The First Comprehensive, 'Amelia Earhart Compared To Irene Craigmile Bolam' Forensic Analysis

The True Story of Amelia Earhart

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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
Part I
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 family.
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.
Amelia Earhart 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."
Expounding on 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 do it.
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' within them.
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 it happened.
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 of Nikumaroro.
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, 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]

Cocoa Beach, Florida in 1965, she transitions....
...a 1935 photo of...
...her former Amelia Earhart self

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

Amelia, 1937


1937 & 1965


"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 Earhart Survived.
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
Directly below 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...

Part II
The True Story of Amelia Earhart
By Tod Swindell
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 replied 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 Rantoul, Illinois.  

Below: The original Irene Craigmile, 1930


Shown between her husband, Charles Craigmile, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley

Charles 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 Thaden there:

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.
This 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 Family
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 Craigmile
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 as well.
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 women.
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 married.
McGraw-Hill 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.
The 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, unmarked grave.
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. 
The 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.



Amelia & Irene

...superimposed shows the obvious congruence...

zzzzbolam1A2.jpg 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 in 1965






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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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