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Update on the Spreckels Mansion Case

So the San Diego Sheriff’s have ruled that the sudden deaths of Max Shacknai and Rebecca Zahau at the Coronado mansion were not crimes. They used science to confirm that Max died from an accidental fall and Rebecca died from a suicide.

But as a crime writer, I know there was more to this story. If not in reality, in a novel there would be answers to the questions I still have…

Zahau’s family is convinced she was not suicidal. Could the fall and death of Max¬† pushed her toward suicide? Did she feel responsible? Maybe the fall wasn’t accidental. Maybe she was responsible for the boy’s death?

The investigators claim that Zahau’s prints were the only ones found on the shirt around her throat and the bindings around her hands and feet. There was no sign of a struggle. Could she have been forced by gunpoint by an unknown assailant?

Still more questions than answers…What do you think really happened?

Born in La Mirada, California, Melissa M. Garcia has lived most of her life in the sometimes gritty, but always entertaining landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. Garcia is the author of the Luc Actar crime series (including Falling Angels and Chasing Demons) and the Death Valley Mystery series (Stranger: A Death Valley Mystery). She has also published an e-book collection, Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair.

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