Rebecca Zahau's Family Rejects Suicide Theory

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The family of the girlfriend of Scottsdale-based Medicis CEO Jonah Shacknai -- who was found bound, naked, and hanging by her neck at Shacknai's Coronado, California, mansion last week -- rejects the theory that she committed suicide.

The San Diego Sheriff's Department is being pretty tight-lipped about the case, and hasn't determined whether the death is a murder or if Zahau killed herself.
 
"Obviously the investigation is not complete yet, but as far as what I know about my sister, my sister did not commit a suicide," Mary Zahau-Loehner, Zahau's sister, says in a statement to the media.

"My sister was not depressed, my sister was not frantic, my sister was planning to call my parents the next day."


Just before 7 a.m. last Wednesday, police received a call from Adam Shacknai, Jonah Shacknai's brother, saying that a woman was possibly dead at Shacknai's home.

Adam Shacknai found Zahau hanging from a balcony in the courtyard of the Coronado mansion and cut her down.

When police arrived, Zahau was lying on her back.  Her feet and wrists were bound behind her back.

Authorities say an autopsy has been completed but that the results are currently sealed.

Jonah Shacknai, police told New Times at the time, was not in the home when Zahau's body was found.

Zahau's body was found just days after Shacknai's 6-year-old son, Max, was injured in a fall down the stairs at the same Coronado home.

Max Shacknai died from those injuries on Friday.

Shacknai has been the chairman and chief executive officer of the Medicis pharmaceutical company since 1988.

Medicis sells the acne drug Solodyn and cosmetic products like Restylane and the botulinum toxin Dysport, a Botox competitor.
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mick
mick

More than the murder vs suicide story in Coronado. How about the disgusting treatment of Rebecca during the 12+ hours waiting for the medicalexaminer to make an appearance. LE couldn't find it upon themselves to go to the hardware store and purchase a pop up canopy to cover her with.  This part of the story is so difficult to stomach-how does LE regain any public trust and respect after doing this to her. God help us all if those responsible for this third world decision go unpunished.

mick
mick

Looks like things may befinally be moving on Rebecca's case. I hope New Times will continue to keep hercase alive and not be intimidated by the "boyfriend's" high profileChicago legal team and LA PR firm. Way to many unanswered questions and thingsthat don't pass the smell test.

 

Looks like they got to local mainstream media. Awful quiet here in Phoenix.

 

From Attorney AnneBremner's facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/... :

 

"We are filing aMandamus action this week."

 

If the judge agrees, he/she will compel LE and other authorities to perform specific acts in theinterest of justice - such as handing over case files and even re-creating thealleged suicidal hanging scene.

 

On behalf of the many thatdon't believe a word the San Diego Sheriff's Office said during their so calledPress Conference. please New Times, use your investigative powers, critical thinking andanalytic writing skill to help the Zahau family retrieve Rebecca's personalbelongings and the case information.

 

After all, the SDSO statedthe case was closed weeks ago. 

 

 

abc
abc

burmese women rebecca zahau murder by professional skill murder.where is the burmese embassy to protect her case.

Jeff
Jeff

The cops should release information to public now. It is past one week.  They should already find the murder if they are intelligent. Too disappointed at cops. It seems some cops or  detectives are trying to hide something.  God will punish Evil.

abc
abc

where is the burmese  embassy right now.REBECCA came from poor chin state of burma.   She came here for better life.She is married and still dating with js. i think rebecca ex burmese husband kill her.js stole his wife rebeecca.We are the asian we don't have complicated life.Rebeeca burmese women have max life and angry sex white man have money and power and  kill it.he need to know more asian culture and where she from and before dating he need to study itCome rebecca you have husband but i dont care i have money liv in girlfriend with me.Her back ground is not clear.Asian culture we don't accept complicated life style and complicated married.WE are burmese  we proud of our asian culture and married one man for the whole life. Rebecca is burmese. she is christian and She like to change differt man for better life.She is too stupid to do that.Burmese care taker rebecca zaha sex and money involve  . she need to pay the prize for gold diiging in  angry white man houe.Where the burmese community right now.WE need to prevent from future burmese murder case by angry white guy. We need the burmes justice in us right now. We need the burmese lawyer for rebecca zahau gold digger from chin state in hakha.

Dennismiles1
Dennismiles1

Well, that, umm, kind of sums it up for us...Are you saying in Burma women never leave their husbands for wealthier men?Or that wealthy men in Burma never have girlfriends?

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

What makes you think Carradine committed suicide or accidentally killed himself?   Because the Hong Kong police said so?    Or was it the media that said so?    Yep, if it's in the news it must be true.   They're always a sure thing.   Never doubt the news.   Huh, James?

Mistalee
Mistalee

What's up with the change of surname? Wasn't her name "Nalepa" in previous stories?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Nalepa was apparently her previously married surname. She divorced and returned to her maiden name of Zahau. Initial reports all used the Nalepa surname, but it's now been corrected in most media reports.

gg
gg

it is the brother

Nweng
Nweng

How is everyone missing the obvious conspiracy theory: the son was hurt (at that time) while in her care and someone is holding her accountable.  Duh.

Magnificentcls
Magnificentcls

Sex Thing? Like Caradine. and INXS guy

Native Guns
Native Guns

Like the one that killed that Kung Fu actor David Carradine? That extreme sex act, was an accident.

This one is probably murder.

me
me

I think that is more of a guy thing.  Unless she was getting kinky with somebody and things went wrong....just too fishy and the timing is interesting.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

I do kind of wonder how her feet could be bound and her hands tied behind her back, and it could be a suicide.

Native Guns
Native Guns

Yeah, you gotta be a Houdini or a Criss Angel in order to commit suicide like that. "The Suicide Theory" just doesn't add up.

Vic
Vic

And to commit suicide, it is very hard to believe that any women would choose tobe nude and discovered that way.  It is not the way we women roll.  More likelythere were "games" being played in the nude or someone wanted her not only dead,but degraded.  Time of death will be an interesting factor.

PriscillaAz
PriscillaAz

Because one of the first things Shacknai did after his brother “TEXTED” him that “Rebecca hung herself”, was immediately send former District Attorney and current defense attorney Paul Pfingst to the scene, and hire the powerful Los Angeles–based PR firm Sitrick and Company. They have very active handling all aspects of the the media!  Check message boards:

http://coronado.patch.com  (comments on message boards after articles about this case)

www.websleuths.com  (Rebecca Zahau Nelapa forum on  Hot Topics)

http://www.thehinkymeter.com/   Rebecca Zahau Casefor critical thinking, analysis and the court ordered facts that have been released on this case.  Please help the family find the facts of what really happened to Rebecca.If youdon’t believe Rebecca’s death was a Suicide, and would like to see this casereopened with independent investigators, PLEASEPASS ON and SIGN BOTH THESE PETITIONS:

http://www.change.org/petition...

 

http://www.change.org/petition...

Debbie Niemeyer
Debbie Niemeyer

i don't know why more people in the media aren't discussing what you just mentioned. i just can't believe this was a suicide, this is a disgusting murder cover up. and i hope who ever did it gets hog tied and dragged to death through his neighborhood. pathetic creep

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Depending on how the bindings were tied, it is possible (although highly unlikely), with a continuum of rope from the noose over the hanging point (deck railing or whatever) and then around the hands behind the back, using a slip knot that will tighten when the body weight is applied. The feet would have been bound separately and the rope cut first.

This would have taken an extreme amount of thought and care by the victim if she were hoping to take her own life and trying to make it look like murder, which it seems.

Again, while physically possible, I don't think it's likely, but the forensic evidence should help reconstruct the actual event.

It's not been revealed how long this young lady had been deceased when she was 'discovered', or that she actually had ever been hung.

The investigators seem to be trying to do the very best they can with limited physical evidence and witnesses.

I'm glad to see the family of this young lady is showing concern. Up to this point it seems the only public concern is for the rich doctor and the mother of Max.

me
me

I am glad too, Tommy, that her family is standing up for her.  She is just an afterthought it seems with the media and the situation. 

Roro
Roro

Let's see; Nude, feet bound, hands tied behind the back, and hanging. Sounds just like a joke about a suicide in Alabama years back where the person supposedly fired 18 bullets into his own back. The sheriff said that it was the messiest one he had ever seen.

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