Rabecca Zahau

Rebecca Zahau

Date:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Crime:
Suspected Homicide
Location:
Coronado, California
Age:

32

Occupation:
Ophthalmic Technician

The case of the death of Rebecca Zahau is one of the San Diego, CA area's most notorious and mysterious deaths. Officially, Rebecca's death was ruled a suicide by San Diego County Deputy Medical Examiner Jonathan R. Lucas, but his opinion has been called into question by people all over the world, including renowned forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht.

Rebecca was found hanging by her neck from a small balcony on the second story of Spreckels Mansion in Coronado California, a summer home of her boyfriend, Jonah Shacknai. Her hands and feet were bound, her mouth was gagged, and she was completely naked.

Her family, not accepting that Rebecca committed suicide, successfully sued Adam Shacknai, Jonah's brother, for wrongful death. At the time of her death, Adam was reportedly the only other person at the mansion. he was staying in the guesthouse. Rebecca's family was awarded $5MM by a jury, but settled with Jonah Shacknai's insurance company for $600,000 after the verdict, apparently not wanting to go through the appeals process.

Rebecca's death occurred two days after Jonah Shacknai's son, Max, fell from an inside landing to the first floor below, eventually causing his death. His death has been ruled an accident, though that ruling has also been contested.

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Crime Scene Photos

Investigation Files

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Autopsy Report – Rebecca Zahau

7/15/2011
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Death Certificate – Rebecca Zahau

7/18/2011
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Autopsy Report – Max Shacknai

7/19/2011
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Toxicology Report – Rebecca Zahau

7/26/2011
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Toxicology Report – Max Shacknai

7/29/2011
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Neuropathology Report – Max Shacknai

8/09/2011
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Investigative Report – Max Shacknai

8/15/2011
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Investigation Report – Rebecca Zahau

8/21/2011
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Sheriff Bill Gore’s Statement About Rebecca Zahau Case

9/20/2011

Miscellaneous Documents

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$100,000 Reward Flyer

Unknown Date
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Letter from Jonah Shacknai to Attorney General Kamala Harris

9/19/2011
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Attorney General’s Response to Jonah Shacknai

9/21/2011
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Petition Letter to Amend the Death Certificate of Rebecca Zahau

7/13/2020

Zahau et al v. Shacknai et al, US District Court

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Complaint

7/12/2013
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Declaration & Death Certificate

7/12/2013
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Civil Cover Sheet

7/12/2013
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Motion to Dismiss

10/31/2013
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Reply to Motion to Dismiss

11/7/2013
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Reply to Motion to Dismiss – No Timely Reply

11/7/2013
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Adam Shacknai’s Reply Memorandum Of Points And Authorities

11/8/2013
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Notice of and Motion for Leave to File an Amended Complaint

11/18/2013
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Opposition to Motion for Leave to File an Amended Complaint

12/5/2013
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Response in Opposition to Motion for Leave to File an Amended Complaint

12/9/2013
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Order Granting Motion for Leave to File an Amended Complaint

3/13/2014
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Motion to Dismiss

7/25/2014
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Objection to Ex Parte Application

12/3/2014
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Order Regarding Early Neutral Evaluation Conference

12/4/2014
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Motion to Stay

1/15/2015
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Deposition of Mary Suii Zahau-Loenher

1/23/2015
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Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion to Stay

3/23/2015
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Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion to Stay

3/23/2015
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Memorandum Of Points And Authorities In Opposition To Plaintiffs’ Motion To Stay

3/23/2015
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Plaintiff’s Reply Memorandum Of Points And Authorities In Support of Motion To Stay

3/27/2015
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Order Denying Plaintiff’s Motion To Stay

6/3/2015
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Rule 26 Disclosures

6/25/2015
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Motion to Dismiss

7/9/2015
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Order Following Initial Case Conference

7/17/2015
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Notice of Unavailability of Counsel

7/29/2015
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Motion to Quash Subpoena

8/14/2015
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Opposition of Motion to Voluntarily Dismiss – D. Shacknai

8/31/2015
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Opposition of Motion to Voluntarily Dismiss – Romano

8/31/2015
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Opposition of Motion to Voluntarily Dismiss – A. Shacknai

8/31/2015
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Opposition of Quash Subpoena

9/1/2015
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Certificate of Service

9/1/2015
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Reply To Defendant Dina Shacknai’s Opposition To Plaintiff’s Motion For Voluntary Dismissal

9/4/2015
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Reply To Defendant Adam Shacknai’s Opposition To Plaintiff’s Motion For Voluntary Dismissal

9/4/2015
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Reply To Defendant Nina Romano’s Opposition To Plaintiff’s Motion For Voluntary Dismissal

9/4/2015
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Reply in Support of Motion to Quash Subpoena

9/8/2015
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Order Granting Quash of Subpoena

9/22/2015
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Objection to Order Denying Motion to Quash Subpoena

10/7/2015
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Certificate of Service

10/7/2015
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Scheduling Order

10/9/2015
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Opposition to Memorandum of Jonah Shacknai

10/13/2015
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Order Granting Plaintiff Motion for Voluntary Dismissal Without Prejudice

10/23/2015
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Proposed Stipulated Order

10/23/2015
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Proposed Stipulated Protective Order

10/23/2015
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Clarification Regarding Dismissal

10/26/2015
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Opposition by Jonah Shacknai to Objection to Quash Subpoena

10/26/2015
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Reply in Opposition to Objection

11/9/2015
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Order Overruling Objections

2/23/2016
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Order Setting Deadline For Jonah Shacknai To File Supplemental Declaration

6/9/2016
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Supplemental Declaration

6/17/2016
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Awarding Fees and Costs to Jonah Shacknai

6/20/2016
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Order Staying Case

3/16/2017

Zahau et al v. Shacknai et al, CA Superior Court

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Complaint

11/13/2013
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Amended Complaint #1

11/3/2014
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Amended Complaint #2

5/21/2015
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Amended Complaint #3

4/18/2017
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Amended Complaint #4

2/28/2018
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Text of Tentative Ruling

1/25/2019
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Minute Order

2/6/2019

Zahau et al v. Sheriff et al, CA Superior Court

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Complaint

7/13/2020
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Petition for Writ of Mandate Pursuant to CPRA

7/16/2020
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Minute Order

3/19/2021
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Demurrer To Petitioners’ Petition For Writ Of Mandate

4/23/2021
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Amended Petition for Writ of Mandate Pursuant to CPRA

7/12/2021
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Demurrer To Petitioners’ First Amended Petition

9/2/2021
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Petitioners’ Memorandum in Opposition to Demurrer

11/1/2021
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Minute Order

11/12/2021
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Minute Order re: Sactions

2/18/2022
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Petitioners’ Memorandum in Opposition to Motion for Protective Order

3/14/2022
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County Of San Diego’s Reply Memorandum in Support of Its Motion for Protective Order

3/18/2022
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Tentative Ruling on Motion for Protective Order

3/25/2022