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Rebecca Zahau: Murder or Suicide? Coronado, CA

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by SoSueMe, Apr 17, 2015.


What caused Rebecca's death?

  1. Murder

    17 vote(s)
  2. Suicide

    2 vote(s)
  3. Accident then staged

    1 vote(s)
  4. Other

    0 vote(s)
  1. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Good analysis, Lily. Thank you for posting the script. I couldn't understand a lot of his words.
    Thank you for posting the 911 call, too. He must have called from a cell phone, because if he called from a landline the 911 operator would be able to trace the address from the number on CID. Maybe there was no landline in the house, or maybe he was just stalling. There were long gaps in the call, so a lot of stalling.
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  2. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Also, I don't know why AS would conclude Rebecca committed suicide when there was a gag in her mouth and, yeah, he was slow to mention that -- such a big detail. Why would someone stuff a gag in their mouth before committing suicide? I did think it was odd, too, that he couldn't remember if her hands were tied.
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  3. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Yep.. I keep thinking -- each bit of 'oddness' on its own might be able to be explained away.. but add them all together and it's just all quite disturbing.
  4. Emicskasierra

    Emicskasierra Well-Known Member

    I personally think AS killed RZ
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  5. Emicskasierra

    Emicskasierra Well-Known Member

    I personally think AS killed RZ
  6. patsella

    patsella Bronze Member

    I don't believe she committed suicide. I is my personal opinion that AS either killed or had RZ killed.
  7. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    I've been inclined to believe AS killed her, too. In the 911 call and interrogation, he not only concluded Rebecca committed suicide, but offered an explanation why he thinks she killed herself. That's a red flag.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2018
  8. guess who

    guess who Bronze Member

    Not suicide.
  9. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    I hope the Zahau's lawyers ask Adam in court how he managed to cut her down and give her "CPR" without leaving ---any--- of his DNA on Rebecca, or the rope.
  10. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

  11. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    I think this is the same link you posted above, Lily. I just finished reading it and watching the videos.

    The mysterious death of Rebecca Zahau: Where this bizarre case stands today as the civil suit goes before a jury

    Mar 1, 2018, 11:33 PM ET

    Nearly seven years after Rebecca Zahau's mysterious death, in which she was found naked and bound at a multimillion-dollar, historic mansion in Coronado, California, her family's wrongful-death lawsuit is now going before a jury in San Diego Superior Court.

    San Diego authorities ruled the 32-year-old's July 2011 death a suicide, but her mother, Pari Zahau, and sister, Mary Zahau-Loehner, believe she was murdered and are seeking unspecified damages in a civil trial that began this week.

    The wrongful-death lawsuit names Adam Shacknai, the brother of Rebecca Zahau's then-boyfriend, Jonah Shacknai, as the one responsible for her death.

    "This is all about finding the truth," Zahau-Loehner told ABC News. "That people understand that my sister did not commit suicide."

    Watch the full story on ABC News' "20/20" THIS FRIDAY, March 2, at 10 p.m. ET

  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Quite a few years back when I was a co-host on a radio show, this case was discussed. A medical examiner and a very provoking thinker discussed the condition of her body and from what they were discussing, it seemed impossible to me that she could have committed suicide. I wish I could remember all the details? I'll have to see if that is still online somewhere and if I find it I'll share the link. I think it might have aired in September of 2011?
  13. guess who

    guess who Bronze Member

    And not remembering if she was naked after all that!
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  14. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  15. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

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  16. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I remember when they were talking about it and I couldn't figure out how in the world a person could commit suicide with the way her body was found. I wasn't even familiar with the case prior to the show, so I didn't go into it with any bias.
  17. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Here's another thing that seem 'odd'.


    There's a 3-inch wide patch of missing dust on that. How'd she tip herself over the rail and disturb only a 3-inch patch?? Make a "ballerina leap" a la poor murdered
    Lisa Harnum in the Gittany case? -- i believe the other smaller places were caused by the rope.
  18. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Did anyone watch 20/20 last night? I couldn't watch it because I don't have television and can't get current episodes on Internet. But, I watched a few Youtube videos of the case, including some re-enactments:

    I will listen to the radio show later, Kimster, when I get some time. Thank you for posting it!
  19. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    That, and how could he not recall her hands and feet being tied with the red rope. The red would really stand out against a naked body. Plus, how could anyone not notice a body being bound at all? Doesn't make sense, IMO.
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  20. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    I added a poll to the thread. I'm pretty sure I know where most of our members stand. At least those who have commented in the thread. But we'll see! Lurkers and visitors, join to vote!
    (Votes are anonymous unless you post to share how you vote.)
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