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The 1982 'Red Herring' Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune Series

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Amelia Earhart, 1937

...superimposed into...

...Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965

About The 1982 Fraudulent, 'Red Herring' Woodbridge New Jersey, News Tribune Series...
In October of 1982, the New Jersey News Tribune lured its readers into the bizarre, ongoing controversy over Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, whose passing had occurred just a few months earlier. For two straight weeks installments ran everyday in the paper, veritably teasing its viewers into wondering whether or not the unrelenting conveyances stating Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam had previously been known as Amelia Earhart were true. The series took advantage of 'public naivety' by combining the likenesses of three different people in an effort to present them all, albeit falsely, as one individual human being. Directly below find one glaring example of this, where two of the different individuals were identified as one:



The 'Irene Bolam' photographed by Joseph A. Gervais in 1965.



The 'Irene Bolam' in a picture dated "1970s" who was not photographed by Joseph A. Gervais in 1965.

On the final day of the series, the paper featured the full page spread below with the caption "Irene's Life Not So Mysterious," ostensibly concluding, albeit in a highly false way, that there was never anything awry about the life of Mrs. Irene Craimile Bolam. Yet a close examination of this page further down reveals how the images of three different women were featured on this same page in its illicit attempt to depict them all as one in the same human being. 


Above: Right off the bat, comparing the two newspaper pages and accompanying photos above, it is easy to detect how three entirely different 'Irene Bolams' appeared in the series. The 'yellow journalism' effort took place in order to make the paper's readers believe they were all one in the same person. Below are clear images of two of the different Irene Bolams in younger and older forms:

Non Gervais-Irene, "1940"
The original Irene's son, Larry Heller identified this woman as his 'mother'

Non Gervais-Irene, "1970s"
Photo supplied by Larry Heller

Match; younger & older versions.
The two left photos superimposed.

The Gervais-Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1946
FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

The Gervais-Irene
The 1965 Joe Gervais photograph

Match; younger and older Gervais-Irene
The left two photos superimposed

About the newspaper series photo panels:
A few months after the Gervais-Irene's [FKA 'Earhart'] death was reported in July of 1982,  The Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune published a so-called, 'investigative news article series' about the still-suspect, "Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam." The series purposefully raised the question of who she really was as in response to the twelve years old, still-ongoing debate over her true identity.
In December of 1982 the series briefly picked up again. Within it, the original Irene Craigmile's son, Larry Heller was quoted to say he "wished for the mystery of his mother's identity to remain a mystery." According to the series and to Larry Heller himself when interviewed in 2006, Mr. Heller confirmed he had attempted to get his mother's fingerprints after she died but was denied the opportunity to so so. This was because Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam had donated her body to Rutgers Medical School with the stipulation no one was to have access to it. According to Rutgers, she was later cremated and buried in a common, unmarked grave.

Below is the falsified life-long 'photo history' of 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam' displayed in the series. For two weeks the series seemed to encourage the ongoing debate over Irene's true identity before relying on photo-forgeries to convey there was nothing unusual about her.
The series' articles displayed photos of different 'Irenes' identified as the same person. Its chronology also included barely legible photos of the original Irene Craigmile, who is seen nowhere after the 1930s. Tod Swindell's analysis was the first to discover and reveal this extensive fabrication.



Below is the other half of the top panel: 


The above photo was identified in the paper as, 'Irene and Guy Bolam in Japan, 1963.'

Older Non Gervais-Irene
'Irene Bolam' memorial dinner program cover date 10/29/82

Above: The 10/29/82 'Memorial Dinner' program cover 'Irene Bolam' photo described in the series as taken in the "1970s," clearly matches the 1923 newspaper image to the left. It proved impossible to accept how in six decades this person had hardly aged at all and was able to strike the exact same pose. Did she discover her own fountain of youth? A cure for osteoporosis? Of course not. The memorial dinner program photograph was used as a template to construct the 1923 forgery, as revealed in their two superimposed images directly below. The original Irene's son, Larry Heller, remarked he had never seen the 1923 dated picture and had no idea where it came from.


In the top panel's "Irene through the years" labeled section, note how the photos are so accurately identified, to include the 1934 description: "Larry and mother at the Pines of southern New Jersey." As a result of the discovery of forgeries used by the Tribune, the veracity of the entire series and its 'no controversy' conclusion about "Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam" was thoroughly debunked.

Within the series photos, notice how washed-out the "1940s" dated version of Irene's image [shown in a clearer version directly below] appears to be. It is important to re-emphasize here within the context of the series, the Joseph A. Gervais photographed 'Irene Craigmile Bolam,' FKA 'Amelia Earhart' was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. 

The Gervais-Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1946
FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

Below, minus her post-loss adjustments, it isn't hard to again find the 'Amelia' people recalled:



The above-left "1927-1931" dated photo displays the original Irene Craigmile with her husband, Charles Craigmile (who died in 1931) and her Father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. Notice in the series, how the quality of this photo is illegible when it comes to viewing the original Irene's true image. A few other photos in the series also appear to display the image of the original Irene; all of inferior quality.   


Before the two week series was published, for the previous twelve years the enigmatic, Mrs. Bolam had left many people wondering if she used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' Even her non-biological son, Larry Heller, questioned her true identity after she died, just as Time magazine did years earlier when she was still living.
The forensic analysis revealed misinformation and photo forgeries used within the series to orchestrate a campaign displaying a false linear progression of Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's full life story in its effort to convince the curious there was never anything unusual about her. It did so because many people believed she was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.'
The paper's publisher, John W. Burk, who had been a close friend of Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's in her later-life years, and whose newspaper hosted her high-end Memorial Dinner event the final day the series ran, appeared to be part of the ongoing effort to cover the reality of his late friend's past as 'Amelia Earhart.'
Today the 1982 archived series is revealing of how the press itself was engaged to help throw off the curious. This becomes clear when one carefully studies the compared news photo visuals and other contrived data that comprised the series' fraudulent effort. The series was specifically used to guide the public into believing the three different human beings displaye directly below, were actually one in the same person:    

The original Irene Craigmile, 1930...
...shown between her husband, Charles James Craigmile and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley
The 'second' Irene Craigmile, early 1940s.
The 1934 born son of Irene Bolam recalled this woman as his mother.
The third 'Gervais-Irene' in 1946, FKA 'Earhart'
Became 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

Below: Note the profile and straight on 'mug-shot' photo forgeries used in the series that accompanied the other misleading information it employed in its effort to make people believe three different women had been one in the same person.

Straight-on forgery
Profile forgery

The second Irene [Non Gervais-Irene] 1982

The original 'real' Irene, 1930
News photo, Gervais-Irene in Japan-1963...
FKA 'Earhart'
The Gervais-Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1946
FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

Above: The New Jersey News Tribune series about 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' displayed these various images during its two week run in a fraudulent effort to identify all of them as the recently deceased, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA the former Amelia Earhart, whose fully attributed name after the war years ended up being, "Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam."
Although they were not published in the series, below are clear, legitimate photographs of the two women the series tried to coerce people into believing they were both the original Irene Craigmile. At the time the series ran, the newspaper's publisher, John Burk, former Seton Hall College president, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, and Amelia's still living sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey existed as part of a very limited network of individuals who remained devoted to protecting the reality of Amelia's name-change to 'Irene.'

Second Irene [Non Gervais-Irene] 'early 1940s'
The Gervais-Irene, 1940s
FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

The concocted series ran daily for two weeks in October of 1982, before picking up again briefly that December, at which time Mrs. Bolam's perplexed non-biological son, Larry Heller, expressed how he '..wished for the mystery of his mother's identity to remain a mystery.'
In the 1960s, researchers determined how after Amelia went missing in 1937, she was picked up by Japan and remained under its stewardship during the World War Two years.
The U.S. government has never denied that Amelia survived and became further known as 'Irene' following her return to the United States, nor has the U.S. justice department. In fact, to date there has never been an 'official investigation' that looked into the so-called 'disappearance' of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. Historically, the U.S. national press circuit, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Geographic Society have only ever weighed and/or commented on the suggestions of private individuals and plane-hunt organizations, without ever committing to support any one theory. 
After two weeks of teasing its readers, in its final October 29, 1982 installment the series attempted to debunk the suspected reality of Amelia's post-war continued existence by presenting a vast collection of falsified background elements under the omniscient guise of the paper's publisher, the late Mrs. Bolam's friend, John Burk.

When the Trib's publisher, John Burk proposed a toast to his recently deceased friend, Irene Bolam at her memorial dinner during the late afternoon of October 29, 1982, a salute of low-flying military jets were heard zooming by overhead.

Below: A clip referencing the original Irene's 1934 born son, Larry Heller from one of many articles that appeared in the series. [Note the 2014 identity placement of his 'mother' made for Protecting Earhart by Mr. Heller.] Throughout the series, apparently it didn't seem odd to anyone that twelve years after the national hubbub over Larry Heller's so-called 'mother' died down, many people, to include Larry Heller himself and his wife Joan, were still questioning her true identity. The first paragraph of the article reads: "Although Irene Bolam's son and daughter in law have repeatedly and consistently denied that Mrs. Bolam was Amelia Earhart, her daughter in law now says they are no longer sure." The text insert below Larry Heller's picture further references Robert Myers, who in 1985 with Barabra Wiley, wrote the book Stand By To Die that advocated Mrs. Bolam's past 'Amelia' identity to be true. Meyers, who briefly knew Amelia Earhart in the 1930s, also met and came to know Irene Bolam [the Gervais-Irene] in the 1970s, and based on what he learned from her and about her, just as Joe Gervais already had, he attested with 100% certainty that she was previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'


Photo of Larry Heller that appeared with the article.


Below, once again notice how the Non Joseph A. Gervais Irene's image was used in the "Bolam's Prints A Secret" article as well as on the cover of Mrs. Bolam's memorial dinner program underneath it. The series' use of photo forgeries that tried make three different women appear to have been one in the same person marks a prime example of contrived yellow journalism.


The second Irene [Non Gervais-Irene] 1982. This 'Irene Bolam' did not used to be known as Amelia

Adding the original Irene's image, observe here the three different women that the series employed photo forgeries to convince the public they were all one-in-the-same person:
 1930                   early 1940s                1946
The three women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity in the series: On the left is the Original Irene, whose family Amelia had known. In the middle is the second Irene [Non Gervais-Irene] in the 1940s; on the right is the third Irene [the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart'] in 1946. In 2006 and again in 2014, the original Irene's son, Larry Heller instantly identified the woman shown in the middle as his 'mother' from his childhood, and confirmed he supplied the "1970s" dated photograph that appeared on the cover of her memorial dinner program. What became of Mr. Heller's biological mother, the 'original' Irene, remains unknown. Evidently her hushed demise left her identity available for Amelia, who had known the original Irene and her family in the 1930s, to later acquiesce.
The true identity of the woman Mr. Heller identified as his mother, the Non Gervais-Irene remains unknown as well, although she definitely was the woman Mr. Heller recalled in both younger and older versions. Two years after the series ran, in 1984 the Non Gervais-Irene was referred to as 'Irene Jr.' by an O'Crowley family friend, who described her as an 'errand runner and helper' for the O'Crowleys, and estimated her birth year to have been '1924.' The above middle photo that displays her was estimated by Larry Heller to have been taken in the "early 1940s." When asked about the far-right 1946 photo of the Gervais-Irene, Mr. Heller calmly replied he had "never seen it before," even though another version of it had appeared in the Trib series, as displayed directly below:  

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Above: The Tribune published a poor quality version of the Gervais-Irene on the left, who is shown in the true, clearer, 1946 photo version on the right. [Note the same hairstyle, outfit, and necklace.] Larry Heller, Mrs. Bolam's son mentioned he had never seen these photos before and he did not identify his mother in them. Mr. Heller only identified the Non Gervais-Irene as his 'mother.'
Below: In 2014 at the request of Tod Swindell, Larry Heller, the historically recognized son of Irene Bolam, identified photo images of his mother in writing for the first time on record. The woman he identified was not the Irene Bolam who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 at a gathering of prominent retired pilots in New York, even though according to history, she should have been.

Below: To further comprehend the 'Red Herring ploy' used to derail those intrigued by the New Jersey Tribune's two-week long 1982 news article series about Irene Bolam, the 2014 identity confirmation forwarded to Protecting Earhart by Clarence 'Larry' Heller, who history described as her "1934 born son" is important to understand.

From Clarence 'Larry' Heller, sent: Friday, February 21, 2014
Subject: Re: Verification

The attached pictures are of my mother and she was not Amelia Earhart. C. Heller.   Proof is available.

Early 1940s


Below, the two photos superimposed display their younger to older human congruence. Larry Heller confirmed he supplied the '1982 Memorial Dinner' program cover photo for the event.

The Non Gervais-Irene....
Identified by 1934 born Larry Heller as his "mother, around 1940"
Left and right photos...
...shows same person in younger-older versions.
Non Gervais-Irene at about '58 years old'
Program cover photo supplied by Larry Heller

The above woman identified by Larry Heller as his 'mother' in both younger and older versions definitely was NOT Amelia Earhart, just as he attested. The question therefore became: Who was the woman [shown directly below] who was attributed to the same identity as Mr. Heller's mother, and whose photographed image appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas? She definitely was NOT the woman displayed above. Protecting Earhart's forensic study revealed the truth: The "Mrs. Irene Bolam" featured in Amelia Earhart Lives, who was also historically identified as Larry Heller's 'mother' was famously known as 'Amelia Earhart' in the United States prior to mid-1937.  
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Above, this "Irene Bolam" shown in New York in 1946 [left], in Japan in 1963 [middle], and at a Long Island ZONTA function in 1964 [right] was attributed to the same identity as Larry Heller's mother from the mid-1940s on. She appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' in the U.S. prior to the mid-1940s. Her photograph [below] taken by retired USAF Major, Joe Gervais in 1965 when he met her, appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas. Protecting Earhart's new millennium, decade-long forensic analysis labeled her 'the Gervais-Irene,' FKA 'Amelia Earhart.' Having been subjected to misinformation about it since the 1970s, most of the public remains in denial when it comes to the forensic reality of the Gervais-Irene having been previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.'

The Joe Klaas-Joe Gervais book:
McGraw-Hill's best-seller in 1970 offered Amelia survived and changed her name to Irene.

Gervais-Irene and her English husband, Guy Bolam
As seen in the 1970 book, 'Amelia Earhart Lives' by Joe Klaas

Closer: The Gervais-Irene
Photo taken by Joe Gervais August 8, 1965, the day he met her among other well known pilots.

Amelia Earhart, 1933

Gervais-Irene & her former self superimposed
Gervais-Irene, 1965 with Amelia from above, 1933

Although the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives was chocked with odd suppositions, four decades after it was puplished Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis revealed Joe Gervais to have been correct about the woman he met and photographed in 1965 having previously been known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Notwithstanding the foibles of Amelia Earhart Lives, Joe Gervais simplified it in his later years by conveying he merely solved the missing person case of Amelia Earhart by producing her 'body evidence.' He added, "But there are eight-years of this person's life, 1937 to 1945, that leave the public uncertain of where she was the entire time and what she was actually doing. To me, anymore the mystery exists in the form of how she came to end-up living as 'Irene Bolam' in the United States after the war.
The Gervais-Irene's refusal to comply with the curious before she died in 1982 left Gervais' question above to remain as a big 'unknown.'
Seventeen years after Major Gervais encountered Mrs. Bolam and pegged her as the 'former Amelia Earhart,' that there was still so much public outcry it took a major newspaper to try and diffuse the ongoing suspicion about her speaks for itself. If the United States government and/or the Smithsonian Institution--a 'ward' of the U.S. government--ever WANTED to enter the fray with an objective aimed at disproving the highly controversial assertion about Mrs. Bolam, had it not been true either entity could easily have proved such a thing. That fact that both always refused to officially address the Gervais assertion therefore speaks for itself, in a very loud, TRUE UNRECOGNIZED HISTORY way.
Below: Shown alongside the original Irene are older images of the Non Gervais-Irene and the Gervais-Irene. Only the Gervais-Irene forensically aligned with her former Amelia self, for they were the same human being known by different names in different eras. Naturally, the Non Gervais-Irene's image did not forensically align with Amelia.

The original Irene, middle, 1930
Shown between her husband, Charles Craigmile and her father, R.J. O'Crowley. Charles died in 1931.

The Non Gervais-Irene (Irene Jr.)
This photo was first published in 1982

The Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia'

Although many people assumed the suggestion of Amelia changing her name to Irene was disproved at some point in time, it never was. In fact, in 2015 Smithsonian Institution Magazine published a statement conveying that the controversy over Amelia's name change to Irene "still lives on."


Displayed here below, only the Gervais-Irene, who appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s, forensically matched Amelia Earhart physically and character trait wise. An entirely different person than the Irene Bolam shown above, this Irene Bolam DID used to be known as Amelia:

As seen in Protecting Earhart's forensic study...
...Amelia as Irene, far left, as Amelia, far right, the two superimposed, center

Amelia, left, Amelia in the 1970s known as 'Irene,' right

Gervais-Irene Craigmile became Irene Bolam in 1958
LPGA Promoter, Peter Busatti with his friend, the Gervais-Irene Bolam, FKA 'Earhart' in the 1970s

"Peter Busatti said he accompanied Mrs. Bolam to the Wings Club in New York City on one occasion. He said a full length portrait of Amelia Earhart hangs in the room dedicated in her honor. ""It was a dead ringer for Irene,"" he said. ""I told her she looked like Amelia Earhart and she said, ""No, I don't look like her."" ""Sometimes I thought she was, sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied, ""When I die you'll find out,"" Busatti said. At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned all the admirals and generals seemed to know her." Excerpts from a 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune article.
"...all the admirals and generals seemed to know her."

Amelia Earhart, age twenty-six.
1923 into a mirror self-photo portrait. She would become famous in 1928.

Amelia Earhart, 1933

Amelia, 1928

Classic Amelia, the blend begins.

Orville Wright & Amelia

Gervais-Irene & former Amelia self
Two photos superimposed.
Gervais-Irene & former Amelia self
Gervais-Irene,1965 / Amelia,1933
Gervais-Irene & former Amelia self
Gervais-Irene,1963 / Amelia,1928
Gervais-Irene & former Amelia self
Gervais-Irene,1976 / Amelia,1932
Gervais-Irene & former Amelia self
As the Gervais-Irene, 1978 / as Amelia, 1929

The Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart'
Candid photo taken at a 1964 ZONTA gathering

The Gervais-Irene & her former self
Superimposed congruence

Amelia Earhart
1932 Photo


"1923" according to the Tribune series above

Non Gervais-Irene
Above photo date est., "taken around 1940" according to Larry Heller

Older Non Gervais-Irene
'Irene Bolam' memorial dinner program cover date 10/29/82

Observing the three pictures above and the one below, one need only ask: How could Irene have gone from looking like she did in 1923 to the way she did in 1940, then back to the way she did in 1923 in 1982? The answer is simple; Larry Heller offered he had 'never seen' the '1923' dated picture of his mother and he had 'no idea' where it came from. To believe what the forgeries presented in the series attempted to do, one would have to accept how the 1923 image displayed a woman who barely aged at all over the course of fifty years, when compared to the 1982 dated 'Memorial Dinner' photo where she struck the exact same pose. Note again, the series never displayed the legitimate photo of the younger Non Gervais-Irene [above in the center] repeatedly identified by Larry Heller, no doubt by intention. 

Clearly the 1982 Memorial Dinner cover photo...
... was used to forge the '1923' dated image.

After the photo history Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam was obtained by Protecting Earhart, with help from the original Irene's son, Larry Heller it was soon understood how forgeries achieved the deceit of blending different individuals into one. The most obvious reality was the found in the '1940' dated 'Non Gervais-Irene' photo compared to the '1940s' dated photo of the 'Gervais-Irene' shown directly below. Both were historically identified as one in the same "Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam" in the series. In truth they were not the same human being, even though the series tried to con people into believing they were:
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 Non Gervais-Irene '1940'         Gervais-Irene '1940s'
In the bottom photo of the top series panel, we see the Gervais-Irene next to her British husband, Guy Bolam in Japan in 1963 simply dated "1960s." It further exists as evidence of the extraordinary advancement of false history. To date it remains uncertain who was ultimately responsible for blending the three individuals into one by using forgeries, although the newspaper's publisher, John Burk had known the Gervais-Irene and he was likely endorsed by a higher source to concoct his 'Red Herring' series.
A Closer Look at the Original Irene Craigmile VS The Gervais-Irene
Part I: The Beginning & The Original Irene
According to record, the original Irene Craigmile was born 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley' in Newark, New Jersey on October 1, 1904. Her true birth year was disputed however, and her birth certificate was never located.
She became 'Irene Craigmile' by marriage in 1927, then 'Irene Heller' by a second marriage in 1933. The second marriage was annulled, re-enabling the name of 'Irene Craigmile' for further legal use.
The original Irene Craigmile was an only child. Her mother, Bridgette Doyle O’Crowley died when the original Irene was twelve years old.
During her childhood the original Irene was known by her maiden name of 'Irene O’Crowley.' Her mother had called her 'Maddie,' short for Madeline. At some point she was also given the family nickname of 'Bee.'

In 1920 the U.S. Census described the original Irene to be living with her grandmother, Sarah Rutherford O'Crowley and her aunt, Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley, [the attorney who would later become a Zonta sister friend of Amelia's] and a live in housekeeper. Their listed address was on Lombardy Street in Newark, New Jersey.
Curiously, the 1920 Census listed the original Irene as "age 14" that translated to a 1906 birth year.
The original Irene had been taken in to be further raised by her grandmother and aunt, after her father, Richard Joseph O’Crowley, a plumber by trade, purportedly fell victim to alcoholism following her mother's death.

The original Irene's uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley was a prominent physician who had graduated from Columbia University, where Amelia had been a pre-med student.

The original Irene was conveyed [questionably] to have been engaged to a physician in 1923, but such a marriage never materialized. In 1926 she became pregnant out of wedlock, and she gave birth to a baby boy who was adopted by her uncle, Dr. Clarenece and his wife, Violet. They named him, 'Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr.'
The original Irene soon after married Charles Craigmile in 1927, a respected Civil Engineer in New Jersey from Rantoul, Illinois who was fifteen years older than the original Irene.
In 1928 the original Irene met the new-famous pilot, Amelia Earhart and the already well known New York pilot, Viola Gentry in Newark, New Jersey. The meeting took place at a Zonta banquet held in Amelia's honor. The banquet was emceed by the original Irene's aunt, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who had invited her niece to attend, according to Viola Gentry in a 1966 letter she wrote to Joe Gervais.
In 1931 the original Irene's husband, Charles Craigmile suddenly died of an appendicitis attack in Detroit while on a road trip with the original Irene. The two were returning to Newark from a visit with Charles' parents at the time.
In 1932, not long after Amelia's solo-Atlantic conquest, the newly widowed and bereaved original Irene Craigmile started taking flying lessons on Long Island, New York. Her "pals," 1929 Ninety-Nines charter members, Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry helped to arrange the flying lessons for her. Viola was instrumental in finding her first flying instructor, although two pilots Amelia knew by the names of Carl Harper and Al Heller also instructed the original Irene from October of 1932 to May of 1933. [Carl and Al were 'friends.'] [Note: Amelia had been secretly dating Carl Harper prior-to and still after she was married to George Putnam. Well known pilot Louise Thaden later insisted Harper was Amelia's one true love, where conventional historians later alluded to a torrid affair Amelia had with Gene Vidal. At one point, George Putnam was stunned when news reports came in of Amelia and Carl Harper enduring a crash-landing together in Maryland. Lousie Thaden mentioned she used to serve as a 'beard' for Amelia when Amelia would secretly visit Carl Harper, leaving Putnam to believe Amelia was actually visiting, and/or flying with Louise. Where Amelia was capable of such a dupe over Putnam, we're reminded of one biographer's quote, "Amelia's habit of concealment extended even to her closest of friends."]    
In 1933, not long after earning her pilot's license on May 29, 1933... the original Irene realized again herself to be pregnant out of wedlock. In August of 1933 the original Irene eloped to Ohio to wed her child's father-to-be, Al Heller.
In early March of 1934 the original Irene's Son, Clarence 'Larry' Heller was born.
Part II: The Key Forensic Anomalies

No clear childhood, grade school, high school, college, family group, or wedding photos of the original Irene were ever located.

Photos identifying the Gervais-Irene as 'Irene Craigmile' [the Irene who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965] do not precede the 1940s.
In other words, the Irene Craigmile Bolam [the 'Gervais-Irene] who retired U.S. Air Force Major Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 appears nowhere in photographs identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s. 

Even though they were historically supposed to have been one-in-the same person, prior to 1945 two different women other than the one Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 were identified as the same Irene Craigmile, according to the life-long photo history of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam. One was the original Irene, the other one was not.
After 1940, photos of the original Irene O'crowley Craigmile are no longer seen in the photo history of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's [later 'Bolam'] person. 
By the late 1990s, after over two decades of researchers off and on debating the point, it began to appear evident that the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965, was the woman formerly known as Amelia Earhart after all. The forensic argument evolved to include solid deductive reasoning, pure logic, and undeniable physical and character trait comparisons. Apparently, and for reasons not clearly ascertained, the original Irene Craigmile's identity was newly attributed to Amelia Earhart some time after Amelia went 'missing' in 1937. It was further determined such a transfer had to have taken place during the World War Two era.
Part III: Retracing The Steps [Some repeated info shown in a different light]

According to Amelia's friend and famous pilot, Viola Gentry as conveyed to Joe Gervais in 1966... Viola and Amelia first met the (original) person known as Irene Craigmile in 1928 at a Zonta banquet given in Amelia's honor.
[Note: The Zonta organization was and still is a distinguished international club for professional business women. The club was founded in Buffalo, New York in 1919. In the 1930s Amelia Earhart and her friend, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley were two of its most prominenent members, Amelia of course, easily having been the Zonta's most famous member then. Still today, Amelia remains Zonta's most famous past member.]

Viola recalled how such a Zonta banquet followed Amelia's Friendship flight. The newly famous Amelia joined the Zontas then, and as mentioned the banquet for her had been emceed by Attorney Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley, the original Irene Craigmile's fairly prominent Aunt who would remain a good friend of Amelia's.

At her young age in 1928 and not being a business woman, the original Irene Craigmile was not a Zonta member. [The original Irene Craigmile was never a Zonta member.]

The original Irene Craigmile was invited to Amelia’s Friendship flight banquet by her aunt so she could participate in the festivities and meet Amelia. Again, by way of her aunt, the original Irene Craigmile was introduced to Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry at that time, according to Viola Gentry.

After the original Irene Craigmile’s husband, Charles died in 1931... by the following October of 1932 Viola and Amelia were helping to introduce the original Irene to the world of flying airplanes. They did so at Floyd Bennett and Roosevelt Fields on Long Island, New York. The original Irene took her flying lessons at those two airfields.

In the Spring of 1933 the original Irene Craigmile's pilot instructor was one Alvin Victor Heller. They hit it off, and soon the two were dating.

In late May of 1933 the original Irene Craigmile was awarded her pilot's license. 

Not long after the original Irene Craigmile was awarded her pilot’s license, she realized she was newly pregnant with Al Heller’s child.

Al and the original Irene eloped to be married shortly thereafter. They were County Clerk wed in the city of Columbus, Ohio in August of 1933.

Al Heller was a barnstorming pilot and flight instructor when he met the original Irene, and he continued to be one after they were married. His work required him to travel on a regular basis.

When the original Irene’s son, Clarence Alvin Heller [AKA Larry Heller] was born in early March of 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, father and husband, Al Heller was "not in attendance."
By the late 1930s Larry Heller's father, Al Heller had relocated to Buffalo, NY where he worked at the Curtis-Wright aircraft facility. By 1940, according to record, Al's marriage to the original Irene Craigmile had been annulled.

Larry Heller, who was three to five years old in the late 1930s, later described how he and his 'mother' relocated to Mineola on Long Island where they lived with his "Aunt Gert" during said time period. He affirmed he was also often cared for by a woman named Mary Eubank during his childhood, a past schoolmate and friend of the original Irene Craigmile's, while his 'mother' learned the banking business.   
The annulment file from the original Irene’s fairly brief and unstable marriage to Al Heller is substantial.

Curious too, it contains a statement from Al Heller describing his own awareness, of how before the original Irene married Charles Craigmile in 1927 she had been pregnant with another man's child. [There are three letters from Al Heller to his estranged wife, Irene in the annulment file. The file contains no letters written by Irene.]
Al Heller appeared to believe the original Irene miscarried the child she was carrying in 1927, but that was not the case according to the O'Crowley's own family history. (See further below.)
Part IV:  Amelia's Personality and the ZONTA Organization
[NOTE: Amelia Earhart's personality was repeatedly described as one with both public and private sides to it. To public audiences and friends whom she admired and/or highly respected, she was always thoroughly engaging and very polite, if not entirely demure. At the same time, in the hangars and on the airfields among mechanics and other pilots, she was said to have been a tough competitor who was prone to rough ascerbic language use ('a sailor's cussing vocabulary') and those who knew her well enough, few they were, knew not to cross her for fear of her demanding temperament and/or the potential of her wrath.]     
In 1937 Zonta member, Amelia Earhart suddenly turned up missing during the final stages of her world flight attempt. She was soon after described as 'lost at sea, likely to have perished.'
At the time Amelia turned up missing in 1937 she was the Zonta organization's most famous member. From 1938 to 1940, Amelia's esteemed past Zonta friend, Attorney Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley served as President of the Essex County Zonta Chapter in Newark, New Jersey.
Although Attorney Irene's true niece, the original Irene Craigmile never was a Zonta member, the Gervais-Irene became a distinguished Zonta member when she joined after World War Two. She also served as a Zonta "International Relations Chairperson," cited for her ability to speak several languages.
[NOTE: Back in 1928 after Amelia Earhart first became famous, a co-worker of hers from Denison House in Boston described her friend, Amelia to a newspaper.  In her June 22, 1928 interview for the paper, Pauline Coleman included this remark about Amelia: "...she speaks five languages fluently and her pilot's license is written in the five languages which she speaks."]
Part V: Separation of Church and State 
In July of 1941, United States Presidential Cabinet Member and Secretary of the Treasury Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. issued Seton Hall University President, Monsignor James Francis Kelley of Rumson, New Jersey a commendation award for 'three years of patriotic service.' 
Three years earlier, in 1938 as recorded by Dictaphone during a meeting held by the same U. S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry P. Morgenthau Jr., record transcripts include Morgenthau replying to a query generated by Eleanor Roosevelt. The First Lady's query pertained to questions about the 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart. In his officially recorded response Henry Morgenthau avoided offering specific details to First Lady Roosevelt. Rather, he plainly indicated he could not release certain withheld information about Amelia's loss saying, "I hope I've just got to never make it public." Mr. Morgenthau also curiously remarked "Amelia Earhart absolutely disregarded all orders" adjacent to the time of her disappearance, and how if what really happened were to be made public, "any reputation she's got is gone." The official authenticated transcript of the entire conversation bears the date of 'May 13, 1938.' 
In 1982 when a newspaper reporter asked Monsignor James Francis Kelley (who Sec. Treas. Morgenthau issued the commendation award to in 1941) about his recently deceased good friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam having been the former Amelia Earhart..., Monsignor Kelley responded by saying, "I could not state my feelings. Doing so would violate everything I learned in the confessional." The quote appeared in newsprint. 
Part VI: Things The Future Held In Store

In 1984 when an elderly past friend and former legal clerk of Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley's was queried about Irene Craigmile Bolam's life, in a reply letter she wrote she included her own "I'm confused" admission. The friend, one Lucy McDannel who was by then in her eighties, had worked with Attorney Irene from the 1920s to the late 1930s.

Lucy McDannel confirmed how Amelia’s friend, Attorney Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley (b.1885-d.1974) had been a "very dear friend" of Lucy's as well.

Lucy McDannel wrote how Attorney Irene had served as a legal contract adviser for Amelia Earhart's famous luggage line. Its corporate headquarters was based in Newark, NJ into the 1960s. She also mentioned Attorney Irene's past alliance with the Zontas, and her friendship with one Nina Price, a well known publicist and Zonta member who had also been a good friend and business associate of Amelia's.

Strangely enough, Lucy McDannel also described an "Irene Jr.," and recalled her as "16 or 17 years old in 1940." She referred to "Irene Jr." as somewhat of an 'errand runner' and 'helper' for both Attorney Irene, and for Attorney Irene's prominent physician brother, the well know Urologist, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley.
It is noticeable in Lucy McDannel's 1984 letter how she makes no mention of the original 'Irene Craigmile' who would have turned age thirty in 1934. (Or twenty-eight according to the 1920 U.S. Census.) Lucy McDannel could only attribute the Irene she recalled to have been the much younger "Irene Jr."  
It appears to have been the case, how during the early World War Two years the original Irene Craigmile was no longer attentive within her own extended family realm. What became of her has never been authoritatively described.

As well, no O'Crowley family records list such a person as an "Irene Jr." The inference indicates the "Irene Jr." girl as a past non-disclosed reality. Within the O'Crowley family realm of her era, it later appeared she was not the only non-disclosed reality.
In 1984 Lucy McDannel also described how in 1930 Dr. Clarence O'Crowley and his Wife, Violet adopted a 'Son' and named him 'Clarence Jr.'
(Dr. O'Crowley turned age fifty in 1930, and Clarence Jr. was he and his wife, Violet's only child.) In 2006 the 1934 born original Irene Craigmile's Son, Larry Heller described 'Clarence Jr.' as 'several years older' than he.
In 2003 Clarence Jr.'s daughter, Peggy O'Crowley remarked how it was always "a family bone of contention" as to whether or not her father was a legitimate O'Crowley, likely explaining what became of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1926 out-of-wedlock pregnancy.

"Irene Jr." appeared to have served as a 'nanny baby-sitter' for the original Irene Craigmile's Son, before the Gervais-Irene segued into his life to serve as his permanent mother-figure.

Somewhat contrary to, yet also in line with a statement he made in 2004 about being unaware of more than one woman identified as his 'Mother' in the 1982 New Jersey Tribune series... in 2006 Larry Heller only recognized the younger version of the "Early 1940s Family Identified Irene" (AKA the Non Gervais-Irene or 'Irene Jr.') as his 'early childhood Mother.'

ccording to the forensic analysis, it became clear that in the past more than one woman had employed his mother's identity, while it also appeared as possible if not probable, how by design throughout his childhood as he grew, it was meant for the original Irene's son, Larry Heller to believe he only had 'one mother.'

Larry Heller affirmed by 1945 he'd been sent to live and be educated at a boarding school. He eventually served in the Air Force, and went on to become a Pan Am pilot of globe traveling 747s. He also became a helicopter pilot. Today he is retired, and a pretty good golfer while living in Florida.

Larry Heller maintained he held no photos of his Mother pre-dating 1947.
Part VII: Irene Goodnight
To recap: So far four different 'Irenes' have been discussed within the context of this story. They are: (1.) The original Irene Craigmile  (2.) Attorney Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley  (3.) The '1940s-1982 identified Irene Cragmile' AKA the Gervais-Irene, AKA the former Amelia Earhart  (4.) Irene Jr. 
To also recap: In 2006 Larry Heller identified a woman in photographs who was not the original Irene Craigmile, nor the Irene Craigmile who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965... to have been his early childhood mother. Since 2002 the woman Larry Heller identified as his 'Mother' from his early childhood, has been conveyed by researchers to have most likely been the "Irene Jr." who Attorney Irene's past friend, Lucy McDannel referenced and described as "16 or 17 years old in 1940."

Most importantly, in her 1984 letter Lucy McDannel wrote, "In 1945 Irene Sr. (AKA 'Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley') was not intimate with Irene Jr. otherwise she would not have called on me or the attorney Bee Parvin for certain complexities."

It was ascertained how "Irene Jr." had moved away in 1945. Research yielded the possibility of her moving Scotland while still single, 'with child.' To further such an ascertainment, after giving birth to her child, Irene Jr. returned to the United States where and took up residence in Connecticutt. 
Dr. Clarence O'Crowley's adopted Son, Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr. and 'Irene Jr.' were not genetically related, but they were fairly close age wise, and they grew up in close proximity to one another into the 1940s.
In 2003 Peggy O'Crowley mentioned how her father, Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr. resided in Connecticut.
In Randall Brink's 1994 W.W. Norton book, Lost Star Mr. Brink attributed Connecticut as the last place of residence for the potential former Amelia Earhart he referenced. The Gervais-Irene, however, lived primarily in New Jersey from 1958 to 1982.
Randall Brink was invited to the 1982 Memorial Dinner given for Irene Craigmile Bolam, where the ascertained Irene Jr.'s older image appeared on the program cover identified as the newly deceased 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam.'   
As mentioned, the Irene O'crowley Craigmile Bolam who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965, (AKA the Gervais-Irene) mainly resided in New York and New Jersey from the 1940s on, until she died in 1982. She and her British husband, Guy Bolam also had a home in North Carolina. She was also very fond of Scotland and traveled there to visit friends whenever she could. It has been further considered, how among the reasons the Gervais-Irene did travel there, included the "certain complexities" Lucy McDannel referenced in her 1984 letter, as they pertained to attorney Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley no longer being intimate with 'Irene Jr.'
It is also possible after her stay in Scotland, Irene Jr. relocated back to the U.S. where at first she took up residence at Monsignor Kelley's Rumson, New Jersey home, and/or at one of the Gervais-Irene's homes.
In 1945 a future pilot named Grace McGuire was born in Scotland. She was adopted and raised there in the town of Kirn. She visited New Jersey in the early 1960s. There she took her first flying lessons at Red Bank Airport just before she turned eighteen.

In the late 1960s, while in her early twenties Grace McGuire permanently relocated from Scotland to Rumson, New Jersey, the same home town of
the aforementioned Monsignor James Francis Kelley, (1902-1996) the distinguished Catholic Church emissary and a former President of Seton Hall University, and long time good friend of the Gervais-Irene's.
After earning her pilot wings, Grace McGuire eventually purchased a Lockheed Electra airplane identical to the model once owned by Amelia Earhart. For a time, Grace McGuire's Lockheed Electra Model 10E was being stored in a hangar in Connecticut.
In the 1970s Grace McGuire, who bore a striking resemblance to Amelia Earhart, was identified as a 'good friend' of Amelia's survived Sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey. She is also a known friend of the original Irene's son, Larry Heller.  
After initially refusing to comment about it to the press in 1982, in 1991 Monsignor James Francis Kelley finally admitted during a taped interview how his dear late friend, the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965... indeed had been the former Amelia Earhart. He had also mentioned how after the war she stayed with him for "three or four weeks" as he helped her with her new identity, and he also afforded her ongoing counseling and 'spiritual guidance' afterwards. Monsignor Kelley also described how for her own non-specified reasons, she no longer wished to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.'  
Adversaries to the 'Earhart survived' theory tried to claim Monsignor Kelley was 'mentally crippled' with old age dementia and senility, and the Monsignor 'made up' the story about his long time dear friend Irene Craigmile Bolam having been the former Amelia to inflate his attention starved ego.
As mentioned, it was known how Monsignor Kelley had not only served as Irene-Amelia's confessor, but he also served as her ongoing therapist. Kelley, a highly educated man held doctorates in psychology and philosophy. Listening to his 1991 recorded interview, Monsignor Kelley speaks with unassuming sureness as he discusses his late close friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA the 'Gervais-Irene.' Monsignor Kelley's Sister Gertrude was also a good friend and later-life traveling partner of the Gervais-Irene's. It was suspected, but never verified by Larry Heller that Mosnignor Kelley's Sister Gertrude had been the "Aunt Gert" Larry Heller described, with whom he and Irene Jr. took up residence for awhile in the late 1930s to early 1940s in Mineola on Long Island, New York. 
In 2006 the National Geographic Channel was clearly informed about the Swindell/Beyond 37' forensic analysis, that included the discovery of plural Irene Craigmiles who had shared the same identity, the realized fraud of the 1982 Tribune series, and the information yielded about the Gervais-Irene by Monsignor James Francis Kelley. The channel also agreed to cover the multiple Irene's discovery in its upcoming Earhart special. Instead, by the time its 'Unsolved History' Amelia Earhart special first aired, National Geographic had ultimately chosen not to address any of the recently learned of 'Earhart case'  issues. Rather, it diminished the true historical value of the decades old Irene-Amelia conveyance, and barely afforded it more than a few minutes of airtime.
Part VIII: The Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Amelia']; Amelia's sister, Muriel Grace; Irene Jr.; Grace McGuire and Larry Heller
As mentioned, and more:
In the mid-1960s the Scotland born pilot, Grace McGuire relocated to Monsignor James Francis Kelley's home town of Rumson, New Jersey. She had been invited to live with the well-known Monsignor in his beautiful Victorian mansion, where the Gervais-Irene often stopped by to visit Msgr. Kelley.

In time Grace McGuire came to own a Lockheed Electra 10E, the last known version of Amelia's plane. She named it "Muriel" after Amelia Earhart’s Sister, Muriel Grace Earhart Morrissey.

Grace was and remains good friends with the original Irene Craigmle's Son, Larry Heller, and she also affirmed herself to have known the 'Irene' who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965, [AKA the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart.']
Grace McGuire became fast friends with Amelia's sister, Muriel Grace Earhart Morrissey. Some consider no coincidence exists where Grace McGuire was named, "Grace." 
Ever since the Gervais-Irene was first implicated to have been the former Amelia Earhart in 1970, Muriel Grace Earhart Morrissey admitted how she had known and been in touch with Irene Craigmile Bolam [the Gervais-Irene] through their various Zonta club circles. Today Amelia Earhart is still revered as one the the Zonta organizations most famous past members, and Zonta boasts its own Amelia Earhart Scholarship awarded annually.
In 1985 Grace McGuire and Muriel Grace Earhart Morrissey traveled to Hawaii together to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Amelia Earhart's Hawaii to Oakland solo flight.

In 1986 Grace McGuire traveled to Howland Island, the 1937 destination Amelia never made it to. On Howland Grace was photographed waving the state flag of Kansas, Amelia's birth place.

Grace McGuire's resemblance to Amelia Earhart is uncanny.

In March of 1998, Muriel Grace Earhart Morrissey died at the age of ninety-eight years.
In 2006 Grace McGuire and her good friend, the original Irene Craigmile's Son, Larry Heller planned and intended to fly around the world together in Grace's Lockheed Electra. Mr. Heller was to serve as Grace's navigator. The plan had been to commemorate the 2007 70th anniversary of Amelia’s world flight.

Their plan ultimately fell through when Grace McGuire was stricken with a bad case of Lyme disease. Still, it was hard not to notice; the bizarre coincidental friend and familial connections of the Gervais-Irene, Amelia's Sister Muriel Grace, Grace McGuire, Larry Heller, Amelia's past friend in the late Attorney Irene O'Crowley, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, the storied Irene Jr., and Amelia's other past acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile.
With these curious family and friend connections, and the three generations of physical appearance similarities between Amelia, Irene Jr., and Grace McGuire... in the midst of it all, the hidden existence of a biological mother, daughter, and granddaughter relationship the public never knew about appears possible, even plausible.
* * *
Some Notes: 
"Of course I knew Irene. She was a Sister Zonta." Amelia's Sister, Muriel Grace Earhart Morrissey refers to Irene Craigmile Bolam  [the Gervais-Irene] in a quote from The Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune, 1982.
Regarding the prestigious 'Wings Clubs' in New York and Washington, and who used to show up there now and then, consider the following:
"(Peter) Busatti [who had known Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam for many years] said he accompanied Mrs. Bolam to the Wings Club in New York City on one occasion. He said a full length portrait of Amelia Earhart hangs in the room dedicated in her honor. "'It was a dead ringer for Irene,'" he said. "'Sometimes I thought she was, sometimes I thought she wasn't.'" "'I told her she looked like Amelia Earhart and she said, 'No, I don't look like her.'" Busatti said. At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned admirals and generals seemed to know her." "Once when he asked her directly [if she was formerly known as Amelia Earhart] she replied ""When I die you'll find out."" 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey, News Tribune.
[NOTE: The WILDER Network is a Super organization. The word "WILDER" stands for "World International Lyme Disease Emergency Rescue Network." Grace McGuire is a WILDER VIP.] The following can be read on its Website: 
"In the midst of her search for an aircraft, McGuire attended a function at the Wing's Club in New York, where she met Muriel Earhart Morrissey, Earhart's sister."

""(Grace) was instant love. We hit it off right away."" The meeting led to a friendship that would last for years."

""...I reminded her of Amelia, but she said that wasn't the only reason she liked me,"" said McGuire, of the woman (Muriel Grace) who became one of her staunchest project supporters."
Below can be read on the WILDER hompage:
"Grace is amazing! She is an inspiration! Is it just a coincidence that she loves to fly, and that she is called Amelia Earhart's look-alike?   ...Or that she decided to complete Amelia's fateful trip?

Was it just a coincidence when Grace found a duplicate of Amelia's aircraft, one of only 15 Lockheed Electra L-10E's, made in 1935?   ...Or that she became fast friends with Amelia's sister, Muriel? ...And that Grace named her L-10E aircraft 'Muriel'?

We think not! In fact, the more you learn about Grace, the more clear it becomes that Grace McGuire's dreams are truly her destiny."


Below: Almost two decades after Tod Swindell's "Protecting Earhart" moniker was introduced, in 2017, the one below, "Chasing Earhart" surfaced after newcomer to the research scene, Chris Williamson met and interviewed Tod Swindell.   

1985, 50th Anniversary AE Hawaii to Oakland Flight
Muriel Grace (Amelia's Sister) & Grace McGuire

Below find excerpts from a Nov. 8, 2000 article about Grace McGuire.
The article appeared in The New Jersey Independent. It was written by Linda Denicola. Included in brackets are a few of Protecting Earhart's comments about the information presented, where it appears inconsistent with past statements. Some curiously interesting notations are underlined.
"What Amelia Earhart started, Grace McGuire plans to finish. McGuire of Rumson spends most of her days in a large hangar at the Old Bridge Airport working on her 1935 Lockheed Electra L-10E." [Same model as Amelia's, it is the last Lockheed 10E known to exist in the United States.] 
"When her plane is ready, McGuire plans to finish Earhart’s trip. If all goes as planned, she will be taking off sometime next spring, she said."

"Her first mechanic was Ward Oakly. ""He was one of Amelia’s mechanics,"" she said. ""He taught me how to use the equipment and how to rivet. I didn’t know how old he was at the time. He told me he was in his 70s, but he was actually in his 80s.""

"Ward called another mechanic, Eddie Gorski, who was Amelia’s mechanic on her 1932 Atlantic flight in her single-engine Vega, but Eddie also had experience working on the twin-engine Electras. 'They told me that I had to know this aircraft inside and out because they were old.'"

"According to McGuire, Ward and Gorski taught her to do just about everything else."

""They kept telling me that I had to be in charge or I wasn’t going to get there. I’m awfully glad because I would have lost the project,"" she said."

"According to McGuire, a good friend of hers, who worked at the White House, saved her project. ""She found hangar space. It’s a huge plane and not the kind of thing you can put in your garage,"" McGuire said."
[As it was with Amelia, having a good friend at the White House comes in handy.]   
"McGuire has named her Electra 'Muriel' after Amelia Earhart’s sister, Muriel Morrissey. Morrissey passed away a few years ago. 'I met Muriel in the late ‘80s at the Wings Club in New York City, the oldest aviation club in the world. We became good friends. She wrote me at least three times a week. I’ve kept her letters and plan to eventually have them published.'"
[Grace previously stated she met Muriel 'in the 1970s.' She also traveled with Muriel to Hawaii in 1985 (see photo above) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Amelia's Hawaii to Oakland solo flight.  Also as noted, the Gervais-Irene [FKA Earhart] was also a recognized guest at the Wings Clubs in Washington and New York.] 
[Note: The following pertains to Grace's 1986 trip to Howland Island.]
"In 1986 McGuire offered to help the Army Corps map the island. ""I got to see the little island, a coral reef really, right in the middle of nowhere. The trip to it was neat. No one goes there. We sailed there from the Gilbert Islands. It took 3 1/2 days.""

"McGuire has two navigators. ""One is a backup. My navigator worked for Pan Am for years, as did Amelia’s,"" she said." [Grace did not specify it, but Larry Heller, the son of the original Irene Craigmile and a former long time Pan Am pilot, confirmed he was his friend, Grace's intended navigator for her proposed world flight.]
To summarize, there is Grace McGuire, long called Amelia's 'look alike,' owning the last known-of model of Amelia's same Lockheed Electra 10E, sporting a good friend at the White House, she was initially befriended and helped by two of Amelia's former mechanics, she was a close friend of Amelia's Sister, Muriel and the original Irene Craigmile's Son, Larry Heller, who would serve as her navigator, with Grace also serving as an Army Corp helper at mapping Howland Island, as well as being a prestigious 'Wings Club' attendee.  

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 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 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, and first received national notice in 2002. 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 e-mail George Brunt Esq. at 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 intorducing 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, that along with much similar data Joseph Gervais and Rollin Reineck forwarded Tod's way as 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 much 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 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 claim of Joseph A. Gervais, inspired me to orhestrate the forensic analysis that ultimately proved their long hel 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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