Major Bashinsky death ruled a suicide

(source WBRC video)
(source WBRC video)

By Ashley Nix

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The mystery into the death of Mountain Brook attorney Major Bashinsky ended Wednesday when authorities announced the heir to Golden Flake staged his own death to look like a murder.

The Jefferson County Coroner told FOX6 News of its findings Wednesday morning, announcing Bashinsky, 63, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Birmingham Police said Bashinsky elaborately staged his death to look like murder. Investigators said Bashinsky tied duct tape over his mouth and a rope loosely tied around his right arm and waist with a message and a bottle tied to it.

The message, investigators said, was a threatening letter discussing bad business decisions by Golden Flake, a letter also sent to other Golden Flake employees.  Investigators believe Bashinsky did all that to cover up his own suicide.

Police divers returned to the lake at the Highlands Golf Course Wednesday morning, diving in the area where Bashinsky's body was found on Monday, March 15th.  Golfers spotted his body that morning floating in the lake nearly two weeks after the heir to Golden Flake disappeared.

Police said Bashinsky's car keys, a roll of duct tape and a pair of scissors were recovered from the lake Wednesday morning.  An automatic pistol that is believed to be what Bashinsky used to kill himself was recovered during a dive last week.

Bashinsky, an attorney and financial advisor, disappeared after leaving his home headed to work on March 3rd.  He was the son of a former Golden Flake executive and a shareholder in the company.

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