Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Solving Her Own Murder

Once upon a time, Teresita Basa answered the door of her apartment in Chicago, and let in a person who would become her murderer.  It would have ended there, as yet another unsolved murder, but for one detail.

Her ghost refused to let it rest.

Remedios Chua, one of Teresita's coworkers, began seeing Teresita.  Once while taking a break in a break room, she saw Teresita standing in front of her.  Later, she started to behave like Teresita.  Finally, her psychic experience was admitted into evidence in the trial that would convict Teresita's murderer.  "On February 23, 1979, Allan Showery was sentenced to fourteen years in prison for the murder of Teresita Basa."  (Crowe, pgs 68 to 71)

By poking around your local library, you can find all kinds of resources you might not otherwise discover.  Good reference librarians get bored, you know, and asking them good questions is a good way to make friends - and you never know what you might need for your next writing project.  ~grin~

What local ghost stories do you have in your back yard?  I'd love to know in the comments.


Ghosts, Curses, Jinxes: Chicago’s Street Guide to the Supernatural, by Richard T. Crowe with Carol Mercado, Carolando Press Inc., Oak Park, IL (2001)
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Darla M Sands said...

Fascinating story! Somewhere on my bookshelves is a compilation of ghost stories around my state. It's been too long since I've read the stories, though, and all I recall is how a ghost told a young girl that the safest place to be was a cemetery - surrounded by the dead instead of the living. That always struck me as truth, and I still like visiting memorial gardens to this day.

A. Catherine Noon said...

Thanks for stopping by, Darla! I agree with you, visiting memorial gardens is gorgeous and a lovely passtime.

A. Catherine Noon said...

What is your local ghost stories book, by the way? (I meant to ask, but hit "post" to fast.)