Amelia Earhart: What The General Public Never Knew

The Curious Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam

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The 1980s and 1990s Words Of Monsignor James Francis Kelley On Amelia Earhart
Comparing Amelia Earhart To Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Surname 'Bolam' added in 1958)
Wikipedia Deceitfully Misleads the Public About Amelia and Irene
Newspaper Fraud Tried To Hide The Truth In 1982

The Different Faces of the Curious 
Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam

Misinformation and image inconsistencies made researching the life story of Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam more difficult than it should have been.


Irene nee O'Crowley
(later 'Craigmile')
1918, age 14


Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
in 1930, age 26, with her
husband, Charles Craigmile


Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, 1941,
age 37


Irene O'Crowley
1975, age 71

History has it that the above photos, dated 1918, 1930, 1941, and 1975 respectively, display the person of, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, who was born in 1904 and died in 1982. This is also according to Clarence Alvin "Larry" Heller, the 1934 born son of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, who confirmed the same four photo images above displayed his late mother who raised him from infancy to adulthood. Mr. Heller did not, however, recognize the post-1940 Irene as his mother, displayed below, even though she was attributed to his mother's same identity. This stood to reason where the "post-1940" Irene proved to be an entirely different person who was not identifiable as Larry Heller's mother prior to the 1940s.


Amelia, 1935


...transitions to...


The post-1940 Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile
in 1946


Amelia's different
look self in 1946.


Amelia Earhart, 1937...


...digitally combined with...


...the post-1940 Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile-
Bolam in 1965

At his attorney's office in New York City, Larry Heller described that in the 1930s, his mother was briefly married to his father, Alvin Victor Heller, until she had the marriage annulled. He added that in 1958, while he was training to be a pilot in the service, he knew that his mother had married an international businessman by the name of Guy Bolam, of England. The problem was, the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who married Guy Bolam in 1958 was not the same person who Larry Heller recognized as his mother: 


An old newspaper photo of Guy and
Irene Bolam in Japan in 1963. This
photo displays the "post-1940" Irene,
who again as shown below, aligned with
Amelia Earhart when digitally combined.


Mr. Heller further noted that his mother died in 1982, and that he supplied the photo that appeared on her Memorial Dinner Program cover, shown here:


In 1982, after the death of Larry Heller's mother was recorded, some reporters with the New Jersey Tribune noticed that the debate over his mother's true life-long identity, that had been ongoing since 1970, was still unresolved. This inspired them to resurface the unsettled controversy within their newspaper.
Soon enough, the people that the reporters interviewed whom had closely tracked the story, picked-up where they left off by asserting their common belief that Larry Heller's 'mother' was not his true birth mother.
Rather, they claimed a surrogate mother had replaced Larry Heller's birth mother, when he was too young to comprehend that it had happened. Add to this, when it came to his mother's past connection to Amelia Earhart, confusion over the matter further intensified when the woman who appeared on the cover of his mother's Memorial Dinner program did not resemble the same Irene Bolam -- who twelve years earlier, in 1970 -- was called-out as the former Amelia Earhart. This realization took another three decades after 1982, however, before it would be forensically legitimized in the Twenty-First Century.
Below, from a 1982 article by New Jersey Tribune reporter, Lois Di Tomasso, Larry Heller's wife, Joan, spoke of how she and her husband had recently developed their own uncertainty -- toward the ongoing debate that questioned the life-long identity issue of her mother in-law, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam:




The New Jersey Tribune was onto something in 1982. Below, in another article it ran, Joan Heller described the odd reaction she received from Rutger's Medical College that had received Mrs. Bolam's self-donated body in the interest of scientific study:




"Mrs. Bolam's identity had been switched in an effort to camaflouge the body(?)" Why? And who died in 1982; the person Larry Heller recognized as his mother or the post-1940 Irene, AKA the former Amelia Earhart, who was attributed to his mother's same identity?

In its final installment that ran on the day of Irene Bolam's Memorial Dinner event, the Tribune suddenly conceded that there was no identity controversy and it did not continue on with its 1982 investigative journalism quest, after two weeks of daily installments.

Twenty-four years after the Tribune articles ran, at his attorney's office in New York, the year he turned 72, Larry Heller first noticed a discrepancy about the identity of his late mother when he was unable to consistently recognize her in photographs. He acknowledged then as well, that he was quite aware of his mother having been a 1930s pilot who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart, but that he had no clear photos showing her from that time period. He further offered how he knew that his mother's aunt, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, knew Amelia Earhart through the International Zonta organization for professional women that she and Amelia belonged to -- and that it was 'Attorney Irene' who originally introduced his mother to Amelia Earhart.

Finally, in 2014, for the first time on record, Larry Heller positively identified his late mother in writing:


The Positive ID Placement Made By Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's Son, Larry Heller:

BELOW is the 2014 written exchange between Clarence Alvin (Larry) Heller, the 1934 born son of the original Irene Craigmile, and Amelia Earhart investigative journalist, Tod Swindell. The woman Mr. Heller positively identified as his "mother" was not the same person whose image appeared in the 1970 McGraw-Hill book, Amelia Earhart Lives, even though according to history she should have been. [Note: During the course of his investigative journey, Tod Swindell met twice with Larry Heller, and executed an exclusive Right to Option for Mr. Heller's authorized version of his mother's life story.] 


Tod Swindell: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Subject: Verification


Hi Larry,

I want you to know that I am in full agreement with you that Amelia Earhart was not your mother. Your mother, as you identified her in these younger and older version photos, led a very different life than Amelia and bore little resemblance to her physically. Our agreement on this matter is pertinent to the correct presentation of the facts.  

My conveyance is that you have positively identified these images as those of your late mother, and that she absolutely was not, and never possibly could have been Amelia Earhart. I agree with this 100%, and understand that you do too. If you could you send back a simple ‘I agree’ for verification I’d appreciate it.




Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller: Friday, February 21, 2014
Subject: Re: Identity Verification

The attached pictures are of my mother and she was not Amelia Earhart.  C. Heller.  Proof is available.

"EARLY 1940s"


The original Irene's son, Larry Heller, was correct when he insisted his mother was not Amelia Earhart. Below as well, when the younger and older images of the person Mr. Heller identified as his 'mother' were digitally combined, they did equate the same person. It is also obviously true that Amelia, a famous pilot who was very much in the public eye the year Mr. Heller was born, (1934) did not give birth to him.




The Irene above was a surrogate mother figure to the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son, Clarence Alvin "Larry" Heller. Who this person really was and where she came from are valid questions to ask, since she definitely was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, nor was she the person attributed to the same 'Irene' identity after 1940, who was the former Amelia Earhart.

In 1970, as noted, the post-1940 Irene was called out as the former Amelia Earhart, by the controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives, that featured a photo of she and her British husband, Guy Bolam, within it: 


Enter Amelia's sister, Muriel, who knew

Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam as a  

'Zonta sister' in her later-life years:


Grace 'Muriel' Earhart Morrissey
Amelia Earhart's only sibling.
According to Amelia's sister, Muriel, in her later life years she was acquainted with Larry Heller's mother, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, through the International Zonta Organization that they both belonged to. In 2014, after Larry Heller pinned his positive ID placement on his mother in younger and older forms, (the first time he did such a thing on record) the question that asked which 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam' was it that Muriel was acquainted with in her later life years was answered, and it was not the one that Larry Heller identified as his mother, shown here:


1941, age 37


1975, age 71

Muriel only know the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam displayed below, who Larry Heller did not recognize as his mother, but who was also attributed to his mother's same identity:

The Irene O'Crowley Craigmile to the right was not identifiable as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s. This is the 'Irene' who married Guy Bolam in 1958, and the one who Amelia's sister, Muriel, knew in her later life years. These two photos were taken almost twenty-years apart from each other. According to record, albeit incorrectly, this Irene was also Larry Heller's biological mother. She was not, of course, since reality has it that a person having two birth mothers in the 1930s was not biologically equatable. 


The post-1940
Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile in 1946


The post-1940
 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-
Bolam in 1965


Above is another photo of the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. It was taken on the day she faced the press in November of 1970, to refute the assertion that claimed she was the former Amelia Earhart living with a different name.

It is a matter of record that Amelia Earhart met and came to know the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in the 1930s, decades before her sister, Muriel, met the post 1940-Irene. 
Directly below is an old, 1930 newspaper photo [pardon the lack of resolution quality] featuring the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile between her husband and father. All three were identified in the photo:


Above: Charles James Craigmile, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
and Irene's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley in 1930. 

Reviewing The Life Story Of
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Was Doable,
But It Showed Discrepancies After 1933:
Birth and Upbringing
According to record, Irene nee O'Crowley Craigmile was born in New Jersey in 1904. She was an only child whose mother died when she was twelve, at which point her father sent her to be further raised by her paternal grandmother and aunt in Newark.
Irene was known as 'Beatrice' in her teen years, and was informally nicknamed, 'Bee' since her father's sister (her aunt) was also named 'Irene.'
Bee's grandmother and aunt raised her well. Her grandmother, Sarah nee Rutherford O'Crowley, who was Irish, came to America in the 1800s and was part of the namesake family of the Rutherford and East Rutherford, New Jersey boroughs. Bee's aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who with her mother, Sara, raised Bee from age twelve on, was a prominent New York-New Jersey attorney. Bee was also close to her uncle Clarence O'Crowley, a physician, and his wife, her aunt Violet, who lived next door on Lombardy Street. Bee also had an 'aunt Edna O'Crowley', who she shared her middle name of "Madeleine" with.
While no birth certificate was ever located for her, according to other records, Bee was born on October 1, 1904, and she was christened, "Irene Madeleine O'Crowley." Her mother was, Bridget "Bessie" Doyle O'Crowley, and her father was, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. The box below features U.S. Census records: 

The Young, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile:

Below, separated from her husband, Richard J. O'Crowley, who was working and living in New York at the time, the 1910 Census listed Bridget (nee Doyle) O'Crowley, the original Irene's mother, living with she and Richard's five-year old daughter, the original Irene, (listed by her wrongly spelled middle name, "Madiline") at the home of Bridget's parents. Bridget died six years later. Note: Census takers back then were sometimes prone to misspellings.  


Below, at 12 Lombardy Street, the 1920 Census listed 65 year old, Sarah J. (nee Rutherford) O'Crowley as Head of House, her daughter, 35 year old, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, a lawyer, is listed under her, followed by her granddaughter, Irene (Bee) O'Crowley, who is listed at age at age 14. (It should have listed her at age 15. The census records a person's age at their last birthday.) Alice Hill was also listed as a house servant.


Life On Lombardy Street
After she was taken in to be further raised by her aunt and grandmother at 12 Lombardy Street in Newark, where as mentioned, her uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley and her aunt Violet lived next store, Bee was placed in good schools during her teen years. She initially attended Mt. Saint Dominic's Academy for girls, then prior to her senior year she transferred to Barringer High School in Newark, NJ, from where she graduated in 1922. Neither school, however, was able to produce any photo records of her person. 
In 1923, the year after she graduated from high school, Bee accompanied her Grandmother Sarah, and her Aunt Irene, to Europe. Upon her return she enrolled at Columbia University for a time as well, where her uncle Clarence had attended, except she learned that she was pregnant there and ceased continuing with her studies. 
At age twenty-one, Bee had a 'family secret' child, a son, who was adopted and raised by her Uncle Clarence and Aunt Violet. Both were in their mid-forties at the time so the boy would be their only child who they named, "Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr." The O'Crowley's were good catholics and the arrangement spared Bee the stigma of being an unwed mother -- while enabling her to remain close to the child she bore. 
When the dust settled from her unplanned pregnancy and the adoption of her son, Bee went on with her life and was soon endorsed by her aunt to become a member of the League of Women Voters. In early 1928, she also met and began dating Charles James Craigmile, a New Jersey Civil Engineer from Rantoul, Illinois, who was fourteen years older than she. The two got on well, and that December they were wed at her Uncle Clarence and Aunt Violet's home, as notated in the following newspaper announcement: 


Charles and Irene
Craigmile in 1930 


Below, from the same
photograph, Irene and
her father, Richard Joseph
O'Crowley, in 1930 


Below, the 1930 U.S. Census showed "Charles J. Craigmile" age "40" living with his wife, "Irene Craigmile" age "25" in Pequannock, New Jersey. After the two were wed, while Charles worked as a Civil Engineer, Irene hosted tea parties for the Women Voters League and was named its 'Radio Programs Chairperson' as well. She had no specific career ambition, although she did evidence herself as a budding socialite. By all accounts her life with Charles was fairly idyllic, until September of 1931, when things suddenly changed.


Sadly, in September of 1931, Charles James Craigmile suddenly became ill during a road trip with Irene, and died: 



Coming out of her bereavement, and inspired by her aunt's famous Zonta organization friend, Amelia Earhart, who she'd been introduced to, the widowed Irene O'Crowley Craigmile decided she wanted to become a pilot. So in 1932, with guidance from pilots Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry, Irene went all-out and purchased a plane with some of the life insurance money she received from her husband's passing, and dedicated herself to learning to fly.
To be closer to Floyd Bennet Field, where Irene took her flying lessons, she rented an apartment at 316 Rutland Road in the heart of Brooklyn. '316 Rutland' was the same building where Viola Gentry and a couple of other lady pilots had apartments of their own. It was located about five miles north of Floyd Bennet Field and a stone's throw from Ebbets Field where the Dodgers played.
After applying herself to the task and accumulating enough solo-flight hours, in mid-1933, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was awarded her pilot's license.  


Amelia Earhart, the original Irene

O'Crowley Craigmile, and Viola Gentry

all in the same 1932 news photo: 




Outlined in white above is Amelia Earhart in this September 1, 1932 news photo. Outlined in black is the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who had just begun her pilot training. She is listed as "Irene Craigmile" between pilots Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz.

The Original Irene's Brief Days As A Pilot:


The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
shown above next to her plane in 1933, did not
physically resemble Amelia Earhart. This truth,
however, would later be instrumentally shielded
from the public. She was also mostly referred
to as, 'Irene Craigmile' as described below
in this May of 1933 newspaper clipping:

MAY 1933

Another Unplanned Pregnancy
Close to the same time she was awarded her pilot's license, Irene learned she was carrying the child of her last flight instructor, Alvin Victor Heller. Her flying days tapered off then and she and Al eloped to Ohio to be married in August of 1933, and Irene gave birth to their son, Clarence Alvin "Larry" Heller, in early 1934. Except, it turned out that when the two eloped, Al was still legally wed to another woman he'd also had a child with. So in 1937, with their relationship having failed anyway, the original Irene decided to have her marriage to Al Heller annulled--and Al relocated by himself to Buffalo, New York at that time.
With her stint of flying planes behind her, Irene did not renew her pilot's license after 1937. Strangely enough as well, by the time 1940 arrived, Larry Heller's mother, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, was no longer evident. By then, Larry Heller had been imprinted with a surrogate mother figure, shown below as she looked in the early 1940s, as identified by Larry Heller himself: 


As noted, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, the 1934 born son of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, confirmed the person above to have been the 'mother' who raised him from childhood to adulthood. She was not, however, the same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam whose 1965 photographed image appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives: 


The controversial 1970 McGraw-Hill book,
Amelia Earhart Lives.


Guy Bolam and the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile-Bolam in 1965. This photo appeared
in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives.

Below, observe the progression of how pseudo history recorded Irene O'Crowley Craigmile the way she looked from age 14 to the way she looked in the 1970s. Again, as in the first panel at the top of the page, facial image inconsistencies are easily detectable here.


Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, age 14 


Above, Charles Craigmile and
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile 1930.
(Irene age 26)
Below, image enhanced:



Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, 1941 


The post-1940
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, 1946


Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam



Above: The post-1940
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, 1965


Digital Face Recognition programs
arrived in the Twenty-First Century. 

Here's what is amazing about all of this: It turned out that the post-1940 only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who Larry Heller did not recognize as his mother, did match Amelia Earhart in every way:


Amelia Earhart, 1937


Post-1940 Irene, 1965


Irene & Amelia
digitally combined


Post-1940 Irene, 1965


Digital Face Recognition
resolved the post-1940 Irene
and Amelia as one in the same.


Amelia Earhart, age 38 in 1935...


...starts to...


...transition into... 


...the way she looked...

AAAIOC46.jpg the post-1940 Irene in 1946,
who held a press conference in
1970, and denied her famous past.


Here, a forensic artist
reverts her back to
her more familiar
'Amelia' look.


Amelia Earhart (misspelled 'Earheart')
is featured on a sheet music cover. 


Amelia Earhart,
Age 31


When all digital composite images,
were evaluated, including the one above,
they evidenced that Amelia  Earhart and the
post-1940  Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did
exhibit an undeniable, full-body congruence. 
Their character traits also aligned



Wielding a strong and certain voice in 1970, the post-1940 Irene, FKA 'Amelia', faced the press alone while reading a formal statement prepared by her attorney. She then held her ground while briefly answering a few questions -- then left the room. Except, the story about her was far from over. Four years later, in 1974, this mention appeared in a follow-up article on the controversial assertion about her true past:



Curious, how after four years of debating it the United States legal system still could not decide whether Mrs. Guy Bolam was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart(?) On the surface that seems a bit odd. Peering below the surface, where the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was found, helped to explain why.


Back To Amelia's Sister, Muriel 



Above: Sisters Amelia Earhart and Muriel Earhart Morrissey


Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who died in 1998, was aware that the above statement she made in 1982 was incorrect -- where it claimed her later life Zonta friend, the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, demonstrated "practically no physical resemblance" to her sister, Amelia.
As it turned out, Muriel was a key part of the network that protected the reality of her sister's post-1940 life as Irene. The Irene who Muriel knew through the Zonta organization, shown next to her below, was the only one who belonged to the Zonta's and she most definitely was the former Amelia Earhart. After World War Two ended, Muriel was brought into the inner circle that was made aware of how her sister, Amelia, unknown to the general public, had quietly survived her 1937 disappearance. It's a sure bet that Muriel also understood how and why Amelia ultimately assumed the leftover identity of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, even though she never publicly acknowledged it. Rather, she was always sure to refute such a thing had happened. 



"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur Schopenhauer

Let's just call the following, "self evidence."


"Amelia as Irene in her later life years, shown above-left at a 1976 Zonta gathering, still wrote poetry, she was still an avid photographer, and she still belonged to the Zonta organization for professional women like she used to. The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was never aligned with those attributes." Tod Swindell
Below, the post-1940 Irene's image profile from above is shown perfectly aligning with that of her former 'Amelia' self:



The post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1976
and her former Amelia Earhart self digitally combined.
(Photo taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia; now Croatia.)
Below is another news clipping about the post-1940 Irene.
It comments on her similarities to Amelia Earhart--that
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did not demonstrate: 


 To reiterate, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was never a Zonta member, nor was she
into photography, nor was she a world traveler who knew prominent people. Not to leave
out, her brief stint as a pilot was derailed in 1933 by an unexpected pregnancy.


Above left, the post-1940 Irene; center, Irene & her
former Amelia-self digitally combined; right, Amelia

Some Background
Past O'Crowley Family News Items
(Doctors n' Lawyers n' Such)
First, The Original Irene O'Crowley Cragmile's Aunt,
Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who was
a Zonta friend of Amelia Earhart:



Above left, a 1928 news item describes the impressive exploits of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's aunt, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley. Attorney Irene, with her mother, Sara, raised the original Irene from age twelve on. To the right, Attorney Irene is shown pictured in a 1963 newspaper article that expounded on her distinguished legal career. Attorney Irene was among the first women to pass the New Jersey State Bar Exam. She also passed the New York State Bar Exam and kept a separate residence there, thus enabling her to practice law in both states. She additionally served as national president of the Zonta organzation for professional women, and Amelia Earhart, who joined the Zontas in 1928, looked up to her. With fellow Zonta member, Nina Broderick Price, Attorney Irene became involved in the legal commerce end for Amelia Earhart branded products -- after Amelia successfully soloed the Atlantic in 1932. The venture was short lived with the exception of one product; Amelia Earhart Luggage, headquartered in Newark, New Jersey, where Attorney Irene lived.
Next, below is the 1959 obituary of the original Irene's uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley, who she lived next door to while growing to adulthood. Recall the original Irene's marriage to Charles Craigmile took place at Dr. O'Crowley's home. There is little doubt there was an uncle-to-niece closeness between them, although his niece is not mentioned in the article as a survived relative, and for good reason; his niece, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, was long-gone when he died in 1959, while in the meantime, the former Amelia Earhart had been using his niece's name and identity for the previous fifteen years. (Note: One of his sisters, listed in the article as Mrs. H. C. Horsford, was Edna Madeleine nee O'Crowley Horsford.)




Next is the December 29, 2013 obituary for Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr.,  the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's first-born son who she gave birth to out of wedlock in 1926, (when her surname was still O'Crowley) before he was adopted and raised by her Uncle Clarence and Aunt Violet. Biologically he was the half-brother of Larry Heller, the original Irene's second son, who she gave birth to in 1934:



Note: Peggy O'Crowley, listed in her father's obituary above, grew up to become a long-time columnist for the New Jersey Star Ledger. Peggy O'Crowley described her father's birthright as "a family bone of contention" lending to the documented 1926 pregnancy that the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile endured, and that produced her father, to have remained a well kept family secret. She also referred to her godfather, Larry Heller's mother, as her "Aunt Bee" and that she never took the 1970 accusation or her 'Aunt Bee' having been the former Amelia Earhart seriously. She as well acknowledged that she had not been in close contact with her godfather, Larry, for many years.
Below is the grave marker of Charles James Craigmile, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's husband, who she wed in December of 1928 at the home of her Uncle Clarence and Aunt Violet. Charles died at the age of forty-one, leaving his wife, Irene, a young widow just prior to her twenty-seventh birthday.


Charles and Irene
Craigmile in 1930 


It really is a shame, given the circumstances as we know them today, that clear photo images of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, especially photos showing her in the 1930s, were, for lack a a better word, 'expunged.' No doubt such a manuever was intentional, and no doubt the O'Crowley family was complicit with the federal government in allowing it to necessarily happen, for Amelia's sake.

Fortunately, there turned out to be enough available photo evidence, where when coupled with the forensic comparison analysis that revealed how the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who was only identified that way after 1940, undeniably was the former Amelia Earhart, the truth managed to make itself known in that way.

Many people continue to find this new realization all-but impossible to believe, although going forward it's a non-contestable forensic reality. Yet for the time being, federal government officials whom are aware of it, (and some are) remain committed to sidestepping it -- while they maintain their white-knuckled disallowance of endorsing it to the public.

With all things considered, it is important to know that sometimes people are hard to recognize as themselves based solely on their appearance in photographs. Here, observe the two photo images of Amelia Earhart directly below. Both were taken in 1928 during her thirty-first year, after she suddenly became famous. Could you easily recognize them as one in the same person... if you did not know they were one in the same person? 



Two completely different Amelia Earhart 'looks.'
Both of the above photos were taken in 1928.
Where it wasn't already known, it would be hard
to recognize them as one-in-the-same person.


Here, consider the following quote from the Twentieth-Century philosopher, Uell Stanley Andersen, knowing it did not specifically refer to Amelia Earhart. Instead, his quote referred to people in general:

"If we think of ourselves as bodies, our changing self becomes apparent. It is nearly impossible even for families to recognize a loved one after thirty years of absence, so greatly has the self altered. And a little reflection upon the changing quality of consciousness is sure to give us some insight into the numberless selves our surface minds and egos have become since first appearing in the world." Uell Stanley Andersen (1917-1986)


Here as well, consider the 1987 words of Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a former President of Seton Hall College, who many considered to have been the post-World War Two, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's closest friend and confidante. To several people he knew, Father Kelley, who held PhD's in Philosophy and Psychology, confirmed his later life friend, Irene, indeed was the former Amelia Earhart, and more than once he confided, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." The point being made here: The general public did not know 'all that Amelia had been through' during her time of absence, or how and why it changed her psyche to a place where she no longer wished to be the famous celebrity she once was.

Think of the words of both Uell Stanley Andersen and Monsignor Kelley while observing the following:



Amelia Earhart in France, in 1932, after being awarded the French Knight Cross.


Amelia Earhart in 1937, just before she went missing.

Below, the former Amelia Earhart in 1958:


Would you recognize the person above as the former Amelia Earhart? Probably not, but that's who she was. This was a local interest news photo taken of the post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in March of 1958, during a late winter storm blackout. She is front lit with candlelight in the kitchen of her Great Neck, Long Island New York apartment. She lived there while serving as a Vice President of the National Bank of Great Neck. Great Neck was a place Amelia liked before when she resided there from late 1924 to early 1925 with her friend, Marion Stabler's family. Amelia's sister, Muriel, once described a beach there to have been one of she and Amelia's favorite swimming spots. Four months after this photo was taken, on July 25th, a day after her true 61st birthday, the former Amelia married Guy Bolam of England and became commonly know as, 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' from that point on. The former Amelia left the banking industry as well then, and soon became integral to Guy's international advertising research business, Guy Bolam Associates Inc. Guy and Irene periodically traveled the world together for the next ten years while running their company, until Guy died in early 1970, at which point Irene took over as company president and continued to run the business on her own... while continuing to travel the world throughout the 1970s.




Guy and Irene Bolam in 1965.


Amelia Earhart, 1937


Digital composite,
Amelia & Irene


Irene, 1965, AKA
'the former Amelia Earhart'


Guy and Irene Bolam in 1965.



Amelia Earhart, age 30 


History itself may not acknowledge it, but the photo above depicts the woman who was previously know as 'Amelia Earhart' almost ten years after Amelia was declared a missing person.


C. Tod Swindell, 2020

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