This case is starting to feel like a Southern Gothic Novel.
Exclusive Interview With Major Bashinsky's Brother
Reported by: Shanisty Myers
Last Update: 3/17 10:48 pm
www.goodmorningkeywest.com, Sloan talks about his relationship with his brother Major and the Bashinsky family. He says the last time the brothers exchanged words was in 2005 at their father's memorial service. But, Sloan is very outspoken about Major's death through his blog.
"It looks to me like a riddle and it looks like it's rigged. How does he end up in that lake or in the pond and dump him in plain view, it doesn't make any damn sense to me and I can't imagine who would have it in for him," Sloan Bashinsky says.
Sloan tells us there is a long history of difficult events within the Bashinsky family.
"I'm not talking about the details whether Major was murdered or if he killed himself I'm talking about the details of why it was not his time to be alive anymore," says Sloan.
Sloan says he isn't sure if his brother committed suicide, but he wouldn't be surprised.
"What if he was being blackmailed and people had photos and were threatening to expose it would my brother commit suicide over that? Very easily," says Sloan.
While, Sloan says he doesn't want to become part of the investigation, he openly share his own speculations.
"This case is weird it's like it was designed, like someone created it. Was it major or someone that had it in for him."
more here -- including news vid w/ telephone conversation w/ Sloan.
Web Extra: Leslie Bashinsky Speaks
Reported by: Kim Carapucci
Contributor: Veair Green
Last Update: 3/17 10:47 pm
She says she doesn't know what the note police found attached to her husbands body said. For now, her focus is on their two young children and what the loss of their father will mean to them.
But even with Major's body found, his wife still has no idea how he ended up floating in the lake. As far as the cause of death, the coroner refused to comment on specifics. But, he did say they may know as early as Monday.
13-minute video here -- most of which is interview w/ Leslie
In it she says the 'message in the bottle' was tied to Major's body with a rope.
"Mountain Brook Police Chief Johnny Stanley [...] says they will take all leads seriously, but the case is now in the Birmingham Police Department's hands. The Birmingham Police Department tells us, they will not begin the investigation until the coroner's office rules on the official cause of death. That report could come by early next week. "
Sounds as if no one is currently investigating. But that can't be...
Sloan's blog makes it seem that it was common knowledge that his brother was bisexual.
If so, wouldn't the wife have known or suspected? Is that why she seems so calm and unemotional- just talking about the children and missing their milestones, etc.? Almost as if she expected something like this to happen at some point- where he would not want to go on or someone else would not want him to be alive. And she went to the beach for spring break! She seems resigned as if something like this was inevitable.
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BTW, Sloan has updated his blog this a.m. w/ info on the (non) investigation.
Last paragraph summary:
Pistol found, single GSW to head, body not in pond very long. FWIW
Can't imagine anybody committing suicide by shooting themselves in the back of the head - not really possible.
Gay, bi, or straight, this man is dead and has left his children and family behind.
Seems to me someone is trying to tie his murder to the letters and I don't think that's the case. Also, I don't think this has anything to do with his sexual orientation - somebody wanted him dead, somebody in the family? MOO
I question the brothers motive. He hasn't spoke to Major since 2005. He doesn't want to be part of the investigation. Yet, he doesn't mind spreading the bisexual rumor/fact that his brother wanted kept quiet. In my opinion, Sloan hasn't thought about the pain he is adding to Major's wife and children, two of which are grown. Ok now that I have actually read Sloan's blog and not just heard about it, I'm thinking he is crazy.
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It seems to me that no one is broken up over Major's death. They all seem to offer up the obligatory and cliche statements at a minimum. And that includes the major's wife. Not sure what it all means, just an observation.
Late Wednesday Golden Flake President Mark McClutcheon said in a statement, “We offer our prayers and sympathy to Major’s family on their loss.“
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Leslie Bashinsky might now be one of the wealthier widows in all of Alabama.
Because the gun was (allegedly) found at the scene I now am leaning toward suicide as being the manner of death. It seems to me if Major was killed in a homicide the perp would not leave the gun at the scene. Too much evidence can be gained by LE if they have the murder weapon.
Wonder who has the most to gain from his death? Not only from insurance policies but from the business? Maybe this was a hired hand who did the damage.
Someone had posted (I think) the possibility that he hired someone to kill him, so that he would not have to do it himself. I agree this is a possible theory, but I according to the brother Sloan's blog, Major has a grown son who does not, in Sloan's opinion, get along well with his Dad. I cheded the local phone listings, and without giving out specific info, there is a party by the last name of Bashinsky who lives near that golf course. I had to wonder if the grown son A. is really that much at odds with his father, and B. would he/could he be angry enough to do something like murder, and C. does he live near the Higland Golf course, or maybe he was visitng someone near there, and asked his father to meet him? Just speculating, but outside of a stranger who was a gay man, could someone close to Major, a family membere even, be the one who did him in? The police are not saying anything much. How long does it take to decide that a death was or was not caused by suicide? Could someone have tried to make it look like a suicide, and left the gun, but wiped it clean? Just some thoughts and questions I have - this is one strange case. It has all the makings of a novel.
I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow,
but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. —Agatha Christie
When he writes about what the "Board of Directors" (Jesus, et al) tell him, it may sound like he's saying that he listens to the little voices in his head. But if he said that he prayed for guidance and Jesus told him what to do, fewer would be calling him crazy. Some of this apparent craziness may really be only his unorthodox way of thinking about and expressing his own thought processes.
Bashinsky death investigation turned over to Birmingham police
MOUNTAIN BROOK, AL (WBRC) - Mountain Brook police have now turned over the investigation into Major Bashinsky's death to the Birmingham police. [snip]
Leslie Bashinsky said in a CBS 42 TV interview that a bottle was found tied to her husband's waist when they found him in the pond. There was a letter inside but she doesn't know what it said. Seems to me this whole thing is a suicide made to look like a murder or a murder made to look like a suicide. What a mystery!!
I wish I could find the link again -- I read that LE believes his body was in the pond for only a short time....if I find it I'll update this post....I hope I didn't just dream that I read that!!