Examining the Controversy of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance and the Claim of her 'Private' Survival

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"You're onto something that will stagger your imagination."
As quoted above in 1962, newly retired United States Navy Commander, John Pillsbury refers to a different reality
concerning what happened to Amelia Earhart in 1937 to CBS's Earhart disappearance investigator, Fred Goerner. 

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Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10E in Paramaribo during her world flight.

"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

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Overview
 
Until recent years most people believed enough was already known about the life story of Amelia Earhart. Just like people thought they knew all there was to know about Charles Lindbergh before 2005, the year it was confirmed Lindbergh had led a double life from the 1950s to the 1970s using the alias of "Careu Kent" while working long stretches as a CIA operative in Germany, even fathering three children there while doing so. Lindbergh's famous stateside wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh died in 2001 never knowing a thing about it.
 
With the Amelia Earhart story, the last few decades bore cottage industries claiming to know where her plane ended up. Their exuded confidence led to millions of dollars being donated to fund major expeditions, all of which failed. Make no mistake, donating money to find Amelia's plane was always a bad investment, in that Amelia's plane ended up nowhere near to where people thought it did. Most also don't realize how the mystery attributed to Amelia Earhart actually came to exist by default, as a result of the 'official silence' regard maintained toward the controversy surrounding her ever since she and her navigator, Fred Noonan were said to have 'disappeared without a trace' in 1937. 

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Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) AKA "Careu Kent" 1950s-1970s.
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The Gervais-Irene Bolam, AKA "Amelia Earhart" prior to World War Two.

Irene-Amelia.com examines Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance by scrutinizing key discoveries of past investigators--summarily swept under the rug of official history and subsequently left out of  high school and college text-books. The upper-left page links offer an in-depth study of the realities and obfuscations attributed to Earhart's disappearance, and they feature samples from the first-ever Forensic Comparison Analysis pertaining to the life of the highly enigmatic, Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile (Heller) (Bolam) whose singular identity, as learned in recent years, had been attributed to three different individuals. Rest assured, Amelia Earhart's 'post-disappearance' reality was never intentionally clouded by a vast conspiracy. More simply put, it was destined to remain purposefully ignored along with many other 'difficult to explain' cataclysmic outcomes caused by the hostile geopolitical climate of the World War Two era. Akin to different nations' post-war viewpoints toward a variety of war time attrocities, so too was the post-loss reality of Amelia Earhart always to remain viewed by the United States and Japan with a let's move on attitude following the World War Two era.
 
Read on, for the historical debacle that resulted from Amelia Earhart's 1937 'disappearance' is, in a forensic analysis way, most thoroughly and most objectively reviewed right here.

Below: The most recognized published books to have expounded on Amelia's post-loss survival.

CBS Journalist, Fred Goerner's 1966 classic...
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A New York Times Best Seller; ascertained Earhart ended up existing under Japan's auspice.
The 1970 Joe Klaas book w/Joe Gervais
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A New York Times best seller, asserted Amelia privately survived with Japan & U.S. awareness.
By Robert Myers & Barbara Wiley, 1985
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A first-person account; avowed Joe Gervais was right about the 'Irene' he met in 1965.
Randall Brink's 1994 'Best Seller'...
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Brink collaborated with Gervais & was invited to Irene's 1982 Memorial Dinner.
By Colonel Rollin Reineck, 2004
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Displayed portions of Beyond 37's study results, stated the Gervais-Irene was previously Earhart.
By David Bowman, 2005
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Beyond 37's overlay on the cover, Bowman was amazed the Gervais claim was still being asserted.

Beyond 37' is a moniker indentifying Irene-Amelia.com's Forensic Analysis study.

A telling quote from a year after Amelia Earhart's disappearance: "This is a powder keg. Any public discussion of it will furnish the torch for the explosion." U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Claude Swanson in 1938, refers to the 'official silence regard' concerning Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. From Emile Gauvreau's The Wild Blue Yonder, EP Dutton Co., 1944.

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Emile Gauvreau's 1944 classic WWII aviation book, 'The Wild Blue Yonder' is quoted above

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the fate of Amelia Earhart an everlasting mystery." From Marylin Bender & Selig Altschull's Pan Am aviation history book, The Chosen Instrument, 1982, Simon & Schuster. Note: 'Official silence' created the 'mystery' of Amelia Earhart.
 

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The Chosen Instrument by Selig Altschull and
Marylin Bender (Simon & Schuster, 1982) is quoted above

 
This website is not connected to any Amelia Earhart research groups or plane-hunting cottage industries. In recent decades the pursuits of private clubs such as TIGHAR, Nauticos, and the Amelia Earhart Society received the lion's share media attention. However, while offering different theories in their attempts to explain what happened to Earhart and Noonan; TIGHAR's 'they died as castaways on a desert island,' the Amelia Earhart Society's 'they died while in Japan's custody after going down in the Marshall Islands,' and Nauticos' 'they died after crashing and sinking in the Pacific,' they also diluted the more controversial aspects of Amelia Earhart's pre world flight plans and its aftermath, and they completely dismissed the possibility of her continued survival beyond 1937.
 
Introduced as a more in-depth academic alternative (as opposed to a donation gathering or money-making venture) from the time it was launched Irene-Amelia.com has ranked high among internet search engines and currently receives over a million hits a year. It thoroughly addresses the following questions:
 
1.) After not finding Howland Island, did Earhart and Noonan decide to fly hundreds of miles in a direction where they knew no civilization existed, and soon after die as castaways on a desert island?
 
2.)  In Japan's care, would Japan have optioned to let them die, or worse, to execute them after intially rescuing and helping the famous flying duo?
 
3.) With no less than four-to-five hours worth of fuel remaining when they were last heard from, would the duo have continued to all-but aimlessly fly around over the Pacific Ocean without even attempting Amelia's pre-described 'Plan B' option to reach her 'second choice' civilized land mass of the British controlled Gilbert Islands?
 
4.)  Is it plausible the general public was left unaware of something else that transpired after Earhart and Noonan went missing?
 
Consider the following:

Henry P. Morgenthau Jr., second from right...
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...shown with his assitant, Stephen Gibbons, far right.
 
 
"This letter that Mrs. Roosevelt wrote me on trying to get the report on Amelia Earhart, if we're going to release this thing it's just going to smear the whole reputation of Amelia Earhart, I mean if we give it to this one man we've got to make it public. We can't let one man see it." The above quote came from U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr.'s May 13, 1938 Dictaphone recorded response to First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt's personal secretary, Malvina Scheider. Via the Coast Guard Cutter Itasca and additional relays pertaining to Amelia Earhart's disappearance, Morgenthau was the most closely apprised White House individual other than the President on the true circumstances of it all. Further down, notice Morgenthau's comment about Amelia having "absolutely disregarded all orders" and how the 'ruining' of her reputation and legacy was certain if the public were to find out what the White House knew. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Stephen Gibbons, (additionally shown in the photograph) was also in the loop of awareness as evidenced by his additional 1938 recorded comments. To this day the public remains unaware of the 'against all orders' decision Amelia made. It was clear though, the White House continued to remain uncertain of the entirety of Earhart's flight-ending details and its ultimate outcome, as evidenced by an O-2 Intelligence file (released by the FOIA in 1980) displaying questions asked in November of 1938 pertaining to whether Earhart and Noonan had been intercepted and brought down by Japanese fighter pilots. No certifiable information was produced confirming Japan had done such a thing, but the query revealed the U.S. was still fishing for information concerning the duo's actual fate at that time. Please continue.  
 
 

 

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HOW THE 'DISAPPEARANCE' OF AMELIA EARHART AND FRED NOONAN BEGAN:
 
ACCORDING TO HISTORY, ON THE MORNING OF JULY 2, 1937 Amelia Earhart sent her last 'officially recognized' radio transmission at 8:44AM as she and Fred Noonan continued to fly over the Pacific Ocean looking for Howland Island. Awaiting off-shore near Howland, the Coast Guard Cutter, 'Itasca' received messages from Amelia and transmitted back to her. Curiously, while the Itasca heard Amelia's transmissions fairly well, Amelia was unable to hear the Itasca's replies on either of her available frequencies. In the Itasca log's final recorded messages from Amelia, she mentioned her northwest-southeast line of position, "157-337" followed by her widely-contested final words, "We are running north and south." Her plane's fuel supply remained ample at that time; Amelia's Lockheed Electra had a distance range of 4,500 miles and the leg she and Noonan had flown from New Guinea to Howland was 2,550 miles. The duo's last coordinates were generally believed to have been, 'Somewhere In The Vicinity Northwest Of Howland Island, Far To The East-Southeast Of The Gilbert And Marshall Islands.' Even though Earhart and Noonan did not locate Howland--a tiny island amid a vast ocean expanse--they never reported any trouble flying and could easily have made it to another civilized land-mass with their 'Plan B' option. Of note, before she began her world flight Amelia had mentioned to Bureau of Air Commerce Chief, Gene Vidal how if she and Noonan had trouble locating Howland their 'Plan B' was to reserve enough fuel to head back to the British controlled Gilbert Islands, southernly adjacent to the Marshall Islands. (continued further down)

Marshall Islands Ambassador, Alfred Capelle
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Asserted Amelia Earhart "definitely" ended up in the Marshall Islands.
WWII Admiral Chester Nimitz
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Said it was "known and documented in Washington" that Earhart ended up in the Marshall Islands.
Monsignor James Francis Kelley of Seton Hall
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Admitted his awareness of his friend, Amelia's continued 'private' survival after her disappearance.

"Amelia Earhart definitely came to the Marshall Islands in 1937."
The above was described in 2002 to Associated Press reporter Ron Staton by Alfred Capelle, United Nations Ambassador to the Marshall Islands. Prior to the time US Troops occupied it in 1944, Japan had been the ruling government authority in the Marshalls. Based on his country's own history of the time period, Ambassador Capelle believed Amelia Earhart's existence there remained non-public information do to its controversial nature and the tense pre-World War Two years.

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A 'FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT' DECLASSIFIED 0-2 INTELLIGENCE REPORT revealed how after Amelia Earhart's last publicly relayed radio transmission was logged, she sent additional radio transmissions that were officially recorded. The report included how upon Earhart and Noonan abandoning their effort to locate Howland, "She (Amelia) stated she was turning north and they (Earhart and Noonan) continued to be heard at intervals." The 0-2 report also mentioned, "Her signals became fainter as she continued to head north." The report was issued in response to a rumor of Japanese military planes having shot Earhart's plane down after it entered its air space. Australian Air Laison, Colonel H.H.C. Richards conveyed in the 1938 generated 0-2 report that he believed the suggestion was "not the case." Or, Japan fighter planes did not shoot Amelia Earhart's plane down in his opinion. It was also true; for three days Pan Am's Makapu Point station in Hawaii recorded follow up radio transmissions described as 'likely sent from Earhart.' A degree of error bearing correction from the Coast Guard Cutter Itasca to Makapu showed the signals emanating from the direction of the lower Marshall Islands. To date however, no Earhart radio messages besides those exhibited in the Itasca's log that stopped while Earhart and Noonan were in the vicinity of Howland on the morning of July 2, 1937 were ever authorized for public review. Curiously, even the Itasca's radio log was withheld from the public for more than a year by Henry P. Morgenthau, Jr., a key member of FDR's Cabinet. A few months before he finally did make it public, Morgenthau sent a message to First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt displaying his reluctance to release the White House 'final report' on Earhart's flight ending, especially where it concerned a certain choice Earhart made that was "against all orders." He also edified for the First Lady how releasing it would 'ruin' Amelia Earhart's reputation. (continued further down)
 

Below: After she was reported missing Amelia Earhart's image strangely began to require White House protection. This reply to a query made by First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt nine months after Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were declared 'missing persons' reveals the protective stance the White House was actively adhering to:

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In May of 1938 Eleanor Roosevelt's personal secretary, Malvina Scheider delivered the above message to the First Lady in response to a query she made on behalf of Jackie Cochran and Paul Mantz. The two wished to know why the White House refused to release the final recorded details of Amelia Earhart's July of 1937 disappearance. FDR's Cabinet member, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. is referenced in the above note. (See his photo and other transcript inserts below.) Although it is clear the White House withheld information about Amelia Earhart's flight outcome, it never officially commented on why it refused to make it public. Among the information Morgenthau eventually did release, it was evident adjustments had been made to make it non-controversial. For example, its altered version of Earhart's final words included the phrase, "we are running north and south." So much left the public unaware of the final northern-heading Earhart and Noonan ultimately chose. It wasn't until 1983 that the discovered follow-up 'officially recorded' 0-2 Intelligence memo revealed Earhart had specified the duo's final heading as "north," matching her previous statement of 'heading for the Gilberts' if they didn't locate Howland.  

From FDR's Cabinet, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr.
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His duties well exceeded his 'U.S. Secretary of the Treasury' job description.

 
"I know how Amelia Earhart absolutely disregarded all orders, and if we ever release this thing, goodbye Amelia Earhart's reputation." 1938 quote from FDR Presidential Cabinet Member, Henry P. Morgenthau, Jr. in response to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's query on why the White House refused to release the details it knew about Earhart's world flight ending. (See transcript excerpts below.)
 
Ignored since the 1960s, when it was ultimately determined that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan went down in the lower Marshall Islands that were part of Japan's Imperial Mandates,  it was realized that years earlier Morgenthau and others, to include FDR were aware that after Japan's Naval Authority came to the flying duo's aid, Amelia cooperated and consorted with them 'against orders.'
 

Below: Two excerpts from Morgenthau's original May 13, 1938 transcripted response to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's request for information concerning the 'disappearance' of Amelia Earhart. 

From Morgenthau's conversation...
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...with the First Lady's secretary Malvina Scheider about the withheld Earhart disappearance report.
An additional transcript exerpt:
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The lack of a "proper search" referenced the U. S. never searching the Marshalls.

Note: Henry Morgenthau Jr. ended his conversation with Malvina Scheider by suggesting she 'make something up' to appease the First Lady's request. He did offer to personally tell the First Lady 'what happened' if she really wanted to know, but it was clear he didn't want to. Morgenthau professed to know a higher truth about Earhart's world flight outcome, with his assistant, Stephen Gibbons mentioning the White House was privy to some kind of 'evidence' indicating additional search efforts would be pointless. Morgenthau's comments were recorded while he was conducting a meeting on social security reform. Other people were in the room with he and Gibbons at the time, so he was careful while he spoke to Ms. Scheider on the phone. He didn't say it specifically, but he alluded to the idea of Earhart and Noonan having been intercepted, or perhaps even fired upon by Japan as they approached the Marshalls by way of 'wireless messages' pertaining to the 'not a very nice story, last few airborne minutes' Earhart and Noonan experienced additionally conveyed by Morgenthau. Realistically as well, it would have been an important objective for Morgenthau to steer the curious away from learning about Earhart's true fate if it pertained to any willingness she displayed obliging Japan's Naval Authority after her rescue. The matter of the Sino-Japanese War starting on July 7, 1937 (just five days after Earhart and Noonan went missing) that led to the U.S. imposing embargos on Japan and its endorsement of the Flying Tigers no-doubt exasperated the Earhart-loss situation as well.
 
No one doubted Amelia's patriotism, though. And as far as the 'they were spying' theories went, citing their doggedly researched foundations for it, Randall Brink and Fred Goerner, [even Amy Otis Earhart, Amelia's mother] determined there was an alternate 'silent agenda' for Amelia's last flight that was arranged during its preparation stages. Whether those plans amounted to fly-over surveys Earhart and Noonan were to conduct for U.S. Naval Intelligence became the question. Randall Brink and Fred Goerner felt, according to their investigative research findings in Washington DC, the duo may have been requested to conduct fly-over surveys in an effort to detect illegal fortification efforts Japan was engaged with in its Mandated Islands. Similarly, Gervais and Reineck considered the duo might have also been set to begin--or continue doing surveys in a different plane after making it to Hawaii (their last scheduled stop before their stateside return) where an extended layover had been pre-arranged. It was later learned a long aviation double-runway had been surreptitiously constructed in the southwest wilderness section of Niihau at the same time the Howland Island runway was built for the Earhart flight. These hardly-used (if ever at all) Niihau runways are still visible by satellite today.  [See 'The Niihau Plan' on the Forensic Realities page below the Putnam-Cochran articles for more.]

U. N. Marshall Islands Ambassador, Alfred Capelle
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In 2002 he affirmed to Ron Staton of the Associated Press: Earhart definitely came to the Marshall's
2002 Associated Press Article by Ron Staton
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Staton interviewed Capelle at an Earhart Research Symposium
From the Marshall Islands stamp series
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The actual path of Earhart's Electra shows the reroute to the Marshalls

The Marshall Islands Stamp Series
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From Earhart and Noonan's takeoff from New Guinea to their rescue at Mili Atoll

Note: The U.S. Press circuit steered clear in 1987, the year the Republic of the Marshall Islands commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Japan Naval Authority's rescue of Earhart and Noonan at Mili Atoll and its recovery of Earhart's plane, doing so by way of an impressive series of postage stamps. Above are the four stamps together, below are enlargements of each:

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Earhart and Noonan take off from New Guinea

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Marshallese natives witness the end results at Mili

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Coast Guard Cutter Itasca stationed by Howland Island

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Japan Navy's rescue & recovery of Earhart's Plane

Randall Brink's investigative book, 'Lost Star'
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Concluded Earhart's world flight ended at Mili Atoll of the Marshall Islands

After hearing of Gervais and Dinger's work...
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...CBS radio journalist, Fred Goerner's 1966 classic blew the lid off the Earhart truth.

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TODAY, MARSHALL ISLANDS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS continue to describe, just as they always have, how Amelia Earhart's arrival at the Marshall Islands in 1937 when it was under Japan's pre-WWII authority is legitimate history. They also feel American pride and a quiet post-war agreement between Japan and the U.S. (as opposed to a vast conspiracy) aimed at the protection of Earhart's legacy and essential 'post-war goodwill' to commence between to the two countries, were the main reasons for disallowing such a truth to be publicly endorsed. It is also at least arguable, after Amelia Earhart ended her world-flight in Japan's pre-war Imperial Mandate Islands and spent time on Japan's governed Island of Saipan as well, she may not have remained there entirely against her will. Beyond Japan's denial of ever mistreating Earhart, and Ambassador Capelle's 'specific reason' statement for why Amelia Earhart was in the Marshalls, no solid conveyance of Amelia Earhart's or Fred Noonan's deaths taking place has ever surfaced.
 
No matter, for after USAF Captains, Joe Gervais and Bob Dinger's 1960s Earhart investigative research caught the attention of CBS Radio Journalist, Fred Goerner, who found out their 'seventy eyewitness accounts' attesting to Earhart's survival and travels among Japan's Imperial Mandate Islands during the war had been confiscated in 1962 by high-ranking U.S. military officials stationed in Japan, Goerner's groundbreaking 1966 book, The Search For Amelia Earhart blew the lid off the long buried reality of Earhart's last flight outcome. It also caused an important question to arise: Where Earhart and Noonan did make it to civilized land and received aid from Japan, what became of them after that? It was clear by the end of the 1960s decade, as if to put a final lid on the story, the American public had been persuaded by more sensationalized theories to believe Earhart had either died of an illness Japan neglected, or in a more macabre way, from Japan having executed both she and Noonan.
 
Beyond the simple 'crashed and sank' idea, with all other suggestions of Earhart's fate rebuffed by 'official silence' in Tokyo and Washington, the Earhart disappearance case evolved to become an open playing field. So much so, by the 1980s, out of the blue and with no real historical foundation to support it, the U.S. Navy began to favor a more 'innocent' alternate ending for Earhart and Noonan with the introduction of a nonsensical idea suggesting the two flew so far off course in the opposite direction of civilization, that they ended up hundreds of miles south of Howland Island on the desert island of Gardner, now known as Nikamororo. A more romantic version of their demise to be sure, it offered how the two lived alone like Robinson Crusoe there until they died of hunger and dehydration. Even though the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum has always maintained no authentic evidence has ever been produced to support the claim, the 'castaways' scenario still remains an occasional reported-on news item, helping to sweep volumes of previously discovered investigation data under the rug of official U.S. history. In the meantime, since the 1970s any mention of Earhart and Noonan having privately continued to live out of the public eye for reasons unknown by the public, has perpetually remained ignored by official U.S. history. Recall however, there never was an official investigation that looked into the 1937 disappearance of Earhart and Noonan. Note how in 1960 Amelia Earhart would have only been sixty-three years old. So where she did survive her storied disappearance in Japan's care, it is likely she was still alive in 1960, and therefore as well, for years to follow while sporting a new identity.
 

Martini, Harris, Saipan rep. and Cooper
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Note 2013 article excerpts and comments below:

Highlights from recent-year articles published in Variety and elsewhere:

Below find Earhart investigation mentions from Variety's Alexie Villegas Zotomayer, reporter Haidee V. Eugenio & others. 

  Witnesses claimed Earhart went to Saipan after initially going down in the Marshall Islands   

eyewitness accounts are pouring in on WWII sightings of American aviatrix Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan on Saipan, permits, however, have yet to be issued to allow the researchers to dig at Naftan Point and at two former As Lito airfield sites.

Aircraft Recovery Associates, composed of veteran filmmakers, researchers and Earhart enthusiasts have been on Saipan since January; however, they continue to wait for the release of the permits that will allow them to conduct digs and to gather evidence to support their hypothesis about Earhart’s disappearance in 1937.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Lead investigator Michael Harris, and recovery specialists Richard Martini and Captain Paul H. Cooper have been on Saipan for several weeks now exploring the hypothesis that Amelia Earhart was taken to Saipan, incarcerated and died here.

- See more at: http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/53805-earhart-research-awaits-release-of-permits?tmpl=component&layout=default&page=#sthash.RKRn6oZH.dpuf

eyewitness accounts are pouring in on WWII sightings of American aviatrix Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan on Saipan, permits, however, have yet to be issued to allow the researchers to dig at Naftan Point and at two former As Lito airfield sites.

Aircraft Recovery Associates, composed of veteran filmmakers, researchers and Earhart enthusiasts have been on Saipan since January; however, they continue to wait for the release of the permits that will allow them to conduct digs and to gather evidence to support their hypothesis about Earhart’s disappearance in 1937.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Lead investigator Michael Harris, and recovery specialists Richard Martini and Captain Paul H. Cooper have been on Saipan for several weeks now exploring the hypothesis that Amelia Earhart was taken to Saipan, incarcerated and died here.

- See more at: http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/53805-earhart-research-awaits-release-of-permits?tmpl=component&layout=default&page=#sthash.RKRn6oZH.dpuf

eyewitness accounts are pouring in on WWII sightings of American aviatrix Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan on Saipan, permits, however, have yet to be issued to allow the researchers to dig at Naftan Point and at two former As Lito airfield sites.

Aircraft Recovery Associates, composed of veteran filmmakers, researchers and Earhart enthusiasts have been on Saipan since January; however, they continue to wait for the release of the permits that will allow them to conduct digs and to gather evidence to support their hypothesis about Earhart’s disappearance in 1937.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Lead investigator Michael Harris, and recovery specialists Richard Martini and Captain Paul H. Cooper have been on Saipan for several weeks now exploring the hypothesis that Amelia Earhart was taken to Saipan, incarcerated and died here.

- See more at: http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/53805-earhart-research-awaits-release-of-permits?tmpl=component&layout=default&page=#sthash.RKRn6oZH.dpuf

eyewitness accounts are pouring in on WWII sightings of American aviatrix Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan on Saipan, permits, however, have yet to be issued to allow the researchers to dig at Naftan Point and at two former As Lito airfield sites.

Aircraft Recovery Associates, composed of veteran filmmakers, researchers and Earhart enthusiasts have been on Saipan since January; however, they continue to wait for the release of the permits that will allow them to conduct digs and to gather evidence to support their hypothesis about Earhart’s disappearance in 1937.

- See more at: http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/53805-earhart-research-awaits-release-of-permits?tmpl=component&layout=default&page=#sthash.RKRn6oZH.dpuf
Many documented eyewitness accounts have recently been gathered concerning WWII era sightings of American aviatrix, Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan on Saipan. Now, a group of experts feel they are getting close to laying to rest the 76-year mystery of the disappearance of legendary aviatrix. That is what U.S. based film director, producer, screenwriter, and freelance journalist Richard Martini, famed aircraft recovery lead investigator Michael Harris, and aircraft recovery specialist Capt. Paul H. Cooper are trying to do in their ongoing research on Saipan.
 
Note: The above mentioned investigators and many others before them, to include well known 1960s CBS radio journalist, Fred Goerner and Saipanese and Marshall Islands government officials, conveyed with certainty how Earhart and Noonan went down at Mili Atoll of the Marshall Islands and were escorted to Jaluit, Saipan, and Kwajalein by Japan's Naval Authority while the pre-World War Two era American public remained unaware of it. It makes even better sense here to now repeat the Bender & Altschull quote:

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington, leaving the fate of Amelia Earhart an everlasting mystery." From Marylin Bender & Selig Altschull's Pan Am aviation history book, The Chosen Instrument, 1982, Simon & Schuster. Note: 'Official silence' created the 'mystery' of Amelia Earhart.
 

Below: Since 1970, three nationally published books proclaimed how at some point after she went missing, Amelia Earhart changed her name to 'Irene' and continued to live on in the United States subsequent to the World War Two years. Question: Why did the books not gain wide public acceptance? Answer: 'Official silence' multiple other theories confused the general public and left it unable to embrace the identity-change reality the books conveyed. It wasn't until more in-depth examinations and later interviews (2006-2014) with the original Irene's son that the ultimate truth of Amelia's post-loss identity change was finally determined by: 1.) The forensic realization of three different women having used the same 'Irene' identity, and 2.) The realization of the obvious head-to-toe and character trait congruence shared by Amelia and the Gervais-Irene, and 3.)  The realization of the Gervais-Irene having appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.

The Joe Klaas-Joe Gervais book:
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A best-seller in 1970, it determined Amelia privately survived and later changed her name to Irene.
By Robert Myers & Barbara Wiley, 1985
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A first hand account; claimed Joe Gervais was right about the 'Irene' he met in 1965.
By Colonel Rollin Reineck, 2003
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Proclaimed the Gervais-Irene used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart.'

 
Pertaining to the above information and the published book accounts, there is virtually no-doubt Amelia Earhart spent time on Saipan and among the Marshall Islands when they were under Japan's mandated jurisdiction, although it remains uncertain she was continuously held by Japan against her will after she was initially rescued and detained, and only hearsay ever suggested she died while in Japan's custody. These realities led to a valid question that has been perpetually asked since 1965:

Who was Irene Bolam?
[Note: The two images below link to different Forensic Analysis pages.]

Artist's photo-rendition of the Gervais-Irene
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One of three women attributed to the same identity. Click on image for the Congruence page.

The Gervais-Irene & Amelia Earhart superimposed
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Click on this image to go to the 'Forensic Realities' page.

1963 Gervais-Irene photo taken in Japan.
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The Gervais-Irene Bolam was only known as 'Irene' from the 1940s until 1982.
Equally superimposed...
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...Amelia and the Gervais-Irene.
Amelia Earhart, age thirty in 1928.
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Photo taken after her Friendship flight.
     

Above: The 'Gervais-Irene' Bolam, who died in 1982, was nicknamed for retired Air Force Major, Joe Gervais. Major Gervais spent years studying Earhart's disappearance before he met her in New York in 1965 at a gathering of well known retired pilots. He found her superior knowledge of flying and aviation history fascinating, and her self-described 'close friendship' to Amelia Earhart curious in an odd, if not highly familiar way.

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Amelia's mother and sister, Amy Otis & Muriel "Pidge" Earhart. (Amelia's nickname was "Millie")

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Amelia's sister, Muriel

The Gervais-Irene, 1965.
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With British husband, Guy Bolam.

""Of course I knew Irene. She was a sister Zonta,"" Mrs. Morrissey said, referring to the professional organization to which both women belonged." As an answer to those who suggested Irene looked like an older version of her sister, Muriel offered, "There is practically no physical resemblance." Two 1982 newspaper article quotes from Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey--who first acknowledged her friendship with Irene Bolam  (the Gervais-Irene) to CBS radio-journalist, Fred Goerner after the book Amelia Earhart Lives was published in 1970. Her "no physical resemblance" statement was initially contradicted by Joe Gervais, who recognized a strong resemblance between the Irene he met in 1965 and Amelia. Decades later Gervais was proven correct, when the forensic comparison study confirmed a complete head to toe congruence. The above photo of Muriel and her mother, Amy also shows Muriel practically looking like the Gervais-Irene's sister in a 'family resemblance' way when compared to the Gervais-Irene. 

Three Irenes and the Missing Person Case of Amelia Earhart
 
The Forensic Analysis Confirmed It: Three different women were attributed to the same 'Irene Madeline O'Crowley Craigmile (Heller) (Bolam)' identity:

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Although its producers were fully made aware of it, the National Geographic Channel ignored the new gained reality of 'three different women' having used the same 'Irene' identity in its latest special about Earhart's mystery, when it profiled the ongoing debate over who Irene Bolam really was--or used to be. It also did not mention how the Gervais-Irene, who matched Amelia from head to toe, only appeared identified as 'Irene' from the 1940s on, until her death was recorded in 1982. The Irene Craigmile seen directly below was the original Irene, a past friend of Amelia's. (What became of the original Irene is a mystery unto itself.) Amelia assumed the original Irene's identity for herself during the WWII era in her quest for future anonymity. As her long time friend, Monsignor James Francis Kelley  later described, "after all she had been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."  
 

The original Irene Craigmile Bolam, 1930.
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Amelia's friend, with her husband Charles and her father, Joe. She was seen no more after the 1930s.

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Note: This woman's image appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. She identified herself as "Irene Bolam," the mother of Larry Heller. On paper she was his mother. Biologically, she was not.
   

the more familiar look...
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,,,prior to her post-disappearance cosmetic adjustments.

1946, the Gervais-Irene Craigmile
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AKA 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England

1965 Joe Gervais photo...
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The Gervais-Irene Craigmile Bolam. She was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.

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3. 1947

Note: In 2006 and again in 2014, the original Irene's 1934 born son, Larry Heller, who clearly lived his life unaware of the human-triplicity attributed to his mother's name, identified both the younger and older images of the woman displayed below as his 'mother.' The problem was she wasn't the woman shown directly to the left, whose image appeared in the 1970 book Amelia Earhart Lives, even though according to history she should have been. The National Geographic Channel was made aware of the ID placement made by Mr. Heller, but it refused to comment on it or to display the 'mother' images he indetified here in the Irene Bolam segment of its most recent Amelia Earhart, 'Unsolved History' program.

The 'third' Irene (Non-Gervais) early 1940s.
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AKA 'Irene Jr.'

Below: 1982

Below...
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...older version of the Non Gervais-Irene, age 58, 1982.

BEYOND THE OBVIOUS Gervais-Irene to Amelia congruence, the vast amount of information accumulated since the 1960s that exposed the Irene-Amelia controversy speaks for itself, to include how the Forensic Comparison Study, along with the recent-years testimony of the original Irene's son, clearly revealed how three different women were historically attributed to the same 'Irene' identity.

The Gervais-Irene Bolam
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Proud with her wings on her left shoulder, she was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s.

In the 1950s, investigative researchers began unearthing important truths pertaining to Amelia Earhart's world-flight outcome. The vast majority of those who seriously delved into it drew the same conclusion: Without public awareness, Amelia Earhart continued to exist in Japan's care beyond July 2, 1937, the day she was said to have 'disappeared.' After 1970 a few felt equally strong that Amelia survived beyond World War Two and returned to the United States sporting a new identity. No matter, for decades conventional reality dismissed the suggestion of Amelia's incognito survival, until more recent years, beginning in the late 1990s, when renewed ingterest in the old controversy led to it being more seriously examined and scrutinized.

The Gervais-Irene in 1978, harder exposure...
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...different angle added; all of her eighty years seen here.

     

Orville Wright & Amelia Earhart
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Below: Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed:
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A head to toe match, character traits too, including handwriting.
 

Gervais-Irene's handwriting compared to Amelia's:
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From a 1967 letter she sent to Joe Gervais, with Amelia's own "Amelia M. Earhart" signature added.

Above: A Gervais-Irene to Amelia Earhart handwriting comparison, with the Gervais-Irene veritably admitting she was 'known' as both Irene and Amelia. Excerpted from a 1967 letter she wrote to Joe Gervais, she referred to two individuals; famous pilot Viola Gentry, (see Forensic Realities page) and Early Birds of Aviation President Elmo Pickerill, writing, "because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile." Beyond 37' added Amelia's 'Amelia M. Earhart' signature to the document for a comparison. This sample was reprinted in Rollin Reineck's book, Amelia Earhart Survived. 

Below Comparisons: After the forensic conclusion of three different women having been attributed to the same 'Irene' identity was accomplished, the Gervais-Irene's physical head-to-toe and personal character trait alignments with Amelia Earhart naturally delivered an undeniable reality to the equation.

Amelia Earhart, age twenty-six.
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1923 into a mirror self-photo portrait. She would become famous in 1928.

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Amelia Earhart, 1933

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Amelia, 1928

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Classic Amelia, the blend begins.

Orville Wright & Amelia
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Gervais-Irene & Amelia
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Two photos superimposed.
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
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Gervais-Irene,1965 / Amelia,1933
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
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Gervais-Irene,1963 / Amelia,1928
Gervais-Irene & Amelia superimposed
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Gervais-Irene,1976 / Amelia,1932
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Gervais-Irene,1978 / Amelia,1929

In 1965, former World War Two Pacific Fleet Commander, Admiral Chester Nimitz admitted his own awareness of Earhart's
continued survival after her described 'disappearance' to CBS Radio Journalist, Fred Goerner who was investigating the case:
 
1965 Nimitz Quote: "Amelia Earhart and her navigator did go down in the
Marshall Islands and were picked up by the Japanese."

After the U. S. occupied the Marshalls in 1944, liberating it from Japan, Admiral Nimitz was put in charge there. Admiral Nimitz also mentioned to Goerner how such a truth about Earhart was long ago "known and documented in Washington." [Note: Admiral Nimitz assisted Fred Goerner with his 1960s investigative journalism quest that peered into the controversial non-reported details of Earhart's last flight.] Admiral Nimitz also knew Monsignor James Francis Kelley. (See photo of Nimitz with Kelley below.) 

Monsignor James Francis Kelley
President of Seton Hall College from 1936 to 1949; held Doctorates in Philosophy and Psychology

From a 10/18/82 New Jersey News Tribune article:
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Msgr. Kelley later verified his late friend, the Gervais-Irene Bolam formerly was 'Amelia Earhart'

Photo of Msgr. Kelley from his autobiography.
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Past Seton Hall President, Msgr. James F. Kelley knew both Lindbergh and Earhart.

Admiral Nimitz and Senator Al Hawkes...
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...receiving honorary Seton Hall degrees from Monsignor Kelley;

In his 1987 published autobiography, Monsignor James Francis Kelley included the following passage in his "My Reasons For Writing This Book" chapter that begins on page 10:

"My reason for not wanting anyone else to do my story was that I knew many of my files contained some very personal and intimate stories about many people, prominent nationally and internationally. Some of them were now dead and I felt that to allow someone else to have access to these documents could result in the publication of data about deceased people who could not defend themselves."

Below: Excerpt from retired USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck's 1991 taped interview with Monsignor James Francis Kelley. Reineck tracked down the elderly Monsignor after learning what he did from two of the Monsignor's good friends, Helen Barber and Donald DeKoster (see text directly below.) [NOTE: Find more recorded interview excerpts in the above-left 'Miscellaneous' link.]

Reineck: Are you aware that she was Irene Bolam?
Kelley: What?
Reineck: Amelia Earhart was Irene Bolam?
Kelley: That's right, yes.

Their close friendship was evident after WWII...
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...Irene (the Gervais-Irene) and Monsignor Kelley at dinner, mid-late 1970s.
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Monsignor Kelley's beautiful St. Croix, US Virgin Islands home.
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Monsignor Kelley's beautiful Rumson, NJ home. The Gervais-Irene was a familiar guest at both homes.

NOTE: In 1991, retired Air Force Major, Joe Gervais and retired Air Force Colonel, Rollin Reineck held a press conference in Hawaii to provide some recent updates pertaining to their ongoing investigation of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, to foremost include their belief that she had 'quietly survived' World War Two. The following statement was excerpted from a letter sent to Colonel Reineck by Mrs. Helen Barber of Wayne, Pennsylvania shortly after the press conference took place. Colonel Reineck soon after contacted Mrs. Barber and tape recorded a long phone conversation he had with her, in which she conveyed her belief in something her seasonal neighbor, Monsignor James Francis Kelley had shared with she and her husband a decade earlier. She referred Colonel Reineck to another couple she knew of, Mr. and Mrs. Donald DeKoster of Detroit Michigan, (Mr. DeKoster was an auto industry executive) to additionally verify the information she had been made aware of. Both the Barbers and the DeKosters were fairly affluent and both owned winter homes in the Virgin Islands on St. Croix, near Monsignor Kelley's home there:

“Dear Colonel Reineck,

My husband and I read about your news conference in Hawaii. We are impressed by the integrity of your investigation into the Earhart matter and we simply had to contact you with a related experience we have kept to ourselves for many years. We have a home in the Virgin Islands where we spend winters and one of our neighbors down there is Monsignor James Francis Kelley. Monsignor Kelley owns a beautiful home on top of a hill on the island of St. Croix where our winter home is also located. In 1981 during a luncheon with him, he related to us how he was commissioned at the end of the war to help bring Amelia Earhart back from Japan. He said he was chosen to serve as her psychiatric priest. He also told me something about missing documents he had to get that she needed in order to help with her Identity change. The Monsignor told us that he received her as she was being subjected to an identity change. He told us that she stayed with him at his New Jersey home and I believe sometimes his St. Croix winter home while he helped with her emotional, spiritual, and psychiatric needs.”

"Amelia Earhart survived and she eventually returned to the United States. There's no doubt about it anymore." USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), who met and spoke with Monsignor Kelley, from an interview with the National Geographic Channel, 2006.

Monsignor Kelley & Gervais-Irene in 1980
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Kelley admitted he helped her change her identity from Amelia to Irene.

"It's hard for most people to comprehend, by the 1960s she barely recognized herself for who she used to be." Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996) describing his late close friend, the Gervais-Irene Bolam to Rockford, Illinois TV reporter, Dean Magley in 1987. 

Monsignor Kelley Was Tellingly Awarded For His War Time Servitude
 
Beyond his Seton Hall accomplishments and the 1946 bust statue of his likeness commissioned by the Smithsonian, Monsignor Kelley received many awards and commendations. One 'citation and medal' he received on July 11, 1941 was awarded to him by none other than U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. As previously mentioned, in 1938, Morgenthau, who oversaw FDR's Secret Service division, had refused to make public certain information he was aware of that pertained to Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. It is perhaps no coincidence the stated reason for the 1941 award given to Kelley by Morgenthau was: "For three years of Patriotic Service with integrity and diligence for the Treasury Department of the United States of America." Simple math shows three years prior to 1941 was 1938, the same year Henry P. Morgenthau, Jr. refused to release the White House final report on the 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart.
 
Two other awards the Monsignor received were also likely relevant: "June 18, 1946 - received citation from the War Department through Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Force, Carl Spatz [who Jackie Cochran spent time with on Guam just prior to her entering Japan after VJ Day] and Secretary of the War, Robert P. Patterson," and a "November 20, 1946 citation from J. Edgar Hoover for assistance rendered during the war years to the Internal Security of the Nation through the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States Department of Justice." It's interesting to note that the Arthur Gibson classified State Department file leaked in 1972 labeled, "Earhart, Amelia: Special War Problems" bore the date of Sept. 7, 1946.... a date between the two listed above.

1944, Monsignor Kelley awards F.B.I. Director....
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...J. Edgar Hoover Seton Hall's LLD with Archbishop Thomas Walsh.

PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT DURING PEARL HARBOR CONFERENCE. General MacArthur and Admiral Chester W. Nimitz on deck of the USS Baltimore with the President, July 1944.
 
Above: General Douglas MacArthur, President Franklin Roosevelt, Admiral Chester Nimitz on the USS Baltimore, July 1944. Famous figures from the World War Two era, there is no doubt they became aware of the Earhart post-loss situation on a higher level than the general public did. In 1965 Admiral Nimitz plainly admitted it was quietly "known and documented in Washington" that Earhart and Noonan survived their flight ending and were "picked up" by Japan. The Gervais-Irene's later life friends in General MacArthur's widow, Jean MacArthur and United States Senator, Barry Goldwater of Arizona were perhaps also linked to a higher understanding of the Earhart story. As was often the norm when it came to regarding certain war-time controversies, at some point it was decided the official U.S. disposition about Amelia Earhart's disappearance would evermore be greeted with a let's move on attitude, or, "official silence." Thus it remained to evermore be officially recognized; After July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were technically considered 'missing persons' until they were both legally declared 'dead' within a year and a half of their disappearance, and according to official U.S. history, it has remained that way ever since.

Amelia Earhart, age 26, before she became famous.
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Gervais-Irene & Amelia
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Two photos superimposed.

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Another Gervais-Irene photo...
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...superimposed with Amelia.

"I think of God as a symbol for good, thinking good, identifying good in everybody and everything. This God I think of is not an abstraction, but a vitalizing, universal force, eternally present, and at all times available." Amelia Earhart

How it began: In 1965 at a gathering of well-known retired pilots in the East Hamptons of Long Island, New York, a World War Two, Korean War, and Vietnam War veteran, USAF Major Joe Gervais (Ret.) met one of the three different women who were historically attributed to the same identity of 'Irene nee O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam.' The 'Irene' he met is labeled in Beyond 37's study as 'the Gervais-Irene.' The study revealed how the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s. Contrary to what became an assumed public opinion that all questions had been answered about it, official history and both Amelia's and the original Irene's families avoided seriously addressing the controversy Major Gervais recognized, leaving the question of the Gervais-Irene's former identity to authoritatively remain unanswered. 

Below: Retired USAF Major, Joe Gervais (1924-2005). For years he doggedly investigated the background of the Irene he met and photographed in 1965. Against a barrage of less-informed naysayers and unforgiving public scrutiny, he always avowed she had previously been known as Amelia Earhart. 

WWII hero & retired USAF Major Joe Gervais...
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...in 1983 on his way to Howland Island. Amelia never made there in 1937.

George Palmer Putnam 'discovered' Amelia in 1928.
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After they wed in 1931, he served as Amelia's promoter and manager until 1937. (See excerpt, right.)

George Palmer Putnam:
"Is there any way of ascertaining what the Japanese are actually doing? Especially as regards a real search of the eastern fringe of the Marshall Islands? That is one of the most fruitful possible locations for wreckage." Excerpt from a 7/31/37 George Palmer Putnam note to White House Attorney, Marvin Mcintyre, four weeks after Amelia was reported missing.
Jackie Cochran:
During the year before Amelia vanished, Jackie Cochran (shown on the right with Amelia) recalled of that time period, "I was closer to Amelia than anyone else, even her husband, George Putnam." The quote was taken from Jackie Cochran's 1987 autobiography by Maryann Bucknum Brinley, and was telling of the growing trouble signs in Amelia's marriage. Jackie Cochran replaced Amelia as 'the most famous female pilot' in the United States after 1937. She too befriended First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, headed up the WASP (Woman's Air Service Pilots) contingency during World War Two, and with the help of her good friend, Chuck Yeager she became the first woman to break the sound barrier. Jackie had married multi-millionaire, Floyd Odlum who helped with the enormous cost of Amelia's last flight. Amelia dedicated her final book, Last Flight to Floyd as a thank you. Jackie Cochran was also instrumental in getting Eisenhower elected President, and Ike and Mamie often stayed with Jackie and Floyd in Indio in the 1960s. Curiously, in the 1970s, at a function honoring heroic female pilots of the past, when Amelia Earhart's name was mentioned Jackie Cochran audibly acknowledged that Amelia would 'never show her face here after what she did,' indicating her awareness of something patriotically awry Amelia became caught up with after she went missing in 1937, and 'present tense' hinting of her continued existence as well. 

Amelia with Jackie Cochran, 1937
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Shown at the Odlum-Cochran ranch near Indio, CA where Amelia 'often visited alone.'

Can a person change over time, to a point where they're no longer recognizable for who they used to be? Consider the following:

"We fancy ourselves as concrete things, something with boundaries, unchanging, and when we have occasion to refer to ourselves or examine ourselves introspectively, we believe we know what we refer to and are adamant in our avowal of self. The truth is we neither know ourselves nor are we the same from one moment in our lives to the next. If we think of ourselves as bodies, our changing self becomes apparent. It is nearly impossible even for families to recognize a loved one after thirty years of absence, so greatly has the self altered. And a little reflection upon the changing quality of consciousness is sure to give us some insight into the numberless selves our surface minds and egos have become since first appearing in the world." Uell Stanley Andersen (1917-1986)

Below are a few quotes displaying interesting, if not revealing sides of Amelia's private and public sides. The first two are from Susan Butler's 1997 Addison-Wesley Amelia Earhart biography, East To The Dawn. The 'Muhammed Ali' quote comes from Susan Ware's 1993 W.W. Norton Amelia Earhart biography, Still Missing; Amelia Earhart and the Search for Modern Feminism.  

"...Amelia's habit of concealment extended even to her closest of friends..."

"...averse as she was to ceding control of her life in any circumstance to someone else."

 Then again, when it came to speaking her mind; "Amelia was about as shy as Muhammad Ali."

1966 Doubleday book by CBS Radio's Fred Goerner...
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A top ten New York Times 'Best Seller,' years later 'official silence' left few recalling it.

How Amelia Earhart's 'Disappearance Controversy' Re-Surfaced In The 1960s

These landmark investigative books from 1966 and 1970 combined for over fifteen years of documented research. They clearly revealed how over time the United States and Japan chose not to publicly disclose higher awarenesses they shared about Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan's disappearance. The books' authors along with other private investigators who inquired about the overwhelming amount of later uncovered evidence, were greeted with official silence in Washington and Tokyo when they pressed for more information. Eventually, most gave up on trying to get an official response. Still, by the mid-1970s it had become clear in a forensic way that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan did not just crash and sink, nor did they disappear from the face of the earth, nor did they die of sickness on Saipan, nor were they executed by Japan for spying, nor did they perish on a remote desert island hundreds of miles south of the equator. A purpose was served though, for the introductions of these and other suggestions about the duo's final fate helped keep the 'mystery' idea going. Among those keenly aware of the Earhart disappearance saga, many accept the reality of the duo having survived under the auspice of Japan well beyond the day they went missing, while understanding the general public was just never clued in about it.

1970 McGraw-Hill book by Joe Klaas w/Joe Gervais
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First to pontificate that Amelia had 'privately survived.'

What Most Private Investigative Researchers Mistakenly Assumed:
 
The majority of serious Earhart disappearance investigators always agreed Mili Atoll of the lower Marshall Islands was where Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan went down before they were rescued by Japan's Naval Authority. Japan denied holding them captive against their will and any suggestion of either of the two having died while in their care. None the less, a common thread grew to exist where past investigators mistakenly assumed Earhart and Noonan must have somehow died in the broad circle of the Pacific Islands region they last flew in. 1.) Researcher Richard Gillespie (of Tighar) stressed that the two died on the island of Nikamororo of hunger and dehydration after they went down there. The trouble with his decades old claim is there has never been any credible evidence introduced to support it. 2.) CBS Radio Journalist, Fred Goerner asserted the duo went down on Mili Atoll and later died on Saipan; Earhart of dysentery and Noonan at the hands of a Japanese jail guard. Yet, no hard evidence supported Goerner's 'how they died' theory either. 3.) Researcher Mike Campbell and Amelia Earhart Society President, Bill Prymak expressed their beliefs that Thomas Devine was right about Earhart having been executed on Saipan, but no hard evidence supported their claim either, and again, Japan denied ever harming Earhart. 4.) Researcher Elgen Long claimed Earhart and Noonan flew back and forth while looking for Howland, until they ultimately crashed into the sea where they sank and drowned, although in time few people agreed with him after they weighed the overwhelming preponderance of evidence that contradicted his hypothesis.
 
Official history never formally looked into Earhart's loss, and the above researchers professed Earhart surviving her flight ending ordeal was untrue, even though it was never proven untrue, leaving the following question to be asked: Was it possible Amelia Earhart could have survived after she was said to have 'disappeared', and she quietly continued to exist beyond World War Two with a new name and a strong desire for future privacy without the public knowing about it? The answer: Of course it was, and in time it became clear that was exactly what happened.
 

Where history treated Amelia Earhart unfairly, it is mainly because a difference existed between what the public thought it understood about the time period of her last flight, compared to what it did not later recall. One thing often overlooked was how Amelia was an anti-war pacifist who was not so affected by the growing negative feelings toward Japan in 1937, four years before Pearl Harbor happened. She was adhering to an isolationist stance, and during her last flight she wrote favorably of all nations she visited. Amelia also spoke several languages to include Japanese, she adored Japan's culture and she was a hero there in the 1930s just as Babe Ruth had been. She always chose to do things her own way, and in effect, when the Sino-Japanese war broke out on July 7, 1937--just five days after she was declared a missing person, she was pretty much gone forever right then.

"Do not believe in what you've heard. Do not believe in tradition because it is handed down many generations. Do not believe in anything that has been spoken of many times. Do not believe because the written statements come from some old sage. Do not believe in conjecture. Do not believe in authority or teachers or elders. But after careful observation and analysis, when it agrees with reason and it will benefit one and all, then accept it and live by it."

Buddah (563 B.C. - 483 B.C.)

 

Click here to e-mail Irene-Amelia.com and/or Beyond 37', or just e-mail EarhartTruth@Irene-Amelia.com

Irene-Amelia.com was first launched in 2007. The comprehensive Forensic Analysis and Forensic Comparison Study it displays, 1.) Proved more than one person employed the same 'Irene' identity, and 2.) Displayed the head-to-toe congruence the Gervais-Irene shared with Amelia Earhart. The analysis first began in 1996 and was copyrighted in 2002. Tod Swindell's original manuscript, Protecting Earhart: The Beautiful Alter Ego and Silent Legacy of History's Most Famous Flying Heroine is housed and registered at the Writers Guild of America (west), #1033972. For information e-mail EarhartTruth@Irene-Amelia.com.
 
This website is dedicated to the late USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (1924-2005) and the late USAF Col. Rollin C. Reineck (1920-2007). Both were World War Two heroes who learned the basic Irene-Amelia truth decades ago. A special thanks also goes out to Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, whose enormous help with supplying never before made public 'Irene' photo data in 2002 paved the way for the forensic comparison study to finally reach its realistic conclusion. Thanks as well to Bazzell Baz, who breathed new life into the endeavor in the late 1990s by daring to go where others didn't.
 
Major Gervais, who is considered by many to have been the most knowledgeable Amelia Earhart investigative researcher ever to pursue the truth, first suspected the Irene-Amelia reality in 1965. The controversial 1970 McGraw-Hill book by Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives expounded on the enormous amount of Joe Gervais' investigative research and displayed the first nationally published photo of Irene Bolam, AKA the Gervais-Irene. Regardless of the fallout caused by Amelia Earhart Lives, Major Gervais and Colonel Reineck spent the last four decades of their lives working to advance the claim of Earhart's name-changed survival to authenticity after enduring their own long term investigative analysis of the evidence that supported it. Colonel Reineck's book Amelia Earhart Survived was published in late 2003 and was greatly inspired by the Irene-Amelia forensic studies. Portions of the study appeared in the Reineck book, although much more is displayed in Irene-Amelia.com. Beyond 37' and Irene-Amelia.com are owned and managed by Tod Swindell and Aether Pictures and Press of Pasadena, California.

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