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What REALLY happened to Vanessa Guillen? Netflix docu sheds light on infamous Fort Hood murder

The docuseries, set to release on November 17, 2022, will focus on the late US Army soldier, who was brutally murdered at the Army post in Texas
UPDATED NOV 17, 2022
Netflix is set to release a true crime documentary based on the life and brutal murder of US Army soldier Vanessa Guillen (@mayraaaguillen/Instagram)
Netflix is set to release a true crime documentary based on the life and brutal murder of US Army soldier Vanessa Guillen (@mayraaaguillen/Instagram)

BELTON, TEXAS: In June 2020, a shocking event rocked all of America after authorities discovered the partial human remains of Vanessa Guillen near the Leon River in Belton, Texas. Guillen was a Fort Hood soldier who disappeared earlier that year in April. The discovery of her remains and the mystery behind her death sparked massive outrage as her family had also raised allegations that Guillen was sexually harassed. Her story even prompted Netflix to release a true-crime docuseries about it.

Netflix stated that the documentary ‘I am Vanessa Guillen’, a docuseries that is based on the life and death of US Army soldier Guillen, will be released in November. The upcoming series has reignited the interest of many viewers in Guillen’s brutal murder. According to CNN, Guillen had phoned home to tell her family that she was facing sexual harassment while serving in the Army. The allegations put the military in the spotlight for having a “flawed system.” They were even called out for their ignorance while handling reports of sexual harassment and assault. Now that Netflix is set to release the docuseries, many are wondering what really happened to the soldier. Read on to know.


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Who was Vanessa Guillen?

Specialist Guillen was a Fort Hood soldier hailing from Houston, Texas. Her mother Gloria Guillen stated that Vanessa had been interested in the armed forces since a very young age. Her favorite toy was her brother’s toy pistol. While Gloria was against the decision, Vanessa was adamant and enlisted herself in the arm after she turned 18. The athletic Vanessa even played soccer, lifted weights, and ran in cross-country teams.

What happened to Vanessa Guillen?

Guillen was reported missing on April 23, 2022, sparking an investigation into her disappearance. No clue of the military woman was found until June 30, when her remains were discovered near Leon River. It was later revealed that Vanessa had been bludgeoned to death and her body was hacked into pieces and disposed of. Aaron Robinson, a fellow soldier, was taken into custody as the suspect.

It was then revealed that Robinson killed Vanessa after she found out that he was involved with another soldier’s wife -- Cecily Aguilar. Robinson was worried about getting into trouble with the Army for fraternizing with a fellow soldier's wife, which would violate the rules.

As per CNN, Aguilar reportedly also helped Robinson in cleaning up the crime. Aguilar and Robinson placed the bones in three or four holes and thought they would not be discovered for a couple of years

‘I Am Vanessa Guillen’ will be released on November 17, 2022, exclusively on Netflix.