The Forensic Truth About Amelia Earhart's 1937 World Flight Outcome

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Amelia Earhart, 1937



...Mrs. Irene Bolam in 1965


Above: Proof that Amelia Earhart survived her disappearance in the Pacific? Not really. Amelia is shown here in 1935 with legendary Hawaiian surfer & Olympic swimmer, Duke Kahanamoku doing some outrigging in Hawaii. While the event of Amelia's disappearance caused a debate that has lasted for several decades now, in recent years, Protecting Earhart's forensic comparison examples, including the one below, now offers a fresh look within its review of one of the long-held, controversial assertions of Amelia's post-loss survival.

Below: A 1937 photo of Amelia Earhart followed by a sample from Tod Swindell's Protecting Earhart forensic comparison analysis.

Amelia under the nose of her Lockheed Electra 10E, 1937

Amelia Earhart, 1937

Any further there is no doubt...
03-aamelia.jpg the veracity of the Amelia/Irene head-to-toe forensic alignment

zzzzbolam1A2.jpg the Gervais-Irene Bolam in 1965

The above comparison displays photographs of Amelia Earhart in 1937 and her later-life self as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' in 1965, superimposed into each other. It is now known there were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity, and the one shown above in 1965, AKA the 'former' Amelia Earhart, appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. More Protecting Earhart comparison examples are featured throughout

The information presented in this website pertains to the well storied, 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. The controversy over what really happened as a result of the failed world-flight attempt that led to their loss, has long remained a highly debated historical subject matter.
Where anyone might offer a legal argument in an effort to explain the actual outcome of their flight, it is essential to remember how the loss of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan was originally called, "a missing persons" case.
Solving a missing person case requires finding the person or finding true body evidence of the person.
In the mid-1990s, after becoming deeply interested in the story of Amelia Earhart's so-called 'disappearance,' I began my own in-depth research that looked into the peculiar record of her world flight outcome. A few years into the new millennium I drew a certain conclusion after thoroughly examining the different theories presented over the years that tried to explain what really happened to Amelia. My opinion was markedly influenced by 1993 Lost Star author, Randall Brink, and a high-profile suggestion offered in the 1970s from famous Amelia Earhart historian, Joseph A. Gervais, who, based on his own findings, asserted that Amelia continued to survive after she went missing, and she eventually resurfaced in the United States sporting a different identity.
This may sound as outlandish to you today as it did to people back then. Just the same, additional information learned about it during past two decades only added further support to the, 'Amelia survived and took on a new identity' postulation. For starters, it was confirmed years ago by Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey, Amelia's sister and only sibling who died in 1998, that she and the Irene Bolam shown on this page were acquainted with each other and were Zonta sisters in their later life years. The modern look presented here conveys how that was, 'not just a coincidence.' 
Die-hard Amelia Earhart mystery fans are just now starting to grasp the truthful nature of what the Protecting Earhart forensic study accomplished. If you're interested, the second page-link down on the upper left will direct you to what I ascertain to be, "The True Story of Amelia Earhart," of which the additional superimposed photos below continue to offer a preview.
Thank you, Tod Swindell

NOTE: The forensic 'superimposed photographs' displayed here are original copyrighted material. All of the superimposed photographs and document comparison samples that appear in were produced and issued from 1997 to 2017 by Tod Swindell of Protecting Earhart and

Below: From a 1978 formal portrait sitting, one of three Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity


She appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. Note the wings toward her left shoulder; this beautiful, every right to be proud woman died in 1982.

Below: Superimposed with Amelia Earhart


The photo of Amelia came from her book, The Fun Of It






1923, 1978
1933, 1965
1928, 1963

1932, 1976

1928, 1977

Question: What does, 'You can't unring a bell' mean?

Answer: This means that once something has been done, you have to live with the consequences as it can't be undone.

Amelia Earhart

The forensic transition continues...

04-AAAIblend2.jpg reveal the congruence

History Can't Unring The Bell Joseph A. Gervais Rang...
In 1965, after Joseph A. Gervais took his telling 35MM photograph and later asserted that the woman who appeared in it used to be known as Amelia Earhart, it rang a bell of truth that has been impossible to unring ever since. Many people have tried to unring it over the years, but they couldn't do it. In 2006, forty years after Joe Gervais took his photo, even The National Geographic Channel ineffectively tried to unring it on national TV by way of soliciting the opinion of police forensic detective, Kevin Richlin of Riverside, California. Detective Richlin, who was never shown the most convincing comparisons to include the ones shown above, opined the 'Amelia became Irene' postulation looked to be a frivolous exercise to him, but his opinion was only based on the limited amount of data the show's producers gave him to work with. Note: Protecting Earhart's, Tod Swindell, who appeared in the same 2006 Nat Geo special, was not advised about Detective Richlin's participation, nor was he given the opportunity to meet Detective Richlin and show him the full body of his forensic study achievements before the show aired, even though the show's producers were well-aware of their existence.
His past remarks notwithstanding, today Detective Richlin will readily admit to anyone that he did not forensically conclude the Gervais-Irene Bolam and Amelia Earhart were different human beings at any time, even though opposing theorists continue to soap-box that he did.
Below: Thanks to Protecting Earhart's in depth, comprehensive forensic analysis of the Gervais' assertion about Mrs. Bolam, this 1965 photograph he took of her exists today as a documented testimonial of truth, similar to the Zapruder film of President John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination two years earlier. Film gamma, specially 35MM film gamma only displays the honest quality of what a normal camera lens captures. Joe Gervais confirmed the lens he used to take his 1965 photo of Mrs. Bolam was a standard 50MM lens.


Before Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell embarked on one, no one had ever conducted a serious forensic analysis of Gervais' controversial assertion about Mrs. Bolam's past. 

Mrs. Bolam said she had known Amelia...
...28 years after Amelia was said to have 'vanished without a trace'

What This Means...
Of course, at first glance this may be hard to believe. Trust knowing, though, this forensic reality has loomed on the horizon for some time now. What it means, basically, is that you have just observed a few of Protecting Earhart's superimposed photo transitions of Amelia Earhart's image morphing into her later-life self. Joseph A. Gervais photographed Mrs. Bolam on the day he met her in 1965. After studying her background, which he realized to be highly ambiguous, his controversial assertion about Mrs. Bolam's past made national news by way of the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas, that featured a copy of the 1965 Gervais photo of Mrs. Bolam within it. Joe Gervais met, conversed with, and photographed Mrs. Bolam at a gathering of noteworthy pilots from the early days of aviation that year. From then on to his dying day in 2005, he maintained the same Mrs. Bolam used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.' To his credit he didn't need a forensic analysis to convince him of a truth he already knew, although he was quite satisfied when he observed Protecting Earhart's initial forensic results before the event of his passing took place.
The final summation once again: After it commenced in 1997, in time Protecting Earhart's study proved how three different Twentieth Century women were attributed to the same Irene Bolam identity, and the one who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. Not to leave out--she matched Amelia Earhart in every aspect. This is because she used to be known as Amelia Earhart, and thanks to Protecting Earhart, anymore this forensic reality exists as an obvious, albeit 'unrecognized' historical truth.

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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 initially 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 after several revisions and updates in 2014, # TXu 1-915-926, then finally, after some important new revisions were made, it was again copyrighted in 2017, # TXu 2-061-539. For publishing and sub-rights availability inquiries send an e-mail to
Protecting Earhart is dedicated to the past 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 thanks also goes out to pilot-author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who supplied additional 'Irene' photo data and handwritten letters for my study, that along with the same data Joe Gervais and Rollin Reineck forwarded my way, helped it to reach its reality based conclusion. Thanks as well to former CIA operative, Bazzell Baz, who provided much inspiration into my 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 asserted 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 better 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 my 'Protecting Earhart' forensic analysis. Portions of my 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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