Rebecca Zahau's Death Ruled Suicide; Death of Jonah Shacknai's Son an Accident

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Rebecca Zahau committed suicide, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department today released its findings on the bizarre deaths of both the girlfriend and son of Scottsdale-based Medicis CEO Jonah Shacknai.

The death of Shacknai's son Max, 6 -- who fell down a flight of stairs at the family's Coronado mansion in July -- was ruled an accident.

The strange death of Shacknai's girlfriend, 32-year-old Rebecca Zahau, who was caring for Max at the time of his fatal accident, has officially been ruled a suicide following a very tight-lipped investigation by the SDCSD.

"Were these deaths the result of criminal conduct? Was Max's death a homicide? The answer is no," San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said at a press conference this morning. "It was a tragic accident. Was Rebecca's death a homicide? Again the answer is no. It was a suicide ... These deaths were not the result of any criminal acts."

Despite the ruling, Zahau's apparent suicide remains controversial for a few reasons -- namely the fact that she was found bound and naked and hanging from a balcony, which doesn't exactly seem like the ideal way for someone to end their life.

However, detectives say that while it's rare for someone to bound their hands and feet during a suicide attempt like Zahau's, it's not unheard of. According to detectives, suicide victims will sometimes bound themselves to prevent them from rescuing themselves in the middle of a suicide attempt.

The SDCSD did not immediately provide a reason as to why Zahau might want to end her life, but a spokeswoman for the agency tells New Times more details will be provided later this afternoon.

Check back for updates. 

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Kitty Chi
Kitty Chi

There has been no verificati­on whatsoever of a critical call made by her boyfriend Jonah Shacknai that supposedly caused Rebecca to "hang herself". Did he make the call and what did he say? The "message" was "deleted?" By whom? New footprints found on balcony, unexplaine­d trauma to her head by blunt forces, witness heard crying for help several hours before stated time of death, and the lies the police kept telling that parents were at the bedside of their son during the time of Rebecca's death. Turns out neither one was and there is no verificati­on of where they actually were. In addition, the brother did NOT pass the lie detector test and a 2nd one was recommende­d but never given.

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Rebecca's family has been left to fight for justice themselves­, and this fight is an expensive one. To donate to the Rebecca Zahau fight for justice please visit the link below. You can also leave condolence­s and messages to the family.www.Rebecc­aZahauFund­.com


"it's rare for someone to bound their hands and feet during a suicide attempt like Zahau's"

True. They would normally, if doing this, BIND their hands and feet, and then BOUND off the balcony.


Check the similarity between the death of this woman and the "suicide" of Riad Hamad in Austin Texas. Both will have you wondering. Both are 'case closed' by the local cops. It would be interesting to know if federal agents insinuated themselves in this case as in Riad Hamad's case. You be the judge...

And after the feds intervened:


And the true conditions of his body from the 'suicide:'


Nice brush under the rug explanation.   So, a few suicides in the past have bound themselves before committing suicide.  That is NOT an explanation of this incident.SD Sheriff, I can understand how someone could bind their own ankles.   But, exactly how does someone whose ankles are bound, whose hands are bound behind her back, then throw herself over the railing of an upstairs balcony?

Definitely not enough forensics done in this case --  if any.

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