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CNN Special Investigations Unit, Senior Producer
Sometimes the stories you cover come full circle, although i must admit they come no stranger than this one.
I first met Marcus Schrenker right after 9-11. Yes, that's right. I knew Marcus, or rather dealt with him.
I headed up a local television station's investigative team in Indianapolis when my colleague and I got a call from Marcus. He was upset about the lack of security at the Indianapolis International Airport involving private planes.
Schrenker was a commercial and stunt pilot. He offered to show us how easy it was to get on the tarmac right next to planes without security checks. It was the height of 9-11 fear and everyone felt vulnerable about everybody and every open gate.
Our legal team decided we could follow and film him without getting arrested for violating national security or some such stuff.
He pullled it off perfectly and why should we have been surprised: to hear him talk, everything in his life was perfect. Charming, driving an expensive car, flying his own planes, bragging about the money he made in stocks and other financials - as were a lot of folks at the time - a perfect model-like wife. We aired the story, some security changes were made and we moved on to other stories and other careers.
Marcus called my colleague about potential news stories periodically, but offered nothing of substance.
So now I am back in Indianapolis, covering of all people Marcus Schrenker. Only this time there is not a lot to brag about. His model wife has filed for divorce, the state has charged him with fraud, the insurance commissioner is about to sock him with huge fines and revoke his license for defrauding investors, and Marcus has become famous as the guy who allegedly tried to fake his death by crashing a plane in Alabama and then fleeing.
Only this time he did fail–not just at faking his death but also in trying to slit his wrists.
The audacity of the plans officials lay out don't surprise me. Marcus always liked to do things in a big way. The only thing that does surprise me is the real suicide attempt, if true.
You always thought with Marcus that he would always find a way out.
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