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The 'Universal Truth' about Amelia Earhart
Recognizing the difference between 'worldly truths' and 'universal truths' is helpful when it comes to understanding why Amelia Earhart's continued existence after July 2, 1937 remained publicly unknown.


Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace,
The soul that knows it not, knows no release,
From little things;
Knows not the livid loneliness of fear
Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear
The sound of wings.
Amelia Earhart
Amelia was right. "Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace." It takes 'courage' to see through various worldly driven, truth-lacking serums where one wishes to identify and embrace the universal truth about any ambiguously controversial subject matter. This includes the real story about what happened to Amelia Earhart in 1937, and what became of her afterward.
Below: Some of the last photos taken of Amelia Earhart in New Guinea just before she and her navigator, Fred Noonan went missing. Left-to-right, Amelia with one Frank Howard; with F. C. Jacobs and Fred Noonan; and with Noonan just before boarding for their last flight. Underneath, a photo of the duo's final takeoff in Amelia's Lockheed Electra 10E.


The duo's final takeoff from Lae, New Guinea

The Difference Between Worldly Truths and Universal Truths,
and How Amelia Earhart's Full Life Story Applies to Both
By Tod Swindell
C. 2017
The 'Universal Truth' about Amelia Earhart's world flight outcome and what became of Amelia after she went missing has always been recognized on a universal level.
Conceptually, however, world truths and universal truths are very different from each other. Rules that guide the world-order of things evolved from human ideas over many thousands of years, and they have not always remained on track or been fairly distributed. Perpetually refined so goodness might unconditionally prevail someday has long been the ideal goal of rules made by humans in charge of running the world.
There have been slip-ups along the way, mostly fear-instilling, ego-driven ones that enabled barbaric societies to exist, individuals akin to Adolph Hitler to be admired, and the promotion of ideas of racism and religious and gender inequality to be accepted. These worldly shortcomings enabled practices of slavery and genocide to become part of everyday life on earth in places far and wide. And the rules that protected them were worldly creations of human beings who at times managed to promote them to popular levels.
The universe is different. It tracks the ebb-and-flow of goodness only and always rewards the highest good the most. The universe pays no attention to 'ego' or 'bad' or 'evil' and it is incapable of fear or trickery. The universe is a straight player only, always has been, always will be. This is why the wisest of good and charitable human beings throughout time have always adhered to the common notion: Don't trust the world, trust the universe, for it rewards in kind. With the missing person case of Amelia Earhart, fearful, ego-driven people of the world created the mystery it became. Therefore in a worldly way, it can be said, "The mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance exists because it's supposed to exist." Yet to some good, brave and kind individuals who saw through the worldly limitations applied to it, without hesitation they recognized the real, 'universal truth' about Amelia Earhart becoming Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam long ago.
The 'believe it or not' truth about what became of Amelia Earhart has been recognizable for decades, although it has been shouted down over the years by important sounding individuals who worked hard to encourage the public to ignore it, and to pay attention instead to their own differing conclusions.   

The Universal Truth about Amelia Earhart is this:

Three different Twentieth Century women were attributed to the same identity of Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam, and one of them, who appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.' She died in 1982.

Below are the three different women who ended up being attributed to the same 'Irene' identity in the Twentieth-Century:

The original Irene Craigmile, 1930.
A past acquaintance of Amelia's, shown with her husband Charles and her father, Joe.
The 'second' Irene Craigmile, early 1940s.
The 1934 born son of the original Irene recalled this woman as his childhood mother.
The third Irene Craigmile in 1946, FKA 'Earhart'
Became 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

Here is the woman who was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart' in a formal portrait photo taken of her in the mid-1970s:


Below: Amelia at age 31 superimposes...
...a 1977 photo of her as 'Irene'
The 'Gervais-Irene,' FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

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Where Amelia Earhart And Fred Noonan Ended Up, And What Ultimately Became Of Them...

U.N. Marshall Islands Ambassador Alfred Capelle
told the Associated Press in 2002: "Amelia Earhart definitely came to the Marshall Islands in 1937"

1987, 50-year commemorative Marshall Islands Stamp
Depicts Earhart & Noonan and their plane's retrieval by Japan's military near Mili Atoll

As seen in the home page, above left is the Republic of the Marshall Islands United Nations Ambassador, Alfred Capelle who confirmed to the Associated Press and repeatedly to others as well the long recognized 'common awareness' in his country of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan having ended up there. Above right is another 1987 Republic of the Marshall Islands postage stamp, one of a series that commemorated the country's 50th anniversary of Amelia's rescue at Mili Atoll by Japan's Imperial Navy in early July of 1937. The Koshu had been consistently described by a variety of Marshall Islands residents from the World War Two era on, to have been the boat that picked-up Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan, and Amelia's Lockheed Electra after the fliers ditched in the lower Marshalls at Barre Reef, adjacent to Mili Atoll. Accordingly, Earhart and Noonan were stranded there for a few days before Japan's Imperial Navy rescued and subsequently detained them. It is important to recall that the U.S. had asked permission from Japan to search the Marshalls right after the fliers went missing, but permission was denied, and Japan never reported the results of its own agreed-to search effort of the Marshalls after refusing to allow the U.S. to do so itself.
Note: In 2017 the History Channel aired a documentary about Amelia's last flight that duly supported her having ditched in the Marshall Islands, although it postulated as well that Amelia likely 'died' while being held by Japan without offering proof beyond hearsay that such a thing had occurred. [See the related 'recently discovered photo controversy' in the 'Press Notices' link.] The idea of Amelia dying while she was in Japan's custody was contrary to the beliefs of several past investigators, who, citing sound reasons for doing so, averred that Amelia actually survived the war while she remained in Japan's care, and she eventually returned to the U.S. to live in anonymity by choice, as quietly endorsed by the omniscient guises of the two post-war relationship-healing countries of the United States and Japan. Although ridiculed by many who found it hard to believe, this actually does make sense as Amelia was a loved hero in Japan in the 1930s just as Babe Ruth had been. Japan's famous Navy Admiral, the Harvard educated, Isoroku Yamamoto, who was its Pacific Commander when Amelia went missing, would not have allowed her to be executed or to succumb to a neglected illness--the two main suggestions of how she may have died while in Japan's care. Proponents of Amelia's continued survival believe Japan strategically protected her as an 'ace' in its deck of war-time cards, and furthermore, that Japan's war-time 'Tokyo Rose' broadcasts invention was a coy reference to its coveted detainee, Amelia Earhart, who had been referred to as "Tokyo Rosa" among Imperial Mandate Island locals during the years leading up to the war. It is imperative to recall this reality in lieu of the FBI's post-war attempt to diffuse the true meaning of the 'Tokyo Rose' moniker, that had originally served as a way to describe Japan's 'detained American lady pilot, Amelia Earhart.' [Read more about this below and throughout Irene-Amelia.Com.]

A few American accented women...
...broadcast for Japan duing WWII. One indentified herself as, "Tokyo Rose"

It is true how during the years leading up to World War Two, "Tokyo Rosa" was a name used to describe the detained American lady pilot, Amelia Earhart by people living among Japan's Imperial Mandate Islands. Marshall Islands U.N. Ambassador, Alfred Capelle affirmed the Pacific Islanders translation of 'Tokyo Rosa' was 'that held by the chrysanthemum.' The chrysanthemum was a euphemism for the Emperor of Japan, whose official seal prominently adorned a chrysanthemum flower. Note: Even though many U.S. servicemen who served in the Pacific during World War Two insisted one of the 'American accented sirens' who broadcast for Japan consistently identified herself as "Tokyo Rose" when signing on and off, four years after the war ended the FBI issued a curious statement to the effect that 'Tokyo Rose' had been a name 'invented by U.S. soldiers,' and that 'no female person doing broadcasts for Japan ever identified herself that way, and, 'no person known as Tokyo Rose ever actually existed.' By then of course, Amelia Earhart, who originally caused the 'Tokyo Rose' name invention, was again living in the United States going by her new name of, 'Irene.' 

Below are four of the stamps issued by the Republic of the Marshall Islands in 1987, including the one displayed above. Right after the duo was rescued by Japan, the Sino-Japanse War began, exacerbating the difficult situation the world flight team found themselves in:

The 1987 Marshall Islands Stamp Series
Shows Earhart and Noonan's takeoff from New Guinea to their crash and retrieval at Mili Atoll

Below: A 1944 USAAF reconnaissance photo of Taroa Island in the Marshall Islands taken during a bombing raid, reprinted from Randall Brink's best selling book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart, W.W. Norton, 1993. Protecting Earhart's forensic study enlarged and rotated the insert, then placed an outline of an Electra 10E, Amelia's plane model, over it.

1944 USAAF recon photo
Taroa in the Marshalls; several accounts described Amelia's wing-damaged plane was taken there

1944 USAAF Marshall Islands reconnaissance photo
Taken on a bombing run over Taroa, eyewitnesses claimed Amelia's 'wing damaged' plane ended up there

Above: The one-winged outline of an Electra 10E fit right over a plane on Taroa Island in the Marshall Islands in 1944 that matched no other Japanese manufactured planes of that era. Years before the photo was located in U.S. military archives, eyewitnessess John and Dwight Heine both described how Amelia's wing-damaged plane ended up at Taroa where they helped Japanese military personnel off-load it from its transport ship. The cowlings and WASP engines looked to have been removed, as was the damaged wing at the seam. The full recon photo was first published in Randall Brink's 1993 book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart. Protecting Earhart's study greatly enlarged the photo before placing the Electra outline over it.

Why this information was never endorsed to the masses...
Ever since the World War Two era, the 'official silence' regard the United States and Japan maintained toward Amelia Earhart's world-flight ending discouraged people from recognizing later-learned forensic true-hoods about it. Observe the following quote:
"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the fate of Amelia Earhart an everlasting mystery." From Marilyn Bender and Selig Altschul's Pan Am & Golden Age of Aviation history expose', The Chosen Instrument, Simon & Schuster, 1982.
[Note: About the book, The Chosen Instrument mentioned directly above, its title referenced the consistent U.S. government contracts awarded to Pan Am Airways during the 1930s 'golden age of aviation.' Thus, 'Pan Am' was Uncle Sam's 'chosen instrument' when it came to strides made in the rapidly growing field of aviation. Amelia's world-flight navigator, Fred Noonan was a top navigator for Pan Am before he agreed to participate in Amelia's world flight. The rumor of his being 'fired' from Pan Am for excessive drinking was later shown to be false, as was the rumor that his penchant for alcohol caused he and Amelia to miss Howland. Seeing through the conjured excuse that tried to place the blame for Amelia's loss on Noonan's shoulders, those who knew and worked with Fred Noonan vehemently stood by his 'highly responsible' prowess as a navigator. Noonan taught many other Pan Am navigators in its flight training school, and he served as the head navigator on the original Pan Am Clipper team that opened the world's first major airline service over the seven seas in the mid-1930s. According to the research backed postulation of retired USAF Major, Joe Gervais in the 1960s & 1970s [edified by the 1980 statements made to Randall Brink by Amelia's 1930s friend, Walter McMenamy, who mentioned he "last saw Noonan in 1949"] after Noonan went missing with Amelia, ostensibly he was liberated without fanfare by Japan while Amelia continued to remain in its charge. Major Gervais and Randall Brink further postulated that Noonan may have segued into a position in U.S. Naval Intelligence.
Beyond Fred Noonan being a formidable pilot and navigator, he was also a highly experienced seafaring man, who during the war years, according to Major Gervais, may have been part of the team that helped with the logistical planning of the Normandy invasion. [Note: Whether or not Noonan ended up as one of two people who used the same name of 'William Van Dusen,' Pan Am's former public relations chief who was described as 'badly injured' in the war, remains a subject of debate. Gervais believed the real Van Dusen may have died from his war injuries, enabling Noonan to acquiesce his left-over identity.]

April 17, 1935
Above: Fred Noonan shown third from right with Pan Am's original Hawaiian Clipper survey team.

Easier To Understand...
A few influential dissenters darkened the common think-tank about Amelia's disappearance by suggesting it was obscured by a vast conspiracy, even though it never was. Easier to understand is how the truth was buried long ago by the select few who were clued in about it.
In time it became evident to those who seriously studied the gradations of it all; there was a certain lack of 'truth' exhibited in a worldly way when it came to official descriptions or later recollections of the so-called 'disappearance' of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. This reality was solidified after the 1980 Freedom Of Information Act, when it was verified the United States Executive Branch had all-along withheld crucial information about it.

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"The only thing different is the history you will never know." Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman [shown above] answers a reporter in the fall of 1945. The President had been asked what was different about the world after the war(?) The Earhart debacle marked some of the 'never to be known history' left over from President Franklin Roosevelt's administration that Truman inherited. Except, about Amelia Earhart... now we know

Henry P. Morgenthau Jr., second from right...
...shown with his assitant, Stephen Gibbons, far right.
"This letter that Mrs. Roosevelt wrote me on trying to get the report on Amelia Earhart, ...if we give it to this one man we've got to make it public. We can't let one man see it." The above words came from U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr.'s May 13, 1938 Dictaphone recorded response to First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt's personal secretary, Malvina Scheider. Via the Coast Guard Cutter Itasca and additional relays pertaining to Amelia Earhart's disappearance, Morgenthau was the most closely apprised White House individual beside the President on the circumstances of it all. Morgenthau mentioned how Amelia had, "disregarded all orders" pertaining to her loss, and how her reputation and legacy would be 'ruined' if the public was to ever learn all the White House knew about it. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Stephen Gibbons, (additionally shown in the photograph) was also in the loop of awareness as evidenced by his own additional 1938 recorded comments. To this day the public remains unaware of what Morgenthau's 'disregarded all orders' statement about Amelia referred to. It was clear though, the White House continued to remain uncertain about Amelia Earhart's flight-ending details and outcome, as evidenced by a U.S. O-2 Intelligence file released by the FOIA in 1980, that featured questions still being asked in November of 1938 pertaining to whether Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan had actually been intercepted and brought down by a Japanese fighter pilot. The O-2 reply negated the awareness of something like that happening, that was originally based on second hand information and disturbing radio relays during Amelia's "last few minutes" in the air, as also described by Morgenthau. The information led FDR's inner circle to determine Japan had engaged the duo in the air and had fired on them, causing their deaths in their follow-up plane crash. By the time World War Two arrived, however, it was being understood that the duo had actually survived their emergency ditching in the Marshall Islands, where Japan's Imperial Navy rescued and subsequently detained them without public awareness.
Never disclosed in a public way before it was discovered, the November of 1938 O-2 Intelligence query and its reply was revealing of how the U.S. was still trying to determine what exactly happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan at that time. It was also entirely revealing of how FDR's administration was still uncertain about the outcroppings pertaining to the loss of the two fliers, or, 'what others knew or perceived about it' almost a year and a half after the event took place.  

Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. & FDR

"I hope I've just got to never make it public." 1938 words of the White House adminstration's, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. as directed to First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, concerning information the U.S. Executive Branch furtively withheld about Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight ending.

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In 2017, Protecting Earhart's, Tod Swindell finalized and copyrighted his long term Irene Craigmile Bolam Versus Amelia Earhart forensic research and human comparison study. His study results enabled him to claim the forensic solving of Amelia Earhart's eight decades old missing person case in his name and in the names of his long-time collaborators, Randall Brink, Joseph A. Gervais (posthumously), Rollin C. Reineck (posthumously), and Joe Klaas (posthumously).
To contact Tod Swindell directly about his multi-tiered Amelia Earhart IP objectives, including rights to his feature film, "The Lost Electra," his Earhart animation project, and various literary IP's, not to leave out his two-decades long 'Irene-Amelia journey,' send an e-mail query to or phone his voice-mail at 323-317-0886. Viable reach outs will be put in touch with his Entertainment Attorney. Thank You.

Click here to e-mail Protecting Earhart/ E-mail address: advertises nothing but the truth about Amellia Earhart. It has existed as a World Wide Web internet website since 2007. Although periodically shouted down by naysayers, it has never been overchallenged. It features researcher, Tod Swindell's first ever embarked on, "Comprehensive Forensic Analysis and Forensic Comparison Study" that, 1.) Proved more than one person used the same 'Irene' identity. 2.) Displayed the head-to-toe physical and character-traits congruence the Joseph A. Gervais 1965 recognized "Irene Bolam" shared with Amelia Earhart. 3.) Proved the Joseph A. Gervais 1965 recognized "Irene Craigmile Bolam" appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, ultimately concluding against the grain fo conventional knowledge, that she and Amelia Earhart marked the same physical human being in younger and older forms going by different names.
Tod Swindell's forensic analysis endeavor was initiated in 1997. It first received national notice in 2002 while it was in progress. His original titled manuscript, Protecting Earhart: The Beautiful Alter Ego and Silent Legacy of History's Most Famous Flying Heroine has been housed and registered at the Writers Guild of America West since 2004, #1033972, and was ultimately copyrighted after several revisions and updates in 2014, # TXu 1-915-926. It was again copyrighted in 2017 with additional combined elements from the forensic study newly inserted, # TXu 2-061-539. For subsidiary-rights inquiries call 323-317-0886 is dedicated to the past tireless efforts of the late USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais [1924-2005] and the late USAF Col. Rollin C. Reineck [1920-2007], two World War Two heroes who began expounding on the 'Amelia became Irene' truth decades ago. A major thank you goes to Tod Swindell's chief collaborative partner, Lost Star author, Randall Brink, who worked directly with Joseph Gervais for well over a decade before introducing Tod Swindell to him in 1996. A thanks also goes out to pilot-author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who supplied additional 'Irene' photo data and handwritten letters for the study, along with much similar data Joseph Gervais and Rollin Reineck forwarded Tod's way after it was transferred from a 1970s good friend of Mrs. Bolam's, the late Diana Dawes. All of these elements combined enabled the study to reach its reality based conclusion. Thanks as well to former CIA operative, Bazzell Baz, who provided some keen insight to this Earhart truth seeking endeavor when it was first getting underway in Santa Monica, CA in the mid-1990s.
Joseph A. Gervais, who is still considered by many to have been the most knowledgeable Amelia Earhart investigative researcher ever to pursue the truth, first asserted the Irene-Amelia reality in 1965. The controversial 1970 McGraw-Hill book by Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives delved into the enormous amount of Joe Gervais' investigative research and displayed the first nationally published photo of Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.'
From Tod Swindell: "Regardless of the fallout caused by Amelia Earhart Lives after 1970, my good friends, Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck spent the remaining decades of their lives working to better advance the reality of Amelia Earhart's name-changed survival to authenticity, after enduring their own long term evaluations of the existing evidence that supported it. Their efforts, but especially the decades old, never wavering "Amelia became Irene" assertion made by Joseph A. Gervais, inspired me to orchestrate the forensic analysis that ultimately proved their long held beliefs correct. Colonel Reineck's book, Amelia Earhart Survived that was published in late 2003, and was driven by my 'newly embarked on' forensic comparison study. Portions of my study appeared in his book, although a more extensively display of my material is seen here in Colonel Reineck's book was also the first to credit my study for "proving" how one of the Twentieth Century women who used the same 'Irene' identity had been previously known as Amelia Earhart."
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