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

About Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam; Did You Know?

Forensic Comparison Samples; A Natural Reveal Of Truth Over Coincidence
Three People Used The Same 'Irene' Identity; One was FKA 'Amelia Earhart'
The 1982 'Red Herring' Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune Series
Hiding The Truth With Photo Forgeries
Amelia Earhart: Controversial 'Leaked' U.S. State Department Information
Why The Truth About Amelia Earhart Was Dismissed
About 'Protecting Earhart' & The 'Grizzly Adams' Brand Franchise
Amelia's Plane In The Marshall Islands
Forensic Analysis Support: Seeking Privacy, Amelia Optioned For A New Identity
Monsignor James Francis Kelley & Astronaut Wally Schirra Discuss Amelia Earhart
About Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam; Did You Know?
A Less Recalled Look At Amelia Earhart's 1937 Disappearance
The History of Amelia Earhart Mystery 'Investigative Research'
Detours Taken In Pursuit Of Answers; The Real Joe Gervais
Wikipedia's Folly: Misleading The Public About Irene Craigmile Bolam
Amelia Earhart Press Notice Samples
Amelia Earhart: True or False
Conclusion Review: Separating Three Irenes, Finding Amelia Earhart
Recap of the Forensic Comparison & Analysis Discoveries

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

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

Orville Wright & Amelia Earhart

Did you know...
...Only in recent years was it determined and revealed via family interviews and ID placements; there were three different women historically identified as one in the same 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam,' with decades of preceding investigative research ultimately proving-out how one of them, the Gervais-Irene, had been previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' This forensic truth is incontestable.


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

Closer of the original Irene, 1930


The 'Non Gervais-Irene' AKA "Irene Jr."

The Non Gervais-Irene AKA "Irene Jr." 1982


The Gervais-Irene, 1946, FKA 'Earhart'
Became Mrs. Irene Bolam after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England
The Gervais-Irene, 1965

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

Amelia Earhart, 1933

Amelia, 1928

Classic Amelia, the blend begins.

Orville Wright & Amelia

Gervais-Irene & former Amelia self
Two photos superimposed
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
Gervais-Irene,1965 & Former self, 1933
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
Gervais-Irene,1963 & Former Amelia self at age 30, 1928
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
Gervais-Irene, 1976 & Former Amelia self at age 35, 1932
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
Gervais-Irene,1977 & Former Amelia self,1929

Did You Know...
...The Gervais-Irene was identified nowhere as Irene prior to the mid-1940s.
 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' was never disproved, rather, it grew to become forensically verified as the decades continued to pass. 

Did You Know...
...Throughout her five year law suit [1970 to 1975] 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 lawsuit, by way of a summary judgment the court was set to rule in the Gervais-Irene's favor against Gervais and Klaas in 1975, with an estimated amount in excess of one million dollars to be awarded her, 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 [Gervais & Klaas and herself] 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 hard-copy 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 life on the national stage without her endorsement or cooperation. .
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...?
...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 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.
...Initially in 2006, then again in 2014, based on the identity placements of the 1934 born son of the original Irene Craigmile, 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 endorsed the then in-progress 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; Guy in the 1950s ans 1960s, and the Gervais-Irene in the 1970s after Guy died.
...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 quietly "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 own and other World War Two military leaders' uncertainty on what became of the flying duo after Japan picked them up.
...The Gervais-Irene proved herself familiar with Amelia's same social circles, hob-nobbed with the same organizations Amelia used to, and she spoke the same variety of foreign languages Amelia did. This was no coincidence for they truly were one in the same human being known by different names in different eras.
...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,  Mrs. Irene Bolam [AKA the Gervais-Irene] had previously been known as Amelia Earhart.
Among the close friends Monsignor Kelley disclosed his awareness of the Gervais-Irene's past identity to, Monsignor Kelley referred to the Gervais-Irene as, "Amelia."
...The 'original' Irene Craigmile had known Amelia Earhart. However, after she gave birth to a son in 1934 she led a difficult life until was no evidenced after the early 1940s.
...The aunt of the original Irene Craigmile was a well known attorney in the northeast United States from the 1920s to the 1950s by the name of Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley, and she was also a good friend, ZONTA sister, and contract advisor of Amelia's for her Amelia Earhart Luggage line and other matters.
...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 into the 1960s.
...Famous ZONTA members in Amelia's luggage and clothing line included her publicist, Nina Price, attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley. Including Amelia in the 1930s, all three were good friends and ZONTA sisters.
...Amelia's sister Muriel, who died in 1998, was also a ZONTA member who acknowledged she knew and conversed with the Gervais-Irene.
...In the 1950s the Gervais-Irene served as an International Relations Chairman for the ZONTA organization, cited for her ability to speak several languages fluently, just as her former self, Amelia Earhart used to fluently speak the same languages.
...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, and it remains unknown where she came from and 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 Gervais to attend the early Bird's annual gathering on Long Island. The Early Birds paid Joe Gervais and his family's way to fly across the country so Joe could lecture on the results of his investigative research 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 not devote 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 i an the interest of 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 personally investigating her story that left him believing with certainty that she was formerly known as Amelia Earhart. He also wrote a screenplay, but was unable to get a studio to back it.
...The same deviated septum evidence '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 Protecting Earhart's new millennium 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 obfuscated 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 continued to vehemently shout down the Irene-Amelia truthful conveyance to the press and to the public. It seems to exist as some kind of common primary objective to all of them, both individually and cohesively, to a point where a few were responsible for the false information supplied 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.
And Did You Know...
...For decades now, in favor of their own 'Earhart cottage industries,' several influential individuals with no affiliation to official historical record keeping have consistently resorted to vitriole and ridicule in order to persuade the news media not to seriously entertain the truehood of Amelia Earhart's survival and name-change to Irene. 

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

The Gervais-Irene, 1946, FKA 'Earhart'
Became Mrs. Irene Bolam after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England
Left and right images combined display the congruence.
1945-1982 Gervais-Irene in 1965. (Gervais photo.)
AKA "Irene Craigmile" AKA "Irene Bolam."

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

Younger 'Non Gervais-Irene'
c. mid-1940s
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 surrogate mother figure for the original Irene's son, Larry Heller.

Older 'Non Gervais-Irene'
1982, age 58

Click here to e-mail and/or Beyond 37', or just e-mail was first launched in 2007. The comprehensive Forensic Analysis and Forensic Comparison Study it partially displays, 1.) Proved more than one person employed the same 'Irene' identity. 2.) Displayed the head-to-toe congruence the Gervais-Irene shared with Amelia Earhart. 3.) Proved the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.
The analysis initially began in 1997 and was beta copyrighted in 2002. Tod Swindell's original manuscript, Protecting Earhart: The Beautiful Alter Ego and Silent Legacy of History's Most Famous Flying Heroine has been housed and registered at the Writers Guild of America West since 2004, #1033972, and was copyrighted in 2014. For subsidiary rights information e-mail
This website is dedicated to the late USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais [1924-2005] and the late USAF Col. Rollin C. Reineck [1920-2007], two World War Two heroes who began expounding on the 'Amelia became Irene' truth decades ago. A special thanks also goes out to Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, whose enormous help with supplying never before made public 'Irene' photo data in 2002 paved the way for the forensic comparison study to finally reach its reality based conclusion. Thanks as well to Bazzell Baz, who helped to breathe new life into the Earhart truth seeking endeavor in the late 1990s.
Major Gervais, who was considered by many to have been the most knowledgeable Amelia Earhart investigative researcher ever to pursue the truth, first suspected the Irene-Amelia reality in 1965. The controversial 1970 McGraw-Hill book by Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives delved into the enormous amount of Joe Gervais' investigative research and displayed the first nationally published photo of Irene Bolam, AKA the Gervais-Irene. Regardless of the fallout caused by Amelia Earhart Lives, Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck spent the last four decades of their lives working to advance the claim of Earhart's name-changed survival to authenticity after enduring their own long term investigative analysis of the evidence that supported it. Colonel Reineck's book Amelia Earhart Survived was published in late 2003 and was greatly inspired by Tod Swindell's Irene-Amelia forensic studies. Portions of the study appeared in the Reineck book, that is more extensively displayed in Protecting Earhart, Beyond 37', and are owned and managed by Tod Swindell and Aether Pictures and Press LLC of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and Sierra Madre, California.

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