Poll: What Was Coronado's Biggest Story in 2011?

From the Navy to a mansion mystery, Coronado's news didn't just rock the community this year. In some cases, the world paid attention.


Coronado, a community of less than 25,000, didn't just view what was happening in the world this year. 

For a small place, Coronado made big news. But what made the biggest splash, from the military to an enduring mystery? You decide.

The Navy always figures prominently in the community, but it was a huge year for Naval Base Coronado. There was:

  • A home-ported carrier, .
  • who were killed in an Afghanistan helicopter crash.
  • , when the Vinson hosted President Obama for a landmark college basketball game.

The Navy wasn't the only thing in town making news. There was a shocking investigation as well.

From ABC.com to NBC's Today Show to Dr. Phil, many observers continue to be drawn into , which was declared a suicide by the Sheriff's department, over the objections of her family.

Her death came less than 48 hours after her boyfriend's son suffered a severe head injury in a fall at the same historic residence. The blow would ultimately kill him.

Which story will you remember most about 2011? Let us know in the comments and vote below. 

Mr. Natural December 28, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Overwhelmingly it was the murder deemed suicide at the old Spreckels Mansion. Hope the testing will be assisted by the SDSO soon so the real culprits can be punished.
Mr. Natural December 28, 2011 at 06:31 PM
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – San Diego Superior Court Judge David Danielsen unsealed three of six search warrants Tuesday morning related to the hanging death of Rebecca Zahau at the Spreckels mansion. The warrants were requested by San Diego County Sheriff Department homicide investigators. One was served on the Coronado mansion July 13, the day Rebecca Zahau was found hanging. Two more were served to obtain cell phone records from AT&T and Verizon. The list of 45 items taken from the mansion consisted of the following: 1. Knife 2. Pair black gloves 3. Paper towel w/red stains 4. Box w/paint supplies 5. Dr. Pepper bottle 6. Clothing 7. Flip camera 8. Basket w/cameras 9. Stain kit 10. Clump of hair 11. Document addressed to Jonah 12. Tissue w/red stain 13. Clothing 14. Hair 15. Receipt for paint supplies 16. Candle 17. Water bottle 18. Bedding 19. 2 red plastic cups 20. Underwear 21. Black latex glove 22. Table 23. Greeting card 24. Paper w/writing 25. Bedding 26. Butcher Knife 27. Steak knife 28. White plastic bag 29. Rope 30. Samsung cell phone 31. Paint brush 32. Stain kit 33. Small paint brush 34. Green & white striped towel 35. Bedroom door 36. Tube of black paint 37. Laptop computer 38. Mac computer 39. Olympus camera 40. Lumix camera 41. Swab kit 42. Swab kit 43. Swab kit 44. DNA swab 45. Print cards
IslandKat December 28, 2011 at 10:55 PM
The murdered girl in the Spreckles home.
Kate December 28, 2011 at 11:25 PM
I agree with you, and you are correct about you-know-who being on the island before Leno that night.
Hillarie December 28, 2011 at 11:36 PM
I suspect you-know-who likely needed the "comforts" of home not available in a hospital waiting room or at RMH (meds/alcohol) - probably explains all the time away from the hospital while her little boy was on life support. Obviously, just speculation on my part, but......
Tracey W. December 28, 2011 at 11:49 PM
The biggest news story should be the failing police department of Coronado.
BBL December 29, 2011 at 01:35 AM
I agree. The biggest story is the unsolved murder in the mansion. The bigger story that has yet to be written is the apparent cover up by of the murder by both the Coronado police and the San Diego police.
Lulu December 29, 2011 at 03:53 AM
Biggest story in 2011 in Coronado: Investigation tactics in the death of RZ.
Robert Mack December 29, 2011 at 07:33 AM
The killing of Rebecca Zahau by far-
zipperdidit December 29, 2011 at 09:24 AM
105 people voted? Wow? I think there were more people at Moo Time tonight and its freezing outside. This is a non-story. I've not heard one local talk about this story in months, and never heard anyone speak about her being murdered. They all must be afraid of the shacknai guy.
impartial December 29, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Look at the list. Trace the receipt for paint supplies. There's the murderer. The setup for this murder was huge. The participation was wide. A group of people decided Rebecca needed to be killed in a sadistic and terroristic manner. The deed took a while and her death probably came after the participants left, thereby the two incriminating one-way text messages. Adam to Jonah, Jonah to Dina. Both were confirmations of the plan completed.
impartial December 29, 2011 at 12:25 PM
A non-story! Ha! Exhumed and transported to PA, two shows on national primetime? Non-stories don't rate that. And we've heard the "I'm a local and nobody's talking about it anymore" story before. It doesn't even play here on this tiny post, much less in Coronado.
Renna December 29, 2011 at 04:38 PM
The MURDER of Becky. The dismal "investigative" performance by LE i.e. their laughable public powerpoint presentation, total disregard - & even actual disCARD! - of key evidence, contamination of the scene etc etc etc... * The coverup, corruption, & CONCEIT demonstrated by LE involved. * The apparent TOTAL LACK OF CONCERN OR GRIEF for the murdered woman demonstrated by a certain party. *The BRICK WALL which is apparently invisibly in place & preventing any true investigative recourse or appeal... * The acceptance by the general public of PR spin team manipulation as totally reasonable
impartial December 29, 2011 at 07:46 PM
It's probably time to give our outrage a rest. If anything happens with Bremner and the AG, that will be a small miracle. Better to take the case as a lesson in the dangers of golddigging. The mine can collapse and nobody really cares about someone who wanted to get rich quick. Sorry Becky. You were supposed to say, "Get thee behind me Satan!, not Show Me The Money!" Game over. Mazel!, lud.
Robert Mack December 29, 2011 at 08:46 PM
impartial - Your comment does not in anyway match your nickname. You are so not impartial!! Your comments are rude and offensive and your accusations against a dead woman are morally degrading to yourself.
S December 29, 2011 at 09:14 PM
"impartial" - The lesson you are suggesting is too harsh for me. By extension, this logic dictates that Dina ultimately paid for her "gold digging" with the life of her son, when the inevitable new model came along. And Jonah paid for his wealth's ability to attract young and good looking women by losing his girlfriend AND his son? I don't buy into this at all. I have no idea if Rebecca's attraction to Jonah was influenced by his wealth, or if Jonah's attraction to Rebecca was influenced by her youth and beauty, though neither would be unusual in this world, and penalty of death is rarely applied in such cases.
S December 29, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Renna - I agree with everything you said.
Tracey W. December 29, 2011 at 09:57 PM
The lack of policing and law enforcement in this small town is the biggest issues. 14 robberies alone in the Country Club neighborhood, no traffic enforcement, transients hanging out for weeks, illegals allowed to drive in and out without licenses or insurance, unregistered cars left on streets for months that should be towed....this is ridiculous! The chief and his commanders need to be evaluated because they are not doing their job in their Taj Majal of the police station they occupy, meaning they certainly have the funds to do their work, they are choosing not to.
eva December 30, 2011 at 05:23 AM
The Spreckle mansion murder is the biggest story, yet it saddens me that this case has gone so quiet, like nothing is being done to find her murderer. And where is the outrage and demand for justice? It's beginning to look like you can get away with murder if you are rich and wealthy enough in America. I thought this only happened in third world countries.
Robert Mack February 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Four bruises atop Zahau's head, unlikely to have been suffered in a drop from a balcony, but instead inflicted by an item with a rounded smooth surface. Suffering the blows also might have left Zahau incapacitated, explaining the lack of defensive wounds on her body. A long drop from the balcony almost certainly would have fractured or dislocated Zahau's neck. Zahau's nudity, her bindings and the movements she would have had to make while bound, compared to feats by escape artist Harry Houdini. No suicide of a woman who chose to kill herself naked and outdoors in history.


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