3-Year-Old Remembers Past Life, Identifies Murderer and Location of Body 
A 3-year-old boy in the Golan Heights region near the border of Syria and Israel said he was murdered with an axe in his previous life. He showed village elders where the murderer buried his body, and sure enough they found a man’s skeleton there. He also showed the elders where the murder weapon was found, and upon digging, they did indeed find an axe there.
Fire Chief Investigates Past Life as Civil War General: Group Reincarnation? 
Retired Assistant Fire Chief Jeffrey Keene stumbled upon evidence he says suggests he was Civil War General John B. Gordon in a past life. Furthermore, Keene’s fire crew seem to strongly resemble men who fought under Gordon.
A rash of reincarnation stories has been spreading through my Google RSS alerts. Many of these stories originated with the Epoch Times, an international newspaper, and from one journalist. Reincarnation stories are fascinating and strange. I’m open to the possibility there’s some unusual phenomena occurring. Do these stories demonstrate reincarnation?
Let’s dig deeper behind the phenomena and look at the evidence being presented.
Who believes in reincarnation?
- 24% or 75 million Americans and 22% of Christians say they believe in reincarnation, according to 2009 PEW poll ;
- 25% of the world population or 1 billion Hindus, 350 million Buddhists, and millions of Eastern/New Age believers believe in reincarnation;
- Of the 7 billion people alive today, it’s been estimated that a total of 106 billion people have ever been born . Where are the 99.6 billion missing souls if reincarnation is true?
The Hindu’s believe that reincarnation, is the soul’s evolutionary journey back to God, and provides repeated opportunities for growth, achievement, and fulfillment not possible in one brief lifespan of earthly existence . When I was ordained a monk for 14 years, this is what I thought and tried to believe.
In the gospel, Buddha supposedly said: “There is a rebirth of karma; there is reincarnation. This rebirth, this reincarnation, this reappearance of the conformations is continuous and depends on the law of cause and effect ”. Buddhism emerged out of Hinduism, and adopted the doctrine of reincarnation.
Assumptions about reincarnation:
- Death is scary. Reincarnation belief is a kind of terror management?
- Multiple lives, more chances, and immortality. Hope, if we screw up this life we get another chance!
- Soul, like energy in a light bulb, has to go somewhere upon death. Right?
- Soul reincarnates and exists beyond bodily death. Like cycles or seasons of nature?
- Memories, personalities, karmas, and identities of our self. These stay with soul?
- The evidence for reincarnation consists of stories of past lives and of spiritual authorities.
Evidence presented for reincarnation
Boy Identifies His Past Life Axe Murderer: Behind The Story
Typically, the evidence comes from children who “remember”, like the 3 year-old boy in Golan Heights who identified his “past life” murderer . This story was related by a regression therapist Trutz Hardo . Dr. Lasch, who died in 2009, had recounted these astounding events to Hardo. A second hand story. The Druse, the ethnic group this boy belonged to, believe in reincarnation and that they are always reborn as Druse. This boy’s story was likely stretched to fit the beliefs of the Druse parents and the good Doctor Hardo’s past life regression beliefs.
Fire Chief Who Was A Civil War Hero-General: “Not Yet” A Psychic Party
What about the uncanny “coincidences” this Fire Chief discovered which he believes shows he is the reincarnation of Civil War General Gordon? The Chief, at a friend’s party, talked to a psychic. She asked him if he believed in reincarnation. As they were talking, the words “not yet,” appeared strongly in his mind and he was compelled to say them. Later, he went home and found a Civil War magazine that he had bought but never read. With a new interest in the subject, he decided to flip through it, and as he skimmed the pages, the words “Not yet” in quotation marks jumped out at him .
Really? Among other uncanny “coincidences, this “not yet” is evidence he was General Gordon? And, talking with a psychic and looking for evidence to confirm his beliefs, he would connect the dots and see patterns to convince himself he was a celebrated Civil War General. Funny that he didn’t discover he was an abused runaway slave or a nobody Southern spinstress. Everyone seems to want to be the reincarnation of a heroic and noble soul, a Mary Queen of Scots, a Charlemagne, or a Chief Geronimo! No one seems to come up with stories of reincarnation as a lowly piss boy, a medieval whore, or an Adolf Hitler?
Stories of reincarnation and past lives offer an abundance of hope with an absence of evidence. Feelings and anecdotes of unexplained coincidences are not evidence . I understand the hope and desire for having more than one chance to live a life. But hope and wishful-thinking is not proof. Not close. As a former yoga monk turned skeptic, I confess I used to believe in reincarnation– in that past life.
 3-Year-Old Remembers Past Life, Identifies Murderer and Location of Body, Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times, May 17, 2014
 Fire Chief Investigates Past Life as Civil War General: Group Reincarnation? Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times, May 20, 2014
 Eastern, New Age Beliefs Widespread, Many Americans Mix Multiple Faiths, PEW Research Religion Project, Dec 2009
 Fact or Fiction?: Living People Outnumber the Dead, Scientific American, 2007
 Yogananda, Paramahansa. Where There Is Light, chap 2
 500 BC, BUDDHA, THE GOSPEL
 Three-Year-Old Who Convicted His Murderer: A regression therapy case study by Trutz Hardo
 Stories Of Past Lives Prove Reincarnation Is Real, 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True, Guy P Harrison
The Reincarnation Blues, Stuff to Blow Your Mind Podcast. The metaphysics of reincarnation are nothing short of enthralling, from the notion of an immortal soul drifting through myriad life forms to the intimidating Wheel of Samsara with its heavenly and hellish realms. Why does this version of immortality appeal to us? And what, if anything, can science tell us about the survival of the soul?