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Police Will Not Re-Open Max Shacknai Case

The boy's mother announced the development on a web site devoted to information about the child, saying “the system has failed us and it has failed Max.”

Coronado police will not re-open the investigation into Max Shacknai's death, despite his mother's contention that as detectives determined.

Dina Shacknai, who resides in Arizona, had lobbied after July 16, the anniversary of her son's death.

She announced the decision Monday, the same day that Dr. Phil McGraw , a show that will feature both Dina Shacknai and the family of Rebecca Zahau, whose death is linked to Max's. 

Police Chief Lou Scanlon and Cmdr. Michael Lawton did not return calls seeking comment.

Max, 6, in a rear courtyard of the historic Spreckels mansion. 

The boy fell from a staircase in the home owned by his father, two days before Zahau's body was discovered.

Families of both the child and the woman have objected to investigators' findings in the case, though the homeowner, Jonah Shacknai, accepted the conclusions.

Dina Shacknai, Max's mother, hired her own experts, who examined the circumstances surrounding the child's fall and decided he died at another's hand, and that the case should not be categorized as an accident.

The Zahau family argues that she did not kill herself, as San Diego Sheriffs detectives determined, and have appealed to the state for a new look at both cases.

In the update posted on the website, maxshacknai.com, Dina Shacknai and her representatives continued to raise questions about the way in which investigators broke down Max's fall from the staircase. They argue that an assault “is the only scenario consistent with the (boy's) injuries and science.” 

They complained that evidence their team submitted to Coronado police should have been presented to the department's expert in biomechanics – the study of the body's movement – who originally consulted on Max's case. 

In the update, Dina Shacknai also accuses authorities of taking inappropriate actions, saying “science was basically manipulated and distorted to fit a predetermined and politically expedient outcome” in her son's case. 

In addition, Dina Shacknai is calling for supporters to sign a petition urging police to re-open Max's case.

Zahau's relatives used the same tactic last year in their efforts to push investigators to take another look at her case.

BBL September 20, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Sue, why don't you provide a link or quote from the reports that "clearly explain that Max did not have an accident. He was ambushed and thrown over the stairs." ? The bio-mechanical expert did not take a position. There is absolutely zero proof that Max was ambushed and thrown over the stairs. The only thing the reports found is that maybe Max's fall didn't happen the was the CPD thought it did. I know Dina (and her cohorts) are following the rule of if you say it loud enough and enough times then people will believe it. But, there is no science and no proof of this ambush. Or, if there is, kindly provide a link to it.
Blame game September 22, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Screaming won't help, "Sue." Nobody believes you. Just as Rebecca's screams were ignored, now you see how it feels. Better check what certain folks close to you are writing online. This is a family affair. BTW, nothing was "proved." It was stated, then corrected, then qualified by disclaimers. Pay attention.
jessica September 26, 2012 at 04:10 PM
BBL, WOW, you are such the liar. No one is using anything as a vehicle for change. Noone was against an investigation into Zahau's death, because it would give the Zahau's closure and clear the names all of you are accusing. After reading the reports (the autopsy reports), I believe Rebecca commited suicide. I see nothing that points to murder. However, Max's autopsy report is filled with nothing but inconsistencies that came from Rebecca's mouth, and things definitely did not happen the way that she said they did.
BBL September 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM
So, why the petition if the reason isn't to change someone's mind in to re-opening the case? What is the point of the petition then? Please educate this poor, unedukated person.
Dr. Sue, May 30, 2013 at 02:27 AM
The messages are out on many other posts about: There are "HATE BEGETS HATE" and "RACIST" IMPOSTERS that are FRAUDULENTLY claiming that Rebecca was murdered, but fingerprints and DNA proved she killed herself. Read all about it!!!!!! Rebecca committed the world's most bizarre suicide by hanging herself. She removed her clothes, showered, and then she simply looped the rope around her ankles, hands and neck, wrapped a t-shirt around her neck and partially bit into it. She used one hand to paint a message on the door to her sugar daddy with a paint brush and black paint; she then replaced her own hand back into the loop from behind and managed to transfer paint to hip as she replaced her hand back into the restraint. She hopped over to the balcony and rolled over to her death. Rebecca was light-weight, the frame of the bed was very heavy and the carpet fibers limited the movement of the bed. It was not that difficult for the investigators to conclude that she committed suicide. No screams were reported the night Rebecca committed suicide. No one else entered the house; there were no signs of any struggle. People DO NOT murder like this. She really was a Fkd up individual to kill a child and kill herself in the nude for public viewing. No further proof needed.. DNA and fingerprints say it all. Rebecca assaulted/bludgeoned Max and she hanged herself in the nude out of guilt. Rebecca's CASE WILL REMAIN CLOSED.

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