The body of Teresita Basa was found by police in her Chicago apartment on February 21, 1977. The 48-year old Filipino immigrant was dead -- stabbed to death and partially burned. She hadn't shown up for work at the Edgewater Hospital, leading police to find her murdered body, but they had no clues at all as to who the murderer might be. There was no evidence, no motive to work from.
Then a lead came from an astonishing source: Teresita's ghost! Dr. Jose Chua and his wife worked at the same hospital, although they did not know Teresita very well. One night while at home, Mrs. Chua suddenly fell into a strange trance. Speaking in a Philippine language, she said, "I am Teresita Basa..." and then named the man who murdered her: an orderly at the hospital named Allen Showery. The Chuas didn't know what to make of these trances, which reoccurred for several days.
Finally, Dr. Chua felt compelled to call the police and tell them the strange story. Naturally, the detectives were highly skeptical of the Chua's claims, even though Mrs. Chua seemed able to relate specific details about the crime, including the allegation that her jewelry was also stolen, and that Showery had given her pearl cocktail ring to his girlfriend. With no other leads to go on, the detectives investigated Showery.
Sure enough, Teresita's jewelry was found in his apartment; her pearl ring was found in the possession of his girlfriend -- just as Teresita's ghost had said. Showery confessed to the crimes and was convicted.