Today is the first day in a Detroit courtroom for the preliminary trial of Bob Bashara, the husband allegedly immersed in allegations of kinky sex, bondage, sex slaves, murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Detroit Police allege that Bashara’s secret lifestyle led up to having his wife murdered.
Last year, handyman Joe Gentz, pleaded guilty to strangling Jane Bashara, Bob Bashara’s wife. Gentz testified that Bob had hired him to do it. He said that Bashara offered him an old Cadillac and a small amount of cash.
Currently, Bashara is serving time for pleading guilty of speaking with a businessman about finding someone to kill Gentz while behind bars. At that time he had not been charged with his wife’s murder.
The strange twist in this story is that “Big Bob”, as he was known in the upscale city of Grosse Pointe Park, MI, was living a double life. One of a fine upstanding citizen active in his community, and in a secret life, where he was known as “Master Bob” where he indulged in kinky sex, bondage and sex slaves.
This pretrial, which is expected to last about five days, will determine if there is enough evidence to bind Bashara over for trial for the murder of his wife Jane, as well as conspiracy to murder. Prosecutors are confidant they have the evidence as well as the motive. They say they have a witness who can help them prove it.
According to WXYZ in Detroit, the attorney for the prosecutor’s witness, David Draper said “I think she is a person both sides will want to talk to and see what she knows”. Although yet to be named, it is known the witness is from Oregon, and met Bashara on a website for alternative lifestyles based on master-slave relationships.