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Coronado's Spreckels mansion, site of high-profile death, is sold

November 1, 2011 | 10:27 am

Spreckels mansion sold
The historic home in Coronado at the center of a high-profile death case is being sold to investors who plan to refurbish the 27-room, 12,750-square-foot mansion for resale. Sale price was not disclosed.

The Ocean Boulevard house, built for philanthropist and sugar baron John D. Spreckels in the early 1900s, was purchased two years ago by pharmaceutical executive Jonah Shacknai. 

Shacknai's girlfriend, Rebecca Zahau, 32, was found hanging from an upstairs balcony on July 13. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department and San Diego County medical examiner have ruled the death a suicide.

Zahau's family arranged for a second autopsy in hopes of disproving that conclusion. The results of that autopsy are set to be announced on the "Dr. Phil" television show.

Zahau's death came two days after Shacknai's 6-year-old son, Max, was fatally injured in a fall at the Spreckels mansion.

After the two deaths, Shacknai and his children returned to their home in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Coronado mansion was listed at $14.5 million.


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Photo: The Spreckels mansion is where Rebecca Zahau was found dead in July, hanging from an upstairs balcony.  Credit: Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press