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Looking for Carroll Beckwith: The True Stories of a Detective's Search for His Past

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Police Commander Robert Snow never told his fellow officers that, under hypnosis, a clinical psychologist regressed him to a vivid past life. How could he tell them that he, a leading Indiana detective, was once a 19th-century portrait painter named Carroll Beckwith? Cops dismiss people with such claims as "kooks and screwballs."But could he prove it? Armed with an audiota ...more
Hardcover, 186 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by St. Martin's Press
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Katie
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone curious about past lives
Recommended to Katie by: Liz Beavers
First of all, I LOVE sh*t like this, despite the association with New Age-y, twitchy nutjobs. I read this in one sitting. It was tightly crafted with a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter and enjoyable the entire way through.

I won't spoil your enjoyment of it but do have two critiques, mostly because I liked it so much. First, while he does achieve an excellent inventory of facts that seem to prove his past life, I was disappointed that no other explanation was explored (e.g., tapping into th
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Seth Baker
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This rating is based on the quality of writing. If you get past the constant rambling, it’s actually a great book. Super interesting story line!
C
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Coming from an extremely skeptical captain with a lot of credibility on the line, it's quite an incredible story.
Rebecca McNamara
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
This review is not based on the ideas regarding past-life regression and rebirth presented in this book (which I eagerly opened as a book club selection) but about the quality of the book itself.

I hoped for a well-written, engaging, and lively story about history, psychology, and paranormal encounters. Instead, I read the stuffy memoir of a man struggling to overcome his prejudices toward unconventional ideas and the people who believe in them. After undergoing hypnosis, Indianapolis Police Dep
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Tralisa Mcneal
Sep 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this book per the suggestion of the local library.This was the book they are reading for their October book club. I admire Mr. Snow's premise for his book I believe that it took great courage to put his findings in writing. However, I do not believe he has sufficiently supported his hypothesis. I have come to this conclusion for two reasons. The first reason is that I too am a graduate of Indiana University. I have taken quite a few sociology and psychology courses where we had a tremendo ...more
Marika Charalambous
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great book written by a police captain who relied on his police skills and 30 years experience to prove that his past life regression was a fluke and the memories he had were from some old books or movies he once read/watched.

However his same police skills and knowledge came back to haunt him, because they proved that indeed he was the lesser known painter James Carrol Beckwith in his recent past life, and this realization shook the very foundation of his beliefs, turning his life literally up
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Laura
Jul 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
A very interesting book about a skeptical police Captain (Homicide Commander) who has memories of past lives and sets out to disprove his memories and ends up realizing the memories were real and proving it. A good book, an easy read, but with an ending that was disappointing because it was so abrupt and there was no Epilogue to follow up his story. But, all in all, interesting.
Janellyn51
Mar 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
It's a subject I've always been intrigued by, and this makes a very strong argument. I loved that it's written by a hard nosed detective, who I'm sure isn't prone to flights of fancy. I love that, if it's to be believed, in his past life he was an artist, which seemed pretty far afield of his daily life. I loved going through his investigation into the whole thing with him.
Evi
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading this little book on a subject that has always interested me. The author is a police detective and used his background in police work to delve into the search. He laid out his findings in true black and white. Quite fascinating.
John
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
If you believe his story is true, it's a decent read. If you don't believe his story, reading this would be a waste of time. Not sure about the editing, it wasn't done very well. Lots of superfluous content.
Robin
Jun 22, 2009 rated it liked it
I like that he was skeptical and did his own research. It was a little bit like doing genealogy research. It's odd that his wife never came around and was unwilling to look at the facts. While the topic is interesting, I thought he repeated himself a little bit. Still, it was very interesting.
Connie Brooks
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Looking for Carroll Beckwith--leaves no doubt that reincarnation exists for all of us.
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Robert L. Snow served for 38 years at the Indianapolis Police Department, retiring in 2007 with the rank of captain. While at the police department, he served in such capacities as Department Executive Officer, Captain of Detectives, and Commander of the Homicide Branch. Snow has also been a publishing writer for over 30 years. He has had over 100 articles and short stories published in such magaz ...more
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