Examining the Controversy of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance and the Claim of her 'Private' Survival

Will The Real Irene Craigmile Please Stand Up? Hint: She's The One In The Middle...

A Statement From Irene-Amelia.com's Creator and Editor, Tod Swindell
Forensic Comparison Samples: The Amelia Earhart to Gervais Irene Bolam Congruence
Forensic Analysis Support: Amelia Earhart, Irene Bolam
A Less Recalled Look At Amelia Earhart's 1937 Disappearance
A Closer Comparison Of Eyes & Faces; Forensically Separating The Irenes
The History of Amelia Earhart Mystery 'Investigative Research'
Controversial Amelia Earhart Forensic Argument Information
Detours Taken In Pursuit Of Answers; The Real Joe Gervais
About Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile (Heller) (Bolam); Did You Know?
Amelia Earhart Miscellaneous: Monsignor Kelley Excerpt, NASA Astronaut Wally Schirra's Words.
An Amelia To Irene Forensic Reality, 1982 Published Forgeries Discovered
The 1982 New Jersey Tribune's Irene-Amelia Photo Page 10/29/82
Alex Mandel's and Gwen Gale's Wikipedia Anti Irene-Amelia Crusade
Amelia Earhart Press Notice Samples
A Few Odd Rumors About Amelia Earhart
Will The Real Irene Craigmile Bolam Please Stand Up?
Recap of the Forensic Comparison & Analysis Discoveries

The Gervais-Irene

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

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.

The Gervais-Irene, whose image appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s exhibited a haunting physical and character trait congruence to Amelia Earhart. Seemingly appearing from out of the blue in the U.S. in the mid-1940s, from the World War Two era on she was identified as Irene Craigmile, until 1958 when she became 'Irene Bolam' after marrying the distinguished Guy Bolam of England whose main enterprise was overseeing Radio Luxembourg in Europe. It became a general consensus that Guy Bolam had been linked to the Council on Foreign Relations, a derivative of world wide notables dating back to the 1920s and at least, partly, what later became known as England's MI6 program. Even Guy's brother, John Bolam expressed his own certainty of Guy having been an MI6 operative. 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 own passing in 1982.

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 & father.

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

Above: The woman shown directly above was the original Irene (nee O'Crowley) Craigmile, who had married one Charles Craigmile in 1927. Charles died suddenly of appendicitis in 1931. The orginal Irene Craigmile remains an enigma to this day. She was a friend of Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry, who helped her to learn how to fly after Charles Craigmile died. She fell in love with one of her flight instructors, Al Heller and became pregnant out of wedlock with him in mid-1933. The two eloped to be married, except after she gave birth to their son in early 1934 there is no further record of her visual image, and no information pertaining to what became of her. [Her son was mostly raised during his childhood by the Non Gervais-Irene on the right.]  Note: The women shown in these three different columns; the Gervais-Irene, the Original Irene Craigmile, and the Non Gervais-Irene were all different human beings, although at various times they were identified as one in the same 'Irene (nee O'Crowley) Craigmile' (with 'Bolam' added in 1958.) Of course there was only ever one original Irene (nee O'Crowley) Craigmile, leaving the true identities of the other two women 'officially' unaccounted for. Beyond 37's forensic argument clearly equates the Gervais-Irene as the 'former' Amelia Earhart and the Non Gervais-Irene, at least possibly, as the grown 'family secret' 1924 born-out-of-wedlock daughter of Amelia Earhart and Lloyd Royer.

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: The Non Gervais-Irene (AKA 'Irene Jr.') was described as 'born in 1924.' In 1984 an elderly Lucy McDannel, who was a past good friend of the original Irene Craigmile's family (the O'Crowleys of Newark, New Jersey) did describe how 'Irene Jr.' had been taken in to be raised by the O'Crowleys in the late 1920s. As a teenager Irene Jr. helped look after the original Irene's 1934 born son, and she evidently was identified as 'Irene Craigmile' from the late 1930s into the 1940s, even though, as Lucy described Irene Jr. was only "16-17 years old in 1940." It appears evident Irene Jr. and the original Irene's son were relocated to Mineola on Long Island New York in 1938, where they lived with their 'Aunt Gert' (AKA Gertrude Ferguson) into the early 1940s. Irene Jr. all but left the O'Crowley fold in a public sense, after the Gervais-Irene became the 'new' Irene Craigmile and was furrther regarded as the mother of the original Irene's son.

Above: Reprinted from the Beyond 37' study, only the Irene Craigmile displayed in the middle was the original 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,' although the study also revealed how by the 1940s the other two women had the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity attributed to them, with the original Irene no longer appearing. It seemed curious but did make sense in 2006, when the 1934 born son of the original Irene Craigmile, Larry Heller admitted he grew up believing his mother always existed as one person. (After the final elements of Irene's photo history were obtained, the study's face and close-up eye comparisons forensically eliminated the possibility of only one individual having used the 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam' identity.)
The study's forensic analysis also revealed that the three different women shown above had all known each other, although the Non Gervais-Irene was separated a generation age wise from the other two. In 2006 the original Irene's son mentioned he held no photos of his 'mother' pre-dating the year of 1947. He still recognized both the Gervais-Irene and Non Gervais-Irene as mother figures, although, evidently only the Gervais-Irene filled such a role from his post mid-1940s boarding school days on. It is also clear the original Irene's son, Larry Heller grew up never knowing his biological mother.

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

The original Irene's first husband, Charles Craigmile died suddenly of appendicitis during a road trip in 1931. By 1932 his widow, Irene Craigmile was taking flying lessons at Roosevelt Field on Long Island with a goal to earn her pilot's license. Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry helped her early on, and in late May of 1933, after several months of (inconsistent at times) training she was awarded her pilot's license. She had soloed the required amount of hours and demonstrated her overall skill as a pilot. Alvin Victor Heller was her last flight instructor, and, not long after being awarded her license, Irene Craigmile realized she was pregnant with Alvin Heller's child. Soon the two eloped to wed and Irene Craigmile Heller gave birth to their son in early 1934. It does appear to be the case, the original Irene is no longer visible from that point on in the 'physical image' photo history of her person. Her marriage would be legally annulled as well, leaving the surname of 'Heller' to be dropped. Below: The two 'non original' Irenes: 

Non Gervais-Irene
Identified as his 'early childhood mother' by the original Irene's Son in 2006
Non Gervais-Irene, older, 1982
Same person to the left, the original Irene's son supplied this 1982 news series photo.
1940s-1982 Gervais-Irene
Earliest known photo that identified her as "Irene Craigmile"
Older Gervais-Irene
Same person as shown to the left, photo taken in 1965 by USAF Major Joe Gervais, (Ret.)

Below: It's fairly easy to find Amelia again by using the 1945 Zonta photo from almost a decade after she was said to have 'disappeared.' The photo marks the first known to have publicly identified her as (a new) 'Irene Craigmile.' True, the Zonta organization for professional career women has always refused to comment about the 1945-1970s Zonta membership of Irene Craigmile (Bolam.) Recall too, by the 1930s Amelia Earhart had grown to become the most famous Zonta member. Even today the Zontas award its most prestigious annual scholarship in Amelia's name. There is virtually no doubt, high level Zonta officers from the 1940s were in confidence with the non-public reidentification process of changing 'Amelia' to 'Irene.

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

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.

1945-1982 'Gervais-Irene'
Married to Guy Bolam of England in 1958.
Left and right images combined display the congruence.
1945-1982 Gervais-Irene in 1965. (Gervais photo.)
AKA "Irene Craigmile" AKA "Irene Bolam." Same photo appeared in 1970 book "Amelia Earhart Lives."

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.

In its forensic analysis Beyond 37' discovered how in 1982 Irene Jr.'s older-version photo image appeared in a newspaper identifying her (for the first time in forty years) as 'the late Irene Craigmile Bolam,' even though it was the Gervais-Irene who had actually passed away that year. To this day some believe Irene Jr. was the concealed, out-of-wedlock birth daughter of Lloyd Royer and Amelia Earhart from four years before Amelia suddenly became famous at age thirty. After the original Irene's son, Larry Heller in 2006 identified both the Gervais-Irene and Non Gervais-Irene as childhood mother figures he had, no other O'Crowley or Earhart family member acknowledged an awareness of there having been more than one person known as Irene Craigmile. The analysis revealed how it is obvious there was more than one identified Irene Craigmile, just as it made it equally obvious to realize, however hard to conventionally accept, the Gervais-Irene was the somehow survived, name changed, and public image altered 'former' Amelia Earhart.

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

Lucy McDannel clearly described the enigmatic girl who had been taken in to be raised by the O'Crowleys, adding how she was referred to as 'Irene Jr.' She also included how by 1945 'Irene Jr.' was no longer intimate with the O'Crowleys. Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who was a prominent New York attorney, Zonta figurehead, and friend and advisor of Amelia's (and was 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 son, Larry Heller.

Older 'Non Gervais-Irene'
1982, age 58

Who was the Non Gervais-Irene? She wasn't the original Irene, nor was she the Irene who retired Air Force Major Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 at a gathering of well known retired pilots. Still, the son of the original Irene, Larry Heller did recognized her as his 'early childhood mother figure.' By 1945 Larry Heller was living at a boarding school as the Non Gervais-Irene segued out of his life. By the mid-1940s the Non Gervais-Irene had purportedly relocated to Scotland where as a single mother she had a child of her own who she placed up for adoption, and she later returned to the United States to resume a quiet life in Connecticut. Again, to date the Non Gervais-Irene has yet to be identified for who she truly is, or was.

The original Irene Craigmile (Bolam), circa 1930
Husband Charles Craigmile (left), and her father Joe O'Crowley (Right).

About The Original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile

As revealed by the Beyond 37' Forensic Analysis (Plural Humans/Same Identity; 2002-2007) there were no less than three different women who at times employed the same Irene Craigmile (Bolam) identity. Directly above is the best known example of a legitimate photo of the 'original' Irene Craigmile (Bolam). She was born "Irene Madaline O'Crowley" on 10/1/04 in Newark, New Jersey according to record. [No birth certificate for her person was located by family or researchers.] She was an only child. Her mother, Bridgett Doyle O'Crowley died when the original Irene was twelve, leaving her to be taken in and further raised by her paternal grandmother, Sarah Rutherford O'Crowley and her paternal aunt I. M. O'Crowley in Newark (the original Irene's father's sister.) The original Irene's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley (Joe) who is seen on the right in the above photo, slipped into alcoholism after losing his wife. (He died in 1943.) (Curiously, the 1920 census listed the original Irene as "fourteen years old" while she lived with her grandmother Sarah and attorney-aunt I. M. O'Crowley, differing from her described 1904 birth year and supporting an actual birth year rumor of 1906.)

The original Irene's first husband, Charles James Craigmile who was fifteen years older than she (featured above left) was a Newark Civil Engineer from a prominent Rantoul, Illinois family. The original Irene and Charles Craigmile were wed in 1927. (Info to later surface from the original Irene's second husband, Al Heller described how he understood the original Irene was 'pregnant with another man's child' when she married Charles Craigmile. It appears the child, a boy was born to the original Irene and reared by her extended O'Crowley family.) The original Irene's first husband, Charles Craigmile was stable and well liked. The 1930 census showed the couple living in Pequannock, New Jersey, yet during a road trip in 1931 Charles took ill of appendicitis and died, leaving the original Irene a widow.

A year later, in late 1932 Viola Gentry and Amelia Earhart arranged for some flying lessons for their bereaved friend, the original Irene. (The two well-known women pilots had met the original Irene in 1928 through her attorney aunt, I.  M. O'Crowley who was also a good friend and Zonta sister of Amelia's.) The original Irene's flying lessons took place in Long Island, New York. In 1933 the original Irene met and dated Alvin Victor Heller, one of her flight instructors. Just after earning her pilot's license in late May of that year, the original Irene realized herself to be pregnant with Al's child. (According to record the original Irene never flew again after logging only a handful of flight hours.) In August of 1933 Al Heller and the original Irene Craigmile eloped to be married, and in early March of 1934 came the birth of their child in Newark, a son they named Clarence Alvin Heller, (later to be informally known as "Larry Heller.") Sometime afterward the original Irene Craigmile Heller disappeared from view. Childbirth complications were eventually bantered on, to have left her physically stricken and mired in postpartum depression. Where so, what ended as her true demise was never publicly conveyed. In 1994 Diana Dawes, a later life good friend of the Gervais-Irene described on tape how she "understood someone had died (the original Irene, to be hushed) and that's how she (the Gervais-Irene) was able to get her new identity." By the late 1930s the paper trail began showing how a legal annulment process had commenced, and by 1940 the marriage of Al and Irene Heller was determined null and void, leaving the name of Irene Heller to revert back to Irene Craigmile. Thus, such a full name historically ended as "Irene Madaline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam," although "Heller" had been legally removed. And in the 1940s a different Irene Craigmile (the 1945-1982 identified 'Gervais-Irene') was appearing in the original Irene's place. She bore a striking resemblance to Amelia Earhart; the world famous pilot-hero who the original Irene had known.

The Non Gervias-Irene (Irene Jr.) who helped with the rearing of Larry Heller was later described as "no longer intimate" with the O'Crowleys of Newark, New Jersey by 1945.  Again, some feel Irene Jr., who remains to be forensically identified for who she truly was, evidenced the 1924 born love-child of Amelia Earhart and Lloyd Royer who was co-raised by the O'Crowley family after Amelia became famous in 1928 at the age of thirty. Whether or not such a postulation is true, there did exist a rumor of a pre-fame child Amelia had and concealed 'around 1924,' a year of great transition in Amelia's life when she and her mother and sister all relocated from Los Angeles, California to Boston, Massachusetts. During that odd year-long period of 1924, Lucy Challis, Amelia's cousin later described how it was "as if the Earhart's had fallen off the edge of the earth" then. In 1924 Amelia herself was dealing with her own medical (sinus) and emotional (depression) issues, but there seems to have existed a non-conveyed undercurrent about why all three ladies so stealthly slipped away from their southern California home, beginning wth Amelia herself in January, with her not resurfacing again in a 'regular' way until the spring of 1925. Three years later  in 1928, world-fame suddenly struck Amelia, the year Irene Jr. turned four years old.  

Beyond all of this it is true anymore, how ever since the 1940s two individuals who were not the original Irene; the Gervais-Irene and the Non Gervais-Irene were identified as "Irene Craigmile (Bolam)." 

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...
...to 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. It was recently verified how the well known Monsignor Kelley knew well and actually helped the Gervais-Irene after World War Two. Msgr. Kelley admitted, in the face of 'official silence' and dismissals emanating from Irene's and Amelia's survived relatives, as well as the Smithsonian Institute and the National Geographic Society, yes all of this notwithstanding, to Monsignor James Francis Kelley the Gervais-Irene formerly was, no doubt... known as 'Amelia Earhart' in the 1930s. (See more photos and comparisons below.)[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...
...photo overlayed with Amelia Earhart. [From the Beyond 37' Study]

From the Beyond 37' study...
Gervais-Irene's handwriting in 1967, and Amelia's own "Amelia M Earhart" signature at age eighteen.

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." International News Journalist, Rosalea Barker of New Zealand from an edition of 'Stateside.' Ms. Barker had just covered an Oakland Western Aerospace Museum symposium about Amelia Earhart attended by three hundred 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.]

"We don't discuss that around here," replied President Richard Nixon in 1970, in response to the then national news story about the just released McGraw-Hill book, Amelia Earhart Lives. The book implied Irene to be the 'former' Amelia Earhart. Irene held a press conference at the Time-Life building in New York to condemn the book as "a pack of lies" and "a fantastic story," and strongly stated "I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart." She then stormed out having fielded no questions. Joe Gervais remarked,"She handled the press like a pro." Years later her good friend, Monsignor James Francis Kelley indicated she saw no choice but to react as she did. He also pointed out by 1970 she had 'not been' Amelia Earhart for many years so her denial in the present tense, especially to her, was not necessarily a non-truthful statement. In 1979 Kelley also told his friend, Donald Dekoster how by the 1960s she "barely recognized who she used to be." Irene sued McGraw-Hill but after five years refused to submit her fingerprints as 'proof positive' of her identity, so in early 1976 a ten dollar consideration was paid by her to Gervais and the book's author, Joe Klaas, who in turn paid her the same amount to end a separate suit she levied against them. McGraw-Hill did pay a mid five-figure settlement to her for 'damaging her reputation' by way of a few specified false allegations, to include the suggestion she was never legally married to her British husband, Guy Bolam who she had wed in New York in 1958.     
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IN 2006, AFTER INITIALLY AGREEING TO DO SO film producer, Noel Dockstader did not discuss or show the newly discovered multiple Irenes reality in his documentary, 'Where's Amelia Earhart' that still occasionally runs on the National Geographic Channel. He declined to address the recent discovery of more than one person having used the same Irene Craigmile Bolam identity, or other important realities connected to the problems with someone so recognizable cloaking herself in a different identity. The idea that she did not want to be recognized by intention and design escaped him, just as it has so many others. Stiil, according to the history of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam, she was born in 1904 and died in 1982. Yet the Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965, then spent several years investigating the background of, only appeared in her photograph history identified as Irene from the 1940s to 1982. As mentioned, the woman featured on the cover of Irene Bolam's 1982 Memorial Dinner program was not the Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 at the Long Island, New York gathering of well-known retired pilots.

Click here to e-mail Irene-Amelia.com and/or Beyond 37', or just e-mail EarhartTruth@Irene-Amelia.com

Irene-Amelia.com was first launched in 2007. The comprehensive Forensic Analysis and Forensic Comparison Study it displays, 1.) Proved more than one person employed the same 'Irene' identity, and 2.) Displayed the head-to-toe congruence the Gervais-Irene shared with Amelia Earhart. The analysis first began in 1996 and was copyrighted in 2002. Tod Swindell's original manuscript, Protecting Earhart: The Beautiful Alter Ego and Silent Legacy of History's Most Famous Flying Heroine is housed and registered at the Writers Guild of America (west), #1033972. For information e-mail EarhartTruth@Irene-Amelia.com.
This website is dedicated to the late USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (1924-2005) and the late USAF Col. Rollin C. Reineck (1920-2007). Both were World War Two heroes who learned the basic Irene-Amelia 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 realistic conclusion. Thanks as well to Bazzell Baz, who breathed new life into the endeavor in the late 1990s by daring to go where others didn't.
Major Gervais, who is 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 expounded on 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 the Irene-Amelia forensic studies. Portions of the study appeared in the Reineck book, although much more is displayed in Irene-Amelia.com. Beyond 37' and Irene-Amelia.com are owned and managed by Tod Swindell and Aether Pictures and Press of Pasadena, California.

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