From the Protecting
Earhart MSS and the first ever
Earhart to Irene Bolam Forensic Comparison Analysis'
Note: The information presented in Irene-Amelia.com is
featured in the copyrighted forensic analysis and MSS, Protecting Earhart by Tod Swindell. [Protecting Earhart first WGAw registration 2004,
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Amelia Earhart, 1937
Amelia Earhart in 1937
...the curious Mrs. Irene
Bolam, shown here in 1965
Protecting Earhart's Forensic Truth
significance found in Protecting Earhart's 'new millennium' forensic realization dates back to 1970, when the 'Mrs.
Irene Bolam' displayed in the above 1965 photograph was called-out on a national-news level because she was suspected to have
been previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' Sounds crazy, no? Except during the years previous to 1970, Mrs. Bolam
proved herself evasive to a formidable researcher of Amelia's 1937 disappearance, after telling him she had "known"
and often "flown" with Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. It wasn't until Protecting Earhart's forensic study commenced
decades later that her haunting congruence to Amelia became identifiable, along with the unrealized fact that more than one
woman had been attributed to the same 'Irene Bolam' identity. As well, the study revealed how this same 'Irene Bolam' shown
in 1965 not only matched Amelia Earhart both head-to-toe physically and character trait wise, but that she also appeared
from out of nowhere to live in the United States following the World War Two years. She died in 1982.
Continue on to learn more about the highly curious, Mrs. Irene Bolam.
|Photo credit: Joseph A. Gervais
Mrs. Irene Bolam, 1965
launched in 2007. The forensic reality it displays has never been over-challenged and never will be. Historically,
on January 5, 1939, a year
and a half after Amelia Eahart went 'missing' in 1937, she was legally declared 'dead in absentia.' In the new millennium,
Protecting Earhart surfaced forensic evidence supporting the never disproved assertion that Amelia Earhart continued
to survive amid complex circumstances, and she ended up changing her name during the World War Two era in the interest of
Here is another exhibit reproduced from Protecting Earhart's
Irene-Amelia forensic comparison analysis:
|...Amelia as Irene far left, as Amelia far right, superimposed center
new-millennium forensic analysis was the first to comprehensively compare the historically enigmatic, Mrs. Irene Bolam to
Amelia Earhart. The analysis was long overdue, as a variety of reputable individuals who looked into Mrs. Bolam's background
in the latter part of the Twentieth Century, ended up voicing a common opinion stating she used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.'
The study's final results made it plain to see: They had ample reason to feel the way they did.
Amelia Earhart, age 30
Below: The 'former' Amelia
Earhart shown in a 1978 formal photo-portrait sitting. As a result of the World War Two years, Amelia ended up being one of
three Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity.
Irene Bolam, who is the same individual in the 1965 color photograph shown on this page, appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene'
prior to the mid-1940s. Note the wings pinned toward her left shoulder. Even though official history has been
careful not to introduce her in a public way, she was still stately and beautiful, and proud of who she was historically.
Understandably, she coveted her privacy as a non-public person after the war years until her passing in 1982.
|Senator Hiram Bingham with Amelia Earhart when she was 31
Below: Past and future superimposed
The Amelia photo used came from her book, The Fun Of
On the facial congruences displayed above, also observed
in Irene-Amelia.com is how the entire physical body and character traits of Mrs. Bolam and Amelia Earhart forensically aligned.
As well, it is imperative to reiterate that the 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' in the above photographs appeared from out of nowhere in
the mid-1940s to exist as one of three Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same 'Irene' identity. In essence,
her image is not denoted as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, as she was previously known as Amelia Earhart. The enticing origin
of the "1965" labeled color photograph of Mrs. Bolam is documented further down.
On The Evolution of Truth
"All truth passes through three stages. First,
it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur Schopenhauer
2018 marks eleven years of Irene-Amelia.com presenting unheralded Amelia Earhart truths over the internet. It features a broad-based preview of Protecting Earhart's
landmark discoveries that enabled it to fully expound on the obfuscated fate of Amelia Earhart. Assembled to enlighten the
non-biased, Irene-Amelia.Com exists today as the most truthful, historically revealing, and overall important
Amelia Earhart website on the internet.
Protecting Earhart left it clear that Amelia's body was
not eaten by giant crabs on the desert island of Nikumaroro, even though many people were conditioned over the years by a
media sensationalized group known as 'TIGHAR' to consider this idea.
Amelia was not executed by Japan as a suspected
spy either, although some author-theorists have long been trying to convince people that she was.
after missing Howland Island, Amelia did not fly around aimlessly in radio silence until she crashed and sank into the ocean,
although this has always appeared to be the 'officially preferred' viewpoint for the general public to accept.
Here one can learn about the truth, the ONLY truth concerning what became of Amelia Earhart that the U.S.
justice department never wished for the public to identify. Take heart in knowing this was not a conspiracy hidden
reality, rather, it was a truth that ended up being left behind as a result of the World War Two years in a let's move
on kind of way.
Directly below is an enlarged image of Mrs. Irene
Bolam as she looked in 1965. Originally, the general consensus among the vast majority of people was that she did not resemble
what an older, 'survived' Amelia Earhart would have looked like. The new-millennium forensic study raised people's eyebrows
in contrast to that feeling, along with Mrs. Bolam's self-admitted 'past association' with Amelia Earhart that left people
scratching their heads about her for decades. The story underneath the 1965 photograph details how it came to exist.
The Curious Origin Of The Above
By Tod Swindell
In 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 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. Joe Gervais took the above 35MM photograph of Mrs. 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.
Viola had asked Joe to come and lecture to her club, "The Early Birds of Aviation"
about his research findings. The 'Early Birds' even paid the air-fare and lodging expenses for Joe and his wife and children
to make the trip from their home in Nevada. Viola was not expecting her freind, Mrs. Bolam to attend the luncheon that day,
but she did, accompanied by her British husband, Guy Bolam. After Viola introduced Joe to the Bolams at Joe's request, Mrs.
Bolam acknowledged to him that she used to "know" Amelia Earhart and that she had "often flown with her"
in the 1930s.
Joe Gervais found Mrs. Bolam curious.
He also felt she looked hauntingly similar to the way Amelia Earhart might have looked as an older person, and 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.'] Joe 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
Mr. and Mrs. Bolam commanded among the other club members in attendance.
was so taken by Mrs. Bolam toward the end of their conversation, he 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. 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 Guy Bolam in 1958.
Wielding his camera at
the event, before
they parted ways Joe asked the Bolams if he could take their photograph (full frame shown in
black-and-white below) causing Mrs. Bolam to turn toward her husband to see how he felt about the impromptu request. Joe 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 his wife that he, "didn't think it was a good idea" as Joe clicked his shutter, after which Mrs. Bolam quietly
said to him, "I wish you hadn't done that."
the luncheon, during which Joe's wife, Thelma was seated next to Mrs. Bolam, Joe lectured about his 'Amelia Earhart disappearance
research' to the Early Birds crowd of about 150 people, although Mr. and Mrs. Bolam elected not to stay for it.
Above: The August 8, 1965 photo of Guy and Irene Bolam taken
by Joseph A. Gervais as it appeared in the 1970 controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives.
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 and Irene Bolam. This photo was taken by Mrs. Irene 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 encountered Mrs. Bolam again after that 1965 day.
Five years after they met, Joe felt he had discerned enough contradictory information
about Mrs. Bolam to assert that she was most likely 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.
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 its full forensic conclusion.
"To see what
is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."
Below: A larger version repeated
from above, two 1937 photos of Amelia Earhart followed by one of the many 'telling' examples from Tod Swindell's new-millennium,
Protecting Earhart forensic comparison analysis that forensically revealed Amelia's later-life continued survival as
one of three different women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity.
|Amelia under the nose of her Lockheed Electra 10E, 1937
|Different angle and look from the same series, Amelia Earhart, 1937
| Any further there is no doubt...
|...in the veracity of the Amelia/Irene head-to-toe forensic alignment
Amelia and her later-life self, Irene Bolam superimposed with each other from Protecting Earhart's forensic comparison analysis.
The head-to-toe and character trait congruences the analysis displayed outed the same individual human being going by different
names in different eras.
the former Amelia Earhart on Augsut 8, 1965 in front of the Sea Spray Inn of East Hampton, Long Island, New York.
Why the historical truth about Amelia's name change
to Irene has never been officially acknowledged or promoted:
Even though it is forensically true that Amelia Earhart
managed to survive her storied disappearance and she eventually changed her name to 'Irene' during the World War Two era,
her own family and the Smithsonian Institution have never acknowledged it publicly. Instead, since 1970, after the forensic
truth about Amelia Earhart was first discovered and made public by a third party [Joseph A. Gervais] they maintained the practice
of quickly dismissing it out of hand, describing it as "hokum," "baseless," or "unsupported by convincing
evidence." These rebuttals may have sounded sincere, but they simply weren't true. Still, they did manage to sway the
news media--and therefore public opinion as well--away from embracing the reality of it. In the meantime, the U.S. government
always maintained a vigil of 'official silence' toward the controversy over who Mrs. Irene Bolam really was, or used to
be. No matter, official history is currently in the process of giving-in to what has grown to become the obvious
reality of Amelia's continued private existence as 'Irene.' With all that has been learned and revealed about this since
Joseph A. Gervais first surfaced it, one might compare it to the case of Charles Lindbergh's alternate identity discovery. For
it wasn't until 2004, thirty-years after he died that Charles Lindbergh's 1950s-to-1970s secret alias of 'Careu Kent' was
finally verified after facing years of both his survived family and official historians negating it. Beyond the undeniable
forensic comparison results, the additional undoing of the Amelia-became-Irene reality was Protecting Earhart's forensic
discovery of more than one woman having been attributed to the same 'Irene' identity, with the one who Joseph A. Gervais met
and photographed in 1965, appearing nowhere identified that way prior to the mid-1940s. This is because before that time,
to include famously in the 1930s, she was known as Amelia Earhart.
Next: Previewing The Monsignor Kelley-Amelia Earhart Connection
The famous priest, Monsignor
James Francis Kelley (1904-1996) was an important United States catholic church emissary in the Twentieth Century. He knew
many celebrities in his day, including Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, and he was decorated in the 1940s for his "patriotic
service to his country during the war years" by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. and the U.S. Department
of Justice's J. Edgar Hoover. Father Kelley never shared the reason he was given these awards but those who studied Amelia's
private survival story the most estimated the awards had to do with the help and attention he devoted to securing a private-life
future for Amelia after the war.
Above: Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the
former Amelia Earhart, 1977. With Father Kelley's help Amelia became known as 'Irene' after WWII and the two remained great
friends from that point on.
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 (right) in 1976, with her good friend and frequent travelling companion, Gertrude Kelley Hession
in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia. Gertrude was Monsignor Kelley's sister. It's hard to see Amelia here, sure, until you hit the video
dissolve link highlighted in yellow below.
Yes, it is hard to recognize Mrs. Bolam here as an
older version of her former 'Amelia' self, but click on the link directly below to watch a slow motion dissolve of the same
photo as she superimposes into who she used to be. After watching the dissolve a few times, hit the back arrow to return to
Irene-Amelia.Com. As noted the person she is with, Gertrude Kelley Hession, was the sister of Monsignor James Francis Kelley.
As Irene Bolam, the former Amelia Earhart was a close friend of both Monsignor Kelley and his sister, Gertrude. Beginning
in the late 1970s and continuing until his death in 1996, Monsignor Kelley, a past president of Seton Hall College, confided
to certain individuals, some who later went on record about it, that his later-life friend, Irene, used to be known as 'Amelia
Earhart.' As with Joseph A. Gervais, adversaries called Monsignor Kelley 'crazy' for saying what he did about his friend,
Irene, who died in 1982. Monsignor Kelley wasn't crazy, and of course neither was Joseph A. Gervais.
Click on the link below to watch the video dissolve.
|The former Amelia Earhart, 1976
|Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the former Amelia Earhart, 1980
Above left is the former Amelia Earhart
in Jamaica, 1976. Above right, the former Amelia Earhart with her 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 on St. Croix, U.S.V.I. Monsignor 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 as the corporate president
of Radio Luxembourg.
Above and below, Amelia superimposed into her later-life
self as Mrs. Irene Bolam.
The information presented in this website pertains to
the well storied, 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. The controversy over what really happened
as a result of the failed world-flight attempt that led to their loss, has long remained a highly debated historical subject
anyone might offer a legal argument in an effort to explain the actual outcome of their flight, it is essential to
remember how the loss of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan was originally called, "a missing persons" case.
a missing person case requires finding the person or finding true body evidence of the person.
In the mid-1990s, after becoming deeply interested in the story of Amelia Earhart's
so-called 'disappearance,' I began my own in-depth research that looked into the peculiar record of her world flight
outcome. A few years into the new millennium I drew a certain conclusion after thoroughly examining the different theories
presented over the years that tried to explain what really happened to Amelia. My opinion was markedly influenced by 1993
Lost Star author, Randall Brink, and a high-profile suggestion offered in the 1970s from famous Amelia Earhart historian,
Joseph A. Gervais, who, based on his own findings, asserted that Amelia continued to survive after she went missing, and she
eventually resurfaced in the United States sporting a different identity.
This may sound as outlandish to you today as it did to
people back then. Just the same, additional information learned about it during past two decades only added further support
to the, 'Amelia survived and took on a new identity' postulation. For starters, it was confirmed years ago by Grace Muriel
Earhart Morrissey, Amelia's sister and only sibling who died in 1998, that she and the Irene Bolam shown on this page were
friends and Zonta sisters in their later life years. The modern look presented here shows how that was, 'not just a coincidence.'
Amelia Earhart mystery fans are just now starting to grasp the truthful nature of what the Protecting Earhart forensic
study accomplished. If you're interested, the second page-link down on the upper left will direct you to what I ascertain
to be, "The True Story of Amelia Earhart," of which the additional superimposed photos below continue to offer a
Thank you, Tod Swindell
Question: What does, 'You can't unring a bell'
Answer: This means that
once something has been done, you have to live with the consequences as it can't be undone.
|The forensic transition continues...
|...to reveal the congruence
History Can't Unring The Bell Joseph A.
In 1965, after Joseph A. Gervais took his telling 35MM photograph and later asserted that the woman who
appeared in it used to be known as Amelia Earhart, it rang a bell of truth that has been impossible to unring ever since.
Many people have tried to unring it over the years, but they couldn't do it. In 2006, forty years after Joe Gervais took his
photo, even The National Geographic Channel ineffectively tried to unring it on national TV by way of soliciting the opinion
of police forensic detective, Kevin Richlin of Riverside, California. Detective Richlin, who was never shown the most convincing
comparisons to include the ones shown above, opined the 'Amelia became Irene' postulation looked to be a frivolous exercise
to him, but his opinion was only based on the limited amount of data the show's producers gave him to work with. Note: Protecting
Earhart's, Tod Swindell, who appeared in the same 2006 Nat Geo special, was not advised about Detective Richlin's participation,
nor was he given the opportunity to meet Detective Richlin and show him the full body of his forensic study achievements before
the show aired, even though the show's producers were well-aware of their existence.
His past remarks
notwithstanding, today Detective Richlin will readily admit to anyone that he did not forensically conclude the Gervais-Irene
Bolam and Amelia Earhart were different human beings at any time, even though opposing theorists have soap-boxed that he did
ever since the show aired.
Below: Thanks to Protecting Earhart's
in depth, comprehensive forensic analysis of the Gervais' assertion about Mrs. Bolam, this 1965 photograph he took of her
exists today as a documented testimonial of truth, similar to the Zapruder film of President John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination
two years earlier. Film gamma, specially 35MM film gamma only displays the honest quality of what a normal camera lens captures.
Joe Gervais confirmed the lens he used to take his 1965 photo of Mrs. Bolam was a standard 50MM lens.
Before Protecting Earhart's
Tod Swindell embarked on one, no one had ever conducted a serious forensic analysis of Gervais' controversial assertion about
Mrs. Bolam's past.
|Mrs. Bolam said she had known Amelia...
|...28 years after Amelia was said to have 'vanished without a trace'
What This Means...
Of course, at first glance this may be hard to believe.
Trust knowing, though, this forensic reality has loomed on the horizon for some time now. What it means, basically, is that
you have just observed a few of Protecting Earhart's superimposed photo transitions of Amelia Earhart's image morphing
into her later-life self. Joseph A. Gervais photographed Mrs. Bolam on the day he met her in 1965. After studying her background,
which he realized to be highly ambiguous, his controversial assertion about Mrs. Bolam's past made national news by way of
the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas, that featured a copy of the 1965 Gervais photo of Mrs. Bolam within
it. Joe Gervais met, conversed with, and photographed Mrs. Bolam at a gathering of noteworthy pilots from the early days of
aviation that year. From then on to his dying day in 2005, he maintained the same Mrs. Bolam used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.'
To his credit he didn't need a forensic analysis to convince him of a truth he already knew, although he was quite satisfied
when he observed Protecting Earhart's initial forensic results before the event of his passing took place.
The final summation
once again: After it commenced in 1997, in time Protecting Earhart's study proved how three different Twentieth
Century women were attributed to the same Irene Bolam identity, and the one who Joe Gervais met and photographed in
1965 appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. Not to leave out--she matched Amelia Earhart in every
aspect. This is because she used to be known as Amelia Earhart, and thanks to Protecting Earhart, anymore this forensic
reality exists as an obvious, albeit 'unrecognized' historical truth.
Click on the photo below to go to The
True Story Of Amelia Earhart By Tod Swindell.
|Image credit: Sir Charles Cary
Above: Amelia Earhart in 1935 with
legendary Hawaiian surfer & Olympic swimmer, Duke Kahanamoku doing some outrigging in Hawaii. Amelia's controversial disappearance
in 1937 led to several decades of debates over what really happened to her, the general consenus being the truth had been
withheld from the public.
Protecting Earhart's forensic analysis carefully re-examined the long held assertion of Amelia's private,
post-loss existence. The study's inarguable results revealed it clearly was the case how amid complex circumstances, Amelia
Earhart lived well beyond the date of her disappearance known by a different name, and any official knowledge of
it was sequestered away from public
awareness with indefinite intentions.
As well, follow the new YouTube Channel:
"Irene Amelia" to observe uploaded forensic video dissolves.