The girlfriend of a pharmaceutical CEO was found dead Wednesday at a mansion in California. Rebecca Nalepa was found nude, hanging from a rope in second-floor balcony in the historic mansion. Her feet were bound and her hands were tied behind her back. Nalepa’s boyfriend is Jonah Shacknai, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Medicis, a pharmaceutical company that manufactures acne and wrinkle treatments
Now, police are not saying whether they believe this was a homicide and haven’t ruled out suicide, either. What is odd is that, unless Ms. Nalepa was capable of tying her feet together, tying her hands together behind her back, and then hanging herself from a rope, then this is obviously a homicide. The fact that law enforcement are even contemplating suicide as a cause of death is farcical, and calls into question the investigative integrity of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
What’s even more odd is the fact that Shacknai’s 6-year-old son was involved in an accident just two days prior to Nalepa’s death in the same home. The young boy was with Shacknai’s ex-wife when he allegedly fell down a flight of stairs. The fall was so severe, that the boy wasn’t breathing when paramedics arrived on the scene on Monday. So far, though, police have made no connection between the two cases, but the two incidents definitely raise some eyebrows.
So, who was home when Nalepa was found dead? Jonah Shacknai was not in the home at the time she died, but his 32-year-old brother, Adam Shacknai, called 911 and told dispatchers that the woman “appeared” to be dead. Adam was staying in a guest house.
Why was Napela hung on a balcony? Was the balcony visible to Adam’s guesthouse accommodations? How did Adam come to find her? Was it possible he and Rebecca were having an affair? Where was Jonah, and how long was he gone? Was Napela suicidal or depressed? Could the ex-wife have done this as a sort of sick revenge on Jonah when killing the son failed? The mystery surrounding the case grows once you start asking hard questions.