Oklahoma boy Ryan Hammons forced skeptics to reevaluate their beliefs in life after death following details of his previous life as a Hollywood extra and agent.
Cyndi, Ryan’s mother, reported that her son began waking up from horrible nightmares at the age of 4. One year later, he told her something unbelievable before going to bed.
“He said, ‘Mom, I have something I need to tell you,’” Mrs. Hammons told TODAY. "'I used to be somebody else.’”
Ryan would talk about going home to Hollywood, meeting Rita Hayworth, traveling to Paris, or dancing on Broadway. He even claimed to work for an agency where people changed their names.
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“His stories were so detailed and they were so extensive, that it just wasn’t like a child could have made it up,” Mrs. Hammons said.
Mrs. Hammons began researching Hollywood and finally found a picture that changed everything. When she discovered a photo from the 1932 movie “Night After Night," Ryan pointed to an extra in the film and claimed it was the man he used to be.
Mrs. Hammons then turned to associate professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences at the University of Virginia Dr. Jim Tucker. After weeks of research, the family discovered that the man’s name was Marty Martyn, a former movie extra who went on to become a powerful Hollywood agent.
In total, Ryan was able to claim 55 specific details about Martyn’s life. Almost none of the details could be found the internet, TODAY reports, and Tucker even had to track down Martyn's daughter to confirm some of them. Although there was skepticism surrounding the age Ryan claimed Martyn had died at, Tucker later discovered that Martyn’s original death certificate was incorrect and that Ryan’s information was accurate.
Ryan is now 10 years old and has reported that his memories of Martyn are fading. He noted that while the experience was fun, he’s glad he can just move on and be a kid.
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