Little Boy Who 'Lived a Past Life' Reveals Creepy Details That Are Hard to Dismiss

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Kids say the darnedest things ... and sometimes, kids say the freakiest things. Like 5-year-old Luke Ruehlman of Ohio, who's getting a lot of attention for saying he lived a past life as a woman who died in a hotel fire in Chicago in 1993. 


Sounds like a reality show pitch, true, but there are actually some pretty compelling facts in this case -- like the fact that Luke apparently started telling his mom about his former identity as a black woman named Pam when he was just two years old.

Luke's mom, Erica, was confused when Luke first brought Pam up, considering her family didn't know anyone named Pam. Then he described his former self as a girl with black hair, saying:

'Well I used to be, but I died and went to heaven and I saw God and eventually God pushed me back down. When I woke up I was a baby and you named me Luke." 

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When Erica asked Luke how he/Pam died, he said it was in a fire in a tall building, and that before he died, he traveled on a train in Chicago. That really confused Erica, because her family had never been to Chicago and as far as she knew, Luke didn't even know the city existed. So she did a little online sleuthing, and found out that there had been a fire at a large (tall!) hotel in Chicago in 1993, and that a black woman named Pam Robinson died in the fire. 

See what I meant about the chills down your spine?

Later, during an appearance on the show Ghost in My Child (this sounded like a reality show pitch for a reason!), Luke was immediately able to identify Pam's picture. And when Pam's daughter was contacted, they found out Luke and Pam liked the same kind of music. 

Pretty convincing stuff, and fascinating, too. But what I love most about this story is that Luke's mom listened to what her son had to say and took him seriously instead of just laughing or rolling her eyes. Clearly she believes him, but even if she didn't, acting like his words were important is the best thing she could have done.

When my daughter was a toddler, sometimes when we went to a new place she would look around and say, "Oh! I remember this from my last life!" We'd certainly never discussed the concept of past lives at that point, so I was fairly blown away -- and always wanted to hear more. I tend to believe she really was remembering details from a previous existence, but even if she wasn't, at least she got to feel like her story was one worth telling!

What would you do if your kid revealed details from a past life?


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