Luke Ruehlman's parents started getting curious when everything in the house started to be named 'Pam.'
Five-year-old Luke Ruehlman has become viral after his mother shared the mysterious story of his past life. According to the family, their son has been telling them that he was a woman from Chicago before he was born to his mother, reported News.com.au. How did his mother come across that? Well, for one, Luke was obsessed with the safety of their Cincinnati home and the other was a more concerning thing. Pam.
I was killed and now I'm reincarnated as a boy… and I can prove it https://t.co/i6fiJyw2rg pic.twitter.com/W27NKfMfGz— New York Post (@nypost) October 19, 2022
As per Fox 2, Luke's parents took notice after the boy began naming everything Pam. Neither of Luke's parents knew anyone named Pam. Erika, Luke's mother, decided to ask him about his fixation. "I specifically asked him, ‘Why did you name the ladybug Pam?’ He said I just think it's a nice name," Erika shared. And while she didn't think much of it, she did think, "It was strange to me because we didn't know any Pams." It gets more interesting. Because suddenly everything in the house had become Pam, whether it be the toys or drawings.
Soon, he started to say things that didn't exactly line up. “He’d say 'when I was a girl I had black hair' or he’d say 'I used to have earrings like that when I was a girl,'” said Erika. Clearly, Erika was having a hard time reconciling this information with everything she knew about Luke. So one day, she decided to bite the bullet and ask.
“I was like, ‘Who is Pam?’ That’s when he turned to me and said, ‘Well I was.’ I said, ‘what do you mean you were?’ He was like, ‘Well I used to be, but I died and I went up 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,'” shared Erika. Considering the couple had never discussed heaven, God, or religion with the five-year-old, this was quite a harrowing development but there was more to come.
After some probing by Erika, getting her mother Lisa Trump involved, and delving into a book by Dr. Ian Stevenson, who clinically studied past life claims, which Lisa read back in the 70s, “We started to realize perhaps we did have something there,” Lisa said.
5-year-old Luke Ruehlman has insisted he was once a Chicago woman named Pam Robison who died in a house fire in 1993. pic.twitter.com/FEZCO70ghU— SERIOUSLY STRANGE (@SeriousStrange) September 14, 2015
At this point, Erika was incredibly interested in the story. “So, I decided to go ahead and ask him further. ‘Do you remember how you died?’ He looked right at me and said, ‘Yea it was fire.’ And at that point he made like a motion like his hand he was jumping off a building,” she said. He also mentioned that he used to live in Chicago where he used to take the train and walk a lot. “Are you sure it was Chicago?” asked Erika. “Yes, I remember it was Chicago, it was Chicago,” Luke agreed. “The child who has no clue where Chicago even is,” said Lisa.
As Erika and Lisa started looking into Pam from Chicago, they came across Paxton Hotel. It was a residential building in a predominantly African American Chicago neighborhood. Erika decided to test it one more time. “Luke, what color was Pam's skin,” asked Erika. “He looked up at me like duh – black.”
Digging into it a little more, they had Luke appear on the documentary show, Ghost Inside My Child on the Lifetime Movie Network. “I had found a picture of Pam we had put it on a piece of paper with a lot of fake pictures,” said Erika. “I didn't think he'd pick the right one.” But then, with the cameras rolling, the boy goes, "'Well, I don`t recognize anybody. But, I remember when this one was taken.' He pointed to the correct one,” said Erika.
After this revelation, Erika got in touch with Pam's daughter and found further similarities between the boy and Pam. For instance, Pam loved Stevie Wonder's music which Luke also really enjoyed listening to. While it is really strange, Erika and Lisa believe this story needed to be told. “It's a positive one. It is one of unification it is one of love,” said Erika. “I think it tells us we shouldn't define the soul by race or gender,” Lisa added.
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