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“Do you think there should be a deeper [investigation] into the DNA in this case?” Dr. Phil asks Anne.

“Absolutely,” she responds. She says that only three people were examined, not including Rebecca’s own boyfriend, Jonah. Anne says there is “mixed” DNA through the crime scene, and who it belongs to is unexplained to this day.

Dr. Phil questions Anne about the women’s underwear reportedly found in the guest house after Rebecca’s death. “How is that not looked at? What do you mean they didn’t investigate that?” he asks her, puzzled.

[AD]“They weren’t analyzed,” she responds.

“Were they hers?” he asks.

“We don’t know,” Anne says. “We have footprints that [haven’t been] analyzed. We have blood that [hasn’t been] analyzed. We live in a CSI world. Those are elementary things that one would examine.”

Rebecca’s family says that they asked private investigator Paul Ciolino for his help in the case.

Get a glimpse into Paul’s investigation in San Diego, California.
“You don’t believe this is a suicide?” Dr. Phil asks Paul.

Paul explains the first piece of his investigation is always what he terms, “victimology,” meaning what is going on in the victim’s life before his or her death. “Is there a motive for someone to kill her? Is there a motive for her to commit suicide? More often than not, I have to say, ‘They committed suicide,’” he explains. “I want to tell you [that] in this case, there is nothing — nothing that indicates that this woman committed suicide.”

Dr. Phil tells Paul and the family that there must be the possibility that she felt awful for Max’s accident and subsequent injuries.

“I agree 100 percent with you,” Paul tells Dr. Phil. “But we have a problem with that theory.” Paul says that Mary had a close-knit relationship with Rebecca in life. He says the two texted, called, and emailed one another multiple times a day. “She didn’t hear anything like that,” he explains.

Dr. Phil agrees, stating, “There is nothing in her background that suggests that she had that skillset, mindset or point of view to do this — and to do it in the way that she did it, to me, that is a large inconsistency.”

Paul opines that if Rebecca had taken her life completely on her own, the injuries found on her body at death would have been far more serious. “This [was] so elaborate,” he says, “that it doesn’t pass the smell test — it stinks. This is so staged.”

Dr. Phil plays devil's advocate to a theory.


Paul says that he spoke with neighbors as part of his investigation. He explains that neighbors on both sides of the home describe hearing screams and a woman calling for help on the night of Rebecca’s death. “We have two independent people, who didn’t converse prior to this, who went to authorities and told them what they heard, and it was discounted. These were clues that weren’t followed up on — or ignored.”

“Why would they not follow up on these [leads]?” Dr. Phil asks Paul.

[AD]Paul says, “We have a problem with law enforcement in cases like this, and it’s called, ‘confirmation bias.’ What happens is they take facts that make this look like a suicide, and they take the facts that make it look like a homicide, and they ignore them. They are very reluctant to admit they made a mistake.

“If the sheriff wants to do what’s right, he will open this case up again,” Paul continues. “The victimology in this case stinks. None of this makes sense.”

Don’t miss part two Tuesday, when new autopsy results in the case of Rebecca Zahau are released!