“Veteran journalist and true-crime writer
Caitlin Rother . . . a writer who knows how to burrow into a complex case without becoming captive to her sources.” -- Los Angeles Times   
 
“A star in the field of true crime.
-- The San Diego Union-Tribune

DEATH ON OCEAN BOULEVARD: Inside the Coronado Mansion Case

The 911 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 HE found Rebecca hanging 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 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 a suicide or a murder in such a bizarre, elaborate way? (Kensington/Citadel, May 2021)  

“I got a girl, hung herself in the guest house.”

-- Adam Shacknai's

911 call 

“Caitlin Rother is the next Ann Rule.
-- NYT bestselling author Gregg Olsen 
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