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Alan Filan  |  Phocourtesy Brother Rice High School

Alan Filan | Photo courtesy of Brother Rice High School

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Updated: June 17, 2014 1:58PM



Investigators found about 20 Backpage.com ads for female escorts on a desk in a Brother Rice High School teacher’s home after they found him brutally stabbed to death earlier this year, records show.

Alan Filan, 61, was found dead under a bay window on his kitchen floor, wearing a gray sweatshirt, jeans and brown socks, according to an autopsy report obtained Wednesday by the Chicago Sun-Times.

The report describes 14 knife wounds and other scrapes and bruises spotted on the body after it was discovered during a well-being check Jan. 21 at Filan’s home in the 9400 block of Georgetown Square in Orland Park.

It also describes the bloody footprints from a woman’s high-heel shoe that led from the kitchen to Filan’s front door.

Alisha Walker, a 21-year-old prostitute from Ohio, was later arrested in Fort Wayne, Ind., and charged with Filan’s Jan. 18 stabbing death. She’s being held without bail in the Cook County Jail and is next expected in court May 28.

Prosecutors said police tracked Walker to a Fort Wayne motel through text messages on Filan’s phone that corresponded to a phone number posted on a Backpage.com ad. She has allegedly told police she’d been to Filan’s house before but acted this time in self-defense after Filan grabbed a knife during a fight over money.

Walker has pleaded guilty to prostitution at least three times in Cook County, court records show.

Filan’s autopsy report shows he suffered stab wounds in the back of his neck, chest, his left arm and abdomen. He also was cut on the neck and left forearm, it said. A toxicology report shows he tested positive only for ethanol.

Though Filan taught at Brother Rice for nearly 40 years, it was a representative of a nearby hotel in Orland Park where he also apparently worked that contacted police and asked for a well-being check after Filan failed to show up for a Jan. 20 shift, according to the report.

Filan was found lying face-up with his head resting against the base molding at the bottom of a wall and tilted toward the left shoulder. His hands were resting on his mid-section, his right leg was extended and his left leg was bent at the knee with his foot resting against a chair that had fallen over, according to the report.

Investigators found a knife with a red substance on it in the sink with water, but they also noted a round metal pan nearby that might have been used to heat up a frozen pizza and wrote “it is possible that the knife could have been used to cut the pizza.”

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