DB CooperMarcus Schrenker was arraigned today and quickly pleaded “not guilty” to the charges of intentionally destroying an aircraft and faking a distress call. His public defender (wow that sucks), obviously reacting to the “not guilty” plea, has indicated that he has “reasonable cause” to believe Schrenker is suffering from a mental condition. (We are guessing acute Gottagetawayfromthiscastratingbitchwiththecashitis, but the situation is fluid).
Pilot pleads not guilty in plane crash death hoax [CNN]
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- 22 Jan 2009 at 4:33 PM
- 20 Jan 2009 at 3:55 PM
The Post gives us this tantalizing hint on the possible status of Marcus Mistress Kelly Baker describing the days and moments before his last fateful flight:
Days before he tried to fake his death in a bizarre plane crash, accused swindler Marcus Schrenker pulled another brazen stunt – whisking his mistress away for a New Year’s Eve tryst in Florida as authorities raided his wife’s Indiana home.
The rogue investment manager, 38, flew girlfriend Kelly Baker, 31, to Key West….
She and Schrenker flew back home New Year’s Day and are seen in the videotape lounging at a table in the airport lobby.
“She was sick – probably from the night before,” said a source who saw the couple’s return.
Video footage shows [Schrenker] calmly loading and checking his plane, and doing doughnuts on the snowy airfield in a pickup truck before takeoff.
On The Wings Of Lust [New York Post]
- 20 Jan 2009 at 3:22 PM
“Ok, let’s see. Emergency. Emergency. Something that would make me just keep flying like… like on… autopilot. Yes. Autopilot. Why would I put the autopilot on. Hmmm. Weather? Mile high club? Heh heh heh. Hmmm. Damaged aircraft? Damaged aircraft that I can’t see out of. Damaged… window? Damaged windscreen. Jacksonville Center, November 428 Delta Charlie, my face has exploded and my windscreen is bleeding massively. No… no, that’s not it. Jacksonville Center, my windscreen has exploded and I’m bleeding horribly. No… sounds to… ghoulish. I need it to be professional. I’m being recorded. This will be in the history books, my last words. It has to sound… like I’m still in command going down fighting. A hero to the last. My windscreen is broken and I… no. Windscreens don’t explode, or just break they… implode. Imploded. My windscreen has imploded. Jacksonville Center, November 428 Delta Charlie, my windscreen has imploded and… hmmmm. And… and I’m bleeding… how am I bleeding? Glass… everywhere. Cut… jugular. What’s the word? Prolifically? Protagonist? Pro… fusely. Profusely. Jacksonville Center, November 428 Delta Charlie, my windscreen has imploded and I’m bleeding profusely. Yes… yes… that’s it.”
“What in the world are you doing in there?”
“You know, I can’t find the map book anywhere and your wife’s attorney was calling earlier and… hey, what happened?”
“Nothing. I just cut myself shaving, that’s all.”
…when rescuers reached his crashed aircraft, they found “evidence including a book of campsites in America missing its pages on Alabama and Florida, and a bullet-point list scribbled on the back of a book that read: ‘cracked windshield, window imploded, bleeding profusely’.”
Fake plane death businessman left SOS bullet-point list [The Register]
- 13 Jan 2009 at 11:53 PM
The Indiana pilot who faked a distress call and bailed out of a plane over Alabama, slashed his wrist before being taken into custody at a campground outside of Chattahoochee, Fla.
Marcus Schrenker, 38, was discovered in a tent around 8:30 p.m. EST at the campground, said Dominic Guadagnoli, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshal’s Office.
Schrenker “lost a great deal of blood from a deep cut to one of his wrists,” said a news release from the U.S. Marshal’s service.
- 13 Jan 2009 at 3:16 PM
Yes, it’s true, we called “Ponzi” on the early Schrenker news mostly tongue-in-cheek, but there were hints and now… the signs are all there.
1. Targeted a specific group and demographic with existing trust structures (pilots):
“It was all word of mouth, and when you’re a pilot, you trust. That’s what you do and what you’re used to doing,” said Joe Mazzone, 57, of Auburn, Alabama. “His modus operandi is, he flies into your city dressed up in a $1,000 suit and sits down with you, buys you lunch, and the next thing you know, he has you on his side, and you move your money to his Heritage Wealth Management.”
[Note: Heritage Wealth Management, Inc., Schrenker's firm should not be confused with Heritage Wealth Management, LLC, the apparently unconnected San Diego firm]
2. Highlighted charisma over facts:
“This guy was the most charming guy you’ll ever meet,” said Kinney, who allowed Schrenker to manage his money starting about 2003. Kinney then encouraged his parents to invest about $2 million with Schrenker.
“This guy was family to me,” Kinney told CNN. “He’s a fantastic nice guy. He’s well-spoken. His customer service was impeccable. You call the guy on the phone, you would get him.
3. Was vague about strategies and provided limited methodology descriptions:
“He told my parents that they were investing in various insurance products, but they didn’t really know what that meant. I didn’t really know, either. We trusted him,” Kinney continued. “He said this is a safe place to put money, to avoid all the world’s dangers like terrorism and impending doom and gloom associated with it.
4. Used unusual fee structures:
Both pilots say Schrenker gave them vague explanations about where their money was invested. Kinney and Mazzone said Schrenker assured them that he was not making commissions on their investments and that the pilots and their families would receive only one statement each year showing returns.
The signs are all there.
Warrant issued for missing pilot [CNN]
- 13 Jan 2009 at 2:32 PM
Everyone’s favorite DB Cooper wannabe apparently emailed a friend, and author of atGeist.com, Tom Britt, to plead his innocence:
Britt said Schrenker claimed in the e-mail that he had done nothing wrong and detailed the moments before he bailed from the plane.
“He said he panicked. He blacked out. He was disoriented when he landed. He was trying to explain to me his side of the story,” Britt said.
We totally understand. That’s a very traumatic experience you went through, Marcus.
CNN reports some other interesting details:
Though his state license to operate as a compensated financial adviser was revoked December 31st when his firm was raided, that didn’t stop him from supposedly working through January 5th.
His wife filed for divorce the day before the raid. (Hmmmm! We need to put this girl and Andy Madoff’s wife together and build a fund around them. Talk about timing!)
Marcus was “disturbed” by what he was reading on CNN and Britt’s website (Your Blackberry is going to give you away, Marcus! Don’t do this to us. We voted for ‘Marcus Flies Free Forever’) and wanted to set the record straight. (From Mexico, one assumes).
A judge has issued an arrest warrant and set $4 million in bail. (That seems low to us, but it was in Indiana, after all).
We are no experts on Indiana law, but might be propose this:
1. Despondent from your wife’s bitter and seditious betrayal (that whore!) and the recent death of your father, you decided to take a nice, relaxing flight and do some late night canoeing. You figured you’d fly down to Florida, drop the plane off and join your friends up in Alabama for some Deliverance/Southern Comfort action. We understand. Really. No need to explain, we’ve seen the family pictures, the upside-down mousepad. We know all the secret codes.
2. Somewhere over Alabama, a can of warm seltzer water exploded. The sound is remarkably like a catastrophic windscreen failure, you know. (Try it!)
3. Convinced that you have been sprayed with glass, and mistaking the warm seltzer water for blood, your eyes stinging and panic setting in, you did the only reasonable thing- what any pilot would do in the same circumstance: you activated the autopilot. How it got set for 2,000 feet, you will never know.
4. Realizing that you were actually close to your Alabama destination, and that landing would be impossible with your badly damaged eyes anyhow, you pulled out the parachute you always keep on board, just in case.
- 13 Jan 2009 at 12:25 PM
Marcus Schrenker fled Harpersville, Alabama, on a red motorcycle he kept at a storage unit leased under an assumed name, officials said.
Schrenker told the leasing agent at the storage facility that he would be back for the motorcycle Monday, the U.S. Marshals Office said.
The motorcycle — a 2008 Yamaha street bike with saddlebags — was brought to the storage unit by someone in a brown pickup and trailer, the Marshals Office said.
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