The Boy Who Lived Before
Cameron, ever since he was just a toddler, talks about another family he used to live with, called the Robertsons.
Cameron knows the names of his previous family, where they lived, and can even describe the house and the landscape of
his previous home on the island of Barra, some 200 miles away. But Cameron has never been there. Doctor Jim Tucker, of
the University of Virginia, and Cameron’s mother travel to Barra with Cameron to find the house, exactly as Cameron
This six-year-old boy is called Cameron Macaulay. He is not much different from other boys of his age. What
differentiates him from others is that he likes to talk about his “old mum”, his former family and a white house
standing on the bay. But none of them is related to his current life. The place he is talking about is a place where he
had never been in this life and is on the Isle of Barra, 160 miles away from where he is living now. These things make
Cameron’s mother feel worried.
Cameron spoke about his former parents, how his dad died, and about his brothers and sisters in the previous life. He
also said that his “old mum” was the one in his previous life. Cameron believes that he has a previous life and he
worries that the family in his previous life misses him. His nursery school teacher told Norma all the things Cameron
was saying about the Isle of Barra and how he misses his mummy and his brothers and sisters there.