One of the most exciting news stories this week, at least as far as I’m concerned, is that they found Amelia Earhart. But it turns out, she was never really lost. Amelia’s disappearance is the stuff of legend and conspiracy theories. She and her navigator disappeared on their round the world flight in 1939 when they vanished over the Pacific.
Since then, along with the usual abducted-by-aliens stories, there’s been serious consideration given to them being captured and executed by the Japanese, running out of fuel and ending up at the bottom of the ocean, and one where she was secretly repatriated to New Jersey and lived under an assumed name. That last one seems the wackiest to me.
In 1940, human bones were found on Nikumaroro Island, along with artifacts known to be used by her. However, the person who examined the bones concluded they were that of a male. Then someone went and lost the bones and that was that, until this week.
While the bones are gone, the measurements and notes taken of them survive, and a forensic pathologist has compared these measurements to Amelia’s known measurements and concluded with 99% certainty that they are Amelia’s. This means that she crash landed on Nikumaroro and died before she could be rescued.
I’ve written a story about Amelia with this scenario (except without her dying). In my version, she crashes, but lives out her life with a castaway islander woman. You can read it (along with 14 other sensual lesbian stories) in First: Sensual Lesbian Stories of New Beginnings, edited by me.
Here’s an excerpt: