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

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About Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam; Did You Know?
A Less Recalled Look At Amelia Earhart's 1937 Disappearance
The History of Amelia Earhart Mystery 'Investigative Research'
Detours Taken In Pursuit Of Answers; The Real Joe Gervais
Amelia Earhart Press Notice Samples
Amelia Earhart: True or False
Three Women Used The Same 'Irene' Identity, One Was FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

This website previews the long term forensic analysis and MSS, Protecting Earhart scheduled for publication this year. [Protecting Earhart U.S. Copyright Office Registration Number: TXu 1-915-926]


"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." Reprinted from an Associated Press article by Ron Staton, John Bolam discusses his late sister-in-law, the Gervais-Irene Bolam who he had known well, while referring to the first results of the 'Protecting Earhart' Forensic Analysis.  John Bolam, who has since passed away, was the survived brother of Irene's husband, Guy Bolam. John Bolam also described his brother, Guy to have been "part of England's MI-6 program."

Below: 1928 Amelia photo starts morphing...
...a 1978 photo of her as 'Irene'
The 'Gervais-Irene'

As the Gervais-Irene Bolam, Yugoslavia-1976...
...superimposed with her former self...
The same human being went by different names in different eras

As the Gervais-Irene in Cocoa Beach, Florida, 1965
...she transitions....
...a 1935 photo of her former self...
...Amelia Earhart

Amelia's sister, Muriel

"Of course I knew Irene. She was a sister Zonta." "There is practically no physical resemblance." 1982 quotes from Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey. Muriel staunchly protected the truth of her sister's later-life ongoing existence. The siblings were known to occasionally dine together and attended some of the same Zonta gatherings in their later years, when Amelia was known as 'Irene.'  Protecting Earhart's study disproved Muriel's, "no physical resemblance" statement. It is also plain to observe Muriel's familial resemblance as well. Muriel died in 1998, at the age of 98.

The Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart'] 1965.
With British husband, Guy Bolam.

Two photos of Amelia compared to a 1970 photo of the Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart']

Notice the NASA 'Saturn Program' pendant she's wearing in the above photo.

Gervais-Irene Craigmile became Irene Bolam in 1958
LPGA Promoter, Peter Busatti with his friend, the Gervais-Irene Bolam, FKA 'Earhart' in the 1970s

"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. ""I told her she looked like Amelia Earhart and she said, ""No, I don't look like her."" ""Sometimes I thought she was, sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied, ""When I died you'll find out,"" Busatti said. At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned all the admirals and generals seemed to know her." Excerpted from a 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune article.

Below, two Amelia photos flank the Gervais-Irene; above, Amelia superimposed with her future self

Another Gervais-Irene photo...
...superimposed with her former self.

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

Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam on August 9, 1965
The Gervais-Irene Bolam [FKA 'Earhart'] took this photo in East Hampton, Long Island, NY

Amelia's Famous 1930s Pilot Friends, Viola Gentry And Elinor Smith, And Amelia's Sister, Muriel Were Her Later-Life Friends When She Was 'Irene'
The easiest way to understand the 'Amelia became Irene' reality is to recognize how it is inconceivable for Viola Gentry and Elinor Smith, two of Amelia's well-known 1930s pilot friends, to have had a later-life friend, the Gervais-Irene, who matched Amelia entirely. [Viola is shown above at Purdue University and with Guy Bolam; Elinor is shown below with Viola and Amelia.] It was the same with Amelia's sister, Muriel. In their later years, Viola, Elinor, and Muriel all knew Amelia as 'Irene' [the Gervais-Irene] who Protecting Earhart proved to be a physical head-to-toe carbon copy match of Amelia Earhart, demonstrating as well how their character traits were also the same. The study further proved how the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s, leaving the question of her previous identity to practically answer itself. It remains perplexing, and somewhat troubling that the American public is still quietly encouraged by the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the National Geographic Society to close a blind-eye to what is anymore this 'highly obvious' equation. [In the comparison below, a head-to-toe congruence is evidenced.] Ultimately, Protecting Earhart's additional uncontested, 'three women having been attributed to one Irene identity' forensic realization, along with the Gervais-Irene's proven close friendship to former Seton Hall College President, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, who confirmed she was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart' to a number of individuals, cemented the 'Amelia became Irene' equation as an undeniable forensic reality, juxtaposed to a coincidence of inordinate proportions. 

Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, Viola Gentry

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

The Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart'] in 1965...
...shown standing on a bridge in Paris with the Mid-Week Pictorial photo added.

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



Note: Notwithstanding past rebuttals, ongoing denials, decades of ridicule and the long maintained 'official silence' toward the topic of Amelia's true fate--anymore it is plain as day obvious that Amelia Earhart managed to survive her 1937 world flight ordeal and later changed her name to 'Irene.' This truth did not evidence itself as clearly until the recent years discovery of three different women having been attributed to the same 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam' identity.

Three Different Women Used The Same Irene Identity
Protecting Earhart's forensic study displays three different women who were attributed to the same 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile [Heller] Bolam' identity. It also displays how one of the three woman, the Gervais-Irene, appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s and matched Amelia Earhart head-to-toe and character trait wise.


The National Geographic Channel ignored the new gained reality of 'three different women' having used the same 'Irene' identity in its recent profile of the ongoing debate about Irene Bolam. It also did not mention how the Gervais-Irene, who matched Amelia from head to toe, only appeared identified as 'Irene' from the 1940s until her death was recorded in 1982. The Irene Craigmile seen directly below was the original Irene, a past friend of Amelia's. Seeking privacy, Amelia assumed the original Irene's identity for herself during the WWII era. Why did Amelia go to such lengths to obscure who she used to be? As her long time post-war friend, Monsignor James Francis Kelley later explained, "after all she'd been through, she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."  

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


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

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

Below: 1982

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

Note: A photo of this Irene Craigmile Bolam [FKA Amelia Earhart] appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. From 1958 on she was known as "Irene Bolam," the mother of Larry Heller. On paper she was; biologically she wasn't.

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

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

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

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

Below: The Non Gervais-Irene. She grew up with the O'Crowleys and was viewed as a 'mother figure' by the original Irene's son, but by 1945 she was described as "no longer intimate" with the O'Crowley family. No one is forensically certain who she really was. Some suspect she was the 1924 out of wedlock born daughter of Lloyd Royer and Amelia Earhart, who Amelia managed to blend in with other children at the Denison Settlement House in Boston where she worked from 1925 to 1928. As the story goes, after Amelia suddenly became famous in 1928 as a result of her Friendship flight, she joined the Zonta's and soon after implored her new Zonta figurehead friend, attorney Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley to safe-house and help raise her family-secret daughter. Although he is hardly mentioned in her biographies, Amelia always remained in touch with Lloyd Royer, and Lloyd later confirmed [in 1977] that he was also acquainted with the Gervais-Irene Bolam.

The Non Gervais-Irene....
An O'Crowley family secret?
Left and right photos...
...displays same person in younger-older versions.
Non Gervais-Irene's true identity remains unknown,
Her real estimated age was 'fifity-eight years' in 1982...

Below: The Gervais-Irene Bolam

The Gervais-Irene [FKA "Earhart"]

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

1965 Joe Gervais photo...
The Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam. She was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.
The Gervais-Irene...
...superimposed with her former self using the 1933 Amelia photo.
Amelia Earhart, 1933

Below: Closer On The Gervais-Irene Bolam
Notice at the bottom of the 'V' of her blouse, what Major Joe Gervais, who took this picture, described as a U.S. Army Air Corp Major's 'Oak Leaf Cluster' situated next to a miniature enameled 'DFC' indicator pin. [DFC-Distinguished Flying Cross] During her career as a pilot, Amelia Earhart had been awarded both.

For the story on how Joe Gervais met her see the Discovered Forensic Realities page.

Below: A Gervais-Irene to Amelia Earhart handwriting comparison taken from a larger document examination study. Note the Gervais-Irene describing how she was 'known' as both Irene and Amelia. After denying herself to be Amelia Earhart in the present tense, the Gervais-Irene referenced two individuals for Gervais to verify it with; her friend, Viola Gentry, and Early Birds of Aviation President, Elmo Pickerill, conveying, "because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile." A point to understand here; by 1967 her life as 'the famous Amelia Earhart' ended thirty years earlier. 

A Gervais-Irene Craigmile handwriting sample:
From a 1967 Gervais-Irene letter, with Amelia's "Amelia M Earhart" signature added.

The above handwriting sample came from a 1967 letter written to Joe Gervais by the Gervais-Irene. Amelia's own 'Amelia M. Earhart' signature added to it can be found in the book, My Courageous Sister by Muriel Earhart Morrissey [Amelia's sister] and Carol Osborne. Below are more comparisons. Be sure to recall Amelia's medical history with her sinus [three different procedures] to help identify her later years nasal-look difference. After the Caldwell-Luc procedure she endured in 1934, a Deviated Septum rhinoplasty would not have been out of the question later, while also realizing how to greater or lesser degrees depending on the individual, ears and noses continue to grow as people age.  

News photo, Gervais-Irene in Japan-1963...
FKA 'Earhart'
...blended into Irene-Amelia.
Amelia, 1928, after the Friendship flight.

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

When one compares the care-worn Amelia photo on the left to the more relaxed & cheerful one on the right, it's hard to recognize they are mid-1930s photos of the same person.

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

The breadth of Protecting Earhart's forensic study is important to comprehend. The complete study compared full bodies, handwriting samples, voices, character traits, relationships and previous geographical residences. Also check out the video-link by clicking on: 

Amelia's Eyes

The Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Superimposed reveals a forensic match
Amelia & Gervais-Irene's eyes were spaced the same and matched rims to rims & tearducts to tearducts

1946, the Gervais-Irene
Known as 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

Eyes from 1945 Gervais-Irene...
044.JPG match Amelia's perfectly.

AE's eyes

The Gervais-Irene's & Amelia's Eyes
They align perfectly because they were the same eyes


Gervais-Irene, 1978
Gervais-Irene & former Amelia self
Two photos in an equal blend.
Amelia, from a 1923 'into the mirror' taken self photo-portrait.

Below: 1976, Gervais-Irene in Detroit...
Their profiles match, yet notice slight nasal alteration on the Gervais-Irene.

Below: It was no coincidence Viola Gentry, Elinor Smith, and Amelia's sister, Muriel were friends with two individuals from different eras who shared a head-to-toe physical congruence and identical character traits. No matter, for lacking essential endorsements from the families of both Amelia and the original Irene, and by way of being ignored by official history itself, this controversial reality was designed to remain unrecognized. 

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

As seen in the 1970 book Amelia Earhart Lives:
Guy and Irene Bolam, August 8, 1965 (Photo taken by Joe Gervais.)
Also seen in AE Lives, 1933 Hyde Park photo.
Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia, Jim and Amy Mollison, President Franklin Roosevelt

Above Left: As it appeared in the 1970 McGraw-Hill book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas, the Guy and Irene Bolam photograph taken by Joe Gervais outside the Seaspray Inn on August 8, 1965 is displayed. To its right: Another photo from AE Lives; Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt book-end Amelia, who is shown standing with Jim and Amy Mollison in 1933. Below the two photos are superimposed. Coincidence? No. Not with the additional overwhelming preponderence of both hard and circumstantial evidence unearthed in the following decades, culminating with Protecting Earhart's ten-yearcomprehensive forensic comparison analysis. This was not a vast, dark conspiracy, rather, it marks the most significant historical cover-up ever discovered and revealed.

1965 Joe Gervais photo...
The Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart'] was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.
The Gervais-Irene...
...superimposed with her former self using the 1933 Amelia photo.
Amelia Earhart, 1933

The Gervais-Irene, 1946

Nine years earlier, without post-loss adjustments, Amelia

Gervais-Irene / Gervais photo, 1965
She was one of three women who used the same 'Irene' identity.

Match; younger to older Gervais-Irene
Combination of 1946 & 1965 photos shows same person in younger and older versions.

It is certain anymore, how with the omniscience of the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover, Amelia Earhart and Monsignor Kelley worked something out with the O'Crowley family to enable Amelia to acquire the original Irene's identity, and Amelia confided in and worked with some of her own past friends, to include her sister, Muriel to help maintian her cover. She did so out of necessity, knowing both the U.S. and Japan held to a post-war 'let's move on' attitude about certain matters, to include the true outcome of her 1937 world flight. She also likely worked with certain ZONTA organization officials [charter ZONTA members Nina Price and attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley had been two of Amelia's 1930s close 'non-pilot' friends] to also help solidify her future privacy status. High level offices in the United States, Japan, and England relied on 'official silence' and closed a blind eye to it all, thus enabling the former Amelia Earhart to inherit the private citizen, non-famous person status made available to her after World War Two.

The two superimposed

Click here to e-mail and/or Beyond 37', or just e-mail was first launched in 2007. The comprehensive Forensic Analysis and Forensic Comparison Study it partially displays, 1.) Proved more than one person employed the same 'Irene' identity. 2.) Displayed the head-to-toe congruence the Gervais-Irene shared with Amelia Earhart. 3.) Proved the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.
The analysis initially began in 1997 and was beta copyrighted in 2002. Tod Swindell's original manuscript, Protecting Earhart: The Beautiful Alter Ego and Silent Legacy of History's Most Famous Flying Heroine has been housed and registered at the Writers Guild of America West since 2004, #1033972, and was copyrighted in 2014. For subsidiary rights information e-mail
This website is dedicated to the late USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais [1924-2005] and the late USAF Col. Rollin C. Reineck [1920-2007], two World War Two heroes who began expounding on the 'Amelia became Irene' truth decades ago. A special thanks also goes out to Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, whose enormous help with supplying never before made public 'Irene' photo data in 2002 paved the way for the forensic comparison study to finally reach its reality based conclusion. Thanks as well to Bazzell Baz, who helped to breathe new life into the Earhart truth seeking endeavor in the late 1990s.
Major Gervais, who was considered by many to have been the most knowledgeable Amelia Earhart investigative researcher ever to pursue the truth, first suspected the Irene-Amelia reality in 1965. The controversial 1970 McGraw-Hill book by Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives delved into the enormous amount of Joe Gervais' investigative research and displayed the first nationally published photo of Irene Bolam, AKA the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.' Regardless of the fallout caused by Amelia Earhart Lives, Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck spent the last four decades of their lives working to advance the claim of Earhart's name-changed survival to authenticity after enduring their own long term investigative analysis of the evidence that supported it. Colonel Reineck's book Amelia Earhart Survived was published in late 2003 and was greatly inspired by Tod Swindell's Irene-Amelia forensic analysis. Portions of the study appeared in the Reineck book, that is more extensively displayed in Protecting Earhart, Beyond 37', and are owned and managed by Tod Swindell through Aether Pictures & Press, LLC.

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