surfaced a few months after Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam died. Since many individuals continued to view her past as suspect, to include some close friends of hers, the concocted series was deemed necessary to again steer the curious away from it. At first the series appeared to (once again) openly question who Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam really was, or used to be, before it (once again) falsely concluded there was nothing unusual about her. Of note, no physical comparisons were featured in the series that served as a red herring by combining the likenesses of different individuals to look like one individual. This was twelve years after Joseph A. Gervias' initial assertion about Irene took place. Twenty years later, in 2002, the Associated Press issued the first news article to mention the Irene-Amelia comparison study Tod Swindell had recently embarked on. The following quote appeared in it:   

"The forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." John Bolam, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived brother-in-law who had openly questioned her true identity, comments on the initial results of Tod Swindell's Irene-Amelia forensic analysis in an Associated Press article by Ron Staton. The 2002 article marked the first national news item to announce the advent of the analysis. [Lead-in to the article below; see the full article further down.]
 

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"It's funny and telling as well how printed news sometimes works. I never told Ron Staton of the Associated Press that I believed Amelia was, ""captured by the Japanese and secretly repatriated, living as a New Jersey housewife."" Those were his words, not mine." Tod Swindell

The Story Continues Below: The November-1970 Press Conference Irene Craigmile Bolam Held At The Time-Life Building In New York City, and her Subsequent Defamation Law Suit...
 
 

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Above, the post mid-1940s Irene Craigmile Bolam flanked by images of her former self at her November of 1970 press conference. She called the conference in order to denounce the new book, Amelia Earhart Lives that implied she might be the living 'former' Amelia Earhart. She attended the conference unaccompanied and 'handled the press like an old pro.' Necessarily, she denied she was Amelia Earhart in the present tense by saying, "I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart."  In subsequent decades it was realized there were some important international reasons dating back to the World War Two era that protected the knowledge of her previous existence as, 'Amelia Earhart.' Once again, consider the quote below:
 

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." From Bender & Altschul's 1982 Pan Am Airways anthology, The Chosen Instrument

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Amelia Earhart, 1935
 
"God, the world hounded that woman after she became famous." A quote from famous pilot, Jackie Cochran, recalling her friend, Amelia Earhart. Jackie also mentioned that during the year Amelia was prepping for her world flight she was "closer to Amelia than anyone else, even her husband, George Putnam." Jackie's husband, Floyd Odlum helped finance Amelia's 1937 world flight effort.
 

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November, 1970, the former Amelia Earhart, AKA Mrs. Irene Bolam, ready to take on the press in order to preserve her dignity and the legacy of who she used to be.
 
 

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"I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart." Mrs. Irene Bolam was convincing when she stated this at her press conference in response to the assertion made by former Air Force Captain, Joseph A. Gervais, found in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives shown above in the foreground. Although her present-tense denial was accepted then, decades later a thorough analysis of her background revealed she appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, because she indeed had been previously known as Amelia Earhart.
 

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Above, four years after she held her press conference, her defamation lawsuit against Amelia Earhart Lives publisher, McGraw-Hill, and separately against Joseph A. Gervais and the book's author, Joe Klaas, was still "up in the air" as seen in this 1974 headline. Why? Because Joseph A. Gervais was still asserting that Mrs. Bolam might be the former Amelia Earhart living under a different, post World War Two 'assumed' identity. Note: Her defamation lawsuit only cited factual errors the book contained about her post World War Two life that she felt were damaging to her reputation; she did not sue anyone for asserting she used to be known as Amelia Earhart. When her lawsuit ended by way of a summary judgment in 1975, she paid Gervais and Klass ten dollars in consideration and the two men paid her the same amount. Why? She ultimately refused to submit her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity. It is true however, McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay her $60,000 for the 'damaging' factual errata the book contained about her post World War Two life. (She had originally sued for $1.5 million dollars.) Again, one will not find this accurate account by reading history books or doing conventional internet searches. 

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About The 1970 Book, Amelia Earhart Lives By Joe Klaas
 
Directly below is the book that started it all, Amelia Earhart Lives. Although it was chocked with some far-out suppositions in its attempt to explain what happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan in 1937, it did manage to feature the 1965 photograph of the former Amelia Earhart when she was known as "Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam," taken by Joseph A. Gervais when the two met each other.
 
Following the book's release it ended up being ceaselessly ridiculed after the former Amelia Earhart strongly negated it, no doubt for her own good reasons. Fortunately for her, many people who looked at the 1965 Gervais taken photograph had a hard time seeing through to who she used to be. She did look different, but she was still there, and she is still there and always will be there. The forensic tale-of-the-tape proved it out. Once the bell-ring of the photo's inclusion in the book took place, nothing could un-ring it. World War Two hero, Joseph A. Gervais always knew this, and he never stopped repeating it to others to his dying day in 2005.

Based on the research findings of Joe Gervais...
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'Amelia Earhart Lives' by Joe klaas. Published by McGraw-Hill, November 1970

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From the 1970 book, 'Amelia Earhart Lives' by Joe Klaas

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Above: Different looks of Amelia Earhart when she was in her early to mid-thirties.
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A crucial part about recognizing the importance of the new Irene-Amelia forensic realizations: 
 
 
"After we entered the Twenty-First Century the truth about Irene Craigmile grew to be self-evident, although one will still not find it in history books or by searching Wikipedia. This is because, evidently, it was all-but buried many years ago." Tod Swindell

The Original Irene
 
To the right again is the 1930 photo of the original Irene Craigmile with her husband, Charles Craigmile, and her father, Richard Joseph ("Joe") O'Crowley. Once a fledgling pilot, Irene Craigmile and Amelia Earhart became friends through Irene's paternal aunt, a prominent New York attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley. Attorney O'Crowley was a Zonta organization sister of Amelia's and an occasional 'legal contract advisor' for her brand-name business endeavors, that included the popular Amelia Earhart luggage line. 

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The post mid-1940s Irene
 
This proud looking woman to the right was not the original Irene Craigmile, but she began using that same name in the mid-1940s. Note: She was seen nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, and in recent years the reason for this surfaced. 

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Above is a photograph of the affluent, enigmatic woman who was known as Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam taken in Jamaica in 1976. In the 1930s she was known as 'Amelia Earhart.'

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"The odd thing is, it's not only true, but over time the truth about Earhart grew to be obvious. It's just that people have been led to believe otherwise ever since it surfaced in the 1970s." Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, USAF (Ret.), author of the 2004 book, Amelia Earhart Survived. Colonel Reineck, a World War Two Joint Chiefs of Staff advisor, first began investigating Amelia Earhart's disappearance in the 1960s.
 
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"Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you." Alex Haley
 
Reality [noun]: The world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.   
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Below: Four Investigative Authors And Their 'Final Conclusion' Books That Called It Like It Was, Still Is, And Always Will Be...
 
From 1970 to 2016, these four nationally published books presented the same conclusion. They each stated that Amelia Earhart quietly continued to survive after she went missing in 1937, and at some point she changed her name to Irene Craigmile:

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By. W.C. Jameson

The authors of these books concluded that Amelia Earhart, who went 'missing' in 1937, resurfaced in the United States known as 'Irene Craigmile' following the World War Two years. The most recent ones by Reineck and Jameson cited the forensic research and human comparison study referenced and partially displayed in the Irene-Amelia.com website, that has existed on-line since 2007 uncontested, notated it as the first forensic analysis to provide both logistical and visual evidence of this long subdued reality. This continues to be the case in lieu of strong opposing forces that prefer the general public not pay attention to the information this website and the books' authors convey.
 
In the interim, generally overlooked by those truly interested in this story was the looming question: "What became of the original Irene Craigmile?" This is where the crux of the true story about Amelia Earhart exists, for ever since the World War Two era the public has been steadfastly conditioned to believe it was Amelia Earhart who disappeared without a trace, not Irene Craigmile.
 
Now it is known it was the original Irene Craigmile's body that forever disappeared, and in turn, Amelia Earhart's body in its physical form continued to exist until 1982, after assuming the original Irene Craigmile's left-over identity during the World War Two era. As hard as this may still be for some to believe, it's really that simple to explain anymore. 

The Main Opponents
 
It is evident the foremost opponents that have steadfastly decried the Irene-Amelia truth to the public, to include Dr. Alex Mandel, TIGHAR's Richard Gillespie, authors Dave Horner and Mike Campbell, members of Amelia's extended family, and even constituents of the Smithsonian Institution, [the Smithsonian is a ward of the U.S. government and therefore answers to it; note how the U.S. government has always maintained an 'official silence viewpoint' towards Amelia Earhart's disappearance] they prefer for people to believe that Amelia could not possibly have managed to survive beyond a brief period of time after she went missing in 1937. Instead, in their individual counterpoint ways they optioned to promote the following three alternate suggestions:
 
1.) Amelia and her navigator made it to a remote desert island and soon after perished there.
 
2.) Amelia was executed by Japan's military on Saipan, or died some other way while in Japan's custody during the pre-dawn of World War Two.
 
3.) After missing their intended destination of Howland Island, the promoted assumption became that Amelia and her navigator ended up flying in radio silence and eventually ran out of fuel leaving them to crash into the ocean and sink fathoms below the surface. (This has long existed as the most preferred official viewpoint.)
 
 
Setting The Record Straight
 
Continuing with the reality-based truth about the long-ago 1930s friendship that existed between Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile, and its eventual mind-boggling outcome... 
 
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On The Evolution of Truth:
 
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur Schopenhauer

 

Non-Truthful Flags Thrown On The Play...

Before continuing on, it is essential to identify an abjuration movement led by a collection of private individuals since 2006, who commonly aligned to divert public attention away from accepting Tod Swindell's newly discovered and revealed, 'Irene-Amelia realities.' Their common objective was clear: 'Steer people away from even considering the idea that Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 disappearance and lived well beyond the World War Two era.' The fellow below plays a significant part within this agenda driven constituency.

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Dr. Alex Mandel
 
 
A quick note for Wikipedia users: 
 
Wikipedia has it wrong. The truth is, no forensic expert has ever concluded that the post mid-1940s Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart were different individual human beings. However, using Wikipedia as a soap-box to distract the public, the man above has managed to manipulate people to think otherwise, and he neatly skipped-over the other learned forensic realities about Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam as well.
 
For the past ten years a Ukrainian Nuclear Physicist and self-proclaimed 'Amelia Earhart fanatic,' Dr. Alex Mandel, has been misleading the public about the Irene-Amelia story on his self-built, self-moderated 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' Wikipedia page. Fearing Amelia's heroic legacy and reputation might be harmed by the Irene-Amelia truth, he constructed and launched his page after learning of the forensic study that displayed the reality of more than one Twentieth Century woman having been attributed to the same Irene Craigmile Bolam identity. Should anyone try to add any of the missing Irene-Amelia 'forensic truths' to his page he is quick to edit them out. His page may have a clean appearance, but it merely presents the same incorrect concoction about Irene Craigmile Bolam that has been fed to the public for decades.
 
Dr. Mandel actually features the following statement in his article, even though the forensic detective he referred to denies he ever forensically 'concluded' anything Irene-Amelia wise, nor did he cite "many measurable facial differences" that enabled him to state such a conclusion. None the less, Dr. Mandel wrote: "In 2006 a criminal forensic expert was hired by National Geographic to study photographs of Earhart and Bolam and cited many measurable facial differences between them, concluding that the two people were not the same."
 
The truth? A forensic detective by the name of Kevin Richlin appeared on a National Geographic Channel special about the Earhart mystery in 2006, after he was given a few photos of Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam that were taken in the 1970s. From the start detective Richlin treated the notion of Amelia changing her name to Irene as if it was a joke, and critized the show's producers for the limited information he was given to at all evaluate the suggestion. And as mentioned, he ultimately did not forensically 'conclude' anything.
 
It is individuals of Dr. Mandel's ilk that harm Wikipedia's reputation and shore-up the adage, "Don't believe everything you read on Wikipedia."
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Below find three different panels the culminate with Irene-Amelia superimposed images. The first panel below displays the post World War Two identified Irene Craigmile who used to be known as Amelia Earhart. The next panels under it show her transition from Amelia into Irene:

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Irene in 1978

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Irene in 1965
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Irene in 1963
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Irene in 1976

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Amelia, 1923

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Amelia, 1933

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Amelia, 1928

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Amelia, 1932

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Amelia, 1928

The next panel below displays the above Irene & Amelia photo images superimposed with each other:

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1928, 1977

Below is a 1965 photo of the post mid-1940s Irene in Cocoa Beach, Florida taken "a day after she visited some astronaut friends she knew as NASA," according to her brother in law, John Bolam who lived on nearby Merritt Island. Under the photo, progressing to the right she superimposes into her former 'Amelia' self.

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Forensic: Relating to or denoting applications of scientific methodology during the course of an investigation in an effort to determine the true origin of what is being investigated. Example: "They got him on ballistics; a forensic analysis determined the bullet came from his gun."
 
Forensic Evidence: That suitable for argumentation in a court of law.
 
~~~ 
 
Irene Compared To Amelia:
 
Photographic Exactitude
Personal Character Traits
Life-Long Histories
 

Once again, the forensic research and forensic comparison results displayed here are part of a long-term study that thoroughly analyzed each of the above topics pertaining to the historically recognized, albeit 'obscured intertwined lives' of Amelia Earhart and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.
 
During the close-out of the Twentieth Century and as the new millennium commenced, this first-of-its-kind study was conceived and arranged in order to get to the bottom of a never disavowed assertion publicly maintained for thirty-five years [1970-2005] by former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais (1924-2005).
 
 

Above: The former Amelia Earhart living as 'Irene' in 1965.
No matter how hard it is for some to believe, anymore this is the
know-truth about Amelia Earhart in a forensically determined way.
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Above: Amelia in her early twenties, before she received her pilot's license.

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Above: Amelia at age thirty-nine, not long before she went missing.

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Above: Navigator & co-pilot, Fred Noonan with pilot, Amelia Earhart. On the morning of July 2, 1937 they steered their aircraft in a certain direction and were purportedly never seen again.

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Next: How The Modern View Of 'The Mystery Of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance' Came To Exist...
 
Beginning in the 1960s, the modern view of the 'mystery' of Amelia Earhart's disappearance was born from serious research investigations that were categorically shelved after being greeted by "official silence." Because of this, as time passed the subject of their concern evolved to exist as an 'anything goes' commodity to Amelia Earhart cottage industries into the new millennium. None the less, below are the most significant investigative research books from the Twentieth Century that most thoroughly expounded Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight and its outcome.

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About the most prominently recognized Twentieth Century books to have examined the subject of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance; above left, CBS Radio journalist, Fred Goerner's The Search For Amelia Earhart was published by Doubleday in 1966 and became a Top-Ten New York Times best seller; above center, Vincent Loomis', Amelia Earhart: The Final Story was published by Random House in 1985 and well-complemented Goerner's earlier effort; above right, Randall Brink's, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart was published by W.W. Norton (U.S.) and Bloomsbury Publishing LTD (U.K.) in 1993 and was touted by CBS's Connie Chung on its way to becoming a best seller in both the U.K. and the U.S.

All three authors referenced and were originally inspired by the investigative efforts of former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais, who from 1960-on had been tracking Amelia Earhart's disappearance in the Pacific region where she went missing. Significantly, Randall Brink collaborated with Joseph A. Gervais for a decade prior to his book's 1993 release.

Each book concluded that Amelia Earhart and her navigator/co-pilot, Fred Noonan, went down at Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands where they were picked up by Japan's pre-World War Two Imperial Naval Authority. Their authors all cited the 'overwhelming preponderance of evidence' that deemed it so, along with the U.S. justice department's ongoing 'official silence' dating back to the World War Two era that refused to address it.

Fred Goerner and Vincent Loomis concluded the duo met their demise while in Japan's custody. Randall Brink drew no hard conclusion beyond the two having been sequestered by Japan as World War Two heated-up. Joseph A. Gervais, who died in 2005, never stopped maintaining his own conclusion was correct, that at least Amelia Earhart quietly continued to survive, and she eventually resurfaced in the United States sporting a new identity.

Below is the other most significantly recognized 'Earhart disappearance investigative book' written by Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives, published by McGraw-Hill in 1970. Nicely packaged, Joe Klaas primarily focused his effort on the conclusion drawn by Joseph A. Gervais' 1960s' investigative efforts, albeit in a somewhat casual, if not at times 'reckless' manner. While a terrific, well researched read, Klaas managed to stray from the point his book was making by chocking it with some fantastic suppositions. This ended up harming not only the book's credibility, but the credibility of Joe Klaas and Joseph A. Gervais as well. After noticing some awry information the book contained that libeled the then-living woman known as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam,' Mrs. Bolam in turn sued for defamation and the book was withdrawn, but not before making the New York Times 'Best Seller' list and being nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. An estimated 40,000 copies were put into circulation in 1970 before it was pulled from the shelves. [The book was republished in 2006 through the Author's Guild. See more below.]    

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On What Is Now Known, And What Is Still Not Known...
 
"In a public sense, the true circumstances of Amelia's 1937 world flight ending--as well as where she was and what she was doing during the World War Two years--remains unknown. Any information that previously attempted or still does attempt to explain what actually happened to Amelia Earhart on July 2, 1937--and how she existed the following eight years--has only ever been based on educated guesses. What is certain anymore is that Amelia Earhart resurfaced in the United States after the war known as 'Irene,' and she publicly went by that name only until she died in 1982, even after she was outed for who she used to be in 1970. This is what pure, unadulterated evidence reveals. It is also hard to blame her for denying her true past when she unexpectedly stood accused, for if she had admitted who she used to be the last twelve years of her life would have been very strenuous on her. As it was after 1970, her life became strenuous enough. We're talking about a real person, a real human being, and when she died she knew who she'd become, and who she used to be." Researcher, Tod Swindell
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Tod Swindell

My take on the book featured below by W.C. Jameson, published in 2016:     
 
 

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"W.C. Jameson has been around a long time. A prolific author/musician, he is best known for his Beyond The Grave series of books that profiled different 'they didn't die that way' accounts, most notably about Butch Cassidy, Billy the Kid, and John Wilkes Booth. No one had heard of W.C Jameson in relationship to Amelia Earhart investigative research, though, before his Beyond The Grave: Amelia Earhart book was published in 2016, wherein he stated that he agreed with the Amelia became Irene conclusion. For some reason, he also inexplicably slighted Colonel Reineck and myself pertaining to our individual and combined contributions that proved to be chiefly instrumental when it came to finally resolving the Irene-Amelia controversy. 'Much disappointment in W.C. Jameson there.
 
As an answer W.C. Jameson's statement where he wrote, "Though Swindell's photographic analysis has been advanced on dozens of occaisions to point out the similarities between Earhart and Bolam (AKA 'Craigmile') it proves absolutely nothing..." that was and always will remain an incorrect statement of Mr. Jameson's. For the photographic analysis did prove for the first time, that the pre World War Two person of Amelia Earhart and the post World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met in 1965 were hauntingly congruent to each other after all, juxtaposed to the multitude of individuals who for decades had steadfastly proclaimed they did not at all look alike. W.C. Jameson's book also mentions nothing about the way the study separated the different Irene Craigmiles, something all forensic experts who have viewed and who still view its plain results do agree with
 
In response to his statement where he myopically wrote that my comparison study was not backed by 'credentials,' apparently he did not consider reaching out to the experts I consulted and/or worked with who did have credentials and fully recognized the methods I used. He also did not mention how never had two efforts been rolled into one before; forensic research and human comparisons where comparing Irene Craigmile to Amelia Earhart was the main concern. There was also no real trick to the methods I used during the decades I devoted to evaluating and comparing straight forward Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile data. This goes for the in depth background research I conducted on both Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile individually, and the human comparison results the study achieved. No rocket science was involved. It wasn't necessary because enough pre-existing information was available that already determined Amelia lived to become Irene. Said truth just needed to be shored-up and my forensic study results did that.
 
Simply put, W.C., wherever you are, my original chosen subject matters to evaluate were 1.) Amelia Earhart's old missing person case, and 2.) My late friend, Joseph A. Gervais's 1970 assertion he stood by to his dying day, that stated Amelia survived and took on her old pal, Irene Craigmile's identity, and I worked hard at both. The results speak for themselves.
 
All of his 'Beyond The Grave' books and song-writings aside, W.C. Jameson demonstrated a certain level of literary irresponsibility to himself and to his readers in his Earhart book, by not reaching out to me in order to correctly determine the full breadth of what my overall research and comparative analysis entailed."
 
 

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Amelia under the nose of her Lockheed Electra 10E, 1937

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Different angle and look from the same series, Amelia Earhart, 1937

Any further there is no doubt...
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...in the veracity of the Amelia/Irene head-to-toe forensic alignment

Above: Amelia and her later-life self, Irene Bolam superimposed with each other from Protecting Earhart's forensic comparison analysis. The head-to-toe and character trait congruences the analysis displayed outed the same individual human being going by different names in different eras. 

February 5, 2000; top row left to right: Ronald Reuther, Tod Swindell, Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam; bottom row, left to right: Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, Joe Klaas, Joseph A. Gervais

Lost Star author, Randall Brink, first introduced Swindell and Gervais to each other in 1996, resulting in a 'forensic research sharing' friendship that continued until Gervais' passing took place nine years later. From 1970 to his dying day in 2005, Joseph A. Gervais never disavowed his assertion that stated Amelia Earhart survived her disappearance without public awareness, and that during the World War Two years she assumed the identity of 'Irene Craigmile,' a past acquaintance of hers. After he met Joe Gervais, upon learning one had never been done before, Tod Swindell orchestrated a forensic comparison analysis to see if the aged, historically discounted, and nearly forgotten 'Gervais assertion' about Amelia held any true weight. The results of Tod Swindell's 'first of its kind' decade long study, samples of which are seen throughout this website, not only proved Joseph A. Gervais was correct with his steadfast assertion, but too, that his truth was 'forensically obvious' when all was said and done.    

USAF Captain Joseph A. Gervais was a accomplished pilot who flew combat missions in World War Two, the Korean War, and the early days of the Vietnam War. In 1959, while he was stationed in the Pacific in the area she went missing, he began investigating Amelia Earhart's disappearance after hearing accounts of her non-publicized 'post-loss survival.' In 1970, by way of the book, Amelia Earhart Lives, he first publicly asserted his belief that one of Amelia Earhart's long-ago pilot friends, Viola Gentry, had introduced him to the 'former' Amelia Earhart in New York at a 1965 gathering of early aviators, averring that he recognized her right away. His claim caused much consternation and was greeted by endless amounts of ridicule in the years that followed. No matter, having looked into it more than anyone else in the Twentieth Century, as mentioned Joseph A. Gervais died in 2005 never disavowing his certainty that Amelia Earhart survived her disappearance and changed her name to 'Irene' during the World War Two era. He qualified his statement by offering it was something the general public was simply, "never supposed to know." 
 

That's the basic truth. After deeply looking into it, Joseph A. Gervais, who retired from the Air Force as a Major in 1963, ascertained that Amelia Earhart and the Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam he met in 1965 had existed as the same life-long individual human being known by different names in different eras, without the public knowing about it.
 
Not only had Joe Gervais heroically served as a pilot in three wars before retiring from his military career as a Major, but he was also a family man well-liked and noted for his good character.
 
Generally unrealized into the new millennium, Joseph A. Gervais' assertion about Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam was never forensically over-challenged. This is because, as it is now plainly evident to see, it was true.
 
Prior to his passing in 2005, upon Tod Swindell showing him the initial results of the analysis with his wife, Thelma Gervais, Joseph A. Gervais commented, "It just shows what we've known all along."
 
One caveat remained: Over the years people have countered time and again, "what about DNA?"
 
This proved unavailable. When she died in 1982, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam donated her body to Rutger's Medical College in New Jersey with a pre-written stipulation it was only to be accessed by its attending medical technicians. In response to what became of her remains, the school replied her body was "cremated and her remains were buried in a common, unmarked grave." So just as Amelia Earhart's body was purported to have 'never been seen again' after July 2, 1937; after Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam died on July 7, 1982, her body was never seen again either, at least, not by anyone outside the walls of Rutger's Medical College, according to record. 
 
The catch became, as the analysis also realized and surely displays, there was an original Irene Craigmile who Amelia Earhart knew in the 1930s--whose identity she ended up assuming for herself to use in the United States after the World War Two years.
 
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A still repressed historical truth...

 

Since the early 1970s, the discovery of Amelia Earhart's continued existence as a renamed person after the World War Two era has been obfuscated and repressed by a variety of strong influences in an effort to keep the general public from embracing it as a historical reality.

None the less, in the past decade the now undeniable forensic reality pertaining to what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing grew to be obvious. Here it is:

There were no less than three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity, and one of them, who appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, had been previously known as Amelia Earhart. She died in 1982, under a cloud of suspicion that began questioning her true identity ever since the controversy over who she really was--or used to be--first surfaced in 1970.

The above paragraph presently exists as an under-appreciated factual statement.

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The three Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity:

Irene Craigmile 1
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Irene Craigmile 2
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Irene Craigmile 3
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Reviewing the full-frame 1930 photo of Amelia Earhart's long ago acquaintance, Irene Craigmile, it shows her standing between her husband, Charles "James" Craigmile on her right, a Civil Engineer who tragically died in 1931, and her father, Richard Joseph "Joe" O'Crowley to her left.
 
Charles and Irene Craigmile were married in late 1928. At the time Charles was 38 and Irene was 24.
 
[Note: The original Irene Craigmile was also known as "Beatrice" and was nicknamed "Bee."]
 
Beyond the realization that no clear photos of the original Irene Craigmile exist in the public realm today, prior to the mid-1940s her life is still researchable. Described to have been born, 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley on October 1, 1904' [her birth certificate was never located but that likely was the date] Irene was an only child who was raised by her extended O'Crowley family after her mother, Bessie (AKA 'Bridget') Doyle O'Crowley died when she was twelve.
 
Irene was listed as "age 14" in the 1920 Census but that was likely incorrect where she would have been 15 when the census form was filled out by her paternal grandmother, Sarah Rutherford O'Crowley, the head of the household. Like Amelia, the original Irene attended Columbia University in New York, but only briefly.
 
In 1926, when the original Irene was twenty-two she became pregnant out of wedlock. Although she later claimed to have 'miscarried' then, a son actually was born to her and adopted by her nearby uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley and his wife, Violet, who raised him to adulthood. This enabled Irene's first born to remain in the family fold, and for her to marry Charles 'James' Craigmile in 1928 unencumbered. [Note: It is questionable if Charles Craigmile knew his wife previously had a child before his death from appendicitis took place in late 1931.]
 
When Charles James Craigmile died, he and Irene had been married less than three years. The 1930 Census listed them living alone together in Pequannock, New Jersey. Charles James Craigmile's occupation was listed "Civil Engineer" and Irene's was "Keeps House."
 
In the late spring of 1933, about a year and a half after her husband died, the original Irene Craigmile's brief stint as a licensed pilot was interrupted when she learned she had once again become pregnant by way of her last flight instructor, Al Heller, who she subsequently eloped with to wed. After she gave birth to their child in early 1934, a son, according to record she continued to fly sporadically--but she did not renew her license after 1936. Her marriage to Al Heller failed quickly as well and was annulled after Irene learned Al was still legally married to another woman when they eloped. Court records show their marriage annulment, child visitation rights and custody battle was a trying episode that lasted from 1938 to 1942. In the interim of it all, a surrogate nanny-mother figure for their son surfaced. She became known as the 'second' Irene Craigmile. [Amelia Earhart, who was declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, would become the 'third' Irene Craigmile.] According to one Diana Dawes in the 1990s, a later-life friend of the former Amelia Earhart, at some point the original Irene's demise took place and it was covered over so Amelia could further use her identity. Today, when and how the original Irene's demise took place remains unknown but it likely occurred during the early World War Two years. She and Al's 1934 born son was sent to live at a boarding school when he was still quite young during the war as well, where he graduated from at the age of thirteen in 1947.
 
The 1934 born son of the original Irene Craigmile and Al Heller, Clarence 'Larry' Heller, first in 2006 at his attorney's office in New York, then once again in 2014, estimated the photo below, that he positively identified as his "late mother" was, "taken around 1940." Anymore it is certain, however, that the person in the photograph was not his biological mother. Tod Swindell offers a different vantage point to consider about who she may have been. Check it out:
 

 
Below: Beyond the miracle of her own birth, this Irene Craigmile had no other known-of miracles attributed to her person. Her 'Irene' name and identity, however, were never exclusively her own. 

 
More Back-Story:
 
As mentioned, Amelia Earhart had been a good Zonta organization friend of Irene Craigmile's aunt, a noted New York attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley who introduced her niece, Irene Craigmile to Amelia some time after Amelia became a 'Sister Zonta' in 1928. Attorney Irene O'Crowley was fourteen years older than Amelia, and according to the same 1920 census mentioned above she was a single woman at that time who lived with her mother, Sarah, and her teenage niece, the original Irene (nee O'Crowley) Craigmile in the same house. By the late 1920s, however, a "little girl" was also living in attorney Irene's and Sarah's household according to the 1984 statement of an aged friend of the O'Crowleys, yet to date, said little girl remains unaccounted for.
 
Another of Amelia's pilot friends, Viola Gentry, shown seated on the original Irene Craigmile's right in the above newspaper group photo, also knew the original Irene Craigmile in the 1930s. Again, although the rare 1930 photo of the original Irene Craigmile with her husband and father was reprinted from an old newspaper photo, contrast and brightness adjustments helped to make her unique facial features more identifiable. Note: It was deemed essential for all clear photo images of the original Irene Craigmile's person to be expunged in order for Amelia Earhart--whose 1939 legal 'dead in absentia' declaration would remain in place--to acquiesce her left over identity value. This was so she could not be photographically traced in a clear, definable way prior to the mid-1940s.
 
[Learn more more about the original Irene Craigmile's background throughout Irene-Amelia.com]
 
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On Her Transition to Irene...
 

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Above: Hard to believe but true; the photo on the right is dated '1946.' It was taken shortly after the former Amelia Earhart segued into a different career in the New York banking industry.
 
Before, when she was Amelia, she was known for her troubled sinus history that she endured procedures to correct both before and after she became famous. One was a serious Caldwell-Luc procedure, and it appears somewhat evident that she had some other work done after she went missing that altered her famously recognizable visage. For instance it is conceivable a deviated septum rhinoplasty and an upper nose bridge nip-and-tuck that furrowed her brow took place. Notice her gap-toothed look is also gone. This may seem odd to some, but there was an important reason for these appearance adjustments. As Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a well know priest from Rumson, New Jersey who was close to the former Amelia Earhart during her later-life years remarked: "After all she'd been through she did not want to be Amelia Earhart anymore." Not knowing 'all she'd been through' after she went missing in 1937 and throughout the war years, it is hard to automatically blame her for coming to feel the way she did. Recall here as well while looking at the 1946 photo, the title of Shirley Dobson Gilroy's 1985 book, Amelia: Pilot In Pearls.
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Photographic Exactitude:
 

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Amelia on the right, age 31

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Post WWII Irene

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Amelia, age 39, 1937

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Above: Senator Hiram Bingham with Amelia Earhart at age 31
 

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Above: Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in a mid-1970s photo portrait taken at her private development, 'Leisure World' home located in Rossmoor, New Jersey. 

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Above: Amelia Earhart in 1937, age 39
 

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Above: Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam on August 8, 1965 in front of the Sea Spray Inn located in East Hampton of Long Island, New York. Photo credit, Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.)

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Above is part of a August 1, 1967 letter from one Elmo Pickerill to Joseph A. Gervais. Mr. Pickerill describes here how his friend, Irene (Craigmile Bolam) was a "pal" of Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry in the 1930s. In the preceding comparison, Irene and Amelia proved to be identical to each other. But that wasn't true. Anymore it is forensically known that Amelia Earhart continued to survive after she went missing in 1937, and she later assumed the original Irene Craigmile's identity for her own later life use.
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 "Irene-Amelia.com exists as the most revealing and historically real Amelia Earhart website on the internet." Tod Swindell

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"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." Aldous Huxley

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Legend: 1. A traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but unauthenticated.

The 'legend' of Amelia Earhart is that she disappeared without a trace in 1937 and she was never seen again.

 

Fact: 1. A thing that is indisputably the case.

The non-promoted 'fact' is Amelia continued to survive and she eventually changed her name to Irene Craigmile in pursuit of future privacy for both herself and those who were aware of her continued survival.

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Below the following important photograph taken by Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) on August 8, 1965 is the story of its origin:

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Above: This 35MM color photograph taken in 1965 by Joseph A. Gervais displays the same 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' shown in the mid-1970s black and white photo portrait directly below. Mrs. Bolam openly described herself to have been 'a past good friend' of Amelia Earhart to Joseph A. Gervais when the two met each other that year at a New York gathering of noteworthy pilots from the bygone era. She also commanded a recognized air of importance among the people she knew or was acquainted with, that included high-ranking military figures and a variety of other well-known female pilots from the 1930s' Golden Age of Aviation. The forensic analysis concluded with absolute certainty that this particular Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam was identified nowhere as 'Irene' or 'Craigmile' or 'Bolam' prior to the mid-1940s. The analysis also shares the true origins of these three names. To learn about the other forensically determined realities of this Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, who from 1928 to 1937 had been famously known as Amelia Earhart, continue to examine the results here of the first in-depth evaluation of her Twentieth Century existence.  
 

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The Bender & Altschul Quote:

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." 1982 quote from the voluminous Marylin Bender, Selig Altschul 'Pan Am Airways anthology,' The Chosen Instrument

Three Irenes and the Missing Person Case of Amelia Earhart

 

Below, as discovered and displayed in the analysis results, it turned out there were three different Twentieth Century women who were historically attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity:

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This is the original Irene Craigmile. She and Amelia Earhart were well acquainted.

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Above middle: The original Irene Craigmile, 1930

Above on the left is the original Irene Craigmile's husband, Charles James Craigmile, and on the right is the original Irene Craigmile's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.

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The original Irene Craigmile, 1932

Here the original Irene Craigmile is shown next to one of the planes she learned to fly in. It took her several months to get her pilot's license--she was not the consistent flier that her friends, Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry were. Right after she was awarded her pilot's license she learned she was pregnant and eloped to wed the father of her child to be. She was never known to fly a plane again after that. She gave birth to a son in March of 1934, then no longer appeared in plain view. Her marriage had supposedly failed within a short time period, though a later account described how her childbirthing process left her in a debilitated state, thus leading her infant son to be raised by a surrogate mother figure from within her O'Crowley family fold. 
 

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What actually became of the original Irene Craigmile is a valid question to ask. All that is known is after she stopped appearing in plain view her still-living 'identity' was given to Amelia Earhart to further use. Apparently this happened at some point during the World War Two era. Amelia had been a good friend of the original Irene Craigmile's aunt, a prominent New York-New Jersey attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley. It appears evident enough, the original Irene Craigmile's aunt had been instrumental in the transfer of her niece's identity to Amelia. 

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Above, the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son identified this woman to have been his 'mother' the way she looked "around 1940," although the forensic analysis made it clear she was not his biological mother. To date, no one in the public realm knows who she really was, where she came from, or where she ended up. There is only one known-of postulation offered by Tod Swindell that suggests how her life may have also been intertwined with Amelia Earhart's in a family protected way. In 1984, a long ago friend of the original Irene Craigmile's family estimated this particular 'Irene' who she referred to as "Irene Jr." was "born in 1924" and was 'raised' by the original Irene's extended family in Newark, New Jersey. As mentioned. Amelia had been a good Zonta club friend of the original Irene Craigmile's aunt dating back to 1928, when Amelia first became famous. Below are two superimposed photos showing the older version of the same woman, also identified by her son as the way she looked in the 1970s. 

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Irene Craigmile Bolam, 1970s

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The Irene Craigmile and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam images in this column were identified nowhere as "Irene" prior to the mid-1940s. In 1958 this Irene Craigmile wed Englishman, Guy Bolam, the head of Radio Luxembourg. She became known as Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam from then on, or just, 'Irene Bolam.' Whether people choose to believe and accept it, or to not believe and accept it, this 'Irene' had been previously known as, "Amelia Earhart."

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Irene Craigmile, 1946
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Above: It wasn't so hard to find Amelia again behind her Irene facade with a little photo-shop help. Tear-duct to tear-duct the eyes above aligned perfectly with those of her former Amelia self; all facial lines and creases as well, and as you will continue to see, necks, shoulders, heights, arm-lengths, hands, foot sizes, handwriting, etc., everything aligned perfectly. As Monsignor Kelley described it about his late friend, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1987, who was identified nowehere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore." Who are we to judge or blame her for eventually feeling that way, not knowing a thing about what she ended up having to endure as World War Two raged on? Looking at the above images, we also recall the title of Shirley Dobson Gilroy's 1985 book, Amelia: Pilot In Pearls. 

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Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, 1965

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Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, mid-1970s

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According to record, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, while known as "Mrs. Irene Heller," gave birth to a son in 1934. In 2006, at the office of his attorney, and later again in 2014 in writing, Mrs. Bolam's 'son,' one Clarence "Larry" Heller, positively identified the woman in the photographs below to have been his 'late mother' as she appeared "around 1940" and "in the 1970s" according to Mr. Heller himself. The forensic analysis clearly displays she was not the same Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, nor was she Mr. Heller's biological mother. Originally a nanny for him, she ended up being a surrogate imprinted as his mother when he was a young child.
 

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Above: Far left and far right, younger and older versions of the same person shown superimposed in the middle. Identified as "Irene Craigmile" on the left, and as "Irene Craigmile Bolam" on the right, she was not the original Irene nor was she the former Amelia Earhart.

 

Below: 1946 and 1965 images of the same person shown superimposed in the middle. Although she had altered her famously recognizable image with some adjustments beyond what aging and style changes normally do, the former Amelia Earhart is still forensically recognizable here.

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Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965

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Irene Craigmile in 1946, FKA "Earhart"

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...Amelia in 1937, her former self.
 

Note: The forensic analysis merely displays the truth when it comes to what became of Amelia Earhart. Although it has been consistently shouted down by pseudo Amelia Earhart 'mystery solving theorists' over the years, to include by some who managed to make a good living by promoting non-truthful ideas to the masses about Amelia Earhart's loss, it is important to realize how ever since the analysis results surfaced they proved impossible to over-challenge.
 

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Major Joseph A. Gervais USAF (Ret.), February 5, 2000

 

Above: Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.), shown in 2000 accepting his achievement award for "Four decades of unparalleled, dedicated research devoted to investigating the true cause and outcome of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan's 1937 disappearance." The event was held at Cesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada in front of a gathering of representatives from a variety of Aviation connected backgrounds, to include past 99's President, Patricia Ward; 1967 successful Amelia Earhart 'World Flight' duplicator, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno; Amelia Earhart Society President William Prymak; Executive Director of the Western Aerospace Museum, Ronald Reuther; Overseer of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, Lou Foudray; Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. John Bolam; Amelia Earhart Survived author, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck USAF (Ret.); Rear Admiral, Eugene Tissot USN (Ret.) (whose father was a past chief mechanic for Amelia Earhart) motion picture producer/journalist Tod Swindell; Joseph A. Gervais' wife and son, Thelma and Gerald Gervais, Amelia Earhart Lives author, Joe Klaas, and several other distinguished individuals.
 
At the 2000 ceremony, William Prymak spoke of Joseph A. Gervais in the following manner: "Joseph A. Gervais is a World War Two flying hero who went on to become widely recognized as the world's leading authority regarding the subject of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. A former aircraft accident investigator, while looking into Amelia Earhart's failed world flight attempt his encounter with Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam and follow-up evaluation of her life history caused an enormous shift to his angle of research."  
  

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"In the late 1990s, after I first got into this I was amazed to learn there had never been a serious forensic evaluation of Mrs. Bolam's full life story--or an in-depth analysis that compared her character traits and physical person to that of Amelia Earhart. After she died in 1982, a so-called 'investigative news article series' about her ran for two weeks in an east coast newspaper, but it proved to be a concocted effort that intertwined fact and fiction within its sordid attempt to white-wash Mrs. Bolam's true past. The forensic analysis I orchestrated and participated in is authentic and took over ten years to complete. Its findings, against the grain of conventional history, were astounding to say the least. After consistently being shouted down by naysayers and non-believers over the years, the study's obvious conclusion now speaks for itself." Tod Swindell, 2018 
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The article continues below. From above, it's worth noting where the U.S. government's "official position" was described in the article, the U.S. government never actually offered an official position or explanation pertaining to the Earhart-Noonan disappearance matter. "Most likely they perished at sea" was the closest thing to any opinion ever offered or implied about their disappearance, although specifically tracing it to a U.S. government source who was willing to stand by it as more than a passing comment proved impossible to do. 

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Below: Five years later, in 2007, right after Tod Swindell and the late Mrs. Irene Bolam's 'son,' Larry Heller executed a right to option agreement in New York, the Arizona Republic caught wind of it. A major breakthrough had occurred when Larry Heller, at his attorney's office in New York, identified an entirley different person to have been his late 'mother' than the Mrs. Irene Bolam who forensically matched Amelia Earhart. Never before had people realized there was more than one person identified as the same 'Irene' with the one who matched Amelia having surfaced in the mid-1940s from out of nowhere in the U.S., all be her with Mr. Heller's mother's same identity applied to her. Larry Heller was born in 1934 and always maintained his mother was not Amelia Earhart. Of course he was correct. Amelia was quite a public figure in 1934 and she certainly did not give birth to a child that year. Yet as verified by Mr. Heller, Amelia definitely did know his biological mother in the 1930s. See more about the "original" Irene, Mr. Heller's true mother further down. 

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Below is a stamp series issued by the Republic of the Marshall Islands in 1987, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan's arrival there on July 2, 1937 and Japan's rescue of the duo. Accordingly, approximate to the time Japan picked them up, the Sino-Japanese War began on July 7, 1937, pitting the U.S. against Japan and exacerbating the already difficult situation the world flight team found themselves in:

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Shows Earhart and Noonan's takeoff from New Guinea to their crash and retrieval at Mili Atoll

Note: Most seriously regarded by aviation history scholars, the 'Earhart and Noonan went down in the Marshall Islands' account initially rose to prominence in 1966, after CBS investigative journalist, Fred Goerner published his controversial Pacific Islands findings about Amelia Earhart's flight ending in his best-selling Doubleday book, The Search For Amelia Earhart.
 
From 1962 to 1965, Fred Goerner made multiple trips to the Pacific region where Earhart and Noonan went missing. He also received help and guidance from U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz, who had been placed in charge of the Marshalls when the U.S. occupied them in 1944, and who verified to Goerner that the flying duo ended up there in July of 1937.

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Above: Fred Goerner's 1966 classic Earhart book remained on the New York Times 'Best Seller' list for twelve straight weeks.

There were two different presented outcomes within the 'Marshall Islands' conveyance. Fred Goerner's original 'Marshall Islands' ending suggested how after the duo was picked-up they were incarcerated by Japan and later perished while in its custody. In 1970, however, an updated version suggested that Earhart and Noonan were surreptitiously sequestered and 'kept safe' by Japan as the Sino-Japanese War commenced, and they remained that way until their quiet liberation's took place toward the end of World War Two. Along this vein as their individual stories continued, they changed their names and began new careers upon resurfacing in the United States, thus enabling them to further live their lives out of the public eye.
 
Three decades after Fred Goerner's assessment took place, author Randall Brink, who devoted over a decade to deeply evaluating both Marshall Islands scenarios, published his best selling W.W. Norton book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart. Brink, whose extensive findings concurred that the duo went down in the Marshall Islands, pragmatically left the door open to the possibility of Earhart and Noonan's private return to the U.S., elaborating he found it hard to readily accept that Japan would have handled Amelia Earhart so recklessly since she was a worldwide recognized 'hero' there in the 1930s, just as Babe Ruth had been.

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Above: Randall Brink's 1993 book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart was a best seller in England and the United States.

Below: Best selling author, Max Allan Collins, who wrote The Road to Perdition that went on to become a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks, deeply researched Amelia Earhart's disappearance in order to write his 1998 historical novel, Flying Blind. Next to the book image find Tod Swindell's review of Flying Blind that appeared in the Fort Worth Star Telegram. 

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On Brutal Honesty

In her 1986 autobiography, One More Time, Carol Burnett wrote of Tod Swindell's father, newspaper journalist and author, Larry Swindell, how beyond being one of her "best friends" at UCLA, "Larry was one of the most brilliant people I had ever met. He was always brutally honest with me, and I didn't dare ask him what he thought of one of my performances on campus unless I really wanted to know."

Consider Tod Swindell's own 'brutally honest' conveyance about Amelia Earhart as something that emanated from 'a chip off the old block.'  

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Above: Larry Swindell, Carol Burnett, and 'Apple Annie' DeNeut in Eagle Rock, California, 1984. It was Larry Swindell who came up with the catchphrase term, "Protecting Earhart." In the late 1990s, Carol Burnett's company, Kalola became interested in Tod Swindell's collaboration with best-selling Amelia Earhart author, Randall Brink. Kalola travelled three representatives to Las Vegas where Tod introduced them to famous Earhart historian, Joe Gervais, who Randall Brink knew well and had worked with for over a decade. Ninety Nines' member, Margaret Mead was one of the Kalola reps who attended the meeting, and she soon after found herself heading to the Marshall Islands to participate in an expedition with Joe Gervais and a few other Earhart mystery devotees. Kalola ultimately decided the controversial nature of Amelia Earhart's old missing person case was not a good fit for a company that generally pursued non-controversial subject matters. Carol Burnett is an iconic 'Earhart-like figure' herself though, having blazed her own trail to become the first woman to host a prime time musical variety series on major network television.
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Above: A 1928 photo of Amelia Earhart. She turned thirty-one that year. The photo shows her with Senator Hiram Bingham at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

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 Above: A rare newsprint photo of the twenty-six year old Mrs. Irene Craigmile with her husband and father in 1930

The Irene-Amelia human comparison study revealed how in the 1920s and 1930s, pilot friends Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile looked nothing like each other. It also showed how eight years after Amelia Earhart went missing and was declared 'dead in absentia,' her old friend, Irene Craigmile suddenly began to look just like her missing friend, Amelia Earhart. 
 

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Below once again followed by more examples from the study, is the proud looking, wings-adorned, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam as she looked in the mid-1970s.  As mentioned she appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s because she had been known as Amelia Earhart before. To date the Smithsonian Institution and Amelia Earhart's family have chosen not to acknowledge the forensic analysis results. Note: The same thing happened in the case of Charles Lindbergh with the Smithsonian and his family--until his past alternate identity of 'Careu Kent' was confirmed in 2004.
 

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"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of the Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart to show the world they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck, reprinted from his book, Amelia Earhart Survived. Note: From 1970 to 2016, four nationally published books averred that Amelia Earhart quietly lived-on after she went missing and in time became known as, "Irene." The two most recent ones, to include Colonel Reineck's shown here, were published in the wake of the first ever, Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis orchestrated by Tod Swindell, that wielded its incontrovertible results.
 

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." From Bender & Altschul's 1982 Pan Am Airways anthology, The Chosen Instrument

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This website and the forensic conclusion it presents are the copyrighted intellectual properties of Amelia Earhart historian-journalist, Tod Swindell.

[Protecting Earhart MSS & Forensic Analysis by Tod Swindell, individual copyright registration #'s:  TXu 1-915-926; 2014, TXu 2-061-539; 2017]

From 1996 on, Mr. Swindell endeavored to thoroughly study the individual life stories of 1930s pilot friends, Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile. Beyond a certain collection of knowledgeable individuals on the subject of his concern, other closely connected sources proved difficult for him to willingly engage. No matter, the results of his long term 'forensic research' and 'human comparison study' are nothing short of astounding. Some try to claim otherwise, but in doing so they exhibit a limited ability when it comes to recognizing forensically learned truths.

What Tod Swindell managed to accomplish in a singlehanded way over the course of two decades--against the strong grain of conventional reality--is as amazing as it is undeniably real. Even so, many have a hard time believing what they see here with their own eyes. As Tod says: "That's ok, after all it reveals a startling, inconvenient historical reality for people to have to come to terms with." 

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Above is a September of 1932 Akron, Ohio newspaper photo featuring Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile with other woman pilots. Amelia, wearing a white V-neck collar is seated on the auto running board; Irene Craigmile, who was not yet a licensed pilot then, is listed in the second row, second in from right, between pilots Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz.
 
 

 
The curious thing about Irene Craigmile is that her image changed dramatically over time, to a point where in her later life years many people wondered if she was not the original Irene Craigmile anymore. The wondering began in 1970, after a World War Two veteran by the name of Joseph A. Gervais, who had earlier met Irene Craigmile at a gathering of retired pilots and then researched her background, publicly asserted his belief that she was not the original Irene Craigmile. Rather, Joseph A. Gervais offered that she was a woman who was previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
 
Joseph A. Gervais? Here was a retired Air Force major who while serving in the Pacific region Amelia Earhart went missing--in heard various accounts of her non-reported rescue there. Later, the recognition he sensed in 1965 followed by his background check on the woman he met then, left him offering that Amelia Earhart had somehow quietly survived her 1937 disappearance and later took-on her old friend, Irene Craigmile's identity. 
 
As off the wall as this idea sounded, recall when Amelia Earhart went 'missing' in her plane in 1937 she was declared "dead in absentia" after U.S. search efforts failed to locate her. 
 
In 1970, Irene Craigmile, a respected and admired person by her peers that featured well known pilots, astronauts, and other important individuals to include Amelia Earhart's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey and Senator Barry Goldwater, rejected the suggestion Joseph A. Gervais offered that said she was possibly the somehow survived and still living, Amelia Earhart.
 
The press and people in general didn't think she resembled what Amelia would have looked like then or how she would have reacted had she actually been the real Amelia Earhart, so they took her word for it. Nevertheless, her past did prove hard to cleanly define causing debates over who she really was, or used to be, to continue on well into the next century.
 

On the right is Irene Craigmile (surname 'Bolam' added in 1958 by marriage) appearing at the November 1970 press conference she held at the Time-Life Building in New York to refute the suggestion that she was really Amelia Earhart. For a person nobody heard of before, it was interesting how she attended the conference alone and handled the press like a pro. To challenge a sentence that referred to her as a "mystery woman" contained in the newly published book, Amelia Earhart Lives (shown in the foreground of the photo to the right) she sternly told those in attendance, "I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart!" After her brief deriding of the book's contents she fielded no questions and stormed out of the room.

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"I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart!" A follow-up Time magazine article suggested she wasn't 'Irene' either. 

A Sisterly Bond...

Let's take a deeper look at the 1970 press conference held by Irene Craigmile, AKA "the former Amelia Earhart" and her subsequent defamation lawsuit:

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Above, Irene at her press conference flanked by images of her former self.

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Amelia Earhart, 1935
 
"God, the world hounded that woman after she became famous." A quote from famous pilot, Jackie Cochran recalling her friend, Amelia Earhart. Jackie also mentioned that during the year Amelia was prepping for her world flight she was "closer to Amelia than anyone else, even her husband, George Putnam." Jackie's husband, Floyd Odlum helped finance Amelia's 1937 world flight effort.
 

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November, 1970, the former Amelia Earhart, AKA Irene Craigmile (Bolam) was ready to take on the press in order to preserve her dignity and the legacy of who she used to be.
 
 

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"I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart." Irene Craigmile (Bolam) was convincing when she stated this at her press conference in response to the assertion made by former Air Force Captain, Joseph A. Gervais, found in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives shown above in the foreground. Although her present-tense denial was accepted then, decades later a thorough analysis of her background revealed she appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, because she indeed had been previously known as, Amelia Earhart.
 

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Above, four years after she held her press conference, her defamation lawsuit against Amelia Earhart Lives publisher, McGraw-Hill, and separately against Joseph A. Gervais and the book's author, Joe Klaas, was still "up in the air" as seen in this 1974 headline. Why? Because Joseph A. Gervais was still asserting that Irene Craigmile (Bolam) might be the former Amelia Earhart living under a different, post World War Two 'assumed' identity. (A blow-up of the 1965 photo Gervais took of her is shown in the far lower right of the article.) Note: Irene's defamation lawsuit only cited factual errors the book contained about her post World War Two life that she felt were damaging to her reputation; as mentioned she did not sue Gervais and Klaas for asserting she used to be known as Amelia Earhart. When her lawsuit ended by way of a summary judgment in 1975, she paid Gervais and Klaas ten dollars in consideration and the two men paid her the same amount. Why? She ultimately refused to submit her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity. It is true however, McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay her $60,000 for the 'damaging' factual errata the book contained about her post World War Two life. (She had originally sued for $1.5 million dollars.) One will not find this more accurate account of her defamation lawsuit by reading history books or doing conventional internet searches. 

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Tod Swindell
Amelia Earhart 'Aficionado Extraordinaire'

In 1996, the year Amelia Earhart investigative author, Randall Brink [Lost Star, W.W. Norton, 1994] arranged for my introduction to Joseph A. Gervais, I was floored by how absolutely certain Joseph A. Gervais still was that the Irene Craigmile (Bolam) he met and photographed in 1965 used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.' During our second meeting I asked Joe if anyone had ever forensically compared his 'Irene' to Amelia Earhart. I was surprised to hear him reply, "no, not that I am aware." He added how he'd heard of some "little things" that had been done but to the best of his knowledge no one had ever done a serious comparison. That's when I first decided one should be done. The following year, in 1997, after hearing from a forensic specialist about the technique of superimposing photos to match face prints, my journey began, fifteen years after Irene Craigmile Bolam's death was recorded and she was purportedly, "cremated and burried in a common, unmarked grave," according to Rutgers University, where she had donated her body to science. Below is the very first superimposed Irene-Amelia sample  I did that year at a Kinko's using two photos I copied directly from the 1970 Klaas/Gervais book, Amelia Earhart Lives. TS
 

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Irene Craigmile (Bolam) 1965
 

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Part of the analysis: Amelia Earhart's 1930s pilot friend, Irene Craigmile shown in Japan in 1963, reprinted from an old newspaper photo. 

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To those of you aware of the Irene-Amelia controversy that settled on believing this person was the original Irene Craigmile, the Swindell Study delivered incontestable advancements... 

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...concerning the unresolved since 1970, highly debated topic of Irene Craigmile's life-long existence--that will cause you to feel otherwise.

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Amelia Earhart, age 30, after her famous 'Friendship' flight.
 
 

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1946 photo of the Irene Craigmile who held the 1970 press conference.

 
Below, the prominent looking, wings adorned woman in the center was not the 'original' Irene Craigmile, but she was attributed to that same name and identity in her later life years and claimed herself to have been a good past-friend of Amelia Earhart. Anymore it is clear, she actually used to be Amelia Earhart.

Superimposed Photographic Exactitude:
More superimposed comparisons appear below the following images and descriptions.
 

"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." LPGA  promoter, Peter Bussatti in 1982, comments about his 1970s good friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam who had recently died. Along with many others, Mr. Bussatti had openly wondered if she used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' This photo was used in the comparison below it. 

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Above: Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam and Peter Busatti in the 1970s.
 
Below: Another sample from the comprehensive, 'Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis.' 

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Above: The new Irene Craigmile (Bolam), far left; as Amelia Earhart, far right; superimposed, center.

"Peter Busatti said he accompanied Mrs. Bolam to the Wings Club in New York City on one occasion. He said a full length portrait of Amelia Earhart hangs in the room dedicated in her honor. ""It was a dead ringer for Irene,"" he said. ""Sometimes I thought she was [the former Amelia Earhart], sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied, "When I die you'll find out."" At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned that all the admirals and generals seemed to know her." Excerpted from a 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune article.

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"The original Irene Craigmile barely flew at all during her oft-troubled 1930s years. Compared to her friend, Amelia, she was a veritable nobody back then as well. It would have been unrealistic for her to later become a member of the affluent New York Wings Club, let alone be distinguished like royalty there among her peers. Yet, important people who knew the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile as the former Amelia Earhart, and indeed the were some who did, were always respectful to recognize her that way." Tod Swindell
 
 

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From the document examination portion of the forensic study, here is part of the same statement shown above issued by the new Irene Craigmile (Bolam), displayed here in her own cursive handwriting. Amelia's own high school, 'Amelia M. Earhart' cursive signature is inserted under it for comparison. (Amelia's middle name was 'Mary.') She referenced two life-long friends of hers; early pilots, Viola Gentry and Elmo Pickerill, who, according to her own words, also knew her as, "Amelia Earhart."
 
She mailed her handwritten reply to retired USAF Major, Joseph A. Gervais, who had met her face to face two years earlier. The confounded Major Gervais, who felt he recignized her for who she used to be at the time they met each other at a gathering of well known pilots from the past, had written her to politely ask if she used to be known as Amelia Earhart(?)
 
This comparison alignment is relatively new information. The overall study features a more thorough handwriting comparison analysis. 
 

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In 2017, Protecting Earhart's, Tod Swindell finalized and copyrighted his long term Irene Craigmile Bolam Versus Amelia Earhart forensic research and human comparison study. His study results enabled him to claim the forensic solving of Amelia Earhart's eight decades old missing person case in his name and in the names of his long-time collaborators, Randall Brink, Joseph A. Gervais (posthumously), Rollin C. Reineck (posthumously), and Joe Klaas (posthumously).
 
To contact Tod Swindell directly about his multi-tiered Amelia Earhart IP objectives, including rights to his feature film, "The Lost Electra," his Earhart animation project, and various literary IP's, not to leave out his two-decades long 'Irene-Amelia journey,' send an e-mail query to evantod777@yahoo.com or phone his voice-mail at 323-317-0886. Viable reach outs will be put in touch with his Entertainment Attorney. Thank You.

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

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