It was a suicide.
It was not a suicide.
It was a hired hit.
It was a murder committed by someone angry about Max's accident.
I am unsure of what really happened (on the fence).
1.) thats the reason why people want to reopen the case since they are not convinced of the suicide findings(i.e. no signs of struggle)
2.) there are head wounds(bonking the head hard enough can make her unconscious), and another thing/scenario - if strangulation is done very quickly by a very strong person, the victim won't have time to struggle since death will occur rapidly.
Last edited by Pach; 09-22-2011 at 01:43 AM.
there is nothing new in this news article except summarize what we already know.
I dont understand why the L.A. times reporter did not find it strange for LE to declare it a suicide even though this same reporter states in this article the following:
"Inside the mansion, investigators found Zahau's journal and discovered that she had painted a kind of farewell note on the wall of her bedroom.(LOL-certainly a confusing farewell if it was one)) Later, forensic evidence found only her DNA on the rope around her neck.(LOL-it just means the rope was around her neck, how about a perp using gloves, hello !)
Also, Shacknai's brother, Adam, who found Zahau's body, voluntarily took a polygraph exam soon after her death. Although the examiner said the tests were inconclusive, she also said that she felt he was telling the truth when he denied any involvement in the death, according to the warrants.(LOL-inconclusive ? hello ! then do the test again, not use your feelings)
At the link provided above I see at least 3 things wrong in the story. It is difficult for one to believe the entire story/article when there are clearly things reported falsely in it.
1. Inside the mansion, investigators found Zahau's journal and discovered that she had painted a kind of farewell note on the wall of her bedroom. Later, forensic evidence found only her DNA on the rope around her neck.
The above bolded section is not accurate. The message was on the door to the guest bedroom, not the wall of Rebecca's bedroom.
2. Adam Shacknai was the only adult present when Zahau killed herself, the warrants said. Jonah Shacknai and his ex-wife, Dina, were keeping a vigil at Rady Children's Hospital for their son, injured two days earlier in a fall at the mansion.
Again, the above bolded is not accurate. It is reported that Dina was at the hospital during the time that Rebecca died, however Jonah was not. Jonah was absent from the hospital for at least 6 hours which includes the time that Rebecca died.
3. Within minutes she had found a rope, cut it to appropriate lengths and committed suicide, according to the medical examiner.
The above has not been stated before. The estimated time of death is not "within minutes" of Rebecca receiving the news that Max had taken a turn for the worst.
the evidence can point to suicide as a theory, but the evidence is not convincing because it can also point to a murder theory. therefore, this should be declared "undetermined" cause in the higher interest of truth, thats the reason majority of posters are calling for reopening the case since there are a lot of holes in the suicide theory as mentioned.
now, if this LA. Times story is another PR offensive , thats another topic.
if the evidence was overwhelming, then the Rebecca threads here would not be this long.the evidence is simply not convincing - unless there is still evidence , the public has not seen - thats why news organizatons and rebecca's family wants or had this unsealed, e.g cellphone records etc
it is not just "mere" posters but 3rd party experts such as polygrapher, etc that are questioning the results. this was already pointed out in previous threads/posts. additionally, the newly released evidence just raises even more questions rather than satifying the doubters.
the problem is that the investigation does not appear thorough at all. what makes you say it was thorough ?? look at all the sub-threads that has spawned from the mother of all rebecca threads...., the only motivation i get from posting here is to find the truth, I get bothered when not every aspect is investigated. if it turns out its suicide then fine, if its a murder fine too, but in either case, the evidence has to be convincing that can stand the rigors of cross-examination.