Facts in the murder of Teresita Basa
by Traciy Curry-Reyes
The real story started in 1977 in Chicago. The real killer was African American and the real woman was Fillipino. The true story has been the subject of many articles, talk shows, and books.
Teresa Basa was Fillipino. She immigrated to Chicago to try and improve her life. She worked as a respitaory therapist at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago. According to other hospital staff, she was a professional and very dedicated to her patients. They did not know of anyone who would want to hurt her.
February 21, 1977: At about 9 pm firefighters responded to a call of a fire at a nearby building. Upon arrival, police discover the body of Teresita Basa in her apartment in Chicago engulfed in flames. She had been stabbed, and burned.The autopsy indicted that she had not been violated. Nothing was missing from her apartment that they could see, and the police could not find any suspects. The only thing that was found was a note that indicated that someone by the name of AS was supposed to give her some theater tickets. Afterward, the case goes cold.
About 6 months later, the police received a strange call from the Chuas. They told the police that Mrs. Jose Chua, started to see the ghost of Teresita. The Chua's worked at the same hospital as Teresita, but only knew her in passing. Strangely one day Mrs. Chua entered a trance like state and began speaking in a different tongue. In a very scary weird-like voice she stated: I am Teresita Basa. She thought she was dreaming at first. This would happen to her periodically for almost a week each time a little bit more information was given. The voice revealed the following information: the man responsible for the murder was a man by the name Allan Showery, and that the proof could be found with Showery's girlfriend. The Chua's were terrified.The police, though somewhat apprehensive, decided to look into the information. They then made the connection to the note that had the initials AS. The voice stated : "After he killed me, he took my jewelry and gave it to his girlfriend." Coworkers indicated that Showery was supposed to go to Teresita's house to fix her television. When the police questioned him, he admitted that he had arrived at her home to fix her tv, but that he had returned home to get his tools. The girlfriend was interviewed, and she indicated that Allan had given her some jewelry. When the family of Teresita examined the jewelry they were able to identify key pieces of jewelry that belonged to Teresita. So the police confronted him again, and he finally confessed to her murder. According to the confession:
He decided to go back to her apartment that night to rob her. When Teresita let him in and turned her back, he grabbed her and put her in a choke hold and held her in that position until she stopped moving. When it appeared that she was no longer breathing, he drug her body into the living room where he snatched her clothes off . He then got the mattress from the bedroom, put it on top of Teresita's body, and set it on fire.
Upon searching Allan Showery's home, they also found a necklace belonging to Teresita Basa. He was arrested and tried for murder. The trial ended in a hung jury the first time. In the end, Allan Showery was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He was released from prison sometime before 1990 after serving his 14 year sentenced. He then relocated Brooklyn, New York. He has also lived in California.
Information about Allan Showery can be found also under the name Allen Showery and Alan Showery.