Rebecca Zahau’s Family on 'Dr. Phil:' Some Clues Weren’t Investigated

 @LauraMatt on November 14 2011 9:53 PM

Rebecca Zahau's family took her case to national TV on Monday on Dr. Phil show where they claimed that authorities didn't investigate some clues in the mansion murder.

Rebecca Zahau, 32, died at the Coronado Spreckels Mansion on July 13. Rebecca Zahau's lifeless naked body was found hanging from a balcony inside the mansion with her hands and feet bound.

Police have ruled that Rebecca Zahau's death was a suicide, as they said she took her life because she was overcome with grief because of the imminent death of her boyfriend Jonah Shacknai's 6-year-old son, Max.

Jonah Shacknai is chairman and chief executive of Medicis Pharmaceuticals. Max Shacknai was injured after he fell down a flight of stairs while under Zahau's supervision.

But Zahau's family has refused to accept the conclusions from authorities.

The dead woman's sister Mary Zahau Loehner has repeatedly said she believe Rebecca Zahau was murdered.

Loehner brought along with her a text message her sister sent prior to her death, detailing the boy's injuries and how she needed to remain strong for him.

Not ok but better, the message read. No swelling detected and they have decreased the coma. And he said he seems more alive ... I can't believe this ... it's a nightmare and partially it's hard for me [because] I love him and I need to be strong for Jonah.

Dr. Phil chimed in on the issue, noting that when Rebecca Zahau mentioned that she needed to be strong for Jonah, seems completely counter to an idea of ending one's life.

The report Loehner holds reportedly noted that blood found in a shower wasn't analysed and that Rebecaa Zahau had unexplained head trauma. Moreover, there were unexplained footprints in the kitchen and gloves were found around the scene, which were not analysed.

Knowing my sister there is no way she would go in this manner, Loehner told Dr. Phil.

Zahau family attorney Anne Bremner has asked that the case be reopened.

There were reportedly four bruises, trauma that is not explained by the July hanging, found on the top of Rebecca Zahau's, a forensic pathologist hired by the family's attorney has said. Dr. Cyril Wecht has viewed the autopsy report and has told CNN that the injuries are just one of several reasons why he wouldn't have ruled Rebecca Zahau's death a suicide.

I would have left the manner of death ... as undetermined, because I think there are several things as far as I can see that have not been explained, Wecht has said in September.

The Sheriff's Department released a statement to the media on Monday noting that neither its detectives nor the medical examiner's office have been presented with evidence from a second autopsy that was performed.

If Dr. Wecht or Miss Bremner would like to share information they believe is pertinent with our investigators, we would be glad to meet with them, rather than hear their results on television provided as entertainment, the statement read.

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