Images: Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Spreckels Mansion Death

Images from the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Rebecca Zahau, alleging her death was not a suicide but a homicide and accusing Adam Shacknai of killing her. Jurors decided Shacknai was responsible for Zahau's death.

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In a civil trial, nine jurors decided Adam Shacknai was responsible for Rebecca Zahau's death in July 2011 at the Spreckels mansion on Coronado.
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The family of Rebecca Zahau (L) sued Adam Shacknai (R) for wrongful death in the bizarre hanging in 2011 at the Spreckels Mansion in Coronado, California.
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Adam Shacknai listens as attorneys present opening statements in the wrongful death trial of Rebecca Zahau.
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The Spreckels mansion in Coronado was the scene of the investigation. Zahau's body was found hanging from a second-story balcony.
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San Diego County Sheriff's Department homicide investigators determined Zahau's death to be a suicide and released a video of how they believe she bound herself with the rope before throwing herself over the balcony.
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An image of the balcony at the Spreckels Mansion that was entered into evidence on March 5 by the family's attorney during the testimony of one of the first law enforcement officers to arrive at the home on the day Rebecca Zahau was discovered.
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Dina Shacknai was deposed on January 11, 2018 and spoke about her former brother-in-law, Adam Shacknai. She said he was a relatively private person who worked as a tugboat captain and enjoyed writing.
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Adam Shacknai and his defense attorney watch the videotaped deposition on Thursday. Dina Shacknai described the first time she met Rebecca Zahau and where she was the night before Zahau was found dead at the Coronado mansion.
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The message found on the door above the location where Rebecca Zahau's body was found. Adam Shacknai's attorney maintains it was a suicide message but the plaintiffs believe someone else painted it.
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Adam Shacknai is a 54-year-old tugboat pilot who arrived in San Diego just days before Zahau's death to provide support to his brother, Jonah Shacknai. Jonah's son Max was fatally injured in a fall at the mansion just days before Rebecca's death.
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A handwriting expert testified that he believes the message was likely written by Adam Shacknai based on the comparison with the defendant's signature.
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The family's attorney has one hand on the door found inside the mansion while he is pointing at the letter "m" in the message.
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Adam Shacknai's signature on court forms was used by a handwriting expert hired by the Zahau family to compare with the writing found on the door at the Spreckels Mansion.
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A defense attorney points out the hook on the letter "m" found on Adam Shacknai's signature is missing from the writing on the mansion door.
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Attorney Keith Greer said this is the last known photograph of Rebecca Zahau. The clothing seen in this photograph has never been found, the family said.
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Plaintiffs' attorney Keith Greer places his fingers in the same location of Zahau's fingerprints on the knife found at the scene. He tells them the only way they match is if the knife is held behind the back. Shacknai and his attorney look on.
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In this image, the family attorney shows jurors four locations of Rebecca Zahau's head where she suffered an injury.
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Maxfield Shacknai, 6, was injured after falling from a staircase inside the Spreckels mansion on July 11. He later died from his injuries.
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An image of how the rope that was connected to Rebecca Zahau's body was attached to a bedpost in a guest bedroom. The family's attorney said the bed appeared to move seven inches.
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The defense told jurors these were the two knots used in securing the rope found in the guest bedroom of the Spreckels mansion. The first knot is used by anyone who learned how to tie laces.
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Mary Zahau-Loehner told jurors and the court that the family believes it is "pretty obvious" that Rebecca Zahau was murdered and did not commit suicide.
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Defense Attorney Dan Webb tells jurors in his opening statement that there is no physical evidence connecting his client with the death of Rebecca Zahau.
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The sheriff's department investigated the case for two months.
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Forensic evidence expert Lisa Allyn DiMeo testifies about the fingerprints found only on the blade of a kitchen knife in the guest room of the Spreckels mansion.
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A drop of blood found in a shower inside the Spreckels mansion that was collected by sheriff's department investigators but not processed, according to one expert witness.
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A towel and blood drops were found in the hallway outside of the guest bedroom that leads to the balcony where Zahau was found hanging. A forensic expert testified the blood was likely Zahau's menstrual blood.
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The chef's knife found inside the guest bedroom of the Spreckels mansion.
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Handwriting expert Michael Wakshull said that with a certain degree of certainty, he believed Adam Shacknai was the likely author of the message found on the mansion door.
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Judge Katherine Bacal presided over the wrongful death lawsuit involving Rebecca Zahau, the woman who was found bound and hanging from a second-story balcony at Coronado's Spreckels mansion.
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An image of Jonah Shacknai from a 2010 CNBC interview.
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