Helpful Witness Syndrome

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Many people (including the first author of this article) want to be "The One Who Found Amelia."

TIGHAR tries to keep an open mind and has done some research on topics suggested by Helpful Witnesses.

Informants would not be classified as suffering from HWS if their memories, photographs, and/or tips produced any useful results.

So, for example, one man was sure that he knew where Earhart and Noonan were buried on Tinian. Two members of TIGHAR volunteered to help in the search for the graves. Many interesting things were found, but no graves of any executed prisoners, let alone those of Earhart and Noonan.