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Amelia Earhart Photo Quickly Debunked! History Channel with Egg On Its Face

Amelia Earhart Photo Quickly Debunked! History Channel with Egg On Its Face
Debunked Earhart photo found at Japan’s National Diet Library

     A Japanese blogger quickly laid waste to the History Channel’s proclamation that one of the 20th century’s biggest mysteries has been solved. THC’s documentary, Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence was centered on a photograph found in the National Archives by
By Frank Warren
The UFO Chronicles
7-12-17

retired US Treasury Agent, Les Kinney and was hosted by lead investigator and former FBI official, Shawn Henry.

The premise of the show was/is that Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan survived and did not crash at sea; that they made a hard landing far off course and were captured and later put to death by the Japanese that occupied the Marshal Islands at that time.

Young viewers most likely were hearing the idea that Earhart and Noonan died as prisoners of the Japanese for the first time; however, that theory has been offered up by various researchers for decades, some of which was reproduced in the doc.

To THC’s credit, the presentation of circumstantial evidence in support of show’s thesis was intriguing and doubly so with the culmination via the photograph of the dock at Jaluit Atoll, Jaluit Island which according to Kinney/Henry showed Earhart & Noonan alive and well.

Although there was no date associated with the photo (via the National Archives), Kinney stated that he believed the photo was taken before 1943; Earhart was lost on July 24th, 1937.

As a prelude to the documentary’s premiere, Henry had made the rounds to many of the morning news shows during the week, priming the pump for Sunday’s show. He discussed much of the in-depth, research that had taken place and proclaimed the Earhart mystery had finally been solved; that the photo was the apex and final confirmation, tying all the circumstantial evidence together….

But that wasn’t/isn’t the case. As a lead-up to the documentary, on July 5th, NBC broke the story of the photograph, presenting it to the public (seemingly) for the first time. As is often the case in today’s age—this sent independent, internet sleuths in motion and within days and much to The History Channel’s chagrin, the photograph’s origin had been determined, having been published in a “photo book of the south sea” in 1935—two years before Earhart’s disappearance.

Presumably, The History Channel, with all of their resources, spent months, if not longer on their research, along with Kinney who found the photo in 2012; in the documentary, various photographic experts were brought in to support the photo’s authenticity, verifying that it wasn’t doctored, as well as an expert in recognition analysis technology, who declared a high probability that the two Anglos were indeed Earhart and Noonan, thus proclaiming the photo as definitive evidence, solving one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century.

Conversely, in a matter of days, the Japanese blogger, known as, Yamaneko Danshaku discovered the origin of said photo, which THC couldn’t or didn’t do in months (if not more) of investigation, with all their resources and published his initial findings the very night that the documentary aired.

Danshaku located the photo in a book, viewable at Japan’s National Diet Library. While the History Channel wipes the egg off their collective faces, they have announced, via a tweet that:

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Amelia Earhart’s Sister Denies Spying Reports – 1982

Amelia Earhart's Sister Denies Spying Reports - New York Times (6-20-1982)

     The sister of Amelia Earhart says she believes the flyer ran out of fuel and crashed in the Pacific in 1937 and was not on a spy mission.
The New York Times
6-20-1982

… There have been reports she was on an intelligence mission over Japanese-held islands and was shot down or taken prisoner.

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Hunt for Earhart Leads to U.S. Files – 1977

Hunt for Earhart Leads to U.S. Files - Chicago Tribune (1-16-1977)

     What really happened to Amelia Earhart?

The 40th anniversary of the famed flier’s disappearance with her co-pilot and navigator, Fred Noonan, will be July 2.

By Chicago Tribune
1-16-1977

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In interviews with Saipan natives, the investigators learned that in 1937 a thin woman with short hair and a white man with a long nose were seen under guard on the Japanese-held island. Islanders told them the woman looked sad and seemed hurt. They said she apparently had dysentery.

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New Photographic Evidence Suggests Amelia Earhart May Have Survived Crash-Landing!

New Photographic Evidence Suggests Amelia Earhart May Have Survived Crash-Landing!
A photo discovered in the National Archives shows a woman who resembles Amelia Earhart on a dock in the Marshall Islands.

     A newly discovered photograph suggests legendary aviator Amelia Earhart, who vanished 80 years ago on a round-the-world flight, survived a crash-landing in the Marshall Islands.

The photo, found in a long-forgotten file in the National Archives,

By Tom Costello and Daniel Arkin
NBC News
7-5-17

shows a woman who resembles Earhart and a man who appears to be her navigator, Fred Noonan, on a dock. The discovery is featured in a new History channel special, “Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence,” that airs Sunday.

Independent analysts told History the photo appears legitimate and undoctored. Shawn Henry, former executive assistant director for the FBI and an NBC News analyst, has studied the photo and feels confident it shows the famed pilot and her navigator.

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Historic Alien Abduction Event to Receive Hollywood Treatment

Historic Alien Abduction Event to Receive Hollywood Treatment

Robbie Graham By Robbie Graham
Silver Screen Saucers
9-19-15

     Variety reports this week that a classic true-life alien abduction story is to receive the full Hollywood treatment in Captured. Gotham/Principal, producers of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, will team up with Bryce Zabel and Jackie Zabel of Stellar Productions to tackle what is arguably the most famous case of its kind on record.

Captured will be based on the story of Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple from New Hampshire, who claimed to have been taken aboard a UFO and medically examined by its humanoid occupants in September 1961.

Bryce Zabel, a former CEO/chairman of the Television Academy, and Co-Creator of NBC’s Dark Skies TV show (1996-1997) will write the screenplay based on the 2007 non-fiction book Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World’s First Documented Alien Abduction, by Stanton Friedman and Kathleen Marden.
This is not the first time Hollywood has engaged with the Hill abduction story. It was notably adapted for television in 1975 as The UFO Incident, a feature-length movie starring Estelle Pasrons and James Earl Jones as Betty and Barney. Bryce Zabel is also no stranger to the story, having already incorporated it as a sub-plot in his Dark Skies series….

Captured will no doubt differ substantially from its 1975 TV treatment, with the producers planning to “make the film in a context of both Cold War paranoia and the country’s struggle over race relations.”

Stellar CEO Jackie Zabel remarked of the Hills:

“They were an interracial couple in a country that still had segregation laws, and they lived in a city that was next door to a bomber base bristling with nuclear weapons. What they knew and why they were targeted will make for a phenomenal film.”

Co-producer Eric Robinson said of the project: “Captured is a true story that explores the birth of modern UFO lore through the eyes of the first Americans to report that they were kidnapped by aliens,” adding, “This is an exciting story that is as intriguing, timely and ripe for adaptation today as it was 54 years ago when this incident occurred.”


Bryce Zabel, who has had a professional fascination with the UFO mystery since the 1980s, wrote Syfy’s first original film – the UFO conspiracy story Official Denial (1993), and, after Dark Skies, worked on the development team for Steven Spielberg’s epic abduction miniseries, Taken. He has since written a number of books exploring UFOs and politics, including Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas?Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas?which won the 2013 Sidewise Award for Alternate History.

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Alien Abduction Story in The Works | FILM

Barney & Betty Hill
Betty and Barney Hill

By Dave McNary
variety.com
9-16-15

    Gotham/Principal, producers of “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” will team up with Bryce Zabel and Jackie Zabel via their Stellar Prods. to produce alien-abduction story “Captured.”

The project is based on the story of Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple from Portsmouth, N.H., who said they were captured by a UFO on Sept. 19, 1961. The Hills — a black postal clerk and a white social worker — claimed they had been studied by extraterrestrials and then returned to Earth with missing memories that were later retrieved under hypnosis.

Bryce Zabel, creator of the NBC/Sony alien-themed series “Dark Skies,” will write the script. The story is based on the 2007 non-fiction book “Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World’s First Documented Alien Abduction” by nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman and Betty Hill’s niece Kathleen Marden. […]

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