This was largely because of the many individuals that quietly professed to know such a thing, and the six books displayed above. Four of the books concluded that Amelia Earhart lived to become known as Irene, while the other two that were published in 1966 and 1994, concluded that Amelia lived well past the date of her storied disappearance, except they did not mention the name
The final two books, Rollin Reineck’s and W. C. Jameson’s, referenced my in-progress forensic analysis and agreed that its preliminary findings were correct where they evidenced that Amelia did become known as Irene.
Colonel Rollin Reineck, was a person I 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, myself and Dr. Birkby had tried to talk Rollin out of going forward with his book because the study 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, inexplicably derided my efforts. Although he agreed that Amelia became known as Irene, he wrote of my study, that I had just submitted for copyright when his book came out in 2016, had nothing to do with influence his opinion.
I believe that wasn’t true. In the world of Earhart research no one had heard of W. C. Jameson before, and elements of my study had been viewable over the internet for several years before his book came out. The Associated Press had written about them 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 digital composites the study presented that slowly elevated the forgotten Amelia-Irene controversy back to the forefront of people’s awareness.
Otherwise, I never met the late Robert Meyers, author of Stand By To Die, who came to know the former Amelia Earhart and averred that she confided in him about her true past.
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 investigation in the 1960s 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 former Amelia Earhart, at a 1965 gathering of retired pilots in New York. It was there, to his own astonishment, that Joseph A. Gervais instantly recognized who the Irene he met that day used to be through her post-1940 veil. She rebuffed him five years later, though, after she cited factual errata in the just released book, Amelia Earhart Lives, that had attempted to out her. Joseph A. Gervais became a subject of ridicule after that, but he never stopped insisting that she was the former Amelia Earhart, all the way to his dying day in 2005. Now, thanks to a lot of hard work done by myself and others, a lot more about Amelia Earhart’s past is known, to include the unheralded fact that she definitely was 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 valid offerings.
Warning: There is also a ‘false information’ wikipedia page touting that the Amelia became known as Irene assertion was debunked in 2006. It 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 in progress study at the time while never forensically concluding anything. That would have taken a lot more work on Detective Richlin’s part. The person who posted this wikipedia page in 2007, Dr. Alex Mandel, was part of a small contingency of individuals that did not want the truth about Amelia’s post-1940 life as Irene to be publicly recognized, and httthe ‘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 path of truth you’re on here continues below. Thank You : – )