Rebecca Zahou death in Spreckels Coronado mansion

2 September, 2011

Adolph B Spreckels III

Adolph B Spreckels III


The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department September 2 will announce its findings in the bizarre death of Rebecca Zahou, the girlfriend of Scottsdale-based Medicis CEO Jonah Shacknai. Zahau-Loehner said she spoke with her sister the night before her body was found and she gave no hint that she planned to take her life. She said she planned to bring Jonah Shacknai breakfast and a change of clothes the next morning to the hospital where his son was being treated.

Zahau also told her sister that she would call her parents in the morning on the way to the hospital. She emailed another sister in Germany to say she would be updating throughout the next day.

“Too detailed planning for someone who’s planning to end their life that night,” Zahau-Loehner said.

The home was built in 1908 and named for its original owner, John D. Spreckels, who also owned the newspapers, the San Diego Union and San Diego Tribune.
Born in 1949, Adolph B Spreckels III – great grandson of a Germany-born sugar baron, railway tycoon and publisher, Claus Spreckels – grew up in the lap of luxury. When he was five, the world’s most famous man became his stepfather. Clark Gable schooled him in the art of hunting and revealed the illusory insanity of the image factory to his young charge. Following Gable’s death in 1960, he would use the star’s Oscar as a doorstop. his excesses caught up with him, at the age of just 27
June 27, 1949
In a small, green-carpeted room of San Francisco’s Bank of America, one of the biggest sugar deals in West Coast history was quietly sealed. Last week, for $5,250,000, husky, handsome Charles Edouard de Bretteville, 36, and associates announced that they had picked up the choicest pieces of the disintegrating J.D. & A.B. Spreckels companies, a sprawling empire founded by bearded Claus Spreckels in 1863, which once held some 50 companies worth $60 million.
Claus Spreckels, formally Adolph Claus J. Spreckels (July 9, 1828 – December 26, 1908), (his last name has also been spelled as Spreckles[ was a major industrialist in Hawai’i during the kingdom, republican and territorial periods of the islands’ history. He also involved himself in several California enterprises, most notably the company that bears his name, Spreckels Sugar Company.

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