*Well, he doesn’t look crazy. But what would a 5-year-old crazy kid look like anyway? Still even the strongest believers in reincarnation might raise a brow at this healthy boy saying he was once Pam Robinson, an African-American woman who died in a fire at the Paxton Hotel in Chicago in 1993.
Luke Ruehlman made this claim in a bizarre series of TV interviews, and actually managed to convince a few people.
The boy’s mom, Erica, who works at home, certainly raised her brow when her son started talking about “Pam” at the age of 2. She got up the gumption to ask him directly about this “Pam.”
“He turned to me and said, ‘Well, I was,'” she told Fox 8 (video above). “[He said] ‘Well, I used to be, but I died and I went up to heaven. I saw God and then eventually, God pushed me back down and I was a baby and you named me Luke.'”
OK, he had me at ‘eventually.’
The boy also made claims that he had traveled by train in Chicago. But his family had never been there, and didn’t know anyone named Pam. His mom, baffled, began to investigate and that’s when she learned that Pam Robinson was one of 19 people who died in a 1993 hotel fire.
Needless to say, Robinson’s family declined to comment on the story.
No doubt, Luke’s odd ability to remember places he’s never been is intriguing. If this sounds amazing, it’s not that unusual on the show that revealed this story, Lifetime’s “Ghost Inside My Child.”
In one episode a few months ago, a Virginia family’s reincarnation story drew skepticism almost immediately after it aired.
Andrew Lucas, 4, of Virginia Beach, claimed he was a reincarnated Marine, and his stories seemed to match up with the death of a U.S. Marine who reportedly died in a bombing in Beirut, in 1983.
But facts have a habit of getting in the way of good stories. Not only could show producers not find the family of the dead Marine — leaving questions about the Marine’s very existence on the table — but a reporter who interviewed Lucas’ family told HuffPost Weird News that producers helped Lucas’ mom make the whole thing up. Publicists have denied that tidbit, as publicists would.
Not to put a damper on little Luke’s story, which his mother tells Fox 8 is one that needs to be told.
“It’s a positive one,” she said. “One of unification.”
And according to Luke’s grandma, Lifetime didn’t pay them anything to do the episode.