Tod Swindell’s 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. Tod Swindell is a writer-filmmaker and part time journalist, who conducted a comprehensive research study and orchestrated an accompanying ‘Amelia to Irene’ comparison analysis, [the first comparison analysis of its kind to be done] after 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 Gervais 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 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 it grew to be clear over time that she did not actually die then.
The intention to keep the name ‘Amelia Earhart’ exclusively associated with dead person, evidently came into focus during the final years of World War Two. This was most notably endorsed by the post-1940 Irene; her pilot friend, Viola Gentry; former Seton Hall College President, Monsignor James Francis Kelley; Amelia’s only sibling, her sister, Muriel; and the family of the original Irene O’Crowley Craigmile.