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About the Book
The call came on the morning of July 13, 2011, from the historic Spreckels Mansion, a lavish beachfront property in Coronado, California, owned by pharmaceutical tycoon and multimillionaire Jonah Shacknai. When authorities arrived, they found the naked body of Jonah’s girlfriend, Rebecca Zahau, gagged, her ankles tied and her wrists bound behind her. Jonah’s brother, Adam, claimed to have found Rebecca hanging by a rope from the second-floor balcony.
On a bedroom door in black paint were the cryptic words:
SHE SAVED HIM CAN YOU SAVE HER.
Was this scrawled message a suicide note or a killer’s taunt? Rebecca’s death came two days after Jonah’s six-year-old son, Max, took a devastating fall while in Rebecca’s care. Authorities deemed Rebecca’s death a suicide resulting from her guilt. But who would stage either a suicide ora murder in such a bizarre, elaborate way?
About the Author
Award-winning investigative journalist Caitlin Rother weaves stunning new details into a personal yet objective examination of the sensational case. She explores its many layers—including the civil suit in which a jury found Adam Shacknai responsible for Rebecca’s death, and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department bombshell decision to reconfirm its original findings. As compelling as it is troubling, this controversial real-life mystery is a classic American tragedy that evokes the same haunting fascination as the JonBenet Ramsey and O.J. Simpson cases.
Caitlin Rother has written or co-authored 14 books, and always has several projects in the pipeline. The vast majority of her books have been traditionally published, but she also has some experience with indie- and self-publishing.
In addition to her own book projects, she takes on a limited number of aspiring authors, writers, and potential co-authors as coaching clients for developmental shaping/editing to help them pursue their dreams of getting published. She also helps her clients to develop their brands and build their platforms, which is important to do these days even before trying to get published. And, with several decades of experience as an investigative reporter, she also serves as a research consultant for clients who need assistance with a writing project or simply want to get to the bottom of a personal or legal issue.