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Coronado Police Say Nudity "Definitely a Factor" in Death of Lissome, Exotic Beauty Living in Home of Wealthy, Powerful Man

"No. Clothes. At. All."

CORONADO, AMERICA'S CAPITAL OF SEXY INTRIGUE - Investigators are still investigating the death of 32-year-old Rebecca Zahau, an attractive woman who was found several days ago hanging by her neck from the second-story balcony of the mansion she shared with pharmaceutical tycoon Jonah Shacknai. Her wrists were bound behind her back, and her ankles were also bound. But most notable of all, according to sources close to the case, is the fact that she was completely and utterly naked.

"At this point, we can't be certain whether Zahau's death was a homicide or a suicide," said Sheriff's Captain Tim Curran at a joint news conference held with Coronado Police Chief Lou Scanlon. "It's possible that after slowly removing all of her clothes in a mysteriously symbolic candlelit ritual, she slipped the rope over her own neck, then had an accomplice tie her wrists and feet before hurling her bare-skinned self over the balcony rail."

"Alternatively," added Scanlon, "She may have stripped out of her clothing in preparation for a luxurious bubble bath and then been surprised in the altogether by an assailant, who seized her exposed body, bound her unguarded flesh, and sent her plummeting nakedly to her death."

"However," resumed Curran, "we cannot allow ourselves to be blinded by the victim's nudity such that we restrict our considerations to either homicide or suicide. There is also the possibility of accidental death. Perhaps, like the actor David Carradine, she was involved in some sort of erotic activity that blurred the line between pain and pleasure and pushed the boundaries of human sensual experience, an activity that, sadly, left this brave, fit, and totally nude explorer cut off in her prime."

"It's a tragedy," concluded Scanlon. "And trust us: we will not rest until this lovely young woman's death has been explained."

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I Am Stardirt July 18, 2011 @ 10:11 a.m.

If this had happened at my house, and I was found bound, gagged, naked, hanging from my balcony,I believe the local sex offenders would be contacted regarding their alibis.

Given my mental health history, I think the even police would skip suicide and go right for homicide in light of the circumstances.

But that's just me.


nan shartel July 18, 2011 @ 11:30 a.m.

suicide??...i think it was retaliation 4 little Maxie accidental (?) death...she was watching the kid when that fall down the stairs happened

give me a break Coronado Police....this wasn't suicide!!!!


Austin July 18, 2011 @ 12:46 p.m.

My gosh! Police should show respect and not speculate! The community has been waiting on factual responses from the police and have received NOTHING! So, instead of releasing information - they speculate?! Don't feed fire with speculation as news crews did when suggesting a party took place at residence. Coronado Police - step up your game!


SurfPuppy619 July 18, 2011 @ 11:28 p.m.

Coronado Police - step up your game!

Coronado PD has NO experience in homicide investigations, they have farmed this case out to the SD Sheriff's office.

If her hands were bound behind her back it is a homicide, NO ONE binds their hands behind their back in a suicide, in many cases it would be physically impossible.


nan shartel July 18, 2011 @ 1:54 p.m.

i'm speculating she couldn't tie herself up and then hang herself....unless she was double jointed ;-S


raisin July 18, 2011 @ 2:40 p.m.

Is this guy really cop or is this a piece ripped off from The Onion?

A naked body shouldn't distract from the fact? Where did this guy come up with the possibilities?


BCArmstrong July 19, 2011 @ 7:17 p.m.

For heaven's sake people, don't be so gullible. Look at the top of this page -- see where it says "Almost Factual News"? Get it, "almost" factual?

Now why the heck Google News includes lame parody sites like this in its links is beyond me.


I Am Stardirt July 19, 2011 @ 9:01 p.m.

I stand behind my comments. I knew the nature of the post and went with it.


nebrinki July 20, 2011 @ 9:22 a.m.

Well, a much more likely scenario with a man with a history of repeated domestic violence and aggressive behavior is that he hit the boy, she made up a story that he had fallen down a stair (a small star with thick carpet divided in three parts!) not understanding the seriousness of the condition the child was in. When she finally understood and threathened to tell the police, she had to be eliminated by someone...


nan shartel July 20, 2011 @ 9:34 a.m.

i stand behind all my comments 2

especially when the police STILL haven't made a determination of her cause of death public

but i think nebrinki may be on to something


InDepthThinker July 22, 2011 @ 9:18 p.m.

My money is on Dina. She had motive (Rebecca was with the man to whom she screamed "you cannot leave me" while he tried to drive away and the dog attacked HER, not him, and anyone who knows dogs knows they attack the aggressor), plus, Rebecca was close to Max, and called him "my son", which I'm sure didn't thrill Dina. Dina had access to the house (was Rebecca going to deny her entrance to the home?) and a violent past, which neither of the Shacknai brothers seemed to possess. Adam was called in to be there for Jonah after Max fell. Dina lived just blocks from the mansion, and the "loud music" that was heard the night before she died could have been played to cover up a crime.

Rebecca was extremely close to her family, so she would NEVER leave her family with the legacy and image of their daughter/sister/niece/aunt dangling naked from a balcony with her feet and hands bound. Men commit suicides four times more often than women, and they usually do it by shooting or hanging. Women usually do it with poison, and there are more suicide "attempts" due to the fact that women seek help more than do men.

Rebecca was a "fitness freak" so she had endorphins going constantly. People who keep themselves in shape 99.9% of the time don't kill themselves. They have too much self respect. The cops are ascertaining the security surveillance camera film from the hospital from the date leading up to Rebecca's death.

My money is on Dina. She has the violent history, couldn't let go of her husband even after the divorce, and that type of personality who maybe can't take it when someone who perhaps in her eyes, "steals" their husband then calls their son "my son", then is the overseer when the son dies. Jonah's first wife, Kimberly, apparently had no violent problems with Jonah, even though it's reported by Kimberly that Jonah had said on their honeymoon, "perhaps it's a mistake that I married you". Kimberly chose to stay after that, and had two children with him, and their 13 year old daughter is apparently the party who called 911 after Max fell down the stairs. Rebecca referred to her as "my daughter". Perhaps Dina was just sick and tired of that whole scene.

Again, I wouldn't be surprised if Dina is taken into custody. She came from Redwood City, California and to her, marrying Jonah was probably like hitting the jackpot. If you look on her Facebook account, she has a picture of herself from when she was probably about 27 or so, about the time she met Jonah. She's actually 40 but looks older than that in her photos, and I can see her going nuts on Rebecca. Rebecca ruined her whole fairy-tale life and was just two blocks away from the mansion. Neither of the Shacknai's have a violent history, and Jonah's only issues were with Dina, not Kimberly, not Rebecca, not anyone else.

Think about it.


I Am Stardirt July 26, 2011 @ 3:15 p.m.

15 investigators, that is the report from the Corinado website I stumbled upon.

15 investigators have viewed the remains of a young asian woman bound, gagged and hanging from the balcony at a Coronado Mansion owned by a what appears to be a caucasian male whose son died the week before at the same Coronado Mansion.

How many masturbators were present?


nan shartel July 26, 2011 @ 11:29 p.m.

i think the 15 investigators were jerking off


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