About Mike Campbell

Mike Campbell served as an award-winning print and broadcast journalist while on active duty with the U.S. Mike in WichitaNavy and as a civilian public affairs officer with the Air Force.

As a result of an assignment to write a newspaper overview story about the so-called Earhart “mystery” for the Navy, Mike began seriously studying the history of research into the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. In 1988 he began a longterm correspondence with Thomas E. Devine, author of the 1987 classic, Eyewitness: The Amelia Earhart Incident, and soon became convinced that Devine, Fred Goerner, Paul Briand Jr., Vincent V. Loomis and Bill Prymak were correct when they claimed that Earhart and Fred Noonan died on Saipan at an undetermined date after they failed to reach Howland Island on July 2, 1937. After 14 years of collaboration with Devine, With Our Own Eyes: Eyewitnesses to the Final Days of Amelia Earhart, was published in 2002 by a small Ohio company.

Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, published in 2012 by Sunbury Press, represents over 20 years of research and presents the most comprehensive case ever for the presence and death of Earhart and Noonan on Saipan, as well as their initial landing at Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

The book has been completely blacked out by the mainstream media, because the establishment remains heavily invested in protecting the legacy of Franklin D. Roosevelt, considered to be the father of the modern Democratic party by many. Were it ever to become known that FDR refused to lift a finger to help Amelia when she was on Saipan in Japanese custody, his already checkered reputation would be reduced to ashes. Make no mistake, the Truth can be found here by those who seek it, and the old canard that Amelia’s disappearance remains a “great aviation mystery” is clearly and emphatically exposed for the lie that it is.

In 2005, he co-wrote “The Atchison Report,” an extensive debunking of the notorious and false Amelia Earhart-as-Irene Bolam theory. This theory was first presented in the 1970 book, Amelia Earhart Lives. “The Atchison Report” was distributed to researchers at the 2005 Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison, Kansas, Earhart’s birthplace.

He retired in October 2008 after 30 years of combined military and civilian service, and lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife, Nee, and their cats. 

6 responses

  1. What is the source of your quote from General Erskine? And to whom, by name, did he state it to? It would seem this statement would have ignited a firestorm, yet it appears not to have done so.

    1. The source is Fred Goerner’s letter to Theodore Barreaus, February 19, 1988, from the Goerner Collection at the Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas. See page 365 in Truth at Last. Apparently Erskine did not tell Goerner what he told Jules Dundes and Dave McElhatton at the KCBS studio, and it was only later that they told Goerner. That’s the best I can do with the information I have. The general knew that the truth about what happened to Amelia was still top-secret and he wasn’t about to risk government reprisal by announcing it on the air with Goerner, but, like Nimitz and Vandegrift, he admired Goerner’s persistence and wanted to encourage him to continue his efforts. Thus his revelations to Goerner’s KCBS associates.

      You wonder why no “firestorm” results from Erskine’s comments? Well, few ever learned about them. But why was there no firestorm when the July 1, 1960 edition of the San Mateo Times announced in 100-point headlines: “Amelia Earhart Mystery Is Solved”; “Famed Aviatrix Died on Saipan”? For these and other answers, I suggest you invest in a copy of Truth at Last, if you haven’t already. Thanks for your interest.

  2. Mr. Campbell, I am searching for your email address in order to send you a pdf file of the November 6, 2014 letters to the editor page of the Philadelphia Inquirer, where I attack the “absurd, self-aggrandizing claims” and questionable “fund-raising activities” of Ric Gillespie. The Inquirer printed an Earhart photo with it.

  3. Just clicked on this for fun and because I have been to Saipan and walked in the Japanese prison that had the remains of the cell Amelia Earhart was supposed to have been kept in. I am not an expert on the history of Amelia Earhart, but what most people don’t know is that the entire Island is considered a monument to those who died during WWII. I was introduced to a man whose job had been diving off shore and defusing or bringing up live bombs for safe removal. He described the mines that were anchored and floating beneath the surface that endangered any boat or ship that might have run across them decades later. The ocean around Saipan was littered with live bombs for many years. I was there in about 1973.

    When you walk through the jungles you are literally treading on history. Nothing is allowed to be removed from it’s spot where it landed during the war. You walk past U.S helmets, and pieces of planes, rotting military objects like canteens in shredded canvas, parts of equipment every soldier would have carried in the exact position they had crashed in or died on so long ago. There were so many different objects. It felt as if I was walking in a cemetery with those items as the monuments to those to whom the items had belonged. The people of Saipan at least at that time treated it as holy ground . They respected it as the place of death for many, many, souls.

    I know Americans are quite used to making money from tourist traps, and Saipan certainly uses their history to draw in money, and it is a fantastic resort area. But at least back when I was there they were not jaded enough to tell tall tales about Amelia Earhart. They would have considered it a curse upon them to do so. They did not take lightly the sacrifices of those who died there. Far too many people were still alive who had seen all that was done there during the war. They honored the dead and they said Amelia was among them, alive for a while. There was little food given to prisoners, and just damp open barred windows, no glass. It was a small building with just a few cells. I will always consider it a holy place and I am grateful for the people of Saipan still honoring our dead.

  4. Protecting FDR’s legacy?

    He allowed Pearl Harbor to happen in order to garner national support for the entry into war with Japan. Americans wanted no part of war so Pearl Harbor proved to be a pretty strategic way to rally the nation together.

    The book” DAY OF DECEIT( OR DAY OF DECEPTION) ” covers this in detail.

    With that being said, I have to wonder about the YOUTUBE VIDEO about the teen girl( at the time of 1937) who supposedly caught 2 hours of radio communication from Earhart’s plane after it was on land.

    Is she a fraud?
    What teenager would make such a thing up?

    Sitting by her radio listening to top songs of the era in order to write their titles and lyrics down, only to get this bizarre transmission coming through her radio.

    She was given some kind of an award about 2 yrs ago- I think she is in her 90’s& may still be alive.

    But what is odd, is that while she was in St. Petersburg Fla hearing the transmission through her radio- many others in the USA- across the nation in varied states,also claimed to pick up Earhart’s radio transmission of asking for help.

    Amateur radio operators. Or in the case of the girl- a fluke signal coming through her home radio?

    ( It was stated that to read her transcript is to read something akin to a modern 911 call)

    Are these tales legit? And if that many amateurs heard her- what about anyone who professionally worked with radios and also got the SOS transmissions?

    Some authority debunked this idea that regular people across the USA could pick up her signal due to AE’s distance. He said the signal would never carry that far.

    But then it was explained that harmonics is what allowed the signal to travel even further than normal.

    I am gathering from description given, that harmonics acts sort of like an echoing of a radio signal- thus letting it radiate further than the general range?

    Do we give credence to any of this?

    As for FDR : he would definitely look to cover his butt in the event that, he had to hide the horrible story behind AE & her flight’s ultimate conclusion.( Murdered in a horrible way by the Japanese, for example)

    Or, possibly, the truth is, a great effort was not actually expended to save her-which also makes him look bad.

    (The 2nd possibility makes him look far worse.)

    Especially, if she was requested to fly as a unofficial, but” official”, spy detail.

    The govt/military seems to find those who fight their wars and such, as quite disposable.

    AE would fall into that category like any other soldier of war.

    I could see the govt/military decide that finding her would be too costly and not worth the effort.

    Why else are all the records missing?

    If she was simply a pilot with a mishap that was murdered by the Japanese, should this have not come out to the public now?

    In his quest to get an isolationist nation into war- FDR could have usefully trotted out the death of AE by the Japanese, as a earthshaking revelation.

    He could have stated that the info was originally with held from the American Public because of its gruesome nature; but once Pearl Harbor was attacked, the govt finally realized the nation must know what Japan did to their beloved AE.

    Especially when FDR seized on the Pearl Harbor bombing as a way to declare war.

    I do not believe there is anything ordinary about what happened to EA. In fact, the feeling I get is one that says something extremely sinister happened :-(

  5. Just a note about receiving weak, far away signals. As a Radio Ham and also holder of an FCC 1st license I believe it was very possible. A condition called skip happens when radio waves are bent or reflected by ionized layers of air and follow a different path. Some time they bounce from the surface of the earth, especially from salt water and repeat the process. Skip is more prevalent during sunspot activity which varies over an 11 year cycle. 1937 was at the peak of the cycle!

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