The Hushed Reality Of Amelia Earhart's 1937 World Flight Outcome

Irene's Shared Identity

About 'Protecting Earhart'
Irene's Shared Identity
Conclusion: Forensically Separating The Irenes; One Used To Be Amelia Earhart
Forensic Comparison Samples: Amelia to the Gervais-Irene
Amelia's Plane In The Marshall Islands
Forensic Analysis Support: Amelia Earhart, Irene Bolam
Monsignor James Francis Kelley & Astronaut Wally Schirra Discuss Amelia Earhart
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'
Controversial Amelia Earhart Forensic Argument Information
Detours Taken In Pursuit Of Answers; The Real Joe Gervais
Hiding The Truth With Photo Forgeries
The 1982 New Jersey Tribune's Irene-Amelia Photo Page 10/29/82
Alex Mandel's and Gwen Gale's Anti Irene-Amelia Crusade on Wikipedia
Amelia Earhart Press Notice Samples
Some Amelia Earhart Rumors
Recap of the Forensic Comparison & Analysis Discoveries

The information presented in comes from the ten-year forensic analysis and three hundred page treatise, Protecting Earhart by Tod Swindell. [Protecting Earhart U.S. Copyright Office Registration Number: TXu 1-915-926]

The three different women attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity: On the left is the original Irene Craigmile in 1930, whose family Amelia had known. 
In the middle is the second Irene Craigmile in the early to mid-1940s; on the right is the third Irene Craigmile [the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart'] in 1946.
The original Irene's son, Larry Heller specifically identified the second Irene shown in the middle as his 'mother' from his childhood going forward.

Below: Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis solidly concluded that three different women had been attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity. One of them, the Gervais-Irene [who appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s] was congruent to, and previously known as Amelia Earhart.


The National Geographic Channel ignored the new gained reality of 'three different women' having used the same 'Irene' identity when it profiled the ongoing debate about Irene Bolam. It also did not mention how the Gervais-Irene, who matched Amelia from head to toe, only appeared identified as 'Irene' from the 1940s until her death was recorded in 1982. The Irene Craigmile seen directly below was the original Irene, a past friend of Amelia's. Seeking privacy, Amelia assumed the original Irene's identity for herself during the WWII era. [What became of the original Irene remains unknown.] Why did Amelia go to such a length to obscure who she used to be? As her long time post-war friend, Monsignor James Francis Kelley 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 appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. She was known as "Irene Bolam," the mother of Larry Heller. On paper she was, biologically, she wasn't.

The 3rd Irene Craigmile Bolam (Gervais-Irene)
Reprinted from the 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune series

Clearer, 1946, the Gervais-Irene
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.

Amelia Earhart
Blend: Gervais-Irene & Amelia
Irene-1965 / Amelia-1933

Gervais-Irene / Gervais photo, 1965
One of three women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity.

Younger 'Non Gervais-Irene'
Circa 'early 1940s'
Left (younger) and right (older) in an overlay congruence.

O'Crowley family friend, Lucy McDannel described an enigmatic girl who was raised by the O'Crowleys. She referred to her as 'Irene Jr.' and described her to have been "born in 1924." She also included how by 1945 'Irene Jr.' was no longer intimate with the O'Crowley family. Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley, who was a prominent New York attorney, Zonta figurehead, and friend and advisor of Amelia's [and the original Irene's Aunt] had primarily cared for 'Irene Jr.,' who by the late 1930s was serving as a sitter, then a live-in nanny figure for the original Irene's 1934 born son, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, during his early childhood years. Mr. Heller identified both of these images as his 'mother.' 

Older 'Non Gervais-Irene'
1982, age 58

The 'Non Gervais-Irene' displayed above wasn't the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, nor was she the Irene Craigmile Bolam who Air Force Major, Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 at a gathering of well known retired pilots. The original Irene's 1934 born son, Larry Heller instantly recognized her as his 'mother.' To date, her true identity remains unknown.

The 'Gervais-Irene' in 1946
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.'

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

Amelia Earhart, 1933

Amelia, 1928

Classic Amelia, the blend begins.

Orville Wright & Amelia

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

Several reputable individuals who deeply investigated Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance over the years, concluded Amelia privately survived beyond World War Two after changing her name to Irene Craigmile.
Much controversial information exists that the National Geographic Channel and Wikipedia steered clear of addressing in their profiles concerning the 'Amelia Earhart became Irene Craigmile Bolam' conveyance. 

The Gervais-Irene and Guy Bolam
As seen in the 1970 book, 'Amelia Earhart Lives' by Joe Klaas

Closer: The Gervais-Irene (Craigmile) Bolam
For the story on how Joe Gervais met her see the Forensic Analysis Support page.

"You're onto something that will stagger your imagination." 1962, the words of retired United States Navy Commander, John Pillsbury to CBS investigative journalist, Fred Goerner regarding Goerner's quest to learn the true outcome of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight.


Below: More Pertinent Detail About The Three Different Women Who Were Attributed To The Same 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' Identity

The Original Irene

Irene Craigmile, 1930
The 'Original' Irene Craigmile, Amelia's friend, seen no more after the 1930s. (Full frame below.)

The Original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, 1930.
Shown with her husband Charles & her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.

The original Irene Craigmile in 1932; Amelia and Viola Gentry's friend.

The woman above, the original Irene nee O'Crowley Craigmile married Charles Craigmile in 1927. Just before marrying Charles she had given birth to an illegitimate son who was adopted by her uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley and his wife, her aunt Violet. They named their son, Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr. who grew up to become the father of Peggy O'Crowley, a writer for the New Jersey Star Ledger.  The original Irene remains an enigma to this day. It is known she was a 1930s friend of Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry, who in late 1932 paved the way for the original Irene to become a pilot after Charles Craigmile tragically died in 1931. Except the original Irene had an affair with one of her flight instructors, Al Heller, and she became pregnant with his child in mid-1933. The two decided to elope, and she gave birth to their son in early 1934,  naming him Clarence Alvin Heller, who would grow up known as 'Larry Heller.' Sadly, the original  Irene's marriage to Al Heller quickly failed and by 1938 Al had moved away. Clear 'legitimate' photo documentation of the original Irene proved to be non-extant. Even Larry Heller admitted he held no photos of his mother pre-dating 1947, before which time he had been enrolled at a boarding school. It is clear Larry Heller barely ever knew his biological mother.

The Non Gervais-Irene

Circa 'early 1940s'
The Non Gervais-Irene, by the mid-1940s she'd left and the Gervais-Irene became 'Irene Craigmile.'
Older version of the 'Non Gervais-Irene'
Shown in 1982, estimated true age then: Fifty-eight years old.

Above: In 1984, the Non Gervais-Irene (AKA 'Irene Jr.') was described as 'born in 1924' by the elderly, Lucy McDannel, a past good friend of the original Irene Craigmile's family, the O'Crowleys of Newark, New Jersey. Ms. McDannel described how 'Irene Jr.' had been raised by the O'Crowleys and as a teenager she ran errands for the original Irene's attorney aunt and physician uncle who lived next to each other. Irene Jr. also helped look after the original Irene's 1934 born son, and she was retroactively identified as 'Irene Craigmile' even though, as Lucy described it, Irene Jr. was only "16-17 years old in 1940," leaving her a generation younger than the original Irene Craigmile. Irene Jr. and the original Irene's son, Larry Heller moved to Mineola on Long Island, New York where they lived with their 'Aunt Gert' (AKA Gertrude Ferguson) into the early 1940s. That same time period featured a bizarre 'annulment' process that erased the original Irene's brief shot-gun marriage to Al Heller with accusations of poor parenting, improvidence, drinking and promiscuity flung from both sides, according to court records. Lucy went on to mention how Irene Jr. left the O'Crowley family fold in the mid-1940s. At that same time, the Gervais-Irene became the 'new' Irene Craigmile. From 1928 to 1937 Amelia Earhart had been a good friend of the original Irene's attorney aunt, I. Mary Rutherford O'Crowley, who had endorsed Amelia into the ZONTA professional women's organization in 1928, and later helped with Amelia's brand-product licensing contracts, especially her famous luggage line that Ms. O'Crowley continued to manage in Newark well after Amelia was declared 'missing.' [This is all true, folks.]

The Gervais-Irene

1940s-1982 ID'd Irene Craigmile (Gervais-Irene)
...slight weight gain, nose work, dental, cosmetic changes;

News photo, 1940s-1982 ID'd Irene Craigmile Bolam.
AKA 'The Gervais-Irene' in Japan, 1963, five years after she married Guy Bolam of England.

After emerging from nowhere into the U.S. in the mid-1940s, from that point on the Gervais-Irene was identified as 'Irene Craigmile' until 1958, when she became 'Irene Bolam' after marrying the distinguished, Guy Bolam of England. Guy Bolam's main enterprise was overseeing Radio Luxembourg in Europe, that had helped introduce the Beatles to Russia. It became a general consensus that Guy Bolam had been linked to England's MI6 program. Even Guy's brother, John Bolam expressed his certainty of Guy having been MI6. When retired Air Force Major, Joe Gervais met and photographed Irene and Guy Bolam in 1965, he knew none of this. Guy died in 1970, and the Gervais-Irene Craigmile remained known as 'Irene Bolam' until her death was recorded in 1982. A few years after that,  well-known Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a former President of Seton Hall College began admitting to different investigators that his long time close friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Adversaries who opposed the Irene-Amelia truth shouted Father Kelley down by calling him a senile old man and a chronic liar. Nothing could have been farther from the truth. See the Monsignor Kelley page-link for more.

Above: Reprinted from Tod Swindell's Protecting Earhart, Beyond 37' forensic study, only the Irene Craigmile displayed on the left was the original 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.' The study revealed the other two women had the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity attributed to them, with the original Irene no longer appearing. It seemed curious at first but ultimately did make sense, when the 1934 born son of the original Irene Craigmile, Larry Heller only identified the Non Gervais-Irene as his mother. After the totality of Irene's photo history was obtained, the study's face and close-up, 'tear duct to tear duct' eye comparisons forensically eliminated the possibility of only one individual having used the singular, 'Irene Madelaine O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam' identity.
The study's forensic analysis also revealed how the three different women shown above had all known each other, although age-wise the Non Gervais-Irene was separated by a generation from the other two. After the Gervais-Irene's death was recorded, photo forgeries were employed to try and hide the age-difference reality and to blend the three individuals into one. The Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune published the ones below in October of 1982, dating them '1923' in an effort to make people believe the woman featured on the cover of Irene Bolam's memorial dinner program [photo dated "1970s"] had been the one and only 'Irene Craigmile Bolam.' The profile forgery was even more poorly achieved. Notice how the right arm, shoulder and torso are out of proportion in it. Described as 'mug shot' forgeries (straight on and profile) their purpose was to trick the observer into believing there had only been one Irene Craigmile Bolam, when in fact, there were three: The Original Irene, the Non Gervais-Irene, and the Gervais-Irene, AKA the 'former' Amelia Earhart.  

"1923" Straight-On Forgery...
...only aligns with the Non Gervais-Irene.
"1923" Profile Forgery...
...aligns with Amelia's, less the nose-bridge curve; torso, shoulders & arms are out of proportion

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

Non Gervais-Irene (AKA 'Irene Jr.')
Joe Gervais never met this 'Irene Bolam' shown in the 1970s. (Above program cover date 10/29/82)

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

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

It is amazing to consider, especially since the above photo marks the true younger image of the woman featured on the Memorial Dinner program, how otherwise the straight-on forgery would have meant almost sixty-years passed when the Non Gervais-Irene was able to strike the exact same pose she did in 1923 and how she hardly aged at all in that span of time--if one closely compares the Memorial Dinner program photo to the '1923' dated image. To be sure, it's highly doubtful she discovered the fountain of youth or a cure for osteoporosis. Not to mention, where Larry Heller described the above image of his mother to have been taken in "the early 1940s," one need only ask, how could his mother have gone from looking like she did in 1923, to the way she did in the early 1940s, then in the 1970s back to the way she did in 1923? It's preposterous to consider. Note as well, the newspaper that published the forgeries did not publish the true younger photo image displayed above that Mr. Heller instantly identified as his mother in 2006 and again 2014. Of the forgery pics, Larry Heller mentioned he had never seen them before they appeared in the paper in 1982, and he had no idea where they came from.

The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1932; Amelia and Viola's friend.

More About The Woman Whose Identity Amelia Acquiesced in the 1940s;
The Original, 'Irene Craigmile'

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

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

In 1932, after Amelia soloed the Atlantic she and her pilot friend, Viola Gentry helped introduce the original Irene to the world of flying airplanes. Unexpectedly though, in 1933 the original Irene became pregnant out of wedlock by way of her flight instructor, Al Heller, and that summer the two eloped to marry. A son was born to them in early 1934, but their marriage would later be annulled leaving the surname of 'Heller' to no longer be attributed to Irene Craigmile.

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

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

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

It is clear the 'Non Gervais-Irene' was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, [Larry Heller's true birth mother, shown above in 1930] nor was she the Gervais-Irene, whose enigmatic quality and importance among her peers was well-noticed in 1965 by retired USAF Major, Joe Gervais upon being introduced to her by Amelia's old friend, Viola Gentry.

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

The file on the annulment of Al Heller and the original Irene’s marriage and the ongoing custody battle over their son is extensive, with harsh accusations of poor parenting and promiscuous behavior described by both about each other. In all the custody battle lasted from 1939 to 1942. Their son, Larry was often left in the charge of others then, and he was enrolled at a boarding school at a his young age during World War Two.  The original Irene appeared to no longer exist by the early 1940s, and what became of her is a mystery unto itself. A clue about the original Irene did arise when a later life acquaintance of the Gervais-Irene, a 1970s radio show host by the name of Diana Dawes of Princeton, New Jersey, mentioned in a 1993 recorded statement how she understood the original Irene's hushed demise had enabled Amelia to assume her identity.

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

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

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

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

The original Irene's 1876 born father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley remarried but never had any more children. Originally a plumber by trade, in 1920 he and his second wife, Mary were listed as living alone together. His job description then was 'Advertising,' and Mary's was 'None.' Richard Joseph O'Crowley last appeared in the 1940 Census again listed with his wife, Mary. At age 64 then, his job description was 'Bank Branch Manager' and Mary's was 'Supervisor of Phones, Banking Department.' 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Below: The three different women who were attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity. According to record, Irene Bolam died on July 7, 1982. So much begs the posthumous question, which woman shown below died on that day? According to Larry Heller, the woman he identified as his 'mother' (#2) died on that day. 

Below: It's fairly easy to find Amelia again by using the 1946 People's Bank photo from almost a decade after she was said to have 'disappeared.' The photo marks the first known to have publicly identified her as [the new] 'Irene Craigmile.' The Zonta organization for professional career women has always refused to comment about the Zonta membership of Irene Craigmile (Bolam.) Recall too, by the 1930s Amelia Earhart had grown to become its most famous member. Even today the Zontas award its most prestigious annual scholarship in Amelia's name. There is little doubt, high level Zonta officers from the 1940s--the original Irene's aunt who was the Newark, New Jersey Zonta chapter president New York Zonta's, Nina Price, both Amelia's friends listed high among among them--were part of the non-public reidentification process that converted 'Amelia' to 'Irene.

1940s-1982 ID'd Irene (Gervais-Irene)
...slight weight gain, nose work, dental, cosmetic changes;

Before deviated septum rhinoplasty...
...prior to a slight weight gain, dental work, & cosmetic adjustments: The Gervais-Iene.

"After all she'd been through, she did not want to be Amelia Earhart any more." Quote of Monsignor James Francis Kelley, former President of Seton Hall University talking about his late close friend Irene Craigmile Bolam (the Gervais-Irene) in 1991.

The 1945-1982 identified 'Gervais-Irene.' She appeared nowhere in photos identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s. However two other women; the Original Irene and the Non Gervais-Irene did. In the next panels down following this one, see how closely the Gervais-Irene aligned with Amelia Earhart.

Below, a strip of four 'non-original Irene Craigmile' photos:

1.) Irene Craigmile, 1940s
Long Island 'Zonta' photo, 1945-1982 ID'd 'Gervais-Irene'
2.) Irene Craigmile, 1940s
'Irene Jr.', AKA the 'Non Gervais-Irene'
3.) Irene Craigmile, 1923
4.) Irene Craigmile, 1976
The Gervais-Irene at a Detroit Zonta function

Below, the different 'post 1930s' identified Irene Craigmile referred to as "Irene Jr."

1940s 'different' Irene Craigmile (Bolam)
ID'd by the original Irene's Son in 2006, National Geographic refused to display her image on TV.

Below: Elmo Pickerill responded to a query letter from Joe Gervais, reaffirming how he knew Irene Craigmile (Bolam) while also confirming her past friendship with Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry. Mr. Pickerill expressed his belief Irene was bonafide, and he appeared to know nothing about the shared identity of Irene Craigmile (Bolam), or at least, it seemed that way. He also appeared not to know the original Irene Craigmile hardly ever flew at all. As well, where forensic comparisons were not conducted back then, no one realized how Viola Gentry would have had two friends who looked so hauntingly similar to each other in Amelia Earhart, who disappeared in 1937, and in the Gervais-Irene, who appeared from out of nowhere in the 1940s to become a 'new' Irene Craigmile:

Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia 1976
The Gervais-Irene
The transition back begins...
...images in alignment...
Gervais-Irene + Amelia
= Irene-Amelia

Below: Different looks of 'the Gervais-Irene.' She was dubbed the 'Gervais-Irene' to distinguish her as the 'Irene' who retired Air Force Major Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 at a gathering of well-known retired pilots. After researching her background for years, Gervais found her to be a true enigma who was familiar with the same people and interests Amelia used to be.

Long Island, New York
Kobe, Japan
1965, Joe Gervais photo.
Long Island, New York
Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia
Jamestown, New Jersey

Irene-Amelia overlay blend...
...of Amelia and the 1945-1982 ID'd Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam.
The transition back begins...
028.JPG the 1945-1982 Irene Craigmile Bolam.
News photo, 1945-1982 ID'd Irene Craigmile Bolam.
AKA 'The Gervais-Irene' in Japan, 1963.

Is This Real?
Click on this photo overlay and decide for yourself.

1945-1982 Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam
Shown at Cocoa Beach, Florida in 1965.
The transition begins...
...see Amelia's image becoming apparent.
Amelia's image starts to take over...
...notice the congruent alignment; face, chin, neck, shoulders, et al.
Amelia's image dominant.
From a 1935 photo taken during Amelia's pre Hawaii to Oakland flight sea voyage.

From a 10/18/82 New Jersey Tribune article:
A decade later Msgr. Kelley told the truth about his late friend 'Irene' in a taped interview.
Mnsgr. Kelley & the Gervais-Irene, 1980
The former Seton Hall Univ. President finally told the truth about his friend Irene on tape in 1991.

R. Reineck: "We believe Jackie Cochran was sent to Japan to help bring Amelia home. Are you aware of that?"
Monsignor Kelley: "Yes, I was involved with that."
The above exchange was excerpted from a 1991 taped conversation between USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.) and Monsignor James Francis Kelley of Rumson, New Jersey. Monsignor Kelley knew and helped Amelia become the Gervais-Irene after World War Two. Msgr. Kelley also admitted, in the face of 'official silence' and dismissals emanating from the original Irene's and Amelia's survived relatives, as well as the Smithsonian Institute and the National Geographic Society, yes all of this notwithstanding, Monsignor James Francis Kelley still verified the Gervais-Irene had formerly been known as 'Amelia Earhart.' [Click on the Kelley/Bolam photo above to read more about Msgr. Kelley.]

Gertrude Kelley Hession (L) the Gervais-Irene (R)
Yugoslavia, 1976.

Mnsgr. Kelley & the Gervais-Irene, 1980
Monsignor James Francis Kelley was President of Seton Hall University from 1939 to 1949
Kelley with his sister, Gertrude Kelley Hession.
Early 1980s photo.

The Gervais-Irene...
002.JPG overlayed with Amelia Earhart. [From the Beyond 37' Study]

Once again, from 'Protecting Earhart'...
Gervais-Irene's handwriting in 1967, and Amelia's own "Amelia M Earhart" signature at age eighteen.

Above: A Gervais-Irene to Amelia Earhart handwriting comparison, with the Gervais-Irene veritably admitting she was 'known' as both Irene and Amelia. Excerpted from a 1967 letter she wrote to Joe Gervais, she referred to two individuals; famous pilot Viola Gentry, and Early Birds of Aviation President, Elmo Pickerill, writing, "because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile." Beyond 37's forensic study added Amelia's 'Amelia M. Earhart' signature to the document for comparison. This sample and a few others from the study were reprinted with permission in retired USAF Colonel, Rollin Reineck's book, Amelia Earhart Survived. Note: The "Amelia M Earhart" signature sample can be found on page 46 in the 1987 book, Amelia, My Courageous Sister by Muriel Earhart Morrissey and Carol L. Osborne. 

Another of the study's Irene-Amelia 'morphs.'
Click on the photo to see more comparisons.

Eleanor Roosevelt & Amelia Earhart

Amelia's image + the Gervais-Irene's image...
...displays a congruence.

Orville Wright & Amelia Earhart

Amelia's image + the Gervais-Irene's image...
...displays a congruence.

1945-1982 Gervais-Irene, harder exposure...
...different angle too, all of eighty years detectable.

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

As Anyone Can See...
...Amelia Was Still In There

"After watching some [of his] video and looking at the manuscript of Tod Swindell, who employed the methods and expertise of forensic anthropologists to compare AE and IB physically, I think Joe Gervais was right." 2002, International News Journalist, Rosalea Barker of New Zealand from an edition of 'Stateside; Scoop Archives.' Ms. Barker had just attended the Oakland Western Aerospace Museum research symposium about Amelia Earhart's disappearance. She was one among three hundred other Earhart-curious individuals. 
"Foudray also thinks Gervais' and Swindell's research is 'just the tip of the iceberg." "All the evidence all put together, I feel like she (Amelia) did survive." "I think she survived and came back to the United States." Excerpts from two interviews with Lou Foudray of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum on the investigative research of Joe Gervais and Tod Swindell; from a Topeka Capital Journal article by Jan Biles and a 2009 interview conducted by Lara Moritz of KMBC TV Kansas City. [See Press Notices link for more.]

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. 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 studies. 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 and Aether Pictures and Press LLC of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and Sierra Madre, California.

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