Pamela Chicago Fire Paxton Hotel 1993

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An Ohio boy's family are starting to believe their child was a Chicago woman in a past life, after he started sharing specific details. Courtesy: Fox 8

Luke Ruehlman, pictured as a toddler, told his mother he was a woman named Pam who died in a fire. Picture: Screengrab/Fox 2Source:Supplied

I did not know that Double E was at the Paxton hotel fire. I do know that he was at the 1973 Forum Restaurant fire that had three LODDs and the 1976 Com Edison fire that killed FF Wally Watroba of Engine 13. As a DDC, he had the E2 night club tragedy and the 69 W. Washington Street fire, with six civilian deaths, in the same year, 2003. Erika later found an old news story, which wrote about a Pamela Robinson dying when Paxton Hotel caught fire in 1993. Photos: YouTube screengrabs A paranormal investigations TV show also claimed.

  • Reincarnation is a prominent feature of both Hinduism and Buddhism, but among Western occultists it has something of a bad rap.
  • A quick internet search revealed a fire had killed 19 people in 1993 at the city’s Paxton Hotel, including a woman in her 30s called Pam Robinson. By now the family, including Luke’s grandmother Lisa Trump, were convinced there was more to the story than just coincidence. Chicago woman Pam Robinson died in a fire in Chicago in 1993.

WHEN Luke Ruehlman began talking about a woman named Pam, his mother Erica assumed it was just an imaginary friend.

She had no idea where her toddler son had picked up the name or why he was so obsessed with it.

The Ohio woman said she initially didn’t think it was strange, other than the fact that the family didn’t know any Pams.

But things became really strange when she quizzed him about where he had got the name from and why he liked it.

The then-two-year-old told his parents he used to be Pam, a girl with black hair, he said.

Erica Ruehlman said her son became obsessed with the name Pam at just two years old. Picture: Screengrab/Fox 2Source:Supplied

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“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,” Erica Ruehlman told Fox 2, St Louis.

She pressed him further, asking him how Pam 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,” Ms Ruehlman said.

Luke went on to explain Pam had died in a tall building and travelled on the train in Chicago.

The curious mother was baffled, since the family had never visited the city, nor mentioned it to the youngster.

A quick internet search revealed a fire had killed 19 people in 1993 at the city’s Paxton Hotel, including a woman in her 30s called Pam Robinson.

By now the family, including Luke’s grandmother Lisa Trump, were convinced there was more to the story than just coincidence.

Chicago woman Pam Robinson died in a fire in Chicago in 1993. Picture: Screengrab/Fox 2.Source:Supplied

They later appeared on a show called Ghost Inside My Child and to test Luke, they spread out a series of photos and asked the now five-year-old to pick out Pam’s picture. He did it on the first go.

“He goes, ‘Well, I don’t recognise anybody. But, I remember when this one was taken. He pointed to the correct one,” his mother said.

The Ruehlmans, who say they haven’t received any money from their story and are not religious, said while Luke no longer connects with Pam, the story is a positive one that transcends race and gender.

It may sound far-fetched to some, but children who say they live past lives are not uncommon, according to Jim Tucker, a medical director of the Child and Family Psychiatry Clinic, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

An internet search revealed a woman called Pam did die in a fire. Picture: Screengrab/Fox 2.Source:Supplied

Professor Tucker, who is renowned for his work with young children who recall their past lives, released a book in 2013 called Return to Life, which reveals the extraordinary stories of children all over the world who believe they have been reincarnated.

Among them is five-year-old Ryan, who remembers life in Hollywood in the 20th century, and his death in a hospital bed in 1963..

Also featured in the book are a three-year-old golfing prodigy who believes he’s the reincarnation of 1930s golf star Bobby Jones and a two-year-old boy whose father-son visit to a flight museum triggered memories of the battle of Iwo Jima.

And now, a spooky story for you: Little Luke Ruehlman of Cincinnati, Ohio, claims to be the vessel for the reincarnated spirit of a woman named Pamela Robinson, who died in a Chicago fire in 1993—at least, that’s what his mother Erika said he told her.

“I was like ‘who is Pam?’” Erika Ruehlman told WJW earlier this month. “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 and when I woke up I was a baby and you named me Luke.’”

So Ruehlman did some diggin, presumably after she stopped shrieking into a hand towel:

Ruehlman said she was able to talk to Luke about Pam. She figured out Pam lived in Chicago and died in a fire.

“That’s when I came across the Paxton Hotel,” Ruehlman said. A woman named Pamela Robinson died in a March 1993 fire at the Chicago apartment building.

“I had found a picture of Pam, we had put it on a piece of paper with a lot of fake pictures,” Ruehlman said. “Luke goes, ‘Well I don’t recognize anybody, but I remember when this one was taken’ and he pointed to the correct one.”

WJW also reports that when Ruehlman contacted Robinson’s family, they were shocked to learn similarities between Luke and Pam, namely that they both like Stevie Wonder and “Luke played a toy keyboard, similar to the real instrument Pam played when she was alive.”

But apparently, Pam’s spirit could only stick around long enough for a local news story. “It was like he got it out,” Erika Ruehlman said. “He was finished and had nothing more to say about it.”

But Luke’s experience with the otherworldly will be told in full soon: He’ll be featured on a future episode of Lifetime Movie Network’s Ghost Inside My Child.

Pamela Robinson Chicago Fire 1993 Paxton Hotel

Luke’s mother says she wasn’t paid for her son’s story—she just believes “it was a story that needed to be told,” because “it’s a positive one. It is one of unification it is one of love.”

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[H/T NY Daily News // via WJW]