20th Anniversary Edition
An intimate and investigative portrait of beloved Mexican American singer Selena Quintanilla’s murder by Emmy Award-winning journalist María Celeste Arrarás. Now with a new foreword and afterword by the author for the 20th Anniversary Edition.
There is no doubt that Yolanda Saldívar pulled the trigger and killed Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla Pérez on March 31, 1995. But does anyone know what really happened in Room 158 of the Days Inn, moments before the crime took place? María Celeste Arrarás has many answers, and her unrivaled coverage of the murder, trial, and aftermath made her the undisputed expert on the Selena case. Arrarás shares firsthand information about the crime and the people involved—including details of her headline-making jailhouse interview with Yolanda, who repeatedly spoke of “Selena’s secret”—a powerful hidden piece of information that she refused to divulge in the courtroom but revealed to Arrarás at length. Many questions were raised, and not all were answered until this revealing interview shed light on the crime.
Why was there a suitcase filled with Selena’s clothes at the murder scene? What was the significance of the jeweled ring, adorned with the initial S that fell from Selena’s bloody fist? Who was the doctor from Monterrey who called himself Selena’s confidant and business adviser? Selena’s Secret fits together the pieces of this puzzle and depicts what really happened on that rainy day in March.
The murder of 23-year-old Selena Quintanilla Perez at a motel in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1995 was a seismic shock to the Hispanic community in the U.S. and to Mexicans, for she was the most popular Tejano (Tex-Mex) singer, who had won a Grammy and whose records had earned $50 million by 1994. Accused of the shooting was Yolanda Saldivar, the founder of the Selena fan club, a confidante and business associate of the singer who was branching out into the fashion boutique world. Arraras, the anchor of Univision TV's Primer Impacto, won the confidence of both Selena's and Yolanda's families, thereby obtaining many news-making interviews, chief among them a prison talk with Yolanda after she was found guilty and sentenced to life. Throughout the trial and afterward, Yolanda made reference to a "secret" that would explain everything and supposedly exonerate her, or at least justify her action. She never revealed it, and Arraras claims that it can be discovered by reading between the lines of her book. To those not trained in that skill, it appears that there was in fact no secret, so the book's promised revelation is much ado about nothing. But the author does excel at self-aggrandizement presented in a flat, journalistic style.
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Don't waste your time..or money
This book was a very frustrating read. It seems to focus more on the authors career as a journalist, covering the death and trial of Selena and Yolanda respectively, than that of letting us know Selena's "Secrets." Also, there is no concrete evidence of any secrets, just speculation. This book hasn't given any information I already didn't know. Very upsetting...
Even after reading the synopsis, this looks very tasteless and clearly trying to make it seem like Selena bought this upon herself. Yeah don't think so. I hate writers like this, a writer did the same with Matthew Shepard, trying to blame drugs on him being killed. But I disgress.
Let her rest in peace!
Why bother to read the book when we truly know what happened to Selena. Yolanda could be making up these things && us true Selena fans know the real deal. I get so upset when I see things get made up by people to get money. Are you trying to make Selena look bad?