The scene at the Devine home seemed surreal in its happy contrast to my previous visit in June 2001. Gone were the bleak hospital bed and the emaciated, dying man occupying it. Devine looked better than ever and seemed completely rejuvenated. The extraordinary reversal in his health approached the miraculous, and his Lazarus-like recovery from the disease that took him to the brink may have been a case of his indomitable spirit finding favor with the Divine Doctor, who not only helps those who help themselves—but also those who refuse to surrender, even to the inevitable.
Robert E. Wallack, of nearby Woodbridge, Connecticut, whose own unique discovery on Saipan in the summer of 1944 had drawn him close to Devine in the years since their belated meeting in 1987, dropped by soon after our arrival. We passed a few pleasant hours chatting, but not without Devine telling me he wasn’t pleased with every aspect of our 2002 book, With Our Own Eyes: Eyewitnesses to the Final Days of Amelia Earhart (Lucky Press), and I knew why.
From the Introduction
The American public has been terribly misinformed about the fates of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, her navigator, after they failed to reach Howland Island in the central Pacific during their world-flight attempt on July 2, 1937. Contrary to the Navy’s conclusion that Earhart’s Electra “most probably” crashed and sank within 120 miles of Howland, the lost fliers were found by the Japanese in the Marshall Islands and taken to Saipan, where they suffered cruel, ignoble deaths, falsely accused as spies by their barbaric captors.
Commonly known as the Japanese capture theory, the idea isn’t new, but an ongoing disinformation program initiated by the U.S. government and executed by the establishment machine has relegated it to the dustbin of myth and conspiracy theory. Ignoring the massive body of evidence supporting the fliers’ presence and deaths on Saipan, big media and history books tell us Earhart’s disappearance remains as much a mystery now as in the desperate days of the Navy’s futile search for her missing Electra 10E. Nothing could be further from the truth; numerous unanswered questions about Earhart’s final flight remain, but the popular belief that the so-called Amelia Earhart mystery is an irresolvable enigma is known to be utter nonsense by those familiar with the facts.
From the Conclusion
In our morally relativistic society, where perception is reality, objective truth is merely one of several menu options life's smorgasbord offers us—and truth is usually the least preferred. The "dumbing down of America," as the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-New York) so succinctly put it, continues apace, and nowhere does this abject lack of intellectual and moral integrity manifest itself in a more outrageous and unfortunate way, historically speaking, as in the disappearance of Amelia Earhart.