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Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1977

Who was Irene Craigmile (Bolam)? Since 1970 scholars have consistently asked this question with no solid answer given. The answer is now known, however... and there is no going back.

Coming This Fall: An investigative research journey spanning two decades culminates with the release of the anticipated documentary, Protecting Earhart.
 
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 'The Swindell Study'
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The gray haired woman, Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) featured in the above 'hot air balloon' newspaper photo was a very special person. The photo was taken in 1978, when the general public was being misled about her true past in duplicitous ways by important sounding individuals. This same duplicity continues to this day, foremost advanced through the news media by Dr. Tom Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane of the Smithsonian Institution. The strong preference of the Smithsonian's owner [the U.S. Federal government] has always been for people to accept that Amelia Earhart somehow 'died' after she went missing toward the end of her 1937 world flight attempt. Herein find the strangest, most convoluted story about the once world-famous person known as 'Amelia Earhart,' who the Twentieth Century left behind in accordance with her own wishes, the wishes of her family, and the wishes of her country.

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Charles Lindbergh, AKA 'Lindy' 

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Amelia, misspelled 'Earheart' above

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Amelia Earhart 

Note: The 1997-2017 Swindell Study marked the first research analysis to deeply compare Amelia Earhart to the post-World War Two person of Irene Craigmile (Bolam). For a variety of reasons, similar to the way Charles Lindbergh was suspected of leading a double-life where he was also known as 'Careu Kent'  from the 1950s into the 1970s, (something ultimately confirmed in 2004, thirty-years after Charles Lindbergh died) even more people had suspected that the post-World War Two woman known as 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' was previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' 

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Above, the post-World War Two 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' in 1977. In the 1930s Amelia Earhart knew a fledgling pilot by the name of, 'Irene Craigmile.' Although the person above was attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity in her later-life years, she most definitely was not the original Irene Craigmile. Thanks to The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, today anyone can verify this truth on their own. Here is the original Irene Craigmile:
 

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Above left (and contrast enhanced on the right) is an old newspaper photo of Amelia's long-ago pilot friend, the original Irene Craigmile. She is shown here in 1930, between her then husband, Charles James Craigmile of Rantoul, Illinois, who died in 1931, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley of Newark, New Jersey. Her sudden, unplanned pregnancy in 1933 and other troubles derailed her brief stint as a licensed pilot. She never would have so proudly posed with pilot wings the way the new Irene Craigmile (Bolam) shown above her in 1977 did. Few ever knew what became of the person who was the original Irene Craigmile. To this day knowledge of her true fate is well protected.   

Below, the late Diana Dawes was one of Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) later-life close friends. A former Princeton, New Jersey radio host, Ms. Dawes was certain her friend, Irene had previously been known as 'Amelia Earhart' but dared not bring it up in her presence. Diana also knew of the original Irene Craigmile's O'Crowley family background--and how her friend, Irene, who she knew in her later years was not the 'original' Irene Craigmile. Diana Dawes refers to the identity question twice here in 1987, within an article celebrating Amelia's 90th birthday.   

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Decades ago, the original investigator who deeply looked into this anomally asserted that Amelia Earhart quietly survived her 1937 disappearance and later changed her name to 'Irene.' He also stressed how a post-war protected awareness of it included Amelia Earhart's younger sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey (1899-1998). He contended how from the time his claim first became a public controversy in 1970, not only did the former Amelia Earhart strongly reject it, but Muriel as well was automatically reticent and became angry when approached with the suggestion that her later-life Zonta International friend, Irene Craigmile (Bolam) was actually her survived sister living incognito. In turn, Muriel's stand-offish demeanor toward the topic of Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) true past only further cemented the foundation of 'the mystery of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance' ...that henceforth remained an unsolved, 'missing person' case.    

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Amelia Earhart's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey in the 1930s

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Above center is Muriel's later-life friend, Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in 1965. Her look did not remind one of Amelia Earhart until the forensic superimposition's from The 1997-2017 Swindell Study displayed their inarguable facial and head-to-toe congruences. To this day the Smithsonian Institution, Amelia's survived family, and the original Irene Craigmile's survived family continue to steer the curious away from embracing the now obvious reality of Amelia's post-disappearance life as 'Irene.' [Note: Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) death was recorded in July of 1982, although there was never any physical evidence the above 1965 Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) death actually occurred then.]
 

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Amelia Earhart in 1937

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Left and right photos superimposed. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study.' Head to toe, tear duct to tear duct and character traits all matched. Anymore it is clearly evident the 1965 Irene Craigmile (Bolam) was not the original Irene Craigmile--even though official history says she was.

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Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in 1965.

It was and still is miss-conveyed by Wikipedia and others that the assertion of Amelia changing her name to Irene in her pursuit of future privacy was eventually proved false. It never was proved false, and as time continues to pass, well... take a look at more samples from the physical and character trait comparison results from The 1997-2017 Swindell Study on display here--and know they are quite real.
 

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Irene and Amelia superimposed
 

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Amelia
 

 

Below: Irene Craigmile (Bolam) and Amelia Earhart superimposed.

 

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Irene in 1977 & Amelia in 1937
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Irene in 1976 & Amelia in 1932
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They were not only a head-to-toe, tear-duct to tear-duct physical match, but their character traits aligned as well.

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Above: Top row Amelia's eyes; Second row Irene's eyes; Third row superimposed in perfect alignment.

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Tod Swindell

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Above: Although the varacity of it is questionable, this old newspaper photo identified the original Irene Craigmile in 1937 within it--along with her 1934 born son, Clarence, who she conceived out-of-wedlock in 1933.

"The original Irene Craigmile barely flew at all during her oft-troubled 1930s years. This is because as soon as she earned her pilot's license in mid-1933, she learned she was pregnant out-of-wedlock. There is no record of her flying beyond the mid-1930s and her pilot's license lapsed in 1937. Compared to Amelia Earhart, who was acquainted with her then, she was a veritable nobody as well. After World War Two the important people who recognized the new Irene Craigmile as the former Amelia Earhart, (a select few beyond her sister, Muriel, knew who she used to be; Senator Barry Goldwater, NASA personnel, J. Edgar Hoover and some foreign dignitaries among them) were always respectful or her post-war desire to no longer be known as Amelia Earhart. What became of the original Irene Craigmile? Nobody knows. What The 1997-2017 Swindell Study revealed is that her son ended up being raised by a surrogate mother figure who also shared the original Irene Craigmile's identity--to complete a mind-boggling concealed arrangement featuring three different women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity." Tod Swindell
 
 

 
Below: Two examples from the handwriting portion of the study. The top one features a 1967 sample of Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) cursive handwriting compared to Amelia Earhart's own cursive, "Amelia M Earhart" High School signature. Notice Irene's odd use of non-denial 'denial' language within her reply letter to Joseph A. Gervais, who wrote to inquire if she was really Amelia two years after the two met each other, when Joe Gervais first began to suspect she was the former Amelia Earhart--who had somehow 'survived and assumed a new identity' after she went missing in 1937. In her present-tense rebuttal she referred him to two long time pilot friends of hers by writing...    


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

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Note Amelia's own "Amelia M Earhart" signature from a form she filled out in high school added to the document. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study.'

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Left side above: Post-war Irene Craigmile (Bolam) cursive letter samples; Right side above: Amelia Earhart cursive letter samples. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'
 
 
 

 
Section One
 
Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart
 

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Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart in 1933
 

Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart were among the first 'media born' world-famous celebrities of the Twentieth Century. Greater than newsprint alone would have done, during their time the recent advent of radio and news-reel film brought instant notoriety to them as never before seen. Their individual characters also measured up to their new world-fame status, leaving their lives and images forever etched in the public mindset.
 
People overlook, though, how the excessive media attention they endured took huge tolls on both of them.
 

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In mid-May of 1927 few people knew who Charles Lindbergh was, yet by late May of that year the whole world knew who he was after he became the first person to solo a plane across the Atlantic Ocean. From that point on privacy was difficult for Charles Lindbergh to come by as the news media and general public never left him alone. This is part of the reason living under an assumed alias in his later life years was something that appealed to him.

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"God, the world hounded that woman after she became famous." A quote from famous pilot, Jackie Cochran recalling her friend, Amelia Earhart, who in 1932 became the first woman to solo a plane across the Atlantic. Jackie also mentioned that during the year Amelia was prepping for her 1937 world flight she was, "closer to Amelia than anyone else, even her husband, George Putnam." Jackie's own husband, a millionaire by the name of Floyd Odlum, helped to finance the world flight Amelia fell short of completing that left her a 'missing person' amid odd circumstances. Evermore abetted by 'official silence' toward the matter from the United States and Japan,  according to history Amelia's missing person case was never solved. In 1939, to release her estate and to end speculation about what became of her as World War Two heated up, Amelia was declared "dead in absentia." Just the same, the true circumstances of her world fight outcome always remained a contentious subject of debate ever since the event of it occurred. 


Charles Lindbergh's Later-Life Alias
 
In 2004, Charles Lindbergh's family verified how from the 1950s on until his death in 1974, the famous pilot also went by the name of 'Careu Kent.' There were two main reasons he did this; the appealing thought of living a private life as a non-famous person again was one of them, and being given the opportunity to serve his country overseas by working undercover was the other. This is not promoted much in United States history books. Look it up though, it's true. Recommend author Melanie Benjamin who did an excellent job profiling this discovered reality in her 2013 historically based novel, The Aviator's Wife.
 
 
The Less-Known Amelia Earhart
 
Before focusing on Amelia Earhart in a similar way and observing more of the revealing Amelia-to-Irene comparisons, below are some of Amelia Earhart's different looks that left her iconic image so recognizable throughout the world:
 

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It's plain to see Amelia Earhart had a variety of great looks as both a pilot and a celebrity.

The Swindell Study, however, focused equally on another pilot from long ago who had purportedly been acquainted with Amelia Earhart. Her name was 'Irene Craigmile' and in 1970 few people had heard of her when she suddenly made national headlines. Here she is:

 

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The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in 1977
Because Amelia's late sister, her still living niece, the original Irene Craigmile's family and the Smithsonian Institution have never endorsed her as the former Amelia Earhart, and where the U.S. Federal government has never commented on the controversy over who she really was, or used to be, the general public still does not recognize the post World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam as the former Amelia Earhart--even though that definitely was who she used to be.

In the above 1977 photo portrait featuring the woman known as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' ('Bolam' having been her remarried surname from 1958 on) notice her prominently displayed wings and proud disposition. Considering the way she carried herself, it's odd how right after she became famous in the early 1970s she was so quickly forgotten.
 
Except that was her hard fought-for choice. For she had not sought fame until a fellow by the name of Joseph A. Gervais met her in 1965 and five years later made her famous. Indeed, fame was the absolute last thing she would have wanted in her later-life years.
 

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Above left: From the Swindell Study is a 1970 photo of Amelia Earhart's 'old friend,' Irene Craigmile (Bolam.) To her right she is superimposed with Amelia. (Closer version below.) In the hundreds of comparisons the study did the overall head-to-toe congruence was undeniable. Character traits also aligned.   

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Left: Amelia   Right: Irene and Amelia superimposed
 

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After the comparison analysis part of the study commenced the question naturally arose; 'How could two people who supposedly knew each other in the 1930s have looked so much alike?' The combined end results of the Swindell Study marked the first endeavor to provide a solid answer: Although they used the same name and identity, the Irene Craigmile in the 1930s was an entirely different person than the post-WWII Irene Craigmile (Bolam) shown above. This new realized truth is clearly displayed in Irene-Amelia.com and the former identity of the post-WWII Irene Craigmile (Bolam) naturally surfaces within it as well. In other words, because of the realities conveyed by the Swindell Study, there is absolutely no doubt anymore that Amelia Earhart continued to live on after she went missing in 1937, and at some point she changed her name to Irene Craigmile--the same name of a 1930s acquaintance of Amelia's.
 
How Do We Know?
 
It all started in 1965 with a World War Two hero by the name of Joseph A. Gervais:   
 

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Above, Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (1924-2005) was a veteran of World War Two, Korean and Vietnam Wars, serving as a highly decorated command pilot of B-24, B-29 and C-130 aircraft with over 16,000 hours of flying time. Above photo gifted to Tod Swindell by his wife, Thelma Gervais.
 

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In the 1960s, after a five-year investigative research effort conducted by Joseph A. Gervais, it was learned that following World War Two the proudly posed, 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' displayed above emerged in the northeastern United States from out of nowhere known as, 'Irene Craigmile.'
 
In other words, among the many things Joseph A. Gervais learned about her was how prior to the World War Two era no photographic record identifying the woman in the above photo as 'Irene' existed.
 
This now observable, albeit non-recognized fact is entirely true even though the long-ago assertion of it was rejected by the former Amelia Earhart; has ever since been ignored by the U.S. Federal government; and has perpetually been downplayed by the Smithsonian Institution, Amelia Earhart's survived relatives, and the original Irene Craigmile's survived relatives dating back to the time Joseph A. Gervais first figured it out.

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The above photo appeared in the September 1, 1932 edition of the Akron Beacon Journal. Amelia Earhart is outlined in white and the original Irene Craigmile is outlined in black. The image quality is very poor, especially of Irene who is fully shaded between pilots Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz. Irene was not yet a licensed pilot at the time.
 

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Above, Irene Craigmile listed between Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz; below, Amelia listed as 'Amelia Earhart Putnam.'

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Joseph A. Gervais also confirmed how from a second brief 'shotgun' marriage, Irene Craigmile had a son in 1934 who grew up to become an airline pilot. He further learned how according to record, in 1958, supposedly the same 'Irene Craigmile' was married for a third time to Guy Bolam, an Englishman who was an executive with Radio Luxembourg in Europe.

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Above: Newsprint photo of Irene Craigmile Bolam (AKA "the former Amelia Earhart") and Guy Bolam in 1963.
 
However, today it exists as a forensic truth that the Irene Craigmile who married Guy Bolam in 1958 was the former Amelia Earhart (see comparison below) and how the original Irene Craigmile who gave birth to a son in 1934, was long gone in 1958, and no one from the general public knows what became of her. 
 
 

Below: Irene to Amelia, ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study' 
 
 

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It is true that during the World War Two era the original Irene Craigmile's identity was made available for Amelia Earhart to use after the war, and it is fairly certain so much was the result of a Federal Witness Protection Program that involved the knowledge and co-orchestration of General Douglas MacArthur, J. Edgar Hoover, and the catholic church--in alignment with the original Irene Craigmile's prominent lawyer aunt and physician uncle--who Amelia had also known. [Note: Scroll about halfway down to read a brief bio about the original Irene Craigmile from the Swindell Study.]

When Joseph A. Gervais looked into the Irene Craigmile's family lineage--the respected O'Crowley-Rutherford's of Newark, New Jersey--he noticed the other main 'relative' connection to Amelia. It came by way of Irene Craigmile's aunt, a New York lawyer by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley who had been a Zonta organization friend of Amelia's and a legal contract advisor for her 'Amelia Earhart' brand luggage line. It was here that Joe Gervais found it odd, given Irene Craigmile's impressive family background, that he was unable to locate a single clear photograph that featured Irene Craigmile prior to 1946. He tried but he could not locate any clear family photos, any school photos, or any wedding or married couple photos. The few photos he did manage to locate were of such low quality it proved difficult to positively identify the female person in them, but he could tell the pre-1940s Irene Craigmile did not much resemble her former pilot friend, Amelia Earhart anywhere close to the way her post-World War Two image did.
 

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Above: Joseph A. Gervais learned both of these photos depicted Amelia Earhart's 1930s friend, the original Irene Craigmile. The photos were most likely taken in 1932 or 1933. In 1934, the original Irene Craigmile (known briefly then as 'Irene Heller') gave birth to a son she named 'Clarence' after eloping to wed Alvin Heller, her former flying instructor. She was three months into her pregnancy when their county clerk wedding took place in Ohio. Their relationship was rocky from the start, though, and by 1937 the two had separated. Their marriage was subsequently annulled as well, thus reverting the original Irene's surname back to 'Craigmile.' 
 


  

After being rebuffed by Irene and her friends and family, and with a firm request to 'stay away' from her grown son by her ex-husband, Al Heller, by then Joseph A. Gervais was finding the Irene Craigmile connection to Amelia Earhart very peculiar.
 
Having met Irene Craigmile Bolam up close in 1965, he had already noticed something hauntingly familiar about her, and after adding everything together he determined that more than one woman was attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity--and the post-war Irene Craigmile Bolam who he met in 1965 with her British husband, Guy, was somehow the still-living 'Amelia Earhart' using her old friend, Irene Craigmile's identity as a cover.

In fact, Gervais was so confident and sure after nearly five years of being unable to draw any other conclusion, that when he was approached by a writer and a reputable book publishing company he decided to publicly assert his conclusion.
 
Joseph A. Gervais made national news headlines when he did that in 1970, through a touted book by Joe Klaas bearing the title of, Amelia Earhart Lives. It was a myopic decision on his part, though, because so too did the surprisingly powerful and enigmatic Irene Craigmile Bolam make headlines then, when she lawyered-up and rigidly dismissed his assertion.
 
Not long after she did that the book was withdrawn and the assertion made by Joseph A. Gervais was chalked up as a 'hoax' and soon forgotten. Yet what was overlooked by practically everyone except Gervais, was that Irene Craigmile Bolam never proved that she was not the former Amelia Earhart.

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Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas was published by the reputable McGraw-Hill Company in late 1970. It quickly became a best seller. Close to forty-thousand copies made it into circulation during its seven-week shelf life. It was withdrawn after Irene Craigmile Bolam rejected the implication it contained that offered she was possibly the survived Amelia Earhart incognito. 

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"I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart." Irene Craigmile (Bolam) was convincing when she stated this at a press conference she held in response to the assertion made by Joseph A. Gervais, found in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives. Although her present-tense denial was accepted, it was later proved to be true that she appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s.
 

Although Joseph A. Gervais was discredited, his assertion about the post-war Irene was never proved false and he certainly was not alone in his thinking. Several of the post-war Irene's later life friends agreed with him. They strongly believed, notwithstanding her refusal to publicly admit it, that she did used to be known as Amelia Earhart and they maintained their suspicions of it even after her death was recorded in 1982. Amazingly, it wasn't until the late 1990s that film producer, Tod Swindell, who found the Irene-Amelia story highly perplexing, ultimately decided to forensically compare Irene Craigmile (Bolam) and Amelia Earhart to each other. His initial results were pretty impressive, yet as his study continued they were soon astonishing all who viewed them in a 'how could this be?' kind of way.

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Section Two
The Emergence of the Swindell Study
 

Three decades after Joseph A. Gervais learned what he did about Irene Craigmile (Bolam), enter The Swindell Study.

The comparisons in the Swindell Study essentially displayed Irene Craigmile Bolam as an 'older looking' Amelia Earhart in a head-to-toe stupefying way. Even their handwriting and voice patterns matched. So the questions became; how could two people who did not look alike when they knew each other in the 1930s suddenly look so much alike later on? Did one evolve to become a doppelganger of the other?
 
No. There was a lot more to it than that.
 
So taken by their strong congruence, the person who initiated the comparison study, a film producer by the name of Tod Swindell, couldn't help wanting to know more about the curious Irene Craigmile Bolam. So he looked deep into her past and kept learning more and more information, and then still kept realizing even more impressive and often bewildering particulars about her. How did she end up being so well forgotten, or 'erased' from the public mindset? he thought.
 

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Tod Swindell
 
 

It took many years, but after Tod Swindell's comparsion analysis was finally completed what ultimately surfaced was a mind-bending, comprehensive forensic profile of three different individual human beings who had the same Irene Craigmile identity attributed to them, and right, the one who matched Amelia Earhart appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the World War Two years. 

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Irene Craigmile, 1932

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Irene Craigmile, 1940

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Irene Craigmile in 1946, FKA "Earhart"
In 1958, this Irene Craigmile married Guy Bolam of England.
The fate of the original Irene Craigmile remains unknown.
 

"Your work relating to Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile Bolam is absolutely outstanding. There is no other way to describe it." Amelia Earhart author-historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, USAF (Ret.) responding to the long-term, Amelia Earhart compared to Irene Craigmile Bolam forensic research and comparison study conducted by Tod Swindell.

 
Upon achieving his solidly based conclusion, Tod Swindell's remarkable and incontestable expose' was the end result of a long-term investigative research study and human comparison analysis appropriately titled, 'The Swindell Study.'
 


In The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, we start with the same 1978 photograph reprinted from a newspaper showing Irene Craigmile Bolam (shortened to 'Irene Bolam' in the caption) going for a hot-air balloon ride before continuing on:
 

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Briefly recalling who Irene Craigmile Bolam was as she ascends in the balloon with famous LPGA golfer, Kathy Whitworth...

In 1996, Tod Swindell was shopping a screenplay about Amelia Earhart in Hollywood when he heard that Joseph A. Gervais was still maintaining his assertion about Irene Craigmile Bolam having been previously known as Amelia Earhart.
 
Then after learning that many other people remained unsure when it came to who the late Irene Craigmile Bolam really was, or had been, he decided to track Joseph A. Gervais down.

Note: Bill Prymak, the 1989 founding president of the Amelia Earhart Society who lauded Joseph A. Gervais as the most renowned investigator of Amelia Earhart's disappearance, described to Tod Swindell how he found the subject of the late Irene Craigmile Bolam "troubling." While doing his best to downplay her likeness to Amelia, he felt whether she was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart she may have served as an envoy linked to Great Britain's MI-5 service. He even considered her 1958 marriage to Englishman, Guy Bolam, whose international affiliations and position with Radio Luxembourg he viewed as suspect, had possibly been an arranged marriage. 

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Above: February 5, 2000, USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.) accepting his achievement award for unparalelled investigative research from the Amelia Earhart Society's founding President, Bill Prymak. In the AES newsletter this photo appeared in, Prymak referred to Gervais as, "A World War Two flying hero widely recognized as the world's leading authority regarding the subject of Amelia Earhart's disappearance."

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Five years before she became famous, Amelia Earhart took the above 'selfie' by pointing her camera into a mirror. Below, she's superimposed with her later life self, Irene.
 

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Tod Swindell felt a documentary about Joseph A. Gervais' ongoing belief that stated the late Irene Craigmile Bolam was really the former Amelia Earhart would make a good story, and after a long-distance introduction the two met in August of 1996 at Joe and Thelma Gervais' outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada home.
 
They were friends from that point on.
 
As Tod Swindell recalled, "At first I thought emulating the most noted 'Amelia Earhart mystery' cottage industry chiefs out there--who so voraciously peddled their differing theories to news media outlets--might make a good 'mockumentary' akin to Spinal Tap or Best In Show. I felt the individual self-importance these people projected within the ongoing hype over Amelia Earhart's disappearance was kind of hokey. Except when I met Joe and walked into the 'Earhart Den' he maintained in his home, I soon realized it was Joseph A. Gervais alone who generated the entire, 'solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance' movement in the 1960s that remains in force today. I realized as well, notwithstanding all naysayers, that his assertion was correct where it came to Amelia's continued post-loss existence with a different name applied to her person." 

 
Note: In July of 1960, when he was flying military transport planes among Pacific Island groups overseas, then USAF Captain Joseph A. Gervais was summoned to appear before a panel of senior military officers that learned he had gathered and held a large collection of sworn affidavits describing Amelia Earhart's non-publicized rescue after she was said to have 'disappeared' in 1937; a 'rescue' that had taken place in the same region Captain Gervais was serving. The officers' panel confiscated the affidavits and classified them along with the full interview it conducted with Gervais. Learning about this occurrence greatly inspired CBS Radio journalist, Fred Goerner to further examine what Gervais was onto. The result was his groundbreaking 1966 investigative book, The Search For Amelia Earhart in which he wrote about the above summons along with the 'Operation Earhart' movement Joseph A. Gervais started in 1959 with his then partner, Captain Bob Dinger.

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Fred Goerner's best-selling 1966 book issued by Doubleday
 

While writing his book, Fred Goerner received help and guidance from U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet during World War Two, who outright admitted to Fred Goerner it was 'true' that Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan were rescued in 1937 by Japan's naval authority even though the general public never knew about it. At the same time, the Admiral could not say what happened to them afterward but he did offer to Fred Goerner that the answer was documented in Washington as 'classified.' Fred Goerner traveled to Washington and gleaned much controversial information, but fell short of learning a solid final answer about what became of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan after they were rescued. Except Goerner did manage to interview many Pacific islanders when he traveled to the same places Joe Gervais did. His interviews there included some high-level officials who further substantiated the non-publicized Earhart-Noonan rescue story. Goerner also learned how nearly all high-level military personnel who served in the Pacific during World War Two commonly understood that Earhart and Noonan were 'picked up' by Japan after they went missing and knowledge of it gained in Washington had been withheld. Needing an ending for his book, even though he still lacked solid information about what ultimately became of the flying duo, based on hearsay accounts Goerner suggested Fred Noonan may have been killed after exhibiting hostility toward his unscheduled hosts, and that Amelia Earhart remained sequestered for a period of time before dying of a dysentery-like illness as World War Two heated up. Accordingly, these events happened on the island of Saipan, although they were never substantiated. The vast majority of people bought into Fred Goerner's finalizing conclusion at the time, though, and his book remained in the Top-Ten of the New York Times best seller list for several weeks after it was issued. Incredibly, as with Joseph A. Gervais, due to the 'official silence' his findings were greeted with by the U.S. State and Justice departments, Fred Goerner and his book are barely recalled today.
 

Tod Swindell continued: "Joe Gervais was sharp as a tack and very serious with his ongoing claim that Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 disappearance and later changed her name to 'Irene.' Yet he qualified it by telling me in his discernible New England accent, ""The problem I didn't recognize was no one from the general public was ever supposed to know who the Irene I met and came to know used to be, and she knew that better than anybody. Witness protection works that way.""

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Above, in November of 1970, Irene Craigmile (Bolam) took on the national press circuit not only to preserve her dignity, but her former self's well buttoned-up by then heroic legacy as well.

As serious as Joseph A. Gervais still was about the Irene who he met in 1965, Tod Swindell was surprised to learn that as far as Gervais knew, no one had ever forensically compared Irene Craigmile Bolam to Amelia Earhart before. So he set out to educate himself on how to do such a thing and in due time began orchestrating a comparison study designed to weigh the likenesses of Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart to each other. He added, "What inspired me was the way Joe Gervais mentioned he 'recognized her instantly' when he first saw her in 1965. I found that incredible because I looked at a candid photograph he took of her on the day they met and I didn't see it, but he still insisted that was who she used to be. It dawned on me though, where he had been investigating Earhart's disappearance since 1959, her image was indelibly etched in his mind so he didn't need any comparisons. He just knew who she was the first time he saw her at a gathering of well known pilots from the golden age of aviation."
 

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Tod Swindell with legendary Amelia Earhart historian and disappearance investigator, retired U.S. Air Force Major Joseph A. Gervais. [Photo taken in 2002 during their decade long collaboration.]
 

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February 5, 2000: Above, top row left to right: Ronald Reuther, Tod Swindell, Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam (Irene's survived in-laws); bottom row, left to right: Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, Joe Klaas, Joseph A. Gervais

For nearly a decade after they first met, Tod Swindell and Joe Gervais met many more times and spoke often by phone as well. Joe liberally shared the tonnage of research he gathered on Amelia Earhart and Irene Craimile Bolam from decades past with Tod during that time period.
 
Joe and his wife, Thelma were also the first to observe the preliminary results of the Amelia-to-Irene comparisons from Tod's study, that soon began turning heads within the illustrious 'Amelia Earhart Society' contingency by way of their positive results. As Thelma Gervais commented about them, "...they just reaffirmed what we knew all along." Thelma had also met Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965 and had assisted her husband with his 1960s' investigation of her background. Below are three early examples from the Swindell Study that Joe and Thelma Gervais were first to lay eyes on. Both remarked they had never seen such a thing done before.  

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Irene                Irene-Amelia            Amelia

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Irene Craigmile Bolam
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Irene & Amelia superimposed
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Reactions Before The Swindell Study
 
From the 1970s on, the 'Amelia became Irene' claim originally asserted by Joseph A. Gervais was plagued by divisive rhetoric and ridicule. Conventional reality was unable to find merit in it and there are several reasons for this. The first and foremost has to do with Amelia Earhart's living relatives instantly dismissing the assertion out of hand dating back to the time Joe Gervais first went public with it. The National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Institution have also never devoted serious attention to it, mainly because during the World War Two era the Federal government of the United States moved away from ever officially discussing Amelia Earhart's loss again, and to this day it has always remained silent about Irene Craigmile Bolam, never offering an official opinion about her at all. Where a tradition of ridicule also exists, below is an example of how the Associated Press began a story about filmmaker, Tod Swindell's initial forensic comparison achievements, satirizing Irene as "a New Jersey housewife," a term Tod never used to describe her:   

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Tod Swindell
 

"Regarding the above 2002 AP article lead-in, it's funny and telling as well how printed news sometimes works. The point being, I never told Ron Staton of the Associated Press that I believed Amelia, ""survived a crash landing in the Marshall Islands, was captured by the Japanese and secretly repatriated, living as a New Jersey housewife."" Those were his words, not mine. All I did tell him was I believed Amelia somehow survived after she went missing and in time changed her name to Irene Craigmile." Tod Swindell

 
The 1997-2017 Irene-Amelia Swindell Study Results:
 

"The Forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." Quoted from a CNN.com article, John Bolam, refers to his late sister-in-law, Irene Craigmile Bolam while commenting on his review of the initial Swindell Study comparison results. The now late John Bolam always suspected, but ultimately came to believe his late sister in law used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart' after observing her inarguable congruence to the famous lost pilot. By way of the same father, John Bolam, a U.S. citizen, was the survived half-brother of Irene's English husband, Guy Bolam. As with Bill Prymak, John Bolam sensed his half-brother, Guy was somehow linked to British intelligence. In the 1960s and 1970s, Guy and Irene Craigmile Bolam sometimes visited John and his wife (ironically named 'Irene' as well) at their Merritt Island home in Florida, and the Florida Bolam's would sometimes visit Guy and Irene when the couple lived in New York. 

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

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Above, Amelia Earhart in 1937, the year she went missing.

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Above, the two left and right photos superimposed. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'

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Above, 1965 Joseph A. Gervais photo of Irene Craigmile Bolam.

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Above: In 1974, nine years after Amelia Earhart's post-war survival was privately discovered by Joseph A. Gervais and four years after his discovery was publicly revealed, a lack of cooperation from Amelia's family and official silence toward the matter from the U.S. Federal government left the assertion an "up in the air" open case. Lost in the shuffle of the Nixon, Watergate, and Vietnam turmoils taking place at the same time, people incorrectly assumed the discovery of Amelia Earhart's post-loss survival as 'Irene' was proved false at some point, leaving it to remain unrealized that there had been more that one person attributed to the same 'Irene' identity... and the former Amelia Earhart was one of them. In January of 1976, a year and a half after the above article was printed, Irene refused to submit her fingerprints as proof positive of her identity. She then agreed to discontinue her lawsuit against Joseph A. Gervais and Amelia Earhart Lives author, Joe Klaas with $10 considerations ordered to be paid by both sides to each other. For some incorrect information printed about her in the book Amelia Earhart Lives that her lawyer described as 'damaging to his client's reputation,' (information that had nothing to do with whether she was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart) publisher McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay her $60,000.   
 
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Where the 1970 discovery of Amelia Earhart's post-war Federal Witness Protection Program (FWPP) was swiftly shouted down by individuals through media outlets--that in turn cajoled the general public into thinking the discovery never happened--the U.S. Federal government remained officially silent about it. The Swindell Study, however, delivered the truth of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two FWPP to any further exist at an obvious level, making it easier for people to understand how the Amelia-became-Irene conveyance was always worth deeply considering over the different reasons that left official confirmation of it difficult to obtain.

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Joseph A. Gervais took the above photo of Guy Bolam and Irene Craigmile Bolam when he met them in 1965 at the annual 'Early Birds of Aviation' luncheon.

Amelia Earhart's famous career as a pilot spanned a period of nine years; from the time of her Friendship flight when she was thirty-years old until she went missing when she was just shy of turning forty. The amount of different looks thousands of cameras captured of her during that time period were pretty amazing. In the below comparison showing her at opposite ends of her career, it is difficult to recognize the same person:

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Amelia just before she went missing--a few weeks shy of her fortieth birthday.

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Amelia at the beginning of her fame years as a pilot, age thirty-one.

In the following comparison, as Amelia Earhart transitions from the way she looked at the age of thirty-one to the way she looked in her early seventies, no matter how one may try to soften the reality blow it is as if the universe itself has finally delivered this amazing truth to all. It did so by gifting us the recognizable older version of Amelia Earhart when she was known as 'Irene.' This statement now exists as an absolute forensic certainty: After Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937 she did not die. She changed her name for the sake of her future privacy and continued living a meaningful and productive life to old age. People do age and their looks may harden some. The sample shown here, one of hundreds of physical and character trait comparisons from the massive 1997-2017 conducted Swindell Study speaks for itself.

Question

Can an individual change over time physically, emotionally, spiritually, and ego-wise to a point where they become difficult to recognize after a long period of absence? Consider the following quote from Twentieth-Century philosopher, Uell Stanley Anderson:

"If we think of ourselves as bodies, our changing self becomes apparent. It is nearly impossible even for families to recognize a loved one after thirty years of absence, so greatly has the self altered. And a little reflection upon the changing quality of consciousness is sure to give us some insight into the numberless selves our surface minds and egos have become since first appearing in the world." Uell Stanley Andersen (1917-1986)

Here as well, consider the 1987 words of Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a former President of Seton Hall College who many considered to have been Irene Craigmile Bolam's closest later-life friend. Father Kelley, who held PhDs in Philosophy and Psychology, acknowledged helping with her post-war identity change process and did reckon her to some close acquaintances of his as 'the former Amelia Earhart.' He once described to his friend, Donald DeKoster, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore." The point being, the public did not know 'all Amelia had been through' and how it changed her psyche to a place where she no longer wished to be the world famous celebrity she once was.

From early adulthood on, as decades pass people do age and their facial features often grow to look care-worn and hardened in the process. For what it's worth, Amelia managed to age pretty well.

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About 'Truth'
 
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively by preconceived opinion and prejudice." Arthur Schopenhauer
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Above: Cover text on the twenty-year Swindell Study [1997-2017] Protecting Earhart's MSS & Forensic Research and Comparison Analysis by Tod Swindell. Their individual and combined copyright registration #'s: TXu 1-915-926; 2014, TXu 2-061-539; 2017 (415 total pages; 110 pages of which feature the logistical and visual elements of the forensic comparison analysis.)

[Note: In existence together since 1997, The Swindell Study & 'Protecting Earhart' are not affiliated with Amelia Earhart mystery sleuthing groups such as the TIGHAR and Nauticos clubs, nor is it linked to the 2016 books, Amelia Earhart 'Beyond the Grave' and 'The Truth At Last' by W.C. Jameson and Mike Campbell respectively. It is also not connected to the recently formed, 'Chasing Earhart' group. Where Amelia Earhart is concerned, in principle it is best not to obfuscate the positive light Amelia's heroic legacy deserves. Historically, most Amelia Earhart mystery solving efforts have been devoted to exploiting her 1937 disappearance as an adulatory pursuit with pecuniary interests in mind--leaving historical accuracy to take a back seat. In this case, the independent Swindell Study and the upcoming documentary about it are the results of a long-term, privately conducted investigative journalism endeavor.]  

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Above, the newly retired, Lou Foudray in 2016. Lou is an Earhart historian and former conservator of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum. She is shown standing on the porch of the home where Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897. 
 
 

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

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More About "Truth"

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

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Note: Do not bother with the non-truthful 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' Wikipedia page. Where it reads, "Bolam's personal life history has since been thoroughly documented eliminating any possibility she was Earhart," this is a twisted statement where prior to the World War Two era any documentation would have referenced the original Irene Craigmile, whose identity Amelia used after the war for the rest of her life. Not to leave out, the National Geographic Society did not hire a forensic expert in 2006 who concluded the Amelia became Irene assertion was incorrect. That is an absolute false statement. The unremitting individual who submitted the page, Dr. Alex Mandel of the Ukraine, who also strictly moderates it, is well aware they are not true statements. What is true is that Dr. Mandel was misguided by his own preconceived opinion and prejudice against the Amelia became Irene reality. Of note, many other individuals have decried the Irene-Amelia equation over the years making it difficult for the public to seriously consider the conveyance of it.

Back to The Swindell Study...

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"My good friend, Randall Brink, helped provide my 1996 introduction to Joe Gervais, who Randall came to know as well as anyone in the 1980s and 1990s. Randall also authored the landmark book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart issued in 1994 by the esteemed W.W. Norton Publishing House of New York and London. An international best seller those years ago, for anyone interested in the lead up to Amelia's 1937 world flight and its controversial outcroppings after she failed to reach Howland Island, this book is for you. Included in Lost Star, during his wrap up, Randall was sure to notate, ""One tantalizingly persistent account has Amelia supposedly returning to the U.S. and assuming a new identity."" Randall Brink wrote this sentence in his book twenty-four years after the general public was led to mistakenly conclude there was no controversy over Irene Craigmile Bolam's true identity, something the former Amelia Earhart herself initiated. Recall her later life friend, Monsigner James Francis Kelley's mention to Donald DeKoster, ""After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."" This ostensibly referred to what Amelia endured after she went missing and throughout the World War Two era. Can we blame her for coming to feel the way she did without knowing her reason(s)?" Tod Swindell     

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

 
DETAILING THE FINAL RESULTS OF THE 1997-2017 SWINDELL STUDY:
 
 
What the 1997-2017 SWINDELL STUDY outright FORENSICALLY PROVED is the REALITY of MORE THAN ONE TWENTIETH CENTURY WOMAN having been attributed to the SAME 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity.
 
The SWINDELL STUDY ALSO FORENSICALLY PROVED the Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, as consistently displayed in hundreds of physical and character trait comparisons, MATCHED AMELIA EARHART IN EVERY WAY.
 
Finally, the SWINDELL STUDY FORENSICALLY PROVED that the Irene Craigmile Bolam in the photo taken in 1965 by Joseph A. Gervais on the day he met her IS NOT IDENTIFIABLE ANYWHERE AS 'IRENE' prior to the World War Two years. This is because, against the grain of official United States history that legally declared Amelia Earhart 'dead in absentia' in 1939, and contrary to unwavering historians who would rather not have to contend with the reality of it, she most definitely had been, previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
 
Basically, as a result of its above discovered realities, as hard as it still may be for so many to believe and accept, the 1997-2017 Swindell Study CONFIRMED Joseph A. Gervais was correct in 1970, when he asserted his belief that stated the Irene Craigmile Bolam in the 1965 photograph he took of her, displayed directly below, was not the original Irene Craigmile, RATHER, she actually was the former Amelia Earhart who had been living under an assumed identity in the United States dating back to the World War Two era.
 

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Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA "the former Amelia Earhart" as photographed by USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.) August 8, 1965.

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Amelia Earhart 

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Below: The Plural Irenes

 

Below are the three different Twentieth Century women who were all attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity. The far left column photos of the original Irene Craigmile date from 1930 to 1933. In the middle column, the top photo was identified by her 1934 born son as his mother, 'Irene Craigmile' in a written statement featured in The Swindell Study. He estimated the photo was taken "around 1940." (Note: She was actually his surrogate mother. She is also a human wild-card; to date no one is certain who she really was or where she came from. Her older image adorned the cover of Irene Bolam's 1982 Memorial Dinner program, leaving one to wonder which Irene died in 1982; the one identified by her son, or the one who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965?) The far right column photos are dated '1946' and '1965.' The 1946 image depicts the earliest known photo displaying the former Amelia Earhart in the United States newly re-identified as 'Irene Craigmile' after World War Two.

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The original Irene Craigmile (1932-1933) by one of the plane's she learned to fly in.
 
 

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The original Irene Craigmile in 1930 between her husband and father. Below, contrast enhanced.
 
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The second, 'early 1940s' Irene Craigmile ID'd by her son.
 
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Above, a "1970s" dated photo of the Irene Craigmile Bolam identified by her son, adorning the cover of her Memorial Dinner program. Below the younger and older versions from above are superimposed, displaying one in the same human being. She was not the same Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, even though according to history she should have been:

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Above: The third post-war 'new' Irene Craigmile in 1946. Below, the same photo combined with an Amelia photo.

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Above, the 1965 Joe Gervais photo of Irene Craigmile Bolam. Below, superimposed with an Amelia photo. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'

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The post-war return of, "the pilot in pearls"


More Reasons

There are many more reasons to add to the pile of why we now know the 1970 'never disproved' Joseph A. Gervais claim was always correct, that stated the Irene Craigmile Bolam who he met and photographed in 1965 was previously known as Amelia Earhart.

From a legal aspect, recall that Amelia Earhart did not just 'disappear without a trace' in 1937, as was so often described over the years. Rather, legally she became 'a missing person'

How does one solve a missing person case?

 
One either finds the missing person, or one finds the body of the missing person.
 
In this case, according to the 1997-2017 Swindell Study results, clearly Amelia's body was 'found' by Joseph A. Gervais in 1965, albeit re-identified as, 'Irene.' There is virtually no doubt about this anymore.
 
Or put it another way: Where Amelia Earhart was legally declared "dead in absentia" in January of 1939, examining the legal phrase, "dead in absentia" helps to explain the errant conveyance of it here.
 
The Common Law dictionary describes "dead in absentia" this way:
 
"The declaration of someone's death in absence of their physical dead body, corpse or skeletal remains. One who is presumed dead."
 
('Absentia' is Latin for the term 'in absence.')
 
It continued: "Such a declaration may be made when a person is missing for an extended period of time and the evidence overwhelmingly supports the belief that the person has perished. For example, ticketed and verified passengers aboard an aircraft that has crashed."
 
Right off the bat there's a problem with the given example. For it has always been known that no evidence was ever produced indicating Amelia Earhart's plane crashed. According to the official record, Amelia's last radio call was heard while she was still airborne and it gave no indication that she was about to crash or attempt a landing of any kind. She stated she was running north and south on her last given line of position and that was it. The final record revealed no evidence of Amelia having crashed her plane.
 
However, many people, dating back to the time Amelia went missing, to include some eyewitnesses whose upstanding reputations were later verified by their peers, attested that Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan survived an emergency ditching within a reachable distance to the north of where they were last known to be airborne--and they were subsequently rescued there. They also commonly stressed how rising political tensions at the time, coupled with the advent of the Sino-Japanese War that commenced barely a week after the two were declared 'missing' led to later-gained governmental awareness of their rescue to be hushed; a hushing that in turn ended up lasting throughout the entire conflagration of World War Two.
 
Today it is easier to understand how quickly Amelia's world flight shortfall became so complicated all those years ago, to a point where by the war's end a let's move on attitude away from ever having to explain it, or even at all readdress it again ended up being adapted. Today it is historically observable that such an attitude did come into existence among the few who became privy to the true facts of what actually happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan.
 
Taking it one step further, it appears clear enough how it was determined such an attitude would henceforth forever be maintained by a very small inner circle, that may or may not have been solidified at the end of the war with General Douglas MacArthur of the U.S. military in conjunction with J. Edgar Hoover of the U.S. justice department. In other words, in terms of a so called 'cover-up,' the Earhart missing person case was never aligned with some vast, dark conspiracy. As World War Two came to an end very few individuals were at all aware that Amelia had not only survived her disappearance, but too, that she had survived the duration of the war as well, and the final determination was for it to always remain that way.   
 
In other words, the way Earhart and Noonan's loss was left in 1937, that said they 'disappeared without a trace' and were declared 'dead' less that two years later, was the way it was always supposed to remain according to U.S military intelligence and the FBI. In the meantime, inevitably, the unspoken truth about what really happened to them was forever to be protected by an executive order seal dating back to the FDR administration.

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Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
 
"I hope I've just got to never make it public." From an official White House transcript concerning some withheld knowledge it controlled about Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight outcome, this 1938 quote came from FDR right hand man, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. as conveyed to First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. His comment pertained to some 'relayed' information the White House learned and regarded as 'classified' about something troubling that took place during Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan's "last few minutes", as also referenced by Morgenthau in the same transcript. Whatever it was, apparently it left FDR's inner circle assessing that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan met their demise under some kind of duress toward the end of their flight that the White House chose not to make public. The Dictaphone transcript recorded Morgenthau's words this way: "What that woman--happened to her the last few minutes. I hope--I've just go to never make it public." The inference here is remarkable. The FDR White House apparently knew something about the premature ending of Amelia's world flight it did not publicly disclose. Morgenthau's words, that again were based on relayed information that remains classified to this day, came less than a year after the duo's loss occurred on July 2, 1937, (the White House transcript was dated May 13, 1938) and at that time, considering if either or both fliers might have survived their flight's ending was not an openly entertained notion in the White House. Behind closed doors, though, it surely had been deliberated.
 
Note: It has long been recognized by World War Two history scholars that FDR's administration furtively withheld important information it learned about Amelia Earhart's world flight ending the public never knew, and ultimately was never supposed to know. As well, throughout the conflict and continuing afterward, soldiers once stationed in the Pacific proclaimed an awareness they had gained stating Amelia was still alive as World War Two raged on. One soldier, machine gunner, Robert E. Wallack of "D" Company, 29th Marines, (who still lived in 1994 when he was referenced by Lost Star author, Randall Brink) stated that in 1944 he found Amelia's flight satchel with her world flight documents in a safe he and other soldiers blew-open on Saipan after American troops occupied it. He recognized its importance and dutifully turned it in to an officer. After doing so he never saw or heard about it again. FOIA released FBI files revealed other soldier recollections as well (with their names blotted out) including one in December of 1944 that showed J. Edgar Hoover personally reviewing a claim from a former POW at Walter Reed Hospital, who stated he learned from an English speaking Japanese official at his POW camp that as of 1944 Amelia Earhart was, "perfectly all right." So much supports the later gained awareness of the U.S. enforcing Japan to honor a post-war adapted, 'let's both move on and away from it' attitude concerning what really happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan on and after July 2, 1937. In different ways, both nations were culpable when it came to the overall debacle the flying duo's loss turned into.  

The White House 'Executive Order Seal' likely would have remained, except the Gervais investigation results when later coupled with the Swindell Study results ended up blowing the lid off of the metaphorical World War Two era Pandora's Box labeled, 'Earhart.' 

 

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"There's no denying the Irene-Amelia reality anymore, unless one chooses to remain in denial about it." Tod Swindell
 

While it is also true that no one knows the conditions of her post-loss survival, or where she was or what she was doing the years she was not in view in the United States, the woman Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965 did represent the 'remains' of Amelia Earhart (i.e. her 'body evidence' or more technically perhaps, her still living corpus dilicti.)
 
To be sure, while it can be said the personage of Amelia Earhart did die all those years ago, her body defintely did continue to live-on... to later become known as Irene.

 
Admirals and Generals
 
 
"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." LPGA  promoter, Peter Bussatti in 1982, comments about his 1970s good friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam, whose death had recently been recorded. Along with many others, Mr. Bussatti had openly wondered if his friend, Irene used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' The following photo was used in the comparison below it: 

Above: Irene Craigmile Bolam, left, with Peter Bussati, right.

Above: Far left is Irene Craigmile Bolam; far right is her former self, Amelia Earhart; in the center the two images are superimposed. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'

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"Recognizing her somewhat troubled past that included her very short stint as a pilot, it would have been unrealistic for the original Irene Craigmile to later become a member of the affluent New York Wings Club let alone be distinguished like royalty there among her peers. Yet, important people who knew the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile as the former Amelia Earhart, and indeed the were a select few who did, were always respectful to recognize her that way." Tod Swindell
 
 

It is true how after making it public in 1970, Joseph A. Gervais lived the remainder of his days, all the way to his dying day of January 26, 2005, never disavowing his 1965 discovery of the living, former Amelia Earhart. Except he also recognized how knowledge of Amelia's post-loss survival was something that was never meant for public ears. He just happened to figure it out and blurt it out... without realizing it was an international powder keg never to be disturbed.
 

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Below: A 1976 photo of Gertrude Kelley Hession (left) and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia.

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

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

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

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About "Truth"

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

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More From The Swindell Study

 
According to the long-term forensic research analysis and comparison study Tod Swindell conceived and orchestrated in order to test the 1970 Gervais claim, it was true that in the 1930s there was a pilot by the name of Irene Craigmile who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart, and it was also true that Joseph A. Gervais was correct; the Irene Craigmile (Bolam) who he met and photographed in 1965 was not she. This proved to be problematic, because recorded history, having ignored the investigation findings of Joseph A. Gervais, had it that the pre-war Irene Craigmile and the post-war Irene Craigmile (Bolam) were one in the same human being, when in actuality they were not. Below, from the Swindell Study, this reality is edified in no uncertain terms:
 

The Swindell Study plainly revealed that the Irene Craigmile who emerged from out of nowhere after World War Two, shown here again from the above comparison that used the 1976 photo of her taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia with Monsignor Kelley's sister, Gertrude, indeed was an older version of Amelia Earhart going by a different name:

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Make no mistake, the Irene Craigmile Bolam above, who history identified as Amelia's 1930s 'pal' Irene Craigmile, was not the original Irene Craigmile. Let's call her the new Irene Craigmile.
 
After the new Irene Craigmile emerged in the U.S. during the post-war era she was soon being held in high esteem by her peers. This especially increased in 1958, the year she married Guy Bolam of England, a successful executive with Radio Luxembourg in Europe. She often went by 'Irene Bolam' after that (as shown in the balloon-basket news photo caption) while she helped her husband, Guy attend to the daily running of his well known radio station throughout the 1960s. During the decade of the 1960s Irene and Guy incessantly traveled the world together as well, and after Guy died in 1970, Irene took over as president of the Radio Luxembourg division he used to run.
 
[Note: Before she faded from view the original Irene Craigmile had never really demonstrated what one might call, 'aspiring career ambitions.']
 
After the new Irene Craigmile's death was recorded in 1982, once again she made headlines, even though the attention and fame that sometimes came her way from 1970 on was not something she had wanted. [Note: The 'balloon basket photo' at the top of the page was reprinted from a two-week long series of newspaper articles about her.]
 
In the 1960s and 1970s the new Irene Craigmile had also known a variety of famous people to include well known pilots, astronauts, politicians (for example, Senator Barry Goldwater was a friend of hers) celebrities, notable military figures, some college presidents, and a few athletes to include several professional lady golfers she met through her good friend in LPGA promoter, Peter Busatti. She was also a member of the prestigious 'Wings Club' in New York and the Early Birds of Aviation. Not to leave out she was a later life friend of Amelia Earhart's sister and only sibling, Muriel Earhart Morrissey.
 
So again, the reason the new Irene Craigmile (Bolam) also rocked... is due to the incontestable results of the 1997-2017 Swindell Study that evidenced her to have been a head-to-toe carbon copy of Amelia Earhart, the famous pilot who went missing in 1937 and was supposedly never found:  

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Irene Craigmile Bolam proudly displaying her pilot wings in her 1977 formal photo portrait sitting. On the right she is superimposed with photos of Amelia Earhart.

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It would otherwise be next to incredible as evidenced in the comparison study, how the Irene above emerged from out of nowhere eight years after her 'old friend' Amelia disappeared... looking just like a slightly older version of Amelia, and as well, how she looked nothing like the Irene Craigmile who Amelia used to know. Except we now know this is because she was not the original Irene Craigmile.
 
To be sure, let's review who the original Irene Craigmile that Amelia used to know really was, or used to be:
 
 

Preface: The Real, 'Original' Irene Craigmile

"Among the more miss-conveyed high profile news accounts of the Twentieth Century was the story of Amelia Earhart's long-ago pilot friend, Irene Craigmile. Especially where it concerned her later-life uncanny resemblance to Amelia. Before the forensic study most people had determined there wasn't anything to the infamous Irene-Amelia controversy that was summarily buried in 1970 almost as quickly as it surfaced. Ultimately and hands down, though, the results of the study proved there was a lot to it by displaying how Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile were entirely different looking human beings prior to the World War Two years. It wasn't until after the war that Amelia Earhart and her 'old pal,' Irene Craigmile began to look like carbon copies of each other, and there was only one way to explain such an anomaly." Tod Swindell

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According to a 1982 newspaper article, this photo shows the original Irene Craigmile with her son who she delivered in 1934 during her brief marriage to Al Heller. 
 
 

About The Original Irene Craigmile
A Brief Look At Her Life Story  By Tod Swindell
 
[Excerpted rom his MSS, Protecting Earhart, ©2017 and the 1997-2017 Swindell Study ©2017]
 

The original Irene Craigmile's life was interspersed with difficult circumstances throughout it.
 
Her birth name was Irene Madalaine O'Crowley, although she was also known as 'Beatrice' and her middle name was often spelled by her family as, 'Madeline.' (A birth certificate for her was never located.)

Seven years younger than Amelia Earhart, the original Irene Craigmile was an only child whose mother died when she was twelve. Her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley remarried another woman who apparently felt uncomfortable with continuing to help raise his growing daughter after she had already been sent to live with her paternal grandmother and aunt in Newark, New Jersey.

Since the original Irene's paternal aunt's name was also 'Irene,' the original Irene was given a new family name of 'Beatrice' and she became commonly known that way. This led to school friends and family informally calling her "Bee" and she took to referring to herself that way as well. Even her 1928 wedding announcement listed her as "Beatrice O'Crowley."

After high school, the original Irene briefly attended Columbia University but chose not to continue pursuing a higher education for herself. She also twice became pregnant out of wedlock, the first time at age twenty-one and the second time at age twenty-eight, and she delivered sons both times that she never had the opportunity to raise or know beyond their childhoods.

The original Irene's first husband, Charles James Craigmile, tragically died in 1931, less than three years after the two were wed. A year later, Amelia, who was a good Zonta organization friend of the original Irene Craigmile's aunt, and Amelia's well-known pilot friend, Viola Gentry, helped introduce the original Irene to the world of piloting airplanes. This took a hard turn as well, leading to the second of the original Irene Craigmile's two unwed pregnancies due to an affair she had with her last flight instructor, Al Heller. The original Irene realized she was carrying Al's child at the same time she earned her pilot's license in late May of 1933. She and Al eloped to marry that August to legitimize their child and the original Irene barely flew again after that. The couple's marriage soon disintegrated, though, and it is evident by 1937 any civil communication between the original Irene and Al ceased when Al relocated alone to Buffalo, New York. The annulment of their marriage and an ugly child visitation and custody rights battle commenced soon after that as well. Amelia's Zonta friend, attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, the aforementioned original Irene Craigmile's aunt, assisted in guiding the annulment process.

The original Irene Craigmile never had a professional career but she was employed for awhile as a 'floor walker' at Macy's in the 1930s, that was basically a low pay shelf-straightening and light 'store security' position. For awhile Amelia had a boutique in the same Macy's where she sold her self-designed clothing and luggage lines, and she may have been instrumental in getting the original Irene Craigmile hired there.
 
The true fate of the original Irene Craigmile remains unknown in the public arena. What is decipherable is at some point, while she was in her thirties, she no longer appeared in plain view and in due time clear photo records of her person were all-but expunged.
 
One also does not find the later-life Irene Craigmile's image that aligned with Amelia Earhart's image anywhere prior to the mid-1940s in the photographic record of Irene Craigmile's person. In 1982, a news article series that appeared in the New Jersey Tribune after Irene's death was reported amid renewed speculation that she was the former Amelia Earhart, featured a conglomeration of photos from prior to the World War Two era in it that combined unclear images of the original Irene Craigmile with images of the surrogate mother figure of her 1934 born son, Larry Heller. It also featured some poorly executed photo forgeries to cloud the historic photographic trail of Irene Craigmile. This 'red-herring' yellow journalism effort was intent on leaving all curious souls who observed the photos completely unaware that they were actually looking at photo images of three different human beings combined to appear as one life-long person. The three different people were the original Irene Craigmile, the surrogate mother Irene Craigmile, and the former Amelia Earhart Irene Craigmile. 

Back to the progeny of the original Irene Craigmile:

The original Irene's first born son, that she delivered out of wedlock in 1926 two years before she married Charles Craigmile, was adopted and raised by her paternal uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley, and his wife, her aunt Violet. The boy's given name was Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr. He died in 2014. Her other 1934 born son whose father was Al Heller, ended up being raised by a surrogate mother figure. He was also placed in a boarding school during the war years. He lives today known as Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, and certifiably identifies a different 'Irene' to have been his mother than the 'Irene' who matched Amelia Earhart after the mid-1940s. This is becuase after World War Two ended, Amelia Earhart, who had gone missing in 1937 and was declared "dead in absentia" in 1939 (even though she did not actually die) assumed the left over identity of her 1930s 'pal,' the original Irene Craigmile, for herself to use for the remainder of her days.

In other words, the person who was known as Amelia Earhart was to remain 'legally dead' forever after said declaration was made in 1939, even though her body lived on to become known as 'Irene' until the death of Irene Craigmile Bolam was recorded in 1982.

Both of the original Irene's natural born sons were aware of the assertion of it, but appeared unaware that their biological mother's identity was additionally attributed to the former Amelia Earhart after the war years. It also remains uncertain if the original Irene Craigmile's first born son, Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr., was ever made aware that the original Irene Craigmile was his true biological mother. In 2003, his daughter, New Jersey newspaper journalist, Peggy O'Crowley, mentioned that her father's biological O'Crowley birthright had always existed as a "family bone of contention." In other words his own progeny was left uncertain when it came to the question of their father's biological lineage.

Larry Heller, the 1934 born son of Al Heller and the original Irene Craigmile, was always put-off by people who questioned if Amelia Earhart was his mother. He was justified to feel that way since the woman he recognized as his mother from his childhood on until her death was recorded in 1982, as mentioned, was also an entirely different Irene Craigmile than the one whose post-World War Two image and character traits forensically aligned with Amelia Earhart's.

       

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The second Irene Craigmile identified by her son, Clarence 'Larry' Heller as, "my mother, around 1940."
 
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Above, a "1970s" dated photo of the Irene Craigmile Bolam identified by her son, adorning the cover of her Memorial Dinner program. Where Irene Craigmile Bolma's death was recorded on July 7, 1982... the question remains to this day: Who actually died in 1982, the Irene Craigmile Bolam shown above or the former Amelia Earhart (shown below) who used the same 'Irene' identity in her later life years?

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Above, the younger and older versions of the Irene Craigmile Bolam identified by her son are superimposed, displaying one in the same human being. She was not the same Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart' who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, even though according to history she should have been.

 
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Above, Amelia Earhart in 1937, the year she went missing.

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Above is the 1965 Joseph A. Gervais photo he took of Irene Craigmile Bolam. This was not the same Irene Craigmile Bolam who appeared on the cover the Memorial Dinner program above, even though history still maintains she was. Anymore it is a plain reality how in total there were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same Irene Craigmile Bolam identity, and this one used to be known as Amelia Earhart. The United States Department of Justice and the Smithsonian Institution have let the American public down in a non-truthful manner--by refusing to address the information gained in the new millennium--that fortified the awareness of the truth about Amelia Earhart being withheld from the general public dating back to the World War Two years. In essence, since its inception in 1997, the Swindell Study evolved to become an incontestable forensic reveal of a high-level historical deception.

The final conclusion about the past connective tissue that linked the original Irene Craigmile to Amelia Earhart is this:
 

Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence after she went 'missing' in 1937, and her eventual assuming of the original Irene Cragmile's identity, that for the last half of her life she shared with Larry Heller's surrogate mother figure, now exists as the obvious known-truth about what became of Amelia Earhart and it is a shame the world public continues to be misled about it.

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Tod Swindell
 

The above writ was considerate of the original Irene Craigmile, a once budding pilot in the 1930s who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart. Joseph A. Gervais first became curious about who Irene Craigmile was in the 1960s while endeavoring in his in-depth investigation of what went wrong with Amelia Earhart's last flight. His years of research dedicated to finding the real Irene Craigmile preceded my own but were not as forensically extensive, especially in a comparative way. In 1965, when Joe Gervais met the woman who handed him a business card identifying herself as "Irene Craigmile," it was on the same day he noticed the great respect she commanded among other noteworthy pilots from the early days of aviation. He felt that not only did she look very familiar to him, but he also wondered why he never heard of someone who was held in such high esteem by her peers, to include Amelia's former good pilot friend, Viola Gentry, who had introduced him to her. As the story about Irene Craigmile played out after my comparison study began, it soon became evident there had been more than one woman attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity. To recap, the real Irene Craigmile's birth name was 'Irene O'Crowley.' Born in 1904, she married Charles Craigmile in the late 1920s and Amelia Earhart did come to know her as 'Irene Craigmile' sometime after that, but today no one knows what became of the real, original 'Irene Craigmile,' and having to embrace this truth marked a sad realization for me. What my study revealed is at some point in time while in her thirties, the original Irene Craigmile no longer appeared in plain view. Whatever became of you, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, there is no doubt Amelia loved you and greatly appreciated how you ended up helping her so profoundly. She was even proud to be known as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' in her later-life years, thanks to her memory of your spirit. TS   

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

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Below: Welcome home, the former Amelia Earhart.

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The original Irene Craigmile, 1930
 

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Younger and older of the post-war Irene Craigmile (Bolam) who was FKA 'Amelia Earhart.'

 
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What does the Smithsonian Institution say about this?

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Dr. Tom Crouch
Dr. Tom Crouch has always refused to take the Amelia became Irene suggestion seriously. His expressed opinion is that any information favorable it, to include the incontestably obvious information in support of it merely amounts to, "a simply non-persuasive argument." His repeated expressed viewpoint toward the true identity question pertaining to Irene Craigmile Bolam has always existed as a deterrent to reporters ranging from the highly curious to those just looking for Smithsonian generated 'quotes' that are automatically considered reliable. Where it is now clear that Amelia lived-on to become known as Irene within a complex web, any further his expressed opinion only confuses those who honestly indentify the reality of it. 

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Dorothy Cochrane
Never hesitating to speak on behalf of Amelia's sister and niece, the Smithsonian's Dorothy Cochrane has only ever repeated their steadfast opinions that have always remained. When it comes to the Joseph A. Gervais, 'Amelia lived on and became Irene' assertion, Ms. Cochrane stresses, "...both repeatedly and strongly dismissed and rejected this story line." Amelia's sister, Muriel, who knew her sister as Irene Craigmile Bolam in her later life years through the Zonta organization, died in 1998. Her daughter, Amelia's niece, remains steadfast when referring to the Amelia-Irene claim as "nonsense" and "hokum," even in lieu of the recent years forensic discoveries and realizations that fortified the reality of it.   

"The previous, at least noticeable to some 'verisimilitude' of it, combined with what has grown to anymore exist as the outright veracity of Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence as a re-identified person the last half of her life is an inconvenient reality the Smithsonian Institution never wanted to have to address, let alone contend with, and by turning a blind eye to is since 1970, it has deftly managed to avoid having to seriously address it. This is because it has never been pressured to do so by its owner, the U.S. government."

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The above statement somewhat exists as a double-edge sword, where the Smithsonian would have to pressure the U.S. government to allow it to look into the Amelia became Irene assertion, and evidently, no one there has ever been impelled to do such a thing.
 
For decades now and continuing to the present, in lieu of not having to devote any measure of serious attention its way, to the national press circuit Dr. Tom Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum have always maintained the practice of decrying the assertion about Irene Craigmile Bolam originally presented by Joseph A. Gervais in 1970. This is still ongoing, even after the Gervais assertion about Irene Craigmile Bolam was forensically shored-up in the new millennium by the Swindell Study. Anymore, however, with the amount of information that has been learned and made public about it to date [and this is sometimes a problem for individuals employed by wards of the U.S. government, that the Smithsonian technically is] unless they are myopic to a significant degree when it comes to the importance of recognizing when a U.S. justice department cover-up has run its course, Dr. Crouch and Ms. Cochrane do realize by now that they are amiss with their ongoing automatic denials when it comes to the now easy to see and comprehend, Amelia went on to become known as Irene reality. It must be difficult for them to turn a blind-eye toward less wary people who invest their hard earned money in groups intent on finding Amelia's plane, when such an endeavor is something neither of them would ever recommend, given their individual Earhart educations.
 
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Switching gears for a sec,
About Amelia's Plane...

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Above is a still image marking the last time Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10E was seen as it takes off from Lae, New Guinea on July 1, 1937 with Amelia and Fred Noonan on board. 

False Plane Hunts

The reason it is better understood now among individuals from higher Amelia Earhart think-tanks, who long ago determined that looking for Amelia's plane was a time and money wasting endeavor, is because Amelia, who lived to become Irene, definitely would have recalled the last time she saw her plane and it wasn't at the bottom of the sea or on some mountain top, nor was it ever on or near the previously colonized Nikumaroro Island where its former inhabitants left their junk behind. It can now be considered that if Amelia's plane still exists anywhere, to include approximate to one of the above mentioned places, it would have been the result of another entity, not Amelia, having left it there. Yet the likelihood of such a thing having occurred is extremely slim. The chances are better it was destroyed... over rumors it may remain intact somewhere in a nondescript location.

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Below: The post war era 'new' Irene Craigmile, FKA Amelia Earhart
 

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After World War Two, the Irene Craigmile above appeared from out of nowhere and began working in the banking industry in the vicinity of Amelia Earhart's former Long Island, New York stomping grounds. 

Yes, it does appear to defy logic where Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, Irene Craigmile was able to significantly transform her appearance... to a point where by 1946 she looked to be a slightly older version of her old pal, Amelia Earhart. Amazing. During the Swindell Study, after its Irene-Amelia comparison analysis was completed, head to toe heights, faces, shoulders, arms, hands, feet, even tear duct to tear duct the post World War Two Irene Craigmile proved herself to be a perfect match to Amelia Earhart.
 
The comparisons of the post World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) to Amelia Earhart have now revealed this truth to all, even where Amelia's survived family and the Smithsonian Institution wished it had not.
 
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Why The 1997-2017 Swindell Study Is Being Dubbed, 'The Pentagon Papers of Amelia Earhart'

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The reason the 1997-2017 Swindell Study is referred to by some as the 'Pentagon Papers' of Amelia Earhart has to do with the thousands of pages of incontestable investigative research material it generated, that was sure to include declassified and leaked state department documents that aligned the 'Earhart cover-up' with the U.S. military branch, the U.S. executive branch, and the U.S. justice department. Not to leave out the era itself, when awareness of the cover-up first surfaced.
 
The onset of the Irene-Amelia controversy in 1970 saw a lack of any response to it offered by the Nixon White House administration. In November of that year, when asked about the national news story concerning the assertion that Irene Craigmile Bolam, shown above, was actually the 'name changed' Amelia Earhart, President Nixon wryly responded, "We don't discuss Earhart around here." [A basic assessment of Nixon's comment translated to the subject of Amelia Earhart being regarded as 'taboo' by the U.S. executive branch dating back to President Franklin Roosevelt's administration.]
 
After President Nixon's evasive response, during the next four years the enigmatically powerful, Irene Bolam waged a defamation lawsuit with one of Robert F. Kennedy's former hired attorney's, Benedict Ginsberg leading the charge for her--as the White House continued to adhere to its code of silence about anything Earhart related. Here as well, recall from mid-1971 to mid-1974, the Nixon White House was consistently embroiled in other high profile controversies. In June of 1971, the unexpected leak of the Pentagon Papers exposed the falsely-based Vietnam War and the U.S. executive branch's long recognized futility of it. So much basically led to President Nixon's Vietnam War "peace with honor" declaration in January of 1973 that facilitated the inevitable fall of Saigon. In the interim, in June of 1972 the Watergate scandal began after burglars were caught breaking into Democratic National Convention headquarters; burglars eventually linked to the Nixon administration, the exposure of which ultimately led to President Nixon's resignation on August 8, 1974.
 
After the Nixon White House dodged the bullet of also having to expose the Amelia Earhart cover-up among his other administration shortcomings, Attorney Benedict Ginsberg continued to represent Irene Craigmile Bolam for another year and a half in her defamation lawsuit against the McGraw-Hill publishing company, Joseph A. Gervais, and Joe Klaas. The case was ultimately settled out of court between Irene and Gervais & Klaas for a mere $10 of consideration given by both sides to each other. McGraw-Hill indeed was ordered to pay Irene $60,000 for not better vetting the 'reputation damaging' errata about her that it allowed to be printed in its 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives, even though said 'errata' had nothing to do with whether she was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart. Not to leave out the $60,000 reward was far less than the $1.5 million originally sought by Irene and her attorney. After five years said amount would have done little more than cover her legal fees. Except financial gain wasn't the issue to Irene. It is important to notate, though, with everything else going on during the time period her lawsuit unfolded, how it is easy to see why the controversy over who she really was became so buried. It even evolved into a satirized subject within the national press circuit lasting well into the Twenty-First Century as, 'the old story about Amelia Earhart ending up as a New Jersey housewife.' Those in the know were well aware that Irene Craigmile Bolam was no ordinary New Jersey housewife, rather, as the Swindell Study results so plainly revealed, she actually was the former Amelia Earhart called-out by surprise--to reluctantly end up in the awkward position of having to contest the reality of it. 

In an interesting footnote, among President Gerald Ford's first presidential acts was the pardoning of former President Nixon in September of 1974, and among his last presidential acts, in January of 1977, a year after Irene's lawsuit ended, was the pardoning of Iva Toguri, who in 1949 was convicted of treason for having served as the Japanese radio siren, "Tokyo Rose" during World War Two.

About this, as a result of the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941, Iva Toguri, a 1940 UCLA zoology graduate, found herself stuck in Japan during a family visit. Unable to return to the states after the attack, she testified that because of her ability to speak good English she was coerced into doing 'Zero Hour' broadcasts with the handle of "Orphan Ann" by Japan's NHK radio service. She also testified how after VJ Day she agreed to accept $2,000 from two American reporters if she would identify herself to the press as 'Tokyo Rose' instead of 'Orphan Ann.' It was recognized among a large contingency of U.S. soldiers serving in the Pacific during World War Two, several of whom later testified at Iva Toguri's trial, that there were different English speaking women doing Zero Hour broadcasts going by different names and that 'Tokyo Rose' was one of them. Many also also believed the broadcasts were somehow inspired by a hidden awareness Japan maintained about Amelia Earhart's true fate, and the Tokyo Rose invention was its coy way of sharing it with U.S. military forces that regularly tuned-in to the Zero Hour radio programs. What Joseph A. Gervais learned was how the name of 'Tokyo Rosa' (with an "a" at the end, sounding like 'Rose-ah') had originally been the common term used by Pacific Mandate Islands populations to identify Amelia Earhart as the rose of the chrysanthemum, notating how a chrysanthemum flower adorned the seal of the Emperor of Japan. Thus, 'Tokyo Rosa' was a term linked to Amelia Earhart well before the Tokyo Rose broadcasts began. Not to leave out how Amelia's own mother, Amy Otis Earhart attended Iva Toguri's 1949 'Tokyo Rose' trial on a daily basis and told the New York Times after the conclusion of it that she was 'aware' of her daughter being rescued by Japan after she was reported missing. This raises the question of Japan itself being in on some kind of post-war Earhart cover-up. It is therefore important to recall how after Joseph A. Gervais started his Operation Earhart quest in 1959, twenty three years would pass before the following quote would appear in Marilyn Bender and Selig Altschul's 1982 landmark Pan Am anthology book, 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."

By virtue of this expressed reality nearly a half century after Amelia went missing, it seems clear enough some kind of post-war pact was agreed upon between the countries of Japan and the United States, that included cooperation from the new Irene Craigmile as well, one intent on forever burying the true circumstances of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight outcome, that in turn relegated the personage of Amelia Earhart to henceforth remain forever gone as far as the future world public was concerned.

To people who take the time to digest the 1997-2017 Swindell Study results, AKA "The Pentagon Papers of Amelia Earhart," this reality soon enough becomes clear to them. 

 
It is important to emphasize that the Swindell Study has managed to rejuvenate the mind boggling, prematurely dismissed and all-but forgotten controversy that once concerned the woman known as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam.' Recall the controversy about her was never resolved, rather, history managed to sweep it under a thick rug located in the basement of the Smithsonian Institution.
 
Now that the rug has been lifted, keep going to learn more about what was found underneath it.
 

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Closer on Irene's Press Conference and subsequent Lawsuit...

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Amelia Earhart, 1935
 
"God, the world hounded that woman after she became famous." A quote from famous pilot, Jackie Cochran recalling her friend, Amelia Earhart. Jackie also mentioned that during the year Amelia was prepping for her world flight she was "closer to Amelia than anyone else, even her husband, George Putnam." Jackie's husband, Floyd Odlum helped finance Amelia's 1937 world flight effort.
 

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

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

Recall from earlier how in 1970, Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA "the former Amelia Earhart" held a major press conference to 'necessarily' reject the public assertion made by Joseph A. Gervais that caught her off guard, that suggested she was the somehow survived, former Amelia Earhart. After strongly rejecting his suggestion, she followed up with a defamation lawsuit that lasted for five years.
 

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Above, four years after she held her press conference, her defamation lawsuit against Amelia Earhart Lives publisher, McGraw-Hill, and separately against Joseph A. Gervais and the book's author, Joe Klaas, was still "up in the air" as seen in this 1974 headline. Why? Because Joseph A. Gervais was still claiming that Irene Craigmile Bolam was the former Amelia Earhart living under a different, post World War Two 'assumed' identity. [The 1965 photo Gervais took of Irene is shown in the lower right of the article.] Irene's defamation lawsuit only cited factual errors the book contained about her post World War Two life that she felt were damaging to her reputation. As mentioned she did not sue Gervais (and Klaas) for asserting she used to be known as Amelia Earhart. When her lawsuit ended by way of a summary judgment, she paid Gervais and Klaas ten dollars in consideration and the two men paid her the same amount. Why? She ultimately refused to submit her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity. It is true however, McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay her $60,000 for the 'damaging' factual errata the book contained about her post World War Two life.]  ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'

But that was half a century ago.
 

Today one will not find a more accurate account of the former Amelia Earhart's defamation lawsuit by reading history books or doing conventional internet searches than the Swindell Study produced and revealed.

In 1970, when Joseph A. Gervais asserted that Amelia Earhart quietly survived her so-called 'disappearance' and went on to assume the identity of 'Irene Craigmile' during the World War Two era, even Amelia's own sister, Muriel, who in her later years knew her sister as 'Irene,' always remained steadfast with her conviction cover it. Indeed, her attitude never wavered from the moment the Irene-Amelia story first became a public controversy:

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Below: A Sisterly Bond

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A few months after Irene Craigmile Bolam's death was recorded in 1982, Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey's picture appeared in a news article series (photo left, article excerpt above) about her recently departed friend, Irene, who was actually her name-changed sister, Amelia Earhart. Muriel was quoted in the series a few times, always fiercely protecting the withheld truth about her sister's post disappearance life as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' to include the way she did it here. She was sure to offer about the Amelia became Irene conveyance her opinion stating, "there was practically no physical resemblance" to answer those who said Irene and Amelia did noticeably resemble each other. As well, where she mentions how Irene did not get "any fraction" of what she deserved for "the invasion of privacy and all that," she's referring to the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives that implicated Irene to be the former Amelia Earhart--and the five-year defamation law suit that followed where Irene was awarded a paltry sum compared to what she had sought--after she refused to provide her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity. Muriel's 'Zonta' mention is telling as well. Her sister, Amelia had been a famous Zonta member from 1928 on, until she went missing in 1937. The original Irene Craigmile was never a Zonta member at all. After Amelia became Irene she rejoined the Zontas in the late 1940s. For awhile in the 1950s, she served as its International Relations Chairperson thanks to her multi-lingual talent. Recall as Amelia she was known for her ability to speak several foreign languages fluently. Muriel died in 1998, one year after Tod Swindell's Irene-Amelia forensic research study and comparison analysis commenced.

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Above: To most people familiar with this story it is probably somewhat troubling to realize what is observable here above, that is, Amelia Earhart superimposed with her post-World War Two older self in 1970, when she was known as Irene Craigmile Bolam. This is partly because it was not just the American public that was never supposed to know this truth, it was the world public overall, for during her career as a pilot, Amelia Earhart, like Charles Lindbergh, was one of the first worldwide international superstars in the modern-era Twentieth Century, and the international acceptance of her disappearance leading into the World War Two years, and then as time continued to pass during and after the war, was intended to remain in perpetuity. 

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To reemphasize, one will not find the post war Irene Craigmile Bolam identified anywhere as 'Irene' in the United States prior to the World War Two years. This is because she had previously been known as Amelia Earhart. Except what Joseph A. Gervais did not realize at the time he asserted the truth he recognized, was how after emerging from the World War Two era the former Amelia Earhart had been predestined to live the last half of her life known as someone else, and come hell or high water nothing was ever going to change that. Thus, on July 7 in 1982, the death of Irene (Craigmile) Bolam was recorded, the former Amelia Earhart's last recognized legal name after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England. But which Irene Bolam actually died on that day, the one on below on the left or the one below on the right? It's a valid question to ask because they represented two different human beings to whom the same identity had been attributed:

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Irene Craigmile in the "early 1940s."

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Irene Craigmile in 1946.

No matter which one actually did die on July 7, 1982, thanks to the Swindell Study the truth about Amelia Earhart's post-war reemergence in the United States as 'Irene Craigmile' is now visibly obvious. 
 
For the time being, however, the most commonly recognized fact still remains, the one that states Amelia Earhart disappeared without a trace in 1937, and after efforts to locate her failed she was legally declared 'dead' in January of 1939. Except this fact is now bound to be adjusted for posterity with an asterisk(*) where it would be inappropriate not to, as obvious as the truth has grown to become.
 
Or put it this way: It is understandable how the reality of Amelia Earhart living-on and changing her name to 'Irene' was never supposed to segue into existing in the realm of publicly recognized information, let alone have it become something that was easy to recognize. Yet because of the Swindell Study, the truth Joseph A. Gervais delivered about Amelia Earhart all those years ago now is easily recognizable. So anymore, anyone on earth who truly cares about knowing what happened to Amelia Earhart after she failed to complete her 1937 world flight is left to come to terms with it. For to reject the now highly observable truth about the physical being outcome of Amelia Earhart's outdated missing person case, that managed to segue into existing as an obvious reality, is to not deal with reality itself when it comes to what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing.
 
Therefore in a forensic sense, the new Amelia Earhart paradigm is this: After Amelia Earhart was reported missing in 1937, unknown to the general public she continued to live-on and eventually changed her name to 'Irene' before resuming her life in the United States. Then after living that way close to four more decades, her death was ultimately recorded in 1982. 
 
Absolutely, this is all we truly know. The so many who, what, when, where, how and why answers still remain to be learned, and so much will require some long-held silences to be broken.

It's good to know, though, with the Swindell Study we finally have a good starting point for getting them answered.

 

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Amelia's old 'pal,' the original Irene Craigmile in the early 1930s.

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Irene Craigmile had a son in 1934. In the Swindell study her son verified this woman to have been his mother as she looked in the "early 1940s." The study concluded she was not his biological mother. Rather, she was his surrogate mother.

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The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile in 1946. She was identified nowhere as Irene Craigmile before the end of the war. The Smithsonian and Amelia's family have long refused to recognize her as the former Amelia Earhart. By now, though, it has grown to be obvious she did used to be known as Amelia Earhart. Many people, to include Amelia's sister, Muriel, who did know her only sibling as 'Irene' in her later life years were quick to dismiss or turn a blind eye to the truth of it ever since 1970, the year Joseph A. Gervais first went public with his realization of it.

The "Three Irene Craigmiles Discovery": ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'
 

It is easy to see today, how in 1970, with Joseph A. Gervais having no hard proof to offer beyond the single photograph he took of Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965 and his own personal calculation of who she used to be, why official U.S. historians refused to support his claim before outright dismissing it. Especially where most people felt the photograph he took of her did not look like Amelia Earhart.

It is also no surprise how the U.S. justice department that was correctly pegged by Joseph A. Gervais as having been intrinsically involved with keeping Amelia's ongoing private survival as 'Irene' quiet, never officially responded to his claim.
 
Along with these all-but forgotten facts, there never was an official U.S. investigation that looked into Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance, that actually was an 'open missing person case' until Amelia was legally declared 'dead in absentia' in 1939.
 
The only forceful response came from the former Amelia Earhart herself, who in 1970 harshly negated the Joseph A. Gervais claim. Why? Let's just say she was caught off guard and had no intention of ever being known as Amelia Earhart again. To her, that was impossible to even think about thirty-one years after the person she used to be was legally declared dead.
 
Siding with her viewpoint, in considering if she had admitted who she used to be back then, imagine the explanations that would have been expected of her after doing so: Where did you go when you went missing? What were you doing during the war years? Who were you hanging out with then? Why did you change your name? Does your sister, Muriel (still very much alive at the time) know you survived? Etc., etc.
 
Yes, it would have been unfathomably problematic if in 1970, the former Amelia Earhart, against her will, was suddenly forced to admit who she used to be. Thankfully she was not forced to do such a thing. Instead she made it clear back then, and it remains very clear today how after she became known as 'Irene' in order to live a non-public life in the United States from the post World War Two era on, she was fully determined to live the remainder of her days with that name only attributed to her person.

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Note the 'Earheart' misspelling above.

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Coming in the fall of 2019, the long awaited documentary...
 
Protecting Earhart
 
The Hidden Legacy Of Legendary Pilot, Amelia Earhart 
 
A film by Tod Swindell
 

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Tod Swindell
Amelia Earhart 'Aficionado Extraordinaire'

Some friendly advice to doubters of the comparison results: To recognize and accept things for what they truly are, sometimes we have to inconveniently roll up our mental sleeves in order to realize that they are not something else. With Amelia Earhart, reality and truth go hand in hand anymore. Any politician or major news media mogul with guts can pick up on this and run with it now. The problem is, today 'guts' are lacking. No matter, recognizing, accepting, even embracing what became of Amelia after she went missing in 1937, is a good way to experience how to overcome ambiguity in favor of reality and truth. It's even enlightening. In an attempt to explain why this has not already been done, one might recall the old Orwellian-like Third Reich Goebbels' adage: "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." In this case the big enough lie was, "Amelia Earhart disappeared without a trace and she was never seen again." This was repeated so often that people eventually came to believe it, even though it was never true. TS
 

More About The DOCUMENTARY...

©1999-2019 long term documentary production, "Protecting Earhart: The Hidden Legacy Of Legendary Pilot, Amelia Earhart" written, produced, and directed by Tod Swindell  

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Tod Swindell filming part of his Protecting Earhart documentary in 2002 with cameraman, Doug Peters. From 1999 to 2010 production took place in California, Kansas, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada, and Washington DC. Production halted while the Irene-Amelia comparison analysis continued so it could ultimately be included. The 'physical and character traits' comparison analysis was completed and copyrighted in 2017. 'Protecting Earhart' is currently on target for festival submissions in the fall of 2019.  

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A frame from Tod's two hour long filmed interview with his late friend and collaborator, Major Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) It was the last 'broadcast quality' filmed interview he gave. From 1970 on, all the way to his dying day in 2005, he never stopped averring the truth he discovered, knew, and boldly went public with that stated Amelia Earhart lived well beyond the World War Two era after assuming the name of Irene Craigmile, a name that originally belonged to a fledgling pilot Amelia was acquainted with in the 1930s. It turned out he was right. More than one Twentieth Century woman had been attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity and the former Amelia Earhart became one of them during the World War Two era. Those who harshly criticized Joseph A. Gervais were far less informed than he was and therefore too quick to rush to judgment.

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A frame from Tod's interview with Joe Klaas. Joe, a former WWII POW in Germany for over two years, authored the 1970 controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives that was chiefly inspired by the decade long investigation of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance conducted by Joseph A. Gervais. Klaas's book boldy included Gervais' 1965 discovery of, and the photo Gervais took of the former Amelia Earhart living as Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam. The former Amelia Earhart sued Klaas and Gervais for libel, (not for implicating her for who she used to be, as was widely assumed) and the book was withdrawn. Tod considers his Gervais and Klaas interviews to have been great achievements, even where many people have a hard time understanding why.    

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"Your work relating to Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile is absolutely outstanding. There is no other way to describe it." Amelia Earhart author-historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, USAF (Ret.) responding to the long-term, Amelia Earhart compared to Irene Craigmile forensic research study conducted by Tod Swindell. The study revealed there was more than one person attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity and that from the mid-1940s on, one of them perfectly aligned with Amelia Earhart. 

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

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

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Above, Amelia Earhart in 1937, the year she went missing.

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The two left and right photos superimposed. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'

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Above, 1965 Joseph A. Gervais photo of Irene Craigmile Bolam.

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Above, a photo of Amelia when she was thirty-one, taken by George Putnam.

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The two left and right photos superimposed. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'

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Above, photo of Irene Craigmile Bolam at her 1970 press conference.

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

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About 'Truth'
 
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively by preconceived opinion and prejudice." Arthur Schopenhauer
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Above, the newly retired, Lou Foudray in 2016. Lou is an Earhart historian and former conservator of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum. She is shown standing on the porch of the home where Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897. 
 
 

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

Note: Do not bother with the non-truthful 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' Wikipedia page. Where it reads, "Bolam's personal life history has since been thoroughly documented eliminating any possibility she was Earhart," this is a twisted statement where prior to the World War Two era the documentation referenced the original Irene Craigmile, whose identity Amelia used after the war for the rest of her life. As well, the National Geographic Society did not hire a forensic expert in 2006 who concluded the Amelia became Irene assertion was incorrect. That is an absolute false statement. The unremitting individual who submitted the page, Dr. Alex Mandel of the Ukraine, who also strictly moderates it, is well aware they are not true statements. What is true is that Dr. Mandel was misguided by his own preconceived opinion and prejudice against the Amelia became Irene reality. Of note, many other individuals have decried the Irene-Amelia equation over the years making it difficult for the public to seriously consider the conveyance of it.

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Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA "the former Amelia Earhart" as photographed by USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.) August 8, 1965.

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Amelia Earhart 

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Myth: There was only one Irene Craigmile connected to Amelia Earhart's past. Her birth name was Irene O'Crowley and she hailed from a prominent New Jersey family. She married Charles James Craigmile in 1928. Below is a photo of her taken in 1946.
 

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Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, 1946

 
Reality: The photo above does not depict the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. The photo above depicts a person attributed to the very same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile identity who appeared from out of nowhere in the U.S. in 1946 to assume a career in the New York banking industry. Below is an old newsprint photo of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile shown in 1930 with her husband, Charles Craigmile, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. Accounting for the low quality of the photo below, any clear photos of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile proved to be non-extant. To clarify, the study determined how in a life-long way no clear personal, school, family, or wedding photos taken of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile proved to be publicly available.
 

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Myth: Below, the Irene Craigmile who appeared in the U.S. from out of nowhere in 1946 did not look like Amelia Earhart.
 

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Reality: The photo below displays Amelia Earhart and her 1930s flight instructor, Paul Mantz. Underneath it is the Irene Craigmile who appeared from out of nowhere in the U.S. in 1946 superimposed with this same Amelia Earhart photo... looking just like Amelia. 
 

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Myth: The Irene Craigmile shown below in 1977, was merely an ordinary New Jersey housewife just as newspapers always described her to be since 1970, and she also did not look like Amelia Earhart.
 

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Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, 1977
 

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"Regarding this 2002 AP article lead-in, it's funny and telling as well how printed news sometimes works. The point being, I never told Ron Staton of the Associated Press that I believed Amelia was, ""captured by the Japanese and secretly repatriated, living as a New Jersey housewife."" Those were his words, not mine. All I did tell him was I believed Amelia somehow survived after she went missing and in time changed her name to Irene Craigmile." Tod Swindell

 
Reality: As shown below, the Irene Craigmile above did look just like an older version of Amelia Earhart. She was also no ordinary housewife. In the 1960s, she and her English husband, Guy Bolam, who she wed in 1958, were constant world travelers and instrumental in the management of Radio Luxembourg in Europe, the same station that in the 1950s introduced the teenage boys who later became the 'Beatles' to American Rock and Roll; the same station that later introduced the music of the Beatles to Russia in the 1960s. In fact, after Guy Bolam died in 1970, this Irene Craigmile took over as the corporate president of the Radio Luxembourg division they had managed together. This same Irene Craigmile was historically identified as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,' Amelia's 1930s pilot friend. However, Tod Swindell's study found no evidence of her identified as Irene prior to the end of World War Two. As well, his study displayed her to have been the same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who appeared in the 1946 photo.  
 

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Myth: In 1970, a retired USAF pilot by the name of Joseph A. Gervais who had served in World War Two, Korea and Vietnam; and who had deeply researched Amelia Earhart's disappearance for the previous ten years, proved himself to be a flop. He did so after he incorrectly asserted that the woman displayed in the 1965 photograph below, a photograph he took the day he met her at a gathering of the 'Early Birds of Aviation' club on Long Island, used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.' The same day he met and photographed her she had told Joseph A. Gervais that she was a long-ago friend of Amelia Earhart's by the name of 'Irene Craigmile.' In 1970 Major Gervais allowed a book written by Joe Klaas called Amelia Earhart Lives to publish the 1965 photo he took of Irene Craigmile and her English husband, Guy Bolam. The book was quickly discredited and removed from the stores. Irene Craigmile, who was not involved with the book's writing process, sued Joseph A. Gervais and Joe Klaas for falsely implicating her to have been Amelia Earhart living incognito, and she won after verifying she was never known as Amelia Earhart.   
 

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Irene and Guy in the 1970 Joe Klaas book, Amelia Earhart Lives.
The photo date is correct but the event that day was held by the
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Reality: Although most everyone had a hard time believing the Irene Craigmile in the above 1965 photo Joseph A. Gervais took was, or even looked like Amelia Earhart, below, Tod Swindell's comparison study displayed their undeniable congruence. As well, said Irene Craigmile did not sue Gervais and Klaas for implicating her to have been Amelia Earhart living incognito, rather, she sued for defamation seeking $1.5 million in damages after citing factual errata printed about her past that she considered libelous. Her lawsuit dragged on for five years until she refused to submit her fingerprints as proof positive of her identity, and thus she was only awarded ten dollars consideration from Gervais and Klass to be paid by each to her, and she was required to pay them each ten dollars consideration as well. However, the publisher of the book, McGraw-Hill indeed was ordered to pay her $60,000 in damages for not better vetting the material it allowed to be printed about her. As it turned out, Tod Swindell's study revealed the Irene Craigmile in the 1965 photo of Guy and Irene that Joseph A. Gervais took appeared nowhere identified as Irene prior to the end of World War Two.
 

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Myth: Irene O'Crowley Craigmile had one child, a baby boy she gave birth to in March of 1934.
 

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Photo of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and her son in 1937

 
Reality: Two years after her husband, Charles James Craigmile died, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile became pregnant after having an affair with her flight instructor, Al Heller. The two eloped to marry to legitimize the child they were about to have. It was Irene's second child. Her first child, also a son, she gave birth to out of wedlock in 1926. Said child was adopted and raised by her extended O'Crowley family. Al and Irene's son was born in 1934 and was named Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller. Al and Irene's marriage did not last though and by 1937 they were living apart. Ultimately their marriage was annulled in 1938. Larry Heller grew up to become a pilot for Pan Am Airways. Halfway through the course of his study, Tod Swindell met at the office of Larry Heller's attorney with Larry Heller himself in New York City. There Mr. Heller identified the woman below to have been the mother he knew growing up from his childhood on, in both younger and older forms. The study determined she was yet another person who had been attributed to the very same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile identity. She looked quite different and younger when compared the ones shown in 1946 and 1930. In 2014 Tod Swindell requested of Larry Heller to put his ID placement in writing so he could have it on record. His written request is above Larry Heller's reply along with the two photo images of the mother who he recalled and identified:   
 

 

Tod Swindell: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Subject: ID Verification

 

Hi Larry,

I want you to know that I am in full agreement with you that Amelia Earhart was not your mother. Your mother, as you identified her in these younger and older version photos, led a very different life than Amelia and bore little resemblance to her physically. Our agreement on this matter is pertinent to the correct presentation of the facts.  

My conveyance is that you have positively identified these images as those of your late mother, and that she absolutely was not, and never possibly could have been Amelia Earhart. I agree with this 100%, and understand that you do too. If you could you send back a simple ‘I agree’ for verification I’d appreciate it.

Thanks,

Tod

 

Larry Heller: Friday, February 21, 2014
Subject: Re: ID Verification

The attached pictures are of my mother and she was not Amelia Earhart. C. Heller   Proof is available.

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Below: More on the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who Larry Heller identified as his 'mother.' Tod Swindell's study results determined Mr. Heller did not recall his biological mother, the original 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.' Here below, the younger and older versions of Larry Heller's ID'd mother, who the Swindell study describes to have been, "an arranged surrogate mother," are superimposed in the middle to show they were one in the same individual human being:

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

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Above, a 2016 photograph of Lou Foudray, historian and former caretaker of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum at the home where Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas.
 
 

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

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Tod Swindell

A 2019 Amelia Earhart Reality Check...
 
"Science alone says it did not happen, yet for years people bought into the suggestion that Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, 'vanished without a trace' in 1937 while flying in Amelia's plane. Those who recognized the physical impossibility of such a thing tended to lean toward another suggestion. This one offered, 'while flying for an undetermined amount of time in radio silence the duo eventually crashed into the Pacific Ocean at unknown coordinates and sank in deep waters.' Anymore it is certain neither one of the above scenarios took place. (Nor were Amelia's bones found on a desert island. That's hokey.)
 
In answering what did happen, while the final fate of Fred Noonan remains uncertain, it is at least possible he survived the ending of his flight with Amelia and may have lived-on with a different name applied to his person. After all, it is clear as a bell anymore this is what happened to Amelia Earhart, although the public is only just now catching up to the reality of it.
 
Recall how something similar took place with the case of Charles Lindbergh's alias of Careu Kent, a name he used in Europe where he raised a family no one knew about from the 1950s on, until his death in 1974. For decades this was considered a baseless rumor until it was ultimately verified in 2004. Now it can be said as well: The long-time 'rumor' that stated Amelia Earhart lived the last half of her life known as Irene Craigmile... is no longer baseless. Anymore it is obvious to people who review the now available 'incontestable' information about it, that such a thing did happen." Tod Swindell
 

A Reality Check About Amelia Earhart's Missing Person Case:
 
Tod Swindell, the orchestrator of the first ever, Amelia Earhart to Irene Craigmile 'Forensic Research Study and Human Comparison Analysis' explains how he became involved with the Amelia Earhart story and what the results of his comprehensive study conveyed. 

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 Tod Swindell in 2014
 
Writer, Filmmaker,
Amelia Earhart 'Aficionado Extraordinaire'

I've always demonstrated a strong penchant for analyzing U.S. history's relationship with its ever evolving pop-culture arena. This is how I was drawn into the Amelia Earhart story.
 
It is 2019 now. Twenty three years ago, in 1996, while shopping a well researched WGA screenplay about Amelia Earhart's disappearance written by a film industry colleague of mine, I was recommended to go meet with a distinguished World War Two veteran. He was a retired USAF Major by the name of Joseph A. Gervais who lived on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
Joe Gervais and I did meet then and we became good friends and collaborators from that point on, until his passing took place in 2005, and let me tell you, he was one utterly amazing, savant-like Amelia Earhart historian. I can personally attest he was incomparable in that regard.
 
I miss Joe. History has mostly lost sight of him as well, and that's a shame because he was the last truth serum delivering Amelia Earhart expert on the planet. (Well, I guess I'm still here.) Or put it this way: Here's a guy, Joe Gervais, who in 1970 all but single-handedly caused the so-called, 'mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance' to reach a fever-pitch of consternation thanks to his simple assertion of a truth he came to recognize and understand... about Amelia Earhart. 

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On the left is USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.) accepting his Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers 'Lifetime Achievement' award in 2000. The 2002 photo above features Joe and myself taking a break from filming 'Protecting Earhart' during our decade-long collaboration.  

It's not surprising that few people recall Joe Gervais anymore. After all, Amelia Earhart's incomplete life story grew to be somewhat of a taboo subject matter since the 1970s, something caused by Joe himself. Today, people who take the time to look into the 1937 disappearance of the famous pilot, Amelia Earhart, are more in step with my personal rejuvenation of Joe's mind-bending contribution to Amelia Earhart investigative research studies; a contribution that in time grew to be viewed as 'infamous' in contrast to the intuitive brilliance that spawned it.
 
Because of this general consensus, most people find it hard to understand my viewpoint when it comes to the story of Amelia Earhart's officially unresolved (according to history) but in recent years, solved in a cumulative forensic way, 'missing person' case.
 
Sounds crazy, no? Yet it's true. When Amelia Earhart purportedly disappeared in 1937, in legal terms she actually became a 'missing person.'
 
Joseph A. Gervais? In 1965, he encountered the woman who used to be known as Amelia Earhart and he spent the remainder of his days making sure people did not forget he had done so--even to the endless stream of combatants he faced whose projections abetted official history--when it came to all-but burying the important discovery he made.
 
Regardless, today a person would be hard pressed to find anyone at the Smithsonian Institution, at the National Geographic Society, or on Capitol Hill who will freely volunteer an opinion that states they are certain Joseph A. Gervais was incorrect to have claimed what he did way back then, and samplings of the study results I made public in recent years are the reason for that. 
 
Many of you are now asking: "How is it that Amelia Earhart's missing person case is being referred to as "solved" and people in general are unaware of it?"
 
I'll cut to the chase: It took almost fifty years for it to ultimately happen after initial efforts to do so began in the summer of 1965, but for all intents and purposes, Amelia Earhart's missing person case ultimately was conclusively resolved, or solved over the course of the past decade--even though said truth still remains to be officially endorsed to the public. And there are a lot of reasons for that. For starters, a formal official review of Amelia's missing person case has never taken place. Why? Amelia's survived family members have never expressed an interest in doing such a thing. This foremost dates back to the attitude displayed by Amelia's sister, Muriel (her only sibling) who died in 1998. Even though Muriel knew her survived sister as 'Irene Craigmile' in her later life years (yes, she did) ever since the truth about Amelia's post-loss survival as Irene was discovered (in 1965) and then revealed (in 1970) by Joseph A. Gervais, Muriel maintained the practice of instantly shunning anyone who even dared to suggest that Irene Craigmile was her survived sister, and today, Muriel's daughter, Amy Kleppner (Amelia's niece) continues to respect her late mother's same defiant code there.
 
Let me further explain another side of the coin, and I'll cut to the chase again: Since the 1980s, Amelia Earhart cottage industries have been feeding news media outlets a wide variety of hypothetical solutions within their individual attempts to explain what really happened to Amelia Earhart--that had absolutely nothing to do with the truth. In the meantime, however, the purveyors of these off-base ideas had also long been conjointly dismissing the missing person aspect of Amelia Earhart out of hand, that in turn managed to obfuscate the most important forensic strides being made ever since the late 1990s, that ended up solving it in the new millennium, and it all had to do with identifying the body evidence of Amelia Earhart. 
 
Where do I come in? Beyond Colonel Reineck's above words about my accomplishment, I never personally claimed to have 'solved the mystery' of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. Yet I did claim, and still do claim by virtue of having examined it closely since the 1990s, to have helped solved the missing person case of Amelia Earhart after my study ended up clearly displaying how in 1965, retired USAF Major, Joseph A. Gervais did recognize the 'body evidence' of Amelia Earhart re-identified as "Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam."
 
I'm always sure to add that no one in the public realm knows for certain what happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan on July 2, 1937, nor do they know what Amelia was doing or where she actually was from the time she went missing in 1937 to the time she resurfaced in the United States known as "Irene." However, I do profess to know that to solve a missing person case one must find the missing person, or one must find and produce the body evidence of the missing person, and how CONCRETELY, in 1970, Joseph A. Gervais absolutely did produce the body evidence of Amelia Earhart for all the world to see. He did so when a clear, 35MM photograph he took in 1965 of Amelia's living, renamed body appeared in the 1970 nationally published book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas.
 
No, in 1965 the former Amelia Earhart wasn't expecting it and she did not give Major Gervais permission to take the photograph when he asked her if he could, but he snapped his camera shutter anyway right as she turned back to him to politely say, "no thank you" to his request. After she realized he took the picture anyway she quietly said to him, "I wish you hadn't done that." But he did do it. In the full frame version (below) of the photo that appeared in the book, you can see the former Amelia Earhart's English husband who she wed in 1958, Guy Bolam, finishing telling her that he, "didn't think it was a good idea" in response to Joe Gervais' request to photograph them. 
 
Here, I'll recommend that you not pay attention to the rest of the book Amelia Earhart Lives for now in favor of concentrating instead on the 1965 Joe Gervais taken photograph of the woman that appeared in it. Do so as if you're watching the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination and observing the stark reality its film gamma conveys. In other words, concentrate very hard on the Gervais photograph only, and think as deeply as you can about it, while accepting the known fact that the woman featured in it appeared nowhere identified as "Irene" prior to the end of World War Two. 
 
Directly below is an enlargement of the 1965 Gervais photograph next to the way it originally appeared in the book, along with a few of my many superimposed Irene-Amelia comparison samples that displays only part of the overall head-to-toe body congruence--that the other comparisons in the analysis further revealed:
 

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Here above we have the same person shown in younger and older forms. There is no room for arguing this point anymore. Younger to older character traits also aligned. No, you are not going to tell me the person identified as 'Irene Craigmile' in the above photographs is Amelia's 1930s pilot friend who was the ORIGINAL Irene Craigmile. If you even try to tell me that, as politely as I can I will shut you down. (What do you think, I'm some kind of idiot who spent twenty years studying a bizarre doppelganger equation? Get real.)
 
The TRUTH is, Amelia Earhart had a friend in the 1930s who was a budding pilot by the name of Irene Craigmile, and she looked nothing like the Irene Craigmile displayed in the above photographs... even though to this day 'official history' says the Irene Craigmile displayed above was the original Irene Craigmile. For you see... we know now it is 'official history' that is incorrect there.
 

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Above is an old newsprint photo of the original Irene Craigmile shown in 1930 with her then-husband, Charles Craigmile, who died the following year, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. (Higher contrast version of her underneath.)

The overall comparison study led to an epiphany that stated Joe Gervais was entirely correct to have adhered to the truth he knew and professed all the way to his dying day in 2005, and that anyone who ever doubted him or outright insisted he was wrong--was incorrect to have done so. This goes for our nation's top college history professors, national news media moguls and influential news media lobbyists, Amelia's extended family, and the many individuals who have occupied our government's highest halls from the 1970s on. Believe it or not this is history's new smelling-salts of truth about Amelia Earhart, as difficult as it may be for so many people to presently fathom.
 
When photo images of the post World War Two Irene Craigmile come into play with the comparison samples that align her with Amelia, most people still have a hard time believing their own eyes when they transmit the reality of what they're observing to their minds--a reality that states they are actually looking at older versions of Amelia Earhart's body re-identified as 'Irene Craigmile.' Yet the reason people's minds have a hard time there it is easy to understand: Ever since 1937, it was instilled in American pop culture that Amelia Earhart 'vanished without a trace and she was never seen again.' This became the 'legend' of Amelia Earhart, one that evolved to become a commonly known fact.
 
One might also wonder who the heck am I to tell you otherwise? I'm not affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution or a higher education history department. I am a person, though, who recalls a line spoken at the end of the movie, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance by a newspaper publisher, who said, "When legend becomes fact, print the legend." He uttered this right after finding out that the legendary story about a man who shot the notorious outlaw, Liberty Valance... was not true.  So here, where the legend of what happened to Amelia Earhart says she, "disappeared without a trace and she was never seen again," notice how this is all anyone has EVER seen reported in the news as a hard fact about Amelia's final fate, even though it never actually happened. The legend became the fact.
 
Consider again the photograph above that Joe Gervais took in 1965. Granted, while living as Irene the former Amelia Earhart had put on a little weight, but people often do that in their later life years. By 1970, though, she had trimmed down significantly. As an example, here's how she looked when she appeared unaccompanied at the press conference she held in November of 1970, to defy the just published suggestion that had blindsided her, offering that she was really the survived 'Amelia Earhart' living incognito.
 
Incidentally, Joe Gervais said it best: "She handled the press like the old pro she was that day." And once again, he was correct:

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Amelia in 1935. 'Get me outta here!' "God, the world hounded that woman," Jackie Cochran once said about Amelia Earhart.

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As Irene at her 1970 press conference. 

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Flanked by her former self images.

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The book, Amelia Earhart Lives in the foreground. "I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart!" (But she did used to be known as Amelia Earhart. Absolutely, she did.)

Hey, think about your own life and the way it was photographically recorded from the time you were born, then think about this: What is clearly evident by virtue of what the comparison study I orchestrated revealed, is that the woman identified as Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam in the 1965 Gervais photograph (and at her press conference) appears nowhere in photographs identified as "Irene" prior to the World War Two years, and, the study also displays how physically and character trait wise, the same woman matched Amelia Earhart's entire being to exactitude.
 
People still arguing or outright fighting against the proof I delivered that edifies these realizations (you know who you are...) or people looking for reasons to doubt it all are in denial and cannot be helped, unless they help themselves by looking at the old Amelia Earhart missing person case differently than they have done before.
 
As well, while what became of Amelia's long ago acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile, still remains unknown, she is the actual person who ended up missing forever those years ago. By virtue of the study results, this is evident now too.
 
Simply put, Joseph A. Gervais was absolutely correct all those years ago when he unequivocally stated that Amelia somehow managed to live on after she went missing in 1937, and her entire earthly being was later attributed to her old friend, Irene Craigmile's left over identity for herself to use for the remainder of her days. As mentioned he kept repeating this truth he knew to others from 1970 on, to include throughout Irene's five-year defamation law suit against him, and all the way to his dying day in 2005. [Note: Irene did not sue Joe Gervais nor publisher McGraw-Hill for implicating her as the former Amelia Earhart. She sued them for some inaccurate statements in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives that she felt were damaging to her character. After she refused to submit her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity, she settled with Gervais and author, Joe Klaas for ten dollars consideration she paid to them and they each paid to her. She originally sued publisher McGraw-Hill for $1.5 million but ended up only being rewarded $60k for its failure to better vet the information it allowed to be printed about her. For example, in the book, Joe Klaas referred to her husband, Guy Bolam, (who died earlier in 1970) as her "alleged husband," and she was able to produce her 1958 marriage license as proof they had been legally married.]
 
Even though the book, Amelia Earhart Lives turned into somewhat of a train-wreck, it's author, Joe Klaas was a brilliant writer who knew how to lure people into the 'I found her' claim made by Joe Gervais. Hindsight, however, tells us that his book delved too much into trying to explain howAmelia ended up where she did and what she was doing while she was missing, where it ought to have focuse more on identifying her renamed body that Joe Gervais clearly photographed in 1965. Yet, no one is to blame for that. The former Amelia Earhart proved far too strong and resourceful in her defiance against the book's overall content. 
 
I am proud to have known Joe Klaas, who was a past World War Two prisoner of war held by Germany for twenty-five months. I am also very proud to have known Joseph A. Gervais. He was a war hero who flew combat missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam before the Air Force honorably retired him as a Major in 1963. He was also a respected family man known for his good character. And I am proud to have known Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, who so closely examined my study and thoroughly believed what it revealed.
 
Oh yeah, by the way, it is easier for people to accept this now identifiable reality about Amelia Earhart if they don't automatically reject it just because they are encouraged by others to do so. Rather, people should try thinking for themselves about the information displayed in the comparison analysis, and perhaps wonder in some kind of ethereal way, (as blatantly obvious as the 'Amelia became Irene' truth is now) if the universe of Amelia herself has worked its way back in order to be recognized for the full life-long person she ended up being.
 
If you have a hard time believing this... then take it from one who knows; living as 'Irene' in her later life years, especially in the 1960s and 1970s, the former Amelia Earhart clearly emulated the great individual she was known to be until her death was recorded in 1982. In contrast to this, in-depth research on the original Irene Craigmile illustrates that it would have been all-but impossible for her person to posture herself in such a 'proud Amelia image way' had she lived a full life.
 
In 1998, as the former Amelia Earhart's later-life sister in law, Mrs. John Bolam described her to be, "She had a commanding presence," and "She was the epitome of a classy lady." As well, John Bolam himself, her survived brother in law, who with his wife was well settled with their combined determination that stated their late sister in law could only have been the former Amelia Earhart, once told the Associate Press, "She was not an ordinary housewife," admonishing how such an idea had been used to describe his late sister in law time and again in newsprint.
 
And I'll add to that; the Irene Craigmile Bolam shown directly below in 1977 does not embody the look of an ordinary housewife, and this is because, most definitely, she was previously known as, "Amelia Earhart."

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Irene, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.' With her "commanding presence," she was "the epitome of a classy lady."

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"Those who still believe the proud looking person in this mid-1970s photograph was not known as Amelia Earhart in the United States prior to 1938, are not dealing with reality, specifically when it comes to the now easy to recognize, obvious truth about Amelia Earhart having survived her 1937 disappearance, followed by her post World War Two years existence in the United States as a renamed person." Tod Swindell

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"Your work relating to Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile is absolutely outstanding. There is no other way to describe it. I just wanted you to know that I have nothing but admiration for you. I'm convinced you have solved the mystery." Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, USAF (Ret.) responding to the long-term, Amelia Earhart Versus Irene Craigmile research study conducted by Tod Swindell. (See the 'About Tod Swindell' section that profiles his amazing Amelia Earhart research journey.)

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Among the controversial truths discovered about her in recent years; the Irene Craigmile featured in this 1977 formal photo portrait appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two.

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The post-war Irene Craigmile, 1946

 Three Different Irene Craigmile's and the 'Missing Person Case' of Amelia Earhart
 
Just who was Irene Craigmile? In the 1930s she was a budding pilot who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart. Irene Craigmile's image changed dramatically over time, though, to a point where in her later life years many people wondered if she was not the original Irene Craigmile anymore. The wondering began in 1970, after a World War Two veteran by the name of Joseph A. Gervais, who had earlier met Irene Craigmile at a gathering of retired pilots, publicly asserted that she was previously known as Amelia Earhart. Joseph A. Gervais was a retired Air Force major who while serving overseas heard various accounts of Amelia Earhart's non reported rescue there, and he offered that Amelia had somehow quietly survived her 1937 disappearance and later took-on her old friend, Irene Craigmile's identity. 
 
As off the wall as this idea sounded, recall how Amelia Earhart went 'missing' in her plane in 1937 and was declared "dead in absentia" after U.S. search efforts failed to locate her. 
 
In 1970, Irene Craigmile, a respected and admired person by her peers, denied herself to be Amelia Earhart. The press and people in general didn't think she resembled what Amelia would have looked like then so they took her word for it. Nevertheless, her past proved hard to clearly define causing debates over who she really was, or used to be, to continue on well into the 2000s.
 

In 1997, Tod Swindell's analysis intent on comparing Irene Craigmile's physical likeness and character traits to Amelia Earhart's, the first one ever to be done, initially commenced. (Why no one endeavored to do such a thing before is puzzling.) After enduring the painstaking process of finding and collecting rare photographs of the enigmatic Irene Craigmile taken all over the world, (she travelled incessantly the last decades of her life) the Associated Press first reported on the progress of the study in 2002. Four years later, in 2006 some of the revealing study elements were displayed on national television for the first time as well, amid attempts made to discredit the study.
 
Finally, two decades after it first began, in 2017 Tod Swindell completed and copyrighted his analysis along with the conclusion it drew. The results of the study and its conclusion were astounding to say the least, and stands to never be over-challenged where it delivered the forensic truth pertaining to what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937.
 

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Above, Irene flanked by images of her former 'Amelia' self.

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

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

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

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Above: Amelia Earhart, age 30, after her Friendship flight.
 
 

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Above, this is the way the same Irene Craigmile who held the 1970 press conference looked in 1946. The study results confirmed this Irene Craigmile appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene Craigmile' prior to the end of World War Two. So much would have defied logic where no other explanation existed to verify where she came from, if she had not previously been known as Amelia Earhart. Here's why: At first glance the look of the woman above doesn't remind one of the way pop-culture left Amelia Earhart's image indelibly etched in the common mindset. Here, however, recall the title of Shirley Dobson Gilroy's 1985 book, Amelia: Pilot In Pearls. Then take a look directly below at the picture of Amelia Earhart standing next to her 1930s flight trainer, former Hollywood stunt-pilot, Paul Mantz. After that, look at what happens under the photo when Amelia's image is superimposed with the above 1946 image of Irene Craigmile:
 

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Yes, it does appear to defy logic where Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, Irene Craigmile was able to transform her early 1940s appearance to a point where by 1946, she looked to be a slightly older version of her old pal, Amelia Earhart. Amazing. Note the perfect alignment of the neck from the shoulders up, where the pearls and earing so naturally fall into place, how the eyes align so well, etc. In fact, as it turned out, after Tod Swindell's Irene-Amelia comparison analysis was completed; head to toe heights, faces, shoulders, arms, hands, feet, even tear duct to tear duct the post World War Two Irene Craigmile proved herself to be a perfect match to Amelia Earhart. If only Amelia could have known about this. She probably would have gotten a kick out of it if she hadn't gone missing in 1937.
 
That's right. Amelia Earhart didn't just up and 'disappear' in 1937. In legal terms she became 'a missing person.' How does one solve a missing person case? One either finds the missing person, or one finds the body of the missing person. The conclusion of Tod Swindell's long term comparison study and research analysis states that the woman who held the 1970 press conference, her denial notwithstanding, actually did represent Amelia Earhart's found and identified in a cumulative forensic manner, 'body evidence.'

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"Some friendly advice to doubters: To accept things for what they truly are, sometimes we have to inconveniently roll up our mental sleeves in order to realize that they are not something else. Reality and truth go hand in hand here anymore. Recognizing and accepting what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937, is a good way to experience how to overcome ambiguity in favor of reality and truth. It's even enlightening." TS
 

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Amelia Earhart, age 17 in 1915
 
 

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Irene Craigmile, "in the early 1940s," according to her 1934 born son. Tod Swindell's study concluded she was not the original Irene Craigmile either, but she may have been Amelia's own 1924 born 'family secret' daughter. Whoever she was, she served as a surrogate mother figure to the original Irene Craigmile's son. To date her true identity remains unknown. (There is a brief bio on the original Irene Craigmile highlighted in blue further down.)

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

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

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

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

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Tod Swindell
Amelia Earhart 'Aficionado Extraordinaire'

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

 

The Irene-Amelia TRUTH Poem By Tod Swindell

Head to toe, shoulder to shoulder, older to younger, younger to older, they proved to be a perfect match to unravel a plan that once did hatch; Irene used to be Amelia or Amelia became Irene, we can turn a blind eye and keep looking for her plane, but anymore that's just a pipe-dream.

To keep donating money to false Earhart causes, we're showing how dumb we can be! For the truth now stares back at our faces; Amelia did not sink in the sea

 

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Above, Amelia getting a pineapple carving lesson from legendary Hawaiian surfer and five time Olympic gold medalist, Duke Kahanamoku. She wears the same outfit in the comparison below.
 

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Above: Irene & Amelia
 

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John Bolam took this photo of his sister in law, Irene Craigmile Bolam after she visted Cape Canaveral in 1965. In a 1985 filmed interview conducted by Merril Dean Magley with Wally Schirra, the former astronaut, Schirra verified that he once met the former Amelia Earhart at Cape Canaveral in the 1960s. When Dean Magley asked he how he knew the women he met used to be Amelia Earhart(?) Schirra replied that "reliable people he knew" had confided in him about it. John Bolam mentioned he noticed an "Apollo program medal adornment" his sister in-law, Irene wore during one of her visits to Merritt Island, Florida where he lived, adding when he asked her about it she replied 'some people at NASA' had 'given it' to her but she did not explain why. 
 

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

"The Forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife as she claimed. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." Quoted from Associated Press article by Ron Staton, the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile's brother in law, John Bolam refers to his late sister-in-law while commenting on his review of the initial results of Tod Swindell's Forensic Analysis. The now late John Bolam always suspected--but ulitmately came to believe his late sister in law used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart' after reviewing the study results. John Bolam was the survived brother of Irene's English husband, Guy Bolam. 

 
Below: An example from the handwriting portion of the study that features a 1967 sample of Irene Craigmile's cursive handwriting compared to Amelia Earhart's own cursive, "Amelia M Earhart" High School signature. Notice Irene's odd use of non-denial 'denial' language within her reply letter here to Joseph A. Gervais, who wrote to inquire if she was really Amelia two years after the two met each other. That is when Joe Gervais first began to suspect that she was the former Amelia Earhart, who had somehow 'survived and assumed a new identity' after she went missing in 1937. In her present-tense rebuttal she refers him to two long time friends of hers by writing, "...because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile."   
 

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

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A few months after Irene Craigmile Bolam's death was recorded in 1982, Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey's picture appeared in a news article series (left) about her recently departed friend, Irene, who was actually her name-changed sister, Amelia Earhart. Muriel was quoted in the series a few times, always fiercely protecting the withheld truth about her sister's post disappearance life as 'Irene' to include the way she did it here above. Where she mentions how Irene did not get "any fraction" of what she deserved for "the invasion of privacy and all that," she's referring to the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives that implicated Irene to be the former Amelia Earhart--and the five-year defamation law suit that followed where Irene was awarded a paltry sum compared to what she had sought--after she refused to provide her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity. Muriel's 'Zonta' mention is telling as well. Her sister, Amelia had been a famous Zonta member from 1928 on, until she went missing in 1937. The original Irene Craigmile was never a Zonta member at all. After Amelia became Irene she rejoined the Zontas in the late 1940s. For awhile in the 1950s, she served as its International Relations Chairperson thanks to her multi-lingual talent. Recall as Amelia she was known for her ability to speak several foreign languages fluently. Muriel died in 1998, one year after Tod Swindell's Irene-Amelia comparison analysis initially commenced.

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Tod Swindell
 
Amelia Earhart 'Aficionado Extraordinaire'

Different stories about Irene Craigmile and her past acquaintance, Amelia Earhart have been tossed around for decades. As mentioned the first 'public' one surfaced in 1970 as a controversial news item--until Irene Craigmile herself, and most importantly a friend hers--who happened to be Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey--convinced people that any past connection she had to Amelia Earhart was of no significance.
 
Muriel, who in her later life years did know Irene Craigmile, was also quoted to say there was, "practically no physical resemblance" that existed between her friend, Irene and her 1937 'gone-missing' sister, Amelia. Yet as anyone can see, the decades later Irene-Amelia comparison study directly contradicted Muriel's words.
 
After the hubbub of it all died down, as the years passed a tonnage of misinformation disseminated into the public mindset that shored up Irene's and Muriel's commonly expressed viewpoint. Today, even Wikipedia's Irene Craigmile Bolam page (her surname of 'Bolam' was added by a 1958 marriage) is misleading where it leaves people considering that the decades-old controversy over Irene Craigmile's true past was 'settled' in recent years by a detective the National Geographic Society hired; something the National Geographic Society denies.
 
It is best to consider what is presented here about Irene Craigmile as if you're seeing, reading, and learning about her for the first time, for much of it was not publicly known information until recent years. My overall research presents the most updated, comprehensive, not to leave out 'accurate' version of Irene Craigmile's life story. REMEMBER, it is TRUE that Irene Craigmile was a real person who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. Her life was a struggle at times compared to Amelia's, though, and she LOOKED NOTHING LIKE Amelia. Therefore, it defies logic where a woman sporting the exact same 'Irene Craigmile' identity, who appeared from out of nowhere in the United Sates after World War Two ensconced with a lofty career in the New York banking industry, would several decades later end up proving herself, by virtue of the forensic analysis I orchestrated, to have been a head-to-toe physical and character traits carbon copy... of Amelia Earhart.
 
As a reminder, highlighted in blue a little further down is a condensed version of the original Irene Craigmile's life story. After you read it, think once again about the past connection she had with Amelia Earhart's life. Rest assured, it was a bit different than what Amelia's sister, Muriel, and Irene Craigmile herself necessarily conveyed to people from the early 1970s on. Irene's death was recorded in 1982. Muriel died in 1998. Thank you, TS

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Irene 1965 above, 1963 below
 

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Amelia above and below

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Irene-Amelia superimposed

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Above are two of the very first comparisons I did. Joe Gervais was very affected by them as he had never seen the superimposed photos technique applied to his Irene-Amelia assertion before.

By the way, anyone who claims that Amelia did not live on and change her name to Irene is either not informed enough to know the Amelia became Irene truth, or is outright not telling the truth. Tod Swindell, 2019  

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

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

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Irene Craigmile, early 1930s

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Irene Craigmile, 1946

 Three Different Irene Craigmile's and the 'Missing Person Case' of Amelia Earhart
 
Just who was Irene Craigmile? It has long been known that she was a pilot who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. Irene Craigmile's image changed dramatically over time, though, to a point where in 1970, she was openly suspected of not being the original Irene Craigmile anymore. Instead, she was asserted to be the survived Amelia Earhart going by the same name of her 1930s' acquaintance, Irene Craigmile.
 
Amelia Earhart had gone 'missing' in 1937 and was declared "dead in absentia" after no trace of her was found. In 1970, Irene Craigmile stood firm and denied she was Amelia Earhart, but debates over who she really was, or used to be, continued well into the 2000s. In recent years a 'first ever' analysis took place that compared her physical likeness and character traits to Amelia Earhart's. The results were astounding to say the least.

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

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

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

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Amelia Earhart

The results of the study, that ended up becoming a full physical being and character traits comparison analysis are both startling and amazing, even to official U.S. historians who have yet to publicly comment about them. The most telling part of the comparison reveal was the discovery of more than one Twentieth Century woman being attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity.
 

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

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

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Irene, 1965

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Below: Thanks to the recent years, in-depth comparison study, it is now known that Amelia Earhart's 1930s friend, Irene Craigmile looked nothing like Amelia before World War Two ended, yet after the war she looked just like her long-gone friend, Amelia.

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

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Above: According to history, this is the same Irene Craigmile as the one on the left. Here above she is shown in Japan in 1963, reprinted from an old newspaper photograph. Except it is now known... the Irene on the left and the Irene above were not the same human being. 

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Above: Amelia Earhart & Irene Craigmile superimposed. This post-war congruence was not a coincidence. 

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

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Above, Amelia Earhart

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

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

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

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The ORIGINAL Irene Craigmile with her son in 1934. 

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

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The SECOND Irene Craigmile, 1970s, positively identified by her son.

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The THIRD Irene Craigmile, 1946 AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart.' Sure her look is different after nine years of absence, aging & some noticeable appearance adjustments, but Amelia, once nicknamed "the pilot in pearls" is still in there. Below, check out how easy it is to find her:

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

How forensics separated the three individual women displayed above is explained in detail in the "Forensically Comparing" section.

A Few Post World War Two Irene-Amelia Comparison Examples: 

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Irene Craigmile, 1965

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Amelia, right

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Below: The four books displayed here, respectively published in 1970, 1985, 2004 and 2016 all attested that Amelia Earhart continued to live-on after she was declared 'missing' in 1937, and she eventually reemerged in the United States known as 'Irene Craigmile' after World War Two. The U.S. justice department, long pegged as having been intrinsically involved with keeping Amelia's ongoing private survival as 'Irene' quiet under the original guise of J. Edgar Hoover, has never commented on any of them.

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"Nothing is as invisible as the obvious." Richard Farson
 
 
With the forensic reality of it all now staring back at everyone in no uncertain terms, the time has come to finally acknowledge the plain truth about Amelia Earhart.
 

Preface
 
 
Endlessly debated for decades by aviation historians and often ridiculed by the less informed, the Irene Craigmile-Amelia Earhart controversy remains unsettled to this day.
 
Do not believe the misleading Wikipedia diatribe that falsely states the half-century old debate over Irene Craigmile Bolam's life-long identity was settled in recent years.
 
It wasn't.
 
Ever since the hard-to-fathom story about Irene Craigmile first made headlines in the 1970s, people have been encouraged not to believe or pay attention to it by media dominating influences. In recent years, however, due to new and more in-depth research, additional information was learned about the past intertwined lives of Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile's once prominent O'Crowley family of Newark, New Jersey.
 
The same new research also displayed how in no uncertain terms, somehow in her later life years, Irene Craigmile ended up all-but miraculously looking just like her old friend, Amelia Earhart, who had gone missing prior to the start of World War Two. This 'would have been' miracle came to exist, because Irene Craigmile did not look anything like Amelia Earhart before the war.
 
Again and again... this was no miracle.
 
"There now exists a comprehensible explanation for it." Tod Swindell, 2019
 

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Amelia Earhart, 1932
 
"We all need to check our egos at the door. It's time to address this more seriously." Tod Swindell, 2019 

 

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

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

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Blanche Wiesen Cook; biographer-American history professor

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Doris Kearns Goodwin; American historian-biographer
 

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

   

Finding The Real, Original Irene Craigmile:

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

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

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

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

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

Considering the original, Irene Craigmile...

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

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

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

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

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

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About "Truth"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

The Now Obvious Conclusion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tod Swindell in 2014

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

 

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

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

 

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

One: The original Irene Craigmile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...the new Irene Craigmile shown here in 1946

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

   

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

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1976 in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Above and to the right, Earhart mystery scene newcomer, Chris Williamson and his recent 'Chasing Earhart' invention are set to begin doing pod-casts in 2019. After marshaling practically all of the different Earhart mystery theories out there into his Chasing Earhart theater spectacle, similar to how former Amelia Earhart Society president, the late Bill Prymak did from the 1980s into the 2000s sans social media help, Chris's plan is to unveil his own 'new and improved' Irene-Amelia forensic analysis in an effort to take intellectual property ownership of the final Earhart solution. A computer programmer in his early 30s, Chris anymore refers to himself as an, "Amelia Earhart documentarian." A new video trailer he put up on the internet includes the Irene-Amelia conveyance without mentioning myself or my study, yet offering at the same time, "It's time to put this one to bed."

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Chris Williamson

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

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Richard Gillespie

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Dr. Alex Mandel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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:

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"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.

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

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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." 

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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?
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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."

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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.
 

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Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam

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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.

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

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.
 
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Below: Photographic Exactitude
 

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Above: Senator Hiram Bingham with Amelia Earhart at age 31
 

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Above: Amelia Earhart in 1937, age 39
 

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

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Above: 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
 

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Irene + Amelia superimposed

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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


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"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.]
 

The Bender & Altschul Quote:

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

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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. 
 

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Alethephobia: "Fear of Truth"

When it comes to the Irene-Amelia truth, ever since the controversy over Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam surfaced in the 1970s, historical dictum influences have 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.

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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.

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

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Above middle: The original Irene Craigmile, 1930

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

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