Rebecca Zahau Suicide Message Released

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San Diego police said on Friday that Rebecca Zahau's death was caused by her suicide, but what was only referenced and not revealed until this point was a mysterious message she left in the home of Jonah Shacknai.

Medical Examiner Investigator Dana Gary has since told San Diego's CBS News 8 that the suicide note was painted in black on the bedroom door. The paint was found on Zahau's hands and the rope around her neck.

The message: She Saved Him Can You Save Her.

"I noted black painted writings on the bedroom door that led into the room with the balcony," said Gary, declining to speculate on the words' meaning.

Zahau (a.k.a. Rebecca Nalepa) was found naked, hands and feet bound, hanging by a makeshift noose in the courtyard of Shacknai's mansion in Coronado, Calif.

Her body was discovered July 13, just hours after she accessed her voicemail on which was a message about the grave condition of Shacknai's 6-year-old son Max, who was in the hospital after falling down a staircase days earlier.

The child later died from his injuries.

Nevertheless, "These deaths were not the result of any criminal acts," San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said at a press conference Friday.

Zahau's autopsy showed a "tape residue" on both of her legs and a long-sleeved, blue T-shirt wrapped three times "around her neck outside of the … reddish-orange rope" around her neck, said the report, obtained by CBS News 8.

Shacknai, a pharmaceutical CEO, dated Zahau for several years.

He was not home at the time of her death. His brother, Adam Shacknai, was staying in the guest house when he found Zahau hanging.

Adam cut the rope and attempted to administer CPR. He then called 911.


This is so obviously a murder. And we the public cannot do a damn thing about it. We do not matter.


Oh, Rebecca .you have given me just so, so ,so-so, much inspiration! I just got done wathicng all your vids, and it is 3:50AM, yes your videos are that good! At the moment i'm making some changes to my room. I'm definatley going to be getting new hard-wood flooring this time and some new wall paintings, because right now my walls are plain white, but my family and I moved here almost about 7-8 months ago. YOU ARE AWESOME! Bless your heart! Keep on being the best interior designer in the world!


I agree with the person above for some reason the police covered this up or were afraid of people with a lot of money. What can we all do to get this reopened. The more I hear about this the more I know it was murder. Stupid police and investigators. No way did she kill herself. Her family said that was not her writing. As caring as she was she was trying to get things together to go be with her boyfriend and little boy. This is insane. Adam did this. But did Jonah pay him to do it. I believe that Jonah cracked losing his son and to sit and have to watch him die made him crazier than past reports said of him. This would of been impossible for any of us to do. I have worked with suicidal people and this girl cared more for others. She would never of hurt people let alone the scenario would be impossible for one to pull off. Oh and did I hear that she had head trauma. She was knocked out so she couldn't fight back. this was the work of 1 or more other people.


What's really curious is we all can see this was a murder but yet as a society we have allowed the police to cover it up. Would any of you feel the same apathy if it was someone you cared about? The San Diego Police need to be held accountable.


...How dead people remove tape from their legs? Tape residue but no tape...hmm... Also, wouldn't a millionaire have serveaillance round his house? Video cameras of the house and GUEST HOUSE? And where's the ladder
boyfriend's brotherr used to cut her down?


maybe she witnessed something she wasnt supposed someone did something to her, im calling foul play


Maybe somebody was trying to get rid of both of them. Why were her hands tied?


Curioser and curioser....

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