The 1997-2017 Swindell Study: Amelia Earhart Compared To The Post-World War Two 'Irene Craigmile'

'Freedom of the Press' & the late, great Mrs. Irene Bolam's, "I am not Amelia Earhart" lawsuit-dodge

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December 2018


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'Freedom of the Press' & the late, great Mrs. Irene Bolam's, "I am not Amelia Earhart" lawsuit-dodge:

Below middle, Mrs. Irene Bolam 


Shown at her November of 1970 press conference that she attended unaccompanied and where she, 'handled the press like a pro.' Necessarily, she denied she was Amelia Earhart in the present tense even though she used to be the famous pilot known by that name.


"God, the world hounded that woman after she became famous." A quote from famous pilot, Jackie Cochran, recalling her friend, Amelia Earhart. Jackie also mentioned that during the year Amelia was prepping for her world flight she was "closer to Amelia than anyone else, even her husband, George Putnam." Jackie's husband, Floyd Odlum helped finance Amelia's 1937 world flight effort.


November, 1970, the former Amelia Earhart, AKA Mrs. Irene Bolam, ready to take on the press in order to preserve her dignity and the legacy of who she used to be.


"I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart." Mrs. Irene Bolam was convincing when she stated this at her press conference in response to the assertion made by former Air Force captain, Joseph A. Gervais, featured in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives (shown above in the foreground.) Although her present-tense denial was accepted then, decades later a thorough analysis of her background revealed she appeared nowhere as 'Irene" prior to the mid-1940s, because she indeed had been previously been known as the famous pilot, Amelia Earhart.

'Freedom of the Press' & the late, great Mrs. Irene Bolam's, "I am not Amelia Earhart" lawsuit-dodge...

By Tod Swindell



In the United States, “Freedom of the Press” is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. It is intended to prevent the government from interfering with the distribution of information and opinions. Here's how it reads:

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

There are caveats applied to the amendment, such as defamation or libel law, a lack of protection for whistle-blowers, government dis-allowance to access potentially compromising information, and constraints caused by public hostility to journalists.

Heavy-handed pseudo authorities on certain subject matters whom are loyal to the government's wishes but have no identifiable link to it, have also done well to influence or even stifle 'freedom of the press' reporting on certain historically controversial topics over the years. As far as the United States national press circuit goes, their domination efforts are loosely referred to as, "playing ball with Uncle Sam." Hindsight recalls examples where this occurred during the debacles of the Watergate scandal and the Pentagon Papers leak.

It is true as well, with all that has been learned about Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance in decades gone by, the same 'news media steering practice' accomplished by pseudo Earhart authorities became somewhat of a standard with Amelia's old 'missing person' case.

As a refresher, the missing person case of Amelia Earhart was closed when she was prematurely declared "dead in absentia" in early 1939.

During the 1971-1975 'summary judgement' lawsuit concerning Mrs. Irene Bolam [AKA, 'the former Amelia Earhart'] vs. the McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, Joe Klaas and Joseph A. Gervais; Mrs. Bolam's high-powered attorney, Benedict Ginsberg [who had earlier worked for U.S. Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy during the Jimmy Hoffa trials] relied on a then recently-established legal precedent to prove Mrs. Bolam's defamation case against the defendants.

The legal precedent was drawn from the New York Times vs. Sullivan in 1964, where the Supreme Court ruled that when a publication involves a public figure, to support a suit for libel, the plaintiff [Mrs. Bolam in this case, who instantly became a public figure when a nationally published book outed her as the former Amelia Earhart] bears the burden of proving that the publisher acted with malice by not exercising due diligence that would have identified the inaccuracy of a statement or statements, and thus exhibited a reckless disregard for the truth.

In Mrs. Bolam's case, she and her attorney did not sue McGraw-Hill, Joe Klaas and Joseph A. Gervais for asserting she was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.'  Rather, they came up with a strategy reliant on the above precedent that enabled them to prove Mrs. Bolam's defamation case by citing 'reckless and misleading information' presented in McGraw-Hill's 1970 published book, Amelia Earhart Lives, that asserted the idea of Mrs. Bolam existing as the former Amelia Earhart going by a different name, based on the previous five-years of investigative research about her conducted by Joseph Gervais. As subsequent decades passed it became clear that Joseph Gervais was correct about Mrs. Bolam's past identity, but the book, that was written and published without her cooperation or authorization, was filled with misconceptions and awry suggestions about how she ended up becoming known as "Irene" in her later-life years, and so much became its undoing.

One example was where the book incorrectly referred to Mrs. Bolam's later-life husband as her "alleged" husband, thus implying she was potentially a "bigamist."

Another example was revealing of Mrs Bolam's personal acknowledgement of herself as the former Amelia Earhart, where she and her attorney cited how the McGraw-Hill book suggested she was perhaps a "traitor to her country" by postulating she may have lived comfortably in Japan's Imperial Palace during the World War Two era.

Because Mrs. Bolam was able to present she and her recently deceased British husband, Guy Bolam's 1958 marriage license to prove they had been legally married, and where there was absolutely no proof at all that even remotely suggested she had resided in Japan's Imperial Palace during the war years, the New York Supreme Court handily ruled in her favor.

After the five year summary judgment ended, McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay Mrs. Bolam a high five-figure sum. Oddly enough, though, Mrs. Bolam settled her case against the book's author, Joe Klaas and Earhart historian, Joseph A. Gervais, by agreeing with a stipulation suggesting a mere ten-dollars of consideration be exchanged between them. [This kind of 'equal consideration exchange' settlement can be advised when summary judgments of this nature are considered "a draw."] According to Joseph A. Gervais, Mrs. Bolam agreed to the even exchange after he asked his attorney to request her fingerprints, that she refused to submit as proof positive of her identity.

Once again it is further interesting to note how Mrs. Bolam only ever denied herself to be Amelia Earhart in the present tense, and technically she was telling the truth as she had legally been known as "Irene" for decades at the time she offered it. However, it is on record that when she was asked by a later-life good friend if she used to be Amelia Earhart(?) she replied by saying, "When I die you'll find out."


Below: The same human being, different names, different eras. As hard as it is to believe, it's that simple to explain.






1923, 1978
1933, 1965
1928, 1963
1932, 1976
1928, 1977

Mrs. Bolam superimposed with her former self


Amelia Earhart in 1937


...superimposed into...


...her later life self in 1965, Mrs. Irene Bolam


Right, Amelia Earhart, age 31...


...superimposed into...


...her later-life, proudly adorning her wings self, Mrs. Irene Bolam
[No 'ordinary housewife']


Above: A sentence excerpted from a 12/27/44 dated document found in the fifty-nine page, "World War Two FBI file" on Amelia Earhart. The full two-page document referenced a detailed interview between an FBI agent and a former POW who had survived the infamous Bataan Death March, and then narrowly escaped after his Japanese military POW transport ship was struck and came apart off the coast of the Philippines. The soldier described how just before the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack while he was stationed in the Philippines, he had gleaned information from Japanese personnel there, "to the effect" that Amelia Earhart had survived her 1937 world flight ending and was transported to Tokyo where she was being held at a hotel. The file was released well after the FOIA went into effect. The particular excerpt above refers to when the soldier was a POW and part-time worked as a typist for a Japanese intelligence officer, who the soldier mentioned was "taken back" when he asked the officer about Amelia Earhart (incorrectly spelled "Earhardt") prompting the officer to reply that he could not say anything beyond, "Don't worry about her well being, she is perfectly all right." Both the soldier's name and the FBI agent's name were blacked out by the FBI throughout the document before it was released via the FOIA. [Note: Several documents in the complete fifty-nine page file referenced information pointing to the continued survivals of both Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, and descriptions pertaining to where their plane likely ended up.]

The former Amelia Earhart in Yugoslavia in 1976

For a slow-motion filmed dissolve of the above photo, that features Mrs. Irene Bolam seated next to Gertrude Kelley Hession, the sister of Monsignor James Francis Kelley, who from the 1970s into the 1990s disclosed to a certain number of individuals that his long-time good friend, Mrs. Bolam used to be known as Amelia Earhart, and that he had helped repatriate her as "Irene" in the United States after World War Two, click on this link:

Facebook: "Irene-Amelia Earhart-Craigmile"  Friend requests welcomed.
As well, check out the new YouTube Channel: "Irene Amelia" to observe uploaded forensic video dissolves. 

A Remarkable Twenty-Year Journey
From the mid-1990s on, Protecting Earhart's founder, Tod Swindell, analyzed and expounded on the previous investigative research of Paul Briand, Joe Gervais, Fred Goerner, Vincent Loomis, Randall Brink, Donald Moyer Wilson, and Rollin Reineck. Each had devoted decades to unconvering the non-conveyed realities of Amelia Earhart's last flight, with their individual efforts resulting in the following published works:

Daughter of the Sky by Paul Briand, 1960
The first book to expound on Amelia's post-loss existence in Japan's Mandate Islands
CBS Journalist, Fred Goerner's 1966 classic...
A Best Seller; concluded Amelia went down in the Marshall Islands and ended up in Japan's custody.
1970 Joe Klaas book re: Joe Gervais' investigation
A best seller, concluded Amelia survived WWII in Japan's custody and later assumed a new identity

Don Wilson's 1993 book, Amelia Earhart Lost Legend
Cited numerous Marshall Islands accounts re: Amelia's survival under Japan's stewardship

By Colonel Rollin Reineck, 2004
The first book to promote the new millennium forensic work of Tod Swindell

Randall Brink's 1993 'Best Seller'...
Proved a White House cover-up; concluded Amelia ended up in the Marshalls and continued to survive

The Vincent Loomis account... 1985
Also concluded Amelia ended up going down in the Marshall Islands

On those who dismissed or buried the above credible accounts in pursuit of pecuniary interests...


Note: Try not to succumb to the misguided offerings of Amelia Earhart plane-hunting, or 'mystery hyping' cottage industries such as TIGHAR, Nauticos, Chasing Earhart and the like. Over the years a number of privately run, 'glitzy' looking clubs intent on pecuniary interests have promoted misleading ideas about Amelia's 1937 flight ending to the general public--within their common effort to keep the public 'dumbed down' about the non-publicized reality of Amelia's post-loss survival as 'Irene,' until she died in 1982. Earhart 'cottage industries' such as these recognized a way to claim a kind of 'vocational proprietary stance' when it comes to public interest in Amelia's last flight within their objectives to receive donations from the less informed. Sure, they exist as non-profit organizations and some have happened on some interesting wrecks while searching for Amelia's plane, but they originally built their company profiles, some decades ago, by exploiting the so-called "mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance" to their financial advantages before it was forensically solved in the new millennium. Those who run these particular cottage industries, especially the ones that are primarily devoted to 'finding Amelia's plane' legally pay themselves handsome wages from the donations they receive, and this practice really needs to stop.
People tend to be romantic about Amelia Earhart, and some have donated huge sums of money over the years reliant on false-hope, 'we feel we know where her plane ended up' offerings. It is imperative to identify here, that Amelia recalled the last time she saw her plane, even while she was living as 'Irene,' and it certainly wasn't resting on the deep ocean floor when she did. Thank you. TS      

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In 2017, Protecting Earhart's, Tod Swindell finalized and copyrighted his long term Irene Craigmile Bolam Versus Amelia Earhart forensic research and human comparison study. His study results enabled him to claim the forensic solving of Amelia Earhart's eight decades old missing person case in his name and in the names of his long-time collaborators, Randall Brink, Joseph A. Gervais (posthumously), Rollin C. Reineck (posthumously), and Joe Klaas (posthumously).
To contact Tod Swindell directly about his multi-tiered Amelia Earhart IP objectives, including rights to his feature film, "The Lost Electra," his Earhart animation project, and various literary IP's, not to leave out his two-decades long 'Irene-Amelia journey,' send an e-mail query to or phone his voice-mail at 323-317-0886. Viable reach outs will be put in touch with his Entertainment Attorney. Thank You.

Click here to e-mail Protecting Earhart/ E-mail address: advertises nothing but the truth about Amellia Earhart. It has existed as a World Wide Web internet website since 2007. Although periodically shouted down by naysayers, it has never been overchallenged. It features researcher, Tod Swindell's first ever embarked on, "Comprehensive Forensic Analysis and Forensic Comparison Study" that, 1.) Proved more than one person used the same 'Irene' identity. 2.) Displayed the head-to-toe physical and character-traits congruence the Joseph A. Gervais 1965 recognized "Irene Bolam" shared with Amelia Earhart. 3.) Proved the Joseph A. Gervais 1965 recognized "Irene Craigmile Bolam" appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, ultimately concluding against the grain fo conventional knowledge, that she and Amelia Earhart marked the same physical human being in younger and older forms going by different names.
Tod Swindell's forensic analysis endeavor was initiated in 1997. It first received national notice in 2002 while it was in progress. His original titled 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. It was again copyrighted in 2017 with additional combined elements from the forensic study newly inserted, # TXu 2-061-539. For subsidiary-rights inquiries call 323-317-0886 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 major thank you goes to Tod Swindell's chief collaborative partner, Lost Star author, Randall Brink, who worked directly with Joseph Gervais for well over a decade before introducing Tod Swindell to him in 1996. A thanks also goes out to pilot-author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who supplied additional 'Irene' photo data and handwritten letters for the study, along with much similar data Joseph Gervais and Rollin Reineck forwarded Tod's way after it was transferred from a 1970s good friend of Mrs. Bolam's, the late Diana Dawes. All of these elements combined enabled the study to reach its reality based conclusion. Thanks as well to former CIA operative, Bazzell Baz, who provided some keen insight to this Earhart truth seeking endeavor when it was first getting underway in Santa Monica, CA in the mid-1990s.
Joseph A. Gervais, who is still 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 Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.'
From Tod Swindell: "Regardless of the fallout caused by Amelia Earhart Lives after 1970, my good friends, Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck spent the remaining decades of their lives working to better advance the reality of Amelia Earhart's name-changed survival to authenticity, after enduring their own long term evaluations of the existing evidence that supported it. Their efforts, but especially the decades old, never wavering "Amelia became Irene" assertion made by Joseph A. Gervais, inspired me to orchestrate the forensic analysis that ultimately proved their long held beliefs correct. Colonel Reineck's book, Amelia Earhart Survived that was published in late 2003, and was driven by my 'newly embarked on' forensic comparison study. Portions of my study appeared in his book, although a more extensively display of my material is seen here in Colonel Reineck's book was also the first to credit my study for "proving" how one of the Twentieth Century women who used the same 'Irene' identity had been previously known as Amelia Earhart."
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