Captain Robert Snow – Looking for Carroll Beckwith
In a famous case described in the book, Looking for Carroll Beckwith, Captain Robert Snow was able to describe accurate details of the life experiences of a man named Carroll Beckwith who lived in the nineteenth century. Snow was in charge of the Department of Homicide and Robbery and the Department of Organized Crime in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. In a past-life regression, Captain Snow accessed very clear, detailed experiences about people who had lived in the past. Captain Snow said his perceptions of the past-life events were more clear than his perceptions during his waking consciousness. He accessed experiences from several different lifetimes, but the one that was most prominent was the life experiences of a portrait artist in what seemed to be the nineteenth century. Captain Snow accessed 30 specific experiences from this artist’s lifetime.
The details were so specific and lifelike that he was determined to find out if there was an artist in the nineteenth century whose life details matched what he experienced. The most unusual detail was highly specific. This artist had painted a portrait of a hunchback woman (see right). During a trip to New Orleans with his wife, Snow chanced upon an art gallery and saw, to his great astonishment, the portrait of the hunchback woman he had seen in his past-life regression. He learned the artist was an early twentieth century portrait artist named Carroll Beckwith. Snow located information about the artist and verified all the details about Carroll Beckwith he had stated during his past-life regression:
- He painted a portrait of a hunchbacked woman.
- He painted portraits to make money but hated painting portraits.
- He went by the name “Jack.”
- He used a walking stick.
- His wife and he spent time in France.
- His wife could not have children.
- They were desperate for money. He argued with his wife about money.
- Despite their problems with money and inability to have children, their marriage was happy.
- He had an art studio with a bank of skylights and a row of windows.
- He once stayed at an estate with large gardens.
- A female relative died of a blood clot.
- He died in a large city with tall buildings in the fall of 1917.
Source: Robert Snow, Looking for Carroll Beckwith: The True Stories of a Detective’s Search for His Past Life (Daybreak Books, 1999).
Below is a video describing Captain Snow’s experiences.