Reporting Marie Osborne
GROSSE POINTE PARK (WWJ) – He has been called a “person of interest” in the murder of his wife and, this week, Bob Bashara took to national television to reaffirm his innocence.
Appearing on “Good Morning America,” Bashara once again said he had no part in the strangulation of his wife, Jane — whose body was found two weeks ago in her SUV, parked in a Detroit alley.
But were Bob and Jane Bashara having marital problems in the months before her death? Sources talking to WWJ Newsradio 950′s Marie Osborne say that Jane Bashara became angry when, just days before her death, she learned of an ongoing affair between her husband and a local woman.
On Thursday, WWJ Newsradio 950′s Marie Osborne sat down for a one-on-one interview with Bashara’s attorney, David Griem.
Griem said the couple had seen a marriage counselor about a year ago but said, beyond that, he has not asked his client about other women or his rumored BDSM lifestyle.
“I can tell you this … there is one thing that I have not discussed with Bob Bashara, and any of this alleged kinky stuff, anything about girlfriends,” Griem said.
Griem said the reason why he hasn’t asked these questions is out of respect for Bashara’s college-aged children.
As for blood reportedly found by police in a second search this week of the Bashara home, Griem is suspicious. “You would think that if there was blood in that garage 12 days ago, it would have been found then,” he said.
The body of 56-year-old Jane Bashara was found in the back of her Mercedes-Benz SUV parked in an alley at Pinwood and Arnott in Detroit on Jan. 25. Her husband reported her missing the night before.
An autopsy showed that she had extensive bruising to her upper body, a crushed windpipe and missing fingernails.
Griem said Jane Bashara clearly put up a fight before she died.
“If you’re breaking your finger nails off, you’re inflicting some wounds,” said Griem. “And, generally, such defensive wounds show up on the assailant’s face, neck and hands.”
Griem said that police spoke with his client four times and his body was never examined.
So, if it’s not Bob Bashara, does Griem believe the true murder is Joesph Gentz — the man who has reportedly confessed to police?
“I don’t know. If I had a crystal ball and we certainly know that the police don’t have a crystal ball either.”
Griem added, however, that Bob Bashara and his children are convinced that Gentz is the killer.
Gentz submitted himself to police for questioning Jan. 31, reportedly claiming he was there the night Jane Bashara was murdered. However, sources say Gentz’s statement that he was hired by Bob Bashara to kill his wife wasn’t enough for prosecutors to issue an arrest warrant for either man.
No charges have been filed and no suspects have been named.