“Dad Kills Kids and Self:” The Philip Marshall Story

There are 27,386 books about the 9/11 attack currently being sold on  Amazon.

The authors of 27,385 of them are still alive, or dead from natural causes.


That leaves Philip Marshall, author of a self-published book about 9/11 called “The Big Bamboozle.”  

In a small town in Northern California earlier this month, Marshall, a 56-year old ex-airline pilot, murdered his two children, Alex and Macaila, in their sleep, and then took his own life.

“A Murphy’s man killed his two children with a Glock 9mm handgun before turning the weapon on himself at his home in Forest Meadows late last week,” reported the local newspaper.

When deputies arrived, the paper reported, they found the children dead, lying on the couch with gunshot wounds, along with a dog that belonged to Marshall’s estranged wife.

“Former airline captain Philip Marshall, 54, killed his son Alex, 17, and daughter Macaila, 14, each with a single bullet to the head, as they slept nestled under blankets on the living room couch. He then pointed the gun at his head and committed suicide.”

That’s what happened…at least if you believe the police.

Human tragedy…or sinister black op?

But there are others today encouraging the notion that the Marshall family tragedy was, instead, a sinister government ‘black op.’

Marshall, these people say, was in possession of secret knowledge about the 9/11 attack, which he was about to reveal to a waiting world.

In “The Big Bamboozle” Marshall 'reveals' that “the sad truth is that all of the solid evidence points to a dark collaboration between members of the Bush Administration and a covert group of Saudi government officials.”

Wow. Fasten your seatbelts.  The only big shocker is that Philip Marshall appears to be the last person to discern Saudi influence behind the 9/11 attack.  It’s not even front page news. And its certainly nothing to kill him over. 

If it were, there would be at least 15,000 authors, Madsen and myself among them,  already dead.

But those selling the notion that Marshall was murdered ignore his book, so embarrassingly obscure that few knew of its existence before his death.

Instead they cite the brief relationship Marshall had over 30 years ago with Barry Seal, a life-long CIA pilot whose cocaine smuggling in military C123 military cargo planes funded the Contra’s war in Nicaragua and fueled the cocaine epidemic of the 1980’s.

Marshall himself used this brief association, in his author’s bio on Amazon, to spin a tale of nearly life-long derring-do.

But while this may be understandable hyperbole by an author hoping to hype his book, its embarrassingly thin gruel as support for an allegation of a government murder and cover-up.

A bad attitude can sometimes be a good thing

And this is where I entered the picture, after receiving several dozen increasingly frantic emails from people who knew of my book about Barry Seal, wondering what I knew, and what I was going to do, about this unspeakable government crime.

Asked one, “Are you following the Phillip Marshall thing?”

I replied, “Nope. Looks like suicide to me.”

At that, my correspondent got a little snarky with me, which is okay; I can—and sometimes do—get snarky with the best of them.  “Well I guess this guy from the NSA doesn't know what he's talking about,” he sneered.

One the creepiest things about the community of people who find themselves dissatisfied with the lies they hear from the government is that these same people, who pride themselves on being the sort you can’t pull the wool over, no matter what, are as reliant on authority figures as the “sheeple” they bemoan.

The only thing about Philip Marshall’s death that is even potentially extraordinary is that he had a brief brush with the dark side of the force half-a-lifetime ago. Some apparently think this somehow gave him the keys to the hidden vault of secrets.

Similarly, reporter Wayne Madsen, because of former employment at the NSA, must perforce be privy to secret knowledge mere mortals of the non-spook variety will never understand. Madsen himself, who I consider a friend, would be the first to deny this.

Even well-respected author Anthony Summers, about whom I have not yet written (waiting for the bile to subside first) kept looking to his "sources" in the CIA and FBI to validate eyewitness testimony from creditable eyewitnesses on the ground in Venice Florida.

He was waiting for some authority figure to give him the shot.

The result was that when his tome on 9/11 was released,  the only shocking new finding he could point to hadn't even made it into the book.

I was soon to learn that there is nothing but Marshall’s long-ago association with Barry Seal on which to base allegations of government assassination. This is evidenced by the fact that the name of Barry Seal, a man dead for more than 30 years, recurs almost more often in stories of Marshall’s death than does his own.

The hall of (very smudged-up) mirrors

So: here is where we enter the funhouse. But before we do, let’s consider what is at stake.  

This is, after all, America, the country which is home to more REAL conspiracies than exist in all of the rest of the world combined.

So one must feel somewhat conflicted when forced to choose between these two views of the Marshall family tragedy: it was “A black ops hit made to appear as a suicide,” as a headline for one of Madsen’s articles has it.

Or…well, let’s let someone who was there, Kevin Raggi, the Coroner in Calaveras County (made famous by Mark Twain’s short story “The Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County”) describe the other way of viewing the crime.

Raggi  told local reporters that it was one of the most heartbreaking scenes he’d ever seen, adding “Everyone was having a hard time.”

“You walk in there and you lose your breath and want to walk out and start crying,” he said. “It was heartbreaking. It’s incomprehensible.”

Was it just another unspeakable human tragedy, in a time, and a country, where such things have become all too common? Or was it a fiendish government black op designed to keep ‘we the people’ from ever learning the truth?

"Going back to school"

I was pointed to a transcript of a radio interview of Madsen conducted by Kevin Barrett,  a self-styled "American Jihadist."

Read a typical comment left on Jarret’s website after Madsen's interview, "Speaking of “government” (i.e. Bolshevik Jewish) treachery, I’m sure most readers here have by now heard of (and/or seen) the so-called “No More Hesitation” targets being offered to “law enforcement” agencies by (and I’m going to out on a limb here and speculate) some Jew-owned company,”

“He was a former associate of the CIA/DEA informant Barry Seal, the notorious CIA cocaine smuggler,” opined Jarrett on the show. “And if you think Phillip Marshall killed himself and his two children as the police are trying to claim; well, I don’t know…you need to go back to school.”

His guest, Wayne Madsen, is a (usually) more creditable source.

“Well Phillip Marshall, I have to admit,” Madsen tells Jarrett, “I wasn’t all that familiar with his work. But when I read his biography along with the…some really scurrilous news reports that, ‘yknow, he was this, ‘yknow, this repressed killer who snapped, and put a gun on the head of his 17 year old son and his 14 year old daughter, and his little pet Shih Tzu, Suki, y’know, you start to wonder what in the world is going on here.”

The implication that there is something unusual about a “repressed killer who snapped and put a gun to the head of his 17-tear old son and 14-tear old daughter" seems a little…unusual.

"Dad kills kids & self"

Here’s a quick investigation that you can perform right at home: Google "dad kills kids and self." 

Then read (if you have the stomach for it)  all 84 million hits. I sifted through a few:

Husband of missing Utah mom kills sons, self;

Dad kills wife & kids, then himself over Obama's re-election

Father killed his two children and then himself after family split

DA: Mass. dad shoots 2 kids, 1 fatally, kills self

Quebec Father Kills Children & Self — Burns Garage

Herndon father shot wife, children before killing himself

Father kills his two children then himself on trip to Grand Canyon

I stopped after reading a deeply disturbing story out of Boynton Beach Florida, where a father killed his two sons as their mother begged for their lives. Then, after telling her he’d let her live so that she could suffer forever, he shot himself.

A verifiable fact amidst a the heavy breathing

By itself this isn’t proof that Marshall wasn’t killed by the government. But added to the fact  that, of the 27,000 books on 9/11, all but Marshall are sleeping peacefully at night sets the bar pretty high for anyone seeking to prove he was murdered.

A bar the self-promoting nay-sayers apparently don’t even know exists.

Consider the one verifiable fact amidst all the heavy breathing abiut a government black op, Marshall’s association with Barry Seal.

Here’s what happened: 

Seal’s pilot’s license had been suspended while he awaited trial in Miami. He engaged Marshall to fly him back and forth between there and his home in Baton Rouge.

The much-older Seal did have one protégé who was Marshall’s age, a man I found and interviewed for Barry & 'the boys.' Of the dozens of close Seal associates I interviewed, not one ever mentioned Philip Marshall.

In fairness, the world of aviation in Louisiana, which I wrote about in a book about Barry Seal called “Barry & the boys,’ can best be described as “murky.”

At last, a real eyewitness

But someone who knew Marshall at this time, his ex-wife, Ann Kallauner, a nurse in Louisiana, offered some clarity. Kallauner was wed to Marshall in 1985 (exactly the time frame when Marshall knew Seal.) 

She told the local Union Democrat that her ex-husband “provided a kind of taxi service for Barry Seal, who the paper (inaccurately) reported  “was assassinated by a trio of Medellin Cartel henchmen from Colombia.”

Kallauner said Marshall met Seal through “a friend of a friend” while teaching other pilots to fly from Lakefront Airport in New Orleans.

After Seal had his pilot’s license revoked, he hired Marshall to fly with him between New Orleans and Miami or Fort Lauderdale.

Seal often flew while Marshall remained in the jump seat, but Marshall never went with him into Nicaragua, she said.

“He wasn’t any Contra pilot,” said Kallauner. “That was all just a fantasy.”

A close associate of Seal’s, who asked to remain nameless, confirmed to me that her recollections were correct.

Kallauner also recited a litany of characteristics, also voiced to reporters by those who knew him at the time of his death, that have become well-known as markers in this all-too-common type of crime.

Marshall had problems with alcohol, was attention-seeking, egotistical, could be mean, and had a temper. He was nearly fired after yelling at a superior at Eastern Air Lines. He would throw clubs in the water while golfing.

“He had a problem with authority figures in his life,” she said. “One time he wanted me to roll down the (car) window to yell at a police officer.” 

When she refused, she recalled, “He kind of got mad and smacked me back against the seat.”

Could someone have “gotten” to the ex-wife? Well, sure.

Could they also have gotten to the current friends of Marshall’s, who—to avoid speaking poorly of the dead—have only delicately raised questions of  Marshall’s mental health at the time of his death?

Well, sure. But the only real question is: DID they? In the absence of compelling evidence to question their motives, the answer is simple. No, they did not. And here is where the disservice to the truth by attention-seekers and their  deluded and credulous followers becomes most apparent.

People who see conspiracies where none exist render ridiculous-by-association people questioning the multitude of  conspiracies that do.

More importantly, this is not the way things work in the real world.

How things work in the real world

America have not been kind to its real investigative journalists in recent years.

As a reporter for the Associated Press (but not for long), Robert Parry was the first to report on what came to be known as Iran Contra.

Pete Brewton did ground-breaking reporting at the Houston Post on the S & L scandal (The Mafia, CIA and George Bush” (1992) that led to his being shown the door.

And Gary Webb, who broke the story of CIA drug trafficking into the open, was summarily ushered out of newspaper reporting forever.

Webb represented a far greater threat to the powers that be than Phil Marshall ever could, even in his wildest dreams. But Webb wasn't murdered.

Gary Webb committed suicide on the day he lost his home. He'd already lost almost everything else: his family, his wife, his livelihood. An authentic American hero, Gary Webb was going to be moving home to live with his Mom.

He'd already asked his ex-girlfriend if he could share her apartment. At first she had said yes, but then changed her mind at the last minute, not wanting to lead him on in the hope that they'd rekindle a romance. Desperate, Webb asked his ex-wife if he could live with her until he regained his financial footing. She, too, refused. 

Into the buzzsaw

On the night before losing his house, Webb lost his last real possession. His motorcycle was stolen. 

He committed suicide the next day. And despite the nattering of clueless conspiracy theorists, I never doubted that that was exactly what happened.  And I have since had nothing but contempt for those who claim otherwise.

I'd been there. I'd spent a year living in motels after my first full-length documentary, "The Secret Heartbeat of America," failed to sell to television. I persisted. When Barry & the boys' was published, a lawsuit by one of Barry Seal's closest long-time associates kept the book out of bookstores for almost five years.

Again, I persisted. But I'd never tell anyone it was anything but a soul-killing dispiriting experience. It's an experience better people than me have faced again and again.

Telling the truth in America often feels like walking "Into The Buzzsaw," the title of a very good book about journalists exiled to the American gulag, a Siberia of the mind where nothing you do or report subsequently is ever treated seriously.

Expose anything this country's large institutions want kept under wraps… and the buzzsaw rips through you.

Because they don't have to kill you to render you ineffective.

For the oligarchy ruling this country today, that part is easy.

Daniel Hopsicker

Daniel Hopsicker is an investigative journalist and the author of two books on transnational crime, Welcome to Terrorland and Barry & the Boys.

34 Responses

  1. Teen says:

    This was not a murder-suicide. They were killed because Marshall was figuring it all out. If American’s really think Osama Bin Laden created 9/11, they should start doing their research. You will not believe what government will do to their own citizens.

  2. Lonnie says:

    Gary Webb committed “suicide” by shooting himself in the head TWICE,TWICE, get a clue this is the mist corrupt government, doj, DHS, CIA, skull and bones luciferian worshipping bushes, Clinton’s, obamas, cheneys, how do you shoot yourself twice , stupid!!! Vince foster found in ft Marcy park dead, SUICIDE, bullshit no grass clippings on bottom of his shoes -someone carried him there.

    They killed Vince Flynn, they will kill brad Thor , They intentionally ran the titanic into an iceberg to kill all people against the federal reserve bank, look it up .

    This US Corporation is he’ll bent on destroying the middle class, but many of us will not submit to the criminals who run this military, martial law government.

  3. Ellie says:

    This is News to me and I’m a news addict! Any first year Criminal Justice student would have to think: 1-Rightys don’t shoot the left side of their head, 2-Computers don’t run away by themselves, 3-Neighbors might not hear One shot? but not hearing four or five?
    Sooo? Has anyone gotton the FOIA for this case? If the cops are absolutely convinced this is murder/suicide it should be easy: 1-What were the test results for gun shot residue on Phillip’s hands and clothing? 2-His computer, by Law, and all other evidence on a closed file should be released to his wife, were they? (what does the Evidence Inventory Sheet have on it?) 3-Were the neighbors even interviewed? How many shells were found at the scene? What was the direction of point of entry on the kids? by a lefty/righty at what angles/projection were shots fired? Was a silencer on the gun? or did it run away with the shells and his computer?
    Just wonderin’?

  4. Jeremy says:

    “There are 27,386 books about the 9/11 attack currently being sold on Amazon.
    The authors of 27,385 of them are still alive, or dead from natural causes.”

    If you don’t see the idiocy in that, there’s something wrong with you.

  5. Olivier says:

    Michael Ruppert agrees with Daniel on the Webb case, and he notes that more specifically, the two shots to head included one not hitting the brain. Search for the word ‘jaw’ here: http://fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/122004_goodbye_giant.shtml

    Anyway, more interesting is whether Marshall’s 9/11 writings are sensible or not. I didn’t read them, but did listen to this interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXI8lnqEahQ . His contribution seems to be the following claim, which I’m quoting from Mark Gorton’s “The Political Dominance of The Cabal”, which seems to have been influenced in essential ways by Marshall:

    “The hijackers likely received pilot training and practice on real 757 and 767’s at the secret CIA airbase Pinal Airpark from the Saudi Intelligence linked company Dallah Avco. ”

    Pinal Airpark is in AZ. Marshall gets that idea because Omar Baioumi was working for Dallah Avco, Hanjour had been training in AZ, and his old pals told him it’s a spook’s airfield.

    In particular, Marshall seems to accept the idea that the pilot-hijack-characters were in fact in control of the planes as they hit their targets.

    Given half a dozen witnesses declaring that Hanjour was a poor pilot, up to August 16th 2001 in fact, it’s difficult to imagine that the secret CIA plant would have transformed him into this crack-super-duper-pilot.

    Question to Daniel:
    Have you looked into Marshall’s timeline for Atta and Marwan? Is it compatible with yours?

  6. Hi Olivier,
    Thanks for your support! FWIW… I was told there was a last minute substitution, and a Saudi Air Force pilot flew the Pentagon plane. Likely Hani Hanjour wasn’t even onboard.
    If you compare pictures of Hanjour with the video of (supposedly) him clearing the TSA gate, they don’t match.
    In re Marshall’s timeline: Sorry, but I don’t read anything written by an asshole who kills his kids.

  7. Steve says:

    Hi Daniel,
    Seems to me you are making a big assumption that Marshall killed his kids & himself … the dog too, no less. Why the dog? The dog knew him. Kind of unlike you to make assumptions. He was with his ex-wife what … 3 years? Not the best source to try to get much out of an ex-wife from so long ago. She even admits he was flying with Seal and obviously has/has an axe to grind. We know Marshall is wrong about the towers collapsing due to fire from jet fuel. I think the jets were most likely remotely flown, so I think he’s wrong about that too. Why would the conspirators leave anything to chance?

    Marshall’s firsthand knowledge of HW Bush, JEB, North with Iran-Contra drug-arms smuggling in his short stint with Barry Seal is probably what got him killed. Or possibly he was getting close to something here with the retrofit of the jets used with his Iran-Contra black ops or pilot contacts:


    Many others were murdered who were eye-witnesses. Marshall was a live witness. Marshall also knew the intricacies of flying a large complex commercial jet and the US Air Traffic Command and Control system.

    Daniel, correct me if I’m wrong, but you are not a live witness for any criminal acts which would convict some of the inner-cabal if you were placed on a witness stand.

    Initially, I thought “False Flag 911” was the book he got killed for, but now that is back in print. “Lakefront Airport” is now out of print ($500 on Amazon) about his short stint with Barry Seal.

    When I saw what happened to Marshall, I bought all of his books, but I have not read the others yet. I just finished False Flag 911.

    Hope you are feeling better & on your way to a full recovery,
    Excerpt from
    False Flag 911, Philip Marshall
    Chapter 28:

    My first flight with Barry Seal was out of Lakefront Airport, New Orleans, on his personal Learjet 23. Barry told me to file a flight plan
    for Wichita, Kansas. The Lear jumped up to 37,000 feet and we were cruising normal for about an hour toward Wichita when Barry surprised both me
    and the ATC controller with a request to descend to 17,000 feet. Once we got clearance, Barry closed the throttles and popped the spoilers. We dove
    like a broken elevator and then, as we approached 18,000 feet, Barry cancelled our flight plan with ATC and we spiraled down to a few hundred feet
    above the rolling green hills. We were surely below any radar coverage as Barry tracked to a target he had pre-programmed into our GPS. A small
    uncontrolled airport soon appeared at our twelve o’clock and we landed on a 6,000 feet runway. Once on the ground, we taxied to a large hangar
    where the doors magically opened, Barry shut down the engines, and we glided into the building as the door magically closed behind us.

    In ten minutes, we had gone from cruising in the stratosphere on a normal route to Wichita to parked in a secure hangar with two strangers opening
    the entry door. Hell, I had no idea what airport or even what state we had just landed in … and I was in the cockpit!

    Barry Seal was a junkie. His addiction was not to heroin, cocaine or alcohol but to adrenaline. He needed to be in life-threatening situations or he’d die of boredom.
    As we sat there for a second, before the man I would come to know as John Cathey opened the entry door, Barry exposed to me the meaning of his life. It was
    easy to read what he was thinking: I just blew you away!

    He slapped me on the back and laughed, “Welcome to Uncle”. Inside this hangar, two Piper Seneca twin-engine props had been stripped to the wing root. New
    long range fuel tanks were being prepared for installation. Both planes were painted black and had identical tail numbers. Wooden crates lined the hangar walls
    and two mechanics in overalls were working on different projects. A middle-aged woman sat in an improvised wood-framed office that had been constructed
    inside the hangar. A Marlboro dangled on her lips as she talked on the black telephone. I would later understand that this hangar was a national hub for black
    operations, and its location Mena, Arkansas.

    Emile Camp, another pilot from Louisiana, emerged from the office to brief Seal about the training that was being conducted for a dozen Nicaraguan pilots.
    In the following months, we would make several flights to New Smyrna, Florida, where the Provider was fitted for spy cameras and GPS tracking devices.
    Everywhere we went, Mr. Cathey surfaced as the mastermind for whatever the hell we were doing.

    Years later, I saw Mr. Cathey testifying before Congress. I had to rub my eyes. Was this possible? Here was Mr. John Cathey as I had never seen him, wearing
    a United States Marines uniform and speaking with high-flown patriotism of taking orders directly from the President. I knew he was lying and sure enough, he
    was ultimately convicted of lying to Congress. His new name was mysterious. Everyone was referring to John Cathey as someone else – as Marine Lieutenant
    Colonel Oliver North.

  8. Dan Hennen says:


    Well done.

    It is quite obvious Mr. Marshall didn’t do this. Both John B. Wells and Richard Syrett are radio talk show hosts who interviewed Phil Marshall. Both of them had ALL of their email correspondence with Mr Marshall wiped clean. Nothing remains. Too big of a coincidence for me. Here’s the question….did Marshall receive a copy of the 28 redacted pages and paid the ultimate sacrifice for it?