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Here’s What Fans On Social Media Have To Say About The Controversial ‘El Secreto De Selena’

Last night, Telemundo premiered the first installment of the series “El Secreto de Selena,” and we’re still reeling from the drama. The Spanish series is based on the novel by noted journalist María Celeste Arrarás which explores the months leading up to Selena’s death and the aftermath, including the trial of her killer, Yolanda Saldívar.

The Quintanilla family has been against Arrarás book since before it was published in 1997, just two years after Selena’s death. Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, has long disputed the accounts in the book, calling Arrarás full of crap and saying it was full of lies. Arrarás, however, said the story is like most investigative novels. She said the book is not solely based on her infamous interview with Saldívar, but also hundreds of court documents, interviews with those on the murder trial jury, and people that were in the mix of Selena’s life during that time. Needless to say, this series has been long anticipated because everyone wants to know, what was Selena’s secret and what motivated Saldívar to murder her.

“El Secreto de Selena” begins where “Selena” the movie left off.

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The 13-episode series, which first premiered last year in Mexico, has had an onslaught of controversy mainly because it exposes the late Tejano singer in a way we’ve never seen her portrayed before. This series is not about her career, about her childhood, or how she became a star. This Selena story is about why she was murdered and is shown in a True Crime fashion. The Quintanillas maintain a stronghold on her image in the public, which means this portrayal goes against whatever they are trying to protect or allege is not true. 

The first impression is everything, and there’s definitely mixed reactions to this version.

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People did not like that this production didn’t use Selena’s real music.

María Celeste was live-tweeting during the show and responded to the haters. 

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Many were commenting that Saldivar has a really high-pitched voice. 

Twitter reminded us that younger Selena fans are coming into this completely new.

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Some may think that Selena’s killer was some random person or just a crazy fan not knowing they were very good friends and she was actually the president of Selena’s fan club. 

Some Twitter users didn’t like how actress Maya Zapata portrayed Selena in the concert scene.  

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They said her dancing and accent were not authentic to Selena’s.

One of the hardest-hitting parts for people to watch is that hospital room scene.

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I mean, imagine being those doctors.

But there was positive feedback on the casting in the show.

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Mexican actor Jorge Zárate, who had a role in ‘Señora Acero’, played Abraham Quintanilla.

Fans had mixed feelings about the actor playing Selena’s husband, Chris Perez.

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Venezuelan actor Daniel Elbittar plays the role of Chris Perez. He previously had roles in telenovelas.

María Celeste has maintained this production is based on her book which was information gathered from her reporting. People are still questioning the accuracy.

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Users even pointed out how different Corpus Christi looked.

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Selena fans are hardcore. They inspect every last detail and if something seems off to them, they will call it out.

Still, hardcore Selena facts are learning things they didn’t know before. Some facts on Saldivar are new to many.

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We just know there’s still so much to uncover. We have so many questions that will be answered in the coming episodes — at least that’s what we’re hoping for. 

María Celeste Arrarás was on hand responding to doubters.

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María Celeste was live-tweeting from the beginning.

People may have ripped the first episode apart, but that does not mean they will stay away from the rest of the series.

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People just can’t resist anything Selena. Since Selena’s death, fans have only really had the Quintanilla side of the story. This series offers another perspective to the life of one of the most beloved artists of our times.

Will you keep watching?

READ: A Quintanilla Family-Approved Selena Series Is Coming To Netflix And People Are Freaking Out

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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Richard Ramirez, a.k.a. The Night Stalker, spent the summer of 1985 terrorizing Los Angeles. Ramirez murdered 13 people during his reign of terror in Southern California. Netflix’s new docuseries is exploring the crime by interviewing law enforcement and family of the victims.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial” killer is now streaming on Netflix.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is the latest Netflix docuseries diving into the true crimes that have shaped American society. Richard Ramirez is one of the most prolific serial killers of all time and single-handedly terrorized Los Angeles during the summer of 1985.

Ramirez fundamentally changed Los Angeles and the people who live there. The serial killer was an opportunistic killer. He would break into homes using unlocked doors and opened windows. Once inside, he would rape, murder, rob, and assault the people inside the home.

The documentary series explores just how Ramirez was able to keep law enforcement at bay for so long. The killer did not have a standard modus operandi. His victims ran the gamut of gender, age, and race. There was no indicator as to who could be next. He also rarely used the same weapon when killing his victims. Some people were stabbed to death while others were strangled and others still were bludgeoned.

While not the first telling of Ramirez’s story, it is the most terrifying account to date.

“Victims ranged in age from 6 to 82,” director Tiller Russell told PEOPLE. “Men, women, and children. The murder weapons were wildly different. There were guns, knives, hammers, and tire irons. There was this sort of feeling that whoever you were, that anybody could be a victim and anybody could be next.”

Family members of the various victims speak in the documentary series about learning of the horror committed to them. People remember grandparents and neighbors killed by Ramirez. All the while, police followed every lead to make sure they left no stone unturned.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is now streaming on Netflix.

READ: Here’s How An East LA Neighborhood Brought Down One Of America’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

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More Information Has Come Out About the Man Who Senselessly Shot a Young Woman While She Was Walking Her Dog

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More Information Has Come Out About the Man Who Senselessly Shot a Young Woman While She Was Walking Her Dog

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On June 10th, 2020, a senseless crime was committed. 21-year-old Isabella Thallas was shot and killed while she was out walking her dog with her boyfriend, 26-year-old Darian Simon. Simon, who was shot as well, survived.

Almost immediately after Thallas lost her life, the police were informed of the murderer: 36-year-old Michael Close, who lived in the same building as the couple.

Michael Close had shot the couple from his window with an AK-47. Thallas died almost instantly.

Close was quickly arrested and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, and possession of a high-capacity magazine during a crime.

But questions piled up as to why Close committed this crime in the first place. Why did he target the couple? Was the murder pre-meditated? How did this unstable man get his hands on an AK-47?

As the police put the pieces together, the motive was shocking. According to Close, he shot and killed Thallas because her dog defecated in the alley behind his unit.

The story he gave police lined up with Darian Simon’s version of events as well. Simon says that he and Thallas were walking their dog together behind their building. Simon commanded the dog to “poop” when he heard Close yelling at him from the window above them.

“Are you going to train that f—ing dog or just yell at it?” Close allegedly yelled out the window at them. When Simon bent down to pick up the dog’s feces, that’s when Close open-fired out the window. Simon was able to run away with wounds to his lower body. Thallas lost her life.

According to Close’s girlfriend, the man had been mentally unwell for a long time.

He had been diagnosed with depression as well as a personality disorder but refused to seek help. He frequently abused drugs and alcohol after being sober for three years.

The murder of Thallas was a culmination of a tumultuous night where he had been drinking and arguing with his girlfriend for hours. Thallas just happened to be the person who was at the receiving-end of his outburst. She was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

And recently, some more disturbing information has come to light about Thallas’s murder.

According to Denver Police, the gun that Close used to murder Thallas was taken from his friend, police officer Sgt. Dan Politica.

The close friendship between a police officer and an unhinged murder is, understandably, drawing questions from the Denver community.

The Denver Police Department confirmed that Close and Politica were “close friends”. Thalla’s mother, Anna Thallas, appears to have even more information on the friendship.

“They’re best friends. Life-long best friends for over 20 years. They grew up together,” she told 9News Denver.

Anna Thallas is angry and frustrated that the Denver police aren’t conducting an internal investigation.

The DPD argues that Sgt. Politica did nothing wrong. Thallas points to his failure to report the rifle missing until after her daughter was missing as a massive red flag. It is also worth noting that Politica has a history of violence and disciplinary actions by the DPD.

According to phone records, Close texted Sgt. Politica before the murder complaining about a dog in his neighborhood. After he murdered Thallas, he left Politica a voicemail saying he “really f—-d up bad.”

“That man should be stripped of his uniform,” Anna Thallas said. “Had that officer acted in his capacity and the oath that he took to serve and protect and was a responsible gun owner, Isabella might still be alive. My daughter might still be here.”

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