Vanished: Amelia Earhart Part Eleven "Left for Dead"

"It's not up to me to tell people what happened to Amelia Earhart. I have to show them what we have found regarding what happened to Amelia Earhart and they can accept that or not. Everyone's entitled to their own opinions; they're not entitled to their own facts."

Image of Amelia Courtesy of Purdue Archives. Used with Permission.

In part ten I told you that the ocean where Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan lost communication with the Itasca was the foundational crime scene for this case. But what I didn’t tell you then is that this investigation has multiple crime scenes. Tonight, we explore theory two in this over 80-year-old cold case. And it takes us roughly 405 miles away from Howland island to the shores of Nikumaroro. It’s time to put arguably the most controversial and well debated hypothesis’ in this case on trial with experts, exhibits and testimony for castaway.

Image Courtesy of Smith & Vinson and Jennifer Taylor

Image Courtesy of Dr. Tom King

Image Courtesy of Lynne Engelbert

Image Courtesy of Joe Cerniglia

Image of Ric Gillepise Retrieved from the Great Lakes Ship Wreck Preservation Society

Jeff Glickman Image Courtesy of Natalie Fobes (C)

Image of Dr. Richard Jantz Courtesy of Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel

Image Courtesy of Katie Cohan

Image Courtesy of Kenton Spading



  1. Project’s Exhibit 1: TIGHAR’s log of post-lost radio signals

  2. Project’s Exhibit 2: “The Post-Lost Radio Signals,” an analysis of the signals written by TIGHAR and released in 2018

  3. Project’s Exhibit 3: Selected entries from Betty Klenck’s diary

  4. Project’s Exhibit 4: TIGHAR Earhart Project Research Bulletin #82 - “The Bevington Object: What’s Past is Prologue.”

  5. Project’s Exhibit 5: Photos of Artifact 2-2-V-1.

  6. Project’s Exhibit 6: Photos of Artifact 2-3-V-2.

  7. Project’s Exhibit 7: Photos of USALite Flashlight.

  8. Project’s Exhibit 8: Photos and Analysis of the woman’s compact from Dr. Tom King’s Blog.

  9. Project’s Exhibit 9: Analysis of the Freckle Cream Jar from Dr. Tom King’s Blog.

  10. Project’s Exhibit 10: The Chater Report.

  11. Project’s Exhibit 11: Fred Hooven’s 1982 Report.

  12. Project’s Exhibit 12: 1940-41 Telegram Transcriptions including Gerald Gallagher’s Notations and Dr. D.W. Hoodless’s Report “The Bone Files” (TIGHAR, 1997).

  13. Project’s Exhibit 13: 1998 TIGHAR’s Analysis of Hoodless’s Report - “Amelia Earhart’s Bones and Shoes? Current Anthropological Perspectives on an Historical Mystery” (Burns, et al., 1998)

  14. Project’s Exhibit 14: 2015 Cross & Wright’s Response to the 1998 Analysis - “The Nikumaroro bones identification controversy: First-hand examination versus evaluation by proxy - Amelia Earhart found or still missing?” (Cross & Wright 2015)

  15. Project’s Exhibit 15: 2018 Jantz’s Response to Cross & Wright’s Analysis - “Amelia Earhart and the Nikumaroro Bones: A 1941 Analysis versus Modern Quantitative Techniques" (Jantz, 2018)

  16. Project’s Exhibit 16: Anthropology: The Four Subfields (Pearson, n.d.)

  17. Project’s Exhibit 17: Norwich City Crewman Analysis - “Lost Norwich City Crewmen: Potential Sources of the Human Remains Discovered on Gardner Island (now Nikumaroro Island) in 1940” (Kenton Spading, January 2019)

  18. Defense Exhibit 1: Sextant Box Analysis - “The Origin of the Nikumaroro Sextant Box” (Kada, October 2018)

  19. Defense Exhibit 2: “The World Flight, Second Attempt: The Final Flight; Part 1: Lae to Midpoint” (Dr. Randall S. Jacobson)

  20. Defense Exhibit 3: “Range Study Lockheed Electra Bimotor Airplane” (Kelly Johnson)

  21. Defense Exhibit 4: Statement by Ric Gillespie concerning fuel consumption.

  22. Defense Exhibit 5: Video of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan’s takeoff from Lae, New GuineaDefense

  23. Exhibit 6: Taphonomy and Coconut Crabs (TIGHAR’s Dr. Karen Burns, 2003)


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