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The Subsurface History Of Amelia Earhart Few Knew About, Until Recently
"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 Earhart.
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?
[Click on either of the next two photos down to go to the 'Forensic Comparison Samples' 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.]
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 below.)
"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 stated she was turning north and they continued to hear her at intervals, her signals becoming fainter each time received." Colonel 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 elimnating the last specified direction she was flying in.
Another example from the study, this time Amelia transitions into the 'Gervais-Irene'...
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, and the 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 Silence' 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 completed forensic argument analysis, while observing how the 'former' Amelia Earhart used to appear in public until her passing in 1982.
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.
With 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)?
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.
"After 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.]
What happened to Amelia Earhart?
"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'
Official 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 ever conducted. (See more comparisons below.)
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"The National 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 Irene-Amelia controversy.)
From The Associated Press (Also on CNN)
"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
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.
Joe Gervais, 1924-2005
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.
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It Is Important To Realize...
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 rebuttals.
The entire 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.
Will the 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)
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.
Rollin Reineck: We believe Jackie Cochran was sent to Japan to help bring Amelia home. Are you aware of that?
Monsignor 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.
"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.
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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 information.
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.
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 Madaline O'Crowley.")
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.'
A Preface of Additional Information Presented in this Website:
Note: Among 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 Swindell, 2007
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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.
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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.'
*The Formal Home Page*
Foreword: 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 citzens to accept being enlightened about their own history by people from a foreign land.