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Discovered Forensic Realities of Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile (Heller) (Bolam)
A Note From Irene-Amelia.com's Editor, Tod Swindell
A Less Recalled Look At Amelia Earhart's 1937 Disappearance
The History of Amelia Earhart Mystery 'Investigative Research'
Controversial Amelia Earhart Forensic Argument Information
Detours Taken In Pursuit Of Answers; The Real Joe Gervais
About Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile (Heller) (Bolam); Did You Know?
Forensic Comparison Samples: The Amelia To Irene Congruence
A Closer Comparison Of Eyes & Faces; Amelia To Irene, Separating The Irenes
Will The Real Irene Craigmile Bolam Please Stand Up?
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
Recap of the Forensic Comparison & Analysis Discoveries

The Gervais-Irene Bolam proud with her wings, 1978
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She Appeared Nowhere Identified As 'Irene' Prior To The 1940s.
'Irene' photo in transition...
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...when aligned with Amelia's on the right. (See more comparisons below.)

Orville Wright & Amelia Earhart
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Did you know...
 
...Only recently was it determined and revealed via family interviews and ID placements, that there were three different women historically identified as one in the same 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile (Heller) (Bolam)'

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The original Irene, middle, 1930
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Amelia's 1930s friend; she appeared to no longer physically exist beyond the mid-1930s

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Closer of the original Irene, 1930

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

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The Gervais-Irene, 1965

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

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The Non Gervais-Irene (Irene Jr.) 1982

Did You Know...
 
...No matter what anyone reads on the internet, in books or in newspaper articles, or sees and hears on television--the assertion that the Gervais-Irene, who in 1970 was first publicly suggested to have been 'previously known as Amelia Earhart' has never been disproved.
 
Did You Know...
 
...Throughout her five year law suit (1970 to 1975) levied as a summary judgment against publisher McGraw-Hill and the authors of the 1970 McGraw-Hill book Amelia Earhart Lives (Joe Klaas & Joe Gervais) the Gervais-Irene never denied herself to have been previously known as Amelia Earhart.
 
Did You Know...
 
...Towards the end of her 'summary judgment' lawsuit the court was set to rule in the Gervais-Irene's favor against Gervais and Klaas in 1975, with an estimated award in excess of one million dollars, until Joe Gervais requested she provide her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity. The Gervais-Irene refused to comply with the request, instead agreeing to settle the case with a mere ten dollar consideration paid by both sides to each other.
 
Did You Know...
 
...McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay the Gervais-Irene an 'upper five figures sum' for damage to her reputation by allowing its book to describe her recently deceased husband, Guy Bolam as her "alleged husband," implying they were possibly living together out of wedlock; and for listing property she and Guy owned in New Jersey as actually belonging to Floyd Odlum (Jackie Cochran's husband) without providing legitimate proof.
 
Did You Know...
 
...How the suit the Gervais-Irene levied never mentioned the name 'Amelia Earhart,' rather, she cited false information reasons found in the 1970 book Amelia Earhart Lives likened to those listed above, and she cited McGraw-Hill for publishing a book that profiled her post World War Two era existence without her permission or authorization.
 
Did You Know...
 
...The award McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay the Gervais-Irene in 1975 had nothing to do with its book having suggested she was the living, 'former' Amelia Earhart.
 
And Did You Know The Rest Of It...?
 
...High powered attorney Benedict Ginsberg, who was part of Robert F. Kennedy's legal team during the Jimmy Hoffa trial, was retained by the Gervais-Irene in 1970 to represent her summary judgment lawsuit against McGraw-Hill and Gervais and Klaas.
 
...The Gervais-Irene's attorney, Benedict Ginsberg entered a motion to the court stipulating no questions pertaining to his client's life prior to the year of 1938 were to be asked. The motion was accepted.
 
...Even though the book Amelia Earhart Lives was pulled from the stores while the law suit took place, in subsequent years it was re-published and is still available today.

...There has never been an official investigation into the 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, nor into the suggestion of their post-loss survivals, nor into the suggestion of the Gervais-Irene having been the former Amelia Earhart.
 
...In 2006, based on the identity placements of the 1934 born son of the original Irene Craigmile, that is when it was conclusively determined that no less than three different women had been attributed to the same 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam' identity.
 
...The Gervais-Irene's husband, Guy Bolam of England who she married in 1958 was described by his survived brother, John Bolam to have been MI6.
 
...In 1970, the Gervais-Irene told the press she was "just a New Jersey housewife," (a statement that ended up as a long standing joke about what became of Amelia Earhart.) Thirty two years later, her survived brother in law, John Bolam told Ron Staton of the Associated Press, "She was not an ordinary housewife as she claimed. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." John Bolam also included his support of the Irene-Amelia forensic analysis by describing it as "very convincing."
 
...Together the worldly and wealthy Gervais-Irene and Guy Bolam were always on the go in the 1960s with their travels, and both served as CEO and President of Radio Luxembourg in Europe.
 
...The Gervais-Irene and Guy Bolam spent much time in Japan where the Gervais-Irene maintained friendships, particularly in Kobe where she was a member of a kimono club, and in 1982 after her passing, friends who had visited her home described it as 'museum like' in the way it was decorated with oriental relics.
 
...In 1965 Admiral Chester Nimitz, commander of the Pacific Fleet during World War Two admitted to CBS radio journalist Fred Goerner that it was surreptitiously "known and documented in Washington" that Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan were "picked up by Japan" after going down in the Marshall Islands in 1937. Nimitz also described his and other World War Two military leaders' uncertainty on what became of the flying duo after Japan picked them up.
 
...The Gervais-Irene was familiar with the same social circles and hob-nobbed with the same organizations Amelia used to, and she spoke the same variety of foreign languages Amelia did.
 
...Nine years after her passing, in 1991 the Gervais-Irene's long time "close friend and confessor" Monsignor James Francis Kelley of Rumson, New Jersey, a former President of Seton Hall University and notable catholic church emissary, admitted in a taped interview to USAF Col. Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.) how his late good friend, the Gervais-Irene was formerly known as Amelia Earhart.
 
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Among close friends he disclosed his awareness of her past identity to, Monsignor Kelley personally referred to the Gervais-Irene as "Amelia."
 
...The 'original' Irene Craigmile had known Amelia Earhart. However, she gave birth to a son in 1934 but was no longer publicly seen after doing so, and there exists no record to account for what became of her.
 
...The aunt of the 'seen no more after 1934' original Irene Craigmile was a well known attorney in the northeast United States from the 1920s to the 1950s by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, and she was also a good friend, ZONTA sister and contract advisor of Amelia's for the Amelia Earhart Luggage line.
 
...The original Irene Craigmile's aunt, attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley placed the corporate headquarters of 'Amelia Earhart Luggage' in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey where it remained as a functioning business under her guise into the 1960s.
 
...Famous ZONTA members in Amelia's luggage and clothing line publicist Nina Price, attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, and Amelia Earhart were all good friends and ZONTA sisters.
 
...Amelia's sister Muriel who died in 1998 was also a ZONTA member, and acknowledged she knew and occasionally conversed with the Gervais-Irene.
 
...In the 1950s the Gervais-Irene served as an International Relations Chairman for the ZONTA organization, as cited for her ability to speak several languages fluently, while Amelia Earhart also used to speak the same several languages fluently.
 
...To date the ZONTA organization has not cooperated when asked about the past membership profile of Irene Craigmile Bolam, and there exists no published ZONTA information indicating she was a member prior to the end of World War Two.
 
...Today still, Amelia Earhart is considered the ZONTA organization's most famous past member, and an 'Amelia Earhart ZONTA Scholarship' is awarded to young aspiring women every year.
 
...The woman the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, Larry Heller identified as the 'mother figure' he recalled from his early childhood in the late 1930s and early 1940s, AKA the 'Non Gervais-Irene' (see photos below) to this day has not been properly identified for who she truly was or is, or where she came from or where she ended up.
 
...In 1982 after the Gervais-Irene's passing, the wife of the original Irene's son described to the press how she and her husband were not sure about her true identity, indicating their suspicion of how she wasn't her husband's real mother after all, even though according to history she was supposed to have been.
 
...The famous 1930s pilot, Viola Gentry was a good friend of Amelia's in the 1930s, and later a good friend of the Gervais-Irene she introduced Joe Gervais to in 1965, after Gervais asked her to do so. The meeting took place at the 'Early Birds of Aviation' gathering of well known retired pilots. Viola had invited him to attend the gathering on Long Island. The Early Birds paid Joe and his family's way to fly across the country so Gervais could describe his investigative research to the group pertaining to Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance.
 
...From the moment he first met the Gervais-Irene in 1965, Joe Gervais said he "knew" who she used to be right away, and he lived the remainder of his days until his passing in 2005, always insisting the American public had been 'conditioned' by history's  'official silence' persuasion over the national news media, to promote the mystery of Amelia Earhart only, and to otherwise not pay favorable attention to the Irene-Amelia conveyance.
 
...Twenty years after Joe Gervais met and photographed the Gervais-Irene, in 1985 Clint Eastwood seriously considered the Irene-Amelia conveyance for a major film project.
 
...The veteran distinguished, award winning British film director Ken Annakin who passed away in 2009, paid for and held an option right on the Irene Bolam story starting in 1997 and continuing on for several years, after studying and coming to believe with certainty that she was formerly known as Amelia Earhart. He also wrote a screenplay but could never get a studio to back it.
 
...The same deviated septum evidential 'bumps' were clearly identifiable on the exterior nasal sides of both the Gervais-Irene and Amelia Earhart.
 
...There was further noticeable deviated septum rhinoplasty the post 1930s Gervais-Irene appeared to have endured at some point.
 
...According to the recent years forensic analysis, (something that had never been done before) from head to toe physically, with handwriting, voice, and other character traits compared, the full indication became the Gervais-Irene and Amelia Earhart exhibited themselves as veritable 'carbon copies' of each another.
 
...There exists volumes of controversial information about the post-1930s life of the Gervais-Irene that contradicts the prior to 1940s life profile of the original Irene Craigmile.
 
...To the 'topic educated and discernably objective,' it is obvious the Irene who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 was formerly known as Amelia Earhart, and to the same 'educated and objective' people it is equally obvious such a reality was diffused by official history guiding influences to the public since 1970, and the Earhart mystery was actually an invention by default, attributed to long term official silence.
 
...Since the Gervais-Irene passed away in 1982 there has existed a growing faction of bombastically influential individuals whose names came to include Bill Prymak, Carol Linn Dow, Elgen Long, Richard Gillespie, Cam Warren, David Horner, Alex Mandel, Pat Gaston and Ron Bright among others, who have vehemently shouted down the Irene-Amelia truthful conveyance to the press and to the public. It seems to exist as some kind of primary objective of theirs both individually and cohesively, and some of them were responsible for the false information supplied in 2007 to Wikipedia about Irene Craigmile Bolam.
 
...The survived families of Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan, and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile have historically shied away from cooperating with helping get to the bottom of the Irene-Amelia conveyance.
 
...Nowhere does the Gervais-Irene appear identified as Irene prior to the 1940s.

The original Irene Craigmile, 1930.
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A past friend of Amelia's shown with her husband and father, she was seen no more after the 1930s.

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

Guy and Irene (Craigmile) Bolam, 1965.
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Photo taken by Joe Gervais after he met them.
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Irene-1965 / Amelia-1933
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Irene-1963 / Amelia-1928, age thirty-one.
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Irene-1976 / Amelia-1932
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Irene-1978 / Amelia-1929

Younger 'Non Gervais-Irene'
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c. 1947, age 23
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Left (younger) and right (older) in an overlay congruence.

Lucy McDannel, a family friend of the O'Crowley's (the original Irene's family) described an enigmatic girl who had been taken in to be raised by the O'Crowleys. She recalled her as "16 or 17" in 1940, adding how she was affectionately known 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, and later as a live-in nanny figure for the original Irene's son, Larry Heller.

Older 'Non Gervais-Irene'
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1982, age 58

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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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