After embarking on a career in the film industry, in the 1980s and 1990s I found myself on location a lot. While in between shows I researched and developed motion picture properties for a satellite NBC-Universal company (Desperado Films, Inc.) and my interest in what really happened to Amelia Earhart took hold after a movie script caught my attention. It was titled, “Amelia Earhart: The Final Chapter” by accredited WGA screenwriter, David O’Malley. His effort was largely based on the 1980s investigation of T.C. “Buddy” Brennan and Mike Harris, and it affected me to a point where after reading it, I reached out to David O’Malley. After that I began to more deeply study the other Earhart disappearance investigations I had earlier perused; Fred Goerner’s groundbreaking work from the 1960s, and the other significant ones that had been led by individuals I personally came to know; Randall Brink, Joseph A. Gervais, and Rollin C. Reineck.
Further down find some images from the documentary film journey I also embarked on, dedicated to correctly profiling the interrelated life stories of Amelia Earhart and the highly enigmatic woman who was reluctantly dragged into the limelight in 1970, Mrs. Irene O’Crowley Craigmile-Bolam.
My main work, an MSS titled, Protecting Earhart, went through a number of revisions before its first ‘complete’ version was copyrighted after I inserted a one-hundred page section that featured forensic comparison elements. [Of note, on record no one had forensically compared Amelia to the ‘post-1940 Irene’ in question before.] Beyond the samples from the complete analysis that appear in Irene-Amelia.com, the MSS itself has yet to be formally published — with the exception of private editions of my own pressing.
Prefacing what the overall, Amelia Earhart & Irene O’Crowley Craigmile-Bolam effort entailed; in the 1930s, when the original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile was a budding pilot, she and Amelia Earhart knew each other. For sure this was true, except, according to the two most formidable World War Two veteran researchers I came to know, Gervais and Reineck, it was the original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile who entirely went missing those decades ago, not Amelia Earhart… entirely… as history promoted since 1937.
The late Joseph A. Gervais, who was the original ‘Amelia became Irene‘ advocate — and who from 1965 to 2005 (the last forty years of his life) was more knowledgeable than anyone else about it, explained his version of the story this way: The original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile’s left-over identity ended up being given to Amelia Earhart for her later-life use under a Federal Witness Protection Program, so the former world famous pilot could live out the rest of her days privately, away from the limelight. He included how unknown to the public, Amelia’s new name and identity acquisition most likely took place during the late World War Two era with highly instrumental, albeit surreptitious help from the indomitable, J. Edgar Hoover. Gervais determined that Hoover, in alliance with the U.S. executive branch and U.S. military intelligence, had learned that Amelia Earhart quietly managed to survive her so-called disappearance, and that while doing so she ended up being subjugated by trying circumstances. [Thus, her later life friend and confidante, Monsignor James Francis Kelley’s comment: “After all she’d been through she did not want to be the famous Amelia Earhart anymore.”]
Gervais first, and decades later, Rollin Reineck as well, ascertained that such a truth first surfaced in the mid-1960s, before it was publicly revealed in 1970, but it failed to gain a foothold in the annals of official history when it was strongly rejected by the post-1940 Irene and a contingency of individuals that supported her, that included some of Amelia Earhart’s survived family members.
The two war veterans were also clear to point out that Amelia’s post-war alias was more a product of a tight inner circle than of a vast conspiracy.
Due to the limited amount of people who were clued-in about it, and the ‘official silence’ always observed by the U.S. and Japanese governments toward the matter, the story that broke in 1970 about Amelia’s post loss existence as Irene, ended up being regarded as a ‘hoax’ by the general public. This is why the debate over who the post-1940 Irene O’Crowley Craigmile-Bolam really was, or used to be, never reached a hard conclusion… until recently, when the forensic analysis results displayed the obvious reality of Amelia’s post-1940, name-changed existence.