The Long Obfuscated And Repressed Truth About Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart Controversial Information: Decades Of Compiled Forensic Data

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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

November 2018

Preface: This website and the forensic conclusion it presents are copyrighted intellectual properties. [U.S. Copyright registration #'s:  TXu 1-915-926; 2014, TXu 2-061-539; 2017]


Alfred Capelle

"Amelia Earhart definitely came to the Marshall Islands in 1937."
The above was described in 2002 to Associated Press reporter, Ron Staton by Alfred Capelle, United Nations Ambassador to the Marshall Islands. Prior to the time U.S. Troops occupied it in 1944, Japan had been the ruling government authority in the Marshalls. Based on his country's own history of the time period, Ambassador Capelle professed how Amelia Earhart's 1937 rescue and continued existence in Japan's custody remained non-public information due to the strained relationship that existed between Japan and the United States. This all took place during the onset of the Sino-Japanese War, that began just five days after Earhart was reported 'missing' and would soon after dovetail into the World War Two era.
Additionally, Ambassador Capelle plainly described numerous accounts of Marshallese residents and government officials who not only recalled Amelia Earhart being held in the Marshalls, but how she was commonly referred to as 'Tokyo Rosa' ['Tokyo Rose'] among the Marshallese people. It turned out a Japanese translation of 'Tokyo Rose' was "that held by the chrysanthemum." Of note, the chrysanthemum flower has long adorned the seal of the Emperor of Japan. This potentially highlights why Amelia Earhart's mother, Amy Otis Earhart attended Iva Toguri's 1949 'Tokyo Rose trial' in San Francisco on a daily basis, and why after its conclusion Mrs. Earhart told the New York Times that she "knew" Japan had taken her daughter after she went missing.

Below: About The 2017 Released Photo Featured Here That Was Filed As 'Classified' In 1937 By The U.S. Office Of Naval Intelligence: Discovered By Investigator, Les Kinney, It Was Never Debunked. In A Confounding Way though, People Were Encouraged To Believe It Was Debunked By A Non-Truthful Source That Feigned Legitimacy To The American Press Circuit Right After It Was Made Public:

Note: ONI Jaluit Harbor photo enlargement below...

"Mr. Yamano cited the year listed on the photo in question was '1935' but this was not possible because the dock depicted in the photo, according to Marshall Islands own records, was not constructed until 1936."

(See article further down.)

Above, this controversial declassified ONI photo was discovered by Amelia Earhart investigative researcher, Les Kinney who released it to the public in 2017. In line with it, below is an enlargement of a 1987 commemorative stamp issued by the Republic of the Marshall Islands acknowledging the 50th Anniversary (1937-1987) of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan's rescue by Japan's Naval Authority at Mili Atoll in the lower Marshall Islands. According to the Marshall Islands own historical account of it dating back to the pre World War Two era, the flying duo ditched their plane there and were picked up by Japan and relocated from Mili to Jaluit Harbor during the tenuous beginning of the Sino (Chinese)-Japanese War, a World War Two precursor that escalated growing tension between the U.S. and Japan. According to the Marshall Islands own U.N. Ambassador, Alfred Capelle, who confirmed it was common knowledge in his country that Earhart and Noonan ended up there in a recent AP article by Ron Staton, the duo's transport to Jaluit took place during the latter part of the second week of July, 1937. (The date the duo went missing was July 2, 1937.) 

Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan, a Japanese Naval Officer and the 'Koshu' hoisting Amelia's plane are depicted in the above stamp image.
Here is what was NOT conveyed about the ONI photo displayed above it:  The U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence filed it as 'classified' in late 1937, the same year Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan went missing adjacent to the region it was taken.
This photo became a heated topic of debate when its discovery was revealed in 2017. Just after it was revealed, however, the information it displayed was purportedly debunked. Except it was never actually debunked.
Take a look at the following forensic superimposed photo samples, then continue on to find out why the Les Kinney discovered 'ONI' photo is still considered a valid piece of forensic evidence among a wide variety of World War Two era historians: 

The following enlargement and the forensic superimposed photos below it display the congruence of Fred Noonan's hairline and facial features (note hair coif shadow in the "high-noon" photo) and the congruence of Amelia's dorsal. Why is this still considered important? Keep going, you'll find out.





Above left to right: 1937 ONI photo transitions into Fred Noonan photo; Below left to right: 1937 ONI photo transitions into Amelia Earhart photo. 




Above are enlargements from the original U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence photo shown directly below. The photo was released to the press in 2017 by researcher, Les Kinney. Notice the tall "Noonan" labled figure keeping the weight off his right knee. Compare it to the 1987 Marshall Islands stamp further down, where his right knee is bandaged and he supports himself with a cane, just as Marshallese medical intern, Biloman Amaron had long-described the way he had attended to Fred Noonan's "right knee." 

Note: ONI Jaluit Harbor photo enlargement below...

Debunking The Fake Debunker
After the above photo was released in 2017 it was purportedly 'debunked' by a Japanese blogger named Kota Yamano. It never was 'debunked.' The legerdemain Mr. Yamano was involved with [that he was either aware of or inadvertently brought into] ended up proving-out how the information he provided in his debunking effort had been digitally forged, as in outright fabricated. Mr. Yamano cited the year listed on the photo in question was "1935" but this was not possible because the dock depicted in the photo, according to Marshall Islands own records, was not constructed until 1936.
The ONI photo having been leaked prior to its release to the public enabled the nefarious 'debunking ruse' to swiftly take place in order to squelch the true ramifications of what the photo depicted. That's how deep the 1937 Amelia Earhart disappearance story always was and still is. 
Recall here the 1997 Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman movie, "Wag The Dog," and the scene depicting White House Svengali, Conrad Brean, (played by De Niro) personally planting authentic looking evidence into the Library of Congress that looked like it came from the 1930s, but had actually been fabricated under his orchestration. In certain 'government deemed necessary' cases this type of illicit activity has taken place over the years. One might also recall President Dwight D. Eisenhower admitting he felt it necessary to 'lie to the public' about the Francis Gary Powers U2 spy-plane incident. The President outright denied any spying activity was going when Powers and his plane were reported missing, until Russia produced Powers and the wreckage of his spy plane for the world to see, causing Eisenhower to soon after admit he had lied to the public about it. There is no hard evidence that Amelia Earhart was spying when she went missing, although the cover-up pertaing to the true outcome of her loss did become buried during the World War Two era. It's still ongoing and has long featured a collaborative effort between the U.S. and Japan that has existed since the end of World War Two. This effort has perpetually guarded the 'unreleased true facts' about Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance; the result of a post-war pact made between the two countries.
People both willingly or inadvertently involved with it, that is, the ongoing disinformation effort that pertains to Amelia Earhart's 1937 loss have been in plain view of the American public in recent decades. They have provided a variety of off-base solutions or false answer projections to the so called 'mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance' that news media outlets have been regenerating in press releases since the late 1970s. This effort was deemed necessary after the truth about Amelia's ongoing survival with a different name was revealed earlier that decade by USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.).
In essence, the Amelia Earhart disappearance story turned into a 'Watergate level' cover-up during the World War Two era, one that to this day remains steadfastly in place, although few current government leaders in the United States and Japan appear to identify it that way. Rather, they simply know they are 'not to touch it.' 
Those of you who are still not convinced might take an even closer look at the below reproduction of the 1987 Marshall Islands stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of Japan's rescue of Earhart and Noonan, followed by an explanation pertaining to the curious conicidental historical anomalies it presents that directly relates to the above recent years discovered 'ONI declassified photo' taken in Jaluit Harbor of the Marshall Islands depicting the same elements. Recall again as well how still today, Marshall Islands historians continue to describe the way Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were rescued By Japan's Naval Authority at Mili Atoll before they were transported to Jaluit Harbor. They were also described as being left "unrestrained" by the medical intern who was called on to attend to Fred Noonan's injured knee, contradicting the sensational claim that the two were, 'arrested as spies.'

On what became of Amelia's plane?
It was hoisted onto a Japanese vessel as the rescued Earhart & Noonan observed.

More about the above stamp: This 1987 Republic of the Marshall Islands '50th Anniversary of Amelia Earhart's World Flight' commemorative stamp (one from a series of six) depicts Earhart and Noonan's rescue and the recovery of Earhart's Electra off a shoal adjacent to Mili Atoll. The Sino-Japanese War began just five days after Earhart was reported missing. It was a war the U. S. was strongly opposed to. In 2002 the United Nations Ambassador to the Marshall Islands, Alfred Cappelle described to Ron Staton of the Associated Press how it remained "common knowledge" in his country, "that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan definitely ended up in the Marshall Islands."

Note: ONI Jaluit Harbor photo enlargement below...

More Detail About The Les Kinney ONI Photo
Commemorating the 80th anniversary of Amelia's disappearance in 2017, NBC news featured a story about the controversial photo that had been recently located in the U.S. National Archives by Les Kinney, who believed it depicted Earhart and Noonan on a Jaluit dock in the Marshall Islands, with the Japanese survey ship, the 'Koshu' in the background. Note how the same elements appeared in the 1987 stamp: Earhart, Noonan, and the Koshu.
Les Kinney, a former government investigator who spent over a decade examining Amelia Earhart's disappearance, remarked how the photo added to the multitude of pre-existing evidence that "clearly indicated" Amelia ended up under Japan's stewardship, further citing how it was labeled, "ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence) Jaluit Marshall Islands." Shawn Henry, a former FBI Assistant Director was also confident that Earhart and Noonan are seen in the photo, as highlighted in Tod Swindell's forensic superimposed enlargements. The History Channel featured the Kinney ONI photo in a documentary that supported the decades of in-depth investigative research detailing Amelia's Marshall Islands ditching. No surprise, the authenticity of the photo was challenged right after the show aired, with a claim citing the photo was taken in 1935 instead of 1937 for a Japanese travelogue book. [Note: Again, this false 'challenge' was debunked after it was learned the Jaluit dock featured in the photo was not built until 1936, making it impossible for the photo to have been taken in 1935. This shows how deeply the Earhart truth is still being controlled through plants directed to news media outlets.] The elements the photo displayed matched the way the scenario was consistently described in the past by local eyewitnesses, with Earhart and Noonan having been "dropped off on a Jaluit dock" by the "Koshu," the Imperial Nipponese Navy vessel that had transported them there along with Amelia's recovered plane. The ship in the photo background matched the Koshu, and the male and female caucasions too-closely matched  Earhart and Noonan as well. The Marshalls were considered a restricted area for outsiders at the time, no white people were visiting there then, adding to the true-reality of the photo featuring the recently rescued, out-of-place flying duo.


Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam


If you are interested in knowing what became of Amelia Earhart after the summer of 1937, the answer is seen in the above mid-1970s photo-portrait. To understand how this is now known to be true, take your time going through the material this website presents. There is much to digest.


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

The forensic research and forensic comparison results you are about to review are part of a long-term study that thoroughly analyzed each of the above topics pertaining to the historically recognized, 'intertwined lives' of Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile Bolam.
The 'new millennium' study was conceived and arranged in order to get to the bottom of a never disavowed assertion publicly maintained for thirty-five years [1970-2005] by former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais (1924-2005).
After deeply looking into it, Joseph A. Gervais, who retired from the Air Force as a Major in 1963, ascertained that Amelia Earhart and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam had existed as the same life-long individual human being known by different names in different eras without public awareness.
Major Gervais served as a fighter pilot in World War Two and he flew missions in the Korean War and Vietnam as well before retiring from his military career. He was also a family man noted for his good character.
Generally unrealized into the new millennium, Joseph A. Gervais' assertion about Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam was never forensically over-challenged. This is because, as you will soon identify for yourself, it was true.
After meeting and getting to know Joseph A. Gervais in the late 1990s, and finding out that his assertion about Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam had never been forensically evaluated on a serious level, research and development specialist, Tod Swindell took it to task. After consulting with a variety of forensic experts his long-term study commenced, and the end result marked the first comprehensive forensic analysis to ever compare Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam to Amelia Earhart.
Prior to his passing in 2005, upon being shown the initial results of the analysis with his wife, Thelma, Joseph A. Gervais plainly commented, "It just shows what we've known all along."
Over the years people have countered time and again, "what about DNA?" This proved unavailable. When she died in 1982, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam donated her body to Rutger's Medical College in New Jersey with a pre-written stipulation it was only to be accessed by its attending medical technicians. In response to what became of her remains, the school replied her body was cremated and interned in a common grave. Hence, just as Amelia Earhart's body was purported to have 'never been seen again' after July 2, 1937; after Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam died on July 7, 1982, her body was never seen again either, at least, not outside the walls of Rutger's Medical College. 
The catch was, as the analysis realized, there was an original Irene Craigmile who Amelia Earhart knew in the 1930s, and whose identity she ended up assuming for herself to use in the United States after the World War Two years. Learn more about the original Irene Craigmile throughout this website, and how Amelia Earhart ended up acquiescing her identity for her own post-fame years use.

Below: Photographic Exactitude


Above: Senator Hiram Bingham with Amelia Earhart at age 31


Above: Amelia Earhart in 1937, age 39


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


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

Below: Two Samples Of Superimposed Photographic Exactitude Using The Above Four Photographs


Irene + Amelia superimposed


Irene + Amelia superimposed

About "Truth"

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


This 35MM photograph taken in 1965 by Joseph A. Gervais displays the same "Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam" shown in the black and white photo portrait at the top of the page. Mrs. Bolam openly described herself to have been a 'past good friend' of Amelia Earhart to Joseph A. Gervais when the two met each other. She also commanded a recognized air of importance among the people she was acquainted with, to include high-ranking military figures and well-known pilots from the 1930s, 'Golden Age of Aviation.' A comprehensive forensic analysis concluded with absolute certainty that this particular Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam was identified nowhere as 'Irene' or 'Craigmile' or 'Bolam' prior to the mid-1940s. The analysis also conveys the true origin of these names. To learn about the other forensically determined realities of this Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, who from 1928 to 1937 had been famously known as 'Amelia Earhart,' read the additional results here featuring the first credible in-depth evaluation of her Twentieth Century existence.  

"The forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." John Bolam, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived brother-in-law comments on the initial results of the Irene-Amelia forensic analysis in an Associated Press article by Ron Staton. The 2002 article marked the first national news item to announce the advent of Tod Swindell's forensic research and human comparison analysis in the new millennium. [The full Associated Press article appears further down.]


Note: The website and the original forensic research material it presents generated from 1996 to 2017 by Research and Development specialist, Tod Swindell, exists as fully copyrighted Intellectual Properties under the recognized banners of Protecting Earhart and Beyond 37'. [USPTO copyright registration #'s  TXu 1-915-926; TXu 2-061-539.] IP rights are represented by George Brunt, Esq. of the Lee and Hayes law firm based in Spokane, WA.



A 2018 note from the orchestrator of the forensic analysis and creator of this website; Research and Development specialist, Tod Swindell.

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 aficionados of a 'forensic comparison analysis' I controlled that shed a 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 that 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.
The analysis results begin after the following quote--and the two images with their accompanying description.
Thank you,
Tod Swindell
[A brief bio on Tod Swindell is viewable at the bottom of this Home Page.]

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.


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

This Irene Craigmile gave birth to a son in 1934. She and Amelia Earhart had known each other.

Above middle: The original Irene Craigmile, 1930

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

The original Irene Craigmile, 1932

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

Irene Craigmile, early 1940s

Irene Craigmile Bolam, 1970s

The two above photos superimposed...
...display the same person in younger and older forms

The Irene Craigmile and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam images in this column were identified nowhere as "Irene" prior to the mid-1940s. In 1958 this Irene Craigmile wed Englishman, Guy Bolam, the head of Radio Luxembourg. She became known as Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam from then on, or just, 'Irene Bolam.'

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

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

Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, 1965

Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, mid-1970s

Anymore, The 'Known' Truth

There were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity, and one of them, who was not identified that way prior to the mid-1940s, most definitely was previously known as Amelia Earhart.

This is the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937. There is no other truth beyond invented ones individuals chose or still choose to embrace, and in some cases promote to the public sans proof-worthy logic to support their differing ideas.

No matter what continues to be offered to the contrary, Amelia's ongoing existence as "Irene" after the World War Two era is now known to be what became of her after she was reported missing during the dawn of the World War Two era--in an area that soon after became a hornets' nest region in the Pacific war theater.

It is time to stop fearing this reality; to stop automatically rejecting it. Doing so will enable it to rise to the surface so it can be acknowledged and accepted by the public, and further dealt with in a responsible manner out of concern for, and in the interest of truthful historical posterity.

It is time to get real about what became of Amelia Earhart after she was reported missing in the summer of 1937. 






Above: 1940s and 1970s images of the same person superimposed in the middle. This was the 2nd Irene Craigmile.
Below: 1946 and 1965 images of a different person shown superimposed in the middle. This was the 3rd Irene Craigmile. Although she had altered her famously recognizable image with some adjustments beyond what aging and style changes normally do, she most definitely was previously known as Amelia Earhart.



Prior to some World War Two era adjustments...


Irene Craigmile in 1946, FKA "Earhart"

Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965


...superimposed into...


...Amelia in 1937, her former self.

In the mid-1940s, Amelia Earhart reappeared in the United States seemingly from out of nowhere to further exist as 'Irene.' The forensic analysis results made it plain to see the 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, dubbed in Tod Swindell's original forensic comparison analysis as the "Gervais-Irene" was NOT the original Irene Craigmile, even though post World War Two history proclaimed she was. This is true where the analysis clearly proved there was more than one Twentieth Century woman who used the same 'Irene' identity, and the one above, who was known as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' after 1958, was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Note: The forensic analysis merely displays the truth when it comes to what became of Amelia Earhart. Although it has been consistently shouted down by pseudo Amelia Earhart 'mystery solving theorists,' including some that managed to make a living by promoting non-truthful ideas to the masses about Amelia Earhart, the analysis results proved impossible to over-challenge.


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


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

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

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

Any further there is no doubt...


...when it comes to the absolute veracity of the Irene-Amelia head-to-toe forensic alignment.

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

This website profiles the Protecting Earhart Chronicles and new millennium Irene-Amelia Forensic Analysis by Research and Development specialist, Tod Swindell. Past WGAw registrations include: "The Lost Electra" (1997), "Redefining Earhart for the New Century" (1999), "Protecting Earhart" (2004). United States Copyright Office Registration Numbers for MSS and Forensic Analysis: TXu 1-915-926 (2014); TXu 2-061-539 (2017).

Below: Two of several controversial documents from the FBI's World War Two era "Amelia Earhart" file. They are dated 'late 1944' and 'early 1945.' Both are relative to each other and prominently feature the inclusion of FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover. The top document is followed by one written by J. Edgar Hoover in response to it. The FBI director forwarded his response to Military Intelligence Officer, Brigadier General Carter W. Clarke. Underneath the documents is an explanation about the information they contained.



These documents, dated "12/27/44" and "1/18/45" pertain to a decorated USAF Major who was recuperating at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC. An FBI agent (name blacked out in the top document) had been sent to interview the soldier (name also blacked out) who had information to share that he had learned about Amelia Earhart while he was stationed overseas in the Pacific war theater.
The FBI agent who interviewed the soldier did not personally compose the top transcription, but he described to the person who typed his account that intially the soldier "appeared to be talking in bunches" and he did not seem to be able to provide "a coherent, logical statement of facts." But the agent added as the interview progressed the soldier grew "coherent in his remarks" to a point where the agent found himself "impressed" with the soldier's "reliability."
The soldier, who had been a prisoner of war after participating in the infamous Bataan Death March, mentioned how just prior to the Pearl Harbor attack when he was stationed in the Philippines, he and a fellow soldier overheard a conversation between two Japanese men there, "to the effect that Amelia Earhart was still alive and being held at a hotel in Tokyo." He further stated that after he became a prisoner he was "given the job of typing statements made by American officers to Japanese military authorities," adding when, "he was alone in the room with a Japanese intelligence officer [after finishing his typing duties] he inquired of the Japanese officer, ""Would you tell me frankly if my cousin Amelia Earhart is still alive?"" The soldier mentioned that the Japanese intelligence officer was apparently taken aback by his remark but responded by saying he "could not tell anything" except "Don't worry about her well being, she is perfectly all right."
In the final paragraph of the top document, the soldier continued on by describing how the above incident caused him to further inquire about Amelia Earhart to other Japanese guards at prison camps he was transferred to, with some responding they "didn't know anything" about it, and others that they "heard" Amelia Earhart over Japanese radio, others that they, "had seen her in Tokyo," and others mentioning they had, "heard she was alive and in Tokyo."
J. Edgar Hoover's personal forward to Brigadier General Clarke appeared to downplay the full body of information the soldier had conveyed to his bureau agent, and was sure to include in his opening remarks about the soldier who provided the account that his, "reliability is unknown."

Below is the most formidably researched account pertaining to where Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan ended up after they were reported "missing" on July 2, 1937...

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

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

To the left above is the Republic of the Marshall Islands United Nations Ambassador, Alfred Capelle. In the new millennium Ambassador Capelle repeatedly confirmed to the Associated Press and to others as well, the long recognized 'common awareness' in his country of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan having ended up there in 1937. To the right is a 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 Naval Authority in July of 1937. The Koshu had been consistently described by a variety of Marshall Islands residents dating back to the World War Two era, as the ship that picked-up Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan, and Amelia's Lockheed Electra. According to people of the Marshall Islands, this "rescue" event occurred after the fliers ditched at Barre Reef adjacent to Mili Atoll of the far southeastern Marshall Islands.
Accordingly, Earhart and Noonan were stranded at Mili for a number of days before Japan's Imperial Navy rescued and subsequently detained them. The U.S. had asked permission from Japan to search the Marshalls right after the fliers went missing, but permission was denied, and Japan's government never 'officially' reported the results of its own agreed-to search effort of the Marshalls after refusing to allow the U.S. to do so itself. It is true, however, about a week and a half after the two were reported missing on July 2, Japan's Ambassador to the United States did mention he had no knowledge of Earhart and Noonan having been located by his country, and most likely he was telling the truth as the outcome of duo's loss was still unfolding at that time. [The first ostensibly 'leaked' accounts of the duo's rescue by Japan, that would fall on deaf ears forevermore after they surfaced, were initially conveyed on July 12 from an unnamed Tokyo news source.]
Note: In 2017, the History Channel aired a documentary about Amelia's last flight that duly supported her having ditched in the Marshall Islands, although it postulated as well that Amelia likely 'died' while being held by Japan--based on hearsay that such a thing had occurred. [See the related 'recently discovered photo controversy' in the 'Press Notices' link.]
The idea of Amelia dying while she was in Japan's custody was contrary to the beliefs of several past investigators, who, citing sound reasons for doing so, averred that Amelia actually survived the war while she remained in Japan's care, and she eventually returned to the U.S. to live in anonymity by choice, as quietly endorsed by the omniscient guises of the two post-war relationship-healing countries of the United States and Japan.
Although ridiculed by many who found it hard to believe, it actually does make sense where Amelia was a loved hero in Japan in the 1930s just as Babe Ruth had been. Japan's famous Navy Admiral, the Harvard educated, Isoroku Yamamoto, who was its Pacific Commander when Amelia Earhart went missing, would not have allowed her to be executed or to succumb to a neglected illness--the two main suggestion of theorists who claimed Amelia died while in Japan's care.
Otherwise, proponents of Amelia's continued survival believe Japan strategically protected her, and furthermore, that Japan's war-time 'Tokyo Rose' broadcasts invention was a coy reference to its coveted detainee, Amelia Earhart. (Amelia had been referred to as "Tokyo Rosa" among Imperial Mandate Island locals during the years leading up to the war. This is true, even in lieu of the FBI's post-war attempt to diffuse any controversy about the 'Tokyo Rose' moniker, that had served as the locals way to describe Japan's 'detained American lady pilot, Amelia Earhart.' ['Tokyo Rose' leading up to the war meant 'that held by the chrysanthemum' with the chrysanthemum flower symbolizing the Emperor of Japan.] 

Below: A few English speaking, American accented women broadcast for Japan on it's NHK "Zero Hour" radio program during World War Two. The most famous was Iva Toguri, an American citizen and UCLA graduate who while visiting her family found herself stuck in Japan for the duration of the war after the Pearl Harbor attack. Iva was later convicted of treason but was eventually pardoned by President Gerald Ford. According to a number of U.S. soldiers, at least one of the females who broadcast had identified herself as "Tokyo Rose." Four years after the war ended, the FBI issued a statement to the effect that the moniker of "Tokyo Rose" was a "fabrication" invented by U.S. soldiers.


It is true how during the years leading up to World War Two, "Tokyo Rosa" (yes "Rosa," with an "a") was the name used to describe the detained American lady pilot, Amelia Earhart by people living among Japan's Imperial Mandate Islands. Marshall Islands U.N. Ambassador, Alfred Capelle affirmed this was long recognized in his homeland. Note: Some U.S. servicemen who served in the Pacific during World War Two insisted one of the 'American accented sirens' who broadcast for Japan consistently identified herself as "Tokyo Rose" when signing on and off. This is why it grew to be so curious when four years after the war ended, the FBI issued a statement to the effect that 'Tokyo Rose' had been a name "invented by U.S. soldiers," and that 'no female person doing broadcasts for Japan ever identified herself that way, and, "no person known as Tokyo Rose ever actually existed." By then of course, Amelia Earhart, the original cause of the 'Tokyo Rosa' name invention, was living in the United States going by her new name of, 'Irene.' 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 and forgotten during the war years by the select few that had been clued in about it.
In time it became evident to those who seriously studied the gradations of it all; there was a certain lack of 'truth' exhibited in a worldly way when it came to official descriptions or later recollections of the so-called 'disappearance' of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. This reality was solidified after the 1980 Freedom Of Information Act, when it was verified the United States Executive Branch had all-along withheld revealing information about it.


President Harry S. Truman
"The only thing different is the history you don't 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 'unknown history' left over from President Franklin Roosevelt's administration that Truman inherited. Except, about Amelia Earhart... now we do know

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

Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. & FDR

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

The True Story of Amelia Earhart

"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



To the right of Senator Hiram Bingham is Amelia Earhart, age 31...


...superimposed into...


...Mrs. Irene Bolam in a 1970s formal photo portrait. ["No ordinary housewife."] Note: The forensic study revealed how true photographed images identifying her as "Irene" prior to the mid-1940s do not exist. Notice her proud posture and wings. She appeared from out of nowhere to exist as 'Irene' in the United States following the World War Two era, as she was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' 

"When it comes to this particular person, 'Mrs. Irene Bolam,' we're talking about a very formidable individual. The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Heller from the 1920s and 1930s, who Amelia had known and went on to assume the identity of, was not that kind of person at all and she certainly did not resemble Amelia Earhart either. If anything, the forensic analysis has revealed that the time has finally arrived to address the full breadth of Amelia's life story, even where historians at the Smithsonian Institution and members of Amelia's family remain reluctant to do so, and have always demonstrated reticence when it came to the suggestion of seriously discussing the matter." Amelia Earhart Historian, Tod Swindell

"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." A 1997 quote from an article written by Mrs. John Bolam, the survived sister-in-law of "Mrs. Irene Bolam" who believed her late sister-in-law had previously been known as, "Amelia Earhart."


Amelia Earhart in 1937


...superimposed into...


...Mrs. Irene Bolam, shown here in 1965

Why More People Have Been Re-Thinking This Of Late...
For decades it was generally misperceived that the 1970s assertion of Amelia Earhart surviving her disappearance and continuing to live her life privately in the United States beyond the World War Two era--after changing her name in pursuit of future anonymity--was nothing more than contrived hokum.
The truth remains, though, the assertion was deeply evaluated for years by its original purveyors before they first surfaced it in 1970, and it was never a laughing matter.
Just the same, after introducing the assertion, those who did were strongly negated by the powerful woman, Mrs. Irene Bolam, who they had determined was quite possibly the living, former Amelia Earhart; a negation that in turn left their bold suggestion the brunt of many jokes for decades to come.
Until 2006, several years into the new millennium.
That is when people first began to realize the assertion had never been forensically disproved by way of the National Geographic Society, that began playing the assertion down again after learning of a long-term forensic analysis that revealed new, controversial information in support of Amelia's post World War Two, name-changed existence. It all pertained to the same enigmatic "Mrs. Bolam" who was implicated to have been the former Amelia Earhart in the 1970s, before she died in 1982.
It is also no surprise that the Smithsonian Institution, a 'ward' of the U.S. government, never offered supportive commentary about the never disproved claim either, and refused to even address the forensic analysis after learning of its existence. The analysis has since become the chief bane of Amelia Earhart cottage industries as well, that had been offering a variety of different theories in decades past (including some outlandish ones) within their attempts to explain what really happened to Amelia Earhart on and after July 2, 1937.
Here one can learn the real story on how the assertion of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two, 'private life' existence originally surfaced. One can also observe the key, controversial findings of the long-term forensic research and comparison analysis that surfaced revealing, controversial information about the woman in question, Mrs. Irene Bolam, never before realized. 

"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."

George Orwell


As Amelia


As Irene


As Amelia


As Irene


The True Story of Amelia Earhart
By Tod Swindell
Part I
Consider how easy it would have been at any time for the U.S. justice department to have proved this story untrue, if in fact, it were untrue. To look into the past of any person's Twentieth Century life history in the United States in order to determine who that person really was in a life-long way, should ordinarily be easy for a designated United States official to do. Oddly enough, when it came to the high-level controversy over Mrs. Irene Bolam's true life-long identity this never happened, and it is clear anymore, so much was by intention.
Thus it speaks for itself that the debate over Amelia Earhart resurfacing as 'Irene' in the United States after World War Two existed for nearly fifty years with no official resolve. One might think the Smithsonian Institution would have wanted to put an end to it. Or Amelia's family.
The realization was they didn't because they couldn't, for what were deemed to be important reasons. Yet a recent-years adjustment to this long held credo took place after the profound reality of Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence began staring back at people in no uncertain terms.
As a result, it is now known what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937, thanks to various applications of forensic science and extensive evaluative forensic research.
Amelia Earhart continued to live-on after she went missing in 1937, she ended up changing her name in the interest of future privacy, and she resurfaced as a non-public figure with a different career in the United States after the World War Two years.
Here, to answer the question of why the general public was left in the dark about Amelia's post-loss reality, one might consider the following quote from Marylin Bender's and Selig Altschul's 1982 Pan Am Airways anthology, The Chosen Instrument: "Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery."
Expounding on this, it is clear the majority of people who deeply studied the subject of the Earhart-Noonan disappearance case commonly recognized how amid reparation agreements struck between the United States and Japan during the post-VJ Day months, the door was slammed tight on what actually happened to the duo on and after the date of July 2, 1937, and it was set to remain that way from that point on.
If you have not reckoned the incredible saga of retired Air Force Major, Joe Gervais and his 1965 encounter with, and subsequent pursuit of Mrs. Irene Bolam before now, it is because it was never conveyed in an easy-to-understand way. Really, I am the first person to do so, and it took me a long time to be able to do it.
I met and came to know Joe Gervais and his wife, Thelma in 1996 at their Las Vegas home, courtesy of a long-time collaborator of Joe's; Lost Star author, Randall Brink. Joe and I remained friends and collaborators ourselves from that point on, until his passing in 2005. Rest assured, the important truths about Amelia Earhart presented here have remained unaddressed by the United States Department of Justice ever since the tip of the 'Earhart reality iceberg' Joe Gervais discovered first publicly surfaced in 1970.
People have said, people have written, and some people still do say and write that Joe Gervais was crazy to always adhere to his most important determination about Amelia Earhart's fate. In the past twenty years I have also seen myself called 'crazy' in spoken and written ways for endorsing Joe's viewpoint. Trust knowing, I exist today among the more sane Amelia Earhart historians on the planet. This statement does not decry the work of other Amelia Earhart historians. Randall Brink's knowledge of the subject matter is most formidable, to be sure. Most others, however, proved themselves deficient within the Earhart-truth arena by automatically refuting the 'Amelia became Irene' postulation. In my case, after learning one had never been done before, I chose to subject it to a forensic analysis instead, and by doing so gained the self-assurance required to stand-up and say it was 'justifiable' for Joe Gervais to claim he solved the missing person case of Amelia Earhart those years ago, by displaying her physical body evidence in a public way.
Looking back at it, history's dismissal of the Gervais' assertion about Amelia's post-loss existence as Irene, caused people to miss how important his declaration was those decades ago, and its trailings left people missing how important it was in the years that followed. Anymore it is certain, though, the bell-of-truth that Joe Gervais rang by way of the clear 35MM color photograph he took of the former Amelia Earhart in 1965--that was widely published in 1970--proved itself impossible to unring. Many individuals tried to un-ring it over the years, but they couldn't do it.
In today's world one cannot easily hide or disguise a corpus delicti, nor can one justifiably claim that a person's body, dead or alive, isn't what it naturally evidences itself to be.
Still not convinced? Then here's a challenge for you: Take a look at the same photograph Joe Gervais took of Mrs. Irene Bolam in 1965, and then try to locate any clear photos of the same woman from prior to the mid-1940s. You will not be able to do it because photos of her do not exist from prior to the mid-1940s, unless she is identified as 'Amelia Earhart' within them.
It is also interesting to note how all the while, on record, not one official United States historian ever expressed a certain opinion toward the belief Joe Gervais maintained the last forty years of his life. Basically, on any official level his 'Amelia became Irene' assertion was perpetually met by deflections, or avoided entirely.
And here it is. Brace yourself, because you're about to learn the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937, and the way it happened.
No, Amelia did not disappear. People don't do that. She also did not continue to fly around aimlessly in radio-silence after missing Howland Island until her plane ran out of gas, thus causing it to crash and sink into the ocean. She and Fred Noonan were a lot smarter than that. Rest assured as well, Japan's military never put them in front of a firing squad, and their bodies were never eaten by giant crabs on the desert island of Nikumaroro.
Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to get real about Amelia Earhart.
The Summer of 65' 
In the summer of 1965, at a gathering of mostly retired, all be them highly respected pilots in New York, a former air force captain who had flown planes in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam met and believed he recognized the woman who used to be known as Amelia Earhart. The man was Joseph A. Gervais, and after deeply studying the woman's background for the next five years, he ascertained his belief about her was correct, and surfaced his realization to a national news level in 1970.
His deduction was well founded, but Joe Gervais underestimated the power of the long-withheld truth he discovered. Back then, one didn't just call out the still-living, 'identity cloaked' Amelia Earhart.
As things went, desiring to continue with the privacy she had sought and coveted for herself after the World War Two years, and for what she considered to be historically prudent reasons as well, the former Amelia Earhart denied the assertion Joe Gervais made about her. Except the controversy over who she really was, or used to be, never went away, even after she died in 1982, and then into the new millennium. Consider this again as well; in 2015, fifty years after Joe Gervais met and photographed Mrs. Bolam, many people were still wondering who she really was, or used to be, because no person or entity had ever 'officially' put an end to the debate over her true identity.
After commencing with it in 1997, my 'Protecting Earhart' long-term forensic comparison analysis that was designed to determine if the decades-old Gervais' assertion about the woman was or wasn't correct, proved that it was correct. World academia is just now starting to catch up to this newfound historical reality. The stately looking, wings-adorned elder woman featured in the photograph above, shown in her true eightieth year, definitely did used to be known as Amelia Earhart.
It is hard to blame doubters for there is so much to know about this story, foremost to include how over the years there have been well meaning people 'in the know about it' who preferred the general public not pay attention to the truth about Amelia Earhart's world-flight outcome, for what they as well believed to be prudent historical reasons.
For years these people remained legion and to a certain extent their historical preference about Amelia is still being honored today. It is plain enough a kind of high level, post-World War Two pact involving the United States and Japan steered the veracity of what actually happened to Amelia Earhart in 1937 away from being publicly recognized and accepted. The only hiccups along the way were the 1960s investigation efforts of Joe Gervais and Fred Goerner, followed by Gervais' 1970 assertion about 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' that became a national news item. When the story of his incredible proclamation broke, though, the mere notion of Amelia Earhart's ongoing name-changed existence seemed just too unbelievable on the surface, abetting all naysayers.
No matter; the realities the forensic study revealed in the last twenty years left a caveat that exposed the underbelly truth of Amelia's post-loss existence as 'Irene,' and the 'Protecting Earhart' website, features a good sampling of younger-to-older superimposed photographs displaying Amelia Earhart prior to 1938 as compared to her later-life self.
Love her unconditionally, because ready or not, the woman famously known as Amelia Earhart in the United States more than eighty years ago... is finally coming home, as 'Irene.'
[End Part I; Part II commences below the following images and statements]

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

Setting the record straight: It wasn't until the new millennium arrived that the forensic analysis showed the faces, head sizes, necks, shoulders, arm lengths, hands, heights, foot sizes, handwriting, and voices to all be congruent within the Amelia-to-Irene comparisons. Not to omit how friends, relatives, and locations frequented displayed their own before and after alignments. As well, the Irene Bolam who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. Here, Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis displayed the reality of there having been three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same "Irene Craigmile Bolam" identity, and how one of them, the Gervais-Irene, was previously known as Amelia Earhart. Traditionally, Amelia's living relatives and the Smithsonian Institution encouraged the public to dismiss the Irene-Amelia reality out of hand. It is still the truth, none-the-less.

The Gervais-Irene Bolam
Newspaper photo, as 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' in Japan, 1963

Amelia photo added

Superimposed reveals her earlier and later self-images

Photo from after the Friendship flight

Amelia, 1937


1937 & 1965


"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of the Gervais-Irene Bolam and Amelia Earhart to show the world they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck, reprinted from the Preface of his 2004 book, Amelia Earhart Survived.
Note: My late friend, USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, included the above supportive words in his book after he evaluated my forensic research that unravelled the 'Amelia became Irene' truth, the origin of which stemmed from Joe Gervais and author, Joe Klaas, who originally introduced the postulation of Amelia's continued survival as 'Irene' in their 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. After I commenced with my study in 1997, Colonel Reineck recognized how important the realization was of a serious forensic analysis never having been done before, that compared the highly enigmatic, Irene Bolam to Amelia Earhart. I was inspired to do one after the odd controversy over Mrs. Bolam was somewhat rejuvenated in 1994 by way of Randall Brink's ground-shaking expose', Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart. Today, only Randall and I remain, and both of us are greatly indebted to the magnanimous efforts of the researchers that sided with Joe Gervais, mostly World War Two heroes, whose efforts preceded our own. Thanks to them, it is now easy to identify how three different women were attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity in the Twentieth Century, with one of them having been previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.'  Tod Swindell, 2018

About The 1970 Book, Amelia Earhart Lives By Joe Klaas
Directly below is the book that started it all, Amelia Earhart Lives. Although it was chocked with some far-out suppositions within its attempt to explain what happened to Amelia and Fred Noonan in 1937, it did manage to feature the same 1965 photograph of the former Amelia Earhart identified as "Mrs. Irene Bolam" that was taken by Joseph A. Gervais when the two met each other. Following the book's release it was ceaselessly ridiculed after the former Amelia Earhart negated it for her own good reasons. Fortunately for her, many people who looked at the Gervais' photograph had a hard time seeing through to who she used to be. She did look different, but she was still there, and she still is there. The forensic tale-of-the-tape proved it out. As mentioned, once the bell-ring of the photo's inclusion in the book took place, nothing could un-ring it. World War Two hero, Joseph Gervais always knew this, and he never stopped casually repeating it to others to his dying day in 2005.

Based on the research findings of Joe Gervais...
'Amelia Earhart Lives' by Joe klaas. Published by McGraw-Hill, November 1970

The Gervais-Irene and Guy Bolam
From the 1970 book, 'Amelia Earhart Lives' by Joe Klaas


Amelia Earhart, 1937

The Gervais-Irene Bolam
August 8, 1965

...superimposed shows the obvious congruence...

Part II
The True Story of Amelia Earhart
By Tod Swindell
When Joe Gervais met Mrs. Bolam and her English husband, Guy in 1965, he was introduced to them by Viola Gentry, a good pilot-friend of Amelia's in the 1930s. Viola had asked Joe to come to New York and lecture to her club of pilot friends about the previous years of research he had done on Amelia Earhart's disappearance.
Viola appeared surprised when Mrs. Bolam showed up at the luncheon where Joe was to lecture. Somewhat flustered himself, Joe noticed an 'air of importance' about Mrs. Bolam, beyond feeling that he recognized her for who she used to be. After asking Viola to introduce him to her, Joe cautiously asked Mrs. Bolam if she ever knew Amelia Earhart? She replied to him that she had 'known Amelia Earhart well' and that she had 'often flown with her.' He asked if she would be willing to meet him again and she said 'yes' and gave him her business card that listed her name as 'Irene Craigmile' on it. That had been her name before she married Guy Bolam in 1958.
It turned out, a woman by the name of 'Irene Craigmile' did know Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. Born Irene O'Crowley to Richard Joseph O'Crowley and his wife, Bridget Doyle O'Crowley, she was mostly raised by her maternal and paternal extended families. She became Irene Craigmile in 1927, when she married Charles Craigmile, a civil engineer from Rantoul, Illinois.  

Below: The original Irene Craigmile, 1930


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

Charles Craigmile tragically died in 1931. The following year, just a few months after Amelia became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, the Akron Beacon Journal of Ohio published a photograph displaying both Amelia Earhart and the recently widowed, Irene Craigmile within it. The two were shown among a group of women aviators visiting the hospitalized pilot, Louise Thaden there:

The Akron Beacon Journal, September 1, 1932

Above: Amelia Earhart outlined in white, Irene Craigmile outlined in black.


Above: 'Irene Craigmile' is listed after Viola Gentry


Above: After Amelia married George Putnam in 1931, for a short while she took his name, as shown here

More about the Original Irene Craigmile
When the above newspaper photograph was taken, the recently widowed, Irene Craigmile was not-yet a licensed pilot. She began taking flying lessons in the fall of 1932, after Amelia and Viola Gentry helped sign her up at Floyd Bennet Field on Long Island. She learned to fly there and at Roosevelt Field until she earned her pilot's license in late May of 1933. Except while she was earning it, she realized she was pregnant with her last flight instructor, Alvin Heller's child. The two eloped to be married that August, and later their son, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller was born in early March of 1934.
Before she realized she was pregnant in 1933, the original Irene Craigmile had barely logged any solo-piloting hours, and she never flew a plane again.
Following a debilitating illness the original Irene had caused by childbirth complications, acute depression she dealt with abetted her rushed marriage to soon fail. From there the trail of the original Irene grows cold. Clear, legible photographs of her no longer exist, and it is hard to know what ultimately became of her medical state, beyond a later life friend of Mrs. Irene Bolam's, Diana Dawes, in 1992 offering her awareness that the original Irene 'died' at some point and the announcement of it was withheld, thus enabling Amelia to continue on with her still extant identity. Only sketchy records remain of the original Irene, including how her marriage to Alvin Heller, who had relocated alone to Buffalo, New York in the mid-1930s, was legally annulled 'by long distance' at the end of the 1930s, that also featured a child custody battle he did not win.
Al and the original Irene's son, Larry Heller, grew up to become a Pan Am pilot and resides in Florida today, but he never knew his biological mother, the original Irene Craigmile. Larry Heller did have a mother figure growing up as a child, but who she actually was remains a subject of debate. She did not look much like Amelia Earhart, to be sure, and she appeared to be about a generation younger than she should have been. Take a look:


Left and right: In 2006, and again in writing in 2014, Clarence Heller, the son of the original Irene Craigmile, positively identified this woman to have been his late mother in both younger and older forms. He provided the esitmated dates applied to each photo as well. She did not look like Amelia Earhart, to be sure, she did not used to be known as Amelia Earhart. 




This woman shown in younger and older forms, was identified as "Irene Craigmile" in 1946 on the left, of the People's National Bank of Long Island's Mineola Branch. On the right she is seen again in 1965, in the picture Joe Gervais took of her after she became known as, "Mrs. Irene Bolam" by virtue of her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England. She was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid 1940s, even though she was legally attributed to the same identity of Clarence Heller's mother. For the sake of distinguishing the different Irene's from each other, Protecting Earhart's study labeled this one, "the Gervais-Irene." Overcoming decades of ridicule and cynicism, any further the truth stands to exist where there is no doubt this particular Irene Bolam used to be known as Amelia Earhart.



Neither one of the two different Irene Craigmiles displayed above appeared to resemble the original Irene Craigmile in the grainy photo below. Born in 1904, no clear, distinguishable photo images of the original Irene Craigmile have ever been located. Even her son, Larry Heller attested he didn't have any photos of his mother pre-dating the 1940s. This includes family group photos, wedding pictures, school class pictures, or any other photos.

The original 'real' Irene, 1930

Once again, add all of the above knowledge to the fact that the 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965, appears nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.
Let me repeat that: The 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' who Joe Gervais met and  photographed in 1965, appears nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.
This leaves a deduction based on logical reasoning supported by forensic evidence: Where the Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joe Gervais photographed in 1965 appears anywhere prior to the mid-1940s, she does so identified as 'Amelia Earhart.'
[Forensic Evidence: "That suitable for argumentation in a court of law."]

 About the Original Irene Craigmile's O'Crowley Family
As the story goes, the original Irene Craigmile's mother, Bridget nee-Doyle O'Crowley, died in 1917 when her only child, Irene, was twelve. Before Bridget died, census records revealed she had been raising her daughter alone with her parents in New Jersey. After Bridget died, from that point on census records show Irene being further raised by her father's family, most specifically by her father's sister, an attorney by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley who lived with her mother, Sarah, in Newark, New Jersey. [Note: Protecting Earhart's MSS includes a detail of the O'Crowley family lineage and life events. The O'Crowleys had been a prominent New Jersey family.]
How Amelia Earhart Was Able To Become Irene Craigmile
Amelia Earhart was a good friend of the original Irene Craigmile's aunt, the attorney, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley who practiced law in New Jersey and New York. Amelia's former flying pal, Viola Gentry, who introduced Joe Gervais to the former Amelia Earhart and her husband, Guy Bolam in 1965, later told him this was how Amelia originally came to 'know' Irene Craigmile, through Irene's attorney-aunt who had been Amelia's friend and a fellow ZONTA organization member with her as well.
The ZONTA organization, founded in Buffalo, New York in 1919, was and still is an international organization of professional women. Amelia joined ZONTA after she became famous in 1928, and was soon befriended by two of its more prominent members, Nina Broderick Price of England, and Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley of Newark, New Jersey, the original Irene Craigmile's aunt.
Nina Price and Attorney Irene O'Crowley were very good friends and ZONTA chapter presidents who had helped launch the Amelia Earhart brand products line in the early to mid-1930s. Nina was a flamboyant publicist and dress designer who helped Amelia in those areas, and Attorney Irene worked on the legal contracts side that helped to establish the Amelia Earhart brand luggage-line based in Newark, something she continued to be involved with into the 1960s.
Today the ZONTA's still award Amelia Earhart Scholarships to aspiring young women.
How And When The Amelia-To-Irene Change Took Place
It appears evident enough how at some point during the World War Two years, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley cooperated with the U.S. justice department and one Monsignor James Francis Kelley of Rumson, New Jersey, with an arrangement for Amelia to be able to assume the still-extant identity value of Attorney Irene's niece, Irene Craigmile for Amelia to use after the war years.
Monsignor Kelley was the president of Seton Hall College at the time the war ended, and he helped Amelia become the new Irene Craigmile after her return to the United States, and he served, as he later described it, as her "emotional healing therapist" while doing so. [Monsignor Kelley held doctoral degrees in psychology and philosophy.]
From the 1970s into the 1990s, Monsignor Kelley explained facets of this incredible truth he knew to a variety of different people, and a few of them later went on record describing what he had told them. In 1991, five years before he died, Monsignor Kelley himself confirmed his past long-time friend, the late Irene Bolam, used to be known as Amelia Earhart in a recorded interview. This did not become public information until the new millennium arrived, and people who had a hard time believing his conveyance claimed later-life 'senility' must have caused him to make up the things he said about his late friend, Irene having been previously known as Amelia Earhart. Those who he spoke to about it, though, insisted he was lucid while doing so, and the forensic analysis itself later revealed he had not made it up at all.
Amelia's Life As Irene
After she became Irene, Amelia was never known to pilot a plane again. She was given various positions in the banking industry on Long Island after the war until she married Guy Bolam. She became a ZONTA member again as 'Irene Craigmile' and served as president of the Long Island ZONTA chapter in the 1950s. After she married Guy Bolam, the two traveled abroad frequently until Guy died in 1970. Through Guy's enterprise, Radio Luxembourg in Europe, that she became president of herself after Guy died, it can be said the former Amelia Earhart was part of the same radio station that helped introduce the Beatles to Soviet Russia in the 1960s. She also knew a few NASA astronauts and "2001: A Space Odyssey" had been a favorite movie of hers.
When Joe Gervais pegged Mrs. Bolam for who she used to be in 1965, then tried to introduce it by way of the book, Amelia Earhart Lives in 1970, the former Amelia Earhart sued the publisher of the book, McGraw-Hill, the book's author, Joe Klaas, and she sued Joe Gervais as well, whose assertion about Mrs. Bolam inspired Joe Klaas to write the book.
It's worth recalling here how in 1965, even though Mrs. Bolam had agreed to meet again with Joe Gervais, she subsequently proved herself evasive and never did.
Her lawsuit reached the New York Supreme Court and lasted five years. Mrs. Bolam's Attorney, Benedict Ginsberg, who had once worked for Robert F. Kennedy, sought 1.5 million dollars in damages. Except Mrs. Bolam, who had not been involved in the book's writing process, did not sue the publisher and authors for inferring she was the former Amelia Earhart. She sued them for libel. For instance, the book had referred to her late husband, Guy, (who died the same year the book came out) as her "alleged husband," when in fact they had been legally married.
McGraw-Hill ended up remitting a high five-figure settlement to the former Amelia Earhart, and it removed the remaining copies of Amelia Earhart Lives from the stores. [Author, Joe Klaas, estimated about forty-thousand copies of the book made it into circulation before it was withdrawn, and it has since been republished.] In an interesting twist as well, she settled her differences with Joe Gervais and Joe Klaas by way of the opposing parties swapping ten dollars of consideration, after she refused to submit her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity. She wasn't in want of money, after all, and after five years most people had chalked-up the Gervais' assertion about her past as a hoax. It wasn't a hoax, but Mrs. Bolam wasn't about to wreck the remaining years of her life by way of admitting who she used to be. So much explaining would have been demanded if she had admitted it, not only from herself, but from a slew of prominent, high-level individuals.
The former Amelia Earhart died seven years after her 'summary judgment' lawsuit ended. She had prearranged to donate her body to Rutgers College of Medicine. According to the school when later contacted, she was cremated and interned in a common, unmarked grave.
At the time of her death, many people, including some who had been close to her in her later years, continued to suspect Mrs. Bolam used to be the famous pilot, Amelia Earhart. In a New Jersey newspaper article that appeared a few months after her passing, even her son's wife, Joan Heller, was quoted to have said she and her husband were "no longer sure" about the question of her past identity. As well, to myself in 2006, Clarence Heller admitted he held no photos of his mother dated prior to the 1940s. And although Mr. Heller consistently denied over the years that his mother was Amelia Earhart, he was merely telling the truth. Clarence Heller was legitimately born to Al and Irene Heller on March 5, 1934. 
The bottom line: Anymore it is absolutely certain that the ongoing suspicion about the late Gervais-Irene Bolam's true past was justifiable, because it was true that she used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
There You Have It
So this was and is the true story of what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937. Be that as it may, it is still unclear when it comes to what really happened after she and Fred Noonan were declared 'missing.' It is widely assumed that within days after the duo failed to locate Howland Island, Japan rescued them in the lower Marshall Islands where they had endured an emergency ditching.
The later added deducement that featured Amelia's continued survival, states that right when Japan was about to declare war on China, she and Noonan strayed too far north during their Plan-B attempt to reach the Gilbert Islands, and they ended up in Japan's off-limits Marshall Islands instead. There they were picked up and detained, and at least Amelia ended up remaining in Japan's custody until the end of World War Two.
While various aspects of the above descriptions have been corroborated by different Amelia Earhart historians over the years, to explain why Amelia's Marshall Islands ditching is still an assumption today is academic: The only official record of Amelia's loss shows that she went missing on July 2, 1937, and after not being found she was legally declared 'dead' in early January of 1939.  
Therefore, technically, where the July 2, 1937 Marshall Islands ditching assertion still remains an assumption, within the constraints of it, to go along with Amelia's body evidence showing up as Irene Craigmile eight years later in the United States, what really happened to her on that July 2, 1937 day, supplemented by where she ended up later, how she was treated, and how she spent her days while she was gone... anymore exists as the 'real' mystery of Amelia Earhart. Take heart in knowing, it is safe to believe the former Amelia Earhart took much of the answers to those questions to her grave with her.
Today, all we really know for certain in a forensic reality way, is that several years after Amelia Earhart went missing she managed to surface in the United States as Irene Craigmile, and she worked in the banking industry known by that name until she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958, and the general public was never supposed to know who she used to be, even after she died in 1982.
Believe it or not, it's that simple.



Amelia & Irene

...superimposed shows the obvious congruence...

zzzzbolam1A2.jpg the Gervais-Irene Bolam in 1965

Note: The above human congruence does not exhibit a doppelganger-like coincidence. Head-to-toe and character trait wise, Protecting Earhart's forensic comparison study merely displays the same human being in younger and older forms throughout it, whose birth name was "Amelia Mary Earhart." She was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897, and she died on July 7, 1982 in Edison, New Jersey known as "Irene Bolam." Her father was "Samuel Stanton 'Edwin' Earhart," who was born in Atchison, Kansas, c.1867, and who died in Los Angeles, California in 1930. Her mother was "Amelia Otis Earhart" who was born in Atchison, Kansas in 1869, and who died in Medford, Massachusetts in 1962. Her sister was "Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey" who was born in Kansas City, Kansas on December 29, 1899, and who died on March 2, 1998 in Medford, Massachusetts.
Amelia's sister, Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey, was also a ZONTA member who did know her sister, Amelia in her later life years as 'Irene,' although she never let-on who she used to be. She was known to admonish anyone who suggested her ZONTA friend, Irene was really her sister sporting a different name, until she herself died in 1998. 
Thank you, Tod Swindell of Protecting Earhart, 2018

Once a world-famous pilot...


...the former Amelia Earhart in 1965

Below: Even though she existed in full view for decades until she died in 1982, the general public was never supposed to identify how this beautiful, important looking woman photographed in 1978 used to be known as "Amelia Earhart." Realizing it may be difficult for some to accept this new millennium proven forensic reality, the following truth none-the-less exists: Prior to the World War Two era, the proud looking person in the photograph below was known as, "Amelia Earhart." This website has existed on-line continuously since 2007 and no one has ever legally or forensically overchallenged this statement about the Mrs. Irene Bolam shown here, because it's true.


About The Above Photograph
The photograph above displays the former Amelia Earhart, AKA "Mrs. Irene Bolam" in 1978. When this particular formal photo-portrait was taken she was living in her true eightieth year and she had been known as "Irene" for over three decades. As it turned out there were three Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity. The general public was never supposed to know this, nor was it supposed to know about the famous past of the Mrs. Bolam shown above. This is why the news media continues to be persuaded by historical dictum influences--that supplementing those already listed includes the modern Amelia Earhart® trademarked brand owners, the Zonta organization, [of which Amelia and her later-life self as 'Irene' had served as distinguished members] and Dr. Thomas Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, who all continue to encourage the curious not to regard or pay serious attention to this profound truth that was forensically realized in the new millennium. No matter, for the following Amelia Earhart reality now openly exists: The "Mrs. Irene Bolam" displayed above appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s because she had been previously known as, "Amelia Earhart." The original 'Irene,' who Amelia had known in the 1930s before she assumed her left-over identity after World War Two, looked entirely different and was historically a far less ambitious individual. For more about the original 'Irene' whose identity Amelia assumed in her later life years, click on "The True Story of Amelia Earhart" page link located in the upper left blue column. 

What We Do and Do Not Know
"In a public sense, the true circumstances of Amelia's 1937 world flight ending--as well as where she was and what she was doing during the World War Two years--remains unknown. Any information that attempted, or still does attempt to explain what actually happened to Amelia Earhart on July 2, 1937 and how she existed the following eight years has only ever been based on educated guesses. What we are certain about anymore is that Amelia Earhart resurfaced in the United States after the war known as 'Irene,' and she publicly went by that name only until she died in 1982, even after she was outed for who she used to be in 1970. It's hard to blame her, for if she had admitted who she used to be back then the last twelve years of her life would have been very strenuous on her. As it was for her after 1970, it was strenuous enough. We're talking about a real person, a real human being, and when she died she knew who she'd become, and who she used to be." Tod Swindell  

The Misdirected
In the 1980s, a variety of new, privately run cottage industries intent on pecuniary interests began exploiting the invented Amelia Earhart Mystery by introducing a variety of new theories within their different attempts to explain what happened to her. This practice led to endless false-hope news briefs that in-turn confused the American public about Amelia's world flight ending and aftermath. Fortunately, these misleading 'Earhart mystery purveyors' began to fade after knowledge of the incontestable, 'new-millennium forensic achievements' displaying Amelia's post-war private existence as "Mrs. Irene Bolam" surfaced.

On Correct and Incorrect Statements and Truths...

"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement, but the opposite of a profound truth may be another profound truth." Niels Bohr, 1885-1962; Danish quantum theorist & physicist, Nobel Prize winner

Considering this interesting paradoxical sounding quote, it might dawn on one how it could readily be applied to the Earhart conundrum. While it exists as a profound truth that Amelia Earhart survived and lived the latter part of her life in the United States known as someone else until she died in 1982, it also appears to be a profound truth where influential 'connected to the story' individuals remained aware of a potential for precarious historical ramifications to occur should said truth segue into existing as a recognized fact. So much provided the impetus for the controversial reality about Amelia to be covered over--with the intention that it was never to surface or even be promoted to the general public as something worth seriously evaluating.

For many years this approach worked. Inevitably, however, its undoing began when the long-disregarded forensic truth about Amelia Earhart began staring back at people in no uncertain terms. Tod Swindell 


The Forensic Truth
Since the Associated Press reported the emergence of the Irene-Amelia forensic analysis over a dozen years ago, the following 'forensic truth' about Amelia Earhart has been available to anyone who cares to know it:
There were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity and one of them was previously known as "Amelia Earhart."
As mentioned, where this proven reality about Amelia Earhart now exists, the viewpoint propagandized through the news media continues to influence the public NOT to believe it. Amelia Earhart cottage industries and her 'brand image' enthusiasts still discount it, even though in the new millennium the discovered truth about Amelia Earhart ended up presenting itself as an obvious forensic certainty


Amelia Earhart, age 30



On The Evolution of Truth
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Think about it:

Instead of encouraging people to accept what is anymore the obvious reality of Amelia Earhart's post-war continued survival as Irene, the U.S. national press circuit in alignment with ongoing overtures of 'official silence' about her actual fate from the U.S. department of justice, has continued to persuade the public to consider the ideas that Amelia: 1.) Was eaten by giant crabs on the desert island of Nikumaroro, 2.) Was executed by Japan's military on Saipan as a suspected spy, or 3.) With a thousand miles worth of extra fuel reserves, she flew aimlessly over the Pacific Ocean until she simply crashed and sank at unknown coordinates.

Otherwise, it is considered 'taboo' by the U.S. national press circuit to so much as hint at the reality of Amelia's post-loss, name-changed survival as 'Irene.' Even though the data supporting this truth is overwhelming and full-proof anymore, national news reporters are not allowed to touch it.  

The Goal
The goal of this truthful reveal about Amelia Earhart is to culminate with public thought holding a higher regard for Amelia's profound legacy.
Amelia Earhart's full life story ended up mired in ambiguity due to the mystery aspect so casually applied to it. This mode of thought has existed, errantly for the most part, dating back to the time her so-called 'disappearance' occurred.
Because of this long-term distraction, over the years people less-recalled what a profound thinker, superior multi-linguist, universal philosopher, feeling poet, skilled photographer, engaging writer, and excellent business woman Amelia Earhart was, beyond being a patriotic American with deep U.S. history roots, and oh yes, a remarkable champion of early aviation. Why she chose to live the way she did was nobody's business but her own, and she made sure throughout her entire adult life, especially in her later years, that this truth was clearly understood by those who knew her best.

History's 'Earhart Mystery' Challenge

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


On Over-Challenging History
After enduring the process of thoroughly examining and comparing the lives of Amelia Earhart and Irene Bolam, the forensic analysis evidenced the same human being in different eras going by different names.
Regardless of the new-millennium consternation the analysis caused among U.S. history scholars and myriad theorists suggesting a variety of other ideas, its conclusive results left it undeniably clear:
Unknown to the public, Amelia Earhart survived her storied 1937 disappearance and in time changed her name to 'Irene.'
In 0pposition to this new paradigm of truth about Amelia Earhart, individuals and organizations legion with maintaining a status quo viewpoint about Amelia Earhart, Richard Gillespie and Dr. Alex Mandel foremost, have campaigned through media outlets in a common effort to prevent the reality of Amelia's post-World War Two life as a name-changed person from being recognized and gaining public acceptance. 

"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." LPGA promoter, Peter Bussatti in 1982, comments about his 1970s good friend, the Gervais-Irene Bolam, who used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' The two are pictured here together, see the comparison below.

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. ""Sometimes I thought she was [the former Amelia Earhart], sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied, "When I died you'll find out,"" Busatti said. At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned all the admirals and generals seemed to know her." Excerpted from a 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune article.

As seen in Protecting Earhart's forensic study...
...Amelia as Irene, far left, as Amelia, far right, the two superimposed, center

Amelia, left, 1937; Gervais-Irene Bolam, right, 1970s

Amelia Earhart, 1937

The same human being younger and older, superimposed

The Gervais-Irene Bolam in 1965

Below: The 'former' Amelia Earhart shown in a 1978 formal portrait sitting. As a result of the World War Two years, Amelia ended up being one of three Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity.


This Irene Bolam, who is the same person in the 1965 color photograph below, appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. Note the wings pinned toward her left shoulder. Even though official history has been careful not to introduce her in a public way, she was still stately and beautiful, and proud of who she was historically. Understandably, she coveted her privacy as a non-public person after the war years until her passing in 1982.

Senator Hiram Bingham with Amelia Earhart when she was 31

Below: Past and future superimposed


The Amelia photo used came from her book, The Fun Of It

A Gervais-Irene Bolam photo...
...superimposed with her former Amelia self.
Two photos of Amelia compared to a 1970 photo of the Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart']

Below: 1928 Amelia photo starts morphing...
...a 1978 photo of her as 'Irene'
The 'Gervais-Irene'

Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia 1976
Monsignor Kelley's sister, Gertrude Kelley Hession (left) with the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart'

At first glance the gray-haired woman on the right doesn't appear to resemble Amelia Earhart. Before rushing to judgment, though, click on the yellow highlighted link below to watch a slow motion dissolve that uses the same photo. After watching the dissolve, hit the back arrow to return to Irene-Amelia.Com. The two women featured in the above photo taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976 are Gertrude Kelley Hession, the sister of Monsignor James Francis Kelley, and the Gervais-Irene Bolam, who knew both Monsignor Kelley and his sister, Gertrude fairly well. Beginning in the 1970s and continuing to his death in 1996, Monsignor Kelley described to certain individuals that his later-life friend, Irene Bolam, used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.'

As the Gervais-Irene Bolam, Yugoslavia-1976...
...superimposed with her former self...
The same human being went by different names in different eras

Below, Protecting Earhart discovered three different Twentieth Century women were historically attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity:

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 Irene Bolam recalled this woman as his mother.
The third 'Gervais-Irene' in 1946, FKA 'Earhart'
Became 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

Below: Two handwriting comparison samples from Protecting Earhart's document examination portion of its forensic analysis. The cursive letter comparisons came from separate handwriting samples of Amelia's and the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'the former Amelia Earhart.'

Gervais-Irene's handwriting from a 1967 letter:
Protecting Earhart added Amelia's own "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

The Truth...
Incredibly enough, for decades a variety of individuals tried to convince the public that this now highly-recognizable reality was nothing more than a falsely purported hoax. Protecting Earhart's new-millennium forensic analysis changed that. Anymore it is forensically incontestable: The Gervais-Irene was known as 'Amelia Earhart' in the United States prior to mid-1937.  
The analysis not only compared physical beings, it also compared character traits, to include a document examination handwriting analysis. Two samples from the handwriting analysis appear above and feature the following text:
In The Gervais-Irene's Own Words...
One fo the handwriting excerpts above came from the Gervais-Irene's 1967, non denial-denial she mailed in response to a query letter about her true past from retired USAF Major, Joseph A. Gervais:
"I can offer in evidence two people whom you may call for verification of this fact, because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile."
"It has always been my feeling the Amelia Earhart has not passed away completely, so long as there is one person alive who still remembers her."
Note the former Amelia's 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: The post World War Two protective alliance that existed between the former Amelia Earhart, her sister, Muriel, and Amelia's 1930s Ninety-Nines pilot friends, Viola Gentry and Elinor Smith. 

Earhart Covers Delivered, Purdue University, 1963
Viola Gentry greeted by Jilly McCormick, Helen Schlemen, and Dr. D. R. Mallet.

Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam on August 9, 1965
The Gervais-Irene Bolam [FKA 'Earhart'] took this photo in East Hampton, Long Island, NY

New York Mid-Week Pictorial, 1932
Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, Viola Gentry; Amelia's U.S. return after her solo Atlantic crossing.

On the comparisons further below: Amelia's Famous 1930s Pilot Friends, Viola Gentry And Elinor Smith, And Amelia's Sister, Muriel Were Her Later-Life Friends Of Hers When She Was Known as 'Irene.'
Protecting Earhart presented the inconceivability of Viola Gentry and Elinor Smith, two of Amelia's well-known 1930s pilot friends, somehow having a common later-life friend, the Gervais-Irene Bolam, who matched Amelia Earhart physically and character trait wise. It was the same with Amelia's sister, Muriel. In their later years, Viola, Elinor, and Muriel all knew Amelia as 'Irene' whose overall congruence to Amelia Earhart was evidenced by way of Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis and comparison study. Further validating the reality of it all, Protecting Earhart proved how the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, leaving the question of her previous identity to practically answer itself. It remains perplexing, and somewhat troubling that the American public is still quietly encouraged by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society to close a blind-eye to what is anymore a 'highly obvious' equation. In the comparison below, their physical head-to-toe congruence is displayed. Ultimately, Protecting Earhart's additional uncontested, 'three women having been attributed to one Irene identity' forensic realization, along with the Gervais-Irene's proven close friendship to former Seton Hall College President, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, who confirmed she was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart' to a number of individuals, cemented Protecting Earhart's 'Amelia became Irene' equation as an undeniable forensic reality, in opposition to those who have long tried to suggest its discovered realities were, 'just a coincidence.' 

Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, Viola Gentry

New York Mid-Week Pictorial, 1932
Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, Viola Gentry; Amelia's U. S. return after her solo Atlantic crossing.

The Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart'] in 1965...
...shown standing on a bridge in Paris with the Mid-Week Pictorial photo added.

Head to Toe...
Viola's later life friend, the Gervais-Irene matched Amelia.



Amelia's sister, Muriel

"Of course I knew Irene. She was a sister Zonta." "There is practically no physical resemblance." 1982 quotes from Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey. Muriel protected the truth of her sister's later-life existence as 'Irene.' The siblings kept their later-life friendship out of the spotlight though they were seen in public together at times attending some of the same Zonta gatherings.  Protecting Earhart's study results contradict Muriel's, "no physical resemblance" statement she offered when asked to address claims that her later life friend, Irene Bolam actually was, or at least resembled her sister, Amelia. Here, it's easy to observe Muriel's and the Irene's 'familial' resemblance to each other. Muriel died in 1998, at the age of 98.

The Gervais-Irene [FKA 'Earhart'] 1965.
With British husband, Guy Bolam.

News photo, Gervais-Irene in Japan-1963...
FKA 'Earhart'
...blended into Irene-Amelia.
Amelia, 1928, after the Friendship flight.

The Gervais-Irene, 1940s
FKA 'Amelia Earhart'

The Gervais-Irene
The 1965 Joe Gervais photograph

Match; younger and older Gervais-Irene
The left two photos superimposed

04-AAAIblend2.jpg reveal her later-life self in 1965

The forensic transition continues...

Amelia Earhart

Eye Comparison Samples Viewed From Left To Right
Both sets of eyes must align to achieve a forensic match

Amelia's Eyes

The Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Sample: Overlay Match
Amelia & the Gervais-Irene

Younger Non Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Older Non Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Sample: Match
Younger and Older Non Gervais-Irene's Eyes Combined

Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Both eyes do not align; No Match
Gervais-Irene and Non Gervais-Irene superimposed

Both eyes do not align; No Match
Gervais-Irene and Non Gervais-Irene superimposed

Below: The "Gervais-Irene" FKA "Amelia Earhart" whose surname of 'Bolam' was added in 1958 after she married Guy Bolam of England. The 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives included a photo of her and featured documentation sent to Joe Gervais falsely indicating she was Larry Heller's 'mother.' Having been the former Amelia Earhart of course, she was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.

The 'Gervais-Irene' FKA 'Amelia Earhart'
Shown in Japan in 1963

The blend with her former self begins
The Amelia photo was taken when she was thirty years old

Irene & Amelia images superimposed...
029.JPG variance observed

8/8/65 Joe Gervais taken photo of Irene...
Viola Gentry introduced Gervais to her that day.

Superimposed: The Gervais photo...
...and the 1933 photo of her former self

Head to toe, all aspects of Amelia and the Gervais-Irene aligned.

The Gervais-Irene, FKA Amelia Earhart in 1978
Identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.
Gervais-Irene, Irene-Amelia
...aligned with Amelia's on the right

Sen. Hiram Bingham & Amelia Earhart

The Gervais-Irene, (see blend below)
True Age 80 Years, Early 1978

As Anyone Can See...
...Amelia Was Still In There

Cover of Monsignor James Francis Kelley's autobiograpphy

Above and Below: The assertion of famous retired priest, Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1904-1996) who opposing theorists tried to call 'crazy' for saying what he did about his long time close friend, Irene Bolam, AKA the 'Gervais-Irene' ...anymore rings true. Beginning in the late 1970s, Monsignor Kelley, a former Seton Hall College president, first began privately admitting to people close to him that his good friend, Irene, used to be known as Amelia Earhart. Kelley added that he helped receive her back in the U.S. as World War Two ended. He further mentioned he helped her with 'emotional healing' therapy (Kelley held doctorates in psychology and philosophy) and that he had been instrumental with her name change to 'Irene.' In 1991, USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.) actually recorded the monsignor's confirmation of his late friend, Irene having been previously known as 'Amelia Earhart' during a taped interview. 

From a 10/18/82 New Jersey News Tribune article:
Msgr. Kelley privately verified his late friend the Gervais-Irene Bolam used to be, 'Amelia Earhart'

Monsignor James Francis Kelley & the Gervais-Irene Bolam

Monsignor Kelley shown in a family picture...
...his sister, Gertrude in white on his left.

Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia 1976
Monsignor Kelley's sister, Gertrude Kelley Hession (left) with the Gervais-Irene, FKA 'Earhart'

As the Gervais-Irene in Cocoa Beach, Florida, 1965
...she transitions....
...a 1935 photo of her former self...
...Amelia Earhart

Below Amelia, left, becomes her future self, right
Secone row, the Gervais-Irene turns back into her former 'Amelia' self

Rare photo of Amelia Earhart
Looking tired in New Guinea, just before she went missing.

When one compares the care-worn Amelia photo on the left to the more relaxed & cheerful one on the right, it's hard to recognize they are mid-1930s photos of the same person.

Amelia, 1936
Later as 'Irene' she sometimes sported a similar hairstyle.

Amelia's Eyes

The Gervais-Irene's Eyes

Superimposed reveals a forensic match
Amelia & Gervais-Irene's eyes were spaced the same and matched rims to rims & tearducts to tearducts

AE's eyes

The Gervais-Irene's & Amelia's Eyes
They align perfectly because they were the same eyes


Gervais-Irene, 1977
Gervais-Irene & former Amelia self
Two photos in an equal blend.
Amelia, from a 1923 'into the mirror' taken self photo-portrait.


History ignores the reality of 'three different women' having used the same 'Irene Bolam' identity. It also ignores how the Gervais-Irene, who matched Amelia from head to toe, only appeared identified as 'Irene' from the 1940s until her death was recorded in 1982. The Irene Craigmile seen directly below was the original Irene, a past friend of Amelia's. Seeking privacy, Amelia assumed the original Irene's identity for herself upon her return to the United States. Why did Amelia go to such lengths to obscure who she used to be? As her long time post-war friend, Monsignor James Francis Kelley explained, "after all she'd been through, she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."  

The original Irene Craigmile, 1930.
Amelia's friend, with her husband Charles and her father, Joe. She was seen no more after the 1930s.


Note: In 2006 and again in 2014, the original Irene's 1934 born son, Larry Heller, who was unaware of the human-triplicity attributed to his mother, identified both the younger and older images of the woman displayed below as his 'mother.' The problem was she wasn't the woman shown directly to the right, whose image appeared in the 1970 book Amelia Earhart Lives [historically she should have been] nor was she the original Irene shown on the left, who was Mr. Heller's true biological mother. A few years ago National Geographic Channel producers were made aware of the identity placement made by Mr. Heller but declined to comment on it or display her image within its Unsolved History, 'Where's Amelia Earhart' TV special.

The 'second' Irene (Non-Gervais) early 1940s.
AKA 'Irene Jr.'

Below: 1982

...older version of the Non Gervais-Irene, age 58, 1982.

Note: A photo of this Irene Craigmile Bolam [FKA Amelia Earhart] appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. From 1958 on she was known as "Irene Bolam," the mother of Larry Heller. On paper she was; biologically she wasn't.

The Gervais-Irene [FKA Earhart]
Reprinted from the 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune series

Clearer, 1946, FKA 'Earhart'
Became 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

The 'third' Irene Craigmile's more familiar look.
Prior to post-disappearance adjustments.

1965 Joe Gervais photo...
The Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam. She was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.

The Non Gervais-Irene....
An O'Crowley family secret?
Left and right photos...
...displays same person in younger-older versions.

This 'Irene Bolam' shown in younger and older versions was positively identified by her son as his late "mother." According to record her son was born in 1934. He first identified his mother for Protecting Earhart's Tod Swindell in both of these photos (shown suprimposed above) when he was 72 years of age at his attorney's office in New York City. He did so again in writing when he was 79. The question today remains: Which Irene Bolam died on July 7, 1982? The Irene Bolam who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 displayed in the above and below panels--who was also historically attributed to the same Irene Bolam identity--or the one displayed here. Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis ascertained it was the Gervais-Irene who died on July 7, 1982, and the true birth date and death date of the woman displayed here remains to be forensically determined. 

Non Gervais-Irene's true identity remains unknown,
Her real estimated age was 'fifity-eight years' in 1982...

The Gervais-Irene [FKA

Left and right images combined display the congruence.
The Gervais-Irene in 1965.
AKA "Irene Bolam" from the photo displayed in the 1970 book 'Amelia Earhart Lives.'

1946, the Gervais-Irene
Known as 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

Eyes from 1945 Gervais-Irene...
044.JPG match Amelia's perfectly.

Below: 1976, Gervais-Irene in Detroit...
Their profiles match, yet notice slight nasal alteration on the Gervais-Irene.

1944 USAAF recon photo
Taroa in the Marshalls; several accounts described Amelia's wing-damaged plane was taken there
Protecting Earhart's insert blow-up and rotation
...with an outline of Amelia's Lockheed Electra 10E placed over it

Notwithstanding what one chooses to believe, this information exists.

The breadth of Protecting Earhart's forensic study is important to comprehend. The complete study compared full bodies, handwriting samples, voices, character traits, relationships and previous geographical residences. Also check out the video-link by clicking on: 

The two superimposed


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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