South Texas retailers quickly yanked copies of the Globe from
store shelves after discovering the tabloid had printed photos from
Tejano star Selena's autopsy.
Six color pictures snapped by a police photographer from the
autopsy of 23-year-old Selena Quintanilla-Perez were in the Nov. 14
issue delivered to local stores Tuesday morning.
"After reviewing the contents, the decision was made to pull the
magazine from all our stores," said Mike De La Garza, spokesman for
the H-E-B grocery chain of 220 stores.
Officials of Maverick Market and Circle K stores also said
managers were told to pull the publication from store shelves
"It's just in consideration for the family," said Brian Mitchell,
a spokesman for Coastal Corp. in Houston, which owns Maverick
Market. The company has 120 stores in South Texas.
"It's obviously out of respect for them. It's just not anything
you would want for your daughter.
"The unfortunate thing is, before we found out, many had already
sold out. So there weren't too many left."
The article was headlined: "Shot in the Back!" and "Exclusive!
Dramatic autopsy photos reveal innocent beauty was gunned down by
Selena was fatally shot March 31 at a Corpus Christi motel by
former fan club president Yolanda Saldivar.
The two women had been arguing over charges by Selena's family
that Ms. Saldivar had embezzled more than $30,000 from the singer's
A Houston jury last month convicted Ms. Saldivar, 35, of murder
in connection with the slaying and sentenced her to life
Abraham Quintanilla Jr., Selena's father, said the Globe photo
spread sickened him.
"I'm definitely going to see what legal rights we have," he said.
"This has gone far enough."
Selena's mother, Marcella Quintanilla, said she was stunned when
she saw a televised report about the Globe photo spread.
"I'm very upset. I just saw it on the news. I wasn't aware of it.
It was very upsetting," she said.
Globe Vice President Terry Raskyn, reached by phone in New York,
said someone in Corpus Christi approached the magazine with the
"We didn't have to beat the bushes for them. In general, we don't
have to beat the bushes for anything," Ms. Raskyn said.
She refused to say if the magazine paid for the photos, and she
defended their publication.
"We write and publish for a nationwide audience," she said.
"There were no cameras in the courtroom, and the rest of the nation
did not get widespread media coverage like you did in San Antonio."