The 1997-2017 'Swindell Study' Of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance And 'Missing Person' Case

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2019

 
The 1997-2017 Swindell Study examined Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance and  'missing person' case from a different angle. This website previews an upcoming documentary about it. 

Considering The Null Hypothesis In Relationship To What Happened To Amelia Earhart

 
A 'null hypothesis' considers what appears to be an 'obvious' truth a real truth until evidence indicates otherwise. For example, the null hypothesis for flipping an equally balanced coin would generally be 50% heads results and 50% tails results, or statistically, 50/50. Yet if the statistic results were to significantly differ after a thousand coin tosses, the 'alternate hypothesis' comes into play, one that might consider the shapes of each side of the coin having some kind of aerodynamic effect on the 'toss' results. The reason The Swindell Study resorted to the null hypothesis in its examination of Amelia Earhart's storied 'disappearance' is explained under the following 1937 headline:

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With the case of what happened to Amelia Earhart on July 2, 1937, The Swindell Study recognized an 'alternate hypothesis' supported by significant statistical data, juxtaposed to the default 'null hypothesis' stating that Amelia Earhart most likely crashed her plane into unknown ocean coordinates where it sank, taking her with it in the process.
 

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.
 

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About Digital Face Recognition
 
A Digital Face Recognition program grids-out specific details from a person's face template--such as distance between the eyes, cranium shape, shape of the chin, mouth placement and shape, nasal shape, etc. Face templates in question are 'origin face templates' that are compared to other face templates. Basically, Digital Face Recognition programs are used to calculate the probability of a match between two separately provided face templates. Included in its long-term effort, The Swindell Study digitally compared the face template grid of the post World War Two 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' to the face template grid of Amelia Earhart.
 

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The post-World War Two Irene and Amelia superimposed

The resulting statistical data from the grid comparison--when combined with additional physical evidence discovered and processed during the course of The 1997-2017 Swindell Study--delivered a plain to observe truthful reality stating Amelia Earhart never crashed into the ocean, she was never executed for spying, and she never died a castaway's death on a desert island.
 

Begin Here:

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Above, after it was published in 1970, the best-selling controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas 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.
 

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Above: The post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam). Photo taken in Jamaica in 1976. [Courtesy of the Diana Dawes collection.]
 

 
The 'Key Exhibit' The Swindell Study examined from the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives:
 

First, some background info...

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Irene and Guy

The above newspaper photo was taken in 1963. It featured Englishman, Guy Bolam, and his American wife, Irene. The photo was taken while the 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 introduced 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.
 
Another photo taken of the same couple in 1965, (see below) by USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.), appeared in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. [Note: Prior to their 1958 marriage Irene's surname was, 'Craigmile.']
 

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Guy and Irene in 1965

The Swindell Study considered the above 1965 photo of Guy Bolam and his wife, Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 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, especially where the person of 'Irene' was concerned. 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 new 'physical evidence' The Swindell Study discovered. As well, the Irene above appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to 1946, and not only demonstrated a facial match, but a full head-to-toe match when compared to Amelia Earhart as well. The Swindell Study results display these realities in no uncertain terms.
 

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Above, on the far left is a 1946 superimposed photograph of the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (later 'Bolam'), the earliest photo displaying her person as 'Irene.' It is shown morphing into a 1930s photograph of Amelia Earhart. 

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 'missing person' case in an Associated Press article by Ron Staton. Mr. Bolam, a brother of the post-World War Two Irene's English husband, Guy Bolam, was convinced his late sister-in-law used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart' ever since he came to know her in the 1960s--long before The 1997-2017 Swindell Study commenced.

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Amelia Earhart

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Amelia & the post-WWII Irene Craigmile (Bolam) superimposed

Above and below from the Swindell Study: Older and younger Amelia Earhart images superimposed. See more examples further down and throughout this website. 

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Senator Hiram Bingham and Amelia Earhart

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Amelia and the post-WWII Irene Craigmile (Bolam) combined.

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Wings, pearls, so proudly posed... above is the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in 1977. The original Irene Craigmile (see below) who Amelia had known, would not have come close to assuming this formal portrait stature had she lived to old age.
 

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Above is an old newspaper photo the original Irene Craigmile in 1930, shown between her then husband, Charles J. Craigmile, and her father, R. J. O'Crowley. A year after this photo was taken, Charles Craigmile died after his appendix burst. He was forty-two years old at the time and 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 marriage soon failed and was annulled, reverting the original Irene's surname back to 'Craigmile.' 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 clear photo evidence of her person was removed from circulation.
  

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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. To Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell, he positively identified a different person to have been his mother than the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam). As it turned out, the woman Mr. Heller recognized as his 'mother' was actually his surrogate mother. Below is a photo of the woman he identitifed as his 'mother' that he estimated was taken, "around 1940." To this day--due to a contrived arrangement that took place several decades ago--the general public remains unaware of what became of the original Irene Craigmile. 
 

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Son ID'd Irene Craigmile, 1940
 
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 mentioned he believed the photo was taken "around 1940" when he was six years old. Digital Face Recognition concluded this Irene Craigmile and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam)--shown below in a face template match to Amelia Earhart--were not the same human being, where according to history, they should have been.    

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Amelia Earhart in 1937

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Amelia & post-WWII Irene

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post-WWII Irene Craigmile (Bolam)

"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 he was ridiculed for many years, Joseph A. Gervais was right all along. From a forensic research and human comparison standpoint, it is now recognized to be true that the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam had previously been known as 'Amelia Earhart.' Anymore the so-called 'Earhart mystery' has to do with when, where, how, and why this came to be." Tod Swindell, 2019
 

Recalling Major Joseph A. Gervias
A war hero and formidable pilot who flew missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam

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Above left: February 5, 2000, retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (1924-2005) accepting his achievement award for his unparalleled investigative analysis of Amelia Earhart's failed world flight attempt. Major Gervais initiated 'Operation Earhart' in 1959 while stationed overseas. Presenting the award is the Amelia Earhart Society's founding President, Bill Prymak. In the AES newsletter this photo appeared in, Prymak referred to Gervais as, "A World War Two flying hero widely recognized as the world's leading authority regarding the subject of Amelia Earhart's disappearance." Above right: 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 Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) in-laws, Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam. Bottom row left to right are Amelia Earhart world flight duplicator turned author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno; Amelia Earhart Lives author, Joe Klaas; and Joseph A. Gervais.
 

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Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002
 

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1965 Gervais photo of Guy and Irene
 

"When I first came to know Major Joseph A. Gervais in 1996, the renowned Amelia Earhart world-flight investigator who took 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 had actually been closer to the original Irene's aunt, a New York attorney she knew through the national Zonta organization 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 had barely flown and never belonged to the Zontas or the 99's as Amelia did.
 
The analysis left it quite clear that 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. To this day the general public remains unaware of what became of the original Irene Craigmile." Tod Swindell
 

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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.

 

There are George Washington historians, there are Abraham Lincoln historians, there are Eleanor Roosevelt historians, etc. I have been a dedicated Amelia Earhart historian for many years." Tod Swindell, 2019 

 

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Above: Filmmaker-Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell
 

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 past two-decades of investigative research and forensic studies conducted by Amelia Earhart historian, Tod Swindell.
 

 

'Amelia Became Irene'

A TRUTH Poem

By Tod Swindell

 

Head 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,

but this misplay action proved itself 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!"

 

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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.
 

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Dr. Alex Mandel

WIKIPEDIA?
 
In 2007, not long after Tod Swindell and some of his initial 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 that implied the assertion of Amelia Earhart continuing to live-on and changing her name to 'Irene' in pursuit of future privacy was proved false by a National Geographic hired detective. Since then other malcontents jumped on his bandwagon. Reality, however, shows the assertion was never proved false. In fact, the detective Dr. Mandel mentioned by name, Kevin Richlin, will verify he did not prove it false to anyone. 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 as mentioned, anymore it exists as an obvious reality. To 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 ...knowing it is all quite real.
 

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"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.   
 
 
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.
 
At 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 own conclusion, agreeing that the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart surely had existed as one in the same life-long human being.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 
 

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"I had 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), (shown above) FKA 'Amelia Earhart' as spoken to Major Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.)
 

 

Next: How history initially viewed Amelia Earhart's missing person case and then quickly gave up on it.

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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.
 

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After Amelia's Missing Person Case Was Prematurely Closed:
 
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.
 

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Above: Once again, the proudly-posed and wings-adorned, post-World War Two 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' as she looked in 1977, had previously been known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' The vast majority of people continue to have a hard time accepting this reality, except by now it has become obvious by way of The Swindell Study.

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Amelia and her later-life self superimposed
 

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Amelia
 

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Above: From The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, this digital 'forensic facial recognition' example of Amelia Earhart and her later-life existence as the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) again displays, what can only be described as, "an inarguable congruence." Dating back to 1970, the first time the news media publicly implicated the post-war Irene to have been 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. By the time the study was completed a complete head-to-toe physical match was achieved--and character traits as well were all in alignment.
 

Not only 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.

Tear-Duct To Tear-Duct

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Above: Top row Amelia's eyes; Second row Irene's eyes; Third row superimposed in perfect alignment.

©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'

 
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:    


"...because they each knew us both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile."

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Note 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.'

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Left side above: Post-war Irene Craigmile (Bolam) cursive letter samples; Right side above: Amelia Earhart cursive letter samples. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'
 
 
 

 
In consideration of some opinions expressed about the Irene-Amelia controversy...
 

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Tod Swindell

"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
 

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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.

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Dorothy Cochrane
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.  

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Amelia, age thirty-one
 

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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. 

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"The girl in brown who walks alone."
One-line description of Amelia Earhart from her senior high school yearbook.
 
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.]

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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 photo.

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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.

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Above 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.
 

The comparison 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: A Brief Introduction To The Original 'Irene Craigmile,' A Person Amelia Earhart Was Acquainted With In The 1930s

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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]

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"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
 

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Above, the original Irene Craigmile listed between Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz; below, Amelia listed as 'Amelia Earhart Putnam.'

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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.

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Tod Swindell

"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 
 

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"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
 

Below, another comparison example featuring the post-war Irene in 1963 converting to her former 'Amelia' self:
 

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Above: Amelia 

 

Some 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

"The private Amelia hated that fame intensely."Author-historian, Doris Rich describes how Amelia Earhart felt about being world famous.

"She 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 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' face-to-face at a lunch gathering of prominent pilots from the Golden Age of Aviation--and felt he instantly recognized her as the former Amelia Earhart. Five years later, he went public with his 'Operation Earhart' conclusion by way of the book, Amelia Earhart Lives. 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' deeply enough to fully understand and accept... that he knew what he knew." Tod Swindell
 

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."" Words spoken by 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.]  

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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.
 

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Tod Swindell

"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 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
 

 
The First One Who Knew...

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From the late 1960s to his dying day in 2005, retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais, shown in the above 1959 photo when he was an Air Force captain, maintained with certainty that the post-World War Two woman known as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' who he met and photographed with her English husband, Guy in 1965, had previously been known as 'Amelia Earhart.' He believed her decision to change her name during the World War Two era was not the product of a vast conspiracy, rather, that it was more the result of a deep-rooted personal preference. After Amelia Earhart Lives was published it became clear to him why the general public was never supposed to know about Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence with a different name applied to her person--and he accepted why she refused to publicly acknowledge who she used to be. Major Gervais still knew he was correct though, and paid a high price for the truth he learned. He was all-but historically shunned for attempting to expose the former Amelia Earhart by way of the book, Amelia Earhart Lives, and somewhat regretted having done so--due to the way the negative outcroppings of it so adversely affected his family life. 
 

 

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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:
 

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Above: Again, the 1977 photo portrait of the post-World 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."
 

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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, served as a key advisor for The Swindell Study.
 
 

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.  

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Irene Craigmile, 1940

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Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1965

 
Below: 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 human beings.
 

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Amelia Earhart in 1937

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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.

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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.
 

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Irene Craigmile in 1940, as identified by her son.

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Younger-older photos digitally superimposed display the congruence

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Irene Craigmile Bolam in the 1970s, identified by her son

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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.

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Above: Once again the post-World War Two 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' FKA 'Amelia Earhart' in Jamaica in 1976. She was a consummate world-traveler in the 1960s and 1970s who most often chose Pan Am Airways as her carrier.

"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
 

"No 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

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Senator Hiram Bingham and Amelia Earhart

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'Irene' in 1965, FKA 'Amelia'

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'Irene' in 1977, FKA 'Amelia'

"Directly above is the post-World War Two 'Irene Craigmile,' AKA the former Amelia Earhart as she looked in 1965 and 1977. Ensconced in the New York banking industry since 1946, she retired in 1958 and married Guy Bolam of England, a top executive with Radio Luxembourg. This led to her being more commonly known as, 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.' In the 1930s, Amelia Earhart had been acquainted with the original Irene Craigmile, (see below) a once fledgling pilot whose true-fate remains unknown in the public realm. As displayed in my long-term study, it is now understood that the Irene Craigmile (Bolam) above was not the original Irene Craigmile. Rather, she most definitely was the former Amelia Earhart who lived with the original Irene Craigmile's identity applied to her person from the post World War Two era on--and it is only a matter of time now before history catches up to the reality of it." Tod Swindell
 

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Above: The post-World War Two Irene and Amelia

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Above: The post-World War Two Irene and Amelia

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Coming This Fall: An investigative research journey spanning two decades culminates with the release of the anticipated documentary, Protecting Earhart.
 
©1997-2017 Amelia Earhart Compared To Irene Craigmile (Bolam) Forensic Research Analysis
©2004-2014 Protecting Earhart WGAw Registrations  ©2007-2019 The website www.Irene-Amelia.com  
 
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 'The Swindell Study'
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The gray haired woman featured in the above 'hot air balloon' newspaper photo was a very special person. She was the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam). The photo was taken in 1978, when the general public was being misled about her true past in duplicitous ways by important sounding individuals. This same duplicity continues to this day, foremost advanced through the news media by Dr. Tom Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane of the Smithsonian Institution. The strong preference of the Smithsonian's owner [the U.S. Federal government] has always been for people to accept that Amelia Earhart somehow 'died' after she went missing toward the end of her 1937 world flight attempt, even though no authentic evidence of her death taking place then was ever produced.

Herein find the strangest, most convoluted story about the once world-famous person known as 'Amelia Earhart,' who the Twentieth Century left behind in accordance with her own wishes, the wishes of her family, and the wishes of her country.

"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
 
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"Tod Swindell's 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.
 
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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 a 2002 Investigative Research Consortium held at the Oakland Air and Space Museum.

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Charles Lindbergh, AKA 'Lindy' 

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Amelia, misspelled 'Earheart' above

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Amelia Earhart 

Note: The 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.' 

Below, the late Diana Dawes was one of the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) later-life close friends. A former Princeton, New Jersey radio host, Ms. Dawes was certain her friend, Irene, had previously been known as 'Amelia Earhart' but dared not bring it up in her presence. Diana also knew of the original Irene Craigmile's O'Crowley family background--and how her friend, Irene, was not the 'original' Irene Craigmile. Diana Dawes refers to the ongoing contentious identity question about her friend, Irene twice here in 1987, in articles celebrating Amelia's 90th birthday.   

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Below: More images of the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) and her former self, Amelia Earhart, superimposed:

 

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Irene in 1977 & Amelia in 1937
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Irene in 1976 & Amelia in 1932
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Amelia Earhart's only sibling was her sister, Muriel, shown here in the 1930s

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Above center is Muriel's later-life friend, the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in 1965. Her look did not remind one of Amelia Earhart until the forensic superimposition's from The 1997-2017 Swindell Study displayed their inarguable facial and head-to-toe congruence. As mentioned, the Smithsonian Institution, Amelia's survived family, and the original Irene Craigmile's survived family continue to steer the curious away from embracing the now obvious reality of Amelia's post-disappearance life as 'Irene.' [Note: Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) death was recorded in July of 1982, although there was never any physical evidence the above 1965 Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) death actually occurred then.]
 

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Amelia Earhart in 1937

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Above, repeated from before, observe the exact congruence that takes place when the left and right photos are superimposed with each other. This Swindell Study comparison--that used a 1965 photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais--complements many other comparisons that combined to display the reality of Amelia's post-loss existence as 'Irene' in no-less than a finite way. Head-to-toe physically, tear-duct to tear-duct, and character traits all matched. Anymore it is clearly evident the 1965 Irene Craigmile (Bolam) was not the original Irene Craigmile in lieu of official history's viewpoint that for decades maintained she was. According to official history, Amelia Earhart was legally declared 'dead in absentia' in January of 1939, a year and a half after she went missing. Apparently this was never supposed to change, even though it is now a forensic certainty Amelia continued to live-on for decades after World War Two with the name of 'Irene' newly applied to her person.  ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study.'
 

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The post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in 1965.

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Tod Swindell

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Above: While the varacity of it is questionable, this old newspaper photo identified the original Irene Craigmile in 1937 within it--along with her 1934 born son, Clarence, who the original Irene conceived out-of-wedlock in 1933. The person seated in the chair, however, may well have been Clarence's surrogate mother as opposed to his biological mother, who was the original Irene Craigmile.

"The original Irene Craigmile barely flew at all during her oft-troubled 1930s years. This is because as soon as she earned her pilot's license in mid-1933, she learned she was pregnant out-of-wedlock. There is no record of her flying beyond the mid-1930s and her pilot's license lapsed in 1937. Compared to Amelia Earhart, who was acquainted with her then, she was a veritable nobody as well. After World War Two the important people who recognized the new Irene Craigmile as the former Amelia Earhart, (a select few beyond her sister, Muriel, knew who she used to be; Senator Barry Goldwater, some NASA personnel, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, General Douglas MacArthur and his wife, Jean, some Zonta and 99's members, and a few foreign dignitaries among them) were always respectful or her post-war desire to no longer be known as Amelia Earhart. What became of the original Irene Craigmile? Nobody knows. What my study revealed is that her son ended up being raised by a surrogate mother figure who also used the original Irene Craigmile's identity--to complete an exasperating, concealed arrangement that featured three different women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity." Tod Swindell
 
 

 
 
Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart
 

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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.
 

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Charles Lindbergh
 
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.

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Amelia Earhart
 
"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.
 

 
The Less-Known Amelia Earhart
 
Before focusing on Amelia Earhart in a similar way and observing more of the revealing Amelia-to-Irene comparisons, below are some of Amelia Earhart's different looks that left her iconic image so recognizable throughout the world:
 

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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 that.

 

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Another note about the post-World War Two, Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam):
 
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.

In the above 1977 photo portrait featuring the post-World War Two, 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' ('Bolam' was her remarried surname from 1958 on) notice her prominently displayed wings and proud disposition. Considering the way she carried herself, it may seem odd to some how right after she became famous in the early 1970s she was so quickly forgotten.
 
Except that was her hard fought-for choice. For she had not sought fame until a fellow by the name of Joseph A. Gervais met her in 1965 and five years later made her famous. Indeed, fame was the absolute last thing she wanted in her later-life years.
 

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Above left: Displayed here once again from The Swindell Study is a 1970 photo of the post-World War Two, Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam.) To the right she is superimposed with her former-self, Amelia. (Closer version below.) In the hundreds of comparisons from the study the overall head-to-toe congruence was undeniable. As mentioned their character traits also aligned.   

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After the comparison analysis part of the study commenced the question naturally arose; 'How could two people who supposedly knew each other in the 1930s have looked so much alike?' The combined end results of the Swindell Study marked the first endeavor to provide a solid answer: Although they used the same name and identity, the Irene Craigmile in the 1930s was an entirely different person than the post-WWII Irene Craigmile (Bolam) shown above. This new realized truth is clearly displayed in Irene-Amelia.com and the former identity of the post-WWII Irene Craigmile (Bolam) naturally surfaces within it as well. In other words, because of the realities conveyed by the Swindell Study, there is absolutely no doubt anymore that Amelia Earhart continued to live on after she went missing in 1937, and at some point she changed her name to Irene Craigmile--the same name of a 1930s acquaintance of hers.
 
How Do We Know?
 
It all started in 1965 with a World War Two hero by the name of Joseph A. Gervais:   
 

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Above, Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (1924-2005) was a veteran of World War Two, Korean and Vietnam Wars, serving as a highly decorated command pilot of B-24, B-29 and C-130 aircraft with over 16,000 hours of flying time. Above photo gifted to Tod Swindell by his wife, Thelma Gervais.
 

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In the 1960s, after a five-year investigative research effort conducted by Joseph A. Gervais, it was learned that following World War Two the proudly posed, 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' displayed above emerged in the northeastern United States from out of nowhere known as, 'Irene Craigmile.'
 
As it turned out, among the many things Joseph A. Gervais learned about her was prior to the World War Two era no photographic record identifying the woman in the above photo as 'Irene' existed.
 
This now observable, albeit non-recognized fact is entirely true even though the past assertion of it was rejected by the former Amelia Earhart; has ever since been ignored by the U.S. Federal government; and has perpetually been downplayed by the Smithsonian Institution, Amelia Earhart's survived relatives, and the original Irene Craigmile's survived relatives--dating back to the time Joseph A. Gervais first figured it out.

Gervais, a former U.S. Air Force Captain who retired as a Major in 1963, did find that a person by the name of 'Irene Craigmile' had known Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. He learned how at the age of 26 in 1931, she was widowed when her husband, Charles Craigmile died, and he found evidence of a pilot's license that she held from 1933 to 1937, noticing she never flew much while she had it.
 

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 Europe.

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Above: Newsprint photo of Irene Craigmile Bolam (AKA "the former Amelia Earhart") and Guy Bolam in 1963.
 
Today it exists as a forensic truth that the Irene Craigmile who married Guy Bolam in 1958 was the former Amelia Earhart (see comparison below) and how the original Irene Craigmile who gave birth to a son in 1934, was long gone in 1958, and no one from the general public knows what became of her. 
 
 

Below: Irene to Amelia, ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study' 
 
 

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It is true that during the World War Two era the original Irene Craigmile's identity was made available for Amelia Earhart to use after the war, and it is fairly certain so much was the result of a Federal Witness Protection Program that involved the knowledge and co-orchestration of General Douglas MacArthur, J. Edgar Hoover, and the catholic church--in alignment with the original Irene Craigmile's prominent lawyer aunt and physician uncle--who Amelia had also known. [Note: Scroll about halfway down to read a brief bio about the original Irene Craigmile from the Swindell Study.]

When Joseph A. Gervais looked into the original Irene Craigmile's family lineage--the respected O'Crowley-Rutherford's of Newark, New Jersey--he noticed the other main 'relative' connection to Amelia. It came by way of Irene Craigmile's aunt, a New York lawyer by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley who had been a Zonta organization friend of Amelia's and a legal contract advisor for her 'Amelia Earhart' brand luggage line. It was here that Joe Gervais found it odd, given Irene Craigmile's impressive family background, that he was unable to locate a single clear photograph that featured Irene Craigmile prior to 1946. He tried but he could not locate any clear family photos, any school photos, or any wedding or married couple photos. The few photos he did manage to locate were of such low quality it proved difficult to positively identify the female person in them, but he could tell the pre-1940s Irene Craigmile did not much resemble her former pilot friend, Amelia Earhart anywhere close to the way her post-World War Two image did.
 

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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 peculiar.
 
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.
 
Joseph A. Gervais made national news headlines when he did that in 1970, through a touted book by Joe Klaas bearing the title of, Amelia Earhart Lives. It was a myopic decision on his part, though, because so too did the surprisingly powerful and enigmatic Irene Craigmile Bolam make headlines then, when she lawyered-up and rigidly dismissed his assertion.
 
Not long after she did that the book was withdrawn and the assertion made by Joseph A. Gervais was chalked up as a 'hoax' and soon forgotten. Yet what was overlooked by practically everyone except Gervais, was that Irene Craigmile Bolam never proved that she was not the former Amelia Earhart.

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Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas was published by the reputable McGraw-Hill Company in late 1970. It quickly became a best seller. Close to forty-thousand copies made it into circulation during its seven-week shelf life. It was withdrawn after Irene Craigmile Bolam rejected the implication it contained that offered she was possibly the survived Amelia Earhart incognito. 

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"I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart." The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) was convincing when she stated this at a press conference she held in response to the assertion about her made by Joseph A. Gervais, found in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives. Although her present-tense denial was accepted, it was later proved to be true that she appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, because she indeed had been previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart'.
 

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.

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Section Two
 
Enter 'The Swindell Study'
 

Three decades after Joseph A. Gervais learned what he did about Irene Craigmile (Bolam), enter The Swindell Study.

The comparisons it produced essentially displayed the post-war Irene Craigmile (Bolam) as an 'older looking' Amelia Earhart in a head-to-toe, stupefying way. Even their handwriting and voice patterns matched. So the questions became; how could two people who did not look alike when they knew each other in the 1930s suddenly look so much alike later on? Did one evolve to become a doppelganger of the other?
 
Of course not. There was a lot more to it than that.
 
The road to the answers began after a few initial comparisons that cause Tod Swindell to become so taken by the strong congruences being dipslayed in them, that he couldn't help but want to know more about the curiously enigmatic, Irene Craigmile (Bolam). So he looked deep into her past and kept learning more and more information about her, and then he continued to realize even more impressive and often bewildering particulars about her clearly obfuscated life history. How did this seemingly important person end up so well forgotten, or outright 'erased' from the public mindset? he thought.
 

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Above: Tod Swindell in 2017
 

It took many years, but after Tod Swindell's comparsion analysis was finally completed what ultimately surfaced was a mind-bending, comprehensive forensic profile of three different individual human beings who had the same Irene Craigmile identity attributed to them, and right, the one who matched Amelia Earhart appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the World War Two years. 

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Irene Craigmile in 1946, FKA "Earhart"
In 1958, this Irene Craigmile married Guy Bolam of England.
The fate of the original Irene Craigmile remains unknown.
 

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At first glance the look of the 1946 Irene Craigmile above may not remind one of the way pop-culture left Amelia Earhart's image etched in the common mindset. For instance her nose looks a bit more noble and her front tooth gap is gone, but these kinds of adjustments are reasonably explainable. Not to leave out how nine years had passed since Amelia had been seen--allowing for style changes and some aging to take place. Recall here as well, the title of Shirley Dobson Gilroy's 1985 book, Amelia: Pilot In Pearls. Then take a look directly below at the picture of Amelia Earhart standing next to her 1930s flight trainer, Hollywood stunt-pilot, Paul Mantz. After that, see what happens under the Earhart/Mantz photo when Amelia's same facial image is superimposed with the 1946 image of the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile... to witness the return of, Amelia: The Pilot in Pearls:
 

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The post-war return of, "the pilot in pearls"

 
Upon achieving his solidly based conclusion, Tod Swindell's remarkable and incontestable expose' was the end result of a long-term investigative research study and human comparison analysis appropriately titled, 'The Swindell Study.'
 


In The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, we start with the same 1978 photograph reprinted from a newspaper showing Irene Craigmile Bolam (shortened to 'Irene Bolam' in the caption) going for a hot-air balloon ride before continuing on:
 

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Briefly recalling who Irene Craigmile Bolam was as she ascends in the balloon with famous LPGA golfer, Kathy Whitworth...

In 1996, Tod Swindell was shopping a screenplay about Amelia Earhart in Hollywood when he heard that Joseph A. Gervais was still maintaining his assertion about Irene Craigmile Bolam having been previously known as Amelia Earhart.
 
Then after learning that many other people remained unsure when it came to who the late Irene Craigmile Bolam really was, or had been, he decided to track Joseph A. Gervais down.

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Above left: February 5, 2000, USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.) accepting his achievement award for unparalleled investigative research from the Amelia Earhart Society's founding President, Bill Prymak. In the AES newsletter this photo appeared in, Prymak referred to Gervais as, "A World War Two flying hero widely recognized as the world's leading authority regarding the subject of Amelia Earhart's disappearance." Above right: Among those in attendance that day; top row left to right find Oakland Air and Space Museum director, Ronald Reuther; Earhart historian, Tod Swindell; and the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam's) in-laws, Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam. Bottom row left to right are Amelia Earhart world flight duplicator turned author, Ann Holtgren Pellegreno; Amelia Earhart Lives author, Joe Klaas; and Joseph A. Gervais.

Note: The late Bill Prymak, 1989 founding president of the Amelia Earhart Society who lauded Joseph A. Gervais as the most renowned investigator of Amelia Earhart's disappearance, described to Tod Swindell how he found the subject of the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) "troubling." He felt that beyond the likeness to Amelia he observed in The Swindell Study, that implicated her to have been the former Amelia Earhart, she may have also served as an envoy linked to Great Britain's MI-5 service. He also considered her 1958 marriage to Englishman, Guy Bolam, whose international affiliations and position with Radio Luxembourg he viewed as suspect, had possibly been an arranged marriage. 

Tod Swindell felt a documentary about Joseph A. Gervais' ongoing belief that stated the late Irene Craigmile Bolam was really the former Amelia Earhart would make a good story, and after a long-distance introduction the two met in August of 1996 at Joe and Thelma Gervais' outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada home.
 
They were friends from that point on.
 
As Tod Swindell recalled, "At first I thought emulating the most noted 'Amelia Earhart mystery' cottage industry chiefs out there--who so voraciously peddled their differing theories to news media outlets--might make a good 'mockumentary' akin to Spinal Tap or Best In Show. I felt the individual self-importance these people projected within the ongoing hype over Amelia Earhart's disappearance was kind of hokey. Except when I met Joe and walked into the 'Earhart Den' he maintained in his home, I soon realized it was Joseph A. Gervais alone who generated the entire, 'solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance' movement in the 1960s that remains in force today. I realized as well, notwithstanding all naysayers, that his assertion was correct where it came to Amelia's continued post-loss existence with a different name applied to her person." 

 
Note: In July of 1960, when he was flying military transport planes among Pacific Island groups overseas, then USAF Captain Joseph A. Gervais was summoned to appear before a panel of senior military officers that learned he had gathered and held a large collection of sworn affidavits describing Amelia Earhart's non-publicized rescue after she was said to have 'disappeared' in 1937; a 'rescue' that had taken place in the same region Captain Gervais was serving. The officers' panel confiscated the affidavits and classified them along with the full interview it conducted with Gervais. Learning about this occurrence greatly inspired CBS Radio journalist, Fred Goerner to further examine what Gervais was onto. The result was his groundbreaking 1966 investigative book, The Search For Amelia Earhart in which he wrote about the above summons along with the 'Operation Earhart' movement Joseph A. Gervais started in 1959 with his then partner, Captain Bob Dinger.

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Fred Goerner's best-selling 1966 book issued by Doubleday
 

While writing his book, Fred Goerner received help and guidance from U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet during World War Two, who outright admitted to Fred Goerner it was 'true' that Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan were rescued in 1937 by Japan's naval authority even though the general public never knew about it. At the same time, the Admiral could not say what happened to them afterward but he did offer to Fred Goerner that the answer was documented in Washington as 'classified.' Fred Goerner traveled to Washington and gleaned much controversial information, but fell short of learning a solid final answer about what became of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan after they were rescued. Except Goerner did manage to interview many Pacific islanders when he traveled to the same places Joe Gervais did. His interviews there included some high-level officials who further substantiated the non-publicized Earhart-Noonan rescue story. Goerner also learned how nearly all high-level military personnel who served in the Pacific during World War Two commonly understood that Earhart and Noonan were 'picked up' by Japan after they went missing and knowledge of it gained in Washington had been withheld. Needing an ending for his book, even though he still lacked solid information about what ultimately became of the flying duo, based on hearsay accounts Goerner suggested Fred Noonan may have been killed after exhibiting hostility toward his unscheduled hosts, and that Amelia Earhart remained sequestered for a period of time before dying of a dysentery-like illness as World War Two heated up. Accordingly, these events happened on the island of Saipan, although they were never substantiated. The vast majority of people bought into Fred Goerner's finalizing conclusion at the time, though, (even though it was wrong) and his book remained in the Top-Ten of the New York Times best seller list for several weeks after it was issued. Incredibly, as with Joseph A. Gervais, due to the 'official silence' his findings were greeted with by the U.S. State and Justice departments, Fred Goerner and his book are barely recalled today.
 

Tod Swindell continued: "Joe Gervais was sharp as a tack and very serious with his ongoing claim that Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 disappearance and later changed her name to 'Irene.' Yet he qualified it by telling me in his discernible New England accent, ""The problem I didn't recognize was no one from the general public was ever supposed to know who the Irene I met and came to know used to be, and she knew that better than anybody. Witness protection works that way.""

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Above, in November of 1970, Irene Craigmile (Bolam) took on the national press circuit not only to preserve her dignity, but her former self's well buttoned-up by then heroic legacy as well.

As serious as Joseph A. Gervais still was about the Irene who he met in 1965, Tod Swindell was surprised to learn that as far as Gervais knew, no one had ever forensically compared Irene Craigmile Bolam to Amelia Earhart before. So he set out to educate himself on how to do such a thing and in due time began orchestrating a comparison study designed to weigh the likenesses of Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart to each other. He added, "What inspired me was the way Joe Gervais mentioned he 'recognized her instantly' when he first saw her in 1965. I found that incredible because I looked at a candid photograph he took of her on the day they met and I didn't see it, but he still insisted that was who she used to be. It dawned on me though, where he had been investigating Earhart's disappearance since 1959, her image was indelibly etched in his mind so he didn't need any comparisons. He just knew who she was the first time he saw her at a gathering of well known pilots from the golden age of aviation."
 

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Tod Swindell with legendary Amelia Earhart historian and disappearance investigator, retired U.S. Air Force Major Joseph A. Gervais. [Photo taken in 2002 during their decade long collaboration.]
 

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February 5, 2000: Above, top row left to right: Ronald Reuther, Tod Swindell, Mr. & Mrs. John Bolam (Irene's survived in-laws); bottom row, left to right: Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, Joe Klaas, Joseph A. Gervais

For nearly a decade after they first met, Tod Swindell and Joe Gervais met many more times and spoke often by phone as well. Joe liberally shared the tonnage of research he gathered on Amelia Earhart and Irene Craimile Bolam from decades past with Tod during that time period.
 
Joe and his wife, Thelma were also the first to observe the preliminary results of the Amelia-to-Irene comparisons from Tod's study, that soon began turning heads within the illustrious 'Amelia Earhart Society' contingency by way of their positive results. As Thelma Gervais commented about them, "...they just reaffirmed what we knew all along." Thelma had also met Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965 and had assisted her husband with his 1960s' investigation of her background. Below are three early examples from the Swindell Study that Joe and Thelma Gervais were first to lay eyes on. Both remarked they had never seen such a thing done before.  

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Irene                Irene-Amelia            Amelia

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Irene Craigmile Bolam
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Irene & Amelia superimposed
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Reactions Before The Swindell Study
 
From the 1970s on, the 'Amelia became Irene' claim originally asserted by Joseph A. Gervais was plagued by divisive rhetoric and ridicule. Conventional reality was unable to find merit in it and there are several reasons for this. The first and foremost has to do with Amelia Earhart's living relatives instantly dismissing the assertion out of hand dating back to the time Joe Gervais first went public with it. The National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Institution have also never devoted serious attention to it, mainly because during the World War Two era the Federal government of the United States moved away from ever officially discussing Amelia Earhart's loss again, and to this day it has always remained silent about Irene Craigmile Bolam, never offering an official opinion about her at all. Where a tradition of ridicule also exists, below is an example of how the Associated Press began a story about filmmaker, Tod Swindell's initial forensic comparison achievements, satirizing Irene as "a New Jersey housewife," a term Tod never used to describe her:   

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Tod Swindell
 

"Regarding the above 2002 AP article lead-in, it's funny and telling as well how printed news sometimes works. The point being, I never told Ron Staton of the Associated Press that I believed Amelia, ""survived a crash landing in the Marshall Islands, was captured by the Japanese and secretly repatriated, living as a New Jersey housewife."" Those were his words, not mine. All I did tell him was I believed Amelia somehow survived after she went missing and in time changed her name to Irene Craigmile." Tod Swindell

 
The 1997-2017 Irene-Amelia Swindell Study Results:
 

"The Forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." Quoted from a CNN.com article, John Bolam, refers to his late sister-in-law, Irene Craigmile Bolam while commenting on his review of the initial Swindell Study comparison results. The now late John Bolam always suspected, but ultimately came to believe his late sister in law used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart' after observing her inarguable congruence to the famous lost pilot. By way of the same father, John Bolam, a U.S. citizen, was the survived half-brother of Irene's English husband, Guy Bolam. As with Bill Prymak, John Bolam sensed his half-brother, Guy was somehow linked to British intelligence. In the 1960s and 1970s, Guy and Irene Craigmile Bolam sometimes visited John and his wife (ironically named 'Irene' as well) at their Merritt Island home in Florida, and the Florida Bolam's would sometimes visit Guy and Irene when the couple lived in New York. 

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"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart to show the world they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck, reprinted from his book, Amelia Earhart Survived.

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Above, Amelia Earhart in 1937, the year she went missing.

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Above, the two left and right photos superimposed. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'

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Above, 1965 Joseph A. Gervais photo of Irene Craigmile Bolam.

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Above: In 1974, nine years after Amelia Earhart's post-war survival was privately discovered by Joseph A. Gervais and four years after his discovery was publicly revealed, a lack of cooperation from Amelia's family and official silence toward the matter from the U.S. Federal government left the assertion an "up in the air" open case. Lost in the shuffle of the Nixon, Watergate, and Vietnam turmoils taking place at the same time, people incorrectly assumed the discovery of Amelia Earhart's post-loss survival as 'Irene' was proved false at some point, leaving it to remain unrealized that there had been more that one person attributed to the same 'Irene' identity... and the former Amelia Earhart was one of them. In January of 1976, a year and a half after the above article was printed, Irene refused to submit her fingerprints as proof positive of her identity. She then agreed to discontinue her lawsuit against Joseph A. Gervais and Amelia Earhart Lives author, Joe Klaas with $10 considerations ordered to be paid by both sides to each other. For some incorrect information printed about her in the book Amelia Earhart Lives that her lawyer described as 'damaging to his client's reputation,' (information that had nothing to do with whether she was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart) publisher McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay her $60,000.   
 
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Where the 1970 discovery of Amelia Earhart's post-war Federal Witness Protection Program (FWPP) was swiftly shouted down by individuals through media outlets--that in turn cajoled the general public into thinking the discovery never happened--the U.S. Federal government remained officially silent about it. The Swindell Study, however, delivered the truth of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two FWPP to any further exist at an obvious level, making it easier for people to understand how the Amelia-became-Irene conveyance was always worth deeply considering over the different reasons that left official confirmation of it difficult to obtain.

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Joseph A. Gervais took the above photo of Guy Bolam and Irene Craigmile Bolam when he met them in 1965 at the annual 'Early Birds of Aviation' luncheon.

Amelia Earhart's famous career as a pilot spanned a period of nine years; from the time of her Friendship flight when she was thirty-years old until she went missing when she was just shy of turning forty. The amount of different looks thousands of cameras captured of her during that time period were pretty amazing. In the below comparison showing her at opposite ends of her career, it is difficult to recognize the same person:

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Amelia just before she went missing--a few weeks shy of her fortieth birthday.

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Amelia at the beginning of her fame years as a pilot, age thirty-one.

In the following comparison, as Amelia Earhart transitions from the way she looked at the age of thirty-one to the way she looked in her early seventies, no matter how one may try to soften the reality blow it is as if the universe itself has finally delivered this amazing truth to all. It did so by gifting us the recognizable older version of Amelia Earhart when she was known as 'Irene.' This statement now exists as an absolute forensic certainty: After Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937 she did not die. She changed her name for the sake of her future privacy and continued living a meaningful and productive life to old age. People do age and their looks may harden some. The sample shown here, one of hundreds of physical and character trait comparisons from the massive 1997-2017 conducted Swindell Study speaks for itself.

Question

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 Andersen (1917-1986)

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.

From early adulthood on, as decades pass people do age and their facial features often grow to look care-worn and hardened in the process. For what it's worth, Amelia managed to age pretty well.

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About 'Truth'
 
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively by preconceived opinion and prejudice." Arthur Schopenhauer
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Above: Cover text on the twenty-year Swindell Study [1997-2017] Protecting Earhart's MSS & Forensic Research and Comparison Analysis by Tod Swindell. Their individual and combined copyright registration #'s: TXu 1-915-926; 2014, TXu 2-061-539; 2017 (415 total pages; 110 pages of which feature the logistical and visual elements of the forensic comparison analysis.)

[Note: In existence together since 1997, The Swindell Study & 'Protecting Earhart' are not affiliated with Amelia Earhart mystery sleuthing groups such as the TIGHAR and Nauticos clubs, nor is it linked to the 2016 books, Amelia Earhart 'Beyond the Grave' and 'The Truth At Last' by W.C. Jameson and Mike Campbell respectively. It is also not connected to the recently formed, 'Chasing Earhart' group. Where Amelia Earhart is concerned, in principle it is best not to obfuscate the positive light Amelia's heroic legacy deserves. Historically, most Amelia Earhart mystery solving efforts have been devoted to exploiting her 1937 disappearance as an adulatory pursuit with pecuniary interests in mind--leaving historical accuracy to take a back seat. In this case, the independent Swindell Study and the upcoming documentary about it are the results of a long-term, privately conducted and self-funded investigative journalism endeavor.]  

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Above, the newly retired, Lou Foudray in 2016. Lou is an Earhart historian and former conservator of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum. She is shown standing on the porch of the home where Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897. 
 
 

 
"Foudray calls the investigative research of Gervais and Swindell, ""Just the tip of the Iceberg."" ""All the evidence all put together, I feel like she [Amelia Earhart] did survive. I think she survived and came back to the United States, but that she wanted her privacy.""  Lou Foudray of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum is quoted here from separate interviews conducted by Lara Moritz of KMBC TV, Kansas City and by The Topeka Kansas Capital-Journal's, Jan Biles.

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More About "Truth"

"Truth is not a mystery -- its greatest secrets are yours to know through simple honesty and surrender to what that honesty reveals." John de Ruiter 

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Note: Do not bother with the non-truthful 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' Wikipedia page. Where it reads, "Bolam's personal life history has since been thoroughly documented eliminating any possibility she was Earhart," this is a twisted statement where prior to the World War Two era any documentation would have referenced the original Irene Craigmile, whose identity Amelia used after the war for the rest of her life. Not to leave out, the National Geographic Society did not hire a forensic expert in 2006 who concluded the Amelia became Irene assertion was incorrect. That is an absolute false statement. The unremitting individual who submitted the page, Dr. Alex Mandel of the Ukraine, who also strictly moderates it, is well aware they are not true statements. What is true is that Dr. Mandel was misguided by his own preconceived opinion and prejudice against the Amelia became Irene reality. Of note, many other individuals have decried the Irene-Amelia equation over the years making it difficult for the public to seriously consider the conveyance of it.

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"My good friend, Randall Brink, helped provide my 1996 introduction to Joe Gervais, who Randall came to know as well as anyone in the 1980s and 1990s. Randall also authored the landmark book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart issued in 1994 by the esteemed W.W. Norton Publishing House of New York and London. An international best seller those years ago, for anyone interested in the lead up to Amelia's 1937 world flight and its controversial outcroppings after she failed to reach Howland Island, this book is for you. Included in Lost Star, during his wrap up, Randall was sure to notate, ""One tantalizingly persistent account has Amelia supposedly returning to the U.S. and assuming a new identity."" Randall Brink wrote this sentence in his book twenty-four years after the general public was led to mistakenly conclude there was no controversy over Irene Craigmile Bolam's true identity, something the former Amelia Earhart herself initiated. Recall her later life friend, Monsigner James Francis Kelley's mention to Donald DeKoster, ""After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."" This ostensibly referred to what Amelia endured after she went missing and throughout the World War Two era. Can we blame her for coming to feel the way she did without knowing her reason(s)?" Tod Swindell     

"Nothing is as invisible as the obvious." Richard Farson

 
DETAILING THE FINAL RESULTS OF THE 1997-2017 SWINDELL STUDY:
 
 
What the 1997-2017 SWINDELL STUDY outright FORENSICALLY PROVED is the REALITY of MORE THAN ONE TWENTIETH CENTURY WOMAN having been attributed to the SAME 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity.
 
The SWINDELL STUDY ALSO FORENSICALLY PROVED the Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, as consistently displayed in hundreds of physical and character trait comparisons, MATCHED AMELIA EARHART IN EVERY WAY.
 
Finally, the SWINDELL STUDY FORENSICALLY PROVED that the Irene Craigmile Bolam in the photo taken in 1965 by Joseph A. Gervais on the day he met her IS NOT IDENTIFIABLE ANYWHERE AS 'IRENE' prior to the World War Two years. This is because, against the grain of official United States history that legally declared Amelia Earhart 'dead in absentia' in 1939, and contrary to unwavering historians who would rather not have to contend with the reality of it, she most definitely had been, previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
 
Basically, as a result of its above discovered realities, as hard as it still may be for so many to believe and accept, the 1997-2017 Swindell Study CONFIRMED Joseph A. Gervais was correct in 1970, when he asserted his belief that stated the Irene Craigmile Bolam in the 1965 photograph he took of her, displayed directly below, was not the original Irene Craigmile, RATHER, she actually was the former Amelia Earhart who had been living under an assumed identity in the United States dating back to the World War Two era.
 

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Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA "the former Amelia Earhart" as photographed by USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (Ret.) August 8, 1965.

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Amelia Earhart 

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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.

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The original Irene Craigmile (1932-1933) by one of the plane's she learned to fly in.
 
 

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The original Irene Craigmile in 1930 between her husband and father. Below, contrast enhanced.
 
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The second, 'early 1940s' Irene Craigmile ID'd by her son.
 
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Above, a "1970s" dated photo of the Irene Craigmile Bolam identified by her son, adorning the cover of her Memorial Dinner program. Below the younger and older versions from above are superimposed, displaying one in the same human being. She was not the same Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, even though according to history she should have been:

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Above: The third post-war 'new' Irene Craigmile in 1946. Below, the same photo combined with an Amelia photo.

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Above, the 1965 Joe Gervais photo of Irene Craigmile Bolam. Below, superimposed with an Amelia photo. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'

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More Reasons

There are many more reasons to add to the pile of why we now know the 1970 'never disproved' Joseph A. Gervais claim was always correct, that stated the Irene Craigmile Bolam who he met and photographed in 1965 was previously known as Amelia Earhart.

From a legal aspect, recall that Amelia Earhart did not just 'disappear without a trace' in 1937, as was so often described over the years. Rather, legally she became 'a missing person'

How does one solve a missing person case?

 
One either finds the missing person, or one finds the body of the missing person.
 
In this case, according to the 1997-2017 Swindell Study results, clearly Amelia's body was 'found' by Joseph A. Gervais in 1965, albeit re-identified as, 'Irene.' There is virtually no doubt about this anymore.
 
Or put it another way: Where Amelia Earhart was legally declared "dead in absentia" in January of 1939, examining the legal phrase, "dead in absentia" helps to explain the errant conveyance of it here.
 
The Common Law dictionary describes "dead in absentia" this way:
 
"The declaration of someone's death in absence of their physical dead body, corpse or skeletal remains. One who is presumed dead."
 
('Absentia' is Latin for the term 'in absence.')
 
It continued: "Such a declaration may be made when a person is missing for an extended period of time and the evidence overwhelmingly supports the belief that the person has perished. For example, ticketed and verified passengers aboard an aircraft that has crashed."
 
Right off the bat there's a problem with the given example. For it has always been known that no evidence was ever produced indicating Amelia Earhart's plane crashed. According to the official record, Amelia's last radio call was heard while she was still airborne and it gave no indication that she was about to crash or attempt a landing of any kind. She stated she was running north and south on her last given line of position and that was it. The final record revealed no evidence of Amelia having crashed her plane.
 
However, many people, dating back to the time Amelia went missing, to include some eyewitnesses whose upstanding reputations were later verified by their peers, attested that Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan survived an emergency ditching within a reachable distance to the north of where they were last known to be airborne--and they were subsequently rescued there. They also commonly stressed how rising political tensions at the time, coupled with the advent of the Sino-Japanese War that commenced barely a week after the two were declared 'missing' led to later-gained governmental awareness of their rescue to be hushed; a hushing that in turn ended up lasting throughout the entire conflagration of World War Two.
 
Today it is easier to understand how quickly Amelia's world flight shortfall became so complicated all those years ago, to a point where by the war's end a let's move on attitude away from ever having to explain it, or even at all readdress it again ended up being adapted. Today it is historically observable that such an attitude did come into existence among the few who became privy to the true facts of what actually happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan.
 
Taking it one step further, it appears clear enough how it was determined such an attitude would henceforth forever be maintained by a very small inner circle, that may or may not have been solidified at the end of the war with General Douglas MacArthur of the U.S. military in conjunction with J. Edgar Hoover of the U.S. justice department. In other words, in terms of a so called 'cover-up,' the Earhart missing person case was never aligned with some vast, dark conspiracy. As World War Two came to an end very few individuals were at all aware that Amelia had not only survived her disappearance, but too, that she had survived the duration of the war as well, and the final determination was for it to always remain that way.   
 
In other words, the way Earhart and Noonan's loss was left in 1937, that said they 'disappeared without a trace' and were declared 'dead' less that two years later, was the way it was always supposed to remain according to U.S military intelligence and the FBI. In the meantime, inevitably, the unspoken truth about what really happened to them was forever to be protected by an executive order seal dating back to the FDR administration.

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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.
 
Note: It has long been recognized by World War Two history scholars that FDR's administration furtively withheld important information it learned about Amelia Earhart's world flight ending the public never knew, and ultimately was never supposed to know. As well, throughout the conflict and continuing afterward, soldiers once stationed in the Pacific proclaimed an awareness they had gained stating Amelia was still alive as World War Two raged on. One soldier, machine gunner, Robert E. Wallack of "D" Company, 29th Marines, (who still lived in 1994 when he was referenced by Lost Star author, Randall Brink) stated that in 1944 he found Amelia's flight satchel with her world flight documents in a safe he and other soldiers blew-open on Saipan after American troops occupied it. He recognized its importance and dutifully turned it in to an officer. After doing so he never saw or heard about it again. FOIA released FBI files revealed other soldier recollections as well (with their names blotted out) including one in December of 1944 that showed J. Edgar Hoover personally reviewing a claim from a former POW at Walter Reed Hospital, who stated he learned from an English speaking Japanese official at his POW camp that as of 1944 Amelia Earhart was, "perfectly all right." So much supports the later gained awareness of the U.S. enforcing Japan to honor a post-war adapted, 'let's both move on and away from it' attitude concerning what really happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan on and after July 2, 1937. In different ways, both nations were culpable when it came to the overall debacle the flying duo's loss turned into.  

The White House 'Executive Order Seal' likely would have remained, except the Gervais investigation results when later coupled with the Swindell Study results ended up blowing the lid off of the metaphorical World War Two era Pandora's Box labeled, 'Earhart.' 

 

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"There's no denying the Irene-Amelia reality anymore, unless one chooses to remain in denial about it." Tod Swindell
 

While living as Irene, according to insiders the former Amelia Earhart was highly aware of the person she used to be. She was known to be reticent and at times coy whenever her self-described 'past friendship' to Amelia was brought up in her presence. However, she was put off if directly confronted about her true past. Before Joseph A. Gervias concluded she was the former Amelia Earhart, in 1967 she wrote a response letter to he and Joe Klaas, who had politely asked her to admit if she was or wasn't Amelia Earhart in a letter. In her short reply, after writing "I am not she..." (a present tense denial) she concluded with, "It has always been my feeling the Amelia Earhart has not passed away completely, so long as there is one person alive who still remembers her." (Note her odd use of language, "the Amelia Earhart," as if she likened her former-self to a ship that was long ago lost at sea.) 

While it is also true that no one knows the conditions of her post-loss survival, or where she was or what she was doing the years she was not in view in the United States, the woman Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965 did represent the 'remains' of Amelia Earhart (i.e. her 'body evidence' or more technically perhaps, her still living corpus dilicti.)
 
To be sure, while it can be said the personage of Amelia Earhart did die all those years ago, her body defintely did continue to live-on... to later become known as Irene.

 
Admirals and Generals
 
 
"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." LPGA  promoter, Peter Bussatti in 1982, comments about his 1970s good friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam, whose death had recently been recorded. Along with many others, Mr. Bussatti had openly wondered if his friend, Irene used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' The following photo was used in the comparison below it: 

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Above: Irene Craigmile Bolam, left, with Peter Bussati, right.

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Above: Far left is Irene Craigmile Bolam; far right is her former self, Amelia Earhart; in the center the two images are superimposed. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'

"Peter Busatti said he accompanied Mrs. Bolam to the Wings Club in New York City on one occasion. He said a full length portrait of Amelia Earhart hangs in the room dedicated in her honor. ""It was a dead ringer for Irene,"" he said. ""Sometimes I thought she was [the former Amelia Earhart], sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied, "When I die you'll find out."" At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned that all the admirals and generals seemed to know her." Excerpted from a 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune article.

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Tod Swindell

"Recognizing her somewhat troubled past that included her very short stint as a pilot, it would have been unrealistic for the original Irene Craigmile to later become a member of the affluent New York Wings Club let alone be distinguished like royalty there among her peers. Yet, important people who knew the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile as the former Amelia Earhart, and indeed the were a select few who did, were always respectful to recognize her that way." Tod Swindell
 
 

It is true how after making it public in 1970, Joseph A. Gervais lived the remainder of his days, all the way to his dying day of January 26, 2005, never disavowing his 1965 discovery of the living, former Amelia Earhart. Except he also recognized how knowledge of Amelia's post-loss survival was something that was never meant for public ears. He just happened to figure it out and blurt it out... without realizing it was an international powder keg never to be disturbed.
 

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Below: A 1976 photo of Gertrude Kelley Hession (left) and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia.

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Above, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, shown in the photo to the right with the post mid-1940s Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, refused to publicly comment about his "close friend's" possible "dual identity" after she died in 1982.  

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Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the post-war Irene Craigmile Bolam in the late 1970s. Monsignor Kelley was the brother of Gertrude Kelley Hession, who is featured in the above Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia photo with Irene. Monsignor Kelley was the president of Seton Hall College from 1936 to 1949, and held doctorates in psychology and philosophy. In a 1991 taped interview with USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, he confirmed that as World War Two ended he received Amelia back from Japan and helped her to become 'Irene Craigmile.' Earlier (in 1987) he mentioned to Rockville, Illinois TV reporter, Merrill Dean Magley, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be Amelia Earhart anymore."
 

"He did speak of knowing Amelia Earhart but I never met her in his company." A comment from Monsignor Thomas Ivory of West Orange, New Jersey, a past friend of Monsignor Kelley's who presided over Kelly's 1996 funeral. 

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About "Truth"

"Truth is not a mystery -- its greatest secrets are yours to know through simple honesty and surrender to what that honesty reveals." John de Ruiter 

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More From The Swindell Study

 
According to the long-term forensic research analysis and comparison study Tod Swindell conceived and orchestrated in order to test the 1970 Gervais claim, it was true that in the 1930s there was a pilot by the name of Irene Craigmile who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart, and it was also true that Joseph A. Gervais was correct; the Irene Craigmile (Bolam) who he met and photographed in 1965 was not she. This proved to be problematic, because recorded history, having ignored the investigation findings of Joseph A. Gervais, had it that the pre-war Irene Craigmile and the post-war Irene Craigmile (Bolam) were one in the same human being, when in actuality they were not. Below, from the Swindell Study, this reality is edified in no uncertain terms:
 

The Swindell Study plainly revealed that the Irene Craigmile who emerged from out of nowhere after World War Two, shown here again from the above comparison that used the 1976 photo of her taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia with Monsignor Kelley's sister, Gertrude, indeed was an older version of Amelia Earhart going by a different name:

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Make no mistake, the Irene Craigmile Bolam above, who history identified as Amelia's 1930s 'pal' Irene Craigmile, was not the original Irene Craigmile. Let's call her the new Irene Craigmile.
 
After the new Irene Craigmile emerged in the U.S. during the post-war era she was soon being held in high esteem by her peers. This especially increased in 1958, the year she married Guy Bolam of England, a successful executive with Radio Luxembourg in Europe. She often went by 'Irene Bolam' after that (as shown in the balloon-basket news photo caption) while she helped her husband, Guy attend to the daily running of his well known radio station throughout the 1960s. During the decade of the 1960s Irene and Guy incessantly traveled the world together as well, and after Guy died in 1970, Irene took over as president of the Radio Luxembourg division he used to run.
 
[Note: Before she faded from view the original Irene Craigmile had never really demonstrated what one might call, 'aspiring career ambitions.']
 
After the new Irene Craigmile's death was recorded in 1982, once again she made headlines, even though the attention and fame that sometimes came her way from 1970 on was not something she had wanted. [Note: The 'balloon basket photo' at the top of the page was reprinted from a two-week long series of newspaper articles about her.]
 
In the 1960s and 1970s the new Irene Craigmile had also known a variety of famous people to include well known pilots, astronauts, politicians (for example, Senator Barry Goldwater was a friend of hers) celebrities, notable military figures, some college presidents, and a few athletes to include several professional lady golfers she met through her good friend in LPGA promoter, Peter Busatti. She was also a member of the prestigious 'Wings Club' in New York and the Early Birds of Aviation. Not to leave out she was a later life friend of Amelia Earhart's sister and only sibling, Muriel Earhart Morrissey.
 
So again, the reason the new Irene Craigmile (Bolam) also rocked... is due to the incontestable results of the 1997-2017 Swindell Study that evidenced her to have been a head-to-toe carbon copy of Amelia Earhart, the famous pilot who went missing in 1937 and was supposedly never found:  

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Irene Craigmile Bolam proudly displaying her pilot wings in her 1977 formal photo portrait sitting. On the right she is superimposed with photos of Amelia Earhart.

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It would otherwise be next to incredible as evidenced in the comparison study, how the Irene above emerged from out of nowhere eight years after her 'old friend' Amelia disappeared... looking just like a slightly older version of Amelia, and as well, how she looked nothing like the Irene Craigmile who Amelia used to know. Except we now know this is because she was not the original Irene Craigmile.
 
To be sure, let's review who the original Irene Craigmile that Amelia used to know really was, or used to be:
 
 

Preface: The Real, 'Original' Irene Craigmile

"Among the more miss-conveyed high profile news accounts of the Twentieth Century was the story of Amelia Earhart's long-ago pilot friend, Irene Craigmile. Especially where it concerned her later-life uncanny resemblance to Amelia. Before the forensic study most people had determined there wasn't anything to the infamous Irene-Amelia controversy that was summarily buried in 1970 almost as quickly as it surfaced. Ultimately and hands down, though, the results of the study proved there was a lot to it by displaying how Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile were entirely different looking human beings prior to the World War Two years. It wasn't until after the war that Amelia Earhart and her 'old pal,' Irene Craigmile began to look like carbon copies of each other, and there was only one way to explain such an anomaly." Tod Swindell

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According to a 1982 newspaper article, this photo shows the original Irene Craigmile with her son who she delivered in 1934 during her brief marriage to Al Heller. 
 
 

About The Original Irene Craigmile
A Brief Look At Her Life Story  By Tod Swindell
 
[Excerpted 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.

The 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.

The original 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:

The 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.

Larry 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.

       

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The second Irene Craigmile identified by her son, Clarence 'Larry' Heller as, "my mother, around 1940."
 
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Above, a "1970s" dated photo of the Irene Craigmile Bolam identified by her son, adorning the cover of her Memorial Dinner program. Where Irene Craigmile Bolma's death was recorded on July 7, 1982... the question remains to this day: Who actually died in 1982, the Irene Craigmile Bolam shown above or the former Amelia Earhart (shown below) who used the same 'Irene' identity in her later life years?

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Above, the younger and older versions of the Irene Craigmile Bolam identified by her son are superimposed, displaying one in the same human being. She was not the same Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart' who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, even though according to history she should have been.

 
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Above, Amelia Earhart in 1937, the year she went missing.

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Above is the 1965 Joseph A. Gervais photo he took of Irene Craigmile Bolam. This was not the same Irene Craigmile Bolam who appeared on the cover the Memorial Dinner program above, even though history still maintains she was. Anymore it is a plain reality how in total there were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same Irene Craigmile Bolam identity, and this one used to be known as Amelia Earhart. The United States Department of Justice and the Smithsonian Institution have let the American public down in a non-truthful manner--by refusing to address the information gained in the new millennium--that fortified the awareness of the truth about Amelia Earhart being withheld from the general public dating back to the World War Two years. In essence, since its inception in 1997, the Swindell Study evolved to become an incontestable forensic reveal of a high-level historical deception.

The final conclusion about the past connective tissue that linked the original Irene Craigmile to Amelia Earhart is this:
 

Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence after she went 'missing' in 1937, and her eventual assuming of the original Irene Cragmile's identity, that for the last half of her life she shared with Larry Heller's surrogate mother figure, now exists as the obvious known-truth about what became of Amelia Earhart and it is a shame the world public continues to be misled about it.

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Tod Swindell
 

The above writ was considerate of the original Irene Craigmile, a once budding pilot in the 1930s who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart. Joseph A. Gervais first became curious about who Irene Craigmile was in the 1960s while endeavoring in his in-depth investigation of what went wrong with Amelia Earhart's last flight. His years of research dedicated to finding the real Irene Craigmile preceded my own but were not as forensically extensive, especially in a comparative way. In 1965, when Joe Gervais met the woman who handed him a business card identifying herself as "Irene Craigmile," it was on the same day he noticed the great respect she commanded among other noteworthy pilots from the early days of aviation. He felt that not only did she look very familiar to him, but he also wondered why he never heard of someone who was held in such high esteem by her peers, to include Amelia's former good pilot friend, Viola Gentry, who had introduced him to her. As the story about Irene Craigmile played out after my comparison study began, it soon became evident there had been more than one woman attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity. To recap, the real Irene Craigmile's birth name was 'Irene O'Crowley.' Born in 1904, she married Charles Craigmile in the late 1920s and Amelia Earhart did come to know her as 'Irene Craigmile' sometime after that, but today no one knows what became of the real, original 'Irene Craigmile,' and having to embrace this truth marked a sad realization for me. What my study revealed is at some point in time while in her thirties, the original Irene Craigmile no longer appeared in plain view. Whatever became of you, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, there is no doubt Amelia loved you and greatly appreciated how you ended up helping her so profoundly. She was even proud to be known as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' in her later-life years, thanks to her memory of your spirit. TS   

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Above: In 1987, Diana Dawes, a former Princeton, New Jersey radio show host who was one of Irene Craigmile Bolam's better friends in the 1970s, recalled some revealing anecdotes about her late friend as newspapers around the country marked the 50th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's storied 'disappearance.' Ms. Dawes, who firmly believed her late friend, Irene had formerly been known as Amelia Earhart, mentioned on a high shelf in Irene's closet she noticed a uniform collection of "large leather bound ledger-books with the letters 'AE' embossed on their spines." In the above excerpt about the "christening dress," the former Amelia Earhart slips and refers to her long gone friend, the original Irene Craigmile, in a past-tense way when she remarked, "That was Irene's."
 

 
 
Below: Welcome home, the former Amelia Earhart.

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Below is a further look at the page from the 'September 1, 1932' Akron Beacon Journal. Outlined in white is Amelia Earhart, who had stunned the world just three months earlier by becoming the first woman solo a plane across the Atlantic. The original Irene Craigmile is outlined in black

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The original Irene Craigmile was not yet a licensed pilot when this newspaper photo was taken. Note: Further down is an abreviated version of her life story.

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'Irene Craigmile' is listed between charter 99's members, Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz. Irene Craigmile only flew briefly and never joined the 99's, the international organization for women pilots formed by Amelia Earhart and other women pilots in 1929. Amelia was the 99's first president.

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After Amelia Earhart married George Putnam in 1931, for a while she went by the name of 'Amelia Earhart Putnam,' just as she is listed here between her fellow 99's charter members, Dorothea Leh and future 'National Air and Space Museum Wall of Honor' inductee, Abbie Dill (Haddaway).

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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.
 

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A quick review: Above left and right are two photos of the original Irene Craigmile during her brief flying days. The middle photo, dated '1937' identified her vacationing alone in Florida with her 1934 born son. Then below is the original Irene Craigmile in 1930 between her husband, Charles James Craigmile and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. Her image is contrast enhanced underneath it. Note: Clear photo images of the original Irene Craigmile displaying her prior to the World War Two era proved to be non-extant.
 
 

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Younger and older of the 'surrogate mother' Irene Craigmile (Bolam) identified by Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, Larry Heller. Her true origin remains unknown.

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Younger and older of the post-war Irene Craigmile (Bolam) who was FKA 'Amelia Earhart.'

 
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What does the Smithsonian Institution say about this?

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Dr. Tom Crouch
Dr. Tom Crouch has always refused to take the Amelia became Irene suggestion seriously. His expressed opinion is that any information favorable it, to include the incontestably obvious information in support of it merely amounts to, "a simply non-persuasive argument." His repeated expressed viewpoint toward the true identity question pertaining to Irene Craigmile Bolam has always existed as a deterrent to reporters ranging from the highly curious to those just looking for Smithsonian generated 'quotes' that are automatically considered reliable. Where it is now clear that Amelia lived-on to become known as Irene within a complex web, any further his expressed opinion only confuses those who honestly indentify the reality of it. 

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Dorothy Cochrane
Never hesitating to speak on behalf of Amelia's sister and niece, the Smithsonian's Dorothy Cochrane has only ever repeated their steadfast opinions that have always remained. When it comes to the Joseph A. Gervais, 'Amelia lived on and became Irene' assertion, Ms. Cochrane stresses, "...both repeatedly and strongly dismissed and rejected this story line." Amelia's sister, Muriel, who knew her sister as Irene Craigmile Bolam in her later life years through the Zonta organization, died in 1998. Her daughter, Amelia's niece, remains steadfast when referring to the Amelia-Irene claim as "nonsense" and "hokum," even in lieu of the recent years forensic discoveries and realizations that fortified the reality of it.   

"The previous, at least noticeable to some 'verisimilitude' of it, combined with what has grown to anymore exist as the outright veracity of Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence as a re-identified person the last half of her life is an inconvenient reality the Smithsonian Institution never wanted to have to address, let alone contend with, and by turning a blind eye to is since 1970, it has deftly managed to avoid having to seriously address it. This is because it has never been pressured to do so by its owner, the U.S. government."

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The above statement somewhat exists as a double-edge sword, where the Smithsonian would have to pressure the U.S. government to allow it to look into the Amelia became Irene assertion, and evidently, no one there has ever been impelled to do such a thing.
 
For decades now and continuing to the present, in lieu of not having to devote any measure of serious attention its way, to the national press circuit Dr. Tom Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum have always maintained the practice of decrying the assertion about Irene Craigmile Bolam originally presented by Joseph A. Gervais in 1970. This is still ongoing, even after the Gervais assertion about Irene Craigmile Bolam was forensically shored-up in the new millennium by the Swindell Study. Anymore, however, with the amount of information that has been learned and made public about it to date [and this is sometimes a problem for individuals employed by wards of the U.S. government, that the Smithsonian technically is] unless they are myopic to a significant degree when it comes to the importance of recognizing when a U.S. justice department cover-up has run its course, Dr. Crouch and Ms. Cochrane do realize by now that they are amiss with their ongoing automatic denials when it comes to the now easy to see and comprehend, Amelia went on to become known as Irene reality. It must be difficult for them to turn a blind-eye toward less wary people who invest their hard earned money in groups intent on finding Amelia's plane, when such an endeavor is something neither of them would ever recommend, given their individual Earhart educations.
 
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Switching gears for a sec,
About Amelia's Plane...

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Above is a still image marking the last time Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10E was seen as it takes off from Lae, New Guinea on July 1, 1937 with Amelia and Fred Noonan on board. 

False Plane Hunts

The reason it is better understood now among individuals from higher Amelia Earhart think-tanks, who long ago determined that looking for Amelia's plane was a time and money wasting endeavor, is because Amelia, who lived to become Irene, definitely would have recalled the last time she saw her plane and it wasn't at the bottom of the sea or on some mountain top, nor was it ever on or near the previously colonized Nikumaroro Island where its former inhabitants left their junk behind. It can now be considered that if Amelia's plane still exists anywhere, to include approximate to one of the above mentioned places, it would have been the result of another entity, not Amelia, having left it there. Yet the likelihood of such a thing having occurred is extremely slim. The chances are better it was destroyed... over rumors it may remain intact somewhere in a nondescript location.

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Below: The post war era 'new' Irene Craigmile, FKA Amelia Earhart
 

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After World War Two, the Irene Craigmile above appeared from out of nowhere and began working in the banking industry in the vicinity of Amelia Earhart's former Long Island, New York stomping grounds. 

Yes, it does appear to defy logic where Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, Irene Craigmile was able to significantly transform her appearance... to a point where by 1946 she looked to be a slightly older version of her old pal, Amelia Earhart. Amazing. During the Swindell Study, after its Irene-Amelia comparison analysis was completed, head to toe heights, faces, shoulders, arms, hands, feet, even tear duct to tear duct the post World War Two Irene Craigmile proved herself to be a perfect match to Amelia Earhart.
 
The comparisons of the post World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) to Amelia Earhart have now revealed this truth to all, even where Amelia's survived family and the Smithsonian Institution wished it had not.
 
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Why The 1997-2017 Swindell Study Is Being Dubbed, 'The Pentagon Papers of Amelia Earhart'

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The reason the 1997-2017 Swindell Study is referred to by some as the 'Pentagon Papers' of Amelia Earhart has to do with the thousands of pages of incontestable investigative research material it generated, that was sure to include declassified and leaked state department documents that aligned the 'Earhart cover-up' with the U.S. military branch, the U.S. executive branch, and the U.S. justice department. Not to leave out the era itself, when awareness of the cover-up first surfaced.
 
The onset of the Irene-Amelia controversy in 1970 saw a lack of any response to it offered by the Nixon White House administration. In November of that year, when asked about the national news story concerning the assertion that Irene Craigmile Bolam, shown above, was actually the 'name changed' Amelia Earhart, President Nixon wryly responded, "We don't discuss Earhart around here." [A basic assessment of Nixon's comment translated to the subject of Amelia Earhart being regarded as 'taboo' by the U.S. executive branch dating back to President Franklin Roosevelt's administration.]
 
After President Nixon's evasive response, during the next four years the enigmatically powerful, Irene Bolam waged a defamation lawsuit with one of Robert F. Kennedy's former hired attorney's, Benedict Ginsberg leading the charge for her--as the White House continued to adhere to its code of silence about anything Earhart related. Here as well, recall from mid-1971 to mid-1974, the Nixon White House was consistently embroiled in other high profile controversies. In June of 1971, the unexpected leak of the Pentagon Papers exposed the falsely-based Vietnam War and the U.S. executive branch's long recognized futility of it. So much basically led to President Nixon's Vietnam War "peace with honor" declaration in January of 1973 that facilitated the inevitable fall of Saigon. In the interim, in June of 1972 the Watergate scandal began after burglars were caught breaking into Democratic National Convention headquarters; burglars eventually linked to the Nixon administration, the exposure of which ultimately led to President Nixon's resignation on August 8, 1974.
 
After the Nixon White House dodged the bullet of also having to expose the Amelia Earhart cover-up among his other administration shortcomings, Attorney Benedict Ginsberg continued to represent Irene Craigmile Bolam for another year and a half in her defamation lawsuit against the McGraw-Hill publishing company, Joseph A. Gervais, and Joe Klaas. The case was ultimately settled out of court between Irene and Gervais & Klaas for a mere $10 of consideration given by both sides to each other. McGraw-Hill indeed was ordered to pay Irene $60,000 for not better vetting the 'reputation damaging' errata about her that it allowed to be printed in its 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives, even though said 'errata' had nothing to do with whether she was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart. Not to leave out the $60,000 reward was far less than the $1.5 million originally sought by Irene and her attorney. After five years said amount would have done little more than cover her legal fees. Except financial gain wasn't the issue to Irene. It is important to notate, though, with everything else going on during the time period her lawsuit unfolded, how it is easy to see why the controversy over who she really was became so buried. It even evolved into a satirized subject within the national press circuit lasting well into the Twenty-First Century as, 'the old story about Amelia Earhart ending up as a New Jersey housewife.' Those in the know were well aware that Irene Craigmile Bolam was no ordinary New Jersey housewife, rather, as the Swindell Study results so plainly revealed, she actually was the former Amelia Earhart called-out by surprise--to reluctantly end up in the awkward position of having to contest the reality of it. 

In an interesting footnote, among President Gerald Ford's first presidential acts was the pardoning of former President Nixon in September of 1974, and among his last presidential acts, in January of 1977, a year after Irene's lawsuit ended, was the pardoning of Iva Toguri, who in 1949 was convicted of treason for having served as the Japanese radio siren, "Tokyo Rose" during World War Two.

About this, as a result of the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941, Iva Toguri, a 1940 UCLA zoology graduate, found herself stuck in Japan during a family visit. Unable to return to the states after the attack, she testified that because of her ability to speak good English she was coerced into doing 'Zero Hour' broadcasts with the handle of "Orphan Ann" by Japan's NHK radio service. She also testified how after VJ Day she agreed to accept $2,000 from two American reporters if she would identify herself to the press as 'Tokyo Rose' instead of 'Orphan Ann.' It was recognized among a large contingency of U.S. soldiers serving in the Pacific during World War Two, several of whom later testified at Iva Toguri's trial, that there were different English speaking women doing Zero Hour broadcasts going by different names and that 'Tokyo Rose' was one of them. Many also also believed the broadcasts were somehow inspired by a hidden awareness Japan maintained about Amelia Earhart's true fate, and the Tokyo Rose invention was its coy way of sharing it with U.S. military forces that regularly tuned-in to the Zero Hour radio programs. What Joseph A. Gervais learned was how the name of 'Tokyo Rosa' (with an "a" at the end, sounding like 'Rose-ah') had originally been the common term used by Pacific Mandate Islands populations to identify Amelia Earhart as the rose of the chrysanthemum, notating how a chrysanthemum flower adorned the seal of the Emperor of Japan. Thus, 'Tokyo Rosa' was a term linked to Amelia Earhart well before the Tokyo Rose broadcasts began. Not to leave out how Amelia's own mother, Amy Otis Earhart attended Iva Toguri's 1949 'Tokyo Rose' trial on a daily basis and told the New York Times after the conclusion of it that she was 'aware' of her daughter being rescued by Japan after she was reported missing. This raises the question of Japan itself being in on some kind of post-war Earhart cover-up. It is therefore important to recall how after Joseph A. Gervais started his Operation Earhart quest in 1959, twenty three years would pass before the following quote would appear in Marilyn Bender and Selig Altschul's 1982 landmark Pan Am anthology book, The Chosen Instrument; "Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and Washington leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery."

By virtue of this expressed reality nearly a half century after Amelia went missing, it seems clear enough some kind of post-war pact was agreed upon between the countries of Japan and the United States, that included cooperation from the new Irene Craigmile as well, one intent on forever burying the true circumstances of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight outcome, that in turn relegated the personage of Amelia Earhart to henceforth remain forever gone as far as the future world public was concerned.

To people who take the time to digest the 1997-2017 Swindell Study results, AKA "The Pentagon Papers of Amelia Earhart," this reality soon enough becomes clear to them. 

 
It is important to emphasize that the Swindell Study has managed to rejuvenate the mind boggling, prematurely dismissed and all-but forgotten controversy that once concerned the woman known as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam.' Recall the controversy about her was never resolved, rather, history managed to sweep it under a thick rug located in the basement of the Smithsonian Institution.
 
Now that the rug has been lifted, keep going to learn more about what was found underneath it.
 

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Closer on Irene's Press Conference and subsequent Lawsuit...

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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.
 

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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.
 
 

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"I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart." Irene Craigmile (Bolam) was convincing when she stated this at her press conference in response to the assertion made by former Air Force Captain, Joseph A. Gervais, found in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives shown above in the foreground. Although her present-tense denial was accepted then, decades later a thorough analysis of her background revealed she appeared nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, because she indeed had been previously known as, Amelia Earhart.
 

Recall from earlier how in 1970, Irene Craigmile Bolam, AKA "the former Amelia Earhart" held a major press conference to 'necessarily' reject the public assertion made by Joseph A. Gervais that caught her off guard, that suggested she was the somehow survived, former Amelia Earhart. After strongly rejecting his suggestion, she followed up with a defamation lawsuit that lasted for five years.
 

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Above, four years after she held her press conference, her defamation lawsuit against Amelia Earhart Lives publisher, McGraw-Hill, and separately against Joseph A. Gervais and the book's author, Joe Klaas, was still "up in the air" as seen in this 1974 headline. Why? Because Joseph A. Gervais was still claiming that Irene Craigmile Bolam was the former Amelia Earhart living under a different, post World War Two 'assumed' identity. [The 1965 photo Gervais took of Irene is shown in the lower right of the article.] Irene's defamation lawsuit only cited factual errors the book contained about her post World War Two life that she felt were damaging to her reputation. As mentioned she did not sue Gervais (and Klaas) for asserting she used to be known as Amelia Earhart. When her lawsuit ended by way of a summary judgment, she paid Gervais and Klaas ten dollars in consideration and the two men paid her the same amount. Why? She ultimately refused to submit her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity. It is true however, McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay her $60,000 for the 'damaging' factual errata the book contained about her post World War Two life.]  ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'

But that was half a century ago.
 

Today one will not find a more accurate account of the former Amelia Earhart's defamation lawsuit by reading history books or doing conventional internet searches than the Swindell Study produced and revealed.

In 1970, when Joseph A. Gervais asserted that Amelia Earhart quietly survived her so-called 'disappearance' and went on to assume the identity of 'Irene Craigmile' during the World War Two era, even Amelia's own sister, Muriel, who in her later years knew her sister as 'Irene,' always remained steadfast with her conviction cover it. Indeed, her attitude never wavered from the moment the Irene-Amelia story first became a public controversy:

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A few months after Irene Craigmile Bolam's death was recorded in 1982, Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey's picture appeared in a news article series (photo left, article excerpt above) about her recently departed friend, Irene, who was actually her name-changed sister, Amelia Earhart. Muriel was quoted in the series a few times, always fiercely protecting the withheld truth about her sister's post disappearance life as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' to include the way she did it here. She was sure to offer about the Amelia became Irene conveyance her opinion stating, "there was practically no physical resemblance" to answer those who said Irene and Amelia did noticeably resemble each other. As well, where she mentions how Irene did not get "any fraction" of what she deserved for "the invasion of privacy and all that," she's referring to the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives that implicated Irene to be the former Amelia Earhart--and the five-year defamation law suit that followed where Irene was awarded a paltry sum compared to what she had sought--after she refused to provide her fingerprints as proof-positive of her identity. Muriel's 'Zonta' mention is telling as well. Her sister, Amelia had been a famous Zonta member from 1928 on, until she went missing in 1937. The original Irene Craigmile was never a Zonta member at all. After Amelia became Irene she rejoined the Zontas in the late 1940s. For awhile in the 1950s, she served as its International Relations Chairperson thanks to her multi-lingual talent. Recall as Amelia she was known for her ability to speak several foreign languages fluently. Muriel died in 1998, one year after Tod Swindell's Irene-Amelia forensic research study and comparison analysis commenced.

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Above: To most people familiar with this story it is probably somewhat troubling to realize what is observable here above, that is, Amelia Earhart superimposed with her post-World War Two older self in 1970, when she was known as Irene Craigmile Bolam. This is partly because it was not just the American public that was never supposed to know this truth, it was the world public overall, for during her career as a pilot, Amelia Earhart, like Charles Lindbergh, was one of the first worldwide international superstars in the modern-era Twentieth Century, and the international acceptance of her disappearance leading into the World War Two years, and then as time continued to pass during and after the war, was intended to remain in perpetuity. 

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To reemphasize, one will not find the post war Irene Craigmile Bolam identified anywhere as 'Irene' in the United States prior to the World War Two years. This is because she had previously been known as Amelia Earhart. Except what Joseph A. Gervais did not realize at the time he asserted the truth he recognized, was how after emerging from the World War Two era the former Amelia Earhart had been predestined to live the last half of her life known as someone else, and come hell or high water nothing was ever going to change that. Thus, on July 7 in 1982, the death of Irene (Craigmile) Bolam was recorded, the former Amelia Earhart's last recognized legal name after her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam of England. But which Irene Bolam actually died on that day, the one on below on the left or the one below on the right? It's a valid question to ask because they represented two different human beings to whom the same identity had been attributed:

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Irene Craigmile in the "early 1940s."

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Irene Craigmile in 1946.

No matter which one actually did die on July 7, 1982, thanks to the Swindell Study the truth about Amelia Earhart's post-war reemergence in the United States as 'Irene Craigmile' is now visibly obvious. 
 
For the time being, however, the most commonly recognized fact still remains, the one that states Amelia Earhart disappeared without a trace in 1937, and after efforts to locate her failed she was legally declared 'dead' in January of 1939. Except this fact is now bound to be adjusted for posterity with an asterisk(*) where it would be inappropriate not to, as obvious as the truth has grown to become.
 
Or put it this way: It is understandable how the reality of Amelia Earhart living-on and changing her name to 'Irene' was never supposed to segue into existing in the realm of publicly recognized information, let alone have it become something that was easy to recognize. Yet because of the Swindell Study, the truth Joseph A. Gervais delivered about Amelia Earhart all those years ago now is easily recognizable. So anymore, anyone on earth who truly cares about knowing what happened to Amelia Earhart after she failed to complete her 1937 world flight is left to come to terms with it. For to reject the now highly observable truth about the physical being outcome of Amelia Earhart's outdated missing person case, that managed to segue into existing as an obvious reality, is to not deal with reality itself when it comes to what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing.
 
Therefore in a forensic sense, the new Amelia Earhart paradigm is this: After Amelia Earhart was reported missing in 1937, unknown to the general public she continued to live-on and eventually changed her name to 'Irene' before resuming her life in the United States. Then after living that way close to four more decades, her death was ultimately recorded in 1982. 
 
Absolutely, this is all we truly know. The so many who, what, when, where, how and why answers still remain to be learned, and so much will require some long-held silences to be broken.

It's good to know, though, with the Swindell Study we finally have a good starting point for getting them answered.

 

Under The Rug...
 
Where they missed making blips on the 'recognized historical truths' radar, most people do not realize that since the 1970s four nationally published books, the most recent one in 2016, reinforced how Joseph A. Gervais was correct when in 1970 he asserted he had solved Amelia Earhart's old 'missing person' case. People failed to regard it because his 'solving' of it by way of finding Amelia's living, albeit renamed body was never recognized and accepted due to a lack of forensic evidence support.  
 
Tod Swindell realized this after he met Joseph A. Gervais, and it led him to dedicate years of his own effort to determine if the 1970 claim Gervais made and always stood by was correct. In time his contribution came in the form of adding both logistical and visual forensic evidence support to the truth Joe Gervais tried to make public decades before without it. 
 
The two most recent published books cited Tod Swindell's forensic research and comparison analysis as the first to support the never disproved assertion Joseph A. Gervais made in 1970, that stated Amelia Earhart continued to live-on after she was declared 'missing' in 1937. One additionally credited the Swindell study for reinforcing the other part of the Gervais' assertion as well, where he averred that following the conflagration of World War Two, Amelia Earhart quietly reemerged in the United States known as 'Irene Craigmile' under a Federal Witness Protection Program.
 
As it turned out, the Swindell study learned and revealed how the former Amelia Earhart's 'protection program' worked. Briefly, where there had been a real 'Irene Craigmile' who Amelia was acquainted with in the 1930s, Amelia ended up replacing her. It was a bit complicated though because the original Irene Craigmile had a son in 1934 who ended up being raised by a surrogate mother figure. This person was quite younger than both the original Irene Craigmile and Amelia Earhart. No one knows where she came from either, but in the end there were a total of three different women attributed to the same 'Irene' identity, and after World War Two one of them was the former Amelia Earhart. Thanks to the Swindell Study, the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing is now that simple to comprehend if one allows it to be. (Some notable stalwarts still advise people not to believe, but they're wrong. It's now known to be true and it's only a matter of time before the public latches on to it.)
 
Further detailed, again below are the three Irene Craigmiles the Swindell Study was first to discover and reveal: 
 

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Amelia's old 'pal,' the original Irene Craigmile in the early 1930s.

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Irene Craigmile had a son in 1934. In the Swindell study her son verified this woman to have been his mother as she looked in the "early 1940s." The study concluded she was not his biological mother. Rather, she was his surrogate mother.

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The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile in 1946. She was identified nowhere as Irene Craigmile before the end of the war. The Smithsonian and Amelia's family have long refused to recognize her as the former Amelia Earhart. By now, though, it has grown to be obvious she did used to be known as Amelia Earhart. Many people, to include Amelia's sister, Muriel, who did know her only sibling as 'Irene' in her later life years were quick to dismiss or turn a blind eye to the truth of it ever since 1970, the year Joseph A. Gervais first went public with his realization of it.

The "Three Irene Craigmiles Discovery": ©2017 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study'
 

It is easy to see today, how in 1970, with Joseph A. Gervais having no hard proof to offer beyond the single photograph he took of Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965 and his own personal calculation of who she used to be, why official U.S. historians refused to support his claim before outright dismissing it. Especially where most people felt the photograph he took of her did not look like Amelia Earhart.

It is also no surprise how the U.S. justice department that was correctly pegged by Joseph A. Gervais as having been intrinsically involved with keeping Amelia's ongoing private survival as 'Irene' quiet, never officially responded to his claim.
 
Along with these all-but forgotten facts, there never was an official U.S. investigation that looked into Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance, that actually was an 'open missing person case' until Amelia was legally declared 'dead in absentia' in 1939.
 
The only forceful response came from the former Amelia Earhart herself, who in 1970 harshly negated the Joseph A. Gervais claim. Why? Let's just say she was caught off guard and had no intention of ever being known as Amelia Earhart again. To her, that was impossible to even think about thirty-one years after the person she used to be was legally declared dead.
 
Siding with her viewpoint, in considering if she had admitted who she used to be back then, imagine the explanations that would have been expected of her after doing so: Where did you go when you went missing? What were you doing during the war years? Who were you hanging out with then? Why did you change your name? Does your sister, Muriel (still very much alive at the time) know you survived? Etc., etc.
 
Yes, it would have been unfathomably problematic if in 1970, the former Amelia Earhart, against her will, was suddenly forced to admit who she used to be. Thankfully she was not forced to do such a thing. Instead she made it clear back then, and it remains very clear today how after she became known as 'Irene' in order to live a non-public life in the United States from the post World War Two era on, she was fully determined to live the remainder of her days with that name only attributed to her person.

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Note the 'Earheart' misspelling above.

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Coming in the fall of 2019, the long awaited documentary...
 
Protecting Earhart
 
The Hidden Legacy Of Legendary Pilot, Amelia Earhart 
 
A film by Tod Swindell
 

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Tod Swindell
Amelia Earhart 'Aficionado Extraordinaire'

Some friendly advice to doubters of the comparison results: To recognize and accept things for what they truly are, sometimes we have to inconveniently roll up our mental sleeves in order to realize that they are not something else. With Amelia Earhart, reality and truth go hand in hand anymore. Any politician or major news media mogul with guts can pick up on this and run with it now. The problem is, today 'guts' are lacking. No matter, recognizing, accepting, even embracing what became of Amelia after she went missing in 1937, is a good way to experience how to overcome ambiguity in favor of reality and truth. It's even enlightening. In an attempt to explain why this has not already been done, one might recall the old Orwellian-like Third Reich Goebbels' adage: "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." In this case the big enough lie was, "Amelia Earhart disappeared without a trace and she was never seen again." This was repeated so often that people eventually came to believe it, even though it was never true. TS
 

More About The DOCUMENTARY...

©1999-2019 long term documentary production, "Protecting Earhart: The Hidden Legacy Of Legendary Pilot, Amelia Earhart" written, produced, and directed by Tod Swindell  

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Tod Swindell filming part of his Protecting Earhart documentary in 2002 with cameraman, Doug Peters. From 1999 to 2010 production took place in California, Kansas, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada, and Washington DC. Production halted while the Irene-Amelia comparison analysis continued so it could ultimately be included. The 'physical and character traits' comparison analysis was completed and copyrighted in 2017. 'Protecting Earhart' is currently on target for festival submissions in the fall of 2019.  

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A frame from Tod's two hour long filmed interview with his late friend and collaborator, Major Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) It was the last 'broadcast quality' filmed interview he gave. From 1970 on, all the way to his dying day in 2005, he never stopped averring the truth he discovered, knew, and boldly went public with that stated Amelia Earhart lived well beyond the World War Two era after assuming the name of Irene Craigmile, a name that originally belonged to a fledgling pilot Amelia was acquainted with in the 1930s. It turned out he was right. More than one Twentieth Century woman had been attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity and the former Amelia Earhart became one of them during the World War Two era. Those who harshly criticized Joseph A. Gervais were far less informed than he was and therefore too quick to rush to judgment.

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A frame from Tod's interview with Joe Klaas. Joe, a former WWII POW in Germany for over two years, authored the 1970 controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives that was chiefly inspired by the decade long investigation of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance conducted by Joseph A. Gervais. Klaas's book boldy included Gervais' 1965 discovery of, and the photo Gervais took of the former Amelia Earhart living as Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam. The former Amelia Earhart sued Klaas and Gervais for libel, (not for implicating her for who she used to be, as was widely assumed) and the book was withdrawn. Tod considers his Gervais and Klaas interviews to have been great achievements, even where many people have a hard time understanding why.    

Just who was Irene Craigmile? For starters, in the 1930s she was a budding pilot who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart:
 

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Above is part of an August 1, 1967 letter written by one Elmo Pickerill, the secretary of a club known as 'The Early Birds of Aviation' that Irene Craigmile and Viola Gentry belonged to then. Mr. Pickerill confirms here for Joseph A. Gervais, how Irene Craigmile, who he knew, had been a "pal" of Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry in the 1930s.
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In 1997, intent on comparing Irene Craigmile's physical likeness and character traits to Amelia Earhart's, Tod Swindell's forensic research analysis, the first one ever to be done, initially commenced. (Why no one endeavored to do such a thing before is puzzling.) After enduring the painstaking process of finding and collecting rare photographs of the enigmatic Irene Craigmile taken all over the world in the 1960s and 1970s, (she travelled incessantly the last decades of her life) the Associated Press first reported on the progress of the Swindell study in 2002. In 2004, with permission granted from Tod Swindell, USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.) published elements from the Swindell study in his book, Amelia Earhart Survived. Few people paid much attention to them. Two years after that, in 2006, Tod Swindell displayed a few samples from his study on national television for the first time amid attempts being made to discredit the nature of what he was doing. Once again few people noticed the reality of what they displayed through the discrediting smoke screens that popped up.
 
Finally, two decades after it commenced, in 2017 Tod Swindell completed and copyrighted his analysis along with the conclusion he drew from it. The results were astounding to say the least, not to leave out incontestable as well where it delivered the long-unrealized 'forensic truth' pertaining to what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937. At this point, people who refuse to believe and accept this truth are not dealing with reality when it comes to the intermingled life stories of Amelia Earhart and her 1930s friend, Irene Craigmile.
 

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Amelia Earhart, age 17
 
 

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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 below.
 

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Above: Irene & Amelia
 

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Above, once again it's hard to see her as Amelia here, yet John Bolam took this photo of his sister in law, Irene Craigmile Bolam after she visted Cape Canaveral in 1965. In a 1985 filmed interview conducted by Merril Dean Magley with Wally Schirra, the former astronaut, Schirra verified that he once met the former Amelia Earhart at Cape Canaveral in the 1960s. When Dean Magley asked Schirra how he knew the women he met used to be Amelia Earhart(?) Schirra replied that "people he considered reliable" had confided in him about it. John Bolam mentioned he noticed an "Apollo program medal adornment" his sister in-law, Irene wore during one of her visits to Merritt Island, Florida where he lived, adding when he asked her about it she replied 'some people at NASA' had 'given it' to her, but she did not explain why. 
 

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Above, Irene Craigmile Bolam, FKA 'Amelia Earhart' in Jamaica in 1976.
 
 

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This is Irene (nee O'Crowley) Craigmile, "in the early 1940s," according to her 1934 born son. The Swindell study concluded she was not the original Irene Craigmile, rather, she was the 2nd Irene Craigmile. To date her true identity remains unknown. Whomever this most attractive and younger looking Irene Craigmile was, she did serve as a surrogate mother figure for the original Irene Craigmile's son.  [Note: In 1984 an elderly O'Crowley family friend, Lucy McDannel referred to an "Irene Jr. born around 1924" who was part of the O'Crowley family. Lucy recalled her to have been "16 or 17" in 1940. Ms. McDannel also confirmed Amelia Earhart had been a good friend of Irene Craigmile's aunt, who was a prominent attorney and a Zonta figurehead. (Amelia had belonged to the Zonta's.) In any case, according to O'Crowley family records, the "Irene Jr." Lucy referred to appeared to have slipped through a crack in their family tree. TS*] There is a brief bio on the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile highlighted in blue further down.

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According to official history, this is the same Irene Craigmile as the one on the left and the one in the 1930 photo up above. She is shown here in the 1965 35MM color photograph taken by Joseph A. Gervais. Except it is now known official history is incorrect, for the 1930 Irene, the early 1940s Irene on the left, and this Irene were not the same human beings. This is the 3rd Irene Craigmile and she appeared nowhere identified that way prior to the end of World War Two. Why? Take a look: 

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Above: From the Swindell study, Amelia Earhart is on the left and Amelia Earhart and the 1965 Irene Craigmile superimposed are on the right. The congruence displayed here is no coincidence. Rather, it represents the long-hidden reality of what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937. 

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Tod Swindell
Amelia Earhart 'Aficionado Extraordinaire'

*Amelia Earhart historian, Lou Foudray not only believed Amelia quietly returned to the U.S. after she went missing in 1937, but having already heard 'unwed mother' rumors linked to Amelia's pre-fame years, she seriously considered my postulation that Amelia possibly gave birth to a 'family secret' child in 1924 (a little girl) four years before she became famous, then deftly managed to conceal its upbringing. (Such a thing wasn't so uncommon then where unwed parental 'reputation saving measures' were sometimes exercised. Recall Loretta Young and Clark Gable had baby girl in the 1930s no one knew about until the 1960s, and Charles Lindbergh had three children in Germany no one knew about until 2004.) My study concurred with other research that marked 1924 as a major transition year for Amelia, her mother, and her sister. That year Amelia suddenly stopped flying and all three relocated from California to the east coast--Amelia and her mother separately by way of a long automobile journey. Where Amelia's parents' divorce became the common given reason for this abrupt change, the move did seem a bit unexpected. As one of Amelia's extended family members put it, "...it was as if the Earhart's fell off the face of the earth then." I refer to 1924 as Amelia's 'lost' year. TS
 

"Nothing is as invisible as the obvious." Richard Farson

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Tod Swindell

Below is my take on the so-called, "mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance" and how accredited U.S. historians and Amelia's family evolved to regard it. 


To all hopeful Amelia Earhart mystery-solvers out there, the time has come to seriously address the uncovering of a Witness Protection Program that was arranged for Amelia Earhart during the World War Two era. This needs to be done so the public can be endorsed to embrace the now obvious reality of it. It is time to cease other mystery solving charades, especially those where people are asked to donate money to finance false plane hunt expeditions by groups such as Tighar, or to its cohort group, Chasing Earhart that persuades people to consider some rather unrealistic ideas when it comes to what happened to Amelia Earhart. This includes the ridiculous notion that suggested Amelia's bones were found on a deserted island almost eight decades ago; bones that were originally identified as a male Chamorro's and were discarded soon after they were examined.
 
In contrast to their varying suggestions and the brow-beating fulminations of others, the did Amelia became Irene(?) controversy that I came to know so well in the past twenty years remained in an unresolved state for almost half-a-century before my different angle forensic research and visual comparisons revealed what they did.
 
The realistic conveyance of what is now such an easy to recognize truth about Amelia Earhart, that shows there was more than one Twentieth Century woman attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity and how in her later life years, Amelia Earhart became one of them, needs to be authoritatively acknowledged at this point by the Smithsonian Institution, prominent historical researchers, global academia, and Amelia Earhart's family, lest what has evolved by now to further exist as a kind of historical joke being played on the American public when it comes to the topic of Amelia Earhart's true fate, be permitted to continue by same. Tod Swindell, 2019 

 
Where this important, non-recognized historical truth is so obvious anymore... Dr. David J. Skorton, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Collegiate Historians, and Amy Kleppner... your country needs you. The time has at long-last arrived to properly welcome Amelia Earhart home not only for the great person she was known to have been, but too, for the enlightened person she went on to become.

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Dr. David J. Skorton; Executive Secretary & overseer of the Smithsonian Institution
 

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Blanche Wiesen Cook; biographer-American history professor

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Doris Kearns Goodwin; American historian-biographer
 

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Amy Kleppner; philosopher, writer, teacher, adventurer, niece of Amelia Earhart.

   

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A Head-to-Toe Example
 
Below, Amelia Earhart with pilot friends, Elinor Smith (middle) and Viola Gentry (right) in 1932, right after Amelia returned to the U.S. following her solo Atlantic crossing. Viola knew both Amelia and the original Irene Craigmile in the 1930s, and Viola knew Amelia after the war when she was known as 'Irene.' 

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The following comparison features the post mid-1940s Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam on a bridge in Paris in 1965 as compared to her former Amelia self in 1932 in a head to toe match. She had put some weight on to her former Amelia frame, but people often do that as they get older.

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Below, a 1965 photo of Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam, the post mid-1940s Irene Craigmile Bolam's British husband who she wed in 1958. The photo was taken in East Hampton of Long Island, New York.

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"She was intelligent, articulate, and had a commanding presence. She knew a lot of important people including many high-ranking military officers, astronauts and flyers." "She was the epitome of a classy lady." 1997 quotes from an article about Irene by her survived sister-in-law who believed the subject of her concern had been previously known as, "Amelia Earhart."

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Astronaut Wally Schirra
 
In the late 1970s, one of the original seven NASA astronauts, Wally Schirra, disclosed to Rockville, Illinois TV reporter, Merrill Dean Magley that he had "met" the woman who used to be known as Amelia Earhart at Cape Canveral in the 1960s. Several years later, when Magley encountered Schirra again he requested a filmed interview. Schirra agreed to be interviewed on film by Magley and during the interview, Magley asked the former astronaut how he knew the woman he met in the 1960s used to be Amelia Earhart(?) to which Schirra replied, "reliable people" he knew had confided to him who she used to be. The woman in question was one 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam.' As it turned out, and as you will see here, there was more than one Twentieth Century woman attributed to this very-same 'Irene' identity.
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Next:
 
Previewing The Monsignor Kelley-Amelia Earhart Connection
 
Below: Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996)

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Colonel Reineck: "Amelia Earhart was Irene Bolam?" Father Kelley: "That's right, yes." USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.) asks former Seton Hall College president, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, who replies about his late close friend, Mrs. Irene Bolam. [Excerpted from a 1991 tape recorded conversation between the two.]
 
A decade earlier, after Mrs. Bolam's passing took place in 1982, Monsignor Kelley had responded to questions from the press about the ongoing suspicion of her 'past dual identity' in the following manner: 

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Monsignor James Francis Kelley introduces LPGA golfer, Janey Blalock to Pope Paul VI
 

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Monsignor Kelley with then New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne and his wife, Jean; Commissioner of Baseball Bowie Kuhn and his wife, Luisa; and the LPGA's, Sandra Palmer
 

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Monsignor Kelley with First Lady Betty Ford and Marge Montana
 

The former Amelia Earhart's later-life close friend, Monsignor James Francis Kelley of Rumson, New Jersey. Monsignor Kelley came from a wealthy background and owned properties in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Jamaica. As 'Irene' the former Amelia Earhart was known to visit him at both places, especially the Monsignor's beautiful home in St. Croix, U.S.V.I. 
 
Monsignor Kelley was the President of Seton Hall College from 1936 to 1949 and was largely credited for its 1950 conversion into a major university. In 1979, for the first time on record, Monsignor Kelley described to his good friend, Donald Dekoster, an auto industry executive, that he had helped with Amelia's quiet return to the U.S. after VJ Day and he had been "instrumental" with her name change to 'Irene.' He added that he had served as her "psychiatric priest" as well. [Monsignor Kelley held doctoral degrees Psychology and Philosophy.] The former Amelia Earhart was initially known as 'Irene Craigmile' after the war until she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958, who oversaw the operation of Radio Luxembourg. Guy died in 1970, at which time the former Amelia Earhart took over Guy's former position with Radio Luxembourg.    

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Above: In 1987, the aforementioned, Diana Dawes, a former Princeton, New Jersey radio show host who was one of Irene Bolam's better friends in the 1970s, recalled some revealing anecdotes about her late friend as newspapers around the country marked the 50th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's storied 'disappearance.' Ms. Dawes mentioned how on a high shelf in Irene Bolam's closet she noticed a uniform collection of "large leather bound ledger-books with the letters 'AE' embossed on their spines." Notice in the above excerpt about the "christening dress," the former Amelia Earhart slips and refers to her long gone friend, the original Irene Craigmile, in a past-tense way.
 

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Another excerpt from a 1987 newspaper article that quoted Diana Dawes. No one seemed to pay much attention to the fact that almost twenty years after Joseph A. Gervais first shared his belief that Mrs. Bolam was the former Amelia Earhart on a national news level, the controversy over who she really was still existed because his assertion about her past identity had never been disproved. Instead, by then United States 'official historians' had learned to embrace the practice of adroitly avoiding the controversy.

 

 

"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."

George Orwell

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Zapruder and Gervais: Film Gamma Doesn't Lie

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Former clothing manufacturer, Abraham Zapruder

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Former USAF Captain, Joseph A. Gervais

Two years after Abraham Zapruder filmed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas; a confounded Joseph A. Gervais, while visiting the Hamptons of Long Island, New York where he was to deliver a lecture about his research on Amelia Earhart's disappearance, in an 'impromptu' way boldly pointed his camera to take another history making photograph. Here's how it happened:
 
Directly below is an enlarged image of Mrs. Irene Bolam, FKA 'Amelia Earhart' as she appeared in the photograph Joseph A. Gervais took of her in 1965. Originally, and for years afterward the vast majority of people who observed her image here felt she did not resemble what an older, 'survived' Amelia Earhart would have looked like. No matter, for along with Mrs. Bolam's previous self-admitted 'past association' with Amelia Earhart that left the more intuitive scratching their heads about her for decades, the new-millennium, comprehensive forensic analysis that did not commence until over thirty-years after the picture was taken, became its undoing. The article underneath the photograph details how it came to exist, and why any further it is so historically important. 

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Photo credit: Joseph A. Gervais, August 8, 1965

 About The Origin Of The Above Photograph
 
From the Protecting Earhart Chronicles by Tod Swindell
 
 
In 1965, a former U.S. Air Force Captain who had flown missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam met the woman in the above photograph, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, at a gathering of respected pilots from the early days of aviation. The former air force captain's name was Joseph A. Gervais. He was an excellent pilot who logged close to 20,000 hours of flying time during his military career. He was a family man as well, known for his solid reputation and good character.
 
Joseph A. Gervais took the above 35MM photograph of Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam when he met her on August 8, 1965. He had been researching the facts of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance for the previous five years when he was invited to the retired aviators' annual luncheon in New York by one of Amelia Earhart's 1930s flying friends, Viola Gentry.
 
Viola Gentry had heard about his Amelia Earhart research quest and asked Joseph A. Gervais to come and lecture to her club, "The Early Birds of Aviation" about his findings. The 'Early Birds' even paid the air-fare and lodging expenses for Joseph A. Gervais and his wife and children to make the trip from their home in Nevada. Viola Gentry was not expecting her friend, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam to attend the luncheon that day, but she did, accompanied by her British husband, Guy Bolam. After Viola Gentry introduced Joseph A. Gervais to Guy Bolam and Irene Craigmile Bolam at Joseph A. Gervais' request, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam acknowledged to him that she used to "know" Amelia Earhart and that she had "often flown with her" in the 1930s.
 
Joseph A. Gervais found Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam curious. He found it odd he never heard of her before since he new of most all noted pilots from the past, and he also felt she looked hauntingly similar to the way Amelia Earhart might have looked as an older person. As well, he noticed two small items she wore at the bottom of the 'V' on her blouse that looked to be military decorations to him; an Oak Leaf cluster signifying the rank of a Air Force Major affixed next to a square-enameled DFC indicator pin. ['DFC' for 'Distinguished Flying Cross.'] Joseph A. Gervais knew Amelia Earhart had been decorated with both awards before, and where he had retired from the Air Force as a Major himself, the 'piddle oak leaf cluster' was most recognizable to him. He also noticed a certain air of importance Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam commanded among the other club members in attendance.
 
So taken by Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam toward the end of their conversation, Joseph A. Gervais asked if she would be willing to meet with him again so she could recall her experiences with Amelia Earhart to him. The somewhat reluctant Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam agreed, then hand-wrote her phone number on a business card with the name of "Irene Craigmile" printed on it, the name she was known by before she married Englishman, Guy Bolam in 1958.
 
Wielding his camera at the event, before they parted ways, Joseph A. Gervais asked the Bolams if he could take their photograph (full frame shown in black-and-white below) causing Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam to turn toward her husband to see how he felt about the impromptu request. Joseph A. Gervais took the picture just after she turned back to politely decline, and in the photo one can observe Guy Bolam as he finished responding to her that he, "didn't think it was a good idea" the moment Joseph A. Gervais clicked his shutter, after which Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam politely said to him, "I wish you hadn't done that."
 
Following the luncheon, during which Joseph A. Gervais' wife, Thelma was seated next to Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, Joseph A. Gervais lectured about his 'Amelia Earhart disappearance research' to the Early Birds crowd of about 150 people, except for that part of the event, Mr. and Mrs. Bolam elected not to stay.
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Above: The August 8, 1965 photo of Guy Bolam and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam taken by Joseph A. Gervais as it appeared in the 1970 controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives.

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Above: Amelia's 1930s pilot friend, Viola Gentry with Guy Bolam on August 9, 1965, the day after Joseph A. Gervais met and took his photo of Guy Bolam and Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam. This photo was taken by Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam, FKA 'Amelia Earhart.' [Photo courtesy of Diana Dawes.]

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Above left to right: Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, and Viola Gentry from the New York City Mid-Week Pictorial in 1932. The photo was taken upon Amelia's return to the U.S. after her successful Atlantic Ocean solo-flight crossing, a fete that left her the first woman to achieve what Charles Lindbergh became the first person to do in 1927. Elinor Smith and Viola Gentry were two of Amelia's good pilot friends and fellow charter 99s' members.

Remaining perplexed about her after he returned to his home in Nevada, Joseph A. Gervais began looking into Mrs. Bolam's past. He also scheduled a few times to meet with her again, and she agreed to, but each time she failed to show at the designated time and place. Inevitably, Joseph A. Gervais never personally encountered Mrs. Bolam again after that 1965 day.
 
Five years after they met, Joe felt he had discerned enough lacking and otherwise contradictory information about Mrs. Bolam to assert that his hunch was correct, where she could only be the 'somehow survived' Amelia Earhart sporting a new identity.
 
Many people called Joseph A. Gervais 'crazy' after a 1970 book publicized his belief, and Mrs. Bolam herself sued him, albeit unsuccessfully on a personal level, with the final resolve being ten dollars of consideration exchanged by both parties. It is true that the book's publisher, McGraw-Hill was ordered to pay Mrs. Bolam a high five figure sum, but it had nothing to do with its book implicating her as the former Amelia Earhart. Instead, Mrs. Bolam's attorney cited the book, that was published without Mrs. Bolam's participation or authorization, unjustifiably suggested his client was a "bigamist" and "a traitor to her country."  
 
After the five-year lawsuit ended, that had included the odd stipulation, "no questions about Mrs. Bolam's existence from prior to 1937 were to be asked," as the years continued to pass the controversy over who Mrs. Bolam really was or used to be refused to go away, and Joe's assertion that she was formerly known as 'Amelia Earhart' proved impossible to over-challenge as well. Follow up investigators tried, but they couldn't do it. So much left Joseph A. Gervais spending the rest of his life until he died in 2005, maintaining that he was correct about the woman he met and photographed in 1965 having been previously known as Amelia Earhart, adding at the same time it was clearly something the general public was 'never supposed to know.' A year after Joe's passing, when the early forensic study results became known in Earhart research circles, the National Geographic Channel surfaced to downplay the controversy over who Mrs. Bolam really was without offering a hard conclusion.
 
Ultimately, Protecting Earhart's study revealed how this same 'Mrs. Irene Bolam' that Joseph A. Gervais photographed in 1965, seventeen years before she died in 1982, did forensically match Amelia Earhart, and that she was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the mid-1940s, leaving the additional deductive reasoning to enable a basic forensic conclusion.
 
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Above: Amelia's old friend, Irene Craigmile as she looked in the "early 1940s" according to the estimate offered by Irene Craigmile's 1934 born son, who instantly recognized her as his mother. In a forensic sense it is uncertain where she originated from or who she truly was. Researcher, Tod Swindell, was first to publicly suggest, and still does consider it is at least 'possible' she was Amelia Earhart's own illegitimate daughter born to her after a 1924 concealed pregnancy, with Amelia's L.A. plane mechanic friend, Lloyd Royer, possibly having existed as her non-recognized father. It is certain she was not the original Irene Craigmile, nor was she the Irene Craigmile who was AKA the former Amelia Earhart after World War Two. She WAS someone though, who, evidently, was primarily reared by the original Irene Craigmile's prominent O'Crowley family of Newark, New Jersey. (A past friend of the O'Crowley's recalled a teenage girl who lived with the O'Crowleys in the 1930s, estimating her age to have been "about 16 or 17 in 1940.") Tod Swindell considers the above photograph may have actually been a college-years photo portrait taken in the early to mid-1940s. As he once commented about the above photo, "...it just doesn't come close to looking like any of the 1930s' photos of Irene Craigmile, who was supposed to have been the same person. The quality is superior and she looks to be about a generation younger. Not to leave out, this particular photograph came the former Amelia Earhart's personal photos collection."

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Alethephobia: "Fear of Truth"

When it comes to the Irene-Amelia truth, ever since the controversy over Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam surfaced in the 1970s, historical dictum influences have adroitly avoided it. Senators, Congressmen, government supported institutions, news media moguls, even Amelia's extended family members have always optioned to quickly dismiss it out of hand over seriously addressing it. This is mainly due to the 'official silence' devoted to the topic of Amelia's disappearance from the governments' of the United States and Japan dating back to the World War Two era. In the new millennium, however, thanks to the undeniable results of a comprehensive forensic research and comparison analysis, the truth grew to be recognizable to what is now an obvious state, and understanding, accepting, and embracing any truth once it becomes identifiable, especially if it's an important historical truth, is always best in the long run.

Keeping relative discoveries from the past in perspective, in the case of Charles Lindbergh's "Careu Kent" alias, he used that name for decades while leading a separate life without the public knowing until it was verified in 2004, thirty-years after he died.

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More about the legacy of Joseph A. Gervais...
 
Due to influential news reporting lobbyists, ever since the 1970s the 'Earhart investigation achievements' of Joseph A. Gervais have been purposefully ignored and/or outright obfuscated. This has been a two-fold doing. Over the years Amelia Earhart cottage industries such as Tighar, Nauticos, and Chasing Earhart have been pushing different Earhart mystery solving schemes on the public by way of promoting them through media outlets. These groups and a few others figured out ways to capitalize on the Earhart mystery in money-making ways. They did so knowing their efforts would be conveniently aided by official historians aligned with the preference of the United States government whose directive to remain silent about Amelia Earhart's disappearance has existed ever since the event of it occurred.
 
It also needs to be understood where others attempted to darken what he accomplished, the withheld truth Joseph A. Gervais discovered about Amelia Earhart was not the result of a vast conspiracy. It was a unique, private reality created and maintained by the U.S. justice department at its highest level and it is clear today, very few people were 'in on it.' 
 
Where learning the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after July 2, 1937 became an important quest for so many over the years, here is what you never knew about Joseph A. Gervais, the individual who all-but single handedly instigated the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance to reach the fever pitch that it did in the 1960s, that to this day has yet to subside.
 
How The Gervais 'Earhart Trail' Began...
 
Way back in 1959, while on active duty as an Air Force Captain, Joseph A. Gervais started a small movement he dubbed "Operation Earhart" with his partner and fellow Air Force Captain, Bob Dinger. Both men were decorated pilots then serving in the Pacific region where Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937.
 
While piloting C-130s on ferrying assignments to different islands, Captain Gervais kept hearing strange accounts of Amelia's post-loss survival there after she was reported 'missing.' So much inspired him to start his 'Operation Earhart' movement.
 
In short order, after interviewing many individuals and getting 'too close to the fire of truth' (as Admiral Chester Nimitz put it) pertaining to what actually happened to Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan; Ca