Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last – Comparing a mystery with a cover-up

Comparing a mystery with a cover-up

By, Author and Historian Mike Campbell

March 20, 2014

As we enter the 14th day in the thus far futile search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, hope is beginning to fade as the media circus cranks into full overdrive, and incoherent TV news people and their legions of experts offer up any number of wild theories as to what could have taken the Boeing 777-200ER out of the earthy plane of existence and into the Twilight Zone.

A CNN host actually suggested that a black hole might have been responsible for the missing airliner, asking panelists if it was really so “preposterous” to consider a black hole as a possibility? But a former Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation,  Mary Schiavo, brought the group back to earth when she said,  “A small black hole would suck in our entire universe, so we know it’s not that.”

As of this writing, bad weather near in Perth, Australia, early Friday is making the search for possible pieces of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean more complicated. A freighter used searchlights early Friday to scan rough seas in one of the remotest places on Earth after satellite images detected the debris.

Officials called this the “best lead” of the nearly two-week-old aviation mystery, when a satellite detected two objects floating about 1,000 miles off the coast of Australia and halfway to the desolate islands of the Antarctic.  The development raised new hope of finding the vanished jet and sent another emotional jolt to the families of the 239 people aboard.

CBS reported that the “objects spotted on the satellite images were at the extreme southern end of the projected southern search corridor, so in an area where all earlier information suggested crews might expect to find the missing jet. The largest object could be one of the Boeing 777′s wings.”  They won’t find it there, or anywhere else in the water, is this observer’s guess.

Others say that if the airliner has been hijacked to Pakistan or some other third-world backwater where news coverage is nonexistent and the locals are happy simply to be fed by their masters, our government woudn’t announce it to the public, although media insiders might be let in on the secret. That way, negotiations could proceed and the lives of the 239 aboard might be saved, and blah, blah, blah.

What really gets me are the many pundits who insist on comparing the Malaysia Flight 370 mystery with the last flight of Amelia Earhart, as if these two events actually share real commonalities. It makes no difference that these smug luminaries know nothing of the Earhart disappearance, and actually believe that the so-called Earhart “mystery” is real, when it’s in fact a government-media illusion in its 77th year of popularity.

Amelia's flight from Lae, New Guinea to Howland Island totalled 2,556 statute miles and had never been done before.

Amelia’s flight from Lae, New Guinea to Howland Island totalled 2,556 statute miles and had never been done before.

I won’t get into all the details and differences, but let’s look at just a few. In July 1937, Amelia and her world-class navigator, Fred Noonan, took off from Lae, New Guinea, in their twin-engine Lockheed Electra 10E at 10 a.m. local time, their destination Howland Island, a barren speck, about two miles long and a half-mile wide, just north of the equator in the central Pacific, about 1,900 miles southwest of Honolulu and 200 miles east of the International Dateline. The flight had never been accomplished or even attempted before, but Noonan was confident he could navigate them to Howland safely, where a makeshift landing strip had been cleared amid the many thousands of resident gooney birds.

Please, let’s not compare the primitive Electra 10E with the Boeing 777, and the well-worn flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing to the perilious Lae to Howland stretch over empty ocean.  Our heroes had good radio equipment, for the day, but had left their most powerful transmitting device, their 500-kilohertz trailing antenna, behind in Miami for no discernable reason. Many think this mistake was their fatal one. If you want a description of the incredible high-tech communications capabilities of Flight 370, please look elsewhere.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's scheduled flight path.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370′s scheduled flight path.

The last words that Malaysian air traffic controllers heard, at 1:19 a.m., were those of the co-pilot saying “All right, good night,” as if all were well. Amelia’s last message to the Coast Guard Cutter Itasca, at 8:44 a.m. Howland time,  was one of the few the cutter received from her during the final few hours of her ostensible approach to Howland.  Amelia’s final message was notable for its shrill tone, some calling it “panicked,” others recalling it as “high pitched” and describing her as sounding very worried.

Twenty hours and 14 minutes after departing Lae, Amelia transmited her infamous last message: “WE ARE ON THE LINE 157-337,WILL REPEAT THIS MESSAGE, WILL REPEAT THIS MESSAGE ON 6210 KCS. WAIT LISTENING ON 6210 KCS. WE ARE RUNNING NORTH AND SOUTH.The message was received on 3105 at signal strength 5.  ”She was so loud that I ran up to the bridge expecting to see her coming in for a landing,” Itasca Chief Radioman Leo Bellarts told researcher Elgen Long in 1973. But Amelia wasn’t there, she was on her way to Mili Atoll, as those who are familiar with the facts well know.

The Earhart matter has been covered up and the truth suppressed since FDR learned that the Japanese had her on Saipan, possibly even before she arrived there, sometime in the late summer or early fall of 1937, at the latest. How is this comparable to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? But when the media says these two events, separated by nearly 77 years, are similar, they must be.

The biggest media “tell” of all came last Friday, when Megan Kelly of FOX News invited TIGHAR’s Ric Gillespie to join her panel of “aviation experts” to discuss what might have happened to Flight 370. Here FOX exposed itself as just another in the long line of mainstream organizations who shill for the establishment’s false narrative in the so-called Earhart mystery. How can FOX News – or anyone else, for that matter, consider Gillespie, who has made 10 failed trips to Nikumaroro (Gardner Island) and failed to find a single item that could be connected to Earhart or Noonan, an expert on how to find a lost jetliner? Please, tell me.

Yet there sat the TIGHAR chief, ensconced comfortably among the real experts, and Kelly actually asked him a question. He mumbled something about Amelia Earhart, and Kelly looked quite intrigued. That’s what I was told, anyway. Welcome to today’s “news,” where perception is reality, and the truth is an orphan.

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A point of light emerges

March 8, 2014

The few Earhart enthusiasts who regularly read this blog are aware that the second of the two major storylines that describe Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, the near-total media blackout of the book, has greatly overshadowed its most important aspect – its presentation of the most comprehensive and compelling case ever for the presence and deaths of Amelia and Fred Noonan on Saipan. I won’t name the various radio hosts, newspaper people and bloggers who’ve pledged to help, only to slink away and ignore me after they learn the unpleasant facts about the wretched ends of our two heroes almost 77 years ago.  They’re even worse than the masses who never reply at all.

The ugly truth in the Earhart case simply doesn’t fit into the rose-colored worldview of the vast majority of our media types, even the few known as “honest conservatives,” or those who’ve gained similar accolades from their slavish fans. It’s not PC and “it’s not artistic,” as Rosie Perez told Billy Hoyle, Woody Harrelson’s character in White Men Can’t Jump, as they argued about winning versus losing on a bus ride in South Central Los Angeles.  If that weren’t enough, the truth remains a sacred cow, off-limits in polite society and verboten in the media.  On top of all this, it’s just not important anymore, what happened to a pair of Americans who landed in the wrong place thePacific in 1937 and paid for it with their lives. Most under 50 have never heard of Amelia Earhart. No wonder I had no competition when I took on this story in 1988, and Thomas E. Devine only shook his head when I asked him why no big time reporters had ever called him or knocked on his door.

Now, of course, we have the continuing cover-up and mystification of the Earhart disappearance — her loss still officially considered as among the 20th century’s greatest puzzles; its irresolvable nature long ago became an accepted piece of our cultural furniture that none but a scant few even questions anymore.  And don’t forget, the wonderful Japanese people have been our best allies in the region since 1945, and we don’t want to re-open old wounds or embarrass our friends, do we?

At the risk of being accused of extreme redundancy and even sour grapes, I must say it again: The establishment’s aversion to the truth in the Earhart case is very real, and it has been trending even worse than normal until only recently, when a distant point of light emerged from the most unexpected place I could have imagined.

The second-most famous American female pilot of the golden age of aviation, Louise McPhetridge Thaden became the first woman to win major flying events and awards as well as setting world performance records. A colleague of Amelia Earhart, Thaden co-founded the Ninety-Nines in 1930, an international organization for female pilots which continues to the present day.

The second-most famous American female pilot of the golden age of aviation, Louise McPhetridge Thaden became the first woman to win major flying events and awards as well as setting world performance records. A colleague of Amelia Earhart, Thaden co-founded the Ninety-Nines in 1930, an international organization for female pilots which continues to the present day.

In mid-December, Larry Knorr, Sunbury Press publisher, advised me that he had received a phone call from Kay Alley, vice chair of the Kansas Chapter of the Ninety- Nines, the international organization of licensed women pilots, with over 5,500 members from 35 countries.  Ms. Alley asked Larry if she thought I might be interested in speaking at the Ninety-Nines South Central Section Fall Meeting, to be held in Wichita, Kansas, the last weekend of September, 2014. Is the Pope a Catholic? I’ve talked to Kay a few times already, thanked her profusely for this golden opportunity, and after a few meetings with her planning committee, she has assured me that it will happen. Kay also says that two other aviation groups that are having conferences at the same time in Wichita have expressed their interest in having me speak to them, so this could be even bigger than we initially envisioned. “Surprised” doesn’t begin to describe my reaction to this completely unforeseen development.

Kay Alley, Vice Chair of the Kansas Chapter of the Ninety-Nines.

Kay Alley, Vice Chair of the Kansas Chapter of the Ninety-Nines.

Here’s more about the remarkable organization that is the Ninety- Nines, who elected Amelia Earhart as their first president, taken directly from the Kansas Chapter’s website:

The organization came into being November 2, 1929, at Curtiss Field, Valley Stream, Long Island, New York. All 117 American female pilots had been invited to assemble for mutual support and the advancement of aviation. Louise Thaden was elected secretary and worked tirelessly to keep the group together as we struggled to organize and grow until 1931, when Amelia Earhart was elected as first president and the group was named for the 99 charter members.

Today Ninety-Nines are professional pilots for airlines, industry and government; we are pilots who teach and pilots who fly for pleasure; we are pilots who are technicians and mechanics. But first and foremost, we are women who love to fly!

Our Headquarters, located at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is home to our large archival records, video oral histories, personal artifacts, collections and memorabilia, and biographical files on thousands of women pilots from around the world. This is also the site of our 99s Museum of Women Pilots.

To say this elite group of women pilots is pure “establishment” would be an abject understatement.  The Ninety-Nines are universally respected as the ultimate group of professional female aviators – “aviatrixes” in the old parlance. For them to recognize the existence ofTruth at Last at all is more than any establishment organization, outside of a few chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a Kiwanis group and some senior assisted living facilities in Jacksonville have done so far. But the Ninety-Nines carry serious weight, and others who have previously looked askance at this book may reconsider after the September event. This presupposes that my presentation will be good, and so I’ll do all I can to be as ready and professional as I can. I’ve already begun to assemble a comprehensive power point presentation that will tell the Truth at Last story in 90 minutes, and there’s plenty of time to polish it.

Finally we’re going to get a real break, an opportunity to make friends and influence people, all because just one woman likes my book, recognizes the truth and is placed where she can make a difference. That’s all it takes, so basically, I suppose the lesson here is that it’s all in God’s hands. Perhaps the most amazing irony of all –it’s almost impossible for me to label this a coincidence – is that the Kansas Chapter of the Ninety Nines is, of course, the chapter of Amelia’s state of birth.

A few others who want to help this cause are also beginning to emerge. David C. Henley, the publisher emeritus of the Lahontan Valley(Nevada) News, has promised to do a story for the Carson City newspaper, the Nevada Appeal, after he takes some photos of the old Garapan jail on Saipan during a forthcoming visit to the scene of the crime, and I’ll be on Truth Frequency Radio this Sunday, March 9 at 5 p.m., EDT.  A few other things are in the works, but it’s too early to announce anything.

So please stay tuned. As I’ve told Larry Knorr several times, “This book has not yet begun to fight!” Nor have I.

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Wally Earhart, AE’s “fourth cousin,” speaks out

February 20, 2014

David Martin, the erudite investigative journalist, poet and observer of the passing scene, whose groundbreaking work on James V. Forrestal’s alleged suicide has been assidiously ignored by our ever-more corrupt mainstream media, and whose review of Truth at Last in August 2012, “Hillary Clinton and the Amelia Earhart Cover-up,” remains by far the best done on the book, yesterday inadvertently informed me about an interesting but hertofore unknown thread in the Amelia-on-Saipan saga.

Martin, also known as “DC Dave” to his online readers, and whosewebsite offers a lengthy, six-part 1996 study of the Vincent Foster murder, still offically classified as a suicide,  “America’s Dreyfus Affair: The Case of the Death of Vincent Foster,” which would have been published as a book long ago in a world more interested in truth, told me in a brief email that the current Wikipedia entry on Amelia Earhart contained references to Truth at Last and With Our Own Eyes. I wasn’t aware of this, but as I told Dave, these are very tiny bones that the ultra-biased establishment organ Wikipedia is throwing our way, and mean very little until and unless Wikipedia changes its deprecatory tone about Amelia and Fred Noonan’s deaths on Saipan.

Wikipedia continues to deny the truth, presented in Truth at Last, and relegates it to nearly the bottom of its list of possible solutions to the mystery, calling it one of several “unsupportable … myths, legends and claims.” There’s no need to expand here on the dismal and irresponsible stance Wikipedia takes toward Amelia’s tragic end, but one of the new citations did catch my attention.

Among the new anecdotal footnotes that Wikipedia offers at the bottom of its Earhart listing is an article titled,  “Cousin: Japanese captured Amelia Earhart,” written by David C. Henley, that appeared in the Oct. 31, 2009 Nevada Appeal, the Carson City newspaper.  In his piece, Henley writes about local celebrity Wally Earhart, who portrays Abraham Lincoln in Carson City historical events, and who claims to be Amelia’s fourth cousin, and Wally’s beliefs about what really happened to her:

Wally Earhart of Carson City, the fourth cousin of Amelia Earhart, says the U.S. government continues to perpetrate a “massive coverup” about her mysterious disappearance in the Pacific 72 years ago.

Because of the current surge in interest about the pilot’s fate spurred by the recent release of the film “Amelia,” starring Richard Gere and Hilary Swank, it is time the American public “know the truth about Amelia’s last days,” said Earhart, who will portray Abraham Lincoln as grand marshal of the Nevada Day parade today.

Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, did not die as claimed by the government and the Navy when their twin-engine Electra plunged into the Pacific on July 2, 1937, Wally Earhart said in an interview.

“They died while in Japanese captivity on the island of Saipan in the Northern Marianas,” claims Earhart, a 38-year Carson City resident who often portrays Lincoln and other historical figures at appearances sponsored by groups such as the Nevada Historical Society.

“The Navy and the federal government would have you believe that Amelia and Noonan died on impact when their plane ran out of gas while attempting to reach Howland Island during their flight around the world,” Earhart said.

“Their airplane did crash into the Pacific, but instead of dying, the pair was rescued by a nearby Japanese fishing trawler. The Electra airplane was still floating and the Japanese hauled it aboard their ship in a large net.

“The Japanese then transported Amelia Earhart, Noonan and the airplane to Saipan. Noonan was beheaded by the Japanese and Amelia soon died from dysentery and other ailments,” Wally Earhart continued. He added that the Japanese troops on the islandcut the airplane into scrap and tossed the remnants into the Pacific.

Wally got most the story that we’ve come to be familiar with correctly, but this last detail, that the Japanese destroyed Amelia’s Electra and threw it in the ocean, runs counter to the accounts of many eyewitnesses who spent the summer of 1944 on Saipan. The rest of Henley’s story can be found here.

An Earhart researcher who usually prefers anonymity told me that he was familiar with Wally’s 2009 account to Henley, had looked into it and found that Wally had no special knowledge or insight, but had acquired his opinion, mostly spot on, by reading books such as Fred Goerner’s The Search for Amelia Earhart and Thomas E. Devine’sEyewitness: The Amelia Earhart Incident, which offer clear glimpses of the truth to anyone interested.

I will attempt to contact Wally Earhart, as well as Mr. Henley, who is the publisher emeritus of the Lahontan Valley (Nevada) News in hopes that he might be interested in reviewing Truth at Last for the local newspapers he regularly contributes to, including the Nevada Appeal.

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Frank Benjamin: “We are brothers in pain!”

January 28, 2014

While most of the county freezes through one of the coldest Januaries in decades, news on the Earhart front isn’t much better here in sunny northeast Florida. Things can always be worse, of course, but that doesn’t mean I can’t complain, and in the case of the Massey Air Museum and Aerodrome, “a grass airfield on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and the dream of four gentlemen with the love of aviation,” according to its website, the least I can do is register a mild protest. If their recent behavior is any indication, the Massey management’s proclaimed “love of aviation,” which impels it to operate its facility “just like one of the thousands of small town airports of the Thirties, Forties and Fifties,” doesn’t extend to the slightest interest in or respect for the legacy of Amelia Earhart, America’s original “First Lady of Flight.” These people should be ashamed of themselves.

This set of four postage stamps issued by the Republic of the Marshall Islands in 1987 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's last flight. The stamps (clockwise from top left) are titled: "Takeoff, Lae, New Guinea, July 2, 1937; USCG Itasca at Howland Island Awaiting Earhart; Crash Landing at Mili Atoll, July 2, 1937; and Recovery of Electra by the Koshu."  Frank Benjamin elarged and mounted these stamps, and they are an impressive part of his unique Earhart display.

This set of four postage stamps issued by the Republic of the Marshall Islands in 1987 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s last flight. The stamps (clockwise from top left) are titled: “Takeoff, Lae, New Guinea, July 2, 1937; USCG Itasca at Howland Island Awaiting Earhart; Crash Landing at Mili Atoll, July 2, 1937; and Recovery of Electra by the Koshu.” Frank Benjamin elarged and mounted these stamps, and they are an impressive part of his unique Earhart display.

In my most recent posting (Jan. 12, below) I wrote about Frank Benjamin’s great Earhart exhibit, and briefly described the shabby treatment he received when he went to the great trouble of bringing it to the Dec. 1, 2013, “Hangar Party” event at Massey so that the several hundred souls who attended that day might learn something true and worthwhile about the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Not only was Frank roundly ignored, he was prohibited from selling his T-shirts and copies of Truth at Last. But Massey wasn’t finished rubbing Frank’s face in their contempt for the truth, and a few days ago he received, via snail mail, Massey’s latest newsletter.

“I got a newsletter from the Massey Air Museum,” Frank wrote in a Jan. 22 email, “and although they wrote up the 130 planes that flew in on December 1st, and had a page and a half (that’s right: a page and a half!) devoted to the comings and goings associated with those bush pilots who took the time to fly in, there was no mention of my Amelia
Earhart display there alongside the dining facilities in plain site of everyone! Boy, was that disappointing; what a crock! Only about a dozen took the time to view the display, but still, it was there, and I stood by it all afternoon.”  The online version of Massey’s newsletteroffers only a few paragraphs and several photos of the event; once again, not a whisper about Frank’s Earhart display can be found.

But the fine people from Massey were still not finished with Frank, and had yet one more insult to add to the injuries they had inflicted on this poor man. “At the end of the newsletter there was a request for donations!” Frank wrote. “What a nerve! Yeah, right. What the Hell is the matter with some people?”

Sadly, Frank has learned the hard way exactly how the American establishment regards the truth in the Earhart case – with the utmost contempt.  To begin with, and thanks to our pathetic school system’s revisionist history curriculum, most have no clue about who Amelia was. Many others simply don’t care anymore, but most of those in positions of power and influence, even in little airports in burgs like Massey, are determined to keep a lid on the truth.  Explanations, motivations and rationalizations will vary depending on the situation, but with few exceptions the bottom line is always the same: The unpleasant truth about Amelia Earhart is not welcome here.

It’s no exaggeration to say I’ve experienced over a thousand rejections in recent years during my mostly futile attempts to get out the word about the Earhart truth.  I’ve learned who my friends are, but have also gained a few along the way.  As a result, I’m in a unique position to understand this phenomenon of establishment contempt, whether it’s encountered in radio, newspapers, at the Knoxville Convention Center or at the Massey Air Museum and Aerodrome. But getting others to understand this “pan-institutional aversion to the truth,” as I describe it in the closing chapter of Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, has been nearly impossible. Frank Benjamin, I think, can now be counted among the enlightened few who really do get it. If not, he’s getting very close, based on the close of his Jan. 22 message.

“You and I are brothers in pain!” Frank wrote. “I am not sure that I understand why you do it! God Bless you, man.”

Brothers in pain, indeed.

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Frank Benjamin’s unique Earhart exhibit

January 12, 2014

Frank Benjamin is an Amelia Earhart enthusiast par excellence.  Frank, 74, a semi-retired college science teacher who lives with wife Suzanne in the bedroom community of Galena, on Maryland’s eastern shore, has distinguished himself in recent years for his avid support of the truth in the Earhart disappearance.  He contacted me several years beforeTruth at Last was published, in connection with his own serious probe into a murky area of Earhart research, and even drove down twice to Knoxville, Tenn., from Galena to visit. On one occasion, he assisted me at a veterans business event at the Knoxville Convention Center, helping me accost unsuspecting East Tennesseans with the truth in the Earhart case and the new book where they could find it. We sold just six books that day, but consoled ourselves by telling each other what a great job we did “planting a few seeds.”  Although a few thousand souls might have passed our booth, we were able to talk to perhaps a hundred or so. Overall, the day’s experience was instructive — and very deflating. Most couldn’t have cared less about Amelia Earhart.

Frank is also quite a world traveler; he’s been to the Marshall Islands and Saipan more times than he can recall, and hopes to return at least once more to the Marshalls to visit Mili Atoll and the uninhabited and nearly inaccessible Barre Island, where our best evidence indicates Amelia made her wheels-up landing in the Mili Lagoon.  Nearly every summer Frank flies to Japan to walk its more remote beaches in search of the decorative glass balls that local fisherman use to secure their nets and eventually wash ashore to be claimed by enterprising scavengers like Frank.

Frank Benjamin's fascinating Earhart memorabilia display at Atchison, Kansas, during the July 2013 Amelia Earhart Festival drew considerable attention.

Frank Benjamin’s fascinating Earhart memorabilia display at Atchison, Kansas, during the July 2013 Amelia Earhart Festival drew considerable attention.

Over recent years, Frank has been assembling a fascinating exhibit – some might call is a display – that reflects his devotion to the truth in the Earhart case (pictured above, at Atchison, Kansas in July 2013).   Among the many curiosities comprising this one-of-a-kind Earhart memorial are an elegant print of a painting of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commander in chief Pacific Fleet, which Frank procured from the Navy History Center at the Navy Yard in Washington along with another, similar print, which Frank generously presented me;  a beautifully enlarged and mounted set of four postage stamps issued by the Republic of the Marshall Island in 1987 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Amelia’s landing at Mili Atoll; and an original painting depicting a forlorn Amelia behind bars at Saipan’s Garapan jail, as reported by many native witnesses to researchers such as Fred Goerner, Joe Gervais and Vincent V. Loomis. Many photos, clippings and other assorted memorabilia, including the front page of the July 1, 1960 San Mateo Times, proclaiming “Amelia Earhart Mystery Is Solved,” direct from Saipan and courtesy of Times reporter Linwood Day and Fred Goerner (below), make Frank’s display unforgettable for anyone with even a modicum of interest in the Earhart story.

This headline, from the July 1, 1960 San Mateo Times, was ignored by every major newspaper and media outlet in the United States. It remains as true today as it was in 1960.

This headline, from the July 1, 1960 San Mateo Times, was ignored by every major newspaper and media outlet in the United States. It remains as true today as it was in 1960.

On Dec. 1, Frank brought his exhibit to the Massey Aerodrome & Museum, in nearby Massey, Md., hopeful that thost attending its Eleventh  Annual Open Hangar Day would be drawn to the alluring layout, seeking to learn about the Earhart “mystery.”  Many hundreds came to Massey for the Open Hangar Day, Frank recalled, but very few bothered to approach him or his display.

“Mike, the airshow in Massey WAS WORSE than Knoxville!” Frank wrote in an email.  ”At least there (in Knoxville), people passed by the display; here they did not even bother.  And their reaction to my going to bat for the Marshall Islands-Saipan “Truth” was really zero. Nobody cares, as I guess that you already know. I have to find a new way to get the message out there, but I do not know what it will be.”

In deference to Frank’s wishes, I won’t name any of better-known personages who attended the 2013 Amelia Earhart Festival during the third week of July, whose less-than-friendly treatment of Frank and his message revealed their support for the establishment’saversion to the truth, reflected in a policy that forbids even the mention of Amelia Earhart and Saipan in the same sentence. After being led to believe by Chamber of Commerce types that he would be allowed to sell his special Earhart “MIST”  (Marshall Islands-Saipan Truth) T-shirts screened with the  same image of an imprisoned Amelia that graces his commissioned painting (below), and several dozen copies of Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last at Atchison, event officials coldly informed Frank that such activity was prohibited soon after he arrived.

This haunting image of Amelia Earhart in Japanese captivity in Saipan's Garapan jail adorns an expensive painting commissioned by Frank Benjamin, as well as several dozen T-shirts he hasn't been allowed to sell at two events he's attended.

This haunting image of Amelia Earhart in Japanese captivity in Saipan’s Garapan jail adorns an expensive painting commissioned by Frank Benjamin, as well as several dozen T-shirts he hasn’t been allowed to sell at two events he’s attended.

Still, at Atchison, Frank managed to collect a small amount of “psychic income” from a few good souls who appreciated his efforts, unlike his bleak experience at Massey.  “I was recognized at the luncheon for my extensive display on the Saipan ‘Truth’ (it did come out real well, and was an eye-catcher!) and [Birthplace Musum Director] Lou Foudray went around telling everyone what a wonderful job I had done,” Frank told me in a recent email. “But it means nothing, as I got an ear-full from the Irene Bolam people, and it left me tired, and asking why had I bothered to do this at all? I could sell none of the books, nor my T-shirts, and at the last minute I was removed from the ‘Meet the Authors’ because they already had three speakers, and there was concern that people would run over the time allotted.”

But Atchison is Amelia’s birthplace, and the week’s events were all part of the town’s annual devotions to its most famous citizen. We can expect at least a minimal interest in an elaborate, creative exhibit dedicated to her memory and those who have stuck out their necks to offer the truth about an event that’s still promoted as one of the “great mysteries of the 20th century.”

The reception Frank received at Massey is far more reflective of the public’s vast indifference and lassitude when it comes to the fate of Amelia Earhart. Most under 60 years old have barely heard of her, and are hard pressed to tell an inquisitor anything about Amelia except that “she was lost in the Pacific Ocean, wasn’t she?” Certainly, many of our seniors, especially those over 85, are almost always interested, as many of them can remember sitting in front of their radios as children with their mothers and fathers, anxiously awaiting news of the lost fliers in 1937.  Amelia’s loss is real to these people, and when I’m able to tell them what really happened, they’re usually amazed and appreciative. But 77 years of propaganda and lies have  succeeded in convincing the vast majority of the American public that the Earhart mystery won’t be solved, so what’s the point, and who really cares anymore? This is the sad reality of the Earhart case, as Frank and I have learned up close and personally.

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A look back at 2013

January 1, 2014

I’ll try to make this year in review as brief as possible, since my efforts to promote Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last are far outweighed by many more negative incidents and unhappy encounters, which, though permanently etched in my mind, need not distract or bore the few interested readers who might visit this blog.

Truth at Last was published by Larry Knorr’s Sunbury Press in June 2012, thus the past 12 months marked the first full year in the life of this book. Although we enjoyed a few bright moments, 2013 will be memorable almost solely for the nearly overwhelming number of rejections the book and its message received. I thought I’d learned all about rejection during the more than a year it took to find the right publisher, but that was merely an introductory course. 2013 has offered a high-octane dosage of rejection on a scale that dwarfs all previous experience, leaving me to ponder how much longer I can continue to pursue this worthy cause while being almost completely ignored.

This “pan-institutional aversion to the truth” described in the final chapter of Truth at Last is alive, well and worse that I imagined. Make no mistake, the powers that be at the network and corporate levels fully understand that honest discussion of the Earhart disappearance is off limits. No matter that after nearly 77 years of government-media propaganda, the idea that Amelia’s loss is an irresolvable mystery has been a familiar, universally accepted piece of our cultural landscape virtually since the day she failed to land on Howland Island. No slippage can be tolerated, so the insidious campaign of lies and disinformation continues in its incessant  refrains, ensuring the ignorance and disinterest of media consumers nationwide, and maintaining the status quo.

The TIGHAR plague

No honest discussion of efforts to solve – or, more accurately, explain the Earhart disappearance — would be complete if it didn’t include Ric Gillespie and The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, which has done more damage to the truth in the Earhart matter than anyone over the past 25 years or so. Before Gillespie we had Elgen Long and the even more ridiculous Navy-Coast Guard crash-and-sank verdict, which, for the most part, kept a gullible public stupid for the first five decades following Amelia’s loss. Thanks to these two paragons of deception, with their abject contempt for the truth, and a long list of lesser lights, as well as the enthusiastic help of the American media, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart remains among the most misunderstood and misreported events of the 20th century. I understand some may disagree, and freely admit this is my convicted opinion.

Every other year, well in advance of the next TIGHAR-Nikumaroro boondoggle, we get the endless press releases, TV news stories and documentaries trumpeting and exploring the latest follies announced by TIGHAR’s Ric Gillespie, a propaganda blitz now led by Discovery Channel and Discovery News (see Oct. 24 and July 11 posts).  Other possibilities are rarely if ever mentioned; it’s as if Gillespie is the only man on earth who has any clue about what happened to the lost fliers.  For 25 years now it’s been one phony claim after another; one might think that few are taken in anymore, yet the false headlines keep coming, telling us that the Earhart mystery might be solved soon if TIGHAR’s latest hunch pans out. If the search were for anything or anyone else except Amelia Earhart, this shopworn charade would have been ignored by the national media after TIGHAR’s first few jaunts failed to produce any credible evidence. But after a much-too-long 50-year run, the original crashed-and-sank lie became impossible to maintain by the late 1980s; lacking anything better to keep the public distracted from the unpleasant truth, the establishment holds its nose and keeps dishing out nausea-inducing portions of Nikumaroro gruel to a public that could hardly be more disinterested.

The media’s aversion to the truth

No overt or covert conspiracy compels most establishment types to run from the truth in the Earhart case; most of them are completely ignorant of the facts. Cynicism, disinterest, and even boredom motivate many of these jaded characters to avoid the subject, while others who express initial interest flee in fear from public discussion upon learning of the very unpleasant ends that Earhart and Fred Noonan met on Saipan. Others, informed by their habitual servitude to political correctness, instinctually understand that the subject of the fliers’ miserable deaths at the hands of the Japanese, now our good friends, is simply not a proper topic for cultured eyes and ears. The reasons are many, but they add up to a colossal societal resistance to the truth. If we lived in a world that encouraged truth seekers in the Earhart matter, I’m convinced Truth at Last would be a best seller by now. Of course, without the 77-year government cover-up, no need would exist for Truth at Last to be written, nor any of the other fine books that present the truth in varying degrees of effectiveness.

I won’t name the numerous talk radio hosts, newspaper editors, bloggers and others who have scheduled me on their shows or promised their help in various ways and then bailed without warning, explanation or apology – as if they had suddenly learned that I had leprosy, with apologies to any lepers who might be reading this. It’s bad enough to be ignored by more than 95 percent of these media types when I send them my standard query, but for them to respond, schedule a date and then ignore me is truly unprofessional and inexcusable. This has become a standard treatment option when dealing with requests to air the truth in the Earhart case.  Usually, of course, they simply delete my request, or if sent by snail mail, they trash it.

Just three days into 2013, the retail sales manager at the Admiral Nimitz Museum unwittingly set the tone for the coming year when she refused to stock the book that significantly expands upon Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s revelation to Fred Goerner in 1965, a year before Goerner’s bestseller The Search for Amelia Earhart was published.Search immortalized the famed admiral’s statement to the San Francisco radio newsman that Earhart “went down in the Marshalls and was picked up by the Japanese.” My letter to the museum directors appealing this decision was ignored; even the simple decency of a response was refused me. Maj.  Glenn MacDonald (U.S. Army, retired), editor-in-chief of the popular rank-and-file military-oriented site,, is among our book’s greatest supporters. Glenn chronicled the Nimitz Museum travesty with thisstory, which was also ignored by the Nimitz Museum’s enlightened leadership.

In early March we had the Jim Bohannon debacle. Charles Heller, a Tucson, Ariz., radio host, had recommended me to Bohannon after having me on his own show. Bohannon’s late night show is syndicated to more than 350 stations nationwide, and I had high hopes that his program might provide a launching pad to the breakthrough this book badly needed. It wasn’t to be, as Bohannon had invited me only as a favor to Heller. He didn’t do a minute of show preparation, knew nothing of the Earhart matter and told me he didn’t receive the PDF of the book and other material I had twice sent to him. Bohannon spent the first half hour by reacting with hostility and disbelief to everything I said, catching me off balance and unprepared. I finally stood up to the bully, and Bohannon had little to say over the last 25 minutes or so.  This sad episode, captured in a post by Jessica Renshaw on her Hidden in Jesus blog, served as a hard-learned lesson I will never forget: Never assume anyone is on your side going into a media interview unless you’re absolutely certain.

Earhart Truth Presentations: A rough start

During the second half of the year, inspired by the success of veteran Earhart presenter Rob Ellos, of Stillwater, Minn., I embarked on my own attempt to spread the word, dubbing my new enterprise “Earhart Truth Presentations.” Sounds impressive, and I even had 1,000 business cards made for distribution to interested parties, but most of these are still in my drawer at home, and the inaugural version of Earhart Truth Presentations failed to pay for its rollout.  I sent this flyeror a close version to many hundreds of assisted living facilities and senior centers, as well as Kiwanis, Rotary, Moose and Elk Lodges and Daughters of the American Revolution chapters within a 90-minute drive of Jacksonville, with pathetic results. Apparently only phony searches on tramped-down islands in the central Pacific have any chance of making money in the Earhart information business.

After talking to the few groups I visited, it was obvious that it’s not the older people who aren’t interested, but the much younger activity directors who don’t care about the Earhart disappearance. The future of Earhart Truth Presentations is quite dim, with nothing at all scheduled for the New Year. As for Rob’s success in Stillwater and the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, maybe the baby boomers up there, the ones who run the senior facilities, are better educated and informed, and thus more inclined to invite him to their facilities. Who can say?

I also sent the flyer to all private and public high schools, and the response was exactly zero, which speaks volumes about the pathetic state of our secondary schools. It’s common knowledge that our public schools ceased to teach true American history decades ago, but I thought the private schools might have retained a semblance of traditional curricula. Sadly, none of them have any interest in anyone coming into their classrooms to set the record straight about Amelia Earhart, whom few of any have heard of anyway. You get the picture.

Perhaps the highlight for my year was a lengthy commentary I wrote to commemorate the July 2 anniversary of Amelia’s last flight, published by Veterans News Now, the same outfit that posted Dave Martin’s finereview of Truth at Last in August 2012, “Hillary Clinton and the Amelia Earhart Cover-up.” Titled “The truth in the Earhart ‘mystery’ is a sacred cow,’ and posted June 13 by editor Debbie Menon, the piece stayed atop the VNN top 50 for over two weeks and continues its run in VNN’s top 25 with over 11,300 reads as of Dec. 31.  Joel Freedman, my friend from Canandaigua, New York, placed some guest columns in local newspapers, and Jessica Renshaw, whose Hidden in Jesus blog was among the first to discover Truth at Last, did what she could to help.

Did about 18 radio appearances with the relatively few independent radio types who were unafraid to step up and help, PC be damned. Many of these hosts failed to read anything I sent them, were completely unprepared to do a decent interview, and simply were filling time by having me on. But a few were outstanding professionals, did plenty of show prep, read the book and had great programs. The best of these were author and host Deanna Spingola, who had me on her show, “Spingola Speaks” on the Republic Broadcasting Network for a return engagement;  and Bill Xam, host of the Internet program “Surrounded by Idiots,” which recently joined the Freedom Talk Radio/SETV network. Bill spent many hours preparing notes and special features for our two-hour discussion, which can be found on the Media page.  Other radio people I should thank again for their help included Chuck Wilder, host of “Talkback with Chuck Wilder” on CRN; Michael Betteridge,  general manager of WTHU 1450 AM “The Source,” Thurmont, Md., and nephew of noted Earhart researcher Paul Rafford, Jr.; Bill Hay, host of “I’m Speaking Plainly,” on local Jacksonville’s 600 AM “The Answer; and Dr. Stan Monteith, veteran host of Radio Liberty, heard in multiple cities including Cincinnati and Spokane, Wash., who has invited me back on Jan. 7 at 6 pm EST and Jan. 9 at 11 pm.

I also want to express a special thanks to my old friend Sonny Auld, who has been the webmaster of since its inception. Without Sonny’s unselfish efforts, we’d be nowhere at all.

That’s about it.  I continue to do whatever I can and hope that somehow the breakthrough that Truth at Last needs to come to the attention of the American public will eventuate.  It can’t happen if we give up, and so I won’t. Amelia deserves far better than she’s received since her tragic loss, and so does the book that presents the truth about it without apology.

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Dec. 9: Joel Freedman strikes again

December 9, 2013

I met Joel Freedman in the summer of 2012, shortly after AmeliaEarhart: The Truth at Last was published, when I saw his commentary in the local Canandaigua, N.Y. newspaper, the Daily Messanger.  During the days surrounding the 75th anniversary of Amelia’s last flight, Joel was the only writer in America who recalled Fred Goerner’s book and his seminal work on Saipan in 1960, work that firmly established Amelia’s presence and death there following her loss in July 1937.   I wrote about Joel’s article in a July 7, 2012 posting.   Freedman is a community activist of sorts, and writes in support of many worthwhile projects including mental health  patients’ and animal rights.

On Dec. 2 another fine commentary from Joel appeared in the Daily Messenger, headlined “Public needs truth about Earhart.”  The guest column would also be run by several other sister papers in the Rochester area. Readers might recall that it was Joel Freedman who convinced the Knoxville News Sentinel in October 2012 to run his book review along with another feature story and photos in their local news section.  The News Sentinel coverage remains the best we’ve received thus far, and along with the Daily Messenger and a scant few others, is a rare exception to the establishment’s continuing blackout of Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last.

   Following is Joel’s piece as it appeared in the Daily Messenger; only the photo of Amelia has been changed.
In 1937, there was justified concern that Japan was illegally militarizing some Pacific Ocean islands. Did President Franklin D. Roosevelt ask Amelia Earhart, the world’s most famous aviatrix, to fly off course during her around-the-world flight to try to ascertain the existence of Japanese military installations? Or was Earhart part of a coordinated plan to necessitate a U.S. Navy search for her — a search that would also allow searchers to evaluate what Japan was really doing in the islands?

There may not be conclusive answers to such questions, but “Amelia Earhart: The Truth At Last,” a book written by Mike Campbell, a Navy veteran and a Jacksonville, Fla., journalist, answers many questions about what really happened to Earhart and Fred Noonan, her navigator, after their disappearance on July 2, 1937.

When American Marines liberated Saipan in 1944, island natives gave accounts of two white pilots, a male and female, who were imprisoned and buried on Saipan. It is uncertain whether Earhart died from maltreatment and disease or whether she was executed by the Japanese. There is evidence Noonan was probably executed by the Japanese. The islanders were told the two were American spies were picked up in the ocean. American Marines, under the direction of Military Intelligence, disinterred the remains of two individuals they were told were from Earhart’s burial site.

The evidence that Amelia Earhart and her navigator died on the island of Saipan, controlled by the Japanese before the United States captured it in 1944 during World War II, is overwhelming, says the writer.

The evidence that Amelia Earhart and her navigator died on the island of Saipan, controlled by the Japanese before the United States captured it in 1944 during World War II, is overwhelming, says the writer.

Japan denies knowledge of what happened to Earhart. With Japan’s emergence as an important American ally, why offend Japan? And why besmirch the memory of one of America’s most beloved presidents by acknowledging that Earhart’s plane was recovered by American Marines on Saipan and destroyed by order of Roosevelt? Perhaps Roosevelt didn’t want to disclose that Earhart had been asked to do something that put her at risk for capture by the Japanese.

As a radio message code clerk in the communications center of the 8th Marine Regiment on Saipan in July 1944, Marine Cpl. Earskin J. Nabers of Baldwyn, Miss., decoded the top-secret message announcing the discovery of Earhart’s plane. A few days later, Nabers decoded the order, originating in the Oval Office, to destroy the plane. Nabers said he personally witnessed its torching by Marines under the direction of at least one civilian operative.

Another Marine, Robert Sosbe of Antwerp, Ohio, said he monitored radio communications during and after the liberation of Saipan. He said he heard discussion about finding the graves of Earhart and Noonan. He also claimed he saw the burning of a two-engine airplane shortly thereafter.

Marine veteran Stanley Serzan of Orange City, Fla., a retired Bayonne, N.J., police officer, said he saw several photos of Earhart and Noonan found on a dead Japanese officer on Saipan.

Robert Wallack of Woodbridge, Conn., another Saipan veteran, said he found an attache case containing “official-looking papers all concerning Amelia Earhart,” which he gave to a Navy officer

Arthur Nash of Kaneohe, Hawaii, a P-47 pilot whose carrier-based squadron landed at Saipan’s Aslito Airfield during the invasion, said he and other members of his unit saw Earhart’s plane outside a hangar at the airfield shortly after their arrival on Saipan.

Fifty years ago, Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, who commanded American naval forces in the Pacific during World War II, advised investigative journalist Fred Goerner, author of “The Search for Amelia Earhart,” that “Earhart and her companion did go down in the Marshalls and they were picked up by the Japanese.”

In 1966, Marine Gen. Graves B. Erskine, deputy commander of the V Amphibious Corps at the battle of Saipan, told news reporters, “It was established that Earhart was on Saipan. You’ll have to dig the rest out for yourselves.”

For the past several decades, the news media have largely failed to follow up on Erskine’s challenge, focusing instead on coverage of futile searches for Earhart’s plane in the Pacific.

Campbell concludes, “Despite the massive and compelling body of evidence attesting to the fliers’ cruel and ignominious ends on Saipan, Amelia Earhart’s fate remains, in the popular culture’s conventional wisdom and in the history books, as much a mystery now as in the first desperate days following their disappearance.”

It’s high time to set the record straight.

 Indeed it is, Joel.  Indeed it is.

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Nov. 14: Bill Prymak’s Amazing Observation

November 14, 2013

Sometimes the most striking insights are hiding in plain sight, and we miss them completely.  Such appears to be the case with a common element of witness testimony from the Marshallese and Saipanese witnesses in the Earhart investigation. Bill Prymak, at 85, continues to ruminate on his life’s obsession, to which he has contributed so much, and has come up with something none of us has yet expressed, at least to my knowledge.  Without further ado, here is Bill’s piece, sent to me and a few others yesterday:

THE CLOSURE MISSED BY EVERYBODY                              By Bill Prymak

As I enter my final days on this earth (yes, I feel it coming) the need to compose one more treatise on the AE disappearance is a compelling itch that needs to be addressed with irrefutable evidence that has been staring us in the face  for decades but has not has been put forth before.  

The subject matter I explore herewith is the “white man seen on both Saipan and the Marshall Islands in 1937 sporting a forehead bandage,” and, always in company with the white American lady pilot, both being captured by the Japanese. We can go back as far as 1967 when Capt. Joseph Wright, USAF, interviewed natives on Enajet Island, Mili Atoll, who described to him a white American lady pilot and her co-pilot having crashed on Barre Island with him suffering a head wound covered with a bandage.

Since then with dozens of books addressing the mystery of their disappearance, scouring through these books will reveal that on both Saipan and the Marshall Islands a goodly number of locals relate their experiences of seeing this white man with a head bandage. Mike Campbell, in his latest publication AMELIA EARHART: THE TRUTH AT LAST (a MUST read, by the way, for the serious AE student) has at least three solid witnesses, on Saipan alone, describing a white man with a head wound bandage. My personal interviews with Bilimon Amran (1989, and 1991) at Majuro, Marshall Islands positively tie this white man together with the white American lady pilot. I was remember when Bilimon told me the white man had blue eyes, something he has never seen before (Capt Al Gray personally told me in 1993 that Fred had blue eyes).

We are dealing with two distinct native cultures, Saipanese and Marshallese, both separated by more than a thousand miles of Pacific Ocean, and in 1937 there was no known social or commercial intercourse between these two cultures. Outrigger canoes, their only mode of transportation in 1937, could not easily cross this vast span of ocean without great peril. Having spent considerable time with both these cultures, I can attest that the typical  native interviewed was a simple, God-fearing person who scratched out a living for his family from the sea and from the soil, and would never – ever — have it within his bones to fabricate, or being rehearsed to tell stories of strange white men and women visiting their islands.

Bottom line: we have two distinct cultures separated by 1,000 miles of ocean, both telling visiting researchers that indeed they saw a white man in July 1937 with a bandage covering a head wound. It is absolutely impossible for either culture to have conspired with the other to fabricate a white-man-withhead bandage-scenario to placate the interviewers. There had to be truth in the natives’ account of AE & FN when they were interviewed.

I cannot see how any critic or doubter can find grounds to challenge the above.            


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Oct. 24: Rossella Lorenzi, TIGHAR’s best friend

October 24, 2013

The establishment’s latest fusillade against the truth in the Earhart disappearance appeared in the Discovery News online news site on Oct. 11, and was soon picked up by other outlets including FOX News.  Ironically filed under the heading “U.S. History,” the story, headlined “Amelia Earhart Plane Search to Resume Next Year,” was an update to the May 29 story, “Amelia Earhart’s Plane Revealed in Sonar,” by Discovery News senior correspondent Rossella Lorenzi, which I discussed in my June 2 post. Lorenzi, whose enthusiastic shilling for Ric Gillespie and TIGHAR dates back to at least 2009, has penned a wide assortment of propaganda pieces for TIGHAR and become perhaps its leading apologist.  Among her recent stories in support of this farcical Earhart search are such gems as “Earhart’s Final Resting Place Believed Found,” “Amelia Earhart’s Plane? New Sonar Imagery Raises Hopes,” and “Pieces of Amelia Earhart’s plane located?”

In her Oct. 11 story, the TIGHAR mouthpiece breathlessly announces, “The search for Amelia Earhart’s long-lost aircraft will resume next year in the waters off Nikumaroro, an uninhabited island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati where the legendary pilot may have died as a castaway. …  Called Niku VIII, the new expedition is expected to cost as much as $3 million. It will rely on two Hawaiian Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) manned submersibles, Pisces IV and Pisces V, each carrying a pilot and two TIGHAR observers.” The effort is planned to span 30 days, beginning in mid-August 2014, Lorenzi added.

Will someone please tell me, after 10 fruitless trips to Nikumaroro and millions of wasted dollars, just precisely WHO in their ever-loving right minds is going to fork over $3 million so that Gillespie can return to Nikumaroro for yet another monumental waste of time and treasure? Is anyone out there really stupid and well heeled enough to invest in this ridiculous project? Did I hear someone whisper, “U.S. government”?

Is Rossella Lorenzi really unaware of the massive and overwhelming evidence that’s been collected since Fred Goerner’s first trip to Saipan in June 1960, and presented in such books as Goerner’s The Search for Amelia Earhart; Vincent V. Loomis’ Amelia Earhart: The Final Story;  Thomas E. Devine’s Eyewitness: The Ameliia Earhart Incident; and others including Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last?  We can’t really know, since she never mentions Saipan as even a remotely possible  solution to the apparently irresolvable Earhart conundrum.

I couldn’t take it anymore, and decided to write to this woman, whose name is becoming a familiar piece of TIGHAR’s ongoing Earhart charade, to see if she might respond to a small dose of common sense. Here is my email missive of Oct. 14:

Dear Rossella,

I just saw your Oct. 14 Discovery News piece promotingTIGHAR’s next installment in their longstanding disinformation campaign in the Amelia Earhart matter. How many times does Gillespie have to return to Nikumororo and find nothing before you will decide to stop writing about this ridiculous charade, or is there no limit to your propaganda efforts? Your constant advocacy of TIGHAR either betrays your total lack of knowledge or your utter dishonesty, in either event the result is the same — your readers are badly misinformed and misled

If you are truly interested in the truth about the Earhart case, I encourage you to go to my website below and begin your real education, but first read this piece, which continues its run on Veterans News Now as one of its most popular stories ever:

     “The truth in the Earhart ‘mystery’ is a sacred cow”

Rossella, there is no excuse for such mendacity in our media, and someday all of us will answer for every false utterance of our lives. The truth about what happened to Amelia on Saipan is obvious to all but the agenda driven and the ignorant, which unfortunately outnumber those of us who can actually read. You have made yourself part of what appears to be a permanent problem in the Earhart search, and I hope you’re satisfied that thanks to you and others of your ilk, the truth about Amelia’s fate is now considered to be an irresolvable historical puzzle. That way people like Gillespie can continue their phony searches and make a nice living along the way. Truth be damned.

Predictably, Lorenzi didn’t reply.  A few days later, after a friend and Earhart enthusiast in Pennsylvania also wrote to her to take a small shot, and incorrectly stated that she worked for FOX News, Lorenzi corrected him and told him she didn’t take his or my attacks personally, copying me on her reply. Of course I couldn’t miss this opportunity to add another log to the fire, which I did Oct. 18:

Dear Rosella,

I never thought you worked for FOX, and my email to you was not meant as a personal attack, but to inform you about the truth in the Earhart case. This truth, easily found and discerned in many books including Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, isn’t a matter of opinion, but has been the subject of a massive government disinformation effort practically since the day she was lost. Ric Gillespie and TIGHAR, whether or not they actually believe the thirdhand, long-debunked ideas they propagate with the help of a compliant media, have been the government-media establishment’s selected agents of disinformation since 1989, when they first began to make their false claims, claims that were accepted as “reasonable” by the majority of a gullible, uninformed American public. You must know this, but if you don’t, I ask that you do some homework and READ the information provided to you in the link I sent, and by reading my book as well, which is attached gratis in PDF format that can be easily downloaded into a kindle. The overwhelming evidence that places Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan in the Marshalls and Saipan cannot simply be rejected out of hand as simple “folklore” as Gillespie has so nonchalantly suggested.  For all reasonable people I’ve met, the big picture truth in the Earhart disappearance isn’t even debatable.

Now that she has a PDF copy of Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, Rossella has no more excuses, and cannot say she didn’t know any better in her reportage of the Earhart case. The use of lawyerly wriggle words designed to impart an image of objectivity in news stories doesn’t excuse the blatant, incredibly slanted approach to TIGHAR’s 25-year Earhart fundraising campaign taken by Lorenzi and many other so-called journalists in the establishment media. I await Rossella’s response, but not with bated breath.

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Oct. 5: Bill Xam, a true Earhart “enthusiast”

October 5, 2013

Once in a blue moon I encounter an individual who, upon learning the truth about Amelia Earhart’s fate after spending a lifetime in the dark, becomes extremely interested, to the point where he takes tangible actions that reveal the depth of his enthusiasm for his – or her — newfound interest. I recall my own reaction upon reading my first Earhart book in 1988, the infamous 1970 tome, Amelia Earhart Lives, by the still-living Joe Klaas in collaboration with the late Joe Gervais, and how I was instantly fascinated, hooked beyond hope by Klaas’ web of intrigue, most of it quite fanciful and bogus. After all, this was the book that introduced Irene Bolam, the New Jersey housewife, as Amelia Earhart, and became a sensation for a brief time, until Bolam sued publisher McGraw-Hill for defamation and the book was pulled from the shelves after seven weeks — but it was all new and fascinating beyond words to this uninformed civilian Navy writer.

Soon I wrote to Thomas E. Devine, author of Eyewitness: The Amelia Earhart Incident, in West Haven, Conn., after reading his amazing book. Surprised and inspired when I received Devine’s somewhat critical yet encouraging response, I began more than 14 years of correspondence and collaboration with the solitary, embattled Saipan veteran, a collaboration that eventually resulted in With Our Own Eyes: Eyewitnesses to the Final Days of Amelia Earhart (2002). In February 1990, at the conclusion of my first visit to Devine, he signed my copy ofEyewitness, ”Mike Campbell, an enthusiast,” and I suppose that summed it up, at least as the old man saw it.

In mid-July of the past summer, a fellow named Bill Xam, 55, of Saline, Mich., placed an ad on, seeking guests for his talk show with an unlikely moniker, “Surrounded by Idiots” ( on the Internet’s Freedom Talk Radio network. Despite the strange program title, I sent him my standard radio query, the one that’s been ignored by many hundreds of radio talk show hosts and program directors, but this was one of my few mailings that actually bore fruit.

“This is one of the subjects that I believe virtually everyone is interested in – it’s one of the greatest mysteries of the modern age,” Xam replied.  “I am very interested in having you on the show. Personally, I am more comfortable mentally with the image of them surviving on a small atoll and dying there rather than as prisoners. But where ever the evidence leads we must go.” At that time, I didn’t disabuse Xam of his mistaken belief that “virtually everyone” is interested in the Earhart “mystery.”  Just a few months later, he now understands how few really do care, and how little the Earhart disappearance means to anyone under 50. Those who can remember sitting by their radios as children, listening for news of the lost “aviatrix,” are leaving us in increasing numbers every day, so barring some unexpected sea change, the future is not promising for a massive revival of interest in the Earhart case, a sad fact reflected in the increasingly dismal sales figures for Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last.

Like the handful of radio hosts who plan to have me on, Xam said he would read my book before we engaged on the air; unlike the vast majority, he actually did read it. After he finished, he wanted to talk about it, and we had a lengthy phone conversation. On Sept. 21, Xam published a nice little YouTube promo for our Sept. 25 show, titled simply “Amelia Earhart Promo”:

Next, Bill composed an impressive set of notes for our upcoming interview, and he published these on his site as well. Both the promo and the notes reflected a level of focus, interest and enthusiasm I had never seen in any radio host. Here’s the link to Bill’s notes:ttp://

Although on rare occasion I had done an interview for two hours, I had sworn this practice off, as I felt it gave away too much of the book and was counterproductive. But because Bill had done so much work in preparation for the show, I made an exception at his request, and we flew through two hours on the evening of Sept. 25. In addition to the audio feed, Bill did a YouTube visual presentation as we proceeded, displaying photos and other visuals for interested viewers. Following are both the YouTube and MP3 links to our extended chat:

For the few who might have an interest in learning the truth about the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and who have stumbled upon this blog, this is your lucky day. Click on the links above, learn and enjoy, courtesy of Bill Xam, a newly commissioned officer in the Earhart Truth Brigade.

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Sept. 5: Another bitter disappointment

September 5, 2013

Nobody likes a whiner, but this latest setback is just about more than I can stand.  About six weeks ago, the producer of “A Touch of Grey,” a radio talk show hosted by Carole Marks that airs on Sunday afternoons in Los Angeles, New York and a few other unspecified locations (see previous post), expressed Carole’s interest in having me on her show after I sent them my standard query. I also sent Carole a signed copy of Truth at Last  when the producer requested such.  A few weeks ago I was told my taped 15-minute segment would air Sept. 1, and I looked forward to the help that exposure in the New York and Los Angeles markets might bring to an unknown book struggling to sell a few copies each day.

I didn’t listen online on Sunday, Sept. 1, as I really don’t like to hear my own voice at this point, but my good friend Jack in Knoxville, an avid supporter of the cause, was tuned in to hear Marks and me discuss the Earhart case.  When he emailed me with the news that my segment didn’t run, I was taken aback.  Not until today, Thursday, did I learn from the producer that my segment with Marks was in the SECOND HOUR of the program, which doesn’t run in Los Angeles or New York! Where the program did air, she didn’t say, but imagine my surprise to learn this happy news.  Never did this producer ever tell me that the show was two hours long, nor did she say my segment wouldn’t air in New York or LA as we proceeded through the process.

This sort of unethical, uncaring and impersonal treatment has become much too commonplace in today’s marketplace, but I can’t just sit by quietly without complaint.  I didn’t make much of a fuss with this producer in my reply, simply writing,  “If my segment didn’t air in New York or LA, few if any were listening wherever it did air.  I wish you had told me that before we started. I was led to believe the interview would go in LA and New York. Otherwise, what was the point?”  Of course the producer didn’t reply to this message.

I don’t have Carole Marks’ email or phone number, but I do have her snail mail address in Connecticut, and will register my dissatisfaction with her in this manner.  This is but the latest in a long series of short shrifts I’ve experienced in my efforts to get the word out about the ongoing Earhart travesty.  Even those who seem interested in helping this worthy cause often turn out to be insincere.  When it comes to the truth in the Earhart disappearance, Rodney Dangerfield got far more respect than Amelia — much less an obsure writer — gets now.

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“Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” media update

August 6, 2013

(Updated Sept. 1)

I continue my constant efforts to get out the word about this most worthy cause, despite the continuing resistance I meet almost everywhere I turn. Even many who have promised to help in the past have abandoned their pledges and refused to lift a finger to be identified with the truth about the tragic fate of Amelia Earhart. Talk about the power of PC.

But since I have approached and been rejected by thousands, I’ve also found a few good people willing to help, so for the very few who might stop by this most obscure blog site, here’s a brief summary of upcoming radio appearances.

I was on with “Bob Burns in the Afternoon,” 1400 WOND AM, Atlantic City, N.J., on Monday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.  Listeners out of the Atlantic City area can stream the station   Atlantic City is well known as a retirement haven for middle class seniors, and many should be interested in hearing the truth about Amelia Earhart’s sad demise on Saipan.

Don McCauley, co-host of The Authors Show, one of the top-ranked author radio shows in the world, will be producing an interview we do on Aug. 16 that will run on the Authors Show non-fiction page,, on Sept. 4.

On Monday, Aug. 5, veteran broadcaster Carole Marks, host of “A Touch of Grey,” a weekly show aimed at the older generation, interviewed me for about 15 minutes.  Although I wasn’t previously familiar with her work, Marks is no small timer. According to her Web site,, some of Marks’ recent guests include  “John McEnroe, Jill Clayburgh, Donna Mills, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Billy Joel, Suzanne Sommers, Doris Roberts, Melanie Mayron, and Maria Muldour in addition to doctors, professors, government officials and a wide variety of authors.”

Marks’ show is heard on Sundays in the two biggest markets in the country, 970 AM, “The Answer,” serving the New York City area (2-3 p.m. EST), and KRLA 870 AM “The Answer,” Glendale, Calif., the famed Los Angeles talker, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST.  Two stations, a nation apart, with the same nicknames.  I was told by Marks’ producer that our segment will air Sunday, Sept. 1, but it did not and I wasn’t informed of any changes in the schedule, which of course is extremely annoying. I await an answer about what happened as well as if and when the segment will air at all.

Finally, William Xam, host of a new Internet program, “Surrounded by Idiots,” on the Freedom Talk Radio Network, has expressed his interest in the Earhart matter. We’ll be discussing it Sept. 25 between 6 and 8 p.m. Not sure which hour I’ll have, but you can tune in at

I’ll provide more specifics on these show, and hopefully others, as the information becomes available.

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July 11: Another Amelia Earhart anniversary passes

July 11, 2013

I suppose it’s about time I posted something here, if only to justify the existence of this blog, so far out on the fringe of obscurity, much like the object of its focus. Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last marked its first birthday on June 21, a few weeks before the arrival of the 76thanniversary of Amelia’s last flight, on July 2, 1937.  Since nothing memorable happened on the “platinum” anniversary, when one might reasonably expect something of significance to occur, we shouldn’t be surprised when the 76th anniversary would pass quietly.

All wasn’t entirely calm on the media front, as Ric Gillespie of TIGHAR was promoting another of his bi-annual schemes to collect prodigious sums of money from the stupid for the ostensible purpose of returning to Nikumaroro and searching for Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan and their lost plane. Gillespie has done this 10 times already and found many curious “artifacts” among the island’s buried garbage that he’s brazenly attempted to connect to the lost flyers or the Electra, never successfully of course, because they were never on Nikumaroro. No need to provide the details of Gillespie’s latest scheme here; it’s possibly the most absurd of all his ridiculous offerings to date, and would be hilarious if it wasn’t such an outrageous affront to all common sense and decency. Regardless, Gillespie need only utter his latest fantasy to Discovery News, which publishes his newest excuse to fundraise, and the monkeys and stenographers in the entire major media fall in line with their always-predictable press releases and breathless broadcasts, once again hyping a delusion as the Second Coming.

Many can attest to the fact that the American flyers never visited the atoll once known as Gardner Island, including Henry Maude and Eric Bevington of the British Colonial Service, who was there just 100 days after Earhart vanished. Ninety-odd days earlier, Lieutenant John Lambrecht and two other pilots from the USS Colorado, whose planes were launched by the battleship to search Gardner mere days after the flyers went missing, saw nothing amiss. The hundreds of Gilbertese settlers who lived there from 1940 until the early 1960s, as well as the dozens of U.S. Coast Guardsmen who manned the LORAN Station in 1944-’45, would say the same thing — no trace of the missing American pair was ever seen on the island.

Meanwhile the major media blackout of Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, continues unceasingly and totally. Good people such as Deanna Spignola, Michael Betteridge and Jessica Renshaw were willing to offer their support, stand up for the truth and have me on their radio shows and write about this on their blogs. Thanks to great support from Debbie Menon of Veterans News Now, my long commentary, “The truth in the Earhart ‘mystery’ is a sacred cow” reached No. 1 on that news site, with many thousands of reads (please see “Media”  Otherwise, the entire lame-stream media vehemently opposes and ignores this book and its message; their longtime investment in perpetuating Gillespie’s falsehoods is obvious to any rational observer. If the publication of Truth at Last has proven anything, it’s that the Earhart cover-up is alive, well and more real today than ever.  How else can one explain the media’s unbridled, never-ending enthusiasm for the so-called Nikumaroro “hypothesis,” which is nothing more than long-debunked, thirdhand, unmitigated crap, while completely ignoring Truth at Last and its uncompromising presentation of the overwhelming eyewitness, witness and documentary evidence that places Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan and their Electra 10E on Saipan in the weeks and months following their loss?

Want more evidence? Hollywood director Rich Martini and associates recently spent months on Saipan vainly digging at the old Aslito Airfield in search of Amelia’s Electra, as well as interviewing aging Chamorros in search of new eyewitnesses to the prewar presence and deaths of Earhart and Noonan. Naturally, Martini’s activities were big news on Saipan, and were covered extensively in the two newspapers there,Marianas Variety and Saipan Tribune. But one could search forever without finding a single media organization in America – not one newspaper, radio or TV station, or even a single blog – that contained a whisper of Martini’s Saipan excursion. Enough said, at least for now. I continue my efforts, for whatever that’s worth.

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June 2: Gillespie and TIGHAR — Again

June 2, 2013

Two months have passed since I posted an entry on this virtually invisible blog, where only a scant few intrepid souls dare to tread. Just as I was beginning to wonder why we haven’t lately heard from Ric Gillespie and TIGHAR (which has also become an acronym for deceit and misdirection in the Earhart disappearance), they turn up in the headlines once again, like the bad pennies they are.

Apparently it took nearly a full year before Gillespie could conjure up a new reason to fleece the unwary and justify yet another trip back to  godforsaken Nikumaroro Atoll, where he insists he can find Amelia Earhart’s Electra, if only he’s given enough OPM (other people’s money). How many times have we seen this despicable song and dance? I’ve lost count.

“Amelia Earhart’s Plane Revealed in Sonar?” Discovery News asks its uninformed  readers to consider in its May 29 edition. “A grainy sonar image captured off an uninhabited tropical island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati might represent the remains of the Electra, the two-engine aircraft legendary aviator Amelia Earhart was piloting when she vanished on July 2, 1937 in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator,” Discovery News reporter Rossella Lorenziwrites.

Released by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating Earhart’s last, fateful flight, the images show an “anomaly” resting at the depth of about 600 feet in the waters off Nikumaroro island, some 350 miles southeast of Earhart’s target destination, Howland Island.

… “We currently project that it will take nearly $3,000,000 to put together an expedition that can do what needs to be done. It’s a lot of money, but it’s a small price to pay for finding Amelia,” Gillespie said.

Loathe to miss another golden opportunity to keep its readers across the pond as stupid as possible, the UK’s Daily Mail echoed theDiscovery News story two days later in its Mail Online edition, asking “Is this Amelia Earhart’s plane? Sonar image from uninhabited Pacific island could show remains of aviator’s aircraft Electra that disappeared in 1937.”  The extensive high-tech photo and graphic layouts in both articles are hugely overdone, as if both publications are trying to force-feed Gillespie’s latest red herring to their readers.  For anyone remotely informed about the Earhart matter, to label these stories and Gillespie’s claims utterly ridiculous is an exercise in abject understatement.

Pouring gasoline on a roaring fire of mendacity, Lorenzi reports that a “number of artifacts recovered by TIGHAR during 10 expeditions have suggested that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, made a forced landing on the island’s smooth, flat coral reef.”  What Lorenzi fails to tell readers is that NONE of the artifacts Gillespie has dug up on the trampled-over island has ever been connected to Earhart or Fred Noonan, her navigator, that hundreds of U.S. Coast Guard LORAN Station personnel and Gilbertese settlers lived on Nikumaroro for over 20 years between 1940 and the early 1960s, and that the media’s continuing embrace of Gillespie’s third-hand, long-debunked theory is pure disinformation, meant to keep the public ignorant about the facts in the Earhart matter.

This time Gillespie wants $3 million to seek out the source of this “sonar” hit or whatever. It’s getting very difficult to read this crap anymore. With Gillespie, TIGHAR and their media accomplices, it’s just the same hag dressed up in different clothes. What it does show, beyond a doubt, is how alive and well the Earhart cover-up is, and how heavily invested the establishment is in keeping the masses in the dark about the truth.  No observers in their right minds would give Gillespie a dime after 10 trips to Nikumaroro and nothing to show for it, so why would an objective media, without an agenda, spend two lines in promoting Gillespie’s constant failures?  Once again, Gillespie has proven Amelia Earhart was never on Nikumaroro, and once again, he’s going to be rewarded for it with a fat payday. Don’t ask me where I think the money to fund these unending Pacific cruises comes from.

The Mail Online article saved the worst for last, dismissing the truth in two sentences, which actually is more than most news organizations will spend. “A few theorists reckon that she Earhart was spying on Japan and had been captured and executed,” the unnamed Daily Mail reporter wrorte. “This theory has been discounted by the American authorities and press.” Just WHY American authorities and the press have discounted this “theory,” of course, is not mentioned, nor is the location of Earhart and Noonan’s deaths — SAIPAN.

If you’re curious, and you’ve somehow stumbled upon this blog, I suggest that the truth about these and other questions about the so-called “Earhart Mystery” can be found in my book, Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last.

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April 2: Home in Jacksonville

April 2, 2013

My wife, Nee, my cats, Pee Wee and Roy, and I finally made the trek to Jacksonville, Fla. my old Navy stomping ground, and taken up residence in a new home in a very nice part of the biggest city, geographically, in the United States. It’s been in the works for well over a year,  but we’re sure this will be our home for the rest of our days. The weather in Knoxville was a bit too cold for Nee’s chronic bronchitis, and I’ve always wanted to return to Jacksonville, where I learned the nuts and bolts of the business of newspaper reporting as a Navy journalist at Cecil Field for two years in the early 1980s.

More nonsense from Rich Martini

In his latest “Earhart on Saipan” blog entry. Rich Martini advances even more incredible falsehoods in his attempts to gain attention for his Saipan efforts to prove Amelia Earhart died on Saipan. Though Martini is on the right side of the issue, his methods, which included digging holes, willy nilly, at the old Aslito Airfield site in a blind search for the long buried and destroyed Earhart Electra, as well as his writing illiteracy, as exemplified by his constant errors in grammar, syntax and his insistence on renaming Fred Goerner’s classic bestseller “Searching for Amelia” have done little to add credibility to what Goerner established in 1966 with The Search for Amelia Earhart, and what Truth at Last confirms in spades – Earhart and Fred Noonan’s presence and death on Saipan following their 1937 loss.  Martini says he’s “speaking with the very first eyewitness to come forward, a Saipan native who lives in the US [sic],” and he displays an old photo of Josephine Blanco Akiyama, though he doesn’t name her. He notes that “no one bothered to put her on film. We will.”

The most outrageous lie to come out of Martini’s Saipan foray has been recorded by TIGHAR drone and pretend journalist Alexie Villegas Zotomayor, who reports in a March 28 Marianas Variety (Saipan newspaper) story that a Martini associate,  “said more than 200 eyewitnesses offered stories” about seeing Earhart on Saipan to the Martini group.  This ridiculous falsehood uttered by “Captain Cooper,” who stayed to dig at the old Aslito Field while Martini and Harris had already realized the ridiculous nature of their search and split Saipan weeks ago, undermines anything positive that might have been accomplished. Why do these people find it so necessary to fabricate disinformation when the case for Earhart on Saipan is already so strong? It bears repeating that not a single story about Martini’s Saipan antics can be found in the American media. Do we need any more evidence that the establishment hates the truth in the Earhart case, when so many ignore all attempts, misguided though some of these efforts might be, to prove it?

 George Cepeda’s Amazon review

At my request, a discerning reader of Truth at Last, Ohioan George Cepeda, recently revised his already complimentary review of the book, adding a star to the four he had earlier awarded it, and rewriting several sections of his fine review. Especially gratifying is his conclusion, which I couldn’t have written better myself:

“This is by far the most authoritative and exhaustive book written on the Earhart mystery and provides the best round table of facts leading to the most probable conclusions,” Cepeda wrote. “It is as close to an expanded and THIRD revised edition of  The Search for Amelia Earhart as we will probably ever see. I think Fred Goerner would have been proud to see how well the results of his research and others in this small investigatory community have been used.”

Thanks George!

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March 10: The Jim Bohannon Experience

March 10, 2013

We certainly have no friend in Jim Bohannon. I learned a hard lesson when I appeared on his syndicated radio show March 8 at 11 p.m. EST, and will never again let my guard down going into an interview with someone I don’t know. The next time a host tries to intimidate me and disrespect my work, I will know exactly how to deal with him. The discussion is about the book and the facts presented therein, NOT the uninformed host’s opinions. He hadn’t even bothered to so much as look at the PDF of the book that I sent him twice, a few weeks earlier, telling me, “I never got it.”  He knew nothing of the Earhart matter, not even Fred Goerner’s name!  From the start he questioned everything I tried to say, and I badly missed the opportunity to tell him that he was wrong about the Japs admitting to most of their wartime atrocities, and let  him get by with the false assertion that since they admitted their atrocities, they would have admitted to AE.  They’ve barely admitted the Comfort Women and have never fully come clean about such things as the Rape of Nanking and their biological warfare horrors. I really feel bad about blowing that sequence

    All who have contacted me have been highly critical of JB, and say I behaved in a professional, “knowledgeble and authorative” manner, among other positive comments. Bohannon may have thought I was a nut job to begin with, but that can only mean he had no regard for the man’s judgement who recommended me for his show, Charles Heller of Liberty Watch Radio, in Tucson, Ariz., whose efforts I much appreciate and who gets no blame and only thanks here.  But in the end, I think Bohannon, jaded and cynical as he is at 69 after so many years of late night radio, knew he was wrong and I had won over most of those in the audience with two brain cells to rub together. Once we got more into the evidence of the case in the second half hour, I noticed he grudgingly showed a bit more respect for me.
    Bill Prymak, the greatest living Earhart researcher, 85 and nearing a birthday in late March, told me today he was proud of me for the way I recovered in the second half of the program and stood up to Bohannon.  That meant a lot to me.  If I wasn’t so aware of his lofty status as one of the USA’s top 100 talkers and an elder statesman of radio, so to speak, I think I would have been able to stand up to him sooner.  This is another encounter that proves age and experience don’t always guarantee wisdom. Live and learn. As it is, we sold a few books that wouldn’t have been sold had I not gone on the show, but nothing like I had hoped.
     At this point I can see that the days of radio interviews aboutAmelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, and indeed, this blog, are severely numbered. Recently I completed contacting every talk radio station in the country, many hundreds that I refuse to count exactly, and I have been ignored by well over 99 percent of them. I can take a hint.

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Feb. 16: A new search for Amelia Earhart on Saipan

February 16, 2013

Hollywood director Rich Martini and D. Michael Harris are on Saipan, and Martini is chronicling their efforts in a new blog titled,  “Earhart on Saipan.”  According to Woody Rogers of the Amelia Earhart Society, D. Michael Harris is the producer of “Deadly Fathoms”, the 1971 movie about the ghost fleet at Bikini Atoll.  Harris also accompanied T. C.  ”Buddy” Brennan on his expedition to the mid-1980s, a venture that became Witness to the Execution, published in 1988. Rogers says Harris’ only connection with Titanic is that he searched for the ship in the early 1980s and was unsuccessful, but that Harris’ son G. Michael Harris “brought up the majority of the artifacts from the ship in 1999-2000 that comprise  almost everything you can see in the ‘Ship of Gold’ touring displays.”

Martini says they’re finishing up with the paperwork for the permits to dig in search of the Earhart Electra, ostensibly under the former Aslito Airfield, now Saipan International Airport, but this will never happen, and Martini apparently has no clue.

I cannot fathom Saipan officials, i.e. the U.S. government, granting anyone permission to look for the Electra anywhere near the vicinity where it actually is. Note that not a whisper of this has been heard in the media anywhere, contrary to the media blitz we get every time TIGHAR wastes another fortune in their endless returns to Nikumaroro.  So far Martini has nothing new to offer, but as usual, he’s trying to make quite a big deal of it, as only Martini knows how to do. He’s talked to relatives of some of Fred Goerner’s original eyewitnesses, and is trying to portray himself as a real journalist.  He might be fooling some out there, but not this observer.

In his Feb. 16 posting, Martini writes: “One of our interviewees shared a photo with us of Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal (He became Secretary after the death of Frank Knox in 1949)  There are no known photographs of Forrestal on Saipan – until this one.” (Italics mine.)  “He’s standing with General Holland and Admiral Nimitz.  For those who are well versed in Earhart stories, Thomas E. Devine (there’s a clip of his interview on the right side of the page) was convinced that he saw Forrestal here during his tour of duty.

     “Our research shows that Devine may have seen a gentleman who looked like Forrestal in June of 1944 when the plane was first found, and then perhaps he saw Forrestal himself at a later date.  Or it’s possible that Devine was accurate – but this is the first we’ve seen any photo of the Secretary on Saipan. This was taken just prior to his visiting Iwo Jima.”

      Martini, who likes to call himself a “journalist,” outdoes himself in this one. Can someone please tell me who ”General Holland” was? Is it possible that this person was actually Marine General Holland M. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith, who led all American forces during the Saipan invasion? And what of Martini’s claim that no photo of Forrestal on Saipan was known to have existed before the one he displays on his blog?  A quick search shows this 1945  photo of Forrestal and Nimitz “arriving on Saipan,” on their way to Iwo Jima in February 1945, for sale on eBay.

Wikipedia tells us that  USS Eldorado (AGC-11) sailed on 27 January 1945 for the Marianas and further preparations for the assault on Iwo Jima. She also carried General Holland SmithUSMC, and his staff, and Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal and his party when she sailed from Saipan on 16 February for Iwo Jima.

      No doubt many other photos of Forrestal on Saipan can be unearthed by an enterprising “journalist,” but don’t expect Martini to do it. He’s too busy making another outrageous claim to fame in the Earhart search. Just the latest installment of the clown show that is Rich Martini and Mike Harris on Saipan. Stay tuned for the next exciting episode.

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Jan. 18, 2013: The Admiral Nimtz Museum Travesty

January 18, 2013

On Jan. 3 of the new year, the retail sales manager at the Admiral Nimitz Museum coldly, without apology and without even reading it, rejected the book that reflects and expands upon Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s revelation to Fred Goerner in 1965, a year before Goerner’s bestseller The Search for Amelia Earhart was published. Searchimmortalized the famed admiral’s statement to the San Francisco radio newsman that Earhart “went down in the Marshalls and was picked up by the Japanese.” My letter to the museum directors appealing this decision was ignored; even the simple decency of a response was refused me.

If my book, Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, belongs anywhere, it belongs in the bookstore at the Nimtz Museum, where Fred Goerner’s files are kept and from which I gleaned so much enlightening and unpublished information related to his quest to prove Earhart and Fred Noonan’s deaths on Saipan. But the Nimitz Museum has joined 170 aviation museums and nearly 100 percent of the mainstram media who refused to recognize the existence of a book that threatens their sacred cow. Clearly, they much prefer the lie of the never-ending,  irresolvable mystery.  It’s so much more romantic that way, and uncomplicated.

A significant number of those who refuse to accept the truth in the Earhart case — even so-called ”Earhart researchers” who insist on their own imaginary version of events and ignore the obvious — will have no problems with the museum’s decision. They will say its directors have every right to reject this or any other book from their store. Of course that’s true, as is its corallary, my right to vehemently protest this outrage in any way possible, and to bring the public’s attention to the feckless policies that apparently now inform the Nimitz Museum’s leadership.

More on this travesty at the linked story below, which was published today. Sincere thanks to Glenn MacDonald of for his unwavering support of this book and this worthy cause.


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Dec. 31, 2012: Charles Heller, Amelia Earhart enthusiast

December 31, 2012

Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last turned 6 months old on Dec. 21, and despite some nice reviews from a few discerning critics, notably Glenn MacDonald of Military,  Dave Martin of, and the considerable efforts of Joel Freedman, whose persistance paid off with the Oct. 24 spread in the Knoxville News Sentinel, our most visible coverage to date, sales have hit a brick wall and the book remains unknown to more than 99 percent of the American public.  Virtually no one comes to this blog, so I wonder about my sanity in continuing to write new entries.

In my ongoing efforts to find a receptive audience, I contacted Charles Heller, a weekend talk show host with KVOI AM 1030, in Tucson, Ariz. Charles is the host of “Liberty Watch” and “America Armed & Free,” which air from noon to 2 p.m. MST on Sundays. On his website,, Charles describes his show as “dedicated to the principle of eternal vigilance, based upon the free flow of information about government, technology, current events, and our steadfast Constitution, So that citizens can giveinformed consent, the bedrock of our Republic, and government remains the servant, not the master. Let us each honor the privilege it is to live in God’s great nation.”

Charles was immediately interested in Truth at Last, but warned me that I would have to work hard to change his views.  On his show, he told listeners that every year or two he reads a book that changes his mind about something, and Truth at Last is one of these books. We had a good interchange on the air, and Charles summarized the interview on his archives page thusly:

Mike Campbell is about as committed to his work as any man I have interviewed. First for 10 years in the Navy, then for 30 as a journalist for the Department of Defense, Campbell was a dedicated public servant. He also has written 2 books on the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. “Amelia Earhart: The Truth At Last,” documents all the evidence and witnesses who saw her on Saipan in the custody of the Japanese. Mike talks about the massive multi-governmental cover up of the details. Fascinating 48.43.

Here’s the audio link: 12 30 12 America Armed & Free

Charles has pledged to do what he can to connect me with other talk show hosts, and says he specializes in helping people with worthy causes through his networking expertise.  He has other idea about how to get the word out about the book, i.e. “market” it, and I certainly hope the hosts he has in mind  will be half as supportive as Charles has been since he read Truth at Last. As Charles Heller has demonstrated once again, true interest in the Earhart matter is an acquired taste and is not for everyone. But every once in a while, I meet and, through the power of  Truth at Last, convert a new “Earhart enthusiast,” as Thomas E. Devine described me in signing his book upon the conclusion of our first meeting, in February 1990 at his West Haven, Connecticut  home.

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Dec. 14: Jessica Renshaw and Mike Shinabery

December 14, 2012

Nothing significant to report since last time until now, such is the state of the establishment’s blackout of Truth at Last.  As an example of the resistance this book encounters daily, I recently contacted 170 aviation museums with gift shops in USA, got just five responses and have sold ZERO books so far! You would think AVIATION M– USEUM GIFT SHOPS would love this book, but not so. Their sacred cow is threatened, and their immediate response is to bury their heads in the sand.

Over a month ago I saw a brief story on a blog called “hiddeninjesus” about Amelia Earhart’s death on Saipan, and I contacted the owner, Jessica Renshaw, to tell her about Truth at Last. Although she wouldn’t commit to much at the time, later, after I sent her a copy of the book, she wrote this very nice review on her blog, and added another one on the book’s Amazon site.  Jessica is the daughter of famed anti-nuclear activist Earle L. Reynolds (October 18, 1910 – January 11, 1998) who was a famed anthropologist, educator, author, Quaker and peace activist, according to his Wikipedia entry:

He was sent to Hiroshima by the Atomic Energy Commission in 1951 to study the effects of the first atomic bomb on the growth and development of exposed children. His professional discoveries concerning the dangers of radiation later moved Reynolds into a life of anti-nuclear activism. In 1958 he sailed with his wifeBarbara, two of his three children and a Japanese yachtsman in the Phoenix of Hiroshima, a ketch he had designed himself, into the American nuclear testing zone in the Pacific. In 1961 the family sailed to the USSR to protest Soviet nuclear testing. During theVietnam War Reynolds and his second wife Akie sailed the Phoenixto Haiphong to deliver humanitarian and medical aid to victims of American bombing.

    Jessica, now entering her golden years and living in Long Beach, Calif.,  spent much of her childhood sailing the Pacific with her father and family, engaged in adventures the rest of us could have only dreamed about.  She knows people on Saipan who long ago told her of Amelia’s presence and death there, which Jessica says is “common knowledge” on Saipan. Perhaps among some of the elders there, this remains so, but I’ve been told by others who have had personal experiences with the intelligencia on Saipan that the TIGHAR lie is predominant now on the island, and talk of Earhart and Noonan’s deaths there is verboten.
    Was on the Michael Shinabery Show, Alamo AM 1230 Talk in Alamogordo, New Mexico, yesterday morning for an hour, and he asked me to come back later in January.  I met Mike as a result of my aviation museum mailing, by far the best – and probably only good thing — all that effort produced. Here is the MP3 link:
Next, will begin contacting small and mid-size town radio talk show hosts, and hope for just a bit more success.

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Nov. 23: Amelia Earhart and Bill Prymak make news

November 23, 2012

The long-awaited Broomfield (Colo.) Enterprise story on Bill Prymak appeared in the twice-weekly newspaper’s online edition Nov.  21.  The piece, written by the paper’s only full-time news reporter, Megan Quinn, wasn’t bad, considering how little time these too-busy wage slaves at the small papers actually devote to their feature stories these days.

“For the past 27 years, Broomfield resident Bill Prymak has studied Earhart’s final journey as the head of the Amelia Earhart Society, a group of researchers and history buffs who share theories and information across the globe,” Quinn wrote.  “At the height of his research in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Prymak traveled four times to the Marshall Islands, where he interviewed potential eyewitnesses who said they saw a plane crash in 1937.”

Quinn went on to describe Bill’s encounter with Joro, one of the elders on Mili Atoll’s Enajet Island, circa 1989, which is presented at length in Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last.  “Prymak said Joro described a ‘lady pilot’ crash-landing on the inner coral reefs of Barre Island,” she wrote. “In an interview with Prymak, Joro said the Japanese, who occupied the area at the time, ordered ‘all able-bodied men to assemble in the village of Port Rhin at Tokow Channel, next to Barre Island.’ The Japanese threatened to behead any islanders who talked about the mission, Joro told Prymak.”

Quinn took a few liberties when she referenced me in the story, even taking a sentence from the introduction to Truth at Last and making it sound as if she had interviewed me. But she did plug the book, writing, “Prymak’s research is featured in Mike Campbell’s new book, ‘Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last.’  Campbell’s book makes the case for Earhart’s demise at the hands of the Japanese military.”

Quinn’s story was immediately picked up by the Boulder Daily Camera, the Craig (Colo.) Daily Press, and amazingly, the Denver ABC affiliate, Channel 7, which put the story on their website. Sadly, all this coverage of Bill’s story had no effect on sales of the book. It was as if nobody read past the first few paragraphs of the story.  All in all, I was happy to see Bill get some well-deserved ink, but extremely disappointed that the fairly dominent mention of Truth at Last in the story simply did not translate into any sales at all.

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Oct. 24: Knoxville News Sentinel comes through

October 24, 2012

Today we welcomed the long-awaited Knoxville New Sentinel’s coverage of Truth at Last, and it greatly exceeded our expectations, as features editor Susan Alexander, assistant features editor Christina Southern and freelance writer Melissa Priode combined, along with Joel Freedman, to create a spectacular local news front page layout that was entirely devoted to Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last.

      When I got the hard copy newspaper today, I was stunned to see the book cover and promo on the top of the front page, with the story and three photos taking up the entire front page of the local news section.  The layout is spectacular and I couldn’t ask for more in that regard. They did a fantastic job, and we’ll probably never have better Amazon rankings that we have right now. With a circulation of 123,000 daily, the most prominent thing about today’s issue was arguablyTruth at Last.  Joel Freedman’s review is here, and here is Melissa Priode’s story, which briefly looks at my background and relationship to the book.

We needed this desperately, as the book has been languishing in Amazon sales ranking hell of late, but right now we’re looking very good indeed, which illustrates the power that a medium-size city newspaper has to help a struggling book when it has a mind to do so. Sincere thanks to Susan, Christina, Melissa and Joel for their invaluable assistance in this most worthy cause.

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Oct. 17: American Heritage, Crouch do it again

October 17, 2012

Leonorean alert Earhart enthusiast from the UK,  informd me that Tom Crouch and American Heritage magazine had once again teamed up to do their worst in misinforming readers about the so-called Earhart mystery and recent efforts to solve it. The lengthy article, “Amelia Found?”  was a virtual repeat of Crouch’s 2007 puff piece that extolled Ric Gillespie, TIGHAR and Elgen Long, while curtly dismissing Fred Goerner, Tom Devine and all who believe in the Saipan truth as “conspiracy theorists.” Here is the link:

At the urging of my UK correspondent, I wrote the below missive to American Heritage and Tom Crouch, knowing of course that I was completely wasting my time, but keeping mind that the old axiom, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” should always be respected.

I’ve just been informed about Tom Crouch’s Summer 2012 article about Amelia Earhart in American Heritage, and read it with mounting disgust. Once again, American Heritage and Tom Crouch, senior Smithsonian Air and Space curator, have teamed up to write almost exactly the same article they put out in 2007 for the 70th anniversary of AE’s loss. The piece is an extensive discussion of TIGHAR’s vapid, worn-out theory, albeit with a passing mention of the possibility that Gillespie might be wrong, because “most researchers agree thatAE crashed and sank near Howland Island” or something similarly inane.  Mr. Crouch’s piece was probably writtenbefore the late June 2012 publication of my new book,Amelia Earhart: TheTruth at Last, which presents the most comprehensive case ever for the presence and death of Amelia Earhart and Fred  Noonan on Saipan, but that has little or nothing to do with Mr. Crouch or American Heritage‘s aversion to thetruth in the Earhart case.

As professional historians, it’s impossible to imagine that Mr. Crouch and the editors at American Heritage are unaware of the mountains of evidence that place Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan on Saipan. Thousands, if not millions of murderers have gone to their executions based on the tiniest fraction of the witness testimony that’s been given by many that places Earhart and Noonan on Saipan. Even if you reject this overwhelming evidence, can you honestly claim that Mr. Crouch’s piece is a fair treatment of the massive  evidence gathered over many decades by researchers such as Fred Goerner, Joe Gervais, Tom Devine, Vincent V. Loomis, Oliver Knaggs, Bill Prymak and others? Of course not. Something else is afoot here, driven by the same abject motivations that have informed the government-media establishment’s policy of complete denial of the truth in the Earfhart disappearance fromthe beginning — protecting FDR’s reputation and their own longtime investments in the TIGHAR and crash-and-sank deceptions being prominent among them. Can anyone who is remotely informed doubt that the U.S. government and its media toadies, of which American Heritage is in the vanguard, are still engaged in the willful and purposeful suppression of the truth?

I dissected Mr. Crouch’s 2007 piece line by line in the final chapter of my book, and clearly exposed his assertions as pure U.S. government-issue poppycock. (Due to the media’s complete refusal to acknowledge the existence of my book, Mr. Crouch and American Heritage may also be unaware of  it. In that case I have attached the section of its last chapter that addresses Mr. Crouch’s 2007 article, as well as the following section, which addresses Gillespie’s fantasies). Now, in his 2012 repeat of the same nonsense, over several pages of propaganda, ostensibly covering the gamut of ideas about AE’s fate, Mr. Crouch could manage only the following about Saipan, far less than even in 2007, when he at least mentioned Devine’s work, although inaccurately and dismissively. Note the prominent use of the tainted word “conspiracy” in his reference:

“What are we to make of all the conspiracy theories? Is there a small flame of truth flickering somewhere beneath all that smoke? Most likely not. In three-quarters of a century of looking, no researcher has produced a shred of hard evidence to suggest that Earhart and Noonan were either spies or prisoners of the Japanese.”

Not “a shred,” insists Mr. Crouch.  How can he so blithely ignore the hundreds of freely given and honest accounts of witnesses in the Marshalls and Saipan, GI veterans of Saipan, and three flag officer statements to Fred Goerner that Earhart died on Saipan, and much more? Quite easily, apparently, if he — and you — have an agenda of complete denial of the truth and suppression of the facts.

American Heritage needs to be reminded that their readership is not totally populated by morons and lemmings, so I hope this brief letter will at least accomplish that modest goal. I also know that American Heritage does not possess the integrity or intellectual honesty to publish this letter, but I’ll make sure I inform as many as I can about the continuing Earhart travesty and your role in perpetuating it.

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Oct. 2: The Mayor calls

October 2, 2012

Tim Burchett, the mayor of Knox County, Tenn. (both counties and cities have mayors in Tennessee) was listening during my Sept. 4 radio appearance with Phil Williams on WOKI. He contacted me and expressed his interest in the Earhart matter, and I finally met him at his office in downtown Knoxville yesterday. We talked for about 40 minutes, and I brought him two copies of Truth at Last.

His father was in the Navy in World War II, he said, and he (Tim)  had always been interested in the Earhart case.  He asked many intelligent questions, but mainly listened as I explained the situation — both with the so-called Earhart “mystery” and the current media blackout of Truth at Last.  Such is the pathetic level of interest in the now three-month old book that this blog registered only one visitor on Oct. 1. To say the book and this blog and web site are on life support and need serious help is severe understatement. Seriously: One visitor? Can you spell “hopeless”?

Perhaps it is, but the mayor has some ideas about how he can help this book and its worthy cause, and I hope to be reporting soon on those efforts and their results.

Thanks also to Carol Anderson of the Knoxville Welcome Wagon Club, who was also listening Sept. 4 and has asked me to speak to her group’s monthy meeting of about 50 women ages 50 to 70 during the first week of November — the day after the most important election we’ve seen in our lifetimes, in fact.  I didn’t realize this when I accepted her invitation, but since she had to change a previously scheduled speaker to accomodate me, I’ll have to live with the possibility that I might be forced to address this group on the morning of a national tragedy. Let’s hope and pray that will not be the case.

Postscript: Added March 12, 2013:

I never heard from Mayor Tim again, and he ignored several emails I sent.  He proved to be just another politician, full of false promises.

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September 5: Thanks to Phil Williams

September 5, 2012

Phil Williams, of WOKI News/Talk 98.7 FM, an icon of Knoxville radio, finally found the spot he’d promised me two months ago, and we got together yesterday from 4 to 4:45 for an on-air chat about Truth atLast.   I wish he would have read the book before we engaged, but when we’d finished, Phil seemed genuinely interested in actually reading it. Perhaps he can free himself from the thousand things that compete for his attention daily and read the book, but just getting on his show in a real radio station and decent market like Knoxville is a bit of a breakthrough, and is much appreciated.

Jack, a friend and fellow Navy man who lives up the street, sent me some of Phil’s more memorable comments during the show:

“I may have you on again.”
“You are the most prepared guest I’ve ever seen.”
“You opened my eyes!”
“I’ll link your Website to my Facebook page!”
“You are a fascinating guest!”

All in all, not too bad.  Many thanks go out to Knoxville’s Phil Williams and his producer, Shelley Ellis-Farrell, for their forthright support ofAmelia Earhart: The Truth at Last.

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August 25: Media update

August 25, 2012

I hope the radio programs I’ve recently appeared on aren’t as unpopular or unknown as this blog appears to be, or I am truly spinning my wheels. On Aug. 5 I was on the Firebase Network Veterans Hour on the Stardust Radio Network with host Rick Townsend, and Deanna Spignola invited me on to talk to her for two hours Aug. 20 on her daily program, “Spignola Speaks,” on the Republic Broadcasting Network. Both went as well as could be expected, having last done radio in the mid-1980s. It was good practice for my Sept. 4 date with Phil Williams of Knoxville’s WOKI 98.7 FM, likely the top afternoon-drive show here, and a real opportunity for a breakthrough. I never thought he would actually schedule me, but I finally got the official invite on Friday. Will be on Firebase again tomorrow night for an hour.

Joel Freedman is doing great work on behalf of Truth at Last.  He placed a letter to the editor of The Banner Independent, of Booneville, Mississippi, in the same Prentiss County neighborhood as smaller Baldwyn, where Earskin Nabers lived most of his life, and where he died in 2006 at 82.  Freedman’s letter ran at the top of the Opinion section on August 16.

After stating his belief that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan “were captured and tortured by the Japanese” and died on Saipan, Freedman wrote that he was “impressed by Campbell’s account of the importance of World War II Marine Corps veteran Erskine Nabers in finding the truth about Earhart. … “Campbell describes Nabers as ‘a soft-spoken, low-key individual, content in his quiet life of work and devotion to family in the obscurity of small-town Mississippi.’

“Campbell explains, ‘As a radio message code clerk in the communications center of the 8th Marine Regiment on Saipan in July 1944, Nabers decoded the top-secret message announcing the discovery of Amelia Earhart’s Electra in a hangar at Aslito Field. … “After his death,” Freedman continued, ”I can almost imagine Nabers’ spirit was greeted by the spirits of Earhart and Noonan, who thanked him for his courage and honesty, on their behalf. When I read a good book, I often learn about people I wish I had met during their lifetime. Earskin Nabers is one of these people.”

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August 11: Dave Martin to the rescue

August 11, 2012

Just when it seemed things couldn’t get worse for Truth at Last — poor sales, no media reviews, no interest, no visitors to the site or blog — on Aug. 8, Dave Martin ( put up a 4,000-word review of the book on his site.  Titled “Hillary Clinton and the Amelia Earhart Cover-up,” it’s an excellent overview of the book, and includes a reference to the odious Hillary’s connection to the ongoing government lies and propaganda, and quotes longtime New York Times Washington correspondent Turner Catledge, who wrote that President Franklin D. Roosevelt “was a consummate manipulator, a man who misled, deceived, lied outright when it was necessary to gain his ends.”

We still can’t be certain that FDR sent Amelia on a mission to “get lost” in the Marshall Islands, and thus knew the Japanese had her in 1937, or whether he didn’t know until much later, possibly as late as June 1944, when the Earhart plane was discovered on Saipan by U.S. military forces.  A researcher named Les Kinney told me that at the National Archives in College Park, Md.,  he found large gaps in the records of U.S. radio listening stations that were active in the Pacific area in 1937, stations that would have intercepted and later decoded Japanese transmissions that might have indicated their capture of Earhart and Fred Noonan.

Several years ago Robert Stinnett, author of Day of Deciet: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor (2001), told me in an email that “the Earhart story of 1937 involving naval intercepts would be in the[communications intelligence radio] Station H [Heeia,Oahu, Hawaii] Monthly Reports for July 1937, et al, possibly also in Station Baker, Guam and Station Victor, American Samoa.” Stinett said he saw nothing about Earhart in any of the previously classified World War II material he claimed he forced NARA into releasing to the public through three Freedom of Information Act requests.

Dave Martin is an erudite, veteran news analyst, writer and pundit, and his efforts in dislodging the 1949 Wilcutts Report on the investigation into the alleged suicide of  former Secretary of Defense James V.  Forrestal, after his fatal fall from the 16th story of the Bethesda (Md.) Naval Hospital have all but proven that Forrestal was murdered. I contacted him in 2008 to tell him about Forrestal’s alleged involvement in the Earhart matter per Thomas E. Devine’s claims, and kept in touch. I was extremely gratified when Martin copied me on an email to an associate and recommended Truth at Last, which he called a “great book.” High praise indeed. Recently he thanked me for prodding him to do “this important work,” ie.,  writing a fine review of Truth at Last.

“Don’t expect any of our mainstream press to be directing you to Campbell’s book, though,” Martin writes in concluding his review.  “If he is to be ignored, it will not be because the case he makes for the capture of Earhart and Noonan by the Japanese is too weak.  It will be because it is too strong.”

My sincere thanks go out to Dave Martin, a member in good standing of a small group of enlightened persons who ascribe to a set of beliefs my friend Frank Benjamin, a Maryland college teacher, calls “MISH,” for Marshall Islands-Saipan Hypothesis. MISH is a cute acronym, but Frank is incorrect about one detail — Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan’s landing in the Marshalls and deaths on Saipan are not a “hypothesis,” but are virtually empirical facts that scream to be acknowledged by our government, still in thrall to the corrupt FDR and his phony legacy. Just ask the good people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, who issued a set of four postage stamps in 1987 that depicted various aspects of the ill-fated fliers’ final flight, including the crash of the Electra at Mili Atoll and its recovery by the Japanese survey ship Koshu, events that are common knowledge in that less-sophisticated area of the world.

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July 24, 2012: Happy Birthday, Amelia

July 24, 2012

Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, on July 24, 1897, 115 years ago. Sadly, yet another Earhart birthday passes without closure to the world’s most famous “unsolved” missing person’s case, an entirely unnecessary state of affairs, made so by an intransigent U.S. government policy of deceit and denial, year after year.

We’ve just learned that TIGHAR’s 10th trip to Nikumaroro in search of evidence that Amelia and Fred Noonan landed there in early July 1937 has ended in yet another predictable failure. This bi-annual charade is now being openly supported by the corrupt U.S. State Department under the auspices of the despicable Hillary Clinton, so that no one with an ounce of common sense can doubt that the entire enterprise is nothing more than propaganda designed to misdirect and keep the already incurious American people as ignorant about the truth as ever.

The fact that TIGHAR never finds anything that can be linked to Earhart or Noonan makes no difference.  Ric Gillespie will huddle with himself in a remote corner of his Delaware home and come up with a new reason why he and his cronies should return to Nikumaroro as soon as they can raise the money for another trip, which usually means two years. This disgusting cycle has been repeating itself for over 20 years and shows no signs of abating.

Meanwhile, my new book continues to be ignored like a bastard stepchild, and I’m treated like a leper by a corrupt media bent on their “see no evil” template in the Earhart case.  A few people I’ve met over the years who share my love of the truth will do their best, but without some kind of a breakthrough the book is doomed to be a sales failure. People will buy any book the media tell them to buy, no matter how bad; conversely, the masses won’t buy a book that they don’t know exists, regardless of its quality. So Truth at Last withers and languishes, virtually unknown, while the TIGHAR express steams ahead in anticipation of yet another lucrative payday and international headlines.

I knew what I was signing on for with this project many years ago, but I held out the belief that if I could write the most comprehensive and compelling proof ever for Amelia and Fred’s presence and death on Saipan, that we might come to the point where the truth might begin to be  mentioned in so-called “polite conversation.”  That hope is beginning to look like a pipedream.

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July 7: A tiny point of light

July 7, 2012

Until this morning, I was not aware of a single word about Amelia Earhart’s death in Japanese captivity on Saipan in any U.S. newspaper commemorating the 75th anniversary of her disappearance.  Instead, all we hear is TIGHAR and Nikumaroro, ad nauseum till death do we part.    

But an enterprising member of the Amelia Earhart Society’s online forum, Australian Ian Mann, sent the group a link to an op-ed that headlined the opinion page of, an online version of the Canandaigua, N.Y.-based Messenger Media, with 16 publications that reach 400,000 consumers in the surburban Rochester, west-central New York area.

“What really happened to Amelia Earhart?” Joel Freedman asked, and proceed to briefly summarize Fred Goerner’s major conclusions in this 1966 bestselling classic, The Search for Amelia Earhart. “What about the evidence Earhart and Noonan deliberately veered off course to scrutinize Japanese military installations, and that they were captured and killed by the Japanese?” Freedman wrote. “When Americans liberated the small island of Saipan in 1944, the island’s natives gave accounts of two white pilots, a male and a female, who were beaten, executed and buried on Saipan.”

Freedman then asked the logical question that anyone with a basic knowledge of investigations into the Earhart case, scant few anymore, often ponder:  “So why does the U.S. government give the royal runaround to those who have sought further validation of all this? If Earhart had volunteered to secretly scrutinize Japanese military installations at a time we weren’t at war with Japan, she surely was advised America couldn’t aid her if she was captured. Could it be after the war, rather than acknowledge our government asked the world’s most famous and admired aviatrix to engage in espionage, it was decided not to reveal Earhart’s fate?”

In his conclusion, Freedman quoted a salient passage from Goerner’s final pages in Search that I had overlooked in Truth at Last:  “What is going to be done to clear the record completely, to remove all the aspects of doubt and suspicion and bewilderment from a heroic story that the public has a right to know in full so that two human beings may be properly honored for their courage and their contribution?” Indeed.

Here for the first time, albeit in a suburban New York community newspaper, was evidence that at least one man was seriously contemplating Amelia Earhart’s fate on the diamond anniversary of the iconic flier’s loss, instead of being lulled into semiconsciousness while watching the latest news of the 10th TIGHAR trip to Nikumaroro, where Ric Gillespie and his pack of bloodhounds will doubtless seize upon some new artifact (read piece of garbage) that Gillespie will claim could have been owned by Earhart or Fred Noonan.

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July 3: A Small Step

July 3, 2012

This afternoon I was at the local fitness center, trying unsuccessfully, as usual, to work off my latest frustrations, this time at being ignored by over 100 American newspapers I recently emailed and invited to review Truth at Last.  Around 2 o’clock I heard the voice of Knoxville’s  local drive-time talk show host Phil Williams, asking listeners, “When are we going to find Amelia Earhart’s airplane? Let’s talk about it at 3.”

That was all I needed to hear. Williams had pushed the only button possible to get me out of the gym and back home to call him from my downstairs office, short-circuiting my steam-room torment time to only six minutes vice the 15 or so I normally subject myself to.  After listening for 20 minutes to the phone ringing, Shelley, Phil’s sidekick, answered and told me that although Phil had mentioned the Earhart plane earlier, since Andy Griffith had just died, he would probably switch to that.  I told Shelley that was fine, but wanted to tell Phil about what was really happening with the Earhart disppearance. In no time, Phil had me on the air, and I was telling him about Thomas Devine, Saipan and the discovery of the Electra there by American forces in the summer of 1944.

“WOW!” Phil said, and soon he invited me to come in and talk about it for an hour on the air. I gladly agreed, but insisted he read the book before I come in, and he said he would do so. I dashed to the Post Office pronto, mailed the book,  and now we wait for Phil to read the book, hoping and praying this might be the match that touches off the blaze we’ve always imagined. Without the help of people like Phil Williams, Truth at Last will wallow in the netherworld of literary obscurity, known only to Earhart buffs and other researchers, like my first book, With Our Own Eyes.  Stay tuned.

      Kind Words from Bill Prymak, the Old Master

Bill Prymak, founder of the Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers, is among the last of the old vanguard of Earhart researchers that once included such luminaries as as Ron Reuther, Thomas Devine, Rollin Reineck, Vincent V. Loomis and Joe Gervais, and at 85, he is still sharp as a tack.  His hand-bound two-volume collection of Amelia Earhart Society Newsletters,   produced from December 1989 to March 2000 in his Broomfield, Colo. office  is, without question, among the the greatest collections of original Earhart research extant, rivaled only by Fred Goerner’s papers, 900 files on hand at the Admiral Nimitz Museum, in  Fredericksburg, Texas.

Bill has never been one to seek the limelight but his three Marshall Islands expeditions in the late 1980s and early 1990s resulted in some of the finest original Earhart eyewitness and witness testimony ever recorded.  I try to do justice to Bill’s work in Truth at Last, but probably fall short in doing justice to this fine, generous soul. I hope he has at least 10 more years of quality time left, because IF this book is going to have any effect on the public’s perception of the Earhart disappearance, it might well take that long to produce any significant and lasting effect. Such is the damage that has been inflicted by the the disinformation program our government has executed for 75 years.  After receiving the book yesterday in the mail, Bill, who’s seen many versions of the manuscript as we worked on it through the past five years, sent the AES Internet forum a message most kindly expressing his feelings about the book:

Everybody must get a copy of Mike Campbell’s just-arrived book AMELIA EARHART: THE TRUTH AT LAST. It’s a fascinating, scholarly book digging like no researcher has ever done before, over 100 credible witnesses strongly supporting the Saipan-Mili answer to the mystery. Mike has included some research I have  never released before. A must read for AE aficionados.

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July 2, 2012: The 75th Anniversary

July 1, 2012

    The Media Blackout Continues

As if we needed any more evidence that the so-called mainstream media despises the truth about Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan’s death on Saipan in Japanese captivity, more than a dozen major U.S. newspapers including the New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Kansas City Star and Christian Science Monitor have rejected the below commentary I sent to them last week,  in various versions to comply with their particular word-count requirements.

Only one editor, at the Baltimore Sun, even had the courtesy to respond, telling me in an email, “Can’t use it, but thanks.”  The rest simply ignored me.  Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, includes a chapter titled, “The Establishment’s Contempt for the Truth,” that presents real-world examples of this aversion to the truth, and focuses on the work of well-known Earhart “experts” in the popular culture who have badly misled Americans with their public utterances, both written and verbal.

This latest incident would qualify as yet another nail in the coffin of media deceit and denial in the Earhart case, a fact as yet unknown to the American public. We hope to change that, as more and more become aware of Truth at Last and its disturbing message that the U.S. government has been lying  to everyone for nearly 75 years.  The universally rejected letter, headlined “It’s time to end the truth embargo in the Earhart disappearance,” follows:

  July 2 is the 75th anniversary of the tragic loss of  Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, her navigator, during their world-flight attempt on July 2, 1937. For far too long, the only ideas about what happened to the fliers that seem to matter are those of Ric Gillespie, executive director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR).

This incessant media campaign promoting Gillespie’s long-discredited claims, all revolving around the idea that Earhart’s Electra 10E landed on Nikumaroro Atoll (then Gardner Island), three hundred miles southeast of Howland Island, the fliers’ intended destination, where Earhart and Noonan eventually perished, has dominated all Earhart-related news in recent memory. Ten trips to the atoll since the late 1980s have produced zilch, yet Gillespie still insists that Earhart and Noonan were there and the Electra was washed over a reef by ocean tides. Not one piece of the assorted detritus Gillespie and his cronies have collected from the tramped down island — home to hundreds of native Gilbertese, U.S. Coast Guard personnel and many others since the mid-1940s – and attempted to tie to Earhart or Noonan has stood up to scrutiny, and TIGHAR’s endless trips to Nikumaroro have proven only one thing – that Earhart and Noonan were never there.

Regardless, the propaganda continues unabated from the mainstream media. There seems no end to it, but when examined closely, a method can be detected in the madness. The U.S. State Department’s recently announced support of TIGHAR’s current Nikumaroro jaunt only makes official what many Earhart researchers have long known: the U.S. government has no interest in admitting the truth about Earhart’s death on pre-World War II Saipan at the hands of the Japanese, but is determined to deny that fact and misdirect attention toward false solutions in the case. The TIGHAR solution has been the establishment’s selected vehicle for Earhart disinformation since the group’s arrival on the scene in 1989.

Long before Gillespie and TIGHAR started to make national noise in the late 1980s, Fred Goerner had all but proved Earhart and Noonan’s presence on Saipan in the days following their disappearance. Goerner’s 1966 classic, The Search for Amelia Earhart, is the only bestseller on the subject ever penned, and remains a gem of original research.  Joe Gervais’ early 1960s investigations on Guam and Saipan further established the American flyers’ presence on Saipan, and are recorded in Joe Klaas’ 1970 tome, Amelia Earhart Lives. Thomas E. Devine’s 1987 effort, Eyewitness: The Amelia Earhart Incident, recounts the author’s remarkable experiences on Saipan in the summer of 1944 during the American invasion that also indicated the presence there of Earhart, Noonan, and the Electra 10E in the weeks and months following their loss.

With Our Own Eyes: Eyewitnesses to the Final Days of Amelia Earhart was published in 2002, by this writer, and presents the eyewitness accounts of more than two-dozen veterans relative to Earhart and Noonan’s ends on Saipan. Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last (Sunbury Press) my new book, offers many new findings, witness accounts and documents that overwhelmingly confirm the fact of Earhart and Noonan’s post-loss presence and deaths on Saipan while in Japanese captivity. Besides presenting the most compelling case ever for Earhart on Saipan, I explain at length why our government is still so determined to deny the facts in the case, and how its aversion to the truth is reflected in virtually every public discussion about Amelia Earhart’s fate.

During the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, perhaps as early as 1937, the truth in the Earhart case became a sacred cow, and thus political poison in Washington, the fact of the fliers’ deaths in Japanese hands never to be officially acknowledged. Every year – and sometimes several times a year — the government-media disinformation machine bombards the American public with the false claims of Earhart theorists, mainly Gillespie’s, occasionally those of crashed-and-sank proponents like Elgen Long, Dave Jourdan and Bob Ballard. No matter the means, the goal of keeping the vast majority of Americans ignorant about the true fate of the lost fliers, arguably the first casualties of World War II, is always the same.  In the weeks and months preceding July 2, 2012, the “diamond anniversary,” of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, so to speak, this disinformation campaign has been operating in overdrive.

Some might interpret this letter as a bald attempt at a free ad for a new book, but this is about far more than just a book. The loss of Amelia Earhart is a real and important event in this nation’s history that has been badly misrepresented and misunderstood for three-quarters of a century. The good news is that in the marketplace of ideas, the truth will eventually come out, even if it takes 75 years to emerge. The New York Times [and hundreds of other mainstream U.S. newspapers] can be part of the solution, or continue to help maintain the status quo in the Earhart case – complete and abject denial of the truth.

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June 30, 2012: A new beginning

June 29, 2012

Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, was born in late June 2007, when I was informed that the second edition of my first book, With Our Own Eyes (2002), which reflected a solid year of work and 100 new pages of content, would not be published.  No apology or coherent reason was given by the publisher for her sudden decision to dump my work, and I was left flat to ponder the vicissitudes of the cold world of publishing.  At that moment I was nearly disconsolate, but a wise friend who knew better than I how to deal with such a vicious blow, Major Glenn MacDonald, editor in chief of, told me that someday I would see that she was doing me a favor, because instead of quitting, I would write a completely new book.

The writing and research took about two-and-a-half years, followed by two years of rejections, first by agents, then by publishers.  The resistance to the manuscript in the marketplace was very nearly overwhelming. Finally, in the summer of 2011, Larry Knorr of Sunbury Press, in Camp Hill, Penn., after a quick skim of the manuscript, told me, “We want to jump on this.” Larry said he was distant cousin of Amelia Earhart, an extra motivator that sealed the deal.

     Truth at Last is not merely a book about Amelia Earhart, one of hundreds of such tomes.  The idea for Truth at Last came five years ago, but the book is the result of 24 years of research, study, writing, re-writing and refining.  Armed with the findings of prominent Earhart researchers such as Fred Goerner, Thomas E. Devine, Bill Prymak and many others, Truth at Last presents an ironclad case for the fact of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan’s presence and deaths on Saipan in the weeks, months and possibly years after their disappearance on July 2, 1937.  This is not a “crackpot theory” advanced only by wingnuts and conspiracy theorists, as the establishment historians and their media confederates love to characterize it, but an irrefutable fact that must eventually be acknowledged by our government and accepted by those who write the history books.

The so-called mainstream media will resist acknowledging the presence of this book as long as possible. Only if forced to deal with its compelling argumentation and irrefutable logic will they even admit its existence, and then the smears will begin.  Most find this concept, that the American establishment detests the truth in the Earhart matter, difficult to accept and understand, but many years of learning the hard way have left no doubt in this writer’s mind.  Finding a good publisher like Sunbury Press was only half the battle in this cause, the easy half, as difficult as it seemed for so many years.  Now, we must convince the rest of the world that we’re right about what happened to Amelia and Fred.  As I explain and clearly illustrate in Truth at Last, the truth in the Earhart case is a sacred cow in Washington, political poison since the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and this particular sacred cow has been successfully protected for 75 years.

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First Post!

June 29, 2012

Welcome to the blog for Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last.   Here, you will find postings by Mike Campbell, the author of this new book.  This expertly researched 450-page new book is complete with footnotes, references, index, and bibliography.   We hope you will check back often for Mike’s insights during this, the 75th anniversary year of Amelia and Fred Noonan’s disappearance. You may leave comments below.

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