The Different Lives of Amelia Earhart

Home Page: Amelia Earhart
Misguided Efforts To Solve The Earhart Mystery
About Tod Swindell
The Most 'Important' Amelia Earhart Disappearance Investigations From Years Gone By
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'
The Truthful Words Of Monsignor James Francis Kelley About Amelia Earhart
About The 'Original' Irene Craigmile
The Universal Truth About Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart: A True Story
Yellow Journalism Tried To Hide The Truth In 1982
Reality Check: The 'Missing Person Case' Of Amelia Earhart


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In 1970, a retired United States Air Force Major who had been investigating Amelia Earhart's odd disappearance for several years, shocked the nation when he claimed he had located the still-living pilot while he was visiting Long Island, New York in 1965:
 

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The retired major asserted Amelia had survived and changed her name--and she had become a successful international business woman. The woman he claimed to be the former Amelia Earhart (shown above) was caught off guard by a book that published his assertions about her--and she swiftly refuted the book--then sued for defamation. Below is how she appeared at the 1970 press conference she held to decry the new book, Amelia Earhart Lives!
 

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Four years later, in July of 1974, relatively unnoticed amid the Watergate scandal, this article about the woman's still unsettled lawsuit appeared:

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The above article concerned the defamation lawsuit waged by Mrs. Guy Bolam, AKA, Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, who the retired major insisted was the former Amelia Earhart. She cited some factual errors in the book, Amelia Earhart Lives! that she believed were damaging to her reputation, as shown in the middle clipping above. She sued for $1.5 million, although it's worth noting her lawsuit did not challenge the claim that she was the former Amelia Earhart.
 
The case was finally settled in January of 1976. A summary judgment awarded her $60k to be paid by the book's publisher, McGraw-Hill, for poor fact checking. She settled out of court with the retired major, Joseph A. Gervais, and the book's author, Joe Klaas, by exchanging $10 of consideration with them. She agreed to the settlement after refusing to submit her fingerprints--when Joseph A. Gervais requested them to prove her identity. Because she declined to do so, the controversy over her true identity continued on after that. After her death was recorded in 1982, more 'questioning' headlines and articles surfaced about her, including these two: 
 

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As time continued to pass, many people, including some who knew her in her later life years, remained convinced that the Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, shown in the above photos, had previously been known as Amelia Earhart. In 1994, even best-selling Amelia Earhart author, Randall Brink, cited the still ongoing controversy in the following manner:
 
"One tantalizingly persistent account has Amelia supposedly returning to the U.S. and assuming a new identity." Randall Brink, from his 1994 book, Lost Star: The Search For Amelia Earhart.
 
 
In 1997, after realizing the ongoing controversy over Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam's lifelong identity had never actually been settled, a filmmaker/investigative journalist by the name of Tod Swindell, who had come to know Randall Brink and Joseph A. Gervais, decided it was time to forensically compare Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam to Amelia Earhart. This had never been done before and while it took many years to complete his self-orchestrated study--the results were worth it--and startling to say the least.
 
Here are a few samples from among hundreds of full body and character trait comparisons his study achieved:
 

FIRST AMELIA TO IRENE COMPARISON STUDY
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STUDY USED DIGITAL FACE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY

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Photographs of Amelia Earhart are plenty but they do not always consistently allow people to easily recognize her. In this example, when one visually compares the 1937 photo of Amelia on the left to the 1936 photo of Amelia on the right, it is hard to see the same person.
 

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ABOVE LEFT, AMELIA; ABOVE RIGHT, DIGITALLY COMBINED

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Above left, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam is shown in New York in 1970, ready to hold a press conference. (Her surname of 'Bolam' was added after she wed Guy Bolam of England in 1958.) Above center and to the right she is digitally combined with Amelia Earhart, who is shown at age 30. The completed study realized a full head-to-toe physical and character traits congruence.
 
Note: The final analysis results, that used Digital Face Recognition technology, also revealed how more than one person had been attributed to the same, 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' identity. (See below.) As well, as it turned out, the 'Irene' compared to Amelia above was seen nowhere identified as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two.  
 
The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, (below right) who Amelia Earhart had known, is shown in 1930 with her husband, Charles James Craigmile, who died in 1931:

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1931, From Charles J. Craigmile's obituary.

Charles Craigmile and the original Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile were married in 1928.
Charles was 39, Irene was 24. In September of
1931, Charles was suddenly stricken with
appendicitis while on a road trip and died a 
few days later. His obituary is further down.

CHARLES AND IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE
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1930 NEWSPRINT PHOTO

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Note: Amelia Earhart had known the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--and sometimes flew with her in 1932 and 1933. Except the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile who Amelia knew was not the one who held the press conference in 1970, even though she was supposed to have been. No matter, after years of debate over who the post-war only Irene really was, or used to be, history mistakenly left people thinking the Irene who held the 1970 press conference and the original Irene were one in the same person.

It is now known they were two different people. More on the story of how this historical anomaly came to be follows.

 

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AMELIA EARHART

Above, Amelia Earhart in 1937. Underneath the following quotes, see what happens when this image is digitally combined with the post-war only Irene's image.

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"History is the unfolding of miscalculations." Barbara Tuchman

"History is the expression of feelings peculiar to humanity."
Alfred North Whitehead
 
 

 

 

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AMELIA EARHART, 1937

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DIGITALLY COMBINED

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THE POST-WAR ONLY IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE-BOLAM, 1965

Above center, Amelia Earhart and the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam are shown digitally combined. Digital Face Recognition did not come into use until the Twenty-First Century. As well, before the 'Amelia to Irene' analysis took place, (the subject of this website) a comprehensive Amelia to Irene 'physical beings' and 'character traits' comparison study had never been done. As it turned out a complete head-to-toe and character traits congruence was realized after all.
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In 1932, Amelia Earhart, (above) became the first woman pilot to solo a plane across the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, and only the second person to do it since Charles Lindbergh. In subsequent years, she found herself listed among the most famous women in the world, a status she maintained, albeit somewhat reluctantly, until she was declared 'missing' in 1937. 

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Above, Digital Face Recognition showed Amelia Earhart and the post-war only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, to be in perfect alignment. It is worth re-emphasizing here, the Irene that aligned with Amelia was identified nowhere as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two.
 

 
Here's A Broader View

Incorrect Statement: The assertion of Amelia Earhart quietly surviving her disappearance, changing her name, and living to old age was proved false long ago. 

True Statement: The assertion, or 'claim' of Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence with a different name first surfaced in 1970, and contrary to the way the woman in question negated it--and how members of Amelia's family and the original Irene O'Crowley's family dismissed it out of hand--it never was proved false. As well, new evidence produced in the Twenty-First Century, that included the results of a Digital Face Recognition analysis, only appeared to enhance the truthful nature of the claim.
 

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Above: The full newspaper photo showing the
post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, (surname 'Bolam' added in 1958)
identifying her as, 'Mrs. Guy Bolam' in 1970.
She held a major press conference to refute
the bold assertment that said she used to be
known as Amelia Earhart in the new and
controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives! 
by Joe Klaas, seen held in the foreground.
She denied herself to be Amelia Earhart
and called the book's contents, "a poorly
documented hoax" and "utter nonsense."
 

After the post-war Irene denied herself to be Amelia Earhart, a follow up article reported on some of the particulars she had mentioned about her past to the news-media:

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Muriel Earhart Morrissey (1899-1998)

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

What About Amelia's Family?

"Of course I know Irene. She is a sister Zonta." "It's just foolish. There is practically no physical resemblance." The words of Muriel Earhart Morrissey, Amelia Earhart's only sibling, in response to the 1970 assertion that claimed her later life Zonta organization friend, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, was actually her survived sister sporting a different name. The assertion basically stated that unknown to the public, her sister, Amelia, had quietly survived after she went missing in 1937, and she went on to assume a new 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 physical resemblance--contrary to what Muriel had tried to promote.

 

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DIGITALLY COMBINED WITH AMELIA EARHART

Grace 'Muriel' Earhart Morrissey, who died in 1998, was a key part of the network that protected the reality of her sister's post-war existence as Irene.
 

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GRACE MURIEL EARHART MORRISSEY

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POST-WAR IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE-BOLAM, 1965

The above-left photograph of Muriel Earhart as a younger adult displays her own familial resemblance to her later life name-changed sister, shown in the 1965 photo next to her.
 
Three takeaway points to recognize here:
 
1.) It is unlikely that Muriel ever knew the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, shown in the panel directly below, who Muriel's sister, Amelia, had known in the 1930s.
 
2.) Again, Muriel's, "there is practically no physical resemblance" comment was proved untrue by virtue of the study results.
 
3.) At the time of Muriel's passing in 1998, it was importantly being realized that a comprehensive examination of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's full life story--combined with a comparison analysis of her person to Amelia Earhart's person--had never been done before. Thus marked the start of orchestrating one.

 

 

 

Intro to who the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was:

Below: After the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's husband died in 1931, (see his full obituary below the following images) she trained to be a pilot with guidance from Amelia Earhart and Viola Gentry, then she briefly remarried and had a child in 1934. Her flying days lessoned after that--to a point where she did not renew her pilot's license after 1937. As Viola Gentry once described, "Irene didn't do much with her flying, 'just flew."
 

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Above, Amelia Earhart is outlined in white and the
original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, face fully shaded,
is outlined in black in this September 1, 1932 Akron
Beacon Journal news photo. Irene was not yet a pilot
when the photo was taken. She took her first flying
lessons a month later, with help from Viola Gentry,
one of Amelia's pilot friends shown on Irene's right.

 

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The following obituary for Charles James Craigmile ran on September 23, 1931:

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From Charles J. Craigmile's obituary

The obituary was fairly accurate, although Charles and his wife, Irene had been married for less than three years, not 'five years' as the article implied. 

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Again, the newspaper photo dated '1930' shows
the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile next
to her husband, Charles James Craigmile,
who died the following year. Below, an
artist's touch and some contrast adjusting
helps to better see the true image of the
original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile: 
 

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It is unclear what became of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Today one would be hard pressed to locate a clear-image photograph of her person. The photos that were located of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's image prior to the 1940s were recklessly inconsistant and of low quality. As well, none of them matched the image of the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Here, the take away points from the comparison analysis revealed:
 
1.) By the time World War Two began the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was no longer evident.
 
2.) In 2006, and again in 2014, in order to emphasize it in writing, the 1934 born son of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, identified an entirely different person to have been his mother that the original Irene. Ostensibly, he was imprinted and raised from his early childhood years on by a surrogate mother figure--who did not resemble the original Irene--nor did she resemble the post-World War Two only Irene. Below is the person he identified as his 'mother' the way she looked, by his estimation, "around 1940." Note: To this day no one from within the general public realm knows who this person really was or where she came from.  

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"MY MOTHER, AROUND 1940"

[Further down learn more about the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and see more images of the person her 1934 born son identified as his mother.]
 

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Amelia Earhart, 1935
 
"God, the world hounded that woman after she became famous." A quote from famous pilot, Jackie Cochran, recalling her friend, Amelia Earhart. Jackie also mentioned that during the year Amelia was prepping for her world flight she was "closer to Amelia than anyone else, even her husband, George Putnam." Jackie's husband, Floyd Odlum, helped finance Amelia's 1937 world flight effort. Jackie Cochran was the first American woman to enter Japan after VJ Day. In a 1991 interview, Monsignor James Francis Kelley, a close later life friend of the former Amelia Earhart, affirmed that Jackie Cochran had been involved with Amelia's non-publicized return to the U.S.
 

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Again in 1970, the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, was very convincing when she denied her true past at the press conference she held. She had been pressed to respond to a sudden claim indicating she more than likely was the former Amelia Earhart, featured in a recently released book called, Amelia Earhart Lives. Her denial was accepted, until decades later, when a thorough analysis of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's background combined with a human comparison study proved that the 'Irene' above had appeared nowhere identified as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. These important realizations and other forensic research findings led to a final conclusion: The post-war only Irene, most definitely had been, previously known as... Amelia Earhart.
 

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The former Amelia Earhart, AKA, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, (above) took on the press in order to preserve her dignity and the legacy of who she used to be. She was determined to keep on living the private life she had grown accustomed to. She even sued the people who asserted she was Amelia Earhart. Amazingly, though, she only sued them for defamation, not for asserting she was the former Amelia Earhart. Why? The book the defendants had put out contained insinuations she felt were damaging to her reputation, and indeed they were. Again in 1974, four years into her lawsuit, the "Earhart Case Still Up in the Air" article listed a few of them:
 

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"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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"The forensic studies are very convincing. She was not an ordinary housewife as she claimed. She was influential, knew many well placed people and was well traveled." From an Associated Press article, John Bolam refers to some early-on results from Tod Swindell's analysis of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and 'missing person' case. The now late John Bolam, was a generation younger half-brother of the post-World War Two only, Irene's British husband, Guy Bolam. In the 1960s, John Bolam and his wife spent much time with Guy and Irene. He never stopped suspecting his sister-in-law to have been the 'former' Amelia Earhart.

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The post-war only Irene's in-laws from 1958 on, John and I. Elaine Bolam

 
"She was intelligent, articulate, and had a commanding presence. She knew a lot of important people including many high-ranking military officers, astronauts and flyers." "She was the epitome of a classy lady." 1997 quotes from an Amelia Earhart Society newsletter article about the post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. The article was written by her former sister-in-law, Mrs. I. Elaine Bolam, who as well wondered if she had previously been known as, 'Amelia Earhart.'

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Astronaut Wally Schirra (1923-2007)

 

In the 1980s, Astronaut Wally Schirra, one of the original seven NASA astronauts, stated in a filmed interview that he once 'met' the former Amelia Earhart at Cape Canaveral. The post-war only Irene spent time at Cape Canaveral when she would visit her in-laws, John and I. Elaine Bolam, who lived on Merritt Island, Florida.

"All the admirals and generals seemed to know her." LPGA promoter, Peter Bussati, a later life friend of the post-war only Irene's, accompanied her to the prestigeous New York Wings Club in the 1970s and was surprised by the respect she commanded from such important individuals there.

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Amelia Earhart
 
 

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Amelia and her future 'Irene' self digitally combined.
 
 

 

Highlighting the complex nature of this story by looking at some anecdotal Amelia Earhart history, helps keep it in perspective:

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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." Amelia Earhart author-historian, Doris Rich

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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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"One tantalizingly persistent account has Amelia supposedly 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.

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"After all she'd been through she didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." Monsignor James Francis Kelley, (1902-1996) as spoken to reporter, Merrill Dean Magley. Father Kelley was a post-war years and later-life close friend of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, AKA, the former Amelia Earhart. A past president of Seton Hall College, in 1991, Father Kelley confirmed to USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, that he had helped to receive Amelia back in the United States. He also confided to Helen Barber of Wayne. Pennsylvania, that he was instrumental with her identity change to Irene. Years earlier, in 1982, he was quoted in newsprint the following way about his friend, Irene:
 

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"Tod Swindell's Amelia Earhart study results let the horse out of the barn."
USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.)
 
Let's play it back...
 

 
Another look; the news article headline and story lead-in from 1974:  

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Think about it... after four years the courts still had "yet to decide" whether or not Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam used to go by the name of Amelia Earhart. The public was left to assume the controversy was settled at some point, but it never was officially settled, and it remained that way going forward.
 
Trust knowing... if the U.S. court system really wished to factually determine if "Mrs. Guy Bolam" (AKA, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam) had previously been known as Amelia Earhart--it easily could have done such a thing. Evidently, the ongoing concealment of who Mrs. Bolam used to be was more important.
 
 

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Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart in 1933
 
In 2004, thirty-years after he died, it was confirmed that Charles Lindbergh had lived a double life from the 1950s-on using the alias of, Careu Kent. Under that name he twice cohabited with women in Europe and had children with them that his stateside wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and their own progeny were left unaware of. Just as Charles Lindbergh used his alias while on intelligence assignments in Europe the last decades of his life, the former Amelia Earhart, while living as Irene, as well spent much time overseas during her extensive world travels in the 1960s and 1970s. She also served as the president of an international media consulting and market research firm--Guy Bolam Associates--whose main client was Radio Luxembourg. The company was founded in the late 1940s, by the former Amelia's later-life British husband, Guy Bolam, (who she had wed in 1958) and upon his death in 1970, Guy left the company to her. It also listed clients in Tokyo, Sydney, Paris, Bruxelles, and in London as well--where Guy, who served in both World Wars, was born and raised. Guy and Irene, together and separately, sometimes office'd at CLR London, LTD, a radio advertising company all but exclusive to Radio Luxembourg. (The couple's stateside offices were located in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey.) When she was living as Amelia, and then later as Irene, she was known to speak several languages fluently and it came in handy with her international doings. Radio Luxembourg was also known for having one of the most powerful broadcast towers in Europe--that helped introduce the music of the Beatles to listeners beyond the Iron Curtain.  
 

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Old newspaper photo of Guy
and Irene in Japan in 1963.
 

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Amelia Earhart, age 30 

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Guy Bolam and his wife, Irene, AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart' in 1965
 
 

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Note: This website was launched several years ago to track a new and innovative, 'Amelia Earhart forensic research study' privately orchestrated by Tod Swindell, a filmmaker and veteran Amelia Earhart journalist. For those who have not heard of him, his effort to assess the reality of Amelia's post-war existence in the United States began in the 1990s. He offers that his study results exhibit the work of an Earhart realist as opposed to an Earhart conspiracy theorist or false Earhart history inventor. If you find the subject matter of Amelia Earhart's old 'missing person case' interesting, keep going and decide for yourself.
 
 

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"The time has come to drum 'false Earhart history promotions' out of the 'true Earhart history' corps. Some of the false promotions led to 'false news' that left people wondering if Amelia Earhart was eaten by giant crabs on a desert island, or if maybe she was executed by a Japanese military firing squad. News reporters should stop paying attention to these and other outlandish ideas and concentrate on the facts instead." Tod Swindell

   

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Tod Swindell being interviewed in 2017
 

Below, from 1970 to 2016, four nationally published books concluded that Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 'disappearance' and lived-on to become known as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-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 went unchallenged:
 

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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-Bolam' 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 in the United States, until she married Guy Bolam of England in 1958, that left her more commonly known as, Irene Bolam.

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This 2004 book by USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), was first to credit Tod Swindell's forensic verification of plural Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's. Col. Reineck also concurred 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, author W.C. Jameson's 2016 effort also averred that Amelia Earhart lived to become known as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.' 

 
In 1970, the public was swiftly conditioned not to believe it when the former Amelia Earhart was outed against her will, living privately as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. So much so, no one felt a comparison study was necessary--until decades later--when it was verified the dismissed claim was never proved false. At that point, Tod Swindell, who had been researching the missing person case of Amelia Earhart--that was closed when Amelia was declared "dead in absentia" in 1939--determined it was time to orchestrate one. After years of hard work the results he achieved delivered the truth in no uncertain terms: 
 

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AMELIA EARHART, 1937

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DIGITALLY COMBINED

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THE POST-WAR ONLY IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE-BOLAM, 1965

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Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, AKA 'the
former Amelia Earhart' in 1965. When it was
confirmed that she was identified nowhere 
 as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two,
the comparison study results left it clear she
was the former Amelia Earhart, who during
the World War Two era ended up acquiring
the left-over identity of a 1930s' pilot friend of
hers; the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.

 

Those who believe the person shown above in 1965 and below in 1977 was the 'original' Irene O'Crowley Craigmile are mistaken, and it isn't even close. Forensic research conducted in recent years combined with the results of a human comparison study left it obvious to observe: Before she was declared a 'missing person' in 1937, the name of the person shown above and below in photos taken twelve-years apart, most definitely had been known as, Amelia Earhart.
 

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Senator Hiram Bingham
& Amelia Earhart
 
 

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Above: Distinguished and proud with her
trademark wings and pearls is the post-World
War Two only, 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile'.
(Surname 'Bolam' added in 1958.) She was
identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end
of World War Two. During the post-war era
she emerged from out of the blue to work at
a bank in Mineola, New York, close to the
Long Island airfield where she chartered the
99's women's flying organization seventeen
years earlier. She left her position as Vice
President of the Great Neck National Bank
in 1958, when she married Guy Bolam, and
proceeded to help him run  his company,
Guy Bolam Associates. Anymore it is
obvious she was not the original Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile. Rather, she
was the former Amelia Earhart.
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The Study results left it clear to an obvious degree that the post-war only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, had previously been known as, Amelia Earhart.
 
 

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MERRILL 'DEAN' MAGLEY

"After all she had been through she didn't want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore." Monsignor James Francis Kelley, as spoken to news reporter, Merrill Dean Magley, in 1987.
 

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Above: Photos showing Monsignor James Francis Kelley and the former Amelia Earhart together in the late 1970s. During the last decade of his life, the well-known priest described to several trusted acquaintances of his that he had helped to receive Amelia back in the U.S. after the war. He also mentioned he aided with the process of her name change to Irene, and that he monitored her 'emotional recovery' ordeal and served as a spiritual guide for her going forward. He even referred to her as 'Amelia' to the select individuals he confided in. Some non-believers who heard about his conveyance suggested 'old-age senility' must have caused him to make it up. The later study results proved he had merely told the truth.
 
Monsignor Kelley was a past president of Seton Hall College. He held doctorate degrees in philosophy and psychology. He died in 1996 at the age of 94. As mentioned, Amelia's only sibling, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who also knew her sister as 'Irene' in her later life years, died in 1998.
 
 

"He was quite lucid when he told us about his helping Amelia after she returned to the United States." Donald Dekoster, recalling what Monsignor Janes Francis Kelley had described to he and his wife, Ellie, about Amelia Earhart's ongoing existence as 'Irene' after World War Two.


"He did speak of knowing Amelia Earhart." Monsignor Thomas Ivory of West Orange, New Jersey, a past friend of Monsignor Kelley's who presided over his 1996 funeral.
 
 
~~~
Below, in his day Monsignor Kelley was not your everyday priest: 
 
 

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

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

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Monsignor Kelley with First Lady Betty Ford and Marge Montana.
 

Below, find part of a September 17, 1991 tape-recorded interview with Monsignor Kelley conducted by former Air Force Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck:

COL. REINECK: We believe Jackie Cochran was sent to Japan to help bring Amelia home. Are you aware of that?

MSGR. KELLEY: Yes, I was involved with that.
 
COL. REINECK: If you have things of hers [Earhart's] I would like to see them. You are aware that she was Irene Bolam?

MSGR. KELLEY: What?
 
COL. REINECK: Amelia Earhart was Irene Bolam?
 
MSGR. KELLEY: That's right, yes.
 
 
~~~

Was Amelia's name change the result of a well orchestrated, Federal Witness Protection Program? More than likely, yes. A link to former FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover's involvement with Amelia's well-cloaked existence in the United States from the mid-1940s on until he died in 1972, became noticeable within the forensic research portion of the analysis.
 
J. Edgar Hoover's 1980, FOIA released, 'World War Two FBI file' on Amelia Earhart featured several mentions of her still being alive during the war years. This, when combined with Hoover's war-time and post-war years alliance with Monsignor James Francis Kelley, affords insight to how and why Amelia's later-life decades of living under an assumed identity was shielded from the public
 

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Above: Monsignor James Francis Kelley and Archbishop Thomas Walsh award FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover with an LLD degree in 1944. A few months after World War Two ended, J. Edgar Hoover awarded Monsignor Kelley a commendation for assistance he had rendered to the Department of Justice.
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Above left, the post-World War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile; Above center, the post-war only Irene & Amelia superimposed; Above right, a profile photo of Amelia Earhart.

"Peter Busatti said he accompanied Mrs. Bolam to the Wings Club in New York City on one occasion. He said a full length portrait of Amelia Earhart hangs in the room dedicated in her honor. ""It was a dead ringer for Irene,"" he said. ""Sometimes I thought she was, sometimes I thought she wasn't. Once when I asked her directly she replied, "When I die you'll find out,"" Busatti said. At a Wings Club event in Washington, Busatti mentioned how, ""All the admirals and generals seemed to know her."" Excerpted from a 1982 New Jersey News Tribune article where when interviewed, Mr. Busatti openly commented about his suspicion that his 1970s & 80s friend, the post-World War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, used to be known as Amelia Earhart.
 
~~~
 
 

After the war, J. Edgar Hoover awarded a commendation medal to Monsignor James Francis Kelley for his service to his country. Father Kelley's 1987 published memoirs mentioned the award but did not provide details for why he received it.
 
The answer ended up being revealed by Kelley himself. During a recorded interview conducted in 1991, Father Kelley mentioned to Earhart investigator, Rollin C. Reineck, that he had written a chapter in his memoirs about his post-war experiences with Amelia Earhart and her becoming known as 'Irene' for the remainder of her days, but it was omitted before the book was published. The explanation found in his book under its cover image below, likely explains why the decision was made to leave it out, and why any mention of Amelia or his later life close friendship with her when she was known as 'Irene' was left out as well: 

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

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

 

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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 is indeed the case. You have also convinced me that one of them used to be Amelia Earhart. Incredible. You have quite an impressive package there. Keep charging - Gene."  Part of a note forwarded to Tod Swindell from retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Ernest Eugene (Gene) Tissot Jr. a member of the Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers. Tissot's father, Ernie Tissot served as Amelia Earhart's head plane mechanic during her 1935 Hawaii to Oakland flight. 
 
 

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Tod Swindell
Writer, Filmmaker, Amelia Earhart
Historian & Investigative Journalist

Below the following newsprint articles, in his own words read how Tod Swindell became intrinsically involved with the never disproved, 'Amelia changed her name to Irene' assertion.
~~~ 

 
"Twenty-two years ago I wrote a review of Susan Butler's new Amelia Earhart biography, East to the Dawn. Her book had commemorated Amelia's 100th birthday and the 60th anniversay of her disappearance. Note the last paragraph of the article. The time has arrived." Tod Swindell

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1998
 

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1999                                                                 2002
 

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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 later became
known as Irene' reality. They consistently made
light of it instead, by hoodwinking that Amelia
became a New Jersey housewife." Tod Swindell

 
2007
 

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2009
Tod Swindell is featured in:
 

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"In 2009, the National Geographic Society issued its DVD program, 'Where's Amelia Earhart.' The show's producers had heard about my Amelia Earhart Forensic Research Study and asked me to appear in its program with some of my material. I agreed to accommodate them, but later regretted doing so. The reason was I had shipped twelve large panels (several shown above on the Nat Geo film set) to its filming location, and soon regretted doing so. For after digesting the 'truths' the panels displayed, the producers of the show felt they were too controversial for them to include--and asked me to remove the panels from the set before filming commenced. They did interview me on camera for two hours, but my contribution was trimmed to a couple of minutes of air-time only--and in the final edit they made light of the 'Amelia to Irene' part of the Earhart mystery. My experience in dealing with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum was no better. The Smithsonian did well in sweeping the unsettled 'Amelia to Irene' assertion under its 'Earhart history' rug. It's worth noting both Nat Geo's and the Smithsonian's headquarters are located in Washington DC, where a sway to leave 'the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance' firmly in place as a 'mystery' only, has long existed."  Tod Swindell
 

 
1937:

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Still Ongoing In 1982:

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

Below, a 1987 commemorative Marshall Islands 'Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan rescued by Japan' postage stamp and another 2002 AP Article lead-in:

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Above, Amelia Earhart at age 26, five
years before she became famous. Below,
she's digitally combined with her future
self as Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.
 

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USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck in 1944 

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

 

"Foudray calls the investigative research of Joe Gervais and Tod Swindell, ""Just the tip of the Iceberg."" "All the evidence all put together, I feel like she [Amelia] did survive. I think she survived and came back to the United States, but that she wanted her privacy." Lou Foudray, former caretaker of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum is quoted from interviews conducted by Lara Moritz of KMBC TV, Kansas City, and by The Topeka Kansas Capital-Journal's, Jan Biles.
 
Below, Joseph A. Gervais in 2001, receiving his research achievement
commendation from Amelia Earhart Society President, Bill Prymak:

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Above, a 2016 photograph of Lou Foudray, Earhart historian and former caretaker of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum on the front porch of the home where Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas. Lou was never shy to share her belief that Amelia changed her name to 'Irene' for the sake of her future privacy.
 
 

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USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck in 1944 

"Special recognition goes to Tod Swindell, who undertook an extensive, in-depth forensic analysis of the post-war only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile Bolam as compared to Amelia Earhart, to show the world they were one in the same person." USAF Colonel, Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.), reprinted from his book, Amelia Earhart Survived.
 

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TRUTH AND REALITY
GO HAND IN HAND
 

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Tod Swindell, 2019

"In 1996, when I first met renowned Amelia Earhart 'world flight' investigator, Joseph A. Gervais, I was amazed to find out that a forensic study dedicated to comparing the person of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam to Amelia Earhart had never been done before. So I learned how to orchestrate one from experts and began my journey to get it done.

It seemed logical enough; the unsettled controversy over the enigmatic Irene's past was three decades old by then and Joseph A. Gervais was still insisting she was the former Amelia Earhart; an insistence he would maintain to his dying day in 2005.

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Tod Swindell and Joseph A. Gervais in 2002
 

Joseph A. Gervais initially began investigating Amelia's odd disappearance circumstances in the 1950s. Several years into his investigation, in 1965, he met the woman known as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam' at a gathering of retired senior pilots in New York, and he couldn't help but notice her air of self-importance and the respect she commanded from others. As well, he felt she looked just like what an older version of Amelia Earhart would have looked like. When they conversed and he asked if she had known Amelia, she told him she 'had known' Amelia and 'used to fly' with her when she was simply known as, Irene Craigmile.

He found that odd because he'd never heard of an 'Irene Craigmile' before.

Later, after thoroughly looking into who Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was, or had been, Joseph A. Gervais learned the woman he met could not possibly have been the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. Rather, he realized hands-down that she could only have been the former Amelia Earhart... in the flesh.

He later realized as well, what he had figured out was something the general public was never supposed to know. This happened after the former Amelia Earhart refuted the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives, that was inspired by his realization of who she used to be--yet had been published without her cooperation or endorsement.

Since Irene, AKA 'the former Amelia Earhart' did not participate in the writing of the book, she was able to cite factual errors in it she felt were damaging to her reputation--and thus decided to sue Joseph A. Gervais and the book's author, Joe Klaas--and its publisher, McGraw-Hill, for defamation.

Her strong rejection of the best-selling book led to it being removed from the marketplace, but not before 40,000 copies had already made it into circulation, along with it garnering a Pulitzer Prize nomination. It is interesting to note here as well, while challenging the controversy over her identity, she never proved she was not the former Amelia Earhart at any time and no one else did either.

 

Today the Irene-Amelia controversy is five-decades old--and while the incredible discovery Joseph A. Gervais made all those years ago is now an obvious reality to observe--the obfuscation that diverts it continues." Tod Swindell

 

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Above: The best selling 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas, exposed the truth about Amelia Earhart's ongoing post-war existence as, 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.' It was inspired by the Joseph A. Gervais investigation and his bold assertion of who the post-war only Irene used to be, although it was published without her cooperation.

Soon enough, the book was removed from the stores after the former Amelia Earhart hired a lawyer to sue for defamation. While it was true she had been living her life privately as 'Irene' since the mid-1940s, she wasn't about to go back to being the famous Amelia Earhart again for her own good reasons, that importantly included the preference of the U.S. federal government.

The book made national news after it was released, causing the former Amelia Earhart to hold a press conference where she lashed out at its contents.

~~~  


 

A handwriting comparison sample from the 'Character Traits' section of the comparison analysis:

 

Below, a 1967 handwritten line excerpted from a note to Joseph A. Gervais, penned by the post-World War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, describes two pilot friends she had known when she was Amelia Earhart, and who she knew again in her later-life years when she was known as, 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.' The line is cryptically phrased but alludes to how she recognized herself as a different person after the war years.

The two pilot friends she referred to were Viola Gentry and Elmo Pickerill, and both indeed had known her as 'Amelia' in the 1930s, and then again as 'Irene' in her later years.

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

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

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

 
The Swindell Study marked the first objective analysis of Amelia Earhart's 1937 'disappearance' and 'missing person case' to compare Amelia to the once aspiring pilot she had flown with in the 1930s, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
 
In 1970, the person known as 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' (surname 'Bolam' added by marriage in 1958) found herself thrust into the national-news spotlight as a subject of controversy. Within the Swindell Study results, it was forensically determined she was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. It turned out the left over identity of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was made available for Amelia Earhart to use for herself going forward after World War Two.

Note: During the past decade, the now completed study came to be recognized among Earhart scholars as the most comprehensive evaluation of Amelia Earhart's failed world-flight attempt to date and by far, the most truthful.

 

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The above May 13, 1938 White House transcript exchange (abreviated) took place between Henry P. Morgenthau Jr., then Secretary of the Treasury and a 'right hand man' and confidant of President Franklin Roosevelt, and Malvina Scheider, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's personal secretary. To this day no one knows the extent of the information the White House withheld about Amelia's world flight outcome, although it is clear it withheld something important that it chose not to publicly divulge. The "Amelia Earhart absolutely disregarded all orders" comment of Morgenthau's referred to Amelia's decision to head for the no-fly zone of the Marshall Islands--as opposed to her announced alternate emergency landing spot of the Gilbert Islands just south of them. Below was Malvina Scheider's response to the First Lady on behalf of Mr. Morgenthau: 

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Above: The reply note to Eleanor Roosevelt written by her secretary, Malvina Scheider, nine months after Amelia Earhart was declared 'missing'. On behalf of two of Amelia's friends, Jackie Cochran and Paul Mantz, who believed Amelia survived her disappearance and was still alive overseas, the First Lady forwarded a letter from Mantz to Henry P. Morgenthau Jr., asking about the possibility of additional search efforts for Amelia. Soon after that she learned of the silent treatment the White House was adhering to toward Amelia's ongoing 'missing person' case. Several more months then passed, until early 1939, as World War Two heated up, that Amelia Earhart was legally declared, 'dead in absentia'.

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Above, Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart, 1933. The two were fast friends after they first met. Below, the 'Amelia' image from above is digitally combined with her future 'Irene' self:

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"The public has been misled about the fate of Amelia Earhart ever since the event of her so-called 'disappearance' took place. With the new information the research study unearthed, it is time for people to recognize the obfuscation and dishonesty that long-plagued Amelia Earhart's 'world flight outcome' story." Amelia Earhart investigative journalist, Tod Swindell

 

Intro: Comparing the original Irene 
O'Crowley Craigmile to Amelia Earhart

Irene O'Crowley Craigmile,
at age nineteen.

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AGE NINETEEN, 1923

 
Below: Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, age twenty-eight.

IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE
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AGE TWENTY-EIGHT, 1932

Amelia Earhart,
at age twenty.

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AGE TWENTY, 1917

 
Below: Amelia Earhart,
age thirty-one.

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AGE THIRTY-ONE, 1928

 
In the above display, it is easy to see Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia Earhart were two different people.

Keep going to learn how their lives ended up so curiously intertwined--and the incredible reason for it that managed to briefly surface in 1970--until Irene O'Crowley Craigmile herself and Amelia Earhart's family steered the press and the public away from it.

 

This particular forensic research study of Amelia Earhart's 'disappearance' and 'missing person case' was not only the first to thoroughly compare the physical beings and character traits of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia Earhart to each other; it also included the recent advent of Digital Face Recognition technology while doing so, further enabling it to provide a legitimate, forensically deduced conclusion.
 
At this point there is no going back on the realities the study learned about Amelia's ongoing post-war existence as a non-public figure. It is only a matter of time before history itself recognizes it, akin to the way it reluctantly confirmed Charles Lindbergh's post-war, separate life alias of 'Careu Kent' in 2004, thirty-years after he died.
     
 

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Pilot, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
She sometimes flew with Amelia
Earhart in 1932 and 1933.
 

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Amelia Earhart in 1921. After she became
famous several years later, she met
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
 

 
Before continuing with the 'Study Review', once again, as demonstrated above, it is essential to recognize how long-ago pilot friends, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia Earhart were entirely different human beings who did not resemble each other--and were separated age wise by seven years; Amelia being the older of the two.
 
 
 
Therefore, the digital comparison results below would defy logic, unless in her later-life years, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile somehow ended up looking just like her 1930s' pilot friend, Amelia Earhart, who had gone missing in 1937, and was purportedly never seen again:

 

Below left, Amelia Earhart at the age of thirty; below right, she is digitally combined with a 1970 photo-image of the post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam:

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Below left, Amelia Earhart in 1937; Below right, she is digitally combined with her future, 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam' self.

 

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AMELIA & AMELIA + IRENE O"CROWLEY CRAIGMILE

 
 
Below: Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1965

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Below: Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam in 1970

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The forensic research study learned that the 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam' in the above 1965 and 1970 photographs was identified nowhere as 'Irene' prior to the end of World War Two. In other words, after the war it was as if she emerged from out of the blue identified that way. Should anyone still find it difficult to recognize the older version of 'Amelia' in the above photographs, consider the following quote by philosopher Uell Stanley Andersen: 

 

"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

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Thanks to the Twenty-First Century study and its compelling results, this curious 'human anomaly' became explainable:

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In 1932, Amelia Earhart, (above) became the first woman pilot to solo a plane across the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, and only the second person to do it since Charles Lindbergh. In subsequent years, she found herself listed among the most famous women in the world, a status she maintained until she was declared 'missing' in 1937. 

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Above, Digital Face Recognition showed Amelia Earhart and the post-war only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, to be in perfect alignment. It is worth re-emphasizing here, the Irene that aligned with Amelia was identified nowhere as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two.
 

Why is this so important to know, understand, and ultimately embrace anymore? There are a lot of reasons.

First, though, here is a review of how the 1970s' cover-up of the discovery of Amelia's post-loss existence as Irene came into being:

When the former Amelia Earhart was first publicly recognized in 1965, and then after the attempt was made to nationally 'out her' for who she used to be against her will in 1970, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation Director, J. Edgar Hoover, resorted to a 'politburo' kind of control and influence over the matter--that obfuscated it to the national news media.

This left it where by the time J. Edgar Hoover died in 1972, every national news media figurehead understood the quiet edict laid down by the United States Federal government originated by Hoover himself, to never regard the 'Amelia became Irene assertion' in a serious manner. This is why we have never witnessed the national news media do its own investigation of the 'Amelia became Irene' assertion. What we have seen instead, is news reports about different people or clubs from within the private sector that offered a variety of ideas when it came to what happened to Amelia in 1937, that systematically steered clear of--or was sure to make light of the 'Amelia became Irene' claim if it ever came up. 

Additionally, the powerful level of control the federal government has over the U.S. court system, engaged by the former Amelia Earhart herself to enable her to continue leading the same private-life existence she had led since the post-war years was clearly evident--as is the reality that states her post-war private life existence came about by way of a carefully orchestrated Federal Witness Protection Program. There is absolutely no doubt this happened and there is absolutely no doubt the U.S. federal government was intent on never divulging it happened.

There is solace in knowing that J. Edgar Hoover is long gone now, as is the former Amelia Earhart, who, depending on whom one chooses to believe, either died in Edison, New Jersey in 1982, or in Mclean, Virginia in 1994. The reason the ambiguity over when the former Amelia Earhart actually died exists, is due to the learned reality of there having been more than one person in the post-war years attributed to the same 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam' identity. The one featured on the memorial dinner program cover below was not the former Amelia Earhart. She was the surrogate mother of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son. Although Irene's death was recorded in 1982, it remains uncertain which 'Irene' actually died then; the surrogate mother Irene or the former Amelia Earhart Irene. Relevant to this quandary, check out the news article clippings below the memorial dinner program image, followed by the positive ID placement made by the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's son, Clarence 'Larry' Heller:  

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The mixed bag of information in the above article was typical of the malarkey that kept the general public from recognizing Amelia's post-war existence as, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. 

 

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

Below is a 2014 written exchange between Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, the 1934 born son of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, and investigative journalist, Tod Swindell. The two first met at Mr. Heller's attorney's office in New York, at which time Mr. Heller positively identified his 'mother' in younger and older forms, before he was asked to put it in writing. The person Mr. Heller identified as his mother, however, was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, nor was she the post-World War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile: 

 

From Tod Swindell: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Subject: Identity 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 to me in these younger and older photo versions, 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 written verification, I’d appreciate it.

Thanks,

Tod

 

From 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. Proof is available. C. Heller

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Below, when the above images were digitally combined in the analysis, they did equate the same person in younger and older forms:

IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE
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"AROUND 1940"

IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE
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"1970s"

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DIGITALLY COMBINED

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"My Mother around 1940," verified in
2014 by Clarence Alvin 'Larry' Heller, the 1934
born son of the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.

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The post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile
in 1946, FKA "Amelia Earhart," not recognized
by the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile 's son.

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Her once famous look had changed. Nine years
had passed, a world war was fought and had
ended, after which  she no longer wished
  to be recognized for who she used to be.
 

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Digitally combined photos from the left (1946-1965)
showing the same person, the former Amelia Earhart,
with close to twenty-years of age difference.  

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Amelia, 1937

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AMELIA AND HER FUTURE IRENE SELF

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The post-war only, Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile-Bolam, FKA 'Earhart' in 1965

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Amelia Earhart, age 38 in 1935...

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...transitions into...

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...her future self marking the post-war
quiet return of, "the pilot in pearls."
 

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Shirley Dobson Gilroy's classic 1985, "artistic tribute
to Amelia Earhart" book, Amelia / Pilot In Pearls

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The post-war only Irene really was the former Amelia
Earhart. The above alignment was no mere coincidence.

Below: The Human Being Plurality Of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile; Three Twentieth Century Women Who Ended Up Being Attributed To The Same 'Irene' Identity In Order To Obfuscate The Ongoing Existence Of The Former Amelia Earhart...  

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Above, Amelia's long-ago acquaintance, the original Irene Craigmile (1932-1933) next to one of the plane's she learned to fly in.
 
 

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The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1930 between her husband and father. Below, contrast enhanced.

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Above, the second, Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile
 

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Above, a "1970s" dated photo of the Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, on the cover of her 1982 Memorial Dinner program. Below, the younger and older photo versions from above are digitally combined, displaying the same human being in younger and older forms. She was not the same Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam who Joseph A. Gervais met and photographed in 1965, even though according to history she should have been:

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Above, the third post-war 'new' Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, FKA 'Amelia Earhart' in 1946. Below, she is digitally combined with her former 'Amelia' self.

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AMELIA & AMELIA + IRENE O"CROWLEY CRAIGMILE

Above, the 1965 Gervais photo of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam digitally combined with Amelia. 

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Above: The curiously obsessed with Amelia Earhart, and
self appointed anti-Irene campaigner, Dr. Alex Mandel. This
fellow should be drummed out of the 'True Earhart History
Corps' with all other 'false Earhart history' promoters:

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As part of the Study Review, the following should be pointed out:

Many people automatically log-on to wikipedia to quickly learn what they can about topics of historical interest. It is important to recognize, though, the public provided information in wikipedia is not always accurate. This includes the information in a wikipedia page self-built by an oddly motivated Irene truth dissenter, Dr. Alex Mandel, a Ukrainian nuclear physicist:  

[Note: The false, 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' wikipedia page that was launched in 2008, was a deceptive ploy created by an individual known as 'Dr. Alex Mandel' of Ukraine, after he learned of the new investigative research study being conducted. He knows what is real and what isn't real Irene-Amelia wise, yet his motive for building the page was specific: To renew the persuasion people that once again was intended to make them believe there was nothing to the Irene-Amelia controversy, this, even though the assertion that Amelia lived-on and became known as 'Irene' was never disproved.
 
Dr. Mandel, who has long demonstrated a curious obsession with Amelia Earhart, fabricated in his page (that he alone strictly moderates) how research, "eliminated any possibility the two were one in the same." He also added, "in 2006, the National Geographic Society hired a criminal forensic expert who studied photographs and concluded the two were not one in the same." These are outright falsehoods and sadly, Dr. Mandel knows they are. Basically, though, his effort once again demonstrates the depth of dishonesty that has long restricted the public from embracing the true story of Amelia's post-war existence as 'Irene'. Incidentally, the photograph on his wikipedia page displays the former Amelia Earhart as 'Irene' at a Detroit Zonta gathering in 1977. The study includes other photos of her taken at the same event.]
 

 

CONTINUE STUDY REVIEW

POST-WAR ONLY IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE
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OAHU, HAWAII, 1952

POST-WAR ONLY IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE
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JAMAICA, 1976

POST-WAR ONLY IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE
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NEW YORK, 1977

Above & digitally combined
with Amelia Earhart below:
The post-World War Two only,
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.

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AMELIA

Whether people choose to believe it or not
is of little consequence anymore. The study
results left it obvious that the post-war only,
Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, did used
to be known as Amelia Earhart. 
 

Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, the
once aspiring pilot who flew with
Amelia Earhart, is shown above in
1930 with her civil engineer husband,
'Charles James Craigmile.'

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From Charles J. Craigmile's obituary

 
Briefly, in 1928, Irene O'Crowley
married Charles Craigmile, that
left her further known as, Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile. Sadly, Charles
died in 1931. A year later, his widow,
Irene, began taking flying lessons. She
then married a pilot by the name of
Al Heller in 1933, after realizing she
was pregnant with his child. A son
was born to them in early 1934, except
their brief marriage was annuled after
Irene learned Al Heller was still married
to another woman he had children with.
History then has it that two decades later,
in 1958, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile wed
Guy Bolam of England--although history
is not correct there because the Irene
O'Crowley Craigmile who had been
married to Charles J. Craigmile and
Al Heller in the 1930s, and who gave
birth to a son in 1934, never married
Guy Bolam. She had known the person
who did, though, shown on the left,
who further used her identity after
World War Two; a person who as it
turned out, had previously been
known as, Amelia Earhart.
 

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Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1934
with her son, Clarence Alvin Heller.
 

 
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YUGOSLAVIA, 1976

Above: The post-war only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile digitally combined with her former Amelia Earhart self, using a 1976 photo taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia. (Dubrovnik is now part of Croatia.)

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Above, the full frame from an old newspaper photo shows the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1930, between her husband, Charles, and her father, Richard Joseph O'Crowley. The original Irene's life changed dramatically after Charles died in 1931. It was occasionally lined with hardships, and strangely, by the time World War Two began her person was no longer evident. Her 1934 born son ended up being raised by a surrogate mother figure who he grew up believing to be his biological mother. As part of his contribution to the analysis, in 2014, the original Irene's son positively identified the person in the section below as his 'mother' the way she looked "around 1940", and later in the "1970s", before her death was recorded in 1982. She was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, (his biological mother) nor was she the post-World War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, who was formerly known as 'Amelia Earhart'.
 
It is a little known fact relative to the overall Amelia Earhart life-story conundrum, where to this day no one knows who the person the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's son identified as his 'mother' really was:
 

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Let's go through this again...
 
To best understand the significance of the analysis results--and the images and information displayed thus far--we'll revisit the controversial story that made national news some fifty-years ago:
 

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Above: A newspaper photo showing the
post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley
Craigmile, (surname 'Bolam' added in 1958)
holding her 'denial' press conference in 1970.
The controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives
 by Joe Klaas, is seen held in the foreground. 

 
In 1970, stories about a new and controversial book, Amelia Earhart Lives, started making headlines.
 
The book brazenly asserted that Amelia Earhart had quietly survived her 1937 disappearance, changed her identity, and that she was alive and well in the United States.
 
Decades later, people who recalled the assertion thought it to have been a hoax, that as defined would have made it, 'a humorous or malicious deception.'
 
It wasn't a hoax. The investigation that determined Amelia Earhart lived-on and changed her name after she went missing was far from that. It had realized that the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was no longer around by the time World War Two began, and the post-World War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile not only bore a strong resemblance to Amelia Earhart--but she also demonstrated heavy connective threads to Amelia Earhart's past.
 
Not to leave out, the debate over who the post-war only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile really was, or used to be, was ultimately left unsettled those years ago.
 
As evidence of this, below is a 1974 follow-up story with an accompanying photo insert [that identified the post-war only Irene as 'Irene Bolam'] that went relatively unnoticed in the wake of the Watergate scandal and President Nixon's pending resignation:
 

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Few recalled how after four years the court system still could not decide if Irene O'Crowley Craigmile (Bolam) was or wasn't the former Amelia Earhart.
 
Sure it could have, if it really wanted to. 
 
The 'Irene-Amelia debate' continued on for years after that. In 1982, the New Jersey Tribune ran the below headlines after the death of the post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, was incorrectly reported. (Another woman with the same name of 'Irene Bolam' actually died then. See further below.)

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After 1970, the post-war only 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam' remained evasive to people who questioned her past. Her obscured existence also featured the ploy of her name being shared with a woman who died in 1982. Through such muddied waters the controversy over who the post-war only Irene really was, or used to be, became obscured. It would take decades to pass before she was actually compared to Amelia Earhart by way of the Twenty First Century analysis, that also surfaced more detailed information about the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.
 

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IRENE BOLAM

Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam
1965

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The surrogate mother, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam,
who died in 1982. [Program cover photo dated, '1970s']

The two photos above do not feature the same person, although the same name and identity value had been attributed to the individuals featured in them. Incredibly enough, neither one was the original, 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile.' The one on the right, whose death was recorded on July 7, 1982, served as a surrogate mother to the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's 1934 born son.

If this sounds confusing, hang in there. There's still more to account for it all.

For starters, observe the two photos below taken five years apart from each other, knowing the same person appeared in each:

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THE POST-WAR ONLY IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE-BOLAM, 1965

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THE POST-WAR ONLY IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE-BOLAM, 1970

At first glance it may be hard to recognize that the same person is in the two photos above.
 
To be sure the same person is there, except she was not the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile. As noted she did not become commonly known as 'Irene' in the U.S. until after World War Two. As well, according to the analysis results, the question of the person she used to be finally answered itself:
 

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Amelia Earhart, age thirty-one.
[See comparison below.]
 
 

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Above left, Amelia; above right, she is
combined with her later life self as, 'Irene'.

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Amelia as Irene Bolam at her
1970 press conference. She
had no choice but to deny
her famous past after she
was outed against her will.
The news clip below helps
 us comprehend why:
 
 

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AMELIA EARHART, 1937

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LEFT-RIGHT DIGITALLY COMBINED

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THE POST-WAR ONLY IRENE O'CROWLEY CRAIGMILE-BOLAM, 1965

The above comparison results are
not just a coincidence. Before the
the analysis took place, no one
had ever forensically compared
Amelia and Irene to each other.
Now, to believe anything beyond
what the investigative research
and comparison study revealed,
is to not acknowledge the reality
of what the study results convey.
 
 

 

What Reality Now Tells Us

 

Before the surname of 'Bolam' was added to it in 1958, (the year the post-war only 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' married Guy Bolam of England) prior to World War Two the name 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' had belonged to a once aspiring pilot who had flown with Amelia Earhart.

By the time World War Two began, however, the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile no longer appeared in plain view. The results of the completed 'forensic research and comparison analysis' revealed this truth in no uncertain terms. It also revealed that a total of three different Twentieth Century woman ended up having the same 'Irene' identity applied to them:

 
Forgeries Were Used To Obscure
The Discovered Human Plurality
of Irene O'Crowley Craigmile:

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AGE NINETEEN, 1923

Irene O'Crowley, who wed Charles Craigmile in 1928, is the person identified here in '1923' when she would have been 19. The original Irene's son didn't recognize this photo and did not know of its origin. It turned out to be a forgery that was built to match the later-life image of the surrogate mother to the original Irene's son. In other words; 'a fraud':

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Mrs. Irene O'Crowley Craigmile in 1930, the year before her husband, Charles J. Craigmile, (shown above with her) died.

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From Charles J. Craigmile's obituary

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"My mother, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, around 1940" as identified in 2014 for the analysis by the original Irene's 1934 born son. She was not his biological mother. He thought she was, but she had served as a surrogate mother to him.
 

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The post-World War Two only 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' in 1946, also not recognized by the original Irene's son. She was not identified anywhere as 'Irene' before the end of World War Two. Below, she is digitally combined with her former self, Amelia Earhart:

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It may be hard to believe and for decades it proved hard to explain as well, yet those who do not recognize the human plurality the analysis discovered about Irene O'Crowley Craigmile--and how Amelia Earhart herself played into it by becoming further known as, 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' after World War Two, either have not reviewed the analysis results; had grown to believe something else happened to Amelia; or perhaps they chose (and still choose) to simply turn a blind-eye toward the true, life-long physical history of Amelia Earhart's person that included her name change in the 1940s.
 

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Above, Lord Admiral Nelson turns his blind eye
toward a reality he'd rather not have to address.
 
 
REALITY
 
"People who have digested the material presented in this website up to this point--and who remain unable to comprehend the natural truth it displays, have been blinded by the false history of Amelia Earhart.
 
The spoon-fed to the public, 'false history of Amelia Earhart' has long been this: Amelia's physical being vanished without a trace on July 2, 1937, and it was never seen again. This, plain and simple, is the false history of Amelia Earhart.
 
According to reality, however, Amelia survived her disappearance and changed her name, and she lived-on that way for many years." Tod Swindell 
 

 

 The Negation Expressed By Amelia Earhart's Family:

 

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Above, Amelia's only
sibling, her sister,
Muriel Earhart
Morrissey. Below,
Muriel's daughter,
(Amelia's niece)
Amy Kleppner.

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1982

In the 1980s, when the controversy over Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's true identity resurfaced, Amelia's sister, Muriel, who knew the post-war only Irene through the Zonta organization, was again asked about the, 'did Amelia become known as Irene?' identity controversy. She had quickly rejected the assertion after it first surfaced in 1970, and the above newspaper clipping expressed the opinion she still held toward the matter in the 1980s. It's worth noting here as well; Muriel did not become a Zonta member until after the war years--and the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was never a Zonta member. Any further it is also easy enough to see, Muriel's later life friend, the post-war only Irene, actually DID resemble her sister, Amelia, to a 'T', contradicting her above quote, "It's just foolish. There is practically no physical resemblance."
 
Muriel was a key part of the protection effort that allowed her sister to keep on living a private life after she was nearly outed in 1970. After Muriel died in 1998, he daughter, Amy Kleppner, continued on with the same 'protective' tradition that remained intent on never endorsing the reality of her aunt Amelia's post-loss existence as Irene, along with the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society. All saw no other choice but to toe-the-line, of course, with the executive branch of the U.S. federal government, that during the pre-World War Two era originally created the enduring cover-up pertaining to Amelia Earhart's so-called, 'disappearance'.
 

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Above: Amelia Earhart's family in a March of 1937 publicity photo, a few months before Amelia went missing. Left to right are Amelia's sister, Muriel; Amelia's niece, Amy; Amelia's mother, Amy Otis Earhart; and Amelia's nephew, David. Amelia's father, Edwin, who her mother had separated from in 1924, died in 1929.
 

Ever since the surprise assertion of Amelia's ongoing survival as 'Irene' surfaced in 1970, Amelia's survived family members unanimously decried it.
 
Granted, Amelia's mother, Amy Otis Earhart, died in 1962, so she never had to contend with it. She always maintained, though, that her daughter, Amelia, ended up existing under Japan's stewardship after she was declared 'missing' in 1937, and throughout the war years she spoke of 'expecting to see' her daughter again. It wasn't until a few years after the war ended, and only when she was asked by a reporter, that she said she had 'given up hope' there. Of course, by then her daughter was safely back in the U.S. living as 'Irene.'
 
Amelia's sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, (her only sibling) did know her sister as 'Irene' through the Zonta's in her later life years, but she repudiated anyone who said she was actually her survived sister, Amelia, living with a different name.
 
Muriel's defiance never backed down there and it continued on after she died in 1998, through her daughter, Amy Kleppner, Amelia's niece. Amy Kleppner continues to carry on her late mother's tradition of insisting there was never anything to the identity controversy, even though reality clearly states otherwise.
 
Dorothy Cochrane, of the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum, in recent years communicated with Amy Kleppner about the Amelia became Irene matter, and on February 2, 2018, she conveyed the following that solidly expressed Amy's and her mother's opinion toward the never disproved, 'Amelia survived and changed her identity' claim:
 
"Both Amy Kleppner and her mother, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, repeatedly and strongly dismissed and rejected this story line."
 
To this day, to anyone who asks her about it, Dorothy Cochrane will refer to the 'Amelia became Irene contoversy' as "a baseless story" that investigator, Joseph A. Gervais, "created" back in the 1960s. (Thus insinuating that Gervais, a retired USAF Major and World War Two flying hero had, 'made it all up.')
 
It is unfortunate that Dorothy Cochrane's purposeful disregard for the truth defaults people into thinking it potentials a worthwhile endeavor to donate money to misguided expeditions intent on locating Amelia Earhart's plane, when reality says looking for Amelia's plane is a frivolous waste of time, money, and resources.
 
Due to the powerful sway long maintained by Amelia's family, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Geographic Society when it came to the Earhart disappearance matter, it is significant to realize how news reporters have never been able to accept the veracity of Amelia's name-changed survival in consideration of such combined negative influences. National newspaper and magazine publishers learned to side with their expressed viewpoints, or to avoid the 'Amelia became Irene' assertion altogether. This is why there never before was a 'Woodward and Bernstein' like investigative reporters team intent on getting to the bottom of the, 'Amelia became known as  Irene' assertion. 
  
 

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Dorothy Cochrane
 
Dorothy Cochrane, of the Smithsoniain's National Air and Space Museum, purposefully disregards the truth in favor of the false-history that says Amelia Earhart vanished without a trace in 1937, and her body evidence was never found. Even though Joseph A. Gervais was correct in 1965, when he first identified the 'body evidence' of Amelia Earhart in the form of the post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile, Dorothy Cochrane's expressed opinion that says his claim was "baseless" exclusively supports the Earhart family wishes, yet she is clearly biased in doing so, although she is not alone. The same opinion is shared by others at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society. Thus, whether people choose to accept it or not, Dorothy Cochrane and her constituents are living proof of the active and strongly influential, ongoing cover-up that prevents the public from embracing the reality of what became of Amelia Earhart... after she was declared 'missing' in 1937.
 
This is how the saying, "The mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance exists because it is supposed to exist" came to be. 
 

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Above: Lonnie G. Bunch III, the new head of the Smithsonian Institution who took over for Dr. David J. Skorton in 2019, will need to appeal to his own truthful conscience where the obvious forensic reality of what became of Amelia Earhart is now in play.

 


About truth:
 
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur Schopenhauer
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On preventing the discovery of truth:
 
"The discovery of truth is prevented most effectively by preconcieved opinion and prejudice." Arthur Schopenhauer
 

 

How The Original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile And Amelia Earhart Came To Know Each Other:

"O'Crowley" had been her maiden name and it was through her aunt, a prominent attorney by the name of 'Irene Rutherford O'Crowley', that the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile and Amelia Earhart came to know each other. Amelia had befriended 'Attorney Irene' through the national Zonta organization they both belonged to. (The original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile was never a Zonta member.)

 
The story about the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile's identity being reapplied to the former Amelia Earhart, first began to surface in the mid-1960s. It was the result of a decade-long investigation when it finally made news headlines in 1970--until it was swiftly removed from the public mindset--something propelled by the quick denial issued from the woman in question, the post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, AKA "Mrs. Guy Bolam" or "Irene Bolam" as she was identified in the 1970s news article photos. 
 

 
Why The Former Amelia Refused To Comply
 
To account for why the former Amelia Earhart refused to admit her past identity, after avoiding direct interaction with the investigator, Joseph A. Gervais, who first realized and then became intent on outing who she used to be--the post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, (FKA 'AE') chose to lay-low. In the meantime she also prepared a press conference she would hold as soon as the book inspired by the Gervais' investigation, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas, was published.
 
True to her objective, when the book was released into the marketplace, during the short but forceful press conference she held at the Time-Life Building in New York City, the post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, sternly denounced its contents, most specifically where it asserted that she was the survived Amelia Earhart living under an assumed identity. Then after fielding no questions she left the room. Not long after that, she retained a powerful attorney and sued Gervais and Klaas, and the book's publisher, McGraw-Hill, for defamation.
 
It should be clarified that the post-war only Irene did not sue over the claim of who she used to be, rather, she felt the book's insinuation of it was chocked with reckless and misleading assumptions. She is quoted here above some of the complaints her 'lengthy' defamation suit mentioned as it continued on in 1974:
 

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The former Amelia Earhart was greatly angered with the manner the book used in its attempt to reveal who she used to be... and she remained upset about it long afterward.
 
Who could blame her? No one knew what she went through before she became known as 'Irene' and she was not about to start explaining it to anybody. Conversely, had she admitted her former identity then, such an explanation with endless requests for details about where she was and what she was doing from the late 1930s-on, especially during the World War Two years, would have been demanded of her.
 
Absolutely, she was not about to go back to being Amelia Earhart again. She had no desire to reclaim the mantle of the world famous person she used to be. That would have only caused her duress for the remainder of her days.
 
Joseph A. Gervais having pegged her as the former Amelia Earhart wasn't a hoax at all, but the ongoing concealment of her former identity after he did that, was definitely essential. 
 

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By virtue of the Twenty-First Century forensic analysis results, that featured the first Amelia-to-Irene comparison study on record, any further it is undeniable that the person refuting her past in the above photo was previously known as, 'Amelia Earhart'. It will take a little more time, but as historians open their truthful eyes they will catch up to the new, verified reality that wholesomely accounts for what actually became of Amelia Earhart after she was declared, "a missing person" in 1937, and then, "dead in absentia" in 1939.
 

 
To reemphasize, within the overall forensic analysis results the now obvious to observe, 'Amelia to Irene' congruence does not simply mark, 'a mere coincidence'.
 

 
On Coincidence
 
"Coincidence could never account for the kind of head-to-toe physical & character traits congruence the 'Amelia compared to Irene' analysis results display. Especially where the original Irene O'Crowley Craigmile; an early 1930s socialite, a member of the League of Women Voters, and a once aspiring pilot who Amelia had known--did not at all resemble Amelia.
 
Anymore, the plain truth about Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance is that the wool was necessarily pulled over the eyes of the general public when it came to what really happened to her during the tenuous pre-World War Two era. Note:
 
"I Hope that I've just got to never make it public." 1938 quote from FDR right-hand man, Henry P. Morgenthau Jr., concerning information the White House withheld about Amelia's disappearance the previous year. (See more about this further down.)
 
The same 'not make it public' White House credo about Amelia's fate continued during the war years--and a noticeable 'official silence' toward the matter continued even more-so after the war ended.
 
Today it is clear the historical preference from the post-war era on, that the former Amelia Earhart herself fully understood and endorsed, was for the general public never to know that she actually survived beyond 1937, and in time assumed the name of 'Irene O'Crowley Craigmile' after it was made available to her. This is why people continued to be rerouted in other directions when it came to what really happened to Amelia--after the reality of her ongoing existence with a different name awkwardly surfaced in 1970." Tod Swindell 
 

Was Amelia's name change the result of a well orchestrated, Federal Witness Protection Program? More than likely, yes. A link to former FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover's involvement with Amelia's well-cloaked existence in the United States from the mid-1940s on until he died in 1972, became too noticeable within the forensic research portion of the analysis.
 
J. Edgar Hoover's 1980, FOIA released, 'World War Two FBI file' on Amelia Earhart featured several mentions of her still being alive during the war years. This, when combined with his war-time and post-war years alliance with Monsignor James Francis Kelley, affords insight to how and why Amelia's post-war decades of living under an assumed identity was shielded from the public
 

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Above: Monsignor James Francis Kelley and Archbishop Thomas Walsh award FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover with an LLD degree in 1944. A few months after World War Two ended, J. Edgar Hoover awarded Monsignor Kelley a commendation for assistance he had rendered to the Department of Justice.

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

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

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Monsignor Kelley with First Lady Betty Ford and Marge Montana.
 

From above, the 'sports figures' and LPGA connection to Monsignor Kelley is worth recalling here. Father Kelley had been a friend of LPGA promoter, Peter Busatti, and he introduced Irene to Mr. Bussatti and famous lady golfers as well. (See the 'hot air balloon' and 'Busatti' photos directly below.) Amelia's last residence before she went missing backed up to a golf course fairway in Toluca Lake of North Hollywood, California. As well, when she was known as 'Irene' in the 1970s, her New Jersey home backed up to a golf course fairway that belonged to the Forsgate Country Club that she was known to frequent, and where LPGA tournaments sometimes took place.  

 

Balloon Rides Anyone?

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The above 'hot air balloon' newspaper photo taken in 1980, features the post-World War Two only, Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam, accompanied by famous golfer, Kathy Whitworth. Especially in the 1970s, after taking over as a division head for Radio Luxembourg, when she was simply known as 'Irene' to friends and associates of hers, by then the former Amelia Earhart had grown to be respected and admired by important people not only in the United States--but globally as well. Those who were aware of who she used to be, of course, never spoke much about her.

 

 "All the admirals and generals
seemed to know her."
 
LPGA promoter, Peter Bussatti, in 1982, comments above about his friend, the post-World War Two only Irene O'Crowley Craigmile-Bolam. Mr. Busatti was well liked by famous LPGA golfers, including Nancy Lopez, and as noted, Sandra Palmer, Janey Blalock, and Kathy Whitworth. His death from cancer in 1988 when he was only 57, was considered a great loss to the LPGA community.
 
Below: The post-war only Irene with
LPGA promoter, Peter Busatti in 1975