A new History Channel documentary, Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence, has prompted new questions about the disappearance of famous aviatrix Amelia Earhart. The documentary unearthed a long-lost photograph that lends credence to the theory that Earhart survived the plane crash that ended her 1937 bid to become the first woman air pilot to circumnavigate the globe, only to die a prisoner of the Japanese, suspected of being a spy.
“This photograph came out of a Navy file, a formerly top-secret file in the National Archives, and it was misfiled. And that was the only reason I found it,” said retired US Treasury Agent Les Kinney in the documentary. He believes that the US government knew that Earhart had been imprisoned, and covered it up.
The image in question, which Kinney discovered in 2012, is being published now for the first time. Identified on the label as “Marshall Islands, Jaluit Atoll, Jaluit Island, Jaluit Harbor,” it shows a small dock, allegedly on a South Pacific Island. Amid a group of natives appear to be two Caucasians, a man standing to face the camera, and what appears to be a woman, sitting with her back to the photographer, looking at the Koshu Maru, a Japanese cargo ship. read more