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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Mist View Post
    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?
    Yes, Leslie is his trophy wife. They have two young children, 6 and 8. Major also has two grown children from a former marriage. His daughter Sloan is the one who found his car on southside.

    Leslie's brother has been acting as spokesperson and during a TV interview he said his sister is trying to hold it together for her children and she has not been getting much sleep. But I agree with you, she seems rather emotionless at this point.


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    It just sounds absurd so far and I almost get the feeling the family feels that way too. When talking about it they seem to have a WTF? sense about them and don't know what to make of this.

    However, if this is the real deal, then this family is at the mercy of a diabolical nut who has done something with their loved one.


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    More details on the letter

    Critical letter comes as Major Bashinsky disappears
    By Russell Hubbard -- The Birmingham News
    March 09, 2010, 10:17AM


    ..............
    Golden Enterprises, the Birmingham-based potato chip maker that grew rapidly under Bashinsky's father, received the anonymous letter on Thursday, Chief Executive Mark McCutcheon said.

    The letter, McCutcheon said, was critical of the Bashinsky family for collecting millions of dollars in dividends on Golden Enterprises stock at the expense of workers who manufacture Golden Flake snacks, equating the family to "vampires."
    ...........
    Chief Johnny Stanley of Mountain Brook said his department is investigating the information in the letter, a copy of which was found in the car this weekend. Bashinski's is being processed, with assistance from the FBI because of their equipment, he said.

    Mountain Brook police are investigating the matter, Lt. Jim Cole said, because Bashinsky is a resident of that city.

    "We are looking at the letter," he said. "It is a disturbing situation and we want to locate Mr. Bashinsky."

    Bashinsky isn't involved in the operation of Golden Enterprises, which had sales of $122 million in its latest fiscal year. His family remains the largest shareholder, through the SYB Inc. investment company controlled by his stepmother, Joann Bashinsky.

    Dividends on Golden Enterprises stock are lucrative for SYB. The company owns 44.5 percent of Golden Enterprises stock, or 5.2 million shares. The dividend has been 3 cents a share, paid four times a year, for the past several years. That amounts to dividend income for SYB of $624,000 a year.

    The dividend policy criticized in the anonymous letter -- which was typewritten on plain white paper -- also benefits employees. The company retirement plan is the third-largest holder of Golden Enterprises stock, with 570,000 shares. Retiree incomes are mostly provided by 401(k) plans, CEO McCutcheon said.

    McCutcheon said he can't fathom why a current employee would be disgruntled with the company. He said the firm has been hiring new workers, has had some its strongest quarterly sales in history in recent months, and is spending money on new equipment at the plant in the Titusville neighborhood.


    more here

    http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2010..._as_major.html

    The letter is just bizarre....almost too bizarre as tho someone was trying too hard.
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    This reminds me of the small foreign faction letter.


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    OT-Court appearance live feed in Chelsea King case in about 15 minutes.

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    I don't think the Enron criminals were ever threatened with physical harm. (someone correct me if I'm wrong)

    No one is going to go after such an inconsequential person as this Bashinsky on any corporate anger theory.

    He may have set up an alterego some time back, transferred personal and/or corporate assets and flew to Israel under his new name.


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    Quote Originally Posted by webrocket View Post
    I don't think the Enron criminals were ever threatened with physical harm. (someone correct me if I'm wrong)

    No one is going to go after such an inconsequential person as this Bashinsky on any corporate anger theory.

    He may have set up an alterego some time back, transferred personal and/or corporate assets and flew to Israel under his new name.
    Plus, the dividends system BENEFITS the workers so they wouldn't be disgruntled by it.

    Someone who either doesn't understand the dividend system or couldn't come up with a better idea wrote the letter.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nadjatheresa View Post
    This reminds me of the small foreign faction letter.
    Yes! It reminded me immediately of the JonBenet letter....


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    I alluded in a previous post about Sloan Bashinsky, the brother of Major, who lives in Key West. I am linking a post he wrote this morning in which he mentions Major's disappearance and family estrangements with both his father and daughters. He believes secrets are revealed to him through his dreams. Quite bizarre...

    http://goodmorningfloridakeys.com/?p=1466
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    From Sloan's blog:

    I have had further dreams about this, and I expect to have even more dreams. It is known in the Bashinsky family that I have been shown family secrets in dreams, which nobody ever disputed, and that my airing out one them caused my father to cut off all communication with me. I did not hear again from my daughters after I aired it out.

    If the past is an indicator, I will be shown more, and even more in dreams, even as more information comes to light in human ways.
    First, I can't imagine the dream that permanently estranged him from his father and daughters.

    Second, he apparently believes Major's disappearance is family related (or caused).


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    Hmmmm, does the brother sound off the wall enough to be behind the wacky letters?


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    This is what caught my eye from the bro's blog:

    Majorís first wife, with whom I used to be very close, said she had heard that around 4 p.m. last Wednesday, the day Major went missing, he was seen by a member of his current wifeís family driving away from his law office south of town toward downtown Birmingham. The relative thought this was odd, as it was late in the day for Major to be driving into Birmingham.

    hmmmm - coincidence that member of current wife's family saw him driving away....what's the chances? does this person work w/ Major & that's why s/he was in the area?

    Just seems too convenient for me that someone saw him 'driving into Birmingham' -- where his car was found.
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    This article tells where the car was found.

    http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2010/03/...ing_ex-go.html

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    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.


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    I'm a little confused about how the wife found the potato chip letter. The daughter (with her biological mother, Major's first wife) finds the car (locked) on Sunday while distributing flyers, right? Then police impounded the car for processing but there's some lag while they await search warrant. Yet somehow on Sunday the new wife finds the letter and chip bag duct taped to the back seat?

    Am I mixing something up? If not, how do you figure the new wife spotted the letter?

    This article says the car was found Saturday:

    link

    But most say Sunday.

    Last seen Wednesday--when was he reported missing? And LE thinks the car wasn't parked until Friday night?


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    Quote Originally Posted by nadjatheresa View Post
    I'm a little confused about how the wife found the potato chip letter. The daughter (with her biological mother, Major's first wife) finds the car (locked) on Sunday while distributing flyers, right? Then police impounded the car for processing but there's some lag while they await search warrant. Yet somehow on Sunday the new wife finds the letter and chip bag duct taped to the back seat?

    Am I mixing something up? If not, how do you figure the new wife spotted the letter?

    This article says the car was found Saturday:

    link

    But most say Sunday.

    Last seen Wednesday--when was he reported missing? And LE thinks the car wasn't parked until Friday night?

    Major's daughter found his car Sunday evening. Leslie, wife #2, received the identical letter in the mail Thursday (could have arrived Wednesday but she said she did not check the mail Wednesday). The CEO of Golden Flake received the same letter as well as other family members. A copy was also found in Major's car and taped with duct tape to a Golden Flake potato chip bag. Leslie saw this; I am assuming she went down to southside to see the car when she heard it had been found.


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