A little boy in Turkey insisted as soon as he could talk that he be called Selim Fesli instead of the name his parents gave him, Semih Tutusmus. He said he was the reincarnation of Fesli, and he remembered the names of people from Fesli’s life as well as many details from his life, which were later verified by Fesli’s widow.
German therapist Trutz Hardo told this boy’s story in his book “Children Who Have Lived Before: Reincarnation Today.” He recounts the story witnessed by the late Dr. Ian Stevenson, who was a leading researcher for the University of Virginia School of Medicine on the topic of reincarnation.
On May 9, 1958, in the village of Hatun Köy, Turkey, Fesli was found dead in a field. He had been shot in the face and right ear. His neighbor, Isa Dirbekli, admitted he shot and killed Fesli, but he said it was by accident, that he was hunting at the time.
In the neighboring village of Sarkonak, Mrs. Karanfil Tutusmus, was pregnant. She had a dream in which a man who identified himself as Selim Fesli appeared. He had a bloody face.
Tutusmus’s baby was born with a small and deformed right ear, corresponding to the wound that killed Fesli.
When the boy was 4 years old, he walked to Fesli’s home and told Fesli’s widow, “I am Selim, you are my wife Katibe.” He remembered intimate details of their life together and the names of his children. He visited often, still treating Katibe as his wife and Fesli’s grown children as his children.
The boy said that Dirbekli had intentionally killed him over a dispute about Fesli’s mule grazing in Dirbekli’s field. Dirbekli maintained it was an accident. The boy would throw stones at Dirbekli when he saw him, but he was stopped from taking a more violent revenge.
Resat Bayer, Dr. Stevenson’s Turkish partner, warned the boy that if he took revenge, Dirbekli could likewise reincarnate and take revenge, and a cycle of hate and revenge may ensue.
To read more of Hardo’s stories, read his book, “Children Who Have Lived Before.”