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Los Tocayos Carlos
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The police, the TV stations, and everyone in town had a good story. A 911 tape captures the chilling sounds of a young woman pleading for her life and her brutal murder. The community is safe, though, because the cops acted fast and solved the case within minutes.

For Richard and his family, Wanda’s last words were a monument to their unspeakable pain and a boundary between the lives they lived before Wanda’s death and the ones they struggled through after. But Richard couldn’t see what the tape had to say to everyone else. Not who killed his sister. Not why. Not even much about how. For them, Wanda’s last words, played over and over again like that, were just a cheap piece of entertainment.84

Sources

Testimony in Court and Depositions

  1. Police 911 Recording, Trial Trans., Texas v. DeLuna, No. 83-CR–194-A (Nueces Cty., 28th Dist. Tex. July 18, 1983).

  2. Dep. of Mary Vargas, Mother of Wanda Lopez, Vargas v. Diamond Shamrock, No. 84–4951-D, 86–5900-D (filed Apr. 20, 1988);

Other Primary Records

  1. Autopsy Findings for Wanda Lopez, Joseph C. Rupp, Nueces County Medical Examiner (Feb. 5, 1983);

  2. Crime Scene Photograph 25500024, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

  3. Crime Scene Photograph 25500029, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

  4. Crime Scene Photograph 25500034, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

  5. Crime Scene Photograph 25500035, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

  6. Def’s Ex. 1, Vargas v. Diamond Shamrock, No. 84–4951-D, 85–5900-D (Nueces Cty., 105th Dist. Tex. June 3, 1988);

  7. Emergency Services Record for Wanda Lopez, Memorial Medical Center, Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 4, 1983);

  8. Pl.’s Ex. 11, Vargas v. Diamond Shamrock, No. 84–4951-D, 86–5900-D (Nueces Cty., 105th Dist. Tex. June 3, 1988);

  9. Pl.’s Ex. 15, Vargas v. Diamond Shamrock, No. 84–4951-D, 86–5900-D (Nueces Cty., 105th Dist. Tex. June 3, 1988);

  10. Police Dispatch Tape, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

  11. Mark Schauer, Corpus Christi Police Officer, C.C.P.D. Supplementary Report (Feb. 8, 1983);

  12. State of Texas Death Certificate for Wanda Jean Lopez, Nueces County Medical Examiner (Feb. 4, 1983);

Transcribed Videotape Interviews

  1. Transcribed Videotaped Interview with Becky Nesmith, Cousin of Wanda Lopez, in Corpus Christi, Texas (Dec. 8, 2004);

  2. Transcribed Videotaped Interview with Rene Rodriguez, Lawyer for Wanda Lopez’s Family in Suit Against Diamond Shamrock, in Corpus Christi, Texas (Dec. 8, 2005);

  3. Transcribed Videotaped Interview with Robert Stange, Sigmor Gas Station Manager, in Fredericksburg, Texas (Feb. 24, 2005);

  4. Transcribed Videotaped Interview with Richard Louis Vargas, Brother of Wanda Lopez, in Corpus Christi, Texas (Dec. 4, 2004);

Transcribed Videotape Interview with Richard Louis Vargas, Brother of Wanda Lopez, in Corpus Christi, Texas (Dec. 4, 2004) at 06:55:54–06:56:15 (“Something I never heard [before] that made me very furious was the 911 calls [the T.V. stations were playing].”).

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