A boy in Ohio revealed remarkable claims to his parents of a past life lived as a woman who suffered a horrific death.
Erika Ruehlman said her young son Luke was seemingly obsessed with safety, which she initially thought was nothing but a childhood quirk. “Very cautious about, like, crossing the street — anything that might be hot or dangerous or high,” Ruehlman told Fox 8.
Soon, Luke began to show a fixation with the name Pam, and would make comments to his mother about previously being a woman.
“He used to say, ‘When I was a girl, I had black hair,’ or he would say, ‘I used to have earrings like that when I was a girl,'" she said.
Ruehlman said she finally, at one point, asked her son just why he was so fixated on the name Pam.
“I was like, ‘Who is Pam’ out of frustration, and that’s when he turned to me and looked at me and said, ‘Well, I was.’ And I was like, ‘What do you mean you were?’” she recounted. “And he’s like, ‘Well, I used to be, but I died. I went up to heaven, and I saw God, and he pushed me back down and when I woke up, I was a baby and you named me Luke.'”
Ruehlman was stunned. She began asking her son for more information on his supposed past life.
“I decided to go ahead and ask him further — ‘Do you remember how you died?’ And he looked right at me, and he said, ‘Well, yeah. It was a fire.’ And then he made like, a motion with his hand. Like he was jumping off of a building,” Ruehlman said.
According to Ruehlman, Luke said that he lived his past life in Chicago as an African-American woman. His mother became intrigued, and began searching the Internet for any information that could potentially back up Luke’s story. That’s when she came across the Paxton Hotel.
The Paxton Hotel was a residential building in a mostly African-American Chicago neighborhood that caught fire in 1993, killing 19 people. One of those people? A woman name Pamela Robinson.
“Pam had jumped out of a window to her death. I was really kind of weirded out by it at this point,” Ruehlman said. “I printed out a picture of Pam, and we had put it on a sheet of paper with a bunch of fake pictures. I didn’t really think that he was going to pick the right one.”
Remarkably, Luke pointed to the correct picture.
As time went on, Luke began to let go of Pam and soon stopped talking about her altogether. “It’s like he got it all out and he was finished — and he had nothing more to say about it,” Ruehlman said. Although Luke has moved on from his past life memories, Ruehlman said she and her family continue to share their story with anyone they can, spreading a message they believe is important.
“It’s a positive one. It’s one of unification. It’s one of love,” she said. “I think it tells us that we shouldn’t define the soul by race or gender. Out of the mouth of babes.”