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Man Accused of Hiring Hit Man to Kill the Hit Man He Allegedly Hired to Kill His Wife

Bob Bashara

Bob Bashara

Some people never learn. Bob Bashara, 54, of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, who has been on investigators’ radar since the January 2012, murder of his wife, Jane Bashara, 56, has been arrested by police for soliciting a hit on the hit man, whom he allegedly hired to kill his wife. Jane Bashara was found strangled in her SUV in Detroit. The case, which gained notoriety as salacious details of Bashara’s personalife emerged, is being called the Gross Point Murder Mystery.

Officials allege that Bashara had several meetings with an unnamed individual, between June 8 and June 25, offering to pay that person to kill accused hit man Joseph Gentz in the detention facility where he is currently being held. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy told reporters, “We are alleging that this defendant, Mr. Bashara, met with another person, not a law enforcement official, on several occasions for the purpose of hatching a plan to kill Mr. Gentz in jail.” WDIV reported that theindividual approached by Bashara was wired for audio, and was cooperating with law enforcement.

Joseph Gentz, 48, a handyman, who is said to have the I.Q. of a third grader, worked for Bashara, and is believed to have plotted the murder “with another known individual.” This individual was not named in the original complaint filed by prosecutors. A few days after the murder, Gentz confessed to police, saying he was hired by Bob Bashara, and killed Jane Bashara in the garage of the wealthy couple’s upscale home in Middlesex. Gentz’ story implicating Bashara was not consistent over time, and no charges were ever brought against Bashara, though several search warrants executed at the Bashara’s home turned up nothing. Gentz has been charged with first-degree murder and held without bail. An independent evaluation of his competency to stand trial was ordered on June 11. The next hearing won’t be until July 23.

One week after the murder, a Detroit dominatrix, who calls herself Lady Geanna, said in a interview that Bashara was a BDSM “master” who would take charge during S&M sessions. Bashara also reportedly ran a BDSM dungeon under his bar, which he called the Hard Luck Lounge. The case got weirder when, in May, Bashara’s ex-girlfriend Rachel Gillett, filed stalking charges against him. Bashara’s lawyer claims the Bashara’s marriage was an open one, and that charges of stalking were a waste of paper. Also in May, Bashara’s mother-in-law, Lorraine Engelbrecht, filed a police report after phone calls with Bashara scared her. According to the report, “She felt that even though he did not make any threatening statements to her, he still scared her.  She thinks that he has changed mentally and he may be unstable enough to harm her.”

Though Bashara is not charged in his wife’s murder, he is being charged with one count of solicitation to murder Joseph Gentz. Bail was set at $15 million. If he is able to make bail, he will be required to turn in his passport and driver’s license, and will be required to wear an ankle monitor.

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