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Date: Mon, 07 Dec 1998 01:14:56 -0500
From: Daniel Harms
In case you haven't heard, there's been a new breakthrough in the search for Amelia Earhart. Remains that might have been hers were found on Nikumaroro Island at one point, but the doctor assessing them probably botched the job and it was never reported to American authorities.
In case any of you want to expand on this in your CoC scenarios, I offer myself as a resource. By a strange coincidence, I happened to be on hand when the announcement was made, and I was given a copy of the researchers' findings, as well as some info that might not have been included in the press accounts you've read.
From: Shane Ivey
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 07:39:26 EST
« In case any of you want to expand on this in your CoC scenarios, I offer myself as a resource. By a strange coincidence, I happened to be on hand when the announcement was made, and I was given a copy of the researchers' findings, as well as some info that might not have been included in the press accounts you've read. »
I'm curious, do the new findings mesh with her last communication, that the plane was low on fuel and still over water? It seemed that explained things pretty tidily, from a purely Scullyish point of view.
ObDG: Did the fellow making the announcement look chillingly identical to Earheart's now little-remembered copilot, and did the documents turn out to be forgeries constructed to divert attention away from her true location at the heart of a nexus of horrid alien vortices of pessimistic energy, where she waits to walk forth again as a conduit or embodiment of their vampiric hunger for our world? Just curious.
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 12:20:42 -0500 (EST)
From: Daniel M Harms
I'm curious, do the new findings mesh with her last communication, that the
plane was low on fuel and still over water? It seemed that explained things
pretty tidily, from a purely Scullyish point of view.
It did, for the most part. As best I could put it together from the presentation, here's what seemed to have happened. The two explorers were forced to ditch their plane in the water (it hasn't been found yet), but did have sufficient time to get out with a few navigational aids (Noonan routinely carried a sextant with him) and make it to Nikumaroro. I believe the remains of a campfire were found at the site, as well as remnants of shoes that were Earhart's (likely) and Noonan's (uncertain). Still, no one is sure whether they both died at about the same time, whether a survivor buried the other, etc.
I'm at school now, so I'll write up more about it later.
From: "David Farnell" <pj.en.tta.awi|fad#pj.en.tta.awi|fad>
In case any of you want to expand on this in your CoC scenarios,
POST, POST, POST! I've got a thing for Amelia, too. Anyway, it'll surely work its way into someone's game. And I'm still wondering if the Japanese Imperial Forces had something to do with it. (Yes, here comes Unit 731 again! Resurrected aviatrix, anyone?)
Editor's Note: more on Unit 731 can be found in this document
Right, I'm hitting the futon. And it's cold as hell in Japan, just like it should be, for all you weather-reporters out there, BTW. 8-/
Date: Tue, 08 Dec 1998 01:08:10 -0500
From: Daniel Harms
All right, then. Here goes. I'm not an Earhart aficionado, so pardon me if I get something wrong.
To follow along, get a map of the Pacific and look in the ocean 1000 miles northwest of Samoa, north of Fiji. There's Nikumaroro Island. The island was uninhabited save for the period between 1938-1966, when the British authorities attempted to colonize the island with people from neighboring islands. (Earhart and her co-pilot, Fred Noonan, vanished on July 2, 1937.)
A former Coast Guard member told a story in 1960 of a possible end of Earhart. He told the story of an Irish magistrate who had seen bones brought to him by one of the locals. The magistrate knew of Earhart, and deciding that this was an important discovery, got in a small boat to make the thousand-mile trip to Fiji. On the way there, he caught pneumonia and died, and his superstitious shipmates cast the bones over the side. Some of this story was ridiculous (such as the thousand-mile boat trip), but research uncovered that there was a magistrate called Gallagher and nicknamed "Irish" at the time. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) decided to check it out.
In 1991, TIGHAR performed excavations on the isle, and found fragments of a woman's shoe. By contacting the company named on them, they determined that these were most likely size 9 blucher oxfords. When they looked through the pictures of Earhart taken before her trip, they found that she was indeed wearing blucher oxfords, and that the size (determined by the spacing between the rivets on the wing she was standing on) was consistent with these fragments. There was some debate, as other shoes known to be Earhart's were smaller, but this could have been due to Earhart wearing thick socks on those chilly flights.
Last year, it was discovered that bones had been found on Nikumaroro Island in 1940, along with a sextant and accompanying box. The British, not wanting to cause a stir, took the remains (13 bones in all) and gave them to Doctor D. W. Hoodless of the Central Medical School in Suva, Fiji. He decided that the remains were probably those of a male European or half-caste of between 45 and 55 years. There are a number of mistakes in this report, and Hoodless often makes assertions without stating how he arrives at them. (I can go into particulars if the list medical staff want them.)
One good thing Hoodless did, however, was to leave a set of measurements of the skeleton in his files. When given to two different forensic anthropologists who were unaware of its significance, both stated that it was likely that these remains were that of a European female between 5' 5" and 5' 9" (Earhart was 5' 7-8").
The next step, then, is to see if any bones remain that might provide DNA material that could determine if they belong to Earhart. The first possibility is tracking down the bones, which were given to a medical college in Fiji. The trouble is, most of the real bones were cleaned out a while ago and replaced with plastic replicas, and for some reason the former administrator is having some trouble explaining where all those bones went… The other possibility is that some of the bones may still remain at the site. Some experts say it is unlikely, but there has been at least one case in which bones remained virtually untouched for decades on the isle, and it may be that one person died before the other and was buried.
Anyway, I'm not an expert, but send on all questions and comments.
From: "Duran Goodyear"
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 1998 01:30:12 -0500
sounds like some thing fishy is going on with good ol' amelia.
was her family plauged by any other curses or misfortunes…?
I do remember hearing that she wasn't that great a pilot, and was missing some real simple things like Morse code in her training before she went on this fateful trip….