SAN ANTONIO - A 47-year-old unsolved murder case in San Antonio has resurfaced.
The alleged murder took place in room 636 at the historic Gunter Hotel. The murder made headlines for months in area newspapers and now a man has written a book about what he calls the haunting truth.
For the first time some of those details are being revealed to the public.
“The victim's body was never found. The suspect committed suicide. There are all these theories with the case with a meat grinder and construction sites,” explains Guillermo Fuentes, author of The Murder of Room 636 (A Haunting Truth).
It sounds more like a fictional mystery novel, but according to Fuentes, the story is true.
“On the eighth of February between 3:00 pm and 5:45 pm someone, a female, visited him in room 636. Something went wrong in the room that made Walter A. Emerick the suspect,” said Fuentes.
The author went on to say a housekeeper walked into the room and saw Emerick covered in blood. She also saw blood all over the room.
Fuentes added, “Supposedly, the individual cut the woman's body into pieces.”
The housekeeper frantically went for help, but by the time police arrived the suspect and the body were gone.
“The mystery that involves the case started at room 636 and it ended at the St. Anthony Hotel.”
Police reports reveal that's where Emerick was found days later. As soon as they knocked on his hotel room at the St. Anthony they heard a gun shot. Emerick fatally shot himself in the head.
Based on his research, Fuentes has a theory of how the suspect disposed of the body before killing himself.
“He tried to purchase a meat grinder - a heavy meat grinder,” explained Fuentes.
The woman's identity and her remains were never found. The author now hopes his book will separate fact from fiction on this age old murder case.
For more information on the book, visit www.gunterhotelroom636.com