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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. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    San Diego County Sheriff will not reopen case in Coronado mansion death of Rebecca Zahau


    SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said Friday a new review of the death of Rebecca Zahau, whose body was found hanging at the Spreckels Mansion in Coronado in 2011, found no evidence she "died at the hands of another," and the department will not reopen the case.

    The review, conducted this year, involved officials from the Sheriff's Major Crimes Division, Sheriff's Homicide Detail, Sheriff's Crime Lab, County Medical Examiner's Office and Coronado Police Department who were not part of the original investigation. The team looked at the case with "fresh eyes", Gore said.

    Zahau, 32, was the girlfriend of the mansion’s owner, Arizona pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai. Two days before her death, Zahau had been babysitting Shacknai’s 6-year-old son Max when he was seriously injured in a fall down the home’s staircase. Max died from his injuries five days later.


    read more ............ https://www.10news.com/news/local-n...dates-coronado-mansion-death-of-rebecca-zahau
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  2. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

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  3. guess who

    guess who Bronze Member

    How much did they get paid to not reopen this? :thinking:
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  4. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Administrative Manager Staff Member

    Oh for crying out loud. That poor Zahua family.
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  5. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    IIRC, the guy has given a lot of money to local politicians, including the Sheriff. I wouldn't be surprised if it was a "Hey my brother had nothing to do with this call, capiche?"
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  6. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Stunning end to Zahau civil case as family settles, wipes out jury finding

    In a surprise move, the $5.1 million judgment and jury finding that blamed Adam Shacknai for the death of Rebecca Zahau in a Coronado mansion eight years ago was wiped out and the entire case dismissed after the family of the deceased woman reached a settlement with Shacknai’s insurance company.

    The announcement by lawyer C. Keith Greer came at the start of a scheduled hearing to argue post-trial motions. It took Shacknai by surprise, as well as his lawyer — and added yet another twist to the controversial death of Zahau, which has now been investigated twice by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and was the subject of a captivating civil trial last year.

    Greer gave no insight or details of the settlement. “All I’m at liberty to say is the case has been resolved,” he said outside court. He declined to say how much money the case settled for.

    Before the trial began last year Greer said there was a $1 million offer to settle the case from the Shacknai side, but the Zahaua family rejected it.

    Jonah Shacknai, said outside court that his insurance company “did an end-around” on him, and said the settlement was for far less — “a pittance” — than the $5.1 million jury award.

    “They were tired of throwing money at it,” he said of the insurance company. Both he and his lawyer, Seth Weisburst, said Shacknai himself is not paying out any money.

    Last April, a jury voted 9-3 that Adam Shacknai was responsible for Rebecca Zahau’s death and awarded the deceased woman’s estate $5.1 million in damages. Shacknai planned to appeal the verdict.

    But it’s unclear what appeal if any is possible.The case was dismissed with prejudice --- meaning it can never be refiled — leaving nothing from which to file an appeal.

    That clearly did not sit well with Adam Shacknai, who bitterly complained outside of court about Greer, the judge, the trial and outcome. He said the case was a “hoax perpetrated by Keith Greer,” and later said it was an “extortion” attempt by Greer.

    read more .......... https://www.sandiegouniontribune.co...me-zahau-trial-settlement-20190206-story.html
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  7. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    What the hell? :dunno:
  8. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

  9. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

  10. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Why did Adam Shacknai brutally murder Rebecca Zahau?” Greer asked rhetorically. “It’s one of the oldest reasons in the world — sex.”

    He said Shacknai used the handle of a steak knife to sexually assault Zahau. Traces of her blood were on the handle. Greer called it “a confrontation that went awry.”

    Defense lawyers said doctors found no evidence of rape or sexual trauma on Zahau.

    Greer said Shacknai used black paint to scrawl on a bedroom door a cryptic message that read, “She saved him can you save her.” Tiny amounts of black paint were found dabbed on her nipples and buttocks.

    Greer said only a small circle of close family members, including Shacknai, could have understood the painted message.
  11. GarAndMo49

    GarAndMo49 Not A Sheeple

  12. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Administrative Manager Staff Member

    That’s very common to settle Cousin DuPree. Otherwise they weren’t going to see a dime.
  13. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Administrative Manager Staff Member

    Interesting quote from Greer. I suspected it could have been a sexual crime. Revenge IMO would have been much different. This murder just had too many sexual connotations to it. I’ll bet Adam Shacknai did a jig when LE labeled it a suicide.
  14. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    If it were me, I wouldn't want a dime just the verdict. However, since the PD seems to be protecting AS I guess it's better than nothing.
  15. GarAndMo49

    GarAndMo49 Not A Sheeple

  16. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    New show coming soon.

    'Death At The Mansion: Rebecca Zahau' Premieres June 1 On Oxygen

    One mansion, two deaths and countless questions, Oxygen Media, the destination for high-quality crime programming, takes a deep dive into the tragic case in the new limited series, “Death At The Mansion: Rebecca Zahau” premiering on Saturday, June 1 at 6pm ET/PT. Rebecca Zahau, a vibrant young woman was found dead, hanging naked, bound and gagged, in the courtyard of her billionaire boyfriend’s Coronado mansion on July 13, 2011, just two days after his six-year-old son suffered a fatal accident while under Rebecca’s care. Rebecca’s cause of death was ruled as a suicide, leading to years of endless public intrigue and speculation. This captivating new series follows an elite team of investigators including, former Prosecutor Loni Coombs, Crime Journalist Billy Jensen, and Forensic Criminologist Paul Holes as they take another look this mysterious case.

    In the wake of the recent civil verdict which deemed someone liable, “Death At The Mansion: Rebecca Zahau” will re-examine the numerous theories surrounding this bizarre case. Meeting with experts, family members, witnesses, and never-before-interviewed law enforcement officials, Loni, Billy, and Paul create a case file with compelling new evidence which is strong enough to present to the San Diego Sheriff’s Office for review. From examining Rebecca’s final days to dissecting available case files, the series will bring a new perspective and tackle the many unanswered questions.

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  17. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    Thank you for posting that.
  18. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    ID is having a show about her case on May 27.
  19. Nagatha Christie

    Nagatha Christie Well-Known Member

    I will never forget the appalling way her nude body was left on display for hours with neighbors gawking and news helicopters overhead. Just left her out in the sun all day. Such disrespect. You can cover or conceal the body from view without contaminating the evidence.

    Not that the cops were interested in treating this as a crime. Nope, this was just a suicide to them. Cuz it is so very common for women to kill themselves by hanging their naked self outside for all to see. And to gag themselves and, use nautical knots for good measure.
  20. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    It was never about money anyway, I believe... her family just wanted proper justice done.

    They didn't get it, imo. But at least the guilty party has been made officially 'guilty'.
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