I’d been wondering why we haven’t heard recently from TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, which has yet to recover a historic aircraft) or any of the other Earhart miscreants operating out there, when Tom Williams, a longtime reader of this blog, sent me an email Jan. 30. (Boldface and italics emphasis mine throughout.)
“I watched a program on the Science Channel on Thursday (Jan. 28), ‘Conspiracies Decoded,’ Season 1, Episode 6 titled ‘Finding Amelia Earhart,’ ” Williams wrote. “It is regarding the bones ‘discovered’ in a museum in Fiji after the Ballard fiasco which were supposedly the ones examined by Dr. [D.W.] Hoodless in 1940.”
“Finding Amelia Earhart,” subheaded, “Experts examine remains that may solve the disappearance of Amelia Earhart,” did indeed premier Jan. 28, 2021 on the Science Channel and Discovery Plus. I hadn’t heard about it and it made not a ripple in the media, for obvious reasons. My home cable package doesn’t offer either of these relatively obscure channels, and I thanked Williams for his perspicacity.
For a complete history and analysis of the Nikumaroro bones and TIGHAR’s failure to sell them as Amelia Earhart’s, see my March 19, 2018 post, “Les Kinney joins ‘The Truth at Last’ conversation, Shreds TIGHAR’s latest false Earhart claims.”
Presaging the “Finding Amelia Earhart” program by well over a year was an unbylined University of South Florida story of Oct. 14, 2019, “USF Forensic Anthropologist Testing Human Remains Believed to Potentially Belong to Amelia Earhart,” which, if not for the Internet, would probably have never made it off the USF campus:
World renowned USF forensic anthropologist Erin Kimmerle is featured in a documentary produced by National Geographic about aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during an attempt to fly across the world.
Kimmerle was selected to test bone fragments stored in the Te Umwanibong Museum and Cultural Centre located in the western Pacific island of Tarawa, Kirbati [sic]. They were first discovered on Nikumaroro Island, Kirbati, three years after Earhart’s radio signal was last transmitted in 1937. However, the bones went missing after being sent to Fiji for examination.
“We needed the world’s best expert on missing people,” said Hiebert. “It was just natural to reach out to Erin Kimmerle.”
Kimmerle used the bone fragments to reconstruct a skull she believes belonged to a female. She also assessed the remains’ height, age and ancestry, and considered Earhart’s dental features and known sinus condition. In addition, bone fragments were sent for DNA testing to determine whether or not they matched any of Earhart’s relatives.
The National Geographic documentary investigates a number of theories as to what happened to the aviation pioneer. Kimmerle’s role could be the final step in solving this 72-year-old mystery. The film aired on the National Geographic channel October 20 . The film did not offer a final resolution to Earhart’s last moments. (End USF article.)
For a review of the above referenced NatGeo program of Oct. 20, 2019, please see “NatGeo’s ‘Expedition Amelia’: Dead on Arrival.”
The caption of the photo of the skull and bone fragments above virtually jumps out and mugs anyone who can read above a third-grade level: “A female skull was reconstruct [sic] from bone fragments found near Amelia Earhart’s last known coordinates.” This statement is absurd. What “last known coordinates” are they referencing, and how were bones found wherever those “last known coordinates” were located? What exactly are they asking us to believe?
Further confusing the issue are the “bone fragments stored in the Te Umwanibong Museum and Cultural Centre located in the western Pacific island of Tarawa, Kirbati [sic],” according to the USF story, which states they “went missing after being sent to Fiji for examination.” Without any explanation as to how these magical bones were found, we’re told that “National Geographic archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert, Ph.D., recently learned of the bones’ existence and contacted Kimmerle to determine if they belong to Earhart.”
You may detect a distinct aroma emanating from the foregoing two paragraphs; I certainly do. This stink is created whenever our media and academe team up for some good old-fashioned Earhart research — it’s the unmistakable stench of deceit, and in this case it’s overwhelming.
“The [Jan. 28 Science Channel] program . . . announces the results of the DNA test were NEGATIVE, NOT Amelia Earhart,” Williams continued in his email. “I did a quick internet search for that Earhart DNA test result and have found NONE. And I checked the University/Institute website and there is no mention whatsoever regarding that investigation. . . . Sounds like another MSM boondoggle, where they made a big deal of the attempt, but bury any results that don’t fit their agenda.”
Here’s the link to the Forensics at USF site, where you won’t find a whisper about Earhart, Kimmerle or National Geographic. Is anyone surprised that the negative Earhart DNA results were buried in the growing mountain of rubble where the truth has been sent to die for over 80 years?
Since I don’t get the Science Channel, I asked Williams if Kimmerle and her findings were on the new program. “No, Erin Kimmerle is not on the show,” Williams told me in a Jan. 30 email, “although they use her picture and refer to the work she did at USF including finding an Earhart relative to do the match (they don’t specify who). I guess the only thing new is that the USF team was able to get a DNA sample from the bones, found a living relative of AE and got a sample from that person, and the result of the test (quote from Prof Mark Horton, archeologist and one of the experts on the show).”
Amelia’s only living blood relative is Amy Kleppner, her now elderly niece and sister Muriel’s daughter, about whom we’ve already weighed in, though Amy has had two children with Adam Kleppner.
Thus it appears that the Science Channel’s “Finding Amelia Earhart” is nothing more than a reworking and reconfirmation of the old, repeatedly presented non-evidence that’s been never been linked to Earhart or Fred Noonan. We don’t even know if the alleged “bone fragments” referenced in these stories are the same ones examined by Dr. Hoodless in 1940, or are an entirely different sampling from who knows where. Most likely the latter is true, and no wonder this escapade was on such a non-entity of a channel, where relatively no one would see it, and nobody else in the media has even mentioned it.
This latest chapter in TIGHAR’s longest running scam has been a quiet one, paralleling my long-ago description for all the phony media Earhart operations — “In like a lion, out like a lamb” — in that the propaganda media, in its countless Earhart stories, TV specials and documentaries, always promise, with shameless hyperbole, that the latest operation might finally solve the greatest aviation mystery of the 20th century. These Earhart media blitzes are aimed at nothing but ratings, and are always followed by silence when the test results come in and the false “evidence” disappears into smoke, leaving us with nothing once again, and usually with no announcement or follow-up informing us of the latest abject failure.
What is the definition of insanity, and who are the true “conspirators” when it comes to the Earhart saga?
If we’re lucky, the Science Channel bones debacle will mark the end of our corrupt media’s infatuation with the “Earhart bones on Nikumaroro” lie. We can hope, but do we even dare dream that they are finished with TIGHAR and the other Earhart disinformation artists altogether? Pigs will fly.