The True Story of Amelia Earhart
This website profiles the Protecting Earhart Chronicles
and new millennium Irene-Amelia Forensic Analysis by Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell. Past WGAw registrations include: "The Lost
Electra" (1996), "Redefining Earhart for the New Century" (1999), "Protecting Earhart"
(2004). United States Copyright Office Registration Numbers: TXu 1-915-926 (2014);
TXu 2-061-539 (2017).
"All truth passes through three stages. First,
it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur Schopenhauer
The True Story of Amelia Earhart
By Tod Swindell
Consider how easy
it would have been at any time for the U.S. justice department to have proved this story untrue, if in fact, it were untrue.
To look into the past of any person's Twentieth Century life history in the United States in order to determine who that person
really was in a life-long way, should ordinarily be easy for a designated United States official to do. Oddly enough, when
it came to the high-level controversy over Mrs. Irene Bolam's true life-long identity this never happened, and it is clear
anymore, so much was by intention.
Thus it speaks for itself that the debate
over Amelia Earhart resurfacing as 'Irene' in the United States after World War Two existed for nearly fifty years with no
official resolve. One might think the Smithsonian Institution would have wanted to put an end to it. Or Amelia's
The realization was they didn't because they couldn't, for what
were deemed to be important reasons. Yet a recent-years adjustment to this long held credo took place after the profound
reality of Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence began staring back at people in no uncertain terms.
As a result, it is now known what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937, thanks to various applications
of forensic science and extensive evaluative forensic research.
continued to live-on after she went missing in 1937, she ended up changing her name in the interest of future privacy, and
she resurfaced as a non-public figure with a different career in the United States after the World War Two years.
Here, to answer the question of why the general public was left in the dark about Amelia's
post-loss reality, one might consider the following quote from Marylin Bender's and Selig Altschul's 1982 Pan Am Airways anthology,
The Chosen Instrument: "Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving
the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery."
this, it is clear the majority of people who deeply studied the subject of the Earhart-Noonan disappearance case commonly
recognized how amid reparation agreements struck between the United States and Japan during the post-VJ Day months, the door
was slammed tight on what actually happened to the duo on and after the date of July 2, 1937, and it was set to remain that
way from that point on.
If you have not reckoned the incredible saga of retired Air Force Major, Joe Gervais and his 1965 encounter
with, and subsequent pursuit of Mrs. Irene Bolam before now, it is because it was never conveyed in an easy-to-understand
way. Really, I am the first person to do so, and it took me a long time to be able to do it.
I met and came to know Joe Gervais and his wife, Thelma in 1996 at their Las Vegas home, courtesy of a long-time
collaborator of Joe's; Lost Star author, Randall Brink. Joe and I remained friends and collaborators ourselves from
that point on, until his passing in 2005. Rest assured, the important truths about Amelia Earhart presented here have remained
unaddressed by the United States Department of Justice ever since the tip of the 'Earhart reality iceberg' Joe Gervais discovered
first publicly surfaced in 1970.
People have said, people have written,
and some people still do say and write that Joe Gervais was crazy to always adhere to his most important determination about
Amelia Earhart's fate. In the past twenty years I have also seen myself called 'crazy' in spoken and written ways for endorsing
Joe's viewpoint. Trust knowing, I exist today among the more sane Amelia Earhart historians on the planet. This statement
does not decry the work of other Amelia Earhart historians. Randall Brink's knowledge of the subject matter is most formidable,
to be sure. Most others, however, proved themselves deficient within the Earhart-truth arena by automatically refuting the
'Amelia became Irene' postulation. In
my case, after learning one had never been done before, I chose to subject it
to a forensic analysis instead, and by doing so gained the self-assurance required to stand-up and say it was 'justifiable' for Joe Gervais
to claim he solved the missing person case of Amelia Earhart those years ago, by displaying her physical body evidence in
a public way.
Looking back at it, history's dismissal of the Gervais' assertion
about Amelia's post-loss existence as Irene, caused people to miss how important his declaration was those decades ago, and
its trailings left people missing how important it was in the years that followed. Anymore it is certain, though, the bell-of-truth
that Joe Gervais rang by way of the clear 35MM color photograph he took of the former Amelia Earhart in 1965--that was widely
published in 1970--proved itself impossible to unring. Many individuals tried to un-ring it over the years, but they couldn't
In today's world one cannot easily hide or disguise a corpus
delicti, nor can one justifiably claim that a person's body, dead or alive, isn't what it naturally evidences itself to be.
Still not convinced? Then here's a challenge for you: Take a look at the same photograph Joe Gervais took
of Mrs. Irene Bolam in 1965, and then try to locate any clear photos of the same woman from prior to the mid-1940s. You will
not be able to do it because photos of her do not exist from prior to the mid-1940s, unless she is identified as 'Amelia Earhart'
It is also interesting
to note how all the while, on record, not one official United States historian ever expressed a certain opinion
toward the belief Joe Gervais maintained the last forty years of his life. Basically, on any official level his 'Amelia
became Irene' assertion was perpetually met by deflections, or avoided entirely.
And here it is.
Brace yourself, because you're about to learn the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937, and the way
No, Amelia did not disappear. People don't do that. She also
did not continue to fly around aimlessly in radio-silence after missing Howland Island until her plane ran out of gas, thus
causing it to crash and sink into the ocean. She and Fred Noonan were a lot smarter than that. Rest assured as well, Japan's
military never put them in front of a firing squad, and their bodies were never eaten by giant crabs on the desert island
Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to get real about Amelia Earhart.
The Summer of 65'
In the summer
of 1965, at a gathering of mostly retired, all be them highly respected pilots in New York, a former air force captain who
had flown planes in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam met and believed he recognized the woman who used to be known as Amelia
Earhart. The man was Joseph A. Gervais, and after deeply studying the woman's background for the next five years, he ascertained
his belief about her was correct, and surfaced his realization to a national news level in 1970.
His deduction was well founded, but Joe Gervais underestimated
the power of the long-withheld truth he discovered. Back then, one didn't just call out the still-living, 'identity
cloaked' Amelia Earhart.
As things went, desiring to continue with the privacy she had
sought and coveted for herself after the World War Two years, and for what she considered to be historically prudent reasons
as well, the former Amelia Earhart denied the assertion Joe Gervais made about her. Except the controversy over who she really
was, or used to be, never went away, even after she died in 1982, and then into the new millennium. Consider this again as
well; in 2015, fifty years after Joe Gervais met and photographed Mrs. Bolam, many people were still wondering who she really
was, or used to be, because no person or entity had ever 'officially' put an end to the debate over her true identity.
After commencing with it in 1997, my 'Protecting Earhart' long-term
forensic comparison analysis that was designed to determine if the decades-old Gervais' assertion about the woman was or wasn't
correct, proved that it was correct. World academia is just now starting to catch up to this newfound historical reality.
The stately looking, wings-adorned elder woman featured in the photograph above, shown in her true eightieth year, definitely
did used to be known as Amelia Earhart.
It is hard to blame doubters for there
is so much to know about this story, foremost to include how over the years there have been well meaning people 'in the know
about it' who preferred the general public not pay attention to the truth about Amelia Earhart's world-flight outcome, for
what they as well believed to be prudent historical reasons.
For years these people remained legion and to a certain extent their historical preference about Amelia is
still being honored today. It is plain enough a kind of high level, post-World War Two pact involving the United
States and Japan steered the veracity of what actually happened to Amelia Earhart in 1937 away from being publicly recognized
and accepted. The only hiccups along the way were the 1960s investigation efforts of Joe Gervais and Fred Goerner, followed
by Gervais' 1970 assertion about 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' that became a national news item. When the story of his incredible proclamation
broke, though, the mere notion of Amelia Earhart's ongoing name-changed existence seemed just too unbelievable on
the surface, abetting all naysayers.
No matter; the
realities the forensic study revealed in the last twenty years left a caveat that exposed the underbelly truth of Amelia's
post-loss existence as 'Irene,' and the 'Protecting Earhart' website, Irene-Amelia.com features a good sampling of younger-to-older
superimposed photographs displaying Amelia Earhart prior to 1938 as compared to her later-life self.
Love her unconditionally, because ready or not, the woman famously
known as Amelia Earhart in the United States more than eighty years ago... is finally coming home, as 'Irene.'
[End Part I; Part II commences below the following images and statements]
Setting the record straight: It wasn't
until the new millennium arrived that the forensic analysis showed the faces, head sizes, necks, shoulders, arm lengths, hands,
heights, foot sizes, handwriting, and voices to all be congruent within the Amelia-to-Irene comparisons. Not to omit how friends,
relatives, and locations frequented displayed their own before and after alignments. As well, the Irene Bolam who Joe Gervais
met and photographed in 1965 appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. Here, Protecting Earhart's forensic
analysis displayed the reality of there having been three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same "Irene
Craigmile Bolam" identity, and how one of them, the Gervais-Irene, was previously known as Amelia Earhart. Traditionally,
Amelia's living relatives and the Smithsonian Institution encouraged the public to dismiss the Irene-Amelia reality out of
hand. It is still the truth, none-the-less.
|The Gervais-Irene Bolam
|Newspaper photo, as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' in Japan, 1963
|Amelia photo added
|Superimposed reveals her earlier and later self-images
|Photo from after the Friendship flight
"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell,
who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of the Gervais-Irene Bolam and Amelia Earhart to show the world
they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck, reprinted from the Preface of his 2004 book, Amelia
Note: My late friend, USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, included the above supportive words
in his book after he evaluated my forensic research that unravelled the 'Amelia became Irene' truth, the origin of which stemmed
from Joe Gervais and author, Joe Klaas, who originally introduced the postulation of Amelia's continued survival as 'Irene'
in their 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. After I commenced with my study in 1997, Colonel Reineck recognized how important
the realization was of a serious forensic analysis never having been done before, that compared the highly enigmatic, Irene
Bolam to Amelia Earhart. I was inspired to do one after the odd controversy over Mrs. Bolam was somewhat rejuvenated in 1994
by way of Randall Brink's ground-shaking expose', Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart. Today, only Randall and
I remain, and both of us are greatly indebted to the magnanimous efforts of the researchers that sided with Joe Gervais, mostly
World War Two heroes, whose efforts preceded our own. Thanks to them, it is now easy to identify how three different women
were attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity in the Twentieth Century, with one of them having been previously
known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Tod Swindell, 2018
About The 1970 Book, Amelia Earhart Lives By Joe Klaas
is the book that started it all, Amelia Earhart Lives. Although it was chocked
with some far-out suppositions within its attempt to explain what happened to Amelia and Fred Noonan in 1937, it did manage
to feature the same 1965 photograph of the former Amelia Earhart identified as "Mrs. Irene Bolam" that was taken
by Joseph A. Gervais when the two met each other. Following the book's release it was ceaselessly ridiculed after the former
Amelia Earhart negated it for her own good reasons. Fortunately for her, many people who looked at the Gervais' photograph
had a hard time seeing through to who she used to be. She did look different, but she was still there, and she still is there.
The forensic tale-of-the-tape proved it out. As mentioned, once the bell-ring of the photo's inclusion in the book took place,
nothing could un-ring it. World War Two hero, Joseph Gervais always knew this, and he never stopped casually repeating it
to others to his dying day in 2005.
|Based on the research findings of Joe Gervais...
|'Amelia Earhart Lives' by Joe klaas. Published by McGraw-Hill, November 1970
|The Gervais-Irene and Guy Bolam
|From the 1970 book, 'Amelia Earhart Lives' by Joe Klaas
|Amelia Earhart, 1937
| The Gervais-Irene Bolam
|August 8, 1965
|...superimposed shows the obvious congruence...
The True Story of Amelia Earhart
When Joe Gervais met Mrs. Bolam and her English husband, Guy in 1965, he was introduced to them
by Viola Gentry, a good pilot-friend of Amelia's in the 1930s. Viola had asked Joe to come to New York and lecture to her
club of pilot friends about the previous years of research he had done on Amelia Earhart's disappearance.
Viola appeared surprised when Mrs. Bolam showed up at the luncheon where Joe was to lecture. Somewhat
flustered himself, Joe noticed an 'air of importance' about Mrs. Bolam, beyond feeling that he recognized her for who she
used to be. After asking Viola to introduce him to her, Joe cautiously asked Mrs. Bolam if she ever knew Amelia Earhart? She
to him that she had 'known Amelia Earhart well' and that she had 'often flown with her.' He
asked if she would be willing to meet him again and she said 'yes' and gave him her business card that listed her name as
'Irene Craigmile' on it. That had been her name before she married Guy Bolam in 1958.
It turned out, a woman by the name of 'Irene Craigmile' did know Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. Born
Irene O'Crowley to Richard Joseph O'Crowley and his wife, Bridget Doyle O'Crowley, she was mostly raised by her maternal and
paternal extended families. She became Irene Craigmile in 1927, when she married Charles Craigmile, a civil engineer from
Below: The original Irene Craigmile, 1930
Shown between her husband, Charles Craigmile,
and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley
Craigmile tragically died in 1931. The following year, just a few months after Amelia became the first woman to fly solo
across the Atlantic, the Akron Beacon Journal of Ohio published a photograph displaying both Amelia Earhart and the recently
widowed, Irene Craigmile within it. The two were shown among a group of women aviators visiting the hospitalized pilot, Louise
|The Akron Beacon Journal, September 1, 1932
Above: Amelia Earhart outlined in white, Irene
Craigmile outlined in black.
Above: 'Irene Craigmile' is listed after Viola Gentry
Above: After Amelia married George Putnam in 1931, for a short while
she took his name, as shown here
|A true photo enlargement nearly obliterates...
|...Irene Craigmile between pilots Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz
More about the Original Irene Craigmile
When the above newspaper
photograph was taken, the recently widowed, Irene Craigmile was not-yet a licensed pilot. She began taking flying lessons
in the fall of 1932, after Amelia and Viola Gentry helped sign her up at Floyd Bennet Field on Long Island. She learned
to fly there and at Roosevelt Field until she earned her pilot's license in late May of 1933. Except while she was earning
it, she realized she was pregnant with her last flight instructor, Alvin Heller's child. The two eloped to be married that
August, and later
their son, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller was born in early March of 1934.
Before she realized she was pregnant in 1933, the original
Irene Craigmile had barely logged any solo-piloting hours, and she never flew a plane again.
Following a debilitating illness the original Irene had caused by childbirth complications,
acute depression she dealt with abetted her rushed marriage to soon fail. From there the trail of the original
Irene grows cold. Clear, legible photographs of her no longer exist, and it is hard to know what ultimately became of her
medical state, beyond a later life friend of Mrs. Irene Bolam's, Diana Dawes, in 1992 offering her awareness that the original
Irene 'died' at some point and the announcement of it was withheld, thus enabling Amelia to continue on with her still extant
identity. Only sketchy records remain of the original Irene, including how her marriage to Alvin Heller, who had relocated
alone to Buffalo, New York in the mid-1930s, was legally annulled 'by long distance' at the end of the 1930s, that also featured
a child custody battle he did not win.
Al and the original Irene's son, Larry Heller, grew up to become a Pan Am pilot and resides
in Florida today, but he never knew his biological mother, the original Irene Craigmile. Larry Heller did have a mother
figure growing up as a child, but who she actually was remains a subject of debate. She did not look much like Amelia Earhart,
to be sure, and she appeared to be about a generation younger than she should have been. Take a look:
Left and right: In 2006, and again in
writing in 2014, Clarence Heller, the son of the original Irene Craigmile, positively identified this woman to have been his
late mother in both younger and older forms. He provided the esitmated dates applied to each photo as well. She did not look
like Amelia Earhart, to be sure, she did not used to be known as Amelia Earhart.
This woman shown in younger and older
forms, was identified as "Irene Craigmile" in 1946 on the left, of the People's National Bank of Long Island's Mineola
Branch. On the right she is seen again in 1965, in the picture Joe Gervais took of her after she became known as, "Mrs.
Irene Bolam" by virtue of her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England. She was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the
mid 1940s, even though she was legally attributed to the same identity of Clarence Heller's mother. For the sake of distinguishing
the different Irene's from each other, Protecting Earhart's study labeled this one, "the Gervais-Irene."
Overcoming decades of ridicule and cynicism, any further the truth stands to exist where there is no doubt this particular
Irene Bolam used to be known as Amelia Earhart.
Neither one of the two different Irene
Craigmiles displayed above appeared to resemble the original Irene Craigmile in the grainy photo below. Born in 1904, no clear,
distinguishable photo images of the original Irene Craigmile have ever been located. Even her son, Larry Heller attested he
didn't have any photos of his mother pre-dating the 1940s. This includes family group photos, wedding pictures, school class
pictures, or any other photos.
|The original 'real' Irene, 1930
Once again, add all of the above knowledge to
the fact that the 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965, appears nowhere identified as 'Irene'
prior to the mid-1940s.
Let me repeat that: The 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965,
appears nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.
leaves a deduction based on logical reasoning supported by forensic evidence: Where the Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joe Gervais photographed
in 1965 appears anywhere prior to the mid-1940s, she does so identified as 'Amelia Earhart.'
[Forensic Evidence: "That suitable for argumentation
in a court of law."]
About the Original Irene Craigmile's O'Crowley
As the story goes, the original Irene Craigmile's mother, Bridget nee-Doyle O'Crowley,
died in 1917 when her only child, Irene, was twelve. Before Bridget died, census records revealed she had been raising her
daughter alone with her parents in New Jersey. After Bridget died, from that point on census records show Irene being further
raised by her father's family, most specifically by her father's sister, an attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley
who lived with her mother, Sarah, in Newark, New Jersey. [Note: Protecting Earhart's MSS includes a detail of the
O'Crowley family lineage and life events. The O'Crowleys had been a prominent New Jersey family.]
How Amelia Earhart Was Able To Become Irene
Amelia Earhart was a good friend of the original Irene Craigmile's aunt, the attorney, Irene Rutherford
O'Crowley who practiced law in New Jersey and New York. Amelia's former flying pal, Viola Gentry, who introduced Joe Gervais
to the former Amelia Earhart and her husband, Guy Bolam in 1965, later told him this was how Amelia originally came to 'know'
Irene Craigmile, through Irene's attorney-aunt who had been Amelia's friend and a fellow ZONTA organization member with her
The ZONTA organization,
founded in Buffalo, New York in 1919, was and still is an international organization of professional women. Amelia joined
ZONTA after she became famous in 1928, and was soon befriended by two of its more prominent members, Nina Broderick Price
of England, and Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley of Newark, New Jersey, the original Irene Craigmile's aunt.
Nina Price and Attorney
Irene O'Crowley were very good friends and ZONTA chapter presidents who had helped launch the Amelia Earhart brand products
line in the early to mid-1930s. Nina was a flamboyant publicist and dress designer who helped Amelia in those areas, and Attorney
Irene worked on the legal contracts side that helped to establish the Amelia Earhart brand luggage-line based in Newark, something
she continued to be involved with into the 1960s.
Today the ZONTA's still award Amelia Earhart Scholarships to aspiring young
How And When The Amelia-To-Irene Change Took Place
It appears evident enough how at some point during the
World War Two years, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley cooperated with the U.S. justice department and one Monsignor James
Francis Kelley of Rumson, New Jersey, with an arrangement for Amelia to be able to assume the still-extant identity value
of Attorney Irene's niece, Irene Craigmile for Amelia to use after the war years.
Monsignor Kelley was the president of Seton Hall College
at the time the war ended, and he helped Amelia become the new Irene Craigmile after her return to the United States,
and he served, as he later described it, as her "emotional healing therapist" while doing so. [Monsignor Kelley
held doctoral degrees in psychology and philosophy.]
From the 1970s into the 1990s, Monsignor Kelley explained facets of this incredible
truth he knew to a variety of different people, and a few of them later went on record describing what he had told them.
In 1991, five years before he died, Monsignor Kelley himself confirmed his past long-time friend, the late Irene Bolam,
used to be known as Amelia Earhart in a recorded interview. This did not become public information until the new millennium
arrived, and people who had a hard time believing his conveyance claimed later-life 'senility' must have caused him to make
up the things he said about his late friend, Irene having been previously known as Amelia Earhart. Those who he spoke to
about it, though, insisted he was lucid while doing so, and the forensic analysis itself later revealed he had not made
it up at all.
Amelia's Life As Irene
After she became Irene, Amelia was never known to pilot a plane again. She
was given various positions in the banking industry on Long Island after the war until she married Guy Bolam. She became
a ZONTA member again as 'Irene Craigmile' and served as president of the Long Island ZONTA chapter in the 1950s. After she
married Guy Bolam, the two traveled abroad frequently until Guy died in 1970. Through Guy's enterprise, Radio Luxembourg
in Europe, that she became president of herself after Guy died, it can be said the former Amelia Earhart was part of the
same radio station that helped introduce the Beatles to Soviet Russia in the 1960s. She also knew a few NASA astronauts
and "2001: A Space Odyssey" had been a favorite movie of hers.
When Joe Gervais pegged Mrs. Bolam for who she used to
be in 1965, then tried to introduce it by way of the book, Amelia Earhart Lives in 1970, the former Amelia Earhart
sued the publisher of the book, McGraw-Hill, the book's author, Joe Klaas, and she sued Joe Gervais as well, whose assertion
about Mrs. Bolam inspired Joe Klaas to write the book.
It's worth recalling here how in 1965, even though Mrs. Bolam had agreed to
meet again with Joe Gervais, she subsequently proved herself evasive and never did.
Her lawsuit reached the New York Supreme Court and lasted
five years. Mrs. Bolam's Attorney, Benedict Ginsberg, who had once worked for Robert F. Kennedy, sought 1.5 million dollars
in damages. Except Mrs. Bolam, who had not been involved in the book's writing process, did not sue the publisher and authors
for inferring she was the former Amelia Earhart. She sued them for libel. For instance, the book had referred to her late
husband, Guy, (who died the same year the book came out) as her "alleged husband," when in fact they had been legally
ended up remitting a high five-figure settlement to the former Amelia Earhart, and it removed the remaining copies of Amelia
Earhart Lives from the stores. [Author, Joe Klaas, estimated about forty-thousand copies of the book made it into circulation
before it was withdrawn, and it has since been republished.] In an interesting twist as well, she settled her differences
with Joe Gervais and Joe Klaas by way of the opposing parties swapping ten dollars of consideration, after she refused to
submit her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity. She wasn't in want of money, after all, and after five years
most people had chalked-up the Gervais' assertion about her past as a hoax. It wasn't a hoax, but Mrs. Bolam wasn't about
to wreck the remaining years of her life by way of admitting who she used to be. So much explaining would have been demanded
if she had admitted it, not only from herself, but from a slew of prominent, high-level individuals.
former Amelia Earhart died seven years after her 'summary judgment' lawsuit ended. She had prearranged to donate her body
to Rutgers College of Medicine. According to the school when later contacted, she was cremated and interned in a common,
At the time of her death, many people, including some who had been close to her in her later years, continued
to suspect Mrs. Bolam used to be the famous pilot, Amelia Earhart. In a New Jersey newspaper article that appeared a few
months after her passing, even her son's wife, Joan Heller, was quoted to have said she and her husband were "no longer
sure" about the question of her past identity. As well, to myself in 2006, Clarence Heller admitted he held no photos
of his mother dated prior to the 1940s. And although Mr. Heller consistently denied over the years that his mother was Amelia
Earhart, he was merely telling the truth. Clarence Heller was legitimately born to Al and Irene Heller on March 5, 1934.
bottom line: Anymore it is absolutely certain that the ongoing suspicion about the late Gervais-Irene Bolam's true past was
justifiable, because it was true that she used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
There You Have It
So this was and is the
true story of what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937. Be that as it may, it is still unclear when it comes to what
really happened after she and Fred Noonan were declared 'missing.' It is widely assumed that within days after the duo failed to locate
Howland Island, Japan rescued them in the lower Marshall Islands where they had endured an emergency ditching.
The later added deducement that featured Amelia's continued survival, states that right when
Japan was about to declare war on China, she and Noonan strayed too far north during their Plan-B attempt to reach the Gilbert
Islands, and they ended up in Japan's off-limits Marshall Islands instead. There they were picked up and detained, and at
least Amelia ended up remaining in Japan's custody until the end of World War Two.
While various aspects of the above descriptions have been corroborated by different Amelia Earhart
historians over the years, to explain why Amelia's Marshall Islands ditching is still an assumption today is academic:
The only official record of Amelia's loss shows that she went missing on July 2, 1937, and after not being found she
was legally declared 'dead' in early January of 1939.
Therefore, technically, where the July 2, 1937 Marshall
Islands ditching assertion still remains an assumption, within the constraints of it, to go along with Amelia's body evidence
showing up as Irene Craigmile eight years later in the United States, what really happened to her on that July 2, 1937 day,
supplemented by where she ended up later, how she was treated, and how she spent her days while she was gone... anymore exists
as the 'real' mystery of Amelia Earhart. Take heart in knowing, it is safe to believe the former Amelia Earhart took much of
the answers to those questions to her grave with her.
Today, all we really know for certain in a forensic reality way, is that
several years after Amelia Earhart went missing she managed to surface in the United States as Irene Craigmile, and she worked
in the banking industry known by that name until she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958, and the general public was never
supposed to know who she used to be, even after she died in 1982.
Believe it or not, it's that simple.
|...superimposed shows the obvious congruence...
|...to the Gervais-Irene Bolam in 1965
Note: The above human congruence does not
exhibit a doppelganger-like coincidence. Head-to-toe and character trait wise, Protecting Earhart's forensic comparison
study merely displays the same human being in younger and older forms throughout it, whose birth name was "Amelia Mary
Earhart." She was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897, and she died on July 7, 1982 in Edison, New Jersey known
as "Irene Bolam." Her father was "Samuel Stanton 'Edwin' Earhart," who was born in Atchison, Kansas, c.1867,
and who died in Los Angeles, California in 1930. Her mother was "Amelia Otis Earhart" who was born in Atchison,
Kansas in 1869, and who died in Medford, Massachusetts in 1962. Her sister was "Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey"
who was born in Kansas City, Kansas on December 29, 1899, and who died on March 2, 1998 in Medford, Massachusetts.
Amelia's sister, Grace
Muriel Earhart Morrissey, was also a ZONTA member who did know her sister, Amelia in her later life years as 'Irene,'
although she never let-on who she used to be. She was known to admonish anyone who suggested her ZONTA friend, Irene was really
her sister sporting a different name, until she herself died in 1998.
Thank you, Tod
Swindell of Protecting Earhart, 2018
Once a world-famous pilot...
...the former Amelia Earhart