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

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December 2018


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This Practice Really Needs To Stop
Over the years many well-meaning individuals succumbed to the misguided offerings of Amelia Earhart plane-hunting, or 'mystery hyping' cottage industries such as TIGHAR, Nauticos, Chasing Earhart and more. In recent decades these and other privately run clubs intent on pecuniary interests have promoted misleading ideas about Amelia's 1937 flight ending and outcome. Their highly differing, self-promoted theories and theoretical motivations notwithstanding, they mostly managed to keep the public dumbed-down about the non-publicized reality of Amelia's continued survival. 
As a result of the 'official silence' from the governments of the United States and Japan that always blocked anyone's ability to learn reality based truths about Amelia Earhart's loss, a variety of cottage industries ond other individuals recognized a way to assume 'vocational proprietary stances' when it came to addressing public curiosity about Amelia's last flight in an effort to receive donations from the less wary. Most exist as non-profit organizations and some have happened on some interesting wrecks during their fruitless searches for Amelia's plane. But the truth is they originally built their company profiles, some decades ago, by exploiting the so-called "mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance" to their financial advantages long before Amelia Earhart's dated "missing person case" was forensically readdressed in the new millennium. Some actually continue to market products bearing Amelia's name to support their endeavors. Those who run these particular cottage industries, especially the ones primarily devoted to 'finding Amelia's plane' legally pay themselves handsome wages (one has been making over $100k a year for some time now) from the donations they receive,  and this practice really needs to stop.
People grew to be somewhat romantic about Amelia Earhart's chapter in American history, and many have donated huge sums of money over the years reliant on false-hope, 'we feel we know where Amelia's plane ended up' offerings. It is imperative to identify here, that Amelia recalled the last time she saw her plane while she was living in her later-life years, and it certainly wasn't resting on the deep ocean floor when she did.      

The Main Media-Hyped Enthusiasts Who Missed The "Truth" Target Pertaining To Amelia Earhart...

Elgen Long

In the 1980s, Elgen Long started what he would later turn into the non-profit organization known as, 'Nauticos' in order to promote the idea that Amelia simply crashed and sank near Howland Island, and that was it. Going up against experts from Lockheed and many others who disagreed with his fuel use analysis of Amelia's plane, Mr. Long still claimed to have 'solved the mystery' as described in the title of his 1999 book, Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved. While Elgen Long was always a gentleman and respectful to other theorists, ultimately few believed his claim. Just the same, with Nauticos, Elgen headed-up many expeditions to look for Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10E plane fathoms underwater in the vicinity north of Howland Island.

Richard Gillespie

In the late 1980s, Richard Gillespie started his soon to be well-funded 'non-profit' organization, TIGHAR in order to promote the idea that Amelia Earhart and Fred noonan died as castaways on a desert island, and at least Amelia was eaten by giant crabs. He claimed Nikumaroro Island, located in the Phoenix Islands group hundreds of miles south of the Equator, is where this all occurred. Mr. Gillespie headed many expensive expeditions to the island to look for Amelia's plane and her remains under the umbrella of his TIGHAR organization, AKA, 'The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery.' He strangeley appeared to believe, how with no pre-mention to anyone, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan chose to blindly steer their plane deep into no-man's land. Alas, the Smithsonian Institution cited how none of the debris found by TIGHAR on the once inhabited and colonized island could be authentically linked to Amelia's last flight.  

Bill Prymak

In 1989, Bill Prymak started the Amelia Earhart Society to promote how after Amelia was picked up by Japan in the Marshall Islands, she later died on Saipan while in Japan's custody. Over time a variety of rumors came to exist describing different ways Amelia Earhart might have died while in Japan's custody. Conveyances of a mysterious illness, executions in the Marshall Islands or on Saipan, a plane crash in China, even a slow death in a rat invested prison cell entered the fray. Here, though, it's important to recognize that Japan denied ever 'harming' Amelia Earhart and the United States never accused it of such a thing. Bill Prymak was undeterred. From the 1980s into the 2000s, he traveled to the Marshall Islands time and again to conduct interviews, a few times in the company of famed Amelia Earhart historian, retired USAF Major, Joe Gervais, whose own research findings led him to conclude that Amelia survived her disappearance and later changed her name to 'Irene.' Joe Gervais died in 2005, Bill Prymak died in 2014.

Alex Mandel

Ukranian Physicist, Dr. Alex Mandel also supported the suggestion of Amelia having died on Saipan while in Japan's custody. Dr. Mandel offered that Amelia was executed by Japan, admitting at the same time that he had no certifiable knowledge on how or when the event occurred. Still, his belief led to his enlisting of Mike Campbell's help, (below left) that resulted in the two of them presenting a co-written dissertation at the Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison, Kansas in 2012, that overtly campaigned against Tod Swindell's forensic findings, or any possibility at all of Amelia Earhart's continued survival in Japan's custody after she was picked up by its Imperial Naval Authority. Even though no REAL evidence was ever located that offered authenticity to ANY of the differing claims on how Amelia died while she was in Japan's custody, Dr. Mandel and Mike Campbell still feverishly campaigned that she was 'executed for spying' on Saipan while in Japan's charge, and the knowledge of it was covered-up by the United States and Japanese governments.

Mike Campbell

In the 2000s, brushed-up Amelia Earhart theorist, Mike Campbell, befriended the Amelia Earhart Society's 1989 founding president, Bill Prymak. (Shown above.) Taking advantage of Mr. Prymak's gathered Earhart files that featured volumes of research data he collected from other theorists over the years, Mr. Campbell picked up where the AES left off after it disbanded in 2002, to promote how Amelia Earhart died according to the earlier claim of one Thomas Devine, who offered that Amelia was executed by Japan's military on Saipan and was subsequently buried there. Mr. Campbell wrote and self-published a book chocked with Devine's claims and Prymak's AES material entitled, Amelia Earhart: The Truth At Last, issued in 2012. 

Woody Peard

Woody Peard, an Amelia Earhart theorist knowledgeable of Japanese culture during the World War Two era, asserted that Amelia was executed by Japan's military on the Island of Taroa in an incredibly macabre way, and that the event was filmed and surreptitiously sent to Washington DC. In May of 1938, when Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Stephen Gibbons said about Earhart's loss, "We have evidence that the thing is all over. Sure, terrible. It would be awful to make it public...," Mr. Peard suggested Japan's filmed execution of Amelia Earhart was possibly what he referred to. Others maintained it was the withheld "wireless messages" of Amelia's "last few minutes" notated in the same transcript where Gibbons' "we have evidence" statement appeared.  

A Remarkable Twenty-Year Journey
From the mid-1990s on, Tod Swindell analyzed and expounded on the previous investigative research efforts of Paul Briand, Joe Gervais, Fred Goerner, Vincent Loomis, Randall Brink, Donald Moyer Wilson, and Rollin Reineck. Each of these investigators 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

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

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, who was the sister of the well-known Monsignor James Francis Kelley, click on the following YouTube link. Note: From the 1970s into the 1990s, Monsignor Kelley disclosed to certain individuals whom later verified his doing so, 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 the YouTube Channel: "Irene Amelia" to observe two uploaded forensic video dissolves.

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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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