This below is in legalschnauzer.blogspot.com today, August 31, 2012 – responding to yestrday’s Legal Schnauzer in Birmingham fabricates something else about my brother Major Bashinsky’s death: Schnauzer claims I hinted that I know who drove Major to kill himself post. My responses in CAPS, inside the body of the legalschnauzer article.
Sloan Bashinsky Jr.
(Updated at 9:35 a.m., CDT, on 7/30/12)
When someone consistently misstates facts, I figure one of two things is happening: (1) He is careless about gathering and stating facts; (2) He is intentionally trying to muddy the water on some issue.
I’ve read scores of lawyer-prepared documents over the past 12 years, so I am intimately acquainted with tactic No. 2. A lawyer spends three years of his life and tens of thousands of his dollars to receive formal education in tactic No. 2. In fact, I’ve come to realize that the presence of a law degree means that a person has an unusually high level of training in the art of deception–and it doesn’t mean much else. It certainly does not mean the person has an enhanced interest in justice (snort).
Sloan Y. Bashinsky Jr. has made it a habit to misstate facts about my reporting on the death of his younger brother, Alabama attorney Major Bashinsky. Writing on a variety of blogs from his base in Key West, Florida, the elder Bashinsky has repeatedly stated that he supports the official finding of suicide in his brother’s death. He even has provided a motive that apparently has escaped officials–that Major feared he was about to be outed as bisexual and was so traumatized that he took his own life.
This runs counter to my reporting, which has shown numerous reasons to doubt the suicide finding–and there is nothing wrong, of course, with Sloan Bashinsky taking issue with me. But in the process, he has consistently made misstatements about my reporting. I’ve written it off as falling under item No. 1; after all, Sloan is a guy who says he takes guidance from angels, his “board of directors,” who speak to him in dreams.
I figured that Sloan was too busy communicating with celestial beings to get a full grasp on earthly matters, such as my blog posts. But I’m starting to wonder if something else is going on. After all, Sloan Bashinsky has a legal education, practiced law for 12 years in Birmingham, and has written several books on legal issues. If he wanted to muddy the water on a certain topic, he probably would be pretty good at it.
Why would Sloan want to obscure matters related to his brother’s death? I don’t know, but he resorted to deceptive tactics again in a post dated July 29, 2012, at his blog Good Morning Birmingham. These most recent false statements about my reporting are not new; he’s made them a number of times. I haven’t responded until now because, as noted above, I figured Sloan was distracted by conversations with angels–and that might account for his confusion. But on the chance that there is a purpose behind these “mistakes,” I thought now might be a good time to clear the air.
First, Sloan’s most recent piece is a response to my post of last Thursday titled “Brother Suggests He Knows Who Caused the Death of Alabama Lawyer Major Bashinsky.” My post focused on a recent report from Sloan in which he went into details about his theory regarding the trauma that prompted Major’s suicide. In fact, Sloan gave enough specifics that, in my mind, it strongly suggested he knew who had tormented his brother–and why. Most revealing were these words:
The person who was about to out Major had it in for him. Something very nasty had happened between them. It was very personal. And it was very real.
Those four sentences hint that Sloan knows of a specific person who had a specific beef with Major. I don’t see any other way to read them. He even says it all was “very real.” How can that be, unless Sloan knows of a “very real” person acting in “very real” ways?
But Sloan says in his post from yesterday that I had it all wrong. In fact, he calls my piece on the subject “bizarre” and sent a comment to my post, wondering how I got such an idea. (A man who claims to talk with angels calls my work “bizarre”? I wonder if Sloan Bashinsky is capable of grasping the irony in that.)
I responded to Sloan’s comment by pointing out that my idea came from a serious reading of his own words. I added that perhaps I should not take a serious approach to reading his work in the future. (You can check out Sloan’s comment and my response
That’s what made me decide it was time to address Sloan’s misstatements about my reporting on his brother’s death. (Speaking of bizarre, isn’t it strange that I, who never met Major Bashinsky, have questioned the official findings and pushed for a legitimate investigation, while his brother has taken the stance of, “Move along, there’s nothing to see here”?)
Let’s consider three matters that Sloan consistently has gotten wrong about my work:
* Stippling Vs. A Contact Wound–This has become “old reliable” for Sloan; he uses it in just about every post on Major’s death. In so doing, he always misstates what I have written on the subject.
Sloan has written that I claimed in one of my posts that Major did not die of a contact wound. In fact, Sloan went down this path again yesterday:
I sent a comment down to Legal Schnauzer. Don’t know it (sic) Shuler will publish it. He declined to publish my reply to one of his previous articles, in which he invented that the gunshot wound to Major’s left temple was not a contact wound: muzzle presed (sic) against skin when the gun (pistol) was fired. Shuler wrote that the gun was fired from a foot or so way, contrary to the coroner’s finding that it was a contact wound.
That, unfortunately, is not what I wrote on the post in question, which ran on July 20, 2011, and was titled “
What did I actually say about the possibility of a contact wound? I said the report from the medical examiner (ME) contradicts itself on the subject, making it impossible to know what really happened–and indicating that investigators were sloppy in their work.
I explained that stippling, a pattern of abrasions around an entrance wound, is a key factor in determining range of fire. I cited a scientific article titled “Practical Pathology of Gunshot Wounds” and quoted its finding that “the presence of stippling indicates that the muzzle of the gun was within 2 feet of the victim’s body when it was discharged.”
I proceeded to quote from the ME’s report on the wound in the Major Bashinsky case: “The gunshot wound does not have stippling.”
Those are the ME’s words, not mine. The words in the article are a pathologist’s, not mine. Taken together, they mean the shot that killed Major Bashinsky was fired from more than two feet. How does someone shoot himself in such a fashion?
IF THE MUZZLE OF THE PISTOL WAS PRESSED AGAINST MAJOR’S LEFT TEMPLE WHEN THE PISTOL WAS FIRED, THERE WOULD BE NO STIPLING; IT WOULD BE A CONTACT WOUND. IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE I READ THE CORONER’S REPORT. MY RECOLLECTION IS, THE REPORT SAID MAJOR’S WRISTS WERE SOMEWHAT LOOSELY TIED BY A ROPE, AT THE FRONT OF HIS BODY, WHICH ROPE WAS TIED TO A ROPE TIED AROUND HIS WAIST. I DID NOT SEE THE BODY OR THE ROPES, BUT THE CORONER SAW THAT IN ORDER TO DESCRIBE IT. APPARENTLY THE CORONER THOUGHT THERE WAS ENOUGH RANGE OF MOTION IN THE ARMS AND WRISTS, FOR MAJOR TO PRESS THE PISTOL AGAINST THE SIDE OF HIS LEFT TEMPLE AND SHOOT HIMSELF AND LEAVE NO STIPPLING. YES, IF SOMEONE SHOT MAJOR FROM SOME DISTANCE AWAY, PROBABLY MORE THAN TWO FEET, THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO STIPPLING, EITHER. STIPPLING IS THE RESULT OF A GUNSHOT AT PRETTY CLOSE RANGE.
Sloan Bashinsky repeatedly has attributed this finding to me, when it is based on the clear words of scientists. Sloan also conveniently ignores what I went on to write in my post of July 20, 2011:
In the case summary of the Bashinsky autopsy, the report states “the decedent had a perforating contact gunshot wound of the head with resultant skull fractures and perforation of the brain as described.”
Contrary to Sloan’s statements, I quote the ME saying it was a “contact gunshot wound.” In fact, Sloan probably knows about this reference to a contact wound only because I reported it. The problem, of course, is that this statement conflicts with the finding about the absence of stippling, which would mean it was not a contact wound.
WHEN YOU WROTE THE GUN WAS FIRED FROM MORE THAN TWO FEET AWAY, YOU DENIED IT WAS A CONTACT WOUND, WHICH OCCURS WHEN THE MUZZLE IS PRESSED AGAINST THE SKIN WHEN THE GUN IS FIRED. THE CORONER WROTE IT WAS A CONTACT WOUND AND THERE WAS NO STIPPLING, WHICH THERE WOULD NOT BE IF IT WAS A CONTACT WOUND.
Once and for all, let me be clear: I have never said that I know what kind of wound it was; obviously, I’m not trained in such matters. I’ve reported that the ME’s report says in one place that it was a contact wound–while saying in another place that it was not. That is a fact. Did the author of the ME report know what he was doing? It doesn’t look like it.
NO STIPPLING IS IN KEEPING WITH A CONTACT WOUND. THE M.E. WAS TRAINED IN SUCH MATERS, YOU WERE NOT.
* The Death of Suzanne (Pilkerton) Bashinsky-Ash–Ms. Bashinsky-Ash was the stepsister of Major and Sloan Jr., and I reported on her death
in a post dated September 20, 2010. Sloan has written several times that I had suggested foul play was involved in her death. As recently as yesterday, he wrote that I tried to make “something sinister” out of her death. Here is what I actually wrote on the subject:
Suzanne (Pilkerton) Bashinsky-Ash, age 57, died in mid June in Birmingham. She was Major Bashinsky’s stepsister and the biological daughter of Joann Bashinsky, who was Sloan Bashinsky Sr.’s second wife and now is director of Golden Enterprises. . . . The only reporting on Suzanne Bashinsky-Ash’s death has been a standard obituary, and we’ve seen nothing to indicate it was anything other than a natural death. But she was adopted by Sloan Bashinsky Sr., meaning two of his four children died between March and July of this year . . .
I stated that I saw nothing to indicate Ms. Bashinsky-Ash’s passing “was anything other than a natural death.” I stated that two of Sloan Bashinsky Sr.’s four children had died within roughly four months of each other–one at age 63 and one at 57. That is a fact. How is that “something sinister”? Beats me.
YOU KNOW, ROGER, THAT YOU MADE INNUENDO AROUND SUZANNE BASHINSKY-ASH’S DEATH, AND YOU LATER MADE INNUENDO AROUND MY FIRST-COUSIN BUBBA MAJOR’S SUICIDE, OF WHICH I DON’T SEE ANY MENTION IN THIS YOUR LATEST ARTICLE ON MAJOR’S DEATH. AFTER YOU WROTE ABOUT SUZANNE, I EMAILED YOU THAT I HAD LEARNED FROM MAJOR’S FIRST WIFE, AFTER MAJOR WENT MISSING, THAT SUZANNE WAS IN THE LAST STAGES OF TERMINAL CANCER. I TOLD YOU THEN, OR PERHAPS IN A LATER EMAIL, THAT MAJOR’S FIRST WIFE HAD CANCER, ALSO. I TOLD YOU THAT BECAUSE I HOPED YOU WOULD NOT ALSO DRAG HER INTO YOUR ARTICLES ABOUT THE BASHINSKY FAMILY, AFTER SHE PASSED AWAY. SHE DIED LAST YEAR AND, SO FAR, YOU HAVE NOT WRITTEN ABOUT HER.
* The layout of the Highland Park Golf Course, where Major Bashinsky’s body was found–Sloan has on a number of occasions cited the layout of the Highland Park Golf Course, and the adjoining neighborhood, to support his theory that it is an unlikely place for a murderer to dump a body. In fact, this might be the No. 1 reason Sloan has cited for his belief that Major walked into the pond and shot himself in the head, while tying himself up with rope and duct tape to make it look like murder.
Sloan undercuts himself, however, because his “facts” about the golf course layout are way off base. He admitted as much when I confronted him on this issue in an e-mail exchange back in March.
Sloan wrote to me after I had published a post about nationally known private investigator Paul Ciolino
and his interest in Major Bashinsky’s death. Ciolino had just appeared on a CBS News report about the death of boxer Arturo Gatti. Sloan wanted to get in contact with Ciolino, and in the course of the e-mail, wrote the following:
I remain convinced the crime scene was too improbable for murder site, or to dump a body in the middle of the hazard, after being hauled there from somewhere else and dragged from a vehicle over the low wall adjacent to the sidewalk, next to a busy road, across from a subdivision on a bluff. Then dragged up the incline, over a low chain link fence, across the cart path, into the hazard, and then pushed into the middle of it. I imagine the perp would have wanted to get caught, to choose that site for murder or body disposal.
I’ve been to Highland Park Golf Course many times, and I know how it, and the adjoining tennis center and neighborhood, are laid out. I could not let Sloan’s misstatement pass and sent this response:
For what it’s worth, your memories about the layout of the Highland Park Golf Course are off target. Anyone can pull a vehicle into the parking lot and then walk directly onto the hole that features the water hazard. I’ve done it myself. There is no wall or fence to cross, and it’s maybe 250-300 yards from the lot to the water, downhill all the way.
It would be extremely easy to put a body (or any number of other objects) into a cart and roll it on the paved path down to the water. The parking lot is open 24/7, so it would be no problem to accomplish this task after dark.
This doesn’t prove what happened, of course, one way or another. But I’ve read your comments before about this being an unlikely place to drop off a body because of the layout. In fact, it’s a very convenient place to do such a thing. Couldn’t be easier.
Here is Sloan’s reply:
What I described, Roger, was the short way to get to the pond, perhaps 20 yards from just below the pond on Highland Avenue. What you describe is the long way, from the parking lot area up the hill, above the first T. Either way you slice it, lousy choice of site to kill someone, or dump a body. The back side of Lake Purdy, off Grant’s Mill Road, much better site, for example. Many much better sites, thousands probably, than the golf course pond.
I wasn’t going to let that slide either. My response:
What I describe is the easy way, and it would be easy, any way you slice it. It’s a perfect place to kill someone, or dump a body, if you want the body to be found–to send a message.
Sloan said it would be “the easiest way to get caught.” So I replied:
Easiest way to get caught? Are you serious? Your vehicle is in a parking lot, off the street and out of the way. If you do it in the middle of the night, the chances of getting caught are almost nil. You admit, in your previous e-mail, that your scenario involves a vehicle parked “on a busy street.” Yours is the scenario that would be hard to pull off and easy to get caught. Anyone familiar with that golf course would know not to do it that way.
SO … WHOEVER KILLED MAJOR DID SO AT A DIFFERENT LOCATION, PUT HIS BODY IN A TRUCK, ALONG WITH A CART, AND DROVE THAT TRUCK TO THE PARKING LOT UP BY THE RACKET CLUB, AND TOOK THE BODY OUT OF THE TRUCK AND PUT IT INTO THE CART, AND HAULED THE CART AND BODY DOWN TO THE POND, AND TOOK THE BODY OUT OF THE CART AND WADED THE BODY OUT INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE POND, AND GOT ALL WET AND DID NO TELLING WHAT DAMAGE TO THEIR SHOES IN THE MUCK ON THE BOTTOM OF THE POND, AND CREATED THE THEATER SCENE IN THE POND, OR WAS THAT DONE BACK WHERE HE WAS SHOT, BEORE HE WAS PUT INTO THE TRUCK? … THEN, THE PERP, OR PERPS, WADED BACK TO THE BANK AND PUSHED THE EMPTY CART BACK UP THE HILL TO THE TRUCK AND DROVE AWAY … ALL DONE IN NIGHTTIME VIEW OF THE HOMES SITTING ON THE BLUFF JUST ACROSS HIGHLAND AVENUE …
IS THAT HOW YOU WOULD HAVE DONE IT, ROGER, IF YOU HAD WANTED TO BE SURE YOU GOT A WAY WITH IT? IS THAT HOW YOU WOULD HAVE DONE IT, TO MAKE A SURE EVERYONE KNEW MAJOR WAS MURDERED? IS THAT HOW YOU WOULD HAVE DONE IT, TO MAKE A POINT? TO TERRIFY PEOPLE RELATED TO MAJOR BY BLOOD OR MARRIAGE? TO PUSH THEM TO COMPLY WITH THE DEMAND IN THE TYPED THREAT LETTER IN THE BOTTLE ATTACHED BY ROPE TO MAJOR’S BODY – THAT THE COMPANY STOP PAYING OUT GOLDEN ENTERPRISE DIVIDENDS TO THE GREEDY BASHINSKYS AND GREEDY MANAGEMENT, AND KEEP THE DIVIDENDS IN THE COMPANY FOR THE HEALTH OF THE COMPANY AND ITS EMPLOYEES?
IF YOU WANTED TO ACHIEVE ALL OF THAT, ROGER, WHY DID YOU DO THE DEED IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT CONFUSED THE CORONER AND THE BPD DETECTIVE, AND THE MOUNTAIN BROOK PD AND THE FBI, AND MAJOR’S CRAZY BROTHER? WHY DIDN’ T YOU DO IT IN A WAY THAT LEFT NO DOUBT WHATSOVER THAT IS WAS MURDER? WHY DIDN’T YOU TIE MAJOR’S WRISTS TIGHTLY BEHIND HIS BACK, AND TIE THAT ROPE TO HIS FEET, AND SHOOT HIM IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD, AND DUMP HIS BODY OUT OF THE BACK OF YOUR TRUCK ONTO FRONT YARD OF HIS HOME IN THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING, ON IN THE BIRMINGHAM COUNTRY CLUB PARKING LOT, OR IN HIS SISTER’S FRONT YARD, ON IN THE DRIVEWAY OF HIS DECEASED FATHER’S HOME WHERE HIS FATHER’S WIDOW LIVED, WITH THE THREAT LETTER STUFFED IN HIS MOUTH AND ALSO STUFFED IN A BOTTLE TIED TO HIS BODY, TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE SAW THE THREAT LETTER AND GOT THE POINT?
AND, AFTER NOBODY DID WHAT THE TREAT LETTER DEMANDED BE DONE, WHY DIDN’T YOU KILL ANOTHER BASHINSKY, OR MY FATHER’S WIDOW, TO MAKE THE POINT AGAIN? AND WHY DIDN’T YOU KILL MY SISTER? AND WHY DIDN’T YOU KILL HER CHILDREN, AND WHY DIDN’T YOU KILL MAJOR’S CHILDREN? AND WHY DIDN’T YOU KILL MY CHILDREN? IF YOU REALLY MEANT BUSINESS, WHY DID YOU STOP WITH JUST ONE KILLING, UNLESS YOU WERE THE PERP – MAJOR?
ROGER, DID YOU EVER PUBLISH THAT A DRAFT OF THE THREAT LETTER WAS FOUND ON A FLASH DRIVE IN MAJOR’S CAR, AFTER IT WAS FOUND BY HIS OLDEST DAUGHTER ON THAT ROAD THAT RUNS PAST THE OLD PLAZA BELOW HIGHLAND AVENUE, HEADED DOWN TO FIVE POINTS SOUTH? DID YOU EVER PUBLISH THAT I PUBLISHED THAT A DRAFT OF THE LETTER WAS FOUND ON A FLASH DRIVE IN MAJOR’S CAR?
DID YOU EVER PUBLISH THAT AN APPARENTLY IDENTICAL PISTOL TO THE ONE FOUND IN THE WATER HAZARED WAS ON DISPLAY IN MY FATHER’S HOME? DID YOU EVER PUBLISH THAT I PUBLISHED THAT, AND THAT IT WOULD BE JUST LIKE MAJOR TO SEE THAT PISTOL IN HIS FATHER’S HOME, AND THEN GET HIMSELF ONE JUST LIKE IT? DO YOU KNOW HOW I FOUND OUT ABOUT THE SECOND APPARENTLY IDENTICAL PISTOL, ROGER? I PUBLISHED THAT I FOUND OUT ABOUT IT BY READING THE FBI FILE ON MAJOR’S DEATH, WHICH I OBTAINED BY FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST.
DID YOU EVER PUBLISH, ROGER, THAT THE DAY MAJOR WENT MISSING WAS TOPSY TURVY – HE WAS THOWN OFF HIS SCHEDULE BY RECEIVING LATE MORNING NEWS OF HIS OLDEST SON SENDING OUT TEXTS SUGGESTING HE WAS SUICIDAL? WHATEVER MAJOR HAD PLANNED FOR THAT DAY WAS INTERRUPTED. A HIT PLANNED FOR THAT DAY WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT TO PULL OFF, WITH MAJOR OUT OF HIS USUAL ROUTINE. DID YOU EVER PUBLISH THAT I HAD PUBLISHED THAT? DID YOU EVER PUBISH THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT KNEW MAJOR’S SCHEDULE HAD BEEN THROWN OFF THAT DAY? THEY KNEW BECAUSE THEY WERE TOLD OF IT BY MAJOR’S FIRST WIFE, THE MOTHER OF THE SON WHO HAD SENT OUT THE TEXTS, AND WHO HAD THEIR DAUGHTER CALL MAJOR AND TELL HIM ABOUT IT, WHILE SHE WAS TRING TO RUN DOWN A MENTAL HEALTH COUNSEL SHE KNEW, TO GET ADVICE ON HOW SHE SHOULD TRY TO HELP HER SON. DID YOU EVER PUBLISH THAT, OR THAT I HAD PUBLISHED IT?
DID YOU PUBLISH, ROGER, THAT MAJOR AND HIS SON MET AT STARBUCKS IN FIVE POINTS SOUTH AROUND 4ISH THAT AFTERNOON? THAT’S WHAT THE CO-AUTHOR OF YOUR ARTICLE, LORI MOORE, TOLD ME IN AN EMAIL SHE HAD BEEN TOLD BY STARBUCKS EMPLOYEES WHO KNEW MAJOR, WHO WAS A REGULAR CUSTOMER. THAT STARBUCKS IS ABOUT A BLOCK THROUGH THE BACK WAY FROM THE HARDWARE STORE WHERE LAW ENFORCEMENT DETERMINED MAJOR WAS SEEN BUYING ROPE AND DUCT TAPE ON THE AFTERNOON HE WENT MISSING. I SAW THE NEGATIVE-LIKE PHOTO OF A MAN IN THE HARDWARE STORE, WHOSE PROFILE WAS IDENTICAL TO MAJOR’S. A PROFILE NEARLY IDENTIAL TO HIS FATHER’S AND MY PROFILE. DID YOU PUBLISH THAT I HAD PUBLISHED ALL OF THAT?
Did Sloan and Paul Ciolino ever wind up getting in touch with each other? I don’t know. I sent an e-mail to Ciolino on April 2, asking if he and Sloan had been in touch. Ciolino had always responded to my e-mails, but he did not respond to that one, and I’ve heard nothing more about his interest in the Major Bashinsky case.
I CALLED CIOLINO’S NUMBER AND GOT A VOICEMAIL. IT SAID I HAD REACHED PAUL CIOLINO & ASSOCIATES AND TO LEAVE A MESSAGE. I IDENTIFIED MYSELF AND ASKED HIM TO CALL ME BACK. I WONDERED IF THERE WERE ANY ASSOCIATES? I THINK I RECALL HE CALLED ME AND LEFT A VOICEMAIL THAT HE HAD TRIED TO RETURN MY CALL. I MAY HAVE TRIED TO CALL HIM BACK, I DO NOT RECALL THAT WE SPOKE. DO NOT RECALL RECEIVING AN EMAIL FROM HIM. I’M PRETTY SURE I EMAILED HIM A POST I WROTE, WHICH MENTIONED HIM AND LEGAL SCHNAUZER.
As for Sloan Bashinsky, his motives remain unknown to me. I have no prior experience in communicating with someone who talks to angels, so figuring out Sloan might be beyond my grasp.
FIGURING OUT ME IS BEYOND NEARLY EVERYONE’S GRASP, INCLUDING PEOPLE WHO CALL ME THEIR FRIEND. INCLUDING WOMEN WHO MARRIED ME. INCLUDING MY BLOOD RELATIVES. NOT EVEN CONVINCED I HAVE ME FIGURED OUT. BUT WHAT I KNOW, BECAUSE IT HAS HAPPENED MANY TIMES, IS THAT I GET INFOMATION FROM OUT OF THE BLUE, WHICH ENDS UP HAVING FACTUAL BASIS. I SENT IN A COMMENT YESTERDAY TO LEGAL SCHNAUZER ON THAT POINT, AND SAID IT HAD STARTED IN AUGUST 1988, AS IF A LIGHT SWITCH HAD BEEN THROWN. AND THAT INFORMATION I GET OUT OF THE BLUE OFTEN HAD LED TO MY EXPERIENCING A GREAT DEAL OF GRIEF WHEN I SHARED THE INFORMATION WITH PEOPLE ABOUT WHOM THE INFORMATION WAS.
IN MAJOR’S CASE, A BIRMINGHAM NEWS AWARD-WINNING BUSINESS JOURNALIST (DON’T REMEMBER HIS NAME) APPROACHED A MUTUAL FRIEND AND ASKED IF HE THOUGHT I WOULD LET HIM (THE JOURNALIST) INTERVIEW ME ABOUT THE FAMILY COMPANY AND MAJOR. THIS WAS MAYBE THREE DAYS AFTER MAJOR WENT MISSING, MAYBE A WEEK BEFORE HIS BODY WAS FOUND. I SAID SURE, HAVE THE JOURNALIST CONTACT ME.
THE JOURNALIST CALLED AND WE TALKED A WHILE ABOUT THE COMPANY AND ITS DIVIDENDS. WHEN HE THEN ASKED IF I HAD ANY THOUGHTS ON MAJOR, I SAID MAYBE HE SKIPPED THE COUNTRY. HE WAS A TAX LAWYER AND KNEW COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET AND TELEPHONE COMMUINCATIONS COLD – HE WAS AN EXPERT IN THOSE FIELDS. HE COULD HAVE SET UP AN OFFSHORE BANK ACCOUNT AND DISAPPEARED, IF HE WANTED TO DO THAT.
I PAUSED, TOLD THE JOURNALIST, JUST BEFORE HE CALLED, IT CAME TO ME OUT OF THE BLUE THAT MAYBE MAJOR HAD KILLED HIMSELF AND HAD TRIED TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE MURDER. THE JOURNALIST SAID COLD CHILLS WERE RUNNING DOWN HIS SPINE, BECAUSE JUST BEFORE HE CALLED ME, HE HAD AN OUT OF THE BLUE SENSE THAT MAJOR HAD KILLED HIMSELF AND HAD TRIED TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE SOMEONE ELSE DID IT. THAT’S HOW THE ANGELS TOLD ME MAJOR HAD KILLED HIMSELF AND HAD TRIED TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE MURDER.
I PUBLISHED THAT CONVERSATION WITH THE JOURNALIST. DID YOU PUBLISH WHAT I PUBLISHED ABOUT THAT CONVERSATION WITH THE JOURNALIST? DID YOU PUBLISH THAT I PUBLISHED IT WAS SUICIDE, BEFORE THE CORONER AND DETECTIVE DETERMINED IT WAS SUICIDE?
I do get the impression that he would like to tie a nice bow on his brother’s death and store it in a closet where no one will raise questions about it again. I also get the impression that he very much wants to discredit me, no matter how many misguided statements he has to make in the process.
That leaves me with this question: Why?
You’d think that Sloan Bashinsky Jr. would welcome inquiry into his brother’s mysterious death. After all, let’s consider Sloan’s own words from recent posts:
* “I had no proof Major was bisexual. He knew I had no proof . . . ”
* “I don’t know where Shuler got it that I hinted in the last post I wrote about Major, or in any prior posts to my websites, that I knew who was going to out Major. I don’t know who it was.”
So there you have it: Sloan Bashinsky Jr. has no proof that his brother was bisexual and he doesn’t know of any person who had reason to out Major for having a secret gay life.
IN A FAIRLY RECENT POST, I BRIEFLY DESCRIBED A PERSON (FEMALE/HETEROSEXUAL), WHOM I DID NOT KNOW, RECENTLY APPROACHING ME BY EMAIL, WHO DESCRIBED HAVING GOTTEN INVOLVED IN ATTENDING GATHERINGS OF A SECRET SOCIETY OF GAY/BISEXUAL BIRMINGHAM MEN, ONE OF WHOM WAS MAJOR, WHO WENT BY A PSEUDONYM. THE GAY MAN WHO BROUGHT HER TO THE GATHERINGS TOLD HER THE MAN WAS THE SON OF THE GOLDEN FLAKE OWNER, AND TOLD HER HIS NAME WAS MAJOR. I DESTROYED ALL OF HER AND MY EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE, BECAUSE I PROMISED I WOULD NOT PUBLISH ANY OF IT WITHOUT HER PERMISSION, AND SHE WOULD NOT GIVE ME HER PERMISSION. ROGER, DID YOU PUBISH THAT I PUBLISHED WHAT YOU JUST READ ABOVE?
It seems that Sloan’s theory about Major killing himself rests on . . . well, not much of anything. Unless, of course, angels told him that’s what happened. Now, that would be bizarre.
THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED: THE ANGELS TOLD ME MAJOR KILLED HIMSELF AND TRIED TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE MURDER, AND THE REASON HE KILLED HIMSELF WAS BECAUSE SOMEONE WHO KNEW HE WAS BI-SEXUAL AND HAD IT IN FOR HIM WAS GOING TO OUT HIM, AND THERE WAS NOTHING HE COULD DO TO STOP IT. HE COULD NOT LIVE WITH THAT OUTCOME, AND HE TRIED TO LEAVE THE IMPRESSION HE WAS MURDERED, WHICH WOULD LOOK A LOT BETTER FOR HIM THAN SUICIDE WOULD LOOK.
AFTER MAJOR’S BODY WAS FOUND, HIS FIRST WIFE AND I TALKED ABOUT THE PRIME IMPORTANCE OF HIS IMAGE TO HIM. SHE FELT HE HAD KILLED HIMSELF AND HAD TRIED TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE MURDER. A LAWYER BUDDY OF MINE IN TUSCALOOSA, A FORMER PUBLIC DEFENDER, WHO HAD HANDLED ALL OF THAT OFFICE’S CAPITAL DEFENSE CASES, FELT IT WAS SUICIDE MADE TO LOOK LIKE MURDER. I PUBLISHED ALL OF THAT. DID YOU PUBLISH THAT I HAD PUBLISHED THAT?
I ALSO PUBLISHED THAT ALL ALONG I FELT MAJOR MIGHT HAVE HAD AN ACCOMPLICE WHO HELPED HIM DO IT. IF THAT HAPPENED, IT WAS SUICIDE AND MURDER, BUT IT WAS NOT A HIT. A HIT WOULD HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT VERY DIFFERENTLY, IF A POINT WAS INTENDED. A HIT TO MAKE A POINT WOULD HAVE LEFT NO DOUBT IN ANYONE’S MIND THAT THAT MORE HITS WERE COMING, IF THE POINT WAS NOT TAKEN TO HEART.
SLOAN Y. BASHINSKY, JR.
MAJOR’S OLDER BROTHER BY 4 YEARS
P.S. I RESPOND TO INQUIRIES ON JUST ABOUT ANYTHING. IF I WRITE SOMETHING YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, OR DOESN’T SEEM TO MAKE SENSE, WRITE TO ME ABOUT IT AND I WILL DO MY BEST TO EXPLAIN IT. YOU MAY OR NOT AGREE WITH OR LIKE MY EXPLANATION, BUT YOU WILL GET MY BEST SHOT BASED ON WHAT I KNOW OR REMEMBER IN THE MOMENT. IF SOMETHING COMES TO ME LATER, I WILL LET YOU KNOW THAT, TOO.
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