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Intriguing Murder/Suicide? Mystery in California

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posted on Jul, 15 2011 @ 01:38 AM
The girlfriend of a multimillionaire CEO was found hanging from a balcony at his mansion in Coronado. Police are leaning toward homicide, but are not ruling out suicide. The woman's name was Rebecca Nalepa, also known as Rebecca Zahau.

Zahau's hands were bound behind her back and her feet were bound, but her hands and feet did not appear ever to have been bound together, police said.

Though Adam Shacknai said she was hanging from a rope, investigators did not disclose what kind of material bound her hands and feet.When police arrived at the historic Spreckels Mansion, they found Zahau's body on the lawn in the backyard. Shacknai told them he had cut her down.

He is thought to have been the only person home, and may have been the last person to see her alive, investigators said.

Nalepa was the girlfriend of Jonah Shacknai. He is the CEO of Medicis, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based pharmaceutical company, and the owner of the multi million-dollar mansion.

abc news

Adam Shacknai, who found the body, is the brother of the woman's boyfriend. Really now SUICIDE?? with bound hands and feet??

Apparently her boyfriend, Jonah Shacknai, had been at the hospital almost around the clock with his son, who was critically injured days earlier when he had fallen down the stairs, at the same house.

Two days before Nalepa was found dead at the mansion, there was another incident at the home. According to Arizona Republic News, Shacknai's 6-year-old son was hospitalized after he was seriously injured when he fell down the staircase at the mansion.

Nalepa was home with the boy at the time of his accident:

According to the six-year-old boy's grandmother, quoted in The Arizona Republic, Shacknai's girlfriend was at home with the boy when he was injured.


Shacknai's divorce from the child's mother was rather unpleasant:

Katy Davis, 28, worked for his second wife, Dina Shacknai, two years ago as a personal assistant in Paradise Valley, Ariz., a wealthy enclave near Scottsdale where the couple had a multimillion-dollar mansion. Davis said the divorce was very acrimonious.

Jonah Shacknai was dating Zahau at the time and that was an issue, Davis said..

So, what do you all think -homicide or suicide? Is the child's accident somehow connected? Is the brother suspicious? Or is the house just haunted? It is over 100 years old - alot of history there.

The Spreckels Mansion, once owned by San Diego magnate John D. Spreckels, was built in 1908. It sits on 12,751 square feet of property with a 115-foot unobstructed view of the beach. Spreckels also owned the nearby Hotel del Coronado, in addition to many other properties and businesses.

posted on Jul, 15 2011 @ 01:50 AM
Yeah because people bind themselves up and then hang themselves as well...

Some thing obviously is not right, and if the authorities had a brain they would realize the divulged too much about the case. Any would be murderer is either long gone, or will be on his way to being such now.

Crazy, c r a z y world we live in, is it not?

posted on Jul, 15 2011 @ 01:56 AM
reply to post by ADVISOR

crazy crazy world yes - where rich people get the benefit of the doubt.

"Yes mr. rich man I'm sure there's some way she could have her hung herself with her hands being bound"

posted on Jul, 15 2011 @ 02:15 AM
who knows.. couldve been a big setup by someone...

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 02:47 AM
I just came across this mystery and im giving a bump hoping someone has more or new information.
something really fishy here.

at the moment im watching the Dr Phil episode about it.
sorry i cant find a full episode but here is a quick glimpse.

love and harmony

posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 11:32 PM
reply to post by Whateva69

Just saw your comment - something beyond fishy here, and the rich guy wins. Surprise Surprise. Some interesting info from the site below - looks like there are problems in the San Diego Police Dept. and the prosecutor's office.

I suspect the ex-wife's sister. I'll try to find the info, but she supposedly paid a visit to the house at some point.

A woman is found hanging from her wealthy boyfriend’s balcony naked, bound and gagged and the San Diego Sheriff and medical examiner call it “suicide”. Would any woman let alone a missionary’s daughter kill herself and display her naked body in public? While a second independent autopsy indicated that she had four unexplained bumps on her head and her neck wasn’t broken or even fractured, the law enforcement’s response, case closed. Rebecca Zahau, rest in peace.

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