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  • Marcus Schrenker's High-Flying Life Spirals Out of Control

    Marcus Schrenker married Michelle Daley in October 1995. The attractive couple attended Purdue University, where they met. In December 2008, before her husband's ill-fated flight, Michelle Schrenker filed for divorce.
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  • Marcus Schrenker's High-Flying Life Spirals Out of Control

    There were no airport security lines or carry-on restrictions for the Schrenkers, who vacationed using his company's $2 million private plane.
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  • Schrenker's Highs and Lows

    Schrenker loved the thrill of being up in the air. In addition to flying his family on vacations in his own aircraft, Schrenker performed in air shows. "There's a saying back in college that flying is the most fun you can have with your clothes on," he said. "Flying, to me, was a lifelong dream."
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  • Marcus Schrenker

    Schrenker landed in the woods near Childersburg, Ala. After jumping from his plane, he quickly made his way to a nearby storage facility where he'd stored his red Yamaha motorcycle the day before. He then drove to a KOA campground 200 miles away in Chattahoochee, Fla.
    Courtesy Gadsden County Sheriff's Office
  • Marcus Schrenker

    Inside his tent at the campground, Schrenker, who had a laptop that he had stored with his motorcycle, went online and learned that his plane had crashed in Florida. He was a wanted man. As authorities closed in, Schrenker slashed his wrist.
    Courtesy Gadsden County Sheriff's Office
  • Marcus Schrenker

    Schrenker had lost a lot of blood by the time he was discovered at the campsite. "They said I was as white as a sheet and I wasn't breathing when they got to me," he said. He was rushed by helicopter to the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Hospital. At the campground, U.S. marshals gathered evidence to make the case that Schrenker had tried to fake his own death and disappear.
    Courtesy Gadsden County Sheriff's Office
  • Marcus Schrenker

    Schrenker was hit with two federal charges: filing a false distress call and intentionally destroying an airplane. He pled guilty and is serving 50 months in prison. Schrenker faces the possibility of many more years of jail time. The state of Indiana has charged him with 11 felony counts, including nine charges of bilking his clients and misappropriating funds.
    Courtesy Hamilton Country, Ind. Sherriff's Office
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