Drug Firm CEO Speaks Out On Deaths Of Son, Girlfriend At SoCal Mansion

SAN DIEGO (CBS) — The owner of a Coronado mansion that was the scene of two death investigations is speaking publicly for the first time.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports Jonah Shacknai made the statements during a conference call with shareholders in his Scottsdale, Ariz.-based firm Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp.

“We’ve obviously had an extraordinarily difficult time, we have undertaken some tragedies, some losses that one couldn’t imagine experiencing in a lifetime,” said Shacknai.

Shacknai’s 6-year-old son Max died after falling down the stairs at his father’s historic mansion just two days before his father’s girlfriend, Rebecca Nalepa, 32, was found dead hanging nude from a balcony.

Max fell down the stairs at the historic Spreckels mansion in Coronado in what police called a tragic accident. Paramedics said e was not breathing and did not have a pulse when they arrived on the scene.

Sheriff’s investigators have not established any connection between the two deaths, and are awaiting toxicology tests to determine if Nalepa’s death was suicide.



One Comment

  1. Talega says:

    She was found with her wrists bound. That does not sound much like a suicide. I suspect there is more here than meets the eye.

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