Hmmm.... So he's 54, extremely wealthy & established... She was 32......The brother told officers that he found Ms. Nalepa with a rope around her neck and hanging from a balcony off the main house, Capt. Curran said, adding that Adam Shacknai cut down Ms. Nalepa before police arrived on the scene. Capt. Curran said police found Ms. Nalepa nude, with her feet and hands bound behind her.
"We have not determined if this is criminal or if this is a death investigation," Capt. Curran said. "Whether it is a homicide or a suicide, it is one of the most bizarre and unusual cases we have ever seen."
Interesting.On Monday, local police had responded to an emergency call to the same house after Mr. Shacknai's 6-year-old son fell down stairs. The boy, whose mother is Mr. Shacknai's second wife, suffered severe injuries and remains hospitalized.
Lea Corbin, a spokeswoman with the Coronado Police Department, said the boy's fall has been deemed a "tragic accident," and there is no ongoing investigation. Ms. Nalepa and a young girl, described as 13 or 14 years old, were the only people home at the time, Ms. Corbin said.
Capt. Curran said the two incidents appear to be separate, and investigators haven't found any connection between the cases.
In a statement after the death was reported on Wednesday, a Medicis spokeswoman expressed sadness at the "tragic incident at a California property owned by Jonah Shacknai."
“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”~Oscar Wilde
The whereabouts of Jonah Shacknai over the past few days seems equally mysterious.
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Why would a suicide by hanging victim bind their hands, if they could?
Interesting, possible if not plausible? Complex dynamics in some of the personal lives there.
This will be interesting to watch
I find it so typical he's a (very wealthy) middle-aged man, 2x divorced with kids from 2 other marriages, and he's involved with a 32 year old party woman. Grow up.
I spent most of my life in the San Diego area and his mansion is on my list to buy when I win the lottery. Love, Love, Love the Ocean Blvd in Coronado.
It will be interesting to see the toxicology report to see if she was heavily intoxicated. When this first broke, I read somewhere a neighbor said there was a loud party (Tuesday night?) which was odd because the child had been injured (severely) on Monday and was in the hospital (weird in that why would you have a party after such a tragic accident).
Re: suicide vs homicide. I don't get the feet binding if it was suicide. MAYBE (big maybe) I get the hands (thought is so you wouldn't be able to change your mind after you jump - like try to get the noose off your neck? That's the only thing I can think of). Also, since the body was naked, there are not too many women I know who are so confident in their bodies they would even think about exposing their naked body to the world like that - dead or alive.
But if it was murder, wouldn't someone have heard her screaming and fighting for her life? Those houses are pretty close together (even though they are large). Coronado is very quiet at night - I would think someone would have heard a woman being bound and then knowing she was going to be hanged.
The suicide consideration sounds ludicrous. How in the world could a person tie up their hands behind their back, as stated by the local news. I feel for the little boy who is fighting for his life after his accident, and also feel that the two events are tied together. Just tragic.
"The body of a 32-year-old woman, Rebecca M. Zahau, was found hanging from the balcony of the Ocean Boulevard house Wednesday, her nude body bound at the ankles and her wrists tied behind her back, sheriff’s investigators said."
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2...oon-boyfriend/According to Phoenix court records, Zahau was charged with shoplifting in 2009. Police said she entered a Macy’s store and put more than $1,000 in jewelry into shopping bags from different stores. Loss prevention officers stopped her as she was walking out and called police, said Sgt. Steve Martos.
She pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and agreed to pay nearly $500 and attend a shoplifting diversion course. She used a court-appointed attorney.
A shoplifting optician, twice acrimoniously divorced multi-millionaire, a tragic accident a few days prior and yet to be determined circumstances of death. Hmm...
So someone was trying to make it look like suicide but forgot the part about tying someone's hands at their back.
It stated she was the only one home with her boyfriends son, when he fell down the stairs. That 6 year old child is now in an induced coma and is consideree 'brain dead'. My gosh, that was quite the fall?!
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Of course it is a loss anytime someone dies due to other-than-natural-circumstances. However, at this point I am more concerned with the child. What sort of situation led to his 'fall' that now has him in an induced-coma? He's only 6 YEARS OLD. Please tell me Child Protective Services is investigating. These 2 tragic events ARE indeed 'related' because they happened within the SAME small circle of people within the SAME house within the SAME few days. Those factors alone make them related IMHO.
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The Rebecca Nalepa death in Jonah Shacknai’s mansion prompted new search warrants late yesterday. Jonah Shacknai and Rebecca Nalepa (photos below) were dating for two years at the time of her death this week. The millionaire used his Coronado Island home as a summer residence. But on Friday, local detectives were back at the home searching for new evidence.
And how did she get into the condition in which she was found? Her hands were tied behind her back, her feet were tied together. She was found unclothed, face down in the mansion’s outside courtyard, not hanging from a balcony as reported in the 911 call.
oh and another small snip:
Earlier this week, a 911 call from the residence by a female’s voice reported that Jonah’s son had been injured. On Tuesday night there was a reported party in the mansion.
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Wednesday morning, Shacknai's brother Adam Shacknai, a Memphian, told police he discovered Nalepa's naked body hanging from a balcony with her hands bound behind her back with electrical cord.
"Right now, I'm not going into details," said Capt. Tim Curran with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. "I'm not going to compromise the integrity of the investigation."
Adam Shacknai lives in an apartment in Midtown Memphis. His leasing agent neighbor, Robert Sanders, said he last saw him a few days ago.
"He said that he was going to have to go back out on the tugboat company he works for," said Sanders.
Instead, Adam Shacknai ended up in San Diego in a guest house in his brother's mansion.
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Monday, Jonah Shacknai's son fell down a staircase at the home and is in a coma. Nalepa was the only one at home with the boy when that happened.
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Jonah's brother Adam told investigators he cut Nalepa down from the rope suspending her over a courtyard. She was naked, and both her ankles and wrists were bound.
Adam Shacknai lives in a guest house on the property.
Mary Zahau-Loehner spoke to ABC News about her sister Rebecca's state of mind before the gruesome discovery, saying that when the sisters spoke on Tuesday night, things with Rebecca did not seem out of the ordinary.
"She was normal, fine, just getting ready to go to bed," Zahau-Loehner said.
On Monday, Jonah Shacknai's six year old son suffered serious injuries due to a fall.
The boy "had fallen from stairs and was not breathing and did not have a pulse,
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I'm sure Jonah Shacknai could have been in the hospital at the surrounding time, but I wonder why no one has come out and just said that?
I haven't even seen Shacknai make a statement that her death is horrible or sad or anything.... anyone else know? I find that odd since he lived with her for two years.
I thought the party on Tues was strange also, but why no details on that?