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

Three Women Used The Same 'Irene' Identity, One Was FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

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Three Women Used The Same 'Irene' Identity, One Was FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

2017 Marks The 80th Anniversary of Amelia Earhart's storied 'Disappearance'
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]


from the multitude of head-to-toe comparisons...
...younger and older visages superimposed

In the new millennium, Protecting Earhart evidenced the following statement to further exist as an incontestable forensic reality: 

"Amelia Earhart survived World War Two in Japan's custody and she returned to the U.S. after the war where she ended up living a non-public life as one of three women attributed to the same identity of, 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam,' until she died in 1982. The 'former' Amelia Earhart was recognized in 1965 for who she used to be, was 'outed' five years later in 1970, but she defiantly refused to endorse the truth of her past identity for the sake of maintaining her ongoing private-life existence, and the integrity of the way history recorded her 1937 world flight ending. The U.S. national news media was encouraged to accept her denial on the surface, although had it not been, investigative reporters akin to a 'Woodward and Bernstein' team could have easily learned and revealed her past 'famous' identity those years ago. Instead the issue ended up mired in the New York State Supreme Court for five years, the resolve of which that took place in early 1976, had nothing to do with the woman in question having been previously known as Amelia Earhart."  Protecting Earhart, 2017

The three different women attributed to the same 'Irene' 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 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.

Gervais-Irene & former Amelia self
Two photos superimposed.
Gervais-Irene & former Amelia self
Gervais-Irene,1965 / Amelia,1933
Gervais-Irene & former Amelia self
Gervais-Irene,1963 / Amelia,1928
Gervais-Irene & former Amelia self
Gervais-Irene,1976 / Amelia,1932
Gervais-Irene & former Amelia self
As the Gervais-Irene, 1978 / as Amelia, 1929

Complete 1987 Marshall Islands Stamp Series
Depicts Earhart and Noonan's New Guinea departure to their Mili Atol crash and rescue

The Forensic Truth Equation of Amelia's Changed Identity

Below are three separate tables displaying the three different women who were historically attributed to the same name and identity of Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam. The first table displays THE ORIGINAL IRENE, the second displays THE NON GERVAIS-IRENE, and the last displays THE GERVAIS-IRENE, who was previously known as Amelia Earhart.

Below: The original Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller 

The Original Irene Craigmile, 1930.
Shown with her husband Charles & her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.
The original Irene Craigmile
In late 1932, Amelia and Viola Gentry arranged for her to take flying lessons

Note: The original Irene's husband, Charles Craigmile, shown to her left above, tragically died in 1931 of an appendicitus attack. Two years later, in mid 1933, just after the original Irene was awarded her pilot's license she realized herself to be pregnant out of wedlock, the second time such a thing had happened to her. The father of her unborn child was Alvin Heller, who had recently served as her flight instructor. The two eloped to Ohio to marry, and in March of 1934 their child was born, a son, who grew up to be  'Larry Heller.' The original Irene's brief stint as a pilot ended in 1933, for she never flew a plane again after she became pregnant. By the late 1930s she and Al's marriage had failed, then curiously, after the annulment of their marriage and an ugly child custody battle that stretched into the early 1940s, the trail of the original Irene disappeared. Amelia Earhart had been acquainted with the original Irene through Attorney Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley, the original Irene's aunt who was a good friend of Amelia's and a prominent ZONTA figure, just as Amelia had been a prominent ZONTA figure. There is virtually no doubt that Amelia's ZONTA friend, Attorney Irene and Amelia's former publicist and good friend in another prominent ZONTA figure, Nina Price of England had been cooperative and instrumental with Amelia's inheritance of the original Irene's identity, under the omniscient guises of J. Edgar Hoover and Monsignor James Francis Kelley. Although Attorney Irene, Nina Price, and Amelia were all good friends and business associates in the 1930s, it's no surprise Attorney Irene and Nina have never been referenced in any published biographies about Amelia. 

Below: The second Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller, AKA the "Non Gervais-Irene." She was never known as 'Amelia Earhart.'

Non Gervais-Irene, 1940s
The original Irene's son, Larry Heller identified this woman as his 'mother'

Non Gervais-Irene, 1982
Photo supplied by Larry Heller

Match; younger & older versions.
The two left photos superimposed.

Younger Non Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Older Non Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Sample: Match
Younger and Older Non Gervais-Irene's Eyes Combined

Below: The third Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller, AKA the "Gervais-Irene" FKA "Amelia Earhart" whose surname of 'Bolam' was added in 1958 after she married Guy Bolam of England.

The Gervais-Irene, 1940s
FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

1965 Joe Gervais photo of Irene Craigmile [Bolam]

Match; younger and older Gervais-Irene
The left two photos superimposed

1946, the Gervais-Irene, FKA, 'Amelia Earhart'
She became 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

Not so hard to revert back to...
zonta45touched.jpg she looked before she went missing in 1937.

Gervais-Irene's Eyes + Amelia's Eyes
The eyes aligned perfectly because they were the same eyes

Eyes from 1946 Gervais-Irene...
...matched Amelia's perfectly because they were the same eyes.

Amelia's Eyes

The Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Sample: Overlay Match
Amelia & the Gervais-Irene

The 'Gervais-Irene' FKA 'Amelia Earhart'
Shown in Japan in 1963

The morph her former self begins
The Amelia photo was taken when she was thirty years old

Irene & Amelia images superimposed...
029.JPG variance observed

8/8/65 Joe Gervais taken photo of Irene...
Viola Gentry introduced Gervais to her that day.

Superimposed: The Gervais photo...
...and the 1933 photo of her former self

Head to toe, all aspects of Amelia and the Gervais-Irene aligned.

The Gervais-Irene, FKA Amelia Earhart in 1978
Identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.
Gervais-Irene, Irene-Amelia
...aligned with Amelia's on the right

Orville Wright & Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
..shown blended below with this 1923 'into the mirror' taken self-portrait.

The Gervais-Irene, (see blend below)
True Age 80 Years, Early 1978

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

Head-to-toe, feet, hands, arm lengths, heights, ears, nasals, faces, teeth, necks, shoulders, breastplates, hairlines, etc., not to leave out character traits... when the Gervais-Irene and Amelia were thoroughly compared in Protecting Earhart's study, everything lined up.

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

The Gervais-Irene superimposed
with her former 'Amelia' self.

Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia 1976
The Gervais-Irene
The transition begins...
...both images naturally align...
Her former Amelia-self dominates
= Irene-Amelia

To check out a slow-motion dissolve of the above panel click on

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

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.
Monsignor Kelley & the Gervais-Irene, 1980
The former Seton Hall President first revealed the truth about his friend, Irene in the 1970s.

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...
...superimposed with her former self

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 she knew when she was Amelia; famous pilot Viola Gentry, and Early Birds of Aviation President, Elmo Pickerill, writing about them, "because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile." Protecting Earhart's sponsored 'document analysis' added Amelia's 'Amelia M. Earhart' signature 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. Below find individual cursive letters compared to each other. 

Gervais-Irene cursive letters compared to Amelia's
From Protecting Earhart's study; above left side: The Gevais-Irene; Above right side: Amelia Earhart

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.]

"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

"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.

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. 

Plate from the 1987 Marshall Islands Stamp Series
Depicts Earhart and Noonan by a Japanese Navy Officer while Amelia's plane is hoisted away

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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 first 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 in 2014. For publishing and subsidiary film rights availability, phone 323-317-0886 or send an e-mail inquiry to the above provided address.
Protecting Earhart is dedicated to the 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 special thanks also goes out to Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, whose enormous help with supplying never before made public 'Irene' photo data and handwritten letters in 2002, paved the way for the overall forensic comparison study to eventually reach its reality based conclusion. Thanks as well to former CIA operative, Bazzell Baz, who breathed some additional life into the 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 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 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 Tod Swindell's 'Protecting Earhart' forensic analysis. Portions of the 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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