7 episodes

Twenty-five years ago, Selena Quintanilla-Perez was already a legend in the Tejano music world and on the verge of superstardom. But on March 31, 1995, Selena’s close friend Yolanda Saldívar pulled a gun from her purse and fired a single bullet. Selena was pronounced dead a short time later. 
Selena’s murder left her family, friends and fans around the world stunned, heartbroken and speechless. In the days, months and years that followed, one question would linger: "why?" Why would someone who claimed to be the singer’s best friend, someone so close to her, choose to end her life? What events in the hours and days before the murder led Saldívar to kill Selena? 
With access to an extraordinary archive of rare and never-before-heard audio, VAULT Studios, the network behind Bardstown and The Officer’s Wife, brings you the story of a superstar, a superfan, and the shocking murder that ended the life of a bright young star.
Selena: A Star Dies in Texas is produced in collaboration with Kiii-TV in Corpus Christi, KHOU in Houston, WFAA in Dallas, KENS5 in San Antonio and our network of TV stations across Texas.

Selena: A Star Dies in Texas VAULT Studios

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    • 4.6, 169 Ratings

Twenty-five years ago, Selena Quintanilla-Perez was already a legend in the Tejano music world and on the verge of superstardom. But on March 31, 1995, Selena’s close friend Yolanda Saldívar pulled a gun from her purse and fired a single bullet. Selena was pronounced dead a short time later. 
Selena’s murder left her family, friends and fans around the world stunned, heartbroken and speechless. In the days, months and years that followed, one question would linger: "why?" Why would someone who claimed to be the singer’s best friend, someone so close to her, choose to end her life? What events in the hours and days before the murder led Saldívar to kill Selena? 
With access to an extraordinary archive of rare and never-before-heard audio, VAULT Studios, the network behind Bardstown and The Officer’s Wife, brings you the story of a superstar, a superfan, and the shocking murder that ended the life of a bright young star.
Selena: A Star Dies in Texas is produced in collaboration with Kiii-TV in Corpus Christi, KHOU in Houston, WFAA in Dallas, KENS5 in San Antonio and our network of TV stations across Texas.

    Yolanda Behind Bars | 5

    Yolanda Behind Bars | 5

    The trial is over, Yolanda Saldívar faces her sentence in court, and Selena's fans are left with only memories. But years later, we hear from Yolanda in one of the only interviews she's ever given.  

    • 31 min
    The Trial of Yolanda Saldívar | 4

    The Trial of Yolanda Saldívar | 4

    Yolanda Saldívar's trial is far from an open and shut case as a young prosecutor takes on an experienced veteran defense lawyer.

    • 54 min
    State of Mind | 3

    State of Mind | 3

    Selena is gone and Yolanda is behind bars. But what do we know about the mind of a woman who killed her best friend?

    • 31 min
    March 31, 1995 | 2

    March 31, 1995 | 2

    Selena agrees to meet with her embattled fan club president at a hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas. It's a day Selena's fans will never forget.

    • 30 min
    La Flor | 1

    La Flor | 1

    At 23 years old, Selena's career was skyrocketing. But a dark cloud was forming behind the scenes as a close friendship was fraying. 

    • 33 min
    Selena: A Star Dies in Texas launching May 6

    Selena: A Star Dies in Texas launching May 6

    Our host Kiii-TV anchor Rudy Trevino introduces the tragic story of the young singer who broke boundaries before she was gunned down in 1995.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
169 Ratings

169 Ratings

applezmoi ,

Great

Selena A Star Died in Texas: Wow I was born in 94 so I knew the name and not the story and this is a must listen for anyone in the same boat. It’s done by Vault Studios so very scripted but captivating sounding more like an audiobook sometimes. I’m so glad they didn’t try to stretch it out for 13 episodes. There are only 3, 30 minute long episodes so it really feels like just the facts. Tragic story, great podcast.

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mschmidt0119 ,

Tragedy

Yolanda is truly devious and extremely manipulative. This podcast did a great job capturing that.

mollyymy ,

Disappointing

I was really excited for this podcast - but it turned into a podcast entirely about Yolanda way too fast. I thought it would be Selena’s story, not the woman that murdered her. I don’t think many Selena fans are interested in hearing from/about her very much.....

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