WHEN a three-year-old boy was convinced he was a Hollywood agent in his past life, his parents were stunned and it was difficult for anyone to take him seriously.
Ryan Hammond, 11, claimed he was the reincarnation of a man who died 40 years before him – and even claimed he remembered what happened when he died.
The little boy claimed to have vivid memories of his life in Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s.
He claimed he remembered his heart “exploding” – and then heading towards the light.
His wild and unchildish claims rocked his parents and attracted national interest in the US – with numerous appearances by the family on television.
Ryan believed he was once Marty Martyn – a former film extra who went on to become a powerful Hollywood agent.
Marty lived a life of luxury in New York, married four times, vacationed in Paris and had many influential political contacts before dying of a brain hemorrhage in 1964 at the age of 61.
And when Ryan, who was born in Oklahoma in 2004, was just three years old, he began vividly recalling intimate details of his supposed past life.
He bizarrely told his parents, a deputy county officer and a small-town cop, that he had been in Hollywood when his heart exploded and that he would wake up in the night clutching his chest.
Arthur often told his mother to take him to Hollywood so he could see his “other family” — and he’d also wake up at night shouting “Action” for imaginary movies.
He even told his mother one night that it’s important to go to the light when you die so everyone comes back – suggesting he remembered the moment he died living Marty’s life.
Recalling details from his past life, the boy said he had a large house with a pool that was on a street that included “rocks” in its name.
He also said he drives a Rolls Royce, which no one else is allowed to drive, and enjoyed going to the beach with his girlfriends.
And the boy recalled how he was once beaten by Marilyn Monroe’s bodyguards for trying to talk to her and talking about trips to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower.
Ryan also told his mother that he chose her to be his mother.
The mystery of death and what might come after it remains one of the greatest mysteries of all – with people around the world constructing myths and theories about what might happen.
And for some people, the answer to life’s ultimate mystery is simple—we come back a new person.
Scientists and doctors have never found definitive proof of reincarnation.
But a child psychiatrist, Dr. Jim Tucker, Ryan and his strange memories believed.
The academic has spent years working with children who can remember intimate details of their past lives — and it’s led him to believe reincarnation might actually be real.
To help Ryan remember better, his mother began borrowing books about Hollywood from her local library.
Ryan’s mystery deepened when he chose a picture from one of the books she brought home.
It was taken from the 1932 film Night After Night and featured a group of men including actor George Raft.
Ryan pointed to the man next to George and said, “Hey mum, this is George. We took a picture together. And mom, that guy is me.
Ryan’s memories peaked when he turned four – but they lasted for years afterwards.
When he was five, he said to his mother, “Mom, I think I used to be someone else.”
When a documentary crew learned of Ryan’s case, they arranged a meeting between the boy and Marty’s surviving daughter.
When they met, Ryan, who was six at the time, couldn’t understand why the woman wasn’t a girl anymore.
He was given a tour of the places associated with Marty in LA – and Marty’s daughter backed up an incredible number of claims.
“The world just doesn’t work the way we think or think it does. The cases I’ve studied cannot normally explain how we perceive the world,” said Dr. Tucker.
After examining thousands of cases, he found that children reveal their past lives at an extremely young age—usually two or three years old.
He said the memories manifest as unusual episodes of streams of consciousness, memories, and sometimes intense nightmares.
A chapter by Dr. Tucker’s book Return to Life focuses on the case of Ryan, who appears to be remembering his past life as Marty.
In the months after the meeting, Dr. Tucker, Ryan calmed down and the memories of his former life faded.
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