amelia earhart

from cnn (april 2 – i just heard about this!):

In St. Petersburg, Florida, 15-year-old Betty Klenck heard a woman identify herself as Earhart, followed by pleas for help and agitated conversation with a man who, the girl thought, sounded irrational.

Having heard Earhart’s voice in movie newsreels, Betty was sure it was her — and still is.

“I remembered it every night of my life,” Betty Klenck Brown, now 84 and widowed, said in a telephone interview from her home in California.

The man, she recalls, “seemed coherent at times, then would go out of his head. He said his head hurt… She was trying mainly to keep him from getting out of the plane, telling him to come back to his seat, because she couldn’t leave the radio.”

Betty took notes in a school notebook as the shortwave signals faded in and out. They ended when the fliers “were leaving the plane, because the water was knee-deep on her side,” she said.

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