Amelia Earhart Compared To Irene Craigmile: There Was More To This Than People Realized

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Above: Samples from a comprehensive research study that featured the first Amelia Earhart Versus Irene Craigmile forensic comparison analysis.

"Your work relating to Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile is absolutely outstanding. There is no other way to describe it." Amelia Earhart historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, USAF (Ret.) responding to the long-term, Amelia Earhart Versus Irene Craigmile forensic research study conducted by Tod Swindell. The study revealed there was more than one person attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity and that from the mid-1940s on, one of them aligned with Amelia Earhart. After taking in the information on this page about it, be sure to click on the 'Reality Check' tab on the left as well.

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Irene Craigmile, early 1930s

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Irene Craigmile, early 1940s

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Irene Craigmile, 1946

 Three Different Irene Craigmile's and the 'Missing Person Case' of Amelia Earhart
 
Just who was Irene Craigmile? In the 1930s she was a budding pilot who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart. Irene Craigmile's image changed dramatically over time, though, to a point where from 1970 on many people wondered if she was not the original Irene Craigmile anymore. This began after a World War Two veteran who met Irene Craigmile at a gathering of prominent retired pilots, went on to suggest she was previously known as Amelia Earhart. He offered that Amelia had somehow quietly survived her disappearance three decades earlier and had taken-on the original Irene Craigmile's identity. 
 
Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937 and was declared "dead in absentia" after no trace of her was found. In 1970, Irene Craigmile, a respected and admired person by her peers, denied herself to be Amelia Earhart. In general, people didn't think she resembled what Amelia would have looked like in 1970 and took her word for it, but debates over who she really was, or used to be, continued well into the 2000s.
 
In recent years a 'first ever' analysis took place that compared her physical likeness and character traits to Amelia Earhart's. The results were astounding to say the least.
 

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Part of the recent analysis: Amelia Earhart's 1930s pilot friend, Irene Craigmile shown in Japan in 1963, reprinted from an old newspaper photo. 

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To those aware of the Irene-Amelia controversy that settled on believing this person was the original Irene Craigmile, the analysis led to some important advancements... 

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...concerning the unresolved since 1970, highly debated topic of Irene Craigmile's life-long existence that should cause them to feel otherwise.

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Above: Amelia Earhart
 
Below: An example from the handwriting comparison portion of the study; a 1967 cursive handwriting sample from Irene Craigmile compared to Amelia Earhart's own cursive "Amelia M Earhart" High School signature. Notice Irene's use of language a couple of years after she was first suspected of being the former Amelia Earhart, where she referenced two long time friends of hers by writing, "...because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile."   
 

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The full physical beings and character traits comparison analysis exposed new realities both startling and amazing, even to official U.S. historians who have yet to publicly comment about them. The most telling part was the discovery of more than one Twentieth Century woman having been attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity.
 

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Dr. Alex Mandel, a self-described "Amelia Earhart fanatic" intentionally misleads the public about Irene Craigmile Bolam using Wikipedia as a platform to do so.

An Important Note: The Wikipedia 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' page created and solely moderated by Dr. Alex Mandel of the Ukraine is purposefully misleading. Juxtaposed to what it states, NO forensic expert was EVER hired by the National Geographic Society who conclusively nullified the 'Amelia became Irene' postulation. In fact, NO forensic expert EVER conclusively nullified the public assertion originally made by retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais in 1970, that stated Amelia Earhart managed to live on after she went missing in 1937 and later surfaced in the United States known as 'Irene Craigmile.' Rather, forensic research conducted decades later easily confirmed there was a high level of importance to his assertion. 

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Irene 1965 above, 1963 below
 

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Amelia above and below

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Irene-Amelia superimposed

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Below: Thanks to the long term comparison study, it is now known that Amelia Earhart's 1930s friend, Irene Craigmile looked nothing like Amelia prior to the World War Two years. Then all-but inexplicabley, adjacent to the post-war years she suddenly looked just like her long-gone friend, Amelia Earhart.

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Irene Craigmile, "in the early 1940s," according to her son.

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According to official history, this is the same Irene Craigmile as the one on the left. Here above she is shown in 1965 in a clear 35MM photograph. Except it is now known official history is incorrect, for the Irene to the left and the Irene above were not the same human being. 

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Above: From Tod Swindell's study, Amelia Earhart is on the left, and Amelia Earhart and the 1965 Irene Craigmile superimposed are on the right. The congruence displayed here is not a coincidence. 

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U.S.  Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr.

"I have carefully studied your presentation. Your conclusion that there were plural Irene Craigmile's has completely convinced me that this is indeed the case. You have also convinced me that one of them used to be Amelia Earhart. Incredible. You have quite an impressive package there. Keep charging - Gene."  A note sent by retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr. to Tod Swindell. Tissot's father, Ernie Tissot was a friend of Amelia Earhart's who served as her head plane mechanic during her 1935 Hawaii to Oakland flight. This was Rear Admiral Tissot's response to the new millennium, Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis results Tod Swindell forwarded to him. Rear Admiral Tissot was one of the study's original key recipients.
 

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Tod Swindell
Amelia Earhart 'Aficionado Extraordinaire'

Hello and welcome to Irene-Amelia.com. Throughout it you will occasionally see my comments interspersed where I sensed some insight or further explaining might be needed. As you comb through Irene-Amelia.com try to hang in there. Since it was first launched in 2007 it has grown to include twenty-seven original links featuring hundreds of pages of Amelia Earhart related research material. While only eight of these links are listed here on the Home Page anymore, perhaps they will inspire you to look for the others. Hey, 'may want to tighten your chin-straps while flying with Amelia here!
Thanks, TS    

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Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10E in Paramaribo during her 1937 world flight.
 

From an unsettled public controversy that began in 1970, by now it has grown to be clearly evident: The recently revealed, post World War Two look-alike anomaly of Amelia Earhart and her 1930s pilot friend, Irene Craigmile, was no mere coincidence.

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Above, Amelia Earhart

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A rare, 1934 photo of Amelia Earhart's long
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Above: According to record, on the left is a 1970s photo of Amelia Earhart's long ago pilot friend, Irene Craigmile. On the right she is shown superimposed with a photograph of Amelia.
 
Even though they looked nothing like each other when the two were friends in the 1930s, by the mid-1940s Irene Craigmile had somehow become Amelia Earhart's virtual twin physically and character trait wise. With no given explanation for such an oddity, this would mark a kind of human miracle that went unnoticed until the comparison study showed it to be true. But this was no miracle.
 
To learn what extensively updated research revealed about Irene Craigmile and how her once prominent family fit into Amelia Earhart's complete life story, keep going... 
 

Though it may be hard for some people to believe, it is now known: There were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' name and identity, and the third one, who appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two, had been previously known as, Amelia Earhart.
 
Here below are the three different women who were attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity:

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Identified as the ORIGINAL Irene Craigmile in 1930 in an old newspaper photo, shown with her husband and father.

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The ORIGINAL Irene Craigmile with her son in 1934. 

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The SECOND Irene Craigmile, in the "early 1940s" positively identified by her son. She was not the original Irene Craigmile. She became a surrogate mother figure to the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son. To date her true identity remains unknown.

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The SECOND Irene Craigmile, 1970s, positively identified by her son. This is the true older version of his younger years "mother" he identified on the left.

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The THIRD Irene Craigmile, 1946 AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart.' She appeared nowhere as Irene prior to the World War Two years. Sure her look is different after nine years of absence, aging & some noticeable appearance adjustments, but Amelia, once nicknamed "the pilot in pearls" is still in there. Below, check out how easy it is to find her if we soften things up a bit:

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The THIRD Irene Craigmile, top photo in 1965, lower photo in 1977.

Forensic comparisons separated the 'Irenes' displayed above in the "Forensically Comparing" section via superimposed photo enlargements of their eyes. The third Irene Craigmile above matched Amelia's eyes tear-duct to tear-duct, the others did not.

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Below: The four books displayed here, respectively published in 1970, 1985, 2004 and 2016 all attested that Amelia Earhart continued to live-on after she was declared 'missing' in 1937, and not long after World War Two ended she reemerged in the United States known as 'Irene Craigmile.' The U.S. justice department, long pegged as having been intrinsically involved with keeping Amelia's ongoing private survival as 'Irene' quiet under the original guise of J. Edgar Hoover, has never commented on any of them.

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"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of the Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart to show the world they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck, reprinted from his book, Amelia Earhart Survived. Note: From 1970 to 2016, four nationally published books averred that Amelia Earhart quietly lived-on after she went missing and in time became known as, "Irene." The two most recent ones, to include Colonel Reineck's shown here, were published in the wake of the first ever, Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis orchestrated by Tod Swindell, that wielded its incontrovertible results.
 

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Tod Swindell

About Colonel Reineck's and Rear Admiral Tissot's comments about my forensic research and Irene-Amelia comparison study:     
 
 

"I so much appreciated the way retired Rear Admiral Gene Tissot reacted to my study findings. And while I also appreciated Colonel Reineck giving me credit for 'solving' the 'Earhart mystery,' I never claimed to have done that. What I did and do formally claim is to have helped solve the old missing person case of Amelia Earhart with finality along with a handful of other individuals that included both of these fine gentlemen. I did so by forensically proving there was more than one Twentieth Century woman identified as the same Irene Craigmile, and by detailing how one of them, who appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the World War Two years, was the former Amelia Earhart re-identified as Irene Craigmile in no uncertain terms.
 
In 1970, retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais first publicly asserted his belief that Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 disappearance and changed her name to Irene Craigmile. Yet it took another three decades for someone to not only come up with the idea of forensically comparing Irene Craigmile to Amelia Earhart, but to learn from experts how to go about doing such a thing, then execute it and display its results in a public format. That someone was me. Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck, who had both deeply studied the Irene-Amelia anomaly before I came along in the late 1990s, averred I was the first person to do such a thing, and I've studied this subject long enough by now to know this myself. Before they died a decade ago, about a year and a half apart from each other, both Gervais and Reineck, without the aid of any comparisons, had already concluded on their own and publicly stated without hesitation time and again over the years, that Amelia Earhart lived to become known as 'Irene' the last half of her life. And... they were right.
 
So as far as the so-called 'mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance' goes, at least to myself anymore, that exists in the form of not knowing for certain where Amelia actually was and what she was actually doing the eight years she was gone from 1937 to 1945, before she resurfaced as 'Irene Craigmile' in the United States. Some serious educated guesses do exist there and they are presented in Irene-Amelia.com, but those two questions still remain to be accurately answered. Not to omit, it is fairly certain the former Amelia Earhart took portions of the answers to those questions with her to the great beyond."
 
 

"Nothing is as invisible as the obvious." Richard Farson

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Amelia Earhart pictured next to U.S. Senator Hiram Bingham

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Irene Craigmile

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Irene Craigmile, 1965

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With the forensic reality of it all now staring back at everyone in no uncertain terms, the time has come to finally acknowledge the plain truth about Amelia Earhart.

 

Preface
 
 
Endlessly debated for decades by aviation historians and often ridiculed by the less informed, the Irene Craigmile-Amelia Earhart controversy remains officially unsettled to this day, even notwithstanding all of the Twenty First Century advancements made toward it.
 
As well, do not believe the misleading Wikipedia diatribes that falsely state the half-century old debate over Irene Craigmile Bolam's life-long identity was settled in recent years.
 
It wasn't.
 
Ever since the hard-to-fathom story about Irene Craigmile first made headlines in the 1970s, people have been encouraged not to believe or pay attention to it by media dominating influences. In recent years, however, due to new and more in-depth research, additional information was learned about the past intertwined lives of Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile's once prominent O'Crowley family of Newark, New Jersey.
 
The same new research also displayed how in no uncertain terms, somehow in her later life years, Irene Craigmile ended up all-but miraculously looking just like her old friend, Amelia Earhart, who had gone missing prior to the start of World War Two. This 'would have been' miracle came to exist, because Irene Craigmile did not look anything like Amelia Earhart before the war.
 
Once again... this was no miracle.
 
"Thanks to Protecting Earhart's recently completed forensic research analysis that commenced in the beginning of the 21st Century, and includes full reviews of the work of Joseph A. Gervais, Randall Brink, Rollin Reineck, and several former constituents of the no longer extant Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers, there now exists a comprehensible explanation for the plural Irenes anomaly. That is, one of them--most definitely--had been previously known as, Amelia Earhart." Tod Swindell, 2019
 

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Amelia Earhart, 1932

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Tod Swindell

Below is my take on the so-called, "mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance" and how accredited U.S. historians and Amelia's family evolved to regard it. 


To all hopeful Amelia Earhart mystery-solvers out there, the time has come to seriously address the uncovering of a Witness Protection Program that was arranged for Amelia Earhart during the World War Two era. This needs to be done so the public can be endorsed to recognize the now obvious reality of it. It is time to cease other mystery solving charades, especially those where people are asked to donate money to finance false plane hunt expeditions by groups such as Tighar, or to its cohort group, Chasing Earhart that persuades people to consider some rather unrealistic ideas when it comes to what happened to Amelia Earhart. This includes the ridiculous notion that suggested Amelia's bones were found on a deserted island eight decades ago; bones that were originally identified as a male chammorro native's bones and were soon after discarded.
 
In contrast to their varying suggestions and the brow-beating fulminations of others, the did Amelia became Irene(?) controversy that I came to know so well in the past twenty years remained in an unresolved state for almost half-a-century before our new forensic research and visual comparisons revealed what they did.
 
The realistic conveyance of what is now such an easy to recognize truth about Amelia Earhart, that shows there was more than one Twentieth Century woman attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity and that in her later life years, Amelia Earhart was one of them, needs to be authoritatively acknowledged at this point by the Smithsonian Institution, prominent historical researchers, global academia, and Amelia Earhart's family, lest what by now has evolved to become a kind of historical joke being played on the American public when it comes to Amelia Earhart's true fate, be permitted to continue by same. Tod Swindell, 2019 

 

Where this important, non-recognized historical truth is so obvious anymore... Dr. David J. Skorton, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Collegiate Historians, and Amy Kleppner... your country needs you. The time has at long-last arrived to properly welcome Amelia Earhart home not only for the great person she was known to have been, but too, for the enlightened person she went on to become.

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Dr. David J. Skorton; Executive Secretary & overseer of the Smithsonian Institution
 

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Blanche Wiesen Cook; biographer-American history professor

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Doris Kearns Goodwin; American historian-biographer
 

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Amy Kleppner; philosopher, writer, teacher, adventurer, niece of Amelia Earhart.

   

Finding The Real, Original Irene Craigmile:

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Above is a 1932 Akron, Ohio newspaper photo that features Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile with other woman pilots. Amelia, wearing a white V-neck collar is seated on the auto running board; Irene Craigmile, who was not yet a licensed pilot then, is listed in the second row, second in from right. Further down (highlighted in blue) is a brief version of her life story.

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'Irene Craigmile' is listed between charter 99's members, Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz. Irene Craigmile only flew briefly and never joined the 99's, the international organization for women pilots formed by Amelia Earhart and other women pilots in 1929. Amelia was the 99's first president.

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After Amelia Earhart married George Putnam in 1931, for a while she went by the name of 'Amelia Earhart Putnam,' just as she is listed here between her fellow 99's charter member, Dorothea Leh and future 'National Air and Space Museum Wall of Honor' honoree, Abbie Dill (Haddaway).

Below is the full page 'September 1, 1932' version. Amelia Earhart is outlined in white and the original Irene Craigmile is outlined in black.

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Above: An old newspaper article identified this person as Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, Irene Craigmile in 1932. Accordingly, the photo would have been taken a year after her husband, Charles James Craigmile, died from appendicitis.

Considering the original, Irene Craigmile...

"Among the more miss-conveyed accounts of the Twentieth Century was the true background of Amelia Earhart's long-ago pilot friend, Irene Craigmile. Especially where it concerned her later-life uncanny resemblance to Amelia. Before we embarked on the forensic study most people had determined there was nothing to the Irene-Amelia story. Ultimately, and hands down, the results of the study proved there was a lot to it." Tod Swindell

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Take a look again at Irene Craigmile in 1934 with her son, Clarence "Larry" Heller who was born in March of that year. The original Irene became pregnant out of wedlock in 1933 and soon after married the child's father to be, her former pilot instructor, Al Heller. Their marriage quickly disintegrated though and it was subsequently annulled after Al Heller moved away in 1937, the same year Amelia Earhart went missing. Their son, Larry Heller, lives-on today and identifies a different person to have been his mother than the woman shown above, and a different person than the Irene Craigmile who was previously known as Amelia Earhart.  

Next, a condensed version of the original Irene Craigmile's life story:

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The original Irene Craigmile, 1932-1933
 
 
A Brief About The Original Irene Craigmile... By Tod Swindell [Reprinted from his MSS, Protecting Earhart, first WGA registered in 2004, fully copyrighted in 2014, and again with the final visual forensic analysis version in 2017.]

The original Irene Craigmile's short life was a story lined with difficult circumstances. Seven years younger than Amelia Earhart, she was an only child whose mother died when she was twelve. Her father soon remarried another woman who apparently felt uncomfortable with continuing to help raise his daughter, after she had already been sent to live with her paternal grandmother and aunt in Newark, New Jersey.
 
After high school, the original Irene briefly attended Columbia University but did not continue pursuing a higher education for herself. She also twice became pregnant out of wedlock, the first time at age twenty-one and the second time at age twenty-eight, and she delivered sons both times that she never had the opportunity to raise or know beyond their childhoods.
 
The original Irene's first husband, Charles James Craigmile, tragically died in 1931, less than three years after the two were wed. A year later, Amelia, who was a good friend of the original Irene's aunt, and Amelia's pilot friend, Viola Gentry, helped introduce the original Irene to the world of piloting airplanes. This took a hard turn as well, leading to the second of the original Irene's two unwed pregnancies due to an affair she had with her last flight instructor, Al Heller. The original Irene realized she was carrying Al's child at the same time she earned her pilot's license in late May of 1933. She and Al were married that August to legitimize the child, and she barely flew again after that. The couple's marriage soon disintegrated, though, and it is evident by 1937 any civil communication between the original Irene and Al ceased when Al relocated alone to Buffalo, New York. The annulment of their marriage and an ugly child visitation and custody battle commenced soon after that as well.
 
The original Irene Craigmile never had a professional career but she was employed for awhile as a 'floor walker' at Macy's in the late 1930s, that was basically a low-pay store security position.
 
The true fate of the original Irene Craigmile remains unknown in the public arena, but it is certain by the early 1940s, when she was still not yet forty years old she no longer appeared in plain view, and in due time clear photo records of her person were all-but expunged.
 
The original Irene's first born son, that she delivered out of wedlock in 1926 two years before she married Charles Craigmile, was adopted and raised by her paternal uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley, and his wife, her aunt Violet. The boy's given name was Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr. He died in 2014. Her other 1934 born son whose father was Al Heller, ended up being raised by a surrogate mother figure and was placed in a boarding school during the war years. He lives today known as Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, and identifies a different 'Irene' to have been his mother than the 'Irene' who matched Amelia Earhart after the mid-1940s. 
 
After World War Two ended, Amelia Earhart, who had gone missing in 1937 and was declared "dead in absentia" in 1939--yet had not actually died--assumed her former friend, the original Irene Craigmile's left-over identity for herself to use for the remainder of her days.
 
In other words, the person who was known as Amelia Earhart was to remain 'legally dead' forever after said declaration was made in 1939, even though her body lived on until 1982, known in the United States after World War Two as 'Irene.'
 
Both of the original Irene's natural born sons appeared unaware of their biological mother's identity being additionally attributed to the former Amelia Earhart after the war years.
 
Anymore this is the obvious known-truth about what became of Amelia Earhart, and it is a shame the world public continues to be misled about it. 
       

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About "Truth"

"Truth is not a mystery -- its greatest secrets are yours to know through simple honesty and surrender to what that honesty reveals." John de Ruiter 

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The 21st Century Amelia Earhart Reality Check...
 
Even though most conventional thinking people do not want to believe it, because in a way it's a pain in the neck to have to believe it, plus it's embarrassing to accept how the public was unknowingly conditioned NOT to believe it for decades, (more-so in recent years, after some of the initial forensic study results were made public) here's the truth anyway:

 
Below, the prominent looking, wings adorned woman in the center was not the real 'original' Irene Craigmile, but she was attributed to that same name and identity in her later life years and claimed herself to have been a good past-friend of Amelia Earhart. Anymore it is clear, though, she actually used to be Amelia Earhart:

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The 'new,' post World War Two, Irene Craigmile

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Some will continue to defy this new realization until official history stops turning a blind eye to it, but above is a 1970s photo portrait of the former Amelia Earhart identified as Irene Craigmile.
 
Researcher, Tod Swindell's recently concluded Irene-Amelia forensic study determined that during the World War Two era, the ONLY plausible explanation for the pluralistic human anomaly realized about Irene Craigmile was that after Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937, she continued to live-on without the public knowing about it, and was later able to assume the left-over identity of a 1930s pilot friend of hers, Irene Craigmile.
 
Here, the following statement is correct: The new Irene Craigmile above was identified nowhere as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two. So accounting for her recently discovered human congruence to Amelia Earhart and her acknowledgment of having been Amelia's long-ago friend, where it could have at all been true that she was not formerly known as Amelia Earhart, such an inexplicable human equation would evidence itself to have been nothing short of a miracle. Except, for the sake of repetition, it was not a miracle.
 
In recent years it grew to be clearly identifiable that Amelia Earhart managed to live-on after she went missing in 1937, and she later became known as Irene Craigmile.
 
After her 1958 marriage to Englishman, Guy Bolam, she further became known as, 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.'
 
While it is now clear that the person in the above photo was previously known as Amelia Earhart, once again it is also clear this truth was something the world public was never supposed to know.
 
The former Amelia Earhart was taken by surprise in 1970 when she was publicly outed for who she used to be in a national headlines making way, but she was essentially indomitable in her defiance against it for what hindsight reveals were her own good 'private life' reasons and to be sure, some historically sound reasons as well.
 
Curiously, no one considered doing a serious research analysis of Irene Craigmile's full life story back then, nor was her physical being, nor were her character traits compared to Amelia Earhart's at the time. Three decades would pass before Tod Swindell decided it was time to do both.
 
After his lengthy study that left no stones unturned, its forensic conclusion, that was fully copyrighted in 2017, correctly stated there was more than one woman historically attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity, and the former Amelia Earhart, most assuredly after the World War Two era in the United States, is easily identifiable as one of them within the completed study.
 
To those raising an eyebrow here, this is not "hokum" as Amelia Earhart's niece, Amy Kleppner once described it to be. Amy's mother, Amelia's sister, Muriel, who died in 1998, was actually a later-life friend of the new Irene Craigmile and always honored the secrecy of their true sisterly past, even to her own daughter, Amy.
 
Notwithstanding Amy Kleppner's long held desire for people to not pay attention to the Irene-Amelia story respectful to her mother's wishes, anymore it exists as a recognizable forensic reality that her mother did know her sister as 'Irene' in her later-life years.
 
As well, notwithstanding the Smithsonian's ongoing laissez faire attitude toward it and the many opposing Amelia Earhart mystery theorists who continue to choose not to believe it, the new Irene Craigmile shown above was not just Amelia's later life 'look-alike.' (Disbelievers tried to convey so much after the study results were first made public.) For after combining the additional research findings to this aged controversy, again for the sake of repetition, it became clear she actually was the former Amelia Earhart, and the tale of the tape now leaves us the wonderful gift of finally getting to recognize the full biographical story of this incredible human being... who was basically known as 'Amelia' the first half of her life, and then as 'Irene' the last half of her life.
 
The former Amelia Earhart's death was recorded in 1982, just a few weeks shy of what would have been her 85th birthday. Of further note, to date the United States Department of Justice has never commented on the half-century old debate over the dual identity assertion pertaining to, 'Irene Craigmile.'
 
Dating back to the time Amelia went missing and into the World War Two era, suspicion always rang high toward what really happened to her. Then after the war, it appeared the story of her loss grew to be accepted for what it was.
 
That lasted until renewed suspicion toward what actually happened to Amelia was greatly accelerated by some irrefutable, controversial information discovered about it in the 1960s. Said information led many investigative researchers to commonly conclude that some kind of post World War Two agreement made between the United States and Japan determined the ambiguously viewed outcome of Amelia Earhart's ill-fated flight in 1937, was to always remain as it was, and since Amelia Earhart was legally declared 'dead in absentia' in January of 1939, the person once recognized as Amelia Earhart would henceforth remain, legally dead.
 
Evidently, Amelia herself favored this final verdict rendered by both countries and there is little doubt she had her own good reasons for doing so.
 
Although the individual governments of Japan and the United States have never commented on the suggested idea that a kind of, 'status-quo end of war pact about Amelia Earhart' was to evermore exist, that the United Kingdom was privy to and honored as well, consider these later discovered measures of anecdotal information:
 
 

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." From Bender & Altschul's 1982 Pan Am Airways anthology, The Chosen Instrument

 

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Above: United Nations Ambassador to the Marshall Islands, Alfred Capelle.

In 2002, United Nations Ambassador to the Marshall Islands, Alfred Capelle told Associated Press reporter, Ron Staton, "Amelia Earhart definitely came to the Marshall Islands in 1937." This quote was featured in many newspapers around the country that ran Ron Staton's story. Ambassador Capelle further described that he believed Amelia, "continued to live throughout the war years," and it appeared "plausible" to him that she could have privately made it back to the United States. He added that his opinion was based on his country's own history of the time period. Ambassador Capelle also professed how Japan's 1937 rescue of Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, and their continued existence in Japan's care was "common knowledge" in his country, but it was left as, "non-public information" due to the strained relationship that had recently begun to exist between Japan and the United States then. Here, recall how the Sino-Japanese War began on July 7, 1937, just five days after Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan were first reported 'missing.' Two years later Germany invaded Poland and aligned itself with Japan against the U.S. and China. Where Ambassador Capelle's and his countrymen's words always rang true, what was actually happening with Amelia Earhart during that tumultuous time period is not commonly known history in the United States. However the story of Amelia's ongoing survival under Japan's stewardship is the way it is still recalled in the Marshalls, Saipan, and other nearby Pacific Islands.
 
Where this information comes as a surprise to anyone, beyond taking in the above 1982 Bender and Altschul quote from their landmark Pan Am Airways and U.S. aviation history expose', consider what Admiral Chester Nimitz confided to CBS's Fred Goerner in 1964, when he mentioned Amelia Earhart and her navigator, "went down in the Marshall Islands and were picked up by Japan," and how the withheld knowledge of the occurrence was long-ago, "known and documented in Washington."
 
Also consider the words of retired U.S. navy commander, John Pillsbury and his 1962 comment to Fred Goerner about his Amelia Earhart disappearance investigation, where he encouraged Goerner not to give up because he was onto something that would, "stagger the imagination." 
 
All of the above aside, it is important to recognize how it remains unknown to this day when it comes to determining exactly where Amelia Earhart actually was and what she was actually doing from the time she was reported missing in 1937, until she resurfaced in the U.S. after World War Two, with her new 'Irene Craigmile' name and identity applied to her person. 

Superimposed Photographic Exactitude:
More superimposed comparisons appear below the following images and descriptions.
 

"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." LPGA  promoter, Peter Bussatti in 1982, comments about his 1970s good friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam who had recently died. Along with many others, Mr. Bussatti had openly wondered if she used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' This photo was used in the comparison below it. 

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Above: Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam and Peter Busatti in the 1970s.
 
Below: Another sample from the comprehensive, 'Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis.' 

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Above: The new Irene Craigmile (Bolam), far left; as Amelia Earhart, far right; superimposed, center.

"Peter Busatti said he accompanied Mrs. Bolam to the Wings Club in New York City on one occasion. He said a full length portrait of Amelia Earhart hangs in the room dedicated in her honor. ""It was a dead ringer for Irene,"" he said. ""Sometimes I thought she was [the former Amelia Earhart], sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied, "When I die you'll find out."" At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned that all the admirals and generals seemed to know her." Excerpted from a 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune article.

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Tod Swindell

"The original Irene Craigmile barely flew at all during her oft-troubled 1930s years. Compared to her friend, Amelia, she was a veritable nobody back then as well. It would have been unrealistic for her to later become a member of the affluent New York Wings Club, let alone be distinguished like royalty there among her peers. Yet, important people who knew the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile as the former Amelia Earhart, and indeed the were some who did, were always respectful to recognize her that way." Tod Swindell
 
 

 
In Her Own Words...
 
Excerpted from Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's 1967, non denial-denial she mailed in response to a query letter about her true past from retired USAF Major, Joseph A. Gervais:
 
"I can offer in evidence two people whom you may call for verification of this fact, because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile."
 
"It has always been my feeling the Amelia Earhart has not passed away completely, so long as there is one person alive who still remembers her."
 
Note her odd reference to "the Amelia Earhart" as if she likened her previous name to a ship that had sunk long ago. See more detail about this below.  
 


"...because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile."

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From the document examination portion of the forensic study, here is part of the same statement shown above issued by the new Irene Craigmile (Bolam), displayed here in her own cursive handwriting. Amelia's own high school, 'Amelia M. Earhart' cursive signature is inserted under it for comparison. (Amelia's middle name was 'Mary.') She referenced two life-long friends of hers; early pilots, Viola Gentry and Elmo Pickerill, who, according to her own words, also knew her as, "Amelia Earhart."
 
She mailed her handwritten reply to retired USAF Major, Joseph A. Gervais, who had met her face to face two years earlier. The confounded Major Gervais, who felt he recignized her for who she used to be at the time they met each other at a gathering of well known pilots from the past, had written her to politely ask if she used to be known as Amelia Earhart(?)
 
This comparison alignment is relatively new information. The overall study features a more thorough handwriting comparison analysis. 
 

The Now Obvious Conclusion

Amelia Earhart's controversial disappearance in 1937 was actually a missing person case that ended with Amelia being declared, 'dead in absentia' in January of 1939. Anymore, however, the recognizable truth is Amelia Earhart did not actually die after she went missing. She continued to live-on, she changed her name to 'Irene' during the World War Two era, and she resurfaced with an updated look in the United States after the war and soon-after embarked on a new career in the banking industry. She did this in order to further live privately, away from the public eye.

This isn't a new revelation by any means. A retired military hero discovered this to be true in the mid-1960s, thirty-years after Amelia went missing. People just never believed him, and perhaps that was best, especially where the former Amelia Earhart was still very much alive at the time.

In effect, however, the original Irene Craigmile's early-1940s demise was covered over to leave her name and identity available for Amelia's use after the war years, and her son, who is pictured with his mother in the 1934 photo at the top of this page, ended up being further raised by a surrogate mother figure who he came to recognize as his true mother. In the end the forensic equation listed a total of three different women attributed to his mother's same identity; his biological mother, his surrogate mother, and the former Amelia Earhart. This now easy-to-identify 'forensic reality' is displayed further down. (continued below...)

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Above: Irene on August 8, 1965, in East Hampton of Long Island, New York. Photo credit: Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.)

(continued from above...) The former Amelia Earhart initially began her new, post-war life in the city of Mineola of Long Island, New York. After a few years she moved to her old stomping grounds of nearby Great Neck to serve as an assistant vice president at a bank there. [She had lived in Great Neck for several months in 1924 & 1925 when she was known as Amelia, and of course she often flew out of the airfields on Long Island and started the Ninety Nines there.] The former Amelia Earhart retired from banking in 1958 when she married Guy Bolam of England, a successful executive with Radio Luxembourg in Europe. She became a constant world traveler after that.
 
Absolutely, juxtaposed to the U.S. justice department's enduring silence about Amelia Earhart's fate after she went missing, the press and general public have been influenced by imposing forces over the years, and especially since the study results became known, NOT to pay attention to the 'Amelia became Irene' conveyance. Said 'forces' have traditionally included some of Amelia's extended family members and individuals associated with the Smithsonian Institution. Just the same it is true that Amelia lived-on after she went missing, and in time changed her name to, 'Irene.'
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Note: Different versions of the Irene-Amelia story have been around for decades. It began as a national news item in 1970 before misinformation led people to believe it was a hoax. Even Wikipedia's Irene Craigmile Bolam page still misleads where it suggests the aged controversy over her true identity was finally 'settled' in 2006 by a forensic detective the National Geographic Society hired. (Nat Geo itself denies this.)
 
It is best to consider what is presented here as if you're hearing and learning about the Irene-Amelia story for the first time. After all, much of it wasn't publicly known until recent years and it stands as the most updated, comprehensive, not to leave out 'accurate' version of it. Thank you.

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This website and the forensic conclusion it presents are the copyrighted intellectual properties of Amelia Earhart historian-journalist, Tod Swindell.

[Protecting Earhart MSS & Forensic Analysis by Tod Swindell, individual copyright registration #'s:  TXu 1-915-926; 2014, TXu 2-061-539; 2017]

From 1996 on, Mr. Swindell endeavored to thoroughly study the individual life stories of 1930s pilot friends, Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile. Beyond a certain collection of knowledgeable individuals on the subject of his concern, other closely connected sources proved difficult for him to willingly engage. No matter, the results of his long term 'forensic research' and 'human comparison study' are nothing short of astounding. Some try to claim otherwise, but in doing so they exhibit a limited ability when it comes to recognizing forensically learned truths.

What Tod Swindell managed to accomplish in a singlehanded way over the course of two decades--against the strong grain of conventional reality--is as amazing as it is undeniably real. Even so, many have a hard time believing what they see here with their own eyes. As Tod says: "That's ok, after all it reveals a startling, inconvenient historical reality for people to have to come to terms with." 

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Tod Swindell in 2014

Introducing Tod Swindell, orchestrator of the first-ever, Irene Craigmile Bolam to Amelia Earhart comparative forensic analysis.

 

Hello. I'm supposed to briefly write here about my Irene-Amelia research that spanned the past two decades. (Be it known it is difficult for me to briefly write about anything.)
 
In 1996, I embarked on what ended up becoming an indefatigable journey. It originally began when I set out to do a documentary about the late Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam. I believed her long-ago relationship to Amelia Earhart was a forgotten, albeit 'highly interesting' story, one that after making headlines in the early 1970s, seemed to almost magically go away.
 
I completed my journey in 2017, after learning practically everything about Amelia Earhart's life and career, her family and friends, and after learning practically everything about Amelia's 'old pal,' the original Irene Craigmile, as well.
 
I began researching the original Irene Craigmile's past by examining her brief, mid-1930s stint as a licensed pilot. I then went to great lengths to research, glean, and gather information about her oft-troubled life story that began with her birth in 1904, and reached its sad conclusion during the early years of World War Two. I even twice interviewed the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born and still living son, Larry Heller. The two of us signed an agreement at his attorney's office in New York City some years ago, and I have his revealing statements about his mother on record. They include his positive identification of an entirely different person to have been his mother than was the post World War Two Irene Craigmile who matched Amelia Earhart, who used his mother's same identity.
 
Of course, Larry Heller always denied that his mother was Amelia Earhart, and this was true because Amelia did not give birth to him in 1934. Amelia was a very famous person back then who was rarely away from the public eye. He did acknowledge that his mother had 'known' Amelia, but added that it was his mother's paternal aunt, a New York attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley who was actually a closer friend of Amelia's than his mother had been. When we met, Larry Heller was reticent when it came to openly discussing the idea of the former Amelia Earhart having his mother's identity additionally attributed to her from the mid-1940s on, but as one can see in the 1982 news article clipping below, he obviously did wonder about it. In my 'A Brief About The Original Irene Craigmile' section highlighted in blue above, I elaborate a little more on this. Here and now though, below the following news article clipping and photo of Larry Heller, again observe the three different Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same identity--that originally belonged to Larry Heller's biological mother, whose true birth name was, Irene Madeline O'Crowley, before she married one 'Charles James Craigmile' in 1928. [Her middle name was not spelled "Madelaine" or "Madalaine" as some have done.]

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A few months after his mother's death was recorded in 1982, the article lead-in (left) that was accompanied by the photo of Larry Heller, (right) described how he and his wife, Joan, after thinking it wasn't true, were "no longer sure" about the former Amelia Earhart and Mr. Heller's mother having been attributed to the same identity. Another article mentioned how after she died, Mr. Heller actually tried to have his mother's body fingerprinted but was denied access to it. At his attorney's office some two decades later, Mr. Heller identified an entirely different person to have been his mother in younger and older forms than the Irene Craigmile Bolam who proved to be identical to Amelia Earhart, leaving the open-ended question, 'which Irene Craigmile Bolam actually died in 1982?' Recall how the forensic comparison analysis concluded a total of three different women were attributed to Mr. Heller's mother's identity: 1. His biological mother, who no longer appeared after the early 1940s; 2. His surrogate mother, who first began to serve as a 'nanny figure' for him in the late 1930s; and 3. The former Amelia Earhart. Check it out:

 

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The three different Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile" identity:
 

One: The original Irene Craigmile

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An old newsprint photo of a twenty-six year old, Irene Craigmile shown in 1930 with her then-husband, Charles Craigmile, who died the following year, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.

These three photos are said to display the original Irene Craigmile who Amelia Earhart had been acquainted with in the 1930s. You'll see them repeatedly displayed in this website as most all legible photos of the original Irene before the 1940s were either expunged or appeared to be of questionable origin. Anymore it is clear that the original Irene Craigmile disappeared from view during the World War Two years, and from the mid-1940s on, two other women were attributed to her same identity as you will see below. 

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Above: From an old newspaper photo, the original Irene Craigmile as she looked in 1932
 

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Above: 1934 photo of the original Irene Craigmile and her son, Clarence 'Larry' Heller.
 

 
Below, at his attorney's office in Manhattan, initially in 2006, Clarence Alvin "Larry" Heller positively identified this "Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam" to have been his late-mother in younger and older forms as she looked in the 1940s and 1970s. In 2014, Mr. Heller once again confirmed his positive ID placement in writing in the following manner, where he refers to the two younger and older images below:

Larry Heller: Friday, February 21, 2014
Re: ID Verification of his "mother" in younger and older forms

"The attached pictures are of my mother and she was not Amelia Earhart. Proof is available. Signed, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, February 21, 2014.
 
Note: The last image on the right superimposes the two left photos to show their younger-to-older forensic congruence. To be sure, enlargements of their eyes show the perfect tear-duct to tear-duct alignment. 

Two: The Irene Craigmile ID'd by Larry Heller; or, the 'second' Irene Craigmile

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Above and below, faces and eyes superimposed displaying their forensic congruence:

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Below is the other Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, the 'third' one, who proved to be a head-to-toe forensic match to Amelia Earhart. She was seen nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. The photo on the far left below was taken in 1946. Larry Heller attested he had never seen it before. The middle photo below was taken in 1965, the far right image shows the two photos superimposed displaying the younger to older forensic congruence. Larry Heller affirmed he had seen the 1965 photo, that appeared in the withdrawn controversial 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives, but added how he thought it represented the same person he identified as his mother in the above photos. It turned out she wasn't the same person. She was the former Amelia Earhart who shared his mother's identity after the World War Two years, as seen further below and in the multitude of other comparisons the forensic study produced.

Three: The former Amelia Earhart; or, the 'third' Irene Craigmile

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Above, the Amelia people recognized faded from view to become...

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...the third Irene Craigmile, shown here in 1946

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Below are the above Irene Craigmile's eyes and the eyes of who she used to be, Amelia Earhart, shown in a perfect tear-duct to tear-duct superimposed photographic alignment. Note, anyone can do this type of forensic overlay.

   

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More 1960s and 1970s images of the former Amelia Earhart living as Irene Craigmile Bolam in the latter half of the Twentieth Century. The study exhibited nothing less than a head-to toe physical and character traits forensic match:

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1976 in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia

I'm still in touch with Larry Heller, who now lives in Florida. When I interviewed him he mentioned that he held no photos of his mother showing her prior to 1947. He continues to shy away from embracing or discussing the plurality attributed to his late mother's identity, even though it is forensically obvious anymore this was the case.
 
Moving on, during my journey I also travelled a lot to meet and interview a variety of other key Irene-Amelia players, some who reckoned her as the former Amelia Earhart, and I shot a ton of great footage while doing so.
 
But I did not finish my documentary. Presently the film elements sit on my office shelf, backed by an in-depth forensic research and human comparison analysis, that after learning how to conduct one from different forensic experts, took a lot of time, money, and effort to accomplish.
 
My overall achievement is also supported by some twenty file boxes of additional gathered material I have stacked in a spare bedroom closet. I also own and have read just about every Amelia Earhart book published to date, to include those that focused on her controversial 1937 disappearance.
 
I therefore do apologize in advance when I offer my own personal viewpoint, that states the long ago withheld truth about Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance in-turn invented the mystery attributed to it by default, until the former Amelia Earhart's death was recorded in 1982. After that, the hidden reality of Amelia's post-war existence as Irene Craigmile Bolam segued into something more akin to a historical joke being played on the American public. After all, when the former Amelia was point blank asked in the 1970s by a good friend of hers if she used to be Amelia Earhart (?) she replied, "When I die you'll find out." Except people didn't find out then. Instead, they had to wait another three decades to be able to identify it for themselves.
 
'Forgot to mention, from 1998 on my Irene-Amelia work has been referenced in a variety of newspapers, Internet blogs and websites, at times with negative overtones. In the meantime I also wrote, refined, and issued a handful of substantial Irene-Amelia manuscripts, and though copyrighted, I never formally published any of them. Here's why: Over the years it clearly dawned on me how people in general did not like the Irene-Amelia story.
 
It's true. Even though my forensic realization proved to be accurate where unknown to the public Amelia's 1930s friend, the original Irene Craigmile stopped appearing in plain view during the war years--leaving simple math to figure out who the post war Irene Craigmile was who appeared from out of nowhere and proved herself to have been a carbon copy of Amelia--what prevented me from delivering what I learned was a common perception of how people actually liked tracking the 'mystery' that hovered over what really happened to Amelia Earhart, while on the other hand, due to a lack of support caused by repeated negative overtures about the Irene-Amelia assertion, the same people found it hard to appreciate (or like) that aspect of it. The curious thing is, hindsight reveals how the 'Irene-Amelia' chapter contained in the so-called, "mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance" was the most significant part of it, yet as it currently stands, the vast majority of people still refuse to take it seriously. 
 
I hope this noticeable common viewpoint changes someday, because it is the post World War Two true story of the Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam who was the former Amelia Earhart that ends up lost in the shuffle of it all, and she was one very special life-long individual human being, as both Amelia and Irene, more than anyone might have imagined. For instance, in the 1960s, when she worked with her English husband running Radio Luxembourg, their station helped introduce the Beatles to Russia by freely broadcasting beyond the Iron Curtain! She also knew a few NASA astronauts and watched the first moon landing on television! By golly Amy Kleppner, Dr. Tom Crouch, and Dorothy Cochrane... wouldn't it be nice if people were allowed to embrace the story of Amelia Earhart's post World War Two existence in the United States, or even more-so, to love the person Amelia lived to become?

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'Might add here, author W.C. Jameson was incorrect in his 2016 published book, Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave. Mr. Jameson wrote about me and my analysis in his book, and while he agreed my conclusion about Amelia becoming Irene was correct, he added--and this was his own incorrect assumption--that I had yet to present my Irene-Amelia forensic study anywhere, and he further suggested the methodology I used was questionable.
 
Had W.C. Jameson reached out to me I would have set him straight. When I began planning my comparison analysis I consulted with different forensic experts. One suggested I go with the superimposed photos method since physical body evidence was no longer available. (Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam was purportedly, "cremated and buried in a common, unmarked grave," according to Rutgers University that affirmed it received Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's body after her death was recorded in 1982.)
 
Digital Facial ID validation, or the comparing of face-prints is practically the same thing as using true photos for superimposed facial recognition validations. After all, a face print is a face print, and Digital Facial ID validation is just a newer photographic way to compare them.
 
The difference in my study's case was entire bodies were compared using the 'superimposed' photos technique, right down to tear-ducts.
 
As well, I did display my study and its conclusive results more than a few times, most notably to the National Geographic Channel team that asked me to do so years before Mr. Jameson's book was published. It's true, how after learning about my forensic analysis when it was reported on by the Associated Press, Nat Geo asked me to appear with it on a special it was planning to produce about Amelia Earhart. I agreed to and they covered the cost to transport my forensic study that included twelve large display panels I described as 'filmable' to them, that visually revealed how my final conclusion was drawn. They also transported myself of course, along with my study to its filming location in Hawaii.
 
After I set it all up for them, the Nat Geo team gazed at the display and digested what it forensically revealed. Appearing a bit flummoxed by it all, they then privately conferred before asking me to take it all down without filming it. One of the Nat Geo producers shyly explained to me, "we can't say the Amelia Earhart mystery is solved in our program." I replied that the Amelia Earhart mystery was not solved, but the forensic study proved Amelia Earhart's missing person case was solved. That didn't seem to register with him, but below the following images I'll explain what I meant by my comment. 
 

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One of National Geographic's "Where's Amelia Earhart" sets in Hawaii

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Above, displayed on a National Geographic Channel film set in Hawaii were six of the twelve panels that featured key elements of my human forensic comparison analysis--that cleanly displayed the three different Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity, and how the former Amelia Earhart, who became known as Irene Craigmile after World War Two ended, appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the end of the war. Stifling the process of the reveal, after it arranged to have the panels shipped to its filming location, Nat Geo's producers asked me to remove them from the set before filming commenced and made no reference to them in its final program edit. Rather, it endeavored to downplay the Irene-Amelia controversy.
 
Now, getting back to Amelia's missing person case being solved without her mystery being solved, try looking at it this way: A person suddenly goes missing. The person's family reports it to the police and it becomes a missing person case. Then one day someone comes upon a body in some remote location, and it is soon after confirmed that it is the missing person's body. That does not solve the mystery of how the missing person's body ended up in that remote location.
 
The point I wish to make here is that no one in the public realm, including myself, knows where Amelia actually was or what she was actually doing from the time she went missing in 1937, until after the end of World War Two, when her body evidence first displayed itself newly re-identified as, 'Irene Craigmile.' That mystery still remains as high-nutrient food for thought. To be sure, private investigators drew their own conclusions about what happened to Amelia in past decades, but really, their final offerings were all just educated guesses.
 
Oh and by the way, you've heard and will continue to hear a variety of Amelia Earhart theorists offer other 'Amelia final fate' suggestions such as TIGHAR's Richard Gillespie, who claims Amelia died on a desert island; or author Mike Campbell, who claims Japan's military executed Amelia; or Ukrainian physicist, Dr. Alex Mandel, who encourages people to believe Amelia crashed into the ocean and sank in deep water.
 

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Richard Gillespie's TIGHAR club has long promoted that Earhart and Noonan flew off course far into no-man's land and ditched on the island of Nikumaroro where they died as castaways. The Smithsonian has always discounted this idea and maintains TIGHAR never produced any real evidence to back such a claim. Some items TIGHAR did find there we later attributed to debris from a long ago attempt to colonize the island.
 

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Above, Mike Campbell's book insists Japan's military executed Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. Although a strong case has long existed that states the duo ended up in the Marshall Islands under Japan's stewardship, Japan has always insisted that it 'never harmed' Earhart or Noonan.

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Ukranian Physicist, Dr. Alex Mandel, the original sole author of his own falsely-concocted and self-moderated Wikipedia page about Irene Craigmile Bolam, has long promoted the crashed and sank version of NAUTICOS that states after Earhart and Noonan messaged they could not find their target of Howland Island, they flew on in radio silence and eventually crashed into the ocean to sink fathoms below the surface. Although the U.S. justice department has always remained silent about the duo's disappearance, there is little doubt the, 'they crashed and sank' suggestion has always been the one it preferred the public viewpoint to favor.
 

There is also a young newcomer by the name Chris Williamson. Chris had hunted me down for some time before I agreed to meet with him in 2017. He seemed pretty uninformed about the overall Earhart mystery as he had not yet read Fred Goerner's 1966 classic book, The Search For Amelia Earhart, nor 1970's Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas, nor Randall Brink's 1994 updated comprehensive analysis of the two, Lost Star.
 
Chris appeared somewhat nervous when I met him at an L.A. library annex, but he was very convincing with his overt admiration of my Irene-Amelia forensic work, so I agreed to loan him one of my early manuscripts and my compilation of past Amelia Earhart Society newsletters. I also allowed him to film-interview me and some of my comparison samples, and I detailed for him how the forensic study I orchestrated achieved its final conclusion. I now regret that I contributed a little financial help to what he assured me was his own effort to, "pay tribute" to my Irene-Amelia study. He thanked me for doing so, then later called me to say he was using what I gave him to travel he and his small film crew to Atchison, Kansas, Amelia's birthplace, where they hold the annual Amelia Earhart Festival.
 
After he arrived there that July, he decided to permanently move he and his family to Atchison! Amazing! 
 
To my surprise, Chris also started a club called 'Finding Amelia Earhart' that he soon changed to, 'Chasing Earhart,' in what I initially thought was an homage to my own 'Protecting Earhart' moniker.
 
Then, to my utter astonishment, while obviously sporting some major funding source he never told me about, Chris publicly announced he would be embarking on his own Irene-Amelia forensic comparison study. This is when it began to dawn on me that his agenda was to obscure my work within is his so-called "final solution" Earhart documentary, that basically amounted to his redressing the new learned Irene-Amelia reality in order for him to be able to claim some kind of ownership to it. This is not just my ego talking here. Crazy, no?
 
Below is my, 'Protecting Earhart' graphic illustration designed in 2016 by David Harlan, that apparently served as some kind of inspiration for Chris Williamson's 'Chasing Earhart' endeavor:
 

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Above and to the right, Earhart mystery scene newcomer, Chris Williamson and his recent 'Chasing Earhart' invention are set to begin doing pod-casts this year. After marshaling practically all of the different Earhart mystery theories out there into his Chasing Earhart theater spectacle, similar to how former Amelia Earhart Society president, the late Bill Prymak did from the 1980s into the 2000s sans social media help, Chris's plan is to unveil his own 'new and improved' Irene-Amelia forensic analysis in an effort to take intellectual property ownership of the final Earhart solution. A computer programmer in his early 30s, Chris anymore refers to himself as an, "Amelia Earhart documentarian." A new video trailer he put up on the internet includes the Irene-Amelia conveyance without mentioning myself or my study, yet offering at the same time, "It's time to put this one to bed."

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Chris Williamson

It took a while for Chris Willamson to return my materials. I had to keep calling him to make it happen. I eventually received them back damaged. He had photo-copied every page; the bindings were broken with pieces missing and some pages were not in order.
 
Chris clearly became obsessed with the Irene-Amelia story after he was exposed to my materials. Later, imagine how I felt after a friend of mine sent me an audio clip from a 2018 radio interview in which Chris Williamson diminished my long-term study as, "some interesting looking pictures (he) would be looking into." (I couldn't believe my ears.)
 
Naturally I was disappointed. Yet I suppose I should wish him luck anyway because he appears to be locked-in to setting the record straight about Amelia Earhart. Take some friendly advice though, Chris: Be careful. Try not to let your own ego get the best of you as it did with Gillespie, Campbell, and Mandel. Learn to accept and love the former Amelia Earhart as the person she became. Spiritually, she had grown a lot. This is very important to identify, understand, and accept.
 
 

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Richard Gillespie

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Dr. Alex Mandel

Additionally, the individuals referenced earlier, displayed above, have always been sure to berate my forensic analysis and the conclusion drawn from it as having stemmed from, 'a baseless argument.' They have demonstrated a tendency to call the results of my forensic research and comparison study 'ridiculous' or 'outright  untrue' to anyone who asks them about it.
 
Don't listen to them. They are the ones not telling the truth.
 
Simply trust knowing that no one in the public realm knows more about the Irene-Amelia story than myself.
 
Very truly yours,
Tod Swindell
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Below: The individual largely credited for starting the 'Earhart truth seeking effort' way back in 1959, Major Joseph A. Gervais 

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Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002,
during what became a decade-long collaboration.

Above left: World War Two pilot hero and Amelia Earhart historian, Major Joseph A. Gervais USAF (Ret.) at his Earhart award ceremony held on February 5, 2000. From 1970 on, until his passing took place in 2005, Major Gervais never disavowed his controversial assertion about Amelia Earhart becoming known as an important woman he met in 1965--and then spent the next five years researching the background of--Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.

  
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How It Began
 
 
Most aviation history buffs have heard about the World War Two hero who made headlines in 1970 by asserting that Amelia Earhart quietly survived her 1937 disappearance, that she changed her name to 'Irene' during the war years, and that she was alive and well living in New Jersey.
 
The New Jersey woman known as 'Irene' refuted his assertion and soon after it was discredited. In time a running joke also came to exist over the suggested idea of Amelia Earhart ending up as, "a New Jersey housewife."
 
While the controversy over the New Jersey woman faded as years passed, it also remained unsettled and was perpetually argued against until Tod Swindell's forensic analysis proved it was true, even to the point of obvious, except for the "New Jersey housewife" part.
 
  

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Above is a 1982 composite illustration from a news article series that surfaced a few months after Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam died. Since many individuals continued to view her past as suspect, to include some close friends of hers, the concocted series was deemed necessary to again steer the curious away from it. At first the series appeared to (once again) openly question who Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam really was, or used to be, before it (once again) falsely concluded there was nothing unusual about her. Of note, no physical comparisons were featured in the series that served as a red herring by combining the likenesses of different individuals to look like one individual. This was twelve years after Joseph A. Gervias' initial assertion about Irene took place. Twenty years later, in 2002, the Associated Press issued the first news article to mention the Irene-Amelia comparison study Tod Swindell had recently embarked on. The following quote appeared in it:   

"The forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." John Bolam, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived brother-in-law who had openly questioned her true identity, comments on the initial results of Tod Swindell's Irene-Amelia forensic analysis in an Associated Press article by Ron Staton. The 2002 article marked the first national news item to announce the advent of the analysis. [Lead-in to the article below; see the full article further down.]
 

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"It's funny, and telling how printed news sometimes works, I never told Ron Staton of the Associated Press that I believed Amelia was, ""captured by the Japanese and secretly repatriated, living as a New Jersey housewife."" Those were his words, not mine." Tod Swindell

The Story Continues Below: The November-1970 Press Conference Irene Craigmile Bolam Held At The Time-Life Building In New York City, and her Subsequent Defamation Law Suit...
 
 

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Above, the post mid-1940s Irene Craigmile Bolam flanked by images of her former self at her November of 1970 press conference. She called the conference in order to denounce the new book, Amelia Earhart Lives that implied she might be the living 'former' Amelia Earhart. She attended the conference unaccompanied and 'handled the press like an old pro.' Necessarily, she denied she was Amelia Earhart in the present tense by saying, "I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart."  In subsequent decades it was realized there were some important international reasons dating back to the World War Two era that protected the knowledge of her previous existence as, 'Amelia Earhart.' Once again, consider the quote below:
 

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." From Bender & Altschul's 1982 Pan Am Airways anthology, The Chosen Instrument

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"God, the world hounded that woman after she became famous." A quote from famous pilot, Jackie Cochran, recalling her friend, Amelia Earhart. Jackie also mentioned that during the year Amelia was prepping for her world flight she was "closer to Amelia than anyone else, even her husband, George Putnam." Jackie's husband, Floyd Odlum helped finance Amelia's 1937 world flight effort.
 

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November, 1970, the former Amelia Earhart, AKA Mrs. Irene Bolam, ready to take on the press in order to preserve her dignity and the legacy of who she used to be.
 
 

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"I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart." Mrs. Irene Bolam was convincing when she stated this at her press conference in response to the assertion made by former Air Force Captain, Joseph A. Gervais, found in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives shown above in the foreground. Although her present-tense denial was accepted then, decades later a thorough analysis of her background revealed she appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, because she indeed had been previously known as Amelia Earhart.
 

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Above, four years after she held her press conference, her defamation lawsuit against Amelia Earhart Lives publisher, McGraw-Hill, and separately against Joseph A. Gervais and the book's author, Joe Klaas, was still "up in the air" as seen in this 1974 headline. Why? Because Joseph A. Gervais was still asserting that Mrs. Bolam might be the former Amelia Earhart living under a different, post World War Two 'assumed' identity. Note: Her defamation lawsuit only cited factual errors the book contained about her post World War Two life that she felt were damaging to her reputation; she did not sue anyone for asserting she used to be known as Amelia Earhart. When her lawsuit ended by way of a summary judgment in 1975, she paid Gervais and Klass ten dollars in consideration and the two men paid her the same amount. Why? She ultimately refused to submit her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity. It is true however, McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay her $60,000 for the 'damaging' factual errata the book contained about her post World War Two life. (She had originally sued for $1.5 million dollars.) Again, one will not find this accurate account by reading history books or doing conventional internet searches. 

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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 in its attempt to explain what happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan in 1937, it did manage to feature the 1965 photograph of the former Amelia Earhart when she was known as "Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam," taken by Joseph A. Gervais when the two met each other.
 
Following the book's release it ended up being ceaselessly ridiculed after the former Amelia Earhart strongly negated it, no doubt for her own good reasons. Fortunately for her, many people who looked at the 1965 Gervais taken photograph had a hard time seeing through to who she used to be. She did look different, but she was still there, and she is still there and always will be there. The forensic tale-of-the-tape proved it out. Once the bell-ring of the photo's inclusion in the book took place, nothing could un-ring it. World War Two hero, Joseph A. Gervais always knew this, and he never stopped repeating it to others to his dying day in 2005.

Based on the research findings of Joe Gervais...
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The Gervais-Irene and Guy Bolam
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From the 1970 book, 'Amelia Earhart Lives' by Joe Klaas

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The Gervais-Irene Bolam
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Above: Different looks of Amelia Earhart when she was in her early to mid-thirties.
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A crucial part about recognizing the importance of the new Irene-Amelia forensic realizations: 
 
 
"After we entered the Twenty-First Century the truth about Irene Craigmile grew to be self-evident, although one will still not find it in history books or by searching Wikipedia. This is because, evidently, it was all-but buried many years ago." Tod Swindell

The Original Irene
 
To the right again is the 1930 photo of the original Irene Craigmile with her husband, Charles Craigmile, and her father, Richard Joseph ("Joe") O'Crowley. Once a fledgling pilot, Irene Craigmile and Amelia Earhart became friends through Irene's paternal aunt, a prominent New York attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley. Attorney O'Crowley was a Zonta organization sister of Amelia's and an occasional 'legal contract advisor' for her brand-name business endeavors, that included the popular Amelia Earhart luggage line. 

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The post mid-1940s Irene
 
This proud looking woman to the right was not the original Irene Craigmile, but she began using that same name in the mid-1940s. Note: She was seen nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, and in recent years the reason for this surfaced. 

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Above is a photograph of the affluent, enigmatic woman who was known as Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam taken in Jamaica in 1976. In the 1930s she was known as 'Amelia Earhart.'

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"The odd thing is, it's not only true, but over time the truth about Earhart grew to be obvious. It's just that people have been led to believe otherwise ever since it surfaced in the 1970s." Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, USAF (Ret.), author of the 2004 book, Amelia Earhart Survived. Colonel Reineck, a World War Two Joint Chiefs of Staff advisor, first began investigating Amelia Earhart's disappearance in the 1960s.
 
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"Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you." Alex Haley
 
Reality [noun]: The world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.   
~~~
 
Below: Four Investigative Authors And Their 'Final Conclusion' Books That Called It Like It Was, Still Is, And Always Will Be...
 
From 1970 to 2016, these four nationally published books presented the same conclusion. They each stated that Amelia Earhart quietly continued to survive after she went missing in 1937, and at some point she changed her name to Irene Craigmile:

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The authors of these books concluded that Amelia Earhart, who went 'missing' in 1937, resurfaced in the United States known as 'Irene Craigmile' following the World War Two years. The most recent ones by Reineck and Jameson cited the forensic research and human comparison study referenced and partially displayed in the Irene-Amelia.com website, that has existed on-line since 2007 uncontested, notated it as the first forensic analysis to provide both logistical and visual evidence of this long subdued reality. This continues to be the case in lieu of strong opposing forces that prefer the general public not pay attention to the information this website and the books' authors convey.
 
In the interim, generally overlooked by those truly interested in this story was the looming question: "What became of the original Irene Craigmile?" This is where the crux of the true story about Amelia Earhart exists, for ever since the World War Two era the public has been steadfastly conditioned to believe it was Amelia Earhart who disappeared without a trace, not Irene Craigmile.
 
Now it is known it was the original Irene Craigmile's body that forever disappeared, and in turn, Amelia Earhart's body in its physical form continued to exist until 1982, after assuming the original Irene Craigmile's left-over identity during the World War Two era. As hard as this may still be for some to believe, it's really that simple to explain anymore. 

The Main Opponents
 
It is evident the foremost opponents that have steadfastly decried the Irene-Amelia truth to the public, to include Dr. Alex Mandel, TIGHAR's Richard Gillespie, authors Dave Horner and Mike Campbell, members of Amelia's extended family, and even constituents of the Smithsonian Institution, [the Smithsonian is a ward of the U.S. government and therefore answers to it; note how the U.S. government has always maintained an 'official silence viewpoint' towards Amelia Earhart's disappearance] they prefer for people to believe that Amelia could not possibly have managed to survive beyond a brief period of time after she went missing in 1937. Instead, in their individual counterpoint ways they optioned to promote the following three alternate suggestions:
 
1.) Amelia and her navigator made it to a remote desert island and soon after perished there.
 
2.) Amelia was executed by Japan's military on Saipan, or died some other way while in Japan's custody during the pre-dawn of World War Two.
 
3.) After missing their intended destination of Howland Island, the promoted assumption became that Amelia and her navigator ended up flying in radio silence and eventually ran out of fuel leaving them to crash into the ocean and sink fathoms below the surface. (This has long existed as the most preferred official viewpoint.)
 
 
Setting The Record Straight
 
Continuing with the reality-based truth about the long-ago 1930s friendship that existed between Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile, and its eventual mind-boggling outcome... 
 
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On The Evolution of Truth:
 
"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

On Preventing the Discovery of Truth:
 
"The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively by preconcieved opinion and prejudice." Arthur Schopenhauer
 
~~~

 

Non-Truthful Flags Thrown On The Play...

Before continuing on, it is essential to identify an abjuration movement led by a collection of private individuals since 2006, who commonly aligned to divert public attention away from accepting Tod Swindell's newly discovered and revealed, 'Irene-Amelia realities.' Their common objective was clear: 'Steer people away from even considering the idea that Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 disappearance and lived well beyond the World War Two era.' The fellow below plays a significant part within this agenda driven constituency.

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Dr. Alex Mandel
 
 
A quick note for Wikipedia users: 
 
Wikipedia has it wrong. The truth is, no forensic expert has ever concluded that the post mid-1940s Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart were different individual human beings. However, using Wikipedia as a soap-box to distract the public, the man above has managed to manipulate people to think otherwise, and he neatly skipped-over the other learned forensic realities about Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam as well.
 
For the past ten years a Ukrainian Nuclear Physicist and self-proclaimed 'Amelia Earhart fanatic,' Dr. Alex Mandel, has been misleading the public about the Irene-Amelia story on his self-built, self-moderated 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' Wikipedia page. Fearing Amelia's heroic legacy and reputation might be harmed by the Irene-Amelia truth, he constructed and launched his page after learning of the forensic study that displayed the reality of more than one Twentieth Century woman having been attributed to the same Irene Craigmile Bolam identity. Should anyone try to add any of the missing Irene-Amelia 'forensic truths' to his page he is quick to edit them out. His page may have a clean appearance, but it merely presents the same incorrect concoction about Irene Craigmile Bolam that has been fed to the public for decades.
 
Dr. Mandel actually features the following statement in his article, even though the forensic detective he referred to denies he ever forensically 'concluded' anything Irene-Amelia wise, nor did he cite "many measurable facial differences" that enabled him to state such a conclusion. None the less, Dr. Mandel wrote: "In 2006 a criminal forensic expert was hired by National Geographic to study photographs of Earhart and Bolam and cited many measurable facial differences between them, concluding that the two people were not the same."
 
The truth? A forensic detective by the name of Kevin Richlin appeared on a National Geographic Channel special about the Earhart mystery in 2006, after he was given a few photos of Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam that were taken in the 1970s. From the start detective Richlin treated the notion of Amelia changing her name to Irene as if it was a joke, and critized the show's producers for the limited information he was given to at all evaluate the suggestion. And as mentioned, he ultimately did not forensically 'conclude' anything.
 
It is individuals of Dr. Mandel's ilk that harm Wikipedia's reputation and shore-up the adage, "Don't believe everything you read on Wikipedia."
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Below find three different panels the culminate with Irene-Amelia superimposed images. The first panel below displays the post World War Two identified Irene Craigmile who used to be known as Amelia Earhart. The next panels under it show her transition from Amelia into Irene:

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The next panel below displays 1920s and 1930s photo images of Amelia Earhart:

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The next panel below displays the above Irene & Amelia photo images superimposed with each other:

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Below is a 1965 photo of the post mid-1940s Irene in Cocoa Beach, Florida taken "a day after she visited some astronaut friends she knew as NASA," according to her brother in law, John Bolam who lived on nearby Merritt Island. Under the photo, progressing to the right she superimposes into her former 'Amelia' self.

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Below: Gertrude Kelley Hession and the post mid-1940s Irene in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, 1976.

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Above, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, shown in the photo to the right with the post mid-1940s Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, refused to publicly comment about his "close friend's" possible "dual identity" after she died in 1982.  

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Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the post mid-1940s Irene in the late 1970s. Monsignor Kelley was the brother of Gertrude Kelley Hession, who is featured in the above Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia photo with Irene. Monsignor Kelley was the president of Seton Hall College from 1936 to 1949, and held doctorates in psychology and philosophy. In a 1991 taped interview with USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, he confirmed that as World War Two ended he received Amelia back from Japan and helped her to become 'Irene Craigmile.' Earlier (in 1987) he mentioned to Rockville, Illinois TV reporter, Merrill Dean Magley, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."
 

"He did speak of knowing Amelia Earhart but I never met her in his company." A comment from Monsignor Thomas Ivory of West Orange, New Jersey, a past friend of Monsignor Kelley's who presided over his 1996 funeral. 

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A Head-to-Toe Example
 
Below, Amelia Earhart with pilot friends, Elinor Smith (middle) and Viola Gentry (right) in 1932, right after Amelia returned to the U.S. following her solo Atlantic crossing. Viola knew both Amelia and the original Irene Craigmile in the 1930s, and Viola knew Amelia after the war when she was known as 'Irene.' 

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The following comparison features the post mid-1940s Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam on a bridge in Paris in 1965 as compared to her former Amelia self in 1932 in a head to toe match. She had put some weight on to her former Amelia frame, but people often do that as they get older.

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Below, a 1965 photo of Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam, the post mid-1940s Irene Craigmile Bolam's British husband who she wed in 1958. The photo was taken in East Hampton of Long Island, New York.

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Forensic: Relating to or denoting applications of scientific methodology during the course of an investigation in an effort to determine the true origin of what is being investigated. Example: "They got him on ballistics; a forensic analysis determined the bullet came from his gun."
 
Forensic Evidence: That suitable for argumentation in a court of law.
 
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Irene Compared To Amelia:
 
Photographic Exactitude
Personal Character Traits
Life-Long Histories
 

Once again, the forensic research and forensic comparison results displayed here are part of a long-term study that thoroughly analyzed each of the above topics pertaining to the historically recognized, albeit 'obscured intertwined lives' of Amelia Earhart and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.
 
During the close-out of the Twentieth Century and as the new millennium commenced, this first-of-its-kind study was conceived and arranged in order to get to the bottom of a never disavowed assertion publicly maintained for thirty-five years [1970-2005] by former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais (1924-2005).
 
 

Above: The former Amelia Earhart living as 'Irene' in 1965.
No matter how hard it is for some to believe, anymore this is the
know-truth about Amelia Earhart in a forensically determined way.
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Above: Amelia in her early twenties, before she received her pilot's license.

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Above: Amelia at age thirty-nine, not long before she went missing.

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Above: Navigator & co-pilot, Fred Noonan with pilot, Amelia Earhart. On the morning of July 2, 1937 they steered their aircraft in a certain direction and were purportedly never seen again.

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"She was intelligent, articulate, and had a commanding presence. She knew a lot of important people including many high-ranking military officers, astronauts and flyers." "She was the epitome of a classy lady." 1997 quotes from an article about Irene by her survived sister-in-law who believed the subject of her concern had been previously known as, "Amelia Earhart."

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Astronaut Wally Schirra
 
In the late 1970s, one of the original seven NASA astronauts, Wally Schirra, disclosed to Rockville, Illinois TV reporter, Merrill Dean Magley that he had "met" the woman who used to be known as Amelia Earhart at Cape Canveral in the 1960s. Several years later, when Magley encountered Schirra again he requested a filmed interview. Schirra agreed to be interviewed on film by Magley and during the interview, Magley asked the former astronaut how he knew the woman he met in the 1960s used to be Amelia Earhart(?) to which Schirra replied, "reliable people" he knew had confided to him who she used to be. The woman in question was one 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.' As it turned out, and as you will see here, there was more than one Twentieth Century woman attributed to this very-same 'Irene' identity.
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Next:
 
Previewing The Monsignor Kelley-Amelia Earhart Connection
 
Below: Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996)

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Colonel Reineck: "Amelia Earhart was Irene Bolam?" Father Kelley: "That's right, yes." USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.) asks former Seton Hall College president, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, who replies about his late close friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam. [Excerpted from a 1991 tape recorded conversation between the two.]
 
A decade earlier, after Mrs. Bolam's passing took place in 1982, Monsignor Kelley had responded to questions from the press about the ongoing suspicion of her 'past dual identity' in the following manner: 

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Monsignor James Francis Kelley introduces LPGA golfer, Janey Blalock to Pope Paul VI
 

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Monsignor Kelley with then New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne and his wife, Jean; Commissioner of Baseball Bowie Kuhn and his wife, Luisa; and the LPGA's, Sandra Palmer
 

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Monsignor Kelley with First Lady Betty Ford and Marge Montana
 

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Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the former Amelia Earhart, 1980

Above left is the former Amelia Earhart in Jamaica, 1976. Above right, the former Amelia Earhart with her later-life close friend, Monsignor James Francis Kelley of Rumson, New Jersey. Monsignor Kelley came from a wealthy background and owned properties in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Jamaica. As 'Irene' the former Amelia Earhart was known to visit him at both places, especially the Monsignor's beautiful home in St. Croix, U.S.V.I. 
 
Monsignor Kelley was the President of Seton Hall College from 1936 to 1949 and was largely credited for its 1950 conversion into a major university. In 1979, for the first time on record, Monsignor Kelley described to his good friend, Donald Dekoster, an auto industry executive, that he had helped with Amelia's quiet return to the U.S. after VJ Day and he had been "instrumental" with her name change to 'Irene.' He added that he had served as her "psychiatric priest" as well. [Monsignor Kelley held doctoral degrees Psychology and Philosophy.] The former Amelia Earhart was initially known as 'Irene Craigmile' after the war until she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958, who oversaw the operation of Radio Luxembourg. Guy died in 1970, at which time the former Amelia Earhart took over Guy's former position with Radio Luxembourg.    

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Next: How The Modern View Of 'The Mystery Of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance' Came To Exist...
 
Beginning in the 1960s, the modern view of the 'mystery' of Amelia Earhart's disappearance was born from serious research investigations that were categorically shelved after being greeted by "official silence." Because of this, as time passed the subject of their concern evolved to exist as an 'anything goes' commodity to Amelia Earhart cottage industries into the new millennium. None the less, below are the most significant investigative research books from the Twentieth Century that most thoroughly expounded Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight and its outcome.

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About the most prominently recognized Twentieth Century books to have examined the subject of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance; above left, CBS Radio journalist, Fred Goerner's The Search For Amelia Earhart was published by Doubleday in 1966 and became a Top-Ten New York Times best seller; above center, Vincent Loomis', Amelia Earhart: The Final Story was published by Random House in 1985 and well-complemented Goerner's earlier effort; above right, Randall Brink's, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart was published by W.W. Norton (U.S.) and Bloomsbury Publishing LTD (U.K.) in 1993 and was touted by CBS's Connie Chung on its way to becoming a best seller in both the U.K. and the U.S.

All three authors referenced and were originally inspired by the investigative efforts of former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais, who from 1960-on had been tracking Amelia Earhart's disappearance in the Pacific region where she went missing. Significantly, Randall Brink collaborated with Joseph A. Gervais for a decade prior to his book's 1993 release.

Each book concluded that Amelia Earhart and her navigator/co-pilot, Fred Noonan, went down at Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands where they were picked up by Japan's pre-World War Two Imperial Naval Authority. Their authors all cited the 'overwhelming preponderance of evidence' that deemed it so, along with the U.S. justice department's ongoing 'official silence' dating back to the World War Two era that refused to address it.

Fred Goerner and Vincent Loomis concluded the duo met their demise while in Japan's custody. Randall Brink drew no hard conclusion beyond the two having been sequestered by Japan as World War Two heated-up. Joseph A. Gervais, who died in 2005, never stopped maintaining his own conclusion was correct, that at least Amelia Earhart quietly continued to survive, and she eventually resurfaced in the United States sporting a new identity.

Below is the other most significantly recognized 'Earhart disappearance investigative book' written by Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives, published by McGraw-Hill in 1970. Nicely packaged, Joe Klaas primarily focused his effort on the conclusion drawn by Joseph A. Gervais' 1960s' investigative efforts, albeit in a somewhat casual, if not at times 'reckless' manner. While a terrific, well researched read, Klaas managed to stray from the point his book was making by chocking it with some fantastic suppositions. This ended up harming not only the book's credibility, but the credibility of Joe Klaas and Joseph A. Gervais as well. After noticing some awry information the book contained that libeled the then-living woman known as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam,' Mrs. Bolam in turn sued for defamation and the book was withdrawn, but not before making the New York Times 'Best Seller' list and being nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. An estimated 40,000 copies were put into circulation in 1970 before it was pulled from the shelves. [The book was republished in 2006 through the Author's Guild. See more below.]    

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Above: In 1987, the aforementioned, Diana Dawes, a former Princeton, New Jersey radio show host who was one of Irene Bolam's better friends in the 1970s, recalled some revealing anecdotes about her late friend as newspapers around the country marked the 50th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's storied 'disappearance.' Ms. Dawes mentioned how on a high shelf in Irene Bolam's closet she noticed a uniform collection of "large leather bound ledger-books with the letters 'AE' embossed on their spines." Notice in the above excerpt about the "christening dress," the former Amelia Earhart slips and refers to her long gone friend, the original Irene Craigmile, in a past-tense way.
 

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Another excerpt from a 1987 newspaper article that quoted Diana Dawes. No one seemed to pay much attention to the fact that almost twenty years after Joseph A. Gervais first shared his belief that Mrs. Bolam was the former Amelia Earhart on a national news level, the controversy over who she really was still existed because his assertion about her past identity had never been disproved. Instead, by then United States 'official historians' had learned to embrace the practice of adroitly avoiding the controversy.

 

 

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On What Is Now Known, And What Is Still Not Known...
 
"In a public sense, the true circumstances of Amelia's 1937 world flight ending--as well as where she was and what she was doing during the World War Two years--remains unknown. Any information that previously attempted or still does attempt to explain what actually happened to Amelia Earhart on July 2, 1937--and how she existed the following eight years--has only ever been based on educated guesses. What is certain anymore is that Amelia Earhart resurfaced in the United States after the war known as 'Irene,' and she publicly went by that name only until she died in 1982, even after she was outed for who she used to be in 1970. This is what pure, unadulterated evidence reveals. It is also hard to blame her for denying her true past when she unexpectedly stood accused, for if she had admitted who she used to be the last twelve years of her life would have been very strenuous on her. As it was after 1970, her life became strenuous enough. We're talking about a real person, a real human being, and when she died she knew who she'd become, and who she used to be." Researcher, Tod Swindell
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"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."

George Orwell

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Zapruder and Gervais: Film Gamma Doesn't Lie

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Former clothing manufacturer, Abraham Zapruder

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Former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais

Two years after Abraham Zapruder filmed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas; a confounded Joseph A. Gervais, while visiting the Hamptons of Long Island, New York where he was to deliver a lecture about his research on Amelia Earhart's disappearance, in an 'impromptu' way boldly pointed his camera to take another history making photograph. Here's how it happened:
 
Directly below is an enlarged image of Mrs. Irene Bolam, FKA 'Amelia Earhart' as she appeared in the photograph Joseph A. Gervais took of her in 1965. Originally, and for years afterward the vast majority of people who observed her image here felt she did not resemble what an older, 'survived' Amelia Earhart would have looked like. No matter, for along with Mrs. Bolam's previous self-admitted 'past association' with Amelia Earhart that left the more intuitive scratching their heads about her for decades, the new-millennium, comprehensive forensic analysis that did not commence until over thirty-years after the picture was taken, became its undoing. The article underneath the photograph details how it came to exist, and why any further it is so historically important. 

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Photo credit: Joseph A. Gervais, August 8, 1965

 About The Origin Of The Above Photograph
 
From the Protecting Earhart Chronicles by Tod Swindell
 
 
In 1965, a former U.S. Air Force Captain who had flown missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam met the woman in the above photograph, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, at a gathering of respected pilots from the early days of aviation. The former air force captain's name was Joseph A. Gervais. He was an excellent pilot who logged close to 20,000 hours of flying time during his military career. He was a family man as well, known for his solid reputation and good character.
 
Joseph A. Gervais took the above 35MM photograph of Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam when he met her on August 8, 1965. He had been researching the facts of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance for the previous five years when he was invited to the retired aviators' annual luncheon in New York by one of Amelia Earhart's 1930s flying friends, Viola Gentry.
 
Viola Gentry had heard about his Amelia Earhart research quest and asked Joseph A. Gervais to come and lecture to her club, "The Early Birds of Aviation" about his findings. The 'Early Birds' even paid the air-fare and lodging expenses for Joseph A. Gervais and his wife and children to make the trip from their home in Nevada. Viola Gentry was not expecting her friend, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam to attend the luncheon that day, but she did, accompanied by her British husband, Guy Bolam. After Viola Gentry introduced Joseph A. Gervais to Guy Bolam and Irene Craigmile Bolam at Joseph A. Gervais' request, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam acknowledged to him that she used to "know" Amelia Earhart and that she had "often flown with her" in the 1930s.
 
Joseph A. Gervais found Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam curious. He found it odd he never heard of her before since he new of most all noted pilots from the past, and he also felt she looked hauntingly similar to the way Amelia Earhart might have looked as an older person. As well, he noticed two small items she wore at the bottom of the 'V' on her blouse that looked to be military decorations to him; an Oak Leaf cluster signifying the rank of a Air Force Major affixed next to a square-enameled DFC indicator pin. ['DFC' for 'Distinguished Flying Cross.'] Joseph A. Gervais knew Amelia Earhart had been decorated with both awards before, and where he had retired from the Air Force as a Major himself, the 'piddle oak leaf cluster' was most recognizable to him. He also noticed a certain air of importance Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam commanded among the other club members in attendance.
 
So taken by Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam toward the end of their conversation, Joseph A. Gervais asked if she would be willing to meet with him again so she could recall her experiences with Amelia Earhart to him. The somewhat reluctant Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam agreed, then hand-wrote her phone number on a business card with the name of "Irene Craigmile" printed on it, the name she was known by before she married Englishman, Guy Bolam in 1958.
 
Wielding his camera at the event, before they parted ways, Joseph A. Gervais asked the Bolams if he could take their photograph (full frame shown in black-and-white below) causing Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam to turn toward her husband to see how he felt about the impromptu request. Joseph A. Gervais took the picture just after she turned back to politely decline, and in the photo one can observe Guy Bolam as he finished responding to her that he, "didn't think it was a good idea" the moment Joseph A. Gervais clicked his shutter, after which Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam politely said to him, "I wish you hadn't done that."
 
Following the luncheon, during which Joseph A. Gervais' wife, Thelma was seated next to Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, Joseph A. Gervais lectured about his 'Amelia Earhart disappearance research' to the Early Birds crowd of about 150 people, except for that part of the event, Mr. and Mrs. Bolam elected not to stay.
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Above: The August 8, 1965 photo of Guy Bolam and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam taken by Joseph A. Gervais as it appeared in the 1970 controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives.

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Above: Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, Viola Gentry with Guy Bolam on August 9, 1965, the day after Joseph A. Gervais met and took his photo of Guy Bolam and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam. This photo was taken by Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.' [Photo courtesy of Diana Dawes.]

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Above left to right: Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, and Viola Gentry from the New York City Mid-Week Pictorial in 1932. The photo was taken upon Amelia's return to the U.S. after her successful Atlantic Ocean solo-flight crossing, a fete that left her the first woman to achieve what Charles Lindbergh became the first person to do in 1927. Elinor Smith and Viola Gentry were two of Amelia's good pilot friends and fellow charter 99s' members.

Remaining perplexed about her after he returned to his home in Nevada, Joseph A. Gervais began looking into Mrs. Bolam's past. He also scheduled a few times to meet with her again, and she agreed to, but each time she failed to show at the designated time and place. Inevitably, Joseph A. Gervais never personally encountered Mrs. Bolam again after that 1965 day.
 
Five years after they met, Joe felt he had discerned enough lacking and otherwise contradictory information about Mrs. Bolam to assert that his hunch was correct, where she could only be the 'somehow survived' Amelia Earhart sporting a new identity.
 
Many people called Joseph A. Gervais 'crazy' after a 1970 book publicized his belief, and Mrs. Bolam herself sued him, albeit unsuccessfully on a personal level, with the final resolve being ten dollars of consideration exchanged by both parties. It is true that the book's publisher, McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay Mrs. Bolam a high five figure sum, but it had nothing to do with its book implicating her as the former Amelia Earhart. Instead, Mrs. Bolam's attorney cited the book, that was published without Mrs. Bolam's participation or authorization, unjustifiably suggested his client was a "bigamist" and "a traitor to her country."  
 
After the five-year lawsuit ended, that had included the odd stipulation, "no questions about Mrs. Bolam's existence from prior to 1937 were to be asked," as the years continued to pass the controversy over who Mrs. Bolam really was or used to be refused to go away, and Joe's assertion that she was formerly known as 'Amelia Earhart' proved impossible to over-challenge as well. Follow up investigators tried, but they couldn't do it. So much left Joseph A. Gervais spending the rest of his life until he died in 2005, maintaining that he was correct about the woman he met and photographed in 1965 having been previously known as Amelia Earhart, adding at the same time it was clearly something the general public was 'never supposed to know.' A year after Joe's passing, when the early forensic study results became known in Earhart research circles, the National Geographic Channel surfaced to downplay the controversy over who Mrs. Bolam really was without offering a hard conclusion.
 
Ultimately, Protecting Earhart's study revealed how this same 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' that Joseph A. Gervais photographed in 1965, seventeen years before she died in 1982, did forensically match Amelia Earhart, and that she was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, leaving the additional deductive reasoning to enable a basic forensic conclusion.
 
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Tod Swindell

My take on the book featured below by W.C. Jameson, published in 2016:     
 
 

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"W.C. Jameson has been around a long time. A prolific author/musician, he is best known for his Beyond The Grave series of books that profiled different 'they didn't die that way' accounts, most notably about Butch Cassidy, Billy the Kid, and John Wilkes Booth. No one had heard of W.C Jameson in relationship to Amelia Earhart investigative research, though, before his Beyond The Grave: Amelia Earhart book was published in 2016, wherein he stated that he agreed with the Amelia became Irene conclusion. For some reason, he also inexplicably slighted Colonel Reineck and myself pertaining to our individual and combined contributions that proved to be chiefly instrumental when it came to finally resolving the Irene-Amelia controversy. 'Much disappointment in W.C. Jameson there.
 
As an answer W.C. Jameson's statement where he wrote, "Though Swindell's photographic analysis has been advanced on dozens of occaisions to point out the similarities between Earhart and Bolam (AKA 'Craigmile') it proves absolutely nothing..." that was and always will remain an incorrect statement of Mr. Jameson's. For the photographic analysis did prove for the first time, that the pre World War Two person of Amelia Earhart and the post World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met in 1965 were hauntingly congruent to each other after all, juxtaposed to the multitude of individuals who for decades had steadfastly proclaimed they did not at all look alike. W.C. Jameson's book also mentions nothing about the way the study separated the different Irene Craigmiles, something all forensic experts who have viewed and who still view its plain results do agree with
 
In response to his statement where he myopically wrote that my comparison study was not backed by 'credentials,' apparently he did not consider reaching out to the experts I consulted and/or worked with who did have credentials and fully recognized the methods I used. He also did not mention how never had two efforts been rolled into one before; forensic research and human comparisons where comparing Irene Craigmile to Amelia Earhart was the main concern. There was also no real trick to the methods I used during the decades I devoted to evaluating and comparing straight forward Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile data. This goes for the in depth background research I conducted on both Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile individually, and the human comparison results the study achieved. No rocket science was involved. It wasn't necessary because enough pre-existing information was available that already determined Amelia lived to become Irene. Said truth just needed to be shored-up and my forensic study results did that.
 
Simply put, W.C., wherever you are, my original chosen subject matters to evaluate were 1.) Amelia Earhart's old missing person case, and 2.) My late friend, Joseph A. Gervais's 1970 assertion he stood by to his dying day, that stated Amelia survived and took on her old pal, Irene Craigmile's identity, and I worked hard at both. The results speak for themselves.
 
All of his 'Beyond The Grave' books and song-writings aside, W.C. Jameson demonstrated a certain level of literary irresponsibility to himself and to his readers in his Earhart book, by not reaching out to me in order to correctly determine the full breadth of what my overall research and comparative analysis entailed."
 
 

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Amelia under the nose of her Lockheed Electra 10E, 1937

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Different angle and look from the same series, Amelia Earhart, 1937

Any further there is no doubt...
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...in the veracity of the Amelia/Irene head-to-toe forensic alignment

Above: Amelia and her later-life self, Irene Bolam superimposed with each other from Protecting Earhart's forensic comparison analysis. The head-to-toe and character trait congruences the analysis displayed outed the same individual human being going by different names in different eras. 

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February 5, 2000; top row left to right: Ronald Reuther, Tod Swindell, Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam; bottom row, left to right: Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, Joe Klaas, Joseph A. Gervais

Lost Star author, Randall Brink, first introduced Swindell and Gervais to each other in 1996, resulting in a 'forensic research sharing' friendship that continued until Gervais' passing took place nine years later. From 1970 to his dying day in 2005, Joseph A. Gervais never disavowed his assertion that stated Amelia Earhart survived her disappearance without public awareness, and that during the World War Two years she assumed the identity of 'Irene Craigmile,' a past acquaintance of hers. After he met Joe Gervais, upon learning one had never been done before, Tod Swindell orchestrated a forensic comparison analysis to see if the aged, historically discounted, and nearly forgotten 'Gervais assertion' about Amelia held any true weight. The results of Tod Swindell's 'first of its kind' decade long study, samples of which are seen throughout this website, not only proved Joseph A. Gervais was correct with his steadfast assertion, but too, that his truth was 'forensically obvious' when all was said and done.    

USAF Captain Joseph A. Gervais was a accomplished pilot who flew combat missions in World War Two, the Korean War, and the early days of the Vietnam War. In 1959, while he was stationed in the Pacific in the area she went missing, he began investigating Amelia Earhart's disappearance after hearing accounts of her non-publicized 'post-loss survival.' In 1970, by way of the book, Amelia Earhart Lives, he first publicly asserted his belief that one of Amelia Earhart's long-ago pilot friends, Viola Gentry, had introduced him to the 'former' Amelia Earhart in New York at a 1965 gathering of early aviators, averring that he recognized her right away. His claim caused much consternation and was greeted by endless amounts of ridicule in the years that followed. No matter, having looked into it more than anyone else in the Twentieth Century, as mentioned Joseph A. Gervais died in 2005 never disavowing his certainty that Amelia Earhart survived her disappearance and changed her name to 'Irene' during the World War Two era. He qualified his statement by offering it was something the general public was simply, "never supposed to know." 
 

That's the basic truth. After deeply looking into it, Joseph A. Gervais, who retired from the Air Force as a Major in 1963, ascertained that Amelia Earhart and the Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam he met in 1965 had existed as the same life-long individual human being known by different names in different eras, without the public knowing about it.
 
Not only had Joe Gervais heroically served as a pilot in three wars before retiring from his military career as a Major, but he was also a family man well-liked and noted for his good character.
 
Generally unrealized into the new millennium, Joseph A. Gervais' assertion about Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam was never forensically over-challenged. This is because, as it is now plainly evident to see, it was true.
 
Prior to his passing in 2005, upon Tod Swindell showing him the initial results of the analysis with his wife, Thelma Gervais, Joseph A. Gervais commented, "It just shows what we've known all along."
 
One caveat remained: Over the years people have countered time and again, "what about DNA?"
 
This proved unavailable. When she died in 1982, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam donated her body to Rutger's Medical College in New Jersey with a pre-written stipulation it was only to be accessed by its attending medical technicians. In response to what became of her remains, the school replied her body was "cremated and her remains were buried in a common, unmarked grave." So just as Amelia Earhart's body was purported to have 'never been seen again' after July 2, 1937; after Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam died on July 7, 1982, her body was never seen again either, at least, not by anyone outside the walls of Rutger's Medical College, according to record. 
 
The catch became, as the analysis also realized and surely displays, there was an original Irene Craigmile who Amelia Earhart knew in the 1930s--whose identity she ended up assuming for herself to use in the United States after the World War Two years.
 
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A still repressed historical truth...

 

Since the early 1970s, the discovery of Amelia Earhart's continued existence as a renamed person after the World War Two era has been obfuscated and repressed by a variety of strong influences in an effort to keep the general public from embracing it as a historical reality.

None the less, in the past decade the now undeniable forensic reality pertaining to what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing grew to be obvious. Here it is:

There were no less than three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity, and one of them, who appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, had been previously known as Amelia Earhart. She died in 1982, under a cloud of suspicion that began questioning her true identity ever since the controversy over who she really was--or used to be--first surfaced in 1970.

The above paragraph presently exists as an under-appreciated factual statement.

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The three Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity:

Irene Craigmile 1
1930

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Irene Craigmile 2
Early 1940s
 

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Irene Craigmile 3
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Reviewing the full-frame 1930 photo of Amelia Earhart's long ago acquaintance, Irene Craigmile, it shows her standing between her husband, Charles "James" Craigmile on her right, a Civil Engineer who tragically died in 1931, and her father, Richard Joseph "Joe" O'Crowley to her left.
 
Charles and Irene Craigmile were married in late 1928. At the time Charles was 38 and Irene was 24.
 
[Note: The original Irene Craigmile was also known as "Beatrice" and was nicknamed "Bee."]
 
Beyond the realization that no clear photos of the original Irene Craigmile exist in the public realm today, prior to the mid-1940s her life is still researchable. Described to have been born, 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley on October 1, 1904' [her birth certificate was never located but that likely was the date] Irene was an only child who was raised by her extended O'Crowley family after her mother, Bessie (AKA 'Bridget') Doyle O'Crowley died when she was twelve.
 
Irene was listed as "age 14" in the 1920 Census but that was likely incorrect where she would have been 15 when the census form was filled out by her paternal grandmother, Sarah Rutherford O'Crowley, the head of the household. Like Amelia, the original Irene attended Columbia University in New York, but only briefly.
 
In 1926, when the original Irene was twenty-two she became pregnant out of wedlock. Although she later claimed to have 'miscarried' then, a son actually was born to her and adopted by her nearby uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley and his wife, Violet, who raised him to adulthood. This enabled Irene's first born to remain in the family fold, and for her to marry Charles 'James' Craigmile in 1928 unencumbered. [Note: It is questionable if Charles Craigmile knew his wife previously had a child before his death from appendicitis took place in late 1931.]
 
When Charles James Craigmile died, he and Irene had been married less than three years. The 1930 Census listed them living alone together in Pequannock, New Jersey. Charles James Craigmile's occupation was listed "Civil Engineer" and Irene's was "Keeps House."
 
In the late spring of 1933, about a year and a half after her husband died, the original Irene Craigmile's brief stint as a licensed pilot was interrupted when she learned she had once again become pregnant by way of her last flight instructor, Al Heller, who she subsequently eloped with to wed. After she gave birth to their child in early 1934, a son, according to record she continued to fly sporadically--but she did not renew her license after 1936. Her marriage to Al Heller failed quickly as well and was annulled after Irene learned Al was still legally married to another woman when they eloped. Court records show their marriage annulment, child visitation rights and custody battle was a trying episode that lasted from 1938 to 1942. In the interim of it all, a surrogate nanny-mother figure for their son surfaced. She became known as the 'second' Irene Craigmile. [Amelia Earhart, who was declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, would become the 'third' Irene Craigmile.] According to one Diana Dawes in the 1990s, a later-life friend of the former Amelia Earhart, at some point the original Irene's demise took place and it was covered over so Amelia could further use her identity. Today, when and how the original Irene's demise took place remains unknown but it likely occurred during the early World War Two years. She and Al's 1934 born son was sent to live at a boarding school when he was still quite young during the war as well, where he graduated from at the age of thirteen in 1947.
 
The 1934 born son of the original Irene Craigmile and Al Heller, Clarence 'Larry' Heller, first in 2006 at his attorney's office in New York, then once again in 2014, estimated the photo below, that he positively identified as his "late mother" was, "taken around 1940." Anymore it is certain, however, that the person in the photograph was not his biological mother. Tod Swindell offers a different vantage point to consider about who she may have been. Check it out:
 

 
Below: Beyond the miracle of her own birth, this Irene Craigmile had no other known-of miracles attributed to her person. Her 'Irene' name and identity, however, were never exclusively her own. 

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Above: Amelia's old friend, Irene Craigmile as she looked in the "early 1940s" according to the estimate offered by Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, who instantly recognized her as his mother. In a forensic sense it is uncertain where she originated from or who she truly was. Researcher, Tod Swindell, was first to publicly suggest, and still does consider it is at least 'possible' she was Amelia Earhart's own illegitimate daughter born to her after a 1924 concealed pregnancy, with Amelia's L.A. plane mechanic friend, Lloyd Royer, possibly having existed as her non-recognized father. It is certain she was not the original Irene Craigmile, nor was she the Irene Craigmile who was AKA the former Amelia Earhart after World War Two. She WAS someone though, who, evidently, was primarily reared by the original Irene Craigmile's prominent O'Crowley family of Newark, New Jersey. (A past friend of the O'Crowley's recalled a teenage girl who lived with the O'Crowleys in the 1930s, estimating her age to have been "about 16 or 17 in 1940.") Tod Swindell considers the above photograph may have actually been a college-years photo portrait taken in the early to mid-1940s. As he once commented about the above photo, "...it just doesn't come close to looking like any of the 1930s' photos of Irene Craigmile, who was supposed to have been the same person. The quality is superior and she looks to be about a generation younger. Not to leave out, this particular photograph came the former Amelia Earhart's personal photos collection."

 
More Back-Story:
 
As mentioned, Amelia Earhart had been a good Zonta organization friend of Irene Craigmile's aunt, a noted New York attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley who introduced her niece, Irene Craigmile to Amelia some time after Amelia became a 'Sister Zonta' in 1928. Attorney Irene O'Crowley was fourteen years older than Amelia, and according to the same 1920 census mentioned above she was a single woman at that time who lived with her mother, Sarah, and her teenage niece, the original Irene (nee O'Crowley) Craigmile in the same house. By the late 1920s, however, a "little girl" was also living in attorney Irene's and Sarah's household according to the 1984 statement of an aged friend of the O'Crowleys, yet to date, said little girl remains unaccounted for.
 
Another of Amelia's pilot friends, Viola Gentry, shown seated on the original Irene Craigmile's right in the above newspaper group photo, also knew the original Irene Craigmile in the 1930s. Again, although the rare 1930 photo of the original Irene Craigmile with her husband and father was reprinted from an old newspaper photo, contrast and brightness adjustments helped to make her unique facial features more identifiable. Note: It was deemed essential for all clear photo images of the original Irene Craigmile's person to be expunged in order for Amelia Earhart--whose 1939 legal 'dead in absentia' declaration would remain in place--to acquiesce her left over identity value. This was so she could not be photographically traced in a clear, definable way prior to the mid-1940s.
 
[Learn more more about the original Irene Craigmile's background throughout Irene-Amelia.com]
 
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On Her Transition to Irene...
 

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Above: Hard to believe but true; the photo on the right is dated '1946.' It was taken shortly after the former Amelia Earhart segued into a different career in the New York banking industry.
 
Before, when she was Amelia, she was known for her troubled sinus history that she endured procedures to correct both before and after she became famous. One was a serious Caldwell-Luc procedure, and it appears somewhat evident that she had some other work done after she went missing that altered her famously recognizable visage. For instance it is conceivable a deviated septum rhinoplasty and an upper nose bridge nip-and-tuck that furrowed her brow took place. Notice her gap-toothed look is also gone. This may seem odd to some, but there was an important reason for these appearance adjustments. As Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a well know priest from Rumson, New Jersey who was close to the former Amelia Earhart during her later-life years remarked: "After all she'd been through she did not want to be Amelia Earhart anymore." Not knowing 'all she'd been through' after she went missing in 1937 and throughout the war years, it is hard to automatically blame her for coming to feel the way she did. Recall here as well while looking at the 1946 photo, the title of Shirley Dobson Gilroy's 1985 book, Amelia: Pilot In Pearls.
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What does the Smithsonian Institution say about this?

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Dr. Tom Crouch

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Dorothy Cochrane

The reality of Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence as a renamed person marks yet another, "Inconvenient Truth"

Since it is an inconvenient learned historical truth the Smithsonian Institution would rather not have to contend with, Dr. Tom Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum continue to decry its validity to the national press circuit. Anymore, however, with the amount of information that has been learned and made public about it to date [and this is a consistent problem for individuals who are employed by wards of the U.S. government] unless they are myopic to a significant degree when it comes to the importance of recognizing when a government cover-up has run its course, Dr. Crouch and Ms. Cochrane surely do realize by now how they are amiss with their tradition of reticent influence toward the now easy to see and comprehend, Amelia went on to become known as Irene reality.
 
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Photographic Exactitude:
 

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Amelia on the right, age 31

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Post WWII Irene

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Amelia, age 39, 1937

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Post WWII Irene

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Post WWII Irene + Amelia superimposed

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Post WWII Irene + Amelia superimposed

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Above: Senator Hiram Bingham with Amelia Earhart at age 31
 

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Above: Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in a mid-1970s photo portrait taken at her private development, 'Leisure World' home located in Rossmoor, New Jersey. 

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Above: Amelia Earhart in 1937, age 39
 

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Above: Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam on August 8, 1965 in front of the Sea Spray Inn located in East Hampton of Long Island, New York. Photo credit, Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.)

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Above is part of a August 1, 1967 letter from one Elmo Pickerill to Joseph A. Gervais. Mr. Pickerill describes here how his friend, Irene (Craigmile Bolam) was a "pal" of Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry in the 1930s. In the preceding comparison, Irene and Amelia proved to be identical to each other. But that wasn't true. Anymore it is forensically known that Amelia Earhart continued to survive after she went missing in 1937, and she later assumed the original Irene Craigmile's identity for her own later life use.
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 "Irene-Amelia.com exists as the most revealing and historically real Amelia Earhart website on the internet." Tod Swindell

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"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." Aldous Huxley

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Legend: 1. A traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but unauthenticated.

The 'legend' of Amelia Earhart is that she disappeared without a trace in 1937 and she was never seen again.

 

Fact: 1. A thing that is indisputably the case.

The non-promoted 'fact' is Amelia continued to survive and she eventually changed her name to Irene Craigmile in pursuit of future privacy for both herself and those who were aware of her continued survival.

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Below the following important photograph taken by Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) on August 8, 1965 is the story of its origin:

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Above: This 35MM color photograph taken in 1965 by Joseph A. Gervais displays the same 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' shown in the mid-1970s black and white photo portrait directly below. Mrs. Bolam openly described herself to have been 'a past good friend' of Amelia Earhart to Joseph A. Gervais when the two met each other that year at a New York gathering of noteworthy pilots from the bygone era. She also commanded a recognized air of importance among the people she knew or was acquainted with, that included high-ranking military figures and a variety of other well-known female pilots from the 1930s' Golden Age of Aviation. The forensic analysis concluded with absolute certainty that this particular Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam was identified nowhere as 'Irene' or 'Craigmile' or 'Bolam' prior to the mid-1940s. The analysis also shares the true origins of these three names. To learn about the other forensically determined realities of this Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, who from 1928 to 1937 had been famously known as Amelia Earhart, continue to examine the results here of the first in-depth evaluation of her Twentieth Century existence.  
 

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The Bender & Altschul Quote:

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." 1982 quote from the voluminous Marylin Bender, Selig Altschul 'Pan Am Airways anthology,' The Chosen Instrument

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Alethephobia: "Fear of Truth"

When it comes to the Irene-Amelia truth, ever since the controversy over Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam surfaced in the 1970s, historical dictum influences have adroitly avoided it. Senators, Congressmen, government supported institutions, news media moguls, even Amelia's extended family members have always optioned to quickly dismiss it out of hand over seriously addressing it. This is mainly due to the 'official silence' devoted to the topic of Amelia's disappearance from the governments' of the United States and Japan dating back to the World War Two era. In the new millennium, however, thanks to the undeniable results of a comprehensive forensic research and comparison analysis, the truth grew to be recognizable to what is now an obvious state, and understanding, accepting, and embracing any truth once it becomes identifiable, especially if it's an important historical truth, is always best in the long run.

Keeping relative discoveries from the past in perspective, in the case of Charles Lindbergh's "Careu Kent" alias, he used that name for decades while leading a separate life without the public knowing until it was verified in 2004, thirty-years after he died.

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Three Irenes and the Missing Person Case of Amelia Earhart

 

Below, as discovered and displayed in the analysis results, it turned out there were three different Twentieth Century women who were historically attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity:

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This is the original Irene Craigmile. She and Amelia Earhart were well acquainted.

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Above middle: The original Irene Craigmile, 1930

Above on the left is the original Irene Craigmile's husband, Charles James Craigmile, and on the right is the original Irene Craigmile's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.

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The original Irene Craigmile, 1932

Here the original Irene Craigmile is shown next to one of the planes she learned to fly in. It took her several months to get her pilot's license--she was not the consistent flier that her friends, Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry were. Right after she was awarded her pilot's license she learned she was pregnant and eloped to wed the father of her child to be. She was never known to fly a plane again after that. She gave birth to a son in March of 1934, then no longer appeared in plain view. Her marriage had supposedly failed within a short time period, though a later account described how her childbirthing process left her in a debilitated state, thus leading her infant son to be raised by a surrogate mother figure from within her O'Crowley family fold. 
 

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What actually became of the original Irene Craigmile is a valid question to ask. All that is known is after she stopped appearing in plain view her still-living 'identity' was given to Amelia Earhart to further use. Apparently this happened at some point during the World War Two era. Amelia had been a good friend of the original Irene Craigmile's aunt, a prominent New York-New Jersey attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley. It appears evident enough, the original Irene Craigmile's aunt had been instrumental in the transfer of her niece's identity to Amelia. 

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Above, the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son identified this woman to have been his 'mother' the way she looked "around 1940," although the forensic analysis made it clear she was not his biological mother. To date, no one in the public realm knows who she really was, where she came from, or where she ended up. There is only one known-of postulation offered by Tod Swindell that suggests how her life may have also been intertwined with Amelia Earhart's in a family protected way. In 1984, a long ago friend of the original Irene Craigmile's family estimated this particular 'Irene' who she referred to as "Irene Jr." was "born in 1924" and was 'raised' by the original Irene's extended family in Newark, New Jersey. As mentioned. Amelia had been a good Zonta club friend of the original Irene Craigmile's aunt dating back to 1928, when Amelia first became famous. Below are two superimposed photos showing the older version of the same woman, also identified by her son as the way she looked in the 1970s. 

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Irene Craigmile, early 1940s

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Irene Craigmile Bolam, 1970s

The two above photos superimposed...
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The Irene Craigmile and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam images in this column were identified nowhere as "Irene" prior to the mid-1940s. In 1958 this Irene Craigmile wed Englishman, Guy Bolam, the head of Radio Luxembourg. She became known as Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam from then on, or just, 'Irene Bolam.' Whether people choose to believe and accept it, or to not believe and accept it, this 'Irene' had been previously known as, "Amelia Earhart."

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Irene Craigmile, 1946
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Pre eight-years of aging & a few adjustments.

Above: It wasn't so hard to find Amelia again behind her Irene facade with a little photo-shop help. Tear-duct to tear-duct the eyes above aligned perfectly with those of her former Amelia self; all facial lines and creases as well, and as you will continue to see, necks, shoulders, heights, arm-lengths, hands, foot sizes, handwriting, etc., everything aligned perfectly. As Monsignor Kelley described it about his late friend, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1987, who was identified nowehere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore." Who are we to judge or blame her for eventually feeling that way, not knowing a thing about what she ended up having to endure as World War Two raged on? Looking at the above images, we also recall the title of Shirley Dobson Gilroy's 1985 book, Amelia: Pilot In Pearls. 

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Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, 1965

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Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, mid-1970s

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According to record, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, while known as "Mrs. Irene Heller," gave birth to a son in 1934. In 2006, at the office of his attorney, and later again in 2014 in writing, Mrs. Bolam's 'son,' one Clarence "Larry" Heller, positively identified the woman in the photographs below to have been his 'late mother' as she appeared "around 1940" and "in the 1970s" according to Mr. Heller himself. The forensic analysis clearly displays she was not the same Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, nor was she Mr. Heller's biological mother. Originally a nanny for him, she ended up being a surrogate imprinted as his mother when he was a young child.
 

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Above: Far left and far right, younger and older versions of the same person shown superimposed in the middle. Identified as "Irene Craigmile" on the left, and as "Irene Craigmile Bolam" on the right, she was not the original Irene nor was she the former Amelia Earhart.

 

Below: 1946 and 1965 images of the same person shown superimposed in the middle. Although she had altered her famously recognizable image with some adjustments beyond what aging and style changes normally do, the former Amelia Earhart is still forensically recognizable here.

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Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965

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Irene Craigmile in 1946, FKA "Earhart"

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...Amelia in 1937, her former self.
 

Note: The forensic analysis merely displays the truth when it comes to what became of Amelia Earhart. Although it has been consistently shouted down by pseudo Amelia Earhart 'mystery solving theorists' over the years, to include by some who managed to make a good living by promoting non-truthful ideas to the masses about Amelia Earhart's loss, it is important to realize how ever since the analysis results surfaced they proved impossible to over-challenge.
 

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Major Joseph A. Gervais USAF (Ret.), February 5, 2000

 

Above: Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.), shown in 2000 accepting his achievement award for "Four decades of unparalleled, dedicated research devoted to investigating the true cause and outcome of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan's 1937 disappearance." The event was held at Cesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada in front of a gathering of representatives from a variety of Aviation connected backgrounds, to include past 99's President, Patricia Ward; 1967 successful Amelia Earhart 'World Flight' duplicator, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno; Amelia Earhart Society President William Prymak; Executive Director of the Western Aerospace Museum, Ronald Reuther; Overseer of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, Lou Foudray; Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. John Bolam; Amelia Earhart Survived author, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck USAF (Ret.); Rear Admiral, Eugene Tissot USN (Ret.) (whose father was a past chief mechanic for Amelia Earhart) motion picture producer/journalist Tod Swindell; Joseph A. Gervais' wife and son, Thelma and Gerald Gervais, Amelia Earhart Lives author, Joe Klaas, and several other distinguished individuals.
 
At the 2000 ceremony, William Prymak spoke of Joseph A. Gervais in the following manner: "Joseph A. Gervais is a World War Two flying hero who went on to become widely recognized as the world's leading authority regarding the subject of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. A former aircraft accident investigator, while looking into Amelia Earhart's failed world flight attempt his encounter with Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam and follow-up evaluation of her life history caused an enormous shift to his angle of research."  
  

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"In the late 1990s, after I first got into this I was amazed to learn there had never been a serious forensic evaluation of Mrs. Bolam's full life story--or an in-depth analysis that compared her character traits and physical person to that of Amelia Earhart. After she died in 1982, a so-called 'investigative news article series' about her ran for two weeks in an east coast newspaper, but it proved to be a concocted effort that intertwined fact and fiction within its sordid attempt to white-wash Mrs. Bolam's true past. The forensic analysis I orchestrated and participated in is authentic and took over ten years to complete. Its findings, against the grain of conventional history, were astounding to say the least. After consistently being shouted down by naysayers and non-believers over the years, the study's obvious conclusion now speaks for itself." Tod Swindell, 2018 
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The article continues below. From above, it's worth noting where the U.S. government's "official position" was described in the article, the U.S. government never actually offered an official position or explanation pertaining to the Earhart-Noonan disappearance matter. "Most likely they perished at sea" was the closest thing to any opinion ever offered or implied about their disappearance, although specifically tracing it to a U.S. government source who was willing to stand by it as more than a passing comment proved impossible to do. 

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Below: Five years later, in 2007, right after Tod Swindell and the late Mrs. Irene Bolam's 'son,' Larry Heller executed a right to option agreement in New York, the Arizona Republic caught wind of it. A major breakthrough had occurred when Larry Heller, at his attorney's office in New York, identified an entirley different person to have been his late 'mother' than the Mrs. Irene Bolam who forensically matched Amelia Earhart. Never before had people realized there was more than one person identified as the same 'Irene' with the one who matched Amelia having surfaced in the mid-1940s from out of nowhere in the U.S., all be her with Mr. Heller's mother's same identity applied to her. Larry Heller was born in 1934 and always maintained his mother was not Amelia Earhart. Of course he was correct. Amelia was quite a public figure in 1934 and she certainly did not give birth to a child that year. Yet as verified by Mr. Heller, Amelia definitely did know his biological mother in the 1930s. See more about the "original" Irene, Mr. Heller's true mother further down. 

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Below is a stamp series issued by the Republic of the Marshall Islands in 1987, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan's arrival there on July 2, 1937 and Japan's rescue of the duo. Accordingly, approximate to the time Japan picked them up, the Sino-Japanese War began on July 7, 1937, pitting the U.S. against Japan and exacerbating the already difficult situation the world flight team found themselves in:

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Shows Earhart and Noonan's takeoff from New Guinea to their crash and retrieval at Mili Atoll

Note: Most seriously regarded by aviation history scholars, the 'Earhart and Noonan went down in the Marshall Islands' account initially rose to prominence in 1966, after CBS investigative journalist, Fred Goerner published his controversial Pacific Islands findings about Amelia Earhart's flight ending in his best-selling Doubleday book, The Search For Amelia Earhart.
 
From 1962 to 1965, Fred Goerner made multiple trips to the Pacific region where Earhart and Noonan went missing. He also received help and guidance from U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz, who had been placed in charge of the Marshalls when the U.S. occupied them in 1944, and who verified to Goerner that the flying duo ended up there in July of 1937.

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Above: Fred Goerner's 1966 classic Earhart book remained on the New York Times 'Best Seller' list for twelve straight weeks.

There were two different presented outcomes within the 'Marshall Islands' conveyance. Fred Goerner's original 'Marshall Islands' ending suggested how after the duo was picked-up they were incarcerated by Japan and later perished while in its custody. In 1970, however, an updated version suggested that Earhart and Noonan were surreptitiously sequestered and 'kept safe' by Japan as the Sino-Japanese War commenced, and they remained that way until their quiet liberation's took place toward the end of World War Two. Along this vein as their individual stories continued, they changed their names and began new careers upon resurfacing in the United States, thus enabling them to further live their lives out of the public eye.
 
Three decades after Fred Goerner's assessment took place, author Randall Brink, who devoted over a decade to deeply evaluating both Marshall Islands scenarios, published his best selling W.W. Norton book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart. Brink, whose extensive findings concurred that the duo went down in the Marshall Islands, pragmatically left the door open to the possibility of Earhart and Noonan's private return to the U.S., elaborating he found it hard to readily accept that Japan would have handled Amelia Earhart so recklessly since she was a worldwide recognized 'hero' there in the 1930s, just as Babe Ruth had been.

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Above: Randall Brink's 1993 book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart was a best seller in England and the United States.

Below: Best selling author, Max Allan Collins, who wrote The Road to Perdition that went on to become a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks, deeply researched Amelia Earhart's disappearance in order to write his 1998 historical novel, Flying Blind. Next to the book image find Tod Swindell's review of Flying Blind that appeared in the Fort Worth Star Telegram. 

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On Brutal Honesty

In her 1986 autobiography, One More Time, Carol Burnett wrote of Tod Swindell's father, newspaper journalist and author, Larry Swindell, how beyond being one of her "best friends" at UCLA, "Larry was one of the most brilliant people I had ever met. He was always brutally honest with me, and I didn't dare ask him what he thought of one of my performances on campus unless I really wanted to know."

Consider Tod Swindell's own 'brutally honest' conveyance about Amelia Earhart as something that emanated from 'a chip off the old block.'  

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Above: Larry Swindell, Carol Burnett, and 'Apple Annie' DeNeut in Eagle Rock, California, 1984. It was Larry Swindell who came up with the catchphrase term, "Protecting Earhart." In the late 1990s, Carol Burnett's company, Kalola became interested in Tod Swindell's collaboration with best-selling Amelia Earhart author, Randall Brink. Kalola travelled three representatives to Las Vegas where Tod introduced them to famous Earhart historian, Joe Gervais, who Randall Brink knew well and had worked with for over a decade. Ninety Nines' member, Margaret Mead was one of the Kalola reps who attended the meeting, and she soon after found herself heading to the Marshall Islands to participate in an expedition with Joe Gervais and a few other Earhart mystery devotees. Kalola ultimately decided the controversial nature of Amelia Earhart's old missing person case was not a good fit for a company that generally pursued non-controversial subject matters. Carol Burnett is an iconic 'Earhart-like figure' herself though, having blazed her own trail to become the first woman to host a prime time musical variety series on major network television.
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Click on the photo below to go to The True Story Of Amelia Earhart By Tod Swindell.

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About Tod Swindell
 
Born in Yonkers, New York in 1958, Tod Swindell was raised in Southern California and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A Cinema Arts graduate of the University of Arizona, his interest in Amelia Earhart's disappearance escalated in the early 1990s when he was researching stories for the CBS television series, 'Miracles and Other Wonders' hosted by Darren McGavin. The show's premise was later spun into, 'Encounters of the Unexplained' hosted by Jerry Orbach, that featured some of Tod's original research in an episode devoted to Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. A veteran of the motion picture industry, beyond specializing in the research and development of film properties, Tod also works as a free-lance journalist with published articles on the subjects of sports and pop-culture. His major film production work began with Universal's Desperado westerns for NBC, Executive Produced by Walter and Andrew Mirisch. For several years he made MOW's around the country for Desperado Films, Inc., eventually serving as its corporate President while also heading its story rights acquisition division. His producer credits include The Woman in the Moon, The Legend of the Phantom Rider, Ghost Rock, and Spin. His credits on numerous other productions include Geronimo, Major League, Six Days and Seven Nights, and Tin Cup. His past television series work includes The Young Riders, Legend, The Game, and The Magnificent Seven. Tod holds the registered copryrights on his Amelia Earhart intellectual properties that eclusively features his self-conceived, 'multi-layered' Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis. He also owns the Grizzly Adams trademarked brand that is partnered with the Vital Ground Foundation. He is the son of Texas Literary Hall of Fame member, Larry Swindell, and former Equity Theater actress, the late Eleanor Eby. His grandfather, the late Earl Eby was co-head of Lux Video Theater in the 1950s. Tod is married to his Aether Pictures, LLC production partner, Julie Magnuson Swindell. The two split time between their homes in Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest. 
 
 
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After the comparison study displayed their haunting post-war congruence, an incorrect 'doppelgängers' label was applied to the two former pilot friends, Amelia Earhart & Irene Craigmile. It was shown to be a false lable when the study showed they looked nothing at all alike before the 1940s.
 

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Above: A 1928 photo of Amelia Earhart. She turned thirty-one that year. The photo shows her with Senator Hiram Bingham at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

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 Above: A rare newsprint photo of the twenty-six year old Mrs. Irene Craigmile with her husband and father in 1930

The Irene-Amelia human comparison study revealed how in the 1920s and 1930s, pilot friends Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile looked nothing like each other. It also showed how eight years after Amelia Earhart went missing and was declared 'dead in absentia,' her old friend, Irene Craigmile suddenly began to look just like her missing friend, Amelia Earhart. 
 

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Below once again followed by more examples from the study, is the proud looking, wings-adorned, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam as she looked in the mid-1970s.  As mentioned she appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s because she had been known as Amelia Earhart before. To date the Smithsonian Institution and Amelia Earhart's family have chosen not to acknowledge the forensic analysis results. Note: The same thing happened in the case of Charles Lindbergh with the Smithsonian and his family--until his past alternate identity of 'Careu Kent' was confirmed in 2004.
 

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Again, 1963, the former Amelia as 'Irene' in Japan reprinted in a newspaper. 

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Those who contend she was the original Irene and not the former Amelia Earhart... 

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...have not thoroughly studied the fascinating Irene-Amelia story.

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Post mid-1940s Irene + Amelia

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Post mid-1940s Irene + Amelia

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1976 in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia

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"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of the Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart to show the world they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck, reprinted from his book, Amelia Earhart Survived. Note: From 1970 to 2016, four nationally published books averred that Amelia Earhart quietly lived-on after she went missing and in time became known as, "Irene." The two most recent ones, to include Colonel Reineck's shown here, were published in the wake of the first ever, Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis orchestrated by Tod Swindell, that wielded its incontrovertible results.
 

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 two decades long 'Irene-Amelia journey' send an e-mail query to evantod777@yahoo.com or call 323-317-0886. 

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 this and his two decades long 'Irene-Amelia journey' send an e-mail query to evantod777@yahoo.com or call 323-317-0886. 

Click here to e-mail Protecting Earhart/Irene-Amelia.com E-mail address: EarhartTruth@Irene-Amelia.com

Irene-Amelia.com 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
 
Irene-Amelia.com 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 Irene-Amelia.com. 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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