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Virtual Event: Caitlin Rother in conversation with Camille Kimball
Virtual Event: Caitlin Rother discusses Death on Ocean Boulevard: Inside the Coronado Mansion Case. Special guest host, Camille Kimball.
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Caitlin Rother. Death on Ocean Boulevard: Inside the Coronado Mansion Case (Kensington, $16.95). Award-winning investigative journalist and bestselling author Caitlin Rother explores the mysterious death of 32-year-old Rebecca Zahau, who was found hanging from a second-story balcony of her multimillionaire boyfriend’s San Diego mansion in 2011. She was naked and gagged, with her ankles tied and hands bound behind her. On the door to her bedroom, investigators found a hand-written message: “SHE SAVED HIM CAN YOU SAVE HER.” The death was deemed a suicide, but Rother reveals there’s more to the story…
“I got a girl, hung herself in the guest house.”
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 or a murder in such a bizarre, elaborate way?
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, several Kindle ebooks, and a COVID anthology. As a Pulitzer-nominated investigative journalist, Rother worked nearly 20 years for daily newspapers. Drawing from decades of watchdog reporting on topics ranging from addiction to suicide, mental illness, murder, government, and political corruption, she has written books full-time since 2006. A popular speaker, she appears regularly on TV and radio as a true crime expert. As a private narrative non-fiction instructor and coach, she helps aspiring and published authors to shape, write, research, and promote their books during these challenging times of COVID-19. She also works as a research consultant. She loves to go ocean swimming, and sings and plays keyboards in the acoustic group, breakingthecode.
Camille Kimball is an Emmy-winning reporter who has worked on television, on radio, and in newsprint. Her first book, A Sudden Shot: The Phoenix Serial Shooter, was published in 2009. Her second book, What She Always Wanted: A True Story of Marriage, Greed and Murder, received the Reader’s Choice Best True Crime of 2010 Award. Can be seen on many TV shows on E!, Oxygen, Investigation Discovery, and more.
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