Do you believe in reincarnation? It's not a concept that everyone would agree actually exists, but 10-year-old Ryan from Oklahoma would disagree with anyone who says that reincarnation is not possible. The 10-year-old believes that he is a reincarnated 1930's Hollywood actor named Marty Martyn, says the Hollywood Reporter.
Ryan began to notice something was different about himself around the age of four, when he would have vivid nightmares that would wake him up at night. The boy's mother, Cyndi, tells Today that it took Ryan a year to let her know what was going on, but when he finally did, the 10-year-old told his mom, "I used to be somebody else."
According to Cyndi, the little boy would come home from school crying most days expressing to his mother how much he just wanted to go home. The 10-year-old's mother was confused because when he would say these things, he was at home. She quickly realized that the boy was talking about Hollywood. Ryan would beg his mother just to take him back there, even recalling at one point that the street he used to live on had the word "rock" in it.
The 10-year-old's mother also recalls Ryan going into great detail, as he talked about going on fancy vacations, meeting Hollywood celebrities, dancing on Broadway, traveling overseas, and working for some type of agency where people always changed their names.
One day, Cyndi decided to take the boy to a local library to do some research on the stories he had been telling her. As the two were browsing through the books, the 10-year-old's mom picked up a book that had publicity shots of old Hollywood actors in it. Ryan quickly pointed to a man in the 1932 film Night After Night.
Ryan tells Today in his interview, "She turns to the page in the book, and I say 'that's me, that's who I was."'
Dr. Jim Tucker is a child psychologist at the University of Virginia. Ryan's mother decided to reach out to him for help in trying to figure out what was going on with her son. Cyndi herself is a strict Baptist and does not believe in reincarnation, but clearly her son did, so she was hoping Dr. Tucker could get some answers for her.
Dr. Tucker met with Ryan and after listening to his story decided to some searching into the life of Marty Martyn. What he discovered came as a shock to Ryan's mother. Martyn was a Hollywood agent who turned into a movie extra, and he had, in fact, done all the things that Ryan had described to his mother. Martyn worked for an agency, traveled overseas, and danced on Broadway. Tucker told Ryan and his mother that almost none of these details about Martyn's life were available online. Tucker actually tracked down Martyn's daughter, and was able to confirm 55 details about his life that the 10-year-old had described to him.
Other obscure facts that Tucker was able to confirm were things like the number of children that Martyn had, how many times he had been married, and how many sisters he had. Another shocking discovery was where Martyn had resided during his life. Ryan had recalled living on a street with the word "rock" in it, and Dr. Tucker was able to confirm that Martyn had lived on Roxbury Dr. in Beverly Hills.
At one point, Dr. Tucker had finally come across a detail about Martyn's life that he felt Ryan had gotten wrong, but upon further investigation, he was actually stunned by what he had discovered. Ryan tells Tucker that he thought it was weird that God would let you live to be 61 years-old, but then make you come back as a baby. Tucker had found Martyn's death certificate, and it listed his age at the time of his death as 59 years-old. The 10 year-old was insistent that Martyn died when he was 61 years-old, so Tucker did some more digging and found Martyn's birth certificate. Much to his surprise, the certificate showed that Martyn was born in 1903, meaning that Ryan was correct about the age he was when he died.
Ryan is now 10-years-old and says his memories about Martyn and his life are fading, which Dr. Tucker says is very typical as kids get older. Ryan says that he is just happy that he got to have the experience, but he is looking forward to moving on with his life and just being a normal kid. Tucker has written a book about Ryan's story, as well as other kids who say they remember past lives called Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives.
[Photo courtesy of Today/Jake Whitman]