Amelia Earhart’s legend is something that has grown larger than her actual time flying. Though by all accounts she was an average aviatrix, the fact that she was flying at all was what made her special. Though it is well documented that her plane crashed during an around the world attempt, the question of what happened to her and her copilot, Fredrick Noonan, still haunts many Historians and Theorists. The new book by W.C. Jameson, Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave attempts to answer this question and a few others. W.C. Jameson is best known for his work as a writer of over 80 books on treasure and fortune hunting and his several stints on shows like Unsolved Mysteries, as well as working for both the History and Travel channels.
Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave starts off focusing on the facts before heavily falling into the realm of legend and theory. This makes for some fascinating reading, provided you’re a reader who doesn’t believe everything they see in print. W.C. Jameson taps into several possible outcomes to Earhart’s story. One involves her being captured by the Japanese after her plane went down and becoming one of the many voices known as “Tokyo Rose.” Tokyo Rose was the name for the female voices broadcast to American GIs to encourage them to quit and return home from the war for any number of reasons. There’s also the theory that Earhart returned to the United States under a different name after working for the United States government as a spy. Several eye witnesses claim to have seen an individual that matched Amelia Earhart’s description at various galas and events, even winning a coveted award from the government, even though the particular name of this individual seems to have no records until shortly after Amelia Earhart disappeared.
Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave is likely not something you would want to write your thesis on, or have your child use for a report on Amelia Earhart’s life. Much of the work is conjecture, though Jameson does make a point to express this even while providing facts and historical records. The book is careful to include images of all involved, but does also spike the interest of those who enjoy Conspiracy Theory.
W.C. Jameson’s Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave is available January 5, 2016 from Rowman and Littlefield Publishing.