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
1918, age 14
in 1930, age 26, with her
husband, Charles Craigmile
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.
look self in 1946.
Amelia Earhart, 1937...
...digitally combined with...
...the post-1940 Irene
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
in her later-life years:
Grace 'Muriel' Earhart Morrissey
Amelia Earhart's only sibling.
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.
Craigmile in 1946
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
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:
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
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.
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.
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
shown above next to her plane
in 1933, did not
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:
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
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
O'Crowley Craigmile 1930.
(Irene age 26)
Below, image enhanced:
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, 1941
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, 1946
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam
Above: The post-1940
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, 1965
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
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...
...the way she looked...
...as the post-1940 Irene in 1946,
who held a press conference in
1970, and denied her famous past.
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Here, a forensic artist
reverts her back to
her more familiar
Amelia Earhart (misspelled 'Earheart')
is featured on a sheet music cover.
When all digital composite images,
were evaluated, including the one above,
they evidenced that Amelia Earhart and
post-1940 Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
exhibit an undeniable, full-body congruence.
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.
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.
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.
|IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE BOLAM, FKA 'AMELIA'
passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur
Let's just call the following, "self
"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."
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
former Amelia Earhart self digitally combined.
(Photo taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia; now
Below is another news clipping about the post-1940
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
Amelia-self digitally combined; right, Amelia
Past O'Crowley Family News Items
(Doctors n' Lawyers n' Such)
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
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
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
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.
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