Examining Amelia Earhart's 1937 Disappearance and the Claims of her 'Private Survival'

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

An Editorial by Irene-Amelia.com's 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
Monsignor James Francis Kelley & Astronaut Wally Schirra Discuss Amelia Earhart
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?
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.

After emerging from nowhere into the U.S. in the mid-1940s, from the World War Two era on the Gervais-Irene 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 England's MI6 program. Even Guy's brother, John Bolam expressed his own 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.

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, R,J. O'Crowley.

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

The woman above was the original Irene nee O'Crowley Craigmile, who had wed Charles Craigmile in 1927. She remains an enigma to this day. She was a 1930s friend of Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry, who both helped her learn to fly after Charles Craigmile died in 1931. She had an affair with her flight instructor, Al Heller and she became pregnant with his child in mid-1933. The two eloped, and she gave birth to their son in early 1934, but before long their marriage would be annulled. Clear photo documentation of the original Irene prior to the 1940s does not exist.

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) intimated how 'Irene Jr.' had been taken in to be raised by the O'Crowleys. 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. left the O'Crowley fold after the Gervais-Irene became the 'new' Irene Craigmile.

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 when the 1934 born son of the original Irene Craigmile, Larry Heller only identified the Non Gervais-Irene as his mother. (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 how 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. The original Irene's son mentioned he held no photos of his 'mother' pre-dating the year of 1947, but he still instantly recognized only the Non Gervais-Irene as his mother. It is clear the original Irene's son, Larry Heller was unaware that he grew up never knowing his biological mother.

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

Below: The Story Of 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 friends.

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 good 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.

Attorney Irene O'Crowley and Nina Price also respectively served as the legal 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.

Anymore 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 also determined that photos of the original Irene are very scarce, and clear photos of her 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.

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 parents 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 very young age.  The original Irene appeared to no longer exist after the 1930s, and what became of her is a mystery unto itself. A clue about the original Irene did come to exist 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 had died at some point, thus enabling Amelia to assume her identity.

Researching the life of the original Irene was difficult, although certain ‘telling information’ was 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 also 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,  ('Madeline' was the original Irene's middle name) and it showed her living in the home of her mother's parents, the Doyles along 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 Joesph 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. His job description at that time 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 when she was 21. She later told people who had heard about it at the time that she miscarried back then, but it wasn't true, for she gave birth to her first child, a son, Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley, Jr. who was subsequently 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, the following year in 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 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. [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 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' (#3) died on that day. 


Closer of the original Irene, who no longer appeared after the 1930s.


Before a few cosmetic adjustments...
...the more familiar look

The 'Gervais-Irene' in 1946
AKA 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

The Gervais-Irene, 1965


The 'Non Gervais-Irene' (Irene Jr.)
1940s graduation photo

The Non Gervais-Irene (Irene Jr.) 1982

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: 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.

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.]

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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