Dr. Phil Re-Visits Spreckels Case

The talk-show host, who focused on the case last year, has taped a new episode featuring visits from the Zahau and Shacknai families.

soon will have a second go-round on the Dr. Phil show, after Monday's taping, in which the host conducted interviews with Rebecca Zahau's family and the mother of Max Shacknai, the boy who suffered fatal injuries at the home.

Dr. Phil McGraw hosted Zahau's sister for that included . 

This time Zahau's loved ones will be joined by Dina Shacknai, according to CBS8, which airs Dr. Phil's show.

Shacknai has called on Coronado police . She maintains her son died at the hands of another, after she had private experts examine detectives' files.

The boy's father, Jonah Shacknai, has thanked and praised detectives for their work on the case.

A little over a year ago, t of a seven-week investigation into the deaths, which happened days apart in July 2011.

Zahau, 32, was determined to have hanged herself, though her body was found nude and bound hand and foot outside the residence. Max, 6, police said, died following head injuries suffered in a fall from the mansion's staircase.

Zahau's family has argued that she was killed, though they have never named a suspect they believe could be responsible. .

No air date has been set for the new Spreckels-focused show.

The mansion case is not the only sensational investigation McGraw is showing interest in. Two episodes this week, the first of his new season, focus on the victim and the alleged shooter in . 

Martin is the teen-ager who was shot and killed in Florida after a resident on a neighborhood watch suspected him of wrongdoing. The man now faces murder charges.

Marie September 12, 2012 at 01:40 AM
No dice September 12, 2012 at 06:59 AM
Now Dina knows how the Zahau's feel about Rebecca's "highly questionable suicide." Those are Dina's words. She has wasted her reinvestigation money because the answer to all that is a short No. A possible civil suit has just become impossible too, so no more money.
BBL September 12, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Dr. Drew is affiliated with big Pharma. Glaxo suit anyone?
Glaring Error September 12, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Dr. Phil has called the show "What Happened to Max Shacknai". It's about Max not the babysitter.
Lippincott Williams September 13, 2012 at 07:16 AM
The mother states that the night of the woman's death they still thought the child was going to live. San Diego Sheriff's Department states that the woman got a call saying the child had taken a turn for the worse. Who is lying? If they thought the child was going to live the message on the door is not cryptic and makes sense. "SHE SAVED HIM" (They thought the child would live and was saved) "CAN YOU SAVE HER?" Was a sarcastic way of saying "FAT CHANCE"! Whomever killed the woman wanted her out of the picture, permanently! Make Dina, Jonah, Adam, Nina, and Guy Jr. take a lie detector test and we will know who the killer is.
Lippincott Williams September 13, 2012 at 06:56 PM
@ Good doctor... Exactly, and if as Dina now claims they did not know Max was dying the message on the door was not so cryptic. It was more a taunt. She was stripped, gagged, beaten, tied, and hung and her killer wanted everyone to know there was no way anyone would save her. There was no voicemail relaying Max's impending demise for at the time of Zahau's slaying everyone had hope he would survive but someone most definitely did not want her to. Max dying was partial Karma for what they had done. Why did Mr. Gore lie about the voicemail, there was no evidence of motive for suicide, there still is none.
Lippincott Williams September 13, 2012 at 07:00 PM
@ Jasmin Hernandez... NOT TRUE and Jerry Springer has several college degrees. Would you be more trusting of Fox News?
R.Butler September 13, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Maxie’s H.O.U.S.E. is a SHAM! They have done nothing except take donations and set up a website. Zahau was obviously murdered.
Sue J. Bansak September 13, 2012 at 08:21 PM
When is this show going to air? Excited about the Zahau case being re-opened. I never thought for a second she committed suicide. I have always thought it was someone close to the child that killed her.
Robert Mack September 13, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I wish that Dina get Max's case re-opened. Question I have is will she ever accept the truth that it was just a tragic accident? With those around her enabling the what-if and freely taking her money when will it end? Every loved one deserves to know the truth and gain justice if warranted and so I wish both cases get a new impartial (not bought) investigation before things turn more wicked. Real Answers to Real Questions and Justice for Rebecca Zahau and Max.
Ann September 13, 2012 at 11:42 PM
You certainly would think any "normal" operating sheriff's department would have given these five people a lie detector test. I mean there was a "Death" here.
DHALLIER September 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM
The police could never determine where the red rope came from. Using total speculation they assumed that it could have been retrieved from the garage because there was an empty space on a shelf. The police simply do not know where the rope came from. Because the police do not know where the rope came from they also do not know how or even if Ms. Zahau retrieved the rope herself.
DHALLIER September 14, 2012 at 12:23 AM
The San Diego Sheriff Department concluded that Ms. Zahau carried out an elaborate scheme to hang herself @ 3:3 am, but never considered or explained why the sudden cease in her phone activities around 10:40 pm.
DHALLIER September 14, 2012 at 12:26 AM
The San Diego Sheriff Department concluded that Ms. Zahau carried out an elaborate scheme to hang herself but never explained or considered it odd that the victim ended up only 26.5 inches from the ground. Clearly, during all this elaborate planning Ms. Zahau completely failed to pay attention to the one item that would ensure her death – the length of the rope. A person so focused on hanging themselves would make sure the rope was short enough so that they would die.
DHALLIER September 14, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Psychologically the message painted on the door “points” a finger of guilt. Escaping and relieving pain and hurt is the hallmark of a suicidal person – Rebecca would have left a message indicating sorrow if she had committed suicide. Like the crime scene staging the message was really meant to discombobulate the investigation.
DHALLIER September 14, 2012 at 12:27 AM
On the bedroom floor located at the foot of the bed were two paint brushes. Both had green handles. These were the type of brushes that an artist might use to paint on canvas. The larger brush had black paint on the tip indicating it was likely used to paint an cryptic message on a door. The smaller paint brush had no paint on the brush indicating that it was not used at all. It was likely determined that it would require a lot more time to write out a message on the door with the smaller brush, so a larger brush was retrieved. Deciding to use another brush indicates a clear cognitive thought process unlikely to be associated with a depressed, distraught and suicidal person preparing to leap over a balcony to their death within minutes.
DHALLIER September 14, 2012 at 12:28 AM
The location of the knives and some other items found on the floor were not just haphazardly dropped. The items were staged except for two – Rebecca's cell phone and the white wicker chair with the red blanket, which was knocked over and lying near the balcony door. The chair likely indicates that a struggle occurred, which police ignored.
DHALLIER September 14, 2012 at 12:29 AM
The intricate method of looping and tying of the rope was unfamiliar with Rebecca. The way in which Rebecca was bound was too complex to figure out especially in the few minutes she had to live. Also, the length of rope raises some interesting questions. Considering the length of rope that was tied to the bed – was the rope that bound Rebecca from that same rope?
Alyssa 33 Jepsen September 14, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Maxie's death was an accident but Rebecca was murdered.
L'Oreal September 15, 2012 at 05:04 PM
That's nonsense. By Mary Zahau's own admission, Rebecca was good with her fingers and was able to teach herself to swim. She was extremely athletic. The real question is, what did she do to little Max Shacknai that she couldn't live with?
Justin Case September 15, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Dhallier makes some excellent points with respect to the length of the rope. Valhall also provided some commentary on the oddities of the rope. 26.5 inches between life and death. No broken neck? Really ... Sophisticated nautical knots unknown to most other than a tugboat captain. How about the displaced from the bed away from the wall from the force of a 100lb woman dropping over the railing. Where are the mathematical calculations written down. I would review the early footage provided by the news helicopter that clearly show ms Zahau on the ground and the doors open on the balcony and no clearly visible red rope hanging over the balcony .. Hint .
linda September 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM
The Shacknais and Romanos are guilty, guilty, guilty! That much is obvious.
Angie Kraus September 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM
According to Carla P, this show will air on Friday Sept 21, 2012 unless Shacknai successfully stops it again.
Reuven Anastasi September 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM
How inept are Dina's "experts"? They spent 9 months and that report is the best they can come up with? Where is the smoking gun, where is Zahau's violent history, where is markings that match another person being involved, where is ANYTHING? Unexplained marks and a disproportional center of gravity to the banister mean nothing. Max could have went over the railing six dozen ways and not one of them include another person being involved. In that 9 months did those experts ever attempt a re-enactment either actual or computer modeled? I am not surprised these "expert" findings were dismissed. It would have been careless to consider them as they are nothing more than speculation not even conclusively supported by the evidence.
inthedark September 18, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Another lie to muddy the waters.... Here is the Dr. Phil schedule and show information http://drphil.com/shows/
Tell The Truth September 19, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Not true, inthedark. The original title of the show was "What Happened To Max Shacknai". That's exactly how the show was advertised and described.
inthedark September 19, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Really? Where is that information?
BBL September 20, 2012 at 09:50 PM
And how come it is always. Dr. Melinek and never Dr. Bove that is interviewed? Melinek has no problem accusing Rebecca/Xena of murder. Dr. Bove will not state an opinion on the cause of the accident. I guess Dr. Bove doesn't fit into the pr scheme of Dina's. The misrepresentation of his report must be very frustrating for him.
All four one September 22, 2012 at 07:14 AM
Dr. Phil made mincemeat out of Dr. Melinek, and she almost blew a fuse. Showing the upstairs photo angle to the stairs and the low railing blew that little sketch of Max against the railing into the weeds. The next photo of the chandelier on the floor brought it all home. The real victory against Dina's expert came with the scooter and bannister photos, and the paint transfer. None of that had been released before. Expect Dr. Bove to bow out of the discussion after that fiasco. Dina is clutching at straws.
All four one September 22, 2012 at 07:19 AM
Nothing, J. She tried to resuscitate him, as the 911 call indicated. That's exactly what you are supposed to do if you know CPR. Question is, rope-wise: If you take the rope over the railing as pictured, and the rope trailing from Rebecca on the ground, plus her standing height of 5'2", IT'S TOO LONG TO HANG!!


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