"Special recognition goes
to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of the Gervais-Irene Bolam and Amelia Earhart to
show the world they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck, reprinted from his book, Amelia
|The Gervais-Irene Bolam
"No matter how it
has been discounted in the past, and though some opposing theorists still choose to argue against it, anymore it is certain
three different women were attributed to the same, 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam' identity, and
one of them, the 'Gervais-Irene,' who was identified nowhere as 'Irene' in the United States prior to the mid-1940s, was previously
known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Evolving from the time the controversy about 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' first surfaced in 1970, anymore
this forensic truehood is incontestable." Tod Swindell, 2017
The three different women attributed to the same Irene identity: On the left is the original Irene Craigmile
in 1930, whose family Amelia had known.
In the middle is the second Irene shown in the early to
mid-1940s; on the right is the third Irene [Gervais-Irene] in 1946, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.'
original Irene's son, Larry Heller specifically identified the second Irene shown in the middle
as his 'mother' from his early childhood on.
Above left: The Gervais-Irene Bolam in
with her previous 'Amelia' self
As Amelia, age thirty
© Protecting Earhart
|Amelia Earhart, age twenty-six.
|1923 into a mirror self-photo portrait. She would become famous in 1928.
|Amelia Earhart, 1933
|Classic Amelia, the blend begins.
|Amelia at Kitty Hawk
|Gervais-Irene & Amelia
|Two photos superimposed.
|Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
|Gervais-Irene,1965 / Amelia,1933
|Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
|Gervais-Irene,1963 / Amelia,1928
|Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
|Gervais-Irene,1976 / Amelia,1932
|Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
|Gervais-Irene,1978 / Amelia,1929
it or not' truth about Amelia Earhart has been recognizable for decades, although it has been shouted down over the years
by important sounding individuals who worked hard to encourage the public to ignore it, and to pay attention instead to
their own differing conclusions.
Protecting Earhart Forensic Analysis Reactions:
I have carefully studied the overlays and your presentation. Your conclusion that there were multiple
Irene Bolams has completely convinced me that this is indeed the case. You have also convinced me
that the Gervais-Bolam was AE. Incredible. You have quite an impressive package
there. Keep charging - Gene." From a letter to Tod Swindell from Retired Navy
Rear Admiral, Eugene Tissot. Tissot's Father, Ernie was a friend of Amelia's and served as her head plane mechanic during
her 1935 Hawaii to Oakland flight. This was Gene Tissot's response to his examination
of Protecting Earhart's first distributed forensic analysis results.
work relating to AE and IB is absolutely outstanding. There is no other way to describe
it. I just wanted you to know that I have nothing but admiration for you and I
am honored and proud to be on the winning team. I'm convinced you have solved the mystery." A note from USAF Colonel
Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.) to Tod Swindell. Colonel Reineck was among the original recipients
of Protecting Earhart's first distributed forensic analysis results. Reineck's book, Amelia Earhart Survived duly credited the achievement.
Multiple 'Irenes' and a 'Forensic Match'
The Key Findings of the Irene-Amelia
The comprehensive Irene-Amelia forensic analysis 'key findings' display why it is correct
to oppose the fulminations of others whom for years soap-boxed misleading information to the American public about the
late-great, Mrs. Irene Bolam. This includes one Dr. Alex Mandel's creation of Wikipedia's public information supplied,
'Irene Craigmile Bolam' page and his overt domination over it. Other people have also taken measures
to publicly discredit the new-millennium learned truths about Mrs. Bolam's past by citing outdated referrals chocked with
slanted and since 'proved incorrect' information.
Directly below, take heart in knowing what individuals and organizations that
refuse to support the new realized truth about Amelia are well aware of but do not acknowledge publicly; how there had
been more than one Twentieth Century woman attributed to the same "Irene Bolam" identity. [Note: the
true story on how Amelia became one of the 'Irenes' is found in the second page link down in the left blue column at the
top of the page.]
Here, below an artist's rendering of an Amelia photo, are the three different women who used the same 'Irene'
identity in the Twentieth Century. Thank you.
|Artist's photo rendering of Amelia Earhart
|Note superimposed images far right below.
Below, Larry Heller's true birth mother, the original Irene
shown in 1930 between her first husband, Charles, who died suddenly in 1931, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. A past
friend of Amelia's, the original Irene gave birth to Larry Heller in early 1934, [Larry's actual birth name: "Clarence
Alvin Heller."] Larry was she and her second husband, Alvin Heller's child. It is unknown what became of the original
Irene's physical person. [It was rumored--but far from confirmed--that she became debilitated after a difficult child-birthing
ordeal.] It is evident Larry Heller, who volunteered he held "no photographs" of his mother displaying her prior
to the 1940s, never imprinted his biological mother shown here as his 'true' mother. This particular 'very low quality' photo
he had not seen before it appeared in the 1982 tribune series, that forged and doctored photos to make it appear that the
three different women displayed here, the original Irene below and the other two to the right who later ended up having her
identity attributed to them, were ALL one in the same human being. By virtue of the forensic study it became known they were
all different individual human beings.
|Above center: Larry Heller's biological mother in 1930.
Below, the 'second Irene,' shown younger in the 1940s, older in the
1970s. In 2006, and again in writing in 2014, the 1934 born, Larry Heller positively identified her as his 'late mother.'
|The two above photos superimposed; same person younger to older.
Below, the 'third Irene,' FKA 'Amelia Earhart' shown younger and
older in 1946 and 1964. She used Larry Heller's mother's identity from the mid-1940s until she died in 1982. The last photo
below superimposes her with her former self, Amelia Earhart. Anymore this truth exists as an obvious multi-layered
|Superimposed with her former self, 'Amelia'
Above are the three different Twentieth Century women
who were attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity. On the left is the 'original Irene' who Amelia was acquainted
with in the 1930s. In the middle is the 'second Irene' who Larry Heller identified as the 'mother' figure he recalled,
and the right column displays the 'third Irene.' The 'third Irene' appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to
the mid-1940s because she had previously been known as, "Amelia Earhart."
The original Irene's birth name was "Irene Madeline
O'Crowley." She was born in 1904, although her birth certificate was never located, and by the early 1940s she no longer
appeared, and maybe no longer existed. The 'second Irene's' true identity remains a mystery. She looked to be a generation
younger than the other two Irenes. She was rumored to have been 'born in 1924' and adopted into the O'Crowley family of Newark,
New Jersey a few years later. The 1934 born son of the original Irene, identified the second Irene as his life-long
mother figure. The 'third Irene' used to be known as Amelia Earhart. She did not take on her 'Irene' identity until the mid-1940s.
The same 'Irene' identity all three used historically featured the names: "Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller
As described, in 1970 Mrs. Bolam was caught off guard
when a black and white version of the above photograph appeared in a nationally published book that implicated her, albeit
without herself endorsing it to, as the living former Amelia Earhart. Defiantly, she lawyered-up and successfully
rebuked the truthful assertion, although it took her five years to do it. Incredibly enough, through it all she never denied
that she had been famously known as "Amelia Earhart" in the 1930s. For more about Mrs. Bolam's legal action click
on the third link down in the upper left blue column.
Study's Important 'Tale of the Tape' Final Results
Along with the obvious facial congruence, also observable in
the study is how the entire head-to-toe physical bodies and character traits forensically aligned. Adversarial rumors claiming
"measurable differences cited" were simply untrue. As well, it is imperative to identify how the 'Mrs. Irene Bolam'
who equated herself as the former Amelia Earhart appeared from out of nowhere in the mid-1940s to exist as one of three Twentieth
Century women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity. In essence, her image was not denoted as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s
because she had been previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.'
|Amelia as her later life self in the 1970s, Mrs. Irene Bolam
While it is true the photographs above depict the
same human being in younger and older forms, the world public was never supposed to know this. After she went missing in
1937, Amelia Earhart was legally declared 'dead in absentia' in 1939, and a later evaluation of the matter determined said
'declaration' should never change, even after the U.S. Department of Justice learned she had continued to survive. This, coupled
with Amelia's strong desire for a future private-life following her varied war-time experiences, is why she ended up becoming
known as, 'Irene.'
A Sample Excerpt From The World War Two-Era 'FBI
File' On Amelia Earhart...
"Don't worry about her well being. She is perfectly
all right." A
World War Two Japanese Intelligence officer's comment to an American POW about Amelia Earhart cited in the FBI's file on her
missing person case.
Directly below is an excerpt from a two-page "December 27, 1944" dated document
from the FBI file on Amelia Earhart released well after the FOIA went into effect. The document where this sentence appeared featured
an in-depth interview with a former POW held by Japan who managed to escape and was transported to Walter Reed Hospital in
Washington DC to recover from injuries he sustained while doing so. The hospital helped him contact the FBI believing it should
interview the well-decorated soldier based on information he mentioned he had learned about Amelia Earhart, first from Japanese
personnel in the Philippines just before the Pearl Harbor attack, who mentioned Amelia was "transported to Tokyo where
she was being kept at a hotel there," and then again years later from a Japanese intelligence officer while the soldier
was a POW after surviving the infamous "Bataan death march." Nearly
all of the documents contained in the fifty-nine page file, including this one, were evidenced as having been brought to the
attention of then FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover. Several of the documents pertained to information about the location of Amelia's
plane, accordingly after Japan impounded it, and others, dated into the mid-1940s, passed along information that pertained
to conveyances of Amelia's ongoing survival. The names of both the FBI agent and the recovering soldier are blacked out in
the file, something that was standard protocol for sensitive information. In this part of the document, the POW soldier recalled
asking the Japanese intelligence officer he was working as a typist for at the time, if he knew whether or not "his cousin,
Amelia Earhart" was still alive(?) According the the soldier, the Japanese officer, who was somewhat taken aback by the
remark before responding, said he could not tell the soldier anything but assured him at the same time, "not to worry"
about Amelia Earhart because she was, "perfectly all right."
The aforementioned Nuclear Physicist and Sedulous Amelia Earhart Devotee, Dr. Alex Mandel
Above: From the time the awareness of the new millennium
'Irene-Amelia' forensic study began drawing public attention, Nuclear Physicist, Dr. Alex Mandel has led a
misinformation charge aimed at devaluing the results the study conveyed. If you are interested, an example of his lengthy
Wikisource diatribe he assembled to thoroughly discount every aspect of Amelia's later-life as 'Irene' can be observed in
the link below the next paragraph. Note how within it, where Dr. Mandel cites author, David Horner's interview with the son
of Irene Bolam, Larry Heller, he avoids mentioning how in the new millennium, Mr. Heller identified an entirely different
person to have been his 'mother' than the Irene Bolam who was identified as the former Amelia Earhart in the forensic comparison
analysis. The simple math realized long ago was the 1934 born Mr. Heller was always telling the truth when he stated his mother
was not Amelia Earhart.
It had long been known that Amelia Earhart knew Mr. Heller's true mother in
the 1930s, so after the study revealed the post-war survived Amelia Earhart shared his mother's identity in her later life
years, Mr. Heller was subsequently asked at his attorney's office in New York to positively identify his life-long 'mother'
in photographs, and as mentioned, while doing so he identified a completely different person than the 'Irene Bolam' who matched
Even though she existed in full view for decades until she died in 1982, the general public was never supposed to identify
how this beautiful, important looking woman photographed in 1978 used to be known as "Amelia Earhart." Realizing
it may be difficult for some to accept this new millennium proven forensic reality, the following truth none-the-less
exists: Prior to the World War Two era, the proud looking person in the photograph below was known as, "Amelia Earhart."
This website has existed on-line continuously since 2007 and no one has ever legally or forensically overchallenged this
statement about the Mrs. Irene Bolam shown here, because it's true.
About The Above Photograph
The photograph above
displays the former Amelia Earhart, AKA "Mrs. Irene Bolam" in 1978. When this particular formal photo-portrait
was taken she was living in her true eightieth year and she had been known as "Irene" for over three decades. As
it turned out there were three Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity. The general public
was never supposed to know this, nor was it supposed to know about the famous past of the Mrs. Bolam shown above. This is
why the news media continues to be persuaded by historical dictum influences--that supplementing those already listed includes
the modern Amelia Earhart®
brand owners, the Zonta organization, [of which Amelia and her later-life self as 'Irene' had served as distinguished members]
and Dr. Thomas Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, who all continue to encourage
the curious not to regard or pay serious attention to this profound truth that was forensically realized
in the new millennium. No matter, for the following Amelia Earhart reality now openly exists: The
"Mrs. Irene Bolam" displayed above appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s because she had
been previously known as, "Amelia Earhart." The original 'Irene,' who Amelia had known in the 1930s before
she assumed her left-over identity after World War Two, looked entirely different and was historically a far less ambitious
individual. For more about the original 'Irene' whose identity Amelia assumed in her later life years, click on "The True Story of Amelia Earhart" page link located in the upper left blue column.
"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."
From the book, 1984 by George Orwell
The above quote
is revealing of people occupying important positions in the last half of the Twentieth Century, who remained 'officially
silent' about certain information they learned on the controversy of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance--that from
a legal standpoint became an, "unresolved missing person case." Foremost including individuals dating back to FDR's
World War Two era administration, their aligned motivations were geared toward obfuscating suspicion toward the volatile
hidden reality of Amelia's continued existence throughout the war years, that inevitably left the U.S. justice
department facilitating a future 'private life' for her away from the public eye after the war--as a common U.S. citizen.
worked well until the former Amelia Earhart was recognized for who she used to be and then was 'outed' against
her will in 1970. Amazingly, after the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-war name-changed survival evidenced itself to be
true, it continued to be shouted-down by dominating individuals who remained subjugated by their own denials--when
it came to the reality of Amelia Earhart's ongoing name-changed survival, until she died in 1982.
It wasn't until the new
millennium arrived, before Tod Swindell's forensic research analysis and human comparison study finally began to blow
the lid off of this ongoing, ironclad coverup--that appeared to have included post World War Two era 'wink-and-nod' classified
endorsements from the nations of Japan and England.
In the 1980s, a variety of new, privately
run cottage industries intent on pecuniary interests began exploiting the invented Amelia Earhart Mystery
by introducing a variety of new theories within their different attempts to explain what happened to her. This practice led
to endless false-hope news briefs that in-turn confused the American public about Amelia's world flight ending and aftermath.
Fortunately, these misleading 'Earhart mystery purveyors' began to fade after knowledge of the incontestable, 'new-millennium forensic achievements' displaying
Amelia's post-war private existence as "Mrs. Irene Bolam" surfaced.
On Correct and Incorrect Statements
"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement, but the opposite of a profound truth may be
another profound truth." Niels Bohr, 1885-1962; Danish quantum theorist & physicist, Nobel Prize winner
Considering this interesting
paradoxical sounding quote, it might dawn on one how it could readily be applied to the Earhart conundrum. While
it exists as a profound truth that Amelia Earhart survived and lived the latter part of
her life in the United States known as someone else until she died in 1982, it also appears to be a
profound truth where influential 'connected to the story' individuals remained aware of a potential for precarious
historical ramifications to occur should said truth segue into existing as a recognized fact. So much provided the
impetus for the controversial reality about Amelia to be covered over--with the intention that it was never to surface or
even be promoted to the general public as something worth seriously evaluating.
For many years this approach worked. Inevitably, however,
its undoing began when the long-disregarded forensic truth about Amelia Earhart began staring back at people in no
uncertain terms. Tod Swindell
The Forensic Truth
Since the Associated Press reported the emergence of the Irene-Amelia forensic analysis over a dozen years ago, the
following 'forensic truth' about Amelia Earhart has been available to anyone who cares to know it:
There were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam'
identity and one of them was previously known as "Amelia Earhart."
As mentioned, where this proven reality about Amelia Earhart now exists, the viewpoint propagandized through the
news media continues to influence the public NOT to believe it. Amelia Earhart cottage industries and her 'brand image'
enthusiasts still discount it, even though in the new millennium the discovered truth about Amelia Earhart ended up
presenting itself as an obvious forensic certainty.
Amelia Earhart, age 30
Think about it:
Instead of encouraging people
to accept what is anymore the obvious reality of Amelia Earhart's post-war continued survival as Irene, the U.S. national
press circuit in alignment with ongoing overtures of 'official silence' about her actual fate from the U.S. department of
justice, has continued to persuade the public to consider the ideas that Amelia: 1.) Was eaten by giant
crabs on the desert island of Nikumaroro, 2.) Was executed by Japan's military on Saipan as a suspected spy, or 3.) With a
thousand miles worth of extra fuel reserves, she flew aimlessly over the Pacific Ocean until she simply crashed and sank at
Otherwise, it is considered 'taboo' by the U.S. national press circuit to so much as hint
at the reality of Amelia's post-loss, name-changed survival as 'Irene.' Even though the data supporting this truth is overwhelming
and full-proof anymore, national news reporters are not allowed to touch it.
"There have been so many different
theories and ideas offered by now, and one can think or believe what one will, but the absolute truth of the matter is the
general public still doesn't know exactly what happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan on July 2, 1937, the day they were
said to have, 'disappeared without a trace.' For decades it was professed by a variety of historical scholars that Amelia
went down in the Marshall Islands and likely ended up existing under the stewardship of Japan during the World War Two years.
Maybe that's true, maybe it isn't, but the one thing we do know for certain as a result of the new millennium, comprehensive
forensic analysis that displays it clearly, is that Amelia Earhart reemerged in the United States after World War Two
with a different identity that was attributed to more than one person in the Twentieth Century." Amelia Earhart
Historian, Tod Swindell
Tracking The "Amelia Earhart Mystery"
A brief statement
from Tod Swindell
[The difference between understanding what one believes in and believing in what one understands.]
all Amelia Earhart mystery enthusiasts, or theorists, devoted themselves to understanding answers they individually
decided to believe in. Two notable ones who claimed to understand different conclusions that were first
postulated over seventy years ago--that they individually decided to believe in and promote--are Richard
Gillespie of TIGHAR and Alex Mandel of the Amelia Earhart Society. Both mark perfect examples:
One believed and insisted that Amelia died on a desert island where her remains were eaten by giant crabs; the other believed
and insisted that Amelia was picked up by Japan and soon after died in its custody.
Before combing through these wayward miscalculations and
others of a similar ilk, I started from a different vantage point upon embarking on my research journey in the 1990s, and
now view myself as a historian who believes in a truth that took me decades to understand. My arduous process required a thorough
examination of the tonnage of verified research data on Amelia's loss, followed by subjecting my most earnest determinations
to a comprehensive forensic evaluation. Thus, I did not work to understand something I believed in,
rather, I came to believe in something I worked hard to learn about and understand, as any true research analyst does."
A Quick Review
Earhart displayed different looks during her fame years just as she did in later-life when she was known as 'Irene,' until
her passing took place in 1982. To date the United States government has never offered an 'official opinion' about the decades
old controversy over Mrs. Bolam's true life-long identity, leaving the Smithsonian Institution [a 'ward' of the U.S. government]
no choice but to keep downplaying what in recent decades grew to become the 'obvious reality' of Amelia's later-life with
a different name.
Amelia as Amelia side:
Amelia as Irene side:
On Amelia's Name Change To Irene
From the Protecting Earhart Chronicles by Tod Swindell
Granted it's hard to fathom it actually happened, but
it did happen. Fortunately, the endeavor of Amelia Earhart's name-change to 'Irene' is no longer difficult to explain or comprehend.
Zonta organization friend of Amelia's, a New York/New Jersey attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, had a niece
she helped raise from childhood who was a contemporary of Amelia's. By marriage her niece's name was, 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile.'
After Amelia became famous
in 1928, she became a member of the Zonta women's organization that same year. Upon joining the Zonta's, Amelia's new friend,
Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, (a prominent Zonta figure) co-emceed the ceremony for Amelia's induction, and in short
order after doing so she introduced Amelia to her niece, Irene Craigmile.
Irene Craigmile was seven years younger than the new-famous
pilot, Amelia Earhart, and she looked up to her. When they met, Irene was sure to express her own interest in 'flying' to
Amelia, and the two remained distantly acquainted from that point on.
Sadly, a few years later in 1931, Irene Craigmile lost
her husband of four years, Charles Craigmile, to uremic poisoning after his appendix burst during a road trip.
A year later, in 1932,
not long after Amelia soloed the Atlantic, the newly widowed Irene Craigmile decided she wanted to learn to be a pilot. Except
while taking flying lessons midway through the following year, just before being awarded her pilot's license, she realized
she was pregnant out of wedlock and ended up eloping to wed the child's father, Alvin Heller, who had served as one of her
flight instructors. She would never pilot a plane again.
A son was born to the newlyweds, Al and Irene Heller in early 1934, except it
had been a trying three years for Irene after losing her husband, Charles. Coming out of her bereavement, she looked forward
to the adventure of flying planes and spent months taking lessons. Instead the end-result for her was an unplanned pregnancy
and a new husband she didn't really know that well. Through it all, Irene began suffering from bouts of depression that abetted
the soon-to-be failure of her rushed marriage, and by 1937, Al Heller had relocated alone to Buffalo, New York. His career
as a pilot did not suit the typical 'stay at home husband and father' profile well, and his decision to leave led to Irene
filing for a marriage annulment and soon to follow 'child visitation rights' battle. In the interim, the couple's young son
began being attended to by a surrogate mother figure from within the extended O'Crowley family fold who he would grow to imprint
as his real mother.
After Amelia went missing in 1937, and then was declared 'dead in absentia' on January 5,
1939 (even though she was still very much alive) her Zonta friend, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who helped with her
niece's marriage annulment process, would serve as a key player within the arrangement for Amelia to use Irene's identity
after the war years. As recalled by one Diana Dawes in 1992, who was a later-life good friend of Mrs. Irene Bolam's, (AKA
the 'former' Amelia Earhart) at some point, Irene Craigmile Heller's death occurred but the when, where, and how of it was
not publicized, thus enabling Amelia to later assume her identity. The arrangement accordingly took place under the omniscient
guise of the U.S. justice department's, J. Edgar Hoover, and with 'assigned help' administered by one Monsignor James Francis
Kelley of Rumson, New Jersey, (see further below) who counseled and guided the war-years survived, Amelia Earhart, during
the transition phase that left her further known as, 'Irene.' Note: It appears to be the case that Amelia's 'identity
change' endeavor was actually initiated prior to the end of World War Two.
For more about this and what became of Al and Irene Heller's
son, click on "The True Story of Amelia Earhart" link at the top of this page to the left.
Above: By the mid-late 1940s,
clear-legible photographs of the original Irene Craigmile became all but non-extant in the process of Amelia acquiring her
identity to use in her own later-life years. The rare photo above depicts the original Irene Craigmile in 1930, shown between
her first husband, Charles Craigmile (left) and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley (right.) The original Irene Craigmile
was an only child of twelve years old when her mother, Bridget Doyle O'Crowley died, thus creating the need for her to be
further reared by her attorney aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley.
Mrs. Irene Bolam in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976, while on a trip with Monsignor James Francis Kelley's sister, Gertruded
Kelley Hession. The two right panels superimpose her into the person she used to be.
Inspiration For Protecting Earhart's Forensic Study:
inspiration for Protecting Earhart's new millennium forensic study is traceable to 1970, when the enigmatically important,
'Mrs. Irene Bolam' displayed in the above photographs was called-out on a national news level because she was suspected to
have been previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' This may sound crazy to some, except for a few years prior to 1970,
Mrs. Bolam had eluded formidable researchers of Amelia's 1937 disappearance who not only felt she resembled an 'older' version
of Amelia Earhart, but after looking into her past they found highly noticeable connective tissue that existed between she
and Amelia. Mrs. Bolam described herself as one who, "had a career as a pilot once, but I gave that all up years ago."
She also mentioned that she had "known" and had "often flown with Amelia Earhart" in the 1930s.
Decades later, after learning that the question of Mrs. Bolam's life-long identity was never
solidly answered, and how more researchers came to ardently believe that she had been previously known as Amelia Earhart,
(to date four books have been published contending she was), Protecting Earhart's forensic study displayed the same
Mrs. Bolam demonstrating a haunting physical congruence and character traits alignment to Amelia Earhart, along with surfacing
the unrecognized fact that more than one woman had been attributed to the same 'Irene' identity. The study further revealed
the Mrs. Bolam featured here appeared from out of nowhere to live in the United States known as 'Irene Craigmile' following
the World War Two years, until she married Guy Bolam in 1958.
quietly important individual traveled the world with an open-ended ticket on Pan Am Airways throughout the 1960s and 1970s,
hobnobbing with internationally known people while also devoting time to the administration of Radio Luxembourg. She died
in 1982. In the 1930s and prior to, she was known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
Continue on to learn more about history's quietly important, Mrs. Irene Bolam, who absolutely was, previously
known as, "Amelia Earhart."
website was launched in 2007. The forensic reality it displays has never been over-challenged and never will be because
displays the forensic truth about Amelia Earhart. In the latter part of the
Twentieth Century, the Smithsonian Institution and the Amelia Earhart brand owned by Amelia's extended family, maintained
a tradition of steering people away from the learned reality of Amelia's private life in the United States after World War
Two. Oddly enough, after the forensic analysis
results were made public in the new millennium, their defensive deflections became more deliberate.
2018 marks eleven years of Irene-Amelia.com presenting unheralded Amelia Earhart truths over the Internet. Its broad-based view of Protecting Earhart's landmark discoveries
enabled it to fully expound on the obfuscated fate of Amelia Earhart. Assembled to enlighten the non-biased, Irene-Amelia.Com
exists today as the most truthful, historically revealing, and overall important Amelia Earhart website
on the internet.
Protecting Earhart makes it clear: Amelia's body was not eaten by giant
crabs on the desert island of Nikumaroro, even though many people were conditioned over the years by a media sensationalized
group known as 'TIGHAR' to consider this ridiculous idea.
Protecting Earhart further makes
it clear: Amelia was not executed by Japan's military as a suspected spy, nor did she die of medical
neglect while in Japan's custody, although some author-theorists have long been trying to convince
people that one of these two scenarios occurred.
As well, after missing Howland Island,
Amelia did not fly around aimlessly in radio silence until she crashed and sank into the ocean, although this has always appeared
to be the 'officially preferred' viewpoint for people to accept.
Protecting Earhart conveys the truth,
the ONLY truth concerning what became of Amelia Earhart that the U.S. justice department never wished for the public
to identify. Take heart in knowing this was not a conspiracy hidden reality, rather, it was a truth that ended up being
left behind as a result of the World War Two years in a let's move on kind of way.
Below: A larger version repeated
from above, two 1937 photos of Amelia Earhart followed by one of the many 'telling' examples from Tod Swindell's new-millennium,
Protecting Earhart forensic comparison analysis that forensically revealed Amelia's later-life continued survival as
one of three different women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity.
the former Amelia Earhart on August 8, 1965 in front of the Sea Spray Inn of East Hampton, Long Island, New York.
|From a 10/18/82 New Jersey News Tribune article:
|Msgr. Kelley later verified his late friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam used to be, 'Amelia Earhart'
The famous priest, Monsignor James Francis Kelley,
was an important United States catholic church emissary in the Twentieth Century. He knew many celebrities in his day, including
Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, and he was decorated in the 1940s for his "patriotic service to his country during
the war years" by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. and the U.S. Department of Justice's J. Edgar
Hoover. Father Kelley never shared the reason he was given these awards but those who studied Amelia Earhart's private survival
story the most estimated they had to do with the help and attention he devoted to securing a private-life future for Amelia
after the war years.
Above: Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the
former Amelia Earhart, 1977. Father Kelley went on to admit that with his help Amelia became known as 'Irene' after World
War Two and they remained close friends from that point on.
The former Amelia Earhart (right) in 1976, with her good friend and frequent travelling companion, Gertrude Kelley Hession
in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia. Gertrude was Monsignor Kelley's sister. It's hard to see Amelia here, sure, until you hit the video
dissolve link highlighted in yellow below.
Yes, it is hard to recognize Mrs. Bolam here as an
older version of her former 'Amelia' self, but once-again click on the link directly below to watch a slow motion dissolve
of the same photo as she superimposes into who she used to be. After watching the dissolve a few times, hit the back arrow
to return to Irene-Amelia.Com. As noted the person she is with, Gertrude Kelley Hession, was the sister of Monsignor James
Francis Kelley. As Irene Bolam, the former Amelia Earhart was a close friend of both Monsignor Kelley and his sister, Gertrude.
Beginning in the late 1970s and continuing until his death in 1996, Monsignor Kelley, a past president of Seton Hall College,
confided to certain individuals, some who later went on record about it, that his later-life friend, Irene, used to be known
as 'Amelia Earhart.' As with Joseph A. Gervais, adversaries called Monsignor Kelley 'crazy' for saying what he did about his
friend, Irene, who died in 1982. Monsignor Kelley wasn't crazy, and of course neither was Joseph A. Gervais.
Click on the link below to watch the video dissolve.
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 remained a highly debated historical subject matter
for many years.
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"
Solving a missing person case requires finding the person or finding true body evidence of the person.
Since this still had not happened by the time 1939 arrived, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were legally declared "dead
in absentia" at that point in time.
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 most 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 Mrs. Irene
Bolam shown on this page were friends and Zonta sisters in their later life years. Protecting Earhart's modern expose'
revealed how this 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. To those taking an interest,
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 information displayed here offers a preview.
you, Tod Swindell
Why the historical truth about Amelia's name change
to Irene has never been officially acknowledged or promoted:
Even though it is forensically true that Amelia Earhart
managed to survive her storied disappearance and she eventually changed her name to 'Irene' during the World War Two era,
as mentioned her own family and the Smithsonian Institution have never acknowledged it publicly. Instead, since 1970, after
the forensic truth about Amelia Earhart was first discovered and made public by a third party [Joseph A. Gervais] they maintained
the practice of quickly dismissing it out of hand, describing it as "hokum," "baseless," or "unsupported
by convincing evidence." These rebuttals may have sounded sincere, but they simply weren't true. Still, they managed
to sway the news media--and therefore public opinion as well--away from embracing the reality of it. In the meantime, the
U.S. government always maintained a vigil of 'official silence' toward the controversy over who Mrs. Irene Bolam really
was, or used to be. No matter, history is now in the process of giving-in to what has grown to become the obvious
reality of Amelia's continued private existence as 'Irene.'
With all that was learned and revealed about it since
Joseph A. Gervais first surfaced this 'witness protection' truth, one might compare it to the case of Charles Lindbergh's
alternate identity discovery. For it wasn't until 2004, thirty-years after he died that Charles Lindbergh's 1950s-to-1970s
secret alias of 'Careu Kent' was finally verified after facing years of both his survived family and official historians dismissing
In Amelia's case, beyond the undeniable forensic comparison
results, the additional undoing of the Amelia-became-Irene reality was Protecting Earhart's forensic discovery of more
than one woman having been attributed to the same 'Irene' identity, with the one who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed
in 1965, appearing nowhere identified that way prior to the mid-1940s. This is because before that time, to include famously
in the 1930s, she was known as Amelia Earhart.
Question: What does, 'You can't unring a bell'
Answer: This means that
once something has been done, you have to live with the consequences as it can't be undone.
|The forensic transition continues...
|...to reveal the congruence
History Can't Unring The Bell Joseph A.
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 have soap-boxed that he did
ever since the show aired.
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.
|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.
Honesty: About Courage
Courage: "Mental or moral strength to venture, perservere, and withstand
danger, fear, or difficulty."
When the 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' in question was known as Amelia Earhart,
she wrote her most famous poem called "The Price of Courage," and she lived her entire life, both as Amelia and
as Irene recognizing the value of courage.
Unfortunately, some influential people in lofty environs whom
are stricken with Alethephobia cannot bring themselves to acknowledge or promote the discovered forensic truth about Amelia's
continued existence as "Irene" in the United States after World War Two. Their collective fears have caused them
to be short-sighted when it comes to acknowledging and promoting what is anymore the obvious truth about Amelia's later life
existence. These people exist at the Smithsonian Institution, at the National Geographic Society, in the governmental executive
branches of the United States and Japan, in the TIGHAR, Nauticos, Chasing Earhart, and Amelia Earhart Society clubs, and in
the head offices of major news outlets. (Not to leave out Amelia's own survived family appears to be legion with them.) Why
do they continue to promote the non-truth that states the 'Mrs Irene Bolam' in question here was NOT the former Amelia Earhart?
Because they are afraid of publicly acknowledging and siding with the reality they recognize about Amelia Earhart's continued
existence as "Irene." Some of their inner circles have at times expressed ideas suggesting it would be historically
irresponsible to admit the truth about Amelia's later-life name changed existence, although plain laziness is involved
too, where they would rather not have to contend with the enormity of outcroppings such a public verification would enable.
It also appears that at least some of them fear losing face as well. So instead, they myopically encourage the public
to keep believing this proud individual was never known as Amelia Earhart, even to the point of vilifying all of the people
from the past who had the courage to publicly affirm it, and then continuing to vilify people who demonstrate the courage
to publicly affirm it today. These influential individuals simply refuse to acknowledge this profoundly realized historical
truth, even juxtaposed to the years-evolved forensic results that so clearly convey how the Mrs. Irene Bolam in question most
definitely had been, previously known as, "Amelia Earhart."
Alethephobia: "Fear of Truth."
Above: Amelia Earhart in 1935 with
legendary Hawaiian surfer & Olympic swimmer, Duke Kahanamoku doing some outrigging in Hawaii. Amelia's controversial disappearance
in 1937 led to several decades of debates over what really happened to her, the general consenus being the truth had been
withheld from the public.
Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis carefully re-examined the long held assertion of Amelia's private,
post-loss existence. The study's inarguable results revealed it clearly was the case how amid complex circumstances, Amelia
Earhart lived well beyond the date of her disappearance known by a different name, and any official knowledge of
it was sequestered away from public
awareness with indefinite intentions.
Below: The 'former' Amelia
Earhart shown in a 1978 formal photo-portrait sitting. As a result of the World War Two years, Amelia ended up being one of
three Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity.
as 'Irene' the latter part of her life, the woman above is the same person in the 1965 color photograph displayed on this
page. She appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. Note the wings pinned toward
her left shoulder. Even though official history has been careful not to introduce her in a public way, she remained stately
and beautiful, and proud of who she was historically as well. Understandably, she coveted her privacy as a non-public person
after the war years until her passing in 1982.
|Senator Hiram Bingham with Amelia Earhart when she was 31
Below: Past and future superimposed
The Amelia photo used came from her book, The Fun Of
The goal of this truthful reveal about the late Mrs.
Irene Bolam is to return public thought to recognizing a higher regard for Amelia Earhart's profound legacy.
Earhart's remarkable life story became mired in ambiguity due to the mystery aspect casually applied to it. This
mode of thought has errantly existed dating back to the time her so-called 'disappearance' occurred.
Because of this long-term distraction, over the years people less-recalled what a profound
thinker, superior multi-linguist,
universal philosopher, feeling poet, skilled photographer, engaging writer, and excellent business woman Amelia Earhart
was, beyond being a patriotic American with deep U.S. history roots, and oh yes, a remarkable champion of early aviation.
Why she chose to live the way she did was nobody's business but her own, and she made sure throughout her entire adult life,
especially in her later years, that this truth was clearly understood by those who knew her best.
History's 'Earhart Mystery' Challenge
"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence
in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting
mystery." A 1982 quote from
the Marylin Bender, Selig Altschul Pan Am Airways anthology, The Chosen Instrument.
On Over-Challenging History
After enduring the process of
thoroughly examining and comparing the lives of Amelia Earhart and Irene Bolam, the forensic analysis evidenced
the same human being in different eras going by different names.
Regardless of the new-millennium consternation the analysis caused
among U.S. history scholars and myriad theorists suggesting a variety of other ideas, its conclusive results left it undeniably
Unknown to the public, Amelia Earhart survived her storied 1937 disappearance
and in time changed her name to 'Irene.'
Oddly enough, in 0pposition to this new paradigm of truth about Amelia Earhart, a
variety of individuals and organizations have waged campaigns through the internet and various media outlets to prevent the
reality of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two life as a name-changed person from gaining public acceptance.
The copyrighted Protecting
Earhart intellectual properties featuring the Protecting Earhart MSS, Forensic Study, Documentary & Feature
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|Photo credit: Sasha-Getty
A photo portrait of Amelia Earhart taken in England four days after her 1932 solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean--when she
became the first woman and only the second person to accomplish the feat five years after Charles Lindbergh did. Note: In 2004, another long standing rumor was finally verified when it was confirmed that Charles Lindbergh
actually led a double life using the alternate identity of "Careu Kent" in Europe from the mid-1950s on, until
he died in 1974. In turn, it took nearly four decades before the 1970s presentation of Amelia Earhart's ongoing 'private
life' existence proved to be real as well. The new-millennium, comprehensive forensic research study confirmed how
after Amelia went missing in 1937, she continued to survive and she eventually changed her name to "Irene" in pursuit
of further living her life away from the public-eye, and she managed to do that until she died in 1982. There was an attempt
made to 'out her' in 1970, but she smartly refused to reclaim the mantle of the famous pilot she used to be, knowing had she
done so it would have thrust her back into the public eye. That was something she absolutely did not want as it would have
made her life strenuous from that point on, beyond compromising the reputations of those who knew who she used to be--and
protected it from becoming public information. This included Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who continued to know her sister, Amelia,
in her later-life years as 'Irene.'
"When I think about my viewpoint of
the never disproved, and by now well-confirmed, 'Amelia Earhart survived and changed her name to Irene assertion,'
then compare it to the viewpoint expressed over the years by Tighar's Richard Gillespie about it, it is akin to comparing
brutal honesty to epic sarcasm." Tod Swindell
It's easy to recognize how the woman above, who Larry
Heller identified as his 'mother' in younger and older forms, was never known as 'Amelia Earhart.' At the same time, directly
below, this sample from Tod Swindell's forensic comparison analysis makes it easy to recognize how the Mrs. Irene Bolam shown
in younger and older forms after World War Two, who was not identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, but also used Mr.
Heller's mother's identity in her later life years, indeed had been previously known as "Amelia Earhart."
...Amelia in 1937, her former
|Photo credit: Joseph A. Gervais
Note: As introduced above, this website profiles the Protecting Earhart Chronicles
and new millennium Irene-Amelia Forensic Analysis arranged by Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell. Past Writers
Guild of America Amelia Earhart registrations include: "The Lost Electra" (1997), "Redefining
Earhart for the New Century" (1999), and "Protecting Earhart" (2004). United States Trademark and
Copyright Office, "Protecting Earhart Research and Forensic Study" copyright registration numbers: TXu
1-915-926 (2014); TXu 2-061-539 (2017).