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Chapter 4
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Wanda wasn’t strong enough. She had nothing to hold onto and slipped in her own blood. Her attacker dragged her back from the flap door to a stack of Coke and Mr. Pibb cases partway between the front windows and the back room, on a line with the flap door.69

It was then that the fiercest struggle began, as the man steered Wanda towards the storeroom and she fought back.70 The soft drink cases there were partially toppled, and big drops of blood had pooled at their base.71 From there to the threshold of the storeroom was a gruesome three-foot trail of blood drops, spatter, and smears.72 The trail ended at the largest pool of all, next to the open back-room door. Between the soda cases and the pool were two pairs of parallel, crescent-shaped skid marks in a wave pattern, surrounded by large blood drops and a downpour of droplets.73

The skid marks showed where Wanda, rapidly losing blood, had planted her feet in a desperate effort to stop her momentum, as the attacker gave her two vicious yanks towards the back room.74 Then, abandoning the effort, the attacker must have violently thrown Wanda to the ground, causing the large pool of blood near the back-room door and a vast mist of drops radiating out from it towards the opening in the counter—the direction the attacker must then have headed.75

It was there, on the ground, that Wanda lost her right sandal. It lay upside down between the large pool and the back room, soaked dark with blood at the instep and surrounded by large drops of blood on the floor and smaller drops and streaks on the back room door.76 Most of the blood stopped two tiles away from the threshold to the back room, but on the concrete floor just inside the room was a lone smear of blood a few inches square in size, where the man—Wanda’s blood staining the bottom of his shoe—must have stood when making his last unsuccessful tug before throwing Wanda to the ground.77

Then, as quickly as the struggle had started, it ended. The man fled through the flap door, leaving behind a bloody right-shoe print—or perhaps two—in the passageway through the counter.78

Whether it was Wanda, or the man, who raised the lift top, unlatched the flap door and knocked the roller chair out from behind the counter, Stange couldn’t tell.

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Figure 9: Police photographs of the northern half of the clerk’s area. (Top left) The First National Bank calendar on the floor, and the passageway through the counter with one or two bloody shoeprints. (Top right) The large pool of blood just outside the back room, and the blood smudge on the back room floor. (Bottom) The full area detailed in the other two photographs.

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Figure 10. Clerk’s -area portion of the police diagram of the Sigmor Shamrock (see Chapter 3, Figure 5), with typewritten additions by the authors.

See Crime Scene Photograph 25500007, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500010, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500030, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500037, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500038, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983).

See Tamara Theiss’s Notes on Interview with Olivia Escobedo, Corpus Christi Police Detective in Wanda Lopez and Dahlia Sauceda Cases (Feb. 27, 2005) at 2:

I remember coming into the gas station. Ms. Lopez was already being treated by the emergency response people. She couldn’t talk to anyone. She had been stabbed over and over again [sic—there was only one stab wound]. I remember that there was blood everywhere inside the gas station. You could tell from all the blood that DeLuna had grabbed Ms. Lopez and dragged her over from behind the counter to where the coolers were . . . .

Crime Scene Photograph 25500005, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500007, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500010, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500019, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500030, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500038, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Diagram, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983) (reproduced supra Chapter 3, Figure 5).

See Crime Scene Photograph 25500005, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500007, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500008, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500010, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500019, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500030, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500037 Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500038, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983).

See Crime Scene Photograph 25500007, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500010, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500030, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500037, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500038, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983).

See Crime Scene Photograph 25500005, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500007, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500010, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500030, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500037, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500038, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983).

See Crime Scene Photograph 25500007, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500008, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500030, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500037, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500038, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983).

See Crime Scene Photograph 25500011, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500030, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983).

See Crime Scene Photograph 25500037, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983).

See Crime Scene Photograph 25500014, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500028, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500030, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

see also Crime Scene Photograph 25500005, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500008, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983);

Crime Scene Photograph 25500019, Corpus Christi Police Dep’t (Feb. 4, 1983) (showing partial second print behind the full print in the passageway).

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