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.
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 GreecePost.com, 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 (piece of garbage) that Gillespie will claim could have been owned by Earhart or Fred Noonan.
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.
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.