Rebecca Zahau and Max Shacknei - Two Deaths, Too Bizarre

Rebecca Zahau and Max Shacknai – Two Deaths, Too Bizarre

Two tragedies shrouded in too many questions and too much mystery: Rebecca Zahau and Max Shacknai died 3 days apart of wildly different causes of death, or did they? Max was only 6-years-old when he ended up in a coma after he fell from the 2nd story, landing in the center of a grand staircase at his father’s lavish mansion. An accident, officials rule. But how did the boy manage to clear a 3-foot banister before bringing a palatial chandelier down with him? Did he really stumble over the family dog to his fate or was something more sinister at work?

A Complicated Web

Hot on the heels of the now comatose Maxfield’s accident, his wealthy father’s girlfriend, 32-year-old Rebecca, appeared to have taken her own life by hanging herself from the balcony outside of her second-story bedroom. Only two days since emergency services had been at the expansive mansion to save a child, they returned to investigate a possible suicide. Assuming it was suicide, the details and way she committed the act was extremely unusual and suspicious to many.

Suspicious Circumstances

Rebecca had been the only adult home when Max was injured and just received news Max was not likely to survive, let alone recover, from the injuries he’d sustained. With evidence showing Rebecca may have been in a depressive state already, was the added stress what pushed her over the edge? And what if it wasn’t stress she was overcome with ? what if it was guilt or even regret?

Or Is It Really Cut-And-Dry?

Or are the people who believe Rebecca was murdered after being blamed for Max’s fall — whether she actually was involved or not ? and the crime was covered up as a suicide by cops paid off by the rich business tycoon Jonah Shacknai who’d been Rebecca’s boyfriend for 2+ years and was Max’s father. Who is to blame, if anyone is to blame? I go over the series of events and curiosities surrounding a pair of too-close-for-comfort deaths in Coronado, California which raises questions like it’s the end of the world tomorrow.

Requested by Linzi, one of the superhuman hosts from the 33% Pulp podcast.

A special double episode release after an extended and unplanned hiatus.


This episode features promos from the Fiercely Altered Perspective Podcast  and the Wall Fly Podcast ? two amazing, enlightening podcasts I suggest y’all check out with a disclaimer: don’t do anything requiring complete attention while listening to either podcast because not paying full focus to their great content is nigh impossible to do.



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1(800) 273-8255 (online chat available)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN): 1(800)656-HOPE)
The nation’s largest organization fighting sexual violence, RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. (For TTY services, call 1(800)810-7440)

U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1(800)799-7233 (Eng. & Span.)
They also have an online chat feature available. Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Highly trained, experienced advocates offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in over 170 languages. (For TTY services, call: 1(800)787-3224)


The Trevor Project: 1(866) 488-7386
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

The GLBT National Hotline (age 26&up): 1(888)843-4564
The GLBT National Youth Talkline(youth serving youth through age 25): 1(800)246-7743
Both provide telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.

Pride Institute: 1 (800) 547-7433
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Chemical dependency/mental health referral and information hotline for the LGBTQ community.


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