DETROIT, MI – Bob Bashara was found guilty on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 of hiring a handyman to kill his wife Jane Bashara.
The twists and turns of the details concerning the murder and trial have riveted not only Michigan but the nation as the information unfolded.
Jane Bashara was strangled at the couple’s Grosse Pointe Park home by handyman Joe Gentz in 2012.
Robert Bashara paid his handyman Joseph Gentz to kill his wife Jane Bashara on January 24th, 2010.
Jane Bashara was a marketing executive and a resident of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. On January 25th, 2012, she was found dead in the back seat of her Mercedes SUV in an alley in Detroit. The cause of death was strangulation.
At the time of her death, Jane E. Bashara was a 56-year old senior marketing manager for KEMA Services, an energy consulting and testing company in Detroit. She was a native of Mt. Clemens, Michigan, and held bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Central Michigan University and the University of Detroit Mercy. She had two children and had served as a past president of the Grosse Pointe South High School Mother’s Club.
Jane Bashara was last seen by co-workers on the afternoon of January 24th, 2012 after a meeting in downtown Detroit. Her husband filed a missing person report with the Grosse Pointe Park Police Department at approximately 11:30 p.m. that night.
On January 25th, 2012, Bashara’s body was discovered in the back seat of her Mercedes SUV which was parked in an alley on the east side of Detroit. A tow tuck driver discovered the body at 7:00 a.m. while patrolling for stolen vehicles.
Much has been made in the media about Bob Bashara’s alternative lifestyle. Bob Bashara allegedly led a double life centering on the underground world of sadomasochism and sexual deviancy with women other than his wife.
It is believed that Bashara maintained a “sex dungeon” in the basement of the Hard Luck Lounge, located in a building that he owned on Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Park.
It was asserted during his trial that Bob Bashara had his wife Jane Bashara murdered so that he could pursue his alternative lifestyle unimpeded by his wife and their marriage.
His sentencing date is set for January 15th, 2015.