If you are one of those people who believe in paranormal things, Teresita Basa’s story can be interesting. But if you don’t believe these things, you will at least be intrigued by this case . Presumably, Basa would have come back from the dead, entered someone else’s body, and revealed who his killer was. It sounds like something from a movie, but apparently that’s how it all happened, and until proven otherwise, it’s true.
Teresita Basa was cruelly murdered in her apartment in Chicago, USA, on the night of February 21, 1977. An investigation was opened to investigate the case and find her murderer. But there was no success. Until a woman contacted the police, claiming that Basa had entered her body and told who her killer was. She would have even left hints so the police could prove what she was talking about. The fact is that the woman, who in theory was incarnated by Basa, was really right.
Teresita Basa was Filipino and moved to the United States when she finished her studies. She settled in Chicago, and became a physical therapist. She worked at Edgewater Hospital and was known to be a very private and polite woman.
On February 21, 1977, around 7:30 pm, Basa received a phone call from a co-worker. They chatted for nearly half an hour and Basa even mentioned that a male guest was on his way but did not reveal his name. About an hour later, neighbors, who lived in the same building, smelled smoke coming from their apartment. Firefighters were called to contain the fire and were shocked to find Teresita Basa’s body naked under a burning mattress. They were even more horrified to discover that the body had a butcher knife stuck in its chest.
At first, the signs suggested a rape, as the woman’s clothes were folded beside her naked body. But the medical examination determined that Basa had not been raped.
Detectives Joseph Stachula and Lee R. Eppeln were assigned to solve the case. In the burned-out apartment, the pair of investigators found a mysterious note, written by Basa, which said: “Get tickets for AS”. They couldn’t figure out who the “AS” might be and eventually the case was dropped. Then, in August of that year, the case of the murder of Teresita Basa took a very peculiar turn.
The police contacted Detective Stachula again to question him about Allan Showery, a hospital technician who worked at the same hospital as Basa. And from that, they came to Dr. Juan Chua. According to the doctor, his wife, Remy Chua, was possessed by the spirit of Teresita Basa.
He told the disbelieving police that his wife had fallen into a coma and would have spoken in another woman’s voice. In one of these trances, she would have said: “I am Teresita Basa”. After that she would have even said that she had been stabbed to death by Allan Showery. At first, the doctor and his wife were a little apprehensive about contacting the police. But after the supposed voice came back several times, they decided to go to the police.
Initially, the police were not convinced of these claims. That changed when Lady Chua revealed that Showery had stolen Basa’s jewels. A detail that, until then, the police did not know. The detectives then went to the suspect’s apartment, who said he knew the victim and that he would have gone to her apartment that night but would have left soon after fixing his TV.
It didn’t take long for the police to discover the jewels in the suspect’s house. Basically, these were identified as belonging to Basa by their family. After presenting this evidence, Showery confessed to the nurse’s murder . In his confession, he stated that he had gone to the victim’s apartment to rob her, as he wanted to pay her rent.
Showery was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the murder of Teresa Basa. “To this day, I’m not sure I believe how the information was obtained,” says Detective Stachula. “However, everything is completely true.”