Tuesday, July 26, 2011
CORONADO, Calif. - Police logs obtained by 10News on Monday show that Coronado officers responded to Jonah Shacknai's home, the Spreckels mansion, and the nearby home of his ex-wife more than a dozen times in the last three years.
Shacknai's son, 6-year-old Max, suffered a fatal fall down the grand staircase of the mansion about two weeks ago. Coronado police have ruled the boy's death a tragic accident.
Two days after Max's fall, Shacknai's girlfriend, Rebecca Zahau, was found hanging naked from a courtyard balcony of the same home. Investigators still cannot say if her death was a homicide or suicide.
Arizona police records detailed instances of domestic violence between Shacknai and his ex-wife Dina. They are now divorced but both have homes within blocks of one another on Coronado. Based on their stormy past, 10News filed an open records request for police calls to their homes.
10News found that officers were called to Shacknai's home at least eight times between July 2008 and July 2011 for things such as burglary and vandalism. During those same three years, police showed up to Dina's home five times for noise disturbances, alarms and a suspicious vehicle.
RadarOnline reported that Shacknai attended his girlfriend's funeral on Saturday. He has not said a word about her death publicly.
Zahau's sister Mary Zahau-Loehner released a statement on Monday, which said in part, "Rebecca valued her life and lived her life to its fullest. There are no words in any dictionary or language to describe the full beauty, love, compassion, selflessness, generosity, and kindness of Rebecca."
The sheriff's department confirmed to 10News it will not re-create Zahau's death. Detectives will instead rely on forensic evidence.