Death at the Mansion: Rebecca Zahau

The Many Theories of the Rebecca Zahau Case

Investigative journalist Billy Jensen and former prosecutor Loni Coombs discuss the many theories surrounding Rebecca Zahau's death at Spreckels Mansion. It was ruled a suicide, but some wonder if it was a sexual assault gone wrong? Jensen says the Zahau case proved to be an endless rabbit hole for social media and web sleuths dissecting clues.

Rebecca's Sister, Mary, Describes Their Relationship and Childhood

Rebecca Zahau's sister, Mary Zahau-Loehner, says Rebecca was the "glue" that held the family together before her mysterious death at Spreckels Mansion, where she lived with her millionaire boyfriend Jonah Shacknai. On July 13, 2011, Rebecca was found nude, hanging from a balcony on the property, with her wrists and ankles bound.

6-Year-Old Max Shacknai's Accident and Death

Rebecca Zahau’s boyfriend’s six-year-old son, Max, suffered a fatal fall just days before Rebecca was found dead. Former prosecutor Loni Coombs says that Rebecca told police she found Max, and heard the boy say something before he lost consciousness. Rebecca would be dead days later. Coombs asks, Are the two deaths related? And, what can one tell us about the other?

Who Was Rebecca Zahau?

Rebecca Zahau was one of six children growing up and spoke several languages. Former prosecutor Loni Coombs talked to about what Rebecca was like.