From the Archives: Exploring the Unexplained Phenomena of 'Unsolved Mysteries'

By Jack Ripley | May 7, 2024

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!’

The Disappearance of Cindy Song

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In 2001, Hyun Jong Song, known as Cindy to her friends, was a college student at Penn State. She was a small woman, just 5'1" and around 100 lbs. On Halloween night, after a night out with friends, Cindy disappeared. Her friends dropped her off at her apartment around 4 am on November 1, 2001, but she left her apartment sometime later and vanished. There were reports of sightings of a woman who resembled Cindy being forcibly taken into a car while crying and screaming, leading to fears of sex trafficking.

Despite police investigations, Cindy's body has never been found. Many believe she may have been a victim of the serial killer Hugo Selenski, who is already serving a life sentence for other unrelated murders. While several bodies have been discovered on Selenski's property, Cindy's body has not been positively identified.