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California's Attorney General says officials will not reopen the investigation into the death Rebecca Zahau, despite calls from Jonah Shacknai to do so.

Rebecca's nude body was found hanging from a balcony at Jonah's Coronado, Calif., mansion, days after his son, Max, was found unconscious there.

Rebecca's death was ruled a suicide, which her family vehemently disagrees with. Max later died from injuries he sustained from an accidental fall.

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Despite the mysteriousness of Zahau's suicide message and the way her body was found, among other factors, officials consider the matter closed.

In a letter from Kamala Harris' office to Jonah Shacknai, the A.G. writes:

"Your letter requests an inquiry into the investigation that was conducted by the San Diego Sheriff's Office ... The California Department of Justice would review a local investigation under very narrow circumstances."

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As if the investigation into the death of Rebecca Zahau and Max Shacknai weren't strange enough, Jonah Shacknai himself wants to see it reopened.

In a letter sent by Shacknai to the attorney general Monday, the billionaire pharmaceutical CEO wrote that further investigation would be beneficial.

Seeking to bring "clarity, dignity, and ultimately closure to the devastating deaths" of his girlfriend and son, he asked that the investigation proceed.


"The circumstances of Rebecca's suicide were so unusual and upsetting that it was difficult to accept the hard facts that were presented," he went on to write.

"I pray that Max and Rebecca are now at peace and I hope you might be able to help the rest of us ... finally achieve some peace and closure."

Rebecca’s naked body was found hanging from the balcony of Shacknai's Coronado, Calif., mansion on July 13, only two days after his son, Max, 6, was found unconscious at the base of the stairs. Max later died from his injuries.

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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.

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With the conclusion that Rebecca Zahau died in a suicide, police say the mystery of two deaths tied to millionaire Jonah Shacknai's mansion has been solved.

A San Diego woman, Zahau, was found hanged at the mansion of Shacknai, her boyfriend. His son, Max, died from injuries suffered from an accidental fall.

"These deaths were not the result of any criminal acts," San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said at a press conference, as reported today by People.


The police findings effectively close the investigation into the unusual, very highly publicized deaths of pharmaceutical CEO Shacknai's girlfriend and son.

The family of Zahau (a.k.a. Rebecca Nalepa) is not satisfied, however.

"We her family and friends do not believe it's a suicide. There are still unanswered questions," says Mary Zahau-Loehner. "It is very suspicious."

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For the first time, San Diego pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai spoke out about the death of Rebecca Nalepa, his girlfriend, and the death of his son Max.

Both died within days of each other following strange, unrelated incidents at the famed Coronado, Calif., mansion he owns. Investigations are ongoing.

Shacknai, the CEO of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp., opened a conference call Monday to discuss earnings by offering a "personal note of appreciation."


He thanked all those who have "provided me with wonderful encouragement."

"We have undertaken some tragedies ... some losses, that one couldn't imagine experiencing in a lifetime," the business executive said.

Shacknai did not discuss in detail the deaths last month of son Max, 6, in an apparent fall down a staircase, or Nalepa (also known as Rebecca Zahau), whose body was found hanging with her hands and feet bound.

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Concurrent investigations into the mysterious deaths of millionaire Jonah Shacknai's son and girlfriend are in the process of winding down, but still open.

Shacknai's son, Max, and girlfriend, Rebecca Nalepa (also known as Rebecca Zahau), both died within a matter of days at his mansion in Coronado, Calif.

Jonah's 6-year-old son, Max, was found at the base of the stairs, unconscious. Two days later, Rebecca was found hanging outside the same home, naked.

Rebecca Zahau, Jonah Shacknai

Law enforcement sources report that despite the fact that Shacknai is not a suspect right now, "It doesn't look like Rebecca's death was by suicide."

The source, who is not named, added, "The evidence we have gathered so far, points us in the direction of this being a very, very suspicious death."

Max died in a San Diego area hospital several days after Rebecca's death. Sources told Radar that Max's death is deemed to be "a tragic accident."

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Despite receing nine calls in three years related to two of Jonah Shacknai's homes, investigators are finding no links to two mystery deaths in his mansion.

"There doesn't appear to be a connection," Coronado, Ca., Police Commander Michael Lawton tells People. "There's nothing here that stands out as suspicious."

The calls involved the beachfront mansion owned by Jonah Shacknai, a CEO of a pharmaceutical company, and another residence four blocks away.

Rebecca Zahau, Jonah Shacknai

His ex-wife Dina lives in the second residence. Their son, Max, 6, died after a fall in the mansion earlier this month, which was officially ruled an accident.

Just two days later, Rebecca Nalepa (a.k.a. Rebecca Zahau, 32) was found hanged there. She had been dating Jonah Shacknai for close to three years.

Calls to police from 2008-present included a report of a vandalism to a car at the home, second-degree burglary, a robbery alarm and other incidents.

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The investigation into the deaths of pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai's son and his girlfriend at the historic Spreckels Mansion in Coronado, Calif., has put a spotlight on his previous marriage and several accusations of violence.

Shacknai lost his 6-year-old son Max, who died Sunday of injuries suffered when he fell down the stairs at the mansion. His girlfriend, Rebecca Nalepa (also known as Rebecca Zahau) was found dead at the mansion last Wednesday.

Her hands were bound behind her back, with her ankles tied together, and a rope around Rebecca Naelpa's neck. Autopsies are being conducted on both.

Rebecca Zahau, Jonah Shacknai

The San Diego sheriff's office said it's unclear if the deaths are related. Police said that 15 detectives have been assigned to the investigation.

Shacknai was not home during either incident, and is not a person of interest, police say, but the tragedies have brought a focus on his life.

The 54-year-old Jonah divorced Kimberly Shacknai in 1993. His subsequent marriage to Max's mother, Dina Shacknai, also ended in divorce.

There were accusations on both sides of verbal and physical assault.

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While two deaths at his Coronado, Ca., mansion are still under investigation, Jonah Shacknai has hired a high-profile public relations agency, reports say.

Shacknai hired Sitrick and Company, a powerful PR firm out of L.A.

His six-year-old son Max suffered a fatal fall down the stairs last week, just two days before Jonah's girlfriend Rebecca Nalepa was found dead.

Coronado police have ruled the boy's death a tragic accident. The death of Rebecca Nalepa, also known as Rebecca Zahau, is a bigger mystery.

She was found hanging naked from a courtyard balcony of the same home. Police investigators cannot say if the case is a homicide or suicide.

The homicide unit awaits results from forensic evidence and toxicology tests. A search warrant was served but it's not clear what was found.

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The death of Rebecca Nalepa, a woman found nude, hanging from a balcony, her hands and feet bound, at a Coronado, Calif., mansion last week, has officials launching an investigation into her millionaire boyfriend Jonah Shacknai.

Shacknai, who police say owns the home, had been dating Nalepa for about two years. Jonah's brother, Adam Shacknai discovered Nalepa's body.

After calling 911 early Wednesday, he cut her down. Local paramedics performed life-saving measures, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators are calling the death suspicious but have not ruled out the possibility of suicide. Making the case even more noteworthy is the fact that Jonah's six-year-old son, Max, fell to his death just two days earlier.

Police have not established a formal connection between those events.

"It appears to be some type of a violent death, however I'm not going to compromise the integrity of the investigation by giving anything more than that at this time," San Diego County Sheriff's Dept. Capt. Tim Curran said.

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