My spin on this would be a Maury Povich-style “my bad kid” episode focusing on children who are the reincarnations of Nazi officers, bloodthirsty cannibals, et cetera. Via the Huffington Post:
A Los Angeles production company is currently holding a nationwide casting call for children who claim to have, or have had, past life memories for a new reality series, “Ghost Inside My Child,” scheduled to air on the Bio Channel later this year.
A pilot episode of the series aired a few months ago, with three kids who had gone through various steps of recovering memories of their alleged past lives.
One case from the first show concerns James Leininger. At the age of two, Leininger reportedly started having terrifying nightmares of his death. Ultimately, the family came to believe that he was the reincarnation of James Huston, a fighter pilot who died in World War II at Iwo Jima. Amazingly, Leininger not only knew the name of Huston’s ship without prompting — the Natoma Bay — but other details as well, such as the names of his shipmates.
Cases like Leininger’s are rare, but parapsychology expert Loyd Auerbach, who has helped the producers with reincarnation research, said that the original soul seems to have died from a traumatic death 15 months before the child’s conception.
But since there have been no widely accepted scientific studies supporting the existence of reincarnation, the proposed series is attracting the attention of skeptic organizations like the James Randi Foundation, an organization that works to expose paranormal and pseudoscientific frauds in the media.
“The people who lost a loved one have to re-experience the loss, are told outlandish claims about their loved one being alive again and stuck in the body of a child somewhere,” he said. “I think this is a crassest manipulation of belief and of the fear of death merely for the sake of reality TV ratings,” organization president D.J. Grothe said.
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