Protecting Earhart


About the short video-clip link below: My name is Tod Swindell, author & creator of a the book and ten-year forensic analysis titled, Protecting Earhart: The Hidden Legacy of Legendary Pilot, Amelia Earhart. 

I’m also producing a documentary film featuring the forensic analysis and less-known stories and details about Amelia Earhart. Some of the material to be presented in both book and documentary can be previewed on Protecting Earhart’s other website, that initially launched in 2007.

You’ve seen this story presented in various forms over the years, to include in the new W. C. Jameson book from his ‘Beyond The Grave’ series. 

Protecting Earhart is more comprehensive and revealing than anything ever presented on Amelia Earhart, having been a work-in-progress since the mid-1990s. 

There is a universally important to correctly understand the true legacy of Amelia Earhart, foremost to include her continued ‘private’ survival after she was reported ‘missing’ in 1937. It has long been a known, albeit ‘withheld’ truth Amelia did survive, and that she continued to live-on in the United States after the World War Two era known by a different name, albeit one attributed to no less than three different individuals, that of ‘Irene Craigmile.’

In 1958, the former Amelia Earhart became ‘Mrs. Irene Bolam’ after she married Guy Bolam of England. Throughout the 1960s she helped run Guy’s enterprise, Radio Luxembourg, and she became its corporate president after Guy’s passing in 1970.

The truth of ‘Mrs. Irene Bolam’ formerly being known as Amelia Earhart was initially realized in 1965 by my late friend and former collaborator, retired USAF Major, Joseph A. Gervais [1924-2005] who had deeply investigated Amelia’s disappearance. Said ‘truth’ remained unverified in a public way until after Mrs. Bolam’s passing in 1982. It was then the well known, Monsignor James Francis Kelley [1902-1996], a former president of Seton Hall College who had been among the few individuals instrumental with Amelia’s private repatriation in the U.S. as ‘Irene’ in the mid-1940s, finally admitted it was true.

After Father Kelley’s verification took place, nearly two decades would pass before Protecting Earhart’s forensic study revealed there were three different women who had been attributed to the same ‘Irene’ identity. The study dubbed the former Amelia Earhart the ‘Gervais-Irene’ as a tribute to Joe Gervais, whose earlier realization inspired the 1970 McGraw-Hill book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas.

If you get a chance, check out’s home page. It offers a good overview of the most important aspects of the Earhart disappearance controversy. In the meantime, below is a 25 second video-clip link [polished by my cinematographer friend, Billy Dickson, ASC] showing Amelia Earhart morphing into a photo of her later self, the Gervais-Irene.

The Gervais-Irene photo I chose for this dissolve was taken in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in 1976. She is the one with the gray hair on the right, shown sitting next to Monsignor Kelley’s sister, Gertrude Kelley Hession who she often traveled with. Note: Head-to-toe and character trait wise, the Gervais-Irene and Amelia displayed a human being congruence that along with the entire volume of supporting research, enabled the solving of Earhart’s missing person case.

The cover-up was not a conspiracy in the classic sense. The word ‘conspiracy’ has negative connotations and is better applied to sinister doings akin to travesties like the Watergate scandal. In this case, Amelia’s post-World War Two preference clearly involved her strong desire for future individual privacy. We need only accept the reasons she had that supported her quest. Trust knowing as well, however, as the Gervais-Irene she was just as amazingly intelligent, capable, and as worldly as she had been when she was known as Amelia, in many ways, even more-so. She was extraordinarily benevolent as well. In time people will enjoy getting to know her this way.

It is additionally true she was not about to go back to being Amelia again just because Joe Gervais figured out who she used to be. In no way did she desire the sensationalized attention she knew admitting such a thing would have delivered, nor did she desire the trial of explaining it all; Where she was during the war years(?) Why she chose not to be Amelia anymore(?), etc.  

In the end, it was hard to blame her for feeling the way she did, and in lieu of what may never be known, people should allow this posterity for her.

In the video link below, believe what you see with your own eyes: The Gervais-Irene and Amelia were one in the same human being who existed in different eras with different names. It’s that simple.

Thank you,

Tod Swindell

Please click on the following video link:

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