Welcome To Protecting Earhart's 'Irene-Amelia.com'
Eighty years ago
Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared while flying around the world. This website provides a thorough review of the
most pertinent information learned about it over the years by reputable investigators, and highlights a 'new millennium
forensic analysis' of their findings.
[Irene-Amelia.com previews the forensic analysis, documentary, and MSS Protecting Earhart. [Protecting Earhart U.S. Copyright Office Registration Number: TXu 1-915-926]
|Amelia Earhart, May 25, 1932 Sasha/Getty
"With the case of Amelia Earhart's disappearance, different
attempts made in the Twentieth Century to explain what happened to her were lined with rationalizations that obfuscated the
truth instead of clarifying it." Protecting Earhart
tense: obfuscated; past participle: obfuscated
render obscure, unclear,
synonyms: obscure, confuse, blur, muddle, complicate, cloud, befog
Earhart devoted two decades to examining the unanswered questions about Amelia Earhart's controversial disappearance.
If you are interested in learning about its findings, and the mind-boggling 'triplicate-saga' of the enigmatic Irene Bolam,
you've come to the right place.
Below: The Gervais-Irene Bolam
|1977, one of three 'Irenes' who used the same ID.
|Wings pinned on her left shoulder, she appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s
|With Amelia, age 31
|Photo used from Amelia's book, 'The Fun Of It'
"With the age-old 'missing person
case' of Amelia Earhart, we have arrived at a place where the accumulated body of evidence is too substantial to disregard."
Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell
What 'Protecting Earhart' Conveys...
"All truth passes through three stages. First,
it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
claims require extraordinary evidence." Ric Gillespie
"Irene-Amelia isn't a 'claim,' it's a recognizable truth supported by extraordinary evidence."
Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell
The Twenty-Year Journey of Protecting Earhart
From the mid-1990s
on, Protecting Earhart analyzed and expanded on the previous investigative research of Paul Briand, Joe Gervais,
Fred Goerner, Vincent Loomis, Randall Brink, Donald Moyer Wilson, and Rollin Reineck. Each devoted
decades to unconvering the non-conveyed realities of Amelia Earhart's last flight, with their individual efforts resulting
in the following published works:
|Randall Brink's 1993 'Best Seller'...
|Concluded Amelia ended up in the Marshalls and continued to survive
|The Vincent Loomis account... 1985
|Also concluded Amelia ended up in the Marshall Islands
Two ways to solve a Missing Person case: 1.) Find
the missing person. 2.) Find and identify the body of the missing person.
|The remarkable twenty-year journey...
|...of dedicated Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell
"I began looking into the Irene Bolam
versus Amelia Earhart case in the 1990s, and continued to work diligently on it ever since my first comparison results
came in. I never have and never will claim to have solved the so-called 'mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance.' What
I do promote as a result of my long term forensic analysis, that featured a thorough, comprehensive evaluation of the full
life story of one specific human being, is to have help solved the missing person case of Amelia Earhart. I did so
by showing how Amelia's post-loss 'body evidence' was first publicly put on display on a national level in 1970, by
way of a photograph that appeared in a book published by McGraw-Hill, a massive, New York-based publishing company. Along
with its subdivisions, McGraw-Hill distinguished itself as the largest high school and college text book distributor in the
United States back then. And no-matter how the shock of the photo was originally dismissed in 1970, and though the former
Amelia Earhart herself fought hard to keep her private-life of anonymity in-tact until she died in 1982, (for her own
good reasons no doubt,) in a supremely clear way my cumulative effort revealed how Amelia Earhart truly did survive to
become one of three women who used the same 'Irene Bolam' identity in the Twentieth Century. I labeled the former Amelia
Earhart in my Protecting Earhart forensic analysis, the 'Gervais-Irene,' after retired U.S. Air Force Major, Joe Gervais,
who in 1965 took the photo that appeared in said 1970 McGraw-Hill book, Amelia Earhart Lives. [See photos below.] While
the book itself contained some questionable content, the photo of Mrs. Bolam and her husband that it displayed still stands
alone. Today, regardless of the stodgy dispositions maintained by the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Institution,
or the ongoing silence from the U.S. government and Japan, and no matter the way non-truths about my work have been so loudly
profligated over the years by just about every Amelia Earhart enthusiast or mystery-solving theorist out there, my many
years of hard work devoted to getting to the bottom of the Irene Bolam matter speaks for itself. In 1996, upon meeting
him, my fascination with Major Joe Gervais' incredible collection of Amelia Earhart historical research along with his ongoing
insistence that the woman he met and photographed in 1965 used to be Amelia Earhart--was what initially inspired me. At that
same time, I was utterly amazed when I learned a forensic analysis of the late Irene Bolam's life history had never been
done, nor had she ever been forensically compared to Amelia Earhart. My ten-years-old by now, Irene-Amelia.com website
that I have purposefully left up on its outdated platform with its over-saturated content, merely highlights what I endured
throughout tireless efforts--that ended up resolving Amelia Earhart's missing person case in what is now an easy-to-observe
manner. Where any mystery about Amelia Earhart exists, it is in the form of where she actually was and what she
was actually doing before she optioned to take on her new identity. Many ideas have been expressed there, but the specific
details have yet to be learned, and it is most likely the case that the former Amelia Earhart took much of them to her grave.
The bottom line, however, is this: The photograph of Irene Bolam featured in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives in 1970,
definitely did display Amelia Earhart's survived body in 1965, going by a different name. There's absolutely no doubt
about that anymore."
Earhart's Tod Swindell, 2017
|'Amelia Earhart Lives' by Joe klaas. Published by McGraw-Hill, November 1970
|The Gervais-Irene and Guy Bolam
|As seen in the 1970 book, 'Amelia Earhart Lives' by Joe Klaas
| The Gervais-Irene Bolam, FKA 'Amelia Earhart'
|Photograph taken by Joe Gervais the day he met her, August 8, 1965
On The Outdated Amelia Earhart Mystery...
"During the past two decades the forensic truth concerning what happened to
Amelia Earhart after she was said to have 'disappeared without a trace' in 1937 became obvious. The problem is,
after Amelia went missing the U.S. press circuit and our national history stewards evolved to regard her loss in a Santa
Claus way, promoting it as a mystery only.
Like Santa Claus, as the Earhart Mystery's popularity in American culture grew--so grew the convenience of not having
to address or present the truth." Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell
The way it is.....
The Mystery of Amelia Earhart = The Mystery of Santa Claus
[Neither mystery exists the way they
are purported to. The truths about them are known, but no point in ruining the intrigue by endorsing
|The 'Mystery of Amelia Earhart'
|The 'Mystery of Santa Claus'
Protecting Earhart posted this website
for the purpose of delivering historical enlightenment to those who sincerely wish to know what became of Amelia Earhart
after July 2, 1937, and why an 'official silence' credo in Washington and Tokyo about her actual world flight ending
has prevailed since the World War Two era.
Truth Be Known...
Webster’s: truth plural truths play \ˈtrüt͟hz, ˈtrüths\ 1a (1) :the body of real things, events, and facts: actuality (2) :the state of being the case: fact (3) often capitalized :a
transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality b :a judgment, proposition, or idea
that is true or accepted as true c :the body of true statements and propositions
about what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937 was first learned and conveyed by World War Two veteran
heroes in the 1960s and 1970s. It just wasn't acknowledged to the public then, and it didn't become an observable forensic
reality until decades later.
Opinions about Amelia Earhart's
1937 world flight ending have been swayed in different directions over many years time by a variety of conflicting theories
and theorists. Rest assured knowing, the controversial 'Amelia Earhart' information discovered and presented in the new millennium
by Protecting Earhart is very real.
people who read, carefully observe, and seriously contemplate the information displayed on this first page end up convinced
the truth about Amelia Earhart has been known for some time.
have a hard time believing what they observe here will likely remain in denial.
|Plate from a 1987 Marshall Islands stamp series
|Earhart's Electra shown ending-up in the Marshall Islands
In 2002, Alfred Capelle, the Marshall Islands Amabassador to the United Nations told Associated Press reporter, Ron Staton,
"Amelia Earhart definitely came to the Marshall Islands in 1937," and that her arrival there when the Marshalls
were under the governing authority of Japan had always been viewed as "common knowledge" among his country's
people since the World War Two era. In their later years, USN Admiral Chester Nimitz and USN Admiral Richard
Blackburn Black both admitted how during the war the classified knowledge of Amelia Earhart having been 'picked-up
in the Marshall Islands and detained by Japan' had been "known and documented in Washington" [Nimitz]
and "passed through high-level military channels." [Black]
to note how a few rumors emanting from U.S. military sources arose during the war describing different ways Amelia met her
demise while in Japan's custody. 'She died of dysentery' or 'she was executed by a Japanese firing squad' or
'she died in a Japanese Betty Bomber plane crash during her end of war liberation' were significantly featured among
"The truth remains: No hard evidence ever existed supporting the suggestion of Amelia Earhart having died
while in Japan's custody, or in any other way subsequent to her disappearance. But a woman whose face print, full body and
character traits that clearly aligned with Amelia's, who in the mid-1940s virtually appeared from out of nowhere to work in
the banking industry in the United States, she died in 1982." Tod
|China [1937 flag version]
|The United States of America
"Given the inordinate circumstances of the July of 1937 time period
that left Japan, China, and the United States all precariously involved with each other, Japan would not have been so reckless
as to endorse or allow the death of Amelia Earhart in any way after it picked her up in the Marshall Islands. Japan's own
Harvard educated, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto had basically been put in charge of Japan's Imperial Mandate Islands the year
before. He and his fellow countrymen knew well who Amelia Earhart was, and understanding the gravity of the situation as
Japan's communication lines with the U.S. broke down, Yamamoto was certain to make sure Amelia remained safe." Protecting
Earhart's Tod Swindell
"It is myopic to automatically accept the ideas of Japan having executed Amelia Earhart or allowing
her to die from medical neglect. Japan itself has never owned either scenario, and the United States has never accused it
of either scenario. The war-time U.S. military generated rumors that described different ways Amelia's death occurred while
she was being detained by Japan, came into existence to facilitate internal closure to the classified knowledge of Amelia's
ongoing survival. The plain truth is, Amelia never died. She continued to exist during and after the war, arriving at a place
along the way where she no longer wanted to be a public person. As her post-war therapist, Monsignor James Francis Kelley
described it to reporter, Dean Magley in 1987, ""After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart
anymore."" How could anyone blame or question her for growing to feel the way she did by the end of the war?" Tod Swindell
|Monsignor Kelley & Irene, 1980
|The former Seton Hall College president revealed the truth about her past
"People tried to call Monsignor Kelley 'crazy'
for describing what he did about his long-time good friend, Irene. He wasn't crazy. The former Seton Hall College president
held doctorates in psychology and philosophy and provided 'healing emotional therapy' for the former Amelia Earhart following
the war years after her return to the United States. He and Irene remained life-long friends after that. While the famous
monsignor may have experienced some later-life dimentia before he died at the age of 94 in 1996, Protecting Earhart's
new millennium forensic analysis proved how from the 1970s on, to select individuals and a few Amelia Earhart historians,
he told the truth about his friend, Irene having been known in the past as, 'Amelia Earhart.'" Tod
The Protecting Earhart Story In Brief
By Tod Swindell
C. 1997-2017 Protecting Earhart/Irene-Amelia.com
(For the longer, "My Journey" version see the About Protecting
[Supported by a half-century of investigative research on Amelia Earhart's
disappearance, while noting how the long-ago assertion of Amelia continuing to live-on after she went missing was never disproved,
Protecting Earhart's organic website, Irene-Amelia.Com has been viewable on-line via service provider, Web.Com
Seventy years prior to 2007, after not locating
Howland Island and with no mention of her plane having any mechanical trouble, according to record Amelia Earhart stopped
transmitting messages after her ambiguous 'last words' of "We are running north and south"
were received. With the public not knowing the final direction she ended up steering her plane, the
'mystery' of what happened to Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan inauspiciously began at that point. Since then, over the
years the long and complex entanglement of what actually happened to the two fliers slowly took form in tandem with people's
growing curiosity--that evolved into a worldwide obsession.
In the interim, by the late 1960s, especially
after CBS investigative journalist, Fred Goerner's groundbreaking expose' about Amelia Earhart's last flight, The Search
For Amelia Earhart was published in 1966, people were at last accepting the long suspected reality of Earhart and Noonan
getting lost in the shuffle of the pre-World War Two era after their emergency ditching took place in the Marshall Islands.
Many eyewitnesses were still living then, with the vast majority of them offering how ever since the event occurred there
existed a 'common awareness' among Marshallese people that Amelia and Fred Noonan ended up there [an 'awareness' that still
exists throughout the Marshalls and its surrounding Pacific Islands region today] but they feared Japan's oppressive military
rule during that time period, and remained 'uncertain' of what became of the flying duo after the Nipponese Imperial
Navy rescued and subsequently detained them.
[Note: Amelia's flight log featuring
her final radio messages was withheld by the White House for over a year before
it reluctantly agreed to release it--after being pressured to do so. Early on, several investigators determined the White
House version was adjusted to suit public consumption before it was released. Their deduction was solidified after Fred Goerner's
discovery of a U.S. 0-2 Intelligence file dated 'November
1938' that referenced Amelia having transmitted her final decision to maintain a 'northern heading,' and her continuing to,
'transmit at intervals as her signals gradually weakened' after doing so, contradicting the version released by the White
investigation included cooperation from former U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Admiral, Chester Nimitz, who in 1965 admitted it was
"true" and "documented in Washington DC" that Earhart and Noonan "went down in the Marshall Islands
and were picked up by the Japanese." Goerner's additional detailed and indexed research was so impressive that it paved
the way for The Search for Amelia Earhart to occupy the top spot on the New York Times best seller list for several
his book's final summation, with various accounts relayed to Goerner that described Amelia's fate after she ended up in Japan's
custody, the CBS Radio reporter did his best to answer the question of how Amelia likely died. His investigation
showed Amelia was transferred to a Nippon military hub on Saipan after she was rescued in the Marshalls. Once there, according
to different accounts relayed to Goerner, she ended up sequestered at a facility known as the 'Kobayashi Royokan,'
a former hotel on Saipan taken over by Japan's military. After that, via additional information Goerner gleaned from local
sources, he learned how Amelia had come down with a harmful, mysterious illness, and deduced she had likely been stricken
with severe dysentery. Goerner wrapped up his landmark book by suggesting Amelia may have died from the affliction.
Locals had described to Goerner how Amelia, 'no longer lived' at the Kobayashi Royokan following her bout with the
illness. Yet the basic truth was, she had merely gone missing again.
some varying accounts that Amelia may have been executed for spying on Japan's installations also came into existence. In
the early 1940s, even a few U.S. Navy officials were subscribing to this idea. In 1942 the U.S. Navy itself planned to make
a 'WWII propaganda' movie about it, although the idea was scrapped. However to Goerner, Admiral Nimitz would not
verify that Amelia Earhart's execution had actually occurred. Especially after measuring an OSS rumor [Office of Strategic
Services, the CIA's predecessor] that seemed to promote yet another offering of Amelia having 'died in a plane crash'
during her post-VJ Day liberation process.
the above to the words of Admiral Nimitz' fellow top-brass Navy friend, retired USN Commander, John Pillsbury, who mentioned
to Fred Goerner that by his 'digging for the truth' on what really happened to Amelia Earhart and
Fred Noonan, he was on to something that would "stagger his imagination," one could only wonder about all
of what Amelia's world flight ending ultimately amounted to.
came to be the case, where as solid as the information was conveying how Earhart and Noonan ended-up in Japan's custody after
flying off course, determining exactly what happened to the duo afterward hit one rumor-mill detour after another,
thus creating the persistent, long-lasting guessing game that characterized the so-called 'mystery' Amelia Earhart's disappearance
The TIGHAR and Nauticos Fallacies
In lieu of all of the above information, most assuredly, by the mid-1980s an overt campaign to debunk the
otherwise extensive Marshall Islands research findings had commenced with the formation of TIGHAR, a group led by one well-funded
Richard Gillespie that came to exist just prior to Elgen Long's other new privately funded group, 'Nauticos' did. Since then,
both individuals worked tirelessly at persuading the public to believe the information researched and presented by Briand,
Goerner, Gervais, Brink, Loomis and several other previous investigators, was worthless. They did so so by claiming their
own differing suggested endings of Amelia's last flight were correct, with Mr. Gillespie fervently insisting Amelia and Fred
Noonan died on a remote deserted Pacific atoll, while Mr. Long concluded they simply crashed and sank near their intended
destination of Howland Island.
TIGHAR and Nauticos are
still going strong today, accompanied by quiet nods from the U.S. justice department with its long-maintained 'official
silence' stance toward Amelia's loss all-but welcoming their high profile invented diversions. More detailed, Richard
Gillespie offered how when they missed Howland, as Amelia and Fred Noonan continued to fly-on, with no previous mention
to anyone they elected to blindly steer hundreds of miles below the equator into the desert ocean--where they went down
on the uninhabited 'Gardner Island' [now known as 'Nikumaroro'] and perished as castaways. A remarkable Pied Piper like individual,
Mr. Gillespie managed to lead masses of curious individuals to his far-fetched ocean, where of course, after many of them
drained their pockets to help fund his expedition efforts, they metaphorically drowned in its false-hope waters. It appears
few of them paid attention to the fact that the Smithsonian Institution never deemed any of Mr. Gillespie's claims or his
recovered items from the once inhabited Nikumaroro, as linked to Amelia's 1937 disappearance. [The Smithsonian has,
however, cautiously afforded credence to the Marshall Islands ending of Amelia's flight.] Even so, TIGHAR sports a nice looking
Internet site that over time, along with Richard Gillespie's dogmatic posturing, managed to ensconce him as 'the media
darling' of the Earhart mystery world.
Elgen Long promoted the
U.S. government's preferred viewpoint for the public to adhere to ever since the event of Amelia's so-called 'disappearance'
took place. Mr. Long offered how after failing to locate Howland, Amelia and Fred Noonan ultimately crashed and sank fathoms
deep into the Pacific within a two hundred mile radius of it. Dismissed in Mr. Long's determination, was how according to
the Lockheed experts who built Amelia's plane it still had enough fuel on board for at least four-to-six hours of additional
flying time in the event she and Noonan missed Howland Island. Furthermore, both Mr. Long and Mr. Gillespie discounted Amelia's
mention of her 'Plan B' to reserve enough fuel to head back to the British Gilbert Islands chain should such a thing
as their missing Howland Island occurr. [The Marshall Islands, part of the Gilbert's same archipelago, are situated just north
of the Gilberts.]
Contrary to the ideas issued by Gillespie and
Long, the credibly substantiated, albeit, previously arcane information Protecting Earhart displays that was
initially discovered and revealed on a national level by the earlier investigators listed above, has never been disproved
or over-challenged. Just the same, by now people have heard so many different things about Amelia's disappearance due
to the newer, differing claims made by Gillespie, Long, and a variety of other latecomer theorists, that coupled with the
deflecting "official silence" long maintained by the United States and Japan toward the 1937 Earhart-loss
matter, that enabled both countries to ever avoid seriously addressing Amelia's old 'missing person' case in a public
way, a segue into obfuscation occurred that left today's general population no longer familiar with the true-gist of the controversy.
Recognizing the Amelia Earhart world flight story's
long-term maturation process and what the learned details of her disappearance ultimately amounted to, Protecting Earhart
revived the true controversy that pertained to Amelia's loss and returned it to the profound level it originally
came to rest at in the 1960s and 1970s. The 286 page MSS Protecting Earhart was first registered and filed at
the WGAw in 2004, and was renewed in five year increments until being fully copyrighted in 2014.
As well, anymore, answering the long-asked question of whether or not Amelia Earhart continued to
exist for decades after she was picked up by Japan in 1937 is easily done with three words: Absolutely, she did.
The public was just never supposed to know about it. Conceptually, though, her choosing to live out her life as a non-famous
person after World War Two should not be so hard to understand or accept. As the Gervais-Irene, she had shared her post-war
'Irene' identity with two other women to obscure who she used to be. Why? Perhaps her later-life friend and confidant, Monsignor
James Francis Kelley's 1987 quote explained it best: "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be
Amelia Earhart anymore." [Note: "All she'd been through" referred to what Amelia endured
from mid-1937 to mid-1945, the time period she was gone from view.]
be it from anyone to blame Amelia Earhart for feeling the way she did after the tumultuous war years, that left her preferring
to live out the rest of her life in a non-public way. Today, however, thirty-five years after the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart'
died in 1982, when the learned truth so obviously stares back at
the curious public, it should no longer be ignored.
Earhart's new-millennium investigation lifted the 'official silence' veil from the truth about Amelia Earhart by forensically
edifying the common conclusion of select previous investigators--who attested Amelia survived World War Two, changed her
name in pursuit of future privacy, and lived that way until she died in 1982. This truth is now obvious, and is destined to
be embraced in the near future by U.S. historians, just as Charles Lindburgh's long-rumored 'European alias' finally was in
"After World War Two ended, the United
States took Japan's government and its Emperor, Hirohito under its wing. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur all-but served as
Japan's 'President' while he resided in Japan the next four years working closely with the Emperor. There is virtually no-doubt
an agreement between the two countries was made early-on during MacArthur's tenure there, that left the war-era matter of
Amelia Earhart never to be discussed, revisited, or addressed in a public way by the governments of either country. Thus was born the ""official silence in Washington and Tokyo"" credo
about Amelia Earhart that has remained ever since, as cited by Selig Altschull and Marylin Bender in their 1982 landmark
book, The Chosen Instrument." Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell
As Decades Passed
As decades passed following the World War Two era, much information was discovered that pertained
to Amelia Earhart's unanticipated world-flight ending. To reach its inarguable forensic conclusion, as prefaced,
Protecting Earhart's long-term investigation on what happened to Amelia included a close examination of the work
of several previous investigators who determined Amelia continued to 'live-on' amid complex war-time circumstances. From
1970 to 2016, four nationally published books attested to this non-publicized reality, with each including how Amelia
outlived the war and opted for a new identity for the sake of her future privacy. The two most recent ones published in
the new millennium, 2004's Amelia Earhart Survived and 2016's Amelia Earhart Beyond The Grave were driven by
the gained knowledge of Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis results. The following 1993 book, Lost Star set
the stage for the revival of this previous misjudged reality:
|Randall Brink's 1993 'Best Seller'...
|Proved the U.S. government withheld crucial information concerning Amelia's disappearance
Above: Randall Brink's investigative classic,
Lost Star: The Search For
Amelia Earhart, W.W. Norton 1993. A recognized 'War In The Pacific' historian, from 1980 on Mr. Brink extensively
investigated the 'Mili Atoll ditching' outcome concerning Amelia's last flight that had not been conveyed to the American
public. Connie Chung profiled Lost Star's revealing content when she anchored the CBS Evening News. Randall Brink
detailed and expounded on the non-publicized reality of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan ditching at Mili in the Marshall
Islands where they were picked up and detained by Japan's Imperial Navy. It also
substantiated the suggestion of Amelia having quietly survived World War Two in Japan's care, and resurfaced the previously
dismissed 1970s postulation of Amelia continuing to live beyond the war in anonymity by choice. Mr. Brink was among selected
invitees to Mrs. Irene Bolam's lavish memorial dinner that took place in October of 1982, four months after she died. Decades
later, Protecting Earhart discovered how three women had been attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity,
and one of them definitely had been, previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
photographic and character traits data that made Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis possible had been withheld
for years by the Amelia Earhart Society [the 'AES'] located in Broomfield, Colorado. Founded in the 1980s by the now-late
William Prymak, a significant part of Mr. Prymak's AES objective was to whitewash the never resolved controversy
about Mrs. Irene Bolam. When the AES disbanded in the new millennium, Protecting Earhart managed to obtain the data
needed to conduct its revealing forensic analysis.
meet Protecting Earhart's "Gervais-Irene Bolam" FKA "Amelia Earhart"
|Her former 'AE' self superimposed
How are missing person cases solved? By finding the missing person, by finding the body
of the missing person, or by finding body evidence that is later verified to have belonged to the missing person.
In 1970, by way of a nationally published book issued by McGraw-Hill that made the New York Times
best seller list, USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.), who shared the copyright on said book, Amelia Earhart Lives,
included a photograph in it he had taken that he believed displayed the body of Amelia Earhart alive and well in 1965,
all-be-her reidentified as, "Mrs. Irene Bolam."
For the previous ten-years, beginning
in 1960, Major Gervais had been closely examining the history of Amelia Earhart's so-called, "disappearance." In
1965, after meeting and photographing Mrs. Bolam at a gathering of highly respected pilots from the past, Major Gervais devoted
much additional attention the next five years to examing her personal background, the results of which led him to determine
she could only have been the woman formerly known as, Amelia Earhart.
On the page
where her photo appeared in the book, Joe Klaas described Mrs. Bolam as, "Mystery woman, Irene Bolam."
Soon after the book was published, Mrs. Bolam held a news conference at the Time-Life building in New
York City. Standing alone and unaccompanied, she defiantly told the press, "I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia
Earhart." Her denial was spoken in the present tense, so really, she had told the truth. Her name had been "Irene"
for almost three decades by then.
Within her prepared, short written statement that she read aloud
to the room crowded with reporters and cameras on that November of 1970 day, she further admonished the book as, "a fantastic
pack of lies."
After she read her statement, she then left the room without taking any questions.
believed her denial, except for Major Gervais.
McGraw-Hill immediately withdrew the book, Amelia Earhart Lives
from all stores nationwide.
Mrs. Bolam then sued McGraw-Hill, Major Gervais and Joe Klaas for libel and defamation, although not
for implicating her as the former Amelia Earhart.
One of the libelous statements in the book Mrs. Bolam cited was the way Joe Klaas described
her late husband, Guy Bolam of England, who had died earlier that year, as her "alleged husband." So much implied
she may not have been legally married to Mr. Bolam. Mrs. Bolam produced her 1958 issued marriage license to disprove the allegation
that she had lived out of wedlock with Guy Bolam. There were a few other 'deemed libelous by Mrs. Bolam' inclusions in the
book she also cited.
In the end McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay Mrs. Bolam a high five-figures sum to settle her suit against the publisher.
Except her 'summary judgment' lawsuit against Major Gervais and Joe Klaas ended up lasting five years before it was settled
with ten-dollar considerations paid to each side. Mrs. Bolam had sued them for an additional amount in excess of one million
dollars, but in the end she refused to submit her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity. By then the general public
had pretty much forgotten all about the withdrawn book, Amelia Earhart Lives, that had implcated Mrs. Bolam to have
been the survived Amelia Earhart living with a new identity.
In one of my conversations with Major Gervais in 1997, he described how Mrs. Bolam "handled
the press like a pro" and she "demonstrated the means to hire the best legal representation."
In 1978, a few year after the
summary judgment ended, Major Gervais appeared in an episode of Leonard Nimoy's "In Search Of" TV series. Within
it, edifying his ongoing certainty, he boldly declared Amelia Earhart was 'alive and well, reidentified as Irene Bolam
living in New Jersey.' Mrs. Bolam sued him again, this time for invasion of privacy. She won and was awarded the ten-thousand
dollar fee Major Gervais was paid to appear on the show.
Major Gervais remained unphased. To his dying day in 2005, he continued to insist the
'Irene Bolam' who he met and photographed in 1965 used to be known as Amelia Earhart. Upon entering the new millennium, after
embarking on my Protecting Earhart forensic analysis, it was 2006, a year after Major Gervais died that Mrs. Bolam's
son, Larry Heller first identified to me an entirely different woman to have been his mother than the one whose photograph
appeared in Amelia Earhart Lives, adding to the validation of my own realization, that Major Gervais had been correct
all along. He really did find Amelia's body in 1965. The problem was, no one was ever supposed to know about it. Tod
"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." 1997 quote of Mrs. John Bolam, the survived sister-in-law of the above pictured, Gervais-Irene
In 1985, during an on-camera interview with original seven astronaut, Wally Schirra, the former astronaut confirmed to reporter,
Dean Magley of Illinois that he had 'met the woman who used to be known as Amelia Earhart at NASA in the 1970s.' When Dean
Magley asked Wally Schirra how he knew such a thing about the woman he met, Schirra answered "reliable people" had
confided in him about it.
|Amelia, age 31, from her book, 'The Fun Of It'
In The Gervais-Irene's Own Words...
"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."
Two cryptic Gervais-Irene quotes from a 1967 letter she wrote to retired Air Force Major, Joe Gervais. [See handwritten excerpt
& comparison below.] Note her non denial-denial language use, "...because they each knew us both well
as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile," where she plainly stated the two people she referenced knew her by different
names; Amelia and Irene. The 'two people' were Amelia's 1930s' pilot friends, Viola Gentry
& Elmo Pickerill who reckoned her as 'Irene' after the World War Two era. Note as well, her odd
reference to "the Amelia Earhart" as if she likened the name to a ship that had sunk long ago.
Below: Two handwriting comparison samples from Protecting Earhart's document
examination portion of its forensic analysis. The cursive letter words came from separate handwriting samples of Amelia's
and the Gervais-Irene's that were compared and evaluated.
|Gervais-Irene from a 1967 letter to Joe Gervais
|Protecting Earhart's study added Amelia's "Amelia M. Earhart" high school signature
|Gervais-Irene cursive letters compared to Amelia's
|From Protecting Earhart's study; above left side: The Gevais-Irene; Above right side: Amelia Earhart
Examples from well over a hundred physical and character trait comparisons that are part of Protecting Earhart's new-millennium
Below: Beyond the physical and character trait congruences,
another key, controversial discovery made within Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis was the realization of three
different women having been attributed to the same 'Irene' identity, with the third 'Irene' shown on the far right appearing
nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s:
|The original Irene Craigmile, 1930.
|A past acquaintance of Amelia's, shown with her husband Charles and her father, Joe.
|The 'second' Irene Craigmile, early 1940s.
|The 1934 born son of the original Irene recalled this woman as his childhood mother.
|The third Irene Craigmile in 1946
|Became 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England
The forensic analysis proved how only the Irene Craigmile shown above in 1946 on the
far right, who was identified nowhere as Irene prior to the mid-1940s, forensically matched Amelia Earhart. The 1934 born
son of the original Irene stated he held no photos of his mother from his childhood. The above middle photo of the woman he
recognized as his 'childhood mother' had been withheld from public view by the Amelia Earhart Society until after it disbanded
in the new millennium. The original Irene Craigmile shown on the far left
between her first husband and father no longer appeared extant by the end of World War Two. [The original Irene's
first husband, Charles Craigmile died in 1931. Further down is a brief biographical portrait of the original Irene Craigmile
who Amelia had been acquainted with in the 1930s.] For separation simplicity, Protecting
Earhart's study labeled the three different Irenes who used the same identity as 1.) The Original Irene [above
far left] 2.) The Non Gervais-Irene [above middle] and 3.) The Gervais-Irene [above far right.]
Note: The "Gervais" label denotes USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (1924-2005) who met, photographed,
and conversed with the above far-right displayed 'Irene' at a gathering of prominent retired pilots in New York in 1965. On
the day they met she was accompanied by her English husband, Guy Bolam, and she introduced herself as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' to
him. Major Gervais noticed an eerie resemblance Mrs. Bolam had to Amelia Earhart, and an air of prominence she carried that
featured a high level of respect shown to her by the other attendees. When they met, Major Gervais had been investigating
Amelia's disappearance for a number of years, and he had been invited to New York--all expenses paid--to lecture to the senior
aviators' group about his investigation findings by Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, Viola Gentry, a 'good friend' of Mrs. Bolam's.
After sensing it right away, then carefully
evaluating her ambiguous past for the next five years, Major Gervais spent the remainder of his days to his death in 2005
avowing she had previously been known as 'Amelia Earhart.'
ANY serious follow-up investigation made by ANY entity or person to determine the veracity of Major Gervais' assertion about
the Mrs. Bolam he met, conversed with, and photographed, the public was instead led to believe it was all a hoax, due in large
part to the 1970 McGraw-Hill book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas. The book over-embellished what Major Gervais
determined by way of introducing a variety of odd suppositions within its attempt to describe how Amelia ended up the way
she did. The woman in question, the 'Gervais-Irene' [Mrs. Bolam] sued McGraw-Hill, Joe Klaas and Joe Gervais for libelous
statements found within the book's sordid embellishments, yet NOT for implicating her as 'the former Amelia Earhart.'
After five years worth of summary judgment proceedings, McGraw-Hill
was ordered to pay Mrs. Bolam a high five-figures sum for publishing a book containing slanderous statements about her. She
had sued Klaas and Gervais for an additional sum in excess of one-million dollars, but after rejecting Major Gervais' request
that she submit her fingerprints to prove who she was (or wasn't), her refusal left both sides settling their portion of the
case with ten-dollar considerations paid to each other in January of 1976. This was the true end-result of Mrs. Bolam's
lawsuit. [Note: Mrs. Bolam's attorney during the summary judgment proceedings had been Benedict Ginsberg, who had
previously been part of U.S. Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy's legal team during the Jimmy Hoffa trials.]
Today, reality shows how any serious official investigation, if one had been conducted back
then, would have blown the lid off the truth and proved Major Gervais correct within the public arena. [Note: To date
there has never been an official investigation that looked into the disappearance of, or the missing person case
of Amelia Earhart.]
Anymore, An Obvious Reality...
Mid-Late 1940s, Enter The 'New' Irene Craigmile
the 'new' Irene Craigmile emerged in the United States following the World War Two years, twenty more years would pass before
anyone would suspect her as the former Amelia Earhart. By then she was 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' as a result of her 1958
marriage to Guy Bolam of England. As the debate about her enigmatic persona and odd air of importance continued
to grow in the 1970s and 1980s, even some of her family and friends began to struggle with the question of her true identity.
It wasn't until Protecting Earhart's new millennium forensic study took place that the person she used to be finally
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted
as being self-evident."
|Top: Gervais-Irene & former Amelia self combined
|Bottom row far left, Amelia; middle her future self; right, Amelia
|Gervais-Irene Craigmile became Irene Bolam in 1958
|LPGA Promoter, Peter Busatti with his friend, the Gervais-Irene Bolam, FKA 'Earhart' in the 1970s
"Peter Busatti said he accompanied Mrs. Bolam to the Wings Club in New
York City on one occasion. He said a full length portrait of Amelia Earhart hangs in the room dedicated
in her honor. ""It was a dead ringer for Irene,"" he said. ""I told her she looked like Amelia Earhart and she said, ""No,
I don't look like her."" ""Sometimes I thought she was, sometimes
I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied, ""When I die you'll find out,"" Busatti said.
At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned all the admirals and generals seemed to
know her." Excerpts from a 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune article.
"...all the admirals and generals seemed
to know her."
"The forensic studies
are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife as she claimed. She was
influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." A new
millennium Associated Press newspaper quote about the Gervais-Irene Bolam and Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis
as spoken by John Bolam, the Gervais-Irene's survived brother-in-law who knew her in the 1960s and 1970s, and for years suspected
she might be the 'former' Amelia Earhart.
History Itself Recalls...
|The Vincent Loomis account...
|Published by Randam House in 1985
Above: Vincent Loomis and his co-author, Jeffrey
Ethell published the well researched & detailed book, Amelia Earhart: The Final
Story in 1985. It was the first book to feature significant back-up proof to complement the previous work of previous
renowned investigators Paul Briand, Fred Goerner, and Joe Gervais. Mr. Loomis solidified the conclusion
of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan going down at Mili Atoll where they were picked up by Japan and transported to Jaluit by
way of its sea tender, the Koshu. Japan verified the Koshu had been ordered to head
for the Marshalls to search for Earhart and Noonan the day they were reported missing, July 2. [Note: Japan refused
to allow the United States to search the Marshalls. After agreeing to conduct its own search there, no results were ever
forwarded to the United States from its government.] Mr. Loomis located Imperial Navy records indicating the Koshu first
arrived at Jaluit on July 9, 1937. A Marshallese medical intern who worked at a Japanese run facility on Jaluit, Bilimon Amaron,
described how he was summoned at that time by a Japanese officer to tend to Noonan's 'knee and head wounds.' While doing so
aboard the Koshu, Amaron saw Amelia nearby among some Japanese naval officers, and he noticed her plane hoisted in a sling
at the ship's stern. He also described Fred Noonan saying something to him as he dressed his knee wound, but Biliman spoke
no english back then. [He did speak Japanese and overheard side conversations Japanese officers had about the duo being picked
up near Mili.] The Koshu then returned to Mili to reclaim the flying team's coral reef crash site, and it circled back to
Jaluit where it again arrived on July 13. [Note: After World War Two, other eyewitness and various accounts from the
Marshall Islands and its surrounding Pacific Islands region surfaced as well.]
the large amount of telling information his book presented, Vincent Loomis also learned how three days after Amelia was reported
missing, Japan's Ambassador to the United States, Hiroshi Saito dispatched a 'coded' "Most Urgent" message to
Japan's Foreign Minister, Koki Hirota on July 5, to convey the U.S. had accepted Japan's offer to search the Marshalls for
Earhart and Noonan. Except on July 7, the same day Japan declared war on China, after the U.S. announced its additional massive
U.S. Navy search effort had commenced in the same Pacific region, Hirota grew concerned. It was clear Japan did not want
any U.S. ships or planes surveying its Imperial Mandates that the Marshalls were a significant part of, so Hirota swiftly
cabled Japan's Consul-General Fukuma in Honolulu to request he visit the U.S. Naval Command there--to get assurance that
no Japanese territories were to be approached by the U.S. during its search effort for Earhart and Noonan. Although the
U.S. suspected Amelia may well have ended up in the Marshalls, assurance was given to Fukuma that it would stay clear of
The Tokyo Rescue Leak
Vincent Loomis also discovered a 'news leak' about Earhart's rescue had occurred, prompting Foreign Minister Hirota
to send another "Most Urgent" message to Japan's England Ambassador Yoshida, about a 'July 13' international news
dispatch from London, one also picked up by India's UNI newswire service that emanated from Tokyo, announcing that Amelia
Earhart and Fred Noonan had been rescued by a Japanese ship. Hirota was flummoxed after Japan's own Advertiser
learned of it. [The Advertiser was a 1930s Tokyo newspaper that would later merge with the Tokyo Times.] Mr. Loomis was unable
to locate any response from Ambassador Yoshida to Foreign Minister Hirota, and follow-up attempts to identify the source
of the 'Earhart and Noonan rescued' article by the U.S. were unsuccessful after Foreign Minister Hirota managed to further
censor it. Japan's Ambassador to the United States, Hiroshi Saito, who had wired Tokyo from Washington DC about the story,
did not disclose the actual reply he received from his government, leaving both Ambassadors Saito and Yoshida to further claim
ignorance. Their communications about Earhart's rescue report took place between July 14 and July 20, 1937, exhibiting 'perfect
timing' when collocated with the flying duo's pick-up at Mili Atoll and days-later arrival at Jaluit. U.S. Secretary of State,
Cordell Hull had requested verification from Ambassador Saito about the rescue story on July 15, the day after the newswire
made its way into a few U.S. newspapers. Ambassador Saito's short, typed reply to Secretary of State Hull was received on
July 20. Simply and cordially, he expressed
no knowledge of Amelia having been rescued by his country. By then, however, his country's newly declared war against China
was almost two-weeks underway and dominating worldwide headlines, and with the U.S. having clearly shown its support for
China by placing embargos on exported goods to Japan, it obliterated what was left of the already 'heavily clouded by
suspicion' communication lines that had existed between the two countries even before Amelia went missing.
How The World War Two U.S. Alliance With China Initially Took
Form, And The Way It Affected Japan's Viewpoint Of Its Detainee, Amelia Earhart:
Just before she went missing on July 2, 1937, during the previous month of June while Amelia was still flying around
the world, U.S. Army Captain, Claire Lee Chennault, while posing as a civilian, had just arrived in China ensuring the U.S.
alliance to the country by helping to train and build its air force under the supportive guise of China's leader, Chiang Kai-shek.
The epilogue of Japan's July 7, 1937 declared war against China that was concurrent with its detainment of Amelia Earhart,
began with Chennault accepting a position as China's chief army air advisor immediately after Japan's war declaration.
The move marked the birth of the covert U.S. Flying Tigers geared to help China's war effort against Japan. This was soon
followed by Germany's November of 1937 announcement of forming its alliance pact with Italy, its 1939 invasion of Poland
that was immediately followed by England's declaration of war against Germany, then Japan's 1940 announced alliance with Germany
and Italy to complete the unified formation of the Axis powers, and finally, the U.S. entering World War Two in 1941 after
Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Amelia? After being picked up by Japan in an area she was not supposed to be anywhere
near during the early days of this world-stage turmoil, she segued into existing as a metaphorical held-knight in a heated
war-time chess match.
|Fred Noonan & Amelia Earhart, 1937
|Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10E landing in Paramaribo during her 1937 world flight.
A Few 2002-2014 New Millennium Press Notices Re:
Protecting Earhart's, Tod Swindell
The Topeka Capital-Journal
"Foudray said she understands
why Earhart would not want her identity known after returning to the United States. ""She was tired
of being famous and her privacy was important to her,"" she said. Foudray
also believes the research of Gervais and Swindell is "just the tip of the iceberg."" Lou
Foudray of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison, Kansas. From a Topeka
Capital-Journal Article by Jan Biles
National Press Circuit of New Zealand by Rosalea Barker
an 'Earhart Research Symposium' that Ms. Rosalea
Barker of New Zealand had attended with three hundred other curious souls, before
drawing her conclusion further below she described the event in a way that had
long been atypical of how differing theorists regarded the polarizing Amelia Earhart disappearance subject matter:
two days many knowledgeable people had been explaining their theories and supporting them
with the fruits of their research to the point where I felt like I was trying to separate black sheep
from white in a computer game that kept randomly changing the colour of sheep.
Just when I thought all the facts had been marshalled in support of one theory,
those same facts would be marshalled in support of another, completely opposite one."
Ms. Barker further included:
"After watching some
video [of Tod Swindell's documentary footage, who presented and spoke at the event] and looking
at the self-published book by researcher, Tod Swindell, who employed the methods and expertise of forensic
anthropologists to compare Amelia Earhart and Irene Bolam physically, I think Joe
Gervais was right."
Rosalea Barker, of Scoop Archives, New Zealand. Often a stateside New Zealand News Journalist, Ms. Barker had just
attended the Oakland Western Aerospace Museum's 'Earhart Research Symposium,' that left her believing
in the stark reality (and simplicity, really) of the Gervais-Irene Bolam having been previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
The Contra Costa Times
"Tod Swindell, an Earhart researcher since 1991, told the audience
Saturday, ""The executive branch of the government was aware of Earhart on a level the rest
of the public wasn't."" Swindell discussed letters, tapes and presidential communications
that surfaced many years after Earhart's disappearance that provided tenuous clues."
Linda Davis, The Contra Costa Times
Forensic Study Reaction Statements:
have carefully studied the overlays and your presentation. Your conclusion that there were plural
Irene Bolams has completely convinced me that this is indeed the case. You have also convinced
me that the Gervais-Irene was AE. Incredible. You have quite an impressive package
there. Keep charging - Gene." From a note
to Tod Swindell from Retired Navy Rear Admiral, Eugene Tissot. Eugene Tissot's Father, Ernie
was a friend of Amelia's who had served as her head plane mechanic during her 1935
Hawaii to Oakland flight. This was Gene Tissot's response to his examination
of the first distributed forensic analysis results packet he was one of four original recipients of.
"Your work relating to
AE and IB is absolutely outstanding. There is no other way to describe it. I just wanted you to know that I
have nothing but admiration for you and I am honored and proud to be on the winning
a note written by USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.) to Tod Swindell. Colonel Reineck was one of the four original
recipients of the first distributed forensic analysis results. Reineck's book Amelia Earhart Survived was published through
the Paragon Agency, duly crediting Swindell's forensic argument achievements. Featured
in Reineck's book from pages 156 to 165 are several samples of photos separating the different identified 'Irene's' reproduced
directly from the Protecting Earhart analysis.
The Associated Press
"The forensic studies are very convincing.
She was not an ordinary housewife as she claimed. She was influential, knew many well placed people and
was well traveled." The now late John Bolam, referring to
Tod Swindell's 'New Millennium, Protecting Earhart Forensic Analysis' as quoted
in an Associated Press article by Ron
Staton. John Bolam was the survived brother of the Gervais-Irene Bolam's British
husband, Guy who she wed in 1958. John and his wife often enjoyed the company of his
brother and sister-in-law, Irene throughout the 1960s and 70s. He began suspecting his sister-in-law to have been the
'former' Amelia Earhart after the book Amelia Earhart Lives came out in 1970, that implicated the reality of her
true past. Protecting Earhart's study convinced him it was true. John Bolam also suspected his brother, Guy, Irene's
later life husband who was born and raised in England and ran Radio Luxembourg in his later years, may have been MI-5
|The Gervais-Irene in Japan, 1963...
|...identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, the truth stares back
|...with her former 'Amelia' self, Protecting Earhart's study left it obvious...
|Amelia to her future Gervais-Irene self
|The Gervais-Irene to her former Amelia self
"Richard Gillespie said the photos [in reference
to Protecting Earhart's comparison study of the Gervais-Irene and Amelia] didn't line up." A quote
from a 2017 Popular Mechanics article. Reality, however, displays they all lined up.
special recognition to Tod Swindell who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of Irene Bolam and Amelia
Earhart, to show the world they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck, reprinted from
the Preface in his book, Amelia Earhart Survived.
Earhart's Forensic Analysis Was Initiated
"I found it hard to believe, after directly learning from World War Two veterans
and famed investigative authors, USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais and USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck before they passed on in
2005 and 2007 respectively, that the same 'Irene,' who for over three decades they had claimed with steadfast certainty
used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart,' had never been forensically compared to Amelia, nor had her full-life story
ever been scrutinized in anything close to a forensic manner. Gervais remarked he never needed a comparison
analysis. He offered that when he met her in 1965 among other prominent retired pilots in New York, he felt he recognized
her right away, and after his own five-year follow up investigation of her past he was left accepting, and even embracing
the truth of who she used to be. Finally, after listening to Colonel Reineck's recorded interview of former Seton Hall College
President, Monsignor James Francis Kelley [1902-1996] who outright confirmed his late close friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam used
to be known as 'Amelia Earhart' within it, I decided it was long overdue for a forensic analysis to be conducted that
would compare the physical beings and character traits of Amelia and said 'Irene' to each other, and that said 'Irene's'
life-long past should be seriously looked into as well. During the course of the
study a discovery was made that revealed the 'Irene' identity in question had been attributed to three different women,
and the particular 'Irene' Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck referred to as the 'former Amelia Earhart' appeared nowhere
in the photographic record of said 'Irene's' person prior to the mid-1940s. Add to this the way the 'Irene' in question
displayed a head-to-toe physical congruence to Amelia, then combine it with how their character traits also aligned, so
much made it easier to identify how Major Gervais, Colonel Reineck, and Monsignor Kelley, against the grain of conventional
history and conventional reality, were all-along correct about the 'Irene' they had referred to, the 'Gervais-Irene,'
who absolutely, without question, most definitely did used to be known as Amelia Earhart. Where any mystery of Amelia Earhart
still exists, it is in the form of how this incredible post-war reality about her came to be." Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell, 2017, Atchison, Kansas
About the original,
A past acquaintance
of Amelia's whose left-over identity she later acquiesced
|The Original Irene Craigmile, 1930.
|Shown with her husband Charles & her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.
The original Irene Craigmile and
Amelia Earhart were acquaintances.
original Irene Craigmile's maiden name was 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley.' She was an only child. Best
estimates described her as 'born in 1904' although no birth certificate for her was
ever located. Her mother, Bridget Doyle O'Crowley, who called her daughter 'Madeline,' died
when her daughter was twelve. Following his wife's death, the original Irene's father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley [known as
'Joe'] found it difficult to raise his daughter alone so she was left to be cared for
by her paternal grandmother, Sarah Rutherford O'Crowley and her paternal aunt, an attorney by the name of Irene Mary Rutherford
O'Crowley, Sarah's daughter. In 1920 said mother and daughter team lived together on Lombardy Street in Newark, New Jersey
with young Irene, who was listed as 'age 14' at the time. Joe O'Crowley had remarried by then and saw his daughter less frequently.
Note: The above mentioned original Irene's aunt, attorney Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley
was the first woman to pass the New Jersey state bar exam. She was also a prominent ZONTA member who in 1928 oversaw and was
the emcee for Amelia Earhart's induction into the ZONTA organization, an exclusive club for prominent professional women.
Amelia and attorney Irene remained friends from that point on.
1928 as well, Sarah O'Crowley and her daughter, attorney Irene O'Crowley began caring for a four year old little girl who
attorney Irene described as 'the daughter' of a deceased relative. By then the original Irene had married and was living in
Pequannock, New Jersey with her first husband, Charles Craigmile, who she wed in 1927.
In 1931, while he and the original Irene were on a road trip together visiting his parents,
Charles Craigmile tragically died from internal poisoning after his appendix burst.
A year later, Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry helped arrange flying lessons for the original
Irene to lift her spirits, and in late May of 1933 she was awarded her pilot's license--only to realize she was newly pregnant
out of wedlock at the time, thus ending her brief stint as a pilot. [It was the second time the original Irene had become
pregnant out of wedlock. The first time occurred before she met Charles Craigmile.] Within a few months of realizing she was
pregnant the original Irene eloped to marry the father of her child, her last flight instructor, Alvin Heller. Their son,
Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller was then born in March of 1934.
their matrimony was short lived. By the late 1930s Al Heller had moved to Buffalo to work at the Curtis Wright airplane factory
and the couple's marriage was soon after annulled. An ugly custody battle for their son also ensued with both Al Heller and
the original Irene accusing each other of poor parenting, excessive drinking and promiscuous behavior. Amid this turmoil their
son was often left in the care of others, then strangely enough, by the early 1940s his mother, the original Irene no longer
A few years later, in 1946, a different woman sporting
the original Irene's same identity could be found working at the Peoples National Bank of Long Island as a Senior Loan Officer.
Where Amelia's career left her familiar with the world of high finance, the original Irene had no work experience or education
relative to the banking industry. In fact, beyond her losing her first husband in 1931, her short lark as a pilot, eloping
to marry in 1933 then having a baby in 1934, the original Irene's employment history only showed her having worked as a department store 'floor
is evident the original Irene's son, who grew up to be a Pan Am pilot, only recalled a surrogate mother figure from prior
to his enrolling at a boarding school in the early 1940s, for the woman he identified as his 'childhood mother' for Protecting
Earhart, the 'Non Gervais-Irene,' was much younger than his biological mother. In recent years this forensic reality was
verified by way of Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis. [Note: The lengthy,
'Al Heller, Irene Craigmile 1938-1942 annulment and child custody case file' is viewable in the Nassau County, Long Island
public records division.]
same person who was once known as Amelia Earhart ultimately went by different names in different eras. It isn't so hard anymore
to understand why, and by now it has become easy to recognize. In a confounding way, though, ever since the 1970s when this
hard reality first surfaced, the American public has been herded like sheep by wolves disguised as historical shepherds who
insisted it wasn't true through multimedia outlets. It's interesting to note how none of them ever marked an 'official history'
representative. Even so, by way of like-minded individuals, today this incredulous tradition of public deceit
about Amelia Earhart continues to omnipresently dominate multimedia expressed viewpoints, where people are persuaded to
not even consider the by now highly-obvious Amelia-became-Irene reality, and across the board they
mindfully obey." Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell 2017
After weighing the results of Protecting Earhart's new-millennium, 'comprehensive
forensic analysis,' any further the solid forensic conclusion clearly states: There were three different individual human
beings attributed to the same Twentieth Century identity of "Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam," and
one of them, the 'Gervais-Irene' who appeared nowhere identified as Irene in the United States prior to the mid-1940s,
and who completely matched Amelia Earhart physically and character trait wise when compared, had famously been known as 'Amelia
Earhart' prior to when she was errantly purported to have 'vanished without a trace' in mid-1937:
Early 1940s 1946
Above: The three different women historically identified
as one in the same,
Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam." Past denials and slight
'look adjustments' notwithstanding, anymore it is forensically certain the woman shown
in 1946 on the far-right
[the Gervais-Irene] had previously been known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
"I did not want to appear on the National Geographic Channel's special, 'Where's Amelia Earhart.' Colonel
Reineck talked me into it. I did it as a favor to him, yet only after I struck an agreement with one of the show's producers,
Noel Dockstater, who promised to address and display the recent forensic discovery of more than one person having used the
same 'Irene' identity. Of course I was disappointed after Mr. Dockstater reneged on his promise and did not display or address
the discovery at all. Instead, once again the Irene-Amelia controversy was whitewashed in the program. Never have I witnessed
such shoddy treatment of decades worth of bonafide research. As with the Smithsonian, it is clear Nat Geo's corporate regard
of the Earhart disappearance matter includes avoiding the topic of why it has never conducted its own serious investigation.
Neither the Smithsonian nor the National Geographic Society have ever done such a thing. Rather, both have long adhered to
the old 'official viewpoint' of encouraging the so-called 'mystery of Amelia Earhart' to remain in vogue." Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell
With all that has been learned about it over the years, the National Geographic Channel's most recent program about Amelia's
disappearance, "Where's Amelia Earhart?" marked an insult to the collective intelligence of honest, educated Americans.
Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace,
The soul that knows it not, knows no release,
From little things;
Knows not the
livid loneliness of fear
Nor mountain heights where bitter
joy can hear
The sound of wings.
Below: Some of the last photos taken of
Amelia Earhart in New Guinea just before she and her navigator, Fred Noonan went missing. Left-to-right, Amelia with one
Frank Howard; with F. C. Jacobs and Fred Noonan; and with Noonan just before boarding for their last flight. Underneath,
a photo of the duo's final takeoff in Amelia's Lockheed Electra 10E.
|The duo's final takeoff from Lae, New Guinea
The truth about Amelia Earhart's world flight
outcome--and what became of Amelia after she went missing--has long been recognized by many individuals from within the public
Conceptually, the world and the universe are very different from each other. The rules of the world evolved
from human ideas over many thousands of years and they have not always remained on track or been fairly distributed. Perpetually
refined so that someday goodness might unconditionally prevail, this has long been the ideal goal of rules made by humans
in charge of running the world. There have been slip-ups along the way, mostly fear-instilling, ego-driven ones that enabled
barbaric societies to exist, individuals akin to Adolph Hitler to be admired, and ideas of racism, and religious and gender
inequality that led to practices of slavery and genocide. These were all worldly creations of human beings who managed to
promote them to popular levels.
The universe is different. It tracks the ebb-and-flow of goodness
only and always rewards the highest good the most. The universe pays no attention to 'ego' or 'bad' or 'evil' and it is incapable
of fear or trickery. The universe is a straight player only, always has been, always will be. This is why the wisest of good
and charitable human beings throughout time have always adhered to the common notion: Don't trust the world, trust the
universe, for it rewards in kind. With the missing person case of Amelia Earhart, fearful, ego-driven people of the world
created the mystery it became. Therefore in a worldly way, it can be said, "The mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance
exists because it's supposed to exist." Yet to some good, brave and kind individuals who saw through the worldly limitations
applied to it, without hesitation they recognized the real, 'universal truth' about Amelia Earhart long ago.
The 'believe it or not' truth about Amelia Earhart has been recognizable for decades, although it has been shouted
down over the years by important sounding individuals who worked hard to encourage the public to ignore it, and to pay attention
instead to their own differing conclusions.
Where Amelia Earhart And Fred Noonan
Ended Up, And What Ultimately Became Of Them...
|Marshall Islands Ambassador, Alfred Capelle...
|told the Associated Press in 2002: "Amelia Earhart definitely came to the Marshall Islands in 1937"
|1987, 50-year commemorative Marshall Islands Stamp
|Depicts Earhart & Noonan and their plane's retrieval by Japan's military near Mili Atoll
Again, above left is the Republic of the Marshall Islands United Nations
Ambassador, Alfred Capelle who confirmed to the Associated Press and repeatedly to others as well the long recognized 'common
awareness' in his country of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan having ended up there. Above right is another 1987 Republic
of the Marshall Islands postage stamp, one of a series that commemorated the country's 50th anniversary of Amelia's
rescue at Mili Atoll by Japan's Imperial Navy in early July of 1937. The Koshu had been consistently described by a variety of Marshall Islands residents from the World War Two
era on, to have been the boat that picked-up Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan, and Amelia's Lockheed Electra after the fliers
ditched in the lower Marshalls at Barre Reef, adjacent to Mili Atoll. Accordingly, Earhart and Noonan remained stranded there
for a few days before Japan rescued and ultimately detained them. It is important to recall here, that the U.S. had asked
permission from Japan to search the Marshalls right after the fliers went missing, but permission was denied, and Japan never
reported the results of its own agreed-to search efforts either.
Note: In 2017 the History Channel aired a documentary
about Amelia's last flight that duly supported her having ditched in the Marshall Islands, although it postulated as well
that Amelia had likely 'died' while being held by Japan without offering any real proof that such a thing occurred. [See the related 'recently discovered photo controversy' in the 'Press Notices'
link.] The idea of Amelia dying while she was in Japan's custody was contrary to the beliefs of several past investigators,
who, citing sound reasons for doing so, averred that Amelia actually survived the war while she remained in Japan's care,
and she eventually returned to the U.S. to live in anonymity by choice, as quietly endorsed by the omniscient guises
of two post-war relationship-healing countries, the United States and Japan. Although ridiculed by many who found it hard
to believe, this actually does make sense as Amelia was a loved hero in Japan in the 1930s just as Babe Ruth had been.
Japan's famous Admiral, Isoroku Yamamoto, who was its Pacific Commander when Amelia went missing, would not have allowed her
to be executed or to succumb to a neglected illness--the two main suggestions of how she may have died while in Japan's
care. Proponents of Amelia's continued survival believe Japan strategically protected her as an 'ace' in its deck of war-time
cards, and futhermore, that Japan's war-time 'Tokyo Rose' broadcasts invention was a coy reference to its coveted detainee,
Amelia Earhart, who had been referred to as "Tokyo Rosa" among Imperial Mandate Island locals during the years leading
up to the war. It is correct to recall, especially in lieu of the FBI having issued a statement in 1949 that declared the
war-time 'Tokyo Rose' moniker as having been, "strictly an American G.I. invention," that the true origin of the
name 'Tokyo Rose' dated back to the pre-war years--when the term was being used as a synonym for Japan's 'detained American
lady pilot, Amelia Earhart.' [Read more about this throughout Irene-Amelia.Com.]
|A few American accented women...
|...broadcast for Japan duing WWII. One indentified herself as, "Tokyo Rose"
the years leading up to World War Two, Amelia Earhart was code-name referred to as "Tokyo Rosa" by people living
among Japan's Imperial Mandate Islands. Ambassador Capelle affirmed the Pacific Islanders translation of 'Tokyo Rosa' was
'that held by the chrysanthemum.' The chrysanthemum is a euphemism for the Emperor of Japan, whose official seal prominently
adorns a chrysanthemum flower. Even though many U.S. servicemen who served in the
Pacific during World War Two insisted one of the 'American accented sirens' who broadcast for Japan clearly identified herself
as "Tokyo Rose" when signing on and off, four years after the war ended the FBI issued an curious statement to the
effect that 'Tokyo Rose' had been a moniker "strictly invented by U.S. soldiers."
Below are four of the stamps issued
by the Republic of the Marshall Islands in 1987, including the one displayed above. Right after
the duo was rescued by Japan, the Sino-Japanse War began, exacerbating the difficult situation the world flight
team found themselves in:
|The 1987 Marshall Islands Stamp Series
|Shows Earhart and Noonan's takeoff from New Guinea to their crash and retrieval at Mili Atoll
Below: A 1944 USAAF reconnaissance photo of
Taroa Island in the Marshall Islands taken during a bombing raid, reprinted from Randall Brink's best selling book, Lost
Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart, W.W. Norton, 1993. Protecting Earhart's forensic study enlarged and rotated
the insert, then placed an outline of an Electra 10E, Amelia's plane model, over it.
|1944 USAAF recon photo
|Taroa in the Marshalls; several accounts described Amelia's wing-damaged plane was taken there
| 1944 USAAF Marshall Islands reconnaissance photo
|Taken on a bombing run over Taroa, eyewitnesses claimed Amelia's 'wing damaged' plane ended up there
Above: The one-winged outline of an Electra
10E fit right over a plane on Taroa Island in the Marshall Islands in 1944 that matched no other Japanese manufactured
planes of that era. Years before the photo was located in U.S. military archives, eyewitnessess John and Dwight Heine both
described how Amelia's wing-damaged plane ended up at Taroa where they helped Japanese military personnel off-load it from
its transport ship. The cowlings and WASP engines looked to have been removed, as was the damaged wing at the seam. The
full recon photo was first published in Randall Brink's 1993 book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart. Protecting Earhart's study greatly enlarged the photo before placing the Electra
outline over it.
Why this information was never endorsed to the
Ever since the World War Two era, the 'official
silence' regard the United States and Japan maintained toward Amelia Earhart's world-flight ending discouraged
people from recognizing later-learned forensic true-hoods about it. Observe the following quote:
foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the fate of Amelia Earhart an everlasting
mystery." From Marilyn Bender and Selig Altschul's Pan Am & Golden Age of
Aviation history expose', The Chosen Instrument, Simon & Schuster, 1982.
[Note: About the book, The Chosen
Instrument mentioned directly above, its title referenced the consistent U.S. government contracts awarded to Pan Am Airways
during the 1930s 'golden age of aviation.' Thus, 'Pan Am' was Uncle Sam's 'chosen instrument' when it came to strides
made in the rapidly growing field of aviation. Amelia's world-flight navigator, Fred Noonan was a top navigator for Pan Am
before he agreed to participate in Amelia's world flight. The rumor of his being 'fired' from Pan Am for excessive drinking
was later shown to be false, as was the rumor that his penchant for alcohol caused he and Amelia to miss Howland. Seeing through
the conjured excuse that tried to place the blame for Amelia's loss on Noonan's shoulders, those who knew and worked with
Fred Noonan vehemently stood by his 'highly responsible' prowess as a navigator. Noonan taught many other Pan Am navigators
in its flight training school, and he served as the head navigator on the original Pan Am Clipper team that opened the world's
first major airline service over the seven seas in the mid-1930s. According to the research of retired USAF Major, Joe Gervais
in the 1960s & 1970s [and edified by the 1980 statements made to Randall Brink by Amelia's 1930s friend, Walter McMenamy,
who mentioned he "last saw Noonan in 1949"] after Noonan went missing with Amelia, ostensibly he was liberated without
fanfare by Japan while Amelia continued to remain in its charge, and in time he segued into a high-level position in U.S.
Naval Intelligence. Noonan was also a highly experienced sea-man, who during the war years, according to Major Gervais, was
part of the team that helped with the logistical planning of the Normandy invasion. [Note: Whether or not Noonan ended
up as one of two people who used the same name of 'William Van Dusen,' Pan Am's former public relations chief who was badly
injured in the war, remains a subject of debate. Gervais believed the real Van Dusen may have died from his war injuries leaving
Noonan to acquiesce his identity.]
|April 17, 1935
|Above: Fred Noonan shown third from right with Pan Am's original Hawaiian Clipper survey team.
Easier To Understand...
A few influential dissenters darkened the
common think-tank about Amelia's disappearance by suggesting it was obscured by a vast conspiracy,
even though it never was. Easier to understand is how the truth was buried long ago by the select
few who were clued in about it.
In time it became evident
to those who seriously studied the gradations of it all; there was a certain lack of innocence
when it came to the so-called 'disappearance' of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. This reality was
solidified after the 1980 Freedom Of Information Act, when it was verified the United States Executive Branch had all-along
withheld crucial information about it:
"The only thing different is the history you will never know."
Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman [shown above] answers a reporter in the fall of 1945. The President
had been asked what was different about the world after the war(?) The Earhart debacle marked some of the 'never to be known
history' left over from President Franklin Roosevelt's administration that Truman inherited. [See below.]
|Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. & FDR
"I hope I've just got to never make it public." 1938
words of the White House adminstration's, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. on information the U.S. Executive Branch withheld about
Amelia Earhart's disappearance.
Above, prominent cabinet member, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. [shown with
President Franklin D. Roosevelt] plainly described how the White House withheld information about the outcome of Amelia's
1937 world flight in an official transcript dated May 13, 1938, ten months after Amelia and Fred Noonan went missing.
One of the Roosevelts' better family friends and among FDR's most trusted advisors dating back to his term as governor of
New York, when Henry Morgenthau Jr. cautioned he 'never wanted to have to make
public' what the White House learned about the untimely ending of Amelia's world flight [how her plane had been engaged
by Japanese aircraft after she steered too far north of England's Gilbert Islands into hostile territory] he was responding
to a query about it forwarded to him by First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt who had been a good friend of Amelia's. By virtue of
Morgenthau's additional words preceding his, "I hope I've just got to never make it public" statement, that in its
entirety reads, "What that woman--happened to her the last few minutes... I hope
I've just got to never make it public," based on the intelligence the White
House had gathered on Amelia's "last few minutes" and in lieu of Japan's impenatrable
silence about it, FDR's administration determined Amelia and Fred Noonan met their demise by being shot down, and it would
be awful to "have to make it public." The White House was later stupefied
as World War Two grew imminent, when additional information it gathered indicated the duo actually managed to survive by ditching
in the lower Marshall Islands--where as later verified, Japan's Imperial Navy retrieved and detained them without public awareness.
Ultimately buried by the onset of the war, FDR's administration never
did 'make public' any of the crucial information on Amelia Earhart's world flight ending it furtively withheld.
The U.S. Executive Branch's tradition of silent-treatment toward Amelia's loss continued to remain throughout the war,
throughout the remainder of the Twentieth Century, and it still remains to this day.
The reason the American
public was ultimately encouraged to dismiss the truth blatantly presented to them about Amelia Earhart's disappearance in
the 1960s & 1970s was forged after the event occurred, then firmly shored up at the end of World War Two. During the enormous
amount of reparation agreements that took place right after the war, it was strategized what would be best for both the United
States and Japan patriotically and internationally moving forward, that the mystery of Amelia's disappearance would always
remain, 'a mystery,' and Japan willingly agreed. President Truman had replaced Henry P. Morgenthau Jr., who he did
not like much, just before VJ Day. After FDR died in April of 1945, Morgenthau was a fairly inert White House figure whose
remaining value left him viewed as one of the few individuals who knew where some of FDR's important bones were buried. As
part of the new White House administration, Morgenthau's suggestion to convert Germany into an agrarian society after the
war was viewed as myopic by Truman and his own hand picked advisors, and it served as the last straw when it came to ending
Morgenthau's enduring, formidable White House presence and tenure. How the mystery of Amelia Earhart came to remain
firmly in place ever since the war years may partially be found in the following quote issued by the infamous Joseph Goebbels,
whose nationwide propaganda efforts swayed an entire country during the pre-World War Two era: "If you tell a big lie often enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The
lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the consequences of knowing the truth. For
the truth becomes the enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the enemy of the state."
Hence, ever since the end of World War Two the following has remained a quietly observed
true-hood in both Washington DC and Tokyo: 'The mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance exists because it's supposed
|Above, Amelia on either side flanking her future self, the Gervais-Irene, shown in 1970
The Ever-Obfuscated Post-Loss Reality Of Amelia Earhart
Dating back to the 1970s,
it has remained understood and accepted by many reputable individuals--some no longer living of course--that Amelia Earhart
survived her ordeal in Japan's custody and she eventually returned to the United States after assuming a different identity.
Even so, the mere mention of Amelia's post-loss continued existence into the latter
part of the Twentieth-Century was perpetually obfuscated in the public eye, although anymore the evidence is clear it did
happen. To be sure, four nationally published books issued from 1970 to 2016 promoted it as a purposeful non-conveyed reality,
only to be ridiculed by disingenuous individuals more interested in promoting lesser claims to media outlets than they were
in embracing the truth. Most people today do not realize there remains a 'politically correct' influence in place that encourages
the public to accept how there was no conceivable way Amelia could have continued to survive in Japan's care throughout
the war. The History Channel's new 'she died while in Japan's custody' favoritism marks the latest example of steering
people away from accepting Amelia's obvious, post-loss body evidence. True, the historical ramifications of the U.S.
government acknowledging Amelia's post-loss existence in the U.S. after the war would be pretty significant, so it's easy
to see why it has always managed to avoid addressing the topic. Never the less, it is the truth. It's important to
reiterate how no hard evidence of Amelia's death ever surfaced after she ended up in Japan's care. On the other hand,
body evidence amounts to proof, and one can observe here-below and throughout this website--what actually became of the
person that had been previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart':
|The 'Gervais-Irene', Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia 1976
|The forensic study proved her post-war era identity had been attributed to two other women
|Protecting Earhart's study also proved...
|...the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s...
|...and further proved...
|...her physical and character traits congruence to the world famous person she used to be
|Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia 1976
|Monsignor Kelley's sister, Gertrude Kelley Hession (left) with the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart'
Click on the following link for a slow motion dissolve
of the above. Hit the back arrow to return to Irene-Amelia.Com:
No matter what has been repeatedly described over the years by strong-voiced opponents [veteran
Earhart theorists & devotees Mike Campbell, Richard Gillespie, and Elgen Long foremost among them] whom in the interest of promoting
their own differing claims combated the assertion of Amelia having survived her disappearance and later changing
her name for the sake of future privacy, the point is: Forensically there is incontrovertible
evidence that reveals how after her storied
disappearance, Amelia did outlive the war, and she eventually changed her name before resuming
her life in the United States. Following her return to the U.S., she endured a period of healing and made a few adjustments
to her famous visage while familiarizing herself with U.S. life in the mid-1940s. She then took up residence in her former
Long Island stomping grounds where she was given comfortable positions in the banking industry. She was first employed at
the People's National Bank near Mineola as a senior loan officer, before ascending to vice president status at the National
Bank of Great Neck--until retiring in 1958 when she married Guy Bolam of England, who ran Radio Luxembourg. [Great Neck, Long Island was where as
Amelia she had lived with her friend, Marian Stabler's family in the mid-1920s. During her fame years she often flew out of
Floyd Bennett and Roosevelt Air Fields on Long Island as well.]
as 'Irene,' she travelled the world incessantly after she married Guy Bolam and had resumed her association with the women's
ZONTA organization as well. After Guy died in 1970, she took over as the corporate president of Radio Luxembourg and continued
to travel for the remainder of the decade, regularly to England and Japan beyond Europe, that included of course, Luxembourg.
An interesting footnote; her later-life adoration of Japanese culture left some individuals
who assessed the constraints of her war-time survival considering she was possibly a Stockholm Syndrome victim during
the years she existed under Japan's stewardship. As her friend and confidant, Monsignor James Francis Kelley once remarked
about her later-life years, "...she barely recognized herself for who she used to be," and how after the war she,
"didn't want to be Amelia Earhart any more."
Amelia was able to obtain her new identity with assistance
from a ZONTA figurehead she befriended during her fame years [Attorney Irene Mary
Rutherford O'Crowley], with omniscience of the U.S. Justice Department [the
FBI's J. Edgar Hoover], and a 'confidant' friendship that offered her needed support administered by then Seton Hall College President, the aforementioned Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a well-known priest with doctorates
in philosophy and psychology who from the late 1970s to the early 1990s described to select individuals how he had
treated Amelia with "healing emotional therapy" after her return
to the United States. Monsignor Kelley, who died in 1996, also disclosed how he had been instrumental with helping Amelia
to become 'Irene.' [Note: This is all substantiated information. See the Monsignor
Kelley related photo and news article clipping below.] In more recent years, after Monsignor Kelley's recorded statements
were publicized, status-quo Earhart mystery devotees decried them as 'attention seeking offerings from a victim of old-age
senility' that caused the monsignor to 'make-up' what he passed along about his good friend, 'Mrs. Irene Bolam.' Some long-time close friends of the Monsignor's disagreed, offering how the Monsignor was
"quite lucid" in the late 1970s when he first began telling them how Amelia survived the war in Japan's custody--before
he helped her to resurface in the United States with a new identity. It's easy to see the Monsignor was all-along correct
when one examines the decades after-the-fact forensic comparison results and considers the otherwise unlikely enormity
of coincidence of two people sharing the overall congruence they displayed. The three panel comparison above marks a significant
example among many others from Protecting Earhart's new millennium study, especially when one considers the photo was
enlarged from one taken of Monsignor Kelley's close friend, the Gervais-Irene, sitting next to his sister, Gertrude Kelley
Hession, her main travelling companion after Guy Bolam died. For edification of this, again click on the following link to
observe the short, slow-motion dissolve that begins with the full original photo. This time, be sure to look into the Gervais-Irene's
eyes as the dissolve unfolds. Once more, here's the link: Irene4-slo transition-HD 720p
Until Protecting Earhart's new millennium
forensic study took place this undeniable congruence had not been recognized, nor had it been discerned that by the time the
former Amelia Earhart died in 1982, the same identity that left her further known as 'Irene' after the war had also been attributed
to two other women. Said amazing realization further cemented the reality of how the 'Irene' who matched Amelia from head-to-toe,
who was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s, used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.'
This latent history of Amelia Earhart was dismissed by her survived family and virtually ignored by official
history itself. None the less, the five-decades-old 'never-disproved' assertion that the Gervais-Irene Bolam was previously
known as Amelia Earhart, logistically exists anymore as an obvious forensic reality.
Still not convinced? Keep going. The truth was just revealed to you, now you're about to be hit over the head with
From 1970 on, to include ever since the Gervais-Irene died in July of
1982, people relentlessly continued to question her true past. Directly below is former Seton Hall College President, Monsignor
James Francis Kelley's telling 1982 newspaper quote pertaining to the suggestion of his recently deceased friend, Mrs. Irene
Bolam's [the Gervais-Irene's] suspected 'previous Amelia Earhart identity.' His reply left the curious on the brink of recognizing
a privately understood reality when it came to Amelia Earhart's full life story:
War time service awards given to Monsignor James
20, 1946 citation from J. Edgar Hoover for assistance rendered during
the war years to the Internal Security of the Nation through the Federal Bureau of Investigation
of the United States Department of Justice."
"Citation awarded in 1941 by Henry P. Morganthau Jr. for three years of Patriotic Service with integrity and diligence for the Treasury
Department of the United States of America."
The above two awards are cited in Monsignor Kelley's 1987 autobiography. He offered
no explanation on why he received the above awards, but he did include the following passage in the foreword of his autobiography
that was no doubt relative to his previous relationship with his long time 'important' friend, the Gervais-Irene, who
died in 1982:
"My reason for not wanting anyone else to do my story was that I knew many of my files contained some very
personal and intimate stories about many people, prominent nationally and internationally. Some
of them were now dead and I felt that to allow someone else to have access to these documents
could result in the publication of data about deceased people who could not defend themselves."
Kelley later acknowledged he had 'written a chapter' for his book about his endearing relationship with Amelia Earhart, who
he confirmed was further known as 'Irene' in the United States after World War Two, his decision to not include it in his
final published version was not so surprising. In fact, as close as the two had been for over three decades, that his book
never once mentions the names of 'Amelia' or 'Irene' anywhere is revealing in itself--where it concerned the ongoing importance
and sensitivity of their previous alliance.
|Cover of Monsignor James Francis Kelley's autobiograpphy
Below: An excerpt from investigative author, USAF Colonel Rollin
C. Reineck's 1991 taped interview with Monsignor James Francis Kelley.
Reineck tracked down the elderly Monsignor after learning from two of the Monsignor's good friends,
Helen Barber and Donald DeKoster that the Monsignor had confided in them about Amelia's continued survival as 'Irene' years
Reineck: If you have things of hers [Earhart's]
I would like to see them. Are you aware that she was Irene Bolam?
Reineck: Amelia Earhart
was Irene Bolam?
Kelley: That's right, yes.
Note: Listening to the actual recording of this, the Monsignor could not have
sounded more calm and matter of fact in his reply to Colonel Reineck's question about Irene Bolam.
|Their close friendship was evident after WWII...
|The Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart'] and Monsignor Kelley in the 1970s
|Monsignor Kelley's beautiful St. Croix, US Virgin Islands home.
|Monsignor Kelley's beautiful Rumson, NJ home. The Gervais-Irene was a familiar guest at both homes.
NOTE: In 1991, retired Air Force Major, Joe
Gervais and retired Air Force Colonel, Rollin Reineck held a press conference in Hawaii to provide updates on their ongoing
investigation of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, foremost including their certain belief that Amelia had 'quietly survived'
World War Two. Colonel Reineck soon after received a letter from a Mrs. Helen Barber of Wayne, Pennsylvania that described
something her seasonal neighbor, Monsignor James Francis Kelley had shared with she and her husband a decade
earlier. She referred Colonel Reineck to another couple she knew, Mr. and Mrs. Donald DeKoster of Detroit Michigan, (Mr. DeKoster
was an auto industry executive) to additionally verify the information she had been made privy to. Both the Barbers and the
DeKosters were fairly affluent and owned winter homes in the Virgin Islands on St. Croix, near Monsignor Kelley's home there.
The following section was excerpted from a letter
sent to Colonel Reineck by Mrs. Barber shortly after his press conference with Joe Gervais took place:
“Dear Colonel Reineck,
My husband and I read about your news conference
in Hawaii. We are impressed by the integrity of your investigation into the Earhart matter and we simply had to contact you
with a related experience we have kept to ourselves for many years. We have a home in the Virgin Islands where we spend winters
and one of our neighbors down there is Monsignor James Francis Kelley. Monsignor Kelley owns a beautiful home on top
of a hill on the island of St. Croix where our winter home is also located. In 1981 during a luncheon with him, he related
to us how he was commissioned at the end of the war to help bring Amelia Earhart back from Japan. He said he was chosen to
serve as her psychiatric priest. He also told me something about missing documents he had to get that she needed in order
to help with her Identity change. The Monsignor told us that he received her as she was being subjected to an identity change.
He told us that she stayed with him at his New Jersey home and I believe sometimes his St. Croix winter home while he helped
with her emotional, spiritual, and psychiatric needs.”
The above passage was reprinted from a letter Helen Barber sent to Rollin
Reineck in 1991. Reineck recorded different follow-up phone conversations he had with Mrs. Barber and Mr. Donald Dekoster.
Both confirmed their belief in what Monsignor Kelley described to them about Amelia Earhart, with Mr. Dekoster offering how
the Monsignor was "quite lucid" in the late 1970s when he first told him how instrumental he was when he helped
Amelia settle into her new 'private life' as 'Irene' after the war years.
Having privately confidided to
select individuals about her beforehand, after his good friend, the Gervais-Irene died in 1982, Monsignor James
Francis Kelley began to more freely disclose how she used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart' to people who approached him
about it. Twenty years after his doing so, it was therefore no coincidence that Protecting Earhart's new-millennium
forensic comparison analysis displayed the obvious head-to-toe and character trait congruences the Gervais-Irene and
her former Amelia-self shared. Although known by different names in different eras, plainly and naturally,
the same human being shone through in the forensic comparison study. Shoring it up within the overall analysis, was
the ID placement made by the 1934 born son of the original 'Irene,' Clarence 'Larry' Heller. At his attorney's office
in New York, to Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell, Mr. Heller positively identified an entirely different woman than
the Gervais-Irene to have been his 'mother' from his childhood on, solidifying the long-held claim of his mother's 'Irene'
identity having been additionally attributed to Amelia Earhart for her to use as an alias in her later-life years. Mr. Heller
also confirmed that Amelia had known his mother's family through his mother's aunt, an attorney from Newark, New Jersey, I.
Mary Rutherford O'Crowley who was a prominent ZONTA sister of Amelia's. Ms. O'Crowley had served as an occasional 'Amelia
Earhart brand' contracts advisor for Amelia along with another prominent ZONTA figure who served as Amelia's publicist, England's
Nina Broderick Price. Incredibly enough, strategically as well, as close as Amelia had been to both of them, one will
not see either of their names mentione in ANY of Amelia's authorized published biographies. Ms. O'Crowley, who in 1928 had
endorsed Amelia into the ZONTAs, and Mrs. Price, who had received Amelia's ZONTA mail for her in New York, served as ZONTA
chapter presidents in the 1930s; Ms. O'Crowley served as a Newark, New Jersey ZONTA chapter president, and Mrs. Price
served as a New York City ZONTA chapter president.
Traversing ahead with a new professional career
after a few adjustments were made to alter her familiar visage, the combined changes left Amelia's pior-self hard to recognize.
This reality was pre-enhanced, since by the time World War Two ended the vast majority of U.S. citizens were settled in their
belief that Amelia Earhart had not survived her 1937 world flight outcome. So much enabled the 'former' Amelia Earhart to
embark on a new private-life existence, one where she would be commonly, and legally known as 'Irene' in the United
States during the remainder of her life after the war, even through some significant remonstrations that surfaced during her
last twelve years on earth, 1970 to 1982.
Incredibly enough, although many curious people,
to include some her good friends and even some family members who had known her and continued to question who she really was
long after her death occurred, it wasn't until after Protecting Earhart's new-millennium forensic analysis took place
that the reality of her previous life as the famous 'Amelia Earhart' finally ascended to exist at the obvious state it now
From 1970 to 2016, four nationally published books authored by different investigative researchers concluded Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 disappearance in Japan's custody
and eventually changed her name to 'Irene Craigmile,' the same name of a 1930s acquaintance of hers. Unlike Amelia's
background, Protecting Earhart's investigative research revealed the original Irene Craigmile's existence during the
1930s to have been ambiguous, even sordid at times, and exemplified a person who generally lacked ambition. [See further below for a brief on the original, 'Irene Craigmile.']
|The Joe Klaas-Joe Gervais book:
|A best-seller in 1970, it determined Amelia privately survived and later changed her name to Irene.
|By Robert Myers & Barbara Wiley, 1985
|A first hand account; note Irene's photo on the cover.
|By Colonel Rollin Reineck, 2003
|Concluded the Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam was FKA 'Earhart'
|Most recent, by W. C. Jameson
|Concluded the Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam was FKA 'Earhart'
USAF Major, Joe
Gervais was first to realize the 'Amelia became Irene' equation in 1965, with his five-year 'investigative research' assessment
of it later appearing in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. In time a slew of follow up investigators [and authors] who seriously
looked into the controversy came to agree with Gervais, and they determined Amelia accepted her new existence as 'Irene'
not only for political reasons, but because she no longer wanted to be a famous, 'public' person. Once more, as her later
life good friend and confidant, former Seton Hall College president, Monsignor James Francis Kelley of Rumson, New Jersey
described it to Rockville, Illinois TV reporter, Dean Magley in 1987: "After all she'd been through she didn't want
to be Amelia Earhart anymore."
Another decade would pass after Monsignor
Kelley described what he did to Dean Magley, before Protecting Earhart's 'first of its kind' quantitative forensic
analysis began highlighting the credibility of the well-known Monsignor's words. [See the Monsignor Kelley/Wally Schirra page-link for
The Protecting Earhart MSS expounded on the results
of its long-term, comprehensive analysis backed by extensive supportive research, thus enabling it to forensically endorse
the conclusion of Amelia Earhart's post-loss survival that left her further known as, 'Irene Craigmile' after World War Two.
[Note: In 1958 said 'Irene
Craigmile' married Guy Bolam of England, thereafter leaving her known as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam.']
|Overlooking Honolulu from the Punch Bowl...
|...USAF Major, Joe Gervais (Ret.) and USAF Colonel, Rollin Reineck (Ret.) in 1991
Famous Earhart investigative researcher, USAF Major
Joe Gervais [1924-2005] who studied Amelia's disappearance more than anyone in the Twentieth-Century, was the person who first
traced the knowledge of Amelia's survival and eventual name change to have been protected by former Seton Hall College President,
Monsignor James Francis Kelley, former FBI Chief, J. Edgar Hoover, war-time Archbishop Francis Spellman, former Women's Air
Force Service Pilots leader and past good friend of Amelia's, Jackie Cochran, Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, Viola Gentry, General
Douglas MacArthur, Attorney Irene Mary Rutherford O'Crowley, and Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey.
Major Gervais did write to J. Edgar Hoover in early 1969, asking
him about Amelia Earhart only to receive the following response:
"In reply to your request, information in our files must be maintained
as confidential pursuant to regulations of the Department of Justice. I hope you will not infer either that we do or
do not have material in our files relating to the individual you mentioned. Signed, J. Edgar Hoover."
“I think of God as a symbol for good, thinking good, identifying
good in everybody and everything. This God I think of is not an abstraction, but a vitalizing, universal force, eternally
present, and at all times available.”
‘Don’t trust the world, trust the universe. The truth is known. The universe
delivered the truth about Amelia Earhart decades ago; the world has kept it from being understood and accepted.’
Most definitely, the Gervais-Irene
Bolam was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Even so, quite a few important sounding individuals continue to all-but scream,
kick and hollar within their attempts to convince people otherwise.
The Post-World War Two Era Preference
J. Edgar Hoover had his hands full in late August of 1945. World War Two had just ended and no one was ever to know that Amelia
Earhart had managed to survive the duration of it in Japan's stewardship. Hoover recognized how the always heeded to 'official
silence' in Washington and Tokyo about Amelia's loss left people uncertain of what really happened to her. Fortunately for
him, nary a soul considered Amelia might still be among the living as the U.S. bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. No matter the
other tongue-in-cheek pseudo 'official offerings' about the circumstances of Amelia's disappearance that came to exist, she
did manage to survive with the shared knowledge of it eventually being sealed by executive orders in both Washington and Tokyo.
Shoring up the half-century old, 'never disproved' discovery
Major Joe Gervais made in 1965 and first went public with in 1970, Protecting Earhart developed the first-ever forensic
reality viewpoint that enabled it to handily display and ultimately prove Amelia's continued existence after World War Two. This
includes her privately arranged return to the United States where she was further recognized as one
of three women attributed to the same name of "Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam," until her
death on July 7, 1982.
From the time he first
met her in 1965 at a prestigious gathering of retired pilots in New York until his death in 2005, USAF Major, Joe Gervais
(ret.) maintained this particular Irene Bolam, shown above in a 1976 photo taken in Jamaica, was previously known as, 'Amelia
Earhart.' [See the comparisons
below and throughout Protecting Earhart's Irene-Amelia.com website.] Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis that was being conducted when Major Gervais died ended up proving him
correct. This photo does depict the woman who up until mid-1937 was famously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' Well adept at skirting
the subject of Amelia's disappearance, the U.S. State Department, the U.S.
Department of Justice, and the U.S. Executive Branch have never denied this truth and never will. 'Official silence' and
becoming adept at skirting the subject of seriously addressing Amelia's post-loss circumstances have long been the credos
U.S. government departments have adhered to. Credo: 'A belief or aim used to guide someone's
Major Gervais found Mrs. Bolam's close friendship with Amelia's sister, Muriel highly familiar as well.
Below: Note the uncanny 'sister-like' resemblance
Amelia's sister, Muriel had with her later-life friend, the Gervais-Irene. Their similar appearance was no coincidence because
they truly were biological sisters.
|Amelia's mother and sister, Amy Otis & Muriel "Pidge" Earhart. (Amelia's nickname was "Millie")
|Amelia's sister, Muriel
|The Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart' in 1965.
|With British husband, Guy Bolam.
|The Non Gervais-Irene....
|An O'Crowley family secret?
|Left and right photos...
|...displays same person in younger-older versions.
|Non Gervais-Irene's true identity remains unknown,
|Her estimated age in 1982 was 'late fifties'
Below is the younger and older alignment of the Gervais-Irene,
whose photographed image appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives.
She was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s, and she was not biologically related to Larry Heller, although she
did use his mother's identity from the mid-1940s on, until she died in 1982.
|Left and right images combined display the congruence.
|The Gervais-Irene in 1965.
|AKA 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' in the photo displayed in the 1970 book 'Amelia Earhart Lives.'
It ultimately proved out after they were forensically
compared, the Gervais-Irene and Amelia Earhart displayed a highly remarkable congruence:
|The Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.
|...the Gervais-Irene superimposed with the 1933 Amelia photo.
|Amelia Earhart, 1933
|Shown in a 1963 photo taken in Japan
|...Amelia and the Gervais-Irene.
|Amelia Earhart, age thirty in 1928.
|Photo taken after her Friendship flight.
Can a person change
over time, to a point where they're no longer recognizable for who they used to be? Consider the following:
"We fancy ourselves as concrete things, something with boundaries, unchanging,
and when we have occasion to refer to ourselves or examine ourselves introspectively, we believe we know what we refer to
and are adamant in our avowal of self. The truth is we neither know ourselves nor are we the same from one moment in our lives
to the next. If we think of ourselves as bodies, our changing self becomes apparent. It is nearly impossible even for families
to recognize a loved one after thirty years of absence, so greatly has the self altered. And a little reflection upon the
changing quality of consciousness is sure to give us some insight into the numberless selves our surface minds and egos have
become since first appearing in the world." Uell Stanley Andersen (1917-1986)
Over the years the public has been persuaded
not to consider the possibility Amelia's post-loss 'private' survival by dogmatic influences. Protecting Earhart's
new millennium 'ten-year forensic analysis' speaks for itself by presenting what any further exists as a rather obvious, albeit overlooked
|Below: 1928 Amelia photo starts morphing...
|...a photo of her later self.
Below are a few quotes displaying interesting, if not revealing
sides of Amelia's private and public sides. The first two are from Susan Butler's 1997 Addison-Wesley Amelia Earhart biography,
East To The Dawn.
The 'Muhammed Ali' quote comes from Susan Ware's 1993 W.W. Norton Amelia Earhart biography,
Still Missing; Amelia Earhart and the Search for Modern Feminism.
habit of concealment extended even to her closest of friends..."
"...averse as she was to ceding control of her life
in any circumstance to someone else." Then again, when it came to speaking her mind; "Amelia was about as shy as Muhammad Ali."
Where history treated Amelia Earhart
unfairly, it is mainly because a difference existed between what the public thought it understood about
the time period of her last flight, compared to what it did not later recall. One thing often overlooked was how Amelia was
an anti-war pacifist who was not so affected by the growing negative feelings toward Japan in 1937, four years before Pearl
Harbor happened. She was adhering to an isolationist stance, and during her last flight she wrote favorably of all nations she visited. Amelia also spoke several languages to include
Japanese, she adored Japan's culture and she was a hero there in the 1930s just as Babe Ruth had
been. She always chose to do things her own way, and in effect, when the Sino-Japanese
war broke out on July 7, 1937--just five days after she was declared a missing person, she was pretty much gone forever from
that point on.
"Do not believe in what you've heard. Do not believe in tradition because it is handed
down many generations. Do not believe in anything that has been spoken of many times. Do not believe because the written statements
come from some old sage. Do not believe in conjecture. Do not believe in authority or teachers or elders. But after careful
observation and analysis, when it agrees with reason and it will benefit one and all, then accept it and live by it."
Buddah (563 B.C. -
|Iva Toguri, 1946
The FBI version of Iva Toguri (other surname,
"d’Aquino") and “Tokyo Rose”
Following the Japanese surrender in September 1945, American troops began
searching for Japanese military leaders and others who may have committed war crimes. The press—sometimes following,
sometimes beating the military to the scene—did the same.
of these reporters, Henry Brundidge and Clark Lee, sought “Tokyo Rose,” the notorious siren who tried to demoralize
American soldiers and sailors during the war by highlighting their hardships and sacrifices.
their legwork and contacts, the two reporters quickly identified one young American woman, Iva Toguri, who had made such
broadcasts. Brundidge and Lee offered her a significant sum, which they later reneged on paying, for exclusive rights
to interview her. Toguri agreed, signing a contract that identified her as Tokyo Rose.
problem for Aquino, though, was that Tokyo Rose was not an actual person, but the fabricated name given by soldiers to
a series of American-speaking women who made propaganda broadcasts under different aliases. As a result of her interview
with the two reporters, Aquino came to be seen by the public—though not by Army and FBI investigators—as the
mythical protagonist Tokyo Rose. This
popular image defined her in the public mind of the post-war period and continues to color debate about her role in
World War II today.
Earhart note: The statement "Tokyo Rose was not an actual person," contradicts the testimony former U.S. soldiers
gave during the Tokyo Rose trial in 1949--who avowed there had been one specific American female voice with a pure accent
who consistently identified herself as "Tokyo Rose," just as Iva Toguri had consistently identified herself as
"Orphan Ann" or "Orphan Annie." Note as well how careful the language is used where the FBI final report
conveyed how 'Tokyo Rose' was "the fabricated name given by soldiers to a series of American speaking women..."
It is also no small coincidence, in the Marshall Islands, Amelia Earhart grew to be commonly referred to as 'Tokyo Rosa'
after she was picked up and detained by Japan's Imperial Navy, with the common Japanese translation of 'Tokyo Rose' being
"that held by the chrysanthemum," and the chrysanthemum symbolizing the seal of the Emperor of Japan.]
In November 1943, Toguri was asked to become a broadcaster
for Radio Tokyo on the Zero Hour program. The program was part of a Japanese psychological warfare campaign designed to
lower the morale of U.S. Armed Forces. The Zero Hour was broadcast every day except Sunday, from 6 p.m. until 7:15 p.m.,
Tokyo time. Toguri participated in most weekday broadcasts, but other women handled weekend duties.
Toguri was introduced on the program as “Orphan Ann,” “Orphan Annie.”
Toguri’s average time on each program was about 20 minutes, during which she made propaganda statements and introduced
popular records of the day, such as “Speak to Me of Love,” “In a Little Gypsy Tea Room,” and “Love’s
Old Sweet Song.” The remainder of the program was devoted chiefly to news items from America and general news commentaries
by other members of the broadcasting staff.