Selena's Secret: The Revealing Story Behind Her Tragic Death

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 5, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Susan K. -

I read this book a few years ago and I wont say its a great book but I wont say that is not without informational value. If you are a Selena fan you may find the authors view on Yolanda Saldivar a bit ... Read full review

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I still cant believe everything has been misunderstood now that I read this book I get what actually had happend that day its not like people said that Yolanda killed selena then she tried to her self. Im glad i found this book on google now i can really understand and know the really story of her life... :( sad day and moments..!!!!  


Yolanda Saldlvar
The Trial October 1995
The Interview with Yolanda Saldlvar November 1995
Ready to Broadcast the Interview

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About the author (1997)

Maria Celeste Arraras is host of Univision's Primer Impacto, the number-one-rated Spanish newsmagazine show.

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