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Vanessa Guillen’s Sister Appeared On The Red Table Talk: The Estefans— ‘We still don’t know the truth’ about her death

Updated October 28, 2020.

Months have passed since the remains of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen were found buried along the Leon River in Texas on June 30. Now, speaking out on the latest episode of “Red Table Talk: The Estefans” Guillen’s mother and sisters revealed that they are still facing so many unanswered questions. In a sit-down talk with the Grammy-winning music legend Gloria Estefan, her daughter Emily Estefan and niece Lili Estefan, Guillen’s sister, Lupe Guillen shared that she is faced to ask questions about her sister’s disappearance every single day.

Lupe Guillen explained to the Estefans that these days her biggest questions are “Why?

“We still don’t even know the truth, why would they do this to an innocent person? … killed her and after she’s killed, just do all that stuff to her (that) I can’t even say,” Lupe Guillen, told the Estefans.”Why? That’s my question every single day, why? Why? Why her? And I ask to God: ‘¿Por qué ella? ¿Por qué de todos los que existimos, por qué le hicieron eso a ella?’

Guillen’s disappearance and death sparked concern amongst Latino communities across the country. After pushinig for an investigation after her disappearance and demanding reform in the ways in which the military addresses sexual harassment, Guillen’s mom told Gloria Estefan she noticed a change in Vanessa’s weight loss and mental state a few months before she disappeared. Talking to her daughter, Guillen says Vanessa revealed a culture of sexual harassment on the military base.

“Acosan a las muchachas y no dicen nada por miedo.” said Gloria Guillen, recalling a conversation with her daughter.

The latest episode of the Estefans featuring the Guillen’s premieres Wednesday at noon ET and 9 a.m. PT on Facebook Watch. 

A string of disappearances and deaths have been tied to Fort Hood, the United States Army post located in Killeen, Texas leading to a series of investigations and inquiries.

In August, police found the body of Fort Hood resident Sgt. Elder Fernandes near a railroad. Fernandes had been missing for almost two weeks before his body was discovered. It is believed that the missing Fort Hood soldier reported an instance of sexual abuse just before his disappearance.

Temple police received a call on Tuesday evening requesting medical assistance at the site of a railroad where a man was found dead. When officials arrived at the scene they determined that the man, now identified as Fernandes, had been dead for some time.

According to Natalie Khawam, a spokesperson for Fernandes’ family, the Army alerted them of the police’s discovery. Khawam confirmed that his body had been found hanging from a tree. At the scene, police were able to recover Fernandes’ backpack and were able to identify him by using his driver’s license. “Temple police have requested an autopsy and now await forensic identification,” Khawam explained according to People. Police have stated there is currently no foul play suspected in his death.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fernandes family during this challenging time,” Temple Police Chief Shawn Reynolds said in a statement.

Fernandes was a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear specialist who was last seen on Aug. 17.  

Two days later, after the Fernandes family struggled to get ahold of him, they reported him missing to the police. According to CNN, Lt. Col. Chris Brautigam, a 1st Cavalry Division public affairs officer stated that there is an “open investigation of abusive sexual contact” concerning Fernandes and he has been listed as a victim in the inquiry.

Fernandes’s death is only the latest in other disappearances and deaths connected to the base this year.

Earlier this year in May, Pfc. Brandon Scott Rosecrans was found fatally shot on the side of a road. He was 27-years-old. Twenty-eight-year old Brandon Michael Olivares has been accused of killing him in August. Police say Olivares and Rosecrans, a National Defense Service Medal recipient, were driving together in Rosecrans’ Jeep Renegade before he had been shot. His Jeep was found on fire soon after police discovered his body about four miles away from the site of Rosecrans’ body. According to a criminal affidavit, Olivares killed Rosencrans in a dispute over a gun sale.

Olivares is currently being held on a $1 million bond.

Over the summer, parts of Fort Hood soldier Pfc. Vanessa Guillen‘s body was discovered in a river.

Guillen’s body was discovered in a shallow grave by a River in Bell County in June. Soon after, Spc. Aaron David Robinson (who had been suspected in her killing) 20, died by suicide.

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El Chapo’s Wife Turns Herself In After Being Charged With Drug Smuggling and Trying to Break Him Out of Jail

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El Chapo’s Wife Turns Herself In After Being Charged With Drug Smuggling and Trying to Break Him Out of Jail

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They say art imitates life, but sometimes, it’s the other way around. Once in a while, the news seems like it’s simply replaying scenes from La Reina del Sur. Especially the latest update on El Chapo’s wife.

On Monday Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, turned herself into the United States FBI on charges of international drug trafficking.

The U.S. authorities are charging Coronel with helping Guzmán smuggle drugs across the border, break out of prison, and bribe corrupt officials. According to anonymous officials, the U.S. authorities have had their eye on her for a while now.

For years, El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel has insisted that she had nothing to do with her husband’s illegal activities. Because she always maintained her innocence, the former teen beauty-queen was able to keep a high profile since her husband was imprisoned in 2019. She was active on social media, gave interviews to news outlets, and even appeared on a reality series.

Coronel was born in San Francisco, but grew up in Mexico near El Chapo’s “territory”.

Her father was a prominent member of El Chapo’s cartel, and according to experts, she “grew up with knowledge of the narcotics trafficking industry.” She married Guzmán when she was 18-years-old. He was 50. Her and Guzmán have 9-year-old twin daughters together. As of now, the girls’ whereabouts are unknown.

According to official documents, the FBI has evidence that Coronel was a liaison between El Chapo and his sons, “Los Chapitos” when they were planning his notorious prison escape in 2015. Coronel also stands accused of acting as a messenger and negotiator for payments to corrupt authorities.

As of now, people are speculating that Coronel turned herself in in exchange for leniency.

“Her attorney at sentencing is going to argue, ‘She took it upon herself to face charges,’ she didn’t make the government go out and arrest and extradite her,” an anonymous source told Vice. “She came out of Mexico. It would have been quite a process to get her extradited.”

According to reports, Colonel faces 10 years to life in prison, and a fine of up to $10 million USD.

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Thirteen Years After Her Daughter’s Murder, Casey Anthony Is Producing A Documentary To ‘Clear Her Name’

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Thirteen Years After Her Daughter’s Murder, Casey Anthony Is Producing A Documentary To ‘Clear Her Name’

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Updated Feb. 8, 2021.

In 2008, the death of Caylee Anthony gripped headlines across the United States after her mother Casey Anthony was charged with first-degree murder. The case attracted a significant amount of news attention and quickly became a media circus. Forty million people watched testimony in the case which became the main topic of talk shows across the country.

Now, thirteen years after her daughter’s death, Casey Anthony is back to making headlines. After enduring so much legal trouble, Anthony is thrusting herself back into the legal field again, this time for business.

Casey Anthony is raising eyebrows once again after filing paperwork to open a private investigation company in South Florida.

Anthony filed documents listing herself as a registered agent of Case Research & Consulting Services, LLC last December. Her business, according to People, was registered to a home in West Palm Beach owned by Patrick McKenna. During the time of her trial, McKenna worked as Anthony’s lead investigator.

According to state records, Anthony does not have a Florida private investigator’s license. As a convicted felon she will not be able to obtain a license.

Casey Anthony is also now pushing to become a movie producer.

 According to TMZ Anthony and co-producers, Tamra Simmons and Ebony Porter-Ike are setting out to produce a movie about her daughter’s murder in an effort to clear her name.

TMZ says that the producers behind the documentary say Anthony is “finally ready to clear her name, bring justice to her daughter, and begin the process of establishing her daughter’s legacy in a different light.”

“She knows what it’s like to be accused of something that she didn’t do,” a source told People. “She wants to help other wrongfully accused people, especially women, and help them get justice.” The source noted that Anthony has yet to obtain clients. “It’s in the very early stages,” explained the source. “She has big plans for her future, and hopes that it will change how people see her.”

In 2008, Anthony was charged with first-degree murder for the disappearance of her daughter Caylee.

Anthony’s case became notorious after it came out that she had not reported her daughter missing until 31 days after she disappeared. A massive search went underway for the toddler who was almost three. The search ended when her body was found in a wooded lot near Anthony’s family home.

On July 5, 2011, a jury found Casey not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and aggravated manslaughter of a child. They did, however, find her guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

After she was acquitted, a Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger described Casey as “the court made a pretty strong statement that she was one of the most hated women in America.”

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