This was largely because of the many individuals who quietly professed that Amelia lived on and changed her name, aa expounded on in four of the six books displayed above, that concluded that Amelia Earhart lived to become known as Irene. The other two books that were published in 1966 and 1994, concluded that Amelia lived well past the date of her storied disappearance, without delving into what eventually became of her.
The final two books by Rollin Reineck’s and W. C. Jameson, referenced my then in-progress forensic analysis and agreed that its preliminary findings were correct were they to ultimately surface that Amelia did become known as Irene.
Colonel Rollin C. Reineck, was a person I especially befriended along the way. He had studied Amelia Earhart’s disappearance for many years and was part of a contingency of people who attested that Amelia survived and went on to become known as Irene. In 2002 & 2003, Rollin was so impressed by some of the initial study results I had achieved with some help and guidance from Dr. Walter S. Birkby, a noted forensic anthropologist, that it inspired him to write his book, Amelia Earhart Survived. Rollin credited my study within his book for, “making it plain for the world to see” that Amelia did become known as Irene. At the time, though, the study still had a long way to go before it would be finalized for public review. No matter, Rollin was a World War Two flying hero who was getting old, and he wanted to make sure that he left behind his version of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance and her later incognito return to the United States. (Colonel Reineck died in 2007.)
W. C. Jameson, on the other hand, who never reached out to me, agreed that Amelia became known as Irene, he had heard of my study and referenced it in his book, but he was not aware of its finer points at the time. (I had just submitted the study for copyright when W.C. Jameson’s book came out in 2016.)
Elements of my study had been viewable over the internet well before Jameson’s book came out. The Associated Press had written about it as well, and portions had been displayed on the National Geographic Channel. I can add that until I embarked on the study, to the general public the old Amelia became known as Irene assertion had been dormant for decades. It was mainly the recent years advent of digital composite photographs the study presented that slowly elevated the forgotten Amelia-Irene controversy back to the forefront of people’s awareness.
I never met the late Robert Meyers, author of Stand By To Die, who came to know the post-1940 Irene and averred that she had confided in him about her having previously been known as, Amelia Earhart.
Through my friend, author Randall Brink, I did meet and befriend another World War Two flying hero, Joseph A. Gervais, during the last decade of his life. Joe’s ten year (1960-1970) investigation known as “Operation Earhart” had inspired the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives by Joe Klaas. Joe Gervais was the original person to meet and (somewhat candidly) photograph the post-1940 Irene at a 1965 gathering of retired pilots in New York. It was there, to his own astonishment, that he believed he instantly recognized who the Irene he met that day used to be through her post-1940 veil. She rebuffed him when he tried to go public with his claim five years later, though, by citing factual errata in the just released book, Amelia Earhart Lives, that attempted to out her. Joseph A. Gervais became a subject of ridicule after that, but he never stopped insisting that the post-1940 Irene was the former Amelia Earhart, all the way to his dying day in 2005. Now, thanks to a lot of recently achieved hard work, a lot more about Amelia Earhart’s past is known, to include the new realized, albeit still unheralded verisimilitude that supports the assertion of Amelia having been known as Irene from the 1940s on.
By the way, all of those other stories you’ve heard about Amelia; that her bones were found on a desert island; that she was captured by Japan and executed for spying on its military installations; or that with hours of fuel remaining she aimlessly flew on until her tanks ran dry — thus causing her to spiral down into the sea; they were all false claims issued by people who saw a way to financially capitalize on the so-called “mystery” of Amelia’s disappearance. Reality now states, however, that theirs were never official historical offerings.
Warning: A wikipedia page touts that the Amelia became known as Irene assertion was debunked in 2006. It wasn’t debunked then or any other time. Wikipedia is misleading in other ways as well, where it fails to at all address the pre-1940 existence of the original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile. Wikipedia’s “Irene Craigmile Bolam” page implies that the National Geographic Society hired a detective in 2006, who forensically concluded that Amelia never became known as Irene, and that simply is not true. There was a detective by the name of Kevin Richlin, who appeared on the Nat Geo Channel special about Amelia Earhart that year, but he merely steered the curious away from considering the idea at the time and never forensically concluding anything, beyond perhaps, his not having enough information that would enable him to conduct a serious forensic analysis. That would have taken a lot more work on Detective Richlin’s part. The person who posted the wikipedia page in 2007, Dr. Alex Mandel, is part of a small contingency of individuals that did not want the idea of Amelia’s post-1940 life as Irene to be seriously regarded, and he used the ‘public information driven’ wikipedia platform to campaign against it. [There are people akin to Dr. Mandel out there who continue to shout the study results down.]
Take heart in knowing, the reality path you’re on here continues below. Thank You : – )