Shacknai Moves On With Success in Business and a Salute to His Boy

The Arizona resident, who called the Spreckels mansion his summer home for a time, continues to run a thriving company, while backing a foundation to honor his late son.

Editor's note: One year ago . Public fascination continued for weeks afterward, peaking in September , not crimes. This week, Patch revisits the deaths of Rebecca Zahau and Max Shacknai in pieces about , an  and , who continue to maintain she did not kill herself. 


Update 9:45 a.m. Friday: ABC15.com in Arizona reports that Phoenix magazine will feature an article on Dina Shacknai in its August issue, in which she discusses her questions about the case, her last moments with Max and rules she had agreed to with the boy's father over his supervision.


Jonah Shacknai has said little about the loss of his son and girlfriend last summer, outside of offering statements through spokespeople and briefly  a month after the deaths at the Spreckels mansion.

He took a more proactive stance last month, , launching a foundation, MaxinMotion, to honor the boy, who suffered head injuries in a fall July 11, 2011.

Max, who is called “our inspiration” on the organization's website, died five days later.

The foundation will offer grants to youth groups in Arizona, where Shacknai and his surviving children reside full-time, to fund sports activities for youngsters from families that can't afford them.

In a statement on the MaxinMotion website, Shacknai said the effort will give underprivileged children “opportunities to participate in organized sports to learn important life skills such as teamwork, commitment and the value of health and fitness. We believe it will create a long-lasting community impact.”

Shacknai, through a spokesman, declined Patch's request for further comment.

The pharmaceuticals mogul, who founded Medicis (NYSE:MRX), which specializes in skincare and aesthetic treatments, has seen success in the months since he suffered such tragedy.

The Phoenix Business Journal reported details of his compensation, ranking him third among Phoenix's top paid CEOs, with a package worth more than $19 million. He was granted a $1 million bonus this year, on top of his $1.18 million salary. 

His firm's stock price, which closed up at 34.59 Thursday, has hovered between 29.76 and 40.51 for the year. 

Dina Shacknai, Max's mother and Jonah's ex-wife, has waited until recently to comment on the case; an article is set for next month's issue of Phoenix magazine. Her sister, Nina Romano, .

The twins raised money in Max's name over Mother's Day, to benefit an organization that helps families suffering from a child's death.

Dina Shacknai's attorney did not return a call seeking comment.


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carl July 14, 2012 at 04:19 AM
no thoughts for the zahou family? rebecca was not just a babysitter she was supesdly someone jonah loved and max new caregiver.
Mickey Mouse July 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Everybody here knows the truth... And it aint what shacknai is telling. If he thinks he can get away from these demon's, he's got a big surprise coming. Just like OJ, this will destroy him eventually and the mental hell he must live thru until then is part of his punishment. Kharma is a bitch
Puih H'bat July 14, 2012 at 08:35 PM
A caregiver = a babysitter.
Megan Howell July 15, 2012 at 06:23 PM
You seem to have an OJ obsession. But this ain't OJ. Rebecca Zahau killed herself and there was NO bloody glove. Dina WILL find out what Rebecca did to Max. WHY wouldn't she call the detectives back? What was she so scared to tell anyone that she would rather commit suicide?
Coronado neighbors July 17, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Only Jonah would know about calling the detectives back. Yes, there were gloves, a knife, a mansion, a dead woman attached to the owner outside, blood on the body, so yeah, very OJ.
Go Dina July 17, 2012 at 04:08 PM
@Puih H'bat Interesting choice of NIC. Another Asian woman wrongly persecuted, and also Christian.
watchful waiting July 17, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Like what? A couple of phony non-profits? Bullshine.
watchful waiting July 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM
A charity by a multimillionaire? That means nothing. He wants other people's money to remember the kid he should have been home to supervise. What a ham-fisted half-hearted media grab.
Mrs. Holmes July 19, 2012 at 08:27 PM
What have the Zahaus done? NOTHING.
Mrs. Holmes July 19, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Oh sickitten, give it a rest.
Worm can July 20, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Hope Dina opens the "can of worms." If LE feels betrayed by those they gave a pass, they could unleash. Bring it, Dina.
anti-spin July 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
No rest for the wicked
P. Sagan July 24, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Ask Xena some questions. You know thats what Dina needs to do. Xena knows all the answers to what happened.
gamer July 24, 2012 at 09:09 PM
They asked Rebecca some questions, and look what that got her. Pepper spray and a butcher knife. Very ladylike assault, kitchen stuff.
Salem July 26, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Rebecca was Jonah's LIVE-IN GIRLFRIEND for TWO YEARS. Stop calling her a babysitter. Caregiver does not equal babysitter. Otherwise, the MOTHER is also just a babysitter!
method July 30, 2012 at 03:46 PM
This is how Rebecca was murdered. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrote
Sweet Pea July 30, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Rebecca referred to herself as the babysitter. Are you calling her a liar?
Sweet Pea July 30, 2012 at 08:18 PM
There was no pepper spray. There WAS Dr. Pepper, an overturned chair, little Max's and big Rebecca's fingerprints, a red cup, and a dead little boy. Those are the clues that show what happened to little Max. RIP Max. Your Mommy's foundation will protect other kids.
Sweet Pea July 30, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Only problem is that the babysitter wasn't murdered, unless you count suicide as self-murder. RIP Max. Justice is coming.
righty-o July 30, 2012 at 10:40 PM
The SDSO website says she was killed the night a family member was seen creeping around the house. Are you calling them liars?
on the spot July 31, 2012 at 06:30 AM
SDSO says she was killed on their website. Catch up, Sweet Pea. She died in that chair, legs bent with gooseflesh. 13 hours later, still bumpy. Who did it? Who admitted they were there? Who failed the LDT or didn't take one? Who spilled to the media months later when they knew the testimony of being observed at the mansion was going public?
Eyelash July 31, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Being killed ( as in killing one's self) is not the same as murder, unless one classifies suicide as self-murder. Rebecca killed herself because of what she did to Max. RIP Max. Justice is coming.
McD court August 01, 2012 at 04:46 PM
You must have attended the Bill Clinton school of word twisting. Rebecca was killed because she kept the secret to protect Jonah and the kids from blame. They thought she was lying because she was setup and scapegoated by someone close. This story has a few similarities to Macbeth.
Candy August 02, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Poor Max was full of candy and behavioral drugs the day he took that plunge through the chandelier and to his death. If only his parents cared more about him to feed him well and to stay off drugs and candy, he might still be alive and Rebecca too. So sad she was blamed for his death while in the bathroom. All these lies about changing her story are garbage. Rebecca was an innocent scapegoat. RIP Rebecca. Justice is coming.
Lying eyes August 03, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Rebecca was killed because of what the doctor suggested happened to Max. Her killers will be identified publicly soon. They have no defense. All evidence points to them including the black gloves.
news to come August 06, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Expect a "blended" family meltdown. This will conclude in a final confrontation between Dina and Jonah. The news will be wild.
psj August 07, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Shacknai, you should be ashamed. Justice will be done.
linda September 18, 2012 at 08:51 AM
the babysitter? She was his live in girlfriend and he said he was planning on proposing to her (although he might have been lying about this) You never know with him. He has been busy alright, he's been busy with making money of off aging women's insecurities by selling neurotoxins injections.
linda September 18, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Sweet Pea you are a mindless troll.
linda September 18, 2012 at 09:10 AM
Garrote, interesting... however if it is used for capital punishmen, it must be something is "quick and painless. I don't think that's the way poor Becky went. I think she was tortured for hours, hence why there was loud music playing for hours before she was "found dead" by Adam Shacknai! Also why was her underwear in the trash? Why was she bleeding from her vagina? She might even have been raped. The medical examiner didn't test the blood to see if it was period blood or not. He just assumed. Who was using the computer in the house after Becky's time of death? Why was there a chair knocked over in the room? Why didn't the other paint brush had no finger prints whatsoever? And a bunch of other unanswered questions. This case sends chills down my spine....Whoever did this to her is EVIL and I feel that those who we've given power to fight this kind of evil that exists in our society are not doing their job and turning the other cheek so easily. This is very alarming.


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