WTHR’s Scott Swan Lands Interview with Former Money Manager Who Tried to Fake His Own Death

By Andrew Gauthier 

WTHR’s Scott Swan has landed the first jail interview with Marcus Schrenker, the Indiana man who grabbed national headlines in 2009 when he attempted to fake his own death in a plane crash to escape financial troubles and a crumbling marriage.

After months of exchanging letters and emails, Swan recently sat down with Schrenker and the two discussed how the former money manager concocted his elaborate escape, his wife’s role in the incident, and his struggles with drug addiction and depression.  Video inside…


In the time following Schrenker’s disappearance and arrest, his wife Michelle sat for a handful of TV interviews, including one for “Dateline” in which she claimed to know little about where her husband was going the night he ran off. Among the most significant revelations in Swan’s interview with Schrenker, is his assertion that Michelle actually helped plan his ill-fated escape, even packing a bag for him to take.

Following an invitation from WTHR, Michelle agreed to view Swan’s full interview with her estranged husband–a move that surprised Swan.  After watching the footage, Michelle released a statement saying, “There is no validity to anything this man has to say.”

Read the full transcript here.