Thanks to a Forensic Study, the truth pertaining to what became of Amelia Earhart after she went missing in 1937, is now plain to see.


Amelia Earhart in 1928, age 31.

Amelia Earhart in 1937, just before she went missing.


Digital Composite: Exhibit 1

Amelia Earhart

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The post-1940 only Irene O’Crowley Craigmile. [There was more than one Irene O’Crowley Craigmile.]

Protecting Earhart Documentary Intro Reel

Post-1940 Only Irene O’Crowley Craigmile, 1977: Image A

This person was known as Irene O’Crowley Craigmile. According to record, Irene O’Crowley Craigmile was born in 1904, and she died in 1982. Forensic research determined that this Irene appeared nowhere identified as ‘Irene’ prior to the 1940s. To the viewers of the Exhibits displayed here, especially to those not familiar with the controversial circumstances of Amelia Earhart’s 1937 disappearance, this now fortified reality is important to comprehend.

Irene O’Crowley Craigmile was a Twentieth Century person who had known Amelia Earhart. The individual shown here was not the original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile.

The results issued by a forensic comparison
analysis have now made the former identity of this post-1940 only Irene easy to recognize.

Before 1940, she was known as Amelia Earhart.

The Post-1940 Only Irene: Image B


Digital Composite: Exhibit 2

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Digital Composite: Exhibit 3

Amelia and Irene Digital Composites


Digital Composite: Exhibit 4

Low and high contrast Digital Composite


Exhibit A

The original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile, who Amelia Earhart knew and had flown with in the early 1930s, looked nothing like Amelia.

The Image 1 and Image 1 Enhancement displays the Original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile in a 1930 newspaper photo. She is shown between her husband, Charles James Craigmile (left) and her father, Richard Joseph O’Crowley (right). She bore no resemblance to Amelia Earhart. [Note: Charles James Craigmile died of a sudden illness the year after the 1930 photo was taken, leaving the original Irene a bereaved young widow. The aftermath of Charles Craigmile’s death is expounded on further down.]

Another famous 1930s pilot who was a good friend of Amelia’s and the original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile as well, was Viola Gentry.

Image 1

Image 1

Amelia Earhart and
Viola Gentry

1932, the Original Irene O’Crowley
Craigmile: Image 2

Above, Amelia Earhart in 1931, next to a Pitcairn. Autogyro she flew sponsored by Beech Nut Gum

The poor resolution photograph dated ‘1932’ listed Amelia climbing on the wing, Jack Warren in the rear pilot seat, and the original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile & Viola Gentry standing. The plane had recently been purchased by the original Irene. Jack Warren, Viola’s beau, was one of the original Irene’s early flying instructors. By the late 1930s, the original Irene was no longer evident. In time, clear photo evidence of her person was no longer available. Viola Gentry, a famous pilot herself and a good friend of Amelia’s, later became a key figure in the derailment of the Amelia-Irene story.

“Nobody ever had such an all inspiring way and understanding of people as Amelia. She was like a dancing sunbeam.”



Digital Composite: Exhibit 5

In the video: Amelia Earhart in 1937 … begins to … digitally transition into … post-1940 only Irene in 1965

Amelia Earhart in 1937

Image C: Photo taken in 1965 by Joseph A. Gervais, USAF (Ret.) on the day that Viola Gentry introduced him to the post-1940 only Irene O’Crowley Craigmile

For people who have a hard time seeing the former Amelia Earhart
in the 1965 Joseph A. Gervais photo, consider the following:

“It is nearly impossible even for families to recognize a loved one after thirty years of absence, so greatly has the self altered. And a little reflection upon the changing quality of consciousness is sure to give us some insight into the numberless selves our surface minds and egos have become since first appearing in the world.”


Irene O’Crowley Craigmile

In 1965, it was first suspected that the distinguished looking person who was known as Irene O’Crowley Craigmile from the 1940s on, had previously gone by the name of Amelia Earhart.

In 1970, it was publicly asserted that she was the former Amelia Earhart, yet she strongly denied it within the context of a national news story, and for the most part people believed her.

In Image D: The post-1940 only Irene O’Crowley Craigmile (Bolam) faces the press in 1970. She denounced the contents of the new book, Amelia Earhart Lives, (shown held in the foreground). Amazingly, no one thought to compare her to Amelia. Decades later, Protecting Earhart’s study of Amelia’s life story became the first one to include an Amelia to Irene, forensic comparison analysis.

After the post-1940 only Irene denied who she used to be, few bothered to evaluate the foundation of the story that led her to call a news conference and boldly face the press. It also did not register to anyone at the time, that the assertion stating she had previously been known as Amelia Earhart, managed to avoid being forensically addressed.

Keep going to learn more about the resilient nature of this withheld historical reality, that was dismissed out of hand by Amelia’s family and pseudo historians. Their actions led pop-culture to not take the Amelia became known as Irene reality seriously for the next half a century. [1970-2020]

The Post-1940 Only Irene
Image A

Post-1940 Only Irene O’Crowley Craigmile
Image D

[Viola Gentry was the individual who had introduced Joseph A. Gervais to the post-1940 only Irene in 1965.]


Digital Composite: Exhibit 6

Amelia Earhart

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The former Amelia as ‘Irene’


Digital Composite: Exhibit 7

When reality is too stark to ignore, don’t ignore it. Deal with it.

In a nutshell, Protecting Earhart’s Twenty First Century forensic research and comparison analysis deeply examined the life stories of three 1930s’ flying pals, Amelia Earhart, Viola Gentry, and Irene O’Crowley Craigmile.

The results his study achieved not only surfaced the reality of more than one Twentieth Century person having been attributed to the same, Irene O’Crowley Craigmile identity; it also left no doubt that the post-1940 only Irene O’Crowley Craigmile was previously known as Amelia Earhart, and that Viola Gentry knew Amelia by that name in her later life years. Among a few others, it was chiefly Viola Gentry and Amelia’s sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, who helped keep the general public unaware of Amelia’s name-changed survival as Irene.

Keep going to learn more about this recently affirmed, and now wholesomely presented forensic reality.

Continue With The Study



The Protecting Earhart MSS and Forensic Analysis [1997-2020; copyright registrations: TXu 1-915-926 & TXu 2-061-539] mark an Investigative Journalist’s comprehensive forensic research evaluation combined with a human comparison analysis. Writer-filmmaker, Tod Swindell, devoted decades to conducting a comprehensive researcher study, that included orchestrating its accompanying ‘Amelia to Irene’ comparison analysis, the first ‘Amelia to Irene’ comparison analysis ever done. After meeting some World War Two veterans who insisted Amelia privately lived well beyond the war years, he developed a consuming interest in the facts attributed to Amelia Earhart’s disappearance and missing person case.

The complete Study was inspired by the original findings of Joseph A. Gervais [of the ‘Operation Earhart’ investigation he conducted from 1960 to 1970] and consists of over ten-thousand pages featuring rare documents, analytical text, photographs, human comparisons, maps, charts, and past-obscured but again revisited investigative research findings.

The condensed Protecting Earhart MSS features 415 total pages; 110 of which contain logistical and visual elements drawn from the ‘Amelia to Irene’ Comparison Analysis. The overall Study results elaborates on, and plainly exhibits Amelia Earhart’s ongoing existence after World War Two with the re-purposed name of, ‘Irene O’Crowley Craigmile’ applied to her person. (Surname of ‘Bolam’ added by marriage in 1958.) It also examined the post-World War Two, ‘let’s move on‘ logic that left the general public out of the loop of Amelia’s ongoing existence with a different name applied to her person. Simply put, a year and a half after she was declared ‘missing‘ in 1937, Amelia Earhart was declared ‘dead in absentia‘ in 1939, even though she did not actually die.

The intention to keep the name ‘Amelia Earhart’ exclusively associated with a dead person, evidently came into strong focus during the conclusion of World War Two. This was most notably endorsed by the former Amelia Earhart; her pilot friend from the 1930s, Viola Gentry; former Seton Hall College President, Monsignor James Francis Kelley; Amelia’s only sibling, her sister, Muriel; and the son and key family members of the original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile.

Amelia Earhart’s WPP (Witness Protection Program) that allowed her to become the new Irene O’Crowley Craigmile from the 1940s on, was most likely put in place under the omniscient guise of the federal government’s long time FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover. The FBI’s ‘Amelia Earhart’ file contents from the World War Two years, that included Mr. Hoover’s signatures, indicated an awareness that he had gleaned pertaining to Amelia Earhart’s quiet ongoing existence during the war years under the auspice of Japan. Mr. Hoover was still the Director of the FBI when the ‘Amelia became known as Irene’ assertion surfaced in 1970, and was sure to remain silent about it where otherwise he would have been expected to weigh-in with an FBI opinion. Hindsight reveals that no one from the Federal Government of the United States offered an official opinion at all toward the matter when the controversy first surfaced, and it remained that way ever since.

The complete Study is available for review on a selective basis, [serious inquiries only] The portions of it displayed here are otherwise telling enough.

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