Master of Arts
Date of Defense
There are a range of theories about Amelia Earhart's disappearance. This thesis considers one of the most long-running theories - The Japanese Capture Theory. This theory posits that Earhart was captured and/or executed by the Japanese upon her disappearance in 1937. The Japanese Capture Theory, from its inception in 1942 to its continued existence today, has considerably impacted the historical memory of Amelia Earhart. A woman who was so beloved and celebrated in life is largely more famous for her death. Her story was retold in hindsight, without her voice. The emergence of theories about her disappearance and popular fascination with it are understandable – mystery is much more engaging to the popular imagination. The unresolved nature of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan’s fate on that early morning in July 1937 will likely continue to fascinate for decades to come.
Lutz, Amy, "Amelia Earhart: Myth and Memory" (2020). Theses. 365.