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Old 09-06-2011, 08:24 PM
 
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A leading pathologist has questioned an autopsy report that concluded that Rebecca Zahau, the woman found hanging at billionaire Jonah Shacknai’s mansion, had committed suicide.

Dr Cyril Wecht, who has consulted on high profile cases including the assassination of president John F Kennedy, the drug overdose of Elvis Presley and the alleged OJ Simpson murder, said a number of factors in the ruling did not add up.

Ms Zahau was found dead on July 13, hanging from a second-floor balcony at a historic mansion in suburban Coronado, California belonging to Mr Shacknai, whose son had a tragic fall two days earlier.




Suicide: Rebecca Zahau, right, was found hanging naked at Jonah Shacknai's mansion in Coronado, California

A copy of the autopsy shows that tape residue was found on the 32-year-old's legs and a T-shirt was discovered stuffed in her mouth - facts which were not disclosed when authorities gave a press conference on Friday to announce their findings.

While Dr Wecht stopped short of saying it was murder, he is not content to rule it a suicide. He thinks the report needs a lot more scrutiny.

Max was revealed to have broken his spinal chord in his fall, and was not breathing and had no pulse when he was found

'When you put all of this together, it just is bothersome' Dr Wecht told KFMB-AM. 'The manner of death I would have left as undetermined.' On the T-shirt, which was removed from her mouth by Mr Shacknai's brother Adam when he cut her down, Dr Wecht told KFMB-AM: 'What does she care for that? "Gee, I don't want to wake anybody up who may come to rescue me."


Jonah Shacknai's lover Rebecca Zahau was found with tape residue on her legs and a t-shirt stuffed in her mouth | Mail Online
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:07 PM
 
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Question is - is he getting a pass because he is white and wealthy or because his lover was Chinese - or a combination of the two?
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Old 09-23-2011, 06:35 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Question is - is he getting a pass because he is white and wealthy or because his lover was Chinese - or a combination of the two?
Why would the ethnicity of his lover have an impact on the investigation? Plus, she was Burmese, not Chinese.
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:08 AM
 
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Tape residue on her legs... I'm thinking sounds fishy... naked? besides David Caradine how many kill themselves naked?

This doesn't sound like a suicide from what little is presented.
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:21 AM
 
Location: NC
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Tape residue on her legs... I'm thinking sounds fishy... naked? besides David Caradine how many kill themselves naked?

This doesn't sound like a suicide from what little is presented.
Agreed
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:58 AM
 
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Why would the ethnicity of his lover have an impact on the investigation? Plus, she was Burmese, not Chinese.
Why? Because it does.
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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Why? Because it does.
I don't want to argue her ethnicity. Just one question...Does to who?


Regarding the tape residue, Dr Wecht speculated Ms Zahau could have planned to bind her feet with duct tape and then switched to rope. But he added to KFMB-AM: 'Well then, where's the duct tape?'

The above is definately a red flag.
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Old 09-24-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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LEO has closed the file ... ruled it a suicide! Her family is stirring the pot and will not leave it alone.

I wouldn't leave it alone either .... nude, hands and feet tied and now tape residue and a T-shirt in her mouth. Additional footprints besides Rebecca's on the balcony was compromised by LEO.
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:26 AM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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The WebSleuths forum folks think that this was labeled a suicide to avoid damaging the community reputation as largely free of crime. I tend to agree, very wealthy areas often do this with high profile murders.
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Old 03-04-2018, 03:20 PM
 
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Wrongful death lawsuit proceeding in San Diego.

The mysterious death of Rebecca Zahau: Where this bizarre case stands today as the civil suit goes before a jury


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Nearly seven years after Rebecca Zahau's mysterious death, in which she was found naked and bound at a multimillion-dollar, historic mansion in Coronado, California, her family's wrongful-death lawsuit is now going before a jury in San Diego Superior Court.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdRcFkVca24
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