Eerie Encounters From 'Unsolved Mysteries' That Still Give Chills

By Jack Ripley | November 3, 2023

Dial 'A' For Abduction

Since its inception in the 1980s, Unsolved Mysteries has captured the imagination of audiences with its chilling tales of the unexplained. From haunting paranormal encounters to spine-chilling abductions and gruesome crimes, these stories are sure to send shivers down your spine.

Prepare to delve into a world of mysteries that remain unsolved to this day. Whether you are a long-time fan of the series or new to the gripping narratives it presents, we guarantee that these stories will leave you both fascinated and disturbed.

Read on as we uncover the darkest secrets and delve into the unknown. From inexplicable disappearances to encounters with the supernatural, each tale will keep you on the edge of your seat. The truth may elude us, but the thrill of the unknown awaits. Continue reading to experience the eerie world of the unexplained.

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On April 4, 1991, 20-year-old Angela Hammond vanished from Clinton, Missouri, while talking to her boyfriend, Rob Shafer, on a pay phone. She mentioned a suspicious man in a green pickup truck circling the block and then stopping beside her. Angela screamed and dropped the phone. In response, Shafer rushed to the scene and tried to follow the pickup truck, but he ended up damaging his car.

Initially, the police suspected Shafer, but he was later cleared when witnesses came forward and confirmed seeing the suspicious truck. The Unsolved Mysteries segment suggests that Angela's kidnapping might be connected to two other incidents in Missouri earlier that year: a murder and an unsolved abduction. Co-creator Terry Dunn Meurer said of this case:

It was so so tragic. He rushes off to try and save her when it sounds like she’s in trouble, his car breaks down, and he basically sees her going off down the road with her abductor. She’s never seen again. My heart just goes out to him for the loss that he experienced. Random crimes tend to be the scariest. The ones that frighten me the most are when these people are doing everything right. All she’s doing is talking to her boyfriend on a pay phone. She’s not engaging in any kind of risky behavior or anything, then suddenly this happens. She gave a description of the truck, the decal in the window, and of the creepy guy. Why we didn’t find find him and that truck? I don’t know.

Voice from the Grave

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This Unsolved Mystery is unique because it was eventually solved, but the way it was solved remains puzzling to series producer Terry Dunn Meurer and others involved with the series. In 1977, a woman named Teresita Basa, who worked as a respiratory therapist, was found murdered under a burnt mattress in her Chicago apartment. The only clue was a note she left for herself about getting theatre tickets for someone with the initials "A.S."

Five months later, one of Teresita's co-workers, Remibias Chua, started having dreams about the murder. While asleep, she would speak in Teresita's voice to her husband, claiming that the killer was a man named Allan Showery and that he took Basa's jewelry to give to his girlfriend. They decided to share this information with the police. Astonishingly, the detectives discovered that Showery did know Basa, and they found evidence that his girlfriend was indeed wearing her jewelry. When confronted with this evidence, Showery confessed to the crime. However, nobody could explain rationally how Chua had such detailed knowledge about the murder. The segment gained popularity, and in 1996, NBC turned it into a TV movie. Dunn Meurer told Vulture:

You can decide: Was Teresita’s friend possessed by her spirit? But the fact that she had the very, very specific information about Allan Showery, the jewelry, and how Teresita was murdered, I have to believe that she got that information somewhere. She was a co-worker, they didn’t even know each other that well, but it’s interesting that Teresita chose her to channel this information through. I love that Showery was so freaked out that he was like, ‘Yeah, I did it, I did it!’