COMMENT: Following up on FTR #742 , the incisive blog Legal Schnauzer has set forth still more evidence that Major Bashinsky did NOT kill himself. In addition to the intelligence-insulting description of the circumstances of Bashinsky’s death, it now turns out the World War II era pistol with which Major allegedly killed himself is a highly unlikely choice of a weapon. (Not noted by the Legal Schnauzer blog is the fact that a .32 caliber weapon is not very powerful. It is a poor selection of a weapon with which to kill oneself.)
EXCERPT: . . . For now, let’s consider the gun noted in the autopsy report. (See a portion of the report below.) The report says the gun was a “Fabrique Nationale Darmes (sic) De Guerre Herstal Delgique (sic), 32 cal. automatic postial (sic). Rounds in gun, 32 cal., CBC.” The report states that police found the weapon in the pond at Boswell/Highland Golf Course and “the gun had one round in the chamber and had five rounds in the magazine.”
It appears there are several typos in this section of the report. It appears “Delgique” should be “Belgique” because our research indicates the gun was made in Belgium. Also, it appears that “postial” should be “pistol” and “Darmes” should be “D’Armes.”
I am not an expert on guns, but our research indicates this gun is from the World War II era and earlier and now is a collector’s item. The company that makes the gun dates to 1889 and developed a long-standing relationship with firearms designer John Browning.
All of this raises numerous questions that are not addressed in the autopsy report, and based on news reports, have not been addressed by law enforcement officers. Was Major Bashinsky a gun collector? Was he known to own such a firearm? If not, how did he come into possession of one? Is it rare for such a gun to be used in a suicide–or a homicide, for that matter? . . .