Hoax: Selena Murderer Granted Early Prison Release

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A fake article circulating claims that Yolanda Saldivar, the murderer of “Tejano Queen” Selena, may be given an early release from prison.

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This fraudulent claim comes from satire site National Report. The brief, fabricated article asserts that Yolanda Saldivar could be released in January of 2015 due to a deteriorating health condition. Included in the column is a false quote attributed to a health coordinator (likely a nonexistent person) at the prison where Saldivar is being held.

At the end of the article, there is a link to a petition on Change.org. It should be noted that this petition was started on December 8th of 2014, and may have been posted by someone associated with National Report.

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Murder of Selena

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, a rising Tejano music star, was murdered by Yolanda Saldivar on March 31st, 1995. Prior to the murder, Saldivar had been president of the Selena fan club, yet was suspected of stealing large sums of money by Selena’s family. When Selena confronted Saldivar with demands for financial records at a hotel, Saldivar drew a pistol and fired a single round which killed the 23 year-old star when it severed an artery in her right shoulder.

According to a 1995 article from the Associated Press, Saldivar was found guilty of murder, sentenced to life in prison, and is not eligible for parole until 2025.

A visit to the website of the Texas Department of Justice reveals that Saldivar’s potential parole date of 2025 has not been changed.

National Report

National Report is well-known for creating fake news stories in the name of satire. However, these “satire” stories often do not contain elements of humor, and frequently exploit fears or hot button topics to draw in traffic/income.

At one time in the past, a disclaimer was visible on the National Report website that informed readers that the site was devoted to satire. Currently, this disclaimer has been removed from sight, and probably resides somewhere on a webpage which comprises legality issues for National Report.


The murderer of Selena, Yolanda Saldivar, is not being granted an early release from prison. This claim comes from National Report, a satire site which publishes fake news stories.

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