The Forensic Truth About Amelia Earhart's 1937 World Flight Outcome

Hiding The Truth With Photo Forgeries

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'Amelia Earhart to Irene Bolam Forensic Comparison Analysis'
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Below: A 1937 photo of Amelia Earhart followed by a sample from Tod Swindell's Protecting Earhart forensic comparison analysis.

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

Amelia Earhart, 1937

Left and right...
...the two photos superimposed shows their obvious congruence...

zzzzbolam1A2.jpg the Gervais-Irene Bolam in 1965


In 1982, a few months after the former Amelia Earhart died, a newspaper series resorted to yellow journalism in an effort to deceive the public into believing the ongoing suspicion of the late Irene Bolam having been previously known as Amelia Earhart, was not true.

Today the mock-series stands as a tribute to how the deeply hidden reality of Amelia's post-war survival as Irene was still being guarded at that time.

'1923' dated straight-on forgery...
...only aligns with the Non Gervais-Irene.
A poor '1923' dated profile forgery...
Irene-Amelia faces align. The torso (base of the neck on down) is way out of proportion.

The way the 1982 New Jersey News Tribune 'mugshot' forgeries were intended to work was part of an effort geared toward making two different people look like they were only one person. As you'll see below, the straight-on forgery only matched the Non Gervais-Irene while the profile forgery only matched the Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart'] and her former 'Amelia' profile. Again, this fraudulent step was taken to try and convince the public that the different 'Irene Bolams' had always been one-in-the-same person. Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis proved its undoing.  
The 'straight on' and 'profile' photo forgeries appeared in an installment of the 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune series that had supposedly examined Mrs. Bolam's past. They were created  for the purpose of trying to identify for the reader how Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam looked in 1923 from both front and side angles. Now it is known, either one had anything to do with reality.
Protecting Earhart's 'Forensic Eye Comparisons' alone clearly proved different human beings were combined to create one identity. Both of the above poorly-struck images were part the paper's mock investigative series about 'Irene Bolam.' When interviewed, the son of the original Irene Craigmile mentioned he had never seen either image before and had no idea where they came from.
Below, consider what would be two examples of front and side view mug shots of Amelia and the Gervais-Irene, and then take it from there:

Amelia profile, taken in 1935...
...from the neck up aligns well with above 1923 profile forgery.

1937 Amelia Earhart photo.
Compare to far-right 1965 Gervais photo.

Gervais-Irene profile, Detroit, 1976...
...head slightly turned to her right with harsh lighting.

1965 Gervais-Irene (photo by Gervais)
Straight on Gervais-Irene

1965 Gervais-Irene straight on...
...superimposed with 37' Amelia pic aligns perfectly.

Profile Gervais-Irene combined with Amelia...
...also reveals a remarkable congruence.

1935 Profile of Amelia.
(See forgery profile match to the right.)

Amelia's facial profile matches the forgery.
The forgery torso is out of proportion.

Gervais-Irene FKA 'Earhart' in Detroit, 1976...
...slightly to her right, harsh lighting.

Gervais-Irene & her former Amelia self.
Their congruence displayed.

1982 New Jersey NewsTribune 'mug-shot' forgery.
The Tribune dated this image '1923.'

Non Gervais-Irene (AKA 'Irene Jr.')
Photo dated '1970s' (Program cover date 10/29/82)

Clearly the 1982 Memorial Dinner cover photo...
... was used to forge the '1923' dated image.


Above, where the paper listed a '1923' date on the straight-on photo forgery, and a '1970s' date on the memorial dinner progam photograph, simple math reveals how after fifty years this particular Irene Bolam would have hardly aged and all, and that she was able to strike the exact same pose in the 1970s that she had struck when she would have been 19 years old in 1923, given that her birth year was 1904. It made it a dead giveaway that the program cover photo was used to make the forgery. The series was careful not to print the true '1940' dated image below that Mrs. Bolam's son identified as his childhood mother in the new millennium, decades after the series ran.

'1940' Non Gervais-Irene (AKA 'Irene Jr.')
Positively ID'd as his 'childhood mother' by the original Irene's son, Larry Heller.

Younger 'Non Gervais-Irene' (Irene Jr.)
Circa early 1940s, true age estimate: early 20s
Left (younger) and right (older) in an overlay congruence.

The 'mother' recognized by the original Irene's 1934 born son, Larry Heller. In 2006 & 2014 Mr. Heller identified these images as his late mother and affirmed he supplied the older version photo that appeared on the Memorial Dinner program cover. She was not the Gervais-Irene (see younger-older versions below) whose photo appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives, although the two did use the same 'Irene' identity. [Note: When asked about the 1923 dated straight-on and profile images, Mr. Heller replied he had 'no idea' where they came from.]

Older 'Non Gervais-Irene'
1982, age 58

1940s to 1982 'Gervais-Irene'
She married Guy Bolam of England in 1958.
Left and right images combined display the congruence.
Gervais-Irene in 1965. (Gervais photo.)
AKA "Irene Craigmile" AKA "Irene Bolam." This photo appeared in 1970 book "Amelia Earhart Lives."

Amelia's personal history included major sinus trouble. The nasal surgeries she endured were well documented. Upon examination of the above, the forgery profile displays a slight curve in the nose, where neither Amelia's nor the Gervais-Irene's curve at all. However, it does appear the Gervais-Irene underwent a Deviated Septum Rhinoplasty procedure at some point. So much would have served a dual purpose; to correct further sinus trouble and to change her original perky-nose look. (The procedure involves breaking the cartilage below the upper nose bridge, slightly pressing down, and re-setting. The final results open the nasal passages more while flaring the nostrils a bit.) No doubt the procedure helped to obscure the once 'recognizable feature' of Amelia's. Even so the nose still does, along with everything else, align quite nicely with Amelia, the profile forgery, and the Gervais-Irene profile. (Save the out-of-proportion forgery torso.) Also note how 'noses and ears continue to grow' into old age to varying degrees in different people, with 'sagging and drooping' occurring. One look at the nose and ear lobe differences of Amelia's sister Muriel form her young adult days as compared to the way she looked in the 1980s demonstrates such a reality.

Below: Amelia's profile and straight on images, and the Gervais-Irene's profile and straight on images:

Below: Notice how the above profile and straight on Amelia images align with the above Gervais-Irene images:

Below: The Non Gervais-Irene, AKA the 1924 born 'Irene Jr.' Suggested last as 'still living' in 2004. The public was left out of the loop... of who she really was... or is. She wasn't the original Irene, nor was she the Gervais-Irene.

1940s Non Gervais-Irene (AKA 'Irene Jr.')
Positively ID'd by the original Irene's son, Larry Heller.

Older Non Gervais-Irene (Irene Jr.)
Again, Gervais never met this 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' (Above program cover date 10/29/82)

Below: The 1945-1982 identified Gervais-Irene; post-altered and pre-altered looks...

1945 Zonta photo, the Gervais-Irene
AE would have been 48. Note: Makeup & jewelry, no tooth gap & nose difference.

Yet by removing her post-loss augmentations...
zonta45touched.jpg's not so hard to again recognize the Amelia we all knew.

Below: In 1978 the Gervais-Irene ordered a formal portrait photo sitting to be taken at her home in New Jersey. Considered a celebration of her true eightieth year, she passed away four years later after succumbing to a bout with cancer on July 7, 1982. Note the wings below her left shoulder.

Gervais-Irene, 1978
All of what would have been '80 years' (AE born 1897) detectable.

Below: The original Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in 1930, shown standing between her first husband Charles Craigmile (who tragically died of a sudden appendicitis attack a year later in 1931) and her father, Joe O'Crowley. The original Irene knew Amelia Earhart through her attorney aunt Irene R. O'Crowley, who was a Zonta sister and good friend of Amelia's. Amelia and her well known flying friend, Viola Gentry helped get the original Irene into flying in late 1932. But right after she earned her pilot's license in mid-1933, she realized she was pregnant out of wedlock with her last flight instructor's child, Al Heller. The two eloped to be wed in August of 1933, and on March 5, 1934 their son, Larry Heller was born. However there is no verifiable, or 'legible' photo data depicting the original Irene Craigmile after her early 1930s flying days, or especially after her childbirth experience. In any case, it remains a true mystery what became of the original Irene seen here:

Profile forgery...
...with slight nose curve.

The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile...
...with similar detected nose curve.

Note: It appears the profile forgery was geared to provide a hybrid look that combined a key nose feature of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile with the Gervais-Irene's (Amelia Earhart's) facial bone structure as displayed in the panel further up. In the above 1930 photo of the original Irene, notice the similar hair-look and nose curve feature also observed in the forgery profile.


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Protecting Earhart came into existence in 1996 and launched in 2007. Its comprehensive Forensic Analysis and Forensic Comparison Study 1.) Proved more than one person used the same 'Irene' identity. 2.) Displayed the head-to-toe and character-traits congruence the Gervais-Irene shared with Amelia Earhart. 3.) Proved the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, ultimately concluding against the grain fo convention, said two individuals marked the same human being.
Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis began in 1997 and was initially copyrighted in 2002. Author-creator, Tod Swindell's original manuscript, Protecting Earhart: The Beautiful Alter Ego and Silent Legacy of History's Most Famous Flying Heroine has been housed and registered at the Writers Guild of America West since 2004, #1033972, and was ultimately copyrighted after several revisions and updates in 2014, # TXu 1-915-926, then finally, after some important new revisions were made, it was again copyrighted in 2017, # TXu 2-061-539. For publishing and sub-rights availability inquiries send an e-mail to
Protecting Earhart 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 thanks also goes out to pilot-author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who supplied additional 'Irene' photo data and handwritten letters for my study, that along with the same data Joe Gervais and Rollin Reineck forwarded my way, helped it to reach its reality based conclusion. Thanks as well to former CIA operative, Bazzell Baz, who provided much inspiration into my Earhart truth seeking endeavor when it was first getting underway in the late 1990s.
Major Gervais, who was considered by many to have been the most knowledgeable Amelia Earhart investigative researcher ever to pursue the truth, first 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 Irene Bolam, AKA the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.' Regardless of the fallout caused by Amelia Earhart Lives, Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck spent the last four decades of their lives working to better advance the claim of Amelia Earhart's name-changed survival to authenticity, after enduring their own long term investigations of the evidence that supported it. Colonel Reineck's book, Amelia Earhart Survived was published in 2004 and was greatly inspired by my 'Protecting Earhart' forensic analysis. Portions of my study appeared in Colonel Reineck's book, though it is more extensively displayed in Protecting Earhart, Beyond 37', and are the intellectual properties of Aether Pictures & Press, LLC.

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