Amelia Earhart And Her 'Look-Alike' Pilot Friend, Irene Craigmile: The Amazing True Story

Tod Swindell's Long-Term Collaborative Amelia Earhart Research Journey

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The Truth About What Became Of Amelia Earhart After July 2, 1937
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'Freedom of the Press' & the late, great Mrs. Irene Bolam's, "I am not Amelia Earhart" lawsuit-dodge
Amelia Earhart: "The History of the Mystery"
Forensic Comparisons: The Amelia Earhart, Irene Bolam Reality
Monsignor Kelley Told The Truth About His Friend, Irene...
Promoted Misinformation About Amelia Earhart
Reviewing The History of ''
The Universal Truth About Amelia Earhart
Hiding The Truth With Photo Forgeries
Books Published On Amelia Earhart Research And Investigations
Controversial Information: Decades Of Compiled Forensic Data
TIGHAR's Misguided 'Nikumaroro Castaways' Claim
Detours Taken In Pursuit Of Answers
Tod Swindell's Landmark Historical Research Findings
An Up-To-Date Recap
Welcome Home, Amelia Earhart
Why The Public Never Knew What Happened To Amelia
A Less Recalled Look At Amelia Earhart's 1937 Disappearance
Amelia Earhart: True or False
The Legal Solving Of Amelia Earhart's Eighty Year Old Missing Person Case
Three Women Used The Same 'Irene' Identity, One Was FKA 'Amelia Earhart'
About Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam; Did You Know?
Forensic Analysis Support: Seeking Privacy, Amelia Options For A New Identity
To The White House: An Open Letter About Amelia Earhart
Why The Truth About Amelia Earhart Was Dismissed
The U.S. Military And State Department Grew More Aware
Photo Evidence Of Amelia's Plane In The Marshall Islands
Amelia Earhart AKA 'The New Irene Craigmile'...
Separating Fact From Fiction About Amelia Earhart
Some of Tod Swindell's Past Amelia Earhart Press Notices
Wikipedia Misleads The Public About Irene Craigmile Bolam

December 2018


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1970 Klaas book about the Gervais investigation
Tod Swindell's friend/collaborator, Joseph A. Gervais died in 2005.
Randall Brink's, 'Lost Star' 1994
Brink worked with Gervais for over a decade; introduced Tod Swindell to Gervais in 1996
By Colonel Rollin Reineck, 2004
Reineck was an ardent supporter of Tod's work; willed his trove of Earhart research to him
By David Bowman, 2005
With one of Tod's overlays on its cover, cited his forensic study as the first of its kind.

About Tod Swindell
Born in Yonkers, New York, Tod Swindell was raised in Southern California and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A Cinema Arts graduate of the University of Arizona, his interest in Amelia Earhart's disappearance escalated in the early 1990s when he was researching stories for the CBS television series, 'Miracles and Other Wonders' hosted by Darren McGavin. The show's premise was later spun into, 'Encounters of the Unexplained' hosted by Jerry Orbach, that featured some of Tod's original research in an episode devoted to Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. A veteran of the motion picture industry, beyond specializing in the research and development of film properties, Tod also works as a free-lance journalist with published articles on the subjects of sports and pop-culture. His major film production work began with Universal's Desperado westerns for NBC, Executive Produced by Walter and Andrew Mirisch. For several years he made MOW's around the country for Desperado Films, Inc., eventually serving as its corporate President while also heading its story rights acquisition division. His producer credits include The Woman in the Moon, The Legend of the Phantom Rider, Ghost Rock, and Spin. His credits on numerous other productions include Geronimo, Major League, Six Days and Seven Nights, and Tin Cup. His past television series work includes The Young Riders, Legend, The Game, and The Magnificent Seven. Tod holds the registered copryrights on his Amelia Earhart intellectual properties that eclusively features his self-conceived, 'multi-layered' Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis. He also owns the Grizzly Adams trademarked brand that is partnered with the Vital Ground Foundation. He is the son of Texas Literary Hall of Fame member, Larry Swindell, and former Equity Theater actress, the late Eleanor Eby. His grandfather, the late Earl Eby was co-head of Lux Video Theater in the 1950s. Tod is married to his Aether Pictures, LLC production partner, Julie Magnuson Swindell. The two split time between their homes in Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest. 

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

Arthur Schopenhauer


A note from Tod Swindell, orchestrator of the first, 'Irene-Amelia forensic research study and human comparison analysis.' 

I first launched in late 2007. It was initially meant to serve as a rebuttal to a recently expressed viewpoint of the National Geographic Channel that had asked me to appear on an Amelia Earhart special it aired the year before. The producers of the special tracked me down after learning from different Amelia Earhart historians of a 'forensic comparison analysis' I controlled that was shedding a different, new light on Amelia's never resolved "missing person" case. Upon locating me, they asked if I would allow them to include the analysis in its program, having additionally learned how its preliminary results drew attention from the Associated Press a few years earlier. (See the 2002 AP article further down.)
To Hawaii, where much of its Amelia Earhart special was filmed, Nat Geo flew myself and covered the cost to ship a dozen of the large panels that displayed the key results of the Irene-Amelia forensic analysis I had sponsored and initiated in the mid-1990s, (after consulting with forensic experts who explained how to go about it) and then dedicated much investigative research to the next ten years to enhance it. Disappointingly, though, Nat Geo elected not to address or feature the panels after its producers reviewed the controversial information they displayed. So here, what offers is what Nat Geo decided not to share with the public. Its final program did show a trifle of some forensic overlay samples I had carried with me, but it was barely enough to whet the appetite of a true skeptic. I was also grilled on camera for two hours, only to see my contribution trimmed down to a few minutes of air time.
Nat Geo's inability to recognize or believe what the forensic analysis accomplished is what inspired me to display it on the World Wide Web. So was launched in 2007, and it has remained on-line ever since while being further added to as time passed. To date hundreds of pages worth of pertinent data have been presented on that additionally fortified the realities it conveys, to especially include the main forensic truth of a renamed Amelia Earhart continuing to live-on after World War Two in the United States until her passing took place in 1982, with the general public remaining unaware of it. (Thanks to the comparison analysis there is no doubt anymore such a thing did happen. That's not to say this was not already known. Former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais figured it out in the 1960s and never stopped averring it to his dying day in 2005, causing endless consternation along the way.)
At this point, I need to make it clear that I am not and never have been a 'conspiracy theorist.' "Conspiracy" is a dark word used to describe an immoral group of unnamed individuals who work in concert to keep their nefarious activities and the orchestrated result(s) they cause from becoming known beyond their inner circle. I do not believe there ever was an active conspiracy embarked on to keep the true outcome of Amelia Earhart's so-called, "disappearance" from being recognized by the public. Rather, I view it as something that became deeply buried during the conflagration of World War Two, akin to so many other non mend-able actions, stratagems, hostilities and atrocities the war left behind. It is my belief that it was commonly determined how the best attitude to adopt after World War Two ended was to move-on with as little looking back at such war-time happenings as possible---with the obvious exception of the 'never again to occur' holocaust remaining queued in the forefront of the world's memory banks.
In essence, while countries that had been war-time enemies worked to mend their own fences and to help mend each other's, they did their best to look beyond negative war occurrences not only in the spirit of atonement, but for the imperative need of a better geopolitical future.
This included the U.S. and Japan conjointly agreeing to always view the unnoticed by the world public, anonymous post-war reemergence of the then still existing, all-be-her war-time obscured Amelia Earhart with, "official silence." (Note the 1982 Bender & Altschul quote below this writ.)
Highlighting this post-war credo, in the fall of 1945, in response to a reporter's question on how he believed the world was different after the war, President Harry S. Truman replied, "The only thing different is the history you don't know."
Think about that.   
In the meantime, though a handful of important sounding individuals continue to decry the obvious forensic analysis results, the forensic analysis itself has never been over-challenged and it never will be, because it merely displays the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937. Only unanswered questions remain, and they pertain to 'how' and 'why' Amelia Earhart ended up as she did after she went 'missing' all those years ago--and then was prematurely declared, "dead in absentia" in January of 1939.
To reiterate, I would like to emphasize that the analysis only ascertained what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing. It does not offer a certain conclusion about what actually happened to her (and Fred Noonan) on July 2, 1937, nor does it offer a certain conclusion pertaining to where Amelia was and what she was doing during the World War Two years.
My gut feeling is those questions are now destined to be answered by concerned official U.S. historians in order to account for the truthful information the overall analysis displays, plenty of which is observable on In the meantime, somewhat myopic individuals, or those not willing to take the time to review, understand, and accept this carefully researched and forensically developed information, will more than likely remain in denial when it comes to what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937, until said 'how' and 'why' questions are authoritatively answered by high-level U.S. and Nippon offices. Hopefully this will take place sooner than later.
At least in part, I have my maternal grandmother, Doris Clearwaters Eby to thank for initially sparking my interest in Amelia Earhart's curious legacy. Long ago, she and I got into a conversation about the famous pilots, Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh when I was on break from college and visiting her in Pasadena, California. Doris had been a contemporary of Amelia Earhart's and a fan of hers as well, beyond being a devoted follower of United States history and politics. To this day I regard my grandmother, Doris, who raised two children alone during the height of the depression, as one of the smartest individuals I ever came to know, and among her many keen insights she shared with me, she once described how there was, 'a lot more to the Earhart disappearance matter than people realized.'
In any case the analysis results begin after the following images and descriptions, and the pivotal 1982 Bender & Altschul quote concerning the post-loss fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan.
Thank you,
Tod Swindell


Doris Clearwaters Eby, 1920s


Amelia Earhart, 1920s

The Bender & Altschul Quote:

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




Above: The Kailua, Hawaii set of the National Geographic Channel's Amelia Earhart 'mystery update' special. The photos here display six of the twelve 'comprehensive forensic analysis' panels that drew a certain conclusion on Amelia's never officially resolved 'missing person' case. This particular location was at the home of retired USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, whose then recent book, Amelia Earhart Survived featured portions of the analysis with permission granted by Tod Swindell and 1967 Earhart flight duplicator, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who supplied some of the photo-data used in the analyisis. Within the panels, the multiple individuals attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity were clearly displayed, (shown further down) as was the head-to-toe physical congruence and character traits congruence of the post-World War Two 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' and her former-self, Amelia Earhart. Needless to say, after observing the controversial realities presented in the panels, the show's producers were clearly ill-prepared to contend with them. Even though they had asked to feature them and paid for their shipping cost, after some deliberating they requested the panels be removed before filming commenced. Hence, this website provides a thorough overview of the analysis results the panels displayed that Nat Geo elected not to share with the public.
Below: Nat Geo's 2006 produced, "Where's Amelia Earhart?" special that featured researchers, Tod Swindell and Colonel Rollin Reineck in support of the long-maintained Joseph A. Gervais assertion (Joseph A. Gervais' passing occurred the previous year) was eventually released on DVD. Beyond Nat Geo downplaying the forensic analysis results as well as choosing not to display the most important elements of what it achieved (that shored-up Joseph A. Gervais' long maintained Amelia became Irene assertion) its program merely rehashed the same old stories about Amelia's disappearance without offering anything new or enlightening to its viewing audience. 



Alethephobia: "Fear of Truth"

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

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


Beginning in the mid-1990s, for the next twenty years Tod Swindell researched and collaborated with the individuals who most closely examined the recorded circumstances of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight ending and outcome. Herein find his documented journey.
Protecting Earhart is a 'meme' used to better define and 'protect' Amelia Earhart's heroic legacy. It does not simply reference the Witness Protection Program [WPP] endorsed for her by the U.S. justice department after World War Two, but equally-so, its intention was and still is devoted to delivering a better public understanding when it comes to the historically discarded saga of Amelia Earhart's missing person case, and her eventual 'private life desired return' to the United States after the war years. Beyond this, the aim remains geared toward helping people interested in Amelia Earhart to conceptualize the truthful nature of what actually became of her after July 2, 1937, in order to return public thought to a higher understanding of her remarkable legacy--that became mired in ambiguity as a result of the 'mystery' aspect applied to her non-publicized world flight outcome.
As a result of the U.S. government's 'official silence cloud' that has perpetually greeted the subject of Amelia's missing person case, over the years people less-recalled what a profound thinker, engaging orator, multi-linguist, universal philosopher, feeling poet, skilled photographer and dedicated writer Amelia Earhart was. Not to leave out she was always highly regarded as a patriotic American pacifist born from deep U.S. history roots, and oh yes, she remains listed as ONE of the FOUR MOST remarkable champions of early aviation next to Orville Wright, Wilbur Wright, and Charles Lindbergh. 

Below: Two 1976 photos of the former Amelia Earhart signing autographs after a poetry reading she gave during a Zonta function in Detroit, Michigan. Known then as Irene Bolam, when she was Amelia she was much appreciated for her poetry and she had been an early famous Zonta member as well. [Photos courtesy of well known pilot-author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who attended the event that day.]



Left photo above; the former Amelia Earhart in the center. Right photo, the former Amelia Earhart is to the far left.
Below: Amelia's former and later-life 'selves' superimposed using her later-life profile from the upper-right photo.

As Amelia...
Amelia and her later-life self superimposed...

An Amazing Journey...
...on the Winding Road to Key Forensic Discoveries that pertained to Amelia Earhart's World Flight Outcome
By Tod Swindell
© 2017

[Special thanks to Randall Brink, Joe Gervais, Rollin Reineck, Ronald Reuther, and Donald Moyer Wilson; past collaborators I met and came to know in that specific order, whose unsurpassed investigative research efforts helped to enlighten the highest understanding of Amelia Earhart's world flight outcome.]



           With all that has been learned, discovered and revealed over the years about Amelia Earhart's world flight ending, it is amazing how the most obvious truths about it ended up skewed or outright ignored by historical dictum influences. As a result, news outlets were limited to reporting updates about Amelia's loss in an ‘anything goes’ way, that in turn shored-up the 'official silence' mantra, 'the mystery exists because it's supposed to exist.' Yet in the case of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight ending and outcome, until the new millennium forensic analysis took place it remained difficult for the public to assess what actually happened during the course of Amelia's unplanned world-flight ending, or to envision what became of Amelia herself afterward.

This journey of mine began slowly at first, in 1991, when I was doing research and development for a Universal Television satellite company, Desperado Films, Inc. But it took a dramatic turn in 1996, then catapulted forward to 2006 after I was asked to participate in a National Geographic Channel special about the so-called ‘mystery of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance.’ I reluctantly agreed to appear in the program, then regretted doing so after watching its timid-effect results that edited out 99% of what I brought to the table. It was clear in the aftermath of the program, Nat Geo's effort was deliberate when it came to whitewashing my contribution. The reason? When it comes to the late-great, Mrs. Irene Bolam, both the National Georgraphic Society and the Smithsonian Institution have always adhered to practices of deflection. But hey, I’m still here, and the important thing to realize is to this day the United States government, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Geographic Society as well have never offered their own definitive opinions about the Amelia Earhart disappearance matter. Rather, while the U.S. government kept its distance (and remained 'officially silent' about it) the Smithsonian and Nat Geo developed a habit of equally placating the many different viewpoint wielding 'Earhart disappearance theorists' out there--while steadfastly adhering to Amelia's loss as an 'unsolved mystery,' or even more preferred, to favor the idea for the public to always view it as an unsolvable mystery.

Tom Crouch of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum once told me over the phone, “We’re not allowed to favor any certain viewpoint about Amelia Earhart's disappearance.” Noel Dockstater, a producer for the National Geographic Channel likewise mentioned to me, “There is no way we can say the mystery is solved.”

I’m the first to agree that something happened to Amelia Earhart on July 2, 1937 that the public realm lacks key information on. Equally though, today it remains a hard, unrecognized reality that Amelia’s missing person case was solved by USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.) when he presented her body evidence on a national level in 1970, in the form of an enigmatic woman known as ‘Mrs. Irene Bolam’ who he met in 1965, and then photographed up-close without her expecting it.  The forensic study I embarked on and completed in the new millennium, that featured an objective to prove the assertion of Major Gervais about the Irene Bolam he met and photographed either way, or, right or wrong, ended up proving him right—in what now exists in a highly obvious forensic way. Be it known the forensic study was far more comprehensively involved than the simple comparison of photographs, (although TIGHAR's Richard Gillespie tries to herd people into thinking that's all it was) as it also encompassed complete historical reviews of Irene Bolam's full life story as compared to Amelia Earhart's full life story. For decades, Mrs. Bolam's admission that she had "known Amelia well" in the 1930s was accepted. What wasn't known was the true depth and familiarity of her friendship with Amelia, or how her physical being proved to be a complete carbon copy of Amelia's. Oh, you'll still hear otherwise, such as 'one was taller than the other' [the study revealed they were the exact same height] or how Mrs. Bolam's life story was fully documented. [It was, but people did not realize there were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same Mrs. Irene Bolam identity.] [Folks, what can I say? This highly controversial, albeit, perpetually downplayed story runs very deep. Investigators weren't kidding back in the late-1970s and early 1980s, when they began referring to the discovered inarguable truths about Amelia Earhart's disappearance as amounting to, "the FDR administration's Watergate." This is not meant to imply that there was anything underhanded going on like an outright cover-up. Rather, it is most likely the case that the White House misread some key, non-publicized information it became privy to about Amelia's flight ending, and as World War Two approached said information became shuffled and de-prioritized.] 

Presently, while the general public is still being coerced to ignore the post-loss, 'learned truths' about Amelia Earhart, I'm one to believe that is likely to change before too long. For universal truths, as opposed to often inaccurate world generated ones, always do manage to prevail. Besides that, it's time. TS 

My Journey

In the latter part of the Twentieth Century, it grew clear that if one wanted to understand the full scope of the so-called 'Amelia Earhart mystery' he or she was in for a confounding ordeal. Amelia's disappearance had long existed as a hotly debated topic, which is why only a handful of individuals ever commanded the depth of knowledge and tenacity required to take it on.

From the past it can be said Paul Briand, Joe Gervais, Bob Dinger, Fred Goerner, Vincent Loomis, Joe Klaas, T. C. 'Buddy' Brennan, Randall Brink, Donald Moyer Wilson and Rollin Reineck existed foremost on the short list of the most formidable Amelia Earhart disappearance historians. Sadly, with the exception of two, they're all gone now. [I am proud to have previously collaborated with Gervais, Klaas, Brink, Wilson, and Reineck.]

An important qualifying factor for the above investigators; their individual efforts led to reputable published books where all drew the same conclusion: On July 2, 1937, after not locating Howland Island, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan went down at Mili Atoll of the Marshall Islands where they were picked up by Japan's Imperial Navy and detained without public awareness.

Unfortunately, official history has never endorsed this common summation, for according to 'official history,' Amelia Earhart, her plane, and Fred Noonan were not seen nor heard from again after Amelia's purported last words of, "...we are running north and south" were received---as she and Noonan remained safely airborne with hours of fuel left to burn.

Yes, officially that is where their story ended. The only thing missing was the truth concerning the final direction the duo decided to head in, and where they ultimately ended up. Even though the above impressive collection of Amelia Earhart historians ascertained the answers to both questions, they were still greeted by 'official silence' in Washington and Tokyo after their information was made public. Ever evasive about it due to a quiet post World War Two pact than remains in place to this day, the governments of the United States and Japan have managed to avoid any public discussion of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight ending in a serious, meaningful way. 


In the 1990s, after learning most of the basic Earhart disappearance facts while culling stories for a television series, I found myself embarking on my own analysis of Amelia's loss. I was originally inspired to by a Life Magazine article I read about a fellow by the name of Richard Gillespie, who claimed he had 'solved the mystery' of Amelia's disappearance. What further caught my attention, though, was a follow-up story citing the claim as presumptuous—where the mystery had not at all been solved 'forensically.' The many conflicting viewpoints about it further revealed to me how Amelia's disappearance had evolved to become a polarized historical subject matter.

But it was the mention of 'forensically' that got my attention. Its root word, 'forensic' is most often associated with evidence examination techniques used in police laboratories, although there is a broader scope to its meaning. Webster’s defines it this way: 

forensic (fə ren’sik) adj. 1. pertaining to or used in courts of law or public debate. 2. adapted or suited to argumentation; rhetorical. 3. of, pertaining to, or involved with forensic medicine or forensic anthropology; forensic laboratory –n 4. forensics, the art or study of argumentation or formal debate. 5. forensics, a department of forensic medicine as in a police laboratory.

There is a simpler definition where 'forensic' is combined with 'evidence' via 'forensic evidence.' It reads: "That suitable for argumentation in a court of law."

Interestingly enough as well, 'forensic' came from the Latin word, 'forens-is' that when translated means, "of, or belonging to the forum, public." Realistically, forever lacking an authoritative explanation for what happened to Amelia Earhart, this was exactly the way her 'missing person case' story eventually came to exist. Official history wanted nothing to do with it, so it ended up being exclusively debated in public forums. In fact, to date there has never been an official investigation that looked into Amelia Earhart's disappearance, or an official explanation offered about it; nothing akin to a Warren Commission Report, a Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial, or FBI hunts for Jimmy Hoffa or D.B. Cooper.

Hard to believe but true, even Eleanor Roosevelt was met with deflection by the White House when she queried about her friend, Amelia’s disappearance ten months after the incident occurred. The cautious reply she received stressed that Amelia's flight ending was something that would be "awful to have to make public," and how Amelia's "reputation" would also suffer if the White House divulged what it withheld about her, "last few minutes."

It's true, that beyond admonishing Amelia for having "disregarded all orders," FDR right hand man, Secretary of the Treasury, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. could not have been more blunt in his response to the First Lady when he described how the White House controlled information pertaining to what really happened to Amelia Earhart in an official transcript dated May 13, 1938. Referring to Amelia's loss, Morgenthau responded, "We have the report of all those wireless messages and everything else, what that woman--happened to her the last few minutes. I hope I've just got to never make it public." Morgenthau's Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Stephen Gibbons added, "We have evidence that the thing is all over. Sure, terrible. It would be awful to make it public."

Evidence? What evidence? The "wireless messages" the White House had surely wasn't 'smoking gun' evidence. It was second-hand evidence at best. Smoking gun evidence would have amounted to Amelia's body, Fred Noonan's body, or Amelia's plane. The White House did not have any of those 'smoking gun' items. On the other hand, the hearsay pertaining to Amelia's 'last few minutes' ostensibly left the White House believing she and Noonan had been shot down by Japan as they trespassed into its Marshall Islands airspace, and Japan's follow-up silence left the White House believing the duo met their demise that way.

That's not what happened though.

In the 1960s, thanks to the deep research efforts of Paul Briand, Joseph A. Gervais, and Fred Goerner, it was first publicly ascertained that the Earhart-Noonan duo survived their Marshall Islands plane ditching until they were picked up by Japan's Naval authority and subsequently detained. History itself recalls Japan declaring war on China just five days after the duo went missing, a World War Two precursor that all-but severed Japan's diplomatic relationship with the United States. Japan chose to remain silent about its pickup and detainment of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan at that point, that happened fairly near to the same time the Marco Polo Bridge incident occurred.

There was a similar historical atmosphere realized there as well: Right at the time Amelia was declared 'missing' a Japanese soldier had also gone missing in Wanping, China near the Marco Polo Bridge, and after China refused to allow Japan's military to conduct a search for him there, Japan opened fire on the bridge, then invaded China. It is perhaps no irony that right before its assult on Japan began, the U.S. had asked Japan permission to search the Marshall Islands for Amelia, and Japan had refused to allow it. The U.S. certainly didn't open fire on Japan after it refused to allow it to even approach the Marshall Islands then, and Japan evermore remained silent when it came to the subject of Amelia Earhart's world flight ending.

As a result, early on FDR and his administration could only guesstimate what happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, although in due time the White House surely did come to understand and accept... it had guessed wrong by determining the two died as a result of Amelia's plane being shot down.

As for Morgenthau's mention of Amelia having "disregarded all orders," her decision to steer into the vicinity of Japan's 'no-fly zone' Marshall Islands likely had something to do with that.


After beginning my forensic analysis journey those years ago, initially with the help of former CIA operative, Bazzel Baz, an Amelia Earhart researcher by the name of Mike Harris, a Forensic Anthropologist by the name of Walter S. Birkby, and WGA screenwriter, David O'Malley--whose well-researched screenplay, "Amelia Earhart: The Final Chapter" got my attention--I soon found myself evaluating the wide variety of ‘cottage industry’ debates over what really happened to Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan--until my mindset took a major turn in 1996. That summer, Earhart investigative author, Randall Brink paved the way for my introduction to legendary Amelia Earhart disappearance historian, retired U.S. Air Force Major, Joseph A. Gervais.

When I met Joe Gervais he was spry and sharp at age seventy-one. We went on to become good friends and remained so until his passing in 2005. [I remain in touch with my friend, Randall Brink, whose 1993 classic investigative book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart was then considered to have been the quintessential modern thesis when it came to describing the events and aftermath of Earhart's ‘globe circling flight.']

What Randall Brink told me was right: Joe Gervais was an amazing, walking encyclopedia when it came to Amelia Earhart's disappearance. To be sure, he had a den in his home entirely dedicated to his forty-years of investigating Amelia Earhart's loss. Upon our acquaintance I already believed Amelia lived beyond the date she was reported missing, although I remained unclear on the ‘how’ and ‘where’ parts of her continued survival, and I hoped Joe Gervais would better enlighten me there.

I found Joe Gervais curious as well, for ever since the 1960s he had professed—and still was professing—that the wool had been pulled over the public’s eyes about Amelia’s disappearance dating back to the time the event occurred. What’s more, he was still asserting how the woman known as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam’ who he met and photographed in 1965 among other well-known retired pilots, the same woman who inspired and whose photo appeared in the 1970 Joe Klaas book, Amelia Earhart Lives, had been none other than the still living, re-identified Amelia Earhart. [Note: In 1965 Joe and his wife, Thelma and their two sons, Gerald and Douglass were flown to Long Island, New York from their Las Vegas home by Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, Viola Gentry so Joe could lecture about his Earhart disappearance investigation to a club known as 'The Early Birds of Aviation.' It was there on the day of August 8, that Joe Gervais met the curiously prominent, Mrs. Irene Bolam and her British husband, Guy.] Yes, in 1996, a quarter century after Mrs. Bolam sued Joe Gervais and Joe Klaas for libel, causing Amelia Earhart Lives to be removed from the stores by its publisher, McGraw-Hill, Joe Gervais was still insisting Mrs. Irene Bolam had previously been known as 'Amelia Earhart.'

To Joe Gervais, Mrs. Bolam's defiance didn’t matter. “She still knew who she used to be," he'd say. And, "people don't realize, she didn't sue us for suggesting she used to be known as Amelia Earhart, she sued us for some libelous information contained in the book, such as Joe Klaas having referred to her recently deceased husband, Guy as her 'alleged husband,' when in fact the two had been legally married in 1958, and she produced her marriage license in court as proof." Gervais added, "After I had my attorney request her fingerprints to prove her identity, she refused to comply and dropped the suit against myself and Joe Klaas, although McGraw-Hill was still ordered to pay her a high five figure sum for the libelous information the book contained." [The record shows Irene Bolam and Gervais and Klaas paid a ten dollar consideration to each other to finalize her suit against them.]

Joe’s ongoing resilience begged my question: "Did anyone ever conduct a Forensic Analysis that examined Irene Bolam’s complete life history, to include comparing her physical being and character traits to Amelia’s?" His reply surprised me: "No, not that I am aware," adding. "...but I knew who she was right away." He further added, "People continued to suspect her," and, "There was an investigative news article series about her in 1982, a few months after she died. You should take a look at it."

I was able to obtain a copy of the series Joe referenced. It was published over a two week span in October of 1982 by the Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune. A long time good friend of Mrs. Bolam’s, John Burk was the paper’s publisher at the time. It wasn't so obvious at first glance, but the more I studied it I could tell the series had been no less that a contrived Red Herring. The effort that went into it was significant though, and displayed how the level of the ongoing protective stance over who Irene really was [or used to be] was truly stupefying. It also increased my curiosity, especially after reading a few key words spoken by former Seton Hall College President, Monsignor James Francis Kelley in the series, who it described as Irene's "Close friend and confessor." Responding to a reporter who questioned him if the rumor of Irene’s past 'dual identity' was true, Father Kelley responded, “I could not state my feelings. Doing so would violate everything I learned in the confessional.”

In the years that followed, Monsignor Kelley would disclose to different investigators how his late friend, Irene truly had been the 'former' Amelia Earhart, who, adjacent to her return to the United States had her name changed in order to live anonymously. "She didn’t want to be Amelia Earhart anymore," according to Kelley.

After Monsignor Kelley died in 1996, opposing theorists who heard about his earlier admissions began shouting them down. For example, Richard Gillespie of Tighar, whose decades of searching for Amelia's plane came up empty, soap-boxed Monsignor Kelley's conveyance about Irene as if his words amounted to the deposition of a chronic liar. 

Conversely, close friends of Monsignor Kelley's who knew him well spoke of how sharp and on-point he was in the late 1970s, when he first shared with them his ordeal of 'having helped Amelia' with her 'healing process' and 'new identity' after she returned from overseas. All of them were certain it was not something the highly regarded priest made up. Among them was his St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands good friend and seasonal neighbor, Donald Dekoster, a former Detroit automobile executive whose recorded testimony described Father Kelley as "quite lucid" when he disclosed the Gervais-Irene’s ‘Amelia past’ to him. When asked if he felt Monsignor Kelley's statement about Amelia's identity change was true, Mr. Dekoster remarked, "It had to be true, or he wouldn't have said it." Another supportive account came from Helen Barber of Wayne, Pennsylvania [both Donald Dekoster and Helen Barber were interviewed on tape, and their spouses were also present during Monsignor Kelley's disclosures about his friend, Irene, who he referred to as 'Amelia' in their presence] whose detailed recollections of her conversations with Monsignor Kelley about his post war experiences with the former Amelia Earhart were compelling to say the least; and of course there were the recorded statements Father Kelley himself allowed to investigators, Dean Magley and Rollin Reineck, in which the well-known and highly respected Monsignor spoke of his late friend, "Irene" having previously been known as "Amelia" in a matter of fact way.

When listening to Monsignor Kelley’s 1991 unwavering tape-recorded confirmation of the truth he had protected for many years with few exceptions, (as long as the former Amelia Earhart remained among the living) and then by combining it with the forensic comparison analysis that plainly displays how three different women were attributed to the same 'Irene' identity--with the one matching Amelia appearing nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, the most astutely objective individuals are able to grasp the ‘Amelia became Irene’ reality in no uncertain terms.

To edify: Monsignor Kelley arrived at his own resolve during the years following his good friend, the Gervais-Irene’s passing, that enabled him to plainly speak of the controversial reality he had long shielded from the general public. 

Back to my journey...

After thoroughly digesting the 1982 so-called "investigative newspaper article series," I steered my own ship in the direction of sponsoring and conducting a serious in-depth analysis of the complete life history of the woman in question, Irene Madeline O’Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam. Ultimately, I believed a Forensic Comparison Study and thorough analysis of her background would be a sure-way to close the book on Joe’s long-time assertion of Amelia Earhart’s post-loss survival as a re-identified person.

I was wrong. It wasn't that simple. It soon dawned on me that a complete forensic analysis of the full historical record of the events leading up to, during, and after Amelia's loss would also be required in order to: 1.) Determine the true probability of Amelia's continued survival after July 2, 1937, 2.) Determine what the circumstances of her post-loss survival entailed, 3.) Determine when she actually emerged in the United States as 'Irene,' and 4.) Objectively evaluate her later life friendships and routines as 'Irene.'

With much help offered by Joe Gervais, retired USAF Colonel, Rollin Reineck [Reineck tape-recorded Monsignor Kelley’s admission in 1991] and famous pilot-turned-author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno--who collectively furnished rare photos and compelling information about Irene’s personal life history--it began to dawn on me why Joe had remained so sure of himself when it came to the Irene he met and photographed all those years ago. I also realized why the debunking or affirming of his assertion was never going to be done easily, for after all, by the late 1990s three decades had passed without anyone else having done it.

During the arduous process I became involved with, I also found myself increasingly intrigued by Joe’s 'Irene' as I worked to determine how and why her enigmatic psyche had evolved to exist the way it did.

For instance, some individuals who had acquainted her but did not believe she was formerly known as 'Amelia' offered that she wanted people to think she was the survived Amelia Earhart as an 'odd publicity stunt.'

I didn’t buy that.

The late Bill Prymak, founder of the now defunct 'Amelia Earhart Society' tried to convince me Irene Bolam was "placed on the scene" to make Joe Gervais think she used to be Amelia, because Joe had gotten, "too close to the fire."

I didn’t buy that either.

A private detective, the late Jerome Steigmann told me Irene Bolam and Monsignor Kelley had been long time secret lovers, and Father Kelley told people Irene used to be Amelia in order to hide it.

"Oh brother," I said to myself, knowing the shared Irene identity equation and the head-to-toe physical and character traits congruence the Gervais-Irene and Amelia Earhart shared were no coincidence.

So no, I didn't buy the 'Msgr. Kelley and Irene were secret lovers' malarkey either.

Mr. Steigmann also mentioned he knew a different truth about Irene, one where she had been a Russian spy and the United States government had paid him "a lot of money" to keep quiet about it.

To me, Mr. Steigman's broad claim was another outlandish detour to avoid. 

          What I did buy into, at long last, following a ton of investigative work requiring countless reach-outs, a massive amount of information gathering, endless letters and e-mails of correspondence, well over a hundred comparison studies, extensive travel that involved meeting and interviewing the most noted Amelia Earhart disappearance investigators and a slew of other disappearance story or family connected individuals, lectures I was engaged to deliver at research symposiums to include a few at the annual Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison, Kansas and a major one at the Oakland Air and Space Museum's 'Earhart Research Symposium' [resulting in my early study efforts making national news] yes, by 2006, just a year after the passing of Joe Gervais, I found myself sitting high above Time Square in the office of Larry Heller’s attorney for a pre-arranged meeting with Larry Heller himself, the 1934 born son of the ‘original’ Irene Madeline O’Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam. 

            It was then I confirmed with absolute certainty, after Mr. Heller's identity placements indicated the younger and older versions of the "Non Gervais-Irene" [as labeled in the forensic comparison study] to be the woman he recognized as his 'mother,' how three different women had been attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity, and the 'Irene' who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965, [labeled in the study as the "Gervais-Irene"] who matched Amelia in every way... could only have been the woman previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' By the time all was said and done, while still facing massive public denial, this long buried truth had finally revealed itself in a forensically determined way. I just wished Joe Gervais had lived to see the forensic verification of something he honestly determined for himself decades earlier.

My book, Protecting Earhart examines the overall history of Amelia’s loss and features an extensive Forensic Analysis and Comparison Study that closely scrutinized and dissected Joe Gervais' 'Amelia Earhart changed her name to Irene' conclusion. The entire effort enables one to realize how Wikipedia’s, TIGHAR’s, Alex Mandel’s, Elgen Long’s, and the Amelia Earhart Society’s versions of Amelia Earhart’s final fate--along with other non-representatives of official history whom over the years presented different theories while backing perpetual efforts to decry the decades-old Gervais claim, consistently endorsed misleading, if not outright misinformation about the Irene Bolam story that resulted in their own and others' false-drawn conclusions.

By reading Protecting Earhart and examining the entire Forensic Analysis, one is finally able to objectively review the full-gamut of available investigative research data on the Irene-Amelia case that confirms its incontestable conclusion.

While Protecting Earhart encapsulates the historical record of Amelia Earhart's 'missing person' case, the Forensic Analysis ventured well beyond physical comparisons alone. It also examined and compared character traits such as voice patterns and handwriting, and personal backgrounds to include the family histories of both Amelia and the original Irene, and Amelia's and her later-life self, the Gervais-Irene's individual social backgrounds--that proved to be so blatantly intertwined.

In consideration of the complete physical comparisons, the medical history of Amelia Earhart revealed her to have endured more than one sinus operation, leading to the examination of procedure evidence noticeable on both Amelia Earhart and the Gervais-Irene. The study also compared eyes, teeth, hands, feet, arm lengths, shoulders, breast plates and more on its way to unequivocally verifying who Joe’s Irene used to be.

Further backing the reality of it all, the study displays how the 'Irene' who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965, appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' in photographs prior to the mid-1940s, and it includes the transcript of, and a physical copy of the tape recording featuring Monsignor James Francis Kelley’s 1991 admission, when he confirmed his long time close-friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam, who he helped after World War Two, truly was the survived, re-identified Amelia Earhart. 

The fair conclusion drawn by it all, much to the dismay of those who would rather not have to believe or accept such a reality; anymore it is impossible to deny the equation’s naturally displayed results after combing through the tonnage of indisputable data supporting what said results convey. As Randall Brink previously pointed out, there already existed an 'overwhelming preponderance of circumstantial evidence' describing Amelia’s post-loss continued survival under Japan’s auspice. Thus, adding the physical 'smoking gun' evidence, that being, the 'body evidence' of Amelia Earhart, [in the form of the Gervais-Irene] it basically closed the book on Amelia Earhart’s age-old 'missing person' case.

In all reality it is true anymore, in 1965 Joe Gervais actually did find a 'smoking gun' in the form of Amelia’s body... cloaked as, 'Mrs. Irene Bolam.' 

It is also true, where the question of Amelia Earhart having been privately re-identified as 'Irene' after she went missing, yes, the very idea this same question was still being asked four decades after Joe Gervais first claimed it to be true with such veracity, really should have been enough to create a greater academic concern. In a way it is an insult to the combined intellect of the American public that a forensic analysis should even be required to show that Joe Gervais had been right all along about his deeply investigated Irene-Amelia deduction. Considering a basic Webster’s definition of the word 'science,' [systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation] anyone who would have taken the time to seriously delve into the 'forensic science' of it, not only would they soon-enough have realized Joe Gervais was right about the Irene he met and photographed in 1965, but had they tracked the story from the beginning they would have also realized how over time the 'Amelia became Irene' truth evolved from being greeted by high states of ridicule in the early 1970s, to exist any further today... as an obvious reality.

Then again, the many "important sounding people," as Gervais used to say, whom over the years so vehemently tried to convince the curious that Joe Gervais was delusional, preferred [evidently] to continue with their less-informed assumptions in lieu of accepting how it was actually they-themselves who fell victim to their own delusions--by not taking the time to correctly evaluate, recognize, and endorse a truth that was plainly visible all along.

Reality is reality, though, and it’s time we all face it where the truth about Amelia Earhart’s continued existence as a re-identified person after her famously storied 'disappearance' …is of anyone’s concern, anymore.

Tod Swindell, 2017 

Some have tried--and still do try to claim otherwise--but the truth is Amelia Earhart was an excellent, highly skilled pilot. So too was her world-flight navigator, Fred Noonan a good pilot who was listed among the best in the world at his skill as a navigator in the 1930s. Amelia and Fred were both excellent two-way radio operators as well. These formidable 'plane piloting attributes' of theirs were somewhat dismissed and even villified in the ambiguous aftermath of their disappearance. Just know in their given time period, both Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan proved themselves as top-level aviators when it came to every aspect of piloting an aircraft.  
Tod Swindell comprehensively analyzed the most significant findings accumulated on Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight ending over the years, dating back to the time the event occurred. It also culminated with a conclusion achieved by forensically comparing Amelia Earhart to the enigmatic Irene Bolam--whose same identity, as Tod Swindell's analysis discovered, had been attributed to three different Twentieth Century women and anymore it is clear, Amelia Earhart ended up as one of them.

From The Associated Press [Featured on]
"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." John Bolam, referring to Tod Swindell's Protecting Earhart Forensic Analysis in an Associated Press article by Ron Staton. John Bolam was the survived brother of Irene's English husband, Guy who she wed in 1958. Mr. Bolam further added his understanding that his brother, Guy [who died in 1970] had been an MI6 operative.
From The Contra Costa Times

"Tod Swindell 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 of The Contra Costa Times, reports on a 2002 Investigative Research Consortium held at the Oakland Air and Space Museum.

"Foudray calls the investigative research of Gervais and Swindell, ""Just the tip of the Iceberg."" "All the evidence all put together, I feel like she [Amelia] did survive. I think she survived and came back to the United States, but that she wanted her privacy." Lou Foudray, former head of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison, Kansas, quoted from interviews conducted in 2009 by Lara Moritz of KMBC TV, Kansas City, and in 2007 by The Topeka Kansas Capital-Journal's, Jan Biles.

"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of the Gervais-Irene Bolam and Amelia Earhart to show the world they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck, reprinted from his book, Amelia Earhart Survived.

The former Amelia Earhart, 1978

"No matter how it has been discounted in the past, and though some opposing theorists still choose to argue against it, anymore it is certain three different women were attributed to the same, 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam' identity, and one of them, the 'Gervais-Irene' who was identified nowhere as 'Irene' in the United States prior to the mid-1940s, was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Evolving from the time the controversy about 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' first surfaced in 1970, anymore this forensic truehood is incontestable." Tod Swindell, 2017

The three different women attributed to the same Irene identity: On the left is the original Irene Craigmile in 1930, whose family Amelia had known. 
In the middle is the second Irene shown in the early to mid-1940s; on the right is the third Irene [Gervais-Irene] in 1946, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.'
The original Irene's son, Larry Heller specifically identified the second Irene shown in the middle as his 'mother' from his early childhood on.
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Above left: The Gervais-Irene Bolam in Japan, 1963
Middle: Superimposed with her previous 'Amelia' self
Right: As Amelia, age thirty
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From The Arizona Republic by John Faherty
"For more than ten years Tod Swindell has been actively pursuing the notion that Amelia Earhart went on to live a long, full life before dying in New Jersey. He is not the first person to have this theory, but he may be the person most actively trying to pursue it. Far-fetched? Sure. But there are pictures [Protecting Earhart's forensic photo data] that are quite startling..." 2007, by John Faherty of The Arizona Republic
Below, additional Protecting Earhart Forensic Study Reactions: 
"Tod, I have carefully studied the overlays and your presentation. Your conclusion that there were multiple Irene Bolams has completely convinced me that this is indeed the case. You have also convinced me that the Gervais-Bolam was AE. Incredible. You have quite an impressive package there. Keep charging - Gene." From a letter to Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell from Retired Navy Rear Admiral, Eugene Tissot. Tissot's Father, Ernie was a friend of Amelia's and 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 team. I'm convinced you have solved the mystery." From a note by USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.) to Protecting Earhart's, Tod Swindell. Colonel Reineck was also among 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 Tod Swindell's forensic achievements. Featured in Reineck's book from pages 156 to 165, reproduced directly from Protecting Earhart's analysis with permission, is the first publicly displayed separation of the different women who used the same 'Irene' identity, with one of them having been formerly known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'


Orville Wright & Amelia Earhart

Gervais-Irene & former self superimposed:
Amelia went by different names in different eras
Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart'
In early 1978, her true eightieth year

Amelia, 1923 'into a mirror' self photo-portrait
Amelia and her future-self
superimposed photos

Amelia Earhart, age twenty-six.
1923 into a mirror self-photo portrait. She would become famous in 1928.

Amelia Earhart, 1933

Amelia, 1928

Classic Amelia, the blend begins.

Orville Wright & Amelia

Gervais-Irene & Amelia
Two photos superimposed.
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
Gervais-Irene,1965 / Amelia,1933
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
Gervais-Irene,1963 / Amelia,1928
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
Gervais-Irene,1976 / Amelia,1932
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
Gervais-Irene,1978 / Amelia,1929

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