Amelia Earhart: What History Ignored After She Went Missing

Home Page: Amelia Earhart
The 1980s and 1990s Words Of Monsignor James Francis Kelley On Amelia Earhart
Drumming Out False Earhart History
About Tod Swindell
Past Significant Amelia Earhart Disappearance Investigations
Comparing Amelia Earhart To Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Surname 'Bolam' added in 1958)
About The Irene-Amelia Forensic Analysis Results
The Reality of Amelia Earhart Versus 'Freedom of the Press'
The Amelia Earhart We Barely Knew...
What President Roosevelt Knew, What The FBI Knew, & Amelia's Sister On Her friend, 'Irene'
Newspaper Fraud Tried To Hide The Truth In 1982


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

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Joe Klaas

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Robert Myers

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Col. Rollin Reineck

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W. C. Jameson

As a preface to understanding the absolute truth about Amelia Earhart, it is worth noting that four Amelia Earhart book authors; Joe Klaas (1970), Robert Myers (1985), Rollin C. Reineck (2004), and W.C. Jameson (2016), all recognized Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence with a different name to have been an ignored historical reality.  
 

Those who do not believe what is presented here eventually will, for it tells the truth about what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937. Trust knowing the information that is displayed here is very real. 

 

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Above is the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1918, when she was fourteen years old. As an adult in the 1930s, she was a pilot who was briefly acquainted with Amelia Earhart. Yet by the end of the 1930s, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was no longer evident. A recently completed forensic study detailed this on its way to confirming a decades old assertion--that stated after Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937, she lived-on and in time assumed the leftover identity of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Below is a photo portrait of the former Amelia Earhart when she was living as 'Irene' in her later life years. 

 

 

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The former Amelia Earhart in 1977
 
Amelia Earhart's name after she went missing went on to become, "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile" until 1958--the year she married Guy Bolam--an international businessman from England. In 2003, for the first time the above '1977' photograph of Amelia's later-life self appeared in the Los Angeles Times. The general public had never seen it before and it was suppressed afterward, so the only place it has broadly appeared since then--along with other photos of the former Amelia Earhart in her later life years--has been on this website.
 

"After all she had been through, she didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." 1987, the truthful words of Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996). The well known monsignor was one of the former Amelia Earhart's closest friends in her later life years.
 

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The above mention came from a 1982 New Jersey Tribune article. Publicly, Msgr. Kelley was reluctant to disclose all he knew about is later life 'close' friend, the post-World War Two Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. Privately, he did confide to several people that she used to be known as Amelia Earhart, and that he had helped her assume her new 'Irene' identity after World War Two.

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The former Amelia Earhart 
at dinner with Monsignor 
James Francis Kelley, 1978.
 
 

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Above is another 1977 pose struck by the former Amelia Earhart. As mentioned, in recent years a human comparison study affirmed Amelia's post-loss existence with a different name applied to her person. Since the 1970s, though, after she was caught off guard and outed for who she used to be, she denied her tru past leaving people were conditioned by history itself to believe the mystery of Amelia's disappearance was not real because she died 'on or around' the day she was declared missing, July 2, 1937. Of course there was no 'proof' that Amelia died back then, and today it is clear that she did not die. (Note the comparison samples from the study directly below.) As well, few realized there was an original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who Amelia had known in the 1930s, that played into her assuming that same identity for her future use.
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Amelia Earhart
 
Below: The post-war
only Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, FKA Amelia,
digitally combined with
her former self.
 

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DIGITAL FACE RECOGNITION

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Amelia Earhart
 
Below: The post-war
only Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, FKA Amelia,
digitally combined with
her former self.
 

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DIGITAL FACE RECOGNITION

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Amelia's sister, Muriel
Morrissey, in the 1990s.
After the war she knew
her sister as 'Irene' and
collaborated with her so
she could keep living the
private life she wanted.


Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who continued to know her sister, Amelia, as 'Irene' in her later life years, refused to endorse the reality of her friend, Irene's previous self to her dying day in 1998.
 
Muriel's opinion doesn't matter anymore, for the forensic comparison study, one that used modern digital referencing and full body alignment techniques, determined there were no less than three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, (see the panel below) and that one of them, who was only identified that way after World War Two, was the former Amelia Earhart. Thus far, however, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, Amelia's family, and the family of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile have been hesitance to endorse the study results. Their reluctance has to do with wanting to leave the published history of Amelia Earhart's life in place as it is. That history being: Amelia Earhart went 'missing' on July 2, 1937, and after not being found in a timely manner she was declared "dead in absentia" in January of 1939. Except it is now certain, notwithstanding the deceptions that prevented the general public from embracing the reality of it: Amelia Earhart definitely survived well beyond July 2, 1937, and in time, in pursuit of future anonymity, she made some adjustments to her appearance and changed her name.
 
Here are the three different Twentieth Century women who were attributed to the same "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile" identity: 
 

CHARLES AND IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE
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1930 NEWSPRINT PHOTO

Above is Charles James Craigmile and his wife, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1930. To date, no one is aware of what became of the original Irene. It is known she gave birth to a child in 1934, who ended up being raised by a surrogate mother (shown on the right).
 

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Above is the surrogate mother of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son. She also went by the name of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. This is the way she looked in the early 1940s, according to the original Irene's son, who identified her within the 'Amelia to Irene' comparison analysis.

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This is the post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1965. (Surname 'Bolam' added by marriage in 1958.) Believe it or not, before the war she was known as Amelia Earhart. This was not forensically determined until a recently conducted comparison analysis proved her to be a complete forensic match to Amelia Earhart both physically and character trait wise. She may not look like Amelia here, but that is who she used to be. 

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Amelia Earhart, 1937

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Post-War Irene in 1965 &
Amelia digitally combined.
Digital Face Recognition
concluded that their images
marked the same person.

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AMELIA AND THE POST WAR IRENE IN A DIGITAL FACE RECOGNITION ALIGNMENT

Note how the exact posturing
also aligns shoulders on up.

 

Since 1970, the key to unlocking the 'mystery' of what became of Amelia Earhart could be found by identifying the plural life-story of a 1930s' pilot friend of Amelia's, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile

 

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Charles Craigmile, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
and Richard Joseph O'Crowley in 1930. 


 
 
A Brief Look at the Curious Life
of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile

 
Birth and Upbringing:
 
According to record, the original Irene nee O'Crowley Craigmile was born in New Jersey in 1904. She was an only child whose mother died when she was twelve, at which point her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley, sent her to be further raised by her paternal grandmother and aunt in Newark. Irene was known as 'Beatrice' in her teen years, and was informally nicknamed, 'Bee' since her father's sister (her aunt) was also named 'Irene.'
  
Bee's grandmother and aunt raised her well. Her grandmother, Sarah nee Rutherford O'Crowley was an Irish woman who came to America in the 1800s; her aunt, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, was a New York-New Jersey attorney. Bee was also close to her uncle Clarence, a physician, and her aunt Violet, his wife, who lived next door.
 
Bee was placed in good schools by her grandmother and aunt in her teen years, she was taken to Europe as a young adult, and she was endorsed into the League of Women Voters club. She also enrolled at Columbia University, where her uncle Clarence had attended, except she became pregnant there and did not continue with her studies. 
 
At age twenty-one, Bee had a 'family secret' child, a son, who was adopted to be raised by her uncle Clarence and aunt Violet. Both were nearing fifty-years old at the time, so the boy would be their only child who they named, "Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley Jr." The O'Crowley's were good catholics so the arrangement spared Bee the stigma of being an unwed mother and enabled her to remain close to her child. 
 

 
Below, separated from her husband, Richard J. O'Crowley, the 1910 Census listed Bridget (nee Doyle) O'Crowley, the original Irene's mother, living with she and Richard's five-year old daughter, the original Irene, (listed by her wrongly spelled middle name, "Madiline") at the home of Bridget's parents. Bridget died seven years later.

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Below, at 12 Lombardy Street, the 1920 Census listed 65 year old, Sarah J. (nee Rutherford) O'Crowley as Head of House, her daughter, 35 year old, Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, a lawyer, is listed under her, followed by her granddaughter, Irene (Bee) O'Crowley, who is listed at age at age 14. (It should have listed her at age 15. The census records a person's age at their last birthday.) Alice Hill was also listed as a house servant.

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Marriage and Life After Marriage:
 
In late 1928, at the home of her uncle, Dr. Clarence Rutherford O'Crowley, Bee, the original Irene, married Charles James Craigmile, a New Jersey Civil Engineer whose father was an Illinois Judge.

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The same 1930 newspaper photo
of Charles J. Craigmile, Irene 'Bee'
O'Crowley Craigmile, and Irene's
father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley.
 
Below, clearer of Irene.

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Below, the 1930 U.S. Census showed "Charles J. Craigmile" age "40" living with his wife, "Irene Craigmile" age "25" in Pequannock, New Jersey.

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Sadly, Charles Craigmile, who was fifteen years older than his bride, became ill and died suddenly in 1931. 
 

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Coming out of her bereavement, and inspired by one of her aunt's Zonta organization friends, Amelia Earhart, who her aunt introduced her to, the widowed original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile decided she wanted to become a pilot. She went all-out and purchased a plane with some of the life insurance money she received from her husband's passing, dedicated herself to learning to fly, and she earned her pilot's license in mid-1933.  
 

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Outlined in white above is Amelia Earhart in this September 1, 1932 news photo. Outlined in black is the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who had just begun her pilot training, seen listed as "Irene Craigmile" between pilots Viola Gentry and Edith Foltz.
 

Her Brief Days As A Pilot:
 
Close to the same time she was awarded her pilot's license, the original Irene learned she was carrying the child of her last flight instructor, Al Heller. Her flying days tapered off after she and Al eloped to be married, and she gave birth to their son in early 1934. Except it turned out that when Al eloped to marry Irene, he was still legally wed to another woman he'd also had a child with. So in 1937, with their relationship having failed anyway, the original Irene decided to have her marriage to Al Heller annulled--and Al relocated by himself to Buffalo, New York.
 
With her stint of flying planes behind her, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did not renew her pilot's license after 1937. Strangely enough as well, after the 1940s arrived the original Irene was no longer evident--and she and Al Heller's son was being raised by a surrogate mother, shown below as she looked in the early 1940s. 
 
Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, the 1934 born son of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, identified and confirmed this person to have been the 'mother' who raised him from childhood to adulthood:
 

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Above: This was the surrogate mother of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son, Clarence Alvin "Larry" Heller. To date no one knows who this person really was or where she came from. She definitely was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, nor was she the individual attributed to the same 'Irene' identity after World War Two, who displayed a 100% congruence to Amelia Earhart.

Below, observe the progression of how Irene O'Crowley Craigmile looked from age 14 to the way she looked in the 1970s. An inconsistency should be detectable here by keen observers. This is expounded on further down.

 

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Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, age 14 

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Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, 
profile and straight on
at age 19 in 1923.
 

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Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 
her late 30s; in the early 1940s. 

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Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
"1970s" 

 

 

The Positive ID Placement Made By Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's Son:

BELOW is the 2014 written exchange between Clarence Alvin (Larry) Heller, the 1934 born son of the original Irene Craigmile, and Tod Swindell. The woman Mr. Heller positively identified as his "mother" was not the same woman whose image appeared in the 1970 McGraw-Hill book, Amelia Earhart Lives, even though according to history she should have been.

 

Tod Swindell: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Subject: Verification

 

Hi Larry,

I want you to know that I am in full agreement with you that Amelia Earhart was not your mother. Your mother, as you identified her in these younger and older version photos, led a very different life than Amelia and bore little resemblance to her physically. Our agreement on this matter is pertinent to the correct presentation of the facts.  

My conveyance is that you have positively identified these images as those of your late mother, and that she absolutely was not, and never possibly could have been Amelia Earhart. I agree with this 100%, and understand that you do too. If you could you send back a simple ‘I agree’ for verification I’d appreciate it.

Thanks,

Tod

 

Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller: Friday, February 21, 2014
Subject: Re: Identity Verification

The attached pictures are of my mother and she was not Amelia Earhart.  C. Heller.  Proof is available.

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"1970s"

The original Irene's son was correct when he insisted the mother he knew was not Amelia EarhartBelow, when the same images he identified are digitally combined they do equate the same person in younger and older forms.

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Below: From the Amelia-to-Irene forensic comparison analysis are two images of the post-World War Two only, 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' the way she looked in 1977. This was the former Amelia Earhart, who was also attributed to the same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile identity after World War Two. 

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AFTER AMELIA EARHART WAS DECLARED 'A MISSING PERSON' IN 1937, ONLY A SELECT FEW INDIVIDUALS WERE AWARE THAT SHE CONTINUED TO SURVIVE; THAT IN TIME SHE TOOK ON THE IDENTITY OF HER FORMER PILOT ACQUAINTANCE, IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE--AND SHE LIVED-ON FOR DECADES THAT WAY. IN 1970, THERE WAS AN ATTEMPT TO 'OUT HER' FOR WHO SHE USED TO BE THAT FAILED. THE REASON IT FAILED WAS EVEN THOUGH SHE AND SELECT OTHERS KNEW SHE WAS THE FORMER AMELIA EARHART, SHE WAS NEVER ABOUT TO ADMIT SUCH A THING IN HER LATER LIFE YEARS--SO SHE FLATLY REFUSED TO ACKNOWLEDGE HER FAMOUS PAST IN FAVOR OF EXCLUSIVELY REMAINING KNOWN AS 'IRENE'.
 
THIS IS THE UNHERALDED TRUTH ABOUT WHAT BECAME OF AMELIA EARHART AFTER SHE WENT MISSING IN 1937. 

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Accredited Digital Face Recognition programs
arrived in the Twenty First Century
 

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Digitally combined with Amelia Earhart is... 

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...the former Amelia Earhart,
in 1977

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"Your work relating to Amelia Earhart and Irene O'Crowley Craigmile is absolutely outstanding. There is no other way to describe it." Author-Amelia Earhart historian, Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, USAF (Ret.) in response to Tod Swindell's Amelia Earhart versus Irene O'Crowley Craigmile forensic research and comparison analysis.

The following realities apply to Amelia Earhart's continued existence after she was declared 'a missing person' in 1937:

1.) While the American public was led to believe that Amelia became lost in her plane and likely crashed into the ocean; in the region of the South Sea Islands where she was last known to be it was a different story. Many people there claimed to be privy to the reality of Amelia continuing to live beyond July 2, the date of her described disappearance. Not long ago, the U.N. Amabassador to the Marshall Islands, Alfred Capelle, told the Associated Press that Amelia Earhart, "definitely came to the Marshall Islands in 1937" and that his fellow Marshallese citizens recognized it as part of their country's history. Earlier, in 1965, U.S. Navy Admiral, Chester Nimitz, admitted to CBS Radio journalist, Fred Goerner, that it was, "known and documented in Washington" that Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were "picked-up by Japan" after they went down in the Marshalls.

Below, a Marshall Islands "50th Anniversary stamp" (1987) commemorating the rescue of  Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan and the retrieval of Amelia's Lockheed Electra plane.

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2.) While it has long been perceived by historians that the U.S. government's executive branch under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration knew yet did not want to make public certain details it withheld pertaining to Amelia's flight ending circumstances, 'official government silence' toward what actually happened to the famous pilot greeted the curious ever since the event of her disappearance took place.
 

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Amelia Earhart

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Amelia Earhart

It would not be until after the Twenty First Century arrived that a human comparison analysis finally displayed the reality of Amelia's life after World War Two--with a different name applied to her person. Various samples from the analysis are shown throughout Irene-Amelia.com.

 

What Digital Face Recognition Determined 

 

Digital Face Recognition equated Amelia and the post-war only Irene as the same person in younger and older forms with different names applied. 

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AMELIA AND THE POST-WAR IRENE DIGITALLY COMBINED

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Amelia Earhart

Again, in 1970, after the former Amelia Earhart was discovered living as 'Irene' in the U.S., she smartly denied who she used to be in favor of maintaining her post-war private life existence. In other words, while she aware of her famous past, she wasn't about to go back to being Amelia Earhart again. She was always proud of who she used to be, though, as observed above by her formal pose in 1977.
 
Below, expounding on the inconsistency of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's life-long images:

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Age 19

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Age, late 30s

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"1970s"

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It should strike anyone odd that the '19' year old image of this Irene O'Crowley Craigmile differed so much from her "late 30s" image, and then somehow aligned perfectly with her "1970s" image. This is because the age "19" image was forged from the "1970s" image. It would otherwise be hard to believe she could strike the exact same pose fifty-years apart while looking like she had hardly aged at all. Take a closer look: 

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"1923"

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"1970s"

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See the problem here? Or put it this way: As displayed in the panel below, would you believe that a person could go from looking like she did at age 19 in 1923--to the way she looked in the early 1940s--then back to the way she looked in the 1970s? You shouldn't. Especially where the original Irene's son averred he had never seen the "1923" dated image. This is because it was determined the 'surrogate mother' who raised him was actually a generation younger than both his biological mother, the original Irene, and Amelia Earhart. There is also reason to believe, based on some information that did manage to surface, that the "early 1940s" image depicts a person who was actually born as late as 1924, that would have meant she turned "22" in 1946, so the estimated "early 1940s" photo image would have actually been taken a few years later. That would have put her at "58" years old in 1982, when the memorial dinner progam cover appeared with her photo image on it, three months after the death of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam was recorded in 1982.  

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"1923"

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"Early 1940s"

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"1970s"

Note: None of the images the the three panels directly above depicted the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and none of them depicted the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam) who was the former Amelia Earhart.  

Since 1970, when knowledge of Amelia's ongoing life as 'Irene' first slipped into the public realm, the U.S. government's Smithsonian Institution has never stopped persuading anyone who inquired about it, not to take it seriously

In more recent times, after the reality of Amelia's post-war life as 'Irene' was rejuvenated in the 2000s through news media outlets, a Dr. Alex Mandel, who is part of the systemic conditioning process that continues to detour the public away from recognizing and embracing the truth about Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence, launched a deceptive Wikipedia page labeled "Irene Craigmile Bolam" that falsely claimed the Amelia became Irene conveyance was disproved by a detective hired by the National Geographic Society. [This never happened. The conveyance was never disproved by a National Geographic 'hired' detective nor any other entity.]
 
 
Here's the reality of it all:

The analysis results--the first ever achieved--confirmed that Amelia Earhart did live-on after she went missing in 1937, and coming out of the war years she was further known as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--again a name that had previously belonged to one of her 1930s' pilot friends. [What became of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--shown outlined below--has never been publicly divulged.] While examining the lives of the post-World War Two Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia Earhart, their physical bodies and character traits were evaluated and compared as well, enabling a natural realization that equated one in the same human being going by different names in different eras.
 

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Charles and the original Irene.
Charles suddenly died in 1931.

 
 

The Original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
 
On the left again is Charles Craigmile and his wife,
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, in 1930.
While it is now understood that Amelia Earhart
assumed the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's
identity for herself to use after World War Two,
at the same time it exists as a general consensus
that nary a soul from within the public realm
is aware of what became of the original Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile. Clear photo images of
her person were surreptitiously removed from 
circulation many years ago. Family photos, school
photos, wedding photos, any and all photos clearly
depicting the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
the way she looked before the World War Two era
are virtually non-existent today. Even so, from the
photos of her the study did manage to locate, it
was plain to observe the person she was before
the war wasn't the same person who went by her
name after the war. That person was the former
Amelia Earhart, who ended up using the original
Irene's name after the war--for the rest of her life. 
 
 

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The original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile with her plane, 1933.
A 1933-34 pregnancy ended her
brief stint as a pilot. Read more
about her further down, and the
'surrogate' mother who ended
up raising her 1934 born son.


 
1970: The Year The Controversy First Surfaced

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The post-war Irene,
FKA 'Earhart' in 1970

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From the study:Amelia & her
future self, the post-war Irene, 
digitally combined
 

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Amelia Earhart,
age 31

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Amelia Earhart, 1935

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The post-war Irene,
FKA 'Earhart' in 1970

Caught off guard in 1970, the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, AKA 'Mrs. Guy Bolam', FKA Amelia Earhart, quieted the press when she held a major news conference (above right) and sternly quipped, "I am not a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart!" She had her own good reasons for denying who she used to be. As mentioned the biggest one being, she wasn't about to go back to being Amelia Earhart again. That would have caused problems not only for herself but for others as well. To shore-up her post World War Two identity, a newspaper article that ran the day after she made her denial statement included her following quotes:
 

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Above shows the former Amelia Earhart claiming the original Irene's surnames of O'Crowley and Craigmile for herself, even though she knew that Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was not her name before the 1940s. Below, (repeated from above) recall how the full name of the original Irene was listed in her late husband, Charles Craigmile's 1931 obituary:
 

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Note: In the above news article clippings that quoted Mrs. Bolam claiming for herself the past surnames of Craigmile and O'Crowley, the name of "Gervais" also appears. It referred to the person who in 1965, first recognized the post-war Irene for who she used to be. He was Joseph A. Gervais--and after thoroughly investigating Mrs. Bolam's life long existence he infamously blew her cover by exposing her as the former Amelia Earhart:
 

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1970, the former Amelia Earhart, AKA, the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam), faces the press to defend her honor and dignity, and her right to keep on living the private life she preferred and had grown accustomed to. That's easy enough to understand and accept, although the bottom line is she was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
 

 

 

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In the decades that followed 1970, Joseph A. Gervais (above) continued to be interviewed on television, all the while insisting, no matter what anyone else believed, that the Irene who he met and photographed in 1965, most definitely was the former Amelia Earhart. He died in 2005, having never disavowed his certainty about it, and in the end he was proved to have been correct.

Backing up for a second, from the moment Amelia Earhart was declared 'missing' in 1937, her loss was viewed as suspect. This same viewpoint continued to remain even after she was declared "dead in absentia" in 1939. As well, during the war years, U.S. military personnel stationed in the Pacific repeatedly heard accounts that Amelia did not perish at the time she went missing. Then after World War Two ended in mid-August of 1945, people were still trying to close the book on what really happened to her. An example of this is found in the below United Press newspaper article from August 20, 1945, a week after VJ Day: 
  

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No matter, the more that people inquired about what really happened to Amelia, the more they were greeted by official silence

"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Washington and Tokyo, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." 1982, aviation historians, Marylin Bender and Selig Altschul on the 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person cases of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, quoted from their book, The Chosen Instrument.
 

 

In 1974, four years after the former Amelia Earhart was discovered living as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in the United States, the headline for the article below was remarkably left unchallenged. Within the article itself, it stated "the courts had yet to decide the matter" when it came to whether or not the post-war Irene, the person in question, used to be known as Amelia Earhart. In the end the courts never did decide, and the assertion of Amelia's post-war life with a different name remained unchallenged from that point on. 

 

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"The courts have yet to decide the matter once and for all."(?)
 
Even in the 1970s, it would have been simple to ascertain that the U.S. court system was in a lot of trouble if it could not determine within a week, (let alone, "four years") by way of tracing family records, interviewing family members, and by scouring clear, life-long photo images of ANY person--if that person was genuinely who he or she claimed to be. The record shows the courts did not do that more that superficially in the former Amelia Earhart's case. If it had, it would have realized the following reality in no uncertain terms: There were three different Twentieth Century women attributed to the same "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile" identity, and the former Amelia Earhart, who was identified nowhere as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two, was one of them. Here are the three different women who were identified as one in the same Irene:

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Amelia Earhart
 

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Amelia Earhart
 

 
 

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Left-Right
Digitally Combined
 

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Left-Right
Digitally Combined
 

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The Former Amelia, 1965

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The Former Amelia, 1977

 
Stifling A Rejuvenation
 
In the early 2000s, the individuals below [top row: Ronald Reuther, Tod Swindell, I. Elaine Bolam, John Bolam; bottom row: Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, Joe Klaas, and Joseph A. Gervais] combined their efforts in order to surface the withheld truth about Amelia Earhart's life as 'Irene' in the United States after World War Two. However, while relying on the naivety exuded about Amelia Earhart's loss by the general public, (and its lack of a more thoroughly educated awareness about itthe Smithsonian Institution continued to persuade the curious to accept that Amelia Earhart did not live much, if at all, beyond the date of her disappearance. It did so knowing Amelia was legally declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, and that most history books listed her death date as, "on or around July 2, 1937." In the meantime, however, the first Amelia-to-Irene human comparison analysis was already underway--with Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais leading the charge. 

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Ron Reuther, Tod Swindell, I. Elaine & John Bolam, Ann
Holtgren Pellegreno, Joe Klaas, Joseph A. Gervais in 2000
 
 

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Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002.
Joseph A. Gervais discovered Amelia Earhart's
ongoing life as 'Irene' when he encountered her
in 1965. He died in 2005 never disavowing it.
 
 
 

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Above is the former Amelia Earhart in Jamaica in 1976,
living as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam'. 

"Major Gervais, I once had a public life. I once had a career in flying. But I've retired. I've given all that up now."  The post-World War Two Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, FKA Amelia Earhart, as spoken to Major Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) Above photo taken in Jamaica in 1976. (Courtesy of the Diana Dawes collection.)
 

 

Repeated from above, below left, is the Amelia Earhart 'selfie' photo she took while looking into a mirror six years before she suddenly became famous at the age of thirty. To the right she is digitally combined with her future self in 1977.

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Did we really know Amelia Earhart all that well? Years before the human comparison results were finalized, people were reading the following words about her:
 

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"She drifted into adulthood with only vague ideas of her future. When she did become famous, she didn't like it much." Author-historian, Adam Woog on Amelia Earhart

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"Over the nine years spanning her first and last transoceanic flights, Amelia Earhart became one of the most famous women in the world. The Private Amelia disliked that fame intensely." From author-historian, Doris Rich's 1989 biography on Amelia Earhart.

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"Yet to this day, the authors affirm that they are correct." Author Vincent Loomis refers to the ongoing claim of Joe Klaas and Joseph A. Gervais that stated Amelia Earhart lived to become known as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and later 'Bolam'. The Loomis book came out in 1985, fifteen years after the former Amelia Earhart denied her famous past.

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"One tantalizingly persistent account has Amelia returning to the U.S. and assuming a new identity." Author-Historian, Randall Brink. His 1994 book, Lost Star, is considered by many Earhart aficionados to be the most cohesive investigative account of Amelia's failed world flight attempt from its buildup to its aftermath.

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After World War Two, Only A Select Group Of Individuals In The United States On Military And Government Intelligence Levels Were Aware That Amelia Earhart Not Only Survived Her Storied 1937 Disappearance And Missing Person Case, But That She Survived The War Years As Well--And Seeking Privacy, She Further Became Known As, 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile


 
Amelia became known as Irene.
Here's the Story:


 
Ever since the two week search effort for Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan was called off in mid-July of 1937, neither the U.S. Federal Government nor its Executive Branch (the presidency) has ever offered an official follow-up statement about it. The failed search effort left the public to assume the duo was, 'lost at sea' and were given up for dead. It always remained that way as well, even though the later discovered facts of the matter detailed a completely different scenario on what happened that is expounded on further down.
 
Beyond coming to terms with what actually happened to Earhart and Noonan the day they were declared 'missing', it is time for people to know the full life story of Amelia Earhart as well; who she was... and who she became. 
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1965

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1977

A significant breakthrough the study achieved came by recognizing that the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile shown above in 1965 and 1977, was not forensically identifiable as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. The discovery solidified the reality of knowing--that she could only have been the former Amelia Earhart. The significance of the Digital Face Recognition grid below is found here as well, where the only person the post-war Irene shown above aligned with before the 1940s... was Amelia Earhart. 

 


 
"Of the many assertions that attempted to solve the so-called 'mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance' over the years, the only one that people were strongly persuaded not to take seriously by the federal government's Smithsonian Institution, was the 'Amelia became known as Irene' assertion. Now it has been forensically proved that it was the only one people should have taken seriously." Tod Swindell
 
 

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"It aint over till it's over." Yogi Berra
 

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Poor Uncle Sam. So far, 2020 has been a rough year for him. The revealed truth on how his government covered up the Amelia Earhart debacle seems minor when compared to the Covid pandemic that exposed his country as ill prepared; the realities of racial inequality and police brutality in the United States that reared its ugly head for all the world to see; not to omit his inability to fully comprehend the motivations of the person he placed in the White House. Maybe he should just call it a day and welcome Amelia home with open arms for who she used to be--and who she went on to become. Why not? The timing seems appropriate--and no doubt people would welcome the distraction. Take a look:

 

WELCOME HOME AMELIA EARHART

AND WELCOME HOME IRENE

AS THE FORMER AMELIA EARHART

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"Too cool to be forgotten." (From
a Lucinda Williams song title.) 
Above is Amelia Earhart in 1932, 
adorned in her leather and boots
after landing in Ireland. She had
just become the first woman to
fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
She was cool when she was Amelia
...and later, she was cool as Irene.

~~~ 
 

Amelia Earhart's thoughts on racial injustice(?) Read her words from ten years before a man of color was permitted to play Major League Baseball: 
 
"What have we in the United States done to these proud people, so handsome and intelligent in the setting of their own country?" Amelia Earhart's observation about the people of color she observed during her 1937 world-flight stop in Dakar, Senegal on the west African coast. From her final book, Last Flight.
 
 

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Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred
Noonan, in Dakar, Senegal, June 1937.

 

 

Twenty-seven years later: 

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Above left, the post-World War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, FKA "Amelia Earhart" in 1964 at a Zonta gathering. Above right, she is digitally combined with her former 'Amelia' self.
 


The Person Amelia Became
 
In her later life years, the former Amelia Earhart was president of an international company with clients around the world, the main one being Radio Luxembourg, a free-airwave station with huge broadcast towers--that helped introduce the music of the Beatles to Russia. 

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The former Amelia Earhart's support of Radio Luxembourg helped enable listeners beyond the Iron Curtain to not only hear the Beatles, but other free-world music and programs as well.

 
Amelia Earhart and Amelia as Irene:
"Too Cool To Be Forgotten"
 

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Битлз
 
The word "Beatles" in Russian 
 

 

 

 

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Charles Craigmile and his wife,
the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, in 1930. 
 

Again above is the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Amelia Earhart assumed her left-over identity to use for herself after World War Two. Read about the original Irene further down, and her 1930s friendship with Amelia that ended up playing a private, yet pivotal role in Amelia's full life story.
 

"Where unadulterated synapses are firing correctly, it is quickly noticed within the comparison study results that the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who Amelia Earhart had known, did not look anything like Amelia, yet the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile looked exactly like her." Tod Swindell
 
 

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Amelia Earhart, 1937

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Post-War Irene in 1965 &
Amelia digitally combined.
A Digital Face Recognition
program said their faces
were of the same person.

 

How Verification Of The 'Amelia Earhart

Disappearance Cover-Up' Began To Take Form:

In 1966, Fred Goerner, a CBS Radio news journalist based in San Francisco, had his new book, The Search For Amelia Earhart  published by Doubleday. It was based on his six-year investigation of Amelia's 1937 disappearance. Few recall it today, yet it was top-ten New York Times best seller--one that marked the first study to shed a bright light on the original White House cover-up of Amelia Earhart's loss--dating back to FDR's administration during the pre-World War Two years. 

 

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Fred Goerner

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Amelia's sister, Muriel
Morrissey, in the 1990s.
After the war she knew
her sister as 'Irene' and
collaborated with her so
she could keep living the
private life she wanted,
after she was outed for 
who she used to be.

"After all she had been through, she didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." The words of Monsignor James Francis Kelley (1902-1996) one of the former Amelia Earhart's closest later life friends.

 

 

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The above quote appeared in a
1982 New Jersey Tribune article.
 

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The post-World War Two, Mrs. Irene 
O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, FKA
Amelia Earhart, dining out with 
Msgr. James Francis Kelley, 1978.
 
 

 

Fred Goerner And Some Less Recalled Amelia Earhart History: 

 It is barely noticed by any of today's historians that a direct correlation existed between the July 2, 1937 premature ending of Amelia Earhart's world flight attempt--that left her a missing person--and the Marco Polo Bridge incident that took place in China from July 7 to July 9, 1937.

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The caption under this photo reads: "The Marco Polo Bridge incident (July 7, 1937) was a conflict between Chinese and Japanese troops near the  Marco Polo Bridge outside of Beijing, which developed into the warfare between the two countries that was a prelude to the Pacific side of World War Two."

The Marco Polo Bridge incident marked the start of the Sino-Japanese War that was instigated by Japan and ultimately pitted the United States against Japan. How this correlated to the hidden fate of Amelia Earhart is hinted at in a passage from a 1966 letter Fred Goerner sent to Amelia's sister, Muriel:

  "I want you to know that I decided to go ahead with the book last December at the advice of the late Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz who had become my friend and helped me with the investigation for several years. He said ""it (the book) may help produce the justice Earhart and Noonan deserve.""

   The Admiral told me without equivocation that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan had gone down in the Marshalls and were taken by the Japanese and that this knowledge was documented in Washington. He also said that several departments of government have strong reasons for not wanting the information to be made public." 

What Fred Goerner didn't know, was that both Muriel and her still living sister, (the 'former' Amelia Earhart, who Muriel was in touch with) also had strong reasons for never wanting people to know the true outcome of Amelia's 1937 failed world flight attempt.

At the time of Amelia's world flight, the Marshall Islands were forbidden Japanese territory and the U.S. Navy was not permitted to search there for Amelia. Later, beyond the words of Admiral Nimitz, who was placed in charge of the Marshalls when the U.S. occupied it in 1944, Fred Goerner (and numerous others) learned about many additional reports that emanated from the Marshalls and Saipan during and after the World War Two years--that stated Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were picked-up (or rescued) by Japan in the Marshalls at the same time the Marco Polo Bridge incident was taking place, and the two henceforth became pawns in a swiftly developing political chess match--that featured a stalemate ending.

In an official May of 1938 White House transcript located in FDR's Hyde Park Presidential Library in the 1970s, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr. commented, "I hope I've just got to never make it public... it isn't a very nice story" in reference to the Roosevelt administration's withheld circumstances of Amelia's loss from nine months prior. As war approached, Amelia's disappearance became lost in the shuffle of it all, leaving the White House to never make public the facts it withheld pertaining to it. The bottom line though, is that Amelia did not die back then.

 

 

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Above: President Franklin D. Roosevelt with his long-time public office associate--and his administration's Secretary of the Treasury--Henry P. Morgenthau, Jr.
 
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Was Fred Goerner onto something? Absolutely.

Where 'official silence' toward the loss of Amelia Earhart and Frcd Noonan has always reigned in the United States and Japan, to this day it remains common history in the Marshall Islands and its surrounding region, that the flying duo went down on a land spit adjacent to Mili Atoll of the Marshalls--where Japan's Imperial Navy retrieved them, impounded Amelia's plane, and then chose not to publicize it amid its war-readying atmosphere. Below again is the 1987 "50th anniversary" Marshall Islands stamp showing a Japanese naval vessel recovering Amelia's Lockheed Electra--as Amelia and Fred Noonan stand-by with a Japanese naval officer. (People don't make stuff like this up.)
  

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Below, notice the date of this official telegram sent from Tokyo, July 5, 1937, just two days before the Marco Polo Bridge incident began on July 7. 

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In mid-July, Japan's ambassador in Washington was asked about a July 13 Tokyo news dispatch that reported Amelia Earhart having been picked up by a Japanese boat, something the ambassador, after checking with his government about it, refuted had occurred. However, later reports from the Marshall Islands conveyed that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were retrieved by Japan's Imperial Navy some time between the dates of July 6 and July 11, 1937. While sounding cordial enough, the above telegram was sure to emphasize Japan's offer to search the Marshalls for the downed fliers, stressing at the same time that U.S. merchant and 'fighting' ships were not to come too close to the Marshall Islands during their own search efforts. Japan's cordial tone lessoned after July 7, and it eventually withered completely leading up to the World War Two conflict.

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Above, a May of 1938 note to Eleanor Roosevelt from her personal secretary, Malvina Scheider, explains the reason for Henry P. Morgenthau Jr.'s reluctance to make make public the full report on what happened to Amelia Earhart nine months earlier. The "man" referred to in Morgenthau's response was Paul Mantz, Amelia's former flight trainer, whose letter requesting more details on what happened to Amelia had recently been forwarded to Morgenthau by Mrs. Roosevelt.

Three decades later, Fred Goerner's groundbreaking book about Amelia Earhart's disappearance virtually exposed the ongoing cover up in Washington. As detailed and revealing as it was, however, the U.S. federal government, primarily its executive branch, offered no opinion about its contents.

In 1970, four years after Fred Goerner's book came out, a new claim describing Amelia Earhart's continued existence in the United States with a different identity applied to her person made national news. When he was asked about it, though, President Nixon dryly replied, "We don't discuss that subject around here." [That 'subject' being 'Earhart' and  'around here' being 'the White House'.]
 
Below: President Richard Nixon in 1970

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Below, a page from Robert Gorlaski's book, World War II Almanac 1931-1945 (Perigree, 1981) included a mention of the enduring 'mystery' of Amelia's 1937 disappearance, and what people generally suspected had happened to her. While it cited the Marshall Islands as a place where many considerd Amelia ended up--that was controlled by Japan at the time--where so it left all to assume she perished there. The idea that she might have survived and continued to live-on was not even remotely entertained. Also notice how right below the Amelia Earhart paragraph, the "July 7-8" Marco Polo Bridge Incident is referenced.

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 Below on the left is one of the last photos taken of an exhausted Amelia Earhart in 1937, just before she went missing. She was a few weeks shy of her fortieth birthday at the time. It is difficult to recognize her famous visage here, especially when one compares it to the photo of Amelia on the right from a few years before. 

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The recent years forensic analysis, the first one to ever compare the post-war Irene to Amelia Earhart, clearly displayed the reality of the famous pilot's new life in the United States from the mid-1940s on with a different name applied to her person.
 
For decades prior to the study taking place, the United States Federal Government permitted dissenting opinions about it and ignored the invention of false theories about Amelia's loss [three examples; she was executed by Japan's military; she died of medical neglect while in Japan's custody; she ditched on a desert island far away from the scene of the crime where she died and was devoured by crabs] that proved to be non-truths, but successfully steered people away from recognizing the profound reality of Amelia's ongoing existence as a renamed person. These diversions were merely the result of a post-World War Two 'pact' made between the United States and Japan where it was agreed that going forward, Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence in any way, shape, or form after July 2, 1937, was never to be officially recognized or at all addressed by either country. Ever.
 
Yet Amelia did survive, and she did change her name, and after she married Guy Bolam in 1958, during the decade of the 1960s and continuing on throughout the 1970s after Guy's passing, the former Amelia Earhart, living as Irene, lived her life as a consummate Where's Waldo like world traveler--to go along with fulfilling her duties as an international business executive.  
 
Below to the left is another digital combination sample. Note the same flower pendant she is wearing in both of the photo images displayed here: 
 
 

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The former Amelia Earhart in
Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976.
(Digitally combined images.)

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1977

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Above, a cryptic handwritten line from a 1967
note the former Earhart sent to Joseph A. Gervais.
She actually wrote about two people who, 'knew us 
both well as Amelia Earhart and Irene Craigmile' here.
Displayed below is Amelia's own 'Amelia M Earhart'
signature as it appeared on a form she filled out when
she was a young adult. The likeness of both styles is
 no coincidence; they were penned by the same hand. 
  

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Beyond Digital Face Recognition, full body comparisons, and character traits aligning Amelia Earhart with the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, additional forensic research surfaced the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's person as well, who Amelia had known in the 1930s: 

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The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
next to her plane in 1933. Briefly a
 pilot, she was commonly referred to
as, 'Irene Craigmile' as listed below:

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MAY 1933

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Charles Craigmile and his wife,
the original Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, in 1930. 
 

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Amelia Earhart in 1921. In 1928, when she was thirty years old
she suddenly became famous. Soon after that she met the original
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. In 1937, Amelia was declared a 
missing person. In 1939, to release her estate to her next of kin,
she was legally declared, 'dead in absentia' since no evidence 
of her person or physical remains could be produced.

After World War Two, Amelia Earhart surfaced in the
U.S. reidentified as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. It was later
learned that the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was
no longer evident by the time World War Two began.

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U.S.  Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr.

"I have carefully studied your presentation. Your conclusion that there was more than one 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' has completely convinced me that this was indeed the case. You have also convinced me that one of them used to be Amelia Earhart. Incredible. You have quite an impressive package there. Keep charging - Gene."  Part of a note forwarded to Tod Swindell from retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr., a past member of the 2014 disbanded Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers. Tissot's father, Ernie Tissot, had served as Amelia Earhart's head plane mechanic during her 1935 Hawaii to Oakland flight. 
 
Note: In 1970, when it first controversially surfaced that the post-war Irene used to be known as Amelia Earhart, federal government influencetraceable to then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and President Richard M. Nixon, helped to divert the press and the general public from recognizing it with disinformation.
 
Today, even though U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz admitted in 1965 that the truth about Amelia Earhart's post-lost existence was "documented in Washington"--and that it is obvious in a forensic way anymore that Amelia lived-on and became known as Irene--some high-level, truth distorting stalwarts continue to honor the same disinformation spreading tradition. The main influencers today are go-to individuals who for years have dominated the news media when it comes to ideas on what happened to Amelia Earhart. Two employees of the federal government owned, Smithsonian Institution mostly lead that charge; Dr. Tom Crouch and Dorothy Cochrane, shown below: 
 
 

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DR. TOM CROUCH

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RIGHT FRAME, DOROTHY COCHRANE

It is imperative to realize that because the Smithsonian is run by constituents of the United States Federal Government, the people who work at the Smithsonian are by default, federal government agents. It is also important to understand that what happened to Amelia Earhart was never the mystery it was made out to be. The mystery came to exist the way it did because it was guided there by official government silence toward the matter, that led to increased false-lead disinformation about it to accumulate as the decades passed--ever since the event of Amelia's loss occurred. 

disinformation

dis-in-for-ma-tion; noun

Definition: 

"False information which is intended to mislead, especially propaganda issued by a government agency to the media."

Make no mistake, the Smithsonian Institution is and always has been a government agency.

 

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Lonnie G. Bunch III
Head of the Smithsonian

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To Lonnie G. Bunch III, 2020's new head of the  Smithsonian Institution: Mr. Bunch, in lieu of the recent events that pressed hard to demonstrate our federal government's sordid viewpoint toward racial inequality in the United States, and while knowing that the Smithsonian Institution has always existed as a 'ward' of the United States Federal Government and therefore must abide by certain influences it exudes; given your esteemed position, perhaps it is appropriate for yourself as a man of color, to stand up to the Smithsonian's ultimate owner, the United States Federal Government, in order to express your opinion that it is time for it to advocate the truth about Amelia's ongoing existence in the United States after World War Two, instead of continuing to allow it to be shouted it down by federal government agents. Lonnie G. Bunch III, you can do this, and you should do it.
 
 

 

Few are aware that Amelia's only sibling, Muriel, under the umbrella of the Zonta organization of professional women, continued to have a relationship with her sister after the war years when she was known as 'Irene.' Recall in the 1930s, Amelia was a prominent Zonta member.

In 2018, Amelia Earhart's niece, Amy Kleppner, who maintained the cover-up tradition after her mother's passing (Muriel, who died in 1998) was still referring to the never disproved, 'Amelia became known as Irene' assertion as,"hokum" even though by then the truthful reality of Amelia's name change to Irene had grown to be obvious. 

In 2018, federal government agent, Dr. Tom Crouch, of the Smithsonian, referred to the 'Amelia became Irene' reality with disinformation by describing it as, "an unconvincing argument".

Federal government agentDorothy Cochrane, of the Smithsonian, used disinformation in 2018 when she described the 'Amelia became Irene' reality as, "a baseless theory".

This is significant, especially where these 'media go-to' individuals on Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance have always made it a point to reticently avoid addressing the realistic quality of the 'Amelia became Irene' postulation. Instead, for decades they dismissed it out of hand time and again, even though the assertion was always factually supported and never disproved. These three key individuals have remained in complete alignment on the subject matter of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance for a long time. Indeed, their common mantra has always been: 'Amelia Earhart went missing on July 2, 1937--and she was never seen again. End of story.'

Except, that was not the end of the 'Earhart disappearance' story by a long shot, and all three of them have always known that.

 

Here's The Rest of the Story  

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Akin to the viewpoint long maintained by the Smithsonian Institution about Amelia Earhart's post-loss survival, Lord Admiral Nelson (above) turns his blind eye toward a reality he'd rather not contend with.


 
1970: The Year The Controversy First Surfaced


 Below is a 1930 newsprint photo of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, shown between her husband, Charles James Craigmile (left), and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was acquainted with Amelia Earhart in the 1930s. Next to it is the same cleaned-up and contrast enhanced version from before.
 

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As for the poor quality of the photo, clear images of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile were removed from circulation long ago. This was done with an objective in mind--and a reason that dates back to Charles Craigmile's sudden death occurring in 1931. For after he died his widow, the original Irene, shifted her attention to becoming a pilot. 

According to history, after Charles Craigmile died in 1931, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did become a pilot. Below is a 1932 newspaper photo (again of low quality) showing the original Irene with a number of other lady pilots--including Amelia Earhart. The original Irene is outlined in black, Amelia is outlined in white. (Pilot Viola Gentry, who later served as a key figure in the cover-up, is on the original Irene's right.)  
 

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VIOLA GENTRY

History also says Irene remarried twice--the last time in 1958--to Guy Bolam of England. Except the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile never married Guy Bolam in 1958. The post-World War Two Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, FKA Amelia Earhart, was the one who married Guy Bolam, and that is why she is seen listed as "Mrs. Guy Bolam" in the 1974 news article below:

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This article lead-in (repeated from above) appeared in a 1974 newspaper that was tracking the New York defamation lawsuit case of Bolam VS McGraw-Hill, Gervais, and Klaas. In 1970, McGraw-Hill published a book that claimed Mrs. Guy Bolam, full name, "Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam", was the former Amelia Earhart who had assumed the left-over identity of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile during the World War Two era. Although McGraw-Hill was fined for poor fact checking when it came to some of the information contained in its book, the 'past identity of Mrs. Guy Bolam claim' was left unresolved.
 

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Again, the post-World War Two Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, FKA Amelia Earhart, in 1977. She was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. In the recent comparison study, the first one ever done, head-to-toe and character trait wise she proved to be a perfect match to her former self, Amelia Earhart.
 

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Most everyone recalls the legendary pilot, Amelia Earhart, the first woman to solo a plane across the Atlantic Ocean--who later went missing amid inordinate circumstances. 

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Amelia Earhart
 

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What people never came to terms with until recent years, because it was never properly displayed before, was how after World War Two, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile suddenly looked just like her 1937 gone-missing friend, Amelia Earhart. 

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Post-War Irene, FKA 'Amelia' and Amelia digitally combined
 

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The post-war Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile; features darkened
for the digital combination
enhancement.
 


The post-war Irene's likeness to Amelia was acute. Again, a Digital Face Recognition analysis recognized them as one in the same person. Below, a repeat of the sample that used the 1965 Gervais photo displays a congruence that only age difference, hair style, and attire obscured:
 

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Amelia Earhart, 1937

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The post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1965.
Before 1938 in the United States, she was Amelia Earhart.

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Digital Face Recognition
grid common to the post-war
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
and Amelia Earhart

Above, from the shoulders up,
necks and postures were the same.
As it turned out, head-to-toe, Amelia Earhart
and the post-war Irene were identical because
they were in fact, one in the same human being,
albeit with different identities in different eras.
 

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AMELIA

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The post-war Irene, 1970

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Amelia and Amelia as
'Irene' in 1970, when
digitally combined.
 

 

Accounting for other similarities beyond what the physical and character trait comparisons displayed, in 1982, when a reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer learned that the past identity controversy over Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam still remained unsettled, he gleaned a few for an article that ran in October of that year: 

 

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The similarities above are real as far as the post-war Irene and Amelia were concerned, however the article blurred the line between the original Irene and the post-war Irene, by failing to at all reference that there was an original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who Amelia had known in the 1930s.
 
Before World War Two, the original Irene was never a world traveler who knew prominent people. (She did travel to Europe once as a young adult.) She was not known for writing poetry, nor was she known to have had an interest in photography. She was also never a Zonta member, nor was she a member of any flying organizations. Famously, Amelia Earhart was all of the above in the 1920s and 1930s, and those same similarities only applied to the post-war Irene, who Amelia became. It was as if she basically remained the same person she was before, with the exception of having changed her name.
 
After World War Two, it is evident the post-war Irene did join the Long Island Zonta organization at some point, (as Amelia she had belonged to the Boston and New York City Zonta chapters respectively) and for awhile she served as Zonta's International Relations Chairman with her ability to speak several foreign languages--a multilingual talent her former Amelia-self had been known for. And while she no longer flew planes, the post-war Irene did become a member of the prestigious New York Wings Club, (an organization of highly respected pilots) and she also belonged to the Early Birds of Aviation, a club of mostly retired pilots that featured one of her better pilot-friends from her flying days, Viola Gentry. The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was befriended by Viola Gentry through Amelia, but she never flew enough to merit any lofty pilot credentials for a sound reason: After the original Irene gave birth to a son in 1934, it basically put an end to her brief stint as a pilot, to where she did not keep her license updated beyond 1937.
 
As a postscript, by the time World War Two began the original Irene was no longer evident--and her son was being raised by a surrogate mother.
 
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Below, in more detail, few people realize it today because the news media never paid much attention to them, but from 1970 to 2016, four nationally published books expounded on how Amelia Earhart survived her so-called 'disappearance' and lived-on to become known as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile', and later 'Bolam' in her post-World War Two years. Although official U.S. historians greeted each book with silence after they were published, the common, 'Amelia lived-on and changed her name to Irene' conclusion they each presented was not over-challenged and never will be, because it's true:
 

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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 O'Crowley Craigmile. During last decade of his life, (1996 to 2005) Joseph A. Gervais, who always stood by his discovery of Amelia Earhart living as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' after the war, collaborated with Tod Swindell on his forensic research and comparison study.

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This 1985 book by Robert Myers and Barbara Wiley, also cited that Amelia Earhart survived and became known as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' after the war, until she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958, that left her more commonly known as, Irene Bolam. Note the photo of Irene on the cover.

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This 2004 book by USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), was first to credit Tod Swindell's forensic study verification of plural Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's. He also cited that his study, that was still in-progress at the time, stood to convince anyone how after World War Two, one of them was the former Amelia Earhart.  

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In tribute to the three previous book authors and after learning of Tod Swindell's 'first ever' comparison analysis that he referenced in his book, W.C. Jameson's 2016 effort also averred that Amelia Earhart lived to become known as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.' 

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Above: Irene; Irene & Amelia digitally combined; Amelia
 

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"In 2002, after I lectured about Amelia Earhart to a
crowd at the Oakland Air and Space museum, the
Associated Press ran a story that was picked up
by newswire services nationwide, in which I was
misquoted by its reporter, Ron Staton. I never told
him I believed Amelia was 'captured by Japan'
and later became 'a New Jersey housewife.' What
I said was I believed Amelia somehow survived
and changed her name to Irene. I always accepted
that Amelia ended up quietly existing under Japan's
stewardship as World War Two heated up, yet after
this was discovered by private sleuths in the 1960s,
reporters failed to accurately report on the facts
that surrounded her rescue by Japan, and the facts
surrounding the later learned,  'Amelia became
known as Irene' reality. They consistently made
light of it instead, all but joking that Amelia
became a New Jersey housewife." Tod Swindell
 

"The forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." From an Associated Press article, John Bolam, Irene Craigmile Bolam's survived brother in law, refers to The Swindell Study's in-progress analysis of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and 'missing person' case. After reviewing some preliminary results, John Bolam, who always suspected it, further reckoned his past sister-in-law to have been the former Amelia Earhart. He first met her in the 1960s, a few years after she married his English brother, Guy, in 1958. 

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Below are the same two versions of the July 1977 photo portrait images--that display the post-World War Two, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. (She preferred the tidy, sepia-tone version.)
 
Whether people choose to believe it or not, the post-war Irene actually was, previously known as, Amelia Earhart. There is no questioning this matter, and there were important individuals who were aware of this truth when it surfaced years ago, and there are important individuals who are aware of it today. At the same time, notwithstanding the obvious natural reality it is, the truth about Amelia Earhart's post-war existence as 'Irene' has never been officially endorsed to the general public for a variety of politically correct reasons.
 

 

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Lindbergh and Earhart, 1933

It is worth recalling here, it wasn't until thirty-years after Charles Lindbergh died that it was confirmed he sometimes led a double life known as 'Careu Kent' the last two decades of his life, and it wasn't the federal government that admitted or confirmed it. Rather, it was Charles Lindbergh's own family who did that, after they were alerted to it and then verified it for themselves.

Following the 1970 Awkward Reveal
 
After the truth about Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence as 'Irene' surfaced back in 1970, it was dismissed by the former Amelia Earhart herself and by a disbelieving public. Until a researcher by the name of Tod Swindell came along in the 1990s, most people had forgotten the unresolved identity issue that concerned Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.  

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Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002
 

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The post-war Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile-Bolam in 1965
[Gervais photo]

In the late 1990s, Tod Swindell came to know the retired military figure--and past whistleblower--by the name of Joseph A. Gervais.
 
To Amelia Earhart aficionados, Joseph A. Gervais was a well known figure. The reason: After he met Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1965, and then researched her background for the next five years, he publicly asserted--and would defiantly maintain for the rest of his life--that she was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Yes, Joseph A. Gervais took a stand in 1970, when he proclaimed in a new book that year, how he had discovered that the Irene who he had met five years earlier at a gathering of senior pilots, was actually the former Amelia Earhart. He contended that Amelia Earhart, who had gone 'missing' amid inordinate circumstances in 1937, had quietly lived-on and in time replaced the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile by way of assuming her left-over identity--and that no one from the general public ever knew about it.
 

The former Amelia Earhart was angry in 1970, and rightfully so, when she was called out for who she used to be. Her former-self had been legally declared 'dead in absentia' thirty-one years earlier (in 1939) yet suddenly, against her will, she was all-but being asked to go back to being the famous Amelia Earhart again. For a variety of good reasons, she and others who were aware of who she used to be knew it was impossible for her to do such a thing. One difficult question after another would have been asked of her for the remainder of her days had she acknowledged her true past. "Where did you go after you disappeared?" "Who were you with?" "What were you doing?" "Were you on a government mission when you went missing, like your mother said?" "What happened to the original Irene?" "How were you able to assume her identity?" [Get the picture?] Instead, she retained two powerful lawyers to help her maintain her ongoing private existence as, 'Irene', and for the most part they succeeded.
 

  

"Barely a soul had heard of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile before 1970, the year the polemic claim about her past identity surfaced in the news. Today, few are aware of the convoluted mess the issue became in the years that followed, or how the 'claim' was technically left unresolved. Presently, even though it has become obvious in recent years that the post-war Irene indeed was previously known as Amelia Earhart; the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, Amelia Earhart's family, the original Irene's next of kin, and a curious assortment of  opposing Earhart disappearance theorists--some whom offer misleading, if not absurd ideas to account for what really happened to Amelia Earhart--continue to work hard at persuading the public through news media outlets and wikipedia... not to believe it." Tod Swindell, 2020 

  

 

Another Look At The 1970 Emergence: 

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In 1970, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (left) used the news media to denounce a new, controversial book titled, Amelia Earhart Lives. She handled the press like a pro and called the book, "a poorly fabricated hoax." As it turned out, the book, that had evaluated ten years of investigative research, was not a hoax when it presented an astounding conclusion based on logic and deductive reasoning; one that said this particular Irene O'Crowley Craigmile had previously been known as Amelia Earhart. Said 'Irene' was caught off guard. She didn't like it and she sued for defamation. Her case dragged on for five years, yet the controversial question that asked if she was the former Amelia Earhart was never resolved. Many years later, it was conclusively determined that the woman shown holding the 1970 press conference was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. She was only known as 'Irene' after World War Two, and in 1958, she married a successful international businessman from England by the name of Guy Bolam. Again, that is why she was listed as 'Mrs. Guy Bolam' in the follow-up article four years later--that mentioned the courts, "still had yet to decide the matter once and for all" ...when it came to the question of her true life-long identity.

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Note: 1974, the "two Air Force officers" mentioned in the article were Joseph A. Gervais and the author of Amelia Earhart Lives, Joe Klaas.
 


After looking into it himself, Tod Swindell was surprised to learn that a number of people not only respected the opinion Joseph A. Gervais always maintained about the Irene he met, and that even though it wasn't publicized, many of them believed he was correct. He could also see Joseph A. Gervais was a gentleman of good character. Joe was a family man and a pilot himself who had flown missions in World War Two, Korea, and Vietnam--before retiring from the Air Force as a Major in 1963.
 
So Tod, a filmmaker by trade, set out to do his own forensic research study in order to determine if what Joseph A. Gervais was still claiming to be true about Amelia Earhart--actually was true. He became more curious after learning that Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia Earhart were never closely compared to each other, so he ended up embarking on an in-depth comparison study as well--that caused consternation and took years to complete--but the conclusions it achieved were astounding. Among them; there had been no less than three Twentieth Century women attributed to the very same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile identity, and the one Joseph A. Gervais met in 1965--just as he had professed--was identifiable nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. Here they are:
 

CHARLES AND IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE
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Charles James Craigmile and his wife, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1930. After Charles died in 1931, Irene remarried and gave birth to a son in 1934. To date, no one knows what became of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Her son ended up being raised by a surrogate mother (right).
 

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This was the surrogate mother of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son, She also went by the name of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. This is the way she looked in the early 1940s, according to the original Irene's son, who identified her within the 'Amelia to Irene' comparison analysis.

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This is the post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1965, who proved to be a complete match to Amelia Earhart both physically and character trait wise. She may not look much like Amelia here, yet once again, check the panel below. 

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Amelia Earhart, 1937

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Post-War Irene & Amelia


 
Below: Close-up, Amelia's eyes:

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Below: Close-up, the post-war Irene's eyes:

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Below: Amelia's & the post-war Irene's eyes digitally combined
displayed a perfect match pupil to pupil; tear-duct to tear-duct.

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To reiterate, according to Digital Face Recognition, Amelia Earhart and the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile should have been one in the same person. Decades before the facial comparison took place, though, in fact without any comparisons having been done, Joseph A. Gervais deduced they were one in the same person because:
 
1.) The day Joseph A. Gervais met Irene at a large gathering of senior pilots, he noticed her air of importance, felt he recognized her as an older version of Amelia Earhart, and he saw how she was aligned with some of Amelia's past inner circle of friends, to include her well known 1930s pilot friend, Viola Gentry, and Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey. 
 
2.) After deeply researching her past, he discovered for himself that the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile he met in 1965, was identifiable nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two.  

3.) Of immeasurable significance, when he was stationed in the Pacific from 1959 to 1962, Joseph A. Gervais recorded better than seventy sworn affidavits from people local to the region where Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937, with all commonly stating that Amelia did not simply 'disappear' as was widely reported in the United States. Rather, they averred that Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, ended up ditching in forbidden Japanese territory where they were picked up by Japan's Imperial Navy and privately sequestered. This has always been commonly accepted in the Pacific region where Amelia went missing. (See below display.) Add to this conveyance, of how even to the novice researcher it does not take long to notice that no true evidence of Amelia Earhart's death taking place in any way at all--has ever existed.
 

Below, the full 50th anniversary commemorative stamp series issued in 1987 by the Republic of the Marshall Islands shows Amelia's 1937 takeoff from Lae, New Guinea; her failure to spot Howland Island; her ditching in the lower Marshall Islands; and Amelia, her plane, and her navigator, Fred Noonan, being retreived by Japan's Imperial Navy. (Final stamp plate enlarged as well.) Also featured are a lead in from a 2002 Associate Press article that quotes the Marshall Islands Ambassador to the United Nations, Alfred Capelle, followed by the earlier, equally revealing 1982 quote from Bender and Altschul, two noted aviation historians. 

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"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Washington and Tokyo, leaving the true fate of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan an everlasting mystery." 1982, aviation historians, Marylin Bender and Selig Altschul on the 1937 disappearance and subsequent missing person cases of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, quoted from their book, The Chosen Instrument.
 

 


 
Next: The Viewpoint Offered
By Amelia's Next Of Kin

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Muriel Earhart Morrissey (1899-1998)

Amelia's sister, Grace 'Muriel' Earhart Morrissey, shown above in the
1990s, was reticent whenever she was asked about the identity controversy
over her later-life Zonta friend, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.

 
Question: How did Amelia's only sibling, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, react to the never-disproved suggestion that said her later life friend, Irene, was actually her still-living sister with a different name applied to her person? This way:

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"Of course I knew Irene. She was a sister Zonta." "It's just foolish. There is practically no physical resemblance." The final words about the Amelia to Irene controversy spoken by Muriel Earhart Morrissey, Amelia Earhart's only sibling. From 1970 on this was her basic reply to the never disproved assertion that stated her later life Zonta organization friend, the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam), was actually her survived sister sporting a different identity. The assertion had stated that unknown to the public, Muriel's sister, Amelia, had quietly survived after she went missing in 1937, and she went on to assume another identity in order to lead a private life after World War Two. Obviously, the later conducted comparison analysis displayed a hauntingly accurate Amelia-to-Irene resemblancecontrary to what Muriel tried to promote when she proclaimed there was, "practically no physical resemblance" exhibited by the two:

 


Below: If this isn't a strong
physical resemblance, what is?

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Muriel Earhart Morrissey played a key part in the protection effort that allowed her sister to keep on living a private life after she was nearly outed in 1970. When Muriel died in 1998, her daughter, Amy Kleppner, chose to honor her mother's wishes by continuing on with the same 'protective' tradition of never endorsing the verisimilitude of her aunt Amelia's post-loss existence as Irene, along with the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society. It appears clear enough no other choice was seen but to keep on toeing-the-line with the U.S. federal government, that during the pre-World War Two era, its executive branch, while occupied by President Franklin Roosevelt's administration, created what inevitably became an enduring cover-up that pertained to withholding certain facts about Amelia Earhart's so-called, disappearance.
 
Below, another example of diversion, whether intentional or otherwise, is found in a 1967 response note to an inquiry sent by Joseph A. Gervais to Elmo Pickerill, Secretary of the Early Birds of Aviation club of Long Island, New York. Mr. Pickerill affirmed that Amelia Earhart, Irene Craigmile, and Viola Gentry were all flying 'pals' in the 1930s, but he made no attempt to distinguish the post-war Irene, FKA Amelia Earhart, from the original Irene: 
 

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Amelia Earhart's famous career as a pilot spanned a period of nine years. It lasted from the time of her Friendship flight in 1928, when she was thirty-years old, until she went missing just shy of her fortieth birthday in 1937. The amount of different looks thousands of cameras captured of her during that time period were pretty amazing. Once again, in the below photos of Amelia that show her in 1937 and 1932, it is difficult to recognize that they exhibit the same person:

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Again, Amelia in 1937, just before she went missing.

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Amelia in France in 1932, after being awarded the French Knight Cross.

Question

Can an individual change over time physically, emotionally, spiritually, and egotistically to a point where they become difficult to recognize after a long period of absence? Consider the following quote from Twentieth-Century philosopher, Uell Stanley Anderson:

"If we think of ourselves as bodies, our changing self becomes apparent. It is nearly impossible even for families to recognize a loved one after thirty years of absence, so greatly has the self altered. And a little reflection upon the changing quality of consciousness is sure to give us some insight into the numberless selves our surface minds and egos have become since first appearing in the world." Uell Stanley Andersen (1917-1986)

Here as well, consider the 1987 words of Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a former President of Seton Hall College who many considered to have been the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's closest later-life confidante. To several people, Father Kelley, who held PhDs in Philosophy and Psychology, reckoned his friend, Irene, as the former Amelia Earhart, and more than once he confided to individuals, "After all she'd been through she didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." The point being made here: The general public did not know 'all Amelia had been through' and how it changed her psyche to a place where she no longer wished to be the famous celebrity she once was.

 

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The post-World War Two, Mrs. Irene 
O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, FKA
Amelia Earhart, dining out with 
Msgr. James Francis Kelley, 1978.
 
 

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The above Irene photo and caption appeared in a
November 2003 article in the Los Angeles Times,
that acknowledged her ongoing identity question. 

Note: The caption under the above photo is not fully accurate. The post-war Irene won her defamation lawsuit against McGraw-Hill and was awarded $60k. She cited its book, Amelia Earhart Lives, falsely indicated she was a 'bigamist' and a 'traitor to her country.' On the other hand, she settled with Gervais and Klaas by way of exchanging ten dollars of consideration with them--after refusing to submit positive proof (such as her fingerprints) of her life long identity. 


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By now, given all that has been learned and revealed about the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, people who continue to advance the person above to have been the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--are either being deceitful--or they are demonstrating a limited scope of knowledge when it comes to the subject matter of her full life story. For she absolutely was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Rather, she absolutely had been... previously known as... Amelia Earhart
 


 
A Note From Tod Swindell

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This website was launched in 2007 and has remained on-line since then. It elaborates on the factual realities of Amelia Earhart's 1937 world flight ending--and a truth learned decades ago that has never been over-challenged... because it's true.
 
Oddly enough, a variety of important sounding individuals, some whom offer far-out theories--such as Amelia dying on a desert island and being eaten by crabs, or being blindfolded and placed in front of a firing squad--have strongly lobbied against promoting the learned truth about Amelia Earhart's post-war existence as 'Irene', dating back to the time it was first made public.
 
There has also been a concerted effort to convince the curious--that much of the truthful information displayed here is not real. Take heart in knowing it is real and it will always remain real. The incredulous obfuscation applied to what actually happened to Amelia Earhart--the roots of which date back to a late 1930s' White House agenda promoted within President Franklin Roosevelt's administration to, "never make it public" [a quote from a 1938 White House transcript pertaining to information it withheld about the failed outcome of Amelia's 1937 world flight] evolved to remain intent after World War Two, into keeping the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-loss existence as the 'new' Irene O'Crowley Craigmile from ever being recognized in a public way.
 
This was typical of the common let's move on vantage point not only maintained by our federal government, but foreign powers as well, when it came to a variety of war time issues it preferred not to revisit. In essence, it favored to forever maintain the following attitude: Amelia Earhart went missing toward the end of her 1937 world flight and was presumed lost at sea.
 
This same viewpoint is maintained today in our nation's highest halls and within its most formidable institutions. If one takes the time to notice, our federal government has never conducted an official investigation of Amelia Earhart's disappearance, nor has it ever investigated the full life story of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
 
It is also worth noting while there has never been a conspiracy--in the traditional sense of that word--to circumvent the truth about Amelia Earhart's ongoing life as a renamed person, after Amelia was outed decades ago living as 'Irene', it is clear an understanding to keep the reality of it subdued came to exist.


 
Part of the ongoing cover-up alliance, below are three examples of current anti-truth lobbyists when it comes to what became of Amelia Earhart after she was declared 'missing' in 1937:   

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Dr. Alex Mandel of Ukraine

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Mike Campbell of
Amelia Earhart: 
The Truth At Last

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Richard Gillespie
of Tighar.

 
Warning: A wikipedia page launched and strictly monitored by a Dr. Alex Mandel of Ukraine, labeled, "Irene Craigmile Bolam", that features wikisource editing support provided by his fellow anti-Earhart-truth lobbyist, Mike Campbell, falsely states that in 2006, it was proved by a forensic detective hired by the National Geographic Society that Amelia did not live to become known as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile after the war. Do not believe it. National Geographic itself assures this never happened. Dr. Mandel and Mike Campbell, who both promote that Amelia ended up in Japan's custody and either died of illness or in front of a firing squad, are part of an ongoing protective alliance that detours people away from realizing Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 disappearance--and in time changed her name in order to further live a non-public life.
 
It is also worth noting, how according to the United States Federal Government, Amelia Earhart was legally declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, and while it has never offered an out loud opinion about it, the federal government's preference has always been for it to remain that way.
 
Just the same, no matter what anyone says, be it known that the person proudly posing with her wings in the 1977 formal photograph sitting below--most definitely was the former Amelia Earhart. Those who continue to comb the information presented here will more pragmatically come to terms with this now 'easy to recognize' reality.
 

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Yes, above is the former Amelia Earhart in 1977. It's even obvious anymore that's who she was prior to the war years. After World War Two she became the newIrene O'Crowley Craigmile, veritably replacing her 1930s acquaintance shown in the preceding photos with her husband and father. Since 1970, when the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two existence as 'Irene' first surfaced, the general public has been persuaded not to believe it... even though it was true. People who find this hard to accept have either been misled or misinformed, and most certainly are not aware of the recent years, 'forensic research and comparison study' that confirmed the veracity of it. It is also worth noting as a qualifier, Amelia Earhart was legally declared "dead in absentia" in 1939, and it is clear the strong preference of the United States Federal Government was for it to always remain that way. This directly correlates to why organizations strongly linked to the federal government, such as the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society, have never conducted their own investigations that examined the, 'Amelia lived on and became known as Irene' claim. Contrarily, their standard practice since 1970, has always been to talk it down to anyone who approached them about it.

Within the forensic study, to recap, years of investigative research were evaluated and combined with head-to-toe physical body and character trait comparisons of Amelia Earhart and Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. This had never been done before. The overall forensic analysis was finalized and copyrighted in 2017, after a Digital Face Recognition test yielded 'same person' results. 

 
 
"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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Above, the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (FKA Amelia Earhart) is shown in the same photographs from above the way she looked in 1965 (left), and twelve years later, in 1977 (right). Before the study took place and prior to Digital Face Recognition displaying the congruence it did to her former 'Amelia' self, it was difficult to recognize the post-war Irene for person she used to be. After all, in 1970, when the identity controversy first surfaced it had been three decades since anyone had seen Amelia Earhart. Especially in the 1965 photo, she just didn't look the way people imagined she would have looked then--had she not gone missing in 1937.
 
Along with its supportive forensic research, many head-to-toe physical being and character trait comparisons are featured in the overall study.

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Above, a 1965 photo of Guy Bolam of England, next to his
wife by their 1958 marriage, the post-war Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile-Bolam, who used to be known as, Amelia Earhart.

Yes, after World War Two, Amelia Earhart, who quietly survived her storied 1937 disappearance, went by the name of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, a name that had previously belonged to a 1930s acquaintance of hers. Then in 1958, she married a British gentleman by the name of Guy Bolam, leaving her more commonly known as, Irene Bolam. In 1970, when her identity controversy first surfaced, the assertion about her true past caught the former Amelia Earhart off guard--and even though most people dismissed it out of hand after she fought to disallow public verification of it--the issue remained unresolved well into the Twenty First Century.
 
The truth began revealing itself decades later, when it was forensically realized that the Irene above, who was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two, was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. It was as if after the war, she had appeared from out of nowhere working as a senior loan officer at a New York bank. She ascended to become vice president of the National Bank of Great Neck on Long Island, before leaving her post when she married Guy Bolam. From then on she worked with Guy's international business company, Guy Bolam Associates, and she took over as president of Guy Bolam Associates after Guy's death in 1970. Their company was closely associated with its main client, Radio Luxembourg. 

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It was also verified that when the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile used to be Amelia Earhart, she had known the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. 


More comparisons of the post-war Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile and her former self, Amelia Earhart:

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Senator Hiram Bingham
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THE POST WAR IRENE, 1977

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Digitally Combined

POST-WAR IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE & AMELIA
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YUGOSLAVIA, 1976

Where the true identity of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam existed as a controversial subject matter from the 1970s on, again, oddly enough, the first forensic study to compare her to Amelia Earhart, did not commence until the Twenty-First Century. After it did, it became easier to observe that the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam) and Amelia Earhart had been one in the same human being, especially after a Digital Face Recognition analysis became part of it. As well once again, the study discovered that there were no less than three Twentieth Century women attributed to the same 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' identity, with the former Amelia Earhart definitely having been one of them.
 
This is why, after Tod Swindell's newer investigative research and first-ever comparison study started receiving  attention from the Associated Press in 2002, and served as the chief inspiration for Colonel Rollin C. Reineck's book, Amelia Earhart Survived, Amelia Earhart truth opponents rose up against it. In the meantime, the Smithsonian Institution maintained its long-held tradition of distancing itself from the Amelia became Irene reality.
 

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Lonnie G. Bunch III
Head of the Smithsonian

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The Opinion of the Smithsonian
 
For years now, the Smithsonian Institution, a ward of the United States federal government, has deftly sidestepped the learned forensic realities that concerned Amelia Earhart and Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--and it continues to do so today. While it has never conducted its own 'did Amelia become Irene?' investigation, it has always been sure to downplay the controversy to the news media. As recently as 2018, a Smithsonian constituent, Dorothy Cochrane, described the Smithsonian's preference was to simply view it as a 'false' claim. At the same time, the Smithsonian Institution does acknowledge its awareness that the Amelia-Irene controversy was never resolved.
 

The Smithsonian Institution is aware of the long-term forensic research and human comparison study--that displays the reality of Amelia Earhart's post-war existence as Irene--but it remains reluctant to acknowledge it.

Given all of the information that has been learned about it over the years, the Smithsonian Institution should at this point, without further delay, consider the idea of being more responsible to it by endorsing what has grown to become the obvious truth of Amelia Earhart's post-World War Two existence with a different name applied to her person. The head of the Smithsonian, Lonnie Bunch, can now confidently step up to the plate and hit a historical Amelia Earhart home run--by simply acknowledging the validity of the study results. In turn he will accomplish something else long overdue: The drumming out of  false Amelia Earhart history promoters, some whom have made a lot money in recent decades--by peddling a variety of non-truthful stories to account for what happened to Amelia Earhart.

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Dear Smithsonian Institution, please acknowledge the truth and send all false Earhart history promoters, foremost including the ones shown below, down the road!

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Richard Gillespie of Tighar, said Amelia flew far south of the equator to a desert island where she died and her body was eaten by crabs.

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Elgen Long of Nauticos said Amelia flew aimlessly until she exhausted her fuel supply, then crashed down into the ocean and sank.

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Mike Campbell's The Truth At Last book said Amelia ditched her plane in hostile territory where she was picked up by Japan and mistreated, and she later died in its custody.

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Richard Martini of 'Earhart's Electra' said Amelia was excuted by angry Japanese soldiers.

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Next, an intro to how the Amelia
Earhart truth delivery began:
 
In the 1960s, two lengthy, separately conducted investigations--one sponsored by CBS Radio and the other known as, Operation Earhart--concluded with certainty that Amelia Earhart did not crash and sink into the ocean in 1937, as was widely promoted. Both investigations resulted in best selling books; The Search For Amelia Earhart by Fred Goerner (1966), and Amelia Earhart lives by Joe Klaas (1970).
 

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1966 book by Fred Goerner that profiled
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1970, The Joe Klaas book about the ten
year 'Operation Earhart' investigation


The two investigations determined Amelia survived well beyond the date of her so-called disappearance. The CBS radio investigation concluded Amelia died of medical neglect after being sequestered by Japan as a spy suspect, and that Japan had secretly interned her remains. The other investigation, Operation Earhart, concluded Amelia quietly survived the World War Two years under the stewardship of Japan, and seeking privacy after the war she assumed a different identity. After much investigative research, in 1970, Amelia's 'still living' body evidence was produced by Operation Earhart in the form of a well respected woman known as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, noting she had wed a British gentleman named Guy Bolam in 1958. Operation Earhart claimed she was the former Amelia Earhart based on her strong resemblance to Amelia and a variety of other unique similarities she shared with the famous pilot, noting as well she was not identifiable as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. (This was later proved to be true.) Operation Earhart further claimed she had replaced the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and by producing Amelia Earhart's 'body evidence' it suggested it had veritably solved her dated 'missing person' case.  
 

When the assertion about her was made, though, the former Amelia Earhart, Amelia's family, and the Smithsonian Institution strongly rejected Operation Earhart's claim that she was the still living Amelia Earhart going by a different name. It was a big news story at the time. 

Below, another look at the post-war Irene, FKA Amelia, facing the press in 1970: 

The fact that Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam was not compared to Amelia Earhart back then tells us something, because our legal system easily could have done that--and it also could have far more thoroughly studied her life history if it chose to do so. The U.S. legal system, no doubt in this particular case influenced by its federal government, didn't do that because it did not want to surface the history of the other, original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--who Amelia Earhart had known in the 1930s. 

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 Again, nary a soul would have known about Amelia living on and changing her name had it not been for Joseph A. Gervais, (above) the retired military whistleblower whose ten-year investigation known as, Operation Earhart ended up presenting the 'body evidence' of Amelia Earhart in 1970, reidentified as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam), thus bringing an end to Amelia's 'missing person' case. Even though his claim was rejected back then, that's what he truthfully did.

 

 

"History is the unfolding of miscalculations."

Barbara Tuchman

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How The Final Unveiling Came About
According to The Person Who Caused It

 
While doing research for an Amelia Earhart film project in the 1990s, I learned about the quirky, all but dismissed and forgotten, 'Amelia versus Irene' story. I also came to know the two World War Two veterans responsible for surfacing it, Joe Gervais and Joe Klaas, and was surprised to find out it was never resolved. I was amazed as well to learn that Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia Earhart were never forensically compared to each other--so after consulting with forensic experts who guided me on how to conduct one, I set out to orchestrate the first-ever Amelia Earhart to Irene O'Crowley Craigmile comparison analysis. Above are a few samples from well over a hundred full body comparisons the study produced. After I commenced with the study, however, it is worth noting how resistance from Irene's survived family members, from Amelia's survived family members, and a barrage of deflections from the now late Bill Prymak, (d. 2014) the former omnipresent leader of the Amelia Earhart Society--that when combined with sarcasm toward the effort issued by the Smithsonian Institution, my progress was hindered. In short, it took a long time to finalize the darn thing. The Twenty-First Century advent of Digital Face Recognition proved to be a key addition, though, during the process of it.
 
In the meantime it remained a high-level truth to be realized, how after fifty-years the debate over who the woman called out in 1970 really was, or used to be, was still ongoing according to history itself. It should be noted as well, that there have been some rather obvious attempts made to imply the debate was eventually settled, most notably through false statements issued by Mssrs Alex Mandel, Mike Campbell, Bill Prymak and several others in a lengthy wikisource diatribe launched in 2005. Within their 'private citizens' protest, their writ feverishly tried to impress upon people that Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was always the same person, that my forensic bona fides that were produced under the guise of experts were 'amateurish' and... that Irene never resembled Amelia much. Their article falsely counterpointed almost everything that supported the Amelia became Irene reality, and absurdly tried to assert that the claim of the post-war Irene's former identity being Amelia was proved false in 2006 by a forensic detective hired by the National Geographic Society, even though Nat Geo itself admits such a thing never actually happened. 
 
This website was launched a dozen years ago--not only to admonish Alex Mandel's falsely contrived wikisource syllogism--but to track the ongoing accumulation of the study results. While doing so, it also journaled research avenues of Amelia Earhart's 'disappearance' and 'missing person case' few had considered before. [The Study, Journal, and Irene-Amelia.com website were copyrighted in 2017.]
 
You may notice a cynical tone applied here at first, but it was only used to parallel so much unjustified cynicism the 'Amelia to Irene' conveyance was met with from the time it surfaced those years ago, in lieu of the more enlightening information discovered about Irene as time progressed. For instance, to date no less than four nationally published books, the latest one arriving in 2016, concluded Amelia quietly lived-on to become known as 'Irene' in pursuit of a private existence for herself during the post-war years; a conclusion that while perpetually shouted-down, has never been 'legally' over-challenged. (Anyone can check this.)
 
As well, if you would like to peruse the absolutely incredible wikisource collection of BS garbage that swung wildly at trying to debunk the concrete 'Amelia became Irene' reality, spearheaded by Alex Mandel, Ph.D., a Ukrainian nuclear physicist and self described 'Earhart image protecting fanatic', below is the link. But don't trust what is there as the vast majority of it consists of twisted facts. There is also something spooky, or twisted about the group of people who collaborated with Mandel on it as well. [Why was it so important to them, where they felt a need to spend so much time gathering and presenting false information in their concerted debunking effort? Akin to the line spoken by the character Richard Dryfus played in, 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', "Who are you people?!"] 
 

Below, the curious 'Earhart obsessed' Alex Mandel. The link to his anti, 'Amelia became Irene'
Myth or Reality? wikisource tirade is under the photo. Nicely assembled, it presents nothing more 
than non-truthful propaganda in its attempt to convince people not to believe that Amelia Earhart
had survived the World War Two years--and that she had changed her name to 'Irene'.

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Otherwise, as you continue to examine the tonnage of information presented here, keep an open mind, and please do not hesitate to embrace your own curiosity.
Thank you, Tod Swindell, 2020
Questions? e-mail evandell58@gmail.com 
 

Below find more details pertaining to the shoddy, non-truthful material Dr. Alex Mandel sewed together to base his 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' Wikipedia page on in an effort to detour attention away from the discoveries the 'Swindell comparison study' made. Notice as well in his page, the comparison study is never referred to. In fact, whenever people have tried in the past to edit something in about the study, or about the Irene-Amelia.com website, Dr. Mandel was sure to edit it out. So much is revealing of how the campaign is still ongoing--to keep the truth about Amelia Earhart's post loss survival as 'Irene' from being recognized by the general public. 

On Dr. Alex Mandel's False Wikipedia Statements
 
After Irene's death was recorded in 1982, Dr. Alex Mandel's wikipedia page states that: "Gervais sought permission to photograph and fingerprint the body, but permission was denied." Note: Despite what Dick Strippel and his 1995 book stated, (as cited by Mandel) it was not Joseph A. Gervais who did that. After Strippel's Book came out Gervais refuted he did such a thing. In fact, it was actually the original Irene's 1934 born son who was denied access to his (so-called) mother's remains at the Rutgers college of medicine she had pre-donated her body to. Mandel's wikipedia page further states, "In 2006, a criminal forensic expert was hired by National Geographic to study photographs" (of Amelia and Irene) "and cited many measurable facial differences between them, concluding that the two people were not the same." Note: Here's the story clarifying the above statement: In 2006, detective Kevin Richlin appeared on a National Geographic Channel special about Amelia Earhart. Tod Swindell's then in-progress comparison study had recently been touted in a new published book and was being written about in news briefs as well. The National Geographic Channel's producers gave Mr. Richlin a limited sampling of photos for him to examine in a rigged effort, (although it had asked to and did examine the full extent of Tod Swindell's in progress study, Nat Geo declined to film it or at all elaborate on it in its final program version) to which Detective Richlin, who was clearly unfamiliar with the 'Amelia to Irene' equation, made light of the suggestion, saying, "if this is all you have..." contending that what the producers supplied him with wasn't enough to conduct a serious analysis. The point is, detective Richlin never forensically concluded anything. Dr. Alex Mandel recklessly (and intentionally) distorts the truth in this way and in other ways in his "Irene Craigmile Bolam" wikipedia page.  
 

The "Irene Craigmile Bolam" wikipedia page 'support material' listed by Dr. Alex Mandel and other anti-Earhart truth lobbyists is shown below. Note how succinctly Richard Gillespie of TIGHAR, describes Rollin Reineck's book  as, "folklore" and "almost entirely fictitious." (Reineck's book had highly praised and was inspired by Tod Swindell's then in-progress study.) Since the 1980s, Mr. Gillespie has been claiming that Amelia made it to a deserted island far south of the equator and died there--leaving her body to be eaten by crabs. Although Mr. Gillespie has forever tried to impress upon the media that his malarkey is actually true, no authentic evidence has ever supported his claim and it never will, because it isn't true. In any case, the supportive material for Dr. Mandel's falsely contrived 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' Wikipedia page referenced the following:
 
  • Gillespie, Richard (2003).  'Is This Amelia Earhart?' book review of Amelia Earhart Survived by Rollin ReineckTighar ...folklore that presents an incriminating, but almost entirely fictitious, case against the late Irene Bolam.
  • Mandel, Alex; Bright, Ronald; Gaston, Patrick; Prymak, Bill (2005). Campbell, Mike (ed.). 'Amelia Earhart's Survival and Repatriation: Myth or Reality?' Wikisource.
  • Roach, John (Dec 15, 2003). 'Where is Amelia Earhart?--Three Theories' National Geographic News.

During the onset of the forensic comparison study, it was noticed right off that clear photos of Amelia Earhart's 1930s pilot friend, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, that showed her image before the 1940s, were no longer in circulation. So below are two more examples showing how close the resemblance was between Amelia Earhart and the post-World War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. The word 'doppelganger' might come into play for some. It refers to non-related people who look like twins. 
 

 

 

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Amelia Earhart, age 30 

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AMELIA & IRENE DIGITALLY COMBINED

Above: Face, head, neck, and
shoulders all in perfect alignment
 

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 It's Easy To Be Cynical And Pretend It Isn't True That Amelia Survived And Changed Her Name. All One Has To Do Is Support False Truths Instead. Below is A Story Showing How It's Done: 
 
 

AMELIA DID NOT LIVE!
 
Can you believe it? Some people were so fooled they actually wondered if Irene O'Crowley Craigmile might have been the survived Amelia Earhart going by a different name(!) It was a ridiculous speculation of course, for everyone knew Amelia was declared 'missing' in 1937, and according to history she was never seen again. And history is never wrong!
 

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In fact, to bring an end to her missing person case, in 1939, Amelia Earhart was legally declared, 'dead in absentia'.
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No one ever knew what became of Amelia Earhart. Her disappearance was a mystery. Today, however, many people consider that at least one of the modern theorists below likely solved the mystery:

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Richard Gillespie of Tighar, said Amelia flew far south of the equator to a desert island where she died and her body was eaten by crabs.

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Elgen Long of Nauticos said Amelia flew aimlessly until she exhausted her fuel supply, then crashed down into the ocean and sank.

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Mike Campbell's The Truth At Last book said Amelia ditched on a reef in hostile territory, that she was picked up by Japan and mistreated, and she died in its custody.

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Richard Martini of 'Earhart's Electra' said Amelia was excuted by angry Japanese soldiers.

Yes, one of the modern theorists above must be correct. After all, their claims have been the only 'Earhart mystery' updates reported on by news media outlets since the 1980s. Thank goodness people stopped paying attention to that crazy, 'Amelia lived on and became known as Irene' hogwash. Luckily, personnel from the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum were always sure to tell anyone who asked about the old 'Amelia/Irene' idea that they should not take it seriously! (Non-cynical; in a 2015 edition of its own magazine, the Smithsonian admitted the 'Amelia became Irene claim' lived on, acknowledging its awareness that the controversy remained unsettled.)
 
(Back to being cynical...)

 
Besides...
 
Just because Irene and Amelia ended up demonstrating a head-to-toe physical congruence; 
and just because their character traits matched and they hung out with a lot of the same people;
and just because Irene knew Amelia's sister, Muriel, in her later life years;
and just because J. Edgar Hoover's long withheld, 'WWII Amelia Earhart FBI file' featured reports that indicated Amelia Earhart was still alive after she went missing in 1937;
and just because the Irene who looked like Amelia was seen nowhere identified as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two... none of this meant anything because Irene and Amelia were simply non-related twins, or doppelgangers. It is easy for anyone to understand that!
 
Not to leave out, Wikipedia's 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' page [the page is listed as 'Irene Craigmile Bolam'] describes how the National Geographic Society hired a detective in 2006 who concluded they were not the same person--and even though National Geographic and the detective deny that happened it still must be true because it's in Wikipedia--and everyone knows Wikipedia never gets anything wrong! 
 
And just because clear photos of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile showing her before the 1940s don't exist anymore, it doesn't mean anything because it is likely some careless person must have lost them.
 
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Okay, enough of being cynical. Let's take a closer look at the original Irene's past: 
 
A simple background check reveals she was an only child born in 1904 into a fairly prominent New Jersey family, the O'Crowley's of Newark--and when Irene was a young adult her well known attorney-aunt, who had raised her from age twelve on, helped her to become an active member of the League of Women Voters. Then in 1928, at the age of twenty-four, Irene married Charles James Craigmile, age thirty-nine, of Rantoul, Illinois. Charles was a well respected Civil Engineer in Pompton Plaines, New Jersey and Irene's future with him looked bright.
 
Sadly, however, as noted earlier, Charles Craigmile suddenly died in 1931, leaving Irene a widow at age twenty-seven. 
 

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After a year of grieving the loss of her husband, Irene decided she wanted to become a pilot and with a little guidance from her friends, Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry, she began taking flying lessons in 1932. Below once again, the same September 1, 1932 news photo from above was actually taken a month before Irene took her first flying lesson on her 28th birthday, October 1, 1932. The famous pilot, Viola Gentry, who personally took Irene under her wing--and then decades later would largely figure in to why her post-war Irene friend was left with no choice but to face the press in 1970, is shown next to the original Irene on her right: 

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In short order, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile did learn to fly and she even moved into the same apartment building where Viola Gentry lived in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, that provided a straight shot down the road to Floyd Bennett Field.
 

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Spring of 1933; note Irene's listed address.

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Summer of 1935; note Viola's listed address.

It was through Irene's and Viola's common friend, Amelia, that they first came to know each other, and the two became better friends by virtue of the dedication Irene devoted to becoming a licensed pilot--and her appreciation for the way Viola kept her under her wing during the process of it. Plus they had something in common: Viola Gentry lost her love interest, Jack Ashcraft, in a 1929 plane crash, and of course, Irene's husband, Charles, had died in 1931, leaving a mutual bond the two shared. Displaying more of their newfound camaraderie, below are a couple of press notices showing how Viola was sure to include her protoge', Irene, in some of her 1933 flying adventures:   

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A 1933 press notice citing Viola Gentry as the governor of Connecticut's invited guest of honor with Irene Craigmile joining her. Jack Warner is also mentioned, who Viola secretly wed--and then kept it a secret as long as she could.

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Another 1933 press notice telling of Viola Gentry entertaining Lady Drummond Hay of England, along with Irene Craigmile.

Except...

 
...in an unexpected twist of fate, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile realized she was pregnant out of wedlock in mid-1933 and ended up eloping to marry her child's father to be, Al Heller. Irene didn't fly much more after that--and let her pilot's license expire within a few years. According to an old newspaper article, the photo below features Irene holding her 1934 born son, Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller:

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Yet Irene had been duped. After she and Al Heller eloped, she learned that Al was still legally married to another woman he had children with, so she had their marriage annulled. As well, she and Viola's common pilot friend, Amelia, ended up moving back to the west coast in late 1934, so they all rarely saw each other after that. Yet, how did Irene and Amelia ever come to know each other in the first place?
 
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile originally came to know Amelia Earhart through Irene's aforementioned aunt, a well known lawyer by the name of Irene Rutherford O'Crowley (see 1928 news article below) who Amelia had come to know through the Zonta organization they both belonged to. Accordingly, before she became a pilot, Irene Craigmile, who was not a Zonta member, was a guest of her Aunt's at a Zonta meeting when she met Amelia for the first time and enjoyed some conversation with her. 
 

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Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's aunt, Attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley, practiced law in New York and New Jersey. Twelve years older than Amelia, attorney Irene was a charter member of Zonta; a professional business women's organization established in 1919. Amelia looked up to her after she joined the Zonta's herself in 1928, and by the 1930s, attorney Irene, Amelia, and Nina Broderick Price, of English diplomat parents, were three of the Zonta's most recognized members. Amelia of course, ended up being the most famous Zonta member of all time--even though her busy schedule prevented her from being as active with it as her friends, Nina Price and attorney Irene R. O'Crowley were. Since 1939, to honor her legacy, Zonta scholarships in Amelia Earhart's name have annually been awarded to aspiring young women. [In the 1930s, attorney Irene's niece, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, was not a career woman and so not a Zonta member, nor was Viola Gentry a Zonta member.]

Nina Price, who designed women's clothing, and attorney Irene O'Crowley as well demonstrated their own keen senses of fashion, and in 1932 & 1933, they helped Amelia launch her self-designed women's clothing line--with Nina helping the start-up of it and the publicity end--and attorney Irene helping with legal contractual matters. Nina, attorney Irene, and Amelia were described by another Zonta member as 'thick as theives' during this time period, and it is evident they were. [Which is why it may appear odd to some that the two are never mentioned in any of Amelia's biographies. Trust knowing the obscured past of attorney Irene's niece, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, had everything to do with that.]
 
Nina and attorney Irene also helped to get Amelia's own branded luggage line going with Amelia's manager-husband, George Putnam, using his own contacts to help promote it.
 
Below are some news clippings from the past mentioning Zonta along with attorney Irene's, Nina's, and Amelia's names, followed by images of the non-pilot marketing ventures Amelia endeavored to capitalize on with their help and guidance:

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A 1928 article commenting on attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley's opinion about the importance clothing in the business world.

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Two 1932 articles referring to Nina Broderick Price as the Zonta International Relations Chairman, then serving as 'toast mistress' for a Zonta trophy banquet given in Amelia's honor.

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A 1939 article referring to attorney Irene (Rutherford) O'Crowley as the Zonta International Relations Chairman along with a mention about the recently approved Amelia Earhart scholarship award.

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Amelia adjusts one of her creations.

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Above, after she soloed the Atlantic in mid-1932, Amelia Earhart was arguably the most famous women in the world. She worked hard the following year at developing her own lines of fine clothing, women's accessories, and durable luggage with logistical help and legal advice offered by both Nina Price and Irene Rutherford O'Crowley. The exciting ventures were less profitable than Amelia had hoped for, however, and after a difference of opinion between she and Nina ensued over it, Amelia decided to abandon her clothing line altogether. Her quality luggage line, though, the corporate office of which was based in Newark, New Jersey--a convenience for attorney Irene who resided there--managed to survive and "Amelia Earhart Luggage" continued to be sold for decades afterward.
 
Below, excerpted from a 1984 letter written by one Lucy McDannel--a former secretary and paralegal who had worked for attorney Irene Rutherford O'Crowley in the 1930s and 1940s--she refers to attorney Irene as, "Irene Sr." and attorney Irene's niece, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, as "Irene Jr." while explaining the friendship that existed between Nina and attorney Irene. Note as well the mention of Nina helping to start an "international friendship group" (AKA 'Zonta') and their connection to Amelia's luggage venture: 
 

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Above, a 1936 article about Nina Broderick Price's fashion advice to women. Nina mentored Amelia Earhart on designing women's clothing. (They apparently had some kind of falling our during the venture of it.) Depending on which article one might read, Nina was known to describe herself as either an actress, a writer, or a fashion designer.

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Above, a 1932 Western Union Telegram sent to Nina Broderick Price to be redirected to Amelia's attention. When Amelia soloed the Atlantic that year she had pre-arranged for Nina to receive congratulatory Zonta messages for her within the New York City Zonta they both belonged to.

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Back to Viola Gentry

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Above: Pilot-pals Amelia Earhart, Elinor Smith, and Viola Gentry in 1932.
 
 
Below, Viola Gentry in 1965, with the post-war Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's British husband, Guy Bolam.
Viola, Guy, and Amelia's sister, Muriel, were key players in the cover-up of Amelia's later life as 'Irene'. 

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Next: The Great Hoax(?)

Not Exactly, But Let's Play

It That Way First

Or... back to being cynical.