Rebecca Zahau's Death a Ritualistic Killing?

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Rebecca Zahau Death Raises Questions

Anne Bremner, the lawyer representing Zahau's family, told ABCNews.com that Zahau had painted as a hobby, but the message on the bedroom door didn't match Zahau's handwriting.

Police never saw Zahau hanging because Zahau's body was cut down by Adam Shacknai, the brother of Zahau's boyfriend Jonah Shacknai who owned the mansion.

This week Lt. Larry Nesbit of the San Diego Sheriff's homicide unit told ABCNews.com, "Adam was interviewed and we found and confirmed that all of the statements he gave to us were truthful."

Zahau had been dating pharmaceutical mogul Jonah Shacknai for more than two years. Friends and family said they seemed happy together, and Zahau had been especially fond of her boyfriend's son, Max.

The 6-year-old was seriously injured two days before Zahau died after he fell down the stairs at the historic Spreckels mansion where they were staying. He died six days later and police eventually ruled his death an accident.

Investigators believe Zahau killed herself, in part, because she learned Max was not expected to live on July 13, the day she was reportedly found hanging.

"I'll be the first to admit this is not a clear cut case one way or another," Kobilinsky said. "But if you don't know, you just don't call it."

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