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Library Thread- Rebecca Zahau/ Max Shacknai Deaths

Post by KZ on Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:01 pm

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Post by Lash on Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:27 pm

Rebecca and Max Timeline

Around May 30, 2011 (Memorial Day)

– Jonah and Rebecca relocate to the Spreckels Mansion for the summer.

July 10th, 2011

– XZ, Rebecca’s little sister arrives for a scheduled 2 week visit.

July 11th, 2011, Monday

Early AM – Max and Jonah drive Max’s two older half-siblings (Jonah’s older kids by Kimberly) to the airport for their prearranged scheduled flight to meet up with their mother in Phoenix.

Mid-morning, Monday

– Jonah walks/runs to the gym for a workout.

10:00 AM – Rebecca and Max wake XZ. She was to shower and Max clean his room. They had plans to go to the beach. According to Attorney Rudoy.

10:00 AM approx – Max’s fall from the 2nd floor to the foyer happens. Rebecca was in one bathroom. Rebecca screams for XZ to call 911. According to XZ she had just gotten out of the shower in the upstairs bathroom, when she heard RZ screaming for her.

10:10 AM – XZ Calls 911. Rebecca attempts CPR.

10:12 AM – Coronado PD arrive, officer Erhard. Rebecca claims that Max whispered “Ocean” the name of the dog in the house and then became unresponsive. The documents say that first responders found Max on his back, a razor scooter resting on his right shin, a soccer ball in the foyer and Ocean sitting on the landing. A broken chandelier laid shattered near Max’s left shoulder.

MS AR -,%20max_report.pdf

10:24 AM – Rebecca calls Jonah at the gym to tell him about Max’s fall and he runs home in time to see Max being loaded into the ambulance. Jonah follows ambulance to Sharp Coronado ER.

RZ's cell phone -

10:36 AM – Max arrives at Sharp Coronado ER. He is later transferred from Sharp Coronado ER to Rady Children’s pediatric intensive care unit.

– Police attempt to locate Dina Shacknai.

NR Interview -

– XZ apparently cuts herself trying to help clean up the shattered glass from the chandelier. A police officer drives XZ and Rebecca to a local urgent care to have 4 stitches in her leg.

Mid-afternoon, Monday

3:00 PM – Police locate Dina Shacknai at her Coronado home. She had been at her home resting from a bronchial infection. Her phone had been turned off and she was wearing earplugs.

NR Interview -

– Ted Greenberg, owner of Camp Diggity Dog, said Zahau called the Coronado kennel Monday, shortly after the boy’s fall, to ask that someone pick up her 14 month-old Weimaraner, Ocean. She said her child was hospitalized after an injury.

– Jonah returns home in the “early evening hours” to shower and pack some clothes for the hospital.

9:00 PM approx - Rebecca picks up Dina’s twin sister Nina and her son from the airport. Rebecca drops off Nina and her son at the hospital. Rebecca drops off Nina's luggage at Dina's home.

NR Interview -

10:00 PM approx - Rebecca picks up Howard Luber, Jonah’s friend from the airport.

NR Interview -

– XZ spends the night with Rebecca in Coronado.

– Nina receives a ride home from the hospital from a friend of Dina's.

NR Interview -

July 12th, 2011, Tuesday

1:55 AM – Jonah attempts to stay at the Ronald McDonald House but it is full. He
stays at a nearby hotel instead, the Homestead Inn.

5:30-6:00 AM – Jonah returns to the hospital.

8:00 AM – Dina leaves the hospital. She goes back home and spends about 12 hours resting.

8:45 AM – Ocean is picked up and taken to the kennel, according to the kennel owner Ted Greenberg.


– Someone accessed the home computer. Asian anime bondage porn was searched. Time unknown.

– Arrangements are made for XZ to go back home. Rebecca drives her to the airport that afternoon. Actual departure time not known.

4:00 PM – Adam Shacknai is picked up at the airport by Rebecca . He has flown in to support his brother during this tremendously horrible time. Rebecca picked up Adam and dropped off XZ during the same trip to the airport that afternoon.

4:00 PM – Nina alleges she and Dina drove to the hospital in Dina's car.

NR Interview -

6:00 PM – Adam and Rebecca pick up Jonah and Howard from the hospital. Howard is dropped off at the airport. Jonah, Rebecca and Adam then get some dinner.

7:09 PM – incoming call from urgent care facility checking on Xena.
7:34 PM – outgoing 1 min phone call to Jonah.
7:39 PM – incoming 1 min phone call from Adam.

RZ's cell phone -

8:00 PM – Dina says she returned to the hospital * A discrepancy in the time Dina returned to the hospital. Detectives are told by Dina 8:00 PM. Jonah tells them 6:00 PM. Nina also alleges 4:00 PM. *

8:00 PM - After dinner Jonah returns to the hospital.
– Rebecca and Adam return home to Coronado mansion.
– Adam claims this is the last time he saw Rebecca. He went to the guest house, she went to the mansion.

8:00 PM – text messages out to Jonah
8:06 PM – outgoing 27 min phone call to sister Mary
8:33 PM – incoming 3 min phone call from Mary
8:43 PM – text message in from Jonah

RZ's cell phone -

9:00 PM – Nina leaves the hospital. She uses Jonah's car to drive to Dina's home.

NR Interview -

9:24 PM – text message out to Mary
9:25 PM – outgoing 1 min phone call to Mary
9:40 PM – text message out to Mary

RZ's cell phone -

9:41 PM – Nina alleges she sent Rebecca a text message. Nina asks if she can drop by to talk about “what happened” to Max. Rebecca never responds. *The text message appears on Rebecca's cell phone records at 10:41 PM.*

NR Interview -
RZ's cell phone -

9:44 PM – text message in from Mary
9:48 PM – 2 text messages out to Mary
9:52 PM – text message in from Mary
9:53 PM – text message in from Mary
9:53 PM – text message out to Mary

RZ's cell phone -

9:55 PM – Nina Romano, after not getting a response from her text to Rebecca, decides to walk to the mansion. Nina wants to talk to Rebecca.

NR Interview -

10:00 PM – Nina arrives at the mansion. No one answers the door. Nina has a look around the property and sees a light on in the 'suicide room'. Nina returns to Dina's home.

NR Interview -

10:20 PM – A witness claims to see Dina Shacknai at the Spreckles mansion. SDSO dismisses it as Nina Romano.

10:41 PM – A text message in from Nina received on Rebecca's phone. *This contradicts Nina's claim that the text was sent at 9:41 PM.*

NR Interview -
RZ's cell phone -

11:30 PM – An anonymous “source” claims to hear someone scream “help” from or near the mansion. SDSO dismisses it as kids on the beach.

July 13th, 2011, Wednesday

12:30 AM – Jonah claims to have sent a voicemail message to Rebecca stating that Max’s condition was grave and his death was imminent. The incoming phone call does not appear on Rebecca's cell phone records.

RZ's cell phone -

12:50 AM – Allegedly Rebecca retrieves the voicemail message and deletes it. There is no proof that Rebecca herself retrieved and deleted the voicemail. There is no proof the voicemail ever existed.

RZ's cell phone -

1:00 AM approx – Jonah goes to the Ronald McDonald House.

1:00 – 3:00 AM – ME determines to be Rebecca’s time of death


3:00 AM – Activity on home computer.

6:30 AM – Adam Shacknai said he awoke and was leaving the guest house to get some coffee when he saw Rebecca hanging, ran to the kitchen to find a knife, pulled a table underneath her and cut her down.

6:48 AM – 911 is called. Adam stating he found Rebecca hanging and was attempting CPR. Adam removed a blue cloth in order to try to perform CPR. Coronado Police Dept are the first to respond.

6:48 AM – Jonah claims he received a text message from Adam advising Rebecca had hung herself.

6:53 AM – Coronado Fire Dept arrived. Rebecca was cold to the touch and rigor mortis was present in her jaw. They pronounced Rebecca deceased. They quickly decide they do not have the resources to deal with a homicide and call in San Diego County to help.

7:00 AM – Dina, who was at Max’s bedside, received a call from Jonah telling her Rebecca had killed herself.

– Jonah returns to the hospital.

8:09 AM – The ME is called.


9:20 AM – According to Sgt. Dave Nemeth. San Diego Sheriff's department personnel arrive to begin the investigation.

P/C on 9-2-2011 -

– Jonah calls Rebecca’s brother-in-law Doug Loehner. Jonah informs him that Rebecca has committed suicide by hanging. Doug then informs Rebecca's sister Mary Zahau-Loehner.

– Adam Shacknai is interviewed by Detectives Lebitski and Hillen. Per atty Bremner, Adam claimed to be viewing porn on his Iphone just before he found Rebecca hanging from balcony.

– Attorney Paul Pfingst shows up at the mansion, won’t say who he’s representing, but does say it’s not Jonah. Later reports indicate a Shacknai, but not which one.

– Later Adam is given a polygraph examination by Paul Redden. Redden says he couldn’t draw a conclusion. He recommends that Adam be given a 2nd test but was never asked by SDSO to do the follow up. Paul Redden felt Adam was being truthful.

– Special Agents Resendiz and Burtis from the DOJ interview Dina. She tells the agents she left Rady Hospital on the 12th at about 8:00 AM and returned at 8:00 PM. She's in a hurry to return to the hospital for MRI results. Unknown if the interview is in the morning or afternoon.

– Jonah Shacknai is interviewed by Detectives Norton and Palmer.

– While at the hospital with Jonah, Nina Romano reveals to SDSO she was at the mansion the prior night.

NR Interview -

– Sometime that afternoon Nina and Dina both claim they met with doctors at Rady to receive the results of Max's MRI. They're devastated.

NR Interview -

7:14 PM – 13 hours after Rebecca’s body is discovered the ME finally arrives. They determine Rebecca’s death to be somewhere between 1:00 AM and 3:00 AM.

10:00 PM – Nina Romano is interviewed by Special Agents Resendiz and Burtis from the DOJ at Dina's home. She is asked to come to the station. Nina claims she cannot leave her son. The crime unit instead comes to Dina's home to fingerprint, take DNA and clothes from Nina. Nina schedules a polygraph for Friday.

NR Interview -

July 14th, 2011, Thursday

10:18 AM – Rebecca’s autopsy is performed at 10:18 AM.(results are sealed).


– According to Commander Michael Lawton of CPD, investigators received the information from Rady Children's Hospital that Max's condition was worsening. Up until that point the information they had from the hospital and family was that his condition was stable and that they were optimistic.

P/C on 9-2-2011 -

6:00 PM approx – Detective Adkins receives a request to respond to Children's Hospital in regards to a pending Protective Services Report that was going to be filed by Jessica Robershaw, a hospital social worker.

July 15th, 2011, Friday

– Jonah Shacknai is re-interviewed by Detective Norton. He tells them he left the hospital on the 12th at about 6:00 PM and that Dina had returned to the hospital around 6:00 PM.

– Nina Romano cancels her scheduled polygraph. She is too distraught over Max's condition. The polygraph is never rescheduled.

NR Interview -

– Detectives served a second search warrant on the house Friday night, and spent some time photographing the staircase balcony where Max fell.

July 16th, 2011, Saturday

– Max Shacknai passes away from brain death. Pronounced July 16th at 11:30 PM.

MS AR -,%20max_report.pdf

– Nina returns home – According to Nina's interview.

NR Interview -

– Jonah calls Ted Greenberg, the owner of Camp Diggity Dogs. He advises that he’s sending private investigator, Denis Love, to pick up the 14 month old Weimaraner Ocean.

July 17th, 2011, Sunday

– Nina returns to Coronado with her husband. According to Nina's interview.

NR Interview -

– Jonah and Dina release a joint statement that Max has passed away.
6:00 AM – Jonah and Dina have authorized organ donation. 3 children benefit greatly from receipt of these organs.

July 18th, 2011, Monday

10:22 AM – Max autopsy performed (results are sealed).

MS AR -,%20max_report.pdf

July 19th, 2011, Tuesday

– Nina, her husband and Dina drive back to Arizona to attend Max's funeral. According to Nina's interview.

NR Interview -

July 20th, 2011

– A private memorial service is held for Max.

NR Interview -

July 21st, 2011

– Jonah hires L.A. PR company Sitrick & Co.

July 23rd, 2011

– Rebecca is laid to rest in St. Joseph Missouri. Jonah attends the funeral.

August 8th, 2011

– Jonah speaks publicly, thanks shareholders for their support during a Medicis conference call, says he “expects very quickly to return to the normal work schedule at the office” in a couple of weeks once his children are back in school.

August 15th, 2011

– Rebecca’s cell phone powered up by LE for the first time (however there are data transfers on dates prior to this date).

August 24th, 2011

– LE requests permission, receives and executes search warrants for cell phone records for two phones owned by Jonah Shacknai. It assumed they belong to Dina and Jonah. LE receives these records the same day.

August 31st, 2011

– LE conducts first and only interview in person with Rebecca’s sister, Mary. Authorities from the Medical Examiner's Office and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department met with Zahau's sister and brother-in-law in person Wednesday in Missouri.

September 1st, 2011

– Rebecca’s family strongly disputes LE’s closed case. Family hires attorney Anne Bremner who plans on putting together information to send to the AG requesting the investigation be re-opened.

September 2nd, 2011

– LE conducts press conference. They declare Rebecca’s death a suicide and the case closed. Max’s death is declared an accident.

September 3rd, 2011

– Dr. Cyril Wecht, pathologist, and expert consulting with the family attorney Anne Bremner, says ‘a number of factors in the autopsy ruling do not add up’. He strongly questions the 4 subgaleal hemorrhages to the scalp, saying in his opinion they are evidence of blunt force trauma, therefore there was a struggle. He would classify the manner of death as “undetermined”.

September 6th, 2011

– Jonah’s attorney Dan K. Webb sends a “cease and desist” letter to Anne Bremner, to stop making false public statements that ‘have the effect of severely damaging Jonah’s personal and business reputations’.

September 19th, 2011

– Jonah Shacknai writes a letter to the CA Attorney General requesting a review of the findings that Zahau had killed herself.

September 20th, 2011

– Sheriff Bill Gore releases a statement regarding Jonah’s letter to the Attorney General. He states he believes a thorough and professional investigation was conducted.

September 21st, 2011

– Sheriff’s Homicide Lieutenant Larry Nesbit announces they will take another look at Zahau’s Samsung Focus Windows Phone using newly-identified, forensic software. Technological programs that were not available during the initial investigation.

– A letter from CA Attorney General declines Jonah Shacknai’s request for a review.

September 22nd, 2011

– SDSO releases statement respecting the decision of the Attorney General.


– Jonah Shacknai accepts the decision of the state attorney general to reject his request to review the investigation of San Diego County law enforcement agencies

– A search warrant unsealed revealed that the head of the Intensive Care Unit at Rady Children’s Hospital, Dr. Bradley Peterson, initially believed his patient, Max Shacknai, may have been suffocated before he fell down the stairs. In Max’s autopsy report, the medical examiner disagreed and determined the boy’s injuries were consistent with an accidental neck injury sustained in the fall.
MS AR -,%20max_report.pdf

October 2011

– Rebecca's remains are exhumed.

October 6th, 2011

– Homicide Lt. Larry Nesbit said it was not possible to recover deleted data from Zahau’s phone without dismantling the device, something investigators did not want to do. As a result, no new information was obtained from the re examination.

– Lt. Nesbit said the intact cell phone and other items belonging to the victim will be returned soon to the Zahau family attorney, Anne Bremner. The Seattle-based lawyer wants the cell phone and evidence in the case turned over as soon as possible.

October 28th, 2011

— Dr. Cyril Wecht, who has publicly criticized investigators' findings, will conduct a new autopsy on Rebecca, Friday in Pittsburgh.

October 31st, 2011

– The historic Spreckels mansion in Coronado has been sold to an investment group for an undisclosed price.

November 1st, 2011

– Attorney Anne Bremner receives Rebecca's case files. Seattle office received hundreds of pages of witness statements and police reports, as well as transcripts and audio recordings.

November 2nd, 2011

– Author Ann Rule announces the possibility of writing a book about the Zahau's.

November 7th, 2011

– Nina Romano gives a 2 hour phone interview.

November 15th, 2011

– The Zahau family and attorney Anne Bremner appear on the Dr. Phil show.

– The second autopsy results are released. Dr. Wecht, appeared via satellite on the TV show and reported, "I lean very strongly toward it being a homicide – something involving foul play – and lean very strongly against it being a suicide."

– San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore issued a written statement responding to the Dr. Phil Show series of reports.

December 2011

– Attorneys Anne Bremner and Marty Rudoy wrote a letter on behalf of the Zahau family to Jonah requesting access to the historic mansion in Coronado.

– Jonah will allow Anne Bremner to launch a new investigation inside the Spreckels mansion before the end of the year. "As noted, my client has recently sold the property. The new owner is scheduled to take possession and begin renovation of the property on January 1, 2012. Accordingly, you need to undertake and complete your inspection prior to January 1, 2012," the letter said. "As we expect that you will contact the Sheriff's department to move forward with any inspection, I will advise the Sheriff that my client consents to the procedure," attorney Webb wrote.

January 2012

– Deadline expires to access the Spreckles mansion.

– Anne Bremner posted to Facebook. “Our letter requesting an independent investigation in the Rebecca Zahau case went to the AG's office today,” “We had every detail, every anomaly every question covered. Wish us luck! We need and thank you for your support!”

March 15, 2012

– Rebecca Zahau's birthday.

March 22, 2012

– Dina Shacknai files a lawsuit for Max's autopsy photos.,0,5372696.story

April 2012

– Seattle-based attorney Anne Bremner said Tuesday that she had asked the attorney general to look at the case previously but was told to first try to get the investigation reopened by sheriff’s officials. Since the Sheriff’s Department declined, Bremner submitted the request again to state and local prosecutors, she said.

– A San Diego Superior Court judge on Friday granted Max Shacknai's mother access to photos taken during the autopsy that followed the boy's July death.

June 7, 2012

– Max Shacknai's birthday.

– Jonah Shacknai announces MaxInMotion®, a new not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping financially disadvantaged Arizona youth participate in organized sports. The foundation was established to honor Max Shacknai.

July 13, 2012

– One year anniversary of Rebecca Zahau's death.

July 16, 2012
– One year anniversary of Max Shacknai's death.

– Dina Shacknai speaks publicly for the first time during the announcement of Maxie's H.O.U.S.E. organization. It is an organization focused on protecting children in blended households. The organization is in honor of Max Shacknai.

– Attorney Angela Hallier announces Dina is requesting Coronado PD to reopen Max's investigation. Dina believes Max's injuries were not consistent with the kind of fall, police said he took. Foul play is suggested in the manner of Max's death.

– Authorities in Coronado say they've met with Dina Shacknai and the private investigators and plan on reviewing the findings.

– A lawyer for Zahau's family said the results are unfounded and that there was no foul play in Max's death. But they also want Max's investigation reopened to rule out the claims Rebecca was involved.

August, 2012

A year after Max's death, Dina Shacknai talks for the first time with Craig Outhier of Phoenix Magazine about the tragedy and her efforts to create a legacy for her son

August 31, 2012

– Dina Shacknai is provided the results of CPD's review of the request to reopen Max's death investigation.

September 11, 2012

– News release from CPD regarding the request to reopen Max Shacknai's death investigation. Based on a weeks-long review of the documents, which did not provide any new evidence, the agencies have concluded that there is no reason to change the manner of death in the case. The San Diego County Medical Examiner and Coronado Police Department carefully reviewed the submitted documents.

September 18, 2012

– Dina Shacknai addresses the Coronado City council. Transcript below.

– Dina Shacknai gives an interview before and after her appeal to the city council.

September 21, 2012

– Mary Zahau-Loehner, Doug Loehner, Dina Shacknai, attorney Anne Bremner, Dr. Cyril Wecht and Dr. Judy Melinek appear on the Dr. Phil show.

September 21, 2012

– Max Shacknai's Coronado EMS report is released. Report indicates no CPR was performed prior to the arrival of EMS.

November 27, 2012

– Book release by Ann Rule, Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors. The Rebecca Zahau case will be one of the two anchor pieces in the book, a compilation of nine stories.

February 21, 2013

– Dina gives an interview to Pat McMahon from KTAR. Dina states her opinion Maxie was murdered by Rebecca or XZ.

March, 2013

– Dina's foundation Maxie's House releases a video promoting the Parental Disclosure Act.

March 19, 2013

– Spreckels Mansion to be listed for sale: Asking price for Coronado mansion is $16.9M

May 8, 2013

– Zahau family sues Sheriff Gore seeking evidence in Coronado death.
– Two Justice 4 Rebecca websites are created, Indiegogo and Facebook.
– Zahau family releases never before seen photos of Rebecca's rope bindings.

May 10, 2013

– A partial video of Adam Shacknai's polygraph examination is released by CBS8.

•Timeline assembled by *Lash* originally at The Hinky Meter, and updated with new information as available•

*05-14-2013 version*

Last edited by Lash on Tue May 14, 2013 10:28 am; edited 18 times in total (Reason for editing : Updated 5-14-2013 version)

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Search Warrants

Post by Lash on Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:46 pm

Search Warrants

• Search Warrant 41227 - Property Search Rebecca Zahau - 7/13

• Search Warrant 41290 - Property Search Max Shacknai - 7/15

• Search Warrant 41373 - Rebecca's Phone - 8/12

• Search Warrant 11-164 - Phone Records - 8/24

• Search Warrant 11-165 - Phone Records - 8/24

• Search Warrant 41432 - Surveillance Video - 8/24

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Autopsy Reports

Post by Lash on Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:52 pm

Autopsy Reports

Rebecca Zahau

Max Shacknai –,%20max_report.pdf


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Re: Library Thread- Rebecca Zahau/ Max Shacknai Deaths

Post by Lash on Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:59 am

Rebecca's cellphone bill:

Key to Rebecca's cellphone bill:

480-677-XXXX - RZ
602-502-XXXX - JS
816-676-XXXX - Sister MZ-L
901-485-XXXX - AS
602-614-XXXX - Dr HL
602-494-XXXX - Dr HL
845-357-XXXX - Dad GS
914-523-XXXX - Step-mom MS
480-444-XXXX - Sister XZ
209-814-XXXX - NR
619-522-XXXX - Detective TA
49405724XXXX - Sister SH
858-945-XXXX - CN
915-731-XXXX - Medicis VF
619-423-XXXX - Coronado Bay Urgent Care
619-702-XXXX - Camp Diggity Dogs
858-380-XXXX - Camp Diggity Dogs

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Justice4Rebecca Websites

Post by Lash on Tue May 14, 2013 10:17 am

Justice4Rebecca | Indiegogo

Justice 4 Rebecca | Facebook

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Max Websites

Post by Lash on Wed May 15, 2013 9:54 am

• Maxie's House

• Max Shacknai

• MaxInMotion®

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