Back in 2011, Rebecca Zahau’s nude body was found hanging from Speckels Mansion, a historic building located in Coronado. After an investigation, the sheriff’s department concluded Ms. Zahau had committed suicide after the death of her boyfriend, Max Shacknai.
However, a recent lawsuit brought forth by Zahau’s family alleges that she was actually murdered by the deceased boyfriend’s relatives.
The wrongful death lawsuit seeks $10 million and claims that the ex-wife and brother of Shacknai, Dina and Adam, planned, implemented, executed, and concealed a plot to murder Zahau. Dina’s twin sister, Nina, is also named in the lawsuit as having played a role.
An attorney for the Dina Shacknia, Kim Schumann, released a statement calling the lawsuit “baseless and senseless.” A motion had originally been filed to dismiss the case, but a judge denied it last week. Schumann’s statement clarified that this doesn’t say anything for the case itself, in terms of her client’s innocence.
The complaint the judge did accept is actually the fourth of its kind. Prior to it, the judge denied three others for lacking specific allegations. This current version alleges that Dina’s role involved attacking Zahau by striking her in the back of the head multiple times with a blunt object, during a confrontation that involved both parties and Nina. According to the suit, the two then involved Adam, with the trio binding and gagging Zahau, choking her to death and then hanging her from the building naked.
Adam is then said to have written the message investigators would find on the front door of the mansion, “SHE SAVED HIM. CAN YOU SAVE HER” under direction from Nina.
Keith Greer, who is representing the family, alleges that Dina believed Zahau had played a role in her son’s death.
While time will tell how much truth there is to these allegations, it’s a reminder that you always need a good lawyer. Even after what appears to be a clear-cut conclusion to a case, you could still find yourself in court.