Rebecca Zahau

Date of death: 07/13/2011
Location: Coronado, California

Disclaimer: Tarot readings should not be taken as absolute claims that something did or did not happen. I only report the meaning of the cards, their relationships and the meaning in the context of those relationships, as well as intuitions I have based entirely on the cards presented in the reading. Tarot reading is an art and not a science.


On July 13th of 2011, a woman named Rebecca Zahau (also referred to as Rebecca Nalepa) was found hanging at the Spreckels Mansion in Coronado, California. She lived with her boyfriend, Jonah Shacknai.

Question: Who caused Rebecca’s death?

Row 1
9 of Cups – 10 of Cups – 4 of Swords

Row 2
7 of Swords (reversed) – Ace of Pentacles – King of Swords (reversed)
Card pulled for the King of Swords (r): Strength (reversed)

Row 3
6 of Pentacles (reversed) – King of Wands – Empress
Card pulled for the King of Wands: 9 of Pentacles


So I can tell you right now that the reading is conveying to me that this was a murder. This was not a suicide. I’ll get into that in more detail shortly, but I knew the answer to my question before I even processed the entire reading because of the appearance of the Empress at the end. It’s a tarot reading. It is not proof of anything, but this reading is a clear one to me. It is one of the more straight forward ones I have interpreted in recent times.

The Nine of Cups, appearing at the start of the reading, tells me that Rebecca was happy before the events that transpired with her boyfriend’s young son, Max. Max’s death was ruled as accidental – stemming from injuries he sustained inside the house while he was playing. So before Max became critically injured (I believe that he died within days of Rebecca’s death), Rebecca was happy. She felt she had a good life, she felt thankful for it, and things were going well.

The Ten of Cups really serves to emphasize that Rebecca had a happy home life. Her relationship with Jonah appears to have been solid and it is not reading as a dysfunctional situation/household/relationship. It shows her as having been invested emotionally and that she had a desire to contribute to a positive environment.

The Four of Swords shows me that at the time of Rebecca’s death, she was definitely stressed and feeling overwhelmed. She was in a state where she was trying to cope with everything that was happening, and she was trying to gather the energy she felt she would need to help others do the same.

The Seven of Swords reversed shows that the person responsible for her death – and it is not Rebecca – is someone who was or is two-faced, a pathological liar, and a whole host of other unpleasant descriptors. The person who murdered her should have been apprehended and held criminally liable quickly, but it seems that did not happen.

The person responsible was either someone known or related to Jonah or Rebecca. They were seeking a new start – particularly as far as jobs and money were concerned. The Ace of Pentacles shows me this. The card is also suggesting that financial or material factors played a role in protecting the person or people involved (you will understand why I am putting “people” out there as a possibility soon).

The King of Swords reversed represents the person who actually committed the crime. The corresponding card is Strength reversed. It communicates that this person made Rebecca feel helpless and victimized. This person is directly responsible. The King of Swords reversed is a person who manipulates situations and people – primarily through their words or methods of communicating.

The Six of Pentacles reversed shows a scenario where the person mentioned above was abusing or taking advantage of someone else’s generosity. I don’t know all the specifics on that aspect, but there was an imbalance in terms of financial or material resources. And this factors into all of this, though I don’t yet understand exactly how.

The King of Wands, in its upright position, is making an appearance before the reading is finished and I am not sure if this is because this person is involved in some way or if it is because they have information or knowledge that would expose the person who committed the murder. The Nine of Pentacles, pulled in combination with the King, shows me someone who is doing well financially and is self-reliant. They had, or have, a good amount of financial or material freedom is how I would describe it. It reads like it might be Rebecca’s boyfriend, but I’m not in a position to say for sure. Because I don’t know, and this reading is not providing full clarity here.

The Empress is a card that I often get at the end – or close to the end – of readings where a murder has occurred. Before I started publishing readings, I spent a lot of time practicing on cases that had already been solved – particularly ones I knew little about before I did the readings. Then I would go back and see what interpretations were right and try to learn from the ones that I got wrong. I refer to those as after-the-fact readings because they really only serve to help me understand what specific cards are likely to mean in readings where the answers have not yet been uncovered. This card, combined with other give-away cards pointing to murder, is how and why I feel confident saying that I believe Rebecca did not cause her own death. This was not a suicide. Another person caused her death and it was deliberate.


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LaDexter Pelt

Disappearance: 11/04/2021
Location: Sacramento, California region

Disclaimer: Tarot readings should not be taken as absolute claims that something did or did not happen. I only report the meaning of the cards, their relationships and the meaning in the context of those relationships, as well as intuitions I have based entirely on the cards presented in the reading. When/if I say that something happened, in any part of a reading description, I mean that is what I am interpreting from the cards, their positions, and other related factors. Tarot reading is an art and not a science.

Question: What happened to LaDexter Pelt?

Row 1
Judgement (reversed) – The Hermit – Knight of Swords
Card pulled for the Knight of Swords: High Priestess

Row 2
Justice (reversed) – 2 of Wands – 8 of Wands (reversed)

Row 3
Knight of Pentacles – Ace of Swords (reversed) – 5 of Wands (reversed)
Card pulled for the Knight of Pentacles: 7 of Cups (reversed)

LaDexter Pelt reading 1


LaDexter Pelt was apparently traveling with a younger man named John Dubose. They traveled from Alabama to California. They were believed to be in the general Sacramento area when both men ceased to answer their phone or respond to messages.


It appears there was a conflict. I don’t know if it was between LaDexter and the person he traveled with, John Dubose. It has a feel that is more sudden and reads more like an encounter that one or both had with someone.

Judgement reversed is a card that suggests that a hasty decision might have been made. There is also an element of self-doubt and a potential lack of situational awareness. It is like LaDexter walked into a situation without a full understanding of what he might be getting into. Another thing to consider with Judgement reversed is the concept of repeating patterns of behavior. It comes up a lot when people keep making some of the same mistakes over and over again, despite knowing there are consequences and that it could end badly for them.

The Hermit can point to someone withdrawing temporarily and/or taking a moment to reflect on themselves or their situation. It could also depict the two men parting ways – willingly or unwillingly.

The Knight of Swords reflects a fast-moving person or situation. The card is equated with impulsiveness and an unwillingness to bend on one’s position in an argument or fight. I pulled the High Priestess in relation to the Knight card, and it is suggesting that there is more to the situation or circumstances that has yet to be revealed. People close to the situation should tune into their gut feelings because this card may also point to hidden or subconscious knowledge that a person has that may answer important questions. There’s a lot more to this than I think may appear on the surface. It runs deeper than it might initially seem.

Justice reversed often comes up in circumstances that are fundamentally unfair or unjust. It comes up when there is at least one person involved who does not want to take responsibility for their actions. Such a person might be inclined to blame others.

The Two of Wands can show a situation where there is more than one path they can take. It could pair with the Hermit in that it can sometimes depict a person who has withdrawn from others to take time to think about things or to decide about something. It’s a card where someone is determining their longer-term goals to figure out what steps are needed to accomplish them.

The Eight of Wands reversed indicates a situation that may have come to a stop. For example, it can come up if a person has planned to take a trip and then needed to cancel or had circumstances that occurred to delay or prevent it from happening. So it is reading as though LaDexter had continued plans, but they were halted – even if only temporarily. If it pertains to a confrontation, it is showing a situation where something happened to put it to an end.

The Knight of Pentacles depicts a person who was or is working toward making steady progress toward a goal. However, the Seven of Cups reversed can indicate a person who makes poor choices or someone who gets in a situation where they now feel trapped. It can represent a reality check. Everything seemed to be moving along fine and then it wasn’t. Something happened.

The Ace of Swords reversed is another card that points to a wrong decision. It can indicate missed opportunities to do something and bad news in the form of delays. Often, the person doesn’t realize they have missed chances to get out of a situation or that they have made a choice that will cause them more harm than good.

The Five of Wands reversed is meant to show the end of a struggle. The problem with this card is that while it can point to favorable solutions, there are some other cards in this reading that make it difficult to determine if it is a positive or negative depiction of events. It’s positioning at the end presents a lot more questions than any of this reading even came close to answering.

Question: Who or what caused the disappearance of LaDexter Pelt?

Row 1
Knight of Cups (reversed) – 6 of Wands (reversed) – 9 of Wands
Card pulled for the Knight of Cups (r): 3 of Swords

Row 2
The Tower – Strength (reversed) – 2 of Swords

Row 3
Knight of Wands (reversed) – Temperance (reversed) – The Empress
Card pulled for the Knight of Wands (r): Justice (reversed)

LaDexter Pelt reading 2


Who did LaDexter and his friend travel to meet? Why were they in that particular area? You’ll see why I’m asking pretty soon. Again, this is merely a tarot reading and so nothing in it should be taken as fact.

The Knight of Cups reversed, combined with the Three of Swords, is depicting a situation where someone got their heart broken. While it does often pertain to romantic love, neither card is limited to that context. The Knight reversed appears to show a person who is dishonest, potentially obsessive, and moody. A concerning aspect of the Three of Swords here is that it can also be a card of disillusionment – when someone sees a truth about another and it’s ugly. So what were the circumstances of this trip and who exactly were they intended to meet?

The Six of Wands reversed shows someone who feels they are not receiving positive attention or recognition. It’s meaning could vary somewhat – depending on how LaDexter knew or knows the person in the Knight reversed position. I have had it come up in readings where an attempt to achieve an objective ultimately failed, and the person who experienced that failure experienced a fall from grace.

The Nine of Wands is conveying that even though a problem or situation was taking a turn for the worse, LaDexter might have sought to persevere anyway. It’s a card of last stands.

The Tower is typically associated with unexpected and drastic change. It can represent a crisis or a complete upheaval in a person’s life. I really cannot underestimate the power of this card because it does not represent a minor change or event.

Strength reversed is showing that the reaction to it was reflective of one rooted in self-doubt and a lack of personal conviction. The card could suggest that LaDexter lost control of a situation, or of what was happening to himself, and did not feel he could overcome it.

The Two of Swords is another card where a person is unwilling or unable to see the truth about something. This could go back to the Three of Swords where someone got their heartbroken and might have been in denial about something they suspected was happening. It can show a person who is having a difficult time making a choice as well – often because there does not seem to be any good options.

It is difficult to say if the Knight of Wands reversed represents a situation or person. If a person, this is someone who may tend to get violent, probably has jealousy issues in general, and tends to behave recklessly. Justice reversed is telling me that the situation – or event – was unfair. Someone was wronged.

Temperance reversed enhances that meaning and also depicts circumstances that lack balance. There are many cards that are showing a hastiness to everything that is happening and point to poor or impulsive decision-making. Someone may have taken something to extremes – alcohol, drugs, violence, etc. It can depict a person losing control either mentally or physically. It can depict situations of inequity, as well as confrontations or outbursts.

The Empress is a card that confounds me when it appears in these specific types of readings because I have no background knowledge or context for it. This could represent a mother-type figure that is either pregnant or has a child. This person is coming up in connection with all of this, but I don’t know how or why. It could also be connected to the situation depicted by the Three of Swords in which there was a sense of someone feeling heartbroken.

Getting to the bottom of who these men were meeting and why might shed more light on their situation – not because I’m suggesting those people are in any way involved, but because if they are not involved it means they might have more information than they realize.


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