The 1997-2017 Swindell Study examined
Amelia Earhart's disappearance in a different way than previous efforts--and its results upset the 'Earhart mystery' applecart. The following previews
an upcoming documentary about it.
By Tod Swindell
would be awful to make it public." Part of an official White House transcript, this comment made by FDR
staffer, Stephen Gibbons, pertained to information the White House knew about Amelia Earhart's final-flight outcome the general
public was left unaware of. The statement was recorded nine months after Amelia was declared 'missing.'
investigations foundered on official silence in Washington." Excerpted from aviation historians, Marilyn
Bender and Selig Altschul's evaluation of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and missing person case. From, The Chosen
In 1997, fifteen years after
Bender and Altschul's above comment was made, The Swindell Study commenced with its own in-depth analysis of Amelia
Earhart's dated 'disappearance' and 'missing person' case. It took twenty-years to complete. Here is a sampling of the results:
"After watching some video and reviewing the manuscript of another
researcher, Tod Swindell, I think Joe Gervais was right." Stateside New Zealand Journalist, Rosalea
Barker, agreeing with the findings of the new-millennium Gervais-Swindell collaboration that concluded:
1.) There was more than one person attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)'
2.) According to
Digital Face Recognition and other full-body and character trait comparisons, one of the Irene's, who was identified nowhere
as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two, displayed a haunting congruence to Amelia Earhart.
3.) Amelia Earhart was acquainted with the original Irene Craigmile
in the 1930s, a once fledgling pilot who looked nothing like her.
Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002
Digital Face Recognition displays Amelia & Mrs.
Irene Craigmile (Bolam) shown above in perfect alignment. Note: The Irene displayed in this comparsion was identified
nowhere as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two.
2004, Bill Prymak, the 1989 founding president of the Amelia Earhart Society,
referred to Joseph A. Gervais as, "A World War Two flying hero widely recognized as the world's leading authority regarding
the subject of Amelia Earhart's disappearance."
Learn more about
the investigative research findings of Joseph A. Gervais further down, to include how Tod Swindell's decade-long collaboration
with him led to a forensic revelation.
Above once again, in a face template match verified by Digital Face Recognition
technology, the images of Amelia Earhart & the post-World War Two only, 'Irene Craigmile
(Bolam)' are shown in perfect alignment. According to record, in 1958, the woman known as 'Irene Craigmile'
in the above comparison with Amelia Earhart, married Guy Bolam of England to further become known as 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile
Bolam.' She was not the original Irene Craigmile, who Amelia Earhart knew in the 1930s.
To Amy Kleppner, Grace McGuire, Larry Heller, Dr. Tom Crouch, Dorothy
Cochrane, Dr. David J. Skorton, Dr. Kurt Campbell, Jean M. Case, and Robert Ballard:
Beauty is truth,
that is all ye know on earth,
and all ye need to know.
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur Schopenhauer
On preventing the discovery of
"The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively
by preconcieved opinion and prejudice." Arthur
Official silence, misinformation, and obfuscation
always maligned the debate over whether or not Amelia Earhart continued to live-on after she was reported 'missing' in 1937.
The Swindell Study addressed Amelia's old 'missing person' case from an updated perspective--and determined how over
time it became obvious that she did survive and later lived in relative obscurity by her own volition, similar to Greta
Garbo. Except in Amelia's case she took-on a different identity, leaving few people aware that she ultimately survived her
Proudly posed with her pilot wings adorning her left shoulder is the post-World War Two only, Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam),
FKA, 'Amelia Earhart.'
She appeared from out of nowhere in 1946, ensconced as a new employee
in a good position at the People's National Bank of Mineola, New York. The bank was located near her former Long Island stomping
grounds where she formed the 99's and spent much time at the famous Floyd Bennett and Roosevelt Air Fields. It was then and
there that the former Amelia Earhart embarked on her new existence as "Irene Craigmile." It had been nine
years since she was declared 'missing' and the controversy over her disappearance, amid much hearsay that she had continued
to live-on, had been obscured by a tumultuous world war.
While living on Weybridge Road in Mineola--with her changed look and new career--no one recognized
her or even had an inkling of the famous person she used to be.
A 1946 People's National Bank photo of new employee, Irene Craigmile, FKA, Amelia Earhart. She was identified nowhere as 'Irene'
prior to the end of World War Two. It was hard to see through to her former self--yet note the below comparison:
Amelia & the post-war only,
By the time she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958, the former
Amelia Earhart had ascended to become a Vice President of the National Bank of Great Neck. After she married Guy, she left
the banking industry and began working with the enterprise that her new husband held an executive position with, Radio Luxembourg.
They lived in Bedford, New York before relocating to upper New Jersey. They frequently traveled the world together until
Guy died in 1970, after which time the former Amelia Earhart continued to travel and work for Radio Luxembourg, and
eventually settled in the posh golfing community of Rossmoor, New Jersey. (She and Guy had also maintained a home in North
The story of Amelia's
1930s friend, the original Irene Craigmile, is briefly addressed below:
A 1982 newspaper article identified the person above
to have been Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, the original Irene Craigmile, as she looked in 1932. Accordingly, the photo
would have been taken a year after her husband, Charles James Craigmile, died from an appendicitis attack that was late being
medically attended to. The photo quality is poor and its origin is questionable.
A slew of published photos identifying the original
Irene Craigmile were located and are exhibited in The Swindell Study; all of them are of limited quality, their origins
are again questionable, and importantly, none of them bared a resemblance to Amelia Earhart.
No to omit, the original Irene Craigmile barely
ever used her pilot's license at all because she became pregnant out of wedlock right after she earned it in 1933. As a grown
man, her 1934 born son identified an entirely different person to have been his 'mother' than the former Amelia Earhart
who shared his mother's name and the woman shown directly above. As part of the arrangement to leave his mother's
identity available for Amelia's use, to this day the public remains unaware of what became of the original Irene
Craigmile. As course had it, her son ended up being raised by a surrogate mother figure he identified--and in boarding schools.
Said "surrogate mother" is shown below in a photo her son estimated was taken, "around 1940." (It may
have been taken in the mid-1940s.) no one is sure who this person actually was, but it is certain she was not the original
Irene Craigmile, and again she did not much resemble Amelia Earhart:
Above, the person the original Irene Craigmile's
son identified as, "my
mother, around 1940."
Pertaining to The 1997-2017 Swindell Study of the disappearance and subsequent missing
person case of Amelia Earhart:
1.) It marked itself as the first Earhart
study to utilize 'Digital Face Recognition' technology.
Above: Amelia Earhart in her thirties combined
with the post-WWII only Irene photograph taken the 1970s.
2.) The Study
over-challenged the 'Earhart World Flight Ending' Null Hypothesis by being the first investigative research effort
to produce indisputable evidence to the contrary.
Above: President Franklin D. Roosevelt with long-time
family friend and his administration's Secretary of the Treasury, Henry P. Morgenthau, Jr.
that woman--happened to her the last few minutes--I hope I've just got to never make it public."
Above: Another 1938 'official White House transcript'
quote from Henry P. Morgenthau Jr., one of President Franklin Roosevelt's right-hand men. During
a recorded meeting Morgenthau was holding, he refers here to withheld information at the White House concerning something
that happened during "the last few minutes" of Amelia Earhart's flight after she failed to locate Howland
Island. According to later discovered 0S-2 intelligence reports, the White House knew Amelia continued to fly in a northern
direction after she gave up on trying to spot Howland--and that she continued to send radio messages at intervals while doing
so. The White House never disclosed what happened during the "last few minutes" of Amelia Earhart's flight that
Morgenthau spoke of--although his recorded comments and other telling discoveries enabled The Swindell Study to over-challenge
the default Null Hypothesis (or false conveyance, really) that began with a premise, 'no one
knew what happened to Amelia Earhart after she missed spotting Howland Island.' Here, it is clear
the White House was aware of information pertaining to Amelia Earhart's flight ending on the day she was declared missing--that
it chose not to make public. Joseph A. Gervais learned how during "the last few minutes" of her flight,
Amelia Earhart's plane was engaged by Nipponese military pilots who were made aware of her unwarranted air-space encroachment
over their territory. He assessed that the White House was aware of such a thing having happened--and how key members of FDR's
administration assumed Amelia had perished as a result, along with her navigator, Fred Noonan. The finality, as displayed
in Morgenthau's above quote, was they chose "not to make public" the information it knew concerning what had "happened"
to Amelia Earhart during her "last few" airborne minutes.
Later, during the war years, rumors swelled claiming Amelia had managed to ditch her fuel-exhausted
plane on a southern Marshall Islands land-spit--and she and Noonan survived the ordeal that occurred during the onset of Japan's
war declaration against China--and the two were rescued and retrieved for debriefing by Japan's naval authority, unknown to
FDR's White House constituents at the time.
For what it's worth, it was not Japan that was ultimately responsible for covering up Amelia Earhart's ongoing
survival. That task ended up falling squarely on the shoulders of the U.S. Federal Government, that ended up making a post-war
pact with Japan about it--a pact both countries promised to always honor.
For those unfamiliar with the depth of controversy that surrounded Amelia
Earhart's 1937 disappearance:
"If anyone ever
finds Amelia Earhart's plane underwater anywhere or at any other location--rest
assured it was not Amelia Earhart who put it there." USAF Colonel
Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), 2006.
Filmmaker-Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell
are Benjamin Franklin historians, there are Eleanor Roosevelt historians, there are Charles Lindbergh historians. I have
been a dedicated Amelia Earhart historian for many years." Tod Swindell,
Note From Tod Swindell
of 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study' of Amelia Earhart's
1937 'Disappearance' and subsequent 'Missing Person Case'
Those who maintain that Amelia Earhart died, "on
or around July 2, 1937," the date she was reported 'missing' amid odd circumstances--are not familiar with the
two-plus decades of investigative research and forensic studies I orchestrated--within my dogged effort to answer the question
of what actually happened to Amelia.
Many of you have heard--and still might hear (or read) inverse statements about the nature
of my study from opposing theorists, from some of Amelia's family members, or from your everyday pseudo historians.
Just know they are less-informed than myself when it comes to the unique way my study approached Amelia Earhart's disappearance,
the passion I demonstrated for it, and the undeniable results it produced.
Or put it this way: While some individuals choose to speak out
against the truthful nature of my Study's accomplishments, with a few all-but describing it as 'the work of an idiot,' I'll
counter by offering this: Either I am a complete idiot--or my Study achieved something meritable within the broad
realm of Amelia Earhart historical research, enough to where academia should feel compelled to assess its accountability.
this because I did not 'make up' anything one sees or reads in my Study results. So it is not 'hokum,' a word someone once
used to describe it with.
Of course, where Amelia Earhart's storied disappearance was ever concerned, when one person's educated opinion looks
to over-challenge the stodgy reflection of myriad historians--not to leave out the elevated blood pressures of opposing theorists,
sparking academia's interest in what really happened to Amelia Earhart is an automatic tough-fetch. This is due to the fact
that by the end of the Twentieth Century people in general were viewing the 'Earhart mystery' as a played-out topic that appeared
to be unsolvable--and thus had moved on from it.
I'll counter again here, however, knowing myself as I do, (and
no, I'm not an idiot) that I fully stand by the Earhart truths my Study learned and/or discovered over the years in a 100%
way. As well, no matter how some individuals might kick, scream, and holler in opposition to the real truths it delivered,
they cannot turn real truths into false ones.
It can also be said, where Amelia Earhart's so-called 'disappearance'
and subsequent 'missing person case' were the subjects of my concern, my Study resurfaced, better solidified, and
again exploited some previously discovered 'important truths' about Earhart's last flight outcome--that deliberate
obfuscation and decades of time-passage had managed to wash away.
So for now I'll end with this: Should a person objectively examine
and digest just a portion of the multitude of documents and images my Study of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and missing
person case generated, he or she will realize the accomplishment by-far marks the most truthful research investigation
ever to examine both topics--and therefore--the most important one as well.
That's not an idle boast. It's the truth.
On with my Study results...
USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck in 1944
"Your work relating to Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile is absolutely outstanding. There
is no other way to describe it." Amelia Earhart
author-historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck,
USAF (Ret.) in response to Tod Swindell's Amelia Earhart
investigative forensic research and comparison analysis.
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, a long time member of the Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers, was a key advisor for The Swindell Study.
About The Swindell Study
The twenty-year Swindell Study [1997-2017; copyright
registrations: TXu 1-915-926 &
TXu 2-061-539] consists of a long-term Investigative
Research Evaluation and a Human Comparison Analysis orchestrated and compiled by Amelia Earhart Historian, Tod Swindell.
The full Study consists of over ten-thousand pages of rare documents, analytical text, photographs, maps, charts, and past-obscured
investigative research findings. The condensed MSS features 415 total pages; 110 of
which contain logistical and visual elements drawn from the 'Amelia to Irene' Comparison Analysis. The Study elaborates on--and
plainly exhibits Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence after World War Two with the new name of, 'Irene Craigmile.' (Surname
of 'Bolam' added later.) It also examined the logic behind the reasoning that left the general public out of the
loop of Amelia's ongoing existence with a different name. Simply put, Amelia Earhart was declared 'dead in absentia'
in 1939, and the deliberate post-war intention, agreed to by the former Amelia Earhart herself, was for it to always
remain that way. The full Study is available for review on a selective in-house basis. For information e-mail email@example.com
Digital Face Recognition
Note: Digital Face Recognition
has been available for some time now. Before The Swindell Study it had never been applied to the decades-old, never
resolved, Irene Craigmile (Bolam) as compared to Amelia Earhart controversy.
photo portrait of Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam), who surfaced in the United States from out of nowhere after the end of World
War Two, was taken of her in 1977. Constituents of the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum along with Amelia's
survived family have long persuaded the public not to accept her as the former Amelia Earhart--even though that
actually was who she used to be. Today, anyone who cares to deeply study the life history of the original
Irene Craigmile, a once fledgling pilot Amelia knew in the 1930s--and later assumed the identity of--will solidly conclude
this on his or her own.
Here, the following is a true statement: The 1997-2017 Swindell Study delivered the long repressed,
Amelia became known as 'Irene' truth initially asserted by Joseph A. Gervais in the 1970s, to any further
exist as an obvious reality.
Below is a 1932 newspaper featuring Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile
in a group photo:
The original Irene Craigmile is listed fifth
Amelia Earhart (Putnam) is listed fourth line down.
Above, just a few months after her famous solo-Atlantic flight, Amelia
Earhart, (outlined in white) appeared in a group photo with the original Irene Craigmile, (outlined in black) who
was not yet a licensed pilot at the time--and whose husband had tragically died the previous year.
Digital Face Recognition combined with other key elements from The Swindell
Study debunked the suggestion stating the post-war only Irene Craigmile (Bolam) was the original Irene
Craigmile. [Read more about the original Irene Craigmile's trying 1930s years and Amelia's tie-in to her family further
From The Swindell Study:
The post-war only 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)'
[She was not the original Irene Craigmile]
The post-war only 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)'
[See comparisons below.]
Directly below, the proudly-posed, wings-adorned, post-World
War Two only 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' is shown in perfect alignment with her former self. Although the post-war
only Irene had previously been known as, 'Amelia Earhart,' ever since the discovery was made in 1970, the general public has
been persuaded not to accept such a truth. In recent years passed, though, The Swindell Study segued it to any further
exist as an 'easy to recognize' forensic reality.
Amelia and her later-life self superimposed
From The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, this stark comparison example
combines Amelia Earhart and her later-life self as the post-World War Two only, Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam). It displays
what can only be described as 'an inarguable congruence.' Dating back to 1970, the first time the news media publicly
questioned if Irene Craigmile (Bolam) was the former Amelia Earhart, oddly enough a comprehensive forensic analysis
that compared her being to Amelia Earhart's never took place--until The Swindell Study commenced in 1997. After
the Study was completed in 2017, a full head-to-toe physical match had been achieved between the post-World War Two only Irene
and Amelia Earhart, and their character traits aligned as well. Where the original Irene Craigmile was shorter and
looked nothing like Amelia Earhart, the realization of their sudden post-war sameness in every way defied astronomical odds.
There, the question of who the enigmatic post-war only Irene used to be answered itself in no uncertain terms.
Senator Hiram Bingham and Amelia Earhart
Amelia and the post-WWII Irene Craigmile (Bolam) combined.
Wings, pearls, so proudly
posed... repeated from above is the image of the post-World War Two only Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam). The original
Irene Craigmile (see below) who Amelia had known, would never have come close to assuming such a formal portrait stature.
It can be said that a person's eyes have been 'vision-washed' by misleading pages of history and
other reality-dodging influences, if they look at the above photograph and do not reckon the former Amelia Earhart.
Below is Amelia's long-ago
acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile, shown in 1930 between her husband, Charles James Craigmile (who died
the following year) and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. Her image is contrast enhanced underneath it.
©2017 The 1997-2017 Swindell Study
Does Digital Face Recognition Work?
A Digital Face Recognition
program grids-out specific details from a person's face template--such as distance between the eyes, shape of the chin, mouth
placement and shape, nasal shape, etc. A face template in question is the 'origin face template' that is set to be compared
to another face template. Basically, a Digital Face Recognition program is used to calculate the probability of a match between
two separately provided face templates. It's akin to matching fingerprints--using faces instead.
Included in its long-term effort,
The Swindell Study compared the face template grid of the post World War Two 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' to the face template
grid of Amelia Earhart--and realized a match.
different," indeed. The above right photo displays the post-war only Irene Craigmile Bolam combined with Amelia Earhart.
The 'Irene' photo was taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976. Partially in view seated to Irene's right is Gertrude Kelley
Hession, the sister of Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996), a later life good friend of the post-war only Irene's,
AKA the former Amelia Earhart.
During the last decade of his life, Monsignor Kelley, shown in
the below-right photo dining with the post-war only Irene, admitted to a few close friends of his--as well as to news reporter,
Merrill Dean Magley, and to Amelia Earhart historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, that his later life friend, Irene, actually
did used to be known as Amelia Earhart. He was scoffed at by those who felt it was impossible for Amelia Earhart to
have survived after she went missing in 1937. A few individuals, including his own nephew, suggested 'old age senility' and
a 'need for attention' caused him to outright fabricate what he claimed to know about Amelia's post-loss survival. Contrary
to their rebuttals, Monsignor Kelley was well known among catholic-faith celebrities for his impeccable reputation. He had
served as a president of Seton Hall College for many years before it became a University in the 1950s, and the close friends
he confided in about his later life friend, 'Amelia' (that's how Kelley referred to her among them) stood by his virtuous
nature. He was described as, 'quite lucid' when he told them about his "assignment" to receive Amelia back in the
United States, and his having been, "instrumental in the process" of her name change to Irene.
The Swindell Study,
that was the first to deeply compare Amelia to Irene, did not commence until 1997, a year after Monisgnor Kelley died, and
its results made it easy to realize the Monsignor did not fabricate what he professed to know about Amelia's later life existence
Below left, from a 1982 newspaper article that featured a reporter's question about
his friend, Irene's long-rumored 'dual identity,' knowing the truth was not to be publicized in a broad way, Monsignor Kelley
the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile Bolam
and Monsignor James Francis Kelley at dinner in 1978.
Above: The full-photo version of Monsignor Kelley's sister,
Gertrude (left) and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam (right) in 1976. Notice the same pendant Irene wears here
and in the black and white formal portrait sitting. Of course it's hard to recognize Irene's former-Amelia self without the
composite photo, as her true age was 79 in 1976. Just the same, as shown below while acknowledging the age difference, the
Digital Face Recognition elements aligned perfectly.
It's haunting, disturbing, and even sad in a way--to know Amelia's
own sister, Muriel, knew Amelia as 'Irene' in her later life years, the very same Irene featured in all of the above
comparisons. In line with her sister's wishes, Muriel agreed to never disclose such a thing even if she was directly confronted
about it. Just the same it is the truth--and far be it from anyone not connected to how and why this reality
came to be, to easily explain it to others.
The Combined Study Results
The resulting data from
the Digital Face Recognition grid comparisons and other physical and character trait comparisons--when combined with additional
discovered, recognized, and processed evidence during the course of The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, delivered a plain
to observe, truthful reality stating Amelia Earhart:
1.) Did not crash and sink into the ocean.
2.) Did not die approximate to the day she went missing.
3.) Was not executed as a spy or spy suspect.
4.) Did not die as a castaway on a desert island where her flesh was torn apart by
giant crabs. (C'mon guys...)
"Truth is not a mystery -- its
greatest secrets are yours to know through simple honesty and surrender to what that honesty reveals." John de
How the Digital Face Recognition 'Earhart
reveal' initially began in 1970:
after it was published in 1970, the best-selling controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas--that was based
on the decade-long investigative effort of Joseph A. Gervais--who asserted that Amelia Earhart continued to live well beyond
the date of her disappearance with a different name applied to her person--ended up being derided by historians and critics
alike. The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, however, focused on a key exhibit the Klaas' book featured and analyzed it in
a forensic way that had never been done before. The 'key exhibit' was a clear, 35MM photograph of the post-World
War Two only, 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.' (See below.)
Considering the 'Key Exhibit' The Swindell Study
identified in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives:
First, some background info...
Above left photo: Irene and Guy in 1963
Above right photo: Guy and Irene in 1965,
from the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives.
newspaper photo featured Englishman, Guy Bolam, and his American wife, Irene. The photo was taken in 1963 while they were traveling abroad, something the two often
did together. After they were married in 1958, Guy's executive position with Radio Luxembourg--that
sported one of the most powerful broadcast towers in Europe and helped introduce the Beatles to listeners beyond the Iron
Curtain--kept them on the go. When Guy died in 1970, Irene took over as president of the Radio Luxembourg division he had
been in charge of.
Above-right is another photo of Guy and Irene taken in 1965 by retired USAF Major
Joseph A. Gervais. This photo was featured in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. [Note: Prior to her 1958 marriage
to Guy Bolam, Irene's surname had been, 'Craigmile.']
The Swindell Study identified the 1965 photo to be the key exhibit
featured in the book Amelia Earhart Lives--and it extensively analyzed the images and life histories
of the individuals it featured. This had never been done in a sufficient way before, especially where the person of 'Irene'
As it turned
out--Digital Face Recognition determined there had been more than one person attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile
(Bolam)' identity. This truth was backed by additional 'physical evidence' the Study uncovered, to include its realization
that the Irene shown above next to her English husband, Guy Bolam, appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the end
of World War Two. As well, the Study revealed how she not only demonstrated an exact facial congruence when compared to Amelia
Earhart--but their full head-to-toe physical and character traits were in alignment as well. The comparative analysis
section of The Swindell Study displays
these realities in no uncertain terms.
Above and Below: Two Swindell Study samples
of the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) revealing her former self, Amelia Earhart.
Amelia Earhart, age 39 in 1937
Amelia & post-WWII Irene
Post-WWII Irene, 1965
Photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais
"Sometimes the most difficult
thing to see is the most obvious thing." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"A non-truth can sound like a fact to a person who's
been conditioned to mis-recognize a truth." DaShanne Stokes
"It gets confusing when you've been academically conditioned
to believe something--and then the sharpest facets of your mind show you it was never true." Tod Swindell
Above: Amelia's famous 1930s pilot friend,
Viola Gentry, with Guy Bolam in 1965. The significance of this photo is explained in the following section.
A Head-to-Toe Comparison Example
Below, Amelia Earhart is shown
with her pilot friends, Elinor Smith (middle) and Viola Gentry (right) in 1932, just after Amelia returned to the U.S. following
her solo Atlantic crossing. Viola Gentry knew both Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile in the
1930s. Viola also knew Amelia during her post-war years after she became known as 'Irene.' Amelia's only sibling, her sister,
Muriel, also knew her sister as 'Irene' in in her later life years.
Amelia Earhart Elinor Smith Viola Gentry
Thirty-three years after Viola Gentry appeared with Amelia Earhart
and Elinor Smith in the above photo, the photo of Viola Gentry seated next to Guy Bolam at the top of the page was taken in
East Hampton of Long Island, New York, the day after Viola introduced Joseph A. Gervais to the post-war only Irene. The
photo was provided by Irene's later-life friend, Diana Dawes, a former radio show host from Princeton, New Jersey. Before
she died in 1998, Diana Dawes was well convinced that her friend, Irene, used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart,' and that the
arrangement for her to replace the original Irene Craigmile had commenced toward the end of World War Two.
In a head-to-toe comparison, below is a 1965 photo of the post-war
only Irene Craigmile Bolam taken on a bridge in Paris, aligning with her former Amelia self in 1932. A full length
version of the photo featuring Amelia with Elinor Smith and Viola Gentry was used in the comparison. Her slight weight gain
was noticeable both here and in the Joseph A. Gervais taken photo of she and Guy from the same year. While weight gain sometimes
happens during the aging process, it's interesting how by the 1970s, having been recognized by Joe Gervais, she had trimmed
Irene & Amelia, Elinor, and Viola
Above: In 1987, the aforementioned, Diana Dawes,
a former Princeton, New Jersey radio show host and one of the post-war only Irene Craigmile Bolam's later-life friends, recalled
some revealing anecdotes as newspapers around the country marked the 50th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's storied 'disappearance.'
Ms. Dawes mentioned that 'on a high shelf in Irene Bolam's closet' she had noticed a uniform collection of "oversized
leather-bound books with the letters 'AE' embossed on their spines." Notice in the above excerpt about the "christening
dress," the former Amelia Earhart slips by referring to her long gone friend, the original Irene Craigmile,
in a past-tense way.
Another excerpt from a 1987 newspaper article quoting
Diana Dawes. No one seemed to pay much attention to the fact that almost twenty years after Joseph A. Gervais first shared
on a national news level--that stated the Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam who he met and photographed in 1965 was
actually the former Amelia Earhart, the controversy over who she really was still existed then because his assertion
was never disproved. Instead, by then United States 'official historians' had learned to embrace the practice of adroitly
avoiding the controversy over who Irene Craigmile Bolam really was, or used to be.
No longer a decades-old rumor, The 1997-2017 Swindell Study left it undeniable
that there had been more then one Twentieth Century person attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity--and how after
World War Two the former Amelia Earhart became one of them.
Still adhering to the pre-established practice of Amelia's late sister, Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey, (1899-1998) who knew her older sister, Amelia, as 'Irene'
in her later life years, incredulously enough, Amelia's family and the Smithsonian Institution still choose to dogmatically
revoke the truth to news media sources as part of an ongoing combined effort to divert the curious. This currently
remains so, even though The 1997-2017 Swindell Study results proved Amelia Earhart's later life years as 'Irene' any
further exists as an obvious reality.
Muriel's above quotes appeared in the 1982 New Jersey
News Tribune a few months after Irene Craigmile Bolam's death was reported. In 1982, no one realized--and very few still do--that
it was not the former Amelia Earhart, AKA the post-World War Two only 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' whose
death occurred then. [Note Irene Bolam's Memorial Dinner Program cover below the following paragraphs.]
"Of course I knew Irene. She was a sister Zonta."
"There is practically no physical resemblance." Amelia's sister, (above left) Grace Muriel
Earhart Morrissey responds to the suggestion of her later life Zonta International friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam, having actually
been her still-living sister, Amelia, going by a different name.
In response to several 1970s and 1980s inquiries about her Zonta
friend, Irene, when Muriel offered there was "practically no physical resemblance" between the two, Digital Face
Recognition did not yet exist. It wasn't until after Muriel died in 1998 that The Swindell Study began showing how
the faces of Amelia Earhart and the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile Bolam did match, to include by way of Digital
Face Recognition testing--beyond the Study displaying their entire head-to-toe physical body and character traits in alignment
as well. Not to leave out how the Study proved there was more than one Twentieth Century person attributed to the same 'Irene
Craigmile Bolam' identity, and the former Amelia Earhart undeniably had been one of them.
In a roundabout way as well, it can be said The Swindell Study surfaced how Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey
served a key role in helping to protect her sister's later-life desire to continue leading a non-public figure life, even after Joseph
A. Gervais recognized her for who she used to be.
Above, a "1970s" Irene Craigmile Bolam
Above, Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965.
at the two above photos of Irene Craigmile Bolam, that history proclaimed to be 'one in the same' human being, it's not so
hard to realize they were actually two different human beings attributed to the same 'Irene' identity. After the 'Irene' on
the Memorial Dinner Program cover died in 1982, the above-right Irene (FKA 'Amelia') was no longer publicly identified that
way and was said to have 'died in McClean, Virginia' the following decade. Below, it is also not hard
to see which one of the above two Irenes aligned with Amelia when compared. After The Swindell Study validated the
reality of the 1965 Irene Craigmile Bolam appearing nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two, it forensically
compared her person to Amelia Earhart's person--and delivered a haunting 'head-to-toe' congruence. Below once again are two
key facial comparisons. The photos of Amelia and Irene in the top comparison were evaluated with Digital Face Recognition--and
as mentioned--delivered a positive match. The one under it, while of lesser quality, displayed obvious-match results as well.
Amelia Earhart in 1937
Amelia & post-WWII Irene
Post-WWII Irene, 1965
Photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais
1965 Irene Craigmile Bolam
taken by Joseph A. Gervais
1965 Irene & 1933 Amelia
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 news-media
mogul with guts can pick up on this now. The problem is, today 'guts' appear to be lacking in politics and
news reporting. No matter; for recognizing, accepting, and embracing what became of Amelia after she went missing in 1937,
is a good way to experience how to overcome obfuscation in favor of acknowledging reality and truth. It's even
enlightening. In an attempt to explain why this has remained undone with Earhart, the suggestion of 'Amelia Earhart disappearing
without a trace and never being seen again' was repeated so often over the years that the public mindset evolved to accept
it--even though it was never true. TS
Excerpt from an Associated Press article by Ron Staton:
"The forensic studies are very convincing.
She was not an ordinary housewife as she claimed. She was
influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled."
John Bolam refers to Tod Swindell's analysis of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and
'missing person' case in an Associated Press article by Ron Staton.
After he came to know her in the 1960s, then following the 1970 release of the book, Amelia
Earhart Lives that featured her photographed image (long before The 1997-2017 Swindell Study commenced)
this same John Bolam, a brother of the post-World War Two Irene's English husband, Guy Bolam, never stopped suspecting that
his sister-in-law actually did used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
A New Jersey housewife?
"Five years into my Study, regarding the above Associated Press
article lead-in, it's funny and telling as well how printed news sometimes works. The point being, I never told Ron Staton that I believed Amelia Earhart, ""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. While I believed there was something to Japan's temporary stewardship of Amelia Earhart, when Ron Staton
asked me what I thought happened to Amelia, all I told him was I believed she somehow survived after she went missing and
in time changed her name to Irene Craigmile. I never called her 'a New Jersey housewife,' nor did we discuss how Amelia might
have ended up in Japan's care--or how she made it back to the United States." Tod Swindell
Note: By referring to herself as 'just a New Jersey housewife'
back in 1970, the former Amelia Earhart smartly diminished the distinguished, world-travelling person she became
in her later life years. She also enabled such a joke-like description of herself that news reporters continued to
use ever since--whenever they would write about the long-ago assertion of Amelia's name-changed survival contained in the
book, Amelia Earhart Lives. The Swindell Study left it easy to realize, just as her former brother in law, John
Bolam once remarked, she was 'no ordinary housewife.'
Admirals and Generals
"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." LPGA promoter, Peter Bussatti, comments about his good friend, the post-World
War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam. Along with many others, Mr. Bussatti openly wondered if his friend, Irene, used to be known
as, 'Amelia Earhart.' The following photo was used in the comparison below it:
Above: The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile
Bolam, left, with Peter Bussati, right, 1974.
Above: On the far left is the post-World War
Two Irene Craigmile Bolam; on the far right is her former self, Amelia Earhart; in the center the two images are combined.
©2017 'The 1997-2017
"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." Excerpt from a 1982 New Jersey
News Tribune article.
"Recognizing the original
Irene Craigmile's somewhat troubled 1930s years that included her very short stint as a pilot, it would have been unrealistic
for her to later be welcomed as a member of the affluent New York Wings Club, let alone be distinguished like royalty there
among her peers and high ranking U.S. military officers. Yet, important people who knew the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile
Bolam as the former Amelia Earhart, and indeed the were a select few who did, (take the late Senator Barry Goldwater
for instance) were always respectful of her desire for privacy within their common recognition of her heroic past." Tod
"Nothing is as invisible as the obvious." Richard
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 recognize her old 'Amelia self' here without a composite photo. John Bolam took this picture of his
sister in law, the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile Bolam, near his home on Merritt Island, Florida. The day before,
Irene had visited the NASA facility at nearby Cape Canaveral, AKA 'Cape Kennedy.' Note the same pendant she wears that is
captured in other photos.
As far as the NASA mention goes, in a 1985 filmed interview
former Astronaut Wally Schirra, conducted by news reporter, Merril Dean Magley, Schirra
verified that he first met the former Amelia Earhart at Cape Canaveral in the 1960s, and that he saw her there again
in 1980, on a day when she was asked to recite a poem during a NASA presentation that featured both he and Neil Armstrong
in attendance. When Dean Magley asked Wally Schirra how he knew the women he met used to be Amelia Earhart (?) Schirra replied,
"people I considered reliable" had confided it to him. John Bolam mentioned he once noticed an impressive
Saturn Rocket Program 'medallion' Irene wore during one of her visits to Merritt Island, adding that when he asked where she
got it she replied, "some people at NASA" had given it to her. He did not press her to explain when or why
people at NASA had given her such a unique adornment.
"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 Amelia Earhart Society newsletter article about the post-World War Two
Irene Craigmile Bolam. The article was written by her survived sister-in-law, Mrs. John Bolam, who deeply wondered if her
sister-in-law, Irene, had previously been known as, "Amelia Earhart."
In the 1980s, Astronaut Wally Schirra, one of the original seven NASA astronauts,
discussed having 'met' the former Amelia Earhart at Cape Canaveral to reporter Merrill Dean Magley.
Amelia Earhart at age 17
Digital Face Recognition
For the first time ever, where multiple claims of Amelia Earhart's ongoing survival after she went
missing kept coming into play, The Swindell Study utilized 'Digital Face Recognition' technology within a full-body
and character traits human comparison analysis. In essence, this exercise advanced the missing person case of Amelia
Earhart to closure by forensically revealing that her still-living body evidence--in its renamed form--was
actually found and identified by Amelia Earhart 'world flight investigator,' Joseph A. Gervais, some fifty-odd years
Joseph A. Gervais
Recalling Major Joseph A. Gervias
(He didn't need Digital Face Recognition.)
The late Major Joseph A. Gervais was war hero
and a highly skilled pilot who flew missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam. In 1959, he commenced with his 'Operation
Earhart' endeavor while stationed overseas in the same region Amelia Earhart was last seen. After years of deeply investigating
the combined factors that led to her failed world flight attempt, in the summer of 1965, he encountered the post-World War
Two only 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam' at a New York gathering of pilots from the golden age of aviation. He was instantly
struck by her resemblance to Amelia Earhart--and after meeting and talking to her it dawned on him that she was none other
than the alive-and-well former Amelia Earhart going by a different name.
Above left: February
5, 2000, retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais accepts an AES 'Historical Achievement Award' for his unparalleled
investigative analysis of Amelia Earhart's failed world flight attempt. Shown presenting him the award is the Amelia Earhart
Society's founding President, Bill Prymak. 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."
Above right photo:
Among the attendees that day; top row left to right are Oakland Air and Space Museum director, Ronald
Reuther; filmmaker and Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell; and the post-World War Two only Mrs. Irene Craigmile
(Bolam's) in-laws, Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam. Bottom row left to right are Amelia Earhart
world flight duplicator and author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno; Amelia Earhart
Lives author, Joe Klaas; and Joseph A. Gervais.
As mentioned, Joseph A. Gervais initiated 'Operation Earhart' in 1959 while
he was stationed overseas. His findings sparked a curiosity resurgence in the never resolved 'missing person case' of Amelia
Earhart, until 1965, when Gervais met--and recognized the post-World War Two only 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' as the renamed,
former Amelia Earhart. To his dying day in 2005, he never disavowed having done such a thing.
rumors to the contrary, Joseph A. Gervais was never proved incorrect.
Preview of Part II
Within its detailed review of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and
subsequent 'missing person' case, The Swindell Study challenged the default 'Null Hypothesis' of her world
flight ending--that suggested at some unknown time Amelia crashed into the Pacific Ocean at some unknown place--and sank.
Citing new discovered evidence to the contrary--to go along with other evidence discovered by earlier investigators--the
Study refortified the widely promoted conclusion from years past that stated a 'crashed and sank' ending never happened
to Amelia Earhart.
Testing the Null Hypothesis in Relationship to Amelia Earhart's World Flight Outcome By Tod Swindell
The 'null hypothesis' suggests a predicted outcome based on deductive reasoning to likely
be a true outcome until evidence indicates otherwise.
For example, the 'null hypothesis' for flipping an equally balanced coin would call
for 50% heads results and 50% tails results. Yet if the expected '50/50' ratio significantly differed after thousands of coin
tosses, the 'alternate hypothesis' would come into play, one that might consider the shapes of each side of the coin having
some kind of aerodynamic effect on the coin-toss results.
The 1997-2017 Swindell Study tested the validity of the 'null hypothesis' in
comparison to the 'alternate hypothesis' while examining Amelia Earhart's storied disappearance. This was deemed appropriate
where an overwhelming preponderence of both circumstantial and hard evidence kept surfacing ever since the event of Amelia's
loss occurred--that opposed the 'null hypothesis' suggestion that offered Amelia 'crashed and sank' into the ocean at a time
and place unknown.
The Study also determined how the 'mystery' of Amelia Earhart's disappearance was as much a mystery as it
was a historical invention. Here's why:
"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Washington leaving
the true fate of Amelia Earhart an everlasting mystery..." 1982, aviation historians, Marylin Bender and
Selig Altschul discuss the 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person case of Amelia Earhart.
Dating back to 1937, questions about what actually happened to Amelia
Earhart in July of that year, as Bender and Altschul put it, were greeted by 'official silence.' Part of the significant
amount of evidential data, however, that kept managing to surface ever since the event of Amelia's disappearance occurred--revealed
how President Franklin Roosevelt's administration was the original source of the 'official silence' that remained
impossible to overchallenge as subsequent decades passed.
Here--discovered four decades after it was recorded--is a passage from an official White
House transcript dated May of 1938, nine months after Amelia Earhart went missing. In referring to Amelia's loss in the
transcript, one of President Franklin Roosevelt's right hand men, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. described it this way:
"...what that woman, happened to her the last few minutes,
I hope I've just got to never make it public."
Morgenthau's above statement was followed by the below reaction from his assistant,
Stephen Gibbons, in the transcript. Both statements were recorded with others present during a meeting Morgenthau was holding
at the White House:
"We have evidence that the thing is all over, sure. Terrible. It would be awful to make it public."
These statements, when combined with addtional evidential data gathered over the years, defied the default
null hypothesis that suggested Amelia Earhart met her demise by 'crashing and sinking' somewhere unknown.
A brief examination of the presented facts tells us why.
According to the presented facts:
1. When Amelia Earhart did not spot Howland Island, that her last officially recorded
radio transmission left some people feeling she missed by as close as 100 miles, after stating a line of position that did
not indicate where she actually was, without saying why she stopped transmitting completely.
2. After Amelia stopped transmitting, with an estimated 'eight-hundred miles worth of
fuel' still left to burn, she supposedly flew-on in radio silence until her fuel supply was exhausted--leaving her to crash
into the Pacific Ocean at unknown coordinates to meet her demise. [End of story.]
The above stated 'facts' mark the complete version of the 'null hypothesis' (or suggested
ending) of Amelia Earhart's world flight attempt.
It is worth recognizing here, how beyond the persuasion of official silence
no evidence ever supported the 'Amelia crashed into the ocean' null hypothesis. Her crashed and sank
ending was something the public was merely left to surmise had happened.
As well, evidential reports later surfaced stating Amelia did
not stop sending radio transmissions. This included a document from an 0S-2 intelligence file, declassified decades later,
showing how Amelia had transmitted her final decision to head "north" and she "continued to be heard
at intervals" after doing so.
Add this to what the above White House transcript passages would suggest to any reader, plain
and simple, where FDR's administration was aware of something 'awful' that happened to Amelia during the "last few minutes"
of her flight--and it chose not to share it with the general public.
What was later learned
about this internally expressed White House viewpoint from a variety of accounts, is that for
a period of time the Roosevelt administration had incorrectly bought-in to
a 'wireless transmissions' conveyance of Amelia Earhart's death occurring during a 'Plan B' landfall attempt--by way of
her plane being shot-down as it approached Japan's Marshall Islands--that Japan was fortifying at the time. Note the more
complete Morgenthau statement from the same transcript:
"...we have the report of all those wireless messages and everything else, what
that woman, happened to her the last few minutes, I hope I've just got to never make it public."
Accordingly, Earhart's plane being engaged and fired upon by fighter pilots was the
'awful to make public, last few minutes' relay of an ending the White House had mistakenly assessed for the famous
pilot based on some information it had gathered--and chose not to share.
It wasn't until after World War Two ended (see image below)
that numerous Marshall Islands testimonials began to surface describing how Amelia Earhart and her navigator actually managed
to ditch their plane on one of the Marshalls' southernmost atolls--and they were subsequently picked up and sequestered
by Japan approximate to the same day the onset of the Sino-Japanese War occurred. [Earhart and Noonan were first reported
'missing' on July 2; the Marco Polo Bridge incident occurred on July 7, resulting in Japan's invasion of China--that the U.S.
Above, a 50th anniversary commemorative stamp series issued in 1987
by the Republic of the Marshall Islands shows Amelia's 1937 takeoff from Lae, New Guinea; her failure to spot Howland Island;
her ditching in the lower Marshall Islands; Amelia, her plane, and her navigator, Noonan, being retreived by Japan's Imperial
Where the 'Marshall Islands ending' of Amelia's world flight was
the consistent theme among countless testimonials given, (and remains part of the Marshall Islands own history today) Marshallese
accounts pertaining to what became of Earhart and Noonan after they were picked up varied. It was about equal where people
suggested they either died--or continued to live on.
Enhancing this in 1965, Admiral Chester Nimitz, the Naval Commander of the
U.S. Pacific fleet during World War Two--who was put in charge of the Marshall Islands after the U.S. occupied it as the war
wound down--divulged to CBS radio journalist, Fred Goerner, that it ended up being, "known and documented in Washington"
(and remained classified) that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, "went down in the Marshall Islands and were picked
up by Japan." Except even the admiral was unable to offer details on what became of the duo after that.
Admiral Chester Nimitz
[Shared a 'withheld Earhart truth' with CBS's Fred Goerner
The above combined evidential data--to go along with so much more
gathered over the years--outright defied the 'What happened to Amelia Earhart' null hypothesis. This is why the idea
of Amelia Earhart continuing to exist after she was reported missing--and eventually managing to return to the United
States with a preference for her future anonymity being co-endorsed by a post-war US-Japan collaboration, was never
as far fetched as most people thought. Ultimately as well, it turned out to be true.
calls the investigative research of Joe Gervais and Tod Swindell, ""Just the tip of the Iceberg.""
"All the evidence all put together, I feel like she [Amelia]
did survive. I think she survived and came back to the United States, but that she wanted her privacy."
Lou Foudray, former caretaker of
the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum (see photo below) is quoted from interviews conducted by
Lara Moritz of KMBC TV, Kansas City, and by The Topeka Kansas Capital-Journal's, Jan Biles.
Above, a 2016 photograph of Lou Foudray, Earhart historian and former
caretaker of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum on the front porch of the home where Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison,
The above 'hot air balloon' newspaper photo features the post-World
War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam. She was known, respected, and admired by people in high places worldwide, but those same
people never talked about her much. This photo was taken
in 1978, when the general public was being misled about her true past by important sounding, all be them 'protective' individuals.
This same attitude continues to this day, foremost advanced through the news media by Dr. Tom Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane
of the Smithsonian Institution out of respect for the ongoing wishes of Amelia's family. Not to leave out, 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, even though no authentic evidence
of her death taking place then ever existed. In the meantime, wink-and-nod diversions such as the TIGHAR club
and Nauticos group surfaced that steered public interest away from taking the idea of Amelia's continued survival with a new
Here, it is important to realize
only hearsay ever suggested Amelia Earhart died approximate to when she went missing in 1937, in any way at all. This includes
by crashing and sinking, dying a castaway's death on a desert Island, dying of dysentery on Saipan, or being executed by a
rogue-Nippon military unit; the four most preveleant theories presented over the years that suggested the way Amelia
may have died.
Anymore, however, as hard as it
still is for some to believe, the plain truth is the gray-haired 'Irene Bolam' in the balloon basket above, shown with famous
golfer, Kathy Whitworth, did used to be known as Amelia Earhart. The general public was just never supposed to know
about it; hence leaving the official silence that all-but invented the so-called "mystery of Amelia
The 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, evolved to become the strangest and most convoluted historical yarn ever conjured by modern mankind. Especially over
the course of the last half-century, the effort of it managed to successfully influence the worldwide general public into
thinking Amelia most likely 'died' after she went missing in 1937. As most elders recall, though, Amelia's death taking place
back then felt like a false-truth push from the start.
The two books above, Daughter of the Sky, published in 1960,
and especially The Search for Amelia Earhart, a best-seller published in 1966, were first to
publicly detail accounts of Amelia's ongoing 'quiet' survival in Japan's care after she went missing in 1937. However, neither
book was able to offer a solid answer to the question of what became of Amelia after being stewarded by Japan. Sadly, by the
end of the Twentieth Century both books were all but forgotten.
"My good friend,
Randall Brink, provided my 1996 introduction to Joe Gervais, who Randall came to know as well as anyone in the 1980s and 1990s.
Randall authored the landmark book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart issued in 1994 by the W.W. Norton Publishing
House of New York and Bloomsbury Press of 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 had been persuaded to conclude there was no controversy
over Irene Craigmile Bolam's true identity, as initiated by the former Amelia Earhart herself. 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."" His comment ostensibly referred to what Amelia endured after she went missing,
leading up to and then including the World War Two era. Can we blame her for coming to feel the way she did without knowing
her reasons for it?" Tod Swindell
CAPSULIZING THE RESULTS OF THE 1997-2017 SWINDELL STUDY OF AMELIA EARHART'S DISAPPEARANCE:
The 1997-2017 SWINDELL STUDY:
1.) FORENSICALLY PROVED MORE THAN ONE TWENTIETH CENTURY WOMAN
had been attributed to the SAME 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity.
2.) 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, ALIGNED WITH AMELIA EARHART IN EVERY WAY.
3.) FORENSICALLY PROVED the Irene Craigmile
Bolam in the photo taken in 1965 by Joseph A. Gervais on the day he met her WAS 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 upper echelon official
history attitudes (that would rather not have to contend with the inconvenient reality of it) she most definitely had
been, previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
4.) The Swindell Study over-challenged the null hypothesis that stated Amelia Earhart
disappeared without a trace in 1937 and was never seen again. It did so by combining incontestable forensic research findings
with incontestable forensic comparison results that exhibited Amelia Earhart alive and well known either as Irene Craigmile
or Irene Bolam in the latter part of the Twentieth Century.
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 forensically confirmed
Joseph A. Gervais was correct in 1970, when he asserted his belief that the Irene Craigmile Bolam in the 1965 35MM
photograph he took, displayed directly below in full color, was not the original Irene Craigmile. RATHER,
she actually was the former Amelia Earhart, just as he had professed the last forty-years of his life.
The post-World War Two
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.
Amelia's long-ago acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile (1932-1933) next to one of the plane's she learned to
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.
©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'
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:
©2017 'The 1997-2017
Above: The third post-war 'new' Irene
Craigmile in 1946. Below, the same photo combined with an Amelia photo.
©2017 'The 1997-2017
Above, the 1965 Joe Gervais photo of Irene Craigmile
Bolam. Below, superimposed with an Amelia photo. ©2017 'The
1997-2017 Swindell Study'
Below: The 'plurality
quandary' of Amelia Earhart's 1930s acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile, whose name Amelia acquiesced for
her own later-life use.
the story: Again above is an old newspaper photo of the original Irene Craigmile in 1930, shown between her then
husband, Charles J. Craigmile, and her father, R. J. O'Crowley. In 1931, a year after this photo was taken, Charles Craigmile
died after his appendix burst. He was forty-two years old at the time. His newly widowed wife, the original Irene
Craigmile, was only twenty-six.
Below is a 1934 photo of the original Irene Craigmile
with her new son, Clarence, who she conceived out of wedlock in 1933. She eloped to marry to the father of her child, one
Alvin Heller, in order to legitimize his birth. Their 'shotgun wedding' quickly failed though--and was annulled as well after
it became known Al Heller was still legally married to another woman when he eloped with the original Irene. The
annulment reverted the original Irene's surname back to 'Craigmile.' However, their son, Clarence, maintained the
'Heller' surname listed on his birth certificate.
Approximate to all of this happening in the mid-late 1930s, the
original Irene Craigmile no longer appeared in plain view--and in due time any and all clear photo
evidence of her person was removed from circulation.
Above: The original Irene Craigmile
in 1934 with her son, Clarence
Note: The original Irene Craigmile's son and
only child was Clarence 'Larry' Heller. In 2006 and again in 2014, Larry Heller positively identified a different person to
have been his mother than the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile (Bolam). As it turned out, the woman Mr. Heller
recognized as his mother, shown directly below, was actually his adoptive mother. (He was not strongly imprinted
with his biological mother, the original Irene Craigmile.) To this day, resulting from an arrangement contrived several
decades ago, the general public remains unaware of what happened to the original Irene Craigmile, whose left over
identity ended up being shared by Larry Heller's adoptive surrogate mother and the former Amelia Earhart.
'Hard to believe, but true.
Son ID'd Irene Craigmile, 1940
mentioned, in 2006 and again in 2014, the original Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, Clarence 'Larry'
Heller, positively identified the person in the above photograph to have been his 'mother' as she looked "around 1940."
Digital Face Recognition concluded this Irene Craigmile and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam), displayed
below, were not the same human being, although according to history,
they should have been.
Post-WWII only Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1946
[Note face template comparison below.]
Post-WWII only Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1965
[Face template matched Amelia via Digital Face Recognition.]
Earhart with her 1930s flight trainer, Paul Mantz.
Amelia & the post-war only,
Above, Amelia's face template is superimposed with her post-World War Two image in 1946. This comparison sample from
The Swindell Study used the earliest dated photo displaying Amelia's person re-identified as 'Irene Craigmile.' At
the time it was taken she had recently been ensconced as a new employee of the People's Bank of Mineola, Long Island. Twelve
years later, in 1958, she left the banking industry to marry Englishman and Radio Luxembourg executive, Guy Bolam. For several
decades the public has been encouraged by the Smithsonian, the National Geographic Society, opposing theorists, and certain
members of Amelia's own family not to believe this obvious reality. Recall here, how decades passed before the post-war, Charles
Lindbergh alias of 'Careu Kent' was finally verified in 2004. The Swindell Study results combined with Digital
Face Recognition technology proved how a person's eyes do not deceive them--where Amelia's post-war alias of 'Irene'
was ever in question.
Craigmile in 1940, as verified
in 2014 by her son, Larry Heller.
only Irene Craigmile
in 1946, not recognized by her son.
As mentioned, the above photograph marks the earliest dated picture in circulation
(1946) of the former Amelia Earhart.
Above, the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam)
a career as a pilot once, Major, but I gave all that up years ago." 1965 quote from the post-World
War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam), FKA 'Amelia Earhart' as spoken to Major Joseph
A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) Above photo taken in Jamaica in 1976. (Courtesy
of the Diana Dawes collection.)
"Amelia Earhart had been acquainted with the original
Irene Craigmile in the 1930s. It was the original Irene Craigmile's name Amelia ended up using for herself in her
later-life years. This long-ignored reality--that the forensic analysis delivered to an obvious state--was first discovered
in the 1960s by a reputable war hero by the name of Joseph A. Gervais, only to be shouted-down ever since." Tod Swindell
"Though sometimes ridiculed by those unaware of how deeply he had investigated Irene Craigmile's
past, Joseph A. Gervais was right all along. From a forensic research and human comparison standpoint, it is now recognized
to be true that there had been more than one person attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity, and the post-World War
Two Mrs. Irene
Craigmile Bolam most certainly was, previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' Anymore the so-called
'Earhart mystery' has to do with when, where, how, and why this came to be." Tod
Below find journalist,
Rosalea Barker's take on the wide variety of conflicting investigations that looked into Amelia Earhart's disappearance over
the years in comparison to the new millennium collaboration of Joseph A. Gervais and Tod Swindell:
"I felt like I was trying to separate black sheep from white in
a computer game that kept randomly changing the colour of sheep. Just when I thought all of the facts had been marshalled
in support of one Earhart theory, those same facts would be marshalled in support of another, completely opposite one. I
attended the Western Air and Space Museum's 'Amelia Earhart Seminar' because I'd seen the list of presenters and it was, I
thought, a goldmine of people who would be able to help my research into the Pacific Theatre during the Second World War--radio
operators, retired Navy captains, combat fighter pilots. But such is the seductive power of the intrigue surrounding Earhart's
disappearance, that by lunchtime on Saturday I was as hooked as journalist, Joe Klaas was in 1967 when he met retired US Air
Force Major Joe Gervais, that led to him writing a book called, Amelia Earhart Lives! The book not only focused on
years of investigative research conducted by Joe Gervais, but on his insistence that a woman he met in New York in 1965, Irene
Bolam, used to be Amelia Earhart. And after watching some video and looking at the manuscript of another researcher,
Tod Swindell, who consulted with and studied the methods of experts to compare IB and AE physically--I think Joe Gervais was
right." New Zealand
Stateside journalist, Rosalea Barker, commenting on an Amelia Earhart research symposium she attended at the Oakland, California
Western Air and Space Museum.
Rollin C. Reineck in 1944
"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth
forensic analysis of the Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart to show the world they were one in the same
person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), reprinted from his book, Amelia Earhart Survived.
Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002
1965 Gervais photo of Guy and Irene
The (Subdued) Historical Importance of Joseph A. Gervais
By Tod Swindell
When I first came to know Major
Joseph A. Gervais in 1996, the renowned Amelia Earhart world-flight investigator whose trusty 35MM camera clicked the 1965
photo of Guy and Irene, I was surprised to learn a forensic comparison analysis of Irene's and Amelia's physical beings,
character traits, and full life histories had never been done before. So I consulted with experts and set out to orchestrate
one. As my Study progressed, beyond confirming that Amelia Earhart had known the original Irene Craigmile, it additionally
revealed how the once world-famous pilot was actually closer to the original Irene's aunt, a New York attorney she
knew through the international Zonta organization for professional women they both belonged to. It was through this friendship
that Amelia met and came to know the original Irene Craigmile, a once fledgling pilot who never really flew much--and
never belonged to the Zontas or the 99's as Amelia did.
The complete analysis made it clear: The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam), who Major
Gervais met and photographed in 1965, was not the original Irene Craigmile. Instead, at some point, perhaps
during the late stages of the war, the original Irene Craigmile's identity was made available for Amelia to henceforth
use... and to this day the general public remains unaware of what became of the original Irene Craigmile.
Retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais, was first to discover and reveal
this historical reality. The reason so many people never heard of him is because his solving of the missing person case of
Amelia Earhart by way of producing her body evidence in the form of the post-war Irene Craigmile Bolam, was categorically
subdued after Gervais went public with his discovery in 1970--by the former Amelia
Earhart herself, her sister, Muriel, and general 'official silence' toward the matter. It remained that way from that point
on, until Gervais and myself joined forces to deliver clarity to it all.
was there a head-to-toe, tear-duct to tear-duct physical match, but all character traits aligned as well;
handwriting, voice, friends, associates, associations, etc.
to toe, shoulder to shoulder; older to younger, younger to older,
they proved to be a perfect match to unlock a long ago, strong-cover latch.
Irene used to be Amelia or Amelia became Irene,
'twas never a false truth, nor a diabolical scheme.
Most turned a blind eye and went looking for her plane,
although such tomfoolery was always inane.
Others bet wages on decoys--showing how naive they could be,
while Amelia stared back averring to all,
"I did not sink in the sea!"
Above: Amelia Earhart's younger and older selves
combined stare back at the viewer. This is a true reality. Even so, the vast majority of people who heard about the Irene-Amelia
controversy always found it hard to fathom the idea of Amelia quietly living-on--and then adapting a preference for future
anonymity. This is because at some point in decades past they became convinced by numerous persuasions (see the 'Wikipedia'
example below) to accept that Amelia's ongoing existence well after she went missing was not true. Today, anyone genuinely
concerned about this might take heart in knowing there is nothing more real than the truth, and by now it has grown to exist
as a plain truth beyond all persuasions, that Amelia Earhart did quietly live-on after she went missing... and in
time changed her name to Irene.
In 2007, not long after
Tod Swindell and some of his ongoing study results appeared on a National Geographic Channel special about Amelia Earhart,
information about it was incorrectly conveyed through Wikipedia by a malcontent individual, one 'Dr. Alex Mandel.' Dr. Mandel,
a self-described "Amelia Earhart fanatic" created a misleading 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' page. His page contended
the assertion of Amelia Earhart continuing to live-on before changing her name to 'Irene' in pursuit of future privacy--was
proved false by a detective that had been hired by the National Geographic Society. This led to other 'malcontents' jumping
on to his false-reality bandwagon. True reality, however, shows the assertion was never proved false. In fact, the detective
Dr. Mandel referenced by name, Kevin Richlin, will verify to anyone he did not 'prove' the assertion false. As well, since
the National Geographic Channel aired its Amelia Earhart special those years ago, the truth of Amelia's post-loss survival
and name-change to 'Irene' continued to grow to a point where anymore it exists as an obvious reality. To further edify
this revelation for yourself, continue to review the volumes of information and comparison results pulled from The 1997-2017
Swindell Study on display in Irene-Amelia.com ...while comprehending it is all quite real.
Amy Kleppner (above) is a philosopher, writer, teacher, adventurer,
and Amelia Earhart's niece. Even though the truth of her famous aunt living beyond World War Two as 'Irene' is now
obvious, Amy chooses not to forsake her tradition of denying it just as her mother, Muriel, did before her. The Smithsonian's
respect for Amy's preference to 'offer no credence' to the Amelia became known as Irene truth prevents the
public from embracing the reality of it.
A Veritable Punch In The Gut
By Tod Swindell
Over the years so many great
books featuring stories about Amelia Earhart--or specifically focusing on her person have been published. This includes the
great new Keith O'Brien book, Fly Girls (shown above) issued in 2019.
The automatic Amelia Earhart go-to biographies from the past
are those authored by Mary S. Lovell, Doris Rich, and Susan Butler. Susan Ware's Still Missing: Amelia Earhart and the
Search for Modern Feminism best portrays the enormous impact and immeasurable influence Amelia Earhart's persona had--not
only on American pop-culture--but globally as well.
All past Amelia Earhart biographies, of course, ended the story of Amelia's life on
July 2, 1937, the date she failed to report to Howland Island while nearing the end of her world-flight journey. To the millions
by now who have read and thoroughly digested them, it marks a veritable punch in their common gut to stoically advance in
a believable manner--that the complete history of Amelia Earhart's full life story each book presented--ended decades
before the physical body that housed Amelia Earhart's being actually ceased to exist.
This is why, in a way, it is
a true statement to say the Amelia Earhart who the world knew and loved so well did leave forever on July 2, 1937. For the
person she became after she went missing featured some readjusted core values that left her feeling different about things
in general throughout the remainder of her days. This most definitely included her own recognized reality
of no longer wanting to be a famous, public-life person due to her own thought processing.
Books that deeply researched and focused on the so-called
'mystery' of Amelia Earhart's 1937 'disappearance' put out by reputable publishers dating back to the 1960s,
foremost include Fred Goerner's, The Search For Amelia Earhart (1966), the Joe Klaas book, Amelia Earhart Lives
(1970), the Vincent Loomis book, Amelia Earhart: The Final Story (1985), and Randall Brink's, Lost Star: The Search
for Amelia Earhart (1994). Among them, the 1970 Klaas book and the 1994 Brink book were the only ones to seriously present
the possibility of Amelia's ongoing existence well beyond the World War Two era--with a different name applied to her person.
the onset of researching his book in 1980, Randall Brink personally interviewed the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile
(Bolam) twice, leaving him to later describe in his book the assertion of her having been the living, former Amelia
Earhart as a "tantalizingly persistent account." After Randall Brink reviewed key portions of The 1997-2017
Swindell Study results, he ultimately drew his alternate hypothesis conclusion, agreeing that the post-World War Two Irene
Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart could only have existed as one in the same life-long human being.
The Story Continues
Eighty-two years ago, Amelia Earhart
was declared "missing." Fifty years ago, in 1969, the McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, one of the largest and most
reputable publishers in the world, green-lighted the book, Amelia Earhart Lives to be issued. The book was based on
ten-years of investigative research conducted by one Joseph A. Gervais--who concluded Amelia Earhart quietly survived
after she was declared missing and that she was alive and well in the United States then, going by a different name. His claim
was taken seriously until the enigmatic woman who he asserted to be the 'former' Amelia Earhart refuted it. After
that, within weeks the book was being called a 'hoax' and was removed from the marketplace. However, the woman in question,
the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam), never proved she was not the former Amelia Earhart--and
as displayed in the Study, Joseph
A. Gervais' postulation about Amelia Earhart's continued existence as a renamed person was not off the mark.
Above, from The 1997-2017 Swindell
Study, this story appeared in the Asbury Park Evening Press on July 24, 1974, a date that marked Amelia Earhart's 77th
birthday. The public was largely unaware that the question concerning the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam's true
past still remained unanswered--four years after the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives asserted her to be the former
Amelia Earhart. By then the story about her had become
buried by other headline dominating controversies--such as the 1971 Pentagon Papers leak and the Watergate Scandal. Three
weeks after the above article ran, President Richard Nixon resigned due to his Watergate connection. Nine months later, in
1975, the fall of Saigon took place thus ending the Vietnam War--that the Pantagon Papers had revealed to be 'non-winnable.'
Soon after that, as her defamation lawsuit closed out its fifth year, few people were
aware that the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam had been asked to submit her fingerprints
to positively prove her identity. She refused to do so and optioned to settle her case against Amelia Earhart Lives
author, Joe Klaas, and investigative researcher, Joseph A. Gervais, for a mutual consideration amount of $10.00 ...that she
paid to them and they paid to her. The book's publisher, McGraw-Hill, was ordered to pay her $60,000 for what her attorney called "reputation damaging allegations" Amelia Earhart Lives contained
but provided no evidence to support.
Among them, it inferred she was a potential 'bigamist' who may have been a 'traitor to her country.' She flat out denied both
insinuations, but the bottom line, however, after all was said and done, was that she never proved she was not the former Amelia Earhart, and as The
Swindell Study results display, 'Amelia Earhart' most definitely had been the previous name of the post-World War
Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.
Next: How history initially viewed Amelia Earhart's missing person case and then quickly gave up on it.
Here's a brief look at
how United States history managed to swiftly close the book on Amelia Earhart's 'missing person case':
With no evidence to substantiate it, ever since the pre-World War Two
era the general public was encouraged to accept that Amelia Earhart died, "on or around July 2,
1937," the date she was reported 'missing' amid odd circumstances. Then in January of 1939, a year and
a half after she went missing, Amelia Earhart was legally declared "dead in absentia" thus closing
the book on her missing person case. Yet in subsequent decades much telling information was gathered that pointed
to a rush to judgment that left behind a miscalculated conclusion.
After Amelia's Missing Person Case Was Prematurely
In the decades that followed Amelia Earhart being declared "dead in absentia," a variety of conflicting
reports attempted to explain what really happened to her: "She was captured and executed," "She
died in a foreign prison," "She crashed her plane into the ocean," and "She died a castaway's
death on a desert island," became the most promoted ideas among them. Contrarily, any suggestions that presented
the possibility of Amelia continuing to live-on were swiftly dismissed. That is, until The 1997-2017 Swindell Study
results presented the first comprehensive analysis to clearly exhibit Amelia Earhart's continued existence
well beyond 1937, with a different name applied to her person.
On the subject of the post-World War Two Mrs.
Irene Craigmile (Bolam), (shown in another comparison below) since 1970, scholars kept asking a lingering, unanswered
question about this highly respected, all
be her 'enigmatic' woman. The Swindell Study learned how after World War Two she emerged from nowhere to begin working
as a respected figure in the New York banking industry, and to acquaintances she sometimes described herself as a 'former pilot' who 'used to know' Amelia
Earhart. Anymore, however, by virtue of the Study, the reality of her past is now clearly observable in a forensic way...
and there is no going back.
Tear-Duct To Tear-Duct
Above: Top row Amelia's eyes; Second row Irene's eyes;
Third row superimposed in perfect alignment.
©2017 'The 1997-2017
Handwriting Comparison Intro
Below find two exhibits from the handwriting portion of the study. The first one features a 1967 sample of the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) cursive handwriting compared to Amelia Earhart's
own cursive, "Amelia M Earhart" High School signature.
Notice here as well, the post-war Irene's use of non-denial
'denial' language within her reply letter to Joseph A. Gervais, who two years after they met each other had written to
inquire if she was previously known as 'Amelia Earhart.' They day they met in 1965--at a gathering of pilots from the 'golden
age' of aviation--is when retired Air Force Major, Joseph A. Gervais, a formidable pilot himself, first began to suspect
the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) to be the living, former Amelia Earhart--who had somehow 'privately
survived and assumed a new identity' after she was declared 'missing.'
In her present-tense rebuttal here, the post-war Irene refers
Joseph A. Gervais to two long time pilot friends of hers, Viola Gentry and Elmo Pickerill, 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
In consideration of some
opinions expressed about the Irene-Amelia controversy...
"It did become evident that Amelia's family, the original
Irene Craigmile's family, and the Smithsonian Institution did not like what I had done. The study I conducted revealed how
this five-decades-old, never proved-false claim was true all along--in lieu of common influences that left people believing
it wasn't true ever since 1970, when the 'claim' of Amelia's quiet survival and name-change to 'Irene' first made national
headlines. The problem remained though, that no one ever proved it wasn't true because it wasn't possible.
Now it is clear that Amelia did live-on after she went missing and later became known as 'Irene,' and that there was more
than one person attributed to the same 'Irene' identity. Although the general public still finds it difficult to accept this
truth, where the study results made it so obvious, it is time for history to address the reality of it as pragmatically as
possible." Tod Swindell, 2019
Dr. Tom Crouch
The Smithsonina's Dr. Tom Crouch always has--and continues to this day--to influence
news media sources not to pay attention to the Amelia became Irene truth, even though by now it has evolved to exist as an
obvious reality. It is time for Dr. Crouch and his constituents to get real about this.
Oddly professing to know what Amelia's own preference would
be, the Smithsonian's Dorothy Cochrane as well refuses to endorse the now obvious reality of the post-World War Two 'Irene
Craigmile (Bolam)' having been previously known as, Amelia Earhart.
Amelia, age thirty-one
Above Center: Again from The 1997-2017 Swindell
Study, Amelia Earhart at age thirty-one and a 1970 photo of the post-World War Two 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile
(Bolam)' digitally superimposed.
"The girl in brown who walks alone."
One-line description of Amelia Earhart from her senior high school
Below: Two 1976 photos of the former Amelia Earhart signing autographs after reading some of her poetry at
a Zonta function held in Detroit, Michigan. When she was known as 'Amelia' she was much appreciated for her poetry. Amelia
was also the Zonta's most famous member in the 1930s. The original Irene Craigmile was never a Zonta member, but her attorney
aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who Amelia knew well, had been a charter Zonta member and one of its chapter presidents.
No doubt attorney Irene was keenly instrumental with Amelia's World War Two era conversion that left her further known as,
'Irene Craigmile.' [Photos courtesy of pilot-author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, who attended the event that day.]
In the above-left photo, the post-World War Two Mrs.
Irene Craigmile (Bolam), AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart' shown in the center dressed in brown and adorning her trademark
pendant, signs autographs for some of the attendees. In the above right photo, the former Amelia Earhart's face-profile is
to the far left. Below: Amelia Earhart's former and later-life face profiles are superimposed using the upper-right
Of note, there is little doubt Amelia had some post-loss surgical
work done that slightly altered her visage. The now late, Dr. Walter S. Birkby, a well-recognized Forensic Anthropologist
in his time who served as a consultant and advisor for Tod Swindell, determined she might have endured a 'deviated septum
rhinoplasty' procedure and possibly some 'skin tucking' that slightly furrowed her brow. Even back then these would not have
been extensive or dangerous procedures, but along with her older-age fashion and hair style changes they made it more difficult
for people to recognize her once famous image. Joseph A. Gervais still did manage to recognize her though, when he encountered
her face-to-face in 1965 at an 'Early Birds of Aviation' luncheon in New York, thus placing him on a treadmill of
truth-seeking to learn why Amelia ultimately changed her name--that he remained on to his dying day in 2005.
left, five years before she became famous, Amelia Earhart took a 'Carmen Sandiego-like' selfie by pointing her camera
into a mirror. Above right, from The Swindell Study she's digitally superimposed with
her later-life self.
analysis contained in The 1997-2017 Swindell Study displayed how the post-World War Two 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' used
to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.' However, as of this writing constituents of the Smithsonian Institution--along with the families
of Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile have yet to endorse this truth--even though it now stands
out as an obvious reality. It seems their common preference is for the general public to ignore the
reality of Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence with a different name--in favor of always believing and accepting
that Amelia 'must have died somehow' approximate to when she became a 'missing person' in 1937.
Next: More On The Original 'Irene Craigmile,'
Who Amelia Earhart Was Acquainted With In The 1930s
Above: An old newspaper photo
of the original Irene Craigmile. As part of a thoroughly arranged effort to enable Amelia Earhart's post-loss name
change, The Swindell Study discovered how clear photos of the original Irene Craigmile were expunged
at some point, leaving them to no longer be evident in the public realm. So much
enabled the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) to not be indentified in photos of Irene Craigmile prior to the
mid-1940s, since she did not exist as Irene Craigmile before then. [This is a true statement solidly edified within The
Swindell Study results]
"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 original Irene's husband of three years, Charles Craigmile, tragically died the year before.) The newspaper
image quality is very poor, especially of the original Irene Craigmile who is fully shaded between pilots Viola Gentry
(a past good friend of Amelia's) and Edith Foltz. The original Irene Craigmile was not yet a licensed pilot at the
time this photo was taken. As soon as she became a licensed pilot in mid-1933, she realized she was pregnant out of wedlock,
gave birth to her child in 1934, and barely flew again until her pilot's license lapsed in 1937." Tod Swindell
Above, as depicted in the title of Monica Kulling's 1996 book, at
the time it was published pop culture had long-been conditioned to consider that Amelia Earhart 'vanished without a trace'
in 1937, even though such a thing never really happened.
"Amelia Earhart did not 'vanish' as so often
described. (People do not actually do that.) Rather, after she went missing--having been thrust into a situation that no doubt
featured some trying circumstances--she continued to exist away from the public eye. Then during the World War Two era, after
developing a yen for ongoing privacy in her future years, she took the name of a 1930s acquaintance of hers, Irene Craigmile,
after it was made available to her. Some twenty-years later she was discovered living as 'Irene' in New York. Five-years after
that, in 1970, she was called-out for who she used to
be against her will. So much engaged her ever-commanding presence to publicly decry the reality of her past--and everyone believed her." Tod Swindell
"Over the nine years spanning her first and last transoceanic
flights, Amelia Earhart became one of the most famous women in the world. The private Amelia disliked that fame intensely."
Earhart author-historian, Doris Rich
"After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."
Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a later life close friend of the former Amelia Earhart
History To Consider
A Brief Look At Amelia Earhart's Nine Years Of Fame
In 1928, at the the age of thirty, Amelia Earhart suddenly found
herself famous for becoming the first woman to fly in an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean. Four years later, she became
the first woman to solo a plane across the Atlantic and only the second person since Charles Lindbergh. As a result, for the
next five years she was one of the most famous women in the world--until she suddenly became a missing person on the opposite
side of the globe. Here are a few observations about her rise to fame--and the viewpoint she maintained about being famous:
"God, the world hounded
that woman after she became famous." A quote from Jackie Cochran, talking about her 1930s friend, Amelia Earhart
private Amelia hated that fame intensely."Author-historian, Doris
Rich describes how Amelia Earhart felt about being world famous.
drifted into adulthood with only vague ideas of her future. When she did become famous, she didn't like it much." "People
expected Earhart to spend her life speaking out, teaching, and flying for adventure and joy. But then she mysteriously vanished--and
so became a legend." Quotes from author-historian, Adam Woog on Amelia Earhart
"In 1937, Amelia Earhart announced that her world flight would be her 'last great flight.'
She also said she would no longer be 'flying for records,' and she told reporters that Jackie Cochran was the new woman pilot
they should start paying attention to. A few months later, Amelia went missing. A year and a half after that she was declared
'dead in absentia.' Nine months after that, in September of 1939, Germany invaded Poland to begin World War Two, leaving most
of the curiosity toward what happened to Amelia Earhart lost in the following war-time shuffle. That is until 1959, when the
private investigation dubbed, "Operation Earhart" by USAF Captains Joseph A. Gervais and Bob Dinger commenced in
the region Amelia went missing--in an effort to determine what really happened to her. Six years later, in 1965, Joseph A.
Gervais met the post-World War Two only 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' face-to-face at a lunch
gathering of prominent pilots from the Golden Age of Aviation--and he recognized her as the former
Amelia Earhart. Five years later, he went public with his 'Operation Earhart' conclusion within the context of the book, Amelia
Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas. After that, although endlessly subjected to naysayers and ridicule, Joseph A. Gervais never
denied having met the former Amelia Earhart in 1965--all the way to his dying day in 2005. This is because he was
certain about it, where he had studied Amelia's missing person case and her later existence as 'Irene' enough to fully understand
and accept that he knew what he knew." Tod Swindell
Greta Garbo: A Prime Example Of
One Individual's 'Psyche' No Longer Wanting To Be Recognized As A 'World Famous' Person:
"I never said,
""I want to be alone."" What I did say was, ""I want to be left alone."" The
words of Greta Garbo. [Note: At age 36 in 1941, Greta Garbo chose to abandon her superstar motion picture career in Hollywood. She
never returned to it, opting to live in relative obscurity for the remainder of her days.]
Above left: Greta Garbo at the height of
her fame in the mid-1930s. Above right: By the 1960s, nary a soul recognized her anymore when she resided in New York
City's upper east side--and she preferred it that way.
"Amelia Earhart was 39 when she went missing in 1937, and while
later continuing on with her quiet existence
she outdid Greta Garbo in her quest to further live a non-public life. As the former Amelia Earhart grew to old
age she continued to write poetry and to study
philosophy, most particularly the writings of Carl Jung. It clearly is time for the
world public to finally know the full value of Amelia Earhart's complete life story.
She was not without her faults, but she was truly an amazing individual human being in both her younger and older
forms." Tod Swindell
"The only reason people had a hard time taking the 'Amelia became known as Irene' truth seriously
in years past was because they were told not to by 'important sounding' individuals. National press circuit figureheads
were clearly subjected to this same directive. In contrast, had people been encouraged to take it seriously as they should
have been, this now observable reality would have been verified and rationally understood decades ago." Tod Swindell
"Some have tried--and still do try to claim otherwise--but
the truth is Amelia Earhart was an excellent, highly skilled pilot. So too was her world-flight
navigator, Fred Noonan, listed among the best air-over-ocean navigators in the world in the 1930s. Fred Noonan was a pilot
as well, and he and Amelia were both excellent radio operators. These formidable 'plane piloting attributes' of theirs were
often dismissed or misconstrued to the negative after their disappearance. In their given time period, however,
both Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan proved themselves as top-level aviators when it came to every aspect of piloting
an aircraft. They were not deficient in any way." Tod Swindell
study comprehensively analyzed the most significant findings accumulated on Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight ending over
the years, dating back to the time the event occurred. It also culminated with a conclusion achieved by forensically comparing
Amelia Earhart to the enigmatic, Irene Craigmile (Bolam), whose same identity, as his analysis discovered and revealed,
had been attributed to three different Twentieth Century women--and the former Amelia Earhart was one of them."
Ronald Reuther, former head of the Oakland Air and Space Museum.
From The Contra Costa Times
"Tod Swindell told the audience Saturday, ""The
executive branch of the government was aware of Earhart on a level the rest of the
public wasn't."" Swindell discussed letters, tapes and presidential communications that surfaced many
years after Earhart's disappearance that provided tenuous clues." Linda Davis of The
Contra Costa Times, reports on Ronald Reuther's Investigative Research Consortium
held at the Oakland Air and Space Museum.
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 he died) even more people had suspected that the post-World War Two woman known as
'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' had previously been known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
Charles Lindbergh, AKA 'Lindy'
Amelia, misspelled 'Earheart' above
Charles Lindbergh and Amelia
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 well-known pilot, Jackie Cochran, recalling her friend, Amelia Earhart, who in 1932 became the first woman to
solo a plane across the Atlantic. Jackie, the first woman to break the sound barrier, 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 Earhart
was legally declared "dead in absentia." Just the same, the true circumstances of her world fight
outcome continued to remain 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.
Amelia Earhart Remembered in Photographs...
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, also
focused on the life of another pilot from the 1930s who had been acquainted with Amelia Earhart. Her name was 'Irene Craigmile'
and in 1970, few had ever heard of her before when she suddenly made national headlines. Yet, there was a good reason for
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,
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.
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.
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 that was never to be disturbed.
According to a 1982 newspaper article, this photo shows the original
Irene Craigmile with her son, Clarence 'Larry' Heller, 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.
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.
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.
©2017 'The 1997-2017
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.
One more look: As mentioned, the above 1970 best-selling book
by Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives, in time wound up being derided and withdrawn from stores for suggesting that Amelia
Earhart continued to privately live-on for many years after she went missing--with the name of 'Irene' newly applied to her
person. This is because a few far-fetched ideas the book presented in its attempt to explain how Amelia survived--and why
she changed her name--overshadowed the solid investigative research it contained. Not to leave out, due to what she felt were
some misleading suggestions it featured about her, the still-living former Amelia Earhart herself refused to endorse
it. Instead, she ended up suing Joe Klaas, Joseph A. Gervais, (whose ten-year investigation was the book was based on) and
the McGraw-Hill publishing company for defamation--in a case that lasted five years and had nothing to do with whether
she was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart. Because of this drawn-out lawsuit people lost interest
in the assertion of her past identity to the point of no longer viewing her as suspect, leaving the book to be largely forgotten
today. Anymore though, the first-ever 'comparison analysis' found within The 1997-2017 Swindell Study revealed
how Amelia Earhart Lives actually did strike a chord of pure truth--when it came to answering the 'past
identity' question of the post-World War Two individual known as, Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam.) It is now a 100%
certain reality--she was previously known as, "Amelia Earhart."
Continue previewing the upcoming documentary featuring
The 1997-2017 Swindell Study results:
Above: Again, the 1977 photo portrait of the
War Two, proudly posed, wings adorned, Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam). This is the same Irene who appeared
in the 1960s' photographs with her then husband, Guy Bolam. While she commanded great respect among those who knew her in
her later years, it turned out she was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s. This was because she had previously
been known as, "Amelia Earhart."
Below, the "plural" Irene's Rear Admiral Tissot referred to.
Since the 1970s, people were led to believe these two individuals were the same person. Digital Face Recognition and a multitude
of other comparisons displayed in The Swindell Study proved they were not the same person--and it wasn't even close.
Irene Craigmile, 1940
Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1965
From the 'facial recognition' portion of The Swindell Study, Amelia
Earhart's face was digitally compared to that of the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam). This had never been
done before. The samples displayed below exist among hundreds that also compared their head-to-toe physical bodies and personal
character traits. The Study deeply investigated the original Irene Craigmile's background as well, to include executing
a signed agreement that enabled interviews with her 1934 born son, Clarence 'Larry' Heller--who in 2006, and again
to edify in 2014, identified a different person to have been his 'mother' than the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile
(Bolam). This was a major breakthrough where ever since 1970, when the controversy over who 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' really
was first made national headlines--the general public was encouraged to accept that the original Irene Craigmile
and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) were one in the same person--when in fact they were entirely different
Amelia Earhart in 1937
Amelia digitally superimposed with her later-life self
in 1965, shown on the right. The former Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence was first discovered in the 1960s, although
it was not officially endorsed to the public.
Above, the post-World War Two 'Irene' in 1965, FKA 'Amelia' as she
appeared in the 1970 Joe Klaas book, Amelia Earhart Lives.
Below, according to history, the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile
(Bolam), who clearly aligned with Amelia Earhart above, was the same person as the one identified by Irene Craigmile's 1934
born son directly below. The Swindell Study delivered the reality of more than one person identified as the same 'Irene'
to an obvious state by way of forensically proving they were not one in the same human being.
Craigmile in 1940, as identified by her son.
photos digitally superimposed display the congruence
Craigmile Bolam in the 1970s, identified by her son
Above is the cover of Irene Craigmile Bolam's Memorial Dinner Program.
Her death was recorded on July 7, 1982, although it remains unclear who actually died on that day; the Irene on the program
cover who was identified by her son--or the former Amelia Earhart who used his mother's identity in her later life
years. The '1970s' photo on the program cover was provided by her son and only child, Clarence, who turned forty-eight in
1982. It does not depict the image of the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam below, AKA 'the former Amelia
Earhart' shown in the 1965 photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais.
"This is not a new idea or suggestion. The late USAF Major
Joseph A. Gervais (1924-2005), a military hero who flew missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam discovered the 'Amelia
became Irene' truth after deeply investigating it a half-century ago. It was just never publicly endorsed or forensically
verified--so people had a hard time believing it. Now it has been forensically verified and it's time for those who dominate
the official history of what became of Amelia Earhart to stop deceiving the public about it. Instead, it is time
for official history to address this now understood reality head-on. Yet the ones leading the charge will have to
command the same level of courage Amelia herself did--in order to bring an end to the rather awkward tradition of official
historians treating the general U.S. citizenry like fools--where it pertains to the true aftermath of Amelia Earhart's 1937
world flight outcome." Tod Swindell
one has single-handedly done more to advance the reality of Amelia Earhart's private-life continued existence than Tod Swindell.
The forensic equation he produced is infallible." Stateside Journalist, Rosalea Barker
Senator Hiram Bingham and Amelia Earhart
'Irene' in 1965, FKA 'Amelia'
'Irene' in 1977, FKA 'Amelia'
Above: The post-World War Two Irene and Amelia
Above: The post-World War Two Irene and Amelia
Another note about the post-World War Two, Mrs. Irene
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, 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' as the former Amelia Earhart--even though Amelia Earhart definitely
was who she used to be.
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.
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
Below: Irene to Amelia, ©2017 'The 1997-2017
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 early 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
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.