Real Name: Teresita Basa
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Date: February 21, 1977
Details: Born in the Philippines in 1929, Teresita Basa had moved to the United States in the 1960s. She was a respiratory therapist at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She was quiet and unassuming, but at 9 pm on the night of February 21, 1977, the fire department was called to put out a fire in her home. In the blaze, they found her nude body under a burning mattress with a butcher knife buried in her chest. There was evidence that she had also been raped. Investigators believed that the fire had been set to cover up the murder. The autopsy, however, determined that she had not been raped. There seemed to be no apparent motive for the crime. Investigators could also find little physical evidence, as most had been destroyed by the fire. One piece of evidence that was found, however, was a memo that stated: "Get Theatre Tickets for A.S."
Suspects: The police pursued several leads, but they were all subsequently dismissed. They suspected that A.S. may have been involved in the crime, but they did not know what the initials stood for.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the April 25, 1990 episode. It was also covered in the book, Houses of Horror, by Richard Winer. This case was one of the few profiled that had been solved prior to the broadcast. It focused mainly on the supernatural aspects surrounding the murder.
Results: Solved. More than five months after the murder, Teresita's coworker, Remy Chua, another native from the Philippines, and her husband Joe contacted detective Joe Stachula, claiming to have information about the murder. Remy told Joe that shortly after the murder, she began having visions and dreams in which Teresita appeared to her, begging her to go to the police and tell what had happened to her. One night, Remy took a nap at home, and according to Joe, she began speaking in another voice. The voice said that she was Teresita Basa. She told Joe that her killer's name was Allan Showery. The voice claimed that Showery was an orderly that worked at the hospital. She urged Joe to go to the police. However, when Remy woke up, she claimed to have no memory of what had happened. Joe decided, at first, not to go to the police.
Then, the voice possessed Remy a second time, asking Joe why he did not go to the police. He said that he had no evidence against Showery. The voice then told Joe that Showery had taken Teresita's jewelry after the murder and given it to his girlfriend.
Detective Stachula did not know if he could trust this information or not. He decided to do a background check on Allan Showery. He found that Showery lived close to Teresita. Co-workers confirmed that Showery was planning to go to Teresita's apartment that night to repair her television.
Stachula brought Showery in for questioning. He confirmed that he went to her apartment to repair the television. He claimed that he did not have the tools to fix it, so he went back home. Stachula did not believe this, so he contacted Showery's girlfriend. He asked if Showery had given her any jewelry recently, and she said that he had. She agreed to let Teresita's friends and family inspect this jewelry. They confirmed that some of the jewelry had belonged to Teresita.
Confronted with the evidence, Showery confessed to the murder. He said that after he left her apartment, he made a plan to return and rob her. When he returned, he said that she let him back in. When she turned around to lock the door, he grabbed her from behind and attacked her. He disrobed her to make it look like a sexual crime. He then took her bedroom mattress, placed it over her body, and set it on fire.
Despite his confession, Allan Showery pleaded not guilty to Teresita's murder. When a mistrial occurred, he decided to plead guilty on February 23, 1979, receiving only a fourteen year sentence for his cold blooded crime. He has since been released.
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