Old Souls Revisited

I was looking at some old files from my research for Old Souls and was amazed and amused all over again at the resemblance between these two women. The woman on the right as a very small child began calling herself by the name of the woman on the left — a woman who died in heart surgery in the months before she was born. The two families lived in different towns and had never met. The girl’s parents said the child began asking for “her husband,” the dead woman’s husband, by name. She also said the names of the dead woman’s 7 children, in birth order. The dead woman’s grown daughters heard about this girl and were very skeptical. Their family was wealthy, and they suspected the girl’s family might be putting the child up to this in an attempt to get money. They paid a surprise visit, and said that the little girl called them by name, and then asked them if their uncle had given them “her” jewelry, as she had asked. This clinched it for the daughters: Only their family knew that before the fatal surgery, their mother had asked her brothers to distribute her valuables to her daughters. I took the photo on the right of the grown-up child (in her 20s when I took this in 1997), and later found a photo of the woman who had died in heart surgery.

Of course, there were many cases with similarly amazing fact sets in which there was no physical resemblance between the child making the statements and the deceased person who fit those statements. So make of the above amazing resemblance what you will.


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