"Did headline writer remember to consider the multiple meanings of 'finger'?"
This one goes back to the 1977 murder of Teresita Basa, a hospital employee who was found stripped, stabbed, and burned in her ransacked apartment. After weeks of investigating, the police still weren't any closer to finding the killer, with only a journey entry stating "Get tickets for A.S." considered noteworthy (pun 100 percent intended). Then, after six frustrating months, detectives received a tip about another employee at Basa's hospital named Allan Showery, a man with very suspicious initials. But who came through with the tip? Teresita Basa, if you can believe it.
When the police traced the call, they ended up meeting Jose and Remy Chua. According to Remy/Basa, Showery showed up at Basa's apartment to fix her TV, but ended up murdering her and stealing her jewelry. When asked how they knew so much about the murder, Jose claimed that on three occasions, his wife had been possessed by Basa and then explained the details of the crime -- you know, that classic scenario every marriage goes through sooner or later.
Police searched Showery's apartment and found a ring and pendant belonging to Basa. They arrested Showery, who eventually pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 years. But while the case of Basa's murder was solved, there was still one big "WTF?" concerning her spiritual snitching. It was quickly discovered that Remy Chua was not, as initially claimed, a total stranger. She worked in the same department of the hospital as Showery and Basa, but had lost her job just hours before the first possession supposedly happened. But that doesn't explain how she knew that Showery was a killer, and investigations into that particular factor don't have many answers. The best rational guess anyone has is that she had suspected Showery, but was scared of him and didn't know how to relay this information except to claim a ghost made her do it. Remy, for her part, told the jury that Basa spoke "through my lips" and that "All I remember is hearing the name Allan. I just felt cold and thirsty." So if somebody ever gives you chills and cottonmouth, it might mean that a ghost is trying to tell you they're a murderer. Or you might need some hot tea.
Multiple People Have Confessed To Murders After Being Haunted By Their Victims
We tend to think of the average murderer as a remorseless monster. However, because real life sometimes resembles that Poe story you were forced to read in high school, killers can be so haunted by their actions that they are driven to confess. Some, though, take the "haunting" part a bit literally.
In 2013, Adrian Daou confessed to the murder of Jennifer Stuart, claiming that after he committed the crime, he went for a walk and saw the ghost of his victim. Since that day, Daou claims he started believing in God and belatedly concluded that "it's not a good thing to kill someone." It's not the most inspiring religious conversion on record, but then, Daou also committed the murder because he thought it would help his rap career, so maybe he's not the best person to take life advice from.
In April 2017, serial killer Terry Childs confessed to two murders while serving time for three more. Childs says he was being "eaten up" by his victims Joan Mack and Christopher Hall. And no, he didn't mean in the abstract sense of overwhelming guilt; he told police they were in his cell, staring at him and "eating up his brain." The two new crimes he confessed to occurred in 1984 and '85, which makes these some pretty damn persistent ghosts.
In January 2017 (apparently a banner year for ghost-induced confessions), Jose Ferreira confessed to a 1982 crime wherein he pushed 13-year-old Carie Ann Jopec down a stairway to her death because she refused to have sex with him, which hits about every number on the "male monster" bingo card outside of the school shooting category. Her mother credits Jopec, rather than the police, for solving the crime, because 33 years after she was killed, Ferreira claimed that the girl's spirit had been haunting him and confessed. So keep that in mind if you ever plan to haunt someone: Persistence can get you results in ways that a couple of quick jump scares never can.
Mark has a spooky book and is on Twitter, which is spooky in its own way.
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