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

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December 2018


Note: This website and the forensic conclusion it presents are the copyrighted intellectual properties of Amelia Earhart journalist-historian, Tod Swindell. [U.S. Copyright registration #'s:  TXu 1-915-926; 2014, TXu 2-061-539; 2017]



Re-caps of Amelia Earhart Related Press Releases and News Articles from Recent Years...
First: Debunking the Debunker

Note: ONI Jaluit Harbor photo enlargement below...

Above: Commemorating the 80th anniversary of Amelia's disappearance, in 2017 NBC news featured a story about a controversial photo located in the U.S. National Archives by one Les Kinney, who believed it depicted Earhart and Noonan on a Jaluit dock in the Marshall Islands, with a Japanese ship, the 'Koshu' in the background. Kinney, a former government investigator who spent over a decade examining Amelia Earhart's disappearance, remarked how the photo added to the multitude of pre-existing evidence that "clearly indicated" Amelia ended up in Japan's custody, further citing how it was labeled, "ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence) Jaluit Marshall Islands, 1937." Shawn Henry, a former FBI Assistant Director was also confident that Earhart and Noonan could seen in the photo, as highlighted in the enlargement below it. The History Channel featured this in a documentary that supported the decades of in-depth investigative research detailing Amelia's Marshall Islands ditching. No surprise, the authenticity of the photo was quickly challenged by a dissenter after the History Channel's show aired, who claimed the photo had been taken in 1935 instead of 1937 for a Japanese travelogue book. [Note: The challenge was later debunked after it was learned the Jaluit dock featured in the photo was not built until 1936, making it impossible for the photo to have been taken in 1935. The so called "travelogue book" was a digitized sham whose chief proponent declined to come forward after its initial display. This shows how deeply the Earhart truth is still being controlled through plants directed to news media outlets.] The elements the photo displayed matched the way the scenario was consistently described in the past by local eyewitnesses, with Earhart and Noonan having been "dropped off on a Jaluit dock" by the "Koshu," the Imperial Nipponese Navy vessel that had transported them there along with Amelia's recovered plane. The ship in the background marked an exact match of the Koshu, and the male and female caucasions closely compared to Earhart's and Noonan's descriptions. The Marshalls were considered a restricted area for outsiders at the time, adding more fuel to the suggestion of the photo featuring the recently rescued, out-of-place flying duo.


The forensic superimposed photos below display the congruence of Fred Noonan's hairline and facial features (note hair coif shadow in the above high-noon photo) and the congruence of Amelia's back from the above '1937' dated ONI photograph.




Above left to right: 1937 ONI photo transitions into Fred Noonan photo; Below left to right: 1937 ONI photo transitions into Amelia Earhart photo. 




Preface about the stamp shown below: This 1987 Republic of the Marshall Islands '50th Anniversary of Amelia Earhart's World Flight' commemorative stamp (one from a series of six) depicts Earhart and Noonan's rescue and the recovery of Earhart's Electra off a shoal adjacent to Mili Atoll. The Sino-Japanese War began just five days after Earhart was reported missing. It was a war the U. S. was strongly opposed to. In 2002 the United Nations Ambassador to the Marshall Islands, Alfred Cappelle described to Ron Staton of the Associated Press how it remained "common knowledge" in his country, "Amelia Earhart definitely ended up in the Marshall Islands."

On what became of Amelia's plane?
It was hoisted onto a Japanese vessel as the rescued Earhart & Noonan observed.

Stateside: The People vs. The Executive Office

Stateside with Rosalea

"But such is the seductive power of the intrigue surrounding Earhart's disappearance, that by lunchtime on Saturday, I was as hooked as investigative journalist Joe Klaas was in 1965 in Las Vegas when he met with retired US Air Force Major Joe Gervais, and ended up writing a book called `Amelia Earhart Lives!' about Gervais' insistence that a woman in New York - Irene Bolam - was (the reidentified) Amelia Earhart. After watching some video and looking at the manuscript of another researcher, Tod Swindell, who employed the methods and expertise of forensic anthropologists to compare IB and AE physically, I think Joe Gervais was right.

Swindell's manuscript is titled The People vs. The Executive Branch, and it is his use of that title that really got my interest. For two days, many knowledgeable people had been explaining their theories and supporting them with the fruits of their research to the point where I felt like I was trying to separate black sheep from white in a computer game that kept randomly changing the colour of the sheep. Just when I thought all the facts had been marshalled in support of one theory, those same facts would be marshalled in support of another, completely opposite one."

The Arizona Republic by John Faherty (2007)
"Tod Swindell is a filmmaker, among other things, who for more than ten years has been actively pursuing the notion that Amelia Earhart went on to live a long, full life before dying in New Jersey." "He is not the first person to have this theory, but he may be the person most actively trying to pursue it." John Faherty, The Arizona Republic 1/21/07

The Associated Press (Featured on CNN)
"We were inclined to think Irene probably was not Amelia. However the Forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife as she claimed. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." The now late John Bolam, referring to Tod Swindell's then in progress Forensic Analysis in a 2002 Associated Press article by Ron Staton. John Bolam was the survived Brother of Irene's British husband, Guy who she wed in 1958. He believed Guy (who died in 1970) was British MI6.
The Contra Costa Times

"Tod Swindell, an Earhart researcher told the audience on Saturday, ""The executive branch of the government was aware of Earhart on a level the rest of the public wasn't."" "Swindell discussed letters, tapes and presidential communications that surfaced many years after Earhart's disappearance that provided tenuous clues."  Linda Davis, The Contra Costa Times, 2002.
Forensic Study Reaction Statements: 
"Tod, I have carefully studied the overlays and your presentation. Your conclusion that there were two 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." Reprinted from a note to Tod Swindell from Retired Navy Rear Admiral, Eugene Tissot. Tissot's Father, Ernie was a friend of Amelia's who had served as her head plane mechanic during her 1935 Hawaii to Oakland flight. This was Gene Tissot's response to his examination of the first distributed forensic analysis results packet he was one of four original recipients of.
"Your 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." Note from USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.) to Tod Swindell. Colonel Reineck was also one of the four original recipients of the first distributed forensic analysis results. In 11/04 Reineck's book Amelia Earhart Survived was published through the Paragon Agency, duly crediting Swindell's forensic argument achievements. Featured in the book from pages 156 to 165 are several samples and photos separating the different identified 'Irene's' reproduced directly from Mr. Swindell's then still-in-progress analysis.   

Why The New Millennium 'Irene-Amelia Forensic Comparison Analysis' Was Deemed 'Essential'
The new millennium Irene-Amelia forensic analysis was deemed essential because the decades old controversy over Mrs. Irene Bolam's full life story was never resolved.
As well, since the 1980s Amelia Earhart mystery solving clubs have peddled some misguided 'solutions' to the public while seeking donations to aid their seemingly plausible, all be them, incorrectly based calculations. Add to this how for years now people have promulgated fake news information to the public about the Irene controversy by suggesting a forensic detective named Kevin Richlin, who briefly appeared in a 2006 National Geographic special, had at long last 'proved' that the Mrs. Irene Bolam in question since the 1970s was never known as Amelia Earhart. In response to this, Detective Richlin has and will continue to tell anyone he did no such thing.
For these reasons and more, the new millennium Irene-Amelia forensic analysis definitely was needed. The study marked the first ever to comprehensively compare the historically enigmatic, Mrs. Irene Bolam to Amelia Earhart. The analysis was long overdue as a variety of reputable 'Earhart educated' individuals who looked into Mrs. Bolam's background in the latter part of the Twentieth Century, ended up voicing a common opinion stating Mrs. Bolam most definitely had been previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Over the years four authors of nationally published, non-fiction Amelia Earhart books declared the same thing, and they could not be over-challenged either.
The study's results showed how all of the people over the years who professed that Amelia Earhart chose to privately live the latter part of her life in the U.S. known as 'Irene' were not only justified to feel the way they did, but they were undeniably correct as well. Below are some of the early superimposed facial-comparison results:






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

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

Note: Click on the photo below to go to the Forensic Analysis page. The Amelia Earhart press releases and stories that appear further down display the atypical viewpoint the national press circuit has always displayed toward Earhart's person and her 1937 disappearance, and the general media fodder that has kept the 'mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance' going over the years. Although there has never been an official investigation into Amelia's disappearance, on average there are about one to three Earhart press notices of some kind every week throughout the year that contain some new tidbit of information about Amelia, or a new mystery solving attempt concerning her long-ago disappearance

Amelia Earhart, age 26, before she became famous.
"Beyond 37' has lifted the veil off the real historical record of Amelia Earhart."

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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