I started reading about Amelia Earhart back in university, after stumbling on a slim book called I Was Amelia Earhart, a fictionalized account of Earhart’s final days.
Most obviously fictionalized because nobody knows exactly what happened to Earhart after she disappeared somewhere over the Pacific in 1937, together with her navigator Fred Noonan.
The book was strange, not exactly what I had expected, but what the heck, there was a mystery in there, one I had heard mentioned for ages, but never got into.
So I started reading on the subject.
In recent years, the fate of Earhart has been variously studied and analyzed, and the general consensus seems to be the aviatrix went down in the general area of the Marshall Islands, and she and her navigator were captured by the Japanese and either executed, interned in a concentration camp, or maybe even handed over to the infamous Unit 731 as test subjects for experimentation.
Today my friend Hell (yes, they really call him like that) pointed me towards an article about new photographic evidence in support of the Marshall/Japanese capture hypothesis – photos taken in the Marshall Islands in ‘37 that show a guy strikingly similar to Noonan and a woman that might be Earhart, staring in the distance at a Japanese battleship towing what looks like a plane.
Sure it looks convincing – but on the other hand we’ve seen photos of the Loch Ness Monster and of the Yeti that did look convincing – and it saddens me no end that Earhart and Noonan are, at least for a part of the public, now playing in the same league of Nessie and Bigfoot.
But I dug out the History Channel documentary about the whole shebang anyway, and here it is. Quite interesting.