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TheDailyBeast: 8 Crazy Conspiracy Theories About Aviator Amelia Earhart’s Demise

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8. She eloped with her navigator, Fred Noonan, to escape her fame.

Earhart was known to not be a fan of her own celebrity. In 1943 a film called "Flight for Freedom" used that knowledge to suggest that Earhart was in love with her navigator, Fred Noonan, and that she had faked her death to elope with him. The film focused on a fictional protagonist whose story echoed Earhart’s but influenced dozens of real Earhart biographies. There is no solid evidence that Earhart was having an affair, and it was her husband who pressured her to take Noonan on the flight, but the romantic notion that Earhart faked her own death to follow her heart resonates to this day.

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