The murder of superstar Selena Quintanilla at the hands of her friend and trusted employee Yolanda Saldivar is not something her loved ones and her loyal fans will ever forgive or forget. But are there some facts from that dark day in Corpus Christi, Texas that you may not know about?
As part of their popular series “Murder Made Me Famous,” the Reelz Channel is reopening the case and profiling the murderous Saldivar and the motives behind her killing the rising Tejano singer. What exactly happened at the Days Inn Motel on March 31, 1995?
“Yolanda was firing boutique employees left and right because of cash flow problems,” Helling says in the preview. “But those problems were because of Yolanda. She was stealing money from the company bank account.”
As part of the episode, audiences will see reenactments of the case including the moment when Selena’s dad Abraham Quintanilla confronts the fan club president and manager of her clothing boutiques about the missing money she had been embezzling. Behind her back, he had been investigating the missing funds from the fan club and boutiques. Both of which Saldivar was in charge of.
Saldivar is currently incarcerated at the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas and will be up for parole on March 30, 2025.
Interviews include Joe Nick Patoski, author of “Selena: Como La Flor”; Tom Whitehurst, opinion editor at Corpus Christi Caller-Times; Carlos Valdez, Prosecutor in Saldivar trial; and Larry Young, former Corpus Christi Detective/ Lead Saldivar Negotiator.
Selena was posthumously honored with a star November 3 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near the Capitol Records building in front of husband Chris Perez, sister Suzette Quintanilla and actress Eva Longoria. The event brought out an estimated 4,500 fans, breaking records 22 years after her death.
Google also honored her with a coveted doodle on October 17. The search giant gave her much more than a regular doodle, they featured a video of an animated Selena singing one of her biggest hits “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.”
Reelz Channel will be airing “Murder Made Me Famous: Yolanda Saldivar” on December 9. Other killers who have been profiled this season include “The Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez, Susan Smith, John Gotti, David Koresh and “Dating Game Killer” Rodney Alcala.