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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pervert Roundup

Here are a couple of items to illustrate that even Episcopalian Rotary Club presidents can be perverts and murderers.

From Daily Beast
A Murder in Detroit’s Sexual Underworld
Bob Bashara was a married Rotary Club president who lived in a ritzy Detroit suburb. He also had a secret love for BDSM—and prosecutors say he had his wife killed over it.

Bashara led a double life, prosecutors say, filled with sexual trysts with several paramours, a full-time girlfriend, and an online identity as Master Bob, a dominator in the world of BDSM.

“Wow, Mr. Bashara, you’re looking good today,” Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda Evans said to the defendant when he walked into the courtroom Tuesday morning, the first day of jury selection process.

While such a public compliment by a judge of a man accused of murdering his wife is odd, Bashara, 56, is accustomed to such respect.

The son of a state appellate judge, he was living in an upscale Detroit suburb when Jane Bashara was found dead on January 25, 2012.

Bob Bashara was head of the Rotary Club, a deacon at the Episcopal church, and a booster of the local country club, a scion of power in the community of Grosse Pointe Park.

The state contends he hired Joe Gentz, 50, a local roustabout, to kill his wife of 26 years.

Despite the protests of the defense, there’s no doubt the trial will include talk of the Blue Velvet-esque cubbyhole beneath one of Bashara’s commercial rental buildings, a place he called the dungeon, where he brought his extramarital partners.

“It was really nice,” marvels one of those women.

It was a windowless, narrow room with a bed in the far left corner. He kept a series of lamps, some with medieval design, on the floor and axes and swords around the room. Hooks on the ceiling were used for binding. A small wooden cabinet with two butterfly doors held ropes and chains, candles, and sex toys.

From Huffington Post
'7th Heaven' Star Stephen Collins Reportedly Confesses To Child Molestation On Tape
Former "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins confessing to his estranged wife, actress Faye Grant, that he molested and exposed himself to at least three young girls.
Collins played a father knows best/preacher in the popular show.

He's not a preacher but he plays one on t.v.
From Daily Beast
Ex-Headmaster Charged With Child Porn
Christopher Wheeler, ex-headmaster at Tower Hill School, an elite Delaware prep school, has been charged with 25 counts of dealing in child pornography and faces at least 50 years in prison if convicted on all counts. The 54-year-old is on trial before Superior Court Judge Eric Davis, whom he has elected to decide his fate. The case began after a Pennsylvania man and his younger brother made child sexual-abuse allegations against Wheeler. Prompted by the allegations, Delaware investigators searched Wheeler’s home and office and found some 2,000 images of child pornography, according to police. Wheeler was paid more than $300,000 a year at Tower Hill, where tuition exceeds $25,000 a year, and which was founded by members of the du Pont family. He has remained in custody since his arrest last fall, unable to post $1.5 million cash bail.

From Daily Beast again
Lesbian Couple Pissed Off at Sperm Bank for Giving Them Semen of Black Man
I love this bloviated essay by a black woman at Daily Beast:

America’s sex and race failure: Why Raven-Symone and an Ohio couple are struggling
How a TV star shunning labels, and a lesbian couple with a Black baby illustrate the fight to assert one's humanity
"This kind of rhetorical move is also salient coming on the heels of recent reports of an Ohio lesbian couple opting to sue their sperm bank for erroneously giving them black donor sperm.  I get suing for negligence and shoddy service. But for this queer couple, the presence of their Black daughter disrupts their ability to exist comfortably in the space of whiteness that defines their community, a community that they admit is deeply homophobic. Having chosen to be a queer family in the midst of a heteronormative white universe in Ohio, their Black child has now disrupted their access to white power and privilege. This biracial black girl is growing up with distraught, devastated queer parents who love her despite her blackness. Having internalized antiblackness, they note their discomfort with taking her to a black neighborhood for haircuts and their fear of the racist reprisal of neighbors and family members.

Just a few shades lighter than Raven-SymonĂ©,  their daughter’s connections to blackness and queerness will not so easily be thrown aside. She is a Black girl, and is understood as such by her family and community. Her blackness has been disruptive, inconvenient, and stigmatizing – for her white mothers. But what her queer parents share in common with Raven-SymonĂ© is an internalization of anti-blackness and a tortured attempt to grasp on to some notion of the American dream, that blackness seems to be preventing."

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