If you believe Amelia Earhart did not live beyond July 2,
1937--the date of her disappearance amid odd circumstances--the 1997-2017 conducted 'Swindell Study' will leave you
rethinking your viewpoint.
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.
In 1970, the above best-selling book by Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives,
ended up being strongly derided and even withdrawn from all stores for asserting that Amelia Earhart continued to privately
live-on after she went missing in 1937. Although several of its postulations were far fetched, it did strike a very truthful
chord when it came to the subject matter of Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam.)
This Fall: An investigative research journey spanning two decades culminates with the release of the anticipated
documentary, Protecting Earhart.
©1997-2017 Amelia Earhart Compared To Irene Craigmile (Bolam) Forensic Research Analysis©2004-2014 Protecting Earhart & WGAw Registrations ©2007-2019
'The Swindell Study'
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.
Charles Lindbergh, AKA 'Lindy'
Amelia, misspelled 'Earheart' above
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.'
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:
(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, out-of-wedlock pregnancy in 1933 and other
troubles derailed and ended 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 in 1977 above her did. Few ever knew what became of the person who was
the original Irene Craigmile. To this day knowledge of her true fate is 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, was not the 'original' Irene Craigmile. Diana Dawes
refers to the contentious identity question about her friend, Irene twice here in 1987, within articles celebrating Amelia's 90th birthday.
In the late 1960s, the
first investigator to deeply look into this anomaly determined that Amelia Earhart quietly survived her odd 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.
Amelia Earhart's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey in
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 congruence. 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.]
Amelia Earhart in 1937
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.
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.
Irene and Amelia superimposed
Below: Irene Craigmile
(Bolam) and Amelia Earhart superimposed.
Irene in 1977 & Amelia in 1937
©2017 'The 1997-2017
Irene in 1976 & Amelia in 1932
©2017 'The 1997-2017
They were not only a head-to-toe, tear-duct to tear-duct physical
match, but their character traits aligned as well.
Above: Top row Amelia's eyes; Second row Irene's eyes;
Third row superimposed in perfect alignment.
©2017 'The 1997-2017
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."
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...
they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile."
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.'
Left side above: Post-war Irene Craigmile (Bolam) cursive letter samples; Right
side above: Amelia Earhart cursive letter samples. ©2017 'The 1997-2017
Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart
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.
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.
"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:
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 the 1930s who was 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:
The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in
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
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.
Left: Amelia Right: Irene and Amelia superimposed
©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell
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
How Do We Know?
It all started in 1965 with a World
War Two hero by the name of Joseph A. Gervais:
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.
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.'
As it turned out, among the many things Joseph A. Gervais learned about
her was prior to the World War Two era no photographic record identifying the woman in the above photo as 'Irene'
This now observable, albeit non-recognized fact is entirely true even though the past 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.
Gervais, a former U.S. Air Force Captain who retired as a Major in 1963, did find that a person by the
name of 'Irene Craigmile' had known Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. He learned how at the age of 26 in 1931, she was widowed
when her husband, Charles Craigmile died, and he found evidence of a pilot's license that she held from 1933 to 1937, noticing
she never flew much while she had it. Below is historical proof of Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile appearing
in the same photograph in 1932.
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.
Above, Irene Craigmile listed between Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz; below,
Amelia listed as 'Amelia Earhart Putnam.'
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
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
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 original 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.
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
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.
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 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.
"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.
The Emergence of the Swindell Study
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.
The road to the answers began after a few initial comparison
tests, when Tod Swindell became so taken by their strong congruence he couldn't help wanting to know more about the curiously
enigmatic, Irene Craigmile (Bolam). So he looked deep into her past and kept learning more and more information, and
then continued to realize even more impressive and often bewildering particulars about her. How did this person
become so well forgotten, or 'erased' from the public mindset? he thought.
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.
Irene Craigmile, 1932
Irene Craigmile, 1940
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:
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.""
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 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."
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.]
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 Craigmile Bolam
[1965 photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais]
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:
"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
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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.
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.
"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.
Above, Amelia Earhart in 1937, the year she went missing.
Above, the two left and right photos superimposed. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'
Above, 1965 Joseph A. Gervais photo of Irene Craigmile
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.
'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'
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
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:
Amelia just before she went missing--a few weeks shy
of her fortieth birthday.
Amelia at the beginning of her fame years as a pilot,
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.
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
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.
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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"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
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.]
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.
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
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...
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
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.
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.
Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA "the former Amelia Earhart"
as photographed by USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.) August 8, 1965.
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.
original Irene Craigmile (1932-1933) by one of the plane's she learned to fly in.
The original Irene Craigmile in 1930 between her
husband and father. Below, contrast enhanced.
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'
At first glance the look of the 1946 Irene Craigmile above may not
remind one of the way pop-culture left Amelia Earhart's image etched in the common mindset. For instance her nose looks a
bit more noble and her front tooth gap is gone, but these kinds of adjustments are reasonably explainable. Not to leave out
how nine years had passed since Amelia had been seen allowing for style changes and a bit of aging to take place. Recall here
as well, 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, Hollywood stunt-pilot, Paul Mantz. After that,
see what happens under the Earhart/Mantz photo when Amelia's same facial image is superimposed with the 1946 image of Irene
Craigmile... to witness the return of, the pilot in pearls:
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return of, "the pilot in pearls"
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
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
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.
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.
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.'
"There's no denying the Irene-Amelia
reality anymore, unless one chooses to remain in denial about it." Tod Swindell
While living as Irene, according to insiders the former Amelia Earhart
was highly aware of the person she used to be. She was known to be reticent and at times coy whenever her self-described
'past friendship' to Amelia was brought up in her presence. However, she was put off if directly confronted about her true
past. Before Joseph A. Gervias concluded she was the former Amelia Earhart, in 1967 she wrote a response letter to he and
Joe Klaas, who had politely asked her to admit if she was or wasn't Amelia Earhart in a letter. In her short reply, after
writing "I am not she..." (a present tense denial) she concluded with, "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 use of language, "the Amelia Earhart," as if she likened her former-self
to a ship that was long ago lost at sea.)
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
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
"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.
"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.
Below: A 1976
photo of Gertrude Kelley Hession (left) and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia.
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.
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."
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
"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
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
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:
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
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."
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.
The Original Irene Craigmile
A Brief Look At Her Life Story By Tod Swindell
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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?
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.
The two left and right photos superimposed. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'
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
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.
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."
Welcome home, the former Amelia Earhart.
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Below is a further
look at the page from the 'September 1, 1932' Akron Beacon Journal. Outlined in white is Amelia Earhart, who had stunned
the world just three months earlier by becoming the first woman solo a plane across the Atlantic. The original Irene Craigmile
is outlined in black:
The original Irene Craigmile was not yet a licensed pilot when this
newspaper photo was taken. Note: Further down is an abreviated version of her life story.
'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.
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 members,
Dorothea Leh and future 'National Air and Space Museum Wall of Honor' inductee, Abbie Dill (Haddaway).
Above: A 1982 newspaper article identified this person
as Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, Irene Craigmile in 1932. Accordingly, the photo would have been taken a year after her husband,
Charles James Craigmile, died from appendicitis The photo quality is poor and the origin of it is questionable. It likely
does not depict the original Irene Craigmile, nor does the person in it resemble Amelia Earhart.
A quick review: Above
left and right are two photos of the original Irene Craigmile during her brief flying days. The middle photo, dated '1937'
identified her vacationing alone in Florida with her 1934 born son. Then below is the original Irene Craigmile in 1930 between
her husband, Charles James Craigmile and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. Her image is contrast enhanced underneath
it. Note: Clear photo images of the original Irene Craigmile displaying her prior to the World War Two era proved to be non-extant.
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Younger and older of the 'surrogate mother' Irene Craigmile (Bolam)
identified by Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, Larry Heller. Her true origin remains unknown.
Younger and older of the post-war Irene Craigmile (Bolam) who was
FKA 'Amelia Earhart.'
What does the Smithsonian Institution say about this?
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.
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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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.
Switching gears for a sec,
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
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.
Why The 1997-2017 Swindell Study Is Being Dubbed, 'The Pentagon
Papers of Amelia Earhart'
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
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.
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.
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.
Closer on Irene's Press Conference and subsequent Lawsuit...
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.
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.
"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.
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:
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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©2017 'The 1997-2017
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.
©2017 'The 1997-2017
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:
Irene Craigmile in the "early 1940s."
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.
Under The Rug...
Where they missed making blips on the 'recognized historical truths'
radar, most people do not realize that since the 1970s four nationally published books, the most recent one in 2016, reinforced
how Joseph A. Gervais was correct when in 1970 he asserted he had solved Amelia Earhart's old 'missing person' case. People
failed to regard it because his 'solving' of it by way of finding Amelia's living, albeit renamed body
recognized and accepted due to a lack of forensic evidence support.
Tod Swindell realized this after he met Joseph A. Gervais, and it led him to
dedicate years of his own effort to determine if the 1970 claim Gervais made and always stood by was correct. In time his
contribution came in the form of adding both logistical and visual forensic evidence support to the truth Joe
Gervais tried to make public decades before without it.
The two most recent published books cited Tod Swindell's forensic research and comparison
analysis as the first to support the never disproved assertion Joseph A. Gervais made in 1970, that stated Amelia Earhart
continued to live-on after she was declared 'missing' in 1937. One additionally credited the Swindell study for reinforcing
the other part of the Gervais' assertion as well, where he averred that following the conflagration of World War Two, Amelia
Earhart quietly reemerged in the United States known as 'Irene Craigmile' under a Federal Witness Protection Program.
As it turned out, the Swindell study learned and revealed how the former Amelia
Earhart's 'protection program' worked. Briefly, where there had been a real 'Irene Craigmile' who Amelia was acquainted with
in the 1930s, Amelia ended up replacing her. It was a bit complicated though because the original Irene Craigmile had a son
in 1934 who ended up being raised by a surrogate mother figure. This person was quite younger than both the original Irene
Craigmile and Amelia Earhart. No one knows where she came from either, but in the end there were a total of three different
women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity, and after World War Two one of them was the former Amelia Earhart.
Thanks to the Swindell Study, the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing is now that simple to comprehend
if one allows it to be. (Some notable stalwarts still advise people not to believe, but they're wrong. It's now known
to be true and it's only a matter of time before the public latches on to it.)
Further detailed, again below are the three Irene Craigmiles the Swindell Study
was first to discover and reveal:
Amelia's old 'pal,' the original Irene Craigmile in
the early 1930s.
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.
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
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.
Note the 'Earheart' misspelling above.
Coming in the fall of 2019, the long awaited documentary...
The Hidden Legacy Of Legendary Pilot, Amelia Earhart
A film by Tod Swindell
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...
long term documentary production, "Protecting
Earhart: The Hidden Legacy Of Legendary Pilot, Amelia Earhart" written, produced, and directed by Tod Swindell
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.
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.
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.
Just who was Irene Craigmile?
For starters, in the 1930s she was a budding pilot who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart:
Above is part of an August 1, 1967 letter written by one Elmo Pickerill,
the secretary of a club known as 'The Early Birds of Aviation' that Irene Craigmile and Viola Gentry belonged to then. Mr.
Pickerill confirms here for Joseph A. Gervais, how Irene Craigmile, who he knew, had been a "pal" of Amelia Earhart
and Viola Gentry in the 1930s.
In 1997, intent on comparing Irene Craigmile's physical likeness
and character traits to Amelia Earhart's, Tod Swindell's forensic research analysis, 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 in the 1960s and 1970s, (she travelled
incessantly the last decades of her life) the Associated Press first reported on the progress of the Swindell study in 2002.
In 2004, with permission granted from Tod Swindell, USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.) published elements from the Swindell
study in his book, Amelia Earhart Survived. Few people paid much attention to them. Two years after that, in 2006,
Tod Swindell displayed a few samples from his study on national television for the first time amid attempts
being made to discredit the nature of what he was doing. Once again few people noticed the reality of what they displayed
through the discrediting smoke screens that popped up.
Finally, two decades after it commenced, in 2017 Tod Swindell completed and copyrighted his analysis
along with the conclusion he drew from it. The results were astounding to say the least, not to leave out incontestable as
well where it delivered the long-unrealized 'forensic truth' pertaining to what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937.
At this point, people who refuse to believe and accept this truth are not dealing with reality when it comes to the intermingled
life stories of Amelia Earhart and her 1930s friend, Irene Craigmile.
Amelia Earhart, age 17
TRUTH Poem By Tod Swindell
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 now know this is not a false truth, nor some diabolically invented scheme.
Oh we can still turn a blind eye and keep looking for her plane, except anymore
this too, would be simply inane.
To keep donating
money to false Earhart searches, we're showing how dumb we can be! For the truth now plainly stares back at us all; Amelia
did not sink in the sea!
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
once again it's hard to see her as Amelia here, yet 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 Schirra how he knew the women he met used to be Amelia Earhart(?) Schirra replied that "people he considered
reliable" 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.
Above, Irene Craigmile Bolam, FKA 'Amelia Earhart'
in Jamaica in 1976.
This is Irene (nee O'Crowley) Craigmile, "in
the early 1940s," according to her 1934 born son. The Swindell study concluded she was not the original Irene Craigmile,
rather, she was the 2nd Irene Craigmile. To date her true identity remains unknown. Whomever this most
attractive and younger looking Irene Craigmile was, she did serve as a surrogate mother figure for the original
Irene Craigmile's son. [Note: In 1984 an elderly O'Crowley
family friend, Lucy McDannel referred to an "Irene Jr. born around 1924" who was part of the O'Crowley family.
Lucy recalled her to have been "16 or 17" in 1940. Ms. McDannel also confirmed Amelia Earhart had been
a good friend of Irene Craigmile's aunt, who was a prominent attorney and a Zonta figurehead. (Amelia had belonged to the
any case, according to O'Crowley family records, the "Irene Jr." Lucy referred to appeared to have slipped through
a crack in their family tree. TS*]
There is a brief bio on the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile highlighted in blue further down.
According to official
history, this is the same Irene Craigmile as the one on the left and the one in the 1930 photo up above. She is shown here
in the 1965 35MM color photograph taken by Joseph A. Gervais. Except it is now known official history is incorrect,
for the 1930 Irene, the early 1940s Irene on the left, and this Irene were not the same human beings. This is the 3rd
Irene Craigmile and she appeared nowhere identified that way prior to the end of World War Two. Why? Take a look:
From the Swindell 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 no coincidence. Rather, it represents the long-hidden reality of what became
of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937.
Earhart 'Aficionado Extraordinaire'
*Amelia Earhart historian, Lou Foudray not
only believed Amelia quietly returned to the U.S. after she went missing in 1937, but having already heard 'unwed mother'
rumors linked to Amelia's pre-fame years, she seriously considered my postulation that Amelia possibly gave birth to a 'family
secret' child in 1924 (a little girl) four years before she became famous, then deftly managed to conceal its upbringing.
(Such a thing wasn't so uncommon then where unwed parental 'reputation saving measures' were sometimes exercised. Recall
Loretta Young and Clark Gable had baby girl in the 1930s no one knew about until the 1960s, and Charles Lindbergh had three
children in Germany no one knew about until 2004.) My study concurred with other research that marked 1924 as a major
transition year for Amelia, her mother, and her sister. That year Amelia suddenly stopped flying and all three relocated
from California to the east coast--Amelia and her mother separately by way of a long automobile journey. Where Amelia's parents'
divorce became the common given reason for this abrupt change, the move did seem a bit unexpected. As one of Amelia's extended
family members put it, "...it was as if the Earhart's fell off the face of the earth then." I refer to 1924 as
Amelia's 'lost' year. TS
"Nothing is as invisible as the obvious." Richard
is my take on the so-called, "mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance" and how accredited U.S. historians
and Amelia's family evolved to regard it.
all hopeful Amelia Earhart mystery-solvers out there, the time has come to seriously address the uncovering of a Witness Protection
Program that was arranged for Amelia Earhart during the World War Two era. This needs to be done so the public can be
endorsed to embrace the now obvious reality of it. It is time to cease other mystery solving charades, especially those where
people are asked to donate money to finance false plane hunt expeditions by groups such as Tighar, or to its cohort
group, Chasing Earhart that persuades people to consider some rather unrealistic ideas when it comes to what happened
to Amelia Earhart. This includes the ridiculous notion that suggested Amelia's bones were found on a deserted island almost
eight decades ago; bones that were originally identified as a male Chamorro's and were discarded soon after they were examined.
In contrast to their varying suggestions and the brow-beating fulminations of others, the did Amelia
became Irene(?) controversy that I came to know so well in the past twenty years remained in an unresolved state for almost
half-a-century before my different angle forensic research and visual comparisons revealed what they did.
The realistic conveyance
of what is now such an easy to recognize truth about Amelia Earhart, that shows there was more than one Twentieth Century
woman attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity and how in her later life years, Amelia Earhart became one of them,
needs to be authoritatively acknowledged at this point by the Smithsonian Institution, prominent historical researchers, global
academia, and Amelia Earhart's family, lest what has evolved by now to further exist as a kind of historical joke
being played on the American public when it comes to the topic of Amelia Earhart's true fate, be permitted to continue by
same. 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
Dr. David J. Skorton; Executive Secretary & overseer of the Smithsonian
Blanche Wiesen Cook; biographer-American history professor
Doris Kearns Goodwin; American historian-biographer
Amy Kleppner; philosopher, writer, teacher, adventurer, niece of
A Head-to-Toe Example
Below, Amelia Earhart with pilot friends, Elinor Smith (middle) and Viola Gentry
(right) in 1932, right after Amelia returned to the U.S. following her solo Atlantic crossing. Viola knew both Amelia and
the original Irene Craigmile in the 1930s, and Viola knew Amelia after the war when she was known as 'Irene.'
The following comparison features the post mid-1940s Mrs. Irene Craigmile
Bolam on a bridge in Paris in 1965 as compared to her former Amelia self in 1932 in a head to toe match. She had put some
weight on to her former Amelia frame, but people often do that as they get older.
Below, a 1965 photo of Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam, the
post mid-1940s Irene Craigmile Bolam's British husband who she wed in 1958. The photo was taken in East Hampton of Long
Island, New York.
"She was intelligent, articulate, and had a
commanding presence. She knew a lot of important people including many high-ranking
military officers, astronauts and flyers." "She was the epitome of a classy
lady." 1997 quotes from an article about Irene by her survived sister-in-law who believed the subject
of her concern had been previously known as, "Amelia Earhart."
Astronaut Wally Schirra
the late 1970s, one of the original seven NASA astronauts, Wally Schirra, disclosed to Rockville, Illinois TV reporter, Merrill
Dean Magley that he had "met" the woman who used to be known as Amelia Earhart at Cape Canveral in the 1960s.
Several years later, when Magley encountered Schirra again he requested a filmed interview. Schirra agreed to be interviewed
on film by Magley and during the interview, Magley asked the former astronaut how he knew the woman he met in the 1960s used
to be Amelia Earhart(?) to which Schirra replied, "reliable people" he knew had confided to him who she used to
be. The woman in question was one 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.' As it turned out, and as you will see here, there
was more than one Twentieth Century woman attributed to this very-same 'Irene' identity.
Previewing The Monsignor Kelley-Amelia Earhart Connection
Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996)
"Amelia Earhart was Irene Bolam?" Father Kelley: "That's right, yes." USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck
(Ret.) asks former Seton Hall College president, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, who replies about his late close friend,
Mrs. Irene Bolam. [Excerpted from a 1991 tape recorded conversation between the two.]
A decade earlier, after Mrs. Bolam's passing took place
in 1982, Monsignor Kelley had responded to questions from the press about the ongoing suspicion of her 'past dual identity'
in the following manner:
Monsignor James Francis Kelley introduces LPGA
golfer, Janey Blalock to Pope Paul VI
Monsignor Kelley with then New Jersey Governor
Brendan Byrne and his wife, Jean; Commissioner of Baseball Bowie Kuhn and his wife, Luisa; and the LPGA's, Sandra Palmer
Monsignor Kelley with First Lady Betty Ford and
The former Amelia Earhart's
later-life close friend, Monsignor James Francis Kelley of Rumson, New Jersey. Monsignor Kelley came from a wealthy background
and owned properties in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Jamaica. As 'Irene' the former Amelia Earhart was known to visit him at
both places, especially the Monsignor's beautiful home in St. Croix, U.S.V.I.
Kelley was the President of Seton Hall College from 1936 to 1949 and was largely credited for its 1950 conversion into a major
university. In 1979, for the first time on record, Monsignor Kelley described to his good friend, Donald Dekoster, an auto
industry executive, that he had helped with Amelia's quiet return to the U.S. after VJ Day and he had been "instrumental"
with her name change to 'Irene.' He added that he had served as her "psychiatric priest" as well. [Monsignor Kelley
held doctoral degrees Psychology and Philosophy.] The former Amelia Earhart was initially known as 'Irene Craigmile' after
the war until she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958, who oversaw the operation of Radio Luxembourg. Guy died in 1970, at
which time the former Amelia Earhart took over Guy's former position with Radio Luxembourg.
Above: In 1987,
the aforementioned, Diana Dawes, a former Princeton, New Jersey radio show host who was one of Irene 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 mentioned how on a high shelf in Irene Bolam's closet she noticed a
uniform collection of "large leather bound ledger-books with the letters 'AE' embossed on their spines." Notice
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.
Another excerpt from a 1987 newspaper article
that quoted Diana Dawes. No one seemed to pay much attention to the fact that almost twenty years after Joseph A. Gervais
first shared his belief that Mrs. Bolam was the former Amelia Earhart on a national news level, the controversy over who she
really was still existed because his assertion about her past identity had never been disproved. Instead, by then United States
'official historians' had learned to embrace the practice of adroitly avoiding the controversy.
"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant
Zapruder and Gervais: Film Gamma Doesn't Lie
Former clothing manufacturer, Abraham Zapruder
Former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais
Two years after Abraham Zapruder filmed the assassination
of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas; a confounded Joseph A. Gervais, while visiting the Hamptons of Long
Island, New York where he was to deliver a lecture about his research on Amelia Earhart's disappearance, in an 'impromptu'
way boldly pointed his camera to take another history making photograph. Here's how it happened:
Directly below is an enlarged
image of Mrs. Irene Bolam, FKA 'Amelia Earhart' as she appeared in the photograph Joseph A. Gervais took of her in 1965. Originally,
and for years afterward the vast majority of people who observed her image here felt she did not resemble what an older, 'survived'
Amelia Earhart would have looked like. No matter, for along with Mrs. Bolam's previous self-admitted 'past association' with Amelia
Earhart that left the more intuitive scratching their heads about her for decades, the new-millennium, comprehensive
forensic analysis that did not commence until over thirty-years after the picture was taken, became its undoing. The article
underneath the photograph details how it came to exist, and why any further it is so historically important.
|Photo credit: Joseph A. Gervais, August 8, 1965
About The Origin Of The Above
Protecting Earhart Chronicles by Tod Swindell
1965, a former U.S. Air Force Captain who had flown missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam met the woman in the above
photograph, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, at a gathering of respected pilots from the early days of aviation. The former air
force captain's name was Joseph A. Gervais. He was an excellent pilot who logged close to 20,000 hours of flying time during
his military career. He was a family man as well, known for his solid reputation and good character.
Joseph A. Gervais took the above 35MM photograph of Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam when he met
her on August 8, 1965. He had been researching the facts of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance for the previous five years
when he was invited to the retired aviators' annual luncheon in New York by one of Amelia Earhart's 1930s flying friends,
Viola Gentry had heard about his Amelia
Earhart research quest and asked Joseph A. Gervais to come and lecture to her club, "The Early Birds of Aviation"
about his findings. The 'Early Birds' even paid the air-fare and lodging expenses for Joseph A. Gervais and his wife and children
to make the trip from their home in Nevada. Viola Gentry was not expecting her friend, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam to attend
the luncheon that day, but she did, accompanied by her British husband, Guy Bolam. After Viola Gentry introduced Joseph A.
Gervais to Guy Bolam and Irene Craigmile Bolam at Joseph A. Gervais' request, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam acknowledged to him
that she used to "know" Amelia Earhart and that she had "often flown with her" in the 1930s.
Joseph A. Gervais found Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam curious. He found it odd he never heard
of her before since he new of most all noted pilots from the past, and he also felt she looked hauntingly similar to the way
Amelia Earhart might have looked as an older person. As well, he noticed two small items she wore at the bottom of the 'V'
on her blouse that looked to be military decorations to him; an Oak Leaf cluster signifying the rank of a Air Force Major
affixed next to a square-enameled DFC indicator pin. ['DFC' for 'Distinguished Flying Cross.'] Joseph A. Gervais knew Amelia
Earhart had been decorated with both awards before, and where he had retired from the Air Force as a Major himself, the 'piddle
oak leaf cluster' was most recognizable to him. He also noticed a certain air of importance Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam commanded
among the other club members in attendance.
So taken by Mrs. Irene
Craigmile Bolam toward the end of their conversation, Joseph A. Gervais asked if she would be willing to meet with him again
so she could recall her experiences with Amelia Earhart to him. The somewhat reluctant Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam agreed,
then hand-wrote her phone number on a business card with the name of "Irene Craigmile" printed on it, the name she
was known by before she married Englishman, Guy Bolam in 1958.
his camera at the event, before they parted ways, Joseph A. Gervais asked the Bolams if he could take
their photograph (full frame shown in black-and-white below) causing Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam to turn toward her husband
to see how he felt about the impromptu request. Joseph A. Gervais took the picture just after she turned back to politely
decline, and in the photo one can observe Guy Bolam as he finished responding to her that he, "didn't think it was a
good idea" the moment Joseph A. Gervais clicked his shutter, after which Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam politely said to
him, "I wish you hadn't done that."
Following the luncheon,
during which Joseph A. Gervais' wife, Thelma was seated next to Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, Joseph A. Gervais lectured about
his 'Amelia Earhart disappearance research' to the Early Birds crowd of about 150 people, except for that part of the event,
Mr. and Mrs. Bolam elected not to stay.
Above: The August 8, 1965 photo of Guy Bolam and Mrs. Irene
Craigmile Bolam taken by Joseph A. Gervais as it appeared in the 1970 controversial book, Amelia Earhart
1930s pilot friend, Viola Gentry with Guy Bolam on August 9, 1965, the day after Joseph A. Gervais met and took his photo
of Guy Bolam and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam. This photo was taken by Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.' [Photo
courtesy of Diana Dawes.]
Above left to right: Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, and Viola
Gentry from the New York City Mid-Week Pictorial in 1932. The photo was taken upon Amelia's return to the U.S. after
her successful Atlantic Ocean solo-flight crossing, a fete that left her the first woman to achieve what Charles Lindbergh
became the first person to do in 1927. Elinor Smith and Viola Gentry were two of Amelia's good pilot friends and fellow charter
perplexed about her after he returned to his home in Nevada, Joseph A. Gervais began looking into Mrs. Bolam's past. He
also scheduled a few times to meet with her again, and she agreed to, but each time she failed to show at the designated
time and place. Inevitably, Joseph A. Gervais never personally encountered Mrs. Bolam again after that 1965 day.
Five years after they met, Joe felt he had discerned enough lacking and otherwise contradictory
information about Mrs. Bolam to assert that his hunch was correct, where she could only be the 'somehow survived' Amelia
Earhart sporting a new identity.
Many people called Joseph
A. Gervais 'crazy' after a 1970 book publicized his belief, and Mrs. Bolam herself sued him, albeit unsuccessfully on a
personal level, with the final resolve being ten dollars of consideration exchanged by both parties. It is true that the
book's publisher, McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay Mrs. Bolam a high five figure sum, but it had nothing to do with its book
implicating her as the former Amelia Earhart. Instead, Mrs. Bolam's attorney cited the book, that was published without
Mrs. Bolam's participation or authorization, unjustifiably suggested his client was a "bigamist" and "a traitor
to her country."
After the five-year
lawsuit ended, that had included the odd stipulation, "no questions about Mrs. Bolam's existence from prior to 1937
were to be asked," as the years continued to pass the controversy over who Mrs. Bolam really was or used to be refused
to go away, and Joe's assertion that she was formerly known as 'Amelia Earhart' proved impossible to over-challenge as well.
Follow up investigators tried, but they couldn't do it. So much left Joseph A. Gervais spending the rest of his life until
he died in 2005, maintaining that he was correct about the woman he met and photographed in 1965 having been previously known
as Amelia Earhart, adding at the same time it was clearly something the general public was 'never supposed to know.'
A year after Joe's passing,
when the early forensic study results became known in Earhart research circles, the National Geographic Channel surfaced to
downplay the controversy over who Mrs. Bolam really was without offering a hard conclusion.
Ultimately, Protecting Earhart's study revealed how this same 'Mrs.
Irene Bolam' that Joseph A. Gervais photographed in 1965, seventeen years before she died in 1982, did forensically match
Amelia Earhart, and that she was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, leaving the additional deductive reasoning
to enable a basic forensic conclusion.
Above: Amelia's old friend, Irene Craigmile as
she looked in the "early 1940s" according to the estimate offered by Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, who instantly
recognized her as his mother. In a forensic sense it is uncertain where she originated from or who she truly was. Researcher,
Tod Swindell, was first to publicly suggest, and still does consider it is at least 'possible' she was Amelia Earhart's own
illegitimate daughter born to her after a 1924 concealed pregnancy, with Amelia's L.A. plane mechanic friend, Lloyd Royer,
possibly having existed as her non-recognized father. It is certain she was not the original Irene Craigmile, nor was she
the Irene Craigmile who was AKA the former Amelia Earhart after World War Two. She WAS someone though, who, evidently,
was primarily reared by the original Irene Craigmile's prominent O'Crowley family of Newark, New Jersey. (A past friend
of the O'Crowley's recalled a teenage girl who lived with the O'Crowleys in the 1930s, estimating her age to have been "about
16 or 17 in 1940.") Tod Swindell considers the above photograph may have actually been a college-years photo portrait
taken in the early to mid-1940s. As he once commented about the above photo, "...it just doesn't come close to looking
like any of the 1930s' photos of Irene Craigmile, who was supposed to have been the same person. The quality is superior and
she looks to be about a generation younger. Not to leave out, this particular photograph came the former Amelia Earhart's
personal photos collection."
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 adroitly 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.
about the legacy of Joseph A. Gervais...
Due to influential news reporting lobbyists, ever since the 1970s the 'Earhart
investigation achievements' of Joseph A. Gervais have been purposefully ignored and/or outright obfuscated. This has been
a two-fold doing. Over the years Amelia Earhart cottage industries such as Tighar, Nauticos, and Chasing
Earhart have been pushing different Earhart mystery solving schemes on the public by way of promoting them through
media outlets. These groups and a few others figured out ways to capitalize on the Earhart mystery in money-making ways. They
did so knowing their efforts would be conveniently aided by official historians aligned with the preference of the United
States government whose directive to remain silent about Amelia Earhart's disappearance has existed ever since the
event of it occurred.
It also needs to be understood where others attempted to darken what he accomplished, the withheld truth
Joseph A. Gervais discovered about Amelia Earhart was not the result of a vast conspiracy. It was a unique, private reality
created and maintained by the U.S. justice department at its highest level and it is clear today, very few people were 'in
Where learning the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937 became an important quest
for so many over the years, here is what you never knew about Joseph A. Gervais, the individual who all-but single handedly
instigated the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance to reach the fever pitch that it did in the 1960s, that to this
day has yet to subside.
How The Gervais 'Earhart Trail' Began...
Way back in 1959, while on active duty as an Air Force Captain,
Joseph A. Gervais started a small movement he dubbed "Operation Earhart" with his partner and fellow Air Force
Captain, Bob Dinger. Both men were decorated pilots then serving in the Pacific region where Amelia Earhart went missing
While piloting C-130s on ferrying assignments to different islands,
Captain Gervais kept hearing strange accounts of Amelia's post-loss survival there after she was reported 'missing.' So much
inspired him to start his 'Operation Earhart' movement.
In short order, after interviewing many individuals and getting 'too close
to the fire of truth' (as Admiral Chester Nimitz put it) pertaining to what actually happened to Amelia Earhart and
her navigator, Fred Noonan; Captains Gervais and Dinger were summoned to appear before a panel of senior Air Force officers
at the U.S. Fuchu Air Base in Japan on July 5, 1960. Seventy-two sworn affidavits from local eyewitnesses were confiscated
from them on that day, all of them attesting that Amelia
Earhart and Fred Noonan did not become 'lost at sea' when they failed to complete their world flight journey. Rather,
the eyewitnesses commonly recalled how the two actually made it to Japan's Pacific Mandate Islands where they were rescued
by Japan's Imperial Navy. Most all indicated the information of their rescue was not made public by Japan at the time due
to rising pre-war tensions, and how oppression and censorship kept the Mandate's fear-driven populations from openly discussing
it. But that was twenty years earlier. To Gervais and Dinger they now felt free to talk about it.
When it came to what happened
to the flying duo after they were rescued, a good portion of the interviewees further mentioned they 'heard' the two were
executed by Japan. The senior officers' final report on the matter, though, was sure to point out that none of the
interviewees had actually witnessed the duo's purported executions.
Undaunted, thanks to many follow-up years
of investigative realities achieved by Joseph A. Gervais, it grew to be certain that after Earhart and Noonan were rescued
their rumored executions never happened.
Today, while what became of Fred Noonan remains somewhat unclear,
it is possible he ended up living a full life working for U.S. Naval intelligence. On the other hand, thanks to Joseph A.
Gervais' 1965 discovery and the new forensic evidence that supports it, in the case of Amelia Earhart anymore it is 100% certain
that she managed to live on after she was reported missing, and she eventually assumed the identity of a person she once
knew in the 1930s, that of a fledgling pilot whose name was, 'Irene Craigmile.'
People who refuse to believe or accept this
reality, that has now been completely solidified by the Twenty First Century investigative forensic research and comparison
study, AKA the 1997-2017 conducted Swindell Study, have not looked into the matter deep enough to know any better.
The Protecting Earhart Story
Stemming from a 1996 WGAw
registered screenplay called "The Lost Electra" by filmmaker, Tod Swindell, the name change to 'Protecting Earhart'
became official in 2004 with the WGAw registration of his 286 page MSS, Protecting Earhart: The Beautiful Alter Ego and
Silent Legacy of History's Most Famous Flying Heroine. This work was revised and fully copyrighted in 2014. Tod's 1997-2017
conducted 'Irene Craigmile to Amelia Earhart' forensic comparison analysis was added to the Protecting Earhart MSS
in 2017, and the two IPs were fully copyrighted together as one intellectual property that same year. During his Irene-Amelia
journey, Tod shot much film footage and is now poised for the release of his 'Protecting Earhart' documentary in
the fall of 2019.
'Protecting Earhart' is not simply a euphemism for a Federal Witness Protection program. It is most dedicated to
protecting the heroic legacy of Amelia Earhart as it raises public awareness about her full, life-long existence
to a level never before achieved.
How The Swindell Study Figured It Out...
To Tod Swindell, initially
in 2006 and then for re-verification purposes in 2014, according to the 1934 born son of the fledgling pilot who Amelia Earhart
knew in the 1930s by the name of Irene Craigmile, he identified the woman below to have been his 'late mother' in both younger
("early 1940s") and older ("1970s") forms. According to record, his mother died in 1982. At the time his
mother's death was recorded she was known as 'Irene Bolam,' for also according to record, in 1958 his mother remarried an
Englishman by the name of 'Guy Bolam.'
The Swindell study superimposed the younger and older images
of Irene Craigmile that her son identified to determine if they indeed were one in the same person. The results showed the
two photos did represent the same person in younger and older forms.
Craigmile in the "early 1940s"
Craigmile Bolam in the "1970s"
two photos superimposed
on October 29, 1982, a lavish memorial dinner was held to honor the life of Irene Craigmile Bolam whose death of cancer was
recorded earlier that year on July 7. Her son provided the picture used on the memorial dinner program cover. The dinner was
sponsored by the New Jersey News Tribune newspaper. The publisher of that paper then, John Burk, and been a good friend of
Irene Craigmile Bolam's. The following is a photo-copy of the program cover.
Below, seventeen years earlier, in the summer of
1965, Joseph A. Gervais took this photograph of Irene Craigmile Bolam and her English husband, Guy Bolam. Underneath it is
a full color enlargement from the original negative.
Craigmile Bolam in 1965
If you have not noticed it already, a key discovery from the Swindell study,
observable here below, was how it evidenced more than one woman attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity. The
one below on the right was the Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, shown in younger
and older forms. The study showed she was identified nowhere as Irene prior to the end of World War Two. The 1946 dated picture
of her is the earliest known post-war photograph of the former Amelia Earhart.
Above, Irene Craigmile in the early 1940s.
Above, Irene Craigmile Bolam in the 1970s.
Above, Irene Craigmile in 1946.
Above, Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965.
The 35MM color photograph Joe Gervais took of Irene Craigmile Bolam on August
8, 1965 is the only photograph he would ever take of her. Yet today, it is justifiably likened to the Zapruder film of the
Kennedy assassination taken in Dallas two years earlier, simply because, thanks to the undeniable results delivered by the
Swindell study beginning with the sample below, it revealed the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after she
went missing in 1937:
Above left, Amelia Earhart. Above right, Amelia Earhart and the 1965
Joseph A. Gervais photo of Irene Craigmile Bolam superimposed with each other. Below, repeated from earlier, the 1946 Irene
Craigmile morphs into her former self, Amelia Earhart.
the above displayed congruences the Swindell study revealed, as mentioned was its discovery of how the Irene Craigmile Bolam
identified by her 1934 born son was an entirely different person than the Irene Craigmile Bolam Joseph A. Gervais met and
photographed in 1965, even though according to history they were supposed to be one in the same human being. This was a major
A. Gervais came to meet Irene Craigmile Bolam and her husband, Guy in the first place is also an interesting story:
One of Amelia Earhart's better pilot friends from the
1930s, Viola Gentry, invited Gervais and his wife, Thelma and their two sons, all expenses paid, to fly from their home
in Las Vegas, Nevada to Long Island, New York if he would agree to lecture to a group of senior pilots from the golden age
of aviation. Viola was part of a club called 'The Early Birds of Aviation' and she mentioned to Joseph Gervais
that they were all very interested in hearing about his ongoing investigation of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance.
Joseph Gervais agreed and he and his family flew to New York early that August, courtesy of The Early Birds of Aviation.
Close to three hundred people attended the group's annual luncheon on that August 8 day, and one of them, who Viola Gentry
introduced to Joseph A. Gervais, was Irene Craigmile Bolam in attendance with her English husband, Guy Bolam.
Joseph A. Gervais was shaken by the haunting recognition he felt when he observed Mrs.
Irene Craigmile Bolam the day he met her. She also told him she used to know Amelia Earhart fairly well and
had often flown with her. Before they parted ways, he asked her if he could call on her sometime to discuss Amelia
Earhart with him. She agreed to allow it, and handed him an old business card with her pre-wed name of 'Irene Craigmile'
printed on it. His follow up attempts to try and meet with her never materialized though, because Mrs. Bolam kept cancelling
at the last minute, or simply failed to show up at their scheduled meeting place and time.
Joseph Gervais did learn there was an Irene Craigmile who was a pilot for a brief time in the 1930s, but
he became perplexed by his inablity to find a clear photo of her image showing her prior to the end of World War Two.
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.'
A QUICK REVIEW:
In 1965, Joseph A. Gervais
met Irene Craigmile Bolam at a gathering of noteworthy elder pilots in New York and he felt he recognized her as the former
2017, filmmakerTod Swindell concluded his comparative study of Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile and is currently in post-production
finishing his documentary about it. The study discovered and revealed that the Irene Craigmile Bolam featured in the above photos was not only congruent
to Amelia Earhart, but she appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. In
other words, she was not the original Irene Craigmile. (You can read about the original Irene Craigmile further
can now research this and learn it for his or herself along with other revelations the study ascertained about Irene
Craigmile, who added the surname of 'Bolam' in
1958 when she married Guy Bolam of England, a successful executive with Radio Luxembourg in Europe.
Back to Joseph A. Gervais:
After meeting her in 1965 and thoroughly looking into her past, by 1970, Joseph A. Gervais, who studied the 1937 disappearance
of Amelia Earhart as much as anyone in the Twentieth Century, determined without the aid of a comparison study that
the Irene Craigmile above could only have been the former Amelia Earhart living with a different name applied to
her person. This was three decades before Tod Swindell's, 'Irene-Amelia comparison study' and his more, 'comprehensive
investigative research' of Irene Craigmile's past commenced.
Knowledge of the Swindell study results caused a variety of Amelia Earhart
enthusiasts and several U.S. aviation historians who recalled Joseph A. Gervais and the controversial headlines his findings
led Irene Craigmile to make in the 1970s, to reconsider their former
determinations about who she really was.
Some newer Earhart researchers, such as Beyond
The Grave series author, W.C. Jameson, who in his 2016 book agreed with the conclusion the Swindell Study drew but for
some reason tried to discredit the study, as well as Chasing Earhart's Chris Williamson, who burst onto the Earhart
mystery scene from out of nowhere in 2017. Upstarts such as these seek their own avenues to receiving some kind of 'final
answer' credit simply by reviewing portions of the massive twenty year Swindell Study results touting the previous work of
Joseph A. Gervais. Of note, said information has existed on this website for a dozen years making it easy for anyone to download
and place their own spins on it.
Tod Swindell's extensive Irene-Amelia.com website
has received millions of hits worldwide since 2007, so it is of no surprise Mr. Jameson steered clear of mentioning it in
his book, thus making his self-serving exploitation of it so noticeable. Same with Chris Williamson, who basically built his
platform by downloading the free voluminous contents of Irene-Amelia.com.
Always favor the genuine
over the fake, for genuine is truth.
Earhart 'Aficionado Extraordinaire'
Throughout this website you have occasionally
seen my comments interspersed where I felt further insight or explaining might be needed. As you combed through the information
presented here, somehow you hung in there. Since I first launched Irene-Amelia.com in 2007, it has grown to include twenty-seven
original links featuring a thousand pages of Amelia Earhart related research material. I'm responsible for all of it. While
only a third of the page links are listed on this 'Home Page' anymore, perhaps they will inspire you to look for the others.
Of course, I am also excited to announce the near completion of my two-decades long documentary film project scheduled to
be released this fall.
By the way, about the differing, 'maybe Amelia's plane has been found' rumors that
seem to pop up every year in news releases: Insurmountable odds dictate Amelia Earhart's plane will never be seen again. In
defying these odds, if her plane ever is located or produced, it is certain the place it happens will not be anywhere
near to where Amelia came down with it. This is because we now know the truth, that Amelia lived-on and therefore recalled
the last place she saw her plane, and it wasn't underwater.
Protecting Earhart does not advocate plane hunting. It deals with truths only;
some new ones, some forgotten ones. For example, consider a 1962 comment made by newly retired U.S.
Navy Commander, John Pillsbury. In describing the fairly common Navy brass viewpoint back then about Amelia Earhart's
disappearance to CBS radio's Fred Goerner, who was investigating it at the time, Pillsbury encouraged him not to give up.
He also added Admiral Chester Nimitz' opinion about Goerner's hunt to learn the true circumstances of Earhart's loss as well:
"You're on to something that will stagger your imagination."
Think about that; two high-ranking U.S.
Navy figureheads intimating how the true circumstances of Amelia's 1937 disappearance amounted to some kind of 'imagination
staggering' reality the public never knew. No surprise, when Fred Goerner's controversial book about Amelia's disappearance
was published in 1966, it sat atop the New York Times best-seller list for twelve straight weeks. Sadly, few seem to remember
Wait a second,
I read Fred Goerner's 1966 book cover to cover and remember it very well. Especially the part that refers to USAF captains,
Joseph A. Gervais and Bob Dinger and their July of 1960 experience after being
summoned to the U.S. air base in Fuchu, Japan by a panel of senior Air Force officers. The following appears in the
Goerner book about that: "The Air Force refused to divulge the complete story told by Captain Gervais..." and "Nevertheless
most of the interview with the two captains was kept secret and the Air Force clamped a security classification on the claims
of Gervais and Dinger."
Hey, you may want to tighten your chinstraps if you want to keep
flying with Amelia and me in our plane dubbed, 'The Paradigm Shift' that re-navigates the so-called "mystery"
of her disappearance. For as already shown, our journey includes what truly became of her after 1937. To be sure,
it is blatantly clear the universal charge of Amelia herself is finally ready for this flight that is intent on delivering
to all of you... the truth.
Very Truly Yours,
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.
On Preventing the Discovery of
"The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively
by preconcieved opinion and prejudice." Arthur
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About Tod Swindell
Born in Yonkers, New York in 1958,
Tod Swindell was raised in Southern California and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A Cinema Arts graduate of the University of
Arizona, his interest in Amelia Earhart's disappearance escalated in the early 1990s when he was researching stories for the
CBS television series, 'Miracles and Other Wonders' hosted by Darren McGavin. The show's premise was later spun into, 'Encounters
of the Unexplained' hosted by Jerry Orbach, that featured some of Tod's original research in an episode devoted to Amelia
Earhart's 1937 disappearance. A veteran of the motion picture industry, beyond specializing in the research and development
of film properties, Tod also works as a free-lance journalist with published articles on the subjects of sports and pop-culture.
His major film production work began with Universal's Desperado westerns for NBC, Executive Produced by Walter and Andrew
Mirisch. For several years he made MOW's around the country for Desperado Films, Inc., eventually serving as its corporate
President while also heading its story rights acquisition division. His producer credits include The Woman in the Moon, The
Legend of the Phantom Rider, Ghost Rock, and Spin. His credits on numerous other productions include Geronimo, Major League,
Six Days and Seven Nights, and Tin Cup. His past television series work includes The Young Riders, Legend, The Game, and The
Magnificent Seven. Tod holds the registered copryrights on his Amelia Earhart intellectual properties that eclusively features
his self-conceived, 'multi-layered' Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis. He also owns the Grizzly Adams trademarked
brand that is partnered with the Vital Ground Foundation. He is the son of Texas Literary Hall of Fame member, Larry Swindell,
and former Equity Theater actress, the late Eleanor Eby. His grandfather, the late Earl Eby was co-head of Lux Video Theater
in the 1950s. Tod is married to his Aether Pictures, LLC production partner, Julie Magnuson Swindell. The two split time between
Los Angeles and the Inland Pacific Northwest.
After the comparison study displayed their haunting post-war congruence,
an incorrect 'doppelgängers' label was applied to the two former pilot friends, Amelia Earhart
& Irene Craigmile. It was shown to be a false lable when the study showed they looked nothing at all alike before
Above, Amelia Earhart in 1937, the year she went missing.
The two left and right photos superimposed. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'
Above, 1965 Joseph A. Gervais photo of Irene Craigmile
Again, 1963, the former Amelia
as 'Irene' in Japan reprinted in a newspaper.
Those who contend she was the original
Irene and not the former Amelia Earhart...
...have not thoroughly studied the fascinating Irene-Amelia story.
Post mid-1940s Irene + Amelia
mid-1940s Irene + Amelia
Post mid-1940s Irene + Amelia
1976 in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia
February 5, 2000: Above, top row left to right: Gene
Tissot, Tom Prewitt, Gerry Elkus; middle row: Carol Prewitt, Pat Wardm Donna Gill, Bill Prymak; bottom row: Gabrielle Bresnik,
Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, Lou Foudray.
2000, USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.) accepting his lifetime achievement award from the Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers
founding President, Bill Prymak. In the AES newsletter this photo appeared in, Mr. 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."
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
[Note: Wikipedia's 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' page submitted and strictly
moderated by one Dr. Alex Mandel is purposefully misleading. Dr. Mandel, a nuclear physicist from the Ukraine and a self-described
"Earhart fanatic" is an Amelia Earhart mystery 'status quo' advocate. His Wikipedia page does not acknowledge the
2003 copyrighted and published discovery the Swindell Study made (affirmed in 2006) of more than one woman having been attributed
to the same Irene Craigmile Bolam identity. It also misleads readers about forensic detective, Kevin Richlin, who was engaged
in 2006 by the National Geographic Channel. Contrary to what Dr. Mandel's page infers, Detective Richlin never volunteered
a forensic conclusion about the Irene-Amelia controversy or comparison study. Where the important discovery of plural
Irene Craigmile Bolams is ignored in Dr. Mandel's Wikipedia contrivance, it otherwise is true that the original Irene Craigmile,
whose identity the former Amelia Earhart was also attributed to in her later life years, was not the same human being that
Amelia Earhart was. It is imperative to understand here, Dr. Mandel's awareness of the overall Irene-Amelia conundrum enabled
his duplicitous deception. Be it known, there always was and there always will be only one truth about what became
of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937, and the 1997-2017 Swindell Study marks the best modern-day representation of
it. Due to its comparison realities and thousands of pages of research that includes declassified and 'leaked' U.S. State
Department materials concerning the withheld reality of Amelia Earhart's world flight outcome, the Swindell Study has
been dubbed, 'The Pentagon Papers of Amelia Earhart.']