Welcome to Beyond 37's Irene-Amelia.Com
The Subsurface History Of Amelia Earhart Few
Knew About, Until Recently
Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia 1976
The transition back begins...
...images in alignment...
Gervais-Irene + Amelia
"You're onto something that will stagger your imagination."
Spoken in 1962 by U. S. Navy Commander John Pillsbury (Ret.) to CBS Radio
Journalist, Fred Goerner who was investigating the 1937 disappearance of
Amelia Earhart. Less recalled anymore, is how seventy years before before
Hilary Swank took on Amelia, 'official silence' began building the
foundation used to form an impenetrable 'public domain' mystery of Amelia
Below: A rare photo of the
original Irene Craigmile (later 'Bolam.')
What was the connection between
Amelia Earhart and the original Irene Craigmile?
Beyond 37's recent forensic study revealed how the original Irene
Craigmile was seen no more in the photo history of her person after the
1930s, although her identity was attributed to two other women from the
1940s until 1982. One of them, who the forensic study referred to as the 'Gervais-Irene'
(seen above) most certainly aligned with Amelia Earhart in an alarming
head to toe congruence. No surprise, the original Irene Craigmile knew
Amelia Earhart as did her prominent Attorney Aunt, Irene Rutherford
O'Crowley who was a good friend and 'Zonta' sister of Amelia's. Yet, what
became of the original Irene Craigmile? Amelia Earhart no doubt knew and
never told anyone. As well, how did a new Irene Craigmile in the 1940s,
suddenly start looking like a carbon copy of Amelia Earhart... who had
'vanished' in 1937?
The original Irene Craigmile (Bolam), circa 1930
Husband Charles Craigmile (left), and her father Joe O'Crowley
[Click on either of the next two photos
down to go to the 'Forensic
link. Recently the National Geographic Channel downplayed the decades
old Irene-Amelia controversy. Observe in this website the many years
worth of important investigative research data it omitted.]
1945-1982 ID'd Irene Craigmile Bolam, 1978 photo.
AKA The 'Gervais-Irene,' distinguished and proud, notice the
silver wings below her left shoulder.
Left 'Irene' photo image nicely aligns...
...with Amelia's from her 1932 book "The Fun Of It." (See
more comparisons below.)
Above: The 1945-1982
identified Irene Craigmile Bolam's image aligned with Amelia Earhart's
image, reprinted from the seven-year Beyond 37' Forensic Analysis. No
surprise to the learned, this Irene (one of three different women who had
used the same 'Irene' identity) is not seen among the photos identifying
Irene Craigmile (Bolam) prior to the 1940s. In other words, in the 1940s
she seemingly appeared from nowhere to assume the original Irene
Craigmile's identity. In 1991 the now late Monsignor James Francis Kelley,
a former President of Seton Hall University described in a taped interview
how the woman above, who he had been close friends with from the World War
Two era on (until she died in 1982,) had in reality been the former Amelia
Earhart. Some called the famously liked and highly respected Monsignor
'crazy' for having said such a thing. He wasn't. The comprehensive
forensic analysis displayed the true physical and character trait
congruence shared by this Irene and Amelia Earhart. (See more comparisons
"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in Tokyo and
Washington, leaving the fate of Amelia Earhart an everlasting mystery." From Marylin Bender & Selig Altschull's Pan Am Aviation
History book The Chosen
Instrument, 1982, Simon & Schuster.
she was turning north and they continued to hear her at intervals, her
signals becoming fainter each time received."
H. H. C. Richards, Air Liaison Australia, U. S. O2 Intelligence Memo,
11/1/38. This 1980 declassified document differed greatly from the final
Earhart transmission report released by White House Cabinet member,
Henry Morgenthau Jr. a year after Amelia vanished. Evidently, after
realizing no choice but to offer something about Earhart's final
moments, what he released differed from the Coast Guard Cutter Itasca's
initial version of Earhart's final words. Instead of "turning north,"
the public version of Amelia's final words became "We are running north
and south," thus eliminating the last specified direction she was flying
Another example from the study,
this time Amelia transitions into the 'Gervais-Irene'...
Photo overlay blend...
...of Amelia Earhart and the 1945-1982 ID'd Irene Craigmile
The transition back begins...
...to the 1945-1982 Irene Craigmile Bolam.
1945-1982 identified Irene Craigmile Bolam.
AKA 'The Gervais-Irene' shown in a photo taken during a 1963
visit to Japan.
Above: In the 1960s WWII
hero Joe Gervais met the 1945-1982 ID'd Irene Craigmile Bolam in New York
at a gathering of well known retired pilots. He found her importance and
familiarity suspect. She told him how she had known Amelia Earhart and she
had even flown with her. Here, Amelia's image morphs into the
1945-1982 Gervais-Irene. Note: The three different women who were
identified as one in the same 'Irene Craigmile Bolam' are all displayed in
Irene-Amelia.com, yet only the Gervais-Irene (displayed here and elsewhere
in the site) matched Amelia in an amazing head to toe congruence. Again,
the Forensic Analysis revealed how the Gervais-Irene appeared nowhere in
photos identifying her as 'Irene' prior to the 1940s, and again, left
unrealized, was how the 'Irene' seen here appeared to have emerged from
nowhere in the 1940s to become a new 'Irene Craigmile.'
Before the forensic analysis
took place it was never ascertained how three different women had been
attributed to the same Irene Craigmile Bolam identity.
It's hard to
accept, but anymore it looks like Joe Gervais was onto something quite
real with his long ago assertion of Amelia Earhart's survival as a
reidentified person. [Note: As in Beyond 37's study, wherever the label
'the Gervais-Irene' is applied it denotes the 'Irene' who Joe Gervais met
and photographed in 1965.] After thoroughly investigating her, Joe Gervais
lived the remainder of his life (he died in 2005) attesting to her having
been the 'former' Amelia Earhart. Most people automatically discredited
him, the families of Irene and Amelia dismissed his assertion as well, but
nary a soul ever proved him wrong, which is why a major curiosity about
this woman's true past always remained.
" I hope I've just got to never make it public."
1938 quote from FDR White House Cabinet member, Henry Morgenthau Jr.
on the known yet withheld
circumstances of Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance.
Part of an official transcript, the U. S. Executive Branch never
allowed what it knew about Amelia Earhart's disappearance to become
public information. Two months after Morgenthau sent the above quote
about Amelia's loss to Eleanor Roosevelt, he released the doctored
version of Earhart's final words. Add to this the odd quote from U. S.
Navy Commander John Pillsbury, who described how the post loss reality
would "stagger" a person's imagination,
1965 Admiral Chester Nimitz mention of how years ago it was quietly
"known and documented in Washington; Amelia Earhart and her navigator
went down in the Marshall Islands and were picked up by Japan." (As
opposed to 'captured' or 'imprisoned.') Admiral Nimitz also intimated
what became of the flying duo was 'unclear' to him after they were
rescued. In 1987 the Republic of the Marshall Islands actually issued
a commemorative stamp series depicting such a rescue of Earhart and
Fred Noonan, something common to their own history even today. Still,
U. S. Executive Branch 'Official
about Earhart has remained ever since she and Noonan were said to have
'vanished without a trace.'
News wise, Earhart's 'mystery' was likened to a quote from The Man Who Shot Liberty
Valance; "When legend becomes fact, print the legend." As
described above, reliable sources kept information from the press on
what happened. They appeared aware of a different world-flight ending
for Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, one left unspoken to the public.
Fox-Searchlight's new movie 'Amelia' has renewed interest in the decades
old and perpetually debated Irene-Amelia controversy. More than ever it
appears Amelia somehow did survive amid some anomalous circumstances. Of
the three main 'media touted' theories that have long tried to account for
Amelia's 1937 disappearance, it is now plainly evident Amelia did not
'crash and sink'--after she stopped transmitting while still safely
airborne with at least four to five hours of fuel remaining; nor were she
and Fred Noonan imprisoned and subsequently executed by Japan; and the
Nikumororo Island 'bones rumor' was recently shown to be a false lead
after the admission of no bones at all being found on the island in recent
years, and the realization of many other visitors having happened on the
island (FKA 'Gardner Island') before and after Amelia's disappearance.
Otherwise, one can see and learn here about what is now deemed 'the new
Amelia Earhart reality paradigm' by virtue of Beyond 37's recently
argument analysis, while observing
how the 'former' Amelia Earhart used to appear in public until her passing
Wikipedia succumbed to 'false
truths' about it, and even the National Geographic Channel shied away from
the reality of this incredible story. Hilary Swank and Mira Nair were also
advised to 'stay away' from it, and they did, leaving them to put out a
fairly limited if not 'politically correct' or 'milk-toast' rendition of
Amelia Earhart's nine years of world fame. Those who devoted years of
serious investigative research to finding the 'real' Amelia Earhart,
learned about a few major truths never endorsed to the public, to include
the high level 'official silence' regard towards the
confusing-to-the-public issue of Amelia Earhart's long ago disappearance.
the recent additions to the controversy, the National Geographic Channel's
coverage of this enigmatic individual was admittedly 'not up to date' when
it was presented in an 'Unsolved History' special about Amelia Earhart. In
the wake of Hilary Swank's portrayal of Amelia, the 'shared identity'
discovery of Irene Craigmile Bolam has gestated some serious concerns
among a variety of Amelia Earhart research scholars.
"She certainly knew
flying. She knew everything there was to know about Japan." 1982
press quote from Irene's friend, John Malloy of Rumson, New Jersey. Mr.
Malloy expressed his opinion three months after Irene's passing. He and
other survived friends of the 1945-1982 identiied Irene Craigmile Bolam
viewed the issue of her true past identity as suspect.
The photos directly below feature two different women. It
was recently revealed how both were historically identified as one in the
same Irene Craigmile Bolam.
Question: Which one of the two
women shown below was the 'original' Irene Craigmile (Bolam)?
Neither. The original (maiden name 'Irene Madaline O'Crowley') who was a
1930s 'friend' of Amelia Earhart's, stopped appearing in photos after the
Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1940s
The Gervais-Irene, post-loss augmented, publicly identified
as 'Irene' from 1945 to 1982.
Irene Craigmile (Bolam), 1940s
The Non Gervais-Irene, recently family identified as the
same Irene Craigmile (Bolam.)
Where both women shown above
were historically identified as the same Irene Craigmile Bolam, see the "Closer
Comparison of Eyes and Faces" link for their distinct separation.
Also see the "Will The Real Irene
Craigmile Bolam Please Stand Up" link, upper left, for info on the
'original'' Irene Craigmile (Bolam). To view the 1982 newspaper 'forged
photo history' of Irene Craigmile Bolam, see the "1982
New Jersey Tribune" link.
Again, it is now
known; the original Irene Craigmile appears nowhere in the photo history
of her person after the 1930s.
watching some [of his] video and looking at the self-published book by
researcher, Tod Swindell, who employed the methods and expertise of
forensic anthropologists to compare AE and IB physically, I think Joe
Gervais was right." News Journalist Rosalea
Barker of New Zealand
"Foudray also thinks Gervais' and
Swindell's research is '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."
Excerpts from two interviews with Lou Foudray of the Amelia Earhart
Birthplace Museum on the investigative research of Joe Gervais and Tod
Swindell; from a Topeka Capital Journal article by Jan Biles and a 2009
interview conducted by Lara Moritz of KMBC TV Kansas City. [See Press
Notices link for more.]
'Look familiar? Amelia always had sinus trouble.
Info on her post-loss 'deviated septum rhinoplasty' and dental work
is included in this website.
What happened to Amelia
"The recent Forensic Analysis displaying more
than one person identified as Irene Craigmile Bolam has placed a new twist
on the decades old Joe Gervais assertion, of the Irene Craigmile Bolam who
he met and photographed in 1965 in reality having been the 'former' Amelia
Earhart. Notably, the survived families of both Irene and Amelia along
with the Smithsonian Institute, historically avoided having to address or
acknowledge such a 'plural Irenes' realization. It is true how an
'interested' National Geographic Channel agreed to display the new 'shared
identity' controversy before it curiously backed out in the ninth hour. As
well, the decades old tri-pact convention of media touted 'Earhart
theorists' also steered clear of drawing attention to it. In recent times
however, said 'big three' entities influenced Hilary Swank's 'Amelia'
movie into becoming a politically correct biopic, as opposed to a
noteworthy achievement of historical verisimilitude." Beyond 37'
United States historians have avoided dealing with the Irene-Amelia
controversy by intention, even though the Gervais-Irene (Irene-Amelia) has
remained implicated as the former Amelia Earhart since the 1960s.
Some researchers regard it as an obvious revelation the public has been
steered away from addressing, mostly due to the large amount of
'misinformation' conveyed about it. Still, the Gervais-Irene's past proved
incomplete in a personal and photo-history way. Although the original
Irene Craigmile and Amelia Earhart were friends in the 1930s, again the
survived families of both have dismissed inquiries into the odd outcome of
their past acquaintance, where by the mid-1940s a different Irene suddenly
resembled Amelia Earhart... who had turned up missing just years earlier.
The odd congruence between Amelia and the Gervais-Irene truly is haunting
in physical, character trait, and even past association ways. Also recall
how no official investigation into Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance was
(See more comparisons below.)
* * *
Geographic Channel is well aware of Mr. Swindell's recent
forensic discovery of more than one person having used the same
Irene Craigmile Bolam identity. They were to display it in their
new TV special about Amelia Earhart. I believe they decided
against it to avoid the controversy it would have caused.
Earhart survived, there's no doubt about this anymore." National Geographic on-camera Amelia Earhart
history scholar, USAF Colonel Rollin C. Reineck (Ret.)
(National Geo also ignored the medical, aging, facial posturing,
and lighting explanations that accounted for the few differences
it pointed out. As well, the channel offered no in depth
personal history of Irene, no MD testimonials, no head to toe
comparisons or handwriting trait samples, and it also avoided
mentioning Irene's and Amelia's family opinions of the matter.
Basically it did its best to skate by the true nature of the
From The Associated Press (Also on
"We were inclined to think Irene probably was not
Amelia. However 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."
The now late John Bolam, referring to the Swindell/Beyond
37' Forensic Analysis from an Associated Press
article by Ron Staton. John Bolam was the 'much younger' survived
Brother of Irene's British husband, Guy who she wed in 1958. He
believed Guy (who died in 1970) was British MI6.
* * *
example, the Gervais-Irene's image morphs into Amelia's image. Amazingly,
Joe Gervais went from the late 1960s to the late 1990s so certain about
the true identity of the Irene he encountered and photographed, he never
felt a need to conduct a comparative forensic analysis. Beyond 37's was
ultimately arranged to compare physical beings and character traits. The
end results were astounding, to say the least, although not to Joe Gervais.
1945-1982 Irene Craigmile Bolam
Shown at Cocoa Beach, Florida in 1965 after visiting
'friends at NASA.'
The transition begins...
...see Amelia's image becoming apparent.
Amelia's image starts to take over...
...notice the congruent alignment; face, chin, neck,
shoulders, et al.
Amelia's image dominant.
From a 1935 photo taken during Amelia's pre Hawaii to
Oakland flight sea voyage.
Of A True Historical Concern
Following the recent years 'learned revelation' of more
than one woman having employed the same 'Irene' identity, coupled with
nearly four previous decades worth of some influenced 'public neglect' to
be achieved regarding the Irene-Amelia matter, (dating back to the harsh
treatment of WWII hero Joe Gervais after his initial realization in the
late 1960s) (see the "Joe Gervais" paragraph below) ...people are finally
beginning to wake up and smell the coffee of this, at long last, most
detectable reality. The whole point of individuals exercising a personal
option to transfer into some new 'anonymity' status, is because they wish
to no longer be recognized for who they once were, for reasons, perhaps,
only known to them and a very few others. In the case of Earhart, a once
world famous public figure whose tragic end was all but conveyed without
definition in 1937 through both national and world media sources, such a
thing would have seemed unheard of, if not impossible to accept, let alone
recognize later. Yet anymore there is no denying what has been learned
over the years about the personal history of Irene Craigmile Bolam, nor is
there any denying what has been achieved forensic comparison wise when it
comes to the physical and character trait congruence observed between the
1945-1982 identified Irene Craigmile Bolam and Amelia Earhart. As well,
their similar 'social status' realities became impossible to overlook,
especially where they were both prominent Zonta members, and into the
1970s openly maintained key alliance friendships with Muriel Morrissey,
(Amelia's Sister) famous 1930s pilot Viola Gentry, and a slew of
international officials, figureheards, and politicians, (such as Barry
Goldwater) who always seemed more than willing to advise people not to
suspect her person to have been formerly known as Amelia Earhart, to the
extent of aligning the mere suggestion of it with notions of past unknown
negativisms. Yet the Irene-Amelia conveyance, however talked down was
still never officially disproved. Meanwhile, as distinguished and proud
and worldly as she always was, more people everyday are accepting this
plainly recognizable truth to represent the new paradigm 'true-blue' final
fate, of the legendary pilot hero, Amelia Earhart.
Was WWII hero Joe Gervais right after all? From the late
1960s until his passing in 2005 Major Gervais, who researched and
investigated Amelia Earhart's life story as thoroughly as anyone,
described how Amelia actually survived her controversial disappearance
in 1937 with the public and national media never being 'officially'
clued in. Is this why the
governments of the United States and Japan always maintained 'official
silence' when it came to the subject matter of Amelia Earhart's loss?
In the faces of many naysayers Gervais unwaveringly maintained the
assertion of Earhart's survival as correct, and how it became the former Amelia Earhart's
own preference after WWII to live on as a non-public, all-be-her 'still
prominent' person in the U. S. who continued to travel internationally,
until she passed away in 1982. Joe Gervais concluded how Amelia had
acquiesced the identity of a friend of hers from the 1930s by the name
of 'Irene Craigmile.' (The original 'Irene Craigmile' whose image
appears nowhere in photos after the 1930s, was a person whose past
existence and family history Joe Gervais had also investigated.) He also
agreed with the determination of how the former Amelia had altered her
familiar look a bit, to include a medically necessary
'deviated septum rhinoplasty' procedure she endured. Although the
National Geographic Channel recently downplayed the decades-old Joe
Gervais claim with disinformation, and the Smithsonian has always
managed to steer clear of seriously addressing it, after his passing the
University of Texas at Dallas archived the four decades accumulation of
Joe Gervais investigative research on Amelia Earhart's life and
disappearance, and it currently attests how the Gervais theory
represents the 'most plausible' one. Of note, to date the Gervais
Irene-Amelia claim has never been 'officially' disproved. At the
same time, ostensibly in the interest of maintaining the status quo
regard of Amelia's heroic legacy and the sanctity of the 'mystery' of
her disappearance, the survived family members of both Amelia and Irene
only encourage people to look beyond the years of intense investigative
efforts of former retired USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais, a bonafide WWII
pilot-hero himself, who logged almost twenty-thousand hours of military
flight time after combining time also served in Korea and Vietnam. Few
recall anymore, in 1960 while touring among the former Imperial Islands
of Japan, after then Captain Gervais along with his 'Operation Earhart'
partner, Captain Bob Dinger had gathered over seventy sworn affidavits
of local residents and officials recalling Amelia Earhart's continued
survival there after she turned up missing in 1937, U. S. military brass
stationed at the Fuchu Air Base in Japan confiscated such material and
more learned and gathered by the two Captains during their early
investigation time period.
* * *
It Is Important To
Within the past two
years, (from 2007 to 2009) several individuals have posted false and/or
misleading information over the internet about the Irene-Amelia
conveyance. Where the recent forensic analysis clearly displays how only
the 1945-1982 identified Irene Craigmile Bolam matched Amelia Earhart
physically and character trait wise in a haunting congruence, those who
detract from this newfound reality do so while ignoring the truth of the
multiple Irenes equation. Hence, claims such as "they don't really look
alike," or "they were different heights," or "it was proven false, Irene
and Amelia were not the same" are made without a forensic foundation. Even
Wikipedia features a 2007 non-relative supplied biography of Irene
Craigmile Bolam featuring a statement suggesting how one Kevin Richlin, a
Forensic Detective from Riverside, California finally 'proved' the age old
Gervais 'Irene-Amelia' claim wrong via his recent years appearance on the
National Geographic Channel. Yet, contact Mr. Richlin himself and he'll
say he did no such thing. Incidentally, the Wikipedia biography of Irene
features a photo of the 1945-1982 identified Irene only, who now appears
to have been the former Amelia Earhart regardless of all dismissals and
Irene-Amelia episode now looks to have amounted to some kind of historical
sham the public is just now catching up to, while a Freemason Society pact
from the past may have had a hand in it. (Recall FDR, Winston Churchill,
J. Edgar Hoover, General Douglas MacArthur, General Jimmy Doolittle, and
even President Harry Truman are all listed as past Freemason Society
members.) Where so, it would have first come to be during the pre-World
War Two years, then continued on while U. S. official historians remained
silent, or steered the topic in a different direction whenever they were
asked if Amelia Earhart survived, and/or especially... if she ever changed
her name to 'Irene.'
< For more on the curious life history of Amelia Earhart,
her friendship to the original Irene Craigmile, her uncanny alignment to
one of the post 1930s Irenes, a review and synopsis of the new Hilary
Swank movie 'Amelia,' and some old rumors and still currently misconstrued
'facts' about Irene-Amelia correlation... check out the various click-on
page links shown upper left.
real Irene Madaline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam please stand up(?)
(The 'shared identity' math seems a
bit complicated at first, but it really isn't)
Who is/was this person?
Shown in the 1940s, she is/was not the original Irene Craigmile nor
the former Amelia Earhart.
The woman in the photograph directly above was not the
1945-1982 identified Irene, nor was she the original Irene. Still, the
only identity publicly attributed to her after the 1930s was that of
"Irene Craigmile Bolam." It is apparent, intentionally to the public the
two 'non-original' Irenes were identified as one in the same in the
interest of obfuscating and protecting their real identities. As well, the
mystery of what became of the original Irene Craigmile grew to loom as a
heavy one. Meanwhile directly below, see another example of the 1945-1982
identified Irene compared to Amelia.
1945-1982 Gervais-Irene, harder exposure...
...different angle too, all of eighty years detectable.
Amelia Earhart, age twenty-six.
1923 into a mirror self-photo portrait. She would become
famous in 1928.
Above photo in an equal morph blend...
...with the 1978 photo of the 1945-1982 ID'd Irene
Reineck: We believe Jackie Cochran was sent to Japan to help
bring Amelia home. Are you aware of that?
Kelley: Yes, I was involved with that.
The above exchange is excerpted from a 1991 taped
conversation between former Seton Hall University President Monsignor
James Francis Kelley and Earhart research scholar/author Rollin C. Reineck.
The below photo of Monsignor Kelley and the 1945-1982 identified Irene
Craigmile Bolam is a click-on link to more information about them. After
the Irene displayed here died in 1982, Monsignor Kelley was asked by the
press about the possibility of his 'good friend' Irene's past dual
identity(?) Kelley's reply appeared in an October edition of the 1982 New
Jersey News Tribune this way: "I could not state my feelings. Doing so
would violate everything I learned in the confessional." As noted, if one
compares the Irene shown here to Amelia Earhart, he or she will observe
how their images perfectly align.
Monsignor Kelley & Irene Craigmile Bolam, 1980
Monsignor James Francis Kelley was President of Seton Hall
University from 1939 to 1949
"We don't discuss that around here."
President Richard Nixon, 1970, responding to the then national news story
about the just released McGraw-Hill book, Amelia
Earhart Lives. The book
implied Irene to be the 'former' Amelia Earhart. Irene held a press
conference at the Time-Life building in New York, (alone) damned the book
as "a pack of lies" and "a fantastic story," and strongly stated "I am not
a mystery woman and I am not Amelia Earhart." She then stormed out after
fielding no questions. Joe Gervais remarked,"She handled the press like a
pro." Years later her good friend, Monsignor James Francis Kelley
indicated she saw no choice but to react as she did. He also pointed out
by 1970 she had 'not been' Amelia Earhart for many years so her denial in
the present tense, especially to her, was not necessarily a non-truthful
statement. In 1979 Kelley also told his friend, Donald Dekoster how by the
1960s she "barley recognized herself anymore for who she used to be."
Irene sued McGraw-Hill but after five years refused to submit her
fingerprints as 'proof positive' of her identity, so in early 1976 a ten
dollar consideration was paid by her to Gervais and the book's author, Joe
Klaas, who in turn paid her the same amount to end a separate suit she
levied against them. McGraw-Hill did pay a mid five-figure settlement to
her for 'damaging her reputation' by way of a few specified false
allegations, to include the suggestion she was never legally married to
her British husband, Guy Bolam who she had wed in New York in 1958.
* * *
After initially agreeing to do so, observe here what
independent filmmaker Noel Dockstader did not discuss or show in his
self-produced film 'Where's Amelia Earhart' occasionally seen on the
National Geographic Channel. Mr. Dockstater declined to address the recent discovery of more than
one person having used the same Irene Craigmile Bolam identity.
According to the history of Irene Craigmile Bolam she was born in 1904 and
died in 1982. Yet the Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joe Gervais met and
photographed in 1965, then spent several years investigating the background
of, only appeared in the photograph history of Irene Craigmile Bolam from
1945 to 1982. Again, just recently this became newly recognized forensic reality
Shown directly below, the woman featured on the cover of
Irene Bolam's 1982 Memorial Dinner program was not the Irene Craigmile
Bolam who Joe Gervais met and photographed in 1965 at a Long Island, New
York gathering of well know retired pilots.
Eyes and Faces forensically compared...
...this 1982 'son ID'd' Irene Craigmile Bolam was a different
person than the 1945-1982 Irene.
Below: The younger and older images of two different people
historically identified as one in the same Irene Craigmile Bolam. (Neither
marks the image of the original person born into said identity; nee "Irene
Irene Craigmile, 1940s
As identified by the original Irene's Son in 2006
Irene Craigmile, 1982
Same person as shown to the left, the original Irene's Son
supplied this 1982 news series photo.
1945-1982 ID'd Irene [1945 'Zonta' labeled photo]
Earliest known photo of this particular Irene Craigmile
1945-1982 identified Irene Craigmile Bolam
Same person as shown to the left, photo taken in 1965 by
USAF Major Joe Gervais, (Ret.)
Prior to rhinoplasty and brow skin tucking...
...before dental work and cosmetic adjustments, one can easily
recognize a familiar image
It is certain only the
1945-1982 Irene died in July of 1982, so where the other 'non-original'
Irene's estimated birth year was 1924 by family friend Lucy McDannel, said
'Irene' would have turned eighty years old in 2004 making her continued
existence at that time a possibility. Again, neither woman shown above was the
original Irene Craigmile Bolam who bore a Son in 1934. Still, both
women shown above repeatedly appeared in newsprint photos and in an
obituary sense while identified as one in the same 'Irene Craigmile Bolam.'
of Additional Information Presented in this Website:
the photos and info displayed farther down, read more about the 'different
Irenes' who employed the same identity. Also be sure to check out the
various page links shown in the left column to include the 'Forensic
Comparison' links, the 'Press
Notices' link, and 'The
History of Amelia Earhart Research' link. [One may also scroll
halfway down for the more formal Home Page foreword and introduction.]
"In the past five
years great strides were made to help the Earhart-curious better
understand the controversy of Amelia Earhart's disappearance and its
future correlation to the identity of Irene Craigmile Bolam. Most
important was the realization of more than one person having shared the
identity of Irene Craigmile Bolam, with the 1945-1982 identified Irene
matching Amelia Earhart physically and character trait wise. Said Irene
was internationally familiar, she socialized with Amelia's Sister, and she
was part of organizations Amelia used to belong to." Tod
* * *
The National News
Media 'Big Three' Earhart Investigators
It is essential
to realize: Although they represent completely different
theories, one Elgen Long
of the Nauticos Group, one Bill
Prymak who heads the
Amelia Earhart Society, and Richard Gillespie who
maintains the TIGHAR
organization, (all fairly wealthy and influential private citizens) have
dominated public perception of Amelia Earhart's 'mystery' through the
news media for the past three decades. Recently their influence guided
the National Geographic Channel's latest profile of Earhart's 1937
'disappearance.' Mr. Long, a past good friend of Amelia's late Sister
Muriel has always touted the 'crashed and sank' version of Earhart's
fate. (After the 1960s Muriel and United States history quietly seemed
to favor this ending as well.) Bill Prymak suggested Earhart and her
navigator, Fred Noonan were possibly spies who ended up in the Japanese
mandates and somehow perished there. And Richard Gillespie offered how
the duo ended up at Nikumororo of the Phoenix Islands where they radioed
for help for three days before the tide pulled their plane out to sea to
sink, leaving them to die of hunger and dehydration. Curious, no
authenticated evidence ever substantiated any of their claims, and few
academic historians have ever taken any Earhart theory seriously. Elgen
Long used to lecture to audiences with Muriel sitting beside him, and
recently he was signed as an advisor for the new Hilary
Swank/Fox-Searchlight movie, 'Amelia.' Contrarily, over time Bill Prymak
became to main media go-to person when it came to the age old 'spy'
theory, and since 1990 Mr. Gillespie has held many TIGHAR press
conferences about his Nikumororo claim. [Recently Mr. Gillespie held one
announcing how Earhart's DNA evidence was possibly retrieved from
Nikumororo, mentionioning it will take "a year" for a Canadian lab to
test some items he found there. Experts regard it as a sensational
suggestion lacking true merit and creating false hopes. For one thing,
the items he referred to were attributed to previous ships known to have
moored there or run aground, and at least one brief attempt made at
habitation. For another, the last 'official' radio message from Earhart
was received while she was still safely airborne. True, after she stated
one final line of position her radio fell silent while her plane was
estimated by experts to still have 'four or five hours of fuel left.' No
"we're in trouble" nor were any SOS signals ever authentically accounted
for, and thus bore the basic mystery of Amelia Earhart.] The 'Earhart
spy theory' was introduced in the 1960s although to date it too has
never been authenticated or ever accepted. Meanwhile, as if time washed
them away, there were many conveyed reports of Amelia Earhart's
continued existence under the auspice of Japan among its Imperial
Islands after she turned up missing in 1937. As mentioned in the Joe
Gervais paragraph shown above, the first collection numbering greater
than seventy in individual affidavits,* was confiscated by top U. S.
military officials in Japan in 1960 at the Fuchu U. S. Air base. [*From The Search For Amelia Earhart
by Fred Goerner, Doubleday, 1966.] Many more surfaced since then as
"official silence in Tokyo and Washington" always prevailed.
* * *
1945-1982 Irene + Amelia = Irene-Amelia
THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE
TRY NOT TO FEAR THE IRENE-AMELIA TRUTH, OR TO READILY
ACCEPT THE FULMINATIONS OF PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS WHO LOUDLY DECRY IT, AS
THEY DIVERT PUBLIC OPINION OF AMELIA EARHART IN OTHER DIRECTIONS THROUGH
NATIONAL MEDIA OUTLETS. INSTEAD, RECOGNIZE THE SILENT REGARD TOWARDS
AMELIA EARHART THAT HAS LONG BEEN EXHIBITED BY THE FAMILIES OF AMELIA AND
IRENE, AND OF COURSE BY JAPAN, ENGLAND, AND THE UNITED STATES. FOR SO MUCH
IS AKIN TO OFFICIAL SILENCE,' WHERE TRUTH ALONE ALWAYS TRIUMPHS.
Since 1970 the person of Irene Craigmile Bolam has remained a
less reported on yet, 'heated' subject of debate among Earhart research
scholars. Most ended up trying to dismiss it out of hand, but it still
refused to go away. See and learn here, how in recent years and regardless
of the way official U. S. historical dictum record keepers try to avoid
dealing with the topic, it is plain as day anymore how Amelia Earhart, at
some point during the World War Two era, surely did become one of three
individuals who employed the same identity of 'Irene Craigmile Bolam.'
Formal Home Page*
As official silence remained in effect, in 1987 few Americans took notice
of the five-part Republic of the Marshall Islands 50th anniversary postal
stamp series, (1937-1987) commemorating the Japanese Naval Authority's
rescue of Earhart and Noonan at Mili Atoll of the southern Marshalls. Nor
did they later notice, the 2002 Associated Press article featuring the
Marshall Islands U. N. Ambassador, Alfred Cappelle's statements about
Amelia; how she "definitely" ended up in the Marshalls and so much had
always been viewed as "common knowledge" in his own country. Famous Amelia
Earhart researcher, Joe Gervais would later pontificate on how the
inability of the American public to accept such a truth, was due not only
to 'official silence' and 'misinformation' on the matter; but also to
American pride and prejudice, or, the reluctance of United States citizens
to accept being enlightened about their own history by people from a
Beyond 37', AKA 'The
World War Two Veterans Coalition of Researchers; The Earhart-Craigmile
Chapter' was formed in 2001. The goal of
has always been to enlighten the Amelia Earhart curious.
Within the context of this site, Amelia's past less-recalled
involvement with Irene Craigmile's prominent O'Crowley family
of New Jersey is thoroughly examined. Who was Irene Craigmile?
She was once a fledgling pilot and friend of Amelia Earhart's in
the 1930s, although somehow by the 1940s, Irene had as well become
a missing person. This website sheds new light on the
controversial subject matter of Amelia Earhart's 1937
disappearance, and how in 1970 a different woman known as "Irene
Craigmile Bolam" made national news headlines when McGraw-Hill
published the book,
Amelia Earhart Lives. The
new Irene's denial and impressive support afforded her by
important individuals, led news editors to determine the book was
likely a hoax-inspired account, so their news reporters never
seriously investigated it. Was there a real controversy? Of course
there was. McGraw-Hill never would have wasted its time publishing
the book had there not been. True, the implicated Irene called the
book "a fantastic story" and "utter nonsense," and to her enough
of it seemed to be. No matter, the chapter about how Joe Gervais
came to meet her in 1965, and its inclusion of the photograph he
took of her the day he did marked an important (hidden) part of
American history. Journey into what you never knew about this
incredible story. There's a lot to consider here so take your
time. Beyond the Forensic
Comparison Samples and other links, be sure to see the Amelia at the microphone
photo link on the right. Plus recall how Amelia was a pacifist,
and even though as Irene she tried to downplay herself as a mere
"New Jersey housewife" in 1970 after she was found out, she was
actually the farthest thing from that. In the 1960s and 70s she
constantly traveled the world and had many friends in high places.
She was also the corporation President of Radio Luxembourg in
Europe in the 1970s. Legally, as Irene Craigmile Bolam, the former
Amelia Earhart died in 1982.
1. of, characteristics of, or suitable for a law court, public
debate, or formal argumentation.
1. the state or fact of knowing; knowledge. 2.
systematized knowledge derived from observation, study, and
experimentation carried on to determine the nature or principles
of what is being studied.
Did the world public really know this beautiful person? Not
Indifference was the displayed regard towards various World War
Two veterans who researched the Earhart story. Some had
investigated Earhart's disappearance since the early 1960s. Such a
regard was especially doled out to a few regaled war heroes, after
they tried to reveal a learned incontrovertible truth about the
Amelia Earhart controversy, and how Amelia's past acquaintance,
'Irene Craigmile' and her extended family fit into it. The vets
basically figured it out, yet they remained all but 'officially'
ignored when they raised their voices, and they were summarily
dismissed history-wise by protective, and even at times somewhat
divisive individuals. The opposition culminated, where the so
called 'mystery' came to exist the way it was designed to.
Earhart Mystery Exists Because It's Supposed To Exist, Not
Because It Really Does Exist. The Amelia Earhart Society's Bill
Prymak, The TIGHAR Organization's Richard Gillespie, And
Nauticos' Elgen Long Are The Three 'Media-Touted' Guiding
Influences Who Keep The American Public Dumbed Down On The
Matter, Instead Of Steering It Towards Amelia's Available
True-Story Facts. This Website Is Just The Start Of The Forensic
Truth Reveal Pertaining To The Last Years Of Amelia's Life As
Amelia Earhart. It Also Examines The Hidden Support Mechanism
That Remained Legion With Amelia After She Became Someone Else.
Said Mechanism Is Why The Historical Dictum Influences Of Three
Countries And The Catholic Church, Dating Back To The World War
Two Era, Came To Agree How The Name "Amelia Earhart " Would Only
Be Associated With A Years Ago World-Famous Person Who
Tragically Died In 1937, According To Their Evermore Commonly
Learn more about Amelia, shown here.
Forensics revealed three different 'Irenes' employed the same
To know the the full story of Irene
Madaline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam, is to realize a truth
from American history that remains untold. Some have long been
aware of it ...while below is a morph of two photos taken
over four decades apart from each other. To look beyond the
Irene Craigmile Bolam seen here, check out opposite page 119 in
Amelia's 1932 published book, The Fun Of It.
Click on photo to link to the new Hilary Swank movie page.
Below Are A Few October of 1982 Sample
Newspaper Quotes About Irene Craigmile Bolam, Who Had Passed Away
Just A Few Months Earlier:
"Some of Irene Bolam's closest friends equivocate to this day
about the possibility that she may have been Amelia Earhart."
"Peter Busatti, a sports promoter who had known Mrs. Bolam for
many years, said he often teased her about the persistent
rumor that she was Miss Earhart." "At a Wings Club event in
Washington, Busatti mentioned how Admirals and Generals seemed to
know her." "Once when Busatti asked Mrs.
Bolam directly, [if she was the former Amelia Earhart] she replied
""When I die, you'll find out."" He also mentioned, ""She had a
lot of Japanese artifacts in her home. I'd kid her about that.""
"John Malloy of Rumson said he met Mrs. Bolam at a golf
tournament. ""I've been back and forth,"" he admits in discussing
conjecture that she was really Amelia Earhart, ""One minute I
think yes, and the next no. She certainly knew flying. She knew
everything there was to know about Japan,"" he said."
NOTE: The above quotes were excerpted from the 1982 Woodbridge New
Jersey News Tribune 'investigative series.' The series addressed
the question of Irene's real identity three months after her
passing. Her true past had remained a highly debated subject
matter since 1970, even after she offered her present tense denial
of "I am not Amelia Earhart." Yet, she stopped being her former
self after she changed her name to 'Irene' during the WWII era.
Therefore, technically she did not lie to the public. (See the Miscellaneous link for more quotes pulled
from the series.) After two weeks of teasing its readers with said
'identity' question, the 82' series employed forgeries to steer
the public into falsely concluding only one Irene Craigmile Bolam
ever existed... when in fact there had been three... with one of
them ascertainable as the former Amelia Earhart. Here, recall the
character of 'Winston' from George Orwell's 1984 who worked
for his government's Ministry of Truth. His job was to adjust past
newspaper stories to make them align with 'Big Brother's'
preferred viewpoint. George Orwell proved himself prophetic. For
in 1982 a U. S.
newspaper was engaged to alter facts to adjust public thinking,
into accepting the preferred U. S. history viewpoint of the
Irene-Amelia topic. But the Irene-Amelia truth refused to go away.
Throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and into the 2000's the subject of
Irene's true past identity continued to be debated by Earhart
investigators and scholars. As mentioned the most recent attempt
to put it to rest came via the recently airing National Geographic
Amelia Earhart special. Although it was aware of such
controversial story advances, the National Geographic Channel
chose not to address both the discovery of the 1982 fraud-lined
Tribune series, and the 2002 forensic realization of more than one
Irene Craigmile having shared the same identity. Instead, it
engaged the case-uninformed
opinion of a police forensic detective, who shied away from
favoring the haunting similarity displayed by the 1945-1982
identified Irene when compared to Amelia. This is a good example
of the way national media outlets are sometimes made to serve a
favored U. S. historical viewpoint, even if it isn't the truth.
Notice too, how no national news outlet has ever seriously
addressed the Irene-Amelia controversy. They occasionally mention
it off-hand, but that's about it.
Older version (1978 photo) of 1945-1982 identified "Irene
1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune photo.
Older version of the 2006 family identified "Irene Craigmile (Bolam)"
Of the two different younger and older looking Irene Craigmiles
shown above, neither one
was the original. The original Irene's maiden name was Irene
O'Crowley. Her first husband, Charles Craigmile died tragically in
1931. In October of 1932 her 'pals,' the two well known pilots
Viola Gentry and Amelia Earhart... helped introduce their recently
widowed friend, Irene to flying planes on Long Island. In mid-1933
Irene fell for one of her pilot instructors, Alvin Heller and by
early 1934 they were married with a child. But the trail of the
original Irene Craigmile (Heller, later annulled) grows cold after
that point. There is no doubt it was the original Irene Craigmile
who somehow vanished forever long ago, and the former Amelia
Earhart went on to later use her identity, and also serve as a
Mother figure to the original Irene's survived Son. In 2006 when
he was shown the 1945 Zonta photo of Irene Craigmile, her Son said
he'd never seen it before. He also could offer no photos showing
his Mother pre-dating 1945, although he guesstimated the younger
version of the 'family identified' Irene Craigmile shown him to be
from the early 1940s, when he was a young boy of six to eight
years old. He surely knew her as he appeared to have been left in
her charge a lot as he grew up. Yet neither Irene shown here was
his true birth Mother, and by the mid-1940s he'd been sent to a
boarding school. The earliest photo he holds of his 'mother' from
his junior high graduation in the late 1940s shows him standing
between Irene-Amelia and his Father, Al Heller who he'd spent very
little time with as a young boy. Be it known, between the 'family
identified' Irene photo, and the appearance of the older photo
version of her in the 1982 Tribune, no other photos of that
specific Irene appear. Rather, from 1945 to 1982 only photos of
Irene-Amelia appear in the photo history of Irene's person during
said time frame. Her Son (a very private man, and a former Pan Am
Pilot) was debriefed on the newly learned information in 2006, and
he appeared reticent after siding with the history of his Mother
as one person. Historically until 2006, apparently he never felt
so compelled to deal with the controversial issue of his
'Mother's' life story in public, maybe with one exception; he and his wife's
participation in the 1982 New Jersey News Tribune investigative
series, that once again 'reviewed' the Irene-Amelia controversy.
Consider the following 1982 news article excerpt about Irene's
Son's viewpoint: "Mrs. Bolam's only child, Clarence 'Larry'
Heller of Huntington Bay, L.I., has said he doesn't want to pursue
the fingerprints or identity question any further." "Heller wrote
to the Rutgers Medical School [where Irene had donated her body]
shortly after Mrs. Bolam's death requesting her fingerprints. The
school turned him down. Mr. Heller told the News Tribune that he
has decided to let the matter rest. "I'm not interested in digging
around," he said. "I would just as soon let it hang as a mystery
...let it remain an unsolved mystery," he said."' A bit curious
here, how through such words Irene's Son seemed to prefer leaving
the issue of his Mother's true identity, 'a
1963 Irene in Japan newspaper photo...
...blended with 1928 Amelia photo = Irene-Amelia
Amelia: Often outspoken, always very private.
What does history recall about her that you don't? (Click on
Note: See the original Irene Craigmile's
step by step biography in the lower portion of the 1982
New Jersey Tribune link.
The plural Irenes 'forensic discovery' was
initialized on 11/12/02. The physical congruence
realization of the 1945-1982 identified Irene Craigmile
Bolam when compared to Amelia Earhart, actually commenced
back in 1997.
After calling it 'solid science' and
initially agreeing to, the National Geographic Channel
refused to display or address the plural Irenes discovery
in the 2006 Earhart special it still airs now and then.
The 1982 Woodbridge New Jersey News
Tribune 'investigative news article series' that examined
the question of Amelia Earhart's survival as Irene Craigmile
Bolam, (three months after Irene died) featured photo
forgeries used to meld plural individuals into one.
The series is now regarded as a past yellow-journalism
attempt, meant to steer people away from the truth of AE's
post-1930s existence as another person.
The families of past friends Amelia and Irene,
would not openly endorse nor positively address the
Irene-Amelia conveyance after it was first learned of in 1965.
Still, the controversy proved itself worthy of serious
consideration then, and in recent years it has even more-so.
Not to mention from the 1950s on Muriel Earhart Morrissey and
Irene-Amelia were Zonta Sister friends.
The Irene-Amelia controversy began in
1965. The forensic argument still supporting it today stems
from forty years of in depth research and a long
term forensic analysis.
Where the 1945 to 1982 identified Irene
Craigmile Bolam (again, more than one used that same
identity) displayed such a haunting head to toe physical
congruence to Amelia Earhart, she is hence referred to as
The controversy still exists today
because it has never been authoritatively disproved. People
have (sometimes strongly) claimed it isn't true, but
outright disproving it has never been done. This is why it
has remained a controversy for over forty years.
John Burk, former Publisher of the now
defunct Woodbridge New Jersey News Tribune
was a good friend of Irene-Amelia's. Burk is considered to
have been instrumental in the contrivance of the October
of 1982 "Was She or Wasn't She Amelia Earhart(?)"
investigative newspaper series that followed Irene-Amelia's
Summer of 1982 passing.
1945 Zonta photo. (Earliest one of Irene-Amelia)
From 1945 to 1982 she was publicly identified as "Irene" after
nose and dental work.
Prior to her rhinoplasty and brow skin tucking...
...without the dental work and cosmetic adjustments, see an
image from the past.
Her son's estimated date: 'Early 1940s'
2006 family identified "Irene Craigmile (Bolam)" [Photo likely
taken, circa 1947]
It's true, since 2003 those who influence national news outlets on
all Earhart mystery updates, have closed a blind eye to the
forensic analysis that recognized both the 1945-1982 ID'd
Irene Craigmile and the 'family ID'd' Irene
Craigmile as two
different individuals. As well, the tear ducts and
eye-rims, the face print, and the head to toe body of the
1945-1982 ID'd 'Irene Craigmile' match Amelia's, and the 'family identified'
Irene Craigmile's do not. Not to mention handwriting and
voice comparisons aligned as well. It was also easy to determine
how the Family Identified
Irene and the '1945-1982'
Irene shown here were not the same person. Their brow ridges,
noses, face dimples, hair lines, and especially their tear duct
and eye-rim comparisons did prove impossible to align. And the
'Family Identified' Irene also looked noticeably younger than the
'1945- 1982' Irene. [Again, observe in the Forensic Comparison
links how the 1945-1982 Irene Craigmile's features align with
congruence to Amelia's.] Close examination also reveals the
engagement of certain augmentations to help obscure her
recognizable visage of the 1930s. (These changes were researched
and are addressed further in the site.) National Geographic did
film the 'Family Identified' Irene... and called the science
'solid' that had separated the two. Yet to avoid controversy, they
ultimately chose not to address or display images of the 'Family
Identified Irene' in its recent TV special. One might also notice
what appears to be a slight familial looking similarity found in
the two 'age generation separated' Irenes. Read on to learn why.
1933 enlarged photo of Amelia...
...taken at FDR's Hyde Park estate.
1965 Gervais photo of 1945-1982 ID'd Irene.
Gervais met her through Amelia's friend Viola Gentry at an
Early Birds of Aviation gathering.
1933 Amelia photo blended with...
...1965 Gervais photo = Irene-Amelia.
Note: Please See
The Forensic Comparison
Samples Link, And The Wikipedia
In Washington DC at the Smithsonian Institute,
there's a large elephant by the name of "Irene" squatting in the
middle of the Amelia Earhart controversy. The Smithsonian Institute
placed a lampshade on its head and tells the curious, 'It's nothing... It's just an old
lamp.... Don't pay any attention to it.'
* * *
On truth distortion and alternative truths, where only
one truth exists yet so many possibilities are offered: "The
entertainment of the alternative in its highest development, becomes
the entertainment of the ideal." A. N. Whitehead, 1937
In a way, over time Amelia Earhart's truth was bowled
over by quite a variety of shined and polished theories. None of them
ever came close to resembling the real truth though, and so much left
the public to accept the 'ideal' of Amelia Earhart's fate existing as
'an everlasting mystery.'
One of Whitehead's 1937 concepts of 'History' reads: "History
is the record of the expression of feelings peculiar to humanity."
Considering how famous fliers Amelia Earhart and Viola
Gentry were once good friends, in 1965 Joe Gervais found it peculiar
if not a bit odd, how Viola Gentry had another good friend named
'Irene' who looked like a carbon copy of an 'older' Amelia Earhart,
and was held in such high esteem by other famous fliers and even NASA
astronauts. It would not be until the 'multiple Irenes discovery' was
made over three decades later; World War Two hero Joe Gervais would
finally be vindicated for what he had come to believe in, and long
stressed to the public he clearly recognized, right up until his death
* * *
Hypothetical 1937 Amelia Earhart Flight-End 'Quiz-Challenge':
Where was Amelia Earhart the last time she laid eyes on
her Lockheed Electra airplane?
or near to land… (an island or atoll, etc.)
beneath the ocean surface with it after ditching on the water…
in a raft watching it sink...
E. Watching it ablaze
after a fiery wreck…
F. Watching it get
hoisted onto a Japanese hauling ship...
Watching it fade away from aboard a Japanese fishing boat...
Looking back at it while hiking down from a mountain jungle...
I. At a Japanese
Naval Authority base in the pacific…
J. On a Japanese
Imperial Mandate Island, or in Japan…
K. In the United
L. Somewhere else…
All of these theorized 'Earhart
flight endings' have been seriosuly discussed and/or existed in
the realm of possibilities over time. Of course, unless one
automatically accepts “C” as the answer (the crashed and sank theory)
it's noticeable how Amelia’s final disposition would otherwise remain
'unknown.' The rogue idea introduced by Joe Gervais in the 1960s
basically went like this: ‘Joe Gervais did not know how it got there,
all he knew was with certainty he believed he recognized the survived
body of Amelia Earhart in 1965, in the name-changed form of the Irene
Craigmile Bolam he met at a gathering of well known ‘senior citizen’
retired pilots. Viola Gentry, one of Amelia’s past New York
pilot-friends was also good friends with the same Irene Bolam and her
British husband, Guy Bolam. When Joe Gervais met Irene and Guy, indeed
it was Viola Gentry who introduced them to each other.
On the surface, after the modern forensic analysis began in 1997 it
finally did begin to appear odd how Viola Gentry, a charter Ninety-Nines’s
women’s flying club member with Amelia Earhart, (Amelia served as the
Ninety-Nine’s first president starting in 1929) yes it seemed odd how
Viola had two friends who matched so well in different eras of
If anything it appeared as a remarkable coincidence how
Viola’s 1960s friend, Mrs. Irene Craigmile Bolam aligned head to toe
in photographs with Viola‘s long gone friend, Amelia Earhart. At
least, until 2002 anyway, when it was discovered and revealed how more
than one person had been identifiied as the same Irene Craigmile Bolam.
By 2006 it was also certain, after verification was received from the
original Irene's 1934 born Son Larry Heller, no photos displaying the
Irene Craigmile Bolam who Joe Gervais greeted and photographed in 1965
showed her identified as Irene prior to the mid-1940s. In other
words, the person named ’Irene Craigmile Bolam’ who Joe Gervais
encountered, seemed to have emerged from nowhere into existence
sometime in the 1940s identified as Irene Craigmile, according to the
photographic record of Irene Craigmile Bolam's person. In the meantime
two other women, the original Irene Craigmile and a woman who still
remains forensically non-identified to this day, appear in the early
photo history record of Irene Craigmile Bolam.
Incidently as well, Irene's complete name on record
after the three marriages attributed to her person (1927, 1933, 1958)
ended as Irene Madaline O'Crowley Craigmile Heller Bolam. Of note,
O'Crowley was her maiden name, and after a thick paper trail that
evidenced a 1940 annulment of her second marriage to Alvin Victor
Heller, (who would go on to become a Sr. VP of the Miami Aviation
Association) the name of 'Heller' was formally dropped from her person
and reverted back to 'Craigmile,' until her marriage to (family
described British MI6 operative) Guy Bolam in 1958.
This later realization signaled a remarkable discovery
made in the long held Gervais claim-dispute. Plus, it finally backed
former Seton Hall University President, Monsignor James Francis
Kelley’s 1991 admission (after he refused to admit it for many years)
of his long time good friend ‘Irene’ having formerly been known as
Amelia Earhart. Otherwise on paper, if one ignores the multiple Irenes
discovery, everything else appears fairly linear as far as Irene's
life story goes. Yet such had been the arrangement, evidently.
It also appeared there were various individuals who over time, wished
not to clue the the public in on such a forensic truth about Earhart's real personal history.
After all, history had declared Amelia 'dead' two years after she
turned up missing. Apparently she was always to remain so. Naturally
Earhart’s survived Sister Muriel, who knew her as Irene in later life,
along with the original Irene’s still living Son were included among
those who were against exploiting the truth, and apparently the
Smithsonian, the National Geographic Society, the Amelia Earhart
Society, TIGHAR, Nauticos, and ostensibly the forever silent about it
U. S. Government all but surreptitiously coerced the national media
circuit over time, to pay attention to other ideas about Amelia
Earhart’s ending. Thus, for years they all collectively steered the
public away from what has now
grown to become a rather obvious forensic truth to behold. And
as evidenced by Noel Dockstater's recent National Geographic profile
on the matter, he as well had been hopelessly bullied into submission
on the matter.
It is also a shame how media stories focused on the
negatives of Earhart’s survival only; via the perverbial catchall 'Earhart
may have survived for a while, but she sure must have died over there
It was hardly
ever asked: What if she survived and didn’t die?
It’s true, Amelia Earhart and/or Fred Noonan survival
stories all sell their final demises (or 'deaths') in some sure way.
The Nikumororo story offered by TIGHAR ends with Earhart and Noonan’s
death by starvation and/or dehydration. The Amelia Earhart Society as
well might imply how Amelia Earhart’s death took place in the Marshall
Islands or on Saipan, although philosophically it rejects all theories
at the same time, as confusing as that sounds. Four decades ago, in
1966 the media first exploited the negative offerings of CBS radio
journalist, Fred Goerner and continued to do so through Buddy
Brennan‘s offering from the late 1980s, where both described Amelia
Earhart having been on some kind of spy mission before being caught
and either executed by Japanese soldiers, or dying of some kind of
sickness while in Japan’s custody. The idea of Amelia Earhart
remaining basically ‘ok’ the entire time after she turned up missing,
coupled with some hard to explain experiences she endured during the
war era that left her to change her name for future anonymity rather
than explain it all when she returned to the U. S., was never even remotely welcomed
into the realm of possibilities by ANYONE, except for Major Joe
Gervais and those who became devoted to his years of investigating the
matter. Contrarily, the most consistent media support over the years
since the late 1970s was afforded to Earhart family friend, Elgen Long
who always insisted Earhart, Noonan, and their plane made it to the
deep bottom of the Pacific Ocean, somewhere northwest of Howland
Island. Hence, in most people's steered perception of the matter,
Amelia Earhart ended up there, and the elderly Elgen Long himself
would even be hired to advise the makers of the new 2009 Hilary Swank
film, for nothing more really, than the sake of political history
* * *
It is evident how official U. S. historians were
conditioned over time to steer both the media and the public away from
seriously investigating the Irene-Amelia story. Until the late 1990s
they most often succeeded in doing just that, and they still would be
succeeding had it not been realized by a select few scholars, how
Earhart's 'survival' was at long
last a recognizable forensic true-hood.
So many letters had repeatedly been written to the
White House, to the Smithsonian Institute, and even to the National
Geographic Society about the Earhart case over the years, yet they
were all systematically answered with polite and non-informative 'sorry,
can't help you there' replies. Once again, as Bender and
Altschull wrote in their 1982 Pan Am Airways history book, The Chosen Instrument;
"Numerous investigations foundered on official silence in
Tokyo and Washington, leaving the fate of Amelia Earhart an
Of course, one could always turn to the 1965 words of
Admiral Chester Nimitz, who stated it was long "known and documented
in Washington" as non-public information, how Amelia Earhart and Fred
Noonan were actually picked up by Japan after they were said to have
'vanished' in 1937, and they had continued to exist henceforth under
No matter. In the
Conclusion link the reader will perhaps consider, how even high-end
Masonic members have influenced the public's perception of U. S.
history over the years, through such notable organizations as the
Smithsonian Institute and the National Geographic Society. So where
the History Channel conveys how nine past United States Presidents
the following list of WWII era Freemason members is also very
impressive if one ponders the true Amelia Earhart saga, and is
justifiably deemed worthy of at least some consideration. Such a WWII
era list of Freemason members
(often referred to as 'a secret society of upper echelon, highly
intelligent, and highly influential individuals')
included General Douglas MacArthur, President Harry Truman, General
Jimmy Doolittle, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Franklin
Roosevelt, FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover, WWII national radio reporter
Lowell Thomas, WWII Philippines imprisoned General Jonathan
Wainwright, cowboy entertainer Will Rogers (a friend of Amelia's who
died in a 1935 plane crash,) and even a post-WWII friend of
Irene-Amelia's, Senator Barry Goldwater... yes, all were past Freemason Society members.
challenged by the Papacy (Catholicism) dating back hundreds of years
ago, Freemasonry still exists today. Masonic societies are always
applauded for their benevolent doings, and they are still quietly
influential towards the way history should go down and be recorded. Interestingly
enough, when the late 1990s to early 2000s forensic and investigative
research advancements in the Irene-Amelia case became known, a 'back
away and observe' attitude was identifiable. But such a control factor
still seemed to ominously dominate from within. The various 'private
citizens' who have long steered the United States national media sway
over the Amelia Earhart controversy, if not Masonic themselves could
have been unknowingly subjugated by such an influence. In the specific
example cited above, four years after the 2002 'shared identity
discovery' was made, right after it was affirmed by the Son of the
original Irene Craigmile in April of 2006, within a few months of it
becoming known information, filmmaker Noel Dockstader via the National
Geographic Channel, set out to take control of such a revelation
through the national media eyes of the public. After the original
Irene's Son, Mr. Larry Heller identified the entirely different 'Irene
Craigmile' individuals prevalently shown in this website to have been
his one in the same Mother figure,
with the 1945-1982 identified one [Irene-Amelia] matching the profile
of Amelia Earhart in a haunting congruence, within a short while Mr.
Dockstader had molded his self produced 'Undercover History' National
Geographic Channel episode around the Irene-Amelia topic. With equal
measure, to be sure, he carefully took the Irene-Amelia controversy
and mixed it in with the outdated yet more traditionally publicized
Amelia Earhart disappearance theories, avoiding the new dilemma caused
by the original Irene's Son by not even bringing it up. Basically,
Dockstader simply revisited the old 'Irene Bolam' story without truly updating it, and
he hired a forensic detective who he clearly left dumbed down on the
matter to shore up his expressed opinion. Not to forget, the National
Geographic Channel's original show title at the time, 'Unsolved
History' was a true indicator of NG's locked-in approach to the
topic. Even Noel Dockstader admitted he 'knew' NG was not about to
enlighten a national TV audience in any truth-conversion way. No doubt
the long debated Earhart disappearance subject matter is too
controversial of a historical topic, and too concretely set in the
American public mindset as 'a
mystery' for National Geographic and/or the Smithsonian
Institute, to suddenly start admitting how a different Amelia Earhart
disappearance story version was known all along by some of its past,
and perhaps even present to an extent, big brother-like 'influential'
Yet there is
always hope. Perhaps President Barack Obama with his 'new winds for
change' and 'truthful to the people' updates will instigate a
permissive outcropping that allows for some responsible clueing-in of
American citizens, as pertains to some of its own true history value.
Amelia Earhart was always a wonderful person, even after she changed
her name to Irene during the World War Two era. No one knows why she
did such a thing, but her reasons must have been good ones. The hidden
historical fact remains, she did to it, and so much is all that is
wholesomely known thus far in a true forensic sense. Of course the
Smithsonian Institute and National Geographic Society are still trying
to get people to avoid seriously considering such a truth, and no
doubt they always will, until the United States Executive Branch
orders them not to, anymore.
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The Beyond 37' film, book, and website projects are dedicated to the
late USAF Major Joseph A. Gervais (1924-2005) and the late USAF Col.
Rollin C. Reineck (1920-2007). Both were World War Two heroes who
learned the basic Irene-Amelia truth decades ago. Major Gervais, who
was considered by many to have been the most devoted Amelia Earhart
researcher ever having pursued the mystery since 1960, discovered the
Irene-Amelia reality in 1965. The controversial 1970 McGraw-Hill book
by Joe Klaas, Amelia Earhart Lives expounded on the enormous
amount of Joe Gervais' investigative research, and displayed the first
nationally published photo of Irene-Amelia. Myriad fallout the Amelia Earhart Lives
book caused notwithstanding, and still lacking official authoritative
guidance, Colonel Reineck spent the last several years of his life
trying to advance the Gervais claim of Earhart's name-changed survival
to authenticity. Colonel Reineck's book Amelia Earhart Survived,
published in late 2003, was largely inspired by the Irene-Amelia
forensic studies of Beyond 37's Tod Swindell. Several portions of the
analysis appeared in the Reineck book, and more samples are better
displayed in this website. [Beyond 37' was formed in 2001 by the Tod
Evan Company in Los Angeles. It is run by Investigative
Researcher/Filmmaker Tod Swindell, who also serves as Chief Editor of
Irene-Amelia.com totals to date since being posted last
year: 512,217 world-wide hits; 171,405 downloads. Canada, Germany,
Great Britain, and Japan lead for most foreign country views. The most
viewed pages and/or links are: 'The History of Amelia Earhart Mystery
Research' page, the 'Odd Rumors' page, the 'Hilary Swank Amelia movie'
page, the 'Amelia at the Microphone' photo link shown on the home
page, the 'Why The Fear' page, the various 'Physical Comparison'
pages, and the 'Forensic Conclusion' page.