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New For 2020

This website previews an in-depth 'Twenty-First Century Objective Analysis' of Amelia Earhart's 1937 'disappearance' and subsequent 'missing person' case. Over the past two decades it grew to become the most comprehensive study to ever examine both topics. It is also the first to provide a bona fide answer to what became of Amelia Earhart.

 

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Below, to help understand the importance of the analysis (and the importance of the images above) we need to revisit a controversial story that made national news some fifty-years ago. The 'news story' originally surfaced in November of 1970, before it turned into a lawsuit that lasted five-years and reached the New York Supreme Court--until ending with a curious, 'inconclusive' summary judgment.
 
The following article appeared on Amelia Earhart's 77th birthday, July 24, 1974, four years into the lawsuit it referred to as, "still up in the air" at that time:   

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The main 'up in the air' issue still at hand then, incredibly enough, was to answer the question of whether or not Amelia Earhart actually survived her 1937 disappearance and went on to assume another identity, that of 'Irene Craigmile' who was very much alive at the time, shown in the lower right portion of the article identified as 'Irene Bolam'. ('Bolam' became Irene Craigmile's new surname after a 1958 marriage.) Note that Digital Face Recognition technology was not available back then.

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DIGITAL FACE RECOGNITION

Before getting into Digital Face Recognition and other 'forensic studies' never before applied to the Irene-Amelia case, let's examine the above 1974, "Still Up in the Air" newspaper article, that challenged some of the content of the historically impressive, albeit highly controversial 1970 book displayed below, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas:
 

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Here, let's more closely examine each one of the above newspaper clippings from the "Still Up in the Air" article: 

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Really? Hmmm...
 
Think about that. After four years the legal process still couldn't figure out if the person in question, Mrs. Irene Craigmile-Bolam, was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart(?)
 

Sure it could have. Easily... if it wanted to.

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 The article doesn't include that she did not sue McGraw-Hill and the authors for asserting she was the 'former' Amelia Earhart. She sued for defamation by way of contending the book, Amelia Earhart Lives, degraded her character. (Note the next box.) 
 

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The above 'complaints' basically amounted to the libelous ways she felt the book, Amelia Earhart Lives had referred to her person.  
 

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To further elaborate on the above, Joseph A. Gervais had been invited by one of Amelia Earhart's 1930s pilot friends, the well-known Viola Gentry, to come and lecture about his ongoing investigation that was looking into Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance. Viola arranged to travel Joe and his wife and two children across the country, covering their flight and lodging expenses in the process. The club he was to lecture to was The Early Birds of Aviation that was holding its annual summer luncheon. It was there, after he noticed Mrs. Irene Bolam and her British husband, Guy Bolam's impressive entrance and Viola's surprised reaction to their attending that day, and feeling a slight 'chill' (as he described it), that Joe Gervais asked Viola to introduce him to the couple. In conversation, feeling Mrs. Bolam resembled Amelia Earhart in a haunting way, he asked her if she had known Amelia? She replied "yes" that she "had known Amelia well" and she had "often flown with her." Having never heard of Mrs. Irene Bolam before, hopelessly intrigued by her as well, he could not resist asking if he could take her picture(?) She turned to her husband, Guy, to see how he felt about it, and as he was saying he didn't think it was a good idea, she turned back to Joe to politely decline his request... just as Joe clicked his camera shutter. So he got her picture anyway. (His gut-feeling initiative later proved to have marked a 'Zapruder-like' moment.) After he took the picture she quietly uttered, "I wish you hadn't done that." Below is the photo taken by Gervais the way it appeared in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives, five years later:  
 

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 According to record, there was an 'Irene Craigmile' who did briefly know Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. Said 'Irene Craigmile' earned her pilot's license in May of 1933. At the same time she did, though, she learned she was pregnant out of wedlock and barely flew again after that. Her license then lapsed in 1937, and was never renewed. The 'Mrs. Bolam' identified in the above photograph, reprinted in the article from the picture Joe Gervais took of her in 1965, as it turned out (and as you will see as you keep going) was not the original Irene Craigmile. Rather, she undeniably was the former Amelia Earhart after all, and there is virtually no doubt about this anymore... no matter what some people, or wikipedia, might try to tell you.
 

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AMELIA, 1937

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The New Truth
 
People familiar with the 'Irene-Amelia' controversy from the 1970s, likely recall hearing about Irene Craigmile, the fledgling 1930s' pilot who in 1965, averred she used to 'know' and had 'often flown' with Amelia Earhart.
 
Now, the results of a recently conducted 'Digital Face Recognition' comparison study have determined there was more than one person attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity. Definitively, combined with ID placements made by Irene Craigmile's extended family, DFR verified this reality.
 
The analysis also verified that one of the Irene Craigmile's appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the end of the World War Two era. As well, and significantly, according to the new study results the one that only appeared as 'Irene Craigmile' after World War Two actually did exhibit a complete human congruence to Amelia Earhart, the famous pilot who had gone 'missing' in 1937. 
 
Previewing this newfound reality, according to the photographic record of her person, here are some pictures of Irene Craigmile showing her at different stages of her life prior to the World War Two era:

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Above & Right: Irene Craigmile is shown next
to her husband, Charles J. Craigmile, in 1930.
Below she is shown at earlier stages of her life.

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AGE TEN

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AGE FOURTEEN

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AGE NINETEEN, 1923

Where the above photo images seem to significantly vary from one another, they should. The analysis discovered that prior to World War Two, photographs of Irene Craigmile's person were scarce and inconsistent when it came to recognizing the same person in each one of them.
 
Otherwise, the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile's photo images were precisely consistent from the mid-1940s on, all the way to the 1980s. Not to omit, the analysis results evidenced the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile's congruence to Amelia Earhart, to any further exist on an obvious to observe level. Take a look:  

Below: A Digital Face Recognition grid shows
Amelia Earhart's face template gradually
trasforming into the post-World War Two only
Irene Craigmile's face template from 1965:

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AMELIA, 1937

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Above, the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile visiting
Long Island, New York, in 1965. [Joseph A. Gervais photo.]
She was identified nowhere as 'Irene Craigmile' prior to
World War Two because she used to be Amelia Earhart.
 

 
 Here are a few more examples featuring Amelia Earhart
compared to her post-World War Two self as 'Irene Craigmile':

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Senator Hiram Bingham
& Amelia Earhart
 
 

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Distiguished and proud with her trademark wings and pearls.

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AMELIA

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Below, a 1967 handwritten line from the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile, describes two pilot friends she knew in the 1930s when she was known as 'Amelia Earhart' whom she knew again in her later-life years whe she was known as 'Irene Craigmile'. The line is cryptically phrased but displayed how she recognized herself to be a different person in her post-war years.

The pilots she referred to were Viola Gentry and Elmo Pickerill, who both knew her as 'Amelia' in the 1930s, then again as 'Irene' in her later years.

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Below is Amelia's own 'Amelia M Earhart' signature
the way it appeared on a form she filled out in high school.
The likeness of both handwriting styles was not a coincidence
because they were written by the same individual. 

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Note: As an adult, Amelia's handwriting varied significantly depending on who she was writing to or the circumstances she was dealing with. It could be neat and formal or rushed and loopy. As Irene her handwriting style was the same of course, although she was more consistently 'neat.'

Below, from the Character Traits comparison study, some of the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile's cursive letters are shown on the left, and some cursive letter samples from when she was known as Amelia Earhart are shown on the right:

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Note: The above comparisons are part of the extensive Document Examination portion of the analysis. 

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Intro to the Comparison Analysis
 
 
The few samples above are part of a large scale 'head-to-toe physical' and 'character traits' Irene Craigmile to Amelia Earhart forensic comparison study achieved during the past two decades. The complete study determined an overall congruence existed between the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile and Amelia Earhart, to the point of exhibiting one in the same human being who went by different names in different eras.
  
Most who remember the controversial 'Amelia became Irene' assertion making national news in 1970, had dismissed it at some point. When the Twentieth Century came to a close, however, the debate over who Irene Craigmile really was, or used to be, had not gone away, and the comparison analysis was called for when it was realized the 'Amelia Earhart became known as Irene Craigmile' assertion was never  forensically settled. As well, there was no record of a human comparison analysis having been done before.
 
A current lack of awareness about this is mostly attributed to the combined posturing of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society. From the beginning, both made no effort to prove the controversial 'Amelia became Irene' assertion true or false after it surfaced. Instead, they automatically refused to endorse it, let alone take it seriously. Hindsight shows them favoring a viewpoint suggesting it was absurd to even consider the idea of Amelia Earhart somehow surviving her 1937 disappearance and assuming a different identity. (A shared viewpoint that never changed much.) 
 
The 'pro' argument included Amelia Earhart changing her name during the World War Two era not only for the sake of her future privacy, but in the interest of post-World War Two era 'geopolitical politeness' as well, so countries recently at war with each other (in the former Amelia Earhart's case, Japan and the United States) might better segue into their new, friendlier and more supportive relationships.
 
The 'New Millennium' research analysis thoroughly reviewed the key findings of formidable 'Earhart disappearance investigators' from years gone by. It was also the first one to orchestrate and then feature a comprehensive, Irene Craigmile as compared to Amelia Earhart forensic display.
 
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Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002.
Joe Gervais was a distinguished USAF pilot
who served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam
before retiring as a Major. After investigating
Amelia Earhart's disappearance for a number
of years, in 1965, he discovered the truth about
Amelia's survival and name change to Irene upon
meeting her, except when he tried to go public with
it in a 1970 book he was reviled for doing so. No
matter, to his dying day in 2005, Joseph A. Gervais
never disavowed that the Irene Craigmile he met
and photographed in 1965 had previously
been known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
 

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Again, above is the 1965 Joseph A. Gervais photo of
Englishman, Guy Bolam, and his American wife by
their 1958 marriage, the post-war only Irene Craigmile,
the way it appeared in the 1970 controversial book by
Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives.

 

The unprecedented, 'Amelia Earhart compared to Irene Craigmile' analysis was conceived and orchestrated by independent researcher, Tod Swindell. Not only was his the first comprehensive, Amelia versus Irene analysis on record, it was the first to use Digital Face Recognition technology combined with physical and character trait comparisons. He decided a comparison study was needed after after he met Joe Gervais in 1996, and learned such a thing had never been done before.  

The final results revealed the post-World War Two only 'Irene Craigmile' most definitely had been, previously known as, Amelia Earhart.

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Amelia, Amelia as Irene,
and the 'Overview Effect'
 
By Tod Swindell
© 2020
 
As the Twentieth Century came to a close it was realized the assertion stating the post-war only Irene Craigmile used to be known as Amelia Earhart was never disproved.
 
Now, all evidence indicates she actually was the former Amelia Earhart.
 
When the Irene-Amelia controversy first surfaced in 1970, it was swiftly shouted-down by the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile and the extended families of both Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile. The post-war only Irene also sued the people who called her out against her will. Then, after exhibiting her strong defiance--and handling the national news media like a pro--even though she never offered any real proof showing she was not the former Amelia Earhart, the press left her alone from that point on.
 
This is not to imply that she enjoyed the process of refusing to acknowledge her famous past. Rather, she had grown so accustomed to her 'private life' existence by 1970, she merely wished to keep it that way. As well, her later-life close acquaintances, (including her sister, Muriel) whom were aware of who she used to be, fully supported her. In her mind and theirs, the Amelia Earhart who history recalled had ceased-to-be decades ago. It would have been all-but impossible for the post-war only Irene to claim such a mantle again in 1970, or anytime after that... for as long as she continued to live.
 
It is clear the former Amelia Earhart treasured her reborn existence as a non-public figure who was able to fit-into and function in everyday society. Make no mistake, though, she was still an extremely proud individual--and she had every right to be. She had recognized, during her famous career as a pilot, her own 'Overview Effect' of experiencing an earth from above that featured no international boundaries--the same way astronauts have repeatedly described it since the 1960s. Reading Amelia's final book, Last Flight, that she wrote during the course of her 1937 world circumnavigation, profoundly illuminates her forward thinking in said manner.
 
She could be a tough customer, though, both as Irene and when she was Amelia. As Amelia, she feared no one in the 1930s, including President Roosevelt, and to control-tower operators she was known to sometimes 'swear like a sailor' over her two-way radio during landing approaches if she sensed any degree of incompetence. 
 
Twenty seven years ago, in a 1993 'Amelia Earhart Society of Reseachers' newsletter article, the post-war only Irene's later-life sister-in-law by virtue of her marriage to Guy Bolam's brother, the late John Bolam, who had suspected his sister-in-law was the former Amelia Earhart, described her in the following manner:
 
 
"People liked her immensely, and would proudly introduce her to others. She was intelligent, articulate (except for occassional salty and sometimes acerbic language), and had a commanding presence. She knew a lot of important people, including many high ranking military officers, astronauts, and flyers." "After Guy died in 1970 (the post war-only Irene's British husband by their 1958 marriage, Guy Bolam) she continued to manage the Radio Luxembourg accounts while trekking around the world." "Her Christmas cards told of the places she had been that year, or the ones she intended to visit next. She thoroughly enjoyed life, people, events, theater, travel, new heights. She was the epitome of a "Classy Lady". Yet we believe that foremost they [Guy and the post-war only Irene] were friends and protectors of each other, and perhaps the keepers of each others' secrets."
   
Both as Amelia and later as Irene, her superior intellect was noticeable in many ways. She spoke several languages, and though not particularly religious she once described her conceptualization of 'God' as, "not an abstraction, but a vitalizing, universal force, eternally present, and at all times available."
 
In her later life years as Irene, she was a devotee of the writings of Carl Jung, the famous philosopher who was known to divide life into segments, i.e. from age one to age twenty; from age twenty to age forty; from age forty to age sixty... etc. 
 
In short, this was one extraordinary person who lived a long, meaningful, very full and diversified life.
 

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Above left, the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile, AKA "the former Amelia Earhart" in 1964 at a Zonta gathering. Above right, she is superimposed with her former 'Amelia' self.
 

As it turned out, the original Irene Craigmile, who looked entirely different than Amelia Earhart, met her demise during the onset of World War Two. Anyone who takes the time to seriously research her full life story will realize this.

Here, the conclusion delivered by the analysis left it crystal clear: There was more than one Twentieth Century person attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity and the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile matched Amelia Earhart in every haunting detail.

In other words, the comparison analysis results on their own revealed the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after she was declared 'missing' in 1937. Said truth being, the obscured demise of the original Irene Craigmile left her identity available for Amelia's use.

Beyond that, there is still much 'filling in the blanks' left to be done, although the forensic research portion of the analysis managed to better illuminate some of those voids as well.

Here again, the below left photo shows Amelia Earhart the way she looked in 1937. The below right photo shows the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile combined with Amelia Earhart. The other 1965 photograph beneath them features the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile, who, whether or not people care to accept the reality of it, did used to be known as, "Amelia Earhart."

 

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AMELIA & THE POST-WAR ONLY IRENE

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THE POST-WAR ONLY, IRENE CRAIGMILE

The post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile was not the original Irene Craigmile. Since 1970, however, when she was correctly implicated to have been the former Amelia Earhart, her denials left people believing her enough to where further suspicion toward who she really was, or used to be, was deemed unnecessary. This is why no one felt conducting a human comparison study was necessary then.
 
Except the controversy over who she really was never went away. In the meantime, the U.S. federal government offered no opinion about it. Yet as time continued to pass the results only grew clearer, to a point where to keep denying the obvious truth of Amelia Earhart living on and becoming known as 'Irene' ...was to remain in denial.
 
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"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her."
 
Above, LPGA promoter, Peter Bussatti, in 1982, comments about his good friend, the post-World War two only Irene Craigmile, who used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
 
Below: The post-war only Irene with
LPGA promoter, Peter Busatti in 1975

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Above left, the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile; Above center, the post-war only Irene & Amelia superimposed; Above right, Amelia Earhart

"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, sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied, "When I die you'll find out,"" Busatti said. At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned how, ""All the admirals and generals seemed to know her."" Excerpted from a 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune article where when interviewed, Mr. Busatti openly commented about his suspicion that his 1970s' friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam used to be known as, "Amelia Earhart."
 
 

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"The original Irene Craigmile barely flew at all during her oft-troubled 1930s years. Compared to Amelia, she was a veritable nobody back then as well. It would have been unrealistic for her to later become a member of the affluent New York Wings Club, let alone be distinguished like royalty there among her peers. Of note, the people who knew the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile as the former Amelia Earhart, and indeed the were some who did, were always respectful of who she used to be." Tod Swindell
 
 

While some important sounding individuals still try to convince the public otherwise, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society continue to downplay the 'Amelia became known as Irene' story as well. Both the Smithsonian and Nat Geo have long been aware of the Irene-Amelia controversy though, and here, it is interesting to note how neither has ever offered a conclusive statement about it. 

 
Below is a photo of the original Irene Craigmile holding her 1934 born son. The original Irene Craigmile's demise was obscured in order to give the still-living, Amelia Earhart, her identity to use after World War Two. The general public was initially persuaded to believe this wasn't true by the former Amelia Earhart herself after she was outed against her will in 1970.
 
By way of the new millennium study, Amelia's name-change to 'Irene' became an easy to recognize truth within the conveyance of what ultimately became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937.

   
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Here is a brief time-line of the original Irene Craigmile's 1930s existence that left her identity available for Amelia Earhart's later-life use:
 
 
1.)  In 1931, the original Irene Craigmile's first husband, Charles Craigmile, died from a sudden illness.
 
2.)  A year later, in 1932, the original Irene Craigmile began taking flying lessons with guidance offered by Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry.
 
3.)  In 1933, the original Irene Craigmile became pregnant out of wedlock.
 
4.)  Purportedly, the photo above shows the original Irene Craigmile holding her March of 1934 born son. She had eloped to 'shotgun' marry the boy's father, one Al Heller, who had served as one of her flying instructors, but their marriage was subsequently annulled after it was learned Al Heller was still legally married to another woman who he also had children with.
 
5.)  By 1937, Al Heller had relocated alone to the distant city of Buffalo, New York. Estrangement and a legal 'visiting rights' battle began between he and the original Irene over their 'son' at that time.
 
6.) After enduring her mid-late 1930s' struggles, that may or may not have led to battles with alcohol and depression, we may never know why exactly, but by the time World War Two began the original Irene Craigmile had slipped into oblivion.
 
7.) In 1993, a later life friend of the original Irene Craigmile's family, Diana Dawes, spoke of the original Irene Craigmile's death occurring and being 'covered over' in order to enable Amelia Earhart to further use her identity. (Amelia had also known the original Irene Craigmile's prominent aunt through the Zonta organization. Years later, Diana Dawes grew to know the original Irene Craigmile's son.) The original Irene's 1934 born son was still young enough to be imprinted with a 'surrogate' mother figure at the time, whom he recognized as his 'natural mother' ever since. As well, at his young age during the World War Two years, the original Irene's son was placed in a boarding school he graduated from in 1947.
 
8.)  With the post-war 'former' Amelia Earhart helping to endorse the process, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, the 1934 born son of the original Irene Craigmile, grew up to become a pilot for Pan Am Airways. His father, Al Heller, ended up becoming a senior vice president of the Miami Aviation Association. Note: Miami was a major Pan Am hub for many years and of course, Fred Noonan, Amelia's world flight navigator, had been one of Pan Am's chief navigators for its overseas Flying Clipper service before he left to navigate for Amelia. (The old rumor that Fred Noonan was fired from Pan Am for drunkeness and Amelia threw him a bone was not true. In his day, Fred Noonan was among the best air-over-ocean navigators in the world. He was selected and was 'asked' to participate in Amelia's world flight.)
 
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"It is true how in the mid-1930s, for a brief period of time the original Irene Craigmile was a fledgling pilot who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart. What remained unrealized was the way her personal struggles, followed by her premature demise, became intertwined with Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence after she was declared 'missing' in 1937. This observable reality that finally managed to surface in recent years, is the most important historical discovery about Amelia Earhart's disappearance and missing person case ever made." Tod Swindell
 
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Below is a 1932 Akron, Ohio newspaper photo showing Amelia Earhart outlined in white and the original Irene Craigmile outlined in black. In the enlargement one can see how the original Irene Craigmile's image is completely unreadable. At the time this photo was taken, the original Irene Craigmile was not yet a pilot and had yet to begin taking flying lessons. [Learn more about the original Irene Craigmile's life story further down.]
 
 
 

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The 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan was ranked by the Associated Press as one of the top ten news stories of the Twentieth Century. In the United States, no definitive answer to what became of the two was ever given. Overseas, however, in the region they went missing, a consistent account has always existed pertaining to what actually happened to them, one perpetually avoided by official United States historians.
 

The complete analysis supplemented its human comparison findings with new avenues of investigative research, all of which had a game changing effect on the decades old, never resolved, 'Amelia Earhart compared to Irene Craigmile' debate. It expanded on many testimonials gathered from overseas and from U.S. soldiers who served in the Pacific theater during World War Two, to include the words of U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz, all of whom relayed their common assessment (in Nimitz' case, 'awareness') of Amelia's ongoing survival in Japan's care after her disappearance.

Directly below, observe a 1987 postal stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earhart and Noonan's rescue in the lower Marshall Islands accompanied by a 2002 news article clipping:  

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Below, barely a week after "Victory over Japan Day" in 1945, a United Press article suggested a glimmer of hope existed where a final answer to what happened to Amelia Earhart might be forthcoming. Underneath it, Robert Gorlaski's 1981 WWII Chronicles book featured an Amelia Earhart box describing the general consensus of different things people believed when it came to what happened to Amelia, without offering a solid answer. Notice in both 1945 UP article and the Gorlaski book, a Marshall Islands 'mention' was included. As well, noticed under the box about Amelia Earhart, the description of the Marco Polo Bridge incident taking place just five days (July 7-8) after Earhart and Noonan went missing, that by July 11 was turning into a full scale invasion and conflict. It was during that brief time period that Amelia and Fred Noonan were 'picked up' by Japan's Naval authority.   

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Here, let's take a look at more of the Amelia Earhart disappearance and missing person case information the Study either uncovered or shed a better light on:

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Above: Former long-time FBI Director, the
indomitable, J. Edgar Hoover, (1895-1972). See
samples from his WWII Earhart file further down.

 
Directly below, from 1970 to 2016, four nationally published books expounded on the reality of Amelia Earhart continuing to live-on and changing her name to 'Irene Craigmile' after she was reported 'missing' in 1937. However, after the controversy over what really became of Amelia began to surface in the 1960s, the United States 'free press' was persuaded by a politburo-like influence traceable to then FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, not to deeply investigate her world flight outcome, or to at all express a certain opinion about it.
 
Hard to believe but true, this is how the 'mystery of Amelia Earhart' was reborn in a modern sense, and why the American public has never seen its own national news media seriously investigate the 1960s discovery of Amelia's ongoing existence as a renamed person. At the same time, none of the following books were ever legally over-challenged where they concluded Amelia lived-on to become known as Irene Craigmile. [Notice they didn't get supportive press coverage either.] Here they are:
 

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The 1970 Joe Klaas book inspired by the investigative research of Joseph A. Gervais, cited Amelia Earhart survived and became known as "Irene Craigmile." Joseph A. Gervais, who always stood by his discovery of Amelia living as 'Irene Craigmile' after the war, collaborated with Tod Swindell's forensic study during last decade of his life, (1996 to 2005).

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This 1985 book by Robert Myers and Barbara Wiley, also cited that Amelia Earhart survived and became known as "Irene Craigmile."

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This 2004 book by USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), was first to credit The Swindell Study's discovery of plural Irene Craigmile's, while also agreeing that one of them was the 'former' Amelia Earhart after World War Two.  

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In tribute to the three previous book authors, after looking into it himself, author W.C. Jameson's 2016 effort as well averred Amelia Earhart lived to become known as 'Irene Craigmile.' His book also acknowledged the pending completion of Tod Swindell's twenty-year forensic study he had yet to observe. 

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As noted, the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives was primarily focused on the decade-long investigative research of Joseph A. Gervais. Above is a personal response to Gervais from an inquiry he sent to J. Edgar Hoover in early 1969 asking for any information the FBI might have on Amelia Earhart. Hoover's response was typical, although after he died in 1972, the World War Two FBI file on Amelia Earhart, that he had personally controlled, was at least partially released after the FOIA of 1980. Several documents stressing Amelia's ongoing existence during the war under Japan's stewardship were contained in the file, as were responses and inquiries from Hoover about them. Names and specifics were carefully blacked out on each one. One December of 1944 document (displayed on the right) pulled from the file told of of recovering soldier's conveyance of an awareness he had gained of Amelia Earhart still being stewarded by Japan at that time. 

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The soldier referenced above, (his name blacked out) who was recovering at Walter Reed Hosptal in Washington DC in late 1944, was interviewed by an FBI agent at the bequest of J. Edgar Hoover. To the FBI agent, he described his awareness of Amelia Earhart's war time existence in Japan's charge based on information he learned during a pre-war time experience he had while stationed in the Phillipines and his later internments in Japan POW camps. This is just one of several documents from the WWII FBI Earhart file that featured different U.S. soldier accounts describing Amelia's ongoing survival. J. Edgar Hoover personally followed up on each one, but was careful to not make any of them public. 

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Above is an excerpt from the top-right document. Below is J. Edgar Hoover's personal response to the document; one he forwarded to the War Department's Assistant Chief of Staff on January 19, 1945, courtesy of Brigadier General, Carter C. Clarke. He was careful not to openly project an inordinate level of confidence in the soldier's testimony, as was his m.o. for all war-time conveyances of Amelia's ongoing existence in Japan's care.

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Again, the documents above mark just a sampling from among several located in the FBI's World War Two file on Amelia Earhart, that conveyed Amelia's continued existence under Japan's stewardship during the war years.

 

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Tod Swindell
 

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"She was not an ordinary housewife." John Bolam, 2002.

Alethephobia: Fear of truth; fear of discovery; fear of possible bad news.
 
In devaluing the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after 1937, jesting that she became "a New Jersey housewife" hampered people's ability to take it seriously. Even though her post-World War Two existence was far from that of a common housewife, in 1970, this distraction was originally instilled by the former Amelia Earhart herself--leaving the national press circuit to repeat it ever since. Take a look:
 

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"Five years into my Study, regarding the above Associated Press article lead-in, it's ridiculous how printed news sometimes works. The point being, I never told Ron Staton that I believed Amelia Earhart, ""survived a crash landing in the Marshall Islands, was captured by the Japanese and secretly repatriated, living as a New Jersey housewife."" Those were his words, not mine. While I've always respected the plausibility of Japan's quiet, temporary stewardship of Amelia Earhart after she went missing, when Ron Staton asked me what I thought happened to Amelia, all I told him was I believed she survived and in due time changed her name to 'Irene Craigmile.' I never called her 'a New Jersey housewife,' nor did we discuss how Amelia might have ended up in Japan's care or how she made it back to the United States. In fact, I barely spoke to him. Not to leave out, the person Amelia became in her later-life years was no ordinary housewife. For instance, in the 1970s she was President of the Advertising Division for Radio Luxembourg--that sported the most powerful broadcasting tower in Europe. Yet, one has to give her credit there. She was always very smart and wasn't about to relinquish the private life existence she had fought hard to earn for herself after World War Two. People forget that she she never came forward to volunteer who she used to be. Rather, she was called out in 1970, and that really angered her. Who could blame her?" Tod Swindell
 

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Above: Amelia Earhart

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Again: The original Irene Craigmile
between her husband and father in 1930

The Swindell Study results allowed important, non-recognized truths about Amelia Earhart's eighty-year old missing person case to finally surface with clarity.

The main one concerned Amelia's past acquaintance, Irene Craigmile, whose obscured demise ended up playing a crucial part in Amelia's full life story.

Essentially, this website profiles a long-term investigative journalism effort. It features the key results of a twenty-year concerted analysis embarked on in 1997, that was aimed at objectively looking into the odd 1937 disappearance and subsequent 'missing person case' of Amelia Earhart more thoroughly than anything prior to it. It was also the first to deeply examine the life-story of the original Irene Craigmile, who Amelia Earhart was acquainted with in the 1930s.

The Study concluded that the original Irene Craigmile died before World War Two began, in tandem with the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile having been a different human being who matched Amelia Earhart to a "T" ...because that was who she used to be.

 Ultimately, the Study forensically proved something initially discovered and revealed fifty-years ago; that Amelia Earhart survived her disappearance and became the 'new' Irene Craigmile after World War Two.

 

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THE POST-WAR ONLY, IRENE CRAIGMILE

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The post-war only Irene Craigmile was not forensically compared to Amelia Earhart until after 1997, the year Tod Swindell embarked on his study of Irene Craigmile's life and her past friendship with Amelia Earhart. Above, superimposed photos using Amelia's image shown next to Eleanor Rooselvelt (left) displays an inarguable face template congruence. 

Above left, Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart. Above right, the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile and Amelia Earhart superimposed.

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Senator Hiram Bingham
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Amelia & the post-war only Irene

 

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The post-World War Two only
Irene Craigmile in 1977. Notice her
proud stature, air of self importance,
and prominently displayed pilot wings.
She was identified nowhere as Irene
Craigmile prior to the end of the war,
because she had previously been
known as, Amelia Earhart. 

 

 
How The Irene-Amelia
Controversy Began
 
In 1965, Joseph A. Gervais, a retired air force major, had been deeply examining the facts of Amelia Earhart's disappearance for some time when he met the post-war only, Irene Craigmile. He photographed her because he was startled by her look, sensing that he recognized her as the survived Amelia Earhart going by a different name.
 
Their meeting took place at a New York gathering of pilots from the golden age of aviation, some of whom were friends of Amelia's before she went missing. Beyond her strong resemblance to Amelia, Joe Gervais also noticed the respect she commanded among her peers and the "natural air of self-importance" she carried a bit curious.
 
After conversing with she and her British husband, Guy Bolam, he couldn't help asking if she used to know Amelia Earhart? She replied "yes," that she used to be a pilot who "knew" Amelia Earhart and she had "often flown with her." He found her reply odd because he knew a lot about Amelia Earhart and other pilots from Amelia's era, but he had never heard of an 'Irene Craigmile' before.
 
Still wondering about her afterward, Joseph A. Gervais did a thorough background check on Irene Craigmile. In doing so he discovered there was an Irene Craigmile who briefly held a pilot's license in the 1930s. As well, though, he discovered that the one he met in 1965, most definitely was not the original Irene Craigmile.
 

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AMELIA & THE POST-WAR ONLY IRENE CRAIGMILE IN 1965

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Tod Swindell
 


"It is normal for people to believe that Amelia Earhart likely died in July of 1937. After all, since the early World War Two era the general public was conditioned by history itself to accept that Amelia 'disappeared without a trace' then, and she was never seen again.
 
Except, that never actually happened.
 
Even though history says Amelia Earhart was 'never seen again' after she took off from Lae, New Guinea on July 1, 1937, and she was declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, through a reveal that has been gestating for some time we now know that Amelia Earhart did not die back then. Instead, reality states she quietly lived-on after she was declared 'missing' in 1937, and in time she assumed the left over identity of Irene Craigmile, a past acquaintance of hers. This is the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after she was reported 'missing' on July 2, 1937." Tod Swindell
 
 

Investigative Journalism

 

Investigative Journalism is a chronicled investigation of a high-profile, unsettled topic of interest. 

Its subject might concern a major unsolved crime, political corruption, corporate wrongdoing, or an unresolved issue of historical importance.

Investigative journalists may spend months or years researching and preparing a report. In their pursuits they use original, systematic research angles dedicated to unearthing withheld or secretly stowed information in order to tip the scale of justice in the right direction. 

Investigative journalism most often relies on the heavy use of public record searches and sleuthing.

The objective of investigative journalism is to deliver correct accountability by overchallenging an incorrect, 'a priori' formed opinion.

/a priori/ adjective 1. relating to or denoting reasoning or knowledge which proceeds from theoretical deduction rather than from observation and experience.

 

The historical basis for the 'a priori' established opinion of what happened to Amelia Earhart:

On the morning of July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart, while airborne in her plane, sent a clear radio message stating her line of position, '157-337,' adding she was "running north and south" ostensibly along that line. At the time she was looking for Howland Island, that she never did find. According to the official record of her missing person case, these were the final known words that Amelia Earhart spoke, and she was neither seen nor heard from again.

Even though this version of what happened to Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, has been disputed ever since the event of their loss occurred; and even though it was later verified that President Franklin Roosevelt's administration withheld certain details it knew about Amelia's final flight ending, including how Amelia ultimately decided to "head north" after not finding Howland, so much made it clear the White House was aware of a different outcome for the duo other than its, "they disappeared without a trace" influence, the official record of Amelia Earhart's and Fred Noonan's loss never changed.

Amelia's last officially recorded radio message of 'we're on a line of 157-337, we're running north and south' sent on the morning of July 2, 1937 as she tried to locate Howland, was the only final detail of her last flight the American public was given, and it came directly from FDR's White House a full year after the event of Amelia's loss occurred, and only after it was requested by Eleanor Roosevelt. [True story.]

With such limited information to go on, by the time World War Two began public opinion could only assume that at some point after she stated her 157-337 line of position, Amelia crashed into the Pacific Ocean at unknown coordinates--and she and Noonan died that way.

In the 1960s, though, people started to figure out that such a thing didn't really happen to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. By then many post-war testimonials had surfaced from the region the duo went missing in, corroborating how they were quietly rescued by Japan in the lower Marshall Islands and remained sequestered there, at least for awhile. 

After Japan rescued Earhart and Noonan, 'official silence' about it left the unknown details of their ongoing survival to become lined with a variety of unsubstantiated postulations.

That is until 1965, when Joseph A. Gervais met the former Amelia Earhart face to face.

 
Questions? Comments? E-mail evandell58@gmail.com
 

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Amelia and Amelia as 'Irene' in 1970
 

Truth Versus Fiction
 
A word of caution to historians and Amelia Earhart devotees: Since it first surfaced in 1970, the enduring Irene-Amelia controversy has been consistently talked-down ever since, although it was never officially debunked. This is important to understand while reading the following briefs concerning two of its most vocal opponents:
 
 
Dr. Alex Mandel

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Ukrainian Amelia Earhart fan, Dr. Alex Mandel



 
In 2008, a 'Dr. Alex Mandel' of Ukraine posted an 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' Wikipedia page that claimed the 'Amelia became Irene' conveyance was proved false by a detective hired by the National Geographic Society.
 
According to the National Geographic Society, that never happened.
 
Here's the story:
 
In 2006, the National Geographic Channel aired a special about Amelia Earhart. Within it, a forensic detective by the name of Kevin Richlin was given a small sampling of information about the dated Irene-Amelia controversy. It featured no background history of the case at all, so naturally, detective Richlin, who was relatively uniformed about it, voiced skepticism toward the idea of Amelia living to become known as Irene Craigmile. What Dr. Mandel's Wikipedia page does not convey, however, is how within the program itself, detective Richlin remarked that the producers of the show did not supply him with enough data to enable him to form a favorable conclusive opinion about the 'Amelia became Irene' assertion.
 
Both Dr. Mandel and his slanted Wikipedia page, that he has closely monitored and controlled for a dozen years now, are part of a nondescript effort intent on swaying the public away from embracing the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two existence with a different name applied to her person.
 
 
TIGHAR

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TIGHAR's Richard Gillespie

Since the 1990s, the American public has been media-bombarded by a far-out Earhart claim. It stated that some left behind junk items and a few bone fragments found on the once colonized, Nikumaroro Island, came from Amelia's last flight. The bones were originally described as "those of a male chamorro of the region" when they were measured and examined in the 1940s, before they were discarded.
 
None of the debris found on the island were part of Amelia's last flight. It is clear the debris had belonged to the forty-plus people who had attempted to colonize it before abandoning the effort. The 'less-informed about Earhart' public remained intrigued though, and amazingly, a recent claim of Tighar's surfaced in the news stating the lost bone fragments from Nikumaroro were believed located again and will be 'tested' to see if they belonged to Amelia Earhart. 
 
Here it is also important to know:
 
The Nikumaroro, 'desert island bones' story was never reality based.
 
Via numerous accounts that included eyewitness testimonials and declassified government files, for decades investigators have known that Amelia never came close to Nikumaroro. This does not discount the fact that for a long time the 'Nikumaroro invention' has functioned well as a money making endeavor for the people who have long been promoting it through a club known as, 'Tighar.'
 
 

TRUTH...
and reality go hand in hand.

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She was no 'ordinary housewife.' She wasn't the original Irene Craigmile either, though that was her name after World War Two. Prior to the end of World War Two she was identified nowhere as, Irene Craigmile. This is because she had previously been known as, Amelia Earhart.
 
While this truth has existed in the public realm since 1970, the vast majority of people still have a hard time believing it. The reason? To this day Amelia's survived relatives and the Smithsonian Institution have yet to publicly endorse it, even though by now. . . it has grown to be obvious.
 

 
The 1997-2017 Swindell Study examined Amelia Earhart's disappearance in a different way than previous efforts. It featured a thorough forensic analysis that included the use of 'Digital Face Recognition.'

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The analysis was conducted to help resolve the unsettled controversy over whether or not Amelia Earhart continued to live-on after she went missing in 1937, with a different name applied to her person. When the Study was finished its facial, head-to-toe physical, and character trait comparison results revealed the long subdued reality... of the post-World War Two life of the former Amelia Earhart.
 
A documentary about it is in the making.
 
 

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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." Author-historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, USAF (Ret.) in response to Tod Swindell's Amelia Earhart investigative forensic research and comparison analysis.

 

About The Swindell Study
 
The twenty-year Swindell Study [1997-2017; copyright registrations: TXu 1-915-926 & TXu 2-061-539] is an Investigative Research Evaluation and a Human Comparison Analysis orchestrated and compiled by Tod Swindell, an independent researcher who developed a great interest in the facts attributed to Amelia Earhart's disappearance and missing person case. The complete Study consists of over ten-thousand pages and features rare documents, analytical text, photographs, comparisons, maps, charts, and past-obscured but again revisited investigative research findings. The condensed MSS features 415 total pages; 110 of which contain logistical and visual elements drawn from the 'Amelia to Irene' Comparison Analysis. The Study elaborates on--and plainly exhibits Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence after World War Two with the re-purposed name of, 'Irene Craigmile.' (Surname of 'Bolam' added later.) It also examined the post-war reasoning that left the general public out of the loop of Amelia's ongoing existence with a different name. Simply put, Amelia Earhart was declared 'dead in absentia' in 1939, and the intention after the war, as co-endorsed by the former Amelia Earhart herself, was for it to always remain that way. The complete Study is available for review on a selective basis. Questions or comments? Click on: evandell58@gmail.com
 

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The Amelia Earhart We never Knew
 
In 1923, the year she turned twenty-six years old and five years before she became famous, Amelia Earhart took the following photograph of herself by pointing a Kodak Brownie camera into a mirror. She had enrolled in a photography course at USC and likely developed the picture herself.

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In 1928, through the women's Zonta organization Amelia joined after she became famous, she befriended a prominent lawyer by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who soon after introduced Amelia to her newly married niece, Irene Craigmile:

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Above left is from the same old newpaper photo showing Charles and Irene Craigmile in 1930. The couple was married in late 1928, at the Newark, New Jersey home of Irene's paternal uncle and aunt, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley and his wife, Violet. (To the right, Irene's image is contrast enhanced.)
 
Charles Craigmile, a Civil Engineer from Rantoul, Illinois, was fourteen years older than Irene. Sadly, Charles first--and later, Irene as well--died before World War Two began.
 
Below is an article about Amelia Earhart's 1930s Zonta friend, the original Irene Craigmile's lawyer aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley:
 

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This 1928 newspaper article features a story about the original Irene Craigmile's attorney aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, who practiced law in New York and New Jersey. In 1928, she and Amelia Earhart became friends through the Zonta organization. By the 1930s, they were two of its better known members along with Nina Broderick Price, of England, who they both knew as well. Attorney Irene served as an adviser for Amelia when it came to contract matters for her branded merchandise, that included her well-known 'Amelia Earhart luggage' line. Nina Broderick Price helped on the publicity end as well.
 
By design--or it would appear that way--these two prominent Zonta women who knew Amelia well are never mentioned in any Amelia Earhart biographies.
 
Attorney Irene raised her niece, the original Irene Craigmile, from age twelve on. The original Irene Craigmile had been the only child of attorney Irene's older brother, Richard Joseph O'Crowley, and his wife, Bessie, who died while their daughter was that age.
 
Dubbed 'Beatrice' while further growing up with her aunt, that also led to her being pet-named "Bee" in her mother's memory, after her marriage to Charles Craigmile she went back to calling herself 'Irene' even though "Bee" remained her pet family name. Of note, the original Irene Craigmile's 1928 wedding announcement listed her as, "Beatrice O'Crowley to wed Charles Craigmile."
 
The 1930 Census listed "Charles and Irene Craigmile" living in Pequannock, New Jersey. Charles was listed as 'head of house' and Irene as 'keeps house.' Charles died in September of the following year. 

The original Irene Craigmile's later hidden demise went on to become an integral part of Amelia Earhart's life story in a profoundly unique way:  

 
 

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The post-war only
Irene Craigmile in 1963 

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Amelia 

Without knowing any better, it would otherwise appear that as she grew older, Irene Craigmile started looking a lot like Amelia Earhart, who had "vanished without a trace" in 1937. Yet that was not the case. The original Irene Craigmile never looked like Amelia Earhart.

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According to public record, above once again is the original Irene nee O'Crowley Craigmile at age ten on the left, age fourteen in the middle, and age nineteen on the right. Note: With few exceptions, the origin of all photos that purportedly display the original Irene Craigmile prior to the World War Two years is questionable, including for these three.
 


In 1965 it was not the original Irene Craigmile who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed at a gathering of well known pilots from the golden age of aviation. Rather, Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed the former Amelia Earhart in 1965, who had assumed the original Irene Craigmile's identity for herself to further use after World War Two.

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Above: Two comparison samples showing the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile's image equally combined with Amelia Earhart's image. Until the comparison portion of the analysis began in 1997, most people who recalled the 'Amelia became Irene' assertion making national news in 1970, ended up dismissing it as time passed. This was primarily because the Smithsonian Instituition and the National Geographic Society refused to endorse it, feeling it was outlandish to even suggest Amelia Earhart secretly survived her 1937 disappearance and assumed a different identity during the World War Two era.
 
The pro-argument included Amelia doing such a thing not only for the sake of her future privacy, but in the interest of post-World War Two era 'political correctness' as well.
 
The analysis thoroughly reviewed the key findings of formidable 'Earhart disappearance investigators' from years gone by, yet it was also the first analysis to feature a comprehensive, Irene Craigmile versus Amelia Earhart 'forensic comparison' display.
 
Before the analysis began, it was known there was a once fledgling pilot by the name of 'Irene Craigmile' who Amelia Earhart was acquainted with in the 1930s. Here she is:
 

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Above: The original Irene Craigmile
between her husband and father in 1930

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As mentioned, the assertion that stated the post-war only Irene Craigmile used to be known as Amelia Earhart was never disproved.
 
Note: When the Irene-Amelia controversy first surfaced in 1970, it was swiftly shouted-down by the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile and the extended families of Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile. The post-war only Irene also sued the people who called her out against her will. After exhibiting her strong defiance and handling the press like a pro, even though she never proved she was not the former Amelia Earhart, the news media left that assertion about her alone.
 

As it turned out, the original Irene Craigmile, who looked entirely different than Amelia Earhart, died during the beginning of World War Two. Anyone who takes the time to seriously research the full life story of the original Irene Craigmile, will realize this on their own.

The conclusion delivered by the analysis left it crystal clear: There was more than one Twentieth Century person attributed to the same Irene Craigmile identity and the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile matched Amelia Earhart in every haunting detail.

In other words, the comparison analysis results on their own revealed the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after she was declared 'missing' in 1937. Said truth being, the obscured demise of the original Irene Craigmile left her identity available for Amelia's use.

Beyond that, there is still much 'filling in the blanks' left to be done, although the analysis did managed to better illuminate some of those voids as well.

Here, the below left photo shows Amelia Earhart the way she looked in 1937. The below right photo shows the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile combined with Amelia Earhart. The other 1965 photograph beneath them features the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile, who, whether or not people care to accept the reality of it, did used to be known as, "Amelia Earhart."

 

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AMELIA

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AMELIA & THE POST-WAR ONLY IRENE

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THE POST-WAR ONLY, IRENE CRAIGMILE

The post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile was not the original Irene Craigmile. Since 1970, however, when she was correctly implicated to have been the former Amelia Earhart, her denials left people believing her enough to where further suspicion toward who she really was, or used to be, was deemed unnecessary. This is why no one felt conducting a human comparison study was necessary then.
 
Except the controversy over who she really was never went away, and in the meantime, the U.S. federal government offered no opinion about it. 
 
Now, within the comparison portion of the study, a Digital Face Recognition analysis affirmed the compared facial templates of Amelia Earhart and the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile were attributable to the same human being.
 
 
A Digital Face Recognition grid:
 

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© 2019 By Tod Swindell

The unprecedented, 'Amelia Earhart as compared to Irene Craigmile' analysis was conceived and orchestrated by independent researcher, Tod Swindell. Not only was his the first comprehensive, Amelia versus Irene analysis on record, it was the first to use Digital Face Recognition technology combined with physical and character trait comparisons.

 Once again, the final results revealed how the post-World War Two only 'Irene Craigmile' most definitely had been, previously known as, Amelia Earhart.

 

 
Below are more photo images of the original Irene Craigmile, whose demise was obscured in order to give the still-living, Amelia Earhart, her identity to use after World War Two. The general public was initially persuaded to believe this wasn't true by the former Amelia Earhart herself after she was outed against her will in 1970, for who she used to be.
 
Never the less, in time Amelia's eventual name-change to 'Irene' evolved to become the plain truth pertaining to what became of her after she went missing in 1937.

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"The four photos above show the original Irene Craigmile at age twenty-six in 1930, then left to right at age ten, age fourteen, and at age twenty-nine with her 1934 born son, who she conceived out of wedlock. [Her son went on to be raised by a surrogate mother.]
 
It is true how in the mid-1930s, for a brief period of time the original Irene Craigmile was a fledgling pilot who was acquainted with Amelia Earhart. What remained unrealized was the way her personal struggles, followed by her life being cut-short, later became intertwined with Amelia Earhart's life after World War Two. This observable reality that finally managed to surface in recent years, is the most important historical discovery about Amelia Earhart's disappearance and missing person case ever made." Tod Swindell
 
Below is a 1932 Akron, Ohio newspaper photo showing Amelia Earhart outlined in white and the original Irene Craigmile outlined in black. In the enlargement one can see how the original Irene Craigmile's image is completely unreadable. At the time this photo was taken, the original Irene Craigmile was not yet a pilot and had yet to begin taking flying lessons. [Learn more about the original Irene Craigmile's life story further down.]
 
 
 

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The 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan was ranked by the Associated Press as one of the top ten news stories of the Twentieth Century. In the United States, no definitive answer to what became of the two was ever given. Overseas, however, in the region they went missing, a consistent account has always existed pertaining to what actually happened to them, one perpetually avoided by official United States historians.
 

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Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002.
In 1965, Gervais discovered the truth about
Amelia becoming Irene, yet after he tried to go
 public with it in 1970, he was reviled for doing so.
 

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1965 Joe Gervais photo of Englishman, Guy
Bolam, and his American wife by their 1958
marriage, the post-war only, Irene Craigmile,
AKA the 'former' Amelia Earhart.
 

The complete analysis supplemented its human comparison findings with new avenues of investigative research, all of which had a game changing effect on the decades old, never resolved, 'Amelia Earhart compared to Irene Craigmile' debate. It expanded on many testimonials gathered from overseas and from U.S. soldiers who served in the Pacific theater during World War Two, to include the words of U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz, all of whom relayed their common assessment (in Nimitz' case, 'awareness') of Amelia's ongoing survival in Japan's care after her disappearance.

Directly below, note the 1987 postal stamp image commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earhart and Noonan's rescue in the lower Marshall Islands accompanied by a 2002 news article clipping:  

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Here, let's take a look at more of the Amelia Earhart disappearance and missing person case information the Study either uncovered or shed a better light on:

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Above: Former long-time FBI Director, the
indomitable, J. Edgar Hoover, (1895-1972). See
samples from his WWII Earhart file further down.

 
Directly below, from 1970 to 2016, four nationally published books expounded on the reality of Amelia Earhart continuing to live-on and changing her name to 'Irene Craigmile' after she was reported 'missing' in 1937. However, after the controversy over what really became of Amelia began to surface in the 1960s, the United States 'free press' was persuaded by a politburo-like influence traceable to then FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, not to deeply investigate her world flight outcome, or to at all express a certain opinion about it.
 
Hard to believe but true, this is how the 'mystery of Amelia Earhart' was reborn in a modern sense, and why the American public has never seen its own national news media seriously investigate the 1960s discovery of Amelia's ongoing existence as a renamed person. At the same time, none of the following books were ever legally over-challenged where they concluded Amelia lived-on to become known as Irene Craigmile. [Notice they didn't get supportive press coverage either.] Here they are:
 

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The 1970 Joe Klaas book inspired by the investigative research of Joseph A. Gervais, cited Amelia Earhart survived and became known as "Irene Craigmile." Joseph A. Gervais, who always stood by his discovery of Amelia living as Irene after the war, collaborated with The Swindell Study during last ten years of his life. (1996 to 2005)

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This 1985 book by Robert Myers and Barbara Wiley, also cited that Amelia Earhart survived and became known as "Irene Craigmile."

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This 2004 book by USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), was first to credit The Swindell Study's discovery of plural Irene Craigmile's, while also agreeing that one of them was the 'former' Amelia Earhart after World War Two.  

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W.C. Jameson's 2016 book cited Amelia Earhart lived to become known as 'Irene Craigmile' and acknowledged the pending completion of Tod Swindell's Study

Samples from the World War Two FBI file on Amelia Earhart:

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As noted, the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives was primarily focused on the decade-long investigative research of Joseph A. Gervais. Above is a personal response to Gervais from an inquiry he sent to J. Edgar Hoover in early 1969 asking for any information the FBI might have on Amelia Earhart. Hoover's response was typical, although after he died in 1972, the World War Two FBI file on Amelia Earhart, that he had personally controlled, was at least partially released after the FOIA of 1980. Several documents stressing Amelia's ongoing existence during the war under Japan's stewardship were contained in the file, as were responses and inquiries from Hoover about them. Names and specifics were carefully blacked out on each one. One December of 1944 document (displayed on the right) pulled from the file told of of recovering soldier's conveyance of an awareness he had gained of Amelia Earhart still being stewarded by Japan at that time. 

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The soldier referenced above, (his name blacked out) who was recovering at Walter Reed Hosptal in Washington DC in late 1944, was interviewed by an FBI agent at the bequest of J. Edgar Hoover. To the FBI agent, he described his awareness of Amelia Earhart's war time existence in Japan's charge based on information he learned during a pre-war time experience he had while stationed in the Phillipines and his later internments in Japan POW camps. This is just one of several documents from the WWII FBI Earhart file that featured different U.S. soldier accounts describing Amelia's ongoing survival. J. Edgar Hoover personally followed up on each one, but was careful to not make any of them public. 

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Above is an excerpt from the top-right document. Below is J. Edgar Hoover's personal response to the document; one he forwarded to the War Department's Assistant Chief of Staff on January 19, 1945, courtesy of Brigadier General, Carter C. Clarke. He was careful not to openly project an inordinate level of confidence in the soldier's testimony, as was his m.o. for all war-time conveyances of Amelia's ongoing existence in Japan's care.

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Again, the documents above mark just a sampling from among several located in the FBI's World War Two file on Amelia Earhart, that conveyed Amelia's continued existence during the war years.

 

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Tod Swindell
 

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"She was not an ordinary housewife." John Bolam, 2002.

Alethephobia: Fear of truth; fear of discovery; fear of possible bad news.
 
In devaluing the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after 1937, jesting that she became "a New Jersey housewife" hampered people's ability to take it seriously. Even though her post-World War Two existence was far from that of a common housewife, in 1970, this distraction was originally instilled by the former Amelia Earhart herself--leaving the national press circuit to repeat it ever since. Take a look:
 

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"Five years into my Study, regarding the above Associated Press article lead-in, it's ridiculous how printed news sometimes works. The point being, I never told Ron Staton that I believed Amelia Earhart, ""survived a crash landing in the Marshall Islands, was captured by the Japanese and secretly repatriated, living as a New Jersey housewife."" Those were his words, not mine. While I've always respected the plausibility of Japan's quiet, temporary stewardship of Amelia Earhart after she went missing, when Ron Staton asked me what I thought happened to Amelia, all I told him was I believed she survived and in due time changed her name to 'Irene Craigmile.' I never called her 'a New Jersey housewife,' nor did we discuss how Amelia might have ended up in Japan's care or how she made it back to the United States. In fact, I barely spoke to him. Not to leave out, the person Amelia became in her later-life years was no ordinary housewife. For instance, in the 1970s she was President of the Advertising Division for Radio Luxembourg--that sported the most powerful broadcasting tower in Europe. Yet, one has to give her credit there. She was always very smart and wasn't about to relinquish the private life existence she had fought hard to earn for herself after World War Two. People forget that she she never came forward to volunteer who she used to be. Rather, she was called out in 1970, and that really angered her. Who could blame her?" Tod Swindell
 

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Above: Amelia Earhart

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Above: The original Irene Craigmile
between her husband and father in 1930

The Swindell Study results allowed important, non-recognized truths about Amelia Earhart's eighty-year old missing person case to finally surface with clarity.

One of them concerned a past acquaintance of Amelia Earhart's by the name of Irene Craigmile, whose pre-war demise ended up playing a crucial part in Amelia's life story.

Essentially, this website profiles a long-term investigative journalism effort. It features the key results of a twenty-year concerted analysis embarked on in 1997, that was aimed at objectively looking into the odd 1937 disappearance and subsequent 'missing person case' of Amelia Earhart more thoroughly than anything prior to it.

The study was also the first to deeply examine the life-story of the original Irene Craigmile, a person Amelia Earhart was acquainted with in the 1930s.

It revealed that the original Irene Craigmile died before World War Two began, in tandem with the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile having been a different human being who matched Amelia Earhart to a "T".

 Ultimately, it forensically proved that Amelia Earhart survived her disappearance and became the 'new' Irene Craigmile after World War Two.

 

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The post-war only Irene Craigmile was not forensically compared to Amelia Earhart until Tod Swindell embarked on his study of Irene Craigmile's life and her past friendship with Amelia Earhart in 1997. Above, superimposed photos display an inarguable facial congruence. 

Above left, Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart. Above right, the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile and Amelia Earhart superimposed.

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Senator Hiram Bingham
& Amelia Earhart
 

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Amelia & the post-war only Irene

 

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The post-World War Two only
Irene Craigmile in 1977. Notice her
proud stature, air of self importance,
and prominently displayed pilot wings.
She was identified nowhere as Irene
Craigmile prior to the end of the war,
because she had previously been
known as, Amelia Earhart. 

 

 
How The Irene-Amelia
Controversy Began
 
In 1965, Joseph A. Gervais, a retired air force major, had been deeply examining the facts of Amelia Earhart's disappearance for some time when he met the post-war only, Irene Craigmile. He photographed her because he was startled by her look, sensing that he recognized her as the survived Amelia Earhart going by a different name.
 
Their meeting took place at a New York gathering of pilots from the golden age of aviation, some of whom were friends of Amelia's before she went missing. Beyond her strong resemblance to Amelia, Joe Gervais also noticed the respect she commanded among her peers and the "natural air of self-importance" she carried a bit curious.
 
After conversing with she and her British husband, Guy Bolam, he couldn't help asking if she used to know Amelia Earhart? She replied "yes," that she used to be a pilot who "knew" Amelia Earhart and she had "often flown with her." He found her reply odd because he knew a lot about Amelia Earhart and other pilots from Amelia's era, but he had never heard of an 'Irene Craigmile' before.
 
Still wondering about her afterward, Joseph A. Gervais did a thorough background check on Irene Craigmile. In doing so he discovered there was an Irene Craigmile who briefly held a pilot's license in the 1930s. As well, though, he discovered that the one he met in 1965, most definitely was not the original Irene Craigmile.
 

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AMELIA EARHART

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AMELIA & THE POST-WAR ONLY IRENE CRAIGMILE IN 1965

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Tod Swindell
 


"It is normal for people to believe that Amelia Earhart likely died in July of 1937. After all, since the early World War Two era the general public was conditioned by history itself to accept that Amelia 'disappeared without a trace' then, and she was never seen again.
 
Except, that never actually happened.
 
Even though history says Amelia Earhart was 'never seen again' after she took off from Lae, New Guinea on July 1, 1937, and she was declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, through a reveal that has been gestating for some time we now know that Amelia Earhart did not die back then. Instead, reality states she quietly lived-on after she was declared 'missing' in 1937, and in time she assumed the left over identity of Irene Craigmile, a past acquaintance of hers. This is the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after she was reported 'missing' on July 2, 1937." Tod Swindell
 
 

Investigative Journalism

 

Investigative Journalism is a chronicled investigation of a high-profile, unsettled topic of interest. 

Its subject might concern a major unsolved crime, political corruption, corporate wrongdoing, or an unresolved issue of historical importance.

Investigative journalists may spend months or years researching and preparing a report. In their pursuits they use original, systematic research angles dedicated to unearthing withheld or secretly stowed information in order to tip the scale of justice in the right direction. 

Investigative journalism most often relies on the heavy use of public record searches and sleuthing.

The objective of investigative journalism is to deliver correct accountability by overchallenging an incorrect, 'a priori' formed opinion.

/a priori/ adjective 1. relating to or denoting reasoning or knowledge which proceeds from theoretical deduction rather than from observation and experience.

 

The historical basis for the 'a priori' established opinion of what happened to Amelia Earhart:

On the morning of July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart, while airborne in her plane, sent a clear radio message stating her line of position, '157-337,' adding she was "running north and south" ostensibly along that line. At the time she was looking for Howland Island, that she never did find. According to the official record of her missing person case, these were the final known words that Amelia Earhart spoke, and she was neither seen nor heard from again.

Even though this version of what happened to Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, has been disputed ever since the event of their loss occurred; and even though it was later verified that President Franklin Roosevelt's administration withheld certain details it knew about Amelia's final flight ending, including how Amelia ultimately decided to "head north" after not finding Howland, so much made it clear the White House was aware of a different outcome for the duo other than its, "they disappeared without a trace" influence, the official record of Amelia Earhart's and Fred Noonan's loss never changed.

Amelia's last officially recorded radio message of 'we're on a line of 157-337, we're running north and south' sent on the morning of July 2, 1937 as she tried to locate Howland, was the only final detail of her last flight the American public was given, and it came directly from FDR's White House a full year after the event of Amelia's loss occurred, and only after it was requested by Eleanor Roosevelt. [True story.]

With such limited information to go on, by the time World War Two began public opinion could only assume that at some point after she stated her 157-337 line of position, Amelia crashed into the Pacific Ocean at unknown coordinates--and she and Noonan died that way.

In the 1960s, though, people started to figure out that such a thing didn't really happen to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. By then many post-war testimonials had surfaced from the region the duo went missing in, corroborating how they were quietly rescued by Japan in the lower Marshall Islands and remained sequestered there, at least for awhile. 

After Japan rescued Earhart and Noonan, 'official silence' about it left the unknown details of their ongoing survival to become lined with a variety of unsubstantiated postulations.

That is until 1965, when Joseph A. Gervais met the former Amelia Earhart face to face.

 
Questions? Comments? E-mail evandell58@gmail.com
 

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Amelia and Amelia as 'Irene' in 1970
 

 
The 1997-2017 Swindell Study examined Amelia Earhart's disappearance in a different way than previous efforts and upset the 'Earhart mystery' applecart in the process. This website previews an upcoming documentary about it.
 

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The Incredible
Amelia Earhart
 
 
'Official silence' always greeted the debate over whether or not Amelia Earhart continued to live-on after she was reported 'missing' in 1937. The Swindell Study addressed it head-on from an updated vantage point.
 

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Pertaining to The Swindell Study of the disappearance and missing person case of Amelia Earhart:
 
 
 
1.) It marked itself as the first Earhart study to utilize 'Digital Face Recognition' technology.
 

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Above: Amelia Earhart in her thirties combined with a post-WWII Irene photograph from the 1970s.

 
 
I2.) The Study over-challenged the 'Earhart World Flight Ending' Null Hypothesis by being the first investigative research effort to produce indisputable evidence to the contrary.
 
"I hope I've just got to never make it public."
 
Above: A 1938 'official White House transcript' quote from Henry P. Morgenthau Jr., one of President Franklin Roosevelt's right-hand men. Nine months after she went missing, during a recorded meeting Morgenthau was holding, he refers to withheld information at the White House he did not want to make public concerning something "awful" that happened to Amelia Earhart during "the last few minutes" of her failed world-flight attempt. The White House never did release the information Morgenthau spoke of--although this truth and other telling discoveries enabled The Swindell Study to overchallenge the default Null Hypothesis (or false conveyance, really) that began with a premise stating, 'no one knew what happened to Amelia Earhart after she missed spotting Howland Island.' 
 
 

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Amelia Earhart

"After watching some video and reviewing the manuscript of another researcher, Tod Swindell, I think Joe Gervais was right." Stateside New Zealand Journalist, Rosalea Barker, agreeing with the findings of the new-millennium Gervais-Swindell collaboration that concluded:
 
1.) There was more than one person attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' identity.
 
2.) According to Digital Face Recognition and other full-body and character trait comparisons, one of the Irene's, who was identified nowhere as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two, displayed a haunting congruence to Amelia Earhart.
 
3.) Amelia Earhart was acquainted with the original Irene Craigmile in the 1930s, and looked nothing like her.
 

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Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002
 

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Digital Face Recognition technology: Amelia & 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' shown above in perfect alignment. Note: The Irene displayed in this comparsion was identified nowhere as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two.

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Bill Prymak

In 2004, Bill Prymak, the 1989 founding president of the Amelia Earhart Society, referred to Joseph A. Gervais as, "A World War Two flying hero widely recognized as the world's leading authority regarding the subject of Amelia Earhart's disappearance."
 
Learn more about the investigative research findings of Joseph A. Gervais further down.

 

 

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Above once again, as verified with Digital Face Recognition technology is Amelia Earhart & the post-World War Two only, 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' shown in perfect alignment. According to record, the woman known as 'Irene Craigmile' displayed in the above comparison with Amelia Earhart, married Guy Bolam of England in 1958 to further become known as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam.' However, she was not the original Irene Craigmile.
 
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To Amy Kleppner, Grace McGuire, Larry Heller, Dr. Tom Crouch, Dorothy Cochrane, Dr. David J. Skorton, and Robert Ballard:
 
Beauty is truth, truth beauty,
 
that is all ye know on earth,
 
and all ye need to know.
 
Keats
 
 


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." Arthur Schopenhauer
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On preventing the discovery of truth:
 
"The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively by preconcieved opinion and prejudice." Arthur Schopenhauer
 

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Below: The post-World War Two only, 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)'

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For those unfamiliar with the depth of controversy that surrounded Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance:
 
"If anyone ever finds Amelia Earhart's plane underwater anywhere, or at ANY OTHER location--rest assured it was not Amelia Earhart who put it there." USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), 2006.   
 
 

 

 

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"There are Benjamin Franklin historians, there are Eleanor Roosevelt historians, there are Charles Lindbergh historians. I have been a dedicated Amelia Earhart historian for many years." Tod Swindell, 2019 

 

 
A Note From Tod Swindell
Author of 'The 1997-2017 Swindell Study' of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance
 
 
Those who maintain that Amelia Earhart died, "on or around July 2, 1937," the date she was reported 'missing' amid odd circumstances--are not familiar with the two-plus decades of investigative research and forensic studies I orchestrated--within my dogged effort to answer the question of what actually happened to Amelia.
 
Many of you have heard--and still might hear (or read) inverse statements about the nature of my study from opposing theorists, from some of Amelia's family members, or from your everyday pseudo historians. Just know they are less-informed than myself when it comes to the unique way my study approached Amelia Earhart's disappearance, the passion I demonstrated for it, and the undeniable results it produced.
 
Or put it this way: While some individuals choose to speak out against the truthful nature of my Study's accomplishments, with a few all-but describing it as 'the work of an idiot,' I'll counter by offering this: Either I am a complete idiot--or my Study achieved something meritable within the broad realm of Amelia Earhart historical research, enough to where academia should feel compelled to assess its accountability.
 
I offer this because I did not 'make up' anything one sees or reads in my Study results. So it is not 'hokum,' a word someone once used to describe it with.
 
Of course, where Amelia Earhart's storied disappearance was ever concerned, when one person's educated opinion looks to over-challenge the stodgy reflection of myriad historians--not to leave out the elevated blood pressures of opposing theorists, sparking academia's interest in what really happened to Amelia Earhart is an automatic tough-fetch. This is due to the fact that by the end of the Twentieth Century people in general were viewing the 'Earhart mystery' as a played-out topic that appeared to be unsolvable--and thus had moved on from it.  
 
I'll counter here, however, knowing myself as I do, (and no, I'm not an idiot) that I fully stand by the Earhart truths my Study learned and/or discovered over the years in a 100% way. As well, no matter how some individuals might kick, scream, and holler in opposition to the real truths it delivered, they cannot turn real truths into false ones.
 
It can also be said, where Amelia Earhart's so-called 'disappearance' and subsequent 'missing person case' were the subjects of my concern, my Study resurfaced, better solidified, and again exploited some previously discovered 'important truths' about Earhart's last flight outcome--that deliberate obfuscation and decades of time-passage had managed to wash away.
 
So for now I'll end with this: Should a person objectively examine and digest just a portion of the thousands of written pages and images my Study of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and missing person case generated, he or she will realize the accomplishment by-far marks the most truthful research investigation ever to examine both topics--and therefore--the most important one as well.
 
That's not an idle boast. It's the truth.
 
 
Thank you, 
 
Tod Swindell
 
 

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On with my Study results...

 

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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.

 


Part I
 
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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Below is a 1977 photo portrait of Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam), who surfaced in the United States from out of nowhere after the end of World War Two. Constituents from the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum along with Amelia's survived family have long persuaded the public not to accept her as the former Amelia Earhart--even though that actually was who she used to be. Today, anyone who cares to study the life history of the original Irene Craigmile, a once fledgling pilot Amelia knew in the 1930s--and later assumed the identity of--will solidly conclude this on his or her own.

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Here, the following is a true statement: The 1997-2017 Swindell Study delivered the long repressed, Amelia became known as 'Irene' truth initially asserted by Joseph A. Gervais in the 1970s, to any further exist as an obvious reality.
 
[Below is a 1932 newspaper photo featuring Amelia and the original Irene Craigmile in a group photo.] 
 

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Above, just a few months after her famous solo-Atlantic flight, Amelia Earhart, (outlined in white) appeared in a group photo with the original Irene Craigmile, (outlined in black) who had recently lost her husband and was not yet a licensed pilot at the time. Digital Face Recognition combined with other key elements from The Swindell Study debunked the suggestion that stated the post-war only Irene Craigmile (Bolam) was the original Irene Craigmile. She certainly was not the original Irene Craigmile. [Read more about the original Irene Craigmile's trying 1930s years and Amelia's tie-in to her family further down.]
 
Note the below comparison:
 

From The Swindell Study:

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The post-war only 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)'
[She was not the original Irene Craigmile]

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The post-war only 'Irene Craigmile (Bolam)'
[See comparisons below.]

Below, as Digital Face Recognition confirms, once again the proudly-posed, wings-adorned, post-war only 'Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam)' is shown in perfect alignment with Amelia Earhart. Although the post-war only Irene had previously been known as, 'Amelia Earhart,' the general public continues to have a hard time accepting it. By now though, The Swindell Study has segued it to any further exist as a forensic reality.
 

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Amelia and her later-life self superimposed
 

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Amelia
 

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From The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, repeated from above, this stark comparison example combines Amelia Earhart and her later-life self as the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam). It displays what can only be described as 'an inarguable congruence.' Dating back to 1970, the first time the news media publicly questioned if the Irene Craigmile (Bolam) was the former Amelia Earhart, oddly enough a comprehensive forensic analysis that compared her being to Amelia Earhart's never took place--until The Swindell Study commenced in 1997. After the Study was completed in 2017, a full head-to-toe physical match had been achieved between the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile and Amelia Earhart, and their character traits aligned as well.
 

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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... again above is the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene Craigmile (Bolam) in 1977. The original Irene Craigmile (see below) who Amelia had known, would never have come close to assuming such a formal portrait stature.
 
It can be said that a person's eyes have been 'vision-washed' by misleading pages of history and other reality-dodging influences, if they look at the above photograph and do not reckon the former Amelia Earhart.
 

Below is Amelia's long-ago acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile, shown in 1930 between her husband, Charles James Craigmile (who died the following year) and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. Her image is contrast enhanced underneath it.
 
 

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©2017  The 1997-2017 Swindell Study
 
 

How Does Digital Face Recognition Work?

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A Digital Face Recognition program grids-out specific details from a person's face template--such as distance between the eyes, shape of the chin, mouth placement and shape, nasal shape, etc. A face template in question is the 'origin face template' that is set to be compared to another face template. Basically, a Digital Face Recognition program is used to calculate the probability of a match between two separately provided face templates. It's akin to matching fingerprints--using faces instead.
 
Included in its long-term effort, The Swindell Study compared the face template grid of the post World War Two 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' to the face template grid of Amelia Earhart--and realized a match.
 

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"Think different," indeed. The above right photo displays the post-war only Irene Craigmile Bolam combined with Amelia Earhart. The 'Irene' photo was taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976. Partially in view seated to Irene's right is Gertrude Kelley Hession, the sister of Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996), a later life good friend of the post-war only Irene's, AKA the former Amelia Earhart.
 
During the last decade of his life, Monsignor Kelley, shown in the below-right photo dining with the post-war only Irene, admitted to a few close friends of his--as well as to news reporter, Merrill Dean Magley, and to Amelia Earhart historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, that his later life friend, Irene, actually did used to be known as Amelia Earhart. He was scoffed at by those who felt it was impossible for Amelia Earhart to have survived after she went missing in 1937. A few individuals, including his own nephew, suggested 'old age senility' and a 'need for attention' caused him to outright fabricate what he claimed to know about Amelia's post-loss survival. Contrary to their rebuttals, Monsignor Kelley was well known among catholic-faith celebrities for his impeccable reputation. He had served as a president of Seton Hall College for many years before it became a University in the 1950s, and the close friends he confided in about his later life friend, 'Amelia' (that's how Kelley referred to her among them) stood by his virtuous nature. They all described him as, "quite lucid" when he told them about his "assignment to receive Amelia back in the United States," and his further mention of his having been, "instrumental in the process of Amelia's name change to Irene."
 
Recall how The Swindell Study, the first to deeply evaluate and compare Amelia to Irene, did not commence until 1997, a year after Monisgnor Kelley died. Its results left it plain to see the late Monsignor did not fabricate what he professed to know about Amelia Earhart's later life existence as, 'Irene.'
 
Below left, from a 1982 newspaper article that featured a reporter's question about his friend, Irene's long-rumored 'dual identity,' knowing the truth was not to be publicized in a broad way, Monsignor Kelley responded accordingly:
 

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Above, the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile Bolam
and Monsignor James Francis Kelley having dinner in 1978.  

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Above: The full-photo version of Monsignor Kelley's sister, Gertrude (left) and the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam (right) in 1976. Notice the same pendant Irene wears here and in the black and white formal portrait sitting. Of course it's hard to recognize Irene's former-Amelia self without the composite photo, as her true age was 79 in 1976. Just the same, as shown below while acknowledging the age difference, the Digital Face Recognition elements aligned perfectly.

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It's haunting, disturbing, and even sad in a way--to know Amelia's own sister, Muriel, knew Amelia as 'Irene' in her later life years, the very same Irene featured in all of the above comparisons. In line with her sister's wishes, Muriel agreed to never disclose such a thing even if she was directly confronted about it. Just the same it is the truth--and far be it from anyone not connected to how and why this reality came to be, to easily explain it to others. 

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The Combined Study Results
 
 
The resulting data from the Digital Face Recognition grid comparisons and other physical and character trait comparisons--when combined with additional discovered, recognized, and processed evidence during the course of The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, delivered a plain to observe, truthful reality stating Amelia Earhart:
 
 
1.) Did not crash and sink into the ocean.
 
2.) Did not die approximate to the day she went missing.
 
3.) Was not executed as a spy or spy suspect.
 
4.) Did not die as a castaway on a desert island.
 

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"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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How the Digital Face Recognition 'Earhart reveal' initially began in 1970:

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Above, after it was published in 1970, the best-selling controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas--that was based on the decade-long investigative effort of Joseph A. Gervais--who asserted that Amelia Earhart continued to live well beyond the date of her disappearance after changing her name--ended up being derided by historians and critics alike. The 1997-2017 Swindell Study, however, focused on a key exhibit the Klaas' book featured and analyzed it in a forensic way that had never been done before. The 'key exhibit' was a clear 35MM photograph of the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam.
 

 
Considering the 'Key Exhibit' The Swindell Study identified in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives:
 

First, some background info...

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Above left photo: Irene and Guy in 1963
Above right photo: Guy and Irene in 1965

The above-left newspaper photo featured Englishman, Guy Bolam, and his American wife, Irene. The photo was taken in 1963 while they were traveling abroad, something the two often did together. After they were married in 1958, Guy's executive position with Radio Luxembourg--that sported one of the most powerful broadcast towers in Europe and helped introduce the Beatles to listeners beyond the Iron Curtain--kept them on the go. When Guy died in 1970, Irene took over as president of the Radio Luxembourg division he had been in charge of.
 
Above-right is another photo of Guy and Irene taken in 1965 by retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais. This photo was featured in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. [Note: Prior to her 1958 marriage to Guy Bolam, Irene's surname had been, 'Craigmile.']
 
The Swindell Study identified the 1965 photo to be the key exhibit featured in the book Amelia Earhart Lives--and it extensively analyzed the images and life histories of the individuals it featured. This had never been done in a sufficient way before, especially where the person of 'Irene' 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 additional 'physical evidence' The Swindell Study uncovered, to include its realization that the Irene shown above next to her English husband, Guy Bolam, appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. As well, the Study revealed how she not only demonstrated an exact facial congruence when compared to Amelia Earhart--but full head-to-toe physical and character traits were in alignment as well. The comparative analysis section of The Swindell Study displays these realities in no uncertain terms.
 

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Amelia Earhart in 1937

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Amelia & post-WWII Irene

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Post-WWII Irene, 1965
Photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais

Above: Two Swindell Study samples of the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile (Bolam) revealing her former self, Amelia Earhart.
 
 

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

George Orwell

 

 

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Above: Famous 1930s pilot, Viola Gentry, with Guy Bolam in 1965.
The significance of this photo becomes self-evident in this section.
 
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A Head-to-Toe Comparison Example
 
Below, Amelia Earhart is shown with her pilot friends, Elinor Smith (middle) and Viola Gentry (right) in 1932, just after she returned to the U.S. following her solo Atlantic crossing. Viola knew Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile in the 1930s. Viola also knew Amelia during her post-war years after she became known as 'Irene.' Amelia's only sibling, her sister, Muriel, knew her sister as 'Irene' in in her later life years as well. 
 

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Amelia Earhart   Elinor Smith   Viola Gentry
 

Thirty-three years after Viola Gentry appeared with Amelia Earhart and Elinor Smith in the above photo, directly below is an enlarged photo of Viola Gentry seated next to Guy Bolam, the post-war only Irene Craigmile Bolam's British husband by virtue of their 1958 marriage.

This photo was taken in East Hampton of Long Island, New York, the day after Viola Gentry introduced Joseph A. Gervais to the post-war only Irene and her husband, Guy, where they were staying at the Sea Spray Inn. The photo was supplied by the post-war Irene's later-life friend, Diana Dawes, a past radio show host from Princeton, New Jersey. Before she died in 1998, Diana Dawes was well convinced that her friend, Irene, used to be known as 'Amelia Earhart,' and that she had replaced the original Irene Craigmile decades earlier.

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Above: Viola Gentry and Guy Bolam, August 9, 1965. This photo was taken the day after Viola Gentry introduced Joseph A. Gervais to her friend, the post-war only Irene Craigmile Bolam, at the annual luncheon held for The Early Birds of Aviation club. Where the original Irene Craigmile was shorter than Amelia and looked nothing like her, it would defy all logic to suggest the two suddenly looked identical to each other after World War Two. 

In a head-to-toe comparison, below is a 1965 photo of the post-war only Irene Craigmile Bolam taken on a bridge in Paris, aligning with her former Amelia self in 1932. A full length version of the photo featuring Amelia with Elinor Smith and Viola Gentry was used in the comparison. Her slight weight gain was noticeable both here and in the Joseph A. Gervais taken photo of she and Guy from the same year. While weight gain sometimes happens during the aging process, by the 1970s she had trimmed back down.

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Irene & Amelia, Elinor, and Viola
 

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

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Another excerpt from a 1987 newspaper article quoting Diana Dawes. No one seemed to pay much attention to the fact that almost twenty years after Joseph A. Gervais first shared his belief on a national news level--that stated the Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam who he met and photographed in 1965 was actually the former Amelia Earhart, the controversy over who she really was still existed then because his assertion was never disproved. Instead, by then United States 'official historians' had learned to embrace the practice of adroitly avoiding the controversy over who Irene Craigmile Bolam really was, or used to be.

 

No longer a decades-old rumor, The 1997-2017 Swindell Study left it undeniable that there had been more then one Twentieth Century person attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile' identity--and how after World War Two the former Amelia Earhart became one of them.

Still adhering to the pre-established practice of Amelia's late sister, Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey, (1899-1998) who knew her older sister, Amelia, as 'Irene' in her later life years, incredulously enough, Amelia's family and the Smithsonian Institution still choose to dogmatically revoke the truth to news media sources as part of an ongoing combined effort to divert the curious. This currently remains so, even though The 1997-2017 Swindell Study results proved Amelia Earhart's later life years when she was known as 'Irene' any further exists as an obvious reality.

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Muriel's above quotes appeared in the 1982 New Jersey News Tribune a few months after Irene Craigmile Bolam's death was reported. No one realized at the time, and very few still do, that it was not the former Amelia Earhart, 'post-war only Irene Craigmile Bolam' whose death occurred then. Note the Memorial Dinner Program cover below the following paragraph.

"Of course I knew Irene. She was a sister Zonta." "There is practically no physical resemblance." Amelia's sister, (above left) Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey responds to the suggestion of her later life Zonta International friend, Irene Craigmile Bolam, having actually been her still-living sister, Amelia, going by a different name.
 
In response to several 1970s and 1980s inquiries about her Zonta friend, Irene, when Muriel offered there was "practically no physical resemblance" between the two, Digital Face Recognition did not yet exist. It wasn't until after Muriel died in 1998 that The Swindell Study began showing how the faces of Amelia Earhart and the post-World War Two only Irene Craigmile Bolam did match, to include by way of Digital Face Recognition testing--beyond the Study displaying their entire head-to-toe physical body and character traits in alignment as well. Not to leave out how the Study convincingly displayed there was more than one person attributed to the same 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' identity, and the former Amelia Earhart undeniably had been one of them.
 
In a roundabout way as well, it can be said The Swindell Study surfaced how Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey served a key role in helping to protect her sister's later-life desire to continue leading a non-public figure life, even after Joseph A. Gervais recognized her for who she used to be.
 

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Above, a "1970s" Irene Craigmile Bolam photo.

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Above, Irene Craigmile Bolam in 1965.

Looking at the two above photos of Irene Craigmile Bolam, that history proclaimed to be 'one in the same' human being, it's not so hard to realize they were actually two different human beings attributed to the same 'Irene' identity. After the 'Irene' on the Memorial Dinner Program cover died in 1982, the above-right Irene (FKA 'Amelia') was no longer publicly identified that way and was said to have 'died in McClean, Virginia' the following decade.  Below, it is also not hard to see which one of the above two Irenes aligned with Amelia when compared. After The Swindell Study validated the reality of the 1965 Irene Craigmile Bolam appearing nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two, it forensically compared her person to Amelia Earhart's person--and delivered a haunting 'head-to-toe' congruence. Below once again are two key facial comparisons. The photos of Amelia and Irene in the top comparison were evaluated with Digital Face Recognition--and as mentioned--delivered a positive match. The one under it, while of lesser quality, displayed obvious-match results as well.
 

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Amelia Earhart in 1937

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Amelia & post-WWII Irene

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Post-WWII Irene, 1965
Photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais

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1965 Irene Craigmile Bolam
Photo taken by Joseph A. Gervais

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1965 Irene & 1933 Amelia

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Amelia, 1933

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Tod Swindell
Amelia Earhart Historian

Some friendly advice to doubters of the comparison results: To recognize and accept things for what they truly are, sometimes we have to inconveniently roll up our mental sleeves in order to realize that they are not something else. With Amelia Earhart, reality and truth go hand in hand anymore. Any politician or news-media mogul with guts can pick up on this now. The problem is, today 'guts' appear to be lacking in politics and news reporting. No matter; for recognizing, accepting, and embracing what became of Amelia after she went missing in 1937, is a good way to experience how to overcome obfuscation in favor of acknowledging reality and truth. It's even enlightening. In an attempt to explain why this has remained undone with Earhart, the suggestion of 'Amelia Earhart disappearing without a trace and never being seen again' was repeated so often over the years that the public mindset evolved to accept it--even though it was never true. TS
 

Excerpt from an Associated Press article by Ron Staton:
 
"The forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife as she claimed. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." John Bolam refers to Tod Swindell's analysis of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and 'missing person' case in an Associated Press article by Ron Staton. After he came to know her in the 1960s, then following the 1970 release of the book, Amelia Earhart Lives that featured her photographed image (long before The 1997-2017 Swindell Study commenced) this same John Bolam, a brother of the post-World War Two Irene's English husband, Guy Bolam, never stopped suspecting that his sister-in-law actually did used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'
 

 
A New Jersey housewife?
 

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Tod Swindell
 

"Five years into my Study, regarding the above Associated Press article lead-in, it's funny and telling as well how printed news sometimes works. The point being, I never told Ron Staton that I believed Amelia Earhart, ""survived a crash landing in the Marshall Islands, was captured by the Japanese and secretly repatriated, living as a New Jersey housewife."" Those were his words, not mine. While I believed there was something to Japan's temporary stewardship of Amelia Earhart, when Ron Staton asked me what I thought happened to Amelia, all I told him was I believed she somehow survived after she went missing and in time changed her name to Irene Craigmile. I never called her 'a New Jersey housewife,' nor did we discuss how Amelia might have ended up in Japan's care--or how she made it back to the United States." Tod Swindell

Note: By referring to herself as 'just a New Jersey housewife' back in 1970, the former Amelia Earhart smartly diminished the distinguished, world-travelling person she became in her later life years. She also enabled such a joke-like description of herself that news reporters have continued to use ever since--whenever they would write about the long-ago assertion of Amelia's name-changed survival contained in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives. The Swindell Study left it easy to realize, just as her former brother in law, John Bolam once remarked, she was 'no ordinary housewife.' 

 
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Admirals and Generals
 
 
"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." LPGA  promoter, Peter Bussatti, comments about his good friend, the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam. Along with many others, Mr. Bussatti openly wondered if his friend, Irene, used to be known as, 'Amelia Earhart.' The following photo was used in the comparison below it: 

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Above: The post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam, left, with Peter Bussati, right, 1974.

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Above: On the far left is the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam; on the far right is her former self, Amelia Earhart; in the center the two images are combined. ©2017 'The 1997-2017 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." Excerpt from a 1982 New Jersey News Tribune article.

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Tod Swindell

"Recognizing the original Irene Craigmile's somewhat troubled 1930s years that included her very short stint as a pilot, it would have been unrealistic for her to later be welcomed as a member of the affluent New York Wings Club, let alone be distinguished like royalty there among her peers and high ranking U.S. military officers. Yet, important people who knew the post-World War Two Irene Craigmile Bolam as the former Amelia Earhart, and indeed the were a select few who did, (take the late Senator Barry Goldwater for instance) were always respectful of her desire for privacy within their common recognition of her heroic past." Tod Swindell
 
 

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

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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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