San Diego Lawsuits may bring explanation to cases that make no sense

San Diego may finally get some answers to two national cases many state were not thoroughly investigated.  The Rebecca Zahau case and the Hannah Anderson Case.

Attorney C. Keith Greer, filed a $10m civil amended lawsuit naming Dina Shacknai, the mother of Max who died in an accident in his father’s home, Nina Romano, Dina’s twin sister and Adam Shacknai, Jonah Shacknai’s brother (who told police he found Rebecca’s body hanging–Adam also took a lie detector test in 2013 that was inconclusive), in a wrongful death lawsuit that was originally filed in 2013. On Friday, all attorneys involved in the case met to discuss details and future court dates, reports NBC News.

 


The amendment stated it is believed that Dina and Nina confronted Rebecca Zahau at the mansion after Max’s death, likely blaming her for his death as she was the sole caretaker during his accident and the confrontation escalated into an attack. Also, new evidence that was obtained after Rebecca’s body was exhumed showed she had received four blows to the head, which was never put in the original county’s autopsy report. The duct tape residue found on Zahau’s legs were never explained during the original autopsy and the most unexplained and unusual finding being exposed is that Rebecca had a “tugboat hitch” knot around her neck. Adam Shacknai was a tugboat captain, but in Coronado where it is loaded with ex-Navy military there are plenty that probably know that knot. Besides Adam lived in Tennessee and was there visiting his brother after Max’s accident.

The polygrapher stated the test was inconclusive but that Shacknai passed.  Please click here to read about polygraph tests and what that exactly means to have an inconclusive test.

Greer is claiming an independent autopsy report shows that Rebecca received four blows to the head, why was that not in the coroner’s report?  Is the medical examiner that inept or was someone paid off?  The latter seems highly unlikely but an explanation of why one coroner’s report shows blows to the head and another shows nothing needs to be explained.

Also, the medical examiner based her death as suicide because of no signs of struggle, but it would seem too obvious to anyone that there is a lot of loop holes in a conclusion like that because if someone was unconscious or dead, they certainly would not be struggling.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Dept. stated Rebecca committed suicide by jumping off the balcony of the Spreckles’ Mansion where her boyfriend, Jonah Shacknai lived in an expensive neighborhood called Coronado near the Naval Air Station in San Diego.  Many feel that the investigation was incomplete and she was murdered because she was found with her arms and legs tied. News 8 was not satisfied with the SDSD conclusion and did their own reenactment and found that the bed moved 7 inches from the wall. A reenactment that the police did not perform themselves.  Gore told the media that it was all a stunt for ratings which News 8 denied.

The SDCSD stated Zahau placined a rope with a slip knot around her neck,
binding her ankles, and tying one hand, with a similar slip knot,
placing that behind her back, inserting her right wrist, and tightening the knot.
Black paint smudges on hands were said to come from black paint that was
used to write a message on the wall with a small paint brush

And what about the riddle written on the inside door of the room where Rebecca was hanged which read, “She saved him can you save her.” Who “she,” “him,” or “her” is unknown.  There has been nothing that I have found that stated whether the handwriting was compared to Rebecca’s or anyone else in the home.

“I don’t think any jury looking at this will say that was a suicide.” said Greer.

Lora Robinson

Also, Attorney C Keith Greer filed a $20m lawsuit on the behalf of Lora Robinson, Jim DiMaggio’s sister against the FBI for wrongful death in the Hannah Anderson case. “This is a claim for wrongful death naming the FBI hostage rescue team as the defendant,” Greer told the Daily Mail.

Hannah Anderson, from Lakeside, Calif. was 16 in August 2013, when Jim DiMaggio a family friend abducted her and killed her mother and brother and family dog with a timed bomb that set his home on fire.  Several days later Anderson and DiMaggio were found in Idaho and DiMaggio was shot and killed by agents.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Valley County, Idaho, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the agents that shot DiMaggio were justified.  Many times Hannah has told the story that she told DiMaggio to fire the gun into the air to call for help, and that was what he was doing when he was shot six times in the head, chest and extremities, Valley County coroner Nathan Hess said, but the agents claim that DiMaggio was firing at them.

Sheriff Gore stated early on that Hannah was a victim in every sense of the word, but a lot of investigation that you would think would have normally been done in a case was not done, much like the Zahau case.  CBS 8 News reported that there was one known surveillance video the police never picked up that showed Hannah and DiMaggio together located at the Mountain Top Market in Boulevard and there was also three other surveillance cameras that could have had video on them. One at the Golden Acorn Casino in Boulevard, across the street from Sweetwater High School where DiMaggio supposedly picked up Hannah on August 3, and the surveillance video from Sweetwater High School where cheer camp was that day. The principal said detectives never picked up a video, let alone talked to any school officials regarding the incident. Why not? Probably because the police had already decided the case was closed, or more than likely had been directed to not pursue the case any further.

“You look at this evidence, you look at Hannah’s reactions after the funeral. You know they cause questions,” Greer said.   Greer says that Hannah will be deposed in court.

“There’s some serious questions as to whether the shooting was really necessary. It appears there was ample opportunity to apprehend Jim without violence had they chose to do so.”

I suppose it all depends on whether Dimaggio was shooting the gun in the air like Hannah claimed, or directly at the agents, as they claim.

What both of these cases have in common is the same leader, Bill Gore. Many are probably not aware that San Diego County sheriff Bill Gore served as the bureau chief in Seattle which was the lead office in charge of the standoff at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, 22 years ago. There is a debate whether Gore gave the command for the shooter to kill Vicki Weaver while she was holding her infant daughter outside the cabin in Ruby Ridge while her husband Randy Weaver was trying to find a burial place for the 14-year-old son Sammy, that was killed during the shootout. Gore refused to testify at a congressional hearing. While the rest of the team was either demoted, fired or reprimanded, Gore was promoted.

Although there is no lawsuit for the following two cases, I must bring them up.

Another case that does not seem to have been investigated thoroughly was reported by Signon San Diego  back in October 30, 2011, on the murder of Marilane Abueg.  The trial ended in a hung jury and then a dismissal by the San Diego Superior Court because the “sheriff’s Department failed to investigate the case for nine years after Marilane’s body was found.”  Wells, the Judge on the case stated “clear negligence” by sheriff’s detectives for failing to do even the most basic investigation when the crime occurred,” reported Sign On San Diego.”  Benny Abueg, Mailane’s father stated at the time he did not believe detectives pushed hard enough to solve his daughter’s killing.

Lastly, one of the most infamous San Diego County cases is the McStay family.  Patrick McStay, Joey McStay’s father stated the SDSD “botched the case.”  They claimed and even produced a grainy video to show to the media and public of a family crossing the border they believed were the McStay’s.  San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore, told NBC 7 news that it was a “missing persons case,” not a homicide investigation.

It seems that where there are cases that are difficult to prosecute are stopped before they are thoroughly investigated.   There is not many public servants who would sacrifice being ostracized, let alone lose their pension, to answer the questions that never seem to get any answers, so we can only hope that a lawsuit can finally bring an explanation to these cases.

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  1. Yes the mishandling of these San Diego Sheriff Department cases are very interesting indeed. Perhaps the filing of this lawsuit will uncover the truth and the many, many unanswered questions about the 2013 kidnapping case of Hannah Anderson and the shocking murders of her family —–and that FBI RESCUE that riveted the entire nation but was never talked about since by a single law enforcement agency other than unofficial statements made on t.v. programs or highly edited video released for news broadcast. Sometimes these high profile lawsuits can bring some very interesting things to light that no amount of sealing, editing, deleting, lying can hide. Time for the truth to rear it's ugly head about this famous “kidnapping.”

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