Monthly Archives: May 2019

Who Was Rebecca Zahau? Details About Her Suspicious Death

Are you ready for Oxygen’s latest true crime special, Death at the Mansion: Rebecca Zahau? Premiering on Saturday, June 1, at 6 p.m., the documentary takes a look at the more-than-creepy crime. But who was involved in the death? And why is this particular story so complicated? Let us break down the basics of this maybe-murder first.

Who was Rebecca Zahau?

Born in present-day Myanmar, Zahau was a Burmese immigrant who had lived in Germany and Nepal before moving to the United States in her 20s. At the time of her death in July 2011, she was 32 and dating Jonah Shacknai, an Arizonan millionaire who worked in the pharmaceutical industry.

What happened to her?

Though the circumstances surrounding Zahau’s death are more than a little suspicious, it was originally concluded that the Burmese beauty had killed herself. Found naked and bound with her hands tied behind her back, she was hanging from a

Read more at: https://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/who-was-rebecca-zahau-details-about-her-suspicious-death/

What Happened to Rebecca Zahau? Her Suspicious Death Was Ruled a Suicide — But Sounds Like Murder

Are you ready for Oxygen’s latest true crime special, Death at the Mansion: Rebecca Zahau? Premiering on Saturday, June 1, at 6 p.m., the documentary takes a look at the more-than-creepy crime. But who was involved in the death? And why is this particular story so complicated? Let us break down the basics of this maybe-murder first.

Who was Rebecca Zahau?

Born in present-day Myanmar, Zahau was a Burmese immigrant who had lived in Germany and Nepal before moving to the United States in her 20s. At the time of her death in July 2011, she was 32 and dating Jonah Shacknai, an Arizonan millionaire who worked in the pharmaceutical industry.

What happened to her?

Though the circumstances surrounding Zahau’s death are more than a little suspicious, it was originally concluded that the Burmese beauty had killed herself. Found naked and bound with her hands tied behind her back, she was hanging from a

Read more at: https://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/who-was-rebecca-zahau-details-about-her-suspicious-death/

Restraining Order Denied For Dispatch Employees Claiming Workplace Safety Concerns

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Sacramento Superior Court Judge denied a workplace restraining order filed by three Sacramento County 911 dispatch center workers against the executive director of the facility.

In April, the three employees of the Sacramento Regional Fire and EMS Communications Center claimed they did not feel safe around Joseph Theusen. A judge granted them a temporary restraining order.

Court documents show claims by dispatch center employees that Thuesen recently became emotional over the suspicious death of a family friend, and that
he is capable of committing a murder-suicide.

Documents show an employee recalling Thuesen saying: “I have an Arsenal at home;” “It will be on like Donkey Kong;” “There is such a thing as vigilante justice;” and “If I could pack a gun, I would.”

Theusen filed his own court documents Wednesday saying one of the claimants, Diane House, has “an axe to grind” against him. He states that in their time

Read more at: https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2019/05/31/dispatch-restraining-order/

45-Year-Old Man Found Dead; Death Ruled A Homicide

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 45-year-old man’s death Saturday in Baltimore has been ruled a homicide, city police said Friday.

Detectives were called to the 500 block of East 26th Street around 9:30 Saturday morning for a report of a suspicious death. When they arrived, they found the 45-year-old man dead at the scene.

Due to the conditions in which the body was found, the fire department’s Collapse Rescue Unit was called in to remove it.

His body was then taken to the medical examiner’s office and ruled a homicide Sunday due to multiple gunshot wounds.

Homicide detectives are asking anyone with information to contact them at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.

Read more at: https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2019/05/31/homicide-baltimore-45-year-old-man-found-dead/

Man charged with murdering his little brother in Atlantic City casino hotel room

A Philadelphia man has been charged with murdering his younger brother at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino, authorities said.

Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, hotel security was called for a medical emergency in a room at the hotel where they found 32-year-old Joseph Villante, also of Philadelphia. He was taken to AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

An autopsy has revealed that Joseph Villante died after sustaining several injuries, including blunt force to his head, authorities said.

His brother, 38-year-old John A. Villante, was arrested Thursday in Philadelphia, and is being held in the city prison system pending extradition to New Jersey.

NJ Advance Media reported Thursday authorities had been called to the hotel to investigate a suspicious death.

A possible motive for the slaying has not yet been released.

Amanda Hoover can be reached at ahoover@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter

Read more at: https://www.nj.com/atlantic/2019/05/man-charged-with-murdering-his-little-brother-in-atlantic-city-casino-hotel-room.html

Calhoun County Woman Charged With Concealing Her Mother’s Death

Months after a Leroy Township woman’s remains were located buried in the yard of her home, charges have been filed against her daughter.

A Calhoun County judge issued a warrant for 46-year-old Marcia Lutz in connection to the suspicious death of her mother, 74-year-old Phyllis Lutz. Marcia Lutz is facing a felony charge of concealing the death of an individual and a misdemeanor charge of failing to report the discovery of a dead body.

On Jan. 17, 2019, investigators unearthed Phyllis Lutz’s body outside her home located in the 10000 block of 4 Mile Road and D Drive South in Leroy Township.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office was tipped off by friends of Phyllis Lutz who said they had not seen or heard from her since September. Authorities believe Phyllis Lutz may have died around the time she had last been seen.

Investigators with

Read more at: https://wbckfm.com/calhoun-county-woman-charged-with-concealing-her-mothers-death/

Body found, identified at Roswell apartments

A body found May 29, at the Atlantic Newtown Apartments off Nesbit Ferry Road has been identified as Mercedes Chico-Sims, who was reported missing in Johns Creek. 

On May 29 shortly after 10 a.m., officers responded to the Atlantic Newtown Apartments at 9230 Nesbit Ferry Rd in response to the report of a deceased person.

Maintenance personnel located the victim lying near the complex pool and called 911. It was determined that the body was that of a female, aged late teens to early twenties. Based on the manner in which the body was found, this was classified a suspicious death.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the deceased as 17-year-old Mercedes Chico-Sims. Chico-Sims is the same individual who was reported missing in Johns Creek. The Chico-Sims family requests privacy during this difficult time.

Shortly before this discovery, the Johns Creek Police Department initiated a missing person investigation. The missing person was

Read more at: https://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/body-found-identified-at-roswell-apartments/article_59c70500-83c5-11e9-858b-3bbf80159dca.html

Police investigating suspicious death in Upper Peninsula

MUNISING, MI – Police are investigating a suspicious death in the Upper Peninsula.

According to WLUC-TV6, the Munising Police Department discovered an unresponsive 58-year-old man in his home in the 300 block of West Munising Avenue around 8 p.m. Thursday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim’s name has not been released and the investigation is ongoing.

Officers were assisted at the scene by the Michigan State Police, the Alger County Sheriff’s Department and Alger EMS.

Read more at: https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/05/police-investigating-suspicious-death-in-upper-peninsula.html

Police: 390 Crash Led to Discovery of Suspicious Death on Myrtle Street

A man was found dead inside a home on Myrtle Street and Rochester police are calling the circumstances “suspicious.”

  • Car crash in Greece leads Rochester Police to find a man dead in his home
  • Police are calling the death “suspicious”
  • Greece Police arrested the driver who officials say tried to run

“This early in the morning, something’s already happening? That was my first reaction, I never thought it’d be so close to home,” said Precious Allen, who just lives two doors down from the home.

Allen says she was surprised to find that her normally quiet neighborhood was crawling with police when she woke up to get her kids ready for school Friday.

“It’s pretty shocking for me right now because I have a baby that plays in the street every day,” Allen said. “And you never know what happened or how it happened or anything like that.”

Rochester police drove to the Myrtle Street home to

Read more at: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/rochester/public-safety/2019/05/31/rochester-police-suspicius-death-myrtle-street-390-crash

Police: 390 Crash Connected to Suspicious Death on Myrtle Street

A man was found dead inside a home on Myrtle Street and Rochester police are calling the circumstances “suspicious.”

Police said a person fled from a vehicle after a crash on 390 near West Ridge Road around 6 a.m. Friday.

The person who fled was not the owner of the vehicle, according to police. He was later arrested.

Police said when they went to check on the actual owner of the vehicle, they found him dead inside his home on Myrtle Street.

Police are waiting for the medical examiner to arrive at the scene to help deteremine a cause of death.

Details are limited at this time, but police officials are expected to brief the media regarding their investigation later today.

Check back with Spectrum News as we will continue to update this developing story.

Read more at: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/rochester/public-safety/2019/05/31/rochester-police-suspicius-death-myrtle-street-390-crash