Sun, Jan 25, 2009
Says He's Under Psychiatric Care, Medication
Well, here's one way to use your one phone call when in prison.
Embattled financial advisor and aspiring escape artist Marcus
Schrenker called the New York Post from jail this week, telling the
paper he cannot remember calling in a false distress call and then
parachuting out of his Piper PA-46 Meridian over Alabama earlier
"I have no memory of any of it -- not going to the airport,
being in the air, nothing," the Post quoted Schrenker as saying,
reports The Associated Press. "It's just crazy. I've never even
jumped out of a plane before. I sit here and stare and the walls
and wonder what happened and say, 'How did I get here?'."
Schrenker maintains his last memory is of attending his
stepfather's funeral on January 9, two days before he bailed out of
his plane somewhere over Alabama. He also told the paper he's been
under psychiatric care since last year, and is taking medication
for a seeming bipolar disorder.
As ANN reported, the pilot was apprehended by
police January 13, at a campground in the Florida panhandle.
Officers found him bleeding heavily from cuts on his wrists, and
apparent suicide attempt.
Since then, Schrenker has spent his time under police
supervision, first at an area hospital and, now, at the Escambia
County Jail in Florida.
Schrenker's attorney told the court last week his client is not
mentally competent to stand trial. Judge Roger Vinson ordered
Schrenker sent for psychiatric evaluation in Miami as the next
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