A Second Chance at the Truth?
Mary says that the decision to exhume Rebecca's body was made by the entire family.  “We believed there were more things that were overlooked,” she says.

With money raised through The Rebecca Zahau Fund website — RebeccaZahauFund.com — the family filed a court order to have the body exhumed and flown across the country where a second autopsy would be performed; this time by renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht.

[AD]“We picked Dr. Cyril Wecht because of his history in well-known cases, such as John F. Kennedy, JonBenet Ramsey, Anna Nicole Smith — and several other important and famous cases,” Mary says.

After the autopsy, Rebecca’s body was flown back to Missouri and again put to rest. Her family awaits the results.

Mary breaks down hearing of the autopsy process.


Dr. Cyril Wecht joins the show via satellite.

Dr. Phil asks Dr. Wecht how often he’s called to do second autopsies. “Is it extremely rare?” he asks.

“I do about a dozen second autopsies per year,” Dr. Wecht says. “About three to four every year are exhumations. I’ve been doing this 50 years, so I have done quite a few.”

“Was this worth being done?” Dr. Phil asks.

“A second autopsy had to be done,” Dr. Wecht answers definitively.

[AD]“You have done 17,000 autopsies and supervised 30,000 more,” Dr. Phil notes of Dr. Wecht’s career. “You are the go-to guy for this sort of thing.”

Dr. Cyril Wecht discusses his opinion of the first autopsy.


Dr. Wecht says there were four impact injuries to the top of Rebecca’s head that were not consistent with a vertical hanging. He notes that those injuries could have led to unconsciousness.

“That could explain why there were no defensive wounds,” Dr. Phil adds.

Dr. Wecht continues his analysis of the autopsy findings.
“In all of my autopsies,” Dr. Wecht says, “I can’t remember a case … when a woman commits suicide, nude, in an outdoor environment. Women just do not do these things. I understand that there is a first time for everything. But when you put that together with the things [the family] has mentioned — and I have discussed here now — you come away with a couple of conclusions.”

Does Dr. Wecht believe it was foul play?


[AD]“What could have caused these injuries to the head?” Dr. Phil asks Dr. Wecht, also noting that Rebecca's body did not show obvious signs of a struggle. “This would explain it, if she was knocked out, how they manipulated her into a suicide scenario. Would you agree with that possibility?”

“Absolutely,” Dr. Wecht says. He explains that Rebecca's head being hit — or hitting — a smooth surface could cause the injuries that were found.

“Do you see a basis for re-opening this investigation?"