SoCal CEO Wants To End ‘Vicious Speculation’ Over Mansion Deaths

SAN DIEGO (CBS) — The CEO of a multinational pharmaceutical company wants California’s top attorney to review the investigation into the deaths of his son and girlfriend.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports Jonah Shacknai is asking the state attorney general’s office to help bring an end to “vicious speculation and innuendo” over the deaths at his Coronado mansion.

In a statement, Shacknai, , who owns Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp., said he has no reason not to believe that his 6-year-old son Max died from an accidental fall and his girlfriend, Rebecca Zahau, committed suicide by hanging.

Mary Zahau-Loehner, the sister of Rebecca Zahau, has previously said she is unconvinced by the findings of San Diego County sheriff’s investigatorsafter her sister was found dead July 13 in the historic Spreckels mansion.

Shacknai also claimed his family is being harmed by public speculation surrounding the deaths and believes a review would bolster confidence in law enforcement and bring closure to what he called “terrible tragedies.”

Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office would only confirm that it had received the request from Shacknai to review the investigation, but would not make any further comments.


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