images-20It’s not every day that a body is found hanging from a rope, nude, hands and feet tied, with abrasions about the head that implied impact, multiple trauma points before death.

It’s especially not every day that such a death is ruled a suicide, even though confrontations  between that person and others have recently occurred.

Thus the confounding case at the upscale mansion on Coronado Island, the death of Rebecca Zahau, on July 13, 2011.  She was the girlfriend of the twice-divorced Jonah Shacknai, a wealthy pharmaceutical executive, and lived with him at his mansion near San Diego.  She had been the adult responsible for his six-year-old son, Max, when the boy fell over a banister and suffered serious injuries, plunging him into a coma, from which he never recovered.  A few days later her body was found, hanging, by Jonah’s brother, Adam, who cut it down before authorities could arrive.

images-19Police concluded that both Max’s and Rebecca’s death were free of foul play, but the drama continues.  Members of the Zahau family have sued Dina Romano, Max’s mother and ex-wife of Jonah Shacknai, for millions for her imagined role in a wrongful death.

Where does the truth in all of this lie?  And how do the mysteries of human psychology offer up such remarkable, and tragic, events?  Join on the quest to find those answers.

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