Kari Dangler called me yesterday morning to say, while having breakfast with Pastor Omar’s homeless congregation at Higgs Beach yesterday, a homeless man I know from Birmingham, Alabama, got to talking about my brother Major’s death in early 2010, and all the different stories he’d heard about it in Alabama before he moved to Key West to be homeless here, and what he’d heard of it in Key West from people here who knew me, or knew about me. I figured one of those people in Key West had to be Mike Tolbert, who runs KOTS, the city’s homeless shelter on Stock Island. I had seen Facebook posts by Mike strongly suggesting I had killed Major, citing a string of posts by Roger Shuler of Birmingham at his Legal Schnauzer blog.
What Kari seemed most fastened on when she called was that (as Shuler had reported it), within days of Major going missing, a Birmingham man had come to Key West to find and talk with me. So I told her what actually had happened. Later yesterday, the Birmingham homeless man from Pastor Omar’s breakfast passed by me on his bicycle, and I hailed him and he, realizing this was hardly a chance meeting, locked his bicycle to a sign post and we took a longish walk and I told him a whole lot of the story of Major’s passing, including the man who came from Birmingham to Key West, just as I had reported it a number of times at goodmorningkeywest.com, goodmorningfloridakeys.com, and then at goodmorningbirmingham.com, after it was created in 2011. Oh, it was Mike Tolbert who had introduced me at KOTS to this man from Birmingham.
So, in early 2010, I was reading in my little efficiency apartment on the back side of Wyland Gallery on Duval Street. My apartment faced where the new fire station now is. I received a call on my cell phone from a man who identified himself as Chip Hazelrig, from Birmingham. I knew my father had invested in an oil and gas business with someone named Chip Hazelrig, whom I had not, to my knowledge, ever met or even knew what he looked like. When Chip asked if this was Sloan Bashinsky speaking to him?, I said yes, and how’d you get my cell phone number?
Chip said he’d come to Key West on a fishing boat of a friend of his a couple of days prior. He had flown from Birmingham to Fort Lauderdale, as I recall, where his friend lived and kept his boat. After two days of fishing, he, Chip, was not a fisherman, he was worn out and decided to take a day checking out Key West. He had heard I might live in Key West and he decided to ask around and see if he could find me. He went into a bar on lower Duval Street, just above Sloppy Joe’s as he described where it was, asked a man sitting at the bar if he knew a Sloan Bashinsky? Yes, the man said. Do you know his telephone number? No, the man said, but his friend sitting next to him at the bar knew Sloan’s telephone number. The second fellow pulled out his cell phone and looked up my cell phone number and gave it to Chip, and he called me.
Well, I knew one hundred percent that was arranged by the angels, and I told Chip to walk down to Sloppy Joe’s and turn right and walk about 100 feet to Old City Hall on the front steps and I would hop onto my bicycle and be there in a few minutes. It would be quieter there, and we could go around the east side of the building and sit in the shade. I suppose we talked about an hour about angels arranging his and my meeting; his and his business partner’s dealings with my father, who had died in 2006; and about Major, whose whereabouts and condition were still a mystery in Birmingham. Chip told me some pretty funny stories about my father liking to roll the dice on oil and gas deals, his wild side financially, while he was so conservative in all of his other financial affairs.
Chip had zero respect for my father’s law firm and his other trusted advisers, and for my father’s widow, Joann. Chip laid out the lawsuit they had filed against him and his business partner after my my father had died, alleging Chip and his partner had ripped off my father. Finally the lawsuit was settled for about a million dollars as I recall, which basically covered the law firm’s fee and litigation costs, Chip said. My father’s estate got little or nothing out of the lawsuit.
Chip told of one time when my father had been called on the carpet by Joann and his trusted advisers, a special meeting my father asked Chip to attend, the purpose of which was to stop my father from rolling the dice on oil and gas deals Chip and his partner were putting together. My father told them to run the potato chip company and he would run the oil and gas company. I burst into laughter, said that sounded just like my father!
I was grateful for the visit. It seemed Chip had really loved my father, and vice versa.
I reported all of that at my websites the next morning, which by then were getting a lot of hits from Alabama people who had learned of me and the websites and were reading what Major’s crazy brother in Key Weird was saying about Major. The hits for the two local websites had been running about 20,000 a month total. That month, there were close to 90,000 hits.
Unknown to me, Roger Shuler had taken a life or death (for Roger) interest in Major’s case, and was putting in his two cents worth on his Legal Schnauzer blog. He captured what I wrote of my visit with Chip and twisted it to Chip had come all the way from Birmingham to Key West just to see me. Nothing about Chip going first to see his friend and get on his friend’s fishing boat and riding it down to Key West. Nothing about the impossible Las Vegas odds against going into a Duval Street bar I had never been in and walking up to two people who knew me and learning my cell phone number, which very few people knew. To this day, I do not know who gave Chip my cell phone number. Nor do I recall any friend of mine who hangs out in Duval Street bars, other than Jack Flat’s sports bar, where I drink gingerale with fresh lime. I walk in there and sit down to watch sports events on the widescreens, whoever is behind the bar is fixing me that drink.
The great in his own mind Roger Shuler turned it into I was in on Major’s disappearance, and Chip was, too, and he came all the way to Key West to discuss it with me. I also later would learn Shuler had an Alabama following who bought his view hook, line and sinker, and Shuler kept writing about it at Legal Schanuzer, and his disciples kept buying it, even though I was making comments into Shuler’s blog, telling what the only eye witness other than Chip Hazelrig actually saw and heard go down. Much later I would learn people in Key West, like Mike Tolbert, joined Shuler’s deranged cult, and spread that fiction is always better than truth onto Key West social media.
Now when we talked yesterday morning, Kari Dangler seemed a bit on the fence after I told what when down when Chip Hazelrig was in Key West right after Major had gone missing. I supposed it’s just too far-fetched to imagine angels do exist, even if you read in the Bible they exist. Or that angels actually get involved in human affairs today. Anyone who says that is happening, especially to them, just has to be crazy, out of his mind. Or at least someone you don’t want to be seen associating with, lest people think you are crazy and out of your mind. How many times have I heard Kari tell me people say that about me, and it really bothers her? A hundred times, at least.
Even so, I knew Kari was the angels’ messenger to me yesterday, and she took that to mean she was to tell me I was supposed to write a book about Major’s passing. I said I already wrote that book on my websites. Kari said I was to write it all down into one book. I said that would be up to the angels, not to her. She said it again. I said again, it would be up to the angels, not to her. That has always bugged women I was with, that I put dream/angel advice ahead of their advice, if the angels did not agree with them, the women. Can’t help that. Women can only break my heart and cause me to wish I was dead. Angels have done far worse to me.
My dreams last night pointed me toward going from 19 to 20 for tourists on a 3-day day weekend, which Memorial Day weekend is and today is Memorial Day. I already had written a great deal yesterday about Major’s passing, which is reported below. But I had written nothing yesterday about Chip Hazelrig, a tourist. In my dream and spirit code, 1 is the number for God the Father, and 9 is the number for completion. 2 is the number for the Son of God. The dream didn’t look to me like I should write a book, but only another installment in the book already being written, And, I was to bring Jesus into it, which I already had in mind doing when I turned in about midnight last night. Maybe the jury is still out on my writing it all down in one book. Maybe not.
Below is what I wrote yesterday, starting with this post into Alabama Political Reporter’s Facebook page, which went straight into moderation and was not showing on that page:
29 May 2016
To Alabama Political Reporter:
Something came up today in Key West, where I live, that caused me to explain to two different people here, in some detail. summaries of many “articles” I published back in 2010 and later at my websites re my brother Major Bashinsky’s death. My views stirred, I heard from people I knew in Birmingham and in Alabama, a great deal of consternation and controversy, as well as got me generally labeled (there were a few naysayers) a nut case. or worse, demonic. Then enter Roger Shuler on his Legal Schnauzer blog, who took some things I had published and twisted them to suit his own view. In some cases he was joined by a Dothan journalist, whose name now escapes me.
One particular thing that jumps out right now, they published together an article saying there was no stippling around the gunshot wound to Major’s let temple, therefore the gun had to have been fired from a distance to away, i.e. by someone other than Major, whose loosely trussed hands and wrists could not have done, but could have done a muzzle against the head shot. The coroner’s report, that is the medical examiner’s, said there was stippling, which meant the gun muzzle was pressed against Major’s head when the gun was fired. It took me quite a while to get Roger to see this, and then he wrote a lame excuse in his blog. The Dothan journalist replied, basically, so what? She did say something about why did I get my panties all in a wad? Dang I wish I could remember her name. Let me go try to run that down. Be right back.
Okay, Lori Moore is her name. Ironically, before that and her becoming convinced Major did not kill himself, to the point she would fabricate evidence, Lori had written to me during a discussion involving other people and myself about my state of mind:
“MRI? Doctors? No……you don’t have a medical condition Sloan. I view what you have as a gift. I know you may disagree with that when the Angels are tough on you and put you through hell at times. But I believe you were chosen for a reason. At times, I know I am lead by something…………..something led me to look further into the death of Major and then to you. MPD affects many people, but you are not one of them. Usually MPD is a result of childhood tragedy, where alters are formed to handle with those difficult emotions. Many of those with MPD don’t remember events when their alters take control……….they have periods that they don’t really know what happened. A doctor can’t help you. You were chosen and that is your life. Be yourself…….you can’t change it. I enjoyed reading your words about me in your post the other day. One day, I want to meet you face to face my friend. You are truly a unique and amazing fellow. Hugz~”
So, what am I getting at here? Well, first, this former Birmingham practicing attorney never once considered suing Roger Shuler over his wild what I personally viewed as deranged theories about my brother Major’s death, including I was in on it, and Major’s first wife and his and my stepsister who died of cancer following his death, and his and my first cousin killing himself and leaving a suicide note, were further suspicious Bashinsky family events in the wake of Major’s death, which I suggested in several posts before it was even known he was dead, was suicide made to look like murder, which is what the Jefferson County Coroner and the Birmingham Police Department detective assigned to the case eventually concluded themselves, according to a Birmingham News article I read online, and heard from other people in Birmingham and in Alabama.
Shuler and Moore were hardly alone in refusing to accept that “verdict” – however, Major’s first wife told me she thought he had killed himself and tried to make it look like murder. Oh, a friend of mine up there told me on the telephone, before the Birmingham News article mentioned above, that he had some kind of line into the FBI which was on Major’s case from the get go, and the word coming to him on his line into the FBI was to not necessarily expect a murder finding. Early on in the matter, that same friend arranged for a Birmingham News business journalist, who had asked if I might do a telephone interview, to call me in Key West where I lived. As I recall, this was the 3rd day after Major had gone missing, the same day I had learned of it; that I do recall.
The journalist called me and we talked maybe half hour about Major and my father’s company, Golden Flake (Golden Enterprises, Inc.). It was a straight forward, nothing mystical conversation. But at the very end, the journalist asked me if I had any other idea about that might have happened to Major, other than he had run away from home or had been kidnapped? I said, well, since he asked, just before he called me, it came to me from out of the blue that Major had killed himself and had tried to make it look like murder. The journalist said cold chills were running up and down his spine, because the same thought had come to him just before he had called me. I knew in that moment what had happened to Major, there was no other conclusion as far as I was concerned, but I was hesitant, of course, to flat out state on my websites that was the actual cause of death. I presented as what I was hearing from angels.
Of course, the journalist did not include that in his article, and, not surprising to me, the article he wrote, and called back to me and read the parts about what I had said, before he submitted it, did not, as he had said would happen, run the next day in the Birmingham News. Nor did the article ever run. When I called him about that, he said something like, “We (higher ups) decided to hold off and go at it another way.” I was the only family member left alive who had a knowledge of the company, who had actually worked there a good while; I could and did, to the News journalist, substantiate the allegations in the “threat letter” I was pretty sure even then Major had typed, saying the management and major stockholders were sucking money out o the company via dividends, to themselves, and if that was not corrected further action would be taken. The principal beneficiary of the dividends was my father’s widow, and before he died he was the principal beneficiary. I stood to gain nothing from Major’s death. I had not seen or heard from him since shortly after our father died in late August 2006. I had not left the Florida Keys since late 2008, a brief trip to Birmingham no one in my family knew I made.
All of that and much more I published at goodmorningkeywest.com and goodmorningfloridakeys.com, and then at goodmorhingbirmingham.com after it was created in June 2011. All along, Roger Schuler kept resurrecting his bee against what looked to me like the whole wide world compressed into the death of my brother, which Shuler could not accept was suicide. Nor, I don’t imagine, did more than maybe half a dozen people in Birmingham and Alabama, who were not connected to local law enforcement, the county medical examiner’s office and the F.B.I. I could write, and actually have written, a very long book about Major’s death and the ordeal, external and internal, I endured telling it from my perspective, which early in the game, before his body was found in the golf course pond, caused the Birmingham News to block me out of its blog under its articles having to do with Major and his and my family and Golden Flake.
Although I published several times that I would be happy to be interviewed by law enforcement about Major, I never was contacted by law enforcement. Perhaps they thought from reading my website, they knew everything I could have told them. Perhaps not. If, for example, they had showed me the surveillance camera still shot of the man believed perhaps to have been Major in 5 Points Hardware, shortly after Major last was seen in the nearby Starbucks, buying rope and duct tape (to tie himself up with after wrapping his head and mouth in duct tape), I would have said that absolutely was Major. I could tell from his profile, body shape, posture. I only saw that still shot after I made a public records request in 2011 to the FBI for their entire file on Major.
Well, if APR has any interest in interviewing me, either in writing (email) or by telephone, if it is recorded verbatim and I’m sent a copy of the recording, then below is how to reach me. I have plenty more to tell, which I promise will not sit well with Roger Schuler and Lori Moore, and hordes of like-minded people in Alabama, and even here in Key West and the Florida Keys :-).
I saw online today that Roger Shuler’s woes dramatically rose after he finally was released from jail for what he published about Alabama politicos – a $3.5 million libel verdict. Now, finally, he had a lawyer trying to help him get out of that.
(not holding my breath, more about Major’s passing at the end of this post today)
I then went online and found several links on Blogger Roger Shuler fighting $3.5 million judgment, here is one, I added Roger’s jail mug shot:
By Kent Faulk | firstname.lastname@example.org (The Birmingham News)
on April 24, 2015 at 8:35 AM, updated April 24, 2015 at 9:55 AM
Roger Shuler, an Alabama blogger who spent five months in jail before agreeing to remove stories from his website about the son of a former governor, has asked a judge to toss out a recent $3.5 million judgment against him in another case.
Shuler, who operates the website Legal Schnauzer, on Thursday afternoon, filed a motion through his attorney asking Jefferson County Circuit Judge Donald Blankenship to vacate his April 13 default judgment against Shuler for $1.5 million in compensatory and $2 million in punitive damages.
Shuler also asks the judge to grant him leave to file an amended answer and counterclaim, and enter a new scheduling order sufficient to allow time for discovery in the case.
Blankenship had entered the default judgment against Shuler in a 2013 defamation lawsuit brought by Jessica Garrison, a Birmingham lawyer and former campaign manager for Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.
Efforts to reach Garrison or her attorneys Friday morning prior to publication of this story were unsuccessful.
Shuler had written about an alleged affair between Strange and Garrison, both of whom testified at a hearing that the allegations are false. Blankenship found the comments defamatory. One of Garrison’s attorneys said after Blankenship’s $3.5 million default judgment that the allegations were libelous, were plucked from thin air, and were “cyber-bullying of the worst order.”
Shuler filed an initial response denying Garrison’s claims but failed or refused to sit for a scheduled deposition and did not attend a hearing that resulted in the default judgment.
Prattville attorney Davy Hay, who entered an appearance in the case on April 18 on behalf of Shuler, stated in Thursday’s motion that the court had issued an order in the case May 9, 2014 changing Shuler’s address from the Shelby County Jail to an address in north Shelby County.
“However, the aforementioned address was no longer the defendant’s (Shuler’s) residence by virtue of a recent foreclosure. Therefore, he did not receive notice of this court’s scheduling order or any subsequent documents filed in the case,” according to the motion.
Hay states in the motion that Garrison failed to ascertain Shuler’s whereabouts and provide proper notice regarding hearings or filings in compliance with his due process rights, especially considering Shuler was representing himself at the time.
“Now that defendant (Shuler) is represented by counsel, he understands he had a duty to notify the clerk of court of any address changes, however, several circumstances prevented him from doing so,” according to Hay’s motion.
According to the motion those circumstances were:
“Mr. Shuler and his wife lost their home and were facing the very real possibility of being homeless. This being such a pressing and immediate issue, all other concerns had to be given lower priority
“Mr. Shuler had just spent five (5) months in jail, which began with being beaten by law enforcement officials in his own home and wrongfully detained, in violation of his constitutional rights”.
“Mr. Shuler and his wife experienced excessive psychological trauma, resulting in the defendant spending six (6) days in a psychiatric unit, in direct relation to these events, and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.”
“Mr. Shuler has a good-faith belief that his very life has been in actual peril as a result of his reporting. Accordingly, he has been and continues to be highly reluctant to submit to the authority of the state after what he perceives to be illegal attacks against his person, his family, and his rights as a citizen of the United States.”
Hay states in the motion that Shuler has a meritorious defense in the case, “and by virtue of evidence currently in his possession and that which can be obtained through exhaustive discovery, shall show that the case against him is frivolous and nothing more than an attempt by the plaintiff to unconstitutionally bully the defendant (Shuler) into silence.”
Hay argues in the motion that Garrison is a public figure, based on her work on Strange’s campaigns, her appointment as Chief Counsel and Deputy Attorney General of the state of Alabama in 2011, and her position as director of the Republican Attorneys General Association. If Garrison was to be considered a public figure, rather than a private citizen, it would raise the burden to that of proving actual malice, the motion states.
Shuler was charged with resisting arrest in October 2013 when he was taken into custody on a contempt of court charge filed by judge after Shuler, at least initially, refused to remove stories he had written on Legal Schnauzer that Rob Riley, the son of the former governor, had an affair.
Rob Riley had sued Shuler for libel and sought the injunction to force Shuler to remove the posts. The judge ordered Shuler to remove the post and ordered the blogger jailed for contempt when he didn’t do it immediately. Shuler remained in jail until the judge ordered his release in March 2014 after his wife removed certain stories from the blog.
Shuler’s incarceration for contempt drew national attention from groups that claims Shuler’s First Amendment rights were violated. The ACLU and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed briefs on his behalf.
I, Sloan, was unable to find anything newer online about Shuler’s attempt to get the $3,5 million default judgement set aside. I felt sorry for him when he was in jail, because he had gone after politicos and their families, and I was somewhat aware of the often rotten state of affairs in Denmark, er Alabama politics. I corresponded by email with Shuler’s wife and urged her to persuade him he had made his point, the entire world knew what his point was, that was never going to go away, and he should tell the Alabama judge he would take down his blog about the Alabama politicos and their families, if the judge would just let him out of jail, so he could do just that. From the jail, he could not take down those parts of his blog, which predicament did not seem to bother the judge, as I recall reading the saga on Shuler’s blog and in Alabama newspaper reports. So, it looks like that’s what Shuler finally agreed to do, and he was released from jail, or he got someone to do it, who had the pass code to the blog, which I told his wife was another way to do it and obey the judge and get her husband out of jail. (Jesus said to forgive and do good to and pray for our enemies.)
Shuler’s case kinda reminds me of what our own Judge David Audlin and then State Attorney Dennis Ward and his chief prosecutor Mark Wilson did to Robert Krutko, who put on other people’s (not my) websites rather unflattering allegations against local lawyer Michael Halpern and his business partners in the tour boat Fury, and the City of Key West, which allegations I thought were mostly true, but Krutko went at it like Shuler, representing himself, not showing up for court hearings, getting a default judgment against him in a libel and injunction lawsuit, and not being able to take what he had alleged down from other people’s websites over which he had no control. For all of which he was held in CRIMINAL CONTEMPT in a civil case, and extradited by Ward and Wilson from his home in Ohio back to Key West. Just the extradition itself was straight from hell, and it caused me to publish Audlin, Ward and Wilson all should be put in the penitentiary, and nobody sued me about that – yet.
Audlin later resigned after somebody found his online selfie sex ad and spread it around.
/ Jan 16, 2014 at 1:20 PM
We’ve written about judges involved in sex scandals with prostitutes. We’ve written about judges involved in sex scandals with litigants. We’ve written about judges involved in sex scandals over nude photographs. We’ve never written about judges involved in sex scandals on internet hookup websites — but we’re about to do just that.
If you want to stroke it, this Florida judge will tell you exactly how big his gavel is….
JAABlog says this ad was found on another online dating site of a similar ilk (note the screen name):
Who is this guy? As JAABlog notes, this fellow “bears a remarkable resemblance” to David Audlin, the Chief Judge of the Sixteenth Circuit Court of Florida. Audlin’s judicial assistant issued a “no comment” on his behalf. It wasn’t an outright denial, like the one that a certain federal judge issued regarding allegations that he once did a stint in nude modeling, so it could still be true.
We checked to see if Audlin could be found on any other social networking sites, and lo and behold, he’s apparently on Facebook, wearing the same shirt seen in the Manhunt profile picture featured above:
Chief Judge David Audlin
FYI, the David KW profile on Manhunt has since been deleted since its existence came to light.
Here’s JAABlog’s take on the issue, which we’re inclined to agree with:
In any event, judges are people too. Dating sites are A-OK in our book. But, does it amount to an appearance of impropriety for a judge to advertise his gavel length and width, or fudge on the “What I do” bio section by stating “Attorney”? And since Key West is a small town, shouldn’t everyone be on notice if they’re hanging with a judge, to avoid the surprise of a lifetime if they ever have to go down to the courthouse?
Maybe these profiles were posted by a disgruntled litigant, and maybe they weren’t, but more power to Audlin if they’re real. Everyone needs to get some, even judges. Protip: next time you might want to be a little more discreet, Your Honor. No one in your courtroom needs to know how you like your gavel banged.
LET’S GET SWEATY! [JAABlog]