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Lawsuit: Mansion Hanging Death Was Murder

Family alleges conspiracy to kill Rebecca Zahau

(Newser) - The family of a woman whose nude, bound body was found hanging at a California mansion has filed a $10 million lawsuit claiming she was murdered. The complaint filed in federal court by the family of 32-year-old Rebecca Zahau seeks general and punitive damages. Zahau was found hanged at a... More »

Experts: Calif. Boy's Strange Death Was Homicide

Max Shacknai's mom calls for probe to be reopened

(Newser) - The bizarre death of a California boy who suffered fatal injuries days before his dad's live-in girlfriend was found hanged last year was a homicide, forensics experts have declared. The death of Max Shacknai, 6, raised suspicions. But San Diego County investigators determined it was accidental, and that Max... More »

CEO's Lover Exhumed for 2nd Autopsy

Dr. Phil to air results of Rebecca Nalepa examination

(Newser) - The body of a woman found naked, bound, and hanged in a San Diego mansion earlier this year has been exhumed for a second autopsy at her family's request. Rebecca Nalepa's death was ruled a suicide, but her family has rejected that finding, pointing to details of the... More »

CEO Wants Review of Girlfriend's Suicide Ruling

Jonah Shacknai hopes to put bizarre mystery to rest

(Newser) - Rebecca Nalepa’s family says there’s no way she stripped naked, bound her hands and feet, and hung herself after painting a bizarre “suicide note” on a door. And while her businessman boyfriend Jonah Shacknai says he “does not doubt” the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’... More »

CEO Threatens to Sue Over Lover's Suicide Flap

Nalepa family lawyer warned to leave Shacknai out of accusations

(Newser) - Lawyers for pharmaceutical magnate Jonah Shacknai are threatening to sue the lawyer of the family of the late Rebecca Nalepa if he keeps insinuating that Shacknai influenced the investigation into her bizarre death, reports ABC News . "What is most concerning are recent false public statements you have made that... More »

Troubling Details Cloud CEO's Lover's 'Suicide'

Rebecca Nalepa's case is closed, but some say it doesn't add up

(Newser) - The San Diego County Medical Examiner officially deemed Rebecca Nalepa's death a suicide. Case closed, right? Maybe not. In a press conference on Friday, investigators seemed to tie up loose ends: They showed a video that depicted how Nalepa could have tied her own hands and feet before hanging... More »

CEO Lover's Death Ruled Suicide: Sis

Family strongly objects to finding in Rebecca Nalepa case

(Newser) - Investigators have concluded that Rebecca Nalepa, who was found hanged naked with her hands and feet bound in a historic California mansion earlier this summer, took her own life, says her sister. Nalepa—the girlfriend of pharmaceutical tycoon Jonah Shacknai—died just two days after Shacknai's young son suffered... More »

Cops: CEO's Lover's Death Probably Suicide

Sources say police believe bizarre death was self-inflicted

(Newser) - Police probing the mysterious death of the girlfriend of pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai are becoming convinced that it was a suicide, sources close to the investigation tell NBC San Diego . Rebecca Nalepa, 32, was found hanging naked from a balcony at Shacknai's San Diego mansion with her wrists and... More »

CEO Addresses Mansion Deaths for First Time

Jonah Shacknai thanks supporters, promises quick return to work

(Newser) - The CEO whose son and girlfriend died under suspicious circumstances within a week of each other thanked shareholders for their support and promised to be back to business as usual soon, reports People . "We have undertaken some tragedies, some losses, that one couldn't imagine experiencing in a lifetime,... More »

CEO's Girlfriend Distraught Day Before Her Death

Rebecca Nalepa was reportedly sobbing

(Newser) - Though police still don't know exactly what happened on the day Rebecca Nalepa was found hanging, naked, in the home of her pharmaceutical CEO boyfriend Jonah Shacknai, details are emerging as to her state the day before. The Daily Mail reports that Nalepa was sobbing at a local kennel... More »

CEO's Hanged Girlfriend Didn't Kill Herself: Sister

The two spoke on the phone the night before she was found dead

(Newser) - More details, but still no answers in the bizarre case of Rebecca Nalepa, the 32-year-old girlfriend of pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai who was found hanging in his mansion a week ago. Police are still trying to determine if it was a suicide or homicide, but Nalepa's sister believes she... More »

'Bizarre' Set of Deaths at CEO's Mansion Stumps Cops

No connection yet found between deaths of Rebecca Nalepa, Max Shacknai

(Newser) - Police are baffled by the "bizarre" circumstances behind the death of Rebecca Nalepa , the 32-year-old girlfriend of pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai: She was found hanging at his mansion two days after Shacknai's 6-year-old son fell down the stairs there; Max died on Sunday . A sergeant says of Nalepa'... More »

CEO's Son Dies After Fall in Mansion

Max Shacknai 'was unable to recover from the injuries suffered early last week'

(Newser) - A sad update in an odd pair of tragedies: The 6-year-old son of a pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai died yesterday, six days after he fell down a flight of stairs at Shacknai's 27-room California mansion, the Arizona Republic reports. Max was not breathing and had no pulse when paramedics... More »

Woman Found Dead at Historic CA Mansion

'Bizarre' death occurred two days after another 'tragic accident'

(Newser) - The girlfriend of a pharmaceutical company executive was found dead at a historic California mansion, her nude body hanging from a rope on a second-floor balcony with her hands tied behind her back and her feet bound. Rebecca Nalepa's body was discovered at the Coronado home of Jonah Shacknai,... More »

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