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    AL - Major Bashinsky - 63 years old - Mountain Brook - 3 March 2010

    http://www.abc3340.com/news/stories/0310/713415.html

    Mtn. Brook Attorney Missing, Vanishes Without A Trace
    03/06/10 10:31 pm | reporter: Ana Jasen producer: Jeff Wyatt

    Mountain Brook, AL - A Mountain Brook woman is doing everything she can to track down her husband, a prominent tax attorney, who has vanished without a trace. Major Bashinsky, son of the founder of Golden Flake, has been missing since Wednesday.

    "We did our normal routine. He kissed me goodbye and the kids and said 'have a great day' and he left," says Leslie Bashinsky, Major's wife.

    Wednesday morning was the last time Leslie saw or heard from her husband. She says the last time anyone saw 63 year-old Major was around 2p.m. that day at his office, which is located at the Luckie Building on Highway 280. But red flags weren't raised until Major was late for dinner.
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    Missing Attorney's Car Found
    03/08/10 11:36 pm

    Birmingham, AL - New information in the case of a missing Mountain Brook attorney. Major Bashinsky's car was found Sunday night parked on 11th Court South in Birmingham. His 2010 gray Toyota Camry was discovered by his older daughter as she was driving around town posting her dad's 'missing' flyers. Family members say the car was parked on the side of the street and they say it was locked. It's been towed by police and will be processed.

    Relatives say this discovery may be one piece to the puzzle but the uncertainty continues.
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    He was last seen at his Mountain Brook office building on Hwy 280, which is about 4 miles from where his car was found.

    http://www.abc3340.com/news/stories/0310/713651.html

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    FBI investigators assisting Mountain Brook Police in missing attorney case

    The FBI crime scene unit truck was seen parked outside the MBPD today.
    They are wanting to know what happened to Major Bashinsky, who was last seen Wednesday, March 3, 2010.

    Bashinsky’s vehicle, a 2010 Toyota Camry, was found on Birmingham’s southside Sunday.

    According to NBC13HD News Digital Journalist Jon Paepcke, Mountain Brook’s Police Chief believes the car was parked Friday night, since no parking tickets were on the car.

    Mountain Brook detectives and FBi technicians are waiting for a search warrant to look inside Bashinsky’s car for evidence.

    http://www2.nbc13.com/vtm/news/local...y_case/136580/
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    I'm in Birmingham and tonight our local news reported that there was some type of letter found taped to the back of one of the car's seats when it was found. A copy of this same letter was also mailed to Bashinsky's wife and several Golden Flake employees. I assumed this report would also be online, but I can't find it anywhere, which seems odd. They interviewed the wife and showed a copy of the letter. It mentioned Golden Flake and made a demand that the company stop dividends immediately.....I believe there may have been others, but this one was mentioned specifically.

    I have no personal or first hand knowledge of any of the players in this case and have only been casually following it so far, but I will say that I got a strange feeling about this "demand letter" when I saw the report tonight. It seemed like it could easily be something someone is using to throw police off......then again, I could be 100% wrong....lol

    I'll keep looking for a report on this letter. If anyone else finds one please post. Thanks


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    Question AL - Major Bashinsky, 63, Mountain Brook, 3 March 2010

    I've followed this story for a couple of days -- very odd things going on now!! He goes missing last Wednesday (03-Mar), his daughter drives around & finds his car Sunday night (07-Mar), and today it's announced there's a mysterious letter found in his car by his wife once the car was located on Sunday.





    Major Bashinky is a "prominent" tax attorney & son of the founder of Golden Flake.


    Mtn. Brook Attorney Missing, Vanishes Without A Trace
    03/06/10 10:31 pm

    Mountain Brook, AL - A Mountain Brook woman is doing everything she can to track down her husband, a prominent tax attorney, who has vanished without a trace. Major Bashinsky, son of the founder of Golden Flake, has been missing since Wednesday.

    "We did our normal routine. He kissed me goodbye and the kids and said 'have a great day' and he left," says Leslie Bashinsky, Major's wife.

    Wednesday morning was the last time Leslie saw or heard from her husband. She says the last time anyone saw 63 year-old Major was around 2p.m. that day at his office, which is located at the Luckie Building on Highway 280. But red flags weren't raised until Major was late for dinner.

    "I thought that's very odd for him. In the 15 years we've been married he's never been late," says Leslie.

    Since that day Leslie says, " There hasn't been any money withdrawn from our account. No activity on the credit cards. I can tell whether he's checked his voicemail messages and he has not."

    "He's very methodical, a thinker and planner. Very smart man. Very well organized. Just disappearing like that is absolutely contrary to everything we know about him," says Steve Hewett, relative


    more here

    http://www.abc3340.com/news/stories/0310/713415.html
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    Missing Attorney's Car Found
    03/08/10 11:36 pm

    Birmingham, AL - New information in the case of a missing Mountain Brook attorney. Major Bashinsky's car was found Sunday night parked on 11th Court South in Birmingham. His 2010 gray Toyota Camry was discovered by his older daughter as she was driving around town posting her dad's 'missing' flyers. Family members say the car was parked on the side of the street and they say it was locked. It's been towed by police and will be processed.

    Relatives say this discovery may be one piece to the puzzle but the uncertainty continues.
    .......................
    He was last seen at his Mountain Brook office building on Hwy 280, which is about 4 miles from where his car was found.


    more here

    http://www.abc3340.com/news/stories/0310/713651.html



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    FBI investigators assisting Mountain Brook Police in missing attorney case

    The FBI crime scene unit truck was seen parked outside the MBPD today.
    They are wanting to know what happened to Major Bashinsky, who was last seen Wednesday, March 3, 2010.

    Bashinsky’s vehicle, a 2010 Toyota Camry, was found on Birmingham’s southside Sunday.

    According to NBC13HD News Digital Journalist Jon Paepcke, Mountain Brook’s Police Chief believes the car was parked Friday night, since no parking tickets were on the car.

    Mountain Brook detectives and FBi technicians are waiting for a search warrant to look inside Bashinsky’s car for evidence.


    more here

    http://www2.nbc13.com/vtm/news/local...y_case/136580/

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    Could The Discovery Of A Letter Help Find Major Bashinsky
    03/08/10 6:40 pm

    Mountain Brook,AL. - The discovery of a letter in the car belonging to Major Bashinsky, the son of Golden Flake's found may be a key to finding the missing man. It was his wife Leslie who first saw the letter when his car was found Sunday. "It was in the car, it was taped to the drivers side in the back seat the letter and it was taped and it was also taped to a bag of potato chips with duct tape, Golden Flake potato chips."

    What makes the discovery even more chilling for Leslie Bashinsky is she got this very same letter in her mailbox. She believes it was delivered the day her husband disappeared. Mrs. Bashinsky says, "I didn't check my mail Wednesday but I checked my mail Thursday it was in there."

    Major Bashinsky vanished Wednesday afternoon. It was also the same day letter's were received by other family members as well as the CEO of Golden Flake. It mentions the Bashinsky's specifically. One line says, "if dividends are not stopped it will force us to act with urgency."


    more here

    http://www.abc3340.com/news/stories/0310/713982.html

    ETA: FB Help us locate Major Bashinsky

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-u...y/359218935888
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    Thanks for this Texas Mist. This is sounding like it could be a ramsom case. What are your thoughts on daughter finding car, wife finding letter.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RubyRed View Post
    Thanks for this Texas Mist. This is sounding like it could be a ramsom case. What are your thoughts on daughter finding car, wife finding letter.
    Honestly -- the first thing that popped into my head was Chris Coleman and his letters.

    However, he was planning his crimes for months - so at this point with what's reported, this case is probably different.

    But, that is the first thing that came to mind.
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    Wow. Very odd case. I hope that Major is safe somewhere.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Mist View Post
    Honestly -- the first thing that popped into my head was Chris Coleman and his letters.

    However, he was planning his crimes for months - so at this point with what's reported, this case is probably different.

    But, that is the first thing that came to mind.
    I very well could be wrong , however, I didn't get a good vibe. Something just doesn't seem right.


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    Been thinking some more on this.....maybe he has an unhappy client...someone who thinks his/her investments should be paying more....maybe upset because it's the client's belief that s/he got bad advice....We've all seen how people get a little psycho & blame others for their own mistakes or just somehow *wrongly* get the idea they ripped off....then they start to dwell on it to the point of obsession.

    Revenge?

    Here's Bashinsky's website

    http://www.bashinsky.com/


    ETA -- not that it's related but here's the Golden Flake website

    http://www.goldenflake.com/history.html


    ETA2 -- more info on where the car was found

    A car belonging to the missing son of the former head of Golden Enterprises was found tonight near Five Points South in Birmingham.

    Thomas Major Bashinsky, a 63-year-old lawyer, has been missing since Wednesday. His daughter found the car in the 2100 block of 11th Court South while she was distributing fliers in search of information about the case, Lt. Jim Cole of the Mountain Brook Police Department said.

    Police cordoned off the street behind Temple Emanuel-El to examine the gray 2010 Toyota Camry and have it towed away.


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    Thanks to those who started this thread and posted on it. I live in Birmingham, AL not far from Mountain Brook, and not far from where this man's office is located. Maybe I have not kept up with local news lately as I have many strange family issues which are taking my time and attention, but I have not seen or heard anything about this on a local basis. I will have to check the local papers for the last several days to see if anything more was said. This sounds strange, and like a revenge of some sort.

    "If dividends are not stopped..." makes me wonder who is receiving the dividends referred to in that letter?? And why does the letter writer want the dividends stopped? I hope LE and the FBI know more than is said in the articles? The FBI being called in so quickly makes me wonder if this is a blackmail or extortion, or kidnap for ransom. If I find any local articles that say more I will link them here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kateyes View Post
    Thanks to those who started this thread and posted on it. I live in Birmingham, AL not far from Mountain Brook, and not far from where this man's office is located. Maybe I have not kept up with local news lately as I have many strange family issues which are taking my time and attention, but I have not seen or heard anything about this on a local basis. I will have to check the local papers for the last several days to see if anything more was said. This sounds strange, and like a revenge of some sort.

    "If dividends are not stopped..." makes me wonder who is receiving the dividends referred to in that letter?? And why does the letter writer want the dividends stopped? I hope LE and the FBI know more than is said in the articles? The FBI being called in so quickly makes me wonder if this is a blackmail or extortion, or kidnap for ransom. If I find any local articles that say more I will link them here.
    What's LE like in Mountain Brook, KatEyes?

    I ask because I thought it was odd that his daughter found his car (days after he disappeared) - and LE didn't find it.

    I just watched the video here -- http://www.cbs42.com/mostpopular/sto...TzvWiwk1w.cspx

    and if I'm hearing it right, Major's car was found in the vicinity of his office.

    So why wouldn't LE have found the car -- and found it sooner than Sunday?? Any ideas?
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    I don't believe for one second this was a kidnapping and ransom case.

    This guy planned an exit strategy and decided it was his time to go.


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    The kidnapping thing seems staged to me. I mean seriously, letter, bag of chips and ducktape??? It does remind me of Chris Coleman as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Mist View Post
    What's LE like in Mountain Brook, KatEyes?

    I ask because I thought it was odd that his daughter found his car (days after he disappeared) - and LE didn't find it.

    I just watched the video here -- http://www.cbs42.com/mostpopular/sto...TzvWiwk1w.cspx

    and if I'm hearing it right, Major's car was found in the vicinity of his office.

    So why wouldn't LE have found the car -- and found it sooner than Sunday?? Any ideas?
    Major's car was found in Birmingham proper, not Mountain Brook. The car was found about 4 miles from his office. This explains why the Mountain Brook Police did not find it.

    LE in Mountain Brook is competent, but murders are exceedingly rare here and I don't know how much experience they have in solving a case such as this. I am glad they have called in the FBI.

    Regarding the stock dividends, the letter writer was angry that the family receives over $600,000 per year in Golden Flake stock dividends as opposed to the workers, according to an article in this morning's Birmingham News. I tried to find the article at al.com but was unable to find it.

    Mountain Brook was the home of Natalie Holloway.

    Leslie Bashinsky, wife of Major, teaches tennis and taught my girls. Major has a brother in Key West, Sloan, who has run for mayor there. If you Google him, he sounds like a bit of a nutcase. He has "dreams" that he writes quite a bit about.

    I live here and if anyone has questions I will be glad to answer them the best I can.

    This is a very strange case...yesterday I was thinking "gay bar" because the car was found within one mile of a 24-hour gay bar (The Quest) and one of the last murders here in Mountain Brook about a decade ago involved an administrator at Birmingham Southern college, a widower with grown children, who apparently lived a double life and picked up young men during his downtime. He picked up the wrong man and was murdered in his home. But in light of the letters, I am having to reevalute my theory. My sleuthing needs some honing and fine-tuning, as I told my husband this morning. The Mountain Brook Police Chief believes the car was parked Friday night due to no parking tickets, but I don't think you can make that assumption. Maybe the parking ticket officer did not happen by on Wednesday-Friday.

    The letters seem bogus to me.


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    Researching the mention of "dividends" & Golden Flake, I found this at docstoc (have no idea about the validity - so FWIW)

    http://www.docstoc.com/docs/15403705/Executive-Summary

    Be sure to read pages 10, 15 & 17....pages 15 & 17 specifically mentions dividend payout & reducing dividend payout to reinvest in R&D.

    ETA: if ya watch the video here -- http://www.abc3340.com/news/stories/...?ref=newsstory -- you can see more bits & pieces of the letter...I'm still trying to catch as much as I can, but I saw "stop sucking" & "terrible business decisions".

    Also, the wife looks much younger than 63....she's very attractive (and doesn't seem very emotional either, IMO)...in fact, I've seen people more upset about a hangnail than she seems....what do y'all think?
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