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

Detours Taken In Pursuit Of Answers

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The Truth About What Became Of Amelia Earhart After July 2, 1937
The 1982 'Red Herring' Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune Series
Tod Swindell's Collaborative Earhart Research Journey
'Freedom of the Press' & the late, great Mrs. Irene Bolam's, "I am not Amelia Earhart" lawsuit-dodge
Amelia Earhart: "The History of the Mystery"
Forensic Comparisons: The Amelia Earhart, Irene Bolam Reality
Monsignor Kelley Told The Truth About His Friend, Irene...
Promoted Misinformation About Amelia Earhart
Reviewing The History of ''
The Universal Truth About Amelia Earhart
Hiding The Truth With Photo Forgeries
Books Published On Amelia Earhart Research And Investigations
Controversial Information: Decades Of Compiled Forensic Data
TIGHAR's Misguided 'Nikumaroro Castaways' Claim
Detours Taken In Pursuit Of Answers
Tod Swindell's Landmark Historical Research Findings
An Up-To-Date Recap
Welcome Home, Amelia Earhart
Why The Public Never Knew What Happened To Amelia
A Less Recalled Look At Amelia Earhart's 1937 Disappearance
Amelia Earhart: True or False
The Legal Solving Of Amelia Earhart's Eighty Year Old Missing Person Case
Three Women Used The Same 'Irene' Identity, One Was FKA 'Amelia Earhart'
About Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam; Did You Know?
Forensic Analysis Support: Seeking Privacy, Amelia Options For A New Identity
To The White House: An Open Letter About Amelia Earhart
Why The Truth About Amelia Earhart Was Dismissed
The U.S. Military And State Department Grew More Aware
Photo Evidence Of Amelia's Plane In The Marshall Islands
Amelia Earhart AKA 'The New Irene Craigmile'...
Separating Fact From Fiction About Amelia Earhart
Some of Tod Swindell's Past Amelia Earhart Press Notices
Wikipedia Misleads The Public About Irene Craigmile Bolam

December 2018


Note: This website and the forensic conclusion it presents are the copyrighted intellectual properties of Amelia Earhart journalist-historian, Tod Swindell. [U.S. Copyright registration #'s:  TXu 1-915-926; 2014, TXu 2-061-539; 2017]




Beware of misguided suggestions and ideas offered by Amelia Earhart plane-hunting or 'mystery hyping' cottage industries such as TIGHAR, Nauticos, and most rccently, Chasing Earhart.
Glitzy looking clubs intent on pecuniary interests tend to promote misleading ideas about Amelia's 1937 flight ending. They claim a kind of 'vocational proprietary stance' when it comes to the public's ongoing curiosity about Amelia's last flight, within their objectives to receive donations from less informed individuals. Some exist as non-profit organizations and have happened on some interesting wrecks while 'searching' for Amelia's plane, but they originally built their company profiles by exploiting the so-called mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance. They even sell products bearing Amelia's name to support their endeavors. Those who run these particular cottage industries, especially the ones that are primarily devoted to 'finding Amelia's plane' legally pay themselves handsome wages from the donations they receive, and this practice really needs to stop.
People tend to be romantic about Amelia Earhart, and some have donated huge sums of money over the years reliant on false-hope, 'we feel we know where her plane ended up' offerings. It is imperative to identify here, that Amelia recalled the last time she saw her plane, even while she was living as 'Irene,' and it certainly wasn't resting on the deep ocean floor when she did.       

Media-Hyped Enthusiasts Who Missed The Amelia Earhart "Truth" Target...

Elgen Long

In the 1980s, Elgen Long started what later became the non-profit organization known as, 'Nauticos' in order to promote the idea that Amelia Earhart simply crashed and sank near Howland Island, and that was it. Going up against experts from Lockheed and many others who disagreed with his 'fuel use analysis' of Amelia's Lockheed Electra, Mr. Long still claimed to have 'solved the mystery' as described in the title of his 1999 book, Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved. While Elgen Long was always a gentleman and respectful to other theorists, ultimately few were left believing his claim as too much opposing and, 'far more substantiated' information contradicted his postulation. Just the same, with Nauticos, Elgen Long and his partner, David Jourdan raised funds to enable them to head many  expeditions to look for Amelia Earhart's plane fathoms underwater in the vicinity north of Howland Island.

Richard Gillespie

In the late 1980s, Earhart mystery enthusiast, Richard Gillespie, started his own well funded, non-profit organization, TIGHAR to promote the idea that Amelia died as a castaway on Nikumaroro Island and her remains were "eaten by giant crabs" there. He claimed that after she landed there, her plane was pulled out by the tide and it eventually sank in deep ocean waters. [Really?] Nikumaroro Island, a once colonized but now desert island, is located in the Phoenix Islands group hundreds of miles south of the Equator. In the Twentieth Century as many as 100 people had briefly resided there, decades before Mr. Gillespie started raising money in the 1980s to fund expeditions in order to scour the place for traces of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. His efforts basically left him bringing back a lot of old items, otherwise, 'junk' left there by the variety of persons and ships as well, that anchored nearby or ran aground there. Of course Amelia Earhart never came close to the island, even though Mr. Gillespie has made a handsome living claiming she did under the umbrella of his TIGHAR organization, AKA, 'The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery,' by raising money to fund expeditions to the place. Mr. Gillespie strongly professed how with no pre-mention to anyone, Amelia Earhart chose to blindly steer her plane far into no-man's land. The Smithsonian Institution verified that none of the debris found by TIGHAR on the once inhabited island were linked to Amelia's last flight.  

Bill Prymak

In 1989, Bill Prymak started the Amelia Earhart Society to promote how after Amelia was picked up by Japan in the Marshall Islands, she later died on Saipan while in Japan's custody. Over time a variety of rumors came to exist describing different ways Amelia Earhart might have died while in Japan's custody. Conveyances of a mysterious illness, executions in the Marshall Islands or on Saipan, a plane crash in China, even a slow death in a rat invested prison cell entered the fray. Here, though, it's important to recognize that Japan denied ever 'harming' Amelia Earhart and the United States never accused it of such a thing. In fact, the FBI WWII file on Amelia Earhart includes a 1944 mention of a Japanese intelligence officer describing Amelia as "perfectly all right" at that time. No matter, from the 1980s into the 2000s, Prymak traveled to the Marshall Islands time and again to conduct interviews, a few times in the company of famed Amelia Earhart historian, Joseph A. Gervais, whose own research findings led him to conclude that Amelia survived her disappearance and later changed her name to 'Irene.' Joe Gervais died in 2005, Bill Prymak, who coveted Gervais' historical research findings but refused to support his assertion about Mrs. Irene Bolam's past identity, died in 2014.

Alex Mandel

Ukranian Physicist, Dr. Alex Mandel also supported the suggestion of Amelia having died on Saipan while in Japan's custody. Dr. Mandel offered that Amelia was executed by Japan, admitting at the same time that he had no certifiable knowledge on how or when the event occurred. Still, his belief led to his enlisting of Mike Campbell's help, (below left) that resulted in the two of them presenting a co-written dissertation at the Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison, Kansas in 2012, that overtly campaigned against Protecting Earhart's findings, and any possibility at all of Amelia Earhart's continued survival in Japan's custody after she was picked up by its Imperial Naval Authority. Even though no REAL evidence was ever located that offered authenticity to the differing claims of how Amelia died while she was in Japan's custody, Dr. Mandel and Mike Campbell feverishly campaigned that she was 'executed for spying' on Saipan while in Japan's charge, and the knowledge of it was covered-up by the United States and Japanese governments.

Mike Campbell

In the 2000s, brushed-up Amelia Earhart theorist, Mike Campbell, befriended the Amelia Earhart Society's 1989 founding president, Bill Prymak. (Shown above.) Taking advantage of Mr. Prymak's gathered Earhart files that featured volumes of research data he collected from other theorists over the years, Mr. Campbell picked up where the AES left off after it disbanded in 2002, to promote how Amelia Earhart died according to the earlier claim of one Thomas Devine, who offered that Amelia was executed by Japan's military on Saipan and was subsequently buried there. Mr. Campbell wrote and self-published a book chocked with Devine's claims and Prymak's AES material entitled, Amelia Earhart: The Truth At Last, issued in 2012. 

Woody Peard

Woody Peard, an Amelia Earhart theorist knowledgeable of Japanese culture during the World War Two era, asserted that Amelia was executed by Japan's military on the Island of Taroa in an incredibly macabre way, and that the event was filmed and surreptitiously sent to Washington DC. In May of 1938, when Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Stephen Gibbons said about Earhart's loss, "We have evidence that the thing is all over. Sure, terrible. It would be awful to make it public...," Mr. Peard suggested Japan's filmed execution of Amelia Earhart was possibly what he referred to. Others maintained it was the withheld "wireless messages" of Amelia's "last few minutes" notated in the same transcript that Gibbons' "we have evidence" statement referred to.  

Wanna Know The Truth? Here It Is:

Below: The same human being, different names, different eras. As hard as it is to believe, it's that simple to explain. None the less, as OBVIOUS as this forensic reality is anymore, the public continues to be bludgeoned with false conveyances when it comes to what really happened to Amelia Earhart on and after July 2, 1937.






1923, 1978
1933, 1965
1928, 1963
1932, 1976
1928, 1977

Mrs. Bolam superimposed with her former self


Amelia Earhart in 1937


...superimposed into...


...her later life self in 1965, Mrs. Irene Bolam

The former Amelia Earhart in Yugoslavia in 1976

For a slow-motion filmed dissolve of the above photo, that features Mrs. Irene Bolam seated next to Gertrude Kelley Hession, who was the sister of the well-known Monsignor James Francis Kelley, click on the following link. Note: From the 1970s into the 1990s, Monsignor Kelley disclosed to certain individuals whom later verified his doing so, that his long-time good friend, Mrs. Bolam, used to be known as Amelia Earhart, and that he had helped repatriate her as "Irene" in the United States after World War Two.

Facebook: "Irene-Amelia Earhart-Craigmile"  Friend requests welcomed.
As well, check out the new YouTube Channel: "Irene Amelia" to observe uploaded forensic video dissolves. 

A Remarkable Twenty-Year Journey
From the mid-1990s on, Tod Swindell, analyzed and expounded on the previous investigative research of Paul Briand, Joe Gervais, Fred Goerner, Vincent Loomis, Randall Brink, Donald Moyer Wilson, and Rollin Reineck. Each had devoted decades to unconvering the non-conveyed realities of Amelia Earhart's last flight, with their individual efforts resulting in the following published works:

Daughter of the Sky by Paul Briand, 1960
The first book to expound on Amelia's post-loss existence in Japan's Mandate Islands
CBS Journalist, Fred Goerner's 1966 classic...
A Best Seller; concluded Amelia went down in the Marshall Islands and ended up in Japan's custody.
1970 Joe Klaas book re: Joe Gervais' investigation
A best seller, concluded Amelia survived WWII in Japan's custody and later assumed a new identity

Don Wilson's 1993 book, Amelia Earhart Lost Legend
Cited numerous Marshall Islands accounts re: Amelia's survival under Japan's stewardship

By Colonel Rollin Reineck, 2004
The first book to promote the new millennium forensic work of Tod Swindell

Randall Brink's 1993 'Best Seller'...
Proved a White House cover-up; concluded Amelia ended up in the Marshalls and continued to survive

The Vincent Loomis account... 1985
Also concluded Amelia ended up going down in the Marshall Islands

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