The Case of Gillian and Jennifer Pollock

There are many reported cases of reincarnation. However, when children narrate their past life it is more convincing as they cannot create such stories.  Ian Stevenson, MD, have compiled more than 1200 validated cases.

The most compelling reincarnation cases are those in which small children spontaneously remember past lives and which have been verified.

In some cases when a child gives detail information or the names of the family members the parents or the researches involved are able to even locate the family members of this child from the prior incarnation. It can very astonishing and is up to the each individual to accept it or not.

I read the book ‘Children Who Remember Previous Lives’ written by Ian Stevenson, M.D. Here is one of the case extracted from the book. In this case I read, there are more to ponder on the reincarnation apart from what the children conveyed.

The Case of Gillian and Jennifer Pollock

Gillian and Jennifer Pollock (identical twin girls) were born at Hexham, Northumberland, England, on October 4, 1958. When they were between two and four years old, they made several statements that suggested they remembered the lives of their two older sisters, Joanna and Jacqueline. On May 5, 1957, a crazed automobile driver had deliberately driven her car onto the pavement of a street in Hexham, where Joanna and Jacqueline were walking, and killed them both almost instantly. Joanna had been eleven and Jacqueline six when they died.

Grief from this tragedy numbed their parents, John and Florence Pollock. John Pollock, however, was a strong believer in reincarnation (although his wife was not), and when Florence became pregnant early in 1958, he confidently asserted that the two deceased sisters were going to be reborn as twins. Despite medical advice to the contrary, he persisted, up to the time of the twins’ birth, in saying that his wife would have twins. Their births then vindicated his seemingly rash prediction, at least about a twin birth.

His conviction immediately received some further support, because he and his wife noticed that Jennifer, the younger twin, had two birthmarks that corresponded in location and size to two marks on Jacqueline’s body. A mark on Jennifer’s forehead, near the root of her nose, matched a scar that had persisted on Jacqueline’s forehead after she had fallen and cut herself there, and a brown mark (nevus) on the left side of Jennifer’s waist matched a similar (congenital) one of Jacqueline.

I mentioned above that between the ages of two and four the twins made a few statements about the lives of their deceased sisters. In addition, they recognized some objects, such as toys, that their sisters had owned or with which they had been familiar. Their parents later asserted that the twins could not have known about these objects normally; the Pollocks had never deceased older sisters with the twins, and the twins could not have seen the objects they recognized before the occasions when they did so. When the twins were less than a year old, the family moved away from Hexham, and the twins did not return until their parents took them there when they were about four. On that occasion, the twins spontaneously mentioned two places – a school and some swings in a park-before these were in their view. Although the twins had been taken to the park in their perambulator when they were infants-they had left Hexham when nine months aid, their parents did not believe that they could have thereby acquired any normal knowledge about the school or the swings in the park.

Gillian and Jennifer also showed behaviour that corresponded to the behaviour of their deceased older sisters. Jennifer was rather dependent on her older (twin) sister, Gillian, just as Jacqueline had been on her older sister, Joanna. When the twins learned to write, Gillian readily held a pencil between her fingers and thumb, but Jennifer grasped her pencil in  a fist. Joanna had been able to write correctly for some years before her death, whereas Jacqueline (who was only six when she died) still persisted in holding a writing instrument in her fist.

I first investigated this case in 1964 and remained in touch with the Pollock family until 1985. John Pollock’s enthusiasm for reincarnation may diminish the strength of the case among persons who cannot believe that he and his wife (or some other member of the family) did not talk about the deceased sisters in front of the twins. In response to the suggestion that his conviction about reincarnation may have weakened and even vitiated the case, he wisely replied that, although this objection has some merit, his openness concerning reincarnation enabled him to note and remember remarks and behaviour of his twin daughters that most other Western parents would have ignored or laughed at.

In 1978 I arranged for blood tests that would show, through analysis of the blood types and subtypes of Gillian and Jennifer and other members of the family, whether the twins’ bodies derived from one or two eggs. The tests demonstrated that they- were “identical” or one-egg (monozygotic) twins; this means that they have the same genetic material. Since birthmarks of the type Jennifer had are sometimes hereditary, one would expect that if Jennifer’s birthmarks were of genetic origin, Gillian would have similar marks. Because she did not have any, we may suppose that some biological aberration during the twins’ gestation produced Jennifer’s birthmarks, but this hypothesis would not account for their close correspondence in size and location to the marks on Jacqueline’s body·

Gillian and Jennifer Pollock grew up to become normal young women. Long before that, they had completely forgotten, in later childhood, the memories they had had of previous lives. In my later meetings with them they were mildly sceptical about their own case. By this I mean that, not then having any persisting memories of the previous lives, they did not present themselves as offering evidence for reincarnation, but they did not deny the evidence their parents had obtained from observing them when they were young children.

After reading the book, I started asking myself. If reincarnation is true who decides to send back to the same parents? Does this case validates that as  an individual soul one chooses his or her own parents? In this case did the children decide to come back to fulfil the grieving parents? Evidence of similar marks in the body of the previous children, as in the above case is something which makes me feel wondering what are we and why we are here?

We come with some memories as a child but eventually forget when we grow older. This is reported in most cases.  Of course if reincarnation is true past memories can also can be hindrance to one’s spiritual growth.